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A year and a half later after surgery...
- Kelita NJ
- updated 18 days ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $8,500
- Dr. Elkwood (Monmouth County, NJ)
Hello everyone! Please allow me to introduce...
- 11 Dec 2011
- 10 days pre
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Kelly and I am scheduled for abdominoplasty and lipo contouring on December 22nd! A little background about me, I am 22 years old and I spent four years of high school and three years of college being overweight. I have lost 100 lbs over the past two years thanks to some help from the Lap Band, but mostly from my commitment to exercise and watching what I eat. Needless to say, the excessive weight stretched out the skin on my stomach terribly and the weight loss has left my stomach decorated in stretch marks, sagging over itself and looking generally unappealing. Additionally, I have a ridiculous scar on my belly button from where there was once a piercing that left my belly button looking kind of disfigured [thankfully, my PS said the scar would be gone after surgery!]. The rest of my body looks relatively normal, my legs and arms all came back without any problem, my boobs are much smaller, which has been an adjustment, but I can deal with it. I feel like my stomach is the only thing that really needs help. This is a big life decision for me right now because its an expensive surgery, for one, and I'm a poor college student. Also, I haven't had babies yet so some day it'll have to stretch out again, but thats fine by me… I'll cross that bridge when I get there, and that won't be for a long time. I think after all of my hard work I deserve to have a normal looking body while I'm still young.
With only about 10 days left to go before surgery, I'm very excited to have a normal looking body and see the results, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about the pain I'll be in the first few days following surgery and horrific weeks of recovery I've read so much about. I'm expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. I probably won't post my before pictures until after my surgery because I don't have the nerve to do that until my ugly, sagging belly is a distant memory. Its pretty difficult to focus on anything right now when I have all of these thoughts playing through my mind on a reel, like what I'm going to look like after surgery, or in 6 months time. I guess I'll know soon enough =) ! Im just hoping that I can focus on school for one more week so I can finish my work and get through finals (my last exam is Monday the 19th, I think 2 days should be sufficient time to worry about all of the details of my surgery lol).
10 days and counting!
4 more days until surgery. I'm obsessing about...
- 18 Dec 2011
- 4 days pre
I should be obsessing about the final exam I have to take tomorrow. lol
Hello everyone. I went in for surgery...
- 23 Dec 2011
- 1 day post
I went in for surgery yesterday morning at 9:00 am. Got to the surgery center and they took me in almost immediately. I had to change into a gown, take a pregnancy test and then the surgeon came in and marked me up. Starting up the IV was horrible… I had no fluids in me so finding a good vein in my hand was difficult, and it hurts like hell getting it in your hand. I was pale and then green in no time, seeing starts and ready to pass out, it caused a lot of commotion… had to have the nurse put oxygen on me and a cold cloth for my head. I finally came around and they started giving me antibiotics and then wheeled me into the surgery room. I don't remember falling asleep, but I remember crying when I got on the operating table.
Before I knew it I was in recovery waking up to terrible cramping pains in my belly. Unlike everyone else that I read about, my first day out of surgery was not all sleeping and unconsciousness, I was wide awake for most of it and the Vicodin barely takes the edge off my pain, even though I'm taking 2 every 4 hours. Getting up the stairs was much easier than I anticipated. The worst part is getting up and down, which I have to do every hour to pee since I'm drinking so much.
My first post-op was this morning. They took off my binder and all of the bandages. It was so painful! I don't think I was prepared for that at all. Its still hurting pretty bad from all of that. I have to get these shots in my belly all week to reduce the risk of a blood clot, so its probably a good thing I'm so numb. My belly button looks pretty silly right now, which is to be expected. My incision is longer than I had imagined, but very low and nice and straight so I'm happy about that. Hopefully some of this swelling goes down and the pain won't be so bad so I might be able to enjoy my Christmas a little bit.
I'll post more pictures when I can.
So my spirits are way up today, but I'm sure thats...
- 24 Dec 2011
- 2 days post
Swelling is still pretty bad and I feel kind of bloated today. The pain is less intense than it was yesterday, but I keep getting sharp pains when I try to move around. Don't worry guys, I'm absolutely not one of those people that tries to over-do it too soon, I'll be laying in my bed all day and relaxing some more. Its Christmas eve and theres nothing I'd rather be doing than having a pajama party with my family! Merry Christmas Eve everyone :)
I got one drain out today. It was pretty...
- 28 Dec 2011
- 6 days post
I'm 2 weeks post-op today. I went to see the...
- 5 Jan 2012
- 14 days post
I just got a job as the head preschool teacher at...
- 15 Jan 2012
- 24 days post
Can't wait to see what I'll look like in another 3 weeks...
I'm 6 weeks post op today. I can't wait to get...
- 2 Feb 2012
- 2 months post
The opening in the front of my belly has healed a lot. Its not too much smaller, but its a little bit smaller, not "gooey" like a healing scab anymore, but more like scar tissue. Im starting to get feeling back to my belly button and on my hips, even where the incision is on the far sides of my hips. Aside from this awful cold I have right now, I'm feeling pretty good.
So its been about 4 months since my surgery and I...
- 24 Apr 2012
- 4 months post
Hello friends, Just a quick update. I had...
- 12 Jul 2012
- 7 months post
Just a quick update. I had scar revision done about about 2 months ago on the front of my belly where the incision opened up and scarred over (see photos), and my right hip where it was bulging out. The bulge was due to the sides being uneven, not swelling like my Dr originally thought, so he said he had to take extra tissue and that it looks like I could use a little more lipo. Thats not going to happen any time soon though, unless he's going to pay for it bc I certainly can't afford any corrective surgery. The scar in the front and on the side where I was re-opened and re-stitched is much darker than the rest of the scar, naturally, because it hasn't had as much time to heal. I still notice my right side bulges out much more than my left side. I don't love the fact that the fat distribution is uneven like that, it's pretty noticeable in clothes. The scar on my belly button shows a lot more than other people's I've seen; mine is dark and looks like a purple circle was drawn around my actual belly button, plus there is a keeiloid on the side which adds to the weirdness of its shape and appearance. I also don't love the two fat pockets that were left at the top of my abdomen right over my rib cage; it turns into a roll when I sit down and in pictures it is very noticeable. I guess wearing a bikini is still out of the question lol.
Overall, I am very happy with my decision to have the skin removed from my belly. I wish maybe my doctor had paid a little more attention to detail with regard to symmetry, but it is what it is. I'll take a flat belly over that old hanging belly any day of the week.
My weight is down to 169 lbs, so I've officially lost 106 lbs to date! This is the lowest I've ever been. Still wearing size 12 pants mostly, but I was able to get into a few 10's. Im okay with that :) It probably would have made me feel better when I was heavier to know that even if I was of a healthy, average weight my hips would always be too wide to ever be a "small size".
Check out my new pictures =)
Down to 166 lbs. now, and I was down to 162 lbs at...
- 1 May 2013
- 1 year post
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