I am 32 years old, I will be 33 in a month! This...

I am 32 years old, I will be 33 in a month! This is my gift to myself. I have had three kids and three c-sections. Looking at pictures so far I am not sure if it mattered that I had c-sections, just having a baby and gaining tons of weight can really mess up your belly! I had my first baby at 17 years old, so I have not worn a bikini ever in my life. I am not sure I will be able to because my stretch marks do come pretty high up but we will see! I am 117 pounds and 5'5. I have been at my ideal weight for 4 years now. I may need a small vertical scar due to not having a lot of skin up top.

What a great gift!!! I had to have a vertical scar. I thought you might be interested in my results. I had 2 c-sections and I was over weight w/ my 1st pregnancy and gained 62lbs on top of that. So my skin was ruined. I didn't have much skin above my BB, so I the vertical scar. It's actually my old BB hole. But, I would rather have that than have my scar 2 inches higher...yikes!
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I would love to see your pics!
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Its 1 and a half weeks away and I am looking...

Its 1 and a half weeks away and I am looking through all these photos of people think like I am, it seems almost EVERYONE is getting lipo of the flanks. I feel like I need that but by PS said I didn't, he pulled on my flanks and showed me how its not fat its only skin. He said with the tummy tuck it will pull the skin forward and if I am still not happy we can do a back lift at later date but he wont do it at the same time because I would be miserable. I agree that sounds like torture being cut all the way around but I also want the best result possible. Also I keep pulling at my upper abdomen above my belly button and there is barley any skin, most of mine is underneath the belly button so I am freaking myself out that I will get into surgery they will cut open and then see I did not have enough to pull down?! My PS assured me when I am under anesthesia they can pull a lot more than you think... I was not having all these thoughts until its getting so close and every pic I look at seems to have lipo and I want to make sure I get a good result! Am I just feeling crazy cause the time is getting closer??

Ok, I have now been looking online and found a...

Ok, I have now been looking online and found a whole bunch of skinny and bigger women who end up with hard buldges above there belly button post op, years after. It does not go away no matter what they eat or how they exercise. Has anyone heard of this happening? Here is the site I found it on: http://www.steadyhealth.com/upper_belly_fat_after_abdominoplasty_t81782.html?page=6
I just read some of that info and it sounds like it's more common with people who have a tummy tuck as a weight loss solution. My PS mentioned to me in my consult that people who are heavier have internal fat around their organs and that fat will end up pushing back out after the muscle repair and make the original "flat" stomach not so flat. I don't know if it may also have anything to do with permanent suturing of the muscles? I'm going to post this question for the docs to answer though. It's interesting and concerning at the same time.. So far though, I have a perfectly flat tummy still and the upper abdomen is soft and looks very normal. I was at my ideal BMI and have been for years so I hope that might help. Also, I'm following my surgeons instructions to the T and not overdoing anything to ensure my results stay as good. Plus, I did a lot of research and picked the best surgeon I could. I can't imagine every woman with a TT gets this or even a high percentage. If so, why would people keep getting it? Surely it would have been something we had all heard of if it was prevalent! Just make sure to look at your PS results from 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, a year and maybe 3 years if you can, make sure it's someone similar to you and talk to some of his previous patients if possible. Best of luck!
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I meant to say about the permanent suturing, I made sure my PS used only disolvable sutures for everything. I did NOT want anything permanent in me. Sometimes your body doesn't like those things!
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Thats a good point, I need to ask my PS what he uses.
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Its amazing how much bigger a camera makes you...

Its amazing how much bigger a camera makes you look! lol. I put up some sitting shots, so I can compare after. I am forcing myself to stop researching because although its good to know what you are getting into, our mind is VERY powerful. I do not want to bring things upon myself by too much focusing on the bad. I have to put on a great attitude and assume all will go well. If it doesn't God will lead me through. I am frantically getting all my college work done this week, even though the class does not end for two weeks..so I can have the surgery on the 3rd. I wanted a full 3 weeks before Christmas so hopefully I can go to families houses and not say anything. For those that have had the TT already, is 3 weeks reasonable for me to hide it for a few hours? I am not telling most of my family, only a few people.

I went and read what your talking about scary!! Good luck to you though coming up close!!! keep us updated!! Your gonna look wonderful!!! Your all skin!!
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If I had kept it a secret, I definitely could have hidden it after week 1.
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Good to know, where you able to walk upright by then?
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6 days away. I had a dream last night that I got...

6 days away. I had a dream last night that I got into a fight with my PS because he refused to take as much skin as I wanted off, then he told me he did not want to do my surgery anymore. Then later in the dream I was in love with him and was trying to get him to take me back?! What the heck!!!! I cant stop thinking about TT, I am looking at pics all day and its always on my mind, I imagine this will stop after I have it?! :)
6 days away. I had a dream last night that I got into a fight with my PS because he refused to take as much skin as I wanted off, then he told me he did not want to do my surgery anymore. Then later in the dream I was in love with him and was trying to get him to take me back?! What the heck!!!! I cant stop thinking about TT, I am looking at pics all day and its always on my mind, I imagine this will stop after I have it?! :)
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I know I was freaking out a little bit before but...

