So....hi everyone...been stalking here for awhile...

So....hi everyone...been stalking here for awhile waiting for the money and courage to embark on this journey....everything finally came together so here i am....doctor says lipo is part of the surgery for him so i am ok with it....hopefully i get a nice hourglass....he also says he will be going 2 inches above my belly button easily...thats kinda scared me but the though of 90% of stretch marks on tummy gone is um...exciting....but as the days go on...i find myself getting nervous of the pain....i am actively exercising and doing kettlebell...hoping to drop a few extra pounds...but he says im all skin so not trying to lose my boobs too ...lol...i am wearing a two sweat band tight with a corset at night to help get the muscles healing....according to what i feel it is mostly a bit less than a finger width diastasis i am dealing with...im hoping i can close it a bit more before surgery...or if i can a least get the muscles used to being close together then maybe the plication wont be as bad...i did read a doctor commented he does this with his patients....i dont wear it 24 hr..just a night then i wear a compression tank top under my clothes which hides the skin nicely....

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how did you like dr.o'toole and staff?
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yup, don't lose too much weight or you'll lose your boobs too and then you'll have to do a full MM! lol
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Dr. O toole is very personable....its like talking to a normal person...he was approved by my malpractice attorney sister...he is board certified and has no malpractice suit records showing...although it could have been out of court settlement but....i figure noone is perfect and some peoples bodys dont take to surgery well...thats not his fault.....right now im kettlebelling myself and eating high protein....i want my back thighs and arms strong to compensate for the sore tummy afterwards....from my reviews...with the pain pump he puts in the pain commented by his patients is not to bad...its dealable....hopefully my strength training helps my abs

Realistic expectations

As you can tell from my pics i am a mid torso body type...meaning...i have a very small distance between my ribs and hips..not much room for a waist...so im not expecting an hour glass figure...but hopefully at least some indentation of a waist with the lipo......remember ladies if your body type is short torso you will never have the figure of a long torso females....accept your body type and embrace it...make it the best it can be within reason....each body type has pros and cons...long torsos gain weight in hips and thighs, butt, get saddlebags....mid torso which is kinda where i am but more short ....gets inner thigh fat and has somewhat of a waist and longer legs with a decent butt....short torso...which is what my sister is...has a flat butt long legs and no waist.....its a trade off i guess...figure out your figure and go from there.....realistic ladies....

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so what the malpractice suit all about?
Oh no i wasnt try to say he had one...he doesnt have any on record...but my sister says if any are settled out of court they arent recorded....thats what i was trying to say....but i wouldnt reasonably expect a doc practicing over 25 years without an unhappy pt at least a few times....
Check my comment...sorry i should have hit reply....

Me with clothes

Clothes can really hide a lot especially when you wear a a tummy control tank under everything...but just shows you how much stretched out skin i have...doc plans to go two inches above my belly button which kinda frightens me considering hes planning on cutting below my pubis hair line....um wow can you really pull it down that low.....i wont be hunching i will look like kinda like a Lopsided "T" meaning i while have to walk at a right angle.....scary

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You are so right about having realistic expectations about your body type and what can be achieved. I would so love to have a 'proper' waist but I know that my body shape means it just isn't going to happen. I think I must be a similar shape to your sister but add in the fact that I am also an inverted triangle shape(broad shoulders/narrow hips) but dressing for your shape is key. I am 5' 9, which in my estimation makes that 69", 33" of that is leg, so my head and body total 36", and I expected a waist, lol !!
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All i can say is kettlebell for butt, hips and thighs....make it more proportionate by adding some muscle.....and def clothing smarts is key....i dont like anything in my body so a tummytuck is like the only thing ill do....everything else is going to have to be hard work for sure....
My measurements are as follows....37 underbust/45 bust....im a 38h ...waist at smallest point is 35 1/2 and hips are 44... I think i more of a figure but my hubby says the angle is weird cause i didnt go high enough to show my high waist lol....i just look square to me lol....plus i used my ipad cause my phone is full and i cant fund a usb to clean it out with yet....ill take one soon that i feel better represents me...

Surgery ipad body morph

I think this is reasonable with lipo, muscle plication and all the skin cut off....i didnt morph it too much

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You are right of course :) Good luck with your tt, I will be keeping my eyes open for your progress reports x

Hubby says im getting more toned

When i met my hubby 7 years ago i weighed about 155 lbs and wore a junior 11 to 13 thats with stretched out tummy from 5 kids...i was really toned....i stopped weighing myself months ago cause well its depressing and becomes obsessive id rather obsess about exercise....plus my breasts are rather large and are at least ten lbs of my weight.....being bigger than before.....im hoping to tone up more in the obliques and butt , thighs in the coming 5 weeks before surgery....plus getting nervous about wound healing...seen some nasty photos with wounds opening at 5 weeks post....really scary....but anyways ...here ya go...some from 7 years ago ...one from today , bloated from pmsing...maybe it will go down a bit more in a week..im hoping ...lol

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Wow you are having sx a month after me. Looking at your pictures, I can see a good amount of similarities in our figures. I am about the same height as you too. Today I got a quick peek and I look tiny and most of my stretch marks are gone but I always had waist, now I look more narrow...Hopefully as I heal up I'll start to get an hourglass look!
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I can only hope ill have some kind of figure in jeans and a tummy control tank i have a figure so hopefully irs holding the skin in and thats how i can look with nothing after the surgery...i pray...anything that makes me look more proportionate will help...my legs keep getting smaller....good luck on your new figure...im sure itll only get better and better as healing and swelling resolves
I am two weeks ahead of you so we can recover together. Your "before" pics look a lot like mine, unfortunately I could only get one of mine to load. I have two friends who've had TT and both looked great so I'm excited. I think your morph'd photos are realistic but I guess we'll see soon enough!
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Get nervoussssssssd

