Full Tummy Tuck / Muscle Repair with Lipo to Flanks, Inner Thighs and Inner Knees - Novi, MI

I can't believe my tummy tuck is only 9 days away....

I can't believe my tummy tuck is only 9 days away. I'm scared to death but also extremely excited! I'm 44 and have had 4 kids, two were really big babies! I have severe diastasis that will be corrected as well. I've lost 30 lbs but even with working out several days a week, I haven't been able to get rid of all the belly fat. Not to mention the excess skin. I chose Star Plastic Surgery in Novi, MI for my procedure. I was impressed with the reviews and was impressed with Dr. Lambie when I had my consultation.
Good luck to you!! Looking forward to updates.
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A little bit of bitter sweet.

My TT is now paid in full. One week to the big day!! I can't even believe that this is coming true for me. I could cry I'm so excited! I have a friend that really, truly needs a tummy tuck. She has lost over 100 lbs and looks fantastic! Except... for the apron of skin that she is left to suffer with. One day I had mentioned getting a tummy tuck, and she confided that she had thought about getting one too. She was the one that picked out Star Plastic Surgery and scheduled a consultation with Dr. Lambie. She asked me to go with her and it turned into a consultation for me too! We both wanted to get an idea of what we needed to achieve our goals. My friend just recently started a new job and has some other priorities, so her tummy tuck is on hold. I feel so fortunate that I was able to pull this off with getting it financed in a way to make it affordable. My friend is happy and excited for me... she's a great friend. So, why do I feel so lousy? Here I went with HER to HER consultation, but I'm the one getting the tummy tuck. I feel guilty about it and I'm not sure what to do about it.
Hope everything comes out the way you expect and more !!! :)
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Thanks!
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Good luck on your TT day! I am in Livonia and scheduled for the 22nd. I had a consult with Dr. Lambie and really liked her but I did not care for her assistant she seemed pushy. I had another consult with Dr. Freedland and decided to go that route. Keep me updated on how it goes I will be 3 days after you!
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Tomorrow is the big day!

I will post before pictures as soon as I can. My daughter took some before pictures in a public bathroom because our power has been out. Thankfully it just came back on tonight in time for my procedure tomorrow. After today I am even more impressed with Dr. Lambie and Star Plastic Surgery. The power is also out at the surgical center so they arranged for my surgery to be at the hospital, an overnight stay! They are covering the additional costs! I am very impressed. They could have rescheduled but realized that my husband had to request off of work and it would have been difficult to have to do so again. I am so extremely excited to be having this done and I can't even believe that tomorrow is the big day!

Here are my before pictures and measurements

Morning of surgery:

weight - 155
waist - 37.5"
hips - 41.5"
right thigh - 23.5"
left thigh - 23"
right knee - 15"
left knee - 15.5"
All the best, I'll be following your journey x
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Days 3 & 4 Post Op

Well, it has now been 4 days since my procedure and this morning I had my first follow up appointment. Everything looks great and is going as expected. I'm not standing fully upright yet, but I know that will take several more days. I still need help getting in and out of our recliner, but part of that is I can't raise and lower the leg rest by myself. I've never had a major surgery like this before so I wasn't prepared for how dependent I would be on others. I am very grateful for all of the help I'm receiving from my husband and daughter. It is an absolute must to have someone with you 24/7 the first few days after surgery. There is no way I could have even gone to the bathroom on my own. Today I'm starting to feel more normal, a lot less pain. Every day has been getting better and better, but today there has been a big jump in the right direction regarding the level of pain. Things are tolerable! Last night I weighed myself and took measurements. So, here's the stats 3 days out:

weight - 153.4 (down 1.6 lbs)
waist - 37" (down 1/2 inch)
hips - 41" (down 1/2 inch)
right thigh - 23.5" (the same)
left thigh - 23" (the same)
right knee - 14.25" (down 3/4 inch)
left knee - 14.75" (down 3/4 inch)

I have to say that I am very excited about these measurements given the fact that I am very swollen all over!
You are going to look fab! Happy healing! Keep posting x
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Day 5 Post Op

No, I won't be updating every day. :) But I thought it would be a good idea to update more often in the beginning of recovery. I have a bit of swelling today and the bruising is really showing, but I am definitely standing more upright today! I think the incision looks really good... better than I expected. Happy, happy. Just can't wait for final result!
I'm glad you were able to do this & can't wait until we go shopping
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Take it easy you going to look fab!!!!
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Thank you!
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Day 10 Post Op & measurements