I know I was freaking out a little bit before but after I had all my questions answered by my PS yesterday I feel SO much better and just want to go and get this done and begin the recovery RIGHT NOW! I am trying not to think about how painful it will be and deal with it, when I get to it. I remember the c-sections were really painful but by the the time the first week was over it was a lot better. I still can't believing I am FINALLY doing this after many many years of saying I wanted to. I am not telling many people and not sure how that will go, but I know other women can be very unkind when it comes to hearing about plastic surgery. At least in the conservative circle I am a part of. My PS says its looks like I may not need a vertical scar... and I am hoping he is right but I will know for sure 3 days from now! My PS made sure to tell me I WILL still have somewhat of a roll after the TT because you need skin to stand up straight, he also told me my scar may not be perfectly symmetrical because its based on your own body shape and hips. I am not symmetrical, one hip is higher than the other, so good to know before hand. He also told me not to expect to have a perfect tummy but an improvement. Part of me wishes he was a bit more positive, but I guess he has to be very honest due to so many people expecting to look perfect (like models who never had kids) I just want to look perfect for ME, I mean I know I cant get rid of the stretch marks above belly and I have them all over my hips too, but I AM looking to be the best I can be for what I have.
Wow....Monday is your day. Keep busy and know that you will have an amazing outcome. Your doctor is being realistic which is fantastic...better to understand your potential outcome then be disillusioned and disappointed. Our bodies have been through a lot in life and you can make it better but still be happy with a few stretch marks and such. They are like a tattoo with a good story :-) Best wishes
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Love that, tattoo with a good story..:) You are right, I can never be PERFECT now, whatever that means but I can be the best I can be. I had a dream last night I woke up and was so bloated, I hope that does not come true, but I know its a possibility, you look like you have had NO swelling so far!
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I can't wait to see how awesome your going to look!
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Last week I called and the rent a center was out...

Last week I called and the rent a center was out of the recliners I wanted. I am thinking about trying to have my husband rent a hospital bed, I am staying overnight in hospital tomorrow, and will be home Tuesday. Can anyone tell me if it was really necessary?
I like the others used pillow on the couch for the first 5 days then went back to bed with lots of pillows for support. You just need to be careful and use your arms and legs to get up from reclining position, also helps to have someone to pull you up with your hands. Good luck tomorrow.
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Good luck. Enjoyed your posts. Now I have questions for my PS. Get some rest.
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Good luck tomorrow! Praying all goes well. Take care and get some rest!!
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I cant believe I am really doing this? It wont be...

I cant believe I am really doing this? It wont be real until they strap the mask onto me... I don't think I will see the result till tomorrow when they change the bandage. I have a bladder disease called "IC" and my fear is this will somehow make it worse but no one ever said it does, docs say it does not interfear. I have worked hard getting from "hell" with this disease to "manageable" through diet. Anyway, I woke up with only 5 hours of sleep but feel VERY awake, like I slept 7 hours.. Alright, time to have my husband rub me down with this solution to prevent infection and then I will be on my way to hospital. Surgery at 7am.. If any of you pray, please send some love my way this morning!

Woke up from surgery in tons of burning pain by...

woke up from surgery in tons of burning pain by incision. finally got a drip iv of something strong. i did mot need a vertical scar OR muscle repair. PS told me in consult when feeling it felt like there was nothing wrong with them but when he opened me up he found out for sure. don't fix something that is not broke. i have yet to see it.. they change bandages in AM. the most pain currently is where the drain is when i walk is very painful ob the right side drain. looking forward to seeing it tomorrow and really hoping my muscles look good even though not repaired. I'm in hospital now till morning.
Glad everything went well, happy healing
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Happy recovery sending prayers your way!
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Great! You will probably have a pretty easy recovery w/ no MR. Happy healing! I bet you look awesome!
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Saw today for 1st time .. very swollen and im in...

saw today for 1st time .. very swollen and im in lots of pain trying Percocet next... i did niot even have muscle repair u cant imagine the extra pain doing lipo and all but maybe i have a very weak threshold for pain. i had c sections and they were worse but i was not expecting to be in this much pain... but i know this too shall pass and i will love it

Everything i had tried to eat is giving me gas and...

everything i had tried to eat is giving me gas and stomach cramps .. never had this before im assuming its from tummy tuck and will pass?? today has been hard lots of pain and thw bloating freaks me out..
I have read that a lot of ladies have heartburn post op as for gas and cramps be sure to take some type of fiber or stool softner so you dont get constipated. Try a very bland diet of jello low sodium soup, applesauce dry toast oatmeal things like that that are easy to digest. Drink water too. Hope this helps and you feel better.
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Happy everything went well, he did an awesome job, you look flat n fab. Take it easy
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WOW!!!!! your after pic is AMAZING! I'm so glad you posted this, my ps says I don't need mr either, so I was wondering how that was going to look. It's hard to find people who haven't had it. He says I don't need lipo either but I'm not sure about that. He says when he gets in there and sees I do need one or the other or both he will go ahead and do it so that's comforting. Hang in there girl, the pain will get better. Take your meds around the clock on schedule, don't skip just because you're not hurting as bad. Congratulations, you look awesome!
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No cake walk.. still in lots of pain at drain...

no cake walk.. still in lots of pain at drain sites.. need to have a bm still took colace and milk of magnesia.

