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Full Tummy Tuck March 26!! Bye Bye Belly!! - Omaha, NE

I am 35 years old and a mother of 2 girls - 9...

I am 35 years old and a mother of 2 girls - 9 & 4 who were both born via c-section. With my first pregnancy I gained about 45 pounds. I worked hard after she was born to loose the weight, but even after the weight was down I was left with a stretched out, saggy, stretch marked belly. The skin just dangled!! I knew at this time SOME DAY I would get a tummy tuck & even had a consultation, but since I wasn't 100% sure we were done having children he told me to wait....good idea because I got pregnant shortly after! Love my girls, but 9 pound babies wreaked havoc on my body!! I had a consult with a few local doctors (I'm in Des Moines, Iowa), but I had a hard time justifying spending $8200 on myself for something that wasn't medically necessary. I did some research and found the average price in Omaha was $5000-6000....that I COULD justify!! I met with a doctor in early March and EVERYTHING about the clinic, the staff, and most importantly the doctor made me feel that this was right & scheduled my surgery!! My pre-op is Thursday the 15th & surgery is scheduled for the 26th!! I am excited, scared, nervous, anxious, and everything in between!! I have a history of getting the shakes after anesthesia so I am TERRIFIED that will happen, afraid of the pain, afraid of the drains, and afraid I will be too sick & sore to handle the 145 mile ride home 1 day after surgery....but I know it will all be worth it in the end!! 13 more days!!

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Good Luck, I am 38 and the mother of two boys ages 13 and 9. I gained 90lbs and was able to get my body back onto shape except for my stomach, and ever since my first child I too said SOMEDAY. I just went for a consultation on Monday, and am now thinking about scheduling a date. I too am afraid of the pain, the drains, anesthisia....etc please keep us updated
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Welcome! You have a great figure, I think you will be so happy after your surgery! Let us know how everything goes! You will be fine!
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Hello ladies! I just got back from my pre-op...

Hello ladies! I just got back from my pre-op appointment. It seems so much more real now!! My surgery is first in the morning and I should be done by 8am & on my way by 9:30!! I didn't expect it to be so quick & to get the boot right away!! lol!! Luckily our hotel has recliners in the room so hopefully that we help me be a bit more comfortable....WE SHALL SEE!!

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This is the same day that mine is scheduled for! We are in this together girl!!!
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Hi Des, good luck w ur surgery! Keep us posted!
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Thanks Beas!! I will!!

One more week!! This time next week I will be on...

One more week!! This time next week I will be on the other side!! The emotions are just so overwhelming....cried on my way to work. I am a planner and not knowing EXACTLY how things are going to go, how I am going to feel, how I am going to tolerate the inability to do things myself, how long my recovery will take, etc just really worries me! Since I have gotten sick after anesthesia in the past my doctor has given me a Scolpomine (sp?) patch to put on the morning of surgery and I will wear it for 3 days after. Hoping this helps. I believe he also said something about another med in my IV? Anyway, we picked up another recliner last night so I will have one upstairs in our bedroom and another downstairs in the family room. The new one is MUCH more comfortable and its huge!! I have a feeling I will be spending most of my days camped out in that thing!!

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Hi Des, I took am a puker and I must say the patch did work, I also kept it on for 3 days so that will help u out, oh and that recliner will bcome ur best friend bcus my recliner is mine lol, I can't wait to b able to lay down in my bed and on my side
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Sounds like a plan!!

Less than a week!! This time next week I will be...

Less than a week!! This time next week I will be 1 day p.o. and hopefully pain-free (a girl can wish right?)...I am ready to be on the other side!!

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Thanks Beas!! Comforting to hear!! My doctors instructions are to also keep it on for 3 days following surgery...probably a VERY good thing since we live 140 miles away from surgery center and will be driving home the day after surgery.
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4 MORE DAYS!!! O.M.G!! I am a nervous wreck!! I...

4 MORE DAYS!!! O.M.G!! I am a nervous wreck!! I swear I have been nervous eating the past week and probably packed on another 5 pounds!!

I had a dream (I actually dream about the surgery every stinking night!) that I woke up and binder was so tight I could't breath, flipped out, had an anxiety attack, etc.

Did I mention that I have a migraine today?!?! Lovely when I can only take Tylenol and that does absolutely ZERO for migraines!! I am pretty sure its my nerves causing it...yay me!!

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My last weekend of flubber belly! The office just...

My last weekend of flubber belly! The office just called and had to bump my surgery time....I now have to be there at 6am surgery at 8am. I was kinda looking forward to only have 45 minutes in the office before surgery....leaves less time to wig out!!

