Finally Made It to the Flatlands! - Rockville, MD

Hi ladies, I had my surgery on Wednesday, May 15th...

Hi ladies,
I had my surgery on Wednesday, May 15th @ 10am. Dr. Tattlebaum is the best there is. It had been a year since our consultation and before he marked me up he told me he couldn't make me flat because I'm full-figured. He saw the disappointment on my face but I had to look @ the big long as I no longer had the saggy skin I'm happy. The good news is that when he marked me up he said I carry my weight in my legs and my waist is small so I would be happy with my results.

The time came and I my surgery was done and I woke up to ALOT of pain....OMG! I had a TT with muscle tightening and Lipo on my flanks and back. This is day 3 and walking hunched over is incredibly painful but my fiancee has been wonderful. He ordered my recliner and picked up a walker from a family friend. This is day 3 so I'm obviously walking better but I'm SORE as all hell. I'll post pics real soon but I'm getting sleepy.

7 days post-op

Hello ladies,

I wanted to share my experience last night. I hadn't had a BM since the day of my surgery so I'd been using dulcolax to help soften my stool when the time finally came. Well, boy was I wrong. I had the urge and nothing happened and slowly I began to feel weak and nauseausated. Istarted feeling dizzy and thank God my daughter was home I told her to throw cold water on my face hoping that would keep me from fainting. It helped for a short time but the unthinkable happened. I "fainted" in the bathroom. The ambulance was called so when I got there I was given an enema and turned out my blood pressure dropped dangerously low. I lost my appetite so I was only drinking Ensure. My advice ladies is to eat healthy but certainly a little more substance. The pain meds they give you constipate you so definitley consume plenty of fiber in your diet. OMG....I had a cough and sneeze attack after I came home from the hospital and I was like you've got to freaking kidding me this cannot be happening. It felt like a busted some sutures and was bleeding on the inside. My follow-up appointment is scheduled tomorrow afternoon so I'm anxious to discuss the recent events with my ever so-caring doctor. I've been slow walking and obviously still hunched over but it's getting better each day. I'll post new pics tomorrow and to those of you who are healing I wish you all a speedy and safe recovery. Chao!

2 Weeks Post-op

Well its been exactly 2 weeks today since I've had my TT and lipo to flanks and back. I'm feeling so much stronger and I thought I was well enough to drive myself to the bank and grocery store yesterday....guess what? NOT!!!!! my body cussed me out and said sit your ass down and relax. I paid for it dearly so I listened....anywho I'll be posting updated pics today and I'm still very swollen. I'm scheduled to have my drain removed tomorrow (keeping fingers crossed). I cannot wait to take a shower so I warned my kids that they'll probably be no water left after I'm done:) my drain leaks like crazy and I must say although I'm still hunched over I'm able to stand up straight about 75%....not bad for 2wks. If anyone knows where I can purchase a really good CG please let me know I'm desperate. The material with the CG that the doctor provided irritated my skin which explains the band aids from blisters I got from it. Well I guess that's enough for now and hopefully good news tomorrow. Bless all you ladies who are in the healing process and those scheduled for upcoming surgeries. My prayers are with all of you!

2wks post-op pics as promised

Review made earlier....

Photos of me so you ladies can see who you're talking to!

No drain out today and lost my temper but quickly apologized (I am Cuban @ the end of the day) no excuses I'm just for the best next Thursday's appt. Be well and take care ladies!

I accidentally put same photo twice...oops!