Feeling a lot better than even 6 hours ago.. going...

feeling a lot better than even 6 hours ago.. going potty helps and eating lots of fresh pineapple. i keep forgetting I'm only 48 hours out.. i like results so far but am not sure if it was worth it yet need to gove it a few more weeks.. i have so many stretch marks i just wish there was somethig to get rid of them my husband thinks i look way better already
Glad you had a bm! I have not yet- but I went right before surgery. Hope you feel better! Looking forward to comparing notes over the next several weeks. Kat
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just had my first bm..yay!
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you look great, feel better. RE, your bellybutton? I had my stitches on the inside, not the outside, I think thats why some look different.
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I hate these drains!!! hardly have anything coming...

i hate these drains!!! hardly have anything coming out of them hoping ps will take them out before monday! got a pretty good nights sleep just having a hard time nit being able to sleep on my side. still only taking tylenol so my brain feels more wirh it. my goal today is to somehow shower with my hubby's help.

I trust my surgeon has very good reasons for it,...

I trust my surgeon has very good reasons for it, but I smell and feel like a dumpster, going to have my husband wash my hair somehow , we have a movable shower head, so I might sit in a chair in shower wrapped in a plastic bag with my head down to wash..I hope this works. My pain is very manageable now with the Tylenol, although I worry I am taking to much so I am going down to 375 milligrams every 4 hours instead of 500 every 3 hours which is what I was doing. I am finally switching from "not sure" to "worth it" now that I am coherent enough to see results and I am not in so much pain, I love it already and I know it will only get better. I am so happy I choose the surgeon I did, he will not do what you don't need. I do not do well with pain, so the less..the better for me. Alright, time to wash my hair somehow!
You look great! Glad you made it through well. The first 3-4 days are the worst..it gets better from here! I was not able to shower for 9 days. It was torture! But, my doc did not want my belly getting wet. I lived through it :)
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Glad you made it..gives me hope! I am now having blurry vision in my left eye and its dilated, freaked me out, PS said its probably from the nausea patch and should clear soon..
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Looks great!!!! Happy healing!! High 5 girl!
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I am crying, never have I had a belly that looked...

I am crying, never have I had a belly that looked this good...never in my life. I know I should not be looking yet..my husband is going to be mad when he finds out I took off my binder, but it was only for a minute! New pics.. 5 days post op
Omg you look amazing! Your new tummy is perfect! Your surgeon did amazing job!!!! I wish my tummy looked like that! My weight was 115 when I went in for the surgery and now I feel like 125! And about 5 months preggo! Can't wait for the swelling to go down! Do you have any swelling at all? You must be so HAPPY!!! Good luck with recovery....:)
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Yes I am swollen, more so on left side..its hard to tell from pics but but not to bad. I get drains out tomorrow and I feel like I could swell more then because I wont have drains to take out the liquid. I did not have muscle repair or lipo and those two things create even more swelling my doc said, so if you had that it just means it could be a little longer before you have your result, but you WILL have your amazing result..just takes time. I have noticed what I eat greatly effects my swelling. I follow a strict refined sugar, dairy, grain free diet (paleo diet). I eat tons of veges, fruit, nuts, meats, eggs. Recently I "cheated" and had potato chips and felt very very uncomfortable for 24 hours after..very full feeling. Food for sure effects it for me. I am soooo early though..only time can tell what I have in store:)
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Jennifer6645 You look terrific...wow your curves.
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On my way to my first post op appointment and...

On my way to my first post op appointment and really hoping to say goodbye to the drains. I also know this could cause more swelling. I notice I am not swollen in the morning but if I eat ANYTHING other than veges, meat, eggs, and fruit..so any grains or I get bloated by mid afternoon and really red and bloated by evening. I wonder why what we eat effects this? I know before the TT though I would wake up not bloated and by end of day would always be bigger in my tummy after eating grains. I follow the Paleo diet mostly which really helps me stay slim, but when i cheat it shows right away. I do not eat any refined sugar, gave that up for good 4 months ago after a life battle of sugar addiction. Honey and agave do not bloat me like white sugar. Anyway, my left eye is dilated and blurry still today. I went to the doc for it 4 days ago and he said it was the nausea path I took off and rubbed my eye. It got better on Saturday but then yesterday it came back, its freaking me out but I figured it must be from not showering and the residue still on my hands and then rubbing my eye. That is all I can think of but trying to stay positive and believe it will go away for good very soon. I will see with the PS says today.
My TT was same day as yours but gosh my stomach is still way too tender for jeans! Maybe because of MR? You look wonderful! My drains come out tomorrow and I will be so glad to have them gone!
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I only put them on for 5 minutes to see what it looked like! I could not have worn them..I am still in stretch pants and my binder. It is SO SO SO good to have no drains!
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How the hell are you not swollen? Wow!
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I am very happy to not have the drains anymore,...

