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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!!!

Sounds like we are similar! I had 2 pregnancies 40lbs gained with each all in my belly :) My TT is on March 11. I posted a review and put up some before pictures. You can see how much skin is on my tummy...can't WAIT to be rid of it!! And I have been cleaning like crazy too...don't know what to do with myself.
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I think the nesting has already started! I cleaned all of the girls closets out today and my pantry! I also went to buy a bikini per my PS so she can have a good idea for the incision location... (probably also a sales pitch on her end) ...fun to think I might actually be able to wear it this summer!!
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LOL...I remember so well!  I even cleaned my garage.  My hubby thought I had gone nuts.

The bikini is actually a really good idea.  Pick a low bottom so that she places the scar as low as possible.   And yes you will be wearing it this summer.  Keep the receipts because what fits you now will be far too large in a few weeks.  That way you can at least go and exchange it for a smaller size. 

My scar is very low and I love it!  It hides very nicely in a little bikini bottom. 
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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!!

Protien is really good for healing. My ps had me increase mine once I got the hospital. Baked salmon, ensure(read the can for the one that gives u more protein and focus on healing/ muscle. Milk intake and peanuts
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Hi there,

Have you read Kimmers' Tummy Tuck Survival Guide? It's great.

I'm glad you're more on the excited side now. The fears are completely normal and mentioned by almost every woman on this site. You'll do great.

Also, if you get a chance, I have a Facebook page called Moms Who Want Their Bodies Back where we have some discussion going on about everything from plastic surgery to healthy foods to exercise.

Keep us posted on your journey!

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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???
Hey Pittsburgh123,
My Surgery is March 15th as well @ 10am, I have to arrive an hour earlier and I wish so bad they could go ahead and get started by 9:05 so I can get this thing over with and be back home by the time my kids are out of school, lol.

I NEVER gone under general anesthesia and was very nervous, but a sense of calmness/peace came over me today...People have this done everyday and survive, soooooo, why would my case be any different. The PS is board certified and uses a qualified anesthesiologist so, I feel I'm in good hands, besides he reassured me no one has ever died on him, even after the surgery!

Each and every beat of your heart is monitored, if something is no right after a minute, they are able to make adjustments. They always tell me, I'm more at risk driving everyday than being at risk of complications from anesthesia. They gave me Valium to take a day before the surgery to calm my nerves, but I'm afraid to take it cause I dont want it to interfere with the ansethesia.

Let's keep in touch. :)
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thanks so much! that really helps :) I'm scared,but at the same time I went shopping last night for a celebration outfit to wear in 3 months :) A size smaller than normal.. cant wait!

Please keep in touch! I'll be camped out on the laptop for a week I'm sure!! GOOD LUCK!!!! Prayers and luck your way!
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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..

Your day is almost here!!   You will do wonderful so no worries.  I will be anxiously awaiting to her from you and also to see your pics.

I will be saying the prayers for you!
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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.
Let us know how you're feeling when you're ready to chat! Excited to see your results!
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Thinking of you on your BIG day!
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Thanks Kimmers! I'm so nervous! I keep crying, and almost getting sick! Is this normal?!?!? God, I cant wait for this all to be over. Thank you for the prayers.. pix to follow :)
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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....
glad to hear your recovery is going good....keep deep breathing and walking and don't forget to take a stool softener....
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Your doing well it sounds. Up and moving a little is good. The itching ehhh stinks I know! Maybe if you put an ice pack on your tummy it will help relieve it a little?
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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!!
UGh the back was my biggest gripe tooI used a ! Heating pad and sleept with pillows under both arms and knees..seemed to help. Hang in there. Im 3 and 1/2 weeks post op and my back pain is pretty gone. Feel great :)
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Good to hear from you!  Don't get annoyed:)  It will be a little bit before you are walking upright so be patient. 

