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7 Weeks PO, New Pictures, TT, MR, Lipo, Hernia Repair - Tacoma, WA

I am 47 years old and this June will celebrate our...

I am 47 years old and this June will celebrate our kids 20th and 24th birthdays as well as our 27th wedding anniversary. A few months ago, I visited a PS about lipo for my muffin top and was told that my skin was too damaged from pregnancies and that a TT was my best option. My husband was very supportive and said life is too short, go for it. So I am. I am 5' 8 1/2" and weigh 170lbs. I carry most of my extra weight in my mid section. I am working on eating healthier and walking every day. I would love to drop 10 pounds before my surgery but that probably will not happen. Maybe the thought of posting pre op pictures will motivate me. I enjoy reading and learning from everyones stories. My husband thinks I am crazy because I spend hours on this site.

Caution--Before picture postings.

Caution--Before picture postings.

Got my final instructions from the surgery center...

Got my final instructions from the surgery center today. Show up 7 am June 21st to get prepped for 8 am surgery. I am almost ready. Did the big Costco run for the family today. Shampoo carpets tomorrow. I have to start washing my surgery area with a medical soap starting tomorrow up to the surgery day. Not nervous but very anxious. Cannot focus. I am a cleaning machine. House has never been cleaner. Finding it hard to sit and relax. Looking forward to the flatside.

Last day to get everything in order. Started...

Last day to get everything in order. Started taking antibiotics this morning. Did not reach my goal to drop 10 pounds. I lost two. Could have been more but have been nervous eating. Plan to eat light today. Breakfast--yogurt, Lunch--caramel frappuccino loaded, dinner frozen Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Very anxious. It seems like it is going to be crazy putting together a schedule for my normal meds plus antibiotics, pain meds, empty drains. So hear I am: 5' 8.5" 168lbs, waist 39" hips 41", flanks to get lipo 41". See you on the flat side.

PO day 1. Had my surgery yesterday all went fine....

PO day 1. Had my surgery yesterday all went fine. Don't remember much of the 21st except my husband was great. Feeling better today. Just have to pee all the time. I have no idea how I look. Back to sleep,

PO day 4. Had my first appt. after surgery with...

PO day 4. Had my first appt. after surgery with my nurse. Will see PS on Friday. She showed my husband how to remove pain pump later at home because it was still working. PS sets it up for 4 to 5 days. Said things looked good; however did not like how the CG they put me in fitted me. Instructed me to change into mine as soon as I felt comfortable. Nurse said that I would smooth out as the days go on. Feeling pretty good. Lower back feels like it will give out if standing too long. Before bed, we took out pump, I showered,sort of. First I cried because I was afraid to take my cg off. My husband helped me. Washed my hair, daughter burshed and dried it for me.

PO day 5. First day taking tylenol only. Feeling...

PO day 5. First day taking tylenol only. Feeling good but taking it easy. Felt comfortable enough today to move cg around to look and take pictures. I planned on seeing swelling, bruises, and ripples in my skin. Did not expect to see a vertical indent or crease about and below my belly button. Will ask the PS on Friday. Hopefully it will stretch out.

Friday 6/29 was first follow up with PS on PO day...

Friday 6/29 was first follow up with PS on PO day 8. He was very happy with our results. I asked him about the vertical crease above and below my belly button and he told me that was his signature detail. He uses disolving stitches to give definition to the area. Will see. Sure made me feel better that it was intended. Told him I switched to ES Tylenol on day 5. He was concerned that I was over medicating with the tylenol and told me to go to advil instead and to not exceed the dosage on the bottle. He would rather have me taking the narcs than over take tylenol or advil. I think I was afraid anytime I started to have any feeling in the surgery area that I was taking the tylenol every 4 to 5 hours. Cut back and am taking Advil every 7 hours with no problems. I have lost 5 pounds, but that is pretty much what was taken off me. Monday will lose one drain and another on Tuesday or Thursday. Saturday was up and moving all day. I am in no pain but really tired today.

PO day 11. One drain removed; hopefully second...

PO day 11. One drain removed; hopefully second tomorrow. Did not feel it coming out, but had some strange feelings afterwards. I have been feeling great, no pain, just tired.

PO day 12 had second drain removed. Was feeling...

