5 weeks post op. Couple new pics

Where to begin. I have been devouring all your...

Where to begin. I have been devouring all your stories for the last two weeks and have really appreciated reading about everyone's journey, so thought it only fair to share mine. I am always looking for the "before belly" that looks like mine to give me some sort of insight to what I will look like! Maybe my journey will resonate with someone else.

I first had a consultation for a TT in 2008. I was interested in a breast lift, augmentation and a mini TT. My plastic surgeon said I wasn't a good candidate for a mini because I had too much skin above my belly button as well. My boobs were deflated and hung to my belly button and it was a no brainer getting the lift with augmentation. I wanted small perky boobs that looked natural for my body. The TT was another story. I couldn't quite wrap my mind around such an invasive procedure to fix a problem that wasn't "that bad." I delivered all 3 of my children vaginally, so no scars. I wasn't sure I wanted to trade the skin for the scar.

At my one year check up for the lift and augmentation, we discussed the TT again. Gave it lots of thought and passed again. 10K and quite frankly, i was afraid of the surgery and recovery.

Fast forward 2 years. I have been obsessing about getting my tummy fixed for the last 6 months. I think it is actually my love handles that bother me more than anything. Maybe it is the 40th birthday, don't know. I had a consult for cool sculpting for my muffin top on my back side. She felt I would see some improvement, but not a significant amount, as there is a lot of loose skin. Soooo, made an appointment with the doc for another consultation. Same answer, full TT with a little lipo in the flank area. This time I was ready.

I'm thin, 5'6, 110lbs, but feel like a blob with my belly hanging over my jeans. My husband thinks I'm crazy to put myself through this for what may only be minimal improvement. I think that is my biggest fear. I'm going to spend 12k of hubby's hard earned money, be laid up and not able to take care of my kids and not have significant results. I trust my surgeon, he is the best. He says I'm ideal, as I do need muscle repair and have stretchy skin that he will be able to excise. He says that I won't even need a vertical scar and he can do it low. I so anxious! Living in AZ, I could live in my bathing suit. Hoping for amazing bikini bod lol.

I had my pre-op already and am paid in full. Now I just need to talk myself off the shelf and be patient for my new tummy! I will update with some before pics.

These are my before photos. Doesn't look too bad...

These are my before photos. Doesn't look too bad if I'm standing upright in my underwear. The minute I put clothes on, the skin hangs over.
Hey we are TT date twins :-) hang in there you will be fine all we gotta do is wait now and we can recover together :-)!!!
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So, not a patient person lol. Have you had your pre-op yet?
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No not yet I have my pre-op 1/16 Im excited to get it done but I know because Im so ready time is going to DRAAAAAG! I plan to just keep busy preparing and making sure I have all my stuff I need. Im deciding on which silicone scar strips to use and if I should buy an adjustable shower head with the extended arm. When is your pre-op and what are you doing to not go crazy waiting?
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So, I've been calm, cool and collected....until...

So, I've been calm, cool and collected....until yesterday. Woke up panicked, thinking "what the hell am I doing?" I'm normally not a stress eater, quite the opposite. I get sick to my stomach and don't eat when I am stressed about something. Well, I have been eating anything I can get my hands on. It's starting to get ugly.

I've been trying to pin point what is giving me the most anxiety, the fear of the surgery (don't think so), fear of the recovery(very possible), fear that the results will fall short of my expectations(more likely) or the stress of trying to come up with excuses as to why I'm out of commission for so long(possible). So, I don't think it is the fear of the surgery. I've had surgery before and am quite comfortable that I will be in good hands. The fear of results, hum that definitely has me worried. I gained almost 80 lbs with my first baby and in the 40's with the others with 10 lb babies to boot. I don't have one stretch mark because apparently I have very stretchy skin. Not sure if that is a blessing or a curse....My whole body is stretchy, loose skin. I guess that is where my worry of results come in. Worried I will still have the hang over in the back because of the loose skin. Recovery, well I think I may be a whimp when it comes to pain, so I'm surely anxious about that phase. Coupled with the swelling that is bound to come, I'm sure I will look worse before I look better, so I will need to be mentally strong and keep my eye on the end result. Then the white lies that ensue the whole process. I really don't want to share this journey. I actually feel vain and self absorbed doing this, but really want to do it, so I am. I don't need anyone telling me "I'm nuts, look just fine, hide it well or (my favorite) going through a mid life crisis and making me have second thoughts. But the act of covering it up and dropping off the face of the earth for who knows how long is giving me a little distress.

