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I Will Be Having my TT on March 2nd 2012! A New Year a New Me - Plano, TX

I had Gastric Bypass surgery 5 yrs ago and lost a...

I had Gastric Bypass surgery 5 yrs ago and lost a total of 137 pounds and kept it off! I have always wanted a tummy tuck but, just never really looked into it. But, now I am ready!!

My surgery is scheduled March 2nd!! Have anyone in the DFW area had or knows someone who had a TT with Dr. Ronald Friedman? I have researched and researched and found only GREAT things about him...what I really love is he is an artist he sculpts woods and marble.

His work is phenomenal!! So, I know he will do my body just fine!! His results are flawless!! I had my first consult with his nurse assistant and will have my pre-opt consult with him next Monday 9-26-11 I am just soooooo excited!

I have been doing a lot of research since I...

I have been doing a lot of research since I discovered this site....it is very helpful and informing. This site is the best yet! Take a look at my before pics and let me know if you think I will have a flat tummy after the procedure.

Well, today is the day I see Dr. Ronald Friedman...

Well, today is the day I see Dr. Ronald Friedman about my upcoming tummy tuck procedure....I am so excited!! I can't wait to meet him..I heard so many GREAT things about him. I will keep you guys posted.

Ok, today I went to see my surgeon for my 2nd...

Ok, today I went to see my surgeon for my 2nd consult(first time was with assistant)well...he saw my flab (skin) and recommended a body lift to get rid of the extra skin on my sides....I told him I can't afford that procedure...so I decided to go with the tummy tuck only...he says I will still have my sides of excess skin but, I will have a flat abdomen...that's my main concern anyway...I can deal with the back fat...it's not that bad..well, they also recommended for me to stay overnight...for an extra $750 I don't have $750 laying around...what do you guys think? Should I stay overnight? My husband will take good care of me at home...I have no worries in that area. Well, I am just debating...suggestions please!!

Well, ok guys I have decided to do the overnight...

Well, ok guys I have decided to do the overnight stay! Whew!! God will bless me with the money I know He will!! I am still very excited and can't wait to see my new tummy!! Thank you all for your kind words and information.

I am counting down the days to my TT!!! I have 51...

I am counting down the days to my TT!!! I have 51 days to go!!! I am super excited!! I am not the least worried because I know who my Savior is!!!! He saw me through Gastic Bypass 5 yrs ago (with NO complications) and I know He will see me through this!!! If it was NOT in His will I would not be having this procedure done!! I owe ALL praises to Him! I will be even healthier after this is all said and done...then I can continue to go share the good news that Jesus healed and delivered!!! I AM BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!! Be Blessed!

Okay ladies...I got a question for your post...

Okay ladies...I got a question for your post oper's...lol...looking at my pics is it necessary for me to have my flanks(love handles) liposuctioned? I am not sure...my doctor didn't recommend it but, who knows....he will lipo my abdomen which comes with the tummy tuck no extra charge...but if I want lipo of my flanks there will be an extra charge. See, I just need your feed back as to what do you think? Thanks in advance!!'

I have just added a pic of me after working out to...

I have just added a pic of me after working out to Zumba Fitness! OMG! How I love it!! I am preparing my body for surgery with cardio and strength training...I know my body will need it. I am now counting down the days! So excited!!

Today is day 2 and my pain level is tolerable...I...

Today is day 2 and my pain level is tolerable...I have a high pain tolerance so that's a good thing....it only hurts when I walk...trying to gt a lot of rest!

Feeling better today...still in pain when I walk...

Feeling better today...still in pain when I walk but that's to be expected. Everyday is a good day!! I am still happy!!!

I POOPED!!! YAAAAY!! I am only 2 days post opt and...

I POOPED!!! YAAAAY!! I am only 2 days post opt and made a bowel movement!! WOW!! I feel sooooo good right about now!! I never heard of anyone making a bowel movement this soon. Is this normal?

Today is day 3 post opt....and I am getting around...

Today is day 3 post opt....and I am getting around by myself!!! Yaaaay!! I am using the restroom by myself as well!!! SUPER YAAAY!! And super swollen! The swelling hurts! I am almost standing up straight...so, I hope this is progress!! Until next post happy healing!

