Hi all, I scheduled my tt and lipo today. It's...

Hi all, I scheduled my tt and lipo today. It's happening December 27th 2012!! It seems so far away but I had to wait until I had the time off of work. Anywho, I'm 35 years old I've had 7 pregnancies including a set of twins, so you can imagine what my stomach looks like! I'm 5'8" and 163lbs. I've wanted to do this for years but have always talked myself out of it because I didn't want to spend so much money on myself. Im always doing things for other people. I never buy myself anything so I'm getting this one thing! I'm so friggin excited!!!!!

I'm a very impatient person so this waiting is...

I'm a very impatient person so this waiting is hard but at least I have something really great to look forward to. I hope all will be well by summer so I can wear my first bikini since I was 20 years old! Oh quick question, how do I post pics on here? Can I do it from my iPhone or do I have to do it from our computer? TIA:)

My stretch marks go about 3 inches above my bb. I...

My stretch marks go about 3 inches above my bb. I was just hoping they would be at least below my bb after surgery and hopefully won't look any wider afterwards. Regardless, it will be a marked improvement but I sure would like to not have to deal with too many strechmarks after spending so much $$!

I considered saying I was due in January, saving...

I considered saying I was due in January, saving us both the embarrassment but instead I told her it was a food baby hoping it would just be laughed off but instead she put her hands on her face and said "I'm soooo embarrassed" which only made me feel worse. I cannot wait for my tt so I NEVER EVER will be asked that question again. Ugh:(

I'm not worried about the surgery itself, I've had...

I'm not worried about the surgery itself, I've had a few of and have always woken up (obviously lol) but I'm scared to death of going home directly after a major surgery. Oh well lol, I'm still doing it!

I was originally scheduled for dec but had to...

I was originally scheduled for dec but had to reschedule for February 6. I can't believe I did it! It was tons of money but I'm happy that part of it is over and it now feels real. I never thought I'd be able to do this and now after years of being unhappy with my body I'm finally going to feel good naked!!!

I HAVE!!! I call it smelly belly. How gross is...

I HAVE!!! I call it smelly belly. How gross is that? I've also worn two girdles at the same time. One that fits me and one that's a size too small on top of that. I could barely bend to sit in the car so I had to recline the seat just to make it where we were going. My husbands wouldn't stop laughing. What lengths have you gone to to hide "the beast"?

Between filling impossible prescriptions(new drug...

Between filling impossible prescriptions(new drug no one carries) and getting my supplies and home ready I'm feeling worn down already! On top of it, I'm pretty sure the receptiionist at my ps office hates me. She's so rude to me that I dread having to call for anything. Maybe I'm just being overly sensitive but when you give someone that much money you expect them to be nice to you. Arrrrrrgh!!!

I keep thinking...what if I die? What if I'm...

I keep thinking...what if I die?
What if I'm disappointed?
What if I get an infection?
Is the pain going to be so bad that I will regret it?
Was I selfish for spending so much money on myself?
Arrrrgh. I really hope they give me something to relax me before they put me under otherwise I will be panicking when the mask goes on( it makes me feel like I'm suffocating) last time I had surgery they gave me something and I fell asleep before I even went into the operating room. It was so nice. I had an emergency c section before that and it scared the heck out of me being alert when they put me under. I wish the big day would hurry up and get here because I'm a thinker and I don't want to think about it lol.

I'm not feeling to nervous today but I bet on the...

I'm not feeling to nervous today but I bet on the way to the hospital in gonna be panicking lol.

I'm so worried that I will be disappointed with my...

I'm so worried that I will be disappointed with my results. I should have tried to lose a few pounds, now I'm mad at myself that I didn't. I hope the lipo is enough to make up for it.

I can't believe it's already almost here. I've...

I can't believe it's already almost here. I've wanted to get this done since 2005 after my sweet little(belly wrecking) twin boys were born. Finally I will be able to wear a bikini(I hope so anyway) and have day time sex for the first time in 8 years.....yessssssss!!! The little man won't know what to do with himself! Now when he pops his head in the shower to ask me something I can just answer instead of turning around screaming "don't look at me!" hehe

Idk what to do with myself other than laundry lol!...

Idk what to do with myself other than laundry lol! Maybe I will go shopping since it will be awhile before I can drive again and dh doesn't like to go to stores that are girl friendly. What did you all do?

I'm all prepped and waiting to go. I thought I'd...

I'm all prepped and waiting to go. I thought I'd be more panicked but all I can think about is something to drink. I woke up at 1am dying of thirst but couldn't have anything. Well wish me luck and see you all in the other side:)

Well now that the initial post surgery barfing is...

