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TT 10/5/2012... 6 mos post op....

So far... I had the consult and the pre-op......

So far... I had the consult and the pre-op... Surgery is scheduled for 10/5... Not nervous... Not scared... Being a labor and delivery nurse has helped some with knowing what to expect... But I know this is way more invasive than a c-section.... I "plan" on being mobile as much as possible... Remember... I am a nurse... Lol... But then again... I hate taking pain meds because of drug testing. No one at work needs to know my business... And if I get randomly drug tested... Well they are gonna know then... But anywho.....

After having been a size 00 at one time and now being a 14... I absolutely love my body (butt and boobs)... More than I ever had and I still have no idea what my hubby saw in me when he met me as a 00 with no boobs or booty but I guess it was my "personality"... Lol
The only thing that makes me a 14 is my tummy.... I despise my tummy... Once being able to wear a 2 piece without wearing a cover up was awesome... Can't wait until I get to do that again... I am very self conscious and hate the "roadmap" I have on my tummy... Now I even started getting "hang over" which I REALLY hate....
But now... I finally getting rid of my "3rd boob"... I work out... Eat right and to no avail... No results... But now with my PS... I am gonna be a MILF.. Haha...
I already got my post op meds, got my pre-op vitamins... Went to work and got my gorgeous "Victoria's secret" panties that all of our laboring mamas get after delivery... A few puke bags just in case, a few collection containers for measuring output from the drains... And some OTC meds that I figured I would need since I am going to be on pain meds and they do tend to stop you up.... So as prepared as I could be... I got approved for my days off... As I am only taking 9 days off since I can't take too much time off from work.... Scheduled my days off already... Bought my pajamies (3 pairs) since the doctor recommends a 2 piece button up since he doesn't want me to "raise my hands over my head to pull over a shirt", house slippers that slide on, and nice plush pillows and blankets for sleeping on my recliner. Arranged rides for my kids to school and since my hubby can only take 3 days off... After he returns to work... I am on my own... YIKES!!!!
But I already know me... I can't stay in bed... So I think I will be fine...
9 more days until TT time..... Can't wait until scalpel do us part!

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Ok... so i looked into this "pain ball" that is...

ok... so i looked into this "pain ball" that is going to be placed during surgery.... looks like i won't be in so much pain afterwards... i completely forgot that he was going to place that. now i am taking my vitamins everyday to reduce swelling and bruising.... i happened to see some pictures of a lady with horrible bruises all over her torso.... Uuumm.... yeah... that's not going to be me.... LOL... ("right!"). haha... but anywho!......

since i am a fulltime student with 2 jobs... i looked at the calendar and realized now that i have 11 days off and to return back to work on the 12th day... now thinking with the pain ball... some of the reviews i have read said they were able to stand up straight by the 5th day....
"THIS WILL BE ME!" .... LOL..... hopefully so since i will be returning back to work a little before 2 weeks.... if not i guess i can always call in... LOL. and take a full 2 weeks off... (like 2 days will make a huge difference... LOL)... hey... but you never know... i have bounced back after delivering my 2 kids and had a surgery on friday and returned back to work on monday.... i'll be fine...

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T-7days..... only a week left... i have 5 more...

T-7days..... only a week left... i have 5 more shifts of work.... i've been busting my butt so i can take the time off needed to recover without feeling penny pinched all while being a fulltime student!... yup... ima boss like that.... can't wait... finally talked to my mom... crazy as it sounds... she didn't yell or get upset today!... yea!

just getting all the last minute things ready before i have surgery and am in the hospital for 2 days... can't think that i will be away from my babies for 2 days... not like i haven't been away before... but now they are teenagers and i seem to worry more about them.... i've been working tons... having back aches from standing all day... shift work is nice... but it is draining... : (
trying to take allergy meds, vitamins and pre-op meds that were given to me to help prevent bruising to prevent illness before surgery. i can't afford to get sick since i have the days off/ scheduled already from work and my kids drop off and pick up plan with family and friends. trying to stay healthy... but here in texas... geesh!... it's hard with my major problem with being allergic to mt cedar, mold and grass and it's starting to rain this weekend!... NO!!!!!!!!!!..... LOL

well... hope everybody that had surgery today is recovering well..... and those that already had it are recovering better,, remember to walk, take your pain meds, take your vitamins and eat right... Protein is good for you while healing!!!!.... TTYL!

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ok... 2 1/2 days til TT day... LOL... one more shift to work... one more day of school.... and then friday morning... first case of the day... i will be on the flat side!. WHOO HOO!!!!... can't wait... these next 2 days are going to fly by... i got a 12 hour shift tomorrow... my last one before the surgery and then i have to finish getting ready all day thursday morning... then class on thursday afternoon.... talk about being a busy bee before surgery!... i had to stay busy to keep my sanity... in the past 10 days... i have worked 10 12-hour shifts and 2 8-hour shifts.... this way we wouldn't be money crunching while i am resting!... haha... ima love these paychecks.. but it will have to last me the entire recovery time... thank god i got ahead and paid my bills with my last check!... i think i bought all the the supplies that i will need at least for 2 weeks. yeah... i'm ready baby!
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Ok... tomorrow is the big day....i have...

ok... tomorrow is the big day....i have butterflies in my tummy today... working on packing, making sure i have all my stuff ready... gotta shower with hibiclenz today, tonight and tomorrow morning... not feeling anxious yet... can't wait to be on the flat side!

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Ok... In less than 12 hours... I will be on my way...

Ok... In less than 12 hours... I will be on my way to the flat side... More excited than nervous... ...

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Best wishes on your big day.
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Good luck tomorrow!
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Good luck on your surgery! Speedy recovery wishes.
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An hour and a half to go til TT time... Still not...

An hour and a half to go til TT time... Still not nervous... But I do hate waking up... I am so not a morning person... I'll text you guys later!

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Ok... Checked in... Waiting on the pre-op nurse to...

Ok... Checked in... Waiting on the pre-op nurse to call me back... Excited... Butterflies in my tummy.... As my hubby dropped me off... I told him ill see you on the flat side... And he throws me the finger... Lmao... Thats how we play... Haha... He told me when im waking up from anesthesia hes gonna Tell me to transfer all my money to his acct so i cant online shop while recovering... this morning hw made a comment "i dont know what im going to do without you!"... Man he makes it sound like im going on a 2 week vacation. Lol... Im only going to be in the hospital for 2 days... Lol... now he gets to see what it is like being mr mom... Haha!

