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I can't wait for a flat tummy.

fluctuating weight has me discombobulated!

I am freaking myself out. I have gained 10lbs and now weight almost 145. :( I feel so upset about this weight gain, it's the last thing I want to deal with when my surgery is the first of next month. I am going to the gym now and starting a very strict diet in order to get back to my ideal weight of 135lbs. I am over eating because I am so nervous about going through with this. But it has to stop because I want to be healthy and have a good mind set when the time comes. Wish me luck and send me prayers please! I need self discipline and strength right now.

3 weeks to go!

I'm feeling ok about my tt coming up! I have a few things I need to pick up (stool softners, protein powder for my shakes, dry shampoo, wipies and maybe a wedge pillow), otherwise I'm ready to go. I can't believe it's right around the corner! I've been eating low carb and working out at the gym every single day to get my weight under control and it's paid off. I'm down from 144 to 137 and still have time to hit at least 135 before my big day. The gym has also really calmed my nerves, I love working so hard that I don't think about anything else while I'm there.

My story.

I was a fat kid growing up, by the fourth grade I was 5'3 and 160lbs. I reached 225 during high school and was stuck at that weight for a few years. I got tired of not living the life I wanted to live, so I set some serious personal goals.
I lost nearly 100lbs through diet and exercise in my twenties, but my belly fat and flabby skin would not disappear or tighten, no matter how much I exercised. I had worked so hard to be healthy and look good but I never saw any results in my stomach. I have lived with this belly for the last 10 years and have hidden it well, but now I am ready to make a change.
The shame of getting undressed, even in front of my long term boyfriend is getting old. I know he loves me and my tummy, but I am really ready to love myself physically. I'm scared of this having surgery and especially of the recovery time, but at this point I feel like I will always have an issue with my body if I don't do something to fix it, so here I go on this crazy journey!

** 16 days until my TT, doesn't feel real.

5'3 & 136 shouldn't look like this. :(

PAID!!

Today I finalized everything! I'm set to go in @ 730 in the morning, July 1ST! I have mixed feelings but am mostly excited because I have officially committed to doing this for myself, though some people I know find it to be an extreme decision.

I've filled my scripts, got my granny panties, need a few fluffy pillows and I'll be set!

I baught my first bikini top ever!

Yay!! :)

Lets do this already.

I go in July 1st. I'm tired of worrying about going under, and about my recovery. It's paid for, I'm doing it, I will be fine and that's that. xo

Preop swim suit.

1 day post

I'm going to be ok. The dr, said my ribs stick out naturally and that right under my boobs is where they are. That area and the rest of my body is pretty swollen today and I hurt a lot. I am so thankful that this is done and that my bf and bestie are taking super good care of me.

home in my garment which has givenme blisters on my side.

post op day 3, swollen but happy.

I love my life, even if it's kind of on pause for now.

Today I woke up feeling good. I walked around my place a lot and even ventured down a flight of stairs to check my mail. I am very puffy and swollen, especially right below my bra line, where the pain pump is. I wonder if it's going to be a spot that needs to be drained by the dr. I'm also getting sharp pains once in awhile and coughing has brought me to tears. I can get out of bed on my own using my arms and leg strength, and I finally had a bm today (I've consistently taken a stool softener, miralax and ate raisens for days), so I was happy to go.

My DR. appointment is tomorrow morning and that's when I will hopefully have one drain removed and I will also get to see my bb and scar area for the first time. My cg and the tape on my wounds has rubbed my skin raw in places and formed a couple of small blisters. Wearing a tank underneath my full torso and shorts one piece cg garment has helped. I can't wait to see what Dr. Salemy has to say about my recovery so far.

I cried when I saw myself in this dress.

day 4

I had one drain removed today, and one more to go next week. I'm still swollen but feeling so good for day 4. I can't believe how easy this process has turned out to be for me. With the help of my supportive boyfriend and fantastic best friend, life after surgery has been very manageable. After losing 100lbs naturally, it felt really damn good to be able to slip into a dress that would have showed every single roll before. I feel so blessed and so ready to honor my body by eating healthy and working out as soon as I am healed. :)

Swell Hell.

130lbs ans swollen so much it hurts to even eat.

Scar and belly button week one.

One Week pics

I've come a long way, baby.

Funny and feeling good!

I just read my post op day 1 post and that comment about "my ribs being under my boobs and that's where they are" or whatever is so funny! Pain meds, anyone? :)

Tomorrow I'm hoping to have my second drain removed which I'm really looking forward to! I hope all goes well at my appointment and that Dr. S. thinks I'm right on track.
I'm allowed to start taking my supplements again as of today! Multi, probiotic, Sam-e, vitamin C, and of course my turmeric/bromelain combo (to reduce swelling!) I'm hoping these all help kick my energy up a notch. I did get out and go to a couple of stores today with my bestie who drove my car...it was great to leave the house but I was ready to be home after a couple of hours.

**On the topic of swelling/bloating, I came across a new idea I am going to try. Unsweetened cranberry concentrate. It's supposed to "act as a diuretic to flush out excess sodium". Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons in 16 ounces of water, and sip. mix in stevia if it's too tart. A tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar a day is also supposed to help with bloating.

I'm eating organic fruit, salads, boiled eggs, Greek yogurt and the occasional peanut butter with wasa crackers and still the swelling is bad, so I'm willing to try anything.

