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a year and a half post op! Pics added

Had my first son at 17 and started pregnancy at...

Had my first son at 17 and started pregnancy at 120 Lbs and ended at 199!! I am now 37 years old (yesterday) and this is my gift to my self! I have not wore a bikini or even been comfortable with my own body for my entire adult life. I recently lost 10 pounds and am at my "happy" weight but decided that the extra skin has to go. I am scheduled for 23 of march which is 3 days away!!! I have read sooo many postings on this site for months and decided to jump in. So far I'm not nervous just extremely excited!! T minus 3 days and counting!!

PS I have before photos and when I figure out how to upload them I def. will

This is my last post before surgery!! Got my...

This is my last post before surgery!! Got my surgery time today and it's super early, gotta be there at 6 AM!! I am sooo excited. I am coming home tommorow afternoon cuz I don't want to spend the extra money for the hospital. I will post as soon as I'm feeling up to it, hopefully tomorrow night

Ok had surgery at 7:45 this morning and got home...

Ok had surgery at 7:45 this morning and got home at about 5 P.M. Would have been home earlier but couldn't pee. I first will star off with thank god surgery is done!! My best friend is an RN and my surgeon allowed her to sit in on the procedure, she said my stomach is sooo flat! Can't wait to see on Friday when I go for first post op. Now for the pain part, not gonna lie it hurts. Abs feel like I did too many sit ups but the most pain is getting in and out of bed and it's pretty much all at the drain sites (I have 2). My PS gave me vicodin last week at my pre op , I refused the percocet by the way. Well I quickly called him while i was still in recovery to say I think I'm gonna need the stronger meds but unfortunately he already left. The one good thing is I work for a doctor so he wrote me a percocet script ....he is my angel right now.

I noticed a small amount of blood wher one of the drains go in and just wondering if anyone can reassure me that this is normal.

Ok time for my pain meds and maybe a cat nap. Will chat again soon

Day 2 and really sore today. Drains hurt the most,...

Day 2 and really sore today. Drains hurt the most, kinda stabbing pain (and bleeding a bit) when I move which I only really do every 2 - 3 hours when I have to go to the bathroom. And I am really surprised at how swollen my vaginal area is....WOW!!
I go for my first follow up tomorrow so I will update you all then.

Had my post op appointment today and Doc said...

Had my post op appointment today and Doc said everything looks good, he took the drains out which seems to help with the discomfort. I got to see my belly for the first time today and was shocked at how flat it is and a little weirded out with how numb my stomach area is.
I'm gonna attemp a shower today with my boyfriends help but I'm nervous. I have a picture on my phone from my post op and as soon as I'm able to get to my computer I will post it ( on my Ipod now).
PS va-jay-jay is still really swollen!!!

It's about 6 AM and I can't sleep. Only...

It's about 6 AM and I can't sleep. Only slept about half hour at a time all night. I'm exhausted and starting to swell I think but other than that I feel pretty good!

So I had surgery on Wednesday and today is...

So I had surgery on Wednesday and today is saturday I'm feeling much better, still sore and numb but no pain. I just got up to go to the bathroom and my boyfriend pointed out that I am walking almost straight up.... When did that happen??? I keep taking peaks at my belly but I just can't stand that when I touch my skin it doesn't even feel like it belongs on my body... Weird!! My belly button is really dark and I'm not sure if it's supposed to look like this but I go for a follow up on Monday so we will see.

So I'm not having the best day, I feel really...

So I'm not having the best day, I feel really full even though I have barley eaten. I am super sore and can't wait til things get back to normal. To top it all off my son went back to college today from spring break so I'm a little cranky and sad!
I do go for another follow up tommorow so I guess we will see.

Ok I'm 5 days post op and today has been...

Ok I'm 5 days post op and today has been great!! I showered and then me and my friend obsessed over my new body. I can't believe how flat my stomach is and I have NO muffin tops!! Then I actually put make up on and did my hair then went to see my PS then to lunch!! I am pretty tired now but I haven't had pain meds since last night and not in pain at all. I am sure I will have ups and downs still but today I am thankful I did this and it's all been worth it

PS I had surgery last Wednesday at 138 lbs and today I am 135 and that's with this swelling!!!

I'm doing really good today, it is getting...