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So far so good... Sleeping a lot... No major...

So far so good... Sleeping a lot... No major issues... Man even being a nurse... I never realized that I used my muscles to do little things like reach over... Nurse said I am doing good... Can't wait to go home. I wanna try n sleep in my own bed... Ate lunch and felt nauseated... Not ate dinner... And feel super sleepy guess ill take another nap.

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Yippee for you, its over! Rest up rest well!!! :)
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Sending you healing thoughts!
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lots of healing and love!!
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Ok....even with my painball... It hurts to get up,...

Ok....even with my painball... It hurts to get up, not to bad, but enough to make me say "fukn shit".. Lol... I hope it doesnt hurt like this later... They are suppose ro remove my foley... And i must start getting up to use the restroom... Yikes!....i.still havent seen my incision... Covered with tape... But i am leaking from one of the drain sites... Not to bad.

But overall i like it... i totally think this is worth it to bring my sexy back... On saying that.. The.nurse says i was singing "im bringing sexy back"... Crazy... And coming out of surgery i was hilarious im funny sober... Can u imagine me drugged?!?!.. Ha! I bet i was hilarious... But anyways... Im going back to sleep... Ita only 3am.... Hehe!

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Morning of post op day 2.... Not so bad... Removed...

Morning of post op day 2.... Not so bad... Removed my foley... Now I gotta get up and go pee... Lol... No more quezy feeling... Might need pain meds but other than that feeling great... One of my drains is leaking from the drain site... So every time I get up it looks like I'm on my period... Lol... Just requested meds from my nurse... Hopefully she hurries because I need to go pee!

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Post op day 2 evening... Walked the halls 4 times...

Post op day 2 evening... Walked the halls 4 times today... And I do say that every time I get up.... It is just a tad easier... Haven't taken pain meds since 12:30 and its now 6pm... Yesterday I was dying in pain and wanted Josephine... Today I'm taking oral meds... Not to bad... Well... Guess ill take a nap since I can't keep my eyes open...

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Thanks for taking us on your journey to the flat side... I appreciate it
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Party in the recovery room! ha! Congrats and happy healing!
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Awww nice...
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Post OP day 3... Mid afternoon.. Already home......

Post OP day 3... Mid afternoon.. Already home... Walking pretty good... Abs feel real right... But looks amazing!... Going to take pics tomorrow... Or even maybe later tonight.. Feeling a bit groggy again.. GN peeps!

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Wonderful!! So just FYI I am 16 days po went to store with mom and walked a bit then she made me laugh so hard all my abs were engaged so then I got the little scooter to shop but it was set so far back it pinched my stitches and tummy so tight I almost fainted so now sitting waiting for mom haha and I felt almost normal today!!!
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Post OP day 4... Doing great... Less pain today as...

Post OP day 4... Doing great... Less pain today as long as I stay on top Of my pain needs... Only taking one every 5 hours... The sucky part of pain meds is I sleep all day... Can pretty much stand up straight... But I do feel tightness... Not bad... Going to take another nap... These pain meds stuck in that aspect....

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So still post op day 4... had my first cough...

so still post op day 4... had my first cough because i swallowed water the wrong way... "OUCH!"... then i had the hiccups... now that was funny... you can't stop them... they go away on their own... i looked like a cardiac patient hugging a pillow bracing my tummy... haha... muscle spasms aren't too bad... they just feel weird. my best advise to this point... is keep on moving... sitting up... standing up and sitting down. the muscles will get use to their new limitations... and there will be less pain every time you get up.

taking pain meds around the clock, keep on moving and not letting anyone help me do anything is helping me recover faster. drink plenty of water and SLEEP!... the body heals while you sleep... so i take my pain meds, sleep for like 2-3 hours, wake up and eat... then move around the house walking doing light stuff... then it's time to take more pain meds... and starts all over.

took my first shower this morning... felt great... i could have taken one yesterday... but i was too wiped out from coming home from the hospital that i just slept most of the day. today was great! shower felt awesome... think i might take another because i have all this sticky stuff that didn't come off with the first shower and i feel so itchy... but i know it's the nerves waking up and healing. alot of people say the lipo areas hurt worse than the TT itself... for me the lipo areas feel like i worked out hard at the gym and it severe soreness.... the TT incision doesn't hurt at all... but the muscle repair is what hurts the most... and even at that...its a 4-5 out of 10. tolerable.... off meds i would say it's a 6-7... still not bad...

good luck to all you ladies having your surgeries this week... happy healing to those who already made it to the flat side... remember... drink water.. helps release any swelling!... and to those that are still planning... keep researching... this website made it easy for me to do this. and i knew moreless that to expect.

Until Tomorrow!......... GN

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Glad that you made it through the "surgery" part of this journey. What a relief it is for you. Sounds like your recovery has been smooth. I'm glad for you and I hope it stays that way. Can't wait to see your photos. My TT is in 11 days, so I'll be about 2 weeks behind you in the recovery process. All the best to you.
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Healing thoughts sent your way :)
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Mamajai I'm glad your recovering well! I can't wait to see your after pictures! I bet you look awesome! Happy healing I'll be joining you on Friday :)
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New after pics posted... only posted 2... i have...

new after pics posted... only posted 2... i have started to wean myself off the narcs.... and starting on motrin instead... tired of sleeping all day... i feel so lazy.
gotta start moving... going to try n tackle my kitchen today. it hasn't been touched since thursday. LOL. (when i last cleaned it)... even though i'm already tired.... i don't see how i am going to go back to work next week.... i don't feel good right now and all i did was take a few pictures, ate breakfast, and now blogging... i'm beat. i feel so tired today and it's only 9:45am... GEESH!

tummy is still tight as heck, can stand up straight for a brief time... still feeling a pain on the upper left side of my abdomen,... wondering if it's one of the drain... also feeling a pinching sensation in mons area.... other than that... i'm ok... no back pains, not walking "haunched over"... but i naturally slouch anyways... can't wait to pull these drains out... they are bothersome...

gonna get some rest... i feel sleepy again... even though i feel like i just woke up. going back to work next week is going to kick my ass.... LOL

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You look great. Get some rest, the kitchen can wait lol
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you look amazing wish mine did!
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thank you....
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Post OP day 5 or 6... Lost count already......

