I am 34 yo 5'6 1/2 168lbs mother of 3. I had my...

I am 34 yo 5'6 1/2 168lbs mother of 3. I had my 1st son at 19 no stretch marks 2nd at 25 lots of stretch marks but was able to return to 155 sz 8-10. My 3rd son was 10lb + afterwards I could maintain 160 sz 10 but couldn't lose my belly or last 5 lbs . I decided at that point I needed a tt. Last year I ran a lot of marathons and my ps said I had no upper body fat and didn't need lipo just excess skin removal and MR. Unfortunately last year I tore my achillies an gained 10lbs. I completely stalled my exercise routine for nearly 8 months out of depression that I couldn't run. It's l ly something another runner would understand. So I'm back at it confident I will lose a few more lbs before and work off I the rest later. I carry all my weight in my torso have toned Arms and legs with no cellulite. My thinnest part of my waist is 32in and largest 40in. Just under my belly its 36. I'm a solid dense person so ideally I would like to return to 155.

I just want to add that my pregnancy weights...

I just want to add that my pregnancy weights varied 211-227
Good luck tomorrow!!
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I'm not for 2 1/2 more weeks mws
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Hi Melissa! We do have similar body types. I've been amazed at the results of these ladies who have our build! We are going to look FABULOUS! It doesn't seem real! I'm so glad you posted a review. We are getting so close. Are you nervous yet? I don't think I am ... Yet.
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Ugh a little anxiety today. I didn't sleep well...

Ugh a little anxiety today. I didn't sleep well and now am wondering if I'm a fat girl looking for an easy out and what if I don't get the results I want? Blah
Go look at my back fat and then see my after pictures Your gonna have nice curves when all is said and done!!!
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hang in there girl u are doing the best to feel good about your self and now days only the ones the have the money to do it are lucky,and after having kids your body changes completly...be positive stay strong! cinthia
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Pre-op today. Nothing more embarrassing than...

Pre-op today. Nothing more embarrassing than wearing a paper thong under bright lights. The doctor provides arnica so it must work. I guess I should start getting my supplies ready next week.
Hi there Melisrw78 I hear you on the running. I didn't injure myself but having trained, and completed a half marathon in 2011 I just got bored and stopped. Then I did crossfit for a while - man that is brutal exercise. But no matter what I always had my tummy. So I decided to do something about it. It is a roller coaster even once the decision has been made. Having been through it - or rather as someone still going through it - and from what I've read on here, it's a huge part of the journey. This site is great for that though - we are all real women just like you with varying degrees of belly wobble that we r looking to deal with! How was Pre-op stuff yesterday? I remember feeling excited after that. Didn't last long and the anxiety and questions returned soon after but when I was with the doc I always felt positive and that I was making the right decision. As for getting the results you want - nobody knows exactly what they are going to look like nor how long itnwill take fir final results to show - some say months and months for this BUT I'm sure with your attitude of exercise you will get great results. Looking at mine already you can see the "rolls" of fat have gone. That's a huge difference for me :). I plan on getting back into my exercise in the new year knowing I have a much better canvas to work with now. Hang in there - keep posting on here - and keep the courage of your convictions to get this done!
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Hi UK congrats on day 5 and being that much closer to recovery. It's Very easy to burn out on exercise and to stay motivated. For me the socializing part keeps me going. But everyday week month and year ebb and wave. Right now I'm strongly motivated but after my achillies i hit a wall and did nothing. I burned out i suppose. My preop was ok. I didn't see the dr just a woman who went through everything and collected money. And I'd have to say I'm having more doubts than ever like why can't I just accept myself for who i am and live with it. But damn it i try to hard to always look fat lol. Take it easy today :)
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I realized the earlier pics didn't show the drapping

I realized the earlier pics didn't show the drapping
I bet you're getting excited!
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Less than a week and you will join the flat but pain ridden side of RS. lol :)
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I can't wait lol
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Doubt worry and anxiety suck. I hit a wall and...

Doubt worry and anxiety suck. I hit a wall and haven't exercised or eaten well in two weeks. Blah blah. but most of all no coffee Thursday morning!!!!
Good luck! We are the same day for surgery and are runners. Please keep me posted. I'm eating a brownie as I type this.... stress eating..
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Oh my gosh I've totally been a blob for two weeks now. I think it's Stress. You going to look great. I'm originally from Joliet IL, one more common trait. I haven't ran since last year bcuz my achillies but I looked very similar to you when I did run. So slender with a Buddha belly. Your going to look great. In will be thinking of you
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Hi! My surgery is on the 12th I'm so nervous and excited! I'm from Fairfield ca we are farely close to each other! Wishing you a fast recovery!! I can't wait!
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Savoring coffee and sleeping on my belly. Wishin I...

Savoring coffee and sleeping on my belly. Wishin I had more time to lose weight and not of been a lump these last two weeks. Tonight I shave!
You are almost there...can't wait to see your results!
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Excited for you!!# almost time!!!
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Why no coffee??? Im having the same procedure the same day.
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Eating light yesterday and today. Going to start...

Eating light yesterday and today. Going to start stool softener today. Drank some kombucha with chia seeds to clear out the pipes. I do the chlorohexidine wash tonight. Just did one final workout to flex my abs tomorrow. I hope he doesn't break his scalpel on my rock hard abs under neath this flesh mound. :)
Good luck tomorrow ! Thanks for posting on realself, so far your story and body are similar to mine. I have been thinking about TT and BL for a while still going for consultations excited and nervous at the same time :)
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Good luck lady! Hope it will go as smooth as mine. Will be thinking of you XXX
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Good luck for tomorrow. Will be thinking of you. Check in when you're able.
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Heading to the ps office in 30 minutes. Ate light...

Heading to the ps office in 30 minutes. Ate light the last two days and started the stool softener yesterday. Using my last chlorohexidine wipe this am and off I go.

I've been home for an hour. Really sore in upper...

I've been home for an hour. Really sore in upper abs, it's hard to breath because they're so tight. . Removed 700ccs fat and 5 1/2 inches extra skin. 4 inch gap in muscles. Im disappointed because i thought I was supposed to get back lipo but the lipo was planned for my stomach :( time 730-230 in surgery.i have to text dr photos later so I will share tonight.
Going to sleep now.
Cant wait to see! Happy Recovering!
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Hey girl, I'm with Sharyne, wait and see how it looks, sometimes they get in there and decide you did/didn't need something after all, so it may be a good thing. I had little back fat blobs that didn't really bother me and didn't even discuss them with the ps and noticed the other day they are gone, so whatever skin stretching he did must've pulled that down/around or something, so don't worry too much just yet. Glad you made it through to the flat side, rest up and take your meds, stay hydrated and have a restful night, looking forward to pictures!
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Thanks but they are there he basically just said more time and money. Inwas assuming the 1600 for lipo I was paying for covered that too. He even looked at it and commented on that he would remove a pound back there. Idk I'm really sore though, like a 1000 sit ups sore
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I'm still in a lot of pain. Can barely make it to...

