2 weeks post op - Anyone have a lift without implants? Are you happy?

Profile: 35 years old, 5'6, 179 lbs. Up until...

Profile: 35 years old, 5'6, 179 lbs.

Up until 6 years ago my life was perfect until "that" day. In 2006 I found out that I had ovarian cancer and needed surgery. DUring surgery Dr found it wasn't cancer but cancerous cells, and the lump was actually fibriods and a cyst all over my cervix and uterus. 9 rounds of invitros, 7 surgeries, 6 years of hormone injections, 4 miscarriages, the only souvernir I had was about 50 lbs. Dec. 2011 I decided the pain and suffering had lasted long enough and I was going to have a hystorectomy. I must say it was the best decision I have ever made.
At my 2 week check up I weighed in at 211 lbs. I immediately joined the gym, hired a personal trainer, and started watching everything I eat. As of today I am down to 179; lose of 32 lbs.

I have joked with my husband for years about a tummy tuck but only got serious when I knew my child bearing situation was behind me and after working out my stomach seems to be looking worse. We decided together that after all of the pain and suffering I had been through, that if I wanted surgery to help me feel better about myself that I should get it done. I will also say that I proved to myself I was serious when I quiet the gym, made a home gym and actually use it. 6 months later I am still eating healthy and considered about gaining a pound.

My personal goal is to weigh 150 and have a flat stomach, and be healthy. Sounds like a simple goal huh? I feel this surgery is life changing and will increase my already motivated mind set to continue to keep up my success.

I have spent the last 2 hours looking up before and after photos, and reading your reviews. Do you think this surgery will be worth it or should I have waited until I got down to my goal weight? I can't reschedule before we are so close so I am hoping for confirmation that I am making the right decision.

In less than 48 hours my surgery will be underway....

In less than 48 hours my surgery will be underway. Pre-op was last Saturday, signed all of the paperwork, bloodwork, EKG, and mammogram. I am cleared for surgery and have all of my pain meds, and recovery items ready to go. Also have 3 weeks work of shows on DVR so I am good to go. I will post my before pics within the next 24 hours.

Today is the day. I have to be at the hospital at...

Today is the day. I have to be at the hospital at 530A for surgery at 730A. I woke up with knots in my stomach but that should pass once the IV is in, I hate needles. I am posting some before pictures. Be warned I was scared (myself) when looking at them, I never realized I looked that bad without clothes on. I am spending one night in the hospital and hope to be able to post as soon as I am home tomorrow. Wish me Luck.

3 days post ops and I am still alive. That is the...

3 days post ops and I am still alive. That is the best part isn't it? Mr. Doc said the results are amazing and I will be totally satisfied. Things look good from under my bandages but I haven't had the change to removal he garment, and take photos. By the time the garment is removed I just want to lay back down, hoping I can post some new pics in the next couple of days. My husband is going a great job with the drains, while is it gross it isn't as bad as he thought it would be.

Posting again on day 3 of post op. I empty the...

Posting again on day 3 of post op. I empty the drains twice a day but have no instructions to remove garment or wash around the wombs. Upon being discharged from the hospital I was told to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday before I shower, does this sound normal? What were your directions that you were told to follow?

Today was my first shower since surgery...

Today was my first shower since surgery (Thursday), it went much easier than expected and I feel great. My drains are still in but was able to take all of the bandages and galls off, wash with hibiclens and have follow up apppointment at the end of the week.

The two bikinis I have had for over 5 years and...

The two bikinis I have had for over 5 years and never worn are too small - can't complain about that. My Bra size was a 40DD, I am not a 38-40D, I prefer the 40D because back rolls aren't as visible with the larger size!!! I will post pictures today.

My first appointment is on Saturday and will hopefully get my drains removed, How did it feel when your drains were removed? I am thinking about taking a pain pill before I go so I won't notice it as bad.... :-)

Today is 9 days post op. Had my first post op...

Today is 9 days post op. Had my first post op appointment today. PS said everything looked good and removed my drains. Just as everyone said, it didn't hurt. It stung for about 2 seconds and that was it. I did get extra muscle relaxers because my back is killing me. Back hurts more than tummy or boobs ever hurt, think it is because when I stand up I am always bending over. I will post some updated pics now.

I had my surgery on Dec 13 and love the results...

I had my surgery on Dec 13 and love the results thus far. All of my tape is still on me. Do you pull it off or let it fall off? I figured it would fall off by now but when I shower I am VERY gentle around the area. It doesn't hurt just not sure what to do. What did do you?