Rest and medicate...
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Thanks Kimmers ! I have a question for you . I took a PG test at the hospital.. it was negative. I am suppose to get my pd this week and have not . So of course I'm panicking. My mom picked up a test and it was also negative. although today when I looked at it again it looked like it had a faint positive line. The instructions said not to read after 10 minutes.. so I'm not too worried.. BUT is this normal?!? Im making myself and my hubby nuts.
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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.
THe swelling will continue to go down, However, you will find some days you are very swollen and others you wont have any swelling at all.... Depends on your diet, how much water you are drinking, and if you are doing to much..... Hope that it does get less for you.... The boredom only gets worse. My PS does not want me to lift a finger for 6 weeks so yeah im very board as well...
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Day 6 - feeling ok. starting to get a little bored!! Standing up ok - and only taking 1 pain pill at nigt and 1 inmorning. I would take tylenol, etc but I want to wait til I see the PS tmw for my 1 wk follow up. The swelling is the worst part. THe pain has subsided and it's really just more of an uncomfortable thing really. Any idea when all of this swelling will start to reduce? Man!!!
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Don't let that swelling beat you girl!!   It is miserable and will come and go from day to day.  Listen to your body and if you swell get off your feel and do the ice and elevate routine.  Your body is just kicking you for putting it through the ringer...LOL
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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
I never tho it would be so bad. I have a high pain scale. This is worst then giving birth. And the drains suck!!!!!
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I know...it really does hurt but will pass.  Are you keeping on top of your pain meds?
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It gets so much better!! I'm 12days PO and went to the mall today - woo! At about day 8 you will feel 200% better than you do today. Trust me :)
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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?
Hey lady I know we are same day post opt..how are you feeling? I still feel like crap and have both of my drains in. Was wondering if your doing any better then me cause seems like I'm stuck in a rut.
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I'm Ok, nothing better than that though. I feel good... but I'm frustrated with the swelling/standing. I'm almost standing upright, but I feel like I look worse now than I did right after surgery... I hope that it goes down soon. Are you swollen??
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I got a drain out wednesday so 1 left :). But I'm still having a lot of swelling and still not standing upright either :( Hope this ends soon!
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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.
You look fabulous!! Your self confidence is going to go through the roof! Congrats!!!!!!
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thank u :)
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You look amazing! thanks for sharing your before and after...:).
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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?!?
aw you look amazing!!! so happy for you!
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Are you thinking Seroma?
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maybe - but I think it's b/c I read too much on the internet! :) The nurse wasn't in today - I'm calling again tomorrow - I actually hope it's s. so it can be drained!!!!
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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

You look amazing!
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Thanks Kimmers! I still have a road ahead, but I'll take it so far :)
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One day at a time my friend...baby steps:)
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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!
Great results lady!
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Hello :) you went in a little ahead if me:) I had my tt on march 21:)

You look amazing!!!! Wow!!!

:)
How are you feeling?
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Thanks :) I'm feeling GREAT. What a difference a week makes. Will be 4 wks on Tues and my swelling is really going down and I feel 90% like my old self.. which is pretty good i think. Cleaned the house yesterday for 5 hours,. then went shopping - then watched a movie til 1am Might've overdone it, but I felt fine!!
How are you?!
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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
Your tummy looks GREAT!
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thanks!!!!!
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You look great! Congrats on the weight loss as well...:). I too have lost weight. My loss has been 12 lbs since before surgery...whoo hoo! what a difference that makes for my clothes!
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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!
beautiful results!
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10 weeks PO today - life is great. I have my confidence back and it feels so nice. Swelling is almost gone - I'm back to working out full force. Routine consists of 4 days - 1 runnning, 1 body pump, 1 spinning and 1 yoga. Everything is ok except yoga i little difficult due to the poses and the tummy area still a little sore.

for those of you getting ready - just be patient - time heals everything, even Tummy Tucks :) You'll be soo happy!!!!
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Ur so tiny, congrats!!
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