I'm still in a lot of pain. Can barely make it to the bathroom and I get nauseous and dizzy. I'm taking 2 Norco at time(mine you I've taken 6 pain pills my entire life) arnica stool softners antibiotics. Low appetite. Very thirsty. I think the severity of my muscle repair is what's doing me in. Otherwise nothing else hurts. My Dr. Informed me my right hip is significantly higher than my left so my scar may not be even. I always new there was a deacrepancy between my legs as all my runners knee hip pain achillies tendonitis and planters fasciitis has all been on my right. I have to give props to all of you have taken after photos so quickly. I haven't even seen my stomach. I think I'm due for a bandage change today so perhaps then. I'm a little disappointed the dr didn't call me last night to check in on me.
Hey girl! I am also 34 yrs old and a runner! I have a history of Achilles problems, but my injury that really put me out of the game was a stress fracture last year that took six months to fully heal. I didn't gain lbs but definitely lost aerobic fitness. Oddly, if it weren't for that I probably would never have gone for the TT because I would not have wanted to go without running for six weeks!
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I hear ya! It's so addicting. But my biggest qualm is that I'm not in nearly as great as shape as I was last year and I wanted to come out of this looking the whole package but now ive got to work on my other parts. Despite not running my achillies is still a huge problem for me. Interesting my ps pointed out my hip discrepancy. I will look into that after I'm healed up here.
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I'm sorry you're feeling bad. those first 2 or 3 days are the WORST, I remember being thirsty too. I also took 2 pain pills at a time the first couple of days, and probably would've longer than that if my bf hadn't told me I was going to run out if I kept that up. Don't worry about how many you're taking as long as they're helping your pain, that's what they're for. It'll get better, I promise, it just doesn't seem like it at the moment. Hang in there and remember this will pass, it will just a few days. Sounds like you had quite a bit of mr to do, you're probably suffering more than you would otherwise. I'm so sorry it's such a shi*#y recovery so far, I'll be thinking of you and praying for you sister!
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The back cramps have started but only when I'm...

The back cramps have started but only when I'm walking. Still in a lot of discomfort but taking 1 Norco and 600mg Advil. I attempted to do drains and snap garment myself and couldn't do it. Hubby going back to work Monday so I need to toughen up. Still haven't seen my tummy and I'm not unwrapping it.
hey honeybunch, how are you feeling today? havent been on much last day or 2. hope you're doing better!
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Little baby steps but improving. How bout you?
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good, going to see life of pi in a little bit. Glad to hear you're improving, keep hanging in there!
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Feeling much better today. I could tell the minute...

Feeling much better today. I could tell the minute I woke up. I jut sponge bathed and put cg in wash. I still can't tell much about my results because I'm completely hunched over still. My back kills me when walking. I am numb all over my stomach and have major gas but that's about it today.
By the pictures you posted, it looks very promising :)
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I have no idea lol
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Hi, how you doing today lady. hope the nauseusness has now stopped. Suzi
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Well I'm on my own today. Hubby is back to work....

Well I'm on my own today. Hubby is back to work. I'm walking around with a computer chair and its taking me forever to get anything done. I can't stand up my back is killing me and I can't reach anything. My legs are swollen so I'm wearing compression socks. My drainage is no longer red clear but kinda orangish. My first PO appt is tomorrow.
I kept a heating pad plugged in on high for days just to keep on my back every time I sat down. it was a life saver, it felt great. Good luck at your po appt tomorrow, keep us updated!
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ps- your pics look great so far
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Thanks again for sharing your 'journey'.Your a great mom and wife and you have done something for yourself and for your future. I'm still researching doctors myself and I think you are brave to go through this.Reading your blog helps me to be brave and look forward to looking as good on the outside as i feel on the inside : )
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Did the heavens just open and the Angels sing?...

Did the heavens just open and the Angels sing? Nope that was just my first BM! This morning I had my first coffee my first BM. Did you know you use your abs to poop? I didn't ..one more benefit of the muscle repair. I sponge bathed, cut my toe and finger nails, flossed(it's been six days and I'm dental people!) brushed, made myself food, got into real clothes!!!, all by myself and with only Advil and all in a 45 degree angle! I can't sit up right for my life. It doesn't hurt it's just like there's a rubber band pulling my chest to my hips that won't let me. It's deep and internal not just skin, more muscular. My photos are the best I could get considering I'm in a jack knife position. You notice a roll in all my photos because of my position. I know that will be gone once I'm upright. Also the straight on pic the dark mole by my belly button used to be right at my ribs. I might try driving today. Tomorrow wash my hair and shave my pits!!

I just want to add I think once I stand upright...

I just want to add I think once I stand upright all will smooth out. Also because im swollen and have no feeling in my stomach it feels like a water balloon. Also will update after my PO appt today.

Hi girls, I just got back from my PO appt. drains...

Hi girls, I just got back from my PO appt. drains are out and i can shower tomorrow! Apparently he does the quilt stitching that doesnt require drains at all but he thinks that they still help. I'm in a binder now. I guess im using my arms too much because they are suppose to be at my sides at all time. Apparently I made poor dr.marcus work hard. Because im young when I stand up my skin is resilient and it raises up too so he didn't realize how much extra skin I had 4lbs! Also my muscle separation was worse than he expected so he spent a lot time suturing. He confirmed it was 4in apart! Today's been the best day and If i wasn't walking like a hunched over old lady I would be feeling almost back to normal. I got busted that I drove because he walked me out to my car! Oh and I guess he lipoed my vagina too! He asked if I had noticed and sadly I hadn't. I guess it would of stuck out like a sore thumb if he hadnt. How embarrassing. Well I'm swollen like a waterbed for my active day and loving my recliner and heating pad right now.
Looking good! Thanks for the update. Four pounds of skin? That's crazy!!! I hope things get easier now that your drains are out. Feel good!!! :)
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Thanks I was outta control today but need to take it easy and slow down or it can effect my healing and results. Not much longer for you :) I bet your getting excited
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So i want to add that not only can I are my vagina now but my much smaller lipo'd vajayjay
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Belly laughing hurts-avoid at all cost. Shower...

Belly laughing hurts-avoid at all cost. Shower day! I procrastinated out of fear but the incisions don't hurt with the water. But it was no spa experience. I couldn't lift my hands to wash my hair or Stand up to wash my face so I got on my knees and got out fast to avoid gettin my tape too wet. I stayed naked to air dry my bandages. I cannot not Stand upright at all! I am not posting any new pics until I can stand up. My binder supports my back so I'm more upright with it on. My bb looks like an open wound. Well see how that goes. Despite all my swelling a weight 164 today. Went in at 167. I remeasure my waist but since in so curled over i cant get a real reading but my once largest part was 37in and my once smallest was now 34in!
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Don't stress too much about not being able to stand upright yet. I was back to work (2 weeks after TT) and was still hunched over a bit. It takes about a month to stand up straight when you have muscle repair done. And you are still gong to swell for several months, so your measurements will be much less once you are fully healed. Hang in there.
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Thanks SMS78! a month is fine because in off for 24 days.
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Well despite being down by 3 lbs I started my...

