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Mom of 3, Age 32 - Had a Tummy Tuck on March 25th, 2010

I am a mom of three boys ages 9-5-3. I had a...

I am a mom of three boys ages 9-5-3. I had a tummy tuck last Wednesday. I had a breast lift back in August and I was super happy with the results and the pain was nothing so I decided to have a tummy tuck and my thighs done.

The pain was alot more that I anticipated. After having three natural births with no pain killers I always thought I had a high pain tollerance. Obviously I was wrong. I am still sleeping in my lazyboy and walking with a "hunchback". Every morning I wake up and hope that I can do a little more and I get dissapointed.

My mother in law pulled out my pain pump on Friday and I didn't feel anything when it was coming out and the pain level hasn't changed much since. I still have the drain tube and as of now it hasn't bothered me at all. The worst of it is my hipps on the bones at the end of my incision. I can't wait to be able to walk normal and do things my boys want to go play outside and I can't go, I feel useless. I am having second thoughts about having the procedure but there is no turning back now. I just have to get though this and hope the end result is all worth it.

My plastic surgeon and his staff were super awsome. I slept at his office over night and was taken really good care of. His nurse calls me everyday and he has called me himself on two occasions. They both assure me that my feelings are normal so whomever is thinking of having this procedure be prepared. Apparenly the pain pills can make you feel down and out.

I am going to try and have a shower today, I just don't want to have to look at the draining tube coming out of my stomach (I'm worried it might make me pass out). I'll keep you posted....

Okay so it's Tuesday March 31st, 2010, 6 days post...

Okay so it's Tuesday March 31st, 2010, 6 days post op.  I am feeling a little better, I attended my plastic surgeon's office and had the draining tube removed, I didn't feel anything.  When I'm touched over the belly it's the weirdest feeling because I don't feel anything.   After having my tubes removed I had a "lymphatic drain massage" I wasn't quite sure what that was so I was a bit nervous.  But it was amazing I have three of them that were included in the price of my surgery and basically it's a massage arround the area where I had lypo to help with the healing and it was great!!  Exacally what I needed, I'm considering getting a few more after.  I'm still a little nervous about the end result because I still have a hard time looking at the incision, it's really gross.  My plastic surgeon assures me that it looks great and things are healing well and the end result will be amazing but at this point I'm a little discouraged.  I still don't walk straight upright and the nights are the worst.  I started sleeping in my own bed two nights ago but I have to put pillows under my legs.  I get stiff at night so the pain when I try to move wakes me up from my sleep and I have a hard time finding a comfortable position to sleep.  I can't wait to be able to sleep normally again!!  I am going to attempt to go back to work tomorrow, I have a desk job and my employers are very forgiving so even if I put in a few hours and want to go home that is an option for me.   As soon as I am brave enough I will attempt to take pictures and post them up...

Hello everyone!!  So I'm exacally two weeks...

Hello everyone!!  So I'm exacally two weeks in.  I feel alot better!!  I had an apt with my plastic surgeon today to get the stitches out.  It was totally painless, my stomach is starting to look really great.  The pain is totally gone, I can walk straight, I'm even wearing my heals again.  I wore my jeans today, with the corsett, so I can assume I have dropped down a seize. I've posted a new pic.  I'll keep adding them.....

Hello everyone!So I am almost 5 weeks post op from...

Hello everyone!

So I am almost 5 weeks post op from my tummy tuck.  My feelings have completely changed.  The swelling has gone down the scabs are almost all gone, my stomach looks amazing.  I never expected the results to be this awsome.  So for all of you out there who just had a tummy tuck and are regreting it, just give your body time to recover and you will remember why you did the procedure in the first place.  As soon as the scabs all fall off, I have purchased a "sylicone strip", I used them for my breasts when I had a lift and there is little scarring, you can't even see anything, so I'm using them again.  My clothes look and feel great, (skinny jeans with no muffin top!!) didn't think that would be possible after three kids, but thanks to modern medicine it is.  I will post more pic's up so you can all see for yourselves.  I hope this helps you all out as I read probably everyones blogs on REALSELF during my recovery process and it really helped me to understand what I was going through and that it was totally normal, and that is why I feel I want to help out others who are going through the same things. 

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My plastic surgeon and his staff were amazing. I had a breast lift in August of 2010 and that is why I was a no brainer to chose him again for my tummy tuck. I slept at his office overnight for the tummy tuck and all three nurses were awsome. They kept me very comfortable and I never felt like I was bothering them. I developped a migrain headach during the evening and my room was across the nurses station and she even kept her lights off and went arround with a flashlight because her light was bothering me. The nurse has called me everyday and the doctor himself has called me to see how I was feeling.