PO day 12 had second drain removed. Was feeling great and getting around well. Day 13 I think I over did it. Was swollen, tight, and bent over by the end of night. No pain just uncomfortable. PO day 14 will be a pajama day. Dont feel like doing anything or going anywhere. I have read all the comments about being patient because everyday is different. I thought maybe I beat the odds and each day would be better. I have to regroup myself and realize each day will be different. Thanks to everyone's reviews. It really helps with recovery because you know what to expect.

PO 14 Added new pictures. Happy with the location...

PO 14 Added new pictures. Happy with the location of my scar. It is very low and thin. Seeing more swelling and rippling around my scar line. It is better in the morning.

PO Day 21. Doing really well. Very glad that I...

PO Day 21. Doing really well. Very glad that I do not have to go back to work until September. I have been dealing with the swelling OK. Swelling is around the incision line. Cannot wait to fit into my clothes.

Week 7 PO. This has been a crazy journey. I have...

Week 7 PO. This has been a crazy journey. I have not updated my profile since the end of week 3. Weeks 4-6 were filled with much swelling and tiredness. I was not comfortable, clothes did not fit well, and did not feel like leaving the house for more than an hour or two. Mom thought I was depressed, but I really was just physically tired and tired of not feeling like myself. I was also a little disappointed because I felt others could not see a difference in my appearance. I believe that we do not see ourselves as others see ourselves. At my 6 weeks visit, I was cleared for all activity but to start slowly. I do not have to wear my cg garment and have started wearing a silcone gel strip on my scar. I asked my dr. if I would get flatter and he seemed stunned. He said I had a little swelling that would go down. He asked if I remembered what I looked like prior and then showed me the before pictures. Since that moment I have decided to embrace my changes. I have not lost weight but my clothes fit so much better. I have always hid my mid section with flowy tops and sweaters. Now I am wearing fitted clothes and really feel good about myself. I am even excited to exercises. I have lots of remaining stretch marks on my front and sides. I am a little bumpy on my sides from my lipo. The right top side of my belly button beneath the skin has been a little sore, especially if a bend a certain way; however, today it seems to be getting better. I know that I will still have some bad days, but it is all worth it. Reading everyones posts lets me know that I am not alone on this strange journey. Happy healing.
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Hi you look very good. I just got my TT done and I have a vertical crease too. Meeting Witt my ps tomorrow. Can you tell me when did yours go away?
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My surgeon created the vertical line to help give definition to the area. It looked more natural as time went on.
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Still a little swelling... but not too much. I have had more pain in the last few days nothing terrible just feel bruised and hurt to the touch. going to gym tonight maybe i can work it out. Day 21!!! Can't wait till all the post op symptoms are gone.
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I HAD MY TT ON JUNE 18TH AT 8:15 AM WAS AT WORK BY 3PM AND HAVEN'T MISSED ANY WORK SINCE.... SURGERY WAS ON MONDAY ... DRAIN AND STITCHES CAME OUT ON THURSDAY JUNE 12ST... I HAVE SOME SWELLING BUT NOT TERRIBLE. A LITTLE SORE BUT IT GETS BETTER EVERYDAY!! VERY HAPPY WITH MY DOC.
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Feeling good, still feel very tired often. Have not even put up any post op pics yet, might have the hubby help with that this w/e. I looked in the mirror and although I am pleased with tummy, my hips look HUGE now. I mean I know they were large before but wow they seem really noticeable now. Oh well maybe excercise will help with that. Stomach was the main issue so I should not complain. How did your appt go today? Any drains out? Got my last one out Wed and go back AGAIN on Monday for another appt. Good thing all these follow ups were included in price!
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It must feel so freeing to have the drains out. Have you noticed any fluid build up? My appt went well. I have an appointment on Monday to have one drain removed and the second will come out Tuesday or Thursday. He does not like taking both out at the same time. I think eveyone is going to have body parts they feel stand out more after the tummy tuck. I think mine will be my thighs. I am sure you look great. Never been a fan of exercise but am a little excited to start working on my legs and arms. Nothing we could do with the tummys.
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I worry about the drains as well. I know they are a pain but question like you about where does it go. It seems people complain about the swell hell after the drains are removed. I knew what to expect when looking at myself after the surgery but still cried while taking off my cg before my first shower. I was afraid about how my stomach would feel without the support of the cg. I did notice an an unexpected vertical crease above and below my belly button and that my belly button does not seem to have a ring around it. He did tell me he would do the best he could with it but because of my hernia he would do the best. I will ask about these on Friday. Overall, I think I look smaller. My husband, daughter and mom say they are amazed how small my tummy looks already.