Post OP day 5 or 6... Lost count already... Lol
Took some narcs last night and knocked out only to be woken up by a coughing fit... Good thing.. I was so groggy... I only remember waking up with pain and then I fell back to sleep... Lol... Nice... Today I felt soreness... But nothing major. ate breakfast, showered, and felt like I worked a 12 hour shift... Going back to work is gonna kick my ass... My kitchen is still a mess... But I ain't worried about it. It'll get cleaned when im good n ready... Lol.
Only going to take narcs at bedtime... Motrin during the day... My hubby let me sleep in til 10am... It felt great.
Got a f/u on Friday... Hopefully these damn drains will come out... "I despise them!"
I haven't let my hubby see me yet... I can't let him.. Im so ugly... All the bruising... Yuck!
Haha... Funny moment this morning though... He reaches down to the inner upper part of my thigh... And freaked out cuz he thought the PS gave me a "chorizo"... Lmao... I couldn't stop laughing... It was the tubing of the drain.... Awe man.. Made me laugh so early in the morning... But anywho...
I have been binder free all afternoon while it's washing n drying... Feels weird... But loving the flat tummy... Just Motrin... All day... Walking thru the house... Minimal swelling... Eating right... Eating less bad food... More good food... Hubby is helping me too... Taking pizza away before I stuff myself ... Haha...

Well... I'll post again soon...

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Ok... I had a breakdown about 2 hours ago... I...

Ok... I had a breakdown about 2 hours ago... I think one of my drains shifted.. And is causing extreme pain... I can't bend my leg, I can't sit, the area where the drain enters hurts, tunnel it's in hurts... Super sensitive on touching the skin where it runs... I was in tears with pain, fustration, and the fact.that.it was something I couldn't control... I called the doc.. They want me to go in tomorrow... He said he is going to take it out tomorrow... Thank good... If I had to do this for another day.. I would literally go insane... But I have my narc on board so I am feeling ok as long as I don't move...

Going to hit the sack... Or at least try... GN

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Oh, sorry you are having so much pain. I hate drains. I hope you feel tons better after they take it out. On a brighter note, your pics look really good!! Hang in there.
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Oh yikes! I hope you feel better! Which I am sure you will once that drain comes out
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So.... I saw the doc... They pulled the drain... I...

So.... I saw the doc... They pulled the drain... I felt much better... The pain was already moving up more... Thank God it's out... Next week I get the other drain out... Im ready to go shopping!.. Lol

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Ok... 1 week PO: doing good... Yesterday I did way...

Ok... 1 week PO: doing good... Yesterday I did way too much that I was knocked out in bed medicated at 7:30pm... Drain site feeling better... Still tender... But nothing a little Motrin won't take care of... Steri strips taken off yesterday incision looks crazy... Gotta wait 2 more weeks to start putting silicone strips on it... Started using me dream on the areas not with a fresh incision... The small lipo areas... Stretch marks that still remain... One side of my incision looks like something Frankenstein would have... Yuck!... But nothing I can't handle... I'll work with it! Getting back into the swing of things... Back to work on Tuesday... Yikes!... I think I need another week off... Lol

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Ok... Did a tag to much already and it's only 1pm....

Ok... Did a tag to much already and it's only 1pm.. How did I manage that...????... Gonna lie down for a nap before Friday night football with my daughters cheer squad and foot ball team... Geesh!

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Glad you are doing good! Don't over do it to much with returning to work!
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Ok... 1 week PO: doing good... Yesterday I did way too much that I was knocked out in bed medicated at 7:30pm... Drain site feeling better... Still tender... But nothing a little Motrin won't take care of... Steri strips taken off yesterday incision looks crazy... Gotta wait 2 more weeks to start putting silicone strips on it... Started using me dream on the areas not with a fresh incision... The small lipo areas... Stretch marks that still remain... One side of my incision looks like something Frankenstein would have... Yuck!... But nothing I can't handle... I'll work with it! Getting back into the swing of things... Back to work on Tuesday... Yikes!... I think I need another week off... Lol
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Ok... im so upset with my PS right now... i tried...

ok... im so upset with my PS right now... i tried on my bikini from this summer... and i am very dissapointed!... i'll post pics in a bit... but my scar is hideous, way above the bikini like... all crooked... disgusting... but i am not going to let this bring me down... i am going to do everything in my power to reduce this scar... i am enjoying my skinniess!!!!... i don't regret doing the tummy tuck... i love my flat stomach... but i was really hoping to run around in Hawaii next summer in a cute ass bikini and not wear a coverup. well... that is so out the freaking window... oh well... whats done is done....i guess i could just buy a cute tankini and wear that!... UUGGHH!!!!... super fustrated right now!. i look like a butcher hacked into my tummy and just stuck it all together with glue!... oh well... enough about that...

lat night i decided not to take my narcs and take tylenol... well.. that was an epic fail like my daughter would say... i was up most of the night and when i was sleeping... it was a light sleep that any noise woke me up. so i took it now... hopefully i can get a few hours of sleep so i can function later today and get some laundry done for the week. i need to go shopping.. my son went thru a growth spurt... geesh!... i wish it could be for me... and buying hot new clothes... HA HA... maybe after i return to work, and the gym and get some of this swelling down!.

oh well... that's all for today.... i gotta get on amazon to order some scar silicone strips. i will beat this scar!... DAMN!

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i know ladies... and yesterday i was at a football game and so i know that doesn't help... but i think because i didn't get enough sleep... and i am cranky... i am taking it out on the PS and his incision... LOL... i'll be ok... i'm just grouchy.
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Hey mamajai! I know you are upset right now but you REALLY do look great! :)
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From some of the other reviews I have read....your scar may lower as the swelling goes down so don't lose hope on that tiny bikini yet. :) You are looking awesome and are only 1 week po.
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Ok... I am so mad at myself... I read somewhere to...

