So Far, So Good. - Scottsdale, AZ

I am currently 9 days post-op. Drains come out in...

I am currently 9 days post-op. Drains come out in a couple of days (my PS requires 2 weeks). I was awake, walking and had no pain and took no medication for the first 20 hours or so, then it was excruciating and I was taking them every time allowed. Take it before you hurt- if you wait, it will do nothing! The incision doesn't hurt, but my back is killing me! I have to stop every few feet when I walk, especially if I've been up a few times already. I am back to work but limited on mobility.

I had a ton of bruising on my back from day 3 on and it is almost all cleared up. My incision is very low, actually touching the top of my pubic hairline. I had tattoos on my stomach pre-op. Two were completely removed. The pair on my ribcage look fine even after being stretched out. I could not find a single person who had shared their experience with abdominal tattoos, and I want to say don't be discouraged if you have them! It was so worth it.

Day 2 I looked amazing, now I am swollen but took pics so I know what I will look like once I'm healed up, and I'm very happy although I am still quite hunched over. DO NOT LAUGH. Seriously. THAT is painful. It's finally starting to hurt less now.

One drain is totally dried up and looks like it...

One drain is totally dried up and looks like it may have a clog. On the phone, PS told me to try and squeeze the clog through but it is partially inside of me and just coming out of where the tube comes out, so I see him today. Maybe he will take the drains out while I'm there since they're due out Monday anyway! That'd be nice.

Photo Update

3 Years Out

3 years post-op and my scar has faded enough that it is not visible in a lot of pictures and nobody has any idea that I've had work done. I still have great definition and I don't even work out (I really can't- it turns out that I have some very serious medical problems that have caused muscle atrophy and extreme fatigue). I did not return for any follow up appointments after I think December 2011. I'm still very happy that I had this done and feel it was worth the money.
A few things to keep in mind:
Mederma didn't make any difference in the scar.
The silicone sheets may or may not have helped, but I saw a lot more improvement later after simply giving my body time to heal.
I have a condition that causes a huge delay in healing so I still had swelling for over a year, but most people should expect faster healing.
I did not return for a breast reduction and plan instead to just have a lift done with only enough tissue coming out for the sake of symmetry with Dr. Robert Cohen at a future time- I'm currently on chemo and some very rigorous treatment for a brain tumor, so my plans have been delayed.
I will try to remember to post some updated photos soon!
Garey Simmonds

Although Dr. S can seem arrogant, he does a good job. I did have to wait about 3 hours before I was finally taken into surgery, but wait time in the office is very short. I plan to have a breast reduction done by Dr. S next year.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi I hope you are doing well. I ran across your question about an undrainable seroma. I am experiencing the same thing. The first time around my PS got out about 30cc's every attempt (2) following have yelled noting but I still have the lower abdominal water bed. How was your situation resolved?
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Did dr a provide the silicone sheets or did u purchase those on ur own ? What do they do ?
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I forgot about this page and just saw that I had some questions. I apologize for that. I hope your procedure went well!
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Hi there. I'm getting my tummy tuck January 14th by same dr. What did u take with u to surgery ?
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What an odd concept. I have never heard of a 'tummy tuck' before. Did you get it for medical reasons, liked a clogged drain of one of your intestines or similar, or did you get it for looks?
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I have a condition called Cushing's Disease that causes weight gain and a lot of damage to the skin on the stomach- mostly sagging and stretch marks. This procedure was done for cosmetic purposes to correct those issues.
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You look fantastic!
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WOW! You do look great :) He only charged you $5199?? I have been to 3 consults and all dr's set their pricing at 8800 and up... I think ill give him a call!
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Thanks. I need to post new ones. I am still swelling off and on a little 9 weeks out. I have hypertrophic scarring in some spots and I'm pretty unhappy about that, but hopefully it will get better. Belly button shrinks some days and gets really small. I think I'll try the ear plug trick next time I have a day like that. Keep your protein intake up and your sodium down and you'll feel a little better and less bloated!
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Did u really pay 5199 including anesthesia and surgical facility???
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Yes- that was the absolute total cost. It includes followup care, anesthesia, surgical facility and surgeon's fee. He runs a special every spring, I guess. I'm not sure if it's still going. His botox is dirt cheap too. He's kind of a jerk but hey I'm not paying him to be nice, right? He did a good job except my skin is a little too tight in the center. I'm sure that will loosen up over time though.
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hi! I have stomach tattoos that were removed too. It was a very large piece that spanned across my stomach from hip to hip that I got at age 18 when I thought I'd never have kids LOL well, 4 kids later, including a set if twins, the tattoo was awfully sad looking and I was happy that most of it was removed during my tummy tuck! I will have to get something else to fill in the odd pieces that are left, but I'm not very worried about it at this point. Congrats on your new body!!
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TheBabycake - You look wonderful:)

I do have a couple questions:

How many days off did you have before you returned to work?

Also, when did you start driving again?

I know each person is different but I was curious on your timing. Let me know when you have a chance.

Thank you:)
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I had surgery on a Tuesday morning. I started working from home (mostly just making phone calls and emails) on Thursday.
I started driving on day 8 (wednesday) and went to work the following day for a few hours before my back couldn't take being bent over any longer. I'm doing a full day on Monday so I'll keep you updated.
My job is different than what most people have. I would have taken two weeks off if my boss didn't need help so badly. We just closed an office and there are 5 foot high stacks of filing to do all over the place.
Driving isn't so bad unless my back is hurting a lot. Having a very large chest and being hunched over are a bad combination. If you have this problem, try tight sports bras during recovery or if you're considering a reduction also, do that first rather than after the tummy.
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Thanks for your feedback. I have to do work PT from home then go back to work FT on 12 days post op.

I have a friend who had a mommy make over on March 1st and she just stopped by to see me today. She looks fantastic. She bounced back very well.

Yes, keep us posted your your progress:) I had FTT, MR & Lipo. Take Care!
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Thanks :) I do office work, so I just have to be careful. I didn't have any lipo, just a full tummy tuck. I was bruised up like I'd had lipo for a few days, so maybe he uses it when he does tummy tucks, but they didn't tell me if he did!
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Wow you look great. Back to work already ?? Happy healing :-)What kind of lipo did you have done?
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