Okay im a bit more than three weeks pre op....im getting stuff together....just ordered hypa fix tape...because im sensitive to adhesives...plus medihoney...which other plastic surgery sister have recommended for non healing wounds or spitting stitches...works fast...debrides the wound natural and kills bacteria....want to make sure im prepared in case healing goes south....i have my arnica 30x not c pills, my bromelain, i have serrapeptase but unsure if ill take it....i have quercetin....three of these not including the serrapeptase are in that post op healing pills they sell for so much....plus i will be taking black strap molasses which is high in iron, calcium and potassium...which should help with swelling....wounds drain a lot of potassium....im taking lactoferrin which rumoredly raises iron faster than iron itself since its the carrier...plus copper...works with iron...b12, folate and b2 these all help promote healthy red blood cells....and a multi....im taking cod liver oil for a and d but will probably have to stop two weeks preop but i will see what doc says about post op....vit a is vital to skin healing and infection prevention...i also will be eating high protein taking magnesium malate....and taking gelatin...along with collagen 1 and 3 and arginine and glycine these two help circulation and wound healing...also an important one...niacin...this helps circulation too...to the capillaries....i noticed niacin was in the post op recovery pills...so low dose ...so no problems with flushing...maybe 50mg to start...dont get non flushing because the effect is not the same....plus i have my arnica cream and a cheap corset...doc says no binder or compression till drain removal because it affects circulation and increases risk of dvt which i have confirmed..online...makes sense to me ...he says cheap one will do.....now i just need pads and gauze pads for wounds maybe some paper tape...oh i also bought a device that lets women stand to pee.....im trying to get my ovulation to come a bit early...since im scheduled for cycle right before surgery like a day before....taking gentian and bleuporum...this stimulates o....i hope i can get it a few days earlier even if i just pass the heavy days....now gotta get the kids prepared for school which starts 10 days post..hope i can drive to pick them up...otherwise my high schoolers will have to walk.....oh the horror....they swear....i keep running the day and the waking through my mind..imaging how it will be..the pain...how i will cope how i will walk...i guess im mentally preparing....dont know how much it will help.....if you ladies have any further recommendations let me know.....im going shopping day before and making chix soup....i have my ipad and earphone so ill be good....i also have a raised toilet seat...for gma...here to use....will have access to a walker and shower seat.....otherwise im getting really strict on the diet meaning not really dieting...not good to do that before surgery ..you compromise your bodys healing abilities...but im watching the carbs...and im exercising and kettlebelling to death since i wont be able to kettlebell for three months i figure.....it takes like that long for the fascia to heal and integrate scar tissue into the sutures for strength......im not messing this up....itll come back quick once i start again....ok ...im done

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More before pics

Well tomorrow its officially three weeks away...im still kettlebelling four times a week and i definitely feel much stronger and lighter...im hoping to drop maybe five more pounds but i dont want to deplete my bodys reserves doing it so i focus more on muscle building....that raises your metabolism....

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Morphing fun

Im so excited i cant wait for my new body....im trying to embrace the good part of this so the bad wont seem so bad.....i know ill look better than this cause i cant morph the tunmy flat all i can do is bring in the sides a bit.....hopefully my real before and afters look much better lol...im sure they will....um they better....

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Good luck, you sound well prepared!! I'm 2 weeks post had a similar figure to you. I had 2cm mr and lipo as well. Arnicare cream and the arnica pills working a treat with bruising. Other than that I only took vitamin b and c and feel great. I'm staying away from salt, eating healthy high protein meals for muscle repair. Just don't get constipated, prepare for that! All the best, see you on the flat side soon. Drove my car for first time today- went fine but wouldn't have felt comfy driving before 2 weeks but we r all different :) x
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Post op las vegas dress...

Bought a couple dresses...cant wait for the belly to be gone....

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I am having a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo (he does that included as well and lipo to the cooch pooch area too, lol if he sees it needs it. I have 4 kids so I say go ahead and lipo it.. after having my kids I stayed flat in that area but I have the baby butt in front. You know when you sauish all your fat together in the front and it forms a little infant butt? Well thats whats up here....On August 5th it goes bye bye....so freaking excited. But I wanted to comment on your post because the way you view your body is similar to how I view mine too. Beauty comes in all sizes and shapes. I am worried about the swelling in the pubicarea though...its gonna be like a Ken doll for awhile. Some women on here say after a few months its still swollen. Man, scary I am just not down with that..nuh huh....I am going to be paranoid before they put me under talking to them about Ken dolls....lol...that scares me more then the surgery. I am excited for the surgery just hope everything else is good. Also watched this show on tv called "botched" where this top plastic surgeons fix other peoples bootched surgeries from other doctors. This one girl was lifted too high causing her pubic hair line to be up too high and her private was too high and uncomfortable. They had to go in and fix it by lowering the hairline. They ended up fixing it but man I was thinking awwww....I shouldn't of watched that. Anyway, keep us posted and good luck n congrats on your scheduled surgery my tummy tuck sista!
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Lol right...my cousin had lipo many years ago and just told me the other day she remembers waking up like...ow ow ow...and then looking at the anesthesiologist and him uping her gas and knocking out...i was like dude. Really? Why you telling me this...shes all oh it was probably a dream....i was like backpedal faster chick.....lol Got me scared thinking ima wake up with my stomach flap on my face like hello.....shits not funny...i couldnt imagine the immense pain....but yah im ready for this cooch pooch and jelly belly plus 90percent pf the stretch marks to be gone...ready to have a matching tummy to go with my trim legs...lol...i cant wait but im just scared of all the what ifs....my mom gave me this red light therapy thing that she used to heal her knee after knee replacement surgery so it suppose to accelerate healing....plys ive got my stash and just ordered this trameel stuff that i saw on this nurses post..i got the cream, liquid and pills...im going to start them 3 days prior with arnica and bromelain...then immediately after with my black strap molasses for my hemo...i dont want to have a transfusion...ive read at least two reviews that needed one.....im nervous for you...my time will come soon after gf...good luck to you sister.....i cant wait to get all the anxiety and waiting over so i can start healing....and showing off my new body and tummy....
Oh yeah they have this strap thing calked gelzone garment belt...that is specifically for tummy tuck scar healing...helps to keep treatment gel or cream on and flatten out scars....ill be ordering that after with a silicon stick....i also ordered cocoa butter with vitamin e...plus i will be taking collagen type 1 and 3 and this stuff with silica and gelatin...but not until a week or so after cause collagen can increase clotting...luckily my ps sats no binder or compression until drains out...theory is ..and it makes sense..that the constriction actually contributes to dvt and necrosis by impeding circulation to not only the wound but legs....considering what ive read on here about how tight they are...i agree...