I am very happy to not have the drains anymore, and I have almost no pain left. My hips and my belly are a lot more bloated now compared to before you can tell in the new pics where the gauze is on my hips sticks out, that was flat before. I keep telling myself not even to look, it will be many weeks before I can even get a clue of final results. I am fighting the thoughts like, "what if my belly never looks normal again".. Ugh.. Only thoughts and not true. My eye is a lot better today thankfully and I have almost no pain from my surgery, but my normal bladder illness is bothering me.. ugh.
Hello! How are you feeling tonight? My drains were removed this morning and everything was great until about 6pm tonight. I took a shower and feel very sore and swollen now. I wonder if that is normal after getting the drains out. Kat
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I feel good, but for sure I am more bloated. Around my hips especially!
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Wow you look great!
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Every night around 6:30 it becomes an itch fest in...

Every night around 6:30 it becomes an itch fest in my body.. my pubic where my hair is growing back and around the incision and where the tape is. Last night I used bendryl ant itch cream and it helped a lot. I put a new pic up to show how much more bloated I am now without drains..I expected it and I know it will pass. I am still thrilled with the results.
Oh! I wanted to add a reply about your itching!! I had the same issue yesterday and the day before. So I got into the shower and shaved again (because I always keep it "clean" down there) and the itching is gone! Done! It might help you?
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Hey, read your posts and looked at your pics and it looks like the exact same thing is happening to me right now. After they took out the drain, I started getting VERY bloated and swelling. It is not too bad in the morning, but by afternoon to evening, I feel so gross! I look like I gained 10-20 lbs in my waist since the bloating and swelling started.. Your not alone! We can get through this! Your tummy looks amazing by the way! He did a great job!
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Yep..in the morning I am fine and then by the end of the day..the more I do I get more bloated. Yesterday I went out of house twice and did some cooking and cleaning and I was the WORST I had been yet with bloating. I cant wait till we hit the 6 month mark!
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I am so excited still, and have basically no pain...

I am so excited still, and have basically no pain left. The worst part now is the swelling, which is worse at night. I find myself freaking out thinking my results are somehow ruined, in the morning I have NO roll sitting by bedtime I have something...Its swelling to be expected..but still annoying. Patience.
Interesting, my husband also suggested doing that to help. It is all right at my pubic.
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I am getting my period in a few days...so that...

I am getting my period in a few days...so that never makes things better! I hope I am swollen, cause I am now not as tight or flat as I was at first... Feeling sad because I liked it better at first and hoping this is not final. How can you tell if its swelling or your just not as tight?? I mean its still way better than before, but I just wish I knew if this was final results. I want to close my eyes and wake up 6 months from now!
Sweetie....you are swollen babe. We swell at different rates. I swelled immediately after surgery. Most women swell a few days later giving them a glimpse of what the are going to look like. I never got that glimpse, if u look at my 1st pics u can tell I was crazy swollen...& look at me now. Just keep looking at ur first pics, that & better is what is to come. Your body is just doing what it needs to do to get you there permanently. So take it easy, stay off ur feet. My 5wk drain was a blessing in disguise becuz I had no choice but to stay cool & I avoided swell hell. No reason to be depressed silly rabbit!
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your right it was my birthday a few days ago and i was doing way to much out and about for 3 days. yesterday i did nothing but sit and swelling is mich better this morning.. so i guess its time to believe all u girls! its swelling.. lol
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It will get better!!!   It takes weeks/months for the body to heal after this procedure.  You will have good days and bad days but know it does come to an end.  

Keep your chin up girlie:)

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This is such a emotional roller coaster! I know I...

This is such a emotional roller coaster! I know I am bloated, but not too bad in am. I just put my pics side by side and I really have nothing to complain about, there is a HUGE difference already. Anyway when I was doing a search trying to find pictures without muscle repair, I could not find much at all. So hopefully this will show up in searches for people. I had a full tummy tuck without muscle repair. This is based on my doctor saying I did not need it once we got inside.

*once HE got inside. lol.

*once HE got inside. lol.
Wow, you look fantastic! You are so tiny!
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I have only worn my regular pants/jeans once since the surgery and had to leave the button undone :-(.... the CG is so bulky. Are you back in your regular pants everyday? You look awesome!!
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:)They are like 1 size too big at waist now, so with binder on they fit. I do not wear them everyday, just for a few hours when I am going out to eat. I did not have MR and I think this makes a big difference with bloating.
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I was supposed to get my period yesterday,...

I was supposed to get my period yesterday, normally I am like clockwork every 28 days. It is day 29 and I have no sign of it. Normally I have spotting before. I HAVE gained 3 pounds this week..I think because of the holidays though. I went off my Paleo diet and had a lot of corn chips, which always makes me gain weight, getting motivated now to get back on my usual grain free diet. I wish it was not SO hard for me to maintain my weight. I have to eat super super healthy to be thin, anytime I eat ANYTHING that is not a vege, fruit or lean meat I seem to gain. I also am not working out right now. See in my pics I have this bulge like thing near my scar..wondering why. I think its scar tissue?