My back is starting to hurt not so much because I am really close to standing up all the way. I am doing stretches against the wall to help with loosening up. And, today I finally took a real shower. By "real" I mean standing up instead of sitting on a bucket in the tub using the hand sprayer! It felt so good to take a nice long, hot shower! I am still sleeping in the recliner at night, although I think I might attempt the bed pretty soon. I am still pretty swollen and the swelling is worse at night... I really can't wait for all of the swelling to go away. I'm really happy with how my incision and belly button looks. The Dr. did a great job. Here are my measurements at day 10:

weight: 149.4 (down 5.6 lbs.)
waist: 37" (down 1/2")
hips: 40" (down 1 1/2")
right thigh: 22 3/4" (down 3/4")
left thigh: 22 1/4" (down 3/4")
right knee: 14" (down 1")
left knee: 14.5" (down 1")
I had a very similar surgery, TT with lipo on my inner thighs and flanks and of course my tummy. It was three weeks Post Op 3 days ago and Dr Lambie is my surgeon as well. I took a full body pic before surgery and just this past week I measured. Down 2" inches in my upper abdomen, almost 5" in my middle abdomen and about an inch in my thighs. I took one full week off work and I still have some "bad" days where can't stand straight but every day is better than the last. My name is Diana.
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That's great Diana! Our procedures do sound similar. I did not get lipo of upper abdomen, but did get lipo of the inner knees. Dr. Lambie will only do so much in one operation. She didn't even discuss breast lift with me, she only wants to do two areas at a time. This is OK with me. I'd rather be safe. Maybe someday I can get the lift. :) I don't know that I'll lose 5" in my waist, but I will be very happy if I do! So happy for you that you lost so much in your waist! I have a lot of visceral fat (it's genetic) and I know there is nothing plastic surgery can do for that. I got to the point where I plateaued for a year and a half and no matter what I did, or how well / little I ate, I just could not lose any more weight. I have to wonder if getting the big belly rolls taken off might help me lose weight again. We will see.
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I am following you. and i am also doing the inner thighs .did you do only lipo in inner thighs ? And I will be using "corset" did you hear about it ?
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2 weeks update

I'm now up and around more than sitting in the recliner. I'm able to do some light housework and carry light loads of laundry up and down the stairs. I am still really tired. My stomach still feels really tight, just a little less tight from a couple days ago. I only have a few pairs of pants that I can wear, which keeps my wardrobe pretty limited. I really can't wait to go shopping for new pants, but I'm way to swollen to do so! I have no idea what size I'm going to wind up in. Before I was a 10/12 depending on how stretchy... I am hoping to wind up in an 8.

Here are my 2 week measurements:

weight - 147.4 (down 7.6 lbs.)
waist - 36" (down 1 1/2")
hips - 39" (down 2 1/2")
right thigh - 22.5" (down 1")
left thigh - 22" (down 1")
right knee - 14" (down 1")
left knee - 14.5" (down 1")
You look great. Don't you just love the scale going down. :-)
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Thanks Robin! I sure do love the scale going down. I'm thinking it must be from major surgery boosting the metabolism. Does this happen for everyone?
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Supplements & Herbs

I take a lot of supplements and herbs, mostly for my thyroid. I have hypothyroidism and thyroid resistance, meaning that thyroid medication doesn't work all that great. I'm now taking Cytomel, which is straight T3 and it has been the best treatment yet. I have to take various supplements so that the thyroid medication can "get into the cells," so to speak. I had to stop most of my supplements 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. I have been pretty tired and all my finger nails chipped and broke off... but I know this is temporary. There is an enzyme & herb that I wanted to share with the rest of you that I feel will be beneficial to my recovery. The first is a proteolytic enzyme called "Serrapeptase." It is the enzyme that the silk worm uses to dissolve it's cocoon. Serrapeptase is a natural anti-inflammatory and slowly dissolves dead tissue (scar tissue, etc.) It is not recommend for those who have mesh for hernia, bladder sling, etc. Anyhow, I've taken Serrapeptase in the past for the osteoarthritis in my bad knee. It has really helped with the arthritis pain. Since taking Serrapeptase I have noticed that any cuts I get heal nicely. I started taking the Serrapeptase again the day after surgery. Typically I would take 1 a day, but right now I am taking 3 a day. I take the Doctor's Best "Best High Potency Serrapeptase 120,000 iu." Here is the link to Serrapeptase on Amazon... spend some time reading all the reviews. http://tinyurl.com/n48kvyt

The other supplement I think will help me heal is Silica from the herb Horsetail. I ordinarily take 1 tablet a day, but starting 2 weeks after surgery I am taking 2 tablets a day until my scar is completely healed. Why spend $100 on a Silicone band aid when you can take an herb that works from the inside / out and your whole body will benefit? Here is the link to the Silica I take: http://tinyurl.com/krlq2kx

I'm also looking into topical Silica that I can apply right to the scar, but I haven't tried any yet. I'll keep this thread updated. ;)