Well now that the initial post surgery barfing is done I don't feel completely horrible. I'm tired and sore aka very sore abs and a stingy burny feeling around the incision. My ps called to check on me and gave me great news. He said that I had really stretchy skin and was able to remove skin from 3 inches above my belly button! I had a lot of high stretch marks
And he said he got the majority of them....yessssss!! The lipo came out to 550cc and skin
Was 970 grams so a little more that two pounds. I would have thought there was more looking a my pre op belly.he said I could take my binder off tonight long enough to but a shirt on underneath so I will snap a pic for sure. Ok see ya all later!!

1) sleeping In a recliner. It's a little rough on...

1) sleeping In a recliner. It's a little rough on the already sore back
2) walking hunched over. I'm really tight so therefore really hunched. Back is pretty sore.
3)poor sleep. Waking at strange hours and not bring able to fall back to sleep.
4) the binder. I personally find it pretty uncomfortable and felt better taking it off last night to put a tank top underneath. Some people say the get dizzy taking it off, I didn't . It felt. Ice to be free for a minute.
Other than these few things I really don't have any complaints. The pay is not horrible. It's funny because before I had the surgery I pictured incisional pain but really thats not where you feel it. It's more of a muscle soreness in the upper abs area and also a little bit sore on my flanks where the lipo was done. I got a sneak peek last night even though when I took my binder off I had a very padded price of guaze completely covering from my belly b down but from what I saw I was amazed at how much narrower my waste was. I also could pull the guaze away enough to look at my bb and I have to say I'm happy with that. It looked like all if the stickers were on the inside instead of the outside soon bb scar. Anyway I took a couple of pics that don't show much but I will try and get then up anyway.

And I'm sorry for all the typos. Percocet is...

And I'm sorry for all the typos. Percocet is spelling for me:)

I've changed my rating to worth it even though in...

I've changed my rating to worth it even though in still not feeling great and im really swollen and lumpy lol but I can still see my dr did an excellent job and my belly is flat.

I will need another tummy tuck after I heal from...

I will need another tummy tuck after I heal from this one. I wish I was back to my old self again. I am getting depressed being bed riddin. I feel like when you have a new baby and your still in the hospital. Way out of touch with the world. I have the belly blues...blah

I'm trying to add lots of pics because i know that...

i'm trying to add lots of pics because i know that before i had this done i lived for looking at everybodys after pics on here. i have a little pooch when sitting but im swollen as can be so i think it will go away. even if it doesnt it is perfect compared to be before belly. my sides are definetly swollen where i had the lipo. it doesnt show in pics as much as real life but its def swollen there. my belly button will heal to look pretty good i think but for now it looks like a cats butthole lol i said that to DH and he looked at me like i was weird( very dry sense of humor) and asked me why i knew what a cats butthole looks like? i just said IDK.

I have brusing above my incision and I've been...

I have brusing above my incision and I've been scaring myself reading about necrosis. Mine is just purplish bruising and had I not read all that stuff I wouldn't even think anything of it. Thanks in advance.

Woke up today having some muscle spasms I'm my abs...

Woke up today having some muscle spasms I'm my abs. Not real painful just odd feeling. I've also been having one trouble spot for a couple days on one side of my incision that burns when I stand. My only other complaint is this cg. It's kind of like a wrap type with Velcro. It sucks. I hate it. It won't stay where you put it and it's really uncomfortable. I'm going to wash it today. I can't wait to be rid of it for a little while

I really wish they would take these drains out!...

I really wish they would take these drains out! They suck I hate them! They snag constantly. I dread peeing because of them. One drain has nothing in it but the other is about 10-15 every 4 hours. Idk where they like it to be before they remove them. I'm glad I will get to question my love handles today also. I feel like I got less lipo then I shoulda but maybe I'm just swollen on my sides. Ugh.

There's no puss or anything just a nickel sized...

There's no puss or anything just a nickel sized red area. I am still on antibiotics but I'm a worrier. Input?

I know I have to look a thousand times better but...

I know I have to look a thousand times better but with the swelling I feel fat. My stomach is flat but my sides look fat. I've lost 8 lbs since surgery but I can't tell a difference. Blah.

I only had a few bites but im paying for it today...

i only had a few bites but im paying for it today i weigh two pounds more than yesterday and it quite uncomfortable. i also have been having alot of muscle spasms since yesterday....upper abs

I got one drain out today. it was not painful i...

i got one drain out today. it was not painful i didnt even feel anything when it came out. the only uncomfortable part was when he clipped the stitch holding the drain in place. the skin at the drain site was red and irritaded so thats why it kinda hurt. im still pretty swollen and a bit lop sided. im not going to worry about that yet since its still pretty early. here are two new pics from this morning before the drain came out.