Anyway, anyone else have issues with there menstrual cycle changing?
Glad your not prego! That would be a bad joke! I work with a girl who lost 100 lbs with gastric bypass, had TT, got pregnant 6 months later (she thought she could not get preg, most likely infertile secondary to obesity). Unfortunately post pregnancy she is very overweight again and waisted alot of money on surgery! You can not eat trash and maintain results and health. She is just 28, so sad! Got off topic, sorry!
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That is one of my biggest fears, somehow my hubbys vasectomy reversing..I mean all and all of course I would be happy with the baby but I would for sure have to re do the tummy tuck most likely! If anything I feel like getting a TT motivates me to stick to eating healthy because I want results to last for good!
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I wouldn't worry about your period. After my last back surgery, I went almost 4 months without a period and was told by my doctor that it is due to the body undergoing trauma. I hate PMS too and it seems to get worse with age!! I was always 28 days, to just about the hour. That all changed. Actually I thought I was in or through menopause this year.... went 13 months without a period and then all of sudden they started again and now come every 3 weeks :-( You look awesome by the way :-)
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I have been SO depressed today, and period started...

I have been SO depressed today, and period started tonight. My bloating is massive, I wonder if it bloated like this before the TT but I could not see it under all that skin!
Man as though its not tough enough you gotta deal with your monthly blah!
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i know.. right...
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Week 1 - all about recovering. Doing nothing, pain...

Week 1 - all about recovering. Doing nothing, pain bad first three days for me specially drain sites, I can up up to pee right away but its painful, not as painful as c-section. I was made to cough so I would not get pneumonia..this was painful. Emotions were flying all over, had weird crushing/pulling sensation on chest and belly area, cried wondering if it would ever go away. Anxiety attacks at night from pain. Had bad indigestion and weird intestines sensations after eating anything. Husband does everything for me, not sure if it was worth it. Took pain meds on time, seeing cartoon characters from narcotics. Switched to Tylenol on day 3. Had very blurry vision and left eye became dilated and stayed that way on and off until mid week . It was from the nausea patch. Day 5 I was on an emotional high when I put on undies for the first time and loved the way it looked, now I knew all was worth it. Still could not stand up straight week 1.

Week 2- Drains removed on Day 8, thank GOD, all major pain gone after this. I feel a lot more normal. Still having pain all week where skin/tissue was separated up to rib cage, not so much at incision site. Major bloating began after drain removed. PS says I still should be doing nothing but sitting all of week 2, this was hard because I felt so normal. I was finally able to shower at day 9. I think I watched every movie on Netflix this week. I did try to make some of my own meals and do light housework but I would get really tired and very hunched when I did so I stopped. The less I did the less bloated I was. Not as happy as week 1 with results due to bloating. Starting to eat a lot more, indigestion goes away, stopped taking Tylenol. Weight was 116. It was 117 on day of surgery. Standing straight at end of this week, although still hunched by evening.

Week 3- Doc says I still should not be doing much this week, but it was hard not to. Started driving again. Still had pain on mid abdomen from where tissues have to redrape. Have to wear binder under at least week 6. I went to my sons drums concert and put on normal clothes, (not PJ’s) for the first time . I was intimate this week with my husband but it was fast ? No more indigestion and no pain at drain sites. Still tired after doing normal things. Getting a lot more bloated every time I do “too much” which is just normal housework. Have more energy though then week 2.

Week 4: Wondering where my period is, feel like I had PMS for 2 weeks, very irritable and bloated. Holiday and period weight gain, gained 4 pounds, up to 120.5?. Feeling frustrated with myself and have to get back to healthy eating. I thought my motivation would be better for eating healthy but maybe it’s because I don’t see my fat tummy to remind me I need to eat better? My incision looks raised and red this week. My pain is still in mid abdomen, especially when I have done a lot of walking in the evening. Had a two drinks for the first time and noticed I was very bloated the next morning. Wore my jeans with binder underneath. Feeling like I would do the whole thing over again this week, but also wondering when I can be totally normal again. Still do not have the same stamina at presurgery but I think that’s because I am not sleeping as well due to binder. I am finally sleeping on my stomach and side this week! Period finally starts a few days late. Emotions all over, one day I am thrilled the next day I feel like my belly looks huge! Crazy emotions.
I thank ALL you women who have posted your stories, you were MY light during these times!!!!

Happy NEW YEAR!!!!! I will post again at week 6! Much love to you all BRAVE women!
Your results are awesome. Love the hour glass figure. It will only get better. Happy Healing.
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With the emotional roller coaster we're on from the physical change we've just gone through its a wonder the hormonal shift at our period doesn't send us off the deep end. Keep your head up though, your results look amazing!
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Lovin your waist and tummy girl!
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Woke up not at all bloated today and to a very...

Woke up not at all bloated today and to a very happy husband! I love the way I look now in stuff that I could not wear before because of skin! I am a few days into my period now, so it WAS my period that was causing all that bloating last week.
Awwww, so cute! I need to get something like that for the cruise. It'll be my hubby's b-day during.
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Oh yeah for sure..He may not let you leave the cabin tho..,:)
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wow, you look amazing. The side shot laying down says it all! amazing!
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I am finally able to wear a bikini..yay.. I am for...

I am finally able to wear a bikini..yay.. I am for sure getting breasts done I have decided at some point..
Awesome new pics!
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One of the best results I have seen on here, congrats xx
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aww.ty:)
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6 weeks today, it went so fast! I think the...