I'm doing really good today, it is getting easier but everytime I get up I feel this stabbing pain and I can't tell if it coming from my incision or from where the drain site was?? But it also feels like maybe it's coming from my pubic area. Other than that it's been a good few days.
Today is 1 week and I have pretty much taken it easy so tomorrow I'm gonna attempt grocery shopping. I hope it doesn't make me swell to much more!! I have some pics to post and I promise I will do it tommorrow , I hate that this site doesn't allow me to post from my I pod

I went to lunch then grocery shopping today and...

I went to lunch then grocery shopping today and must say I'm feeling pretty good but pretty swollen..took an advil. Before my adventure out hopin it would help, but not so sure if it did or not. And I posted after pics , the one with the incision visible was 2 days post OP when they took the drains out and the other picture was taken this past Monday which was 5 days post OP.

I went to lunch then grocery shopping today and...

I went to lunch then grocery shopping today and must say I'm feeling pretty good but pretty swollen..took an advil. Before my adventure out hopin it would help, but not so sure if it did or not. And I posted after pics , the one with the incision visible was 2 days post OP when they took the drains out and the other picture was taken this past Monday which was 5 days post OP.

Went out to lunch then grocery shopping and I must...

Went out to lunch then grocery shopping and I must say I am feeling pretty good! I took an advil before my adventure out to maybe help the swelling so I guess I will wait til later tonight to see if it worked or not.
I posted 2 after pics today, the one with the incision visible is 2 days post op when I was at the PS office getting the drains out and the other picture was this past monday which was 5 days post op.

Ooops for the triple post...LOL couldn't get...

Ooops for the triple post...LOL couldn't get the pictures to post !

Ok the advil before shopping didn't really...

Ok the advil before shopping didn't really work! I'm still swollen but I feel good other than that. I think I'm even gonna do some shopping for some new stretchy type pants tommorrow

I went to the mall yesterday and bought a new...

I went to the mall yesterday and bought a new garment to try...it's kinda like a spanx but a different brand. I tried a spanx on and it was too hard to get on so I went with the high undies control garment. I'm trying them today to run a couple errands and then out to dinner. I will let you know how they work.

Went for another follow up with the PS today.. He...

Went for another follow up with the PS today.. He thought maybe I was a little too swollen and wanted to see if I had some fluid building up so he put what I think is the longest needle I have ever seen into my abdomen!! But turned out I have no seroma...thank god! But I'm still pretty swollen so he wants me to lay super low for awhile and take it easy. I will be 2 weeks in 2 days and I'm thinking it's gonna be a much longer road to recovery than I thought!
I asked him about scar therapy And he said I could try the silicone sheets or vitamin d oil but he actually prefers Palmers cocoa butter...said it has the best results that he has seen on his patients.
So guess I'm off to hang out on the couch for the night, my poor doggie is wondering where his runs have been for the past couple weeks.

So I'm 16 days post op and the time is flying!...

So I'm 16 days post op and the time is flying! I have been super bummed about all the swelling lately but today has been ok in that area. I'm not sure what is different, I raised the amount of water I'm drinking and started wearing a new compression garment I bought at a dept. Store so I'm not really sure which one helped?? I just hope that my whole mid section continues to loose some of the swelling.

So today is 4 weeks post op and i have to say i am...

So today is 4 weeks post op and i have to say i am still sick to death of the swelling!! And to top it off i woke up today to a red spot on my incision so im hoping i am not getting an infection!! dont go to the docs for 5 more days but if it gets any more red then i may have to call him. i did post new pics!! all of them were taken in the morning and you can see the swelling even then!

So I have been complaining for almost a week about...

So I have been complaining for almost a week about this Hard red spot on my incision line and yesterday it started hurting and today it was soooo sore I was miserable all day at work but had a follow up appointment with PS after work so I suffered. I get to his office and he was like that's no big deal looks like a stitch trying to come out. After making a tiny cut and digging around he pulled out a stitch ball!!! Not gonna lie it hurt like hell but now I feel like a new woman!! Amazing that a tiny stitch can hurt worse than the whole damn surgery.

Today is 6 weeks post op and i cant believe it has...

Today is 6 weeks post op and i cant believe it has been this long. I am getting flatter everday but still a puff ball by the night! i am not gonna complain cuz i am 100% percent better than before surgery. I loooove my belly and belly button now!! I have not looked this way since i was 16 and am so happy with my decision to do it, was worth every penny!!

