I'm 46 and haven't had a flat tummy since I...
I'm 46 and haven't had a flat tummy since I started puberty. I have the body of my mother and grandmother...an apple with an emphasis in the belly. In the last couple of years since nearing menopause, I have slowly added fat in my upper abs. Most of my 20s and 30s, I was very physically active, worked with a trainer. Still, a belly. So, as a mid-life gift to myself, I'm going to experience a flat tummy for the first time in my life. I can barely wrap my mind around it.
My hubby thinks I look just fine but is supportive of my decision. I'm looking forward to having different kinds of clothing options and not trying to hide or disguise my mid section in everything.
I'm a little nervous but am very organized and have started making an items needed list from all the wonderful suggestions from this site. I WILL be prepared.
Thought I'd add my beautiful pre-op pics (ha, ha)....
Thought I'd add my beautiful pre-op pics (ha, ha). Six-weeks pre-op and wish I was having surgery tomorrow. Not nervous, as I feel prepared because of the great info on this site plus great reputation of my PS. Although I know it will be a journey, I'm looking forward to being on the flat side.
7 days left before I go to the flat side!!
Had my pre-op today. Having TT w/ MR and just found out today, a little complementary flank lipo to enhance that hour glass look (that is, after the swelling goes down in a few months :)) Not nervous at all, just really ready for this adventure. Just hoping my husband remembers everything he needs to do to help me the first few post-op days. I get him for 2 weeks thanks to FMLA (he has 800 hours of sick, so he can spare a few). The count down begins!!!
On the flat side -po day1
Post-op day 1. Doing pretty good. saw my ps this morning, and everything looks great. I've discovered the importance on keeping up with meds, even though I have a pain pump. Less painful then I imagined, but still quite painful. My hubby has been a great care giver, bless his punkin heart. Will share pics tomorrow then my cg is being washed.
Day 4 post op - doing fantastic!
It's the morning of day 4. Doing much better than I thought I would at this time :). Pic is with my sg and lots of padding for comfort and xtra support. Wound is normal, very little bruising around my lipo areas. One thing I thought was smart of my ps was to put a motion sickness patch behind my ear just before getting wheeled in to the O.R. I think it's helped because nausea has been a non-issue. Can even take my oxy on an empty stomach. Been slowly cutting back on the pain meds and NOT overdoing.
Hubby took the pain pump caths out yesterday afternoon. No pain on that. My drains r slowing down, so hoping at least one gets removed at my next po visit next Tuesday. All-in-all, has been pretty unevenful, which is a blessing.
Post op day 6 - bad news at the ps office
Went to my ps today. Either my cg was too tight or there was too much swelling below my belly button, but I have an issue with the center of my incision. So no cg for a few days. Very bummed but understand that this is a part of the journey, the ups and downs.
Post of day 13 - starting to get a little more spring in my step
Got my last drain out yesterday. Took a real shower this morning, then went and bought a more comfortable Spanx-type cg that fits me better; my ps suggestion. I've attached my updated pics. The front of my incision is looking better. There was an issue with circulation in my cg between po day 1 and po day 6, so I didn't wear it until yesterday. Pretty swollen but am drinking lots of water, detox tea, bromalain, juicing, all the good stuff. I have no expectations until I'm in a bikini for vacation in October, so I'm not stressing over the little stuff. Happy 4th TT sisters!
Post op week 3 - doing better & better everyday
Everyday, my energy gets better and better. Not overdoing, which I think is key for me. Working 1/2 days this week. For some reason sitting at a 90 degree angle at my computer just kills my lower abs. After about 4 hours, I'm rock hard and having some muscle spasms. So I come home, take my Valium and relax for a few hours. The necrosis I got my first week po from my cg being too tight is healing well, thank goodness. PS nurse suggested I do some gentle tissue massage in the area right below my belly button, as that spot is rock hard. Apparently an easy place to build up scar tissue. What an interesting journey so far.
Rock on beautiful TT sisters!
4.week post op
Swelling is improving. Nacrotic area getting better but skin around incision gets really red when i wear my tighter cg, so I'm thinking I'll wear my looser Spanx more often. My greatest challenge is when I'm at work sitting at the computer, after a few hours, my lower abs tighten up like a rock and start spasming. My energy level is coming back slowly. I think I'm just wimpy! But still thrilled I did this!!!
10 weeks post-op - what happened to the summer
Healing well from the surgery but healing slowly from part of my incision getting necrotic, due to too small of a cg. Post-op day 6, I was in the ps office, and they pulled the cg off me so fast, my head was spinning. Never wore it again. Bad mistake on their part. Oh well, we can't all have perfect outcomes. But aside from that, I still happy I had the surgery. Holding a little swelling just above my belly button, not sure why. When doing lymphatic drainage technique, which is helping with swelling.
So the po wound I referred to above is about 4 1/2" long x 1 1/2" wide x 1/8 to 1/4" deep. Been doing the wet to dry dressing system, which is pulling off all the dead stuff and getting down to healthy tissue. Once healed, I'll have a big, thick, pink scar that my ps will revise in the office, then all will be pretty again.
Excellent surgical skills, knowledgeable and upfront about the best procedure for me. Her nurse Susan is amazing and very knowledgable. Great front office staff.