Two Weeks, 3 Days / Day 17 incision and belly button

Took some pictures tonight of my incision / scar and belly button. I'm really happy with the placement of both and how well the incision is healing. I have been very swollen the past few days and I can't wait for the swelling to settle down.
what about arnica? .did you hear about it ? I am going to use it .and as much as I red in realself many others have used it as well for the swelling ?? Your incision looks good !!
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My Doctor told me to take L-arginine to help with healing. So, I'm taking that as well. Tell me about the Arnica.... sounds like something I would want to take if it helps with swelling!
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How was your appointment yesterday?
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Normal Swelling or Seroma? 19 days post op

I feel really swollen. My waist is up 1/2". I'm wondering if I need to worry about a seroma. I don't see a ripple effect, but there is definite movement on the other side of my belly when I press. Let me know what you think! Thanks!!
You look great! I will touch base tomorrow after my check up regarding my swelling. I love the way your incision looks! I get my surgical tape off tomorrow so I will get a better view at all of it.
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I think that could be a seroma and you should call your dr. ASAP. Better safe than sorry. Seroma is not a big deal but that fluid must be aspirated as soon as possible so that you can heal.
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It looks like water bed affect have you made a appointment to see your PS :) you should just to check better safe than sorry.
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Day 20 swelling / better video

Well here is a better video... I think it's a better angle.

3 weeks update

I am feeling very swollen. The swelling is worse since Saturday, when I had my last post op appointment so the Dr. is having me come back in today to check on things. Last Saturday my swelling wasn't bad enough for intervention but since it's gotten worse she might drain me today. I don't know if I "technically" have a seroma or not so today I will make sure to ask. Since Saturday, I have started to feel a bit tighter... like it's more effort to stand up all the way... so I definitely think something is up. My hip measurement is up 1/2" but it's hard to always measure in the same place, and I might just have some extra swelling right now too. I did buy a medical binder on Amazon and I'm going to start to wear it over my Marena bodysuit, which I think might help with the swelling. I'm going to have the Dr. help me today... show me how tight I should wear it. I'll update when I get home later. OH> I am really excited about my thighs!! They are definitely smaller. I don't have a "thigh gap" but don't want one anyhow... but my thighs do not rub together like they did before. I always hated when I would jog and my shorts would ride up and bunch up... always a constant battle. I'm looking forward to that not happening!

Here are the 3 week measurements:

weight - 147.2 (down 7.8 lbs.)
waist - 36" (down 1 1/2")
hips - 39.5" (up 1/2" from a week ago)
right thigh - 22" (down 1 1/2")
left thigh - 21.5" (down 1 1/2")
right knee - 14" (down 1")
left knee - 14.5" (down 1")
Let me know how your appointment went! I have an appointment this morning too, regarding my swelling. I will update my review when I get home.
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Great news! No seroma! Phew... relief...

Well, I just got back from my doctors and I do not have a seroma. I'm so relieved. She showed me how there is no actual "ripple." I had the drainless technique and with that there are sutures on the inside. The big skin flap is "quilted" in a way so that it is extremely rare for a seroma to form. No wonder she didn't poke all at my belly at the last appointment... there was no reason to. So, I am very relieved. I think part of the problem with my swelling is due to the hospital giving me too large of a bodysuit because they didn't have the right size. I was able to take it in but apparently not enough. I'm starting to wear an abdominal binder today and it is much, much tighter. I'm also supposed to start walking. I've been doing things around the house, but no real activity to speak of... so some walking might help with the swelling too. I've been drinking enough water, but maybe I'll increase that a bit too...

Belly Pic

I woke up this morning not as swollen... I'm sure that will change as the day goes on. But, I managed to take a belly pic! I'm pretty excited!!
Wow you look ausom ! Happy for you !
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Thank you!
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Incision 22 days post op

I took these photos last night of my incision (right hip). I am starting tonight with the Retin-A cream, and then the Aquaphor in the morning. I'll be doing this daily...

End of day swelling.

I know this swelling is normal for 3 weeks post op... but when will this go away? It doesn't look too bad... but it feels like I'm about to give birth any day!! I feel so much fatter than I look. Sigh... Can't wait for all the swelling to go away... so I can wear jeans again!

Before & After side pics

Here is a before & after from the side.
Good for you ! Enjoy your results and celebrate them ! my op is in 9 days I cant wait
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You look great! So glad you didn't have to deal with seroma. I'm 8 weeks and still swelling. :(
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Thanks! I've been sleeping in bed and that is helping with the swelling, but it doesn't take long to kick in once I'm up and around!
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3.5 weeks post of Side View

I really can't wait until I don't look pregnant anymore!
You are looking good. You can tell you are really swollen, but it will go down in time. I'm 11 weeks out and still swollen, especially when I'm active. In another 3 weeks you will see a huge difference in your tummy.
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Good luck to you on your operation! You won't regret it!
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Scar treatment? Silicone sheet, Silica gel, or Retin A?