How are you feeling?
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Have my next appt later on today and am actually nervous about getting the last drain out. Its not putting out much but still, I worry about what happens when the liquid has nowhere else to go. I honestly have not looked much at myself. I am still swelled up and bruised and all this blood makes me kinda squemish, so I have not even looked in the mirror yet. I know after waiting and waiting to have this flat tummy I thought I'd be ripping off this CG to see everything but I just want to wait until more healing occurs. But what I have seen so far I think I will like. How about you?
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Funny you should mention that! The one thing I wish I had bought was one of those travel neck pillows. At one point, the worse pain was all the cramping in my neck LOL! Went to PS yesterday, got 1 of the 2 drains out. When is your next appt?
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Lucky. I am still draining too much. I go to the PS on Friday but do not think I will get them out yet. When is your next appointment?
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How are you looking?
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SO glad you are doing well say thanks to the hubby for all of us here and I LOVED THE ICE!
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Sleeping well. My husband is making me take my pain meds every four hours. Sleeping in a recliner. The best thing I bought was the travel neck pillow. Icing feels really good.
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Glad things went well. I'm still out of it and have not really seen the new me either. Hoping that changes on Monday when I go to appt and also hopefully get the two drains out. are you sleeping ok?
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That sounds like a great day before diet! Thinking of you and Good luck to you too! Hope our surgeries and recovery go smoothly! I just noticed we're on opposite ends of the US, so I think that's 3 hour time difference! You are gonna look fab! Talk to you on the flat side!
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9 more days! Can't believe the wait is down to single digits!!
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Hey 50andFab, I am one of the ones scheduled TT same day as you. Pre-op scheduled for 6/5. I'm really hoping they call and say they can do my TT earlier ;) Can you believe it 3 weeks from tomorrow!? I went ahead and posted my gross before pics. I still have so much shopping to do!!
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Three weeks is going to go so fast. I am so excited. I still need need to post my gross before pics. I also want to get a measuring tape to chart my measurements. My pre op is on the 8th. Let me know how your appointment goes.
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Hi my tummy tuck is July 12. We are about the same height. Muffin top is my problem area as well. I'm also a teacher and wondering about the heat. Is nice to know I'm the only one scheduling this procedure on this time of the year lol. I hate to spend part of my summer recovering but I know it will be worth :)
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I think the summer time is really the only time a teacher can find me time. Also, I teach high school and cannot even imagine trying to explain my daily changing body body after surgery and swelling. I have my preop on June 8 and hope to be down to 165lbs. I have set this date as the date to post my pics. I am glad I have a/c but the thought of spending the summer in a compression garment with clothes hiding it just sucks. I know it will be worth it. I have not concerns about the tummy tuck but am more anxious about the lipo
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Hi 50andFab we are the same age so I know the feeling. I am excited scared at the same time but I know I will feel better about myself with the finished product. Good luck!!
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Thank you! I am still healing, but finally really happy - one year later! Most people do not need revisions - so don't worry. About the heat, yes, it does make swelling worse. But you will swell regardless, so as long as you keep your compression garment on & take it easy you should be fine. There were times I was so swollen I felt like I was going to pop!! But it does get better with time. I am so nice & flat now, so it gets better. You will be ready to go to your meetings in August if you are doing yours 6/21.
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i spent so many hours on this site! it does feel good to see that others are or will be going through the same thing! it is wonderful that your husband is so supportive! yes, posting pre op pics are great because you can always look back on how you looked before & also see your healing process! it helps others as well. i love looking at before & after photos! good luck & keep us posted!
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I checked out your reviews and your pictures are amazing. I have read many reviews and yours is the first to mention warm weather. I am scheduled for 6/21 and am curious how the heat impacts swelling. I am fortunate to have AC but cannot stay in the house all summer. I picked this summer to have my procedures because I am a teacher and will have no meetings until the middle of August this year.
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