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A no drain Tummy Tuck for the Holidays - Northbrook, IL

I'm scheduled! However today I had a moment if...

I'm scheduled! However today I had a moment if sheer panic. Why am I doing this again?!?! I've wanted this for 15 years but now that I've finally made all these steps to get there I'm having doubts. The recovery is what's really stopping me. When I see some tt stories here, they make me more encouraged but some have longer recoveries and I get scared away again.
Argh!

Supplies?

I know there is a master supply list on here somewhere. Does anyone have the link?
I want to start getting stuff. Maybe then it will seem more real.

$$$$

I swear that every single time I get serious about having this done I have a money issue come up and I feel guilty about spending this on myself and I have other things I need to do with it.
I'm sure this happens to everybody. But this time I swear I'm getting it done!!!

Pre-Op today

Today I went to my pre op appointment. All the way up to the door I was thinking this is the dumbest thing in the world. I don't know how the healing is going to be I need the money for other things...blah blah blah. But as soon as Dr. Gutowski walked in the room I felt better. He's just very comforting and confident. My fears started to subside but I was still doubtful. Then he pulled up my shirt and pulled down my pants and I looked at my stomach in the doctors office mirror and said "oh this is happening!"
I realize that I never look at my stomach in the mirror. I never look at my body at all from the neck down. And I don't think my boyfriend is ever seen me completely naked. That's just a horrible way to live when there something that can be done about it.
So here I go! Scheduled for Dec 19th

Before

Before

Getting freaked out!

The office just called to go over stuff. Eeek! I'm really stunned that the only prescription they gave me was Norco. I want some Valium dammit!

Shopping

We went Xmas shopping today and I bought myself some killer heels for 70% off. Yeah!
When I was looking at tops and dresses I realized that what all tt ladies really avoid is that silky/clingy fabric that shows every roll. You know what I mean. And it's exactly the fabric that's in right now. In a few weeks I'm going yo Rick one of those tips with leggings and my new heels...roll free!
I'm getting excited!

Less than 24 hours to the flat side

I am kind of freaking out but Im trying to stay busy and not think too much about it. My original plan was to juice 3 days before the surgery but that didnt really work out with all the holiday festivities.
My firends, family and BF are all being really supportive and offering to help but I feel weird about being helped. We'll see how it all turns out tomorrow.
I will post pics as soon as I am able. Wish me luck!

'Twas the night before my TT...

Seeing these pictures is removing any doubt.

Made it.

Just a few minutes after surgery. I can't believe it's all gone!

so what had happened was...

My BF took me to the surgery center yesterday around 2 and I was pretty nervous/guilty/freaked but I tried to be cool. I signed up for this after all. I didnt want him to stay for the marking up and everything. I knew I was going to start crying and I didnt want him to see me like that. Crazy I know. As soon as I got changed I texted him and told him why I did that. I hate that he is postpoing his visit to his kids for the holidays to help me etc.
The nurses couldnt have been nicer. Erin really made me feel better and more calm. Then Dr. G came in and marked me up like he was designing a dress or something. He stepped back and said "if you dont mind having a scar from hip bone to hip bone I can really pull all this in" (smaller waist). Huh? Go for it doc. I could care less about a scar. My swimsuit model days are over.
They took me into the surgery room and the next thing I know I, waking up high as a kite and telling everyone how much I love them. Im sure they thought I was cray cray but I was their last surgery of the day so Im sure they just wanted to go home.
The ambulance thing came and took me to the rehab place in a wheelchair. Got into bed, took my Norco and went to sleep. I had a catheter in so I drank as much water as I could. Moving positions just the slightest but is painful Once I coughed and swear I saw stars.
They put me into a compression garment on right after surgery and I dont take it off for a week. PU! But whatevs. There is a pretty big hole in the butt so I'll just have to be careful.
I dont have drains and I cant imagine how much more trouble that would be.