Anemia

So been reading about ladies needing blood transfusion....i will not accept one ....so im working to make sure my hemos high....apparently bananas help indirectly raise hemo ...by copper and b6.... I already knew about copper...copper stimulates bone marrow...which makes red blood cells....dandelion helps too...right now im taking b12, will start taking b6, folate, iron plus black strap molasses...i take vitamin c with my iron and also b2 which helps build red blood cells too......im not fooling around....protein is important for keeping blood in the circulatory system ladies.....so eat high protein.....

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Almost my time

So ive been trying to handle my business and not get too wrapped up in the upcoming tummy tuck...i feel like im losing focus on all the things i need to do prior.....still to to register kids all next week, monday, wed and thurs....geesh...plus my daughters aba therapy tues wed thurs....like wow i cant catch a break....but considering my predisposition too ocd. Maybe its better this way....i dont want to be nervous for the next 8 days....its coming soon enough....i have everything....just need to do day before food shopping and get my a light robe and a button up nightie and some anti slip slippers....and get some safety pins and a lanyard........its almost my time ladies.......i will take pics preop and depending on how i feel ...after i get home...ummm maybe lol....

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Your day is coming up!! :) I did the exact same thing, I ended up forgetting tons of stuff I needed to do cause I was working myself up. Lol. But thankfully I'm up and around with no issues besides a little tug here and there. You sound 100% more prepared than I was, so I'm sure you will do fantastic!!
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Thanks..its just surreal...ya know..its like you make the date, the days pass, people go ahead of you and then when its your go time .....your like...crap i thought the world wAs gonna end or something....lol...its like you've seen so many people go ahead of you its weird to be " the one" ....
I am happy you are doing so well and the results are great......gives me hope for me after....

Four more days

Ready to start my post op " reality" and pass this pre op "anxiety" ......but wondering ....for post op ladies....doc prescribed emend....antinausea....but this 1 pill is almost $100. The pharmacist recommended zofran.....i was told ill get something at the hospital for nausea too....ive been under three times with no nausea....i want to just ask the doctor for zofran ....its only $8 .......what did you ladies get?

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I got Phenergan- worked fine
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They gave me zofran right before I woke up from surgery and I didn't need any more once I woke up. I wouldn't waste the money.... They will give you as much as you need.
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Kinda figured that...his own nurse told me not to buy it....plus ive been under three times and never got sick....

Luven

Read they gave this stuff to pts with serious wounds and it helps fight infection, necrosis and speed healing...i looked it up its quite expensive...looked up ingredients...arginine...glutamine, calcium...well i already have two and went out and got glutamine....save money ladies buy the three separately...at swansonvitamins....this and i have my gelatin supplement....im ready to go...

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Last weight training session

Well thats it for 2 or more months I figure....I will do cardio til thurs then its go time just finishing up registration and mentally preparing....this thing is happening.....not used to having down time but any women who takes care of a family gets that.......just trying to prepare the household and do all the laundry and stuff.....mom wanrs to come over but last surgery i has for tubal reversal she kept saying stupid stuff right after making me laugh which freaking hurt and will hurt all the more....so I had to ban her from coming the first couple days..but boy is she tripying to come up with excuses...like gmas docs appointment is on Friday..,.im like...thats nice....you still aint coming.....lol....learned my lesson the first time.....like seriously you dont do that to people post op.......really dont want a bunch of people here anyways.......i need quite to deal with pain......pretty soon Ill be on the flat side....kinda anxious about how my figure will look....but all in due time.....gotta make the journey first.....happy healing ladies....

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Two more nights , one more day.....

Be steady my heart.....means to an end.....I can do this....