Today has been 2 weeks since surgery. I am totally...

Today has been 2 weeks since surgery. I am totally happy with my tummy tuck and the way things are heeling.

Did any of you have a breast lift with without...

Did any of you have a breast lift with without implants? If so, were you completey happy? My left breast has always been much larger but I was hoping the lift would make them a bit more even. Hmmmmm

One month and 2 days post op and so far I love the...

One month and 2 days post op and so far I love the results. There is a little swelling in my belly but for the most part it has gone away. My breast look much better than they did a few weeks ago. I am still wearing paper tape that I change every 5 days and I also still wear the compression garments. My next appointment is on Feb 9th, I believe that is when the doctor "release" me to going back to housework! :-) Will add new photos in a few days.
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon

I went on 7 consults before deciding on a Dr. Dr. Daiza was by far, the most professional and personable when I first walked in the door. She took the time to consult with me and answer all of my questions. While I was doing further research I came upon additional questions that I needed Dr. Daiza to answer. After calling her office, I found she was in surgery but would call me before the end of the day. Dr. called me at 8P and was very patient, even providing her personal cell phone in case I had additional questions. I also found that other Dr's were trying to convince me to have additional lipo (more money). I also found that most of the other doctors had lawsuits of letters of reprimand that scared me away.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
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Congrats girl! You definitely deserve it! U look phenomenal! My sister just finished her chemotherapy for variant cancer at 23 yrs old. Removed 8 lb tumor. Its all about you now! Work it!
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You Look Fantastic!!!!
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I'm glad you have it more time and are happy now:)
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I think your results look great! I too had a tummy tuck with a breast lift/reduction no implants due to lumpectomy. I am pleased with my results, although I had some scarring. Glad you are feeling more comfortable with your breasts.
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My tape was on for about 3 and a half weeks, my doc said I could remove it when it started to fall off. Do it slowly right after your shower when it's the most loose...
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My surgeon took my tape off at two weeks - it didn't hurt I was super chicken to droit myself though and he knew it so he did it.
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I'm the same , tummy tuck bring it on .. Back pain is the worse! No drains ! Your life just got so much easier but be prepared for phantom drain moments. It's amazing how fast you become accostumed to something.
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My drain removal just felt like it was someone picking a scab - the actual drains coming out I didn't feel at all. it's like all4me1213 says though - it's over and done with before you have time to protest!
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Removing the drains were quick with a burning sensstion twist..before you can say wtf the sensation stops...lol
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I didn't have any pain when drains were removed. Nurse put some numbing cream on and waited 15 min, then had me do two deep in and out breaths. She pulled it out on the second exhale. So happy to be drain less after 9 days. You will love it!
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Hi we had our surgeries the same day. I just want to say that you are too young to have a body that was wrecked by all your medical treatments. You results made you go from looking 50 to in your 20s. Amazing results. The drains dont hurt when theyre removed because your stomach is so numb. But having a pp on board might make you feel more relaxed about it. Congrats and I look forward to following your journey.
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Thanks, I will take a look at your site and follow your journey as well. I am so happy I had this done.
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I was told to change gauges daily..3rd day shower..are you able toove around ? What's your pain level if any?
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Hi All4Me, I called PS today and she said to remove them today when I take a shower. She wants me to continue the drains for two more days and go in to see her on Fri or Sat ti remove them. Depending on the drainage she may leave one in or just remove both. As far as pain as I have been shocked things didn't hurt as much as I had thought they would. The first day it literally hurt to breath and cough but now I have skipped some pain pills and have been okay. How are you things going with you?
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I feel the same, I stopped taking the pain medicine over the weekend...I have one drain in that will be removed after Xmas.
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I mean good luck hehehe :-)
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Good luch :-)
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Congrats on the weight loss & taking control of your life...We have the same surgery date...Best of luck to you, hopefully we can stay in contact..
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all4me1213 - today is the day. Good Luck to US!!!
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Welcome to the Tummy Tuck community!

Good job on the weight loss.  Keep up the good work and you will get to your goal.  My doctor wanted me to be within 15-20 pounds of my goal weight.  I am glad I listened to him because that totally helped my end result.

 

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Congrats on losing that weight. You've worked really hard!

I'm glad you didn't end up having ovarian cancer, but I'm sorry about all you've been through. Wow.

Your surgeon is probably the best one to ask about what she thinks of your getting a TT at this time.

Here's what some doctors have to say about reaching your goal weight and tummy tucks.

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