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Happy New Year to all, new pics finally!

I have been viewing this site for a few months....

I have been viewing this site for a few months. Reading other's experiences and seeing their results have helped me to make this difficult decision. I had a consult in June and will be having my surgery in November. I'm 48 years old. I have had 3 c-sections for 3 kids ages 24, 23, and 19 so I have the apron and the belly fat that is always there no matter what. Five years ago I had a hysterectomy and wanted a tummy tuck with that but my gyn would not agree. So, 5 years later I will finally get a flat stomach. I am very excited about the tt. I am also thinking about liposuction to my outer thighs. I just can't decide if it would be worth the extra pain and money. My ps did not recommend inner thigh lipo for me because of the skin elasticity. So I will decide about the thighs within the next month. I have learned a great deal from this forum.

Hi, I am 52 and also have had 3 sections and a hysterectomy. My surgery is November 5, and like you, I cannot wait. I have my doubts now and then, but in the back of my head, I know what I want. I figure it this way, I am 52 and it's about time I enjoy my body the way I think it should look. Good luck to you on your surgery.
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Thanks nanny, I too have my doubts but I'm so tired of this apron and all the associated problems due to it. I'm a large woman and everyone says you look so good in your clothes you dont need surgery, but from the side and naked I look pregnant esp if I relax my abs. So yes it is about time to enjoy our bodies. Good luck to you too. I will look for your updates.
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Here are pre-op pics. Like everyone else here I...

Here are pre-op pics. Like everyone else here I hate this belly.
I advise against the lipo on the thighs, at least for now. When he did it on my tummy, it was sooooo painful, worse than my tt with mr, FYI.
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Thanks for the info. I think I will pass on the thigh lipo. I like my curves there I just dont want to look disportionately curvy with a too flat tummy.. My ps has some pics in her office of tt that dont look unnatural so I think I will look good from her expertise with my body type. My husband does not want my curves gone. He loves them. lol
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Howdy! Nice to see another Kansas girl. I'm in the same boat, got the tummy overhang I can't get rid of. I go a couple weeks ahead of you, but I'm throwing in a BA also. Good riddence to loose skin and fat cells! My nerves are starting to set it, but every time I look at my tummy I get reassurance. So hoping that all the fears and the pain are going to be worth it!!
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Ready to leave for the surgery center. Good luck...

Ready to leave for the surgery center. Good luck to all of us scheduled today.
Good luck hun xx
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Had my surgery yesterday morning. Was in OR for 2...

Had my surgery yesterday morning. Was in OR for 2 and half hours and in recovery for 4 hours or so. The pain is not that bad but the nausea. I have had several episodes of it and threw up on the way to the car plus 3 times at home. This is with zofran on board. So I'm awake at 2 am. Does help that I work nightshift so my sleep cycle is off anyway. I managed to eat a little jello and kept it down but still feeling queazy at times. So I was a little too soon on that. I just threw up again. I had taken my pain and nausea meds about 1 hour ago so I hope I get the effect of at least the pain meds. My pain is from the muscle repair, it does feel like I have done a 1000 situps. like everyone says in other posts. I am staying in the couch propped up with pillows. I have a lillte leakage from my right drain. I have 3 of them but so far output has been total about 200 ccs. Ok I'm going to sleep some more. Everyone take care.

Had my surgery yesterday morning. Was in OR for 2...

Had my surgery yesterday morning. Was in OR for 2 and half hours and in recovery for 4 hours or so. The pain is not that bad but the nausea. I have had several episodes of it and threw up on the way to the car plus 3 times at home. This is with zofran on board. So I'm awake at 2 am. Does help that I work nightshift so my sleep cycle is off anyway. I managed to eat a little jello and kept it down but still feeling queazy at times. So I was a little too soon on that. I just threw up again. I had taken my pain and nausea meds about 1 hour ago so I hope I get the effect of at least the pain meds. My pain is from the muscle repair, it does feel like I have done a 1000 situps. like everyone says in other posts. I am staying in the couch propped up with pillows. I have a lillte leakage from my right drain. I have 3 of them but so far output has been total about 200 ccs. Ok I'm going to sleep some more. Everyone take care.
Hi, sounds.like you're having a rough time with the nasea, sorry to hear that. My surgery was on the 5th of Nov and I can't get rid of my headache. I am very swollen and today will take.some mom. Hang in there, they say each day gets better, I'm hoping ;)
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Thanks for your support. I had a headache all night before and day of surgery. I thought the pain meds would have helped it but no. Up now trying some dry toast with my pills. I just took a flexrile for muscle spasms. they are burning right now. Hope your headache goes away.
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I'm thinking the pain pills are giving me the.headache, ugh
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2nd day post op, I had my post op visit today. ...