They do not give Valium until you have met with the Anesthiologist and the doctor and with the early appt time I was told I would be hauled off to surgery before it kicked in so HOPEFULLY I will get it in time to do some good!!

Got lots of shopping to get done this weekend!! Supplies, groceries, etc....I am sure I will forget things and have to send the poor hubby to the store a half a dozen times!!

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3 more days girlie and we will be flat belly chics! I'm so excited!
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I know right!! They changed my appt time from 6am to 8am...boo!! Earlier appt time I would have only had to be there 45 minutes prior to surg time....now I get to sit for 2 hour before.....see a meltdown in my future!! I read that some people got Valium to take the morning before arrival, but my office doesn't give it to you until after you see dr before surgery.

I am so ready to just be on the other side!!

I can't believe tomorrow is the day!! I am...

I can't believe tomorrow is the day!! I am nervous yet excited!! Pretty sure I wil not be sleeping tonight!!

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Meeee tooo!! Yes yes yes to a fast recovery!!
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Just checking out the surgery dates and I am scheduled for tomorrow as well! Isn't crazy how fast the time has come, I hope recovery goes just as fast :)
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Thanks ladies!! And yes Ally we will!!
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I'm officially on the other side!! I've actually...

I'm officially on the other side!! I've actually been surprised with the pain.....not a whole lot so far! Woke up in recovery & was a little uncomfortable, but nothing unbearable. I did puke tonight & that did hurt!!

Ok I'm groggy...more later!

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and to the threadstarter OP(original poster)aw i m sur you resting tonight,good job! as i am sure we will see your pix soon,god speed,way 2 go chica!
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Good Morning and Good Luck!!!!
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i want to say tonight GOOD LUCK chica! i am sure in what? four days or so,your goin2luv,YOUR NEW SEXI FLAT STOMACH! we are praying for you....keep us plz posted,with pix, as i am doing the same soon enough!

1 day PO and everything is going well so far. ...

1 day PO and everything is going well so far. Went to follow up appt this morning & my husband got to see my new tummy!! I was a bit queezy so I passed. He says that I am going to be very happy with how it looks. I will get pics tonight!.

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1 day PO and everything is going well so far. ...

1 day PO and everything is going well so far. Went to follow up appt this morning & my husband got to see my new tummy!! I was a bit queezy so I passed. He says that I am going to be very happy with how it looks. I will get pics tonight!.

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Congratulations, the waiting is finally over. Glad you are feeling well. Keep us posted
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Girl we sure did!! How are you feeling?
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Yahhh! We made it through!
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Day 2 PO - my husband got picks last night but I...

Day 2 PO - my husband got picks last night but I can't figure out how to add them to my review?

Anyway, even with the nasty drains, stitches, etc I'm still pleased with how things look already!

Pain isn't anything like I imagined and actually I've only taken Extra Strength Tylenol so far today.

I get these weird tingling in my abdominal area...anyone else experience this or know what it is?

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Thanks ladies!! I am very happy with how things are coming along!
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soo sexy loing that belly wow u must be soo happy!!cnt wait for my results..keep us posted!!u look great!!
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You look awesome congrats and welcome to the flat side!!!
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Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! ...

Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! Feeling pretty good still...just sore & move slow. My binder is feeling a bit tight so the swelling must be kicking in. The itching....omg the itching!! Last night I thought I was gonna scratch my skin right off. I. Had to get the TED hose off they were driving me bananas!! Even the Benadryl didn't stop all th itching.

Still no regrets and the recovery has been less pain than I anticipated.

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Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! ...

Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! Feeling pretty good still...just sore & move slow. My binder is feeling a bit tight so the swelling must be kicking in. The itching....omg the itching!! Last night I thought I was gonna scratch my skin right off. I. Had to get the TED hose off they were driving me bananas!! Even the Benadryl didn't stop all th itching.

Still no regrets and the recovery has been less pain than I anticipated.

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Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! ...

Day 3 PO - well the MOM finally worked! Lol! Feeling pretty good still...just sore & move slow. My binder is feeling a bit tight so the swelling must be kicking in. The itching....omg the itching!! Last night I thought I was gonna scratch my skin right off. I. Had to get the TED hose off they were driving me bananas!! Even the Benadryl didn't stop all th itching.

Still no regrets and the recovery has been less pain than I anticipated.

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Looking great Honey!
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Congrats!! REALLY Great Results!! You've got to be thrilled!! :)
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Day 4 PO - Feeling about the same today....sore,...

