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Going on 7 Months Post-OP and Feeling Strong and Fit! ( New PIC)

Greetings All, My name is Jo and I live in...

Greetings All,

My name is Jo and I live in Tampa, FL. I’m scheduled to have a TT procedure on 10-07-11. Over the years I’ve been a yo-yo dieter, but last year, (after I had a breast reduction), I was determined to lose weight and keep it off. I started eating right and exercising steadily (5-6 times per week). I’ve finally conquered my weight and have lost a total of 60lbs.

I’m 49, but am now back down to my High School weight and my weight has been stable for the past 6 months.

I want a TT because I’ve worked hard to get my body back and I’m in great shape, (except for the excess wrinkly skin on my tummy). I’ve been saving money in a me fund and I’ve decided that now is the time to do something for myself, so I’m going to take some of my savings and get my body back.

I don’t expect to look like a 20 year old, but I want to be the best me that I can physically be.

I have great surgeon, but I’m still afraid of possible complications. However, I refuse to let fear dissuade me. I want to thank all the Realself members for sharing their journeys. You all have helped ease my nerves more than you’ll ever know.

Jo, I know you will be so glad you did this when it's done. I, like you, was not trying to regain my 20's body, but hey, believe it or not, I think it's not unimaginable that my tummy looks as good now as it ever did. Yours will too. Good luck!
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Hi Marinemom,

Thanks for the good vibes. I saw your pics, you look fabulous!
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Can't wait to see pictures of the new you!
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Ladies, I need your advice. My surgery is...

Ladies,
I need your advice. My surgery is scheduled and I have an excellent surgeon. However, after doing more research I thought it best to consulate with at least two more surgeons. Well, I went and saw the second surgeon today. He has excellent credentials and fabulous pictures of his past work. He was very relatable and spent a lot of time answering my questions. His fees are comparable to the first surgeon but include an overnight stay in the hospital. Both surgeons are listed as Consumer Research Council’s Top Plastic Surgeons and they both stated that my procedure should only take a couple of hours. So my question to you all who’ve already undergone a TT, is staying in an overnight facility worth changing surgeons for?

Hi Robyn, not sure if you were referring to me, probably not since I post almost every day!!! But I am doing pretty well. I am 2 months post op on Tuesday, had an infection at week 3 and a "hole" opened in my incision, but it is healing nicely and overall, love my results. still sore from lipo and swollen still, but doing great.
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Just wondering how you are doing ?? Been a while since you posted ?
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Yes the lipo areas really hurt.  Mine felt like a 3rd degree burn...terrible!  And a deep ache.  I also wonder if you are coming down with a little bug??  There are so many people sick right now with flu symptoms.  

I am kinda just thinking it's your body going through the healing process though.  Keep an eye on everything and if you get a temp that hangs around call the doctor ASAP.  But really I remember going through the exact same thing and it was so frustrated.  I found that the more rests I took the better I felt.  

What a great daughter to take care of you:)   I know I sound like a broken record but...rest, elevate, hydrate, medicate, ice.  It really does help.

Sending big hugs your way:)

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Hi Ladies, Unfortunately, I've had to...

Hi Ladies,
Unfortunately, I've had to postpone my TT. I have some side issues to deal with. Once those are settled, I'll reschedule my procedure. Good luck to you all.
I can't wait to hear all about it!
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Hi JoBibbi! You're having your pre-op soon and I'd love to hear all about it.
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Kathe, my pre-op is tommorrow and I'll let you know how it goes.
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Hi Ladies, Had my pre-op today and it went very...

Hi Ladies,
Had my pre-op today and it went very well. I love my doctor and his staff! I will be getting muscle repair but no lipo. My doctor said that lipo increases the risk for complications, but if necessary we can do later. He also stated that I have no reason to be scared and that the only issue that I may have is with the scar (I’m African American and our skin tends to keloid). However, my doc doesn’t charge for revisions and the scar can be fixed later if necessary.