Ok... I am so mad at myself... I read somewhere to be careful with scratching your new tummy because its numb and you can't "feel" how much damage your actually doing to your skin... Well.. I guess I am "that" numb that I was scratching so much in my sleep that I have dried blood under my nails... That is disgusting!!!!... I woke up, went pee, and when I was getting TP to clean myself is when I noticed... uugghh!.. And I was thinking just yesterday that I should cut my nails but then I decided that I should go get shellac instead which was on the agenda for today... Now I'm reconsidering it and thinking I will chop off my nails until I've healed more... Damn!... I still can't believe I did that... I'm a girl that has always had long nails... Since the age of 13... It's not like its foreign to me... I guess my pain meds are working too well... Lol. Didn't feel pain or anything... Haha... Then again I'm numb too... It's a no win situation I guess... Anyways... Ima gonna start my day now... Thinking what stores in the mall I will destroy... Lol... Yesterday I went shopping and only hit up 2 stores and I was exhausted... Lmao... I think the stores will destroy me... Hehe...

Ok ladies... Thanks for your time... I am going to nap some more and then start my day with a long Luke warm shower!.

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Back to work for me tomorrow... : ( Im wondering...

Back to work for me tomorrow... : (
Im wondering if they will be ok with me there with a drain... Lol... Let's see if I can last for more than an hour... Hehe... If I can't manage 2 stores but I want to tackle a 12 hour day... We'll see what is happening tomorrow morning.... After a mile walk thru the parking garage, over the bridge, and into the hospital with a ton of stairs... Wish me luck ladies... Ima need luck and prayers to make it thru a 12 hour shift... Lol... And now to wake up at the ass crack of dawn too... Shit... I might as well call in now... Haha

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Mamajai, so sad that you are not happy with your scar right now :( But you have to keep telling yourself you are WAYYYYY wayyyyyy to early to be worried about that. Your scar will look completely different in 3 months and 6 months and 1 year and 2 years. Do not despair! It will absolutely end up WAY better than it looks right now. And even if for some crazy reason it didn't, another PS can excise the scar and fix it in the future. I know that is true because I had several hand surgeries, and my surgeon didn't like how one of the scars with so blue and thick and so he cut it away and fixed it -- and now that same scar is just a little white line. So scars CAN be fixed but again girlie -- it is way too soon to be sad! Be happy with the flat tummy, and cross that scar bridge in a year :)
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Go ahead and call in lmao!
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Wishing you luck for tomorrow! That's a long day to begin with!!
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Today wasn't sooooo bad... Worked my 12 hour shift...

Today wasn't sooooo bad... Worked my 12 hour shift.. No problems... They gave me an easy load... Got my new compression garments in the mail and they feel so much better than the one my PS gave me...same manufacturer... Just a bigger size... My other drain was due out Thursday... But today it started to feel like the other one did.. Sooooo... Since I work at the hospital and since the drain is putting out less than 20cc a say.. The girls at work pulled my last drain... I took a long Luke warm shower after I got home.. Took some pain meds... Put on my new compression garment.... And let's say I'm ready for bed... It's snug, comfortable and supportive... I told you ladies that my PS underestimated my ass... . .. My legs are not being squeezed sooooo bad that my feet are going numb... I can breath and I'm not dizzy... Yeah!

So I also sneezed a huge sneeze and I got a knot in my abdomen while I was at work.. Omfg!... It hurt like a mo-fo... Lately I've been able to keep my allergies at bay... But today I forgot my allergy meds... Oohh boy!... Never again... Lol.

Hope all you ladies are having a great day... Happy healing to those that are on the flat side... And "just do it... ER'boshe's" for those who are still debating...

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Giood luck at work today I will be having my TT on nov 2 I'm more excited than scared I can't wait
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Oh I'm happy for you I'm schedule to have my tt on nov 2 2012 I'm more excited than nerveous I can't wait I have five kids and my tummy is a mess it jus big and hangs I hate it
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Girl... Let me tell you... I look hot with clothes on.... Just don't look at my scar... haha...

Had a good day so far... Feeling tons better now...

Had a good day so far... Feeling tons better now that I have the "right" compression garment... I don't feel like I'm suffocating... I feel supported and its awesome....
My only complaint "itching"... Lol... No amount of cocoa butter with vitamin E is helping at this point... Ok... I'm lying... It helps immediately for like 10 mins.... Then the itching starts back up... It's the nerves waking up and trying to repair... I'm trying not to scratch so they can repair... But IT ITCHES!!!!!.. Lol... Ordered some "scar repair cream" that had awesome reviews... Not gonna start that for a few weeks... Left side of incision still bleeds every once in a while... Nothing too bad... Just a few drops here n there... Otherwise doing good... More energy...
Almost 2 weeks post op... And I feel like I'm almost back to normal... A bit of swelling... But nothing that can't be handled... Another thing I noticed is stabbing pains... Again... Maybe a 1/10 on a pain scale... Just quick and then it's gone... Weird!

Hope all those with surgeries today are recovering well... Those that had theirs earlier are doing even better... And those still waiting... "Just do it... Er'bodys doing it!"... J/k... Haha... But anywho... Ttyl... Gonna get the kiddos ready for bed... They got school tomorrow.... : )

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Uuhh.... Yeah!... Lol... It's crazy... When are you going back to work?... We need to go shopping at la cantera... Haha

19 days post op... I'm absolutely in love... Today...

19 days post op... I'm absolutely in love... Today I finally decided to pull out all my clothes that I haven't fit into in years... (Yes... I saved them cuz I said I WILL fit into them one day).... And THEY FIT!!!!!! I was playing dress up with all my old club clothes, going out shirts and itty bitty shorts that use to get stuck at the hips/belly part.... I'm so excited!.... I can't wait for my hubby's family to finally see me now... They use to put me down because I was soooo skinny before babies and blimped out after having my babies... (Not like they are super models because even though I blimped out... I was the smallest one) but now I look awesome... Still not happy with the scar... But it is looking better with the silicone strips... I'm loving my shape... I'm loving my figure... I'm loving the flatness!... I'm in love with myself all over again... My hubby noticed that I'm dressing up more, wearing more make up to feel more beautiful... He likes the self esteem boost... I'm all about looking cute again... That's they way I was when we met... Lol...
Work is good... Even though yesterday I could have sworn that I had an intestinal blockage and my coworkers were about to wheelchair me into the ER... The pain was the worst... But I called my doctor and he said if I eat too fast that will happen since he tightened up my abs real tight... There's no more room to over eat... Almost like having the Lapland procedure... Lol.. I will never ever go 8 hours again without eating then scar down a burger... It was so bad for me... I had 2 patients under my care the time... And I was more concerned about who would take care of my babies... Lol...