3 Week Update

Good morning ladies!
It's been three weeks today since I've had my surgery and I can't believe how fast the time is approaching....especially for an impatient person like me. As you all know I was unable to have me drain removed since I was doing "THE MOST" thinking I was good and had my bubble bust when told my cc's were too high....I learned my lesson that time and as I'm scheduled to return to another follow-up tomorrow to evaluate my drain being taken out. I've been doing very well and not going hard in the'm confident it's being removed. I'd like to thank jerzeejewel with the fantastic website I plan on purchasing my CG from Girl, you are so right they have everything but I still need to get a measuring tape so I order the right size. I'm a thick girl and the last thing I want to do is order the wrong size. I have to thank ALL of the "realself divas" for all of your support and encouraging words. It's been therapeautic for me to vent and talk about what I've been going through and seeing my transformation. I'm posting new pics. Oh, I can't seem to Vitamin E Oil anywhere which is odd cause I could find it when I don't need it but now that I do I can' find them anywhere. Do you ladies have any suggestions on what scar therapy seems to work? Mederma? has that worked for anyone? I'll keep you posted on my follow-up visit tomorrow and hopefully with good news! Chao my divas and happy healing to all of you and for those with upcoming surgeries....abrazos y besos (hugs and kisses) !!
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon

All I've got to say is he's THE BEST!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Thank you anewmesoon, I've lost my appetite sooooo much that I pray loosing weight soon follows. Maybe I'll look as good as you one day;) sweetie you are looking fabulous....
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Incredible transformation! You look so in proportion now. Tiny waist, you must be so happy!
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awwww aves992002....stop it you making me smile:) Where do you live and what have had or done or getting done. Girl, the word confident associated with me will have to take getting used to. I've been in such a shell that I've closed myself off to the world cause of all the weight that I've gained and so this surgery has definitely given me a boost and I can only pray it gets better from here. You are too sweet:)
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Do you have a private email? I would love to chat, but just between us. If no, that's ok. I just don't want to talk in an open media area...that's all. You have come a long way, and you should be very proud!!! I have 2 sons and that is my main reason for wanting to talk privately. Thanks!
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Hi aves992002, Yes, my private email is I completely understand not wanting to talk in an open concept. Thank you sweetheart and I really look forward to hearing from you. You could also reach me via cell 301-219-6700. Text me first if you decide to call so I know it's you...I'm always dodging
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Looking good! Have you got any massages yet? I know alot of people get them with lipo but I have not read people getting them with tummytucks. I have to ask my P.s about this, I know I get two massages while Im there and that is to help with the drainage
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Thank you babe! No, I haven't gotten any massages but my Dr. did mention how to massage the scar while applying the scar therapy. Thanks for asking sweetie!
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OC baby, Thank you my sweetness....I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to calling you but I definitely will real soon:) XOXO
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btw, So MD mom....I'm using all of the above.....hahahha!
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So MD mom, I truly appreciate your kindness! It means alot when you hear how nice you look when I've fell into such a DEEP depression and couldn't see or find my way out so I thank you from the bottom of my heart;)
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Get out of that funk woman ... I was in it too the first week (the meds messed me up) ... but as the weeks went by, I felt better and better. I hope you are feeling better, you have a lot to look forward to! And you know Dr. T is the best at what he does :) I'm here if you need to vent!!
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lol....okaaay! don't fight me....know but seriously I am feeling and getting much better. The depression was before the surgery and I've slowly crawled never lied Dr. T is definitely the best! I may have a secret crush on him....JK!
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Aww thank you Lovebird83...if it's ok I'd like to follow your journey:)
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Of course you can ! I'm watching you as well :-)
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I just posted on your're doing your thing ma ma!
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Yessss !!!! Thanks I can't wait to hit the gym ! Working on a 2 pack for the summer and got to lift these buns
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Looking good lady ! Happy healing
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Looking good!! I switch off between Mederma (which is all I used last year when I had my BA and you can hardly see those scars!), Bio oil and Cocoa butter oil. I also have Vitamin E cream...I figure it can't hurt to use them all (lol)!
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You look fabulous! Thank you for the update! XOXO
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You look good
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Thank you very much Golden404, What surgery have you had or having done? I gotta get rid of these fat ass thighs and huge arms tho...soon as I get the green light to workout....
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WoWeee you look awesome
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Awww AshRSA you are so sweet thank you so much! Girl I'm just a fat ass and gotta lose these thunderous thighs! Lol....
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LOL been known as thunder thighs since my early 20s. People said I could break rocks with them ;)
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