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Scheduled March 15th 2011! Full TT, Lipo Flanks, Inner Thighs - Pittsburgh, PA

Soooo the time is almost here. I'm very...

Soooo the time is almost here. I'm very nervous. More scared than excited for sure. Any advice on how to get the scary thoughts out of my head???

I'm a mother of 2, and while I only gained 40lbs with both prg, I carried all 40 lbs in my tummy. In turn I was left with what I like to call a disformation. My stomach is terrible. I work out 3 times a week and eat pretty good...everything on me is OK expect the Tummy area. I know that I'm going to be so happy with the results, I just wish it were May and i good jump over these next 2 months!!!

OK>getting a little more excited than scared at...

OK>getting a little more excited than scared at this point. I must say, I'll ask anybody for reassurance. I'm starting to get concerned for the after care, but I think I can handle it.... I think :) Any good words on not being nervous about the anesthesia???

Today was the pre-op!!! All the fears are slowly...

Today was the pre-op!!! All the fears are slowly fading. Looking forward to the results. Started taking a lot of Vitamen C the past couple days - any other suggestions? I am trying to stock up on food that will promote healing, etc. Thanks! 13 days!!

5 more days for me!! I have a questions about...

5 more days for me!! I have a questions about lifting my youngest daughter. She'll be 2 in June, but still requires a little lifting in and out of cars, etc. My husband will be doing everything at home for 6 weeks as far as lifting her, etc, but I will have to pick her up from daycare at night. Any suggestions on the car seat, etc? Will I be OK to get her in and out???

1 day and a few hours!! I am starting to have...

1 day and a few hours!! I am starting to have anxiety. I can barely breath. Keeping myself busy with cleaning, etc. Praying and Praying some more..

Tomorrow is the day!!! I go in at 9:45 and have...

Tomorrow is the day!!! I go in at 9:45 and have surgery at Noon. Wish me luck!!! I cant wait for this all to be over and done with.

Day 1 Post Op- Pain is tolerable. Yesterday was...

Day 1 Post Op- Pain is tolerable. Yesterday was NO fun.. but let me tell ya - my tummy is flat and I have 0 flanks!!! So that alone is making this all worth it. I do have a concern with my wheezing. Its hard to cough, but i'm suppose to to help prevent fluid in lungs!! I'm also hypo, so I worry about everything. So far so good though.....pix to come.

Day 2 post op - incision is itchy and making me...

Day 2 post op - incision is itchy and making me crazy!! The drains are also annoying...
trying to walk around to help prevent clots, etc. So far so good....

Day 3 post op: I have my 1st follow up appt today...

day 3 post op: I have my 1st follow up appt today. I also had to pull my pain pump out b/c it was empty :( that was expected though. I'm still walking hunched and it's starting to get annoying! Cant wait to be back to normal!!

Post Op Day 6 : A little dizzy today - not sure...

Post Op Day 6 : A little dizzy today - not sure why. I am a little better now that I've had breakfast, but not much. I hate being on pain meds, that's probably why I feel so wierd. I'm sending the husband off today to get some ibup. so I dont have to take vicoden.
I'm able to stand up a today almost completely. probably about 10 degree away from totally straight. Still have both drains. One comes out this Tuesday and the 2nd on Friday. Looking so forward to that. They are a pain in the butt.
For those considering this, it is 100% worth it. I have never been in so much discomfort, pain, lack of sleep, etc... but felt so good about myself at the same time. I feel better today than I did 2 weeks ago. My tummy was so uncomfy and gross. I feel like 20 lbs has been lifted from my mid section. Really they took about 5 lbs total, but it feels like so much more.

Pix to follow as soon as I get the stregnth to upload them.

PO day 8: Pain is ok. I'm on only tylenol for...