I know ive probaby added alot of pics thus far but...

i know ive probaby added alot of pics thus far but i know when i was pre op i lived for pics on here so im just giving back.

Not loving the new garment. It's so tight I feel...

Not loving the new garment. It's so tight I feel like I'm suffocating. Guess I will have to get used to it.

I think I might actually be 5 weeks dpo but time...

I think I might actually be 5 weeks dpo but time has been eluding me since TT lol. I've been back to work for a couple of weeks now. The first week was hard but I'm getting back into the swing of things. I've been trying to eat healthy and have lost a couple of pounds. I'm hoping to lose 10 or 15 more before summer but we'll see lol. My swelling is a lot less than it was I mostly swell on the incision so it feels hard and lumpy at times. The areas where feeling is returning almost feels sunburnt when I touch my skin. I am very numb in the triangle pattern everyone talks about. I could stab myself there and wouldn't feel a thing. It's like touching someone else's body. My energy levels are back to normal for the most part. I still have sore abs like you would get after crunches... Nothing horrible. I occasionally get weird zings of pain in my abdominal area. I'm guessing they are nerve discharges because the nerves are growing back...once again nothing horrible. Well I hope everyone else is doing well and good luck to the pre tummy tuckers:)

Well its been two months since my surgery> i am...

well its been two months since my surgery> i am just starting to get used to it and starting to feel comfortable with myself. i spent the first two months kind of picking my tummy tuck apart but now im starting to feel pretty good about it and also starting to work on things i still do not like about my body so i hope by the time i post my next set of pics it will be me feeling fabulous in a a bikini!!! till next time;)
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You look great!!!
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Thank you!!! I feel like I'm starting to get there!!
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My TT and BL will be in April. 5 weeks post op I have to go on a plane for 5 hrs to a w/e wedding. Would you feel good enough right now to do that?
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Oh yeah totally. I went back to my job two weeks ago(heavy labor). I feel normal. No pain meds and wearing mostly regular clothes. Just dress comfy for the flight. Jeans still kind of rub. I'm am completely upright and am walking normally. Gl with your tummy tuck.
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Thank you! This makes me feel so much better!
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how you doing hun?
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Sorry I haven't been on in awhile. I'm doing well. I posted new pics today. How are you doing?
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You look incredible!!!! Glad your drains came out, too. I see you had yours up top, too. I only had two so I can't imagine how much more of a pain that was for you! Happy Healing!
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Congrats on getting your drains out! And you don't have to apologize for putting up pics. That's what we rely on here. You look awesome!!
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You do look awesome! I do have a question for you... I've never seen drains down so low.. Do you know why he placed them there? I go this thursday for just my consultation. Have many fears like you described early on! I'm hoping us MN chicks are tough! :)
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I think he put them low like that so they wouldn't catch on the garment. I don't think it matters where they exit though because the tube goes in pretty far...mine were about 12 inches in. The scars from the tubes should be minimal and still hidden under baiting suit bottoms. As far as being scared....its not nearly as bad as you think it will be. I was worried I would die or look horrible after. Neither was the case. Actually on the day of surgery I wasn't worried at all. I was just hungry and thirsty and couldn't wait to eat something. I didn't want to eat when I woke up but it got me through the waiting part:) oh, and we are tough, if we can put up with sub zero temps in the winter and gigantic Mosquitos in the summer, we can deal with anything...good luck with your consult!!!
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You look GREAT! :-)
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Thanks
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You look great!~ How are you feeling now?
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Thank you !! I'm feeling pretty normal. My stomach feels strange of course but my energy levels are returning and I feel ready to go back to work. I have one more week though. I have to say I'm quite bored lol. I still have one drain in but I'm supposed to get it out on Monday. I cannot wait!
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Bring on the pics. There is no such thing as to many pics. Love the new ones! You look great! How are you feeling???
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You do look really good
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Thanks. I'm trying to lose a couple of pounds to help it look even better!!! I hope by summer my back will match my front lol!
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Ooo, thats what I'm hoping. You have a bit of a jump start on me though. You will have 6 weeks in before I get mine done. :)
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Good luck with your surgery...your gonna look great!
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Thank you :)
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You look fantastic!
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Thanks. It's great to not be embarrassed anymore.
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ou look great! did you have muscle repair?
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Yes MR lipo and TT. Thanks:)
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