I'm ready for it just to be done. Once it's done, it's done and it is what it is! Reading everyone's stories is really keeping me encouraged, so keep 'em coming!
I just wanted to say good luck! You're going to do great and have a wonderful result! I've been telling everyone that I had a muscle and hernia repair. It's pretty much the truth ;-)
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Thanks for your kind words. I'm just going to have to wing it. Recovery seems to be all over the place, so I'm not sure how long I will have to lay low. It will most likely just depend on how long I have to have the drains. I am having a tiny bit of lipo on the backside of my hips to try and tighten the skin up a little, so that may add to the length the drains. I had a full lift and implants a couple years ago and was out of commission for about 2 days, so hopefully, I will have the same luck and have a speedy recovery this time as well!
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Two days ago sheer panic, today complete...

Two days ago sheer panic, today complete excitement. 18 days to go! Prescriptions filled....check, comfy clothing.....check, arsenal of meds to combat constipation.....triple check. Work is so busy right now, so I am trying to get ahead on paperwork so falling off the grid for a couple days won't be a big deal. I'm hoping that after a couple days I will be able to field a couple calls if needed and do light computer work. I would just take off completely for the month, but my job is so flexible. I would need a big ole whopper of a lie to pull that off. My latest brain storm is shingles. I was laid up terribly with shingles a couple years ago, but the whole karma thing is telling not to use that excuse.

So, I've notice I developed a weird behavior. I can't keep my hands off my stomach. I'm always touching, pinching and general playing with it. It's kinda like when I was pregnant and I always had my hand on my belly waiting for a movement. Well, I'm not exactly sure what I'm expecting to happen, but I find it quite amusing.

That's all I got for now. Positive Mojo to those waiting and happy healing to those on the flat side.
I totally get how you feel. To anyone else, I looked totally fine. I am 5' 4" 130 pounds, size 2, but the skin drove me crazy. I am over 4 weeks PO. BEST THING I EVER DID! I am so happy. Tiny but curvy. My tummy matches how I feel like I should look with all of my working out and running. I won't lie, day 1 and 2 were quite brutal. I wasn't really prepared. But I would still do it again. Good luck to you!!
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Thanks, I checked your photos, you look amazing. It is funny, I don't want to tell anyone about the TT, but want to talk about it lol. So glad I found others going through the same thing.
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I had a tummy tuck in 1999 and I have loved it since day one. Even when I get heavy, my belly still stays tight. Everyone has always said that my tummy is always flat even at my heaviest. Dont worry about any loose skin, because it will be gone. Your gonna love it :)
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So, I've been busy getting all my "stuff" ready. ...

So, I've been busy getting all my "stuff" ready. Yesterdays focus was on Enemas and all things that make me poop, and todays focus was on things to pamper myself with while laid up. I have decided that my recovery is going to be greatly affected by my state of mind and attitude, so I am arming myself with things that make me happy. I decided new UGG slippers on my feet would greatly improve my disposition. Thanks to Zappos, they are on the way. Also treated myself to a pedicure, so when I am staring at my feet while laid up, the tootsies look cute.

On the down side, I decided it was best to take my artificial nails off. Just think it will be easier to take care of drains and stuff without them, plus don't want the hassle of having to go get a fill if I'm not up to it. First time I've been without nails for almost 6 years! On the bright side, I am a much faster typer without them. I also decided I am going to lose the eyelash extensions before surgery. Not so sure they will baby them in the hospital like I do. Gonna miss those suckers.
LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You are on the right track with the toes trust me. I wish I would have gotten my toes done before my surgery. After I was laid up and couldn't move I kept looking at my toes and was dying to paint them but I couldn't bend over to take the polish off and could not go out and get them done. it was the worse mental abuse ever. So Thumbs Up to the pedi. lol Good luck you will look great.
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Dont stress about the drains. I had mine safety pinned to my compression garment and they were no problem. They dont hurt. Relax :)
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Surgery was this morning. I had full tt, muscle...

Surgery was this morning. I had full tt, muscle repair and lipo on my muffin top. I was in recovery for a really long time, 4 hours! Some was because I was so out of it and some was logistics getting me to my room. Didn't matter to me, as I was pain free and just sleeping. My pain has been minimal, but the anestesthia is wearing off and I am stating to have some pain. Mostly in my drain spot, it is actually like a burning sensation. I did get a quick peek a little while ago and am bummed I have a small vertical scar. We discussed this in advance and I knew it was a possibility, but now that it is a reality, I'm bummed. I am staying optimistic because I had in mark me in ultra low bikini bottoms, so I think it is very plausible that it will be easy to conceal in a slightly different bottom. That is really all I was able to see.