Day 4: I am back from first post opt visit and...

Day 4: I am back from first post opt visit and GUESS WHAT!! I got a pic of my new TUMMY!! Now beware it is SUPER SWOLLEN but, you can see a difference from my before pics. They took out the pain pump that was given and I am still stuck with theses dreadful drains!! They showed me how to clean my incision and wrap myself back up!! I am soooo excited about what I see and it is not even a week yet! So, just imagine how the results are....he took 10 hours on me!! He told me he took so long because he knew I was concerned about my flanks...he lipoed them for me with NO EXTRA CHARGE!! Now tell me God is GOOD!!! I cried when I saw my tummy!! It has been a LOOONG time coming and finally after losing 140 pounds in 6 years and keeping it off this is my REWARD!!! Stay tuned!!! Check out the pic below!!

Day 5: I am feeling pretty good today...today is...

Day 5: I am feeling pretty good today...today is the first day I stayed home by myself and hubby went to work...I realize if I do too much you will swell like crazy! WOW! I am drinking pineapple juice and water. For the most part pain is minimal just the back is still hurting but, no as bad...everything will get better in time.

Post Opt Day 6: Feeling GREAT!! Back is not...

Post Opt Day 6: Feeling GREAT!! Back is not hurting as much...had to break down and take a Vicodin this morning...I think I did too much on yesterday felt really stiff...I had to stand for a while when I was sponge bathing and changing my gauze....also, I washed my CG so I had to wait until that dried...but, all in all I am feeling GREAT! I do see some swelling going down...also, I have 2 drains that are barely out putting anything!! So, that's a good thing...on Monday I go for my 2nd post opt visit....hopefully a drain or two may come out!! Well wishes on you ladies that are going in on today!! Until next post happy healing! New pics below!

Day 7 ONE WEEK POST OPT: Really nothing changed.....

Day 7 ONE WEEK POST OPT: Really nothing changed...still feeling good..my back still hurts though...but, I am walking around a little faster....and have some tightness when I am sitting for long periods of time. Other than than I am good....I have been napping all day which is a good thing. On Monday I will have my 2nd post opt visit...hopefully I can get at least 1 of the 3 drains out....#1 drain produces 30ml and #2 drain produces 5ml and #3 drain produces 5ml.....and that's when I change them twice a day...so...really nothing....but, I am still swollen...I see some change but, not that much....it will get better!!!

Day 11: Everything still is the same...I have my...

Day 11: Everything still is the same...I have my 2nd post opt vist on Monday....my drains are out putting between 20cc & 5cc...it's been that way for awhile now. So, hopefully they will be taken out on Monday!! My back still hurts and walking a little hunched over but, getting around a little faster...I am still swollen...hopefully I can go down soon...I see some of you all's pics and ya'll are FLAT on sides and front!! I am still puffy....hopefully this goes down and soon! I will ask my PS about that...Stay Tuned!

Day 10: Sorry other post should be day 9...Today I...

Day 10: Sorry other post should be day 9...Today I went to PS for 2nd follow up and I still have the dreadful drains!! He wants to keep them in for one more week. I go back next Monday. I am definitely feeling the SWELL HELL....I look like I am 5 months pregnant!! PS says it will go down...They gave me a smaller size garment as well...I was in an XL and I have a L....so there is progress!! I AM HAPPY!! Stay Tuned!

I am now 7 weeks out and I am soooo loving the...

I am now 7 weeks out and I am soooo loving the results!! It get's better everyday!! My body has taken on a new shape and it is AWESOME!! I am able to do light exercise so I walk on the treadmill for 15 mins I do a brisk walk....I can't wait until I can do Zumba Fitness again!! I know it's coming soon just want to tone up!! I have new pics...enjoy!!

I am now 8 weeks post opt and loving it!! The...

I am now 8 weeks post opt and loving it!! The swelling is minimal and getting better!! My PS is AMAZING!! I would do this all over again!! I have now started Zumba Fitness again and loving it!! Progress here I come!!! New pics below!!! Stay tuned for updates!!

It has been 13 weeks since Tummy Tuck!! I am...