My entire TT is only scheduled for 2 hours. Oh, since I’m over 40 I have to do an EKG!

Have I said that I love my doctor’ staff? His nurse recommended that I get it done at a place that only charges $25 dollars verses the $122 dollars that the surgery center charges. I got a prescription for Dilaudids and anti-nausea meds. I already have flexril for muscle spasms which he said I could take if necessary. I didn’t even flinch when I paid the $5000 surgeons fee. I’ll pay the $2250 surgery center fee on the day of the procedure. This really feels right and I am at peace with my decision.

By the way I got on the scale today and was down to 152.5 (that was after breakfast and a 3 mile run). As of today, I’ve lost 63 pounds since I started my healthy lifestyle in 2008. I’m so proud that I texted a new pic of me to family and friends and got great responses. I promise to post pics before my surgery!

Also,the nurse measured me for my compression garment and I only need a medium. My waist is 28 inches and my hips are down to 37.5. I'm hoping to be a brick house(36-24-36)after my TT! LoL!
Hi JoBibbi! Did you finish getting all the stuff you need for the big day?
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Kathe, I've barely started. Time is going by so fast, I have to get on the ball.
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I see you're a last minute shopping girl! That will probably be me too.
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Hi Ladies, time sure is flying. My EKG results...

Hi Ladies, time sure is flying. My EKG results came back. Everything is fine! I got my binders in the mail a couple of days ago and I picked up my pain meds. I'm really starting to get antsy. I just want this over and done with. My hubby is getting tired of looking at tummy tuck before and after pics!

Oh, my weight is holding steady at 153 and my eating is under contro1. I feel good but it is still hard for me to picture myself as slim. I'm still suprised whenever I look at myself in the mirror.
JoBibbi, I utterly forgot the date of your surgery! What's the date?? I'm so excited for you! You're going to look so good!
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Hi kathe, my tummy trassformation date is 11-18-11. Please keep me in your prayers.
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I WILL! I'm going to put you on my sister's huge prayer list so that everything turns out well.
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Ladies, please pray with me that by this time next...

Ladies, please pray with me that by this time next week I’ll have undergone a full tummy tuck with no complications, amazing results and am resting comfortably with minimal pain.
Hi JoBibbi, how are you doing with that TT shopping??
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Hi Kathe,I haven't done much but Monday is my last day of work until December 5th, So, I'll have plenty of time to stock up before Friday!
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Alright Ladies, I'm ready! My recent college...

Alright Ladies,
I'm ready! My recent college Grad just got a job with benefits with a great company. So, I'm taking that as a sign that it's O.K. to spend this money on myself! Time to invest in me again and complete my transformation. I told my hubby that once I get my sexy new tummy, I'm going to be walking around the house wearing only yoga pants and sports bras (I think he's looking forward to that!).
JoBibbi--- u already appear to have a six pack so I know your results are going to be BEACH BODY!
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Peaches, I wish I had a six pack but thanks for the kind words. How is your recovery coming along?
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JoBibbi, what are you doing today? Still preparing things?
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Hi all, I am so excited, tomorrow is my day!...

Hi all, I am so excited, tomorrow is my day! I’ve done really well with my diet and as of today I’m down to 152.4, my BMI is now 22% and my size 10 jeans are a bit loose. I think this is a great weight for me. I can already see some muscle definition in my stomach, so I’m hoping it is tight and flat after my tummy tuck. Today I’m going to do my Thanksgiving shopping, go for a nice 3 mile walk, and have dinner with my hubby. I’ll post updates on my surgery and recovery as soon as I can. Please pray that my surgery is a success and that I make a full and complete recovery with minimal pain. Thanks for all your prayers, support and encouragement!
Hey Jo. Thinking about you and hope all is well and beautiful for you.
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Hi JoBibbi! When you feel up to it, please let us know how things are going.
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Hey just wondering how Ur TT went & how Ur doing?
Praying for u!
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Hi Ladies, I had my surgery as scheduled on...