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Thanks.....im as prepared as ill ever be i figure....i dont wear a cg until the drains are removed.....dr o toole doesnt want any compression at all until then...since the cg helps with swelling and so does the drains...he feels its redundant....im kinda happy one less thing to worry about especially considering how much everyone complains about it in the beginning...lol...ill try to post pre op mark up pics and after...depending how i feel....
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Best of luck to you tomrw... Dr.O'Toole is very nice and more importantly, skilled. Stay hydrated, rest but try to move, and wear your CG religiously! :)
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6 hours

I wanted to sleep but idk if i can...i have to get up at 5 to take my zofran and wash up again then leave at 530 or so...agh....it's finally here i should be excited but im terrified....craaaaaaaaaap

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Excited for you girl!!!!! Try to get some sleep. It'll be over before you know it. Good luck, can't wait to hear from you! :)
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Thanks gf....my saughter didnt go to sleep til after two...so since i just woke up...i guess i get about 2 hrs sleep...oh well..funny thing i drank a boatload of water...and my nerves made me piss it all out ...now my throat feels dry and kibda itchy...crap...im hoping its not a cold brewing from all the stress and sleeplessness....it was hard to sleep too cause my nerves were causing hypoglycemia and i was so freaking hungry....oh well....guess everyone goes through....i shower for the last time with docs soap in 30 minutes then leave around 530 with my oldest son.....surgery at 7... Hopefully im ok enough to shout out to ya'll.....see you on the flatside girlie....

Last shower in 30

Its really almost time...too bad i only got 2 hours sleep and my throat feels dry....i think this happens to some of us from stress....anxiety. ....go away...so glad its almost over....its almost like it cant happen fast enough...said my goodbyes....um ....to my belly....lol....

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How are you doing? Hope your recovery is going well.
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The initial anesthesia recovery was horrible...nausea, dizzy....i stayed in recovery all day til 5.... But im ok now....at home resting...thanks...vicodin making me feel nauseous again
Oh no..... You got this!

Flatside

Recovery after anesthesia was a bitch...we got there at 6 am...surgery was around 730....i woke up so freaking tight....omg....especially around my upper abdomen where my daughter stretched me out...feels like im wearing a concrete girdle....he took so much....im majorly hunched....i kept feeling faint and nauseous and hypoglycemic....i could t sit up ....it was terrible trying not to barf....the Percocet made me sicker....i ended there all day til 5 pm to stabilize me....after my hubby got me fries i felt better...but right now im majorly swollen which is causing a great deal of pain and affecting my mobility....he did aggressive lipo on my flanks....ouch......this sux.....lol

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Hey girl, welcome to the flat side! And to the heaven known as "recuperation boot camp"! No fries... sheesh... we don't want you back pedaling now! ;) Eat some clean foods with your painkillers so you don't get nauseous. And remember- no barfing, coughing, or sneezing!! (Try that one for...weeks. It's so hard!) Happy healing!
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Funny thing only one area feels bad...which is the area inbetween my bb and boobs where i ripped the muscle and the fascia when preggo with my last ..its unreal how tight he pulled me there.....most my pain is from the lipo....he really did a number on me....i can see a mixture of fat and blood coming from the drains.....i have already laughed a bit a burped with no pain....but im sure coughing and sneezing would hurt...i did read holding your finger under your nose will stop it though...idk if its true....i can clear my throat with no pain luckily.....just anxiously waiting to get over the pain hump....slowly but surely i guess...i have sleep a lot which is what i needed...i only got 2 hes sleep before surgery....sleep deprivation increases pain perception and even my two hr increments have helped quite a bit....hope your doing good girlie....i honestly couldnt imagine having my boobs done too with this.....
I laugh at 99.9% of everything so not surprised I feel as if I've pulled something on my upper abdomen today laughing at my daughter. Sneezed today, but I converted it into more of a cough so it wasn't too bad. Laughing is what is killing me so far. Lol.

Doing much better

Wow that first 36 hrs just about killed me....finally over the course of last night i was able to get up a walk all by myself....i was getting worried there that i was going to get blood clots and never make it to the bathroom once the stool softeners kicked in...dont know what id have done without my portable jane...very good buy....will take new pics tomorrow once i take off bandages and pain pump.....happy healing ya'll

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Lipo

Lipo is no joke...thats one of the things that had me so messed up....but...putting on deep blue from doterra mixed with trameel....helps sooooo much...makes it bearable....hurts to slide onto the recliner...I feel the homeopathic remedies have helped more than the vicodin....i havent taken anything for four hours now and i only took...half 5/325.... Im also taking gelatin, glutamine and glycine which all speed wound healing plus im taking multi vitamin, vitamin c and niacin for circulation.....i think im over the bad hump....

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Glycine

Check this out ladies..this amino acid increases pain threshold, decreases swelling, increases circulation, wound healing and muscle repair and decreases muscle spasms....miracle amino...i felt so much better after taking it...

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How are you doing with these awful drains? Lol
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Well i was fine til anout an hour ago...the feeling is returning and the area aroubd the drain hole is burning if its moved...same thing everyone complained about....its not too bad....um yet...im more worried about having to take the painpump out....scary....i havent had vicodin in hours...it just see s to make me loopy like everyone else complained about....seems better for sleep...
Lol, couldn't imagine having a pain pump also. I've been putting neosporin around my drains, it helps keep them from tugging but they still suck! I've said it a thousand times that they are the worst part of all this. Lol. Hopefully at my appt tomorrow they will be removed, doubtful, but I'm hopeful!

Poo success

Yes..what a relief of pressure...stool softeners...magnesium malate. Then prune juice took it the rest of the way...yay....

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Hang in there! I'm on day 17 and it gets better every day :)
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How has your swelling been?
Ya crazy long!

Pain pump

Well pain pump was already empty so i took it out...didnt hurt ...no blood...thank goodness..my family doesnt have the stomach for it....