I haven't been on in so long so I thought I would...

I haven't been on in so long so I thought I would stop by and drop a few lines. I'm a little over a year and a half post op and I've never been happier with my body! I'm down to about 130 pounds and it's pretty much just from diet. having a tummy tuck was the best decision I've ever made and im wearing things I haven't worn since I was 16! I actually bought jeggings and wore them out in public for gods sake!!! So to the ladies that are in the beginning of their journeys all I can say is hang in there because it will take some time but you will eventually be happy with your results!

It was 2 years ago that I had the surgery that...

It was 2 years ago that I had the surgery that changed my entire life!!! I love my results still, but its weird cuz I still swell up at the end of a 12 hour shift on my feet but by the morning I'm right back to my flat self!!
Ladies, if your considering this surgery I say you go for it. I have never been this comfortable in my own body since I was 16 years old ( I will be 40 next year)
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

He is the best doctor. Sweet, caring and makes you feel like you are the only girl alive!!! P.S. His name is Dr James miller in mentor Ohio. Not sure where that other info came from.

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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wow! You look great and so does your scar! Congrats!
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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You do look amazing...you cant even see your scar...
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Wow!  You look so beautiful!  Your scar has faded so well - I am so happy for you!  Thanks for the 2 year post update - the ladies who are going in will appreciate seeing results that are a few years further along.
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Thanks so much!! You also look great! Your scar is so light and tummy is so flat!!
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Wow....you really still swell up even 2 years PO?
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Yes I sure do! When I'm on my feet for a long shift I come home and I'm definitely swollen, not as much as I was in the first 6-9 months after surgery but enough that its noticeable.
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Looks amazing!
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You look wonderful! I love your results and how your scar healed! Thanks for sharing!
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Your results are superb!
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thank you so much for detailed description and lots of pictures of your experience! it helps a lot!
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Wow, you look awesome! And thanks SO much for showing us all what we can hope for down the road. I know I looked at a lot of new scars & thought I don't want to look like that, so it is really great to see how it improves over time. Thanks again!
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Thank you, I was so in shock when I first saw my scar thinking I was gonna look like a freak forever but honestly I am pretty comfortable right now with it... Hang in there it will take quite a long time before you get there but you will love it!
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you look fabulous
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Thank you!! It really is nice to hear that from the ladies on here that can relate to my experience!!
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Do you have a photo of the scar of 1 year post op? I am considering a tuck, I like your results, but just want to know if the scar keeps fading. Thanks
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I just posted a pic of the scar and honestly the stretch marks I have left are far worse then the scar!!! And I have absolutely no scar on my belly button which is seen with my bikini
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Thank u for sharing your results a year and a half post op. Its always great and exciting to see the progression over that period of time. U look great!
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Joyce, you look incredible and sounds like you are 100% satisfied with the way everything turned out, as you should be. I am happy also, but looking into having laser surgery on the scar. Email if you get a chance!
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You look so fabulous!! You must be so happy! I am 1 & 1/2 years too! I will post new pictures this week. I love my results, still have the dogears, even after having them removed 6 months ago, but seeing my ps today & I will set up a time to have them removed. Other than that, it sure is nice to wear a 2 piece & have a nice flat tummy in clothes!
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I just checked your updated pictures and you look great!! Your dogear does not look bad at all!! I have a little puckery skin at the end of my incision but it doesn't bother me at all! And I've never been able to wear the kinds of clothes I can right now so I'm ecstatic with my results!!
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You tummy looks awesome, the scar looked very good even early on after surgery. I would be interested to see how it looks now after 1.5yrs. Do you have a photo of the scar? I wish more people would give updates, like you, a long time after their surgeries as it is interesting to see the progression that far out. Thanks :)
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Hi Chris thanks so much and the scar is good, sometimes I hate it but it is so much better then the skin I had before!! I will post a photo of the scar either tonight or tomorrow. I'm not sure how it slipped my mind to add that!!
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Joyce your scar is amazing, it is practically invisible...I'm so impressed. That gives me so much confidence about getting a TT. I know I tend to heal well and not show scars too so I can hope that mine might look as good as yours! Really looking forward to my turn. I just have to finish breast feeding first.
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how are things going for you....i am def getting a redo hopefully november...hope all is well
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