I had an amazing cocktail to prevent nausea......reglan, dexamethasone and zofran with scopolamine patch as well. Not a lick of nausea. Very grateful for that. I just got a muscle relaxer and am going for a stroll in about an hour. It will be my first time out of bed. I highly recommend the hospital stay. IV meds, catheter, hospital bed.....overall making the first couple days more bearable. As I sit here and type the drain site is getting more painful. Not unbearable, but certainly uncomfortable.

My doctor will be stopping in to see me tomorrow, I should get a better look then. My hubby talked to him after the surgery and he said it went very well and my results will be amazing. So excited to see it..

On another note, I am so proud and grateful for my daughter. She is only 10, but is so responsible and nurturing. She has totally stepped up at home to help hubby out without being asked. She has taken it upon herself to make the boys lunches for school and get their clothes ready for the morning. She even insisted on packing my bag for the hospital lol.

OK, I'm probably rambling in a drug induced stupor, so I will call it a night. Thank you for all your support. It is unbelievable how some kinds words and encouragement from complete strangers has been so helpful. Happy healing everyone!
Yeah congrats cant wait to see the new you.
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So happy you made it! Mine is over too. I look forward to reading your updates & I hope you heal quickly.
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The anesthesia has worn off and I've had more...

The anesthesia has worn off and I've had more discomfort, but nothing unbearable. I've been up and about and don't feel as hunched as I thought I would be. This hospital bed is the bomb. I am going to miss it. I am also thoroughly enjoying the thromboguards lol.

I got a peek this am when the doc came in. It looks great. My waist looks super small. I will get pics when I can. So excited. I can't wait to get a good look at it.

Happy healing

Today was a good day. Got up and around a lot....

Today was a good day. Got up and around a lot. But boy do I itch. It is driving me crazy. I've been taking benedryl, no help. I am getting discharged from the hospital tomorrow am. Kinda bummed to be leaving this nice comfy bed. I really makes a difference what position you are in.

I saw the doc this am, but forgot to ask him about how much muscle repair he had to do. I will try to remember that tomorrow am. I got a sneak peek of my belly button.....adorable. Can't wait to see it all! So glad it is done. Oh, I got my catheter out too. No problems going pee afterwards. I am sure this is a jumbled mess, as I haven't missed a pain pill yet lol.

Happy Healing
Congrats lady soooooo happy for you.
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Yay! Happy for you! Can wait for the pics! Take it easy. :)
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Woo hoo! Post after pics when you feel like it
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Made it home. Set up camp in the corner of the...

Made it home. Set up camp in the corner of the sectional couch. It hasn't been all that bad. Now the swelling, holy cow, It is a mess. It's from where I had lipo. I knew to expect swelling but this is crazy! Oh well, It is only temporary. Doc said he did a lot of muscle repair. I still haven't gotten a good look.yet. I've been up and about quite a bit. Just taking it one day at a time. I will post a pic as soon as I can get one.

Happy Healing.
doesnt the flatter side feel amazing!!!
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Why did you worry about enemas?
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3 days post op. I think today may have been the...

3 days post op. I think today may have been the most uncomfortable I have been staying on top of my pain pills, but haven't been able to keep my eyes open. Still no real appetite.

I am getting really excited about my results. I had lipo on my love handles, but the swelling is all the way over my butt.I know that will go away. It isn't possible to get bigger from lipo. I just need to be patient. My surgeon said my small vertical will be inside the area he marked me in. I honestly, couldn't believe it when I saw it. Even hubby who wasn't on board, says it is great.

Oh and I ITCH!!!
You look wonderful!
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Thanks!
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Looking good!! Happy healing :)
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Last night was a little rough. I have so much gas...

Last night was a little rough. I have so much gas and the compression from the garnet was making me way uncomfortable. I think I was up every hour. On the bright side, I did lots of internet shopping through the night. I'm actually feeling quite good right now. I still am in disbelief over the swelling of my butt. My daughter said it looks like Nikki Minaj's. It is crazy how big it is lol. I have my first post-op appointment tomorrow. My drains are still putting out a lot, so no chance I will be losing those. I am in love with my belly button. It looks great, not sure if he takes the stitches out tomorrow or not. My daughter has been such a help. She is so nurturing. My boys, haven't paid one bit of attention. They are just going about their business. All in all I have had a nice time recovering. Kids are behaving, hubby has stepped up and my only friend I told is very supportive. I feel very blessed and happy.