Day 4 PO - Feeling about the same today....sore, tired, and TIGHT!! I'm already getting cabin fever. I cannot wait to have enough energy & ability to venture out of the house. Its supposed to be 87 degrees on Sunday so I'm hoping I can at least get outside for a while & get a little sun. My husband and kids have been awesome!! Always making sure I am comfortable, have my water, etc. I feel so bad waking my hubby @ all hours of the night to go to the bathroom, but he tells me I'm no bother & says I'm doing awesome. Even my 4 yr old is huge help & assists me getting in & out of the recliner. I will get some more pics later today & get them posted

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PO Day 5 - nothing new really....going stir...

PO Day 5 - nothing new really....going stir crazy!! Took a sponge bath this morning & got so dizzy & lightheaded when my husband took off my binder. Thought I was gonna puke & pass out!! It feels so weird to touch my stomach too.

Funeral today, but I don't think I can make it....how can I get dresses & hide the drains?

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Congrats...I love ur results!!!!
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Thank you so much!! Everytime I see my tummy I'm still in shock its mine!!

PO Day 7 - well today is my first weepy day. ...

PO Day 7 - well today is my first weepy day. Since I live 150 miles from dr's office the nurse suggested I call to give my drain totals & make one trip rather than two.....so basically wait until they are both ready to be removed since they usually only remove one at a time. Well going into all this I had it in my head that I would have them for two weeks so when I called this morning & they made my appt for Thursday (10 days PO) I should have been happy.....no it was waterworks!! I've tried to think positively & that its better to have them in for a few more days rather than develope a seroma and its really not that much longer. I still feel so inhibited by these dang drains!! I want to put on some clothes and take a shower!! You can only get so clean taking a sponge bath!.

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Those drains are not fun, but man oh man do they serve a purpose! I didn't have all that much swelling until after they were removed, and then the swelling hit. I really couldn't say which was worse, but I was allowed to shower with mine in, which is prob why I didn't HATE them! I'm not a fun girl to be around when I don't feel clean! :) But darn girl, you look fantastic already, you're going to LOVE LOVE LOVE your result! :)
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I keep trying to tell myself that the fluid I am draining would be pooling up if I didn't have the drains. And I am NOT a happy person when I'm not clean either! I'm almost through Monday so really just need to get through 2 more days.....I can do it! Thanks for the encouragement girls!
I can only imagine how difficult it could be having those drains in. Hang in there and don't get discouraged...you look great!! Hopefully it will be over soon.
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Day 10 PO - Just had my drains removed!! So glad...

Day 10 PO - Just had my drains removed!! So glad to be rid of them, but now I am terrified that I could swell worse so I'm going to be sure to really lay low. I've felt so much better the last few days I've probably been doing too much.....I went out to breakfast with my mom, trip to Target and Aeropostale, and then grocery store.

Now the question of whether or not the drains hurt being removed.......yes and no! Two PA's removed them at the same time.....left side I really felt nothing other than the slithering feeling in my stomach.....the right side BURNED like a mother 'you know what'!! I got really dizzy & lightheaded afterwards.....I really thought I was gonna pass out!! So glad that's over, but now I am terrified to get the stitches out!!

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Let me just say this, u look amazing! Nice flat tummy! Great results. I am scheduled for May 3rd and I am ready to get this over with! Congrats to you! Happy Healing!
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Thank you & good luck to you on your soon to be flat tummy! The wait is almost worse than the actual procedure honestly!
Post some 10 day pics!! :) And yeah, I totally know what you mean about the drain that burned. Same thing happened to me. It took me 5 minutes to recover. I literally broke out in a sweat. My second one didn't hurt at all - but right before she pulled it I got super nervous and my heart was racing with anticipation.
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Day 12 PO - I'm feeling pretty good....maybe too...

Day 12 PO - I'm feeling pretty good....maybe too good! I have to remind myself to sloooow down & relax. My husband & I are not people who sit home ever so its so hard! I had my first shower yesterday & one word to describe....AMAZING!!

I've been sleeping in bed since Monday 7 days PO & that's the same time I started standing straight!!

I will post new pics later!

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Glad to hear you are doing better
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You look awesome!! The belly button looks good and I can start to see some of your ab muscles. Congrats!!

Oh and yes... even though you feel better, try and take it easy. Don't over do it because you will pay for it later.
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I'm def still very swollen! My presurg pants do not fit & seems to have really settled in my booty & thighs!!
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Day 17 PO - Back to work this week and I know this...

