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I will be having a full tummy tuck with lipo, and...

I will be having a full tummy tuck with lipo, and breast augmentation. I'm 28 years old and have three little girls ages 6, 4, and 2. I'm 5'7 and currently weigh 170, I was 145 pre pregnancies. I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancies, 90lbs with my first, then 70lbs, and then 50lbs. It sure took a toll on my body! Needless to say my tummy was stretched and I can't get rid of a lot of it with exercise. I

've always hated my breasts, I'm barely an A cup and the just don't fit my body. I'm tall and built bigger so these little boobs just look horrible! And they only look worse after the babies! I call them my flapjacks lol.

Have my surgery scheduled for February 23, and I'm soooo excited. I've wanted this for so long, I hope the time passes fast. I'll post my before pics soon, ugh yuck!

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The 23rd will be here before you know it! Good luck.
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Keep us all posted!!
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Think about how much fun it'll be to wear swim suits and small tops this summer! It's going to be nice to feel proportioned. You might want to read JenBob's funny 10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before A Mommy Makeover and check out the Facebook page I made Moms Who Want Their Bodies Back, where we talk about plastic surgery, diet, exercise, and beauty.

I'll follow your journey as you get closer (and beyond!). Thanks so much for sharing with us here on RealSelf.

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So, 4 more days! I'm not really feeling anything...

So, 4 more days! I'm not really feeling anything yet, I'm not nervous, I'm not excited, which is weird since I've literally been obsessing over wanting this for many years now. I'll probably feel all my emotions the night before! I could really use some tips on what I might need and what is helpful during recovery. I have all my scrips, but unsure of anything else I might need. Oh, and why is it that everyone uses a recliner afterwards? Is it really that hard to get in and out of bed? I've had 3 CSections before and didn't have any trouble, but I realize this may be different lol! I could use all the helpful tips, things like clothes to wear and not to wear, things to eat or not eat afterwards (I don't want to get sick!!) Promise I'll upload pics soon, I took them on my phone and can't get them onto my computer to upload. I'll have to take some more tomorrow with my regular camera. Write more soon, thanks ladies!!

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These last few days are going to fly by..Good luck!
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The recliner is a must have. It makes it was more comfortable bc you will spend alot of time just resting. I also had 3 c sections with my boys and I think the pain is similar. Some people say way worse but I believe it to be not bad. The only time it really hurts is when you are getting up and down and I only needed assistance the first day and a half. We are similar sizes too. I went into surger 5 7 and 159 and I believe I have a pretty good thresh hold for pain and if you were ok with your sections you should be fine. The only advise I can give you is stay up on your pain meds. Dont be a hero and try to back off of them too soon. The doc gave them to you for a reason. You are going to look awesome and I wish you a very happy healing. Hope this helps. I am 3 dpo today and I know I looked to this site for all the info I could find. If you have anymore questions feel free to message me and I will help out as much as I can...Mindy Lou
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Ok so I'm starting to get anxious. I'm not...

Ok so I'm starting to get anxious. I'm not sleeping well at all! How long did all of your surgeries take? I think my surgeoun said about 5 hours. Did your husbands or loved ones stay there the whole time? My hubby's like, ummm, what am I supposed to do for 5 hours in a waiting room lol. I can't believe this day is almost here. I remember when I had my consult in October, and I felt like this day would never come. And here it almost is!!!!

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Good luck! I will be praying for you.
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I am excited for you! We are built a little alike so it will be interesting to see . What size boobies are you getting?
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I can't sleep!! It's 2:30 and we have to leave at...

I can't sleep!! It's 2:30 and we have to leave at 5:30, hopefully I can get some sleep by then. I'm thirsty!! I hate this not eating and drinking after 12 thing. I'll update later today ladies!

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Good luck I will be praying for you and look forward to seeing your results:)
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Good luck! And have your hubby get you stool softeners, milk of magnesia, hope you have lots of pillows! Some crackers to take with pain killers , lots of water, protein shakes ,you nneed protein to heal, pineapple is good for swelling , make sure you write down when you take meds so a small notebook would help alot! Bacitracin , bbenadryl ( most of us get itchy) . That's all I can think of now! Lots of prayers your gonna

dp great ! Have bubby bring laptop or iPad to waiting room so he's not bored ! :) 
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good luck :0)
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Day 1 PO....I did it!!!! Yeah!!! Surgery was at...

