I'm a 32 year old mom scheduled to undergo a full...

I'm a 32 year old mom scheduled to undergo a full tummy tuck with lipo on Monday. Eek! The date creeps up fast. My PS doesn't anticipate me needing MR, so I'm thinking the recovery should be similar to my c-section. My daughter is 21 months old and was 10 lbs 10 oz when she was born. She did a number on my stomach. I have horrible stretch marks, which I can live with, but my skin is so stretched out, I can't dress my body. I'm 5'5" and weigh about 165. I'm up about 20 lbs from my prepregnancy weight, but I'm stuck. It's so hard to eat right and work out when the one area you want to change the most stays the same. I work out 3 times a week in hour long classes that alternate cardio and weights. I've seen differences everywhere in my body, except my tummy. My supportive husband finally suggested that I schedule a consult and see what could be done. I was pretty much sold right then and there. My PS does lipo of the flanks when he does tummy tucks because when the front it minimized, it makes the back look larger. I am also having my outer thighs done, because they have been a problem area for me my entire life. It's not that much more to add it, so I figured why not...

I am most scared of being put under. I was working out after 2 weeks from my c-section and never took narcotics, so I'm hoping this will be similar. I am a little creeped out by the drains, but it doesn't seem like there's any other way. As of now, I'm mostly excited. :)

Less than 48 hours. Not feeling to nervous...

Less than 48 hours. Not feeling to nervous...

Really tired and in some pain, but not terrible....

Really tired and in some pain, but not terrible. Will post more later or tomorrow. Everything went smoothly.

So tired; can't sleep.

So tired; can't sleep.

Had the pain pump removed today. It was an odd...

Had the pain pump removed today. It was an odd sensation, but didn't hurt. Hopefully will lose one, if not both, drains on Tuesday. :)

Really antsy at night. I want to crawl out of my...

Really antsy at night. I want to crawl out of my skin, but I don't know what's wrong. Boredom? Anyone else?

Pics added. Off all pain meds today. Biggest pain...

Pics added. Off all pain meds today. Biggest pain is where the drain tubes go in. They burn when I move. My drainage has slowed a ton, so I'm hoping to have both removed on Tuesday. Fingers crossed!!!

Entirely over the drains. I put a piece of gauze...

Entirely over the drains. I put a piece of gauze over where they go in and they are a little less bothersome, but I really hate them. They are the worst part of this whole experience. They burn when I move. Other than the drains, I feel great. The lipo on my outer thighs is pretty sore, but I'm fine on the couch or at the table on a pillow.

I still can't sleep at night. I can't get comfortable and don't know what to do with myself. My mom says its anxiety. Two Tylenol pm's arent even doing the trick...

I had my drains removed this morning. It didn't...

I had my drains removed this morning. It didn't really hurt, other than where they went in, because I was really irritated in that area. My PS would have preferred leaving one in until Thursday, but said he could see how irritated they were and that I was in the ballpark for drainage to have them removed. He said it's really important to leave the CG on, not that I've taken it off other than to shower... I seriously feel like a new person. They hurt so bad when I moved. I had to take tylenol just for the drains. I feel great and am moving great! The lipo sites are sore, but feel mostly like big bruises. On my way back to normal!!!!

I think my belly button still looks a little funny, but he said it will sink in. He said I am so swollen that I won't believe the results when the swelling subsides. Can't wait, although I feel like I look good now!

Feeling great! No regrets! I tried on a bunch of...

Feeling great! No regrets! I tried on a bunch of my prepregnancy clothes and although tight, they fit. Can't wait for the swelling to go down!! Hope everyone else is having a great day!

I am feeling awesome; probably 90% normal. I've...

I am feeling awesome; probably 90% normal. I've been back in bed the last two nights and seem to be over the crawling out of my skin feeling. I can't remember the last time I took anything for pain. Not feeling much at all. I'm actually itching to work out!! I've been driving since Sunday and alone with my 21 month old since Monday. I babysit twin 3 year old girls and a 4 year old boy, and have my own with me, and was back at it today. I watch them at their house and probably sat more there, seeing as there was no laundry, dishes or whatever to do. I will try to take and post more pics this weekend. :) Happy recovery all!!!

Still doing great. I can't wait to get back to...

Still doing great. I can't wait to get back to the gym. New pics added.

Whne were everyone's steri strips taken off. I...

Whne were everyone's steri strips taken off. I may or may not have helped them off in the shower this morning. They were starting to lift and getting gross. No major updates; I feel almost normal. I'm really itching to work out, but I don't go back to the drs office until next tuesday. I'm down about 5 lbs from surgery day. Not a ton of swelling, I don't think, but there is a little there. I looked at the post op instructions and it said that you have to wear the compression garment for up to 6 weeks. I'm hoping I fall in the caergory where I don't have to wear it all 6 weeks. We'll see!