6 weeks today, it went so fast! I think the holidays helped the time go by. I am very happy with my 6 weeks photos, and cant wait to see how or if it will get better. I am seeing my PS today and I have a lot of redness under my scar still in left side, want to see what he says about that. I would do the whole thing over again, if you are on the fence and are healthy, find a great PS and go for it!

I have a suture that has come up very close to...

I have a suture that has come up very close to surface of skin, that is what the redness is by my incision line. He said it will dissolve on it own but if its pops through skin to cut it off, but do not pull on it. I am not infected at this point so that is good!
You look great. Awesome before /after shots.
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Must of been a relief to find out that was all it was. Those pesky little stitches! :)
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Curvylious!
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I saw my PS yesterday, the left side of my scar is...

I saw my PS yesterday, the left side of my scar is a LOT more red than the right, but it is not hot and he said its not infected but I have a stich coming to the surface, my skin is not open though so I cant get it out.. The risk is infection, kind of like a hang nail.. I am praying I do not get infected!
Haha! Welcome to the club!!! Don't worry it's just a nuisance more than anything. Once you can see them, snip them & the area will heal fast.
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The thing is I cant see them, they are right under the skin but the skin is not open..I almost want to open it myself, by PS did not seem into that.
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Some do, some don't dig. They will come out soon enough.
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Not much has changed other than I am VERY swollen...

Not much has changed other than I am VERY swollen this week compared to last. Also left side of scar is very red compared to right still from all the stitches that have come up to the surface but are not coming out.. I really hope I wont need a scar revision, it seems like my scar is a lot thicker now on the left side.
Sorry to hear about the swelling. Are you exercising a lot? Are you still wearing CG? I am 3 months PO and I am very fortunate that I never had swelling problems, even now when I'm exercising a lot. I still wear my CG,pretty much 24/7. I think that helps. All the best to you. I think you look great at 6 weeks PO. Hang in there.
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Wow, you do look swollen compared to your earlier photos... but.. Is it PMS ? :) just wondering.. seems like that has been effecting some of the women and their swelling.
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PMS is some of it for sure, its the 2nd half of the month..
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Scar keeps looking more and more red, went to PS...

Scar keeps looking more and more red, went to PS yesterday, he was not concerned its not infected..its opening..this morning I saw a stitch at surface, so I pulled it out. Spitting stitches is what they are termed. I keep antibiotic ointment and tissue over it.
Omg! Great pic!!! It's nuts isn't it? They are so scary at first but then once u have one snipped it's like screw this I'm getting rid of this mo'fo! I still still get them, but they are in the form of blood blisters. I finally popped it & a tiny stitch came out.
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Your so right, I was worried before and now I look at them like little challenges to get out of me..like a war..LOL. I am REALLY hoping I dont get too many of those with the breast lift though..dont want that area to look bad for a while..
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Ikr! When I finally had 1 removed, I got home & realized there were more. I was like oh hell no, I'm not making that trip to the PS again. Snip snip! Just pull what comes out & snip to the skin, u don't have to worry with going in further.
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Scar healing fast after I got three 1-2 inch...

Scar healing fast after I got three 1-2 inch stitches out that came up

I just bought my first ever sexy suit at 33 years...

I just bought my first ever sexy suit at 33 years old, but I am still trying to convince myself not to return it, still have TONS of stretch marks, those darn things..all over hips and tummy.. I know I will keep the top. My hubby loves it though, I guess that is all that matters! I can't wait to start working out more.
Thanks for sharing your story! I am having a TT with Dr Ghaderi on Feb 21st! I am excited and NERVOUS! I am also concerned about my flanks and Dr. Ghaderi has assured me that everything will turn out great. And looking at your results I really do believe him!! You look fantastic!!
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you look amazing, congrats!!
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DON'T you dare return it! You look amazing! X
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Although I will keep the sexy one, I still feel...

Although I will keep the sexy one, I still feel more comfy in the more conservative style bikinis with covering the Stretch marks and all.

At 10 WPO: I have no more pain anywhere
When I lay on my side, the skin kind of bulges still.. I do NOT have that sexy curve while laying down on my side without sucking in. I do not know if this is because doc did not do MR, or if its just because I have bad skin elasticity.

I look WAY better than before, but do wish PS would have went around further to get skin off my flanks.

I am 100% happy that I did it, scar is healing better now that the spitting stiches are out. BUT, I do wish I had more of a tight look sitting and laying, but hey I have to take what my body will do!
Have to ask where did you find out our red retro bathing suit? I love it I didn't plan on wearing a two piece but I really love that. I might consider one like that. Thanks.
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modcloth.com
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So glad I found your post - you are right very few who dont have muscle repair and I so don't want it - but haven't had my consult yet. no lipo either. I would def keep the sexy suit and wear it - even with the stretch marks, you look good. I will have stretch marks left too I bet, but I am sporting a bikini - I will just be so glad to have a belly button again - lol Keep posting!
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Almost to 12WPO I have gained 6 pounds since TT...

Almost to 12WPO

I have gained 6 pounds since TT and since last year, I am not sure why but I have been very unmotivated to eat healthy this last month which is weird because I really thought I was going to be even more motivated with the TT, I dont want to ruin it though so I need to get on it!
You look amazing!!!!!! and I love your red polka dot bikini!!!!
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Well you look great!
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The pic I posted is of my laying with pants on,...