I do find myself crying because I'm doing so well with recovery, I'm wearing clothes I thought would never fit again... Or even at something sad on tv... I'm an emotional mess... But most of my tears are happy tears... My mom had surgery on Friday... 2 weeks after me for the Lapland... And she's doing good... That day I had to work and couldn't go with her... I was at work crying because I was worried about her... Then when I got a text from her, I called her to make sure she was ok then when I hung up with her I started crying because I was so glad that she was ok. Just wondering.... Who else is an emotional wreck?!?!?!... I'm normally a hard ass and don't cry... I'm a mean Puerto Rican and don't care what you say... I will be the one to make you cry.... What the hell is wrong with me?!?!?!.... Lol...
Ok... Gotta get ready for bed... Got class tomorrow then work... Not to mention watch my little cheerleader tomorrow cheer her heart out at a game...

Good luck to all the ones with upcoming surgeries... Happy healing to those who have had them already...

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Mamajai...what's up lady?!?! I was thinking about you the past couple days...you doing ok, I know you're prob busy w/ work and school. It's getting hard to find time to get on here now that I'm back at work but I need the ladies support and reassurance lol...oh and I tried of clothes for the 1st time....SUCCESS!!
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Ok... Being 33 days post op is nice... Had a few...

Ok... Being 33 days post op is nice... Had a few set backs recently... But so loving my shape... Gotta admit my scar is healing nice now, when before I was like frankenstein's mama... Lol...
Last week, after having a crazy day my incision started to open up... Now it's closed... Who would have thought that it would of been susceptible after being "almost" 1 month post op. thank god the incisional scar is tiny... Closed up with a tiny triangle shaped scar beyond the incision... I've been using some bioskinrepair cream I found on amazon... Works wonders!.... If you have an unsightly scar that you want gone... Try this cream... I love it... It has flattened out my scar and lightened it up too... I've been using scarfx silicone strips too...

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Doing good now... My incision opened up after having my patient code twice in the same day... Man... Who would have known that CPR could literally kick your ass... Lol.. But I've been super busy with the new semester and now I have clinicals so i work for free 12 hours a week... Lol.. Great!... Not like I have time or money to do that... Lol

WHOO Hoo!!!!!! 6 weeks post op... Wearing a size...

WHOO Hoo!!!!!!
6 weeks post op... Wearing a size 9/10 now... Down to 147#... Feeling great... Still feel exhausted after working a 12 hour shift...
I am loving the body... Saw my PS for my 6 week check up on Wednesday... Says I'm looking good... So flat... No major complications... My scar looks tons better week by week... I need to update pics... But I've been too busy lately with school, work and family... And when I get home... I pass out cuz I am still easily exhausted with work...

I must say I have an awesome hubby who reminds me about my bad eating habits and tells me that all this work, pain and suffering is going to get messed up... So I start watching what I am shoving in my pie hole... Lol... I am horrible with snacking... But thank god I have him here to keep me on track...

My daughter's cheer squad is keeping me busy too with traveling all over texas for competitions... Boy am I wearing all these cute outfits showing off my new figure.... Lol... All these cheer moms are complimenting on my "weight loss"... Lol... I love it... Haha.

Well... Hope everyone Is doing good, healing well, and those that are debating on the procedure... I would do it again in a heart beat....

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Well... Tomorrow is 7 weeks post op... Feeling...

Well... Tomorrow is 7 weeks post op... Feeling more normal now.. Still with swelling when I do too much during the day... Swelling usually hits around 5-6pm... I wear an abdominal binder to work since the cg is to much to deal with at work... Swelling also depends on what I'm eating too... So I try to stay away from sodium rich foods... But that is definitely gonna be a challenge today... Lol... But anywho

My pre-surgery clothes don't fit anymore... Now my pre fat tummy clothes are fitting a little loose... So I went shopping for clothes yesterday... Felt good to try on a 9/10 and have them look decent... No love handles... No muffin top... No
Belly bulge... Eehh... Who am I kidding... It was freaking awesome!!!!... Haha

My baby girl made a comment that it was nice to walk in the mall with a "sexy mama".. So I asked her "what!?!?... Was I not sexy before?" And she tells me "the belly took my sexy away"... Uugghh.... Such an open minded brat... Eehh... She turned out like her mama... Lol...

Anywho... Hope everyone is healing well... Happy healing people... Lets not eat too much to ruin our new bellies... And I think I'm going to eat with my abdominal binder so I won't eat too much... Lol...

See ya next week!

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So last night I felt great... No problems, no...

So last night I felt great... No problems, no complaints, no issues... Then last night around 3am, I had to remove my compression garment and I put on my abd binder... Then I had to take that off an hour later after I felt a lot of discomfort to my belly... So I woke up this morning to a tight, hard weird shaped tummy... So I put my abd binder back on and went to work... 1/2 way thru my 12 hour shift I had to take it off because it bothered me... My tummy looked even more weird and was hard as a bunch of rocks was under my skin... Lumps everywhere... Incision looked hideous... I even had a dent in between the bb and the incision... So I am saying its the "dump truck effect" I feel like crud, literally bed bound because the "discomfort" is so unbearable right now... Abd feels so tight... I don't like this... ... Just when I thought I was doing good and the dump truck passed on by... It was just running late... I saw when people were posting it at 5-6 weeks... I'm thinking "I'm already 7 weeks... It just passed on by".... Then BAM!... There it was... Knocking on my door asking where to leave the load... Uugghh!... I'm going to take some Motrin, relax and get some rest... Any advise on what else I could do to relieve this pressure?!?!?!... I'm all ears!

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Here i am... Working on week 8 going on 9... I am...

Here i am... Working on week 8 going on 9... I am so happy that I did it... Every week gets better... I'm loving my figure more n more everyday... I'm happy with they way my clothes fit... I am just a tini tiny bit upset with my scar... But it's looking so much better week by week... I just wish my results could be final... I seriously need to start working out again... But my asthma isn't letting me. : (

I had to see my primary doctor for my asthma... Thank god I did my surgery when I did cuz it doesn't hurt to sneeze or cough anymore... Thanks to mt cedar I've been a coughing and sneezing mess.. Lol... But now that I am on my to getting better,.. Had to catch this before its turned into bronchitis...