Well despite being down by 3 lbs I started my period yesterday so Im sure my weight must be lower. I would say im hitting a little bump in the road. Seems to be about the time most peoples depression sets in and I think im no different. Feeling a bit down. I think a lot of that has to do with not getting relief from standing because im so hunched over and my back hurts so much and im so sore from sitting that even thats unbearable. My incision seems unusually swollen and some what hard and burning a little. I took a pain pill last night and this am for the first time in days. Im going to ask my Dr for a muscle relaxant for my back or sleep pills at night because i need some relief. I dont think I will be public ready for awhile. Im going to have to come up with some good excuse for missing my husbands family Christmas get together on Sunday.
You rest up sweetheart everyone recovers at a different rate. Keep up your pain meds xx
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You could say you have flu in order to miss Sundays gathering? I know tempting fate and all that is not generally a good idea, but there is so much of that around (hey, come to my house and we'll actually give it to you for real!), that it's a good one to use. That, and the fact if you say you have it no one wants you near them anyway! As for the blues/depression - it really is a part of this journey isn't it? Weirdly so. I had read about it before I'd had surgery, and to be honest, thought I wouldn't be affected as I'm actually a really positive "glass half full" type person. Well I was wrong! It got me/gets me too! It's come in stages for me - the first week for sure, then I was Ok for a couple of weeks, and then it returned again at the beginning of this week and is kinda lingering in differing degrees! That's what this site is great for though - sharing and having us all empathize with each other. Hang on in there honey.
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Well Pms probably doesn't help either lol. Poor ukintx the flu sucks. The thing is that's the excuse we used last weekend to ward off my mil because I thought I'd be we'll enough by Sunday but I'm such a sight with my hunched over troll wall that I couldn't hide it if I tried. My entire family has had a nasty cold with lots of coughing. God help me I don't get it. Thanks uk I'm already feeling better :)
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Surprisingly I woke up this am and could stand...

Surprisingly I woke up this am and could stand more erect than ever but still in a hunch. I've been back on Meds for a day now and have been much more comfortable. My period, swelling and not having a bm in two days has caused weight gain but I'm not worried. I'm the most swollen yet. My feet and thighs look insanely swollen. I took some pics since I'm more upright and can see a discrepancy between my r and l sides. My nleft is more bruised and smaller and my right is bigger and less bruised. I can see pleating on my incision on the right side though and that's a sign of swelling. So perhaps it's just more swollen. My bb looks like an open wound. I wasn't feeling thrilled with my results today but am not worried about it because I know I need to be patient. PO appt tomorrow. Going to ask for muscle relaxant and/or sleep aid. I change between my cg and binder through out the day. I prefer my cg because the binder hurts when I pull it on. So happy there is a remove photo option now. I had too many repeats.
Your looking great as well to!!! And it's only been 8 days wow wow!!!!
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No pooch my friend, no pooch!!!! Like the BB!!! What I like best about my pictures is when I take it from the side. its just ... flat!!! :)))))
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Thanks Sharyne I appreciate your optimism. I can't tell because I'm so bloated and can't stand upright. Soon enough I suppose
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I had my 2nd PO visit this am. Dr says my healing...

I had my 2nd PO visit this am. Dr says my healing is really good despite all my activity. Activity? What activity? Going from the coach to the recliner? See since I drove to my 1st PO he's dubbed me as a rebel. So not true! But he says I can drive now. I caught my hubby's stupid cold..grrr also ps said all the muscle spasms my abs have been doing is normal and them getting used to their new position. He will take the tape off next week.
Woohoo who knew pink eye would be a life saver-bcuz my youngest is sick his entire family decided too move the Xmas party till next week! That means 7 more days to try and look normal. I might sneak this nip tuck under the radar after all. As long as they don't stumble across me on the site. There's so much obvious info.
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my PS just told me he lipoed my vajayjay too. so weird but i appreciate it because i definitely had a fupa after my 2nd c-section. that was one of the main reasons I wanted this done. you look great. i have a feeling my recovery is going to be very similar to yours. what day post-op are you now?
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I'm day 9 I think. I never knew I had a fupa. Glad he took care of it lol. Read your story and I can't relate on so many levels. Im originally from Joliet IL. Heal fast sister
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I've been off pain pills for two days. I only had...

I've been off pain pills for two days. I only had to go back on that one day. I'm about 60% upright. I took new pics but they look the same as last ones so didn't bother to post. The scale says I'm up 2lbs but still on my Period and swollen. I noticed today my belly is muffin topped over my incision, I'm still uneven in my sides, my r side still has pleating and I'm having some bulging muscle pain in my upper left abs. I might be over using them when I walk upright. I hunch my back hurts and I walk to tall and that area hurts. My bb is seeping and gross looking. I notice a little arch back to my back. That's good. There is a weird dimple in my upper right abs. I think it's a stitch that's maybe to deep creating it. Not cool.

Ps really going to start watching my diet since...

Ps really going to start watching my diet since I'm just sitting and wearing both binder and cg during the day
Be patient! Btw, when I put on my CG and binder I can hardly eat a full meal, maybe I should keep wearing forever, lol.
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Believe me I've considered it lol
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Lol that is a thought lol!!! I'm loving my lipo I got I have such a better shape swelling and all I just wish my tummy would go down I look like a lollipop lol belly is the roundness part lol but boobs are looking a little better but I don't think they are goin to be a full as I want them to be :-( but is has only been 4 days!!! Time has flown this time!!!!
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I just realized that ALL of my pregnancy stretch...

I just realized that ALL of my pregnancy stretch marks were removed and my husband said the first nice thing to me today? He says " you look weird" weird? Yeah like skinny ....um thanks babe. I then proceeded to tell him that the real me is now exposed since I removed that empty baby bag that his 3 children caused!

Walking about 70% upright. Back pain is at a...

Walking about 70% upright. Back pain is at a minimal but my abs hurt. I can do light chores before needing to rest. I weigh 163.7 a 3 lb 5oz weight loss but still on my period which is always good for a couple pounds. I am quite swollen. Too be expected of course but I guess I thought I looked thinner than I am. I tried on a pair of sz 12 cargo pants that I had prior to sx that were ridiculously baggy on me but so comfty. They normally sagged everywhere and i thought for sure i could wear them. But they were so tight in my thighs and I couldn't even button them. That makes me realize how dramatic my results are going to be once the swelling is gone. Also that weird dimple is gone. I'm going to try to go for a walk today. My cold sucks btw. Coughing is the worst!
you look great! about the dimpling - my PS said "lumpy-bumpy is the name of the game at this stage, but it all flattens out in time!" so don't fret! looking great...and I know what you mean about seeing an old friend ;-) going to be nice to not have to use one hand to hold the tum out of the way to shave in the shower hahaha sorry if TMI, but I think a lot of us TTers are saying hello to our nether-regions for the first time in a long time lol so we all understand :)
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Your right it went away already. I'm super swollen today tho. The problem with seeing past my stomach now is my thighs look so flabby lol missing the gym. Read your review and things are sounding greaT!
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Well he got me 3 boxes of Victoria SEcrets for Xmas ... I guess he must like it lol
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Today I had my 2wk check. The tape came off and I...