Day 1 PO....I did it!!!! Yeah!!! Surgery was at 7am yesterday, got home about 4. VERY SORE on my boobies, my tummy isn't so bad. The lipo spots are sore too. He wrapped a huge bandage just above my boobs, I don't have a bra. Is that typical? It seems everyone on here has had a bra. I'm so happy with how they look. 400 cc in left breast and 425 in right, he said it puts me at a full C. I don't really understand that because we had discussed medium D. He said if I buy a bra it will probably be a D, but I'm considered a full C??? Kinda don't get it but oh well i love the way they look! I haven't seen my tummy yet, I'm dying to see it. Feeling tired now, I'll update more later and post pics.

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Posted a boob pic. As you can see they're very...

Posted a boob pic. As you can see they're very bruised, don't look so great right now but I'm sure they'll look fab once I'm all healed. I didn't even bother with a tummy pic because it's all wrapped up. My post op appt is Wednesday the 29th so I'll post on then. I'll probably do new boob pics everyday. Feeling pretty good! I've been up and walking around the house today. I'm able to get in and out of bed ok. Haven't had a bm yet but i've been very gassy. Thanks for all of your support ladies, you're the best!

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Good for you! I can't wait to see your results.
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Glad your ok. Can't wait to see your pics. I bet you look fantastic!!
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PO Day 2....Feeling good today! I've been up and...

PO Day 2....Feeling good today! I've been up and moving all morning, not sure if I should be lol. I can get in and out of bed on my own, it's difficult but I can do it. Still sore but it's manageable. No BM yet....my girls are being so sweet and making sure I'm ok, hubby's doing great too and taking care of me. Pain meds are kicking in I'm going to go rest now, hope everyone else is doing great!

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Oh one more thing, I weigh 2 lbs more than before...

Oh one more thing, I weigh 2 lbs more than before surgery! It's really depressing me. Doc said he took 2.5 pounds of fat from the lipo, not sure how much from TT. I know the breasts add a little weight but how can I be 2 pounds more!!!

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You look fantastic. Glad to hear you are recovering well. I hope you continue to have an uneventful recovery.
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I was 10 lbs heavier . I almost fainted ! It's all the fluids they pump in your IV and swelling ! 2 is nothing ! Most people Gain more ... It's not real weight anyway just water weight ! Wish someone wouldve warned me not to get on the scale right after surgery ! 
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Day 3 PO...Getting better everyday! Had my first...

Day 3 PO...Getting better everyday! Had my first bm today, it wasn't too bad. I don't really need the pain meds either, I take one lortab here and there but the pain isn't too bad. My boobs feel a lot better, I can change my shirts with no problem. My drains seem to hurt the most, sometimes it feels like they're being ripped out. I can't shower until next Wednesday but my hubby washed my hair for me. That made me feel a little cleaner! Hope all you ladies are doing great!

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Day 5 PO.....Not really too much to report on!...

Day 5 PO.....Not really too much to report on! Things have been going smoothly. My back and sides hurt the most. Partially from the bruising and partially from walking hunched over and being so stiff. I get to see the doctor tomorrow and hopefully get these drains out, and I get to see my tummy!! My husband and little girls have been absolutley amazing! They're waiting on me hand and foot I love them so much! I'll put a picture up of my tummy tomorrow, hope you all are doing great!

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You look great!! Can't wait for the belly pics! Good luck at the drs tomorrow!!
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Day 6 PO.....I had my first post op appt today and...

Day 6 PO.....I had my first post op appt today and everything went great! I was able to take the binder off of my boobs for good now! Doc said no wearing a bra for a week but I'm fine with that! He wouldn't let me take my drains out yet, he said maybe tomorrow depending on how much they put out between now and the morning. I was able to see my tummy for the first time! I'm so happy with it! I'm pretty swollen above the incision and I'm still retaining fluids so it was kind of puffy and numb. I have more stretch marks than I was hoping for but I can't complain too much, no more flappy skin!!! I took pics but for some reason I cant upload them, I'll try later.Oh and I was able to shower for the first time, man that felt good. It was pretty difficult because it's still hard to stand up straight and my back was killing me. Up until now I've been getting on all fours and putting my head in the shower and my husband washes my hair lol. Alright well I'm off to nap, I'll try to get my pics up later!

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New pictures!

New pictures!

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You look awesome!!!
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PO Day 7....Not much new to report other than my...

PO Day 7....Not much new to report other than my drains have to stay until Monday =( I am sooo bummed. They are such a pain and I can't even go out in public because I have no way to hide them. Other than that everything's going great! Thinking of all you ladies!

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PO Day 8....Kind of concerned about my drains....

