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5 weeks. No regrets
- posted 9 months ago
- updated 10 days ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $6,300
- Peter Raphael, MD (Plano, TX)
I'm 33, mother of 3, 125 pounds, 5'8". For me this...
- 4 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
I'm 33, mother of 3, 125 pounds, 5'8". For me this hasn't been exactly a no brainer. I'm a fit size 2 and so with clothes on my friends and family say it's ridiculous for me to want a TT. What they don't understand is that after several rounds of p90X, I feel like I've given it my best shot and I really never had the chance to look hot in my 20's in a bikini because I always had loose skin, stretch marks, and a pooch.
I have looked like this for 13 years. My husband says he'll support whatever I want to do but I don't need it. The recuperation is my biggest fear. I don't want any of the "nay sayers" taking care of me any longer than they have to. I'm terrified of the scar but plan to have it covered with a tattoo a couple of years from now.
My BA scars done by the same doctor have almost completely disappeared and having that done was the best thing I ever did for myself. I'm committed now. It's on September 4th and although I don't think I'll regret having the extra skin and stretch marks cut off, I do think I'll regret the 14 inch scar for a while. Stay tuned...
8/7/12 I scheduled another pre-op visit with my...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 28 days pre
I scheduled another pre-op visit with my doctor on August 21st. My husband will be going to this one. He still thinks a few more crunches will fix everything. I think he'll be turned off no matter what the doc says. Probably because he insists it's their job to convince you to spend money with them. I think I'll feel better one way or another once I have all of my questions answered. I usually go 110% on everything I decide to do. Why is this so different? Is my gut telling me not to do it?
So after another meeting with the doctor - today...
- 21 Aug 2012
- 14 days pre
As far as the new picture goes, it works likes this...
The very bottom line is where I want my incision. The problem is if I go that low then the top part of the incision can only go as high as the 2nd set of dotted lines (meaning my old belly button would have to be sewn into a small vertical scar and the top of my stretch marks will remain.
I'm ok with this option because I don't want to trade one deformity (stretch marks) for another (a scar that's really visible.) And when my stretch marks are pulled tight, they're not nearly as visible. My muscle repair is very minor and I will have no drains and no lipo.
So that's the plan. 2 weeks to go.
Final consult yesterday and we went over the...
- 29 Aug 2012
- 6 days pre
Taking a multi vitamin - twice a day
500 mg of vitamin c - twice a day
Here's how the drainless tummy tuck works - they quilt the skin back to the underlying stuff like a mattress. so every inch or so, the doc sutures you back together. This leaves a lot less space for fluid to fill in. Therefore, no drains needed. I'm happy to be going drainless b/c a lot of comments on this sight talk about that being a part that makes people feel poorly until they have them removed. Also they can cause dog ears or additional scars if places outside of the incision.
norco - hydrocodone (this is not a very strong pain reliever in my opinion so maybe that's a good sign that the pain is not too bad)
phenagrin - anti nausea
so kind of anti biotic
I had lipo from my neck to my knees with a BA about 4 years ago and the nurse who took care of me told me yesterday that that was WAY more painful then this tummy tuck procedure. I hope she's right.
Im not nervous. I should be but I usually don't...
- 2 Sep 2012
- 2 days pre
Day 1 - lots of vomiting even with several...
- 5 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
Awake for 30-40 minute spurts
No pain unless moving a lot or getting up to walk
Catheter was annoying but at least I didn't have to get up to potty
Slept ok in my recliner but woke up every hour or so just because I'd been sleeping all day long
Kept nothing down, not even water
Day 2 - not as sleepy
Can barely walk but can sit with no pain
Went to doc today to have catheter removed and CG adjusted. Almost fainted because of removal of CG. I saw the covered incision and uncovered BB for the 1st time. No stretch marks and hard as a rock. I think it looks super sexy so far. My hubby liked it to.
I'm back to eatting now and hoping to be able to walk (if even not up right) at least without being in super pain.
Attached 1st post op pic
My sister is leaving today so me and the hubby are...
- 6 Sep 2012
- 2 days post
Day 4 - my back hurts the worst by far. I'm...
- 7 Sep 2012
- 3 days post
So swollen its not even funny. I posted pics...
- 8 Sep 2012
- 4 days post
Post Op Day 5 - TODAY IS GREAT. I can stand up...
- 9 Sep 2012
- 5 days post
I laughed so hard about one tummy-tucker's fart post. Seriously folks. The 1st 4 days after surgery all you want to do is fart and you CAN'T!!! I suggest Beano or something. Day 5 (today) I finally broke down and did the enima and it worked like a charm. I would like to suggest to the Fleet Corporation that they create a little more of a comfort tip. That thing is ridiculous. And FYI I take 3 Milk of Mags or 3 Colace per day and fiber gummies twice a day so I was doing my part but nothing was happening on its own down there.
So I'm a little emotional late at night all of a...
- 13 Sep 2012
- 9 days post
I have been focusing on caloric intake and low...
- 23 Sep 2012
- 19 days post
My doctor tod me no ab work until I was 10 weeks from surgery. I've seen posts that say patients were released at 6 weeks. I'm ok with 10. I think you have to trust your own body. And 1 more thing - this is the BEST thing I've ever done for myself. I'm really really happy I did it :)
5 weeks post op feels great. The only negative...
- 10 Oct 2012
- 1 month post
My Doctor: Peter Raphael, MD
Had breast augmentation performed by him in 2008.