TT and Muscle Repair w/ Lipo. Umbilical and Ventral Hernia Repair - Somerset, NJ

Hi everyone. I'm a 36 yr. old mother of a 13 yr....

Hi everyone. I'm a 36 yr. old mother of a 13 yr. old and a 3 yr. old. I've been visiting this site now for the past two months and I wanna thank everyone who's posted on here. It has been an eye opener. I work as a Surgical Technologist in a Same Day Surgery Center and have assisted on a number of Tummy Tucks. I only know what takes place once your on the table, but I had no idea what happens once you get home.

I lost my baby weight with both my pregnancy's. My belly had even went down with my first. But after having my second child; I don't know what the hell happened. My daughter is now 3 and I look as if I'm three to four months pregnant. I hate it. And on top of that I now have two hernias that need to be repaired...GREAT. I don't go out with friends because it takes me hours to find something to wear that'll hide my belly. I'm so anxious and nervous about my surgery, but since I personally know my surgical team and surgeons; I know that I'll be just fine. I'll post some before pics soon..I know you all are just eager to see them..Lol.
I wanna point out that the amount I paid was for the Cosmetic and the Anesthesia fee after our discount was applied. On average it would cost about $10,500.

Hi everyone. I've been trying to upload pictures....

Hi everyone. I've been trying to upload pictures. Apparently when I plug my phone into the computer using my USB cord it ask me for my disc..I never got a disc with my phone. So I'll have to call sprint to find out what I need to do. In the mean time I'm gonna play around with it and see if there's another way to do it. Sorry bout that. Hope to have some up soon. Have a blessed day.

Good morning fabulous ladies. I got a scare...

Good morning fabulous ladies. I got a scare yesterday..thought I might had to have my TT surgery cancelled for May 9th. Got the bill for Anesthesia and despite the discount and the fact they agreed I could pay half now and work out a payment plan for the rest; I am out of money and didn't know how in the world I was going to pay it. So, I reached out to my family and thank God my baby sister is going to loan me the money. You should have seen the holy dance I was doing at my job. I owe her big time. So, moving forward. I'm sooo excited. The day will be here before I know it. Have a blessed day ladies.

Today I went for my admission testing. I got news...

Today I went for my admission testing. I got news that I still need to pay for the hospital fee before or the day of surgery. I don't know how I'm gonna come up with this money, but I've come too far to let this get in my way so, I'm not gonna stress.
All I have left to get is my perscriptions for pain killers and antibiatics filled and the vitamins I will need to start taking after surgery. So excited. Can't wait to be on the flat side like so many of you. Well I really need to take my butt to bed. Have a blessed day ladies.

Hello ladies. Well I have 2 days left before my...

Hello ladies. Well I have 2 days left before my surgery. Gotta call today from Dr. Shafaie's office notifying me that my blood work came back and everything was good. She did let me know that my hemoglobin was on the low side, but nothing serious. Being that I am anemic; I have to continue to take my iron and eat more green vegetables. Outside of that I'm ready to go. Going to get my Rottweiler's aka my feet down after work. Being that you can't wear any jewelry..I'm going to make sure to get what's called piercing retainers which are earrings made of plastic. I have my Tragus pierced in both ears and I don't want to take the chance of them closing. So, take note ladies if you have piercings that you don't want to close..get yourself piercing retainers.
I have to say that in the last couple of days my mind has been running wild. I'm so excited, but I've allowed myself to think the worst that could happen. I know its just my nerves, but I notice that I have become over affectionate with my kids. I can't hug them or kiss them enough. Geesh I feel my eyes tearing up just writing this. Has anyone else experience this?? Okay okay...pulling myself back together. Well ladies time for me to hit the sheets. Thank you to everyone that reads my reviews. Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers if you would. Have a blessed day.

Forgot to mention that I'm still working on my...

Forgot to mention that I'm still working on my pics, but I promise I will have them up soon.

Finally was able to get a pic up. Well let me...