Day 17 PO - Back to work this week and I know this is EXACTLY why I am swelling horribly! I am so terrified of developing a seroma...not only because I HATE needles (funny that I hate needles, but have LOTS of tattoos?) but also because I live 150 miles away from the PS. Driving 300+ miles every couple of days to get the tummy poked just doesn't sound like much fun....I hate driving and I hate being in the car for long. I'm a very, very impatient person! I have noticed A LOT more swelling this week even though I put my spanx on under the binder to give additional compression since I was swelling so much....didn't do much, but did leave a little, tiny line/bubble of swelling all across the top of the Spanx. I know this surgery requires a sloooow recovery, but it stinks that I am experiencing more swelling now that I did a week or so prior? Thankfully my boss has been letting me wear sweats to work this week or I would have very easily busted buttons clean off my pants. Actually, Monday I put on a pair of my dress pants that were too big prior to surgery and they fit well with the bulky binder...well I dropped my make-up and tried to squat down to pick it up...RIIIIP...blew out the seam in the ass!! LOVELY!! Its also been depressing to pick up some of my old jeans that were too big and now they BARELY fit & the jeans that fit well prior to surgery I know not to even try or I will end up bawling like a baby. The swelling is bubbling my booty out like I am Kim Kardashian's sister and my thighs....HOLY SHIT!!

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Oh ya check out the position of the tattoo after...

Oh ya check out the position of the tattoo after surgery!! LMAO!! I said to my husband "oh look I am really bruised right here..." He informs me "No that is what is left of the dolphin!"

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Swollen or not you look great! Your ps did a greatjob on shaping your body. I hope my results come out as well! PS - What dolphin?
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omg! hahaha you poor thing ripping your big pants =( that sucks! if it makes you feel any better my fat jeans fit right now, and my normal jeans dont button. i was hoping to drop a size not gain. i know itll go down... just wish it would sooner!
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wow! your results look amazing. you look hot! you had the perfect shape for a TT though, and now you have the perfect hourglass shape =) congrats!
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Day 21 PO - 3 weeks today and really not feeling...

Day 21 PO - 3 weeks today and really not feeling much different today than my last update! Still swollen and feel like a stuffed sausage in this dang binder. BTW - I HATE THIS BINDER!! Hate is a strong word, but I feel STRONGLY about it!! It bunches, bubbles and by no means does it apply 'even' compression as its supposed to! My dr said if its bunching then to try a cg, but I bought 2 and neither felt as though they held me as tight as the binder so I only went about 15 minutes before I put the binder back on. I already had Spanx - tried them....NOPE, bought a pair of high waisted Spanx type underwear things....NOPE.....Spanx type control tank....NEGATIVE!! I could wear them WITH the binder, but alone they are not enough even though they all were listed as the highest level of 'sucking in' power. I've had other p.s. and once I was on the uphill swing of feeling better I continued to get better each day. This time around I feel like the past week I am stuck in a rut....ugghh!! I try to remind myself & so did my hubby (he's done a lot of reading up on what to expect, etc) and he keeps spouting off that it can take up to 6 months or longer before all the swelling is gone and to feel 'normal' again. Heck normal...what is normal anymore? I forgot!! I miss the gym, but hell at this rate I can't even fathom going any time soon!! PA mentioned that around 4 weeks I could start working out again. Well I can assure you that unless there is some miraculous recovery over the next 7 days I HIGHLY doubt that is going to happen! Heck I can walk straight up but my swelling makes moving feel uncomfortable. I saw a friend who had no idea I was having TT and she said "you are walking like someone who just had a baby or surgery." Ya the latter honey....

Ok enough of the negativity.....did I mention that PMS could be setting in?!?! GOOD LORD that is going to be an event I could certainly do without right now!!

I have my 3 week f/u with PS tomorrow so I am sure I will have some updates to add on Wednesday. I am getting my stitches out of my bb and incision tomorrow and I am not looking forward to that! Just the thought of it gives me the heebie jeebies! Oh and since I am so swollen I am not sure how they are going to manage to even find some of them!!

Reminding myself YET again that in a few months (which that sounds like FOREVER) I will be enjoying my new tummy when I can wear a swimsuit that isn't a 'grandma' style suit!

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You truly can barely see it!! I should put an arrow on my stomach the next pic to point it out. It sits right on/above my incision line. And thank you! I just hope the shape I had on 1 day po comes back sooner than later! Good luck and keep me posted on how you are doing!
Ya....my fat pants barely fit!! lol!! Actually the past couple of days I have been so swollen I don't think they would even fit over my hips! I know it will go down too, but I am over it already...yes impatient should be my middle name!
Thanks! I feel like I could blow a spout by the end of the day....UGGHH!! I laid in the recliner and gave my kids their orders (such a mean mom) and really tried to take it easy all weekend as much as possible, but it was my now 10 yr olds bday. It didn't get much better, but didn't get worse either. Today I am at work and I can already feel like getting tighter and tighter...