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Congrats and Happy healing!
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Hehe we are wearing the same seamless bra except mine is black with neon colors :) Very random.
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We have good taste lol

Standing a bit straighter

Cant believe how much smaller i am...my clothes are already very loose and im extremely swollen....i peeked at my bb and theres at least an inch of swelling around it.....i can tell he did a great job...its nice to have my smaller legs match better with my smaller waist

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Congrats on standing straighter! One more milestone! :) So how do you like O'Toole? I'm going to see him in a bit- hoping to get my stitches out, although I'm a little attached to them (literally). Drains out didn't hurt me at all- I didn't even feel him take them out and it was already done!
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Hes nice i like him...very professional without sacrificing feeling.....he does not seem to have the superior god like feel i get from a lot of doctors....my right drain is really hurting...i dont like placement in the creases....seems like a bad area..considering it folds when we sit....i think centered a bit would have been more ideal....
WOW lady you look amazing!! Congrats and happy healing =)) take care
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Bandage removal

Wow what a pain, the bandage adhesive is no joke...ladies if the gauze sticks just get some saline spray to loosen the dry blood...works like a charm.....i can already see the dog ear on the left said that will need to be fixed later...but o toole already told me id more than likely have one...it was inevitable...but the right side is flat and great....scar line appears very thin....looks decent....bb is nice too...im happy most my stretch marks are gone....

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Thanks for the tip on the saline spray as i will have abs done soon &the WORST pain was ripping off the tape and gauze from my arms,OUCH!!! May i ask why a lot of tt patients get dog ears? Is it normal and is it supposed to happen? I see this becoming a norm on tt reviews? Thank You and have good day!
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The saline spray doesnt help the tape removal but dried blood..when i removed the tape i pulled upwards i used my other fingers to pull the skin away from underneath so i just wasnt pulling it straight off...thats helps the pain...i think dog ears are just par for the course...your trying to reconnect areas not meant to be together theres blund to be uneveness...its not the docs fault...its can be dealt with later under local...
Yep, I feel the same- he's so quiet and reserved. I never know what he's thinking. He seems to think a lot. I got my stitches out. Somehow, I thought it would be like pulling a long seam out but it wasnt- or I didn't feel it. I didn't like the drain placement either. Always twisting around and the tubes getting all mixed up w girl parts... something very unsanitary about that. :/

Pics with bandages off

Im liking what im seeing more and more

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Thanks for the insight. I appreciate it :)
I've just been wearing a cotton tank top with built in bra while at home.

Swelling

Well i can say i defintely notice swelling from Eating and drinking ...taking colace or magnesium and pooing obviously helps big time.theres just less room for expansion of the bowels....not that i dont have actual swelling but gi processes are really a problem to the point of pain.....the swelling remains consistant the bloating comes near the end of the day.....this is sucking hard core...getting tired like everyone of being useless....superwoman complex....maybe?

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Np....im a major researcher...i research everything to death..this included...but part of it is nurse know how.....i dont think i could have survived this without that training....

Bored

Cant wait for swelling to go down so i can try this outfit on and see if i turned out better than the morph....lol

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;) Thanks. I like the new pic,you're getting straighter.
Not much if you notice im cheating by bending my leg lol....it comes and goes...with the swelling....you know....he wants me straight by the time i see him friday.....its gonna take a miracle.....plus i read putting on to much tension can reduce circulation and contribute to necrosis....i dont want to force it and get new stretch marks either...i would be so freaking mad
The reason he wants you straight is because if you stay bended or hunched,you stay like that&become stiff. He may want you to start flexing and using the muscles. But yeah.he isn't asking you to do sit ups,burpees etc. Nothing strenuous. Maybe start slow with stretches. I had my arms done&toe surgery and i was afraid to move my toe and i thought the stitches would pop out and even when he removed them i was Not moving my big toe,bending it or flexing. It stayed stiff,i had to eventually bend it and start moving it. Same with my arms. My arms do not have stretch marks and i didn't get a necrosis,dent or lump. I did stretches. Listen to you rps,he knows best. :0)

Close up bb

Loving the fact the stitches are inside not around.....yes....

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Ya my stitches were around :(
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Yeah ..funny i never asked bout that technique...i just got lucky i guess..from what i figure its more complex to do the stitch in the actual bb....idk...just guessing...i had never seen a halo stitch i call it until i saw it on here....
Yours doesnt look as obvious as others ive seen that are really wide...i think yours will heal nicely....

Coughing and laughing...my mortal enemies

Forgot to tell you guys...a few nights ago...my second oldest son came in at 2am to get me water and i asked him to shut the window.....well he ran into my walker with his toe....and being his normal jim carrey self...acted dramatic and set me off...he proceeded to shut the window in front of me ....i didnt hear laughter but i could see him shrugging his shoulders....i was like dont laugh ...go away....he bursted out laughing...i couldnt help myself trying to do rapid breathing through my nose....so i clenched lightly like twice then a hard one...while i told him to ran away and get out....ended up pissing myself i clenched so hard...luckily it wasnt much.....ih and i almost let myself sneeze...luckily i caught it with a finger under the nose....this does work.....and just now...it seems all the phelgm wanted to work its way up....can hear me wheezing...i knew this was bad....need to get it out...before i aspirate it and get pneumonia....anyways trying to just clear my throat but then id feel like i was choking on it....then it happened ....i semi coughed....i knew i had to get out at least one it was so thick...so i sat straight up...splinted with a pillow and proceeded to coax it out with throat clearing...luckily a light cough got it up....then a would breath in as much as i could an just try to clear my throat...that finally got it up with no pain....whew...crisis adverted...that was scary......

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Feel like i look bigger

Huh....feeling like i look bigger than from first standing photo....but then again swelling is still pretty major...everywhere....just going through the same motions as everyone i guess....lol....trying to be patient ..but so tired of drains, pains, sitting all day.....just sucks....hoping by middle next week these bloody balls are gone.....