The pic I posted is of my laying with pants on, the sides sticking out is gross! My PS said I did not need lipo or to have the scar go further around, but I think I did and its obvious by the way this looks. I have gained about 6 pounds since TT but that should not make it look like this, this looks abnormal. Not as happy with my TT compared to other people who got there sides taken care of at the same time.
It looks fine to me. Don't judge anything till 6-12 mon and see I losing that 6lbs changes anything first. You look great
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Ok, don't get mad at me but I'm gonna tell you what you do NOT want to hear. Ur surgeon is right. You need to get motivated again, believe me I know ALL to well how u feel. I have just now gotten out of my funk. And yes 6lbs can do that. Have you seen how much space 1lb of fat takes up? Now stack 6 of those together. It's a lot, especially on a small frame like u. And when we gain, believe me we notice it A LOT more now due to the TT. It's time to turn it around & get motivated again. I know it's hard. Jeans are terrible indicator. I was just going thru that with low rise jeans thinking I had love handles. But, it's just the jeans they do that to everyone. My surgeon laughed at me. How do u look laying down w/o jeans on? I notice there is a crease but I'm not sure if that's due to the jeans or not. M
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Yeah I agree. I am motivated! BUT, a lot of the weight is obviously in my butt and legs..thats what my jeans say anyway. I had had the problem with the hip skin since very close to the begining when I lay down it sticks out like that on the sides. It is a common when you have nothing down to your hip/flank area according to the other tummy tuck site I am with. I see other women with it. I will loose the 6 pounds and take another pic in a month to compare. I am totally getting back into healthy eating, got back from vaca last night...
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I am 16 weeks post op, still 6 pounds up from when...

I am 16 weeks post op, still 6 pounds up from when I had the TT. I am getting my period in a few days and kinda bloated this morning in the pics. I am not happy with the scar on the left side, it is widened from all the spitting stitches I had, this is not the PS fault its just something that can happen... a risk that could happen. I will see what he says at my 6 month PO. Overall, still happy I did it..but wish my body did not reject the stitches so much!
You look great, I love the polka dot bathing suit on you...work it!
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It always annoyed me that there are no pics of...

It always annoyed me that there are no pics of anyone sitting after a TT. When I first had the TT I loved the way it looked sitting, very tight. Now, 18 weeks later my skin laxity has stretched again and because I did not get anything done to my sides I do not like the way it looks at all sitting. I still have a roll and I HATE my sides, I just do not know if a full body lift is something I want to do with the scar going all the way around. My PS said Lipo would not help much because its skin, but I may get a few more opinions at my 1 year mark. If you have a lot of stretch marks, most likely you have bad skin and elasticity issues, so expect your skin to stretch as time goes on and things to not be as tight. I am still 4 pounds up from when I had the TT. I am 5'5 and 121 pounds, so not overweight! I am doing p90x and eating healthy but the weight is coming off slow! I posted pics of sitting and standing so you can see even though sitting there is a big roll, once I stand its hard to grab anything. So, if you expect to sit down and have nothing, most likely that will not happen a few months out, unless you get Lipo or something else possibly.
I think you look great! I too, had/have alot of stretch marks and no elasticity. I have noticed already that the skin on my tummy isn't as as tight as it was to begin with. :(
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Alright girlfriend, I just took a butt load of pics of me sitting down for my embarrassment and your enjoyment, lol! But, seriously I am 6 months out and maybe it will help and give you something to compare with. I mean nothing is all perfect. Sure it's easy to stand up straight and take a perfect tummy pic. But, as you know we do move around & sit & get into weird positions thanks to our hubby's and all we can do is look down and make sure we look good, lol! While they don't give a rats ass. But, that's when we notice the things that drive us crazy and think we are the only ones with it and it shouldn't be there. I tried everything to re-create the pic you have where you are at 13 weeks and say your sides stick out. I was able to do it, but I mean you really have to be sitting in an unflattering position. And then the recent shots of you with pants on. Let me ask you, are those elastic waistband pants? Because those will make anyone look bad. I'm just curious how you would look in jeans. Trust me, I'm not saying your crazy, I just want to make sure you aren't dwelling on the worst possible picture of yourself and thinking you look horrible. You know what I mean? Because I could take a really unflattering picture of my tummy and just think the worst. I guess point being even after a TT we can make things look bad. But, thank goodness it's not at every darn angle like before the TT. Oh, and I took a pic of how much skin I could pinch around my back. I did have lipo of the flanks, but like I said I don't see a dramatic difference. It was only 1.25lbs of fat, so that amount spread out over that entire area...isn't that much really when you think about it. I've always been told it takes a year to really see results from lipo, so I am hoping that will be the case. And like I mentioned, I am up in weight (idiot), but I am 9lbs up in these pics vs my original 12, yikes!!! oh, and to my defense I had just eaten a big meal, lol! omg, can you tell I'm already self conscience & I haven't even posted the damn things, lol! Any who, take a look, cuz I did it for you :)
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lol..thanks girl I will go look
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I learned that I should STILL not be judging my...