What is everyone using to treat your scar? The past few days I've been using this retinal cream that is supposed to have Retin A in it, but it is next to the last ingredient. I don't think it's going to help at all. Please share your experience. The silicone sheets are expensive. The silica gel is more economical and natural, but I wonder how well it works. Would love some feedback here although I plan on calling and asking the nurse. I completely forgot to ask the doctor today at my follow up! Ugh!
My doctor recommends Kela cote although today he gave me biocorneum lotion. They are pretty much identical except that he found most people are inconsistent with the kelo cote. You have to apply a thin layer and let it dry and most people don't have the patience to let it dry.
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1 month update & measurements

I am feeling better and better, although sometimes I'm so swollen that I feel pregnant. I am still fitting in the same jeans as before surgery, so I really can't wait for all the swelling to go down so I can do some shopping for new pants. I've been sleeping in bed the past week and that is helping with the swelling. I still wake up whenever I need to roll over. This really just a patient waiting game!

Here are my 1 month measurements:

weight: 144.6 (down 10.4 lbs.)
waist: 34.5" (down 3")
hips: 38" (down 3")
right thigh: 22" (down 1 1/2")
left thigh: 21 1/2" (down 1 1/2")
right knee: 14" (down 1")
left knee: 14 1/2" (down 1")
You look great! Did your weight drop 10lbs due to your procedure or were you dieting too? Your swelling went down a lot. I can't wait for my swelling to go down!
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Thanks! No, I'm not dieting, but I do eat healthy with a treat here and there. I know that 10 lbs wasn't removed during surgery!! I'm not sure why I'm losing weight, but I'll take it!
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That is great! I'm doing same, eating healthy during recovery so hoping I can shed 10lbs too!
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New jeans... went down a size!

Well, I still have the swollen, pudgy belly but I did go down a size in jeans.... I went out and bought a size 8. these are stretchy jeans... but I did try on regular, very little stretch jeans in size 8 and they fit as well. Maybe I should hope to end up in a size 6 now. ;)
Looking good
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I look pregnant!

Yes, I am very swollen, but I also gained 5 lbs!! I live in the Midwest and right before Christmas we had an ice storm. We had no electricity or water for 5 days!! I ate a lot of pop tarts, and chips... and fast food... and whatever was offered to us. It doesn't take much for me to gain weight back. I will lose it... just have to be patient. But, it's frustrating!

Maybe a bikini some day... still have some work to do.

I've already lost a few lbs. from the weight a gained while our power is out. This picture is making me think that maybe perhaps someday I could wear a bikini... can't even imagine! I have not worn a bikini every in my entire life. In fact, I went about 20 years without even wearing a swim suit. I would love to be able to lose 20 more pounds. I don't know if that is possible... but it is worth a try. One of these days I will post my weight loss frustration story.
Looking good ladu
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7 weeks post op

I am nearly 2 months post op and am really happy so far! I am still swollen but the upper part of my stomach is not as swollen, the bottom part still really swollen. At least I am finally seeing some progress where the swelling is concerned. So happy about that. I was starting to get worried. Of course I am excited about not having the big roll of fatty skin I had before, but I'm equally as thrilled with my thighs. I can't wait to start jogging in the spring and not have my shorts ride and bunch up between my legs! Things are going to be much more comfortable. I know I can't jog yet... last week at 6 weeks post op I tried doing a light jog on the treadmill and it really made me swell up bad. Maybe I'm a slow healer... sure does seem like it. There are still times where I feel little tugs inside my abdomen... I'm thinking I'm feeling stitches pulling. It feels very strange! I am also really glad that I had lipo of the flanks. Sure makes my figure look that much better. I can feel bumps and ridges on the right side. I am working on it with deep tissue massage every day. I will be asking the PS about it at my next appointment. Really hoping that it isn't permanent.
Looking good. Ready to fund mine? Lol
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I was just thinking how wonderful it would be if one of us ever won the lottery. I know how I would spend part of it. And, throw in a nice getaway vacation for both of us & hubbies!
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Dr. Diana Lambie

Dr. Lambie is the best. I have been very happy with everything. She is a skilled surgeon, does not rush you, and there are plenty of follow up appointments. Before surgery, she gives you her own personal cell phone number and you are encouraged to contact her if needed. She really cares and wants to help you look and feel your best... she really loves her job. I was so relieved after surgery to see my incision and belly button... everything was perfect.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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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
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