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Time to Get my Body Back! - Rockville, MD

Well like most of you, I have extra skin from...

Well like most of you, I have extra skin from having two beautiful kids ages 3 and 9 months. I'am 5'7 and currently 170lbs although I would like to lose another 20lbs before surgery. When I was pregnant with my first child I reached 250lbs and I never wanted to see that number again. I exercised and lost 86lbs but then got pregnant with my second and went right back up to 230lbs, so that's why stomach looks the way it does. My husband and I are done havings kids so now I've decided to get my body back and have a tummy tuck. Tomorrow is my consultation with Dr. Tattlebaum and I couldn't be more excited. Can anyone tell me what I should expect?

Surgery date scheduled!!

I had my consultation with Dr. Tattlebaum on Tuesday and I knew he was the right surgeon. I'm scheduled for July 10th which is about 4 weeks away and all of a sudden my nerves are starting to kick in! I'm so nervous about recovery time, not the surgery part of it. I have a lot of help from my family and everyone supports me so it makes everything a little bit easier. Let the countdown begin!

Almost Time!

Well they moved my surgery back a day because they messed up with booking my appointment, but that's ok. I'm getting so excited my day is arriving and I can finally get this nasty skin off of me. I know the recovery is going to be long and painful but it's all worth it in the end.

Finally over with

Well I had my surgery yesterday and everything went as smooth as I could have imagined. The staff were all so comforting and helpful. My surgery took 3 hours and before I knew it I was waking up.

I'm in a little bit of pain and a lot of tightening. I haven't taken my binder off yet but I will definitely take pictures when I do. Hoping for fast healing!

Post op 3rd day

I woke up this morning feeling better. I was able to take my binder off and see what the results looked like. I couldn't be happier! The scar is nice and low and I love my belly button. I can't wait until I can stand up straight and get this tube out of me. I posted some pictures but it's still hard to see what it all really looks like.

1 week post op

Today marks my one week since I decided to change my life for forever. I am so pleased with my results that I can't stop smiling. I wasn't able to get rid of all my stretch marks but to be able to sit down and not have a roll of skin sitting over my pants feels amazing. I'm thinking once my binder is off and I don't have the marks, then my stomach will look a little better.

I had to keep my tube in but I figured that would happen. Tattelbaum says I'm healing well and everything looks amazing. Can't wait until I'm full standing up straight and 100% healed!

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This drain is annoying..

I have my 2 week follow up on Thursday and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my drain gets taken out. I'm still draining a lot so I'm not sure if they will. Definitely the most annoying part of the healing process.

I also can't wait to stand up straight! My back hurts so bad once I've been walking around for a couple of minutes. I've returned to work today since I have a desk job. Although I'm post op 12 days already, I feel like the healing process is taking forever. I just need to learn how to be patient. I can't wait until I can hold my baby girl again..

Drain is out!

I had my 2 week appointment yesterday and I'm happy to say my drain was taken out! Wow, was that the strangest feeling ever. I thought it would hurt but it didn't, I just felt the tube being removed throughout my body. (Gross). I purchased my compression garment and I am wearing it today. Things are starting to go back to normal again. I'm still sleeping in my recliner because it was uncomfortable laying in my bed after trying last night. I have lost 5lbs from my surgery and I'm going to keep losing more. I took a couple pictures of me in a bikini and it feels so weird to be in one again. Loving my results!
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Looks so good!
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Wow! You look fab!
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Thank you both!
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you look awesome-love the suits, are they VS? yes, the tube doesn't hurt, just a weird feeling is the only way to describe it! watch the changes, it just gets better :)
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Thanks! No, I got them from Target :)
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U look amazing!! Our stomachs are very similar :)
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Thank you! You look amazing!
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It's such a double edged sword...we hate the drains, but when they come out, we hate the swelling :). You look fantastic for po 2 weeks!
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Thank you! I'm hoping my swelling isn't too bad when it starts. My stomach is kind of hard all over the place right now..
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You look great! Was it hard to hide your drains when you went back to work?
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Yes! I had to wear lose shirts but since I sit at a desk most of the day it wasn't really noticable.
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I went back to work po 19 and I still feel like I would have liked another week off. When I sit at my desk for a while and then stand up I am so tight and have to hunch over even though I am straight in the mornings. I see dr t again tomorrow for my 4 week
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you are looking really great!!! You really look very flat in that last photo :) yay :)
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Thank you!!
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Looking Great!! How have you been feeling?
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Thank you! I'm feeling better each day. I just sneezed and it hurt so bad though!
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He makes the best bb ever!
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You look great - isn't it great to see the changes that unfold?!
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Thanks! Yes, it's awesome.
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How exciting - I can't wait to see more pictures ... that front view pic looks really good!! I just saw Dr. T Friday for my 14 week p/o ... and was cleared to get my BB pierced which I did that night!! I missed my belly ring :)
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So jealous! I used to have my belly button pierced. I'm not sure if I'm going to do it again but I'm so happy for you!
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Do it-I know you gotta miss it-I did :)
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I know!! I can't wait until I can put on a pair of shorts and not see my skin hanging over!! You're tt looks great!
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Thanks - it's funny, I went back and looked at all my pics I took from the beginning and how weird everything looked and it's ever changing - just amazes me. Still find it hard to believe I did this, even after 3 months have passed - I never thought I'd have the guts to do it! Keep the pics coming - I love seeing all the changes :)
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Thanks guys!! I teared up a little when I took my binder off. Couldn't be happier right now :)
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