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Fluid mobilization

So i finally get why we get weepy around this time....part of it is emotions and i believe the other part is fluid movement...all the sudden today im coughing up phlegm, my nose is running and feeling weepy ....cause my oldest son is leaving for university some 6 hrs away tomorrow morning....and the swelling is moving down my legs...this is not all just coincidence....fluids are thinning out and moving around....yeah...hopefully the swelling is making its way out....i purposely took some b 6 to lower histamine....i can tell its high...crazy appetite with nausea if i dont eat, when i sleep i get really hot and sweaty, sleepiness, major swelling.....i can tell the b6 is helping cause everythings moving again....yeah....move it right on out....

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Post op appointment

Weeellllllll......first doc says im standing almost straight...much starter than he expected.....drains are still draining actively so those won't be leaving anytime soon........so scary part....doc starts pulling off tape....then the nurse is pulling off tape on the other side....i was like oh goodness...ouch..whats happening....lol...so he parts he just ripped off quickly ..lol...hurt the most right over the pubic area which is good i guess because thats the area prone towards necrosis.......so after this...he says okay since your standing up good...im going to put you in a binder....i wasn't expecting that yet...lol....so nurse goes behind me and i wrap my arms into hers so she can harness me then he tell me to bend back towards her....im like....i can barely stand up ..how do i bend back.?.....lol....man they made it tight.....but im hoping this pushes the rest of the fluid out.....so the post op report was in..over 7 lbs of skin and about 3 lbs lipoed out.....holy cow wow......this should be huge difference once the swelling disappears.....

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The "binder"

So here it is....i thought it was going to be hard to put back on after a shower..but i guess all the kettlebell arm work helped cause i put it on myself tightly np...i is definitely helping swelling but at first it caused a lot of pain in my uterus..probably cause of my period and throbbing around the incision above mons.....it also caused swelling around the drain holes which made it very painful to use the bathroom...luckily its subsided...but i can see the water pockets in my upper thighs....so now...i just get up every hr or so walk til i feel my abs swell.....im hoping its pulling in displaced water....then i go sit down and let the drains do their duty....i want them gone....my sole purpose now...doc says probably another week.....NOOOOOOOO........

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Arcadia surgical center i believe
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Cool not to far from home.
Where was your surgery done at??
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Swell hell

I am so swollen its nuts...i look ate before and after and im just a s big if not bigger....i notice im bigger in my arms and legs....im hoping this is water retention...i know most of the leg swelling is....but...this is just depressing...i know is should be expected but ...its actually starting to get to me.....not happy

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Almost there

24 hr drain readings at 27 ml left and 60ml right....just gotta get the right below 30 before friday and im go for them to go.....sooooo close.......

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Free at last free at last

Well my bloody balls are gone..praise the lord...compression, tanks, tummy control briefs...bodysuits....in full effect...wish i had my arch back...got no butt...but starting to look decent....

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Yay for being drain free! I want my arch back so bad. :( my butt looks awful. Lol
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My swelling goes away when I take my garment off!
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Yay! Happy they are gone!!! Looking great!
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Finally going out more n wearing makeup

I look so unnatural though my stomach is ridiculously flat and there is like no fat on my hips..all i feel is bones...this pic is with my binder on....i ordered a short torso waist trainer to wear with compression garment to whittle my natural waist even more.....still am not up completely straight...i can stand straighter with tight compression to lower belly....cant walk too much ...start swelling and feeling dizzy....but at least i can go out,...i told my mom...im getting a lot of looks for the flat butted hunchback of covina....yeah that needs to be corrected asap...i worked hard for that butt...lol...soon soon i know....hopefully by the end of sept...

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Your tt looks GREAT . If you want a butt all you need to do is some SQUATS an she will sit up . H-Town
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No this has nothing to do squats gf....ive been doing squats for months...weighted squated kettlebells swings...gobblet squats..dead lifts....this is a " my damn skins too tight" issue im hunched because im extremely tight....butts still there its just tucked under.....not under my control.....thanks though.....
Hey, no booty here either!

Bikini reveal

Hoping to whittle my waist more....just purchased a short torso waist trainer....but here what im working with at two weeks out.....

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Almost into a old navy 10

Tried on my old navy rock star size 10 almost can button them...otherwise fit into some junior 11/12 stretch jeans i bought that were tight before surgery...the fit loose now...yay.....hoping i can be a nice size 10. Maybe an 8 .....still lots a swelling....

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New vedette 902 waist cincher for short torso

Check this out...love this thing....

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I really like that waist cincher. Are you using it in place of the binder now? I cannot wait to say goodbye to this binder. Im in in 24/7!! You look amazing and your bikini is adorable!
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Im using all sorts of compression i bought a walmart..they have a great selection...high waisted boy shorts...body suits...im was wearing that cincher on top of the binder....cause i need compression from the top to the very bottom....but evrntually im hoping to just use the cincher but in time....in time....the tighter the better....i waer compression tanks from dd discounts they count about 5 bucks totally awesome...

Loving taking pics

So weird for this shape to be forming on ME.....its just crazy....been wanting to get into singing for awhile but just lacked the confidence in my body....already performed twice.....but lacked stage presence....maybe this will do it....im hoping.......cant wait to start exercising....dieting alone doesnt do it for me.....

