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STILL SWOLLEN 6 1/2 WEEKS POST OP... NEW PICS!
- posted 3 months ago
- updated 17 days ago
- Not Sure
- Cost: $7,800
- James Clayton (Provo, UT)
Well ladies!! I am going to join the flat side...
- 21 Feb 2013
- 19 days pre
Well ladies!! I am going to join the flat side finally, and I am excited, nervous, and have about a billion different thoughts and emotions going on right now. I have been looking into a tummy tuck since my last baby was born and reading all of your stories on here and stalking the internet about any and everything to do with a tummy tuck.
I have went to three different consults here locally and had 1 over the internet, in the end I am going back to the plastic surgeon that did my breast augmentation about 10 years ago, aside that i already new him he just seemed to be on the same page as me with my goals and his procedures etc. plus he has you stay the night in a care facility in case of any complications (this for me is fantastic cause i tend to freak myself out pretty easy) lol..
I am 27 will be 28 in May, I have been married to my best friend for 4 years now and have two amazing little ones a little boy that is 3 and a little girl that is 1 (both will be having birthdays in Aug. I had my son early and had to have an emergency c-section. So with my little girl I had another c-section and carried her for 39 weeks and nothing has been the same since. Even when I was younger and thin 5'7 and 125 lbs my stomach was big compared to the rest of my body so now with age weight and two pregnancies things are not looking good. I am currently 5'7 and 168 pounds.
I am sooo excited yet feeling a little guilty that i am spending so much money just to make me feel better about myself along with not being able to pick my babies up and hopefully not traumatizing them seeing me not feeling well and being the on doing everything for them like they are use to.
They are starting me on Iron pills and stool softeners from today forward and planning on pre op appointment the 27th or 28th of Feb. when i take them the rest of their money in cash so I can the cash discount.
I really appreciate everyone who has posted their experience and their journeys it has helped me to research and to try and know what to plan for even though i know everyone handles pain different and heals different etc. It has been my own support system since no one except my mom seems to understand why i am wanting to do this so badly.
I will try and post pre op pictures shortly i need to work up the nerve to do that first though.. but thinking of doing it seems easier knowing that it will not be what anyone sees after my surgery :)
Okay.. i had my pre-op appointment yesterday...
- 1 Mar 2013
- 11 days pre
So I paid the rest of the surgeon fees and i will pay the surgery center fees the day of surgery ouch..lol so full tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo of hips flanks and lateral thorax (bra fat).
I have also been researching about after care things to make my life easier once i come home i see a lot of people saying a recliner well i have 4 technically that are built into my couches but my concern is there is no bathroom on the floor the couches are on so i would have to make my way upstairs to go the bathroom.. would it be worth it to get a recliner to put in my bedroom close to the bathroom or am i over thinking things? Thanks in advance
Ok so i have finally worked up the courage to add...
- 2 Mar 2013
- 10 days pre
I am getting so excited my surgery is next week!! ...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 8 days pre
I cant believe but by this time next week i will...
- 7 Mar 2013
- 5 days pre
Well the surgery center just called and told my i...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 2 days pre
Well tomorrow is the big day!!! I have ti be at...
- 12 Mar 2013
- 1 day pre
First post op appointment today day 5 everything...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 5 days post
Today was my 2nd post op appointment 2 days shy of...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 12 days post
I am still back and forth on how i feel.. at this point i look 100% better than before but this swelling is playing mind games with me no doubt!! At first i thought my scar seemed to high now it is settling i no longer feel that way and i realized my underwear just seemed like they set lower before cause they were constantly rolled down from the flap of nasty fat/skin hanging over them lol.. then my belly button seemed a little of center like more to the right of my stomach but i have had more swelling on my left, the doctor said it is being pushed that way due to swelling and will resolve once my swelling goes down. My Dr. and nurse assured me things will just keep getting better so i just have to try and block out the mind games of the healing process!!
Also what is everyone wearing for a stage two garment i have already went through 2 garments that have outgrown me lol and the current one i have the nurse said could be a little tighter for better results since she could fit her hand down it when i had it on.. but i think the next size down will be to small so do i go with a binder or spanx?? I will try to get some new pics uploaded soon.
So i have decided that I am loving my results...
- 27 Mar 2013
- 14 days post
Serously hate swelling.. yesterday i felt amazing...
- 30 Mar 2013
- 17 days post
I still feel lie my lady stuff is 'taller' than before and my scar is a bit higher than i had hoped for but overall i look 100% better than before s i guess i cant really complain. I am always covered in tape so cant see my incisions most of the time i also cant get my butt into my stage 2 compression garment umm it says its the same size as my stage one that has been to big i just cant get it on and t ireally hurts my tummy when i am trying.
Went to my 3rd Post op appointment yesterday!! Dr...
- 2 Apr 2013
- 20 days post
I have questions about swelling though it seems like every other day i swell up, don't know if its cause i am over doing it on the days feel better (not so swollen) so it causes swelling the next day or if ts what i am eating but man it sucks!! I felt amazing yesterday today i am sitting on the couch feeling bad for myself lol.. i even took my compression garment off cause it flt so uncomfortable due to the swelling.
My skin is so dry on my stomach any suggestions other than trying to keep lotion on? My Dr has you keep tape on for 3 months so its mostly around the belly button where the tape comes of all the time. Also tanning?? I am in serious 'need' of a tanning bed how do i tan without darkening my scars? Will the tape keep the scars safe or do i need to put sunblock or?? Also i have heard my newly stretched skin will be more prone to burning true or false?
Well I am happy with my results... but man does...
- 6 Apr 2013
- 24 days post
So they belly button can deal with for the most part but the taller/longer than i am use to pubic area mmmm i dont think i can deal with this not long term any ways so what are my options is there a revision i ca do to shorten it back where i feel it should be.. will it move down as i heal? Am i just being crazy 'i tend to be crazy about things' I should also mention there was some lipo od my pubic area as per my request so it didnt bulge at all but now i am facing a different issue of feeling like its too high.
I know should just be grateful that i have such amazing results so soon, i love getting dressed in my pre op jeans and super tight girl shirts.. plus my boobs look huge and amazing (in a really good bra lol) my mom and hubby both told me its probably good i didnt do my boobs at the same time as my tummy tuck like i had wanted to do, cause they think they would have been way too big now that i dont have a huge belly over shadowing everything else lol..
So i have had what i thought was indents from my...
- 17 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
Well even though I am very upset over my new...
- 1 May 2013
- 2 months post
My Doctor: James Clayton
So i have had what i thought was indents from my compression garment and swelling since like 2 1/2 weeks post op.. well lately i havent been wearing my garment as much so i actually can see my bare stomach before i now i never seen it much i was always wearing my CG. Well i slept without my CG lastnight go to get in the shower and i notice the indents are still there after not wearing my garment all night so i start to really examine things and yup a bunch of tiny stretch marks what the hell!!! I asked my DR specifically if i could get stretch marks from a tummy tuck he laughed at me and told me no.. and wouldnt be so upset but its like a patch in a circle right above my belly button i am so upset cause i know there is nor reversing nasty stretch marks and almost all of mine we gone from before any i had left could be covered by underwear now i have them above my belly button??