Hope everyone is doing well... Healing well... And doing great... : )

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Sitting here watching TV, thinking how i feel so...

sitting here watching TV, thinking how i feel so flubby on the belly these past few days.... the holidays have really kicked my bootay... i went from 147-153... i am so pissed at my self... but what can i say...tamales, menudo, turkey, ham, how can we say no?!?!?!?!... lol... now New Years, then my birthday... OH-EM-GEE!!!!!!!!!! LOL.....

not to mention my Tia Florencia made a late christmas visit.... or early New Years i guess.... HAHA... but oh well... that is contributing to my flubby feeling too.... anywho!

being 12 weeks PO, i am feeling sluggish, couldnt figure out why.... then it dawned on me... i was feeling this way when i was first diagnosed with diabetes... so i checked my sugars the other day and it was high again... UUGGHH!!!!... and i was doing so good on my own with no meds and just watching my diet.... but i guess the holidays did me in.... so i started back on my meds and lets hope i just need a jump start to remind my body AGAIN what it is suppose to do.....

other than that... everything is going as expected... no major issues, i love the way i look in tight fitting clothes... no regrets.... makes me feel sexy again... I LOVE IT!...

hope everyone is having a great holiday season.... happy healing to all those that made it to the flat side.... to the pre-opers.... dont fret about it.... just do it... er'body's doing it... LOL...

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Wow you went back to work so soon! I am also a nurse (floor) and have been told by PS 6-8 weeks before going back to work. I think i am mostly afraid of having to do chest compressions or pulling up a patient too hard and messing up the muscle repair. How were u able to go back so quickly?
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Now 15 wks post op..... My body is changing.......

Now 15 wks post op..... My body is changing.... AND not for the good.... I have been eating horrible... I went from my 9's fitting loose to fitting snug..... Not happy.... Need to start walking again... Then eventually running.... Lol... I still feel like when I turn a certain way, I feel tightness and pulling.... Not all the time.... But when I move certain ways.... It's been such a challenge for me... Working fulltime, going to school fulltime, and planning my daughters Quinceanera all while recovering... It's been a crazy and wild ride... But still to be able to wear a 9 again was bitter sweet... Before I could wear a 9, but my tummy hung out..... Or a 14 that held my tummy but had a bulge in my pants at the zipper level. It was unsightly.... But I'm glad it's gone...

I haven't been on much lately... Too much going on.... But I thought I'd check in to see how everybody is doing....

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17 weeks tomorrow... Feeling better... Still with...

17 weeks tomorrow... Feeling better... Still with swelling at the incision line... I've gotten use to the scar... I'm just gonna be in a tankini from now on... But no more tummy... Lol.
Feeling better... Gonna start working out... Tired of feeling lazy and need to get moving... With a lot of waist movement... I feel a ton of tightness... Not liking that too much but it is what it is... Swelling continues when I have a lot of salt/sodium in my diet...
Feeling pretty good in clothes again... Back down to an 8/9.... I'm happy!

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still swelling?? I hear you on the on the tightness with movement.
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HIP HIP HORRAY. You look good. That sucks you still have swelling. I thought it woukd have been gone by now.
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It was crazy going back to work... Wound up doing CPR on a patient and had my incision open up... Wish I would have taken 6 weeks off... But I was getting cabin fever... Had to go back to feel somewhat normal...

Finally got around to posting new pics.... Yea!

Finally got around to posting new pics.... Yea!

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Me too... But with a lot of movement it still appears... They say roughly 6 mos of swelling... UUGGHH!!!... Seriously?
Great fun and good times!!!

So this morning i was getting dressed for school.....

so this morning i was getting dressed for school... and my hubby walked by me.... took a look at what i was wearing... (which was nothing more than a pair of skinny jeans and a fitted shirt) and told me to change because i look to sexy.. that i wasn't suppose to look sexy to go to school... LMAO!... i was like "hell nah i ain't gonna change!"... haha... made my morning!

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I think you look great ... Enjoy it ... My husband is sooo supportative and I hope that when its all done he will find me sexier then he already does ..
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you look great!
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So as I was trying on dresses for my best friends...

So as I was trying on dresses for my best friends wedding.... I went a little dress crazy and started trying on all these dresses that were so-not-wedding-worthy.... But I loved it... I enjoyed the little black dress moment and I looked so Effin hot!!!!!.... Lol... Can't wait to go shopping again!!!!! Lol

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Great curves! Still tight? My biggest issue right now is the super tight feeling (but guess tight is better than loose). Your scar has improved a lot. I know you were a bit disappointed in the height, but no one notices in those skinny jeans!
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THANKS!... today i had a friend compliment me on my curves and flatness too.... she knew me before coming to the flat side. Yeah... Just bought about 4 pairs of jeans today.... A few dresses... Skin tight at that... Lol... And a new purse.... I feel tight after working a 12 hour shift at work... Lots of bending, stooping and twisting which is suppose to be a big nono.. Lol... But crazy when it does happen.... i've grown accostomed to my scar... it aint going anywhere... and i just grew to love the tankini's that are out there.... even bought a cute pair of mesh shorts to wear with my bikini.
I am to old for bikini. I love the shape in my everyday clothes. Can not wait for clingy spring dresses, need to work on toning my legs in the next few months, lol

So I had plans to go out tonight.... Strut my...

So I had plans to go out tonight.... Strut my stuff in my sexy dress... But then my baby girl comes home wanting to go to a valentines day dance at a sister school... UUGGHH!!!! So she went out and had fun while this sexy mama indulged in some ice cream!..... Lol...

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nice shape mamajai!!
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Thanks....
looking good xx
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So with my daughters quince only 1 day away.......

So with my daughters quince only 1 day away.... I've been running all over town like a mad woman.... Buying last minute things.... Feeling like swell hell is kicking my butt... But I'll take swell hell over dump truck week... Lol

Figure is still curved even with the swelling... Will post pics later... Loving all the compliments from my "wt loss".... Ha! If they only knew the truth.

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Ok.... feeling great... having a family crisis.....

ok.... feeling great... having a family crisis...mothers side of the family is having issues... which is causing unneeded stress and emotional eating... doesn't help my figure... but it does make me feel better... feeling like i needed to start wearing some compression again... i know it prolly doesn't help... but i see a difference when i do wear it... so i have been wearing it at night... i love sleeping without it though,... i don't feel as hot, but figure is still curvy... will post pics soon... i have a wedding to go to and i bought a bunch of sexy dresses... so pics are coming!

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So far I started Zumba... Going great... Not able...