I learned that I should STILL not be judging my results, last week I put up pics and looked so big and just a few days later I am normal again. It was bloating. Put up new pics of today, just 3 days from the last ones.
I wonder if its just lipo swelling that takes up to 6 months so glad all has resolved
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So this weekend i bumped into someone that had tt done almost 2 years ago and i was telling her how i felt skinner in dresses before tt even though i'm flat to and i was told that 3 to 5 months are the time we will hate out bodies after a tt. It is because we will swell up and down for a year some maybe less but a year was when she notice everything went away and she began to like her results. So i thought about this all day yesterday and almost googled a tt video just to see exactly what we had done but i chickened out lol. But think about it, they cut us open, seperate the skin with muscles with a KNIFE, yes like we are being filleted lol, stitch up muscles and continue to cut extra skin off. Lots of trauma to our bodies that we (i myself) want to heal and go back to normal fast lol. I was starting to get depressed about my 5lb weight gain and how awkward my clothes are fitting, did i mention how big my butt looks now? So i've decided to eat healthy again, workout and hope that at my one year mark i can write how happy hapy happy i am with how i look. I think for the most part of us woman we are feeling the same way and this is why this site is so great! I do love how my scar is healing and i love, love, love my bb!!! Hopefully swelling will go down for more then a few days and i can enjoy the rest! You look awesome!!! My husband says us woman are to hard on ourselves and others don't see what we are seeing. There is actually a dove commercial about this, it is a must see. Anyway i am rambling but i just wanted to say i think you look HOT!!!
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Oh yeah, I saw that Dove commercial it was super good. I am glad you heard that becuase its SO true for me, since about 3 months till now at almost 5 I am feeling gross and I forgot that bloating will keep coming back for a LONG time, I am also with you in loosing this 5 pounds. Just did day 9 of P90x this morning, I am so proud because I have not worked out like this in a LONG time.. but the scale is not budging just yet, its a little discouraging that I can gain 5 pounds in a few days and it takes a few weeks to leave, so NOT fair. Lets do this together, make a goal, by end of June both of us will have this 5 pounds gone! .
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I have lost 2 pounds, so 3 more to go..........

I have lost 2 pounds, so 3 more to go........before summer!
You look great. I am almost 14 months out and I have never ever regretted my decision to have my mommy makeover. It really does help boost your confidence. Hope to see more pictures. I will try to post some new updated pics.
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Good going!!
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Omg! Where did you find your polka dot suit? I am eyeing a similar one at jcrew but the top isn't a halter so I haven't pulled the trigger! You look smokin on the bikini shots!
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Scar on left side still looks pretty bad due to...

Scar on left side still looks pretty bad due to all my spitting stitches.. I have so many stretch marks though I do not care to much, its not like I am going to be showing off that area anyway!
I hope I get results like you! I am actually opting out if muscle repair for a quicker recovery! My last Pre op he said my muscles are strong enough anyway that I don't need it! He will be doing lipo on my hips to get me a slimmer look! Like you I suppose ;-) you look great!
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A no swell week? Omg so jealous you look fab!!!
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Yeah finally! This is such a roller coaster with the swelling, my husband said it looked like I got another tummy tuck this week...lol
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11 months, gained 8 pounds since TT - New pics

My Mom died unexpectedly a few months ago and I am having a very hard time with my diet. I have gained 8 pounds since the TT and it shows. I would suggest not having this done until you are at the weight you will most likely be. Do not get so skinny that it will be hard to maintain. I am still glad I did it and it looks way better but its not what it was before the 8 pounds, its not as tight and is much more pudgy looking now, though still better. I did nothing as far as scar treatment, and I had tons of spitting stitches at about 3-4 months after which opened my scar and widened it a lot on my left side. I moved out of state so I have not been able to see my old PS. Overall still glad I did it, but sad the weight gain is for sure effecting results. I did not have MR though, this might have something to do with it.

more 11 month pics

Still get bloated after eating but I now think this use to happen to be before the TT, and now I notice it more without all the skin

One year

In 6 days it will be one year since had my TT. All I can say is it went by FAST. After about 5 months I basically forgot I had one expect the scars in the mirror and the bloating after eating that I am now sure happened before I had the TT as well but my big belly hid it from me! I am still 100% glad I did it. Even though I do not have the tightness and the lipo look I am glad I did not do lipo because I look natural and flat, exactly what I wanted. I am not happy with the scar, the side where I had a lot of spitting stitches is very wide, but since I still have a good amount of stretch marks left I do not care as much. I am 123 pounds today, 5 pounds more then surgery weight. My belly is still numb between my belly button and my pelivic. Would I do it again? YES.
Just came across your review and you look amazing !
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Congratulations on your milestone. You look great! My 1 year is coming up on Jan 28.
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Looking really good!!!
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Dr G is a perfectionist. Exactly what you want in a PS. He will not try to sell you on things you do not need, and he is very concerned with patient safety. I thought I needed muscle repair, he told me I didn't and he was right. Even the nurses in the hospital told me some of them do not enjoy working with him in surgery because he is SO particular on doing things right that it can take more time! Other nurses in recovery said he is their favorite doc because he is so responsive. He spent a lot of time with me before and answered all my questions. He has been very responsive with all questions I had after. I am only 5 days post op and I am thrilled with my TT already! His office staff is very friendly and helpful!

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