Happy Healing everyone.
You are so brave! so amazing, I researching having my TT this year, And reading all your information is so helpful you are a blessing! keep healing up!
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Thats so awesome you have a lot of support. You are looking good. :)
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Looking great!
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6 days post op. Wanted to do a little recap of my...

6 days post op. Wanted to do a little recap of my first week (almost) post TT. First day, complete fog as I could barely keep my eyes open from anesthesia. I remembering feeling fine as long as I didn't move and the only real pain was in my pubic area where the drains were. That was the pain that would prompt me to ask for pain meds. Basically, just slept through the day.

Day two, the itching started.Wow, I itched everywhere. I started getting benedryl, but still itched badly. Pain control was good and I got up and moving around with no problems. When I say moving around, I mean clinging to my IV tree for dear life and pushing it up and down the halls of the hospital.

Day Three, came home and took up camp on the couch. I started on a strict regimen of 2 percocet q 4 hours, soma q 8 hours and duricef q 12h. So long I kept on that schedule I was fine. I hurt, but nothing I couldn't handle. Besides the looniness made the experience a little more bearable. The swelling, WOW. I don't think the swelling was from the tt, but the lipo I had on my love handles. My doc said he was just doing light lipo and it wasn't a big deal. Well, I would hate to see what big deal lipo is.

Day 4, more of the same. My butt is swollen probably twice its normal size. I am huge. I know it is just swelling and that it isn't possible that I got bigger from having a tt and lipo, so mentally, I'm not bothered by it. I know it will pass. Physically, it is down right uncomfortable. My skin is hot to the touch, tender and every time I move, it feels like there is hot burning pain ripping my skin. I have also started to have to pee non stop. Think it is the pressure on the bladder from the tight compression garment and all the gas bloating. Started to back off my pain meds.

Day 5, first post-op visit. My first really bad day. Got nauseated, think the lipo pain was relentless and overall, I think I was just over the whole thing. I think the reality of the whole recuperation just caught up with me and I was tired of feeling like crap. Took me the whole day to get comfortable after returning from the docs office. Good news at doc was everything looked great. Got tape changed on my incision and go back Wednesday. My swelling actually went down slightly in my butt.

Day 6, actually had a great nights sleep. I woke up and found myself halfway on my side. I wasn't woken up in a wave of pain, but actually comfortable. Got excited today was the turning point and I was going to feel great. Got up and felt light headed and not all that great after all. Parked myself on the couch and am feeling somewhat human. I haven't had my pain pills since last night, so I'm actually lucid, but am planning on taking one and taking a nap.

I will get around to taking some pics at some point.

Happy healing!

I can't figure out why this pics are rotated and...

I can't figure out why this pics are rotated and don't know how to fix it. They are rotated on my computer. Oh well.
Hi there! Just wanted to see how you are doing? I have very similar concerns as you and wanted to see if you are happy with your results? Hope you're healing well ;)
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Omg! You are the girl I have been looking for!!! I have been searching and searching to find someone who looks like me and finally..there you are...right down to the same undies ;)! I am 5'3" 108 lbs with minimal amount of skin but my tummy bothers me when I bend over! I just don't know if the trade off will be worth the $, recovery and mostly I'm worried about the scar! Do I wanna look down and see a small roll of skin or do I wanna see a scar??? I'm so torn...how do you feel about your scar???
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OMG, your lashes!!! :) I am worried about taking my extensions off too.! I'm thinking I will leave them on. My girl has a reclining chair she can use when I need a refill. How were your lashes when you had yours taken off? BTW, you look GOOD girl!
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Post op 3 weeks and 4 days. Haven't been on here...

Post op 3 weeks and 4 days. Haven't been on here in a while. Just wanted to give an update. I am able to do most normal activities, minus the exercise, but am trying to take it slow. I am finally able to wear normal clothes again, thanks to spanx. I love wearing sweats, but not living in them! I feel great and each day seems to be better.

So, to back up a little, I got my drains out po day 9. What a difference that made. I didn't feel so isolated once they were out. I could make a quick appearance at the grocery or school pick up and no one was the wiser. I literally hid out in my house for the first 9 days, so it was nice to get out a little.
By week 2, I was feeling pretty good. Was still taking it easy, but able to do more. I was completely off the pain pills but still in terrible discomfort from the lipo, but the pills didn't help that. Overall, the lipo pain has been worse than the pain from the tt. I think it is because the pain pills work well on managing the tt pain, but don't work well on the nerve pain from the lipo.