Today I had my 2wk check. The tape came off and I saw my perfectly thin sliver of a scar. I said "that's what I had my panties in a bunch over? That's nothing" He said my muscles are fine despite all the coughing I've been doing. Which is the worse, and after I cough they seize up and stay contracted for a few minutes. My muscles are also contracted when I first wake. My doctor is so happy with my results and me too so I finally changed my rating to worth it. I weighed in at 162 this am and am still on my period. The doctor says I have at least 2 lbs of swelling still. So I can see me getting under 160 no problem and able to be back in the 150s as a normal weight. My fat girl pants fit today. I had amazing energy and wasn't home all day! I ran errands and visited people. I stood up about 85% today, huge change in just one day. He reccomends I start working on standing more upright since my incision is healed and that i engage my abs when doing all movements. he also reccommending i put a towel between my binder and areas that feel puffy. No longer in the cg but instead he reccomends spanx because they will do Better compression as well as the binder.I will take new pics tomorrow :)
Im so happy for you! im almost a week behind you so i have something to look forward to. Sure mine will change to worth it soon....
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Oh it will be, everyday is so different
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That's all really good news. Nice one! :)
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No new pics I am so swollen from yesterday. Scale...

No new pics I am so swollen from yesterday. Scale read 161.8 :) BTW no more back ache peeps
Ugh so sore from all my activity in the last two days and coughing. It's a horrible burning pain. Two stupid tt comments: PS"do you own any spanx ?" Hubby "are you always going to look like a porn star?" WTH
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Glad you are feeling good. Are you doing spanx and binder together? I am 7 weeks post op and still hunched over when I get up or tired. What are you doing to engage your core??
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Yes together. My hunching is different daily. Yesterday was so good and today I'm so swollen and back to 70% upright. To engage my core I'm tighten my abs and pull them in just like Pilates. Happy 7wks to you!
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Well I'm posting new pics but think there is very...

Well I'm posting new pics but think there is very little change and probably won't post more for several weeks. I still have a lot of spare tire swelling below the bb and having problems getting compression to that area. I need to look into a better compression garment. My spanx just pinch my midsection and are not working so great. I am starting to see the beginning of my ribs a bit of my hips and slight curve to my back again so swelling must be getting better. The more I swell the more I hunch. I am tired of walking like an old lady. It's quite comical to watch according to hubby. Overall very happy with the exception of my incision at my midline. He never taped this area and it got irritated since the beginning. It's angry red and raised and crusted where under the tape it's thin flat light pink and not crusty. In not sure why he doesn't tape it he prescribed antibiotic cream for it. I'm getting out more and my back no longer hurts but I pay the price with swelling by the end of the day. I'm weighing in at 161.5 and getting flabbier by the day and look forward to lifting weights.
Hey girl you look great, your tummy doesn't look swollen to me at all now my tummy look like I'm hiding a midget lol. Your pubic area looks exceptionally well even though it hasn't closed up mine is still wet but trying to scab up but looks really nasty. I hope once its healed that it will close up evenly, fingers crossed. Jizfiya
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Lol I doubt your that swollen! Can't wait to see your after pics. It will close. I try to air mine out for 30min everyday. I am very swollen, you can tell by my side photo how it bulges underneath my belly button and my front by all the pleating on the incision. But I'm patient. I hope your taking it easy and resting up :)
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Hiya. I have a bit on my incision that looks like that minus the dry skin. It's waaaay bumpier and thick that the rest of it. It's towards the left side of my front incision (remember mine goes all the way around due to the lift). I also still have two areas that are taking longer to dry out. I'm ready to get rid of the gauze already (steri strips on all other parts of incision) and it's making me nervous that I've not done any form of sscar treatment yet! Your pics are looking good tho :)
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160.8 and I'm off my period. So far down 6.2 lbs...

160.8 and I'm off my period. So far down 6.2 lbs with lots of swelling still to go. So I'm assuming once I hit the gym I can maintain comfortably in the 150s. Something I couldn't so no matter how hard I tried after my 3rd son. Tomorrow I'm going to start juicing and following the crazy sexy diet which is a clean eating with low ph anti inflammatory foods. I think this will help tremendously with my swelling. I got up midnight and slept sideways on the floor. Obviously not thinking well. Oddly my hip opposite the one on the floor hurt at the incision. May not be ready for aide sleeping yet.
Your looking super flat and will have a nice and tight result..all the hunching will be so worth it!
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Thanks jen I hope so :) I feel soo swollen more than ever which is weird.
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You look so good...we had our surgery same date and I am so so swollen
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My skin is hyper sensitive and sore to the touch...

My skin is hyper sensitive and sore to the touch except slightly above and below the incision. Nerves coming back already? Everything is achy today and swollen and im starting to wonder if this is because of my chronic coughing. Due to all this I ripped off my compression garment and have been flying commando this a.m. My body has had enough of sleeping on my back and I have been side sleeping for a couple hours but it hurts both my hips. One being laid on the one not. I havent been sleeping much these days. But am at my most active. Can walk with out back ache but bending, walking fast are not happening.
Just look at your pics and you look great my friend!!! What a difference it does hen? You are so lucky to have lost weight. I guess it didnt help with the holidays and being stationnary ....
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Honestly I don't have much room for food either. Last night and again tonight!!!!! I ate more than a cup and a half of food and it makes me so sick. I have heartburn and the food backs up into my throat. I feel soo uncomfortable. I think it has to do with the tightening of my abdominal wall. I used one able to put down so much food and never really feel full. I wonder if that a side effect of seperated muscles. Thanks for your compliments Sharyne I feel like I have so far to go.
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You have the same dreaded 3 strap binder as mine! I hate it!!!!!!
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WK 3- I am walking 90% upright and still...

WK 3- I am walking 90% upright and still significantly swollen below the BB. I slept in my bed for the first time but with pillows under knees. I sleep on my sides for brief periods. I can't eat as much or I get indigestion or it backs up into my throat. But I am having extreme cravings for red meat. I usually only eat meat a couple times a week. Im walking at least 20 minutes a day. Still not in presurgery jeans. The scale reads 162.8 but I am not putting much stock into at this point. I am eager to tone the rest of my body. My mid section aches and the incision is tende but no back fat and I find myself more physically capable everyday. The midline on my incision is still gross to look at. Funny story-Ive been putting antibiotic cream on a scab by my incision for 2 wks now and it hasnt gone away. Then I realized it was a mole that was previously above my bb. 2013 Health goals-Get some guns and squat myself into an ass. My ass has bee MIA since I quit running. Back to work Monday
you do look awesome. how's it going walking 20 mins per day? i am getting very anxious not being able to move and go very far however i am only 2 weeks post op. i too want to squat myself into an ass! how's the swelling in your vajayjay? mine was a little puffy before my TT but i thought it was from my 2 c-sections. my PS actually did lipo in this area and told me post-op.
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Yeah mine too! He said did you notice I lipoed your Mons? Sadly I hadn't buy the swelling comes and goes so I get brief deflated moments lol. I'm a sweller for sure. Walking is fine, I'm slow but moving and bending is getting easier everyday. That will be our next forum aye? The squatters? Lol
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Day 21....BIG changes!!! Looking good. On your midline, you should inspect it closely, I bet ur spitting stitches. If so it's better to snip those bastards than wait it out. Heals overnight.
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POD 25- in woke up swollen which is unusual. I...

