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Hello All, I am 5'7" and 175 pounds- Size 14...

Hello All,

I am 5'7" and 175 pounds- Size 14 pants. I lost 50 pounds the past year. I am currently in the process of going through with a TT and lipo to flanks. I went to UPMC resident's clinic (discounted rate) but since the residents are abroad. So I have scheduled to meet with the plastic surgeon who did my BA. He would charge me around $7500 for the procedure. However, today, UPMC called and told me they will actually have the attendings do the surgeries for the residents since they are unavailable and will keep the discounted rate of right around $6000. I am meeting both surgeons by the end of the month and will decide then which to go with. I loved my original PS (Dr. Capone) and have $7500 put away but UPMC has some remarkable docs (Dr. Shestak and Russavage) and if they can do it at the discount and I feel comfortable with them then why not save the money?! I have not had children yet and my muscles are actually in really good shape so I am thinking about asking for just the TT without muscle repair for now and realizing after I have a family (hopefully in about 5 years) that I may need another TT. I would love to hear your stories and opinions! I know I am so young but I feel like I should get the surgery now while I can enjoy bikinis and party dresses before I decide to have children. I'm very nervous about recovery but luckily I have a wonderful Fiance who I know will take great care of me!

SURGERY IS SCHEDULED! April 8th! so exited. I am...

SURGERY IS SCHEDULED! April 8th! so exited. I am having it done at magee womens hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Flavia Davit is performing the surgery. she is an independent resident at Pitt participating in UPMC's residency program. she attended medical school in Brazil and completed a plastic surgery residency but when she came to the US she had to do another residency and was matched to general surgery. she finished that in 2010 and has been a board certified general surgeon since. last year she entered the plastics residency in order to become a board certified plastic surgeon. she will perform a tummy tuck with Lipo to hips/flanks. the cost for surgery and an overnight stay at the hospital is $5901. she said if I am feeling well after surgery I can go home and get the hospital stay charge ($350) refunded. I'm so exited and cannot wait to see the results! not going to lie getting very nervous now that its scheduled!

Today is two days post op! Honestly I'm feeling so...

Today is two days post op! Honestly I'm feeling so much better than expected. Just very sore. Walking almost straight. Keeping up with meds. Going to slowly cut back on pain meds. Sitting up is the worst part so far. And sleeping is tough but doc gave me the okay to sleep on my side with body pillow in fetal position. I posted my day one and two post op pics. Doc said everything went perfectly. My muscles were not seprtated so she did not have to stitch them which probably explains why the pain isn't so bad. She did a little extra lipo up under my breasts. I am so glad I made the decision to go though with this! The drains are freaking me out and very very sore but it'll be worth it. Putting out about 60cc a day now. Going back in one week to see doc again hoping drains can be pulled then! I've still got 8 more days off of work so if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask I have got plenty of time!

It's been 3 days since my surgery. I am feeling...

It's been 3 days since my surgery. I am feeling okay. The drain sites are the worst part. Very sore and there's a stinging sensation when I move. Still no BM. Been taking colace daily and took MoM yesterday and today so hopefully today. Very full of gas! Uncomfortable and tight. Definitely worth it though! About to change all my dressings will post more pics soon!

Finally a bowel movement! Feel so much better!...

Finally a bowel movement! Feel so much better! There was a little bleeding from my left drain site but I cleansed it and redressed it. I'm draining about 40cc a day now from both so hoping they are down to 30 ccs by my post op appointment Wednesday and I can have them pulled. Taking it easy and getting a lot of rest!

Well it's been 4 days since surgery. It's getting...

Well it's been 4 days since surgery. It's getting better every day! I did my own dressing change today since my fiancé had to work. Everything is pretty numb but appears to be healing well. Drains slowly draining less and less but still bother me when I move. I go back to work in a week. Hoping drains are out by then and I can wear spanx instead of the binder! New pics posted from today

6 days post op- spent the full day out with family...

6 days post op- spent the full day out with family. Tired now but pain was manageable with Tylenol. BMs are normal again. Swollen as all hell! Drains are painful when moving around. Pics posted.

8 days post op. both drains out! So excited! And...

8 days post op. both drains out! So excited! And this whole time I thought she did not do a muscle repair but I misunderstood and she actually did do a muscle repair in my lower abdomen. She is so surprised with how well I am doing. Off all pain meds, driving, standing straight, etc. I'm still swollen as hell but down 3 pounds since pre op and can fit into my pre op jeans no problem! So hoping to drop a size (or two!) when the swelling is gone. Can start wearing spanx instead of compression garment. Everything is going so well could not have asked for better results! Pics posted

Day 11 post op! Feeling amazing! Back to work no...

Day 11 post op! Feeling amazing! Back to work no problems. Incision starting to heal and scab over. Drains pulled 3 days ago. Only thing is this damn swelling! I look great when I get up but an hour or two later I'm starting to puff up like a marshmallow! Oh well if that's the worst I have to deal with I'm lucky! New pics posted

Two weeks post op. feeling amazing. BUT I believe...

Two weeks post op. feeling amazing. BUT I believe I have developed a seroma in my lower abdomen. Will see doc this Wednesday and will hopefully have it aspirated. My wound is healing so well other than that. So glad I went through with this! Hopefully once the seroma issue is cleared up it will be smooth sailing!

Today is now 24 days post op. went to my doc...

Today is now 24 days post op. went to my doc yesterday and she was able to drain my seroma. 600 CCs! Gotta wear my abdominal binder 24/7 for a few more weeks to decrease the chances of the seroma returning. Scar is totally closed up. So itchy though! Massaging silicone gel on it daily. I'm back to my daily routine for the most part. Just waiting for the doc to okay going back to the gym. Pics posted!
Dr. Flavia Davit

Resident's clinic at UPMC

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