I had my three week post op appointment yesterdsay...

I had my three week post op appointment yesterdsay. He said I look great. There is still some swelling, especially at the ends of my inscision, but I'm happy with how I look now. I can't imagine how I will look at 3 months. I got the okay to swim, use the elliptical and switch to spanx type compression. I was so tired of that binder. It gave me a roll of fake back fat between my bra and the garment. So far, so good! I'd say I'm almost completely back to normal. Not quite normal, but almost. I'll try to post picture this weekend. They come out crappy when I take them myself in the mirror.

I am 3+ months post op and have NO regrets. ...

I am 3+ months post op and have NO regrets. Recovery was a breeze. I am 100% back to my normal self and hardly remember the first couple of weeks. I received my preop and 7 week photos from my PS in the mail the other day. I hope to scan and post them this weekend. My PS said I still have swelling, but I don't really see where. I never really went through swell hell; only had moderate swelling. I am back into my prepregnancy clothing, even though I am still 10 pounds over my prepregnancy weight. I am back to working out and was so scared the first time I did ab work. Surprisingly, it was easier than before surgery. I couldn't believe it! That's about all, will try to post photos soon!

2+ months, not 3. Typo!

2+ months, not 3. Typo!

Photos finally attached.

Photos finally attached.

Absolutely no regrets! I feel great. I'm back to...

Absolutely no regrets! I feel great. I'm back to my normal workout routine and abs are actually easier to do! Dr Koenig and staff were fabulous! I can't believe how much I stressed about doing this.
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Dr Koenig was amazing. He was recommended by more than one person and I can see why. He is warm and friendly and answered all of my questions without ever making me feel rushed. I would do this again, with him, in a heartbeat.

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Hey rochester gal! Looking great!
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I am one day behind you in recovery, and I agree about the drains!!!!! But you are so lucky, I still have one in UGH, comes out tomorrow, THANK GOD!!!!!! My lipo bruises were really bad too, check out my pics. Good luck to you on your continued healing :)
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Good luck to you too! I'm hoping my outer thighs are still swollen, otherwise I wish more lipo was done. I think they are, since they are still bruised! Time will tell!
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Thank you!!!
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Your results look fantastic & it's only day 4 wow. You don't look swollen at all. I'm so excited for u. Please keep us posted!
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Thanks much. How long was your drain in? I'm a little over 10 ccs a side. Hopefully they both come out Tuesday!
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You look really good already! I am over my drain as well, I get it out tomorrow, YAY!!! Hope you are able to get some sleep, that is miserable.
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Hope you still having a great recovery.
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Going to be a few days. I'm not staying at home. I'm at my grandmas, so she can watch my daughter and my husband can go back to work.

Anyone have issues with major dry mouth after surgery? I can't swallow without water because the food is too dry.

I did end up having muscle repair. He didn't think I needed it, but I had about an inch and a half separation. It feels like I did 9000 crunches. Inscision doesn't hurt much. Drains aren't bad either. I do have a pain pump. Lipo sites are sore like I worked out too much.
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Could you post some before and after pics. Have a happy recovery ;)
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Thank you! I will try to continue posting!
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I was very interested in reading your "story" because I live in Rochester, NY , as well, and have been toying with the idea of a TT for a long time. I have never had children but have had a few significant (30-50 lbs) weight losses and gains, so have done a job on my body! my issue is primarily above the waist...so a mini TT wouldn't do it. I have had a consult with a doc in my GYN office, but that's as far as it's gone. Good luck! I hope you will continue to post. CeeTee5
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I'm just creeped out by them and the limitations you have with them. I was pleasantly surprised that I will be able to pick up my daughter. I thought they would tell me no. They dont want me carrying her all over the place, which I don't anyway, but getting her in and out of the crib, carseat or high chair is fine. Im a mostly stay at home mom, so I was a little worried about that.

I received my call for my arrival time on Monday. I have to be at the surgery center at 6:30 am. I'm glad it's early and I don't have to stress about it all day.

Why do they use drains with a tummy tuck and not a c section? Just curious... Isn't a c section more invasive?
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The drains are really just inconvenient. Other than a couple of OUCH moments when I accidentally pulled them, they didn't hurt. I had my TT and lipo on 1 June, and so far the lipo sites are more sore than the TT incision. It's hard to get comfortable and I'm bruised like I got hit by a car. I've had a little relief from icing down my legs, just be careful cause they will be numb, don't over-ice. I can't wait to hear how it went for you!
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