POD 25- in woke up swollen which is unusual. I could feel the swelling starting midday and had to adjust my binder. Felt pretty swollen and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't know how people go back sooner. I'm still very swollen but doing a poor job of hydrating. I bought bromelian but haven't taken it. I'm feel really upright but my coworked mentioned I was hunching. Well everyday gets easier :)
I just noticed that one of your before belly pics looks like mine. Did u see it? How are you doing?
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Well done for getting back to work! Take the bromelain i think it helps. Ive taken it from the start and swelling is there but not terrible. Ive still got hunching to...most annoying. But as you said better each day we will get there!
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Your pics look great. I take bromelain everyday as well as arnica Montana. I still have swelling. Maybe its lower than it could have been without those pills. And I can't fit into my pants as yet. It feels tight and bothersome around the waist.
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Wk 4- I've been at work for four days and each day...

Wk 4- I've been at work for four days and each day got better. I felt like my old self today at work. I got lots of compliments today from my girls (xoxoxoxoxo girlies). I'm swollen a lot though. I'm more swollen on my right than left. It's pretty obvious in my pics. I get hunched as the day goes on. My vajayjay is still swollen and sporadiaclly things ache. And my abs super contract when i exert myself. They get tight like a contracted uterus The pressure makes me feel prego. Despite all that i feel good :) I'm weight 160.4 again. My PS wants me to get more active walking etc. He suggested I leave my cg and binder off at night and let my blood flow and my blood and lymph system work. It's just an experiment to see how it works. He said my muscle repair is still 4wks from being healed. I can't wait to get back to the gym. Everything else is getting soo flabby.

Just want to add I'm extremely short waisted. All...

Just want to add I'm extremely short waisted. All my height is in my legs. My rib cage is only one inch from my hips. I will never have a long torso and I don't expect my front view to look long and slender.
You look great ...BB looks cute to. You must be happy with the look of it. Im thinking i should loose the binder some of the time . Maybe start with night like you. It sounds like 8 weeks for you to start gym. Im hoping to start then to. Need to TONE! That part is hard isn't it.
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You look great. So are you going to sleep without your CG or just leave it off for a few hours?
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Sleeping cg free :)
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POD 29-Day 2 sleeping with no compression. I dont...

POD 29-Day 2 sleeping with no compression. I dont know that I like doing this too much. I wake up swollen but its not isolated to my lower abdomen its generalized throughout my entire torso. I feel unsupported throughout the night. I might wait another week before trying this experiment. I noticed im still bruised on my flanks and very tender on my hips. Super sorry for all of the update emails. I am constantely trying to rearrange and delete pics as needs.
Hi honey. Looking good :). I get the generalized swelling too. Have been sleeping without my binder for at least two weeks now and love it! Hate having my binder on at all now - pinches me and just hate it. I've been wearing a vest thing and spans instead during the day. Naked at night time :0. My lipo areas on my sides are deffo still most uncomfortable. Sore as a mo fo after the massage after I had the other day!
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Ugh when does normalcy return?
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Thanks ladies :)
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POD-31 I took off my own tape today and took a pic...

POD-31 I took off my own tape today and took a pic of my scar. It's a bit red and you can see pleating where I'm swollen but over all very happy. I'm sleeping on my hips comortably now. Also I realized I've been saying the swelling is in my right but it's my left..I got confused between mirrors and photos reversing everything. Silly mistake.

POD 31-Today I walked for an hour. Then I had an...

POD 31-Today I walked for an hour. Then I had an ab muscle spasm for 3 hours. Weird. It felt good which scares me because give me an inch and I want a mile. But yesterday I over exerted myself and had stabbing pain in my upper abs for hours so who knows whats too much.
well you look great i must say dont over due it because you will pay for it later LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!
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Ah Wanda thnks and I think I am paying for it today, my lower abdomen is swollen and hard :( when did you get your tt?
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how you doing today ?
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Week 5- Well my presurgery sz 10 jeans are too big...

Week 5- Well my presurgery sz 10 jeans are too big in my waist but for the first time ever they are too tight in my thighs!!!! WTF OMG! I've never in my entire life had something not fit my thighs that wouldn't of been too tight in my waist. It like I'm a pear shape now and not a muffin topper apple. So weird. So that leads into the fact that I haven't worked out in 7 weeks and everything else is going to hell and I am going to try spin and the elliptical next week. Weird experience número dos: so for two days I had extreme swelling and was just at the point of calling the ps and I started my period the next day. I this Pms bloating? Could it be that since my ab muscles have been weakened since I was 19 that I never have experience true bloating? TBD. I'm not weighing myself because I've been eating like an idiot And drinking so TBD on that too lol. I've been not wearing my binder and cg to bed for the last two nights and unlike last week it feels good. I've also been taking it off for a few hours during the day and its fine. But when I'm walking or active I feel unsupported. Not ready to be binder free. I still get tight and sore from sitting for a long time so it takes me a few minutes to straighten up after sitting. Also not 100 % upright yet. Still not lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. Feeling great at work, very more mobile, sleeping with only one pillow under knees and not driving cautiously anymore :)
Awesome news about stuff getting bigger in the waist! :) Sorry to hear about it being snugger than usual in the legs. Funny, that's the kind of thing that would happen to me. I've been wearing yoga pants religiously, so I haven't paid much mind to it. I guess my pants just keep expanding to keep up with my chunka-chunk legs. I'm jealous you're hitting up the gym. So which did you do? Spin or elliptical? How did you feel? I'm so over this binder thing. I still wear it at night but it has become a burden during the day.
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Ugh I planned on going this am but yesterday I had hives and this morning I woke up with a severe allergic reaction. I look so scary and cannot go in public. I posted a pic on fb. But I'm on high doses of prednisone and I was thinking hmmm wonder if this will bring my my tt swelling down! Lol if I look better tomorrow I will take a big walk. It's been in the 70s here. But I missed work today and tomorrow so gym on wenseday so to be continued on that one .
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i noticed more bloating in my thighs and during pms too. it eventually goes down!!! you look great!!
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WK 5-DAY 5 TodayI noticed my tum was soft and...

WK 5-DAY 5 TodayI noticed my tum was soft and pliable and when I sat down it muffin rolled over my incision. Im a little worried about that and was wondering if that was normal. I do have pleating on my incicion which is a sign of swelling. I hope this isnt going to be the final appearance because I didnt pay all that $ to have a mini spare tire. Ive heard a lot of people say wk 7 is the worst for swelling so maybe Im fast approaching that. Also I did a 4 mile hike today and will see what hell there is to pay tomorrow. Other wise feeling great. Sleeping on hips and comtemplating on tum. Ive got two white stitched poking out and have just left them to be. Sorry about the rashes in my pics im having a severea allergic reaction to poison oak and am on prednisone.
Ty all your all so damn sweet. I did eat bad yesterday so well see how tomorrow looks. My hike was today so my regrets for that will be mañana :) xoxox all
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sorry bout the poison oak hope all else is a ok luck luck luck luck luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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sorry about the poison oak! Ick! It's always something! Hope you feel better. Keep us posted, Surgery Day Sister! I didn't realize I should be watching out for week 7.
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Wk 6-really swollen and scale reads up 8lbs from...