Hi Ladies, I had my surgery as scheduled on 11-18-11. Today is day 4 post op and so far so good. I went into the operating room around 9:00 am and was home in my recliner by 1:00. My stomach is nice a tight, the scar is low, I have a cute belly button and as an added bonus, my bra fat is gone! I would rate the pain a 5 out of 10 but the anesthesia left me as weak as a new born babe and I haven’t had much of an appetite. I’m slowly getting my strength back and am force myself to eat protein, fruits, and veggies. Well that’s it for now. I’ll update more later. Thanks again for all your prayers and well wishes.
Hey Jo-- rest up hun....write when u can and feel up to it. Sounds like u got a cute belly there! 
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JoBibbi, so glad to hear from you!
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Wow. That was quick. Update us again when you can!
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Greeting All and Happy Thanksgiving! I had my...

Greeting All and Happy Thanksgiving!

I had my 4 day post op visit yesterday and the P.S. says everything looks perfect! He and his nurses have treated me like I was their only patient. I forgot to mention but he called himself to check up on me the evening after my procedure. I’m totally off the narcotic pain meds and only taking Tylenol as needed. Last night I was able to sleep in my bed for 6 hours straight and I am feeling great today! I’m eating right and walking around the house every hour for 5 minutes. I’m standing straight and tall and feel like I’m about 80% of my normal self. I just want to add that my husband has been wonderful! He is the best nurse I could possibly have and has anticipated and catered to my every need, He is truly my prince.
Hey Jo!! glad to know that you are doing okay!! How are you feeling?
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Wow I am so surprised that your doctor actually called himself to check on you! Sounds like a wonderful surgeon to have. Combined with your prince (hubby) you're in good hands!
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Ladies, I will post pics once drains are gone!
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Alright ladies, I’m 11 days post-op and I...

Alright ladies, I’m 11 days post-op and I got my drains removed today. My doctor has released me for exercise and said that I can start running today. However, he did say that it would be better for me to run on a treadmill or workout on the elliptical verses running on pavement. So far this journey hasn’t been half as hard or painful as I thought it would be. I don’t even mind having to wear my binder 23 hours a day. I know I promised pics as soon as the drains came out, but I just bought a digital camera today, so now I have to figure out how to use it. Anyway for those of you still on the fence about a TT, I say if you can afford it, GO FOR IT!
Hi Jo! No post op pics yet? Hope you are doing well.
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Hi Tasha,

I feel great!!!!!
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Hello Ladies, I’m 41/2 weeks post op and...

Hello Ladies, I’m 41/2 weeks post op and I’m feeling good. I’m back in the gym and slowly regaining my pre-op fitness level. I’m able to walk 4 mile or run for thirty minutes on the treadmill without pain or discomfort. I would have to say that after the first three days my recovery has been pretty easy. However, I’m withholding my worth it rating till I hit the two month mark. I’m still a work in progress but I’m happy with my results so far. What I find amazing is that even though I’m still swollen I can now wear a size 6 versus the size 10 I was pre-surgery and I didn’t have any lipo! Anyhow, here are the pics I promised. I hope you all have a great Holiday Season!
Look good Jo!!! Wow your body is so defined & toned!
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Thanks Peaches32! I think your results are fab and your scar looks great!
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Your results look really great!
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Happy Holidays Ladies! I’m 5 weeks post-op...

Happy Holidays Ladies! I’m 5 weeks post-op and my recovery is going very well. I’m working out 5-6 times a week for one hour. I usually run, walk, ride the spin bike, or workout on the elliptical machine. It feels great to be back in the gym and I can hardly wait to be able to do crunches or get back on the rowing machine (my PS says I have to wait till my 6 week mark). I’m trying to eat right and I would say that I’m successful 80% of the time. My stomach is looking better and better each day and my swelling is minimal. So far I have no regrets and I pray that everything continues to go well for me and I wish the same for all of you too!