2nd day post op, I had my post op visit today. All went well, I have 3 drains that are going to be there until at least Tuesday. My incision looks good and my pain is not too bad but I do keep on a 4 hour schedule with my percocet, 6hours with flexiril. I did have some burning pain that I put some frozen peas on to help it go away. I think the hardest part now is the walking bent over part. It wears me out. My appetite is back but I feel full after just a small meal so that is good. Going to take some MOM tonight for bm, I have gas but that is all. So to all of us tummy tuckers out there good luck.

You are doing great so keep up the good work!!

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Glad you made it through!! I bet you are loving your new tummy. Feel better soon!
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Thanks to all for your support. Yes, I do love my new tummy. It has been such a long time since I could look down and see my pubis and now I can. I took a shower this morning and that was so good. I have my binder off for now it is drying out but will put it back on as soon as it is dry. It makes me feel more secure. I wish I had been able to do this years ago, so worth it. My pain is more from the hunching over and in my back and flank area. but I feel good today.
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Today is 1 week post op. I feel very energetic...

Today is 1 week post op. I feel very energetic and good today except for some back soreness. Yesterday I had ps visit and got one drain removed. My left drain came out on its own Monday night and I was worried because it had been draining a lot that day. My ps said that it should be ok and that the middle drain could stay in, so the farthest one on the right was pulled as not much drainage from it. She also gave me more antibiotics to take while my drain remains in. I have f/u appt next week and I hope it comes out then. I was able to sleep in by bed last night for the first time and that was so good. I will try to up load a few pictures. I am swollen, my tummy is very tight but I know that is part of the process. I am very happy with everything right now. I am bored as husband has gone back to his job out of state and my friends are working but I will find something to read or do and have an afternoon nap. Everyone have a great day.

Went to the ps this am, my weekly visit because of...

Went to the ps this am, my weekly visit because of my still remaining drain. No go on removing the drain today as I average about 120 cc per day output. So the ps injected an antibiotic via the drain tube, which it did burn a little, and then the drain was clamped for on hour. As I sat there reading I start to leak out on the left side where the former drain was as it is still not healed completely. The antibiotic caused the drainage to have a sort of metallic smell. After an hour the ps unclamped the drain replaced the bulb and sent me home with more antibiotics, instructions to take it easy for the next few days and to return next week so the drain can be pulled. I can go earlier if the amount of drainage decreases to 30 cc per day for 2 days. So I called my boss on the way home and cancelled going back to work next Monday. I don't want to risk going back to work with a drain in place as I work in a hospital. So I am obeying Dr.'s orders to rest for the next few days. I went to the mall and out lunch with a friend yesterday and really was beat after a few hours of that. Now for the positive, I am loving being on the flat side even with the drain.

Today I finally got remaining drain out. What a...

Today I finally got remaining drain out. What a relief no more antibiotics with the side effects. No more emptying measuring and recording drainage. I fell so much better, I came home and took a walk for an hour around my neighborhood looking at everyone;s Christmas decorations. I can go back to work tomorrow night which I am looking forward to amazingly, I am bored out of my gourd.
I posted new pics showing my scar and my new leggings that I never thought I would ever be able to wear. I am thrilled with my new body and I am on a mission to make it better through a sensible diet and exercise. Hope everyone has a good recovery.
I am so jellos, cant wait to get rid of the drains! You look awesome in those leggings!
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Jealous.;)
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Thanks you will look fantastic in leggings or jeans or whatever with your curvy new shape.
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I'm very thankful that I get to have a new body to...

I'm very thankful that I get to have a new body to go with the new year. I know all of my fellow tt feel the same. I will be 8 weeks post op Wednesday. Today I had 2 stitches that I cut from my incision. Both were at sites that just want to scab over and after examining them I could feel those tiny clear sutures coming out. I hope that these sites will heal now. I had so much swelling last night that I was miserable but this morning most was gone. I have had upper respiratory tract infection and laryngitis for the past week. I think I pulled a muscle in my upper abdomen from all of the coughing, sneezing and nose blowing. I was very sore for the past 2 days. I put up a few pics not much difference from last time that I can see. This is going to a be an exciting month to come, I will be moving to a new city and finding a new job in a few weeks time. Looking forward to that adventure. Happy New Year to all.
Wichita! You are so beautiful! And you look fantastic!
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You look great !!!!
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Thanks Lisa and so do you.
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Wichita Plastic Surgeon

Yesterday I felt very comfortable with all of my caregivers. They made me feel at ease and took very good care of me. Dr. Lovelle was with me in the OR for the anesthesia induction where is talked with me and stood by my side. I met with this ps and really liked her, she has excellent credentials and many years of experience. Her patient's before and after pics where very good.

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