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You look fantastic!! I had my surgery 4 days after you. I am super swollen and it's driving me crazy, lol
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I started taking serrapeptase its suppose to get rid of selling and soften the scar so the lymph channels can reestablish at the groin....works with gravity...i also run my fingers on either side of the incision going outward...idk if this is helping but i dont have swelling around it ...much...but i do feel scar tissue mainly above the pubis...but i still have some scabs so i cant do scar treatment yet which involves some massaging...
You look great:) We're the same age! LOL. Something about these late 30s…gotta change…LOL. Had my surgery 5 days after yours:)
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Corset belts omg

Had to share ladies! Got these multi colored corset belts from amazon five colors under 20 bucks....i absolutely love them...red, white, black, pink and brown...def worth it...yesssssss

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I might just have to look up on amazon for those corset belts! You look fantastic! And you're not even a month PO! Wow! Keep up the good work!
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Yeah they r awesome...elastic not too tight..velcro back...perfect addition....thanks...im a resilent you know what....im fighting this long recovery....i worked out in the yards for hours yesterday....didnt even swell....the serrapeptase is really helping
That corset is super adorable!! maybe after I am healed Ill get them. I need to have this incision covered still. But I love them. Adorable!! Have a good day :)
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Measurements

Alright..turns out im a dork....i thought you measure "hips" um....on your actual "hips" according to that im like a rectangle shape butttttttttt.....i come to look online after some ladies saying im hourglass and um....turns out you measure across your lower cooch area where the thighs bulge out...and um..yeah. Im officially 43 34 43 so....with 9 inches on both ends ...thats officially hourglass status.....wuwwho....plus im hoping for smaller waist once this swelling subsides...tummy still hard..but getting smaller slowly every morning....lol ...but it doesnt last the day...im usually 36 by the end of the day....the niacin i was taking for my legs got me producing too much serotonin now...been waking up late and craving carbs....so no more..i am starting my copper and theanine and matcha tea....these increase dopamine which wake you up early naturally, keep you happy and best of all keep your appetite low and naturally lowers salt....awesome huh....matcha tea cheap at pipingrock....online...

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Maybe it's too tight? I dunno…my swelling is better with garment on….I say do what works for you:) LOL. Everyone is so different.

Tighter waist cincher

So i can finally do up this xs waist cincher i got on ebay....the sizes run bigger than normal...this is the smallest....so happy...this is me with the waist cincher and some tummy control briefs to push the water out of my cooch....lol.....only thing im not happy about is swelling in the cooch and a lipo dent right above my right butt cheek near my hip...i can tell he lipoed a bit too much there than on the other side...im sure part of it it the residual swelling from the end of the incision which is right above the dent....i aggressively rubbing the lumpy parts so they even out...this is what i read to do online from two or three weeks on....last night i slept without anything on..it was nice....but i started releasing a bunch of water ...so i was pissing all night....its ok though cause i see the difference today...he told me i didnt have to wear the binder at night but i felt so vulnerable without it....but it appears when your laying down since swelling isnt an issue ...its better to give your body that break and let the bloating in your tummy return to the circulation so it can make its way to the kidneys.....hopefully ill dump some more water tonight lol....happy healing girls....

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Looking amazing girl!!!
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Hey girlie what corset are you using for weight training and are you using the slimming thermo gel too? I saw that Khloe K was doing that too but I also ready they are permanent that as soon as you stop wearing the cincher your waist goes back to normal but hey anything is worth a try and Im willing to try it!! I want a 26" waist. I haven't had that size since my teen years before I became a woman lol. I love the doll look. Like those Miami girls with the big butts and small waists. That is so sexy to me... Ill be following your journey ^_^ We can motivate eachother!
I don't know but when I do take it off its such a nice relief!! But within 20 minutes my BB starts pulling!

Lookie what i found lurking in my incision

No wonder i wasnt healing..some kinda hookie thing...hooks on both sides...i saw it after i put sugar in the wound..it must have drawn this out..no wonder it cant close on a foreign body...i really though the white was granulating tissue..glad i decided to check like...um...a hook...really...luckily it cracked it half and i was able to get the other hook side out....moral...ladies check wounds that aren't healing for foreign bodies....

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More pics lol

I just order. A mini wasp corset...this is geared towards making the waistline...doesnt cover hips...got a nice leather looking one from uk for 35.00 bucks....waist training does work...but requires a lot of time to be permanent and of you wont be as small as the trainer makes you once its off...but ..,.your waist will get smaller..its a matter of fat and organ shifting which takes time...it can also shape floating ribs....months ladies...

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Glad you found that object so you can heal properly now. Did you tell your ps about this? Looking Great!
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Me too....my cooch as well...lol...talk about moose knuckle..geesh..my ps wants me to wear compression underwear all the time but in this heat they give me yeast infections...hot crotch no good...
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I just do it with my binder and little cincher on...i am sitting when doing the arms...i put no strain on my tummy at all....cinchers help mostly under clothes...you want what i just ordered ..ill post a pic,,,its a short corset...it fits on four inches smaller than your waist...as fat, organs and the floating ribs shift...it will become more permanent.,,takes months of wearing it like 16+ hrs

Corsets

HEre ya go

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I just found and removed it tonight but i will def let him know tomorrow....it was breaking apart makes me wonder if its something they use....so weird...
Very scary&weird. It looked like a half of a plastic staple.

Insorb skin staple

It was an absorbable staple...only problem is once they are exposed to air they dont break down anymore...somehow this one detached from the other side...probably why it opened in the first place and because he did that side tighter....then it was impeding healing as well......now ya know ....heres a pic...