You look amazing Jo!!! Congrats :)
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Hi ladies and Happy New Year! I am 6 weeks post op...

Hi ladies and Happy New Year! I am 6 weeks post op and aside from some extended family issues, doing great! My PS has released me to do any excercises I want, including crunches! My weight is down to 150 and I'm officially in a size 6. BTW height is 5'10'. I brought three pairs of pants and they all fit perfectly. I've been very active during my recovery process and I ran three miles yesterday which felt awesome. After my run/walk today, I will take off my binder and only wear it while excercising. Other than losing weight, this tummy tuck was the best present I've ever given myself and so far it is well worth every penny spent! Now I have to work hard and apply my scar cream and silicone strips to ensure my scar doesn't keloid.
Your body looks awesome!
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You look great JoBibbi!
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Wow you look great I just looked st your photos!!!! Anazing' ok ok I'm excited again!!
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Hi ladies, tomorrow I’ll be 8 weeks post-op. My...

Hi ladies, tomorrow I’ll be 8 weeks post-op. My tummy is coming along just fine and I’m back to my regular workouts and I’m able to do crunches and sit-ups. Please pray with me that everything continues to go well for me and my family. Thanks and blessings to all of you!
JoBibbi, it's 30 degrees up here right now (Tallahassee)!
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BRRRRRRR! I'm glad I'm down here in Tampa, stay warm!
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JoBibbi, after I posted that, the temperature DROPPED to 29! brrr is right!
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Greetings all, I Just passed the 8 week mark and...

Greetings all, I Just passed the 8 week mark and I'm feeling great! My next mission is to get rid of all the granny panties in my underwear drawer and go out and get some sexy undies!
Hi Jo, looking good girl!
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I don't see your face? Did you post a pic of your face? It's funny how nobody does on this site ! I think I will too!
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Ms. JoBibbi posted her cute face for about 5 minutes, I think. A whole slew of people got together and decided to post it one day, then remove the pics. :)
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Ladies, I am going great. My weight is still...

Ladies, I am going great. My weight is still stable and I just ran mt first 1/2 Marathon. Having a TT was the best gift I could have ever given myself.
Congrats on the half marathon! Great to hear from you. Boy I can't wait to feel as though this was the best gift I've given myself. Guess it will take a little more time for that I'm 12 weeks po today! I already feel that way about the boobs still waiting for the tummy!!!
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Thanks FitDIva, I'm glad you're happy with your new boobs and I hope you end up with a tummy you're happy with too!
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JoBibbi...looking fantastic! Congrats for getting right into shape!!! Im still working on that!!!!
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Ladies, I'm feeling great and training for a full...

Ladies, I'm feeling great and training for a full marathon.
No regrets about the TT and for the first time in my life I have a body that I'm proud of. I wish you all blessings and happy healing.

Thank you for the update!  You look totally fantastic!

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Wow!!! You look fantastic!!!! And btw....you do look like you have a body of a 20 year old!!! Great job on the weight loss....and full marathon??? You go girl!!! I love your quote "I refuse to let fear dissuade me" I'm going to keep that in my head for the next 7 weeks until my surgery on July 18!
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Thanks calgarymomma! Good luck with your procedure. You are going to do great and you will be so happy with your beautiful new tummy!
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Ladies, I'm almost 7 months post op and still...

Ladies, I'm almost 7 months post op and still doing great. I pray evertyhing continues to go well for me and I that you all get the outcomes you desire,

Blessind to you all!

Please forgive my typos! Many Blessings to All!

Please forgive my typos! Many Blessings to All!
Is your scar low, thin and neat?
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i love the abs, he really did a great job so flat lil sexy waist chica, and are u still doing fine? get back to us. gracia. god speed.
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Looking good Jo!
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Tampa Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Greenwald is very relatable and his staff is great! He's rated one of the top 100 surgeons in the U.S. and the recognition is well deserved! Just take a look at how he transformed my wrinkly belly into a sexy tight tummy!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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