Each day I feel better. The lipo pain is letting up and I have no real discomfort from the tt. My swelling has been managable. When I first got home, I was hugely swollen, but that was from the fluid used in the lipo. Once that subsided, I've had a good bloat going on, but nothing really uncomfortable. As the day goes on, I get swelling below my incision line and it gets hard, but is better by morning. And speaking of my incision, WOW. I've only seen it a couple times because it is still taped, but it is amazing. So thin. I start scar therapy at 4 weeks and am confident it will fade nicely.

Going into this, my greatest worry over the whole procedure was, is it worth trading the skin for the scar ? At this point I am saying yes! I know it is only going to get better and I am already pleased. I credit that to having a highly skilled surgeon. He is a miracle worker. At this point, my only concern is the lipo discomfort, but it has gotten better, so just hoping it continues to do so. I only had light lipo on my flanks, can't imagine aggressive lipo.

I will say, it is really important to have a good support system. My husband has totally picked up the slack and has given me the time I need to heal and get stronger. But, it did come at a price. My house has been a mess and I have had to let it go. I have cleaning ladies once a week, so it was clean, but messy. He was working so hard keeping everything afloat, that I simply had to look past the dirty dishes and junk everywhere. The kids were clean(kinda), fed and made it to school daily.....the important stuff.

I will add some photos later.
Happy to hear you are healing so well!! Look forward to seeing your pic's
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this is a great update. Happy healing.
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Great! So glad to hear you are having such positive results! Our concerns were so similar so it's good to hear your happy...especially since I will be doing the TT and implant exchange and lift on the 7th! I would love to see pics when u have time to post em'! Thx so much for sharing your experience...it has completely resonated with me...best of luck with your continued healing...you have inspired me!!!
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5 weeks already. My days are pretty much back to...

5 weeks already. My days are pretty much back to normal. I still haven't attempted any exercise, as my abs are still sore. It seems as of lately, the upper area of my abs have ached. Still swelling as the day goes on, but it's nothing more than pms bloating. I can fit into all my clothes, but most my jeans tend to be low rise and the waist goes right over my incision. I don't want to irritate it, so I am still wearing my fat jeans, which suits me fine.

I started scar therapy last week. I am just using the mepitac tape. I like it because it offers protection to the incision site. I haven't worn my compression garment since my 4 week post op appointment. Maybe thats why my upper abs are little more sore.

The lipo pain is getting better by the day. The area is still sensitive to the touch, but it is minimal compared to where it started. My surgeon said I may want to consider a little lipo in the area above my belly button, as I seem to have a little fat there, but we need to see how everything heals up before making that kind of decision. Not sure I want to go there. It isn't bad, but is a tiny pouch if I sit and slouch over. One more reason to work on my posture.

Over all, I am so thrilled that I took the plunge and did this. No one else notices a thing. I disguised my muffin top quite well. It may be more evident come bathing suit season, but honestly, I don't spend much time in my bathing suit outside my back yard.

Venturing forward, I am looking forward to the residual pain being gone and seeing my final results.

Happy healing!
Thank you for posting. I am scheduled for a TT with Dr. Shaw on 9/2/14. You look great!
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Thank you for posting this. I have a consultation with Dr. Shaw on the 21st of July to talk about removing my breast implants. I really hate having to wait that long - but I'm so glad he is in such demand that it takes that long! He did my BA by him about 20 years ago. Did an excellent job and if it weren't for the menopausal weight I've gained that has turned my breasts into 36/38 GG (stands for Good God!!!) I wouldn't be having my implants removed. While I'm at it I want to see if I can add a TT to the surgery. I am SCARED TO DEATH of the recovery. Surgery doesn't scare me. The scar doesn't scare me. But the recovery.... oooh, that scares me enough to make up for not being scared of the surgery and scar! ha ha! You look FABULOUS!!!
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Dr. Shaw did my TT too and I love it. I used silicone sheeting on my scar and it has helped. The scar is worth it, and most bikini bottoms will cover it. I had not worn a bikini for 30 years and now can rock it!! I'm 53 now. :) I would recommend using your compression garment. It helps with the healing and I still wear it when I feel bloated or have over eaten. ;) The bruising from the lipo will take some time to go away. Use Aranica gel topically to it. In the future with any surgery I take Aranica tablets before and after surgery. Also limit high antioxidant foods like grapes, red wine, blueberries etc. as they can increase your chances of bruising. BTW, I did not do any abdominal exercises for 6 mts following surgery. Dr. Shaw sculpts the muscles so expertly, you really don't need to do much. One word of advice though, do not gain more than 10 lbs in the future. You don't want to ruin all of his work and your pain and money. I hope that helps. (I have also done a breast aug and facelift with him :)
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