Finally was able to get a pic up. Well let me start off saying..I don't remember a thing..lol. My last memory was being wheeled down the hall..that's it. I woke up in the recovery room 5 hours later. Everyone took so much good care of me. I couldn't have asked for better. My first over night stay in the hospital was good. Again my nurse and cct were the best. Getting out of bed was tuff but, once Dr. Shafaie came to visit; he was able to show me a better way than how I was doing it. I was on a liquid diet the first night. When they put me on a regular diet I was ok with eating my breakfast but, lunch was too heavy for my stomach and I almost became sick. The 40 minute ride home wasn't to bad..my mom tried her best to avoid bumps and sharp turns. Today I'm 3days po. My pain meds cause me to be in and out of sleep. I'm comfortable while sleeping but, my poor butt is sore. I tried sitting on a pillow and that hasn't helped. I have 2 drains. The left drain has been draining about 20ml and the right between 20 to 30ml. Hoping to have them out by the end of the week. Last night was the worst. I started to have a build up of gas and I couldn't pass it..I thought I was going to die. I'm a 36 year old woman and I called my mom in tears. 2 gas x and a glycerin suppository later..I was back in the healing game. I'm feeling real good today..I haven't taken any pain meds since 9:30 this morning. My body will tell me when its time to take it easy. Well its a beautiful day out today so, I'm gonna go take a walk outside on the deck. I'll be posting more pics up real soon. Have a wonderful and blessed Mother's Day ladies.

Finally was able to take a shower

Yesturday both drains were taken out. I was so nervouse about it hurting. I didn't feel the left drain, but the right drain did hurt a little right at the skin. It had always been tender. Today I was able to take a shower. It was the best feeling EVER..lol. Also no more binder. I can wear my pressure garment now. I'm loving the results so far. No more looking 3 months prego. Can't wait to start clothes shopping. I'm gonna make sure to bring a box of tissues with me cause I have no dout that I will bust out in tears.

12 DPO. So far..so good

Went to my second follow up appointment yesterday. He said I was looking good and I agree. Had my stitches removed from abdomin incision and belly button. He replaced the clear tape so, I still can't post a pic of my insicion for you all to see. Already its flattened out so, that's good. Still a bit swollen so, he told me to stay away from salt. Also I will need to get a smaller compression garment, that made me smile. Can't wait for this week to be over so, that I can drive and not to mention..drink. I sooo need one. Well that's all ladies. I'll keep you posted. Happy healing and have a blessed day.

P.S.

Was just sitting and thinking and I forgot to mention that for the past two days I've been experiencing sudden pain shooting up from my right hip. I think its coming from where I had the lipo. Right above my right hip was very hard after surgery, but I notice it's starting to soften up. Also I'm always so tired during the day. Is anyone else going through that? It's driving me crazy. I find myself drinking coffee to help wake me up. (doesn't work)Guess its my bodies way of making me sit down so, it can heal.

4 Weeks po

Hello to all my TT gone with the wind fabalous ladies. This is my 4 week po update. So, I saw my ps on Tuesday the 4th and he said everything was great. He did suggest getting a smaller cg. I was happy about that thinking wow I must be getting smaller, but than I'm like damn I just got this one..oh well. I did have a very small seperation of the skin on the right end of my incision. But on Tuesday he said it was healed. I've had to keep clear water proof taping on my incision from day one. He said after this week I can remove it and start putting coca butter or vitamin e on it. I haven't read good reviews about the vitamin e. My incision is completely flat so, do I need to still use silicon sheets? I was hyped thinking now I could start exercising but, my ps so no not for another 6 weeks. In fact he wants me to do physical therapy instead through my general surgeons office so, that I can be taught proper exercises to help strengthen my core around my hernia repair...okay doc. Ummm yes I did wanna say that I love my results so far. My tummy is getting flatter but does fluctuate day to day. As of right now I don't like my belly button. It looks different from when i first got home after surgery. Not sure if it's just swollen or if that's how it's gonna be. I'll post a pic up so you can see how it has changed. I read you could put an ear plug or a marble in it to help shape it..lol..does that sound silly?..idk. Let me give a wonderful shout out to sexycubana. It's so nice to have met someone on here to respond back and forth to. Unless your going thru what we are going thru..it's kinda hard to relate. Thank you for your support and kind words. I sent you a message. Well ladies that's all. Check out the pics and please leave comments of questions or suggestions.

So that's what it looks like.