It has been 13 weeks since Tummy Tuck!! I am feeling and looking AWESOME!!! Check out new pics!!!
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@maof2...thank you so much girlie!!
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you look great!! love the curves girl!!
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Wow, curves ahead!!!!
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Girl you look awesome!!!!
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Thank you girlie!!!
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Your results are fabulous! All of your hard work has paid off wonderfully. I too am working out to loose the weight before the surgery. I still have weight to loose, but seeing your results just keeps me motivated.
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Thank you ladies!!! I really appreciate the love and compliments!!! Just think it will get better!!! I started my Zumba Fitness again so it's in now!!!
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WOW!!! The curves!! I am in Plano as well and having my TT May 11th!! PM me and let me know your progress- I HOPE I look like that after mine!
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Hey Butterfly, get it girl get it! U are looking great and look at the curves!
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OMG!!!!!!!!! ........ im lost for words. all I'm going to say is ..... SHES A BAD MAMMAJAMMA!!!!!!!
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LOL!! Girl...STOP!! But, thank you!! I am so loving the results now!! Just think it will only get better!!
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You must be happy with your transformation!!! you are looking great!!! keep up the good work. WOw
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Now look at you with the new body! Your results are great! Happy Healing!
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Sunkysd....thank you soooooo much hun for the compliments!!! I really appreciated that!!! To answer your question girl, I was born with big hips shaped like this!!! God has truly blessed me!!! I only gotten at Full TT with muscle repair and lipo of my abdomen that's it!! I have a GREAT PS!!! He made sure I was satisfied with my results!!! I will take more pics as time goes on and swelling goes down!!!

Uniquelynoone....thank you for that compliment!!!
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You look AMAZING!!
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Finally! I've been dying to see your results...Wow, your shape looks AWESOME!!!...... Look at those curvy hips and flat tummy... Girl you are going to be killing them when you strut your stuff! I know theres going to be alot of blind men around your cause you know their eyeballs are going to be STUCK ALL UP ON YOU....lol!

Question, did your ps do any lipo or fat injection on your hips. I too am a very curvy woman and would love for my hips to curve out some more like yours do. What exactly did your ps do for your procedure. I told my ps that I didnt want any lipo on my hips because I want the same type of curves to them as you have . Can you post some more pics? I would love to show my ps as an exAmple! You look wonderful hun ...keep up the good work!
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Looking Great girl! Hang in there! You have a beautiful shape! :)
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OMG I pity you with 3 drains but it is true better to have them in then have an issue pulling too soon, that is what I keep telling myself!!! I sIeep really well in bed, I prop my head up and pillow under my knees and sleep like a baby, try it you might be surprised how well you do. Keep on trucking I wanted to go to work MOnday I am not sure I will be ready for that especially if still toting a drain!
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Butterfly- I got one drain out today, thank heavens!!! My other he said call this week SO now I am hoping if I get to 30 cc or less. So now I am hoping to sleep on my side a little and change positions somewhat! I need another compression garment I am sick of this binder!!! Hope you are doing well, it has been a long 10 days for me!!
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Beje- Girl..I am still stuck with ALL 3 of these drains...he says that it's too early and he wanted me to keep them one more week...they are all out putting less than 20 cc twice a day!! He just wants to use caution...he checked me to see if I had fluid built up but thank God I don't! He just says it swelling from lipo...I go back on Monday and he says we will take them out then...great that you got at least one of your drains out...I am still in my recliner too afraid to sleep in the bed...they gave me a new CG a smaller size...I was in an XL due to the swelling but, now I am in a Large!! Hopefully I will be going down more!! YAAAY!!! You hang in there!! We are both on the right track!
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Yes one week today was the best day so far, thank God I am praying it continues, I agree when these darn drains are out life will be better! I hate them now! I am really trying to stay positive!!!
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Trust me Beje...I know how you feel!!!
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1000 cc is roughly 2 pounds

Butterfly- hope you are feeling better!!!
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Thanks Beje...I am the back just still hurting but, I can kinda stand straight up...still slightly hunched over. But, Today makes 1 week!! YAAAAYY!! Better days! Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble!! I am praying for you!! Keep ya head up it will get better!!!
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