So is the area below your bb normal swelling? Where is your seroma located?

Day 23 PO - Saw the dr yesterday and he said he...

Day 23 PO - Saw the dr yesterday and he said he was very happy with how I look and that I am going to be VERY pleased with the final result....YES!! Also, when I woke up yesterday the swelling that I was so worried about the past week was MUCH better....still VERY swollen, but didn't look like I was going to spring a leak! Anyway, got the stitches out of my bellybutton and my incision....belly button took the longest and I did feel a couple of pinches, but that was it. My incision I did have one that the PA did get an "ouch" out of me, but it was literally all over with in 5 minutes!! When I looked at my incision it looked like there were a lot of stitches, but they were mostly just scabs! WHEW!! Also, got to ditch the binder during the day since its not fitting correctly and a complete ANNOYANCE!! I did have a compression tank on they ok'd but said they were a little concerned that it could roll which it does so they suggested I buy a couple of diff kinds to find something that worked for me. Ran to Younkers last night and bought 2 diff Flexees garments and let me say MUCH MUCH MUCH better except I almost feel exposed now...if that makes sense. We will see how the swelling is at the end of the day since I am wearing one to work today. I have Spanx that I wear to bed sometimes because my thighs are so swollen that they leave a mark in my legs that is visable through my pants....not a cute look!! Looks like a put a rubberband around my fatties and I don't dig!! I will try to get new pics up later today!!

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Ok I just added pics from this morning....

Ok I just added pics from this morning....

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Hun you had a good report, no seroma, yeah!!!! Yeah those flexees what is with the digging in our thighs, I hate that, its cause my hips and ass are huge with swelling! I got so many kinds i look at Ross, Marshalls, etc I got so many on clearance for a few dollars then I dont feel bad if I try them and dont like them, that rolling is the worst!! I hate the high waisted briefs that roll, OMG drives me nuts!!! You are looking good !!!!
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Happy to hear you are healing well, glad your swelling went down, keep recovering and keep posting pics please :)
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I will for sure....helps me to realize that each week its getting better!!

Day 25 PO - Not too much to report except that I...

Day 25 PO - Not too much to report except that I don't really did either of the Flexees garments I bought. I wore the waistnipper yesterday and the side boning felt like it was slicing me open...not a comfortable feeling!! I also bought the Torsette briefer which isn't too bad except that thing is a huge pain to get the hooks snapped in the crotch!! Why isn't there a perfect shapewear out there?!?!

Swelling seems to be about the same....there is the morning and then multiplied by 4 by the end of the day. Its definently better than last week and I am THANKFUL for that!

Tried on my swimsuit bottoms and my scar is still sitting high...hoping it comes down some so I can at least wear a bikini this year!!

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You seem to have your swelling under control. You can really see your nice taunt bellow and your curves are gorgeous! My surgery is in 2 weeks, what's your secret?
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I am having the same issue with the location of my scar. I think it sucks my scar wasn't done lower :-( Right now just focusing on scar treatment. Praying and hoping it fades nicely. We shall see. Happy Healing!
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You should check the Spanx line - I love the garment I bought. I still use the CG the surgeon gave me when I can, but the Spanx works great for public outings.

Did your ps say anything to you about your scar settling? (based on your comment today..) I really should have tried on my bikini bottoms before the surgery, because I'd prefer to wear them low - but my scar will be out in its full glory that way. So I have to wear them high on my hips. Yick.
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PO Day 28 - ONE WHOLE MONTH TODAY!! YAY!! Really...

PO Day 28 - ONE WHOLE MONTH TODAY!! YAY!! Really can say that I am getting a bit better week by week...wish it was day by day, but I will take what I can get! I noticed this morning I was walking through the store a bit quicker than I had been able to, wasn't bothered by wearing heels, and most importantly I caught a glipse of some upper ab muscles before I hopped in the shower this morning! That makes me VERY happy!! The swelling still there, but little bit better this week. Also, seems like my scar is settling a bit which I am hoping is so because I don't want to have to wear granny panty swimsuit bottoms this year! I will get pics tomorrow morning and get them uploaded!

