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When Do I Start Feeling Better? - Plano, TX

I just had a full tummy tuck, breast lift with...

I just had a full tummy tuck, breast lift with silicone implants, and lipo. I am on post-op day 3. When does the pain go away? I am on percocet, hydrocodone, and valuim. The worst part is that I started today and I feel like my whole stomach is one big fart bubble!! Will a shower help...? Also, I've been sleeping in a reclyner.

Well, I tested out the shower this evening and it...

Well, I tested out the shower this evening and it did not help. It was a lot of work to get all of the wraps on and off and drying off so I may not do that again for a few days. I was fortunate enough to not have to deal with drains.

4 days post op: Today, I feel like a million bucks...

4 days post op: Today, I feel like a million bucks...almost. I think I have so many pain pills lingering in my body that when I get up I feel sick. I am not going to take any medicine today except for my antibiotics and hopefully that will make me feel better. I have no pain from my breast lift/augmentation but it sure does itch and I only have a tinge of soreness from my full tummy tuck. The lipo areas don't really hurt, but they sure do itch, too. Overall, this experience isn't better than I thought but it isn't worse either.

I took a shower yesterday and actually went out and bought me a new cell phone. Then I came home, and helped cook our New Year's dinner. After that, I hit the sack because it was too much.

I am supposed to go back to work tomorrow but I just don't see that happening right now. I will keep you all updated on my progress.

5 days post op Today I got up and took a...

5 days post op

Today I got up and took a shower and went to Chili's with my sister-in-law and the kiddos. I managed my pain with 2 Tylenol. My belly is still sore mostly below by belly button. My right breast also hurts--it feels like a baseball in my arm pit but I am just guessing that is the implant moving down. My little girl started back to school yesterday so I had to wash and dry her hair last night and that about killed me. Overall, I feel fortunate that I am feeling this well. My girlfriend said that she laid in the bed so long that her hair fell out :) Oh, I even folded 2 loads of laundry with the help of a few. I suppose the only thing saving me is to ensure that I rest and not over do it when I think I could really do more. Until tomorrow....

1 week post op: Went to my appt today and the...

1 week post op:

Went to my appt today and the nurse said that everything looks great. I will meet the doc again in about 6 days and we will begin the scar therapy and the breast massages. After my appt, I returned to my desk job and my nurse said that was fine as long as I felt up to it but definately not to over do it. I can tell you, that I had no idea I would feel this good so soon after surgery. I am still swollen and my implants are still high but the summer is coming and I'm sure I'll look awesome just in time.

17 Days Post Op: Honestly, this surgery has not...

17 Days Post Op: Honestly, this surgery has not been near as bad as I anticipated. I started back to work on half days about 7 DPO and full time on day 12. I am standing fully upright but I am still a little stiff in the mornings. My tummy tuck is not bothering me at all but the incisions from my "lollipop" cut are hurting where my bra is rubbing. I am literally putting panty liners in my bra to help relive the friction.

The doctor said that everything looked good at my 2 week appt and that is when he told me to begin massaging my lipo areas and my breasts. I am so pleased with my results so far. My breasts are still high but my tummy tuck area doesn't seem to be too swolen.

FYI: I asked the nurse which type of bandages were better since the doctor gave paper tape to cover my incisions. She indicated that she could see the difference in patients using the silicon tape vs. the paper tape. So, I am using silicone tape and changing that out once a week until I hit my 3 month mark.

***I'll post pics soon***

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Yes, I went there about 3 weeks post op and will be there this Thursday for a follow up. Dr. Harris performed a face lift on me 8 years ago and I have been so happy with it. He also did full abdomenal lipo on me 5 years ago and told me then I would need a tummy tuck afterwards but he didn't do both at the same time. After having gone through the tummy tuck, and the extended recovery, I totally agree with his reluctance to do both at the same time. Have you been to the new office? If not, I can tell you how to get there.
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Jett, I used Dr. Harris also. LOVE him! Are you happy with your results?
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I am more than happy with my results. I plan on going back to him soon for some lipo. Have you been to their new office yet?
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I suppose I was one of the lucky few that did not have to feel with drains so I can't help you there. My doc said that he only uses drains when someone is undergoing a full body lift or has more skin to remove than what is typically found in a tummy tuck. Overall, how are you feeling? I bet you look awesome. Let me know how your appt goes.
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WOW!!! You look awesome!
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Now that it's Jan. 14, how are you doing? Are you going to post some pictures of the new you? I'm having surgery on Jan 27th. I'm glad that you're feeling better...that's inspiring to those of us who haven't gone through it yet!
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Hey Jett! Happy to hear that you are doing so well. I think we had our surgery on the same day. I finally had my drains removed this morning and I feel like a whole new woman today. It's so strange how each doctor is so different in terms of post-op care. My doctor insisted that I take at least 3 weeks off of work after my TT and BL. I was told that I need to do as little as possible until next Monday so that my stomach can heal properly and that minimal swelling can occur. He said I can only get up to go to the bathroom and grab some food from the kitchen. Nothing else... he won't let me leave the house because getting in and out of the car has a huge effect on the healing of the muscles. About the bandages, I need to leave them on until they naturally fall off and I am not allowed to shower until tomorrow night after the drain holes close completely.

I am so concerned with all the activity you are doing, Please take it easy and remember that you just had major surgery. I know it is so much easier said than done but please take it easy and try to rely on others to get things done. Please keep us posted with your progress!!
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Hello, Im 13 day post op and I was wondering how it felt when you had your drains removed. Im so scared. Should a take pain meds before? Your insight would be very helpful. Thank you HKG
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hey sorry your having a hard time but it will get better, I'm 10 days post op and the truth for me is I had very little pain i guess I have a high pain tolerance. Also when I came home my mom made me get up every 1 1/2 hour to walk and I believe that is what helped for me and now I walk straight,I sleep straight and flat on my back in my bed and I don't hurt at all I'm on advil and that's it. so it will get better hang in there.
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I'm sorry your pain has been so severe. Make sure to stay on top of your pain relievers and keep in touch with your surgeon's office. Please keep us posted on how you're feeling, too.

Virtual hugs!

Angie

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Hi Jaberino! I am 3 days post-op too!! Had my TT and BL on the 28th. You have come to the right place to ask questions and talk to others that are going through the same thing. My pain has been so much worse than expected and I am on Dilaudid (morphine) and Robaxin (muscle relaxer). I too have been extremely gassy ... how strange! I am not allowed to take a shower with my drains still in but if you are Im sure it will make you feel a little better. If you get a chance check out some of the reviews on this website under Mommy Makeovers. Theres JenBob, Christina, Babyblues, Trena, Daffy, Luvfitness and many others where you can get more insight.

Have you been running a fever? I have been upto 101 for 2 days now... on and off. Are you sleeping well in the recliner? I rented a hospital bed and its been great!

Take it easy... we will get through this together!!
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I was fortunate enough to not have drains so the shower was not off limits; however, the work was not worth it at all. I went in and had all of my bandages removed yesterday and my boobs do not even hurt compared to by belly. The doctor has me on valium, percocet and hodrocodone (i hope I have that all spelled correctly). This morning was really rough for me expecially since I started. But this evening has been a little bit better. I was very surprised to see that the doctor literally removed all of the skin from 1 inch above my belly button all of the wasy to my bikini hair line...

Please continue to share your stories so that we can encourage each other.
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Sunshine, Have you contacted your surgeon about your fever? It could be a sign of an infection.

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