So far I started Zumba... Going great... Not able to booty shake as much as before... Lol... Core is so tight it doesn't give me room for that... I love my instructor... Too bad he's leaving.. : (

Oh where will I ever find a Zumba instructor like him... When we leave his class we are sore to the max... ALL OVER!!!! Today he was sick so we had another instructor and it was more cardio... Didn't even feel sore when we left... Not cool... Learning to work these muscles again slowly... Otherwise doing great....

Still numb.... Shooting stabbing pains are once in a blue moon... But they still happen... Getting back to exercising is giving me back my energy... Yea!

Scar looking more of a pink instead of angry red... Getting better with "body butter" ....doesn't smell that great... But I use it after showers... And since I started Zumba... I shower at night again... So at least I can smell funny at home... Lol.

Since I tried doing a sit up and that was funny as hell to watch... Imagine a Rollie pollie trying to turn over... I thought I'd ease back into the exercise... Now I can do "5" sit-ups!!!!!! Yea me!... Lol. Doing "standing" crunches are helping... : D

So while in Zumba class today.... A lady in front of me told me that "if she had my body she wouldn't be in class right now".... It felt awesome!!!!!! But my response was "I have to be in class to maintain this body"....

Well... Looks like I'll start updating every 2 weeks now since not much changes in a week... I'll try to post some pics soon.... Nursing school is coming to an end and its so busy trying to get all the paper work situated so I can sit for the RN NCLEX... I just have my exit exam and my final exam to take and I AM DONE!!!!!!!

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So... Things tummy tuck wise are good... Home life...

So... Things tummy tuck wise are good... Home life not so good... Now I have an insecure hubby.... That is having issues with a hot sexy wifey...

Little to no swelling... Had the mirena out in just in case we split up (yes... That's how bad it is....) and I don't want to get prego since my tubes aren't tied.... The only thing that scares me is the horrid side effects of "weight gain"... Just had it inserted last week... Actually I think I lost weight already... Waiting on seeing the MD again for my follow up to see my weight... Been going thru alot of ups and down emotionally... But that's the home life.

Any who! Gotta get back to work... Started working nights again and started drinking Dr Perrer again... Hopefully it doesn't effect the curves in a bad way.

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You look great!
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Sorry to hear about your hubby. Ill be praying! As for the Mirena... I know what your feeling in regards to weight gain. I haven't gained anything with mine but actually have lost weight. It's much different from the pill. I definitely recommend!
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I am so hoping I am that small percentage that has no ill side effects... I can't really blame depression on the mirena since I was already depressed when I had it placed... I ain't messing up my sexy tummy for him being an asshole nd causing a divorce.... Oh well... When I feel bad... I go look in the mirror... Haha

YIKES!!!!!... i can see the weight gain!!!... all...

YIKES!!!!!... i can see the weight gain!!!... all in the tummy section... UUGGHH!!!!... i might even go nd yank this thing out myself!... j/k.. but then again i have been slacking off with the zumba nd working out.... not by choice though.... more like working nights nd not getting enough sleep.... so i tend to sleep right on through the zumba class... yes i know that there are at least 5 classes a day, but with my brat (my baby girl) standing in quinceneras nd sweet 16's, there is no time for me to exercise since i am on the run with the brat. eating horribly too... too much fast food that i try to mix it up with salads nd healthy eating. but it's not working. haha... the temptation is too great.

hope everyone is doing great.... happy healing everyone!

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Ok... So things are better with home life... Thank...

Ok... So things are better with home life... Thank god.... Already had my divorce papers ready for him to sign.... Couldn't take the negative attitude anymore... Especially the insecurities... He finally shaped up.... 17 years later I don't want to start over... But I ain't putting up with his crap either... Anywhooooo.......

Tammy tuck wise... Doing great... Just realized that I haven't seen my PS since 6 weeks.... YIKES!!!!! ..... Guess I better call tomorrow nd schedule that... Lol... So much going on these last few months... Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, my birthday, my daughters quincenera, my college graduation... Now I have downtime (kinda).... Just working since I have to wait to take my state NCLEX for my RN.... Daughter started up with cheer leading again so now that it is warming up again... I'm bringing out all my booty shorts.... I love it!!!!!.... Lol.
Healing great... Scar is still unsightly... But I will talk about a revision or something with him. Lets see what he tells me... I combed my body with a fine tooth comb today nd noted a small dog ear on the left side... My BB looks like a pooper with a hemmroid (sp)... Lol.. Those are the only things bothering me as of now... Lets see what he says... Probably going to charge me an arm nd a leg since I haven't kept up with the follow ups... But I've been a busy little bee finishing up school nd working... Oh well.....

Hope everyone is doing great... I'll try n post pics up soon... Now that things are slowing down in life for me right now... I can so see it happening... Haha...

Happy healing for those that are on the flat side already... And those of you that are pending arrival to the flat side... Happy planning!!!!!

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Was the silicone strips recommended by your ps? Mine just told me to use mederma. By the way you look awesome!
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No... I haven't seen him since I was prolly 4 weeks post op... Lol... I'm such a bad patient... But it is said that "nurses make horrible patients".... Lol. I researched online (amazon) nd bought ones with great reviews. I'm an amazon junkie!!!!
You look awesome. Congrats!!
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7 mos post op pics up!

7 mos post op pics up!

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You look great!
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Ok... for being 7 mos post op, i thought i'd be...

ok... for being 7 mos post op, i thought i'd be done with this swell hell business... so normally when i clean my house, i tackle it one room per day because i am so tired after working nights 5 days in a row... well today since i am off tonight... i decided to tackle my house in one day... and that's because i didn't do the bedrooms or the master bathroom... just living area, kids bathroom, dining room, kitchen, and kids hallway.... and let me say my belly blew up like a blow fish... LOL.

that is just plain crazy!!!.... well... tonight is the athletic banquet for my daughter and i was hoping that i would look cute in a nice dress... well i can throw that out the window now that i am blown up like a blow fish....

nothing new besides swell hell again... weight is stable... measurements are the same.... i have my 6 mos post op visit on friday... gonna see about revising this belly button... not to happy about that... i'll stick with the scar since i am not going to go through this silliness again...

now time to rest up a bit.... thinking of putting on a compression garment to help decrease this swelling... i don't like it!!!!!