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Thank you so much!! I wish I had a secret! lol! I still have A LOT of swelling, but at night I wear my Spanx and then have my husband put my binder on TIGHT! I think that has REALLY helped me. I have a lot of swelling above my incision and I can see/feel the swelling in my flanks too. My doctor doesn't suggest any of the supplements I have heard about on this site, but when my swelling hit what I would call 'swell hell' during week 2 I bought some of the Bromeline & took it over the weekend with what felt like a zillion gallons of water & rested in the recliner. By the time my drs appt a few days later I noticed a significant reduction in what I described as a waterbed belly. Not sure if it was a combo of the rest, water, and bromeline....or if I would have gotten the same from rest and water?

Keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any questions!! Good luck to you!!
Before I started to really try on my old swimsuit bottoms (the bikini that I would wear to the lakehouse (where no one would see me! lol!) it seemed to be pretty low...but its not. I do think it has moved down a bit because I tried on my bottoms a week or so ago and scar was far above the top of my bottoms, but this weekend I tried on 3 bottoms and 2 pairs hid scar. I CANNOT wait to start scar treatment! What are you using?
That's really great news! I haven't tried on my bathing suits again. Maybe I will do that this week to see if there is an improvement. I am currently using the Scaraway silicone sheets. So far I am pleased.

PO Day 33 - Swelling has kicked back in again......

PO Day 33 - Swelling has kicked back in again....ugghhh!! Still not as bad as week 2 but enough that things I had been wearing are too tight!! I haven't eaten a lot of salty or sodium heavy foods so I have no clue.....OVER IT!!

Wore my boobs to knees Spanx to bed & also had hubby wrap me up super tight in my binder before bed, but not flat this morning!!

I just need to be ok'd to get back to the gym, but no dr's appt until May 8th. Stinks......I am a Zumba fanatic & go to classes 6 days a week. Love it & not going is killing me!!

Nothing else to report right now besides my pissy rant! I know in 6 months or so I will look back like such a small sacrifice for such great results, but I want it now!!

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You look great! Did you just have the TT or did you get lipo to your flanks as well? I hope mine comes out looking as good as yours!
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i wish he did that good on me.
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The weather here is crappy so I decided to go to...

The weather here is crappy so I decided to go to the gym to walk & well I felt so good I decided to jog a bit....no pain @ all. Just did a mile at a slow speed (5.5 mph) and then walked 2.....now I'm scared & mad @ myself for doing what dr said NOT to. I hope I didn't eff things up!! I'm a little sore now, but not any more really than I would expect after literally sitting on my ass for the past 5 weeks....so maybe I'm just freaking myself out!

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No lipo at all....just full tt!! Thank you!!
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You had Dr. Bruneauto too?

5 Weeks PO - WOW!! Cannot believe its really been...

5 Weeks PO - WOW!! Cannot believe its really been 5 weeks!! Time flies when your....uhhmmm...uhhh....swollen?!?! lol!! I'm a little more swollen in the abs today and the upper abs HOT DAAAMN ARE SORE!! Guess I didn't realize just how much you use your core when you run. I am gonna chill on that since I DO NOT want to damage what I have spent so much time and money to fix.

Really not a whole lot to report except that I'm starting to feel better with each week and the swelling is def better this week in the hips at least. I can tell because the cg doesn't feel like its cutting off circulation to the legs!! My swelling seems to be more in the upper and lower abs and my belly sorta caves in where my bb is. Hoping that MAYBE when the swelling packs up and moves on that will be how much my belly goes in....at least that much or more!! I keep reading all these posts where they wake up and are flat and no swelling....each morning I unwrap myself with high hopes that maybe that will be my day....hasn't happened yet, but I know 5 weeks is still so soon. Looking back I thought for sure by this time I would be pretty much 100% (even after dr told me not going to happen!)...SLOWLY BUT SURELY, RIGHT?!?!

Anyway, I am just getting around to uploading last weeks pic updates. Hopefully I will get my 5 week pics tomorrow!!

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You are hilarious. I am also as impatient as you, but I'm only 18 days PO. I'm trying not to pass judgment but it's so hard! I also miss my Latin Hip Hop class (very similar to Zumba). I'm going nuts without my exercise, but when I do too much housework, I feel like crap. Trying to take it slow so I can heal.
I think you look great!
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Thanks Beas!! You are looking great too!! I know I've got to remind myself to sloooow down!!
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Hey Des, it looking good girl, very shapely, don't over do it, take ur time getting back into things bcus u can hurt urself but u do look great!
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Day 36 PO - Woke up feeling GREAT today!! I had...

