Finally! At Almost 50! - New York, NY

I was NEVER slim.......NEVER. Pretty, sexy, funny....

I was NEVER slim.......NEVER. Pretty, sexy, funny.....yes. But, slim? NEVER!

As the years passed I struggled more & more to try and control my weight. After having a GBS in '96, I lost 130 lbs. Then started packing on the weight again during fertility treatment in '03. Was 190 lbs by the time I got pregnant, and 240 lbs when I delivered. Couldn't get the weight off!! Consulted with my surgeon and found that there was a complication that would require me having the GBS all over again. In Jan '07, I had the second GBS and lost 75 lbs. All these trips up & down the scale have left souvenirs I do not want! So, we will be getting rid of this hideous apron and these awful bat wings to start! Having Fleur De Lis TT & brachioplasty (arm lift) on 2/20.

**POD 6** NEW PICS. So far it's been a pretty...

**POD 6** NEW PICS. So far it's been a pretty smooth ride. No real pain to speak of, but, that may have a lot to do with me following the advice of all my TT sisters and staying on top of my meds. PS gave me clearance to shower yesterday at my appointment. So, today, while kids were at school, I took a nice warm shower and washed away all the post-op yuck. I finally looked at all my incisions. I am VERY swollen today. I am pleased with the TT incisions. Nice & low and very even in the hip area. My arms look pretty bad though. Especially the right one. Took some pics of the TT. Will post arm pics soon.

**POD 8** Feeling much more alert and "normal". ...

**POD 8** Feeling much more alert and "normal". However, I think I may be in what's referred to as "swell hell". Last night I was in so much discomfort that I had to take off my binder and arm wraps.....even if for a few minutes. I just felt sooo confined. Like I was going to bust open. It felt so good. Just about 3 minutes!! I so needed it! Anyway, I am grateful for regular BMs, minimal discomfort, and what I believe to be good progress with my drainage. I am fortunate to have the help & support of my husband & my Mom. Even my 5 & 7 yr olds have been exceptionally good this passed week. Today I cut down my pain meds to 1 when I wake up, 1 in the afternoon and 1 before bed (orig dose was 2 every 6 hrs). I am looking forward to my 2nd PO appt on Monday. I'm hoping to get my drains removed. I am hoping to avoid seromas.

**POD 9** Added new pics. Still feeling very...

**POD 9** Added new pics. Still feeling very swollen. Everything pretty much moving along nicely.

**POD 11** I am not in pain. I am able to get...

**POD 11** I am not in pain. I am able to get around on my own pretty well. However, I do get easily exhausted. So, for the most part it would "appear" that I am all better now.

I think the after effects of the anesthesia is the hardest part for me to get past. I have my 2nd PO visit tomorrow. Plan to ask about some other form of cg for arms. The ace bandages he's had me wearing are really a pain in the a__! Also, need another binder or cg of some type as the one I have is closed up to its tightest and it is not tight enough anymore.

In addition to buffalo wings, I have learned that even the slightest amount of chinese food blows me up like a balloon.

**POD 12** NEW PICS So this morning both my...

**POD 12** NEW PICS
So this morning both my hands looked like they belonged to a cabbage patch kid. Chinese food is an absolute no-no. At least for a while.

Saw my ps for my 2nd PO appt. Believe it or not, he said I was wearing my ace bandages on my arms too tight. He told me that he wanted me to keep my bandages AND my binder off for the day. He said that he only wanted me to wear my compression at a comfortable level. I said I thought that I was supposed to wear it as tight as I could take. He said that he absolutely does not agree with that theory. He said I should rest today and keep my arms elevated. Tomorrow put my gear back on, but comfortably. On another note, he removed one of the drains and I have to go back on Thursday to get the other one removed. He removed the tape from my horizontal incision. I'm very happy with the way it looks.....VERY happy. I hope the vertical one looks as good when the tape comes off. Still have no clue what my bb looks like. Another bit of good news is that I will not need to have ANY stitches removed. PS said all my stitches are on the inside and will dissolve. He used some type of "glue" on the outside to close up the incision. How cool is that??

**POD 16** NEW PICS (WARNING: GRAPHIC) Had my...

**POD 16** NEW PICS (WARNING: GRAPHIC) Had my last drain removed yesterday. Whew!! What a relief! Also, took bandages off my arms and said I don't need to wear anything on them anymore. Double whew!! All that's left is wearing the binder for another 2 weeks. Then I will be FREE of all these confines! I must say, I am feeling much better since I stopped taking the percocet. I didn't realize how much it was affecting me until I stopped taking it. PS said if I feel the need to take one at night to help have a comfortable sleep, it's ok. I finally got the pics he took during my surgery of the skin removed. It's kinda gross, but, also amazing! Take a look if you dare.

Took a shower tonight. At the suggestion of my...

Took a shower tonight. At the suggestion of my ps, I used a washcloth on my incision areas to help the glue come off. Finally, got a better look at my BB and not very happy with what I see. It's barely even opened. Not round. I sure hope it will somehow change shape with healing.