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June update!!!! 8/9 month update

Things ate going good.... Started walking again to lose these thunder thighs and extra poundage I gained.... Baby girl has kept me super busy with her cheering and swt 16 that she's standing in. Now I got another month off from dance practices before another quince starts up practice. Gotta get my body in shape for a sexy dress.... Lol... Still wear shapewear when I wear dresses because I don't want to be like that lady on "steel magnolias" :: its like 2 pigs, fighting under a blanket :: .... Lol.
But really, it isn't too bad... Went up a jean size... : (
Gotta get back to exercising... I kind of miss it.... I liked the energy I had when I worked out. There is a Zumba class that starts late... Like 6:45 and 7:45... I should really make an effort since I get home by 6:30. Maybe start walking around the block afterwards too.... ::sigh:: decisions decisions...

Swelling has been up and down depending on how much salt intake I have, what can I say.... I'm Hispanic and salt is in everything that tastes so good yet is so bad for me. Killing the Dr Pepper habit has been a challenge. Started drinking this alkaline water to help curve the craving which has helped, but I still get tempted at a restraunt to drink soda. Once I start drinking this water, it makes me crave the water more.... So I drink it most of the day... But once we order out for dinner... Forget it!... South texas has good food and snacks and its usually full of sodium and fat/grease.

Home life is ok. Had some minor set backs... I hate the negativity I get from him... But then it's like playing mind games when he's super nice and acts like nothing is wrong... His mood swings are giving me whiplash.... : (
I'm tired of being his verbal punching bag.... I hate it when he puts other things in front of me and the kids, then acts like I put things in front of him (like our daughters cheerleading).... Oh how I want to throat punch him sometimes.... It makes her feel bad because he complains so much about petty shit and yet his "bike club" is more important.... Ok... Enough ranting about him.... ::sigh::


Hope everyone is healing great.... Or planning is going as planned... Just remember... The hardest part is the first week.... Oh and then week 6 or so.... (Mine was week 7/8).... Dump Truck Effect!!!! But it gets better!... And you'll look super awesome!!!!

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Looks like ur healing nicely, u look great!
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New bathing suit photos!

Hitting up California next week! .... got new bathing suits to show off the body... been at the gym daily. ... just need to work on the back fat! ... lol

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updated pics

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Hi! Read through your blog. I was wondering if your still wearing compression garments. I'm 5days PO, God wiling drains will be out tomorrow. How long did you use them? (If you aren't anymore). I'm in SA also
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i stopped wearing mine right around 4 months. i felt better with it on. but after that i would wear spanks just for the tightness.
Thank you!

1 year update

so it's now been one year since i made it to the flat side......

i know it's been a while since ive updated... but i have so much going on.

well... incision is flat and lightening up nicely. some parts of the incision is even white. belly button is still hideous. thinking of getting a revision to make it look better.

my weight and size has varied. since i last posted my weight ballooned up to 160. i was so mad at myself. but now with all the stress and drama i've plumetted down to 147 and still losing.

since i last posted, my hubby has been acting a fool.... back in march i got a phone call from a female stating that my hubby was spending time with her and her kids... and that they make him happy. That he is unhappy with us and that he's happier with him. i was upset because this was news to me. well he pretty much denied everything. then everything was great until he started the overnighters with his "Club"... then the calls started coming in again... so i left... didn't wait for an explaination and filed for divorce.... i don't need this... i am better than all of this. soi left mid august and my divorce is finalized as of 11/18/2013.... counting down the days....

I was worried that i wouldnt find anyone that would accept me with my decision to have a tummy tuck. i know most guys look down on women who have done this... so when i started talking to this guy from my past a few weeks ago.... accepts me for it. he's seen the scar and it doesn't bother him. he's more of a family man... known him for 20 years.... we crushed on each other in high school and now we are both getting divorced.... so i think it's a sign to see what coulda happened back then.... my kids like him, his girls like me.... i think we are a match.... only time will tell....

i enjoyed my stay in cali when i went... i caught myself checking out other women on the beach to see if they had plastic surgery. it was crazy that i saw so much work... some of it bad.... my 15 year old daughter even noticed some of the bad boob jobs... lol.

well... i'll prolly update again in 6 months or sooner if i have a belly button revision... gotta schedule an appointment with the surgeon for my 1 year post op....
1 year pics to be posted soon....

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ok... had my 1 year visit.... ::sigh::

so basically the doctor said he doesn't want to touch my belly button because the blood flow was disrupted and there was always a chance it could "turn black" if he tries to revise it. uummm... yeah... i don't want a black belly button... so i am going to try this lightening cream he suggested... lets see if this works and makes my belly button look presentable.

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Read your review you look great,can't wait to see my results just been 8wks for me good to know about swelling
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A yr.. Wow u look gr8! I, sure it's still swelling that u have:-) keep ur chin up!!
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I'm 12 weeks PO. Sorry to hear of your divorce. I would hate to have to go through that. Im actually returning to my ps (Dr. Dechert, SA,TX) for thighs lift, inner calf lipo and boobies! Lol. All my husbands idea, I notice he gets a little jelly sometimes, but is in love with my mew bod, and wants more! Just hoping I'm not entering my doom! Lol. Anyway, I wish you luck with all your newness going on. You look great!!
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Finally!.... New pics!... 15 months post op

Here are some new pics...

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Wow what tu using ur scar is much much lighter almost gone!
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You look great neighbor (I'm here in San Antonio too). I will be 4 weeks post op this coming up Friday. Ugh I hate all this swelling so much. I didn't get my tt done here, I went to Houston. Btw... i have the same undies in your 1 year post op pics ;) keep your head up love, sorry about you and your husband.
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Ur scar looks much better ..still swelling after 7 months...wow! I cant stand the swelling. U look great!
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Belly button decoration.... Lol

So I tried the lightening creams.... The scar gels... Massaging the scar with oils.... Lotion.... Body butters.... Silicone strips.... Nothing had helped with this darn belly button... So I decided to do some art... Permanent art... Not bad for a $20 tattoo... Lol

Next is a pretty piercing to top off the tattoo.... Don't know if I want the piercing it a dermal at the top of the heart... Still deciding... But either way I think it looks better than before... Even though it's kind of plain jane... I like it for now... Will definitely be adding on to it later... But I'm happy with my cheap tattoo...

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I woulda gone with u, but im barely getting home from the movie, it was awesome... going to bed ttyl
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Looks good!
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