Day 36 PO - Woke up feeling GREAT today!! I had my hubby wrap me up SUPER tight last night with 2 different binders....woke up with less swelling!! YAY!! I am starting to feel MUCH better (FINALLY!!) and cannot wait until I can say I am back to the OLD ME minus 3 lbs of skin!! This weekend we are going out for a friends bday and I am excited to put on my hair extensions & a cute dress!! It will be SO NICE not to have to worry about my flap of skin showing!!

Oh and today I put on my dress pants for work and a cute tank tucked in & couldn't believe its FLAT!! I am so used to having to try to hide my muffin top and flap, but not today!! The little things that so many take for granted!! I know I took my prebaby body for granted....

Oh and the girls are work are trying SO HARD to to figure out what kind of surgery I had. Yesterday one of the ladies said "you are looking busty today!! I think I figured out what you had done!" I told her "Nope! I got a $50 boob job from VS called the Bombshell!!"

Happy healing to all!!

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des moines i feel the same this girl at wk didnt know bout my surgery and everytime i walked by her she would just stare at me u know that feeling when someones staring at ya..well i brought her int he room and told her just so i would feel better shes a friend anyway..and she was hating girl like hardcore but i know how to deal w that kind of response so it didnt get to me cuz i know i looked good and she asks me what else did u have done because since i have a flat belly now i look busty as well and i was like o no these are real baby..and i was like if ur not happy w the way u look why dnt u do something about it..ill cover for u..and she just said i would never do something like that thats for depressed girls..and i was like killing her w kindness..and said i wish i was as confident as u are now..but i would do this over and over again if i had to..cuz i know i look good and she just walks out the room like ok.....lol...thats why theres certain people who just shouldnt know about it...i could care les if the whole world found out we know it was worth it were not depressed girls we just love ourselves enough to give us a second chance...and reward ourselves that way!!!let poeple hate cuz u know its the ones who r hating who are the most uncomfortable w themselves!!!=)))
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I was having a bit of a bad time the past few days & its nice to hear such compliments!! The swelling is a crazy, crazy thing....I can drown myself in water while I am lounging in the recliner and swell up like the Goodyear blimp!! You are looking so good too & we gotta keep reminder ourselves (and each other!!) that we are going to be SO HAPPY with our results that we will look back in a year and realize all of this was worth it and really the few months of going through hell (swell hell and etc!!) were well worth!!
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You look amazing I swear my swelling was bad at 6 weeks yet looking back I looked better at 6 weeks than 8 weeks, it is crazy how it comes and goes no rhyme or reason for sure! You look great take care and do not overdo it!
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Day 37 PO - Holy SWELL HELL!! This morning I woke...

Day 37 PO - Holy SWELL HELL!! This morning I woke up puffier than I had been so I shoulda known that it was going be be a BAD day.....

I'm so swollen that my incision is burning!! I feel like my stomach is on FIRE too. WTH is up with that!?! I feel like I'm about 5 months prego & I'm NOT a good prego person!! So yes I am crabby.....or if you asked my hubby I am just downright bitchy!!

I guess I'm gonna call it a night & hope that the swelling + extra weight will pack up move while I'm knocked out!!

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Fresh pineapple girls, I have been eating it daily, it has helped
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Uggh!! I'm 36 days po and also have had the worst swelling yet this week. Feel like I look preggo and worse than pre surgery. Thank goodness for this site so we can all know it's normal. Don't worry, we will get there.
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I can't believe you still have swellingthat sucks the big one!!! You look great though and Bejwelme suggested pineapple to keep the sweeling down
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PO 6 Weeks - I CANNOT BELIEVE ITS BEEN 6 WEEKS...

PO 6 Weeks - I CANNOT BELIEVE ITS BEEN 6 WEEKS ALREADY!! Everything is going well and still happy that I FINALLY had the surgery!! Really my only complaint is the swelling is still hanging around and pre-surg pants are still too tight!! Also, it feels REALLY weird to have pants on without my cg or binder on. I feel like I need to lean back or something....

I go see my dr tomorrow and I HOPE he gives the green light to exercising. I am SO ready to get back to my old routine and see my Zumba friends!!

I did discover something weird over the weekend...didn't wear a cg or binder when I went out Saturday night and not too much swelling even after being on my feet all day. Sunday didn't wear my cg or binder and again not too much swelling. I did a lot of errands (grocery store, house cleaning, etc) and really not much swelling. Now today I sit here at my desk at work with my waistnipper and the swelling is HORRIBLE!! Weiiiirddd!! Hopefully the dr says I can ditch wearing a garment or binder during the day anyway....we shall see!! I also noticed that when I went without my garment Saturday night I didn't have the weird feeling I usually get when I don't wear a cg or binder. Friday I peed my Spanx....yes ladies you read that right I PEED MY SPANX!! I thought I perfect the art of peeing out of the hole in the Spanx, but I was wrong....Anyhoo, I had to take off my Spanx and all afternoon I felt like I couldn't walk right or move because it was uncomfortable without any support. Odd what one day can do when weeks of recovery and you inch along...hmmmm? I was wondering if I would ever be able to part with the cg's....its a love/hate relationship with the dang thing honestly!!