Good afternoon ladies. I took off my clear waterproof taping that my ps has kept over my incision since day one of surgery and for the first time I was able to get a good look at it. I'm very happy at how well it's healed. My plan is to keep coca butter on it and use ScarAway Silicon strips. I'll post pics of my incision for you to see. Also, I would like some input on what your using on your incision that's giving you good results. Thank you ladies for reading. Happy healing and have a blessed day.

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Ok just disregard my last post. Thought I could upload video...Failure. LOL

Healing well.

Here are pics of my scare from Left to Right. I think it's healing pretty nice.

Quick update

Hello ladies. So, this Thursdsy I'll be 7 weeks po. Nothing much has changed. Started my diet last week. I wanna lose 30 pounds. I'm not happy with my belly button. I'm certain I'll need a belly button revision. I think that my sutures dissolved before my belly button got the chance to fully heal and keep its shape. I'm going to talk to my ps about how soon I can have it done. He may be able to do it in the office under sedation. So, my next plan of action for next year maybe is to have a breast augmentation. I would only need to take off 2 weeks. Well that's all ladies. I'll post a pic of my BB so you can see it. And I'll keep you all posted on the revision. Have a blessed day and happy healing.
Newark Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Shafaie is a fantastic surgeon. His office is in Summit NJ and also in New York on Park Avenue. His office is not in Newark.
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Mine was suppose to be June 26th but the doctor is going to be on vaca so they're going to call me this week with a (hopefully) sooner date lol. I'm going to dr shafaie as well. I've heard nothing but great things about him
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Dr. Shafaie's a sweet heart. Your in good hands. Any questions you have feel free to ask.
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Wow that's great I'm going to pay about $10,000 but I'm sure it'll be worth it :-) I can't wait
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Yes overall it's worth it. I will post an update very soon. When's your surgery?
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What was the actual amount you had to pay? Just curious because i am in the same situation at you!
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I paid about $7,070 after all my employee discounts were applied.
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Ok I know this is crazy, but I wake up this morning with the thought of the fact that I spelled scar wrong...lmao. my finger just automatically is pulled to add an e after scar so, please forgive me..lol.
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woww, your scar look really good, wish I can be like that, did you use any lotion/scar remove for it? mine is scheduled for this friday
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My ps kept a clear waterproof tape on my scare for the first 3 weeks. He would change it during my post op follow-ups. Now that it's off..I've started using ScareAway silicone sheets, but I just started using them 2 days ago. Good luck with everything on Friday. I pray you'll be just fine. Looking forward to seeing the new you.
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Our story sounds alot alike- I have two children also and dont know what happened after the 2nd one! I felt 3 months pregnant for 3 years-lol... I had my TT 3 months ago and i am glad i did!
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I'm so glad I did this for myself. I have no regrets. You look Fantastic. You honestly give me hope that my results will get better over time. I can see your transformation as the weeks past. I'm in swell hell right now at 5 weeks.
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You could barely see your scar and you're coming along fantastic. Btw, your BB is still cute either way. I hope you're feeling well and had a great weekend!
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Thank you sweetie. My ps said I could remove the tape. I made a quick video of the scar; but I can't figure out how to post it so, I'm gonna just post some pics.
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Hi Jerzeejewel, Hey sweetness, I hope you're taking it easy and moving around much better. How are you feeling? If you get a chance I've posted some updated pics being 3wks post-op. Hopefully, your 13yr old has been a big help for you and I'm sure the 3yr old is trying:) I do have a question, what do they do after they take the drain out? Do they sew up the hole where the drain once was? Can you do more activities such as walking, driving, etc.? Sorry for all the questions, just anxious! We were both smart taking 6wks off of work which allows us more time to get stronger. I'm glad I did. Has your appetite come back? Mine hasn't but I'm not complaining cause that's what got me in this mess in the first place...lmao! Well sweetness you have a blessed day and continue to feel your best :)