BF came this moring and picked me up. Hes totally the best thing that ever happened to me. When I got home I had to go up 2 flights of stairs to my room and I tried to pee once I got up here but no dice. I was worn out from that and it hurt like *&^&$*

Since then Ive gotten up 2x times to pee and it has been tough. Havent eaten anything but a few grapes and some crackers. Had some green tea and an emergen C. My GF is brringing me a green juice shortly and Im looking forward to it.

TV overload right now so I am looking online for a cruise! I have NEVER gone on that sort of vacation. I stick to cities and I realize that part of that is the swimsuit issue. Well even if I end up in a one peice or tankini I will look better and ,more important, FEEL better and Im going!!!!

ouch

After things were looking up yesterday I actually feel more pain today. I only walk from my bed tot the bathroom and thats about it. My back hurts. Guess thats where the lipo was but my incision burns too and I am so swollen I feel like Im about to bust out of this garment.
I cant wait to go to the doc for my first follow up tomorrow and hear what he has to say.

Swelling

Everything you guys say is true. Day 4 and I'm ready to cry. My cig is so tight I think the most pain in feeling is skin irritation. I can't even breathe deeply. I'm sick of this bed, sick of water. Sick of tv. Just sick!
I would give anything to take this torture device off for just 5 minutes. I feel like a sausage.
And I've eaten hardly anything and all of if has been low sodium. I fix have two mimosas. Could that have caused swelling?

Pre op

A few observations so far

1. Dont even think about having this surgery if you dont have someone who is truly in your corner. If you dont have a husband, boyfriend, mom. or sister who is going to devote 3 days of their lives to you dont even bother with this surgery. My BF has gone to a whole other level in my mind and heart after this experience. Anyone can take you out to dinner, but who helps you get up from the toilet?

2. If you dont get a recliner get the foam bed pillow system I got from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Contour-Orthopedic-Wedge-Pillow-System/dp/B007S2B4YO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387840326&sr=8-1&keywords=wedge+pillow+system
LIFESAVER! Plus now I use it to sit straight up in bed too.

3. Toilet seat riser. I;m already 5'9 so its a long way down there when youre split in half

4. Just be still. Thats really hard for me. Im on the go most of the time. I really think that staying put for these 4 days have made a difference.

5. Looking at your before pics and trying on clothes (as much as possible because thats tiring) helps you feel better.

Day 4

Took a shower and I feel like a brand new woman. My crease is already working its way out.
Happy holidays!

Progress

Two days has made a tremendous deference. Walking straighter, off meds, sleeping in bed with pillows.
Yes!

Will my waist get smaller?

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks po. I feel about 90% of mg old self. I can sleep on my sides and stand up straight when I have my CG on. If I don't have it on it feels weird and I hunch over little more.
My tummy looks a lot smoother and less lumpy but I feel like my waist is bigger than it was before. Does that get smaller?
I feel square like Spongbob and that ain't cute.

Aunt Flo is a b****!

I think I swell no matter what I do or what I eat and it's getting annoying, but I just got my period and it the WORST! Cramps, pain and swelling so bad that I took Norco and went to bed. WTF!

5 weeks

My whole life has changed 180 degrees. All I do now is buy lingerie and feel hot!!! I'm under no illusion that I look skinny or perfect...not even close. But now I no longer think about my stomach all the time. It's not the first thing I think about everytime I take a picture or walk across a room. I walk around in my underwear and I get dressed in front if my bf. now I know I have cellulite and jiggles and all the rest but for the first time I feel NORMAL and it's the best feeling in the world.
My only regret is that I should have done this years ago.
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Prior to meeting Dr. G I had two consultations with some very high profile North Shore surgeons. One of them was ok but way too expensive. The other was very highly recommended but something about him creeped me out and I didnt feel comfortable. I found Dr. G on Real Self and since the consult was free I thought I would give it a try. The instant he walked into the room I knew he was "the one". He is extremely approachable but very very confident (for those who know..he has SWAG) and I knew he would do a good job. His price was affordable and the timing in my own life was right. His staff is very nice and responsive. Its only a few days post op and I what I see now still looks like a big old mess, but I think it will smooth out and be awesome. I already know that I look 100% better in clothes and that was my goal. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Gutowski!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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