Overall, no regrets. I wouldn't take back my decision to have a tummy tuck even though I sure miss having a cold beer and being able to go camping with friends this weekend. Instead I'll be day dreaming about August and all the flat tummy fun I'll be having then! :)

Final drain removed yesterday!

This is me this morning. A little less swollen!

Day 12. Basically 2 week review.

I feel blessed to be healing as well as I am! My muscle repair aches in the mornings and night. It feels as if I'm always sucking my tummy in and I am very hard/tight feeling during certain parts of the day.
Swell hell is in FULL FORCE! My lower abdomen seems to bare the brunt of it as you will notice in the pics I post. I drink only water and lots of it, eat organic fruit, Greek yogurt, and salads w/veggies, cheese, and egg for dinner. Avoiding salt, drinking apple cider vinegar and taking supplements (turmeric/brom) that are supposed to help with swelling. I guess I'll just have to wait it out unless any one has advice?
There are a couple of not so nice looking spots on my scar, but no fresh blood or anything. I swear my bb sits a little off to one side, making me look crooked in some pics. My bf is going to inspect me today and we'll see what she thinks about that, hopefully it's just my mind playing tricks on me.
I weight 129lbs. I can hardly believe it with all of this swelling. Not mention that the last time I weighed that little I was probably in the third grade.

Overall, I have little to complain about and am happy. This surgery has brought me a deeper understanding of my body, beyond the physical aspects of how I look, and I'm thankful for that. I truly listen to what it needs more than I ever have before, I nourish it with healthy foods and I respect the healing process. (even though it sure seems to take a long time!)
Happy healing everyone.:)

PO 13.

I drove today! I've come to the conclusion that I am a baby as well! I can't imagine having to start driving to work (or working!) any time soon and I give props to those ladies who are already back to the grind after a couple of weeks.

I got scared today!

Has anyone been told sun sensitivity increases after tummy tuck? Today I was out in the sun reading for 10 minutes or so and when I went back inside I noticed the blood flow in my thighs looked all weird!! I've always tanned easy, and never got heat rashes before, so I got nervous and called the on-call PS who said he didn't know why my legs would do that and as long as I wasn't swelling I'd be ok. At Not that reassuring. Finally the splotches faded so I feel a sense of relief. I was worried about my blood flow being off or something but hope it was just the sun.

splotchy P013

3 week Po update.

I felt weird in the shower today, like I was going to faint or black out as I peeled the tape from my incision. I had to deep breathe, get out of the shower and dry heave and then lay down for a bit before drying off and putting fresh tape on. I'm post op day 19 and have had plenty of showers with no strange feelings, so who knows what happened today. :(
On a more positive note, I am feeling better and better daily, minus a blip or two a long the way! I'm taking very short walks in my neighborhood (as I did after my freaky shower), eating healthy (127lbs!), and still swelling, but managing to remain optimistic and thankful that my recovery has went so well this far.

No muffin top!! YAY!

29 days PO

Nothing new going on here, I am completely blessed to be healing well and doing fine! I hate the swelling, but feel lucky it's the only issue I'm having to deal with. I hope everyone else is doing great!

6weeks

I'm about 6 weeks po now and feeling much better! My energy is high again, though I haven't went back to the gym yet. I just got back from a vacation where I did a lot of walking (and resting) and life is good! I was a little sad that I didn't feel fit enough to be on the beach in a bikini, and I caught myself thinking the dr. could have removed more excess skin, because when I lean over I still have some hanging skin. I'm eating super clean and vegetarian with no breads or pastas, and I weighed 125 this morning, so I've lost about 16lbs.and almost 3 inches around my waist.

8 weeks!

feeling good!

10 week update

I am feeling good! I work out 5 days a week and have started doing a crunch/plank routine at home which is really helping my results show more! I am so happy, I feel so secure in my body now. :)

Happy!

6 months!

Seattle Plastic Surgeon

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 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
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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You look absolutely Amazing!!!! Can't wait to wear a cute outfit like yours in your 6 month pic! Great Job, inspiration to us newbies lol :)
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Ual you look great ... I'm scared I'm trying to find a good doctor !!!
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Ual you look great ... I'm scared I'm trying to find a good doctor !!!
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Amazing!!!!!! You look great!!!!!
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You look fantastic! Thanks for updating!
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You look so good Girl!! It is great to see you do an update.
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U look great lady, congrats! Glad the healing was good for you
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Looking great mandyjoe! How's the swelling?
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Thanks. :) I notice the swelling after work, but otherwise it's not bad. I eat a super clean low sodium diet, and drink tons of water. I also take turmeric and work out 5 days a week which I think helps.
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Thanks, you guys! I feel like as the days go by my tummy is looking better and better! Exercising has really helped. :) I wish you happy healing Weelaura!
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Thanx :)
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You look brill can't wait to get to your stage :D
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Oh my look at that waist
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You are looking great!
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Great results!
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You r doing great...u look famtastic. I use bio oil too...I massage my scars in circular motion with it to help keep scar flat and soften any hard lumps.
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You are looking great, I am glad to see you are healing well.
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Looking fantastic!
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Thanks, I read your page and you look so good! :)
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You look great!
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Cheers!!! You look lovely and flat flat flat!!!!
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Thanks, it's an $8900 dollar miracle! ;) I'm happy!
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LOL I just told my friend the surgery is priceless...I would pay $20,000 in hindsite, lol!
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You look fabulous .. The sun does really weird things I have limited my exposure and I am a avid tanner.. Just did not want to take any chances with skin.. Happy healing
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