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Hey how are you? Feeling good I hope. I'm feeling really good these days. Life is just about back to normal. I still I have to be mindful not to over do it. Once the drain is out the hole will close up on its own. My ps put antibiotics drops, gauze and water proof tape over mine till my next visit. You'll be able to shower once they're out. Best day of your life..you will feel like you were reborn..lol. Try and walk a little each day. It will help to train your body to stand up straight. Another thing I did to help is stand up and stretch your hands above your head..that'll help to get use to the pulling feeling you get. Girl unfortunately my appetite has been back..lmao. I saw my ps yesterday and he told me I can't excersise for another 6 weeks and he wants me to go thru physical therapy
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continued from last post...to help strengthen my core since I did have 2 hernia repairs. After this week I can remove the tape over my incision so, I'll be able to post pics of it. I will check out your pics..I know you look great. In few minutes I'm gonna put up my 3 week po pics as well..check them out. Yes we should one day meet up. I'm out in Brooklyn all the time. Thank you sweetie for the uplifting words they put a big smile on my face. Well I hope I helped answering your questions. Did you have luck finding a compression garment? You and your family have a great night. Chat with you soon.
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Hi Jerzeejewel, Unfortunately, I wasn't able to have my drain removed because I'm doing too much and producing more than 30 cc's in a 24hr period. I was soooo disappointed and I kinda lost my temper with the nurse but quickly had to apologize. I hope you're feeling and healing well. Take care of yourself!
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Hello..just hoped on here and read your post. I could feel your frustration about not having your drain taken out. They are sooo uncomfortable. As mothers its hard to sit down and take it easy..there's so much that needs to be done. Unfortunately life doesn't stop because of our surgery. Plus I know you were looking forward to taking a shower..lol. You will feel so much better once your able to. Try your very best to take it easy(easier said than done). I took off 6 weeks from work. I go back on June 24th. Having this surgery has really helped me to feel more comfortable in my skin. Being a single 36 year old woman..at this point of my life I'm so ready to get back out there and date, but I refused to waste my time till after the surgery because, I wanted to look as sexy as I felt. There's competition out there girl...lmbo. As far as weight...trust me I am desperate to hit a gym. I need to lose at least 10 to 15 pounds, but most of all I need to slim down these two tumors aka thighs..lmao. These things are out of control. Oh and my bat wings..lol. Outside of all that I'm feeling pretty good. Can't wait for the swell hell stage to be over. Well don't you worry about a thing. You already took the first step to a new you and once you start working out and get to the weight you want..no one is gonna be able to tell you nothin..two snaps and a gone with the wind twirl. It has been a breath of fresh air talking to with you. Have a great night.
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Jerzeejewel, I have to completely agree with what you're saying...life certainly doesn't stop because of surgery especially when we're moms and so used to running the household. Girl, I just knew I was going to wash my azz oh so properly...lmao....I too took off 6 weeks from work and due to return on June 26th. You are already beautiful and sexy but there's nothing like feeling good in your own skin. Yes, ma'am there's plenty of competition out there but them ladies gotta lot of work to do to compete with you:) Lucky you only have 10 to 15 lbs to lose and not the 45lbs I've got to lose. What can I say I love arroz con pollo y pernil con gandules.....lmao...Girl my bat wings have got to go....lol...this swell hell had me in sooo much pain today that I hope you're days are getting better. Sweetheart, you don't need to lose weight to begin snapping your fingers and a gone with the wind twirl:) you could give it to them ladies now! It's definitely been a breath of fresh air talking to you and I truly hope we could meet in the near future. I have friends that live in Queens and Brooklyn since I used to stay in the Bronx. We must definitely stay in touch. Well, I've talked your ears off enough...you have a great night as well!
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Jerzeejewel you look fantastic girl....I wish I started off as small as you but I'll have to put in real work afterwards. How much time have you taken off from work? Girl, I couldn't agree more I'd love to clink to a glass of some wine but I told myself after my weight loss I'll treat myself. The family are going to Hollywood Hills for vacation in August so I've got lots to do....new body, weight loss and makeover. I've lost my confidence a long time ago cause of my weight gain and I wanna be part of life again since I've closed off from the world. Sorry for dumping my issues just venting. But anywho you look GREAT and come this summer you're gonna be killn them.....lol...:) Have a good night and best wishes!
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Good luck and safe healing
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Thank You
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Hey Hon I am happy you are doing well after your surgery. Do you have any before pictures??
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I have to get my before pictures from my surgeon. I took some on my phone but, I couldn't figure out how to post them. I had to delete them only because, the pics kept linking to my facebook page...OMG. But I will have them up. Thank you for asking.
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