Wk 6-really swollen and scale reads up 8lbs from last week. I think it's all to do with the prednisone. Can't wait to be over that. Otherwise getting more active and thinking less about it everyday. In able toay completely flat and sit up instead of needing to roll to the side. :)
Hi Melissa! I can't believe prednisone... Up 8? That's insane. So it was poison oak? How/where did you encounter that? I hope you got it under control and are starting to feel better. Continue to feel good. xo :)
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Hi Tara how r u??? Yeah prednisone makes you retain salt and this girl has been salting it up..doh. We have a beautiful bike trail that parallels a creek and we were playing in the creek. I think I'm on the better end of it. But I wake up everyday to noises of nails on skin and I realize it's me scratching!!! TT wise im slowly getting more and more active and thinking of doing more strenuous activities. I ran a little jot today but not a good idea yet. My sz 10s are so big in the waist but my thighs are soo swollen! And my tum is considerably swollen too. Most people can't tell but I can feel the pressure and see the pleating on my incision still. The funny thing is more people have commented on my boobs more than my tum! I've heard so many comments on how big they look and even had a couple people ask if I had them done too! I guess my belly used to poke out just as much as them that I just looked like one big blob on the front. I hope your doing well!
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I'm with you on the boob issue. I have had so many people ask me if I have had a boob job. hahaha
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WK 7- Time is flying but recovery is slow. I...

WK 7- Time is flying but recovery is slow. I really was not prepared for the extent of this recovery. I can walk, squat, bend over no problem. Sleeping on my sides but its still too tight to lay on my stomach. I can sit up without having to roll to my side now and my abs feel more stable and secure. Exercise is tough. Walking is the best I can do. The elliptical at a slow pace. The exercise bike is too strenous on my lower abs. Lifting my arms and twisting make weird twangs and pains so not ready for that.I feel like my abs are very fragile and any wrong over exertion can do them in at any time. But everyday it gets better. Ive had two white stiff stiches jutting out of the end of my inciscion for a couple of weeks now. I can't pull them out and I am not going to cut them.Recently stitches have appeared out of no where. I am pretty swollen still. Its more of a pressure and a water balloon feeling than a visual. My swelling is still isolated to below my BB and into my thighs. Recently my inner thighs have developed tennis ball size swellings that bruised. Interesting. Im really eager to get active but I like to push myself to the limit so I am recognizing my limits are less these days. But warm weather has me biting at the bit. I think I might have a dog ear on my right side but am trying not to jump to any conclusions until my swelling is gone. Also Im still disappointed that the PS and I miscommunicated about my back fat. Its so weird to have a flat stomach and a back roll. Also I feel like there is a discrepenacy with my flanks where it goes flat to fat. But all of these things I am not really concerned with until I can become active again. 9 wks of no work outs is for the shits. Also Im up in weight. 165 this a.m. but im on day 10 of prednisone and my face is pretty swollen so TBD. I got asked if I got my boobs done. Ive gotten more comments on them than my stomach. Ha I guess my buddha belly masked the girls. Im so shy and not really digging the attention to them. I think thats about it. XOXOXOXO ALL
Slow and steady wins the race! I am sure you can tweak those few things in a follow up procedure. One problem we all seem to have is focusing on all our minor imperfections, I have several times needed to step away from the mirror, get dressed and realize that is who everyone else sees!
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Hi Buffy! I feel the same way. Im not getting to caught upon the things that I see because I know swelling is still present and im not working out so I just let it go. In 6 months from now if all isnt better then I will think about maybe some surgery options. Hope all is well with you!
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Hi great to how you are going. I keep putting off exercise....i really want to but scared of swelling or damage. Do you feel its been a good thing overall the exercise at this stage i mean. I know i completely underestimated the recovery and thought it would be like a c- section. Its not...the swelling and hunching are really hard to cope with and last a long time. At 6 weeks after c-section i felt completely back to normal and i thought it would be similar. Oh well its worth it though overall. Hang in there...xxxx
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WK 8- Swell Hell! Every night I get a water bed...

WK 8- Swell Hell! Every night I get a water bed belly. Its no big deal. I just put my binder on tight and its gone in the a.m. I have some aches in my abs and am not ready to lift any weight but I get better so much week to week that I can be singing a different tune next week. I havent been doing scar treatment but think I will start some mederma. I have been at the gym all but one day this week and am able to get the ellipical up to sweating pace. I am suprised how much more aggresive can be this week. Also I can walk at a fast pace now. 3.5-4mph no problem. I just hate dreadmills. No running though. That gives me weird tightness. Im thinking about maybe yoga and spin next week. The bike seems to irritate my lower abs. Im up in weight, 165 but really feel swollen. My hands, wrists and face look puffy to me. I think I still have residual effects from the prednisone. I stopped it 3 days ago. I feel a tight rubber band feeling in my abs. Its weird and I wonder if it will ever go away. I stil wear my CG and binder everyday but sleep without it unless im really swollen. I saw my PS on Monday and all looked well and I wont see him for 2 months. Everything is great xoxoxox
You look SO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I know what you mean about the swelling..I forget I am supposed to still get it and will look down and be like, What the H&LL is this crap! Then I remember I am only 9 weeks out and my PS said, 6 months...............
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Ha thanks, I mean I'm no Jennifer6645 but I feel like I have shape now. I love seeing my silhouette. What's crazy is 4wks ago I was so much more swollen but it was different.
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Your looking awesome!!! :) nice!!! I hate the swelling ugh lol I'm sure all of us are! When does it ever stop at least for one day! Let me know If the mederma works for you... I'm using bio oil and the silicon sheet I ordered! ( don't ever order the silicon Strip it's of the web make me heal) its supposed to last 3 months you can wash it each day let it air dry and reuse! Ya right it's very sticky the first couple of uses after that your trying everything to hold it on! Waste of 135! That's including shipping. Well have a good night sweet dreams:)
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Yesterday I did 90 min at gym with cardio and...

Yesterday I did 90 min at gym with cardio and lifted weights. Then I did a 4.5 mile hike and only felt minor ab pain today and moderate swelling.
Hi. thanks for posting your pics. I think you look great, and I don't really see any back fat. :)
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Thanks and you look awesome yourself! Ha thanks but its there lol.
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Hiya TT buddy! Glad all is going well for you. I updated today as haven't been on for a couple of weeks. All good with me other than some damn swelling! Glad I logged on and read through some posts tho as it's reminded me that it's common for most of us. Anyway, take care.
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Wk 10- I didnt want to update but if Im going to...