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eeeeww... grossness! Did that actually come out of your wound by itself or did you have to squeeze it out like a pimple? I felt around my wound while I was in the shower but it feels pretty flat. It's not oozing, no pus. Just waiting for it to heal, I guess.
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What i figure is since its a staple...it came loose from the other side..it could be because of its location i just didnt see it....but it was just chilling in there...i had to twist it around to unhook the other side...lol...im a nurse..this stuff dont bother me...lol...rather my get it out..then him yank it out like most docs do...lol
I had two removed today... It was comical.... He kept acting like he was coughing and would jerk it out. I couldn't quit laughing!

Corset

Not sure why the pic above says overbust but..its actually underbust meant to sit on sternum where the V point is

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Thank goodness I didn't find any of those little boogars! Did O'toole say why he used them on you? Is it a bad thing? Bcz I saw the drs use it on "botched" so it must be common practice. Thank goodness you're a nurse and know about these things too! I'd be pickin' away at every little thing bcz I get into that bad habit of picking when I shouldn't... good thing my TT scar has no sca (other than my ouchy spot) bcz otherwise, i'd prob end up picking it off! :/
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...TT scar has no scab
Lucky you...i still having a little bit of scabbing where it looks like a stretch mark might have torn so its not a thin line...it keeps loosing in the shower but its still attached in one area...i have to keep clipping it off little by little so it wont catch...i just wish it woukd fall the heck off already....i read that the staples save operating time...my incision was around the back so aybe coupled with that and aggressive lipo it ran too far into my 3 1/2 hr block idk....

Lymph and scar massage by yourself

Heres a link to a youtube video on how to progressively work away the fibrin of scar tissue which helps reestablish lymph...http://youtu.be/9L1Fw87Iw6g....im going to start the spirals.....to hell with swell hell...lol..good luck ladies

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Intimacy

Ok so im just going to come out and say it.....is anyone else having semi painful orgasms....seriously.....? They are scary.....i can feel the the blood rushingto my lower abdomen then when it hits....my muscle tenses like crazy...lve actually had to stop my husband...ive even tried breathing exercises it is so intense...wth?...this is annoying ....my husband and i have been wondering how long this will last...been like this since day 10.... First time........anyone else experiencing this.....

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Newest pic

Keep in mind i have a rago on and my short torso cincher....cant wait for wasp trainer to come....

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New stetchmarks? Freaking out

So idk what these r exactly...woke up nothing there right?...i put on my hook n eye cincher for the day....experiencing major beginning of period swelling...worst yet...take off cincher and i have all these little red dent looking things and one longer one around my bb...what the heck....so i sleep on it...they are still there...im hoping this is some kibda of bruising from the cincher cause i really cant believe i popped up with new stretchmarks in a matter of hours....anyone else experiencing this?......i did scratch off adhesive around my bb like a week ago and there wS little hemorraging under the skin...omg ....what is this?

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Do you think it could be red spider veins instead of stretch marks? If so those can be lasered,it's called sclerotherapy. I hope they are not stretch marks.
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Me too..but they are indented so im not hopeful...boo....ive been putting on all sorts of oils and lotions and taking vits...idk...but i can say my period swelling was outrageous last night...i feel thats what did it...at least theyre not too bad...i know i can fade them with glycolic acid microneedling and my oils just sucks i thought i was past the ....new stretchmarks phase....sucks...dumb period...i had just lost 4 1/2 pounds too.....argh....
Damn i wish it was the faja making indent and not permanent. I will stay positive for you.

Homeopathic remedies

Staphysagria (stavesacre)

This multipurpose remedy is best known for relieving pain and encouraging healing of soft tissue injuries. It is particularly helpful for cuts and lacerations to soft tissues due to injury, abdominal surgery or childbirth. Nerve pains from hypodermic needles, dental work, headaches (as if lead ball in forehead), sciatic nerve pain (worse before rising from bed) and nerve pain can find it very comforting, as well. Among Staphysagria's other applications are recurring styes and certain eye injuries and urinary irritation following sex or catheters.
Staphysagria relieves ailments caused by suppressed emotions particularly wounded dignity, betrayal, humiliation, anger or grief. The individuals who can benefit most from Staphysagria are sentimental, conscientious, yielding, easily offended, very sensitive to betrayal, injustice, tragic events and sad stories. They know their own opinion but tend to avoid quarrels and fear losing self control. Any added emotion makes everything worse, but often a good night's sleep and breakfast will improve things a bit.


Just bought this stuff...it says on it surgery...and it mentions abdominal...also taking natrium sulphuricum for swelling....calc fluor for stretch marks...silicea helps that too....and Thiosinaminum....for stretch marks and soft tissue plus scar therapy.......will post my thoughts on these...

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Hey BB twin! Can you post a pic of your BB? I figure since he did both our BB's - we should look the same right? Either that or I'm just healing weird. I think I don't mind how my BB looks now - it's kinda like an innie/outie. I stopped marble therapy bcz it was making my BB look very strange and slowing down the healing process. I don't think it's closing up anymore. Thx.
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Girl, you take more stuff than my mom! ;p
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Lol...u dont know the half of it....

Requested bb pic

Not the cutest...plus new stretch marks around it...sucks...what can i do...its really tight...im not gaining weight so that isnt it....

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You look GORG Girl!!!! Yay!!! I am so happy for you. Wow!
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Hey girl! Haven't gotten to chat with you in forever! Hope you are still doing great!!
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HI!!!!Did those stretch marks go away? they kinds looked like they were from the CG. Sounds like you are doing everything preventative possible. I have noticed some new stretch marks too and have been slathering myself in lotion daily! I think the BB is cute. its tiny. Let me know your review on the homeo concoctions your taking . :)
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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

So far the consultation was great..he has wonderful bedside manner and makes you feel confident in his skills.....

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