I will update after I see the dr tomorrow!!

Happy healing ladies!!

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That's why I wear the Veronique Garments! There is no flap over the crotch area, it's totally open. I sometimes wear underwear over the garment.
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That's why I wear the Veronique Garments! There is no flap over the crotch area, it's totally open. I sometimes wear underwear over the garment.
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6 wk PO visit today & I'm fully released!! I have...

6 wk PO visit today & I'm fully released!! I have ZERO restrictions!! He just told me to ease back into my fitness routine & not go balls to the wall from the get-go. I will take it!! I've had some major withdrawals from the gym especially Zumba!! No more binder, cg, etc!! HELL YA!! I'm sure I will still wear it to bed until the swelling is better.

Dr asked me if I was happy about my decision and I was quick to answer "YES!!"

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PO Day 46 - Back to the gym and it feels GREAT!! ...

PO Day 46 - Back to the gym and it feels GREAT!! Its so nice to not have my stomach bouncing around & to put on my gym clothes and not feel so self-conscious about it. My dr said I could ease back into ab exercises so last night I went to Core class & we did a standing abs routine...no pain at all and it felt great!! I took it easy and didn't go balls to the wall...listened to my body and didn't push myself. My arms are sore, butt is sore, legs are sore, and my abs are just TINY bit sore. NOTHING like it was when I ran at 5 weeks PO....that time it felt like someone kicked my in my upper abs!

Seems like this week (week 7 PO) has truly been the turning point...swelling is still there but far less this week, able to sleep without binder or cg, and feel a bit back to normal!!

I am ready to get back to my normal exercise routine & working on bettering my body! This surgery has helped me so much with my midsection & now I can only perfect it! Nothing happens overnight and this experience has reminded me of that!

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You are looking great and healing nicely. Glad to hear working out feels good. Enjoy your summer.
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Day 52 PO - Well I am 7 weeks and some days...

Day 52 PO - Well I am 7 weeks and some days post-op. I am really not digging these love handles!! UGGHH!! I also think I have developed a dog ear on my left side....same side I am more swollen on because I got DRILLED with a softball at work last week. That was not cool at all!!

I need to start some scar therapy ASAP. Even thought I am still swollen and not happy with the love handles I refuse to wear a one piece this year!!

Now that I am able to work out again I do feel so much better and cannot believe how sore my legs are!

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Looking Great!
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Thank you!!
U LOOK SUPER GOOD TO ME! sometimes i get depressed too cuz i have some love handles too and i still have some stretch marks and i stil have some stitches that dnt seem to disappear and i get itchy around those areas..and i get irritated but i just fell like i have to let time pass and if im not happy by my 6 mos and after i start working out then ill do something about it..but just be patient..
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Day 71 PO/10 weeks + 1 day - Things are getting...

Day 71 PO/10 weeks + 1 day - Things are getting better, swelling is down most of the time, I am able to do most things that I could do preop without pain, etc. I am still pretty numb and it feels weird to have my pants tight on my stomach.

Just taking it day by day, week by week, and now month by month! Dog ear is still there...crap! Nothing I can do about it now and will worry about it later!

My weight will NOT move at all....been eating good (mostly!) back to exercise, etc....and that dang scale will NOT budge except to maybe jump up a few pounds.

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Thanks for sharing your experience. I see the page says you went to see Dr. Bernateaus. Another page said they posted the wrong doctor. I am considering Dr. Bernateaus myself. Was he your surgeon?
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hey desy...i am right there w ya on the weight thing i had ost like 6 pds and gained it all back and i got soo depressed cuz of it im trying not to weight myself everyday like i always do..it is depressing and i now know its all a part of the process of healing girl u look amazing u really do..e n u look very similar..and when u least expect it one day well be a lot lighter if we stay motivated to stay on track of course!!hopefully ur doing good..=))
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the weight gain I believe is just swelling I had my surgery the same day you did , I remember one night before bed i weighted myself after a walk and was 138 and then the next day i was 134 ...I get more swollen mostly tthe days I work since I'm walking more than anything but when I'm off I ususally dont since I'm resting....
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