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Do you have any before pics?
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Do you have any before pictures?
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Hi, I am going on 13 days and my tummy scar is bulging and kinda hard...did this happen to you? Is it normal?
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Congrats on the tummy tuck. There was a part of my scar that did the same thing, it eventually blended in with the other part of the scar. It was like a piece of skin that was not even and stitched over. I remember that part of my scar was painful. Now that it's all healed I find that that part is still a little thicker and gets itchy underneath. I am thinking of having it lazered. But even with that it was all worth it! Enjoy!
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I tried adding more photo's and a new blog but for some reason it's saying I can't modify?? Sorry everyone....
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Are you still having trouble? I noticed you were able to update yesterday so I wasn't sure.

Please give it another try if you have a chance; your review is set to allow updates so we'll have to look into it further if there's still a problem.

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No they uploaded. Thanks!!
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Your stomach looks great! I just had mine yesterday. I had lipo as well. I hope mine looks a good as yours does. Keep us posted on how you are doing. :)
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you look awsome!
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Looks wonderful!!! Your gonna feel great by week 4-6! :)
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Lookn awesome! :)
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By the way your pictures look great. You look like you are healing beautifully.
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I am having a tummy tuck on April 21, and after reading about breast lifts that people have had, I am wondering about that. What does that cost approx., and what could I expect regarding the outcome?
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I love my breasts now. I breastfead my three boys for a year each. My breast were really saggy. I went to my plastic surgeon inquiring about implants and he said that my breast tissue was still really good and all I needed was a lift. In my opinion having had a breast lift and a tummy tuck, the breast lift was ALOT less painful. I had the draining tubes out of my breasts after three days then I was vertually pain free. I had my surgery August 25th, 2009 and you can barelly see an scars, like I said they look really great. I can finally wear a nice cocktail dress and not have to worry about wearing a bra! I know with my plastic surgeon had a done both at the same time the cost was cheaper, apparently because you don't have to pay the anestesiologist two times?? But I'm glad I got them done seperatlly. It cost me $4500.00 and worth every penny (my husband agrees). I wish I had before and after photo's, my next plastic surgeon apt. I will ask him for the before and after photo's and I'll post them. I will let you know... Good luck with your TT!!
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Keep healing :) Mine is scheduled 4/8 so I glad to know others have gone through it and have no regrets.
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Hi there! Don't worry, you will be fine :) I am 6 days post op, had my TT and lipo done on 3/29/10, and I feel GREAT! I was VERY scared going into this, I even had second thoughts the night before, and now I feel like I worried for NOTHING. You will have discomfort because of the drains and the binder but I haven't felt any REAL PAIN that is unbearable like some of the horror stories I've read. Here's a tip that my anesthesiologist gave me right before I went into surgery (of course, please double check w/ your Dr. as well) 1- Take an anti-nauseau and vomiting medication the morning of surgery while you're in the surgery facility (so u dont come out of surgery vomiting from the anesthesia, because that WILL hurt) 2- Take your pain pills on the first day home every 4 hrs. without fail. DONT wait for pain to kick in to take them. I was prescribed percocet 1-2 tablets every 6-8 hrs. for pain, but for the first day out of surgery I took 2 every 4 hrs. Anyways good luck w/ your upcoming surgery!! Just wanted to send you some positive thoughts :)
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I am having tt on April 7th, how long do you think until I will be able to drive?
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I had my surgery on the Wednesday and was driving on the Sunday. It will all depend on weather or not you take the pain meds that long. I only took them the first night.
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Oh and good luck!! Make sure you have lots of help at home, let yourself be pampered.
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Thanks. That makes me feel better.
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Hi there, I am 6 days post op. I had my TT with liposuction done on 3/29/10 and I haven't left my house yet, but if I HAD to drive, I probably could. Although it may be a bit dangerous because it all depends on how hunced forward you're going to be or how much pain you may be having. As for me,I feel great I really haven't had much pain AT ALL!! It's just a bit uncomfortable beacuse of the drains, and the tight binder you have to wear 24/7. Good luck!
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I had a TT & Lift & Lipo on the 9th. I am still walking hunched over. The tingeling sensation is terrible. I have been sleeping in my recliner ever since. I am feeling better everyday. The liposuction hurt more than anything. I swell up then it goes down. all together just a weird feeligng right now. Like a sunburn but, I can't relieve it with aloe :0)I know this is all the normal process.I still at this point think it is worth it. Good luck to everyone..Keep us poseted on how you are feeling
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What do you mean by tingeling sensation? Is it your scar or your abdomen that is tingeling? The nurse said once the nerves start to reconnect I will be feeling a "zapping" type feeling? It's making me a little nervous...
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Thanks for sharing. I had a tummy tuck w/ lipo and lipo of thighs, back, and arms on March 25, 2010 also. I am 48 with two prior c-sec. I knew what to expect with abdominal surgery, however, seasonal allergies have set in and the pain from coughing is hard to dolerate. I am still walking bent over for the most part. I can sleep flat on my back with no more stiffness than when I am sitting all day. Please continue to update your progress, it helps me with my recovery knowing I am going through a normal process.
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Thanks for sharing your feelings. Please keep us posted.
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