wk 10- I didnt want to update but if Im going to share my story the bad needs to be told as well. Its nothing horrid just that the last 2 weeks ive been hit with fatigue. Its got worse as time has gone on and I am not the only one. It seems to be commonat this stage. I also have pinching burning stabbing muscle pains that are worse when I suck in or engage my abs. Its sporadic as to what spot on my abs hurt but when it does its for a day or longer. Its really exhausting. Also Im still having the full contraction of my abs at night and when I first wake up. I also get where I have to stretch my legs out and they have muscle spasms and my abs contract. I dont know why the muscle pain is so late in the game and if its because my muscle repair was so wide. (4in). I thought it was because I was working out so I stopped but that was 2 wks ago. Its kinda depressing. Im so eager to get fit and strong but hesitant to hurt myself. Another weird outcome is Ive all of a sudden have an ass. I dont know if thats because my weight can no longer deposit on my stomach or if its from the sitting. Ive never had one before so this exciting. I hope it doesnt go away when I lose the weight. Which is up BTW. It has steadily climbed since being on prednisone and now im on BCP to help with adult acne. So im back to presurgery weight. But it hasnt reflected on my stomach which im just thrilled about. Apparently its all in my ass lol. No new pics until 4 months PO. XOXOXO
Oh hun I am sorry you are having trouble with muscle spasms. That can not be at all pleasant I feel for you and as for the new found ass horray. You do look great ♡ the tummy. The weight will go away. I to am up in weight and feel for you gggrrr.
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Xo xo xo
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We had our surgeries on the same day. I had a tummy tuck and breast reduction. I'm still having weird muscle contractions and some spots that are painful to the touch. So, I can relate. I thought I was just going through some winter blah's and being unmotivated, but after reading your post, it seems as though maybe I'm just still recovering and it's fatigue. I know we just have to have some patience. One of my friends had a TT, and she said she didn't start feeling "normal" until around 4 months. And...junk in the trunk....I have always had a butt that's flat like an ironing board...so I would welcome the extra weight in my butt!
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Wk 12-Well last week was rough with aches and...

Wk 12-Well last week was rough with aches and pains but the swelling has gotten just out of control. Ive finally captured it on photo and my tum looks like my presurgery tum. On top of everything im up 10 lbs. Yes ive been eating like hell but ive been my most active. I started birth control pills 2 1/2 weeks ago and was up my usual PMS 3-4 LBS and that just never went away once I started the pill and then about 1-2 lbs a week now. I also think my prednisone is playing a role some how even though I quit it weeks ago. Im on BCP for adult acne and I will give it a chance and see if my body will eventually let go of the water weight. I did cardio kickboxing tonight and did ok. My abs fatigued by the end and I did yoga last week. Ive been hiking swimming and am going to try to do Hot yoga and bike this week. Im starting to get weird sharp pains as the nerves reconnect and am some days just so achy. Im feeling good overall just feeling disappointed with my weight gain but happy that I feel well enough to start being active about it =) xoxoxoxo
Hang in there! I've gained 8 lbs myself. And, I am determined to get serious about a diet and stick to it. We WILL get there!!!!!!
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For sure!
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Morning! Sorry you are still dealing with swelling!! That totally stinks and esp when you are so far out. I am having a hard time with my weight right now too. Feeling chubby... yet unmotivated? Also, wanted to tell you that the muscle spasms and swelling in my MR under the breasts is the WORST thing for me. That area feels tight, tingly, strained, strange when I do any physical activity. I'm just totally AWARE of it. I hope that goes away soon :( Take care and hang in there... xo
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Hi Tt sisters! I tried bikram yoga yesterday for...

Hi Tt sisters! I tried bikram yoga yesterday for the first time since surgery and holy smokes. First of may I say that no matter which mirror I looked in my stomach looked great!!! At one point I thought my upper abs were saggy but it was just my shirt is baggy now :) and when in triangle my tum don't rest on my thigh. But normally I have excellent torso and back flexibility. back bends and camel were never a problem. But now I can barely bend my torso side to side or backwards due to tight abs. But in some poses I could get a better stretch now my tum isn't in the way (forward bending). But even though im no longer hunched over it was a reality check of how far I still have to go. Also the stomach poses were a bit strange as I couldn't get my stomach flat on the floor. Im not sure if that's from not being able to stretch my abs or that I'm so flat that my boobs and hips are now the high spots. Most of the stomach poses i couldnt do because my tum is so tight but i attempted every pose. Tbd but none the less yoga seems to be very helpful. I didn't do any of the sit ups. I rode my bike too and feel very unsteady and am afraid im going to fall. But that must go back to core strength and will improve over time. I did cardio kickboxing and felt great but my abs fatigued by the end of the hour. So I didn't do a lot at the end. But over all everything is coming along :) ps I greatly depend on my binder for workouts and even ordered a new one so I can always have one available.
You look great! Congratulations! Loved your story. Thanks so much for sharing it.
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Thanks ;) I'm gonna update in a few days with new pics :)
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You look amazing so far! Thank you so much for the info. Yesterday was 4 weeks since my surgery. I'm so over the swelling and reading your 12 weeks and still have swelling...well that's just great! I thought I would just have a couple more weeks :-( I did hear that TT with MR is a pretty serious surgery to recover from. I know when its all over in about a year, we all will be glad we did it. I'm thrilled now. I just hate the swelling. I've been in my full torso girdle 24/7 except when I shower or its being washed. Keep us posted. You look great!
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Happy week 18 and 35th Birthday to me today :)...

Happy week 18 and 35th Birthday to me today :) This will probably be my last update for awhile until there are significant changes. As normalcy returns there is less to talk about. Overall I am very happy with my results. I have good ab definition which doesn't portray we'll in pics but the low bump on my side pics is actually ab muscle. My scar is starting to lighten but is still quite red. I am using Mederma on the drain sites and bb and steristrips on the scar. My doctor said its kind of thick but I'm happy. Advice for steristrips is don't pull them tight when putting them on or they will peel off. No tension is best and Mederma will oil stain your clothes. I'm up in weight, 171. I dont gain in my stomach at all. Pretty depressing but I'm getting active now. Cycling BOotcamp running etc. I cannot do sit-ups or ab work yet without pain and it hurts up to my sternum. I feel I am behind on this part of my recovery due to the severity of my muscle repair. I am no longer using my binder for support but use my spanx because swelling is still a very annoying part at this point. Exercise makes it worse for me. I usually look quite different by the evening. I have a 6 pack most mornings and gone by the pm. I get tingling sensations when I run and still can't stretch my torso in yoga. My abs are still very tight. I feel much more urgency to go to the bathroom and pms bloating now I think because my bladder and uterus have less room to expand. I am still very tight in the mornings and when I sit for a long time. I no longer get stabbing pains or spasms but am still numb in the area o my abs. And when I scratch my bb I feel the sensation on a different part is my belly-weird. I'm feeling very good these days overall and I hope the same for all of you! Cheers xoxoxox

I just want to say that I'm 9lbs heavier in my 18...

I just want to say that I'm 9lbs heavier in my 18 wk po pics than I am in my preops. They removed 5lb and I'm 4 lbs heavier than preop weight. Hard to believe huh?
Looking good Birthday Girl. I updated my profile just for you!! Dont forget you had quite a big muscle repair so it will take alot longer for that to settle but you are looking fantastic. xxx
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I'll consider your update my bday gift :) it's so exciting to see your results. You look fantastic. I need to remind myself of that mr stuff. Yesterday I did an intense MTB ride with my hubby and I didn't wear any compression and i started swelling almost immediately and I had this horrible internal itch that I couldn't get to. Maybe a stitch. I'm over this kinda stuff. Thanks for updating!!! Cheers :)
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It must be very frustrating for you. Try not to push yourself do hard. The NR is the thing that takes the longest to recover from. x
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Omg omg gross - I've had this little scar above my...