**POD 28** NEW PICS. I am finally feeling close...

**POD 28** NEW PICS. I am finally feeling close to normal again in terms of energy. I have been able to go out shopping and walk around for a couple of hours. I've been tending more to meals (not gourmet, but edible), my kids, even went to a PTA fundraiser last week. Haven't gotten as far as house cleaning or laundry though. I thinks that's due to lack of desire, more than lack of ability. LOL! Like most of you, by day's end I am sore and swollen. Then I am back in my reliable old recliner for the evening. Took a few new pics today with my cute new panties. Still swollen (or at least I hope it's swelling!!), but, pleased all the same. My arms are pretty uncomfortable though. They seem to be healing ok, but, the scars feel like they are burning or pinching all the time. Seeing ps tomorrow for 4 wk PO appt. Looking forward to seeing what he has to say.

**POD 35** BB pic. Saw ps last Thurs for 4 wk PO...

**POD 35** BB pic. Saw ps last Thurs for 4 wk PO appt. He was very pleased with my healing so far. I told him I wasn't happy with how my BB looks and he kinda "pffft!" me. He said we will see how it looks in June when I see him again. I definitely see a difference since I first really saw it. But, it seems to me like maybe an inner stitch didn't hold. You can see the outer scar being a circle, yet, it looks triangular. Otherwise, he lifted all restrictions but told me to "listen" to my body. I haven't been able to give up my binder completely. In fact, it was too big so I cut it at the seam, and removed about 6 inches, then resewed it back together. Fits great again! I put it on when I go to bed and take it off whenever I get dressed to go out in the morning (sometimes afternoon).

**8 Wks PO** New pics. I've been experiencing...

**8 Wks PO** New pics. I've been experiencing some "spitting stitches". Had to go twice to the ps's ofc to have them removed. Not a big deal. Just a pain in the butt. Feeling ok, though still not 100%. I think (hoping!!) I am still swelling. Especially, if I am more active and on my feet a lot.
Joshua King

After consulting with 5 different ps, I decided on this ps because he seemed to really see me as an individual and not "just another TT". He was the only one who suggested something other than the traditional TT. Also, the person who referred him to me is in the health profession. She had a TT with him also. I figure she is "in the know" about what ps is the best for this procedure. She was very happy with her results and the care she got from him and his staff.

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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Hey Lorna!! Been wondering how you are doing? Hope you are having a great summer
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You look sooooo good! Very encouraging. I hope I look this good. Thanks for sharing. Did you go back to work? I am scheduled to go back on day 21 but might push it to day 26 th. not sure. Just wondering...
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Your TT is excellent . You look great ! I hope mine goes down . Thanks for encouraging words on my blog. I will post more pic of my neck on Tuesday that is a 2 week mark . I can't believe how swelling we get and tired over barely doing anything . Sis you have that ?
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Swelling will come & go for months! And, as for the lack of energy and getting tired so easily, I absolutely can relate. It has been my BIGGEST problem in all of this. I call it the "anesthesia hangover". I
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You look amazing! You enforced the theory that you can build anything with Legos, even a round belly button. Lol! Your pics are awesome. Thanks for sharing. I have been worried about the belly button thing because I've heard two friends complain about that part of this procedure. I would be happy with one like yours thou. Will keep you posted on my travel to the flat side and I'm sure ill have some questions for you along the way. Still excited!!!! Oh yeah I think he did a great job on your arms. I know someone who had that done 3 yrs ago and the scars are unnoticeable now. I've tried to see them and cannot.
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You look great! Thanks for sharing your story.
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You look great!
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Looking great. Can I ask why the vertical incision too?
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I am having brachioplasty and tummy tuck april 26th!!! you look great!
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Congratulations on making the decision to do this for yourself! Best of luck for a smooth surgery and a rapid recovery. Keep us updated. And post pics pre & post op if you can.
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Thank you!! I was actually trying to post some pre op pics but I cannot seem to figure out how?!
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You shoulda just pfft him back lol.. Maybe he's right it maybe better then.. No seriously I am happy you are doing great !!! Looking awesome ..
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You are progressing wonderfully! How did your 4 week PO appointment go today?
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Who says you can't be 50 and fabulous! You will be for sure. One day at a time. Keep compressing. That BB will start looking good soon.
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Thanks T!! My actual birthday is 4/13, so I have a few more weeks to get it together. Seeing ps tomorrow for 4 wks PO appt. Hoping he gives me the ok to start going back to the gym. I am still hoping BB opens up. Will see what he has to say about that tomorrow.
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Hey, Lorna how are you doing?
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Getting better every day Sara!! Thanks for checking in!
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OMG those pic caught me COMPLETLEY off guard! throwing up now lol
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So sorry!!
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Lorna, you are doing great ... I did not like mine at first ... Did you ask your PS about it...
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Your looking great! Happy healing and I will continue to follow through your journey with you :-).
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Hey there, so I hated my belly button at first. It looked like a slit and was just ugly but the more the swelling goes down the more I like it. I'm hoping in 6 months I will love it even more :) your skin starts to loosen up giving your BB the softer look your hoping for.
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Lorna that is awesome!!!! I like gross pic's...am actually asking Monday at my appt if they have pics of mine...meant to last visit but forgot...you are doing so great...
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Great progress! You look awesome.
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You look awesome Lorna!
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