PO Day 8....Kind of concerned about my drains. They're both draining about 25cc in 24 hours, and the right one is a really dark purplish color while the left one is red. I thought at this point it should be more fluid and not blood, and why is my right one so dark? Every other review I have read you ladies have had that out within a few days it seems. Why am I taking so long?!?!? I'm a complainer lol....I'm just so miserable with these things still in me. And they're so tender at the spot where they go in me, I can't even wear underwear/shorts/pants because it hurts to go over them. So I'm stuck in sundress with no underwear lol, or pajama shirts. Needless to say I don't leave the house. *Impatiently waiting for Monday evening*

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PO Day 11....First day on my own without hubby. I...

PO Day 11....First day on my own without hubby. I did ok, but my poor kids ended up watching a lot of television and playing video games. I still have my drains in, they're still draining about 30cc in each one every 24 hours. My doc keeps telling me to relax and stop doing so much and it's time that I listen! If I keep trying to be active I will never get these drains out. He's going to check them out on Wednesday and hopefully take some of these staples out. I'm still really swollen around the incision and this binder is driving me nuts. I'm so itchy underneath. My drains are so tender at the insertion point it hurts to put underwear over them. I'm just kind of miserable right now =( Not in pain really, just uncomfortable and DYING for these drains to come out. Gotta go get my step daughter, I'll post new pics and complain more later =)

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How are you doing C?? Thinking about you! Hope all is going well!
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Wowza, you look great!

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I hear you on the doing too much! Today I didn't take any pain pills or motrin just so I feel the pain and I slow down, and but it sucks!!!! I'm anxious to get back to normal and its not getting here fast enough for my liking!!
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Wow it's been a while! I'm now on PO Day 19 so let...

Wow it's been a while! I'm now on PO Day 19 so let me update a little.....I went to the doc around my PO Day 13 for them to check on my drains. I was still draining 30 cc in my right and 20 cc in my left every 24 hours. My right drain was a deep purple color while the left was a very light clearish red color. They had been that way for the past 7 days so I wasn't expecting them to take them out because the nurse had previously said I needed to wait until they were draining about 5cc every 24 hours. So I get to the office and nurse says they have to take them out because I've had them in so long and I'm running a risk of infection, and she's also going to take out my TT staples. So she starts on my right drain, she starts to pull a little and I start screaming and crying in pain. It hurt SOOOO bad. So she stopped before she could even get it out. She did the left one and that was fine I didn't even feel it. She goes back to my right side to work on my staples and after the third or fourth one it start burning and really hurting bad so I started screaming and crying again lol.....I can kind of laugh about it now but it was literally the worst pain I have had in my life. So she leaves to get another nurse and she comes back and is like ok look I HAVE to take this drain and all these staples out so just take a nice deep breath.........and then she yanks that drain out with all her might and I'm yelping and sobbing, it was just horrible. And then one by one on those damn stitches. I was squeezing a set of implants like stress balls! Once she got the bottom center of my tummy and on to the left side it didn't hurt anymore. So they thought maybe I had an infection on my right side and that's why it hurt so bad, I also had a small area on my right side that poofed out a little bit. So they put me on an antibiotic and told me to come back the next day to see the doc. That night I had a fever, hot and cold spells, all the classic flu like symptoms. I figured I for sure had an infecction. I see the doc next day and he says he doesn't think it's an infection, but rather a hematoma on my right side. Then he said something about the enzymes breaking down around the hematoma can create flu like symptoms. So I have to stay wrapped really tight with a towel on it for extra compress and put heat on it and it will go away on its own. Today.....I noticed a small area, like the size of a pin hole, dripping out the orange color fluid on my incision on the right side. Called doc and he said that's actually good, some of the fluid from the hematoma is draining out. I go see him tomorrow. This whole time, my right side is extremely sore, feels like someone kicked my ass from the inside out. It's so tender!!! And I still can't stand up straight can anyone else??? I hate going in public and rarely do. It's like, I paid all this money for a smaller tummy and now it's bigger than ever with all these towels and binder I have to wear. Plus, I look ridiculous because I walk like a hunchback. Feeling kinda down and miserable. I'm sad because I still can't pick up my kids, I can't run and chase after them, my two year old wants her mommy back and I can't do the things she wants me to do with her. Thinking of all you ladies and hope your recovery is going better. I'll post new pics tomorrow =)

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I hope your right side is doing better by now! We're almost four weeks, that's supposed to be the hardest part behind us right?!?
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You poor thing, gosh I just feel so bad for you. Hang in there honey, i'm sure it'll get better but probably seems like it's never gonna end huh? Praying the end is around the corner for ya ((hugs))
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Hi C, congrats on ur surgery, u look nice!
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