Omg omg gross - I've had this little scar above my incision and at first I thought it was a stitch and often wondered what it was but figured the ps didn't mention it so no worries. Then I realized its my old bb piercing scar!!! Gross seriously would it of killed a guy to have cut that extra 6mm off! Blah!
I loved reading your updates as you have gone through your experiences. It's so interesting...especially the ass you found?! I think I had saddlebags developing in my outer thighs that began last week?!! I'm at the dr now so I will ask. I hate my thighs and this will not help at all! I have the same muscle stretching in my lower belly. It feels so awesome and yet I wonder what I'm doing to my inside muscles. My belly is still awesome but eeek!!
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Dont worry at all you will be able to lose the thighs as you get more active. It comes off faster than the stubborn belly fat. I'm sure you lt abs are locked in place and will be fine. But it's all a weird process. You look awesome btw! I don't know what you looked like before but your results areal amazing. You had a good surgeon. Maybe he can give you a copy of your befores. Happy healing :)
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Thank you for the encouraging words. My dr is great. Always so enthusiastic and like a friend....he loves the results if his hard work...he is just as excited as I am. I even bought a bikini and put it on! I might even wear it outside! I get so excited that I forget all my questions so I come here and see what everyone else is doing too :). I wear CG's and corset to work but have gone a few nights sleeping without in the last week. Weirdly comforted by my tight corset and only slight issues with swelling. In fact, I'd go as far as saying hardly ever.
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6 months- the good the bad and the ugly

Well I wish I could say time flies but not with this recovery. I am still sore in my abs and tender to touch. They still hurt with coughing. My numbness in my stomach is going away and my skin is hypersensitive to touch as the nerves reconnect. When i sit I can feel my ribs and hips curl in now not a roll of skin. It feels bizarre. I'm still super happy with my results but due to still feeling dibilitated I doubt my choice a lot. I get very stiff from sitting and have to slowly stretch my torso out and find myself still hunching and having to remind myself to sit upright. Swelling is still a daily occurrence. Some days are worst than others. The heat and sodium make it worse. I feel like my abs are super tight. Almost unnaturally so. They feel like a hard knot in my stomach. When i do a crunch my abs surface and a hard ball. I posted a pic. But despite all I feel like my ps did an awesome job but sadly I feel like I'm destroying it. I've gained a ton of weight 176. From the front I look wide as my fat rolls spill on the flanks and from the side i look disproportionately flat. I don't gain weight in the tum at all. I'm so disappointed in myself. The other thing since my abs are so tight I feel a frequent urgency to pee with the littlest amount in my bladder and if I sneeze cough or jump I pee myself. I've never had this before and I feel like my bladder can't expand because my abs are so tight. I'm hoping losing weight will help. Im embarrassed to post the pics. But I want to keep this all real. I haven't worn my CG in a long time but am contimplating wearing it again. In clothes I look proportionate and good except the fat flanks. But I'm very optimistic I will lose this weight because I believe it's due to not being active. I will update once in lose those lbs. I hope this post isn't discouraging. I'm just trying to present that facts and not everyone's recovery is the same. Hope all is well xoxoxox
Hey, I felt a lot of the same things at 6 mos. The sit up thing happens to me too. I'm hoping that goes away! I'm still a lot weaker then I was before the surgery and 7 pounds heavier, but things are FINALLY improving at 9 Mos! Im sure the same will happen for you! This procedure really takes some time to recover from! You still look great though!
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Aw thanks boy I'm lookig forward to that 9 month mark. Xoxoxo
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Oh Melissa, you still look good, I carry my weight in my hips, butt and thighs. My weight has been up and down over the last 8 months, I am determined not to let this discourage me! We all know this TT stuff is useless without continuing our part. I am also tight, I blame that to some degree on my sub muscular implants. I just keep stretching and trying to stand tall. Post again soon, miss ya!
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Month 10

Funny how in the past my stomach made me look fat when I was skinny but now I'm fat and my stomach makes me look skinny. I weigh the most I have ever not due to a pregancy 175. But I have such a nice hour glass shape I'm always dumbfounded why my size 10 pants won't fit. I still swell a lot but no where like I used too. I just try to avoid salt and put my feet up. My PS said i am one of the few who is going to take a full year to heal and I believe it. Hes even reccommended resorting back to my CG. I still get pulling and pain in my abs when exercising. My scar is still red and not fading much. And boy is my tummy tight. Now time to work on the rest of it. I'm thinking about running a marathon. Maybe I will post pics soon! Xoxoxo
Through look great! And you're so right, not an easy or fast recovery at all. Congratulations.
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Thanks xoxoxo
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Time has gone by so fast for me, I'm 10 1/2 months out and still can't believe that big fat belly is gone. Part of my scar has disappeared, but most of it is still pretty red. I still get puffy on the sides sometimes, it's very noticeable when it happens and it happens a lot. Not much feeling in the lower abs, some itching, which does no good to scratch cause there's no feeling. Hang in there it will be a year before you know it.
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Month 9

Oops dummy me just realized I'm only 9 months out not 10. Adding a few pics. Side profile is great but I get wide in the front due to extra pounds.
Your results give me hope! I've had a few days of feeling discouraged!! I have the same swelling below the scar, in my vajaja, however mine wiggles and is flabby! So are my end of the incisions! I'm happy with results but seeing the flab reminds me just how horrible my belly was before ;(
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Swelling is gonna stick around for awhile. Month 4-6 is when all that will start to go away! Hang in here it's quite a journey and your results look great!
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You look great! I still have extra pds too... :(
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1 year post op

Yesterday was my one year and I thought about what this journey has been for me a lot yesterday. It was a long year but I've come so far. I am still not who I used to be but in many ways so much better. My stomach still swells and I can feel bloating from eating or Pms so dramatically now but it's all manageable. I still have a lot of numbness in my stomach and am not sure if that will ever come back. And I seem to have a frequent need to pee because my bladder has no where to expand. My abs are still tender when working out but oh so freaking strong. Unlike any strength I've ever had. And when I work them out I can feel it unlike before it was in my back or thighs. I feel like I can do 100s of sit ups no problem. I've put on a considerable amount of weight this year and in the last two months have adopted back a consistent exercise routine and look forward to losing the lbs 2013 have gave me. But it most all seems to be in my thighs which is an area I would never of gained in before. My stomach is softer now more natural. My scar is dark red still but this is how Heal generally and assume it will just take me longer to fade. I've received lots of compliments on my waistline from people who don't know me which is nice. I will do new pics soon but unfortunately I started my period on my 1yr anniversary ad I didn't want my Pms to distort my results. Xoxox
Great post, thank u for being so honest..despite ur weight gain, u look great. I'm only five weeks po and the swelling discourages me
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Hang in there unfortunately swelling still continues for me but for most it diminishes more and more everyday and will be gone soon. :) congrats on your big decision
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Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon

There are several choices in my area. I interviewed 3 and he has the best results and has been awarded best PS many years in a row. His results speak volumes and a TT pt of his "Waiting to Exhale "results on real self sold me.He thrives for perfection and even took the time to do extra work on me to make the results look better. He does a quilting technique where he takes the extra time to suture the skin back to the muscle also known as the drainless technique. But he puts in drains for a short time because he sees the benefits of both. He also triple stitches with nonabsorb sutures for muscle repair so to guarantee your muscles stay put forever. He took 5 hours on my surgery which speaks volumes for me on his need for perfection. Super popular guy so expect to wait for surgery dates. So if you have a date in mind get your consult early.

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