PO day 8: Pain is ok. I'm on only tylenol for the past 24 hours. Again, more of a discomfort than anything. I'm normally a very active person and this is really getting to me not being able to do anything! I still have the binder on which is ok. I had 1 drain removed yesterday - not as bad as I thought. It was a little bit wierd and a burning sensation, but only lasted 2 seconds. Not bad at all... and I only had tylenol in my system. Standing about 10% tilted... again, this is probably the most annoying part along with the swelling. I had lipo on my flanks as well.. I'm hoping these are swollen b/c they are still a little "chubby" :) They hurt and the dr said it will all just continue to go down. I've been taking Vitamen C and Arnica... seems to be helping.

Prayin that in 7 days I will be closer to "normal" and be able to go back to work not looking like a swollen hunchback :)

TOtally worth it though.

PO Day 11: Things are progressing. Got the 2nd...

PO Day 11: Things are progressing. Got the 2nd drain removed yesterday! Thank God.
I'm still not standing straight, but I'm close. Moving around more and able to do some things..drove by myself yesterday and stopped at Pier 1. Life is good:)

Forgot to add my stats: 5-9 prior to surg...

Forgot to add my stats:

5-9
prior to surg 167
currently 161
prior to surg, tight sz 10
currently loose 10

2,5 lbs skin removed
1 liter lipo removed

Yeay! went shopping and am down to an 8. also at...

Yeay! went shopping and am down to an 8. also at 152lbs - lost 15 lbs!!! In 12 days!!! not sure how that happened, but whatever, I'll take it :)

15 days PO: Feeling very set back. I know...

15 days PO: Feeling very set back. I know there's a big difference, but I feel like I was much smaller immediately after the surgery.... has anybody else had this?

AHHH! I feel like I'm getting bigger by the day -...

AHHH! I feel like I'm getting bigger by the day - I was much smaller the day after surgery... is this b/c of the swelling?!?!?!

Here goes nothing - pix.

here goes nothing - pix.

2 weeks 5 days out - Incision is really really...

2 weeks 5 days out - Incision is really really itchy. Hopefully that's a good sign that it's healing well. I don't go back to dr. until the 14th but I'm calling tomorrow b/c i'm swollen bad. I know they will say it's' normal, but I'm just going to make sure. I've been eating soooo good... very clean, low/no sodium, etc. I feel like i have a football size fluid seciton above the incision!! Am I crazy?!?

3 WKS today!! went for a PO visit today and the...

3 WKS today!! went for a PO visit today and the swelling is normal - nothing unusul going on! Also, the itching is normal too - i just need to be on the look out for yeast infections of the scar. (agh!) I am noticing slowly but surely that the swelling is subsiding. My pants are fitting better and tomorrow I'm moving onto spanx - the binder at night only. 12 on spanx 12 on binder. So far I'm teetering b/tween 10 and 13 lbs weight loss and from a sz 10 (should've been a 12 but I refused to buy them) to a tight 8 :)

Updated 3 wk pix

updated 3 wk pix

3 weeks 3 days PO: Feeling much better than even...

3 weeks 3 days PO: Feeling much better than even a week ago. Going to take the weekend to RELAX. Went back to work last week and it's very tiring. Swelling is continuously decreasing... every week has a noticable improvement. Will post 4 wk PO pix next week!

3 weeks 3 days PO: Feeling much better than even a...

3 weeks 3 days PO: Feeling much better than even a week ago. Going to take the weekend to RELAX. Went back to work last week and it's very tiring. Swelling is continuously decreasing... every week has a noticable improvement. Will post 4 wk PO pix next week!

PO Day 26 - lost 17 lbs since day before surg!!!

PO Day 26 - lost 17 lbs since day before surg!!!

4 weeks today!! Time has flown. Feeling great -...

4 weeks today!! Time has flown. Feeling great - very itchy though and it's making me nuts. Will post pix later tonight

Will be 6 weeks PO on Tuesday. Things are great. ...

Will be 6 weeks PO on Tuesday. Things are great. I still get swelling if I do too much, and mostly at the end of a work day. I'm looking forward to starting the gym back up this week. Slowly but surely .

Will get some 6 week pix up soon.

6 week PO pix, close up. swelling still, but much...

6 week PO pix, close up. swelling still, but much better!
Dr. Simona V Pautler

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