Hi everyone! Well like a lot of other people I...

Hi everyone! Well like a lot of other people I have been on this site for sometime now, and now its time to tell my story. In my twenty's I was always thin about 103 to 108 but I always (even as a child) had a pooch, there was nothing I could do to get rid of it. So late twenty's is when I had my first child, after my first child I had 4 more so total of 5 and they are all c-sections. I never got back down to my let say 108 again I always stayed in the 125 to 140 range, after my son my final baby i have stayed from 131 to 138 and I seem to be happy with that, though 130 would be great! I am active, I love to work out, I do run and do weights but I have found since turning 40 it is really hard to shed that weight. I am now 43 Im 5"3 and currently range from 136 to 138 go figure! I have wanted a tummy tuck after each baby lol but I just kept having them! So now we are done and its been 7 years since my last and I have a Tummy and I'am done with my tummy! Its not to bad I really have no stretch marks but I do have a pooch, I hate my pooch. I want to look good in clothes, I want to wear the dress and not worry about my tummy showing or gosh i cant wear that dress because of my pooch or wow wish i could wear that pair of shorts, I'm just tired of hiding my tummy and hiding me! Im tired of going shopping and being discouraged when the only thing discourage me is my tummy. So Im going for it! My husband is who is really supportive and has encouraged me to do this, not that he thinks I look awful he just wants me to be happy and he wants me to feel good about me. He told me I look beautiful to him either way! So he has been my rock! I made a date for Jan and I cancelled it I was scared to death of dying on the table or never waking up and then after being on this site I have realized a lot of you have the same exact fears I do! You guys without knowing it have also been my strength, reading all your stories has really helped me to prepare myself for what waits ahead. I'm still scared but I think that is normal but I'am jumping in. More questions to come....have a great day ladies and happy healing to you all!

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Ok, Im not getting any lipo done and now Im...

Ok, Im not getting any lipo done and now Im getting worried about that! Do I really need lipo with this?

 

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Thank you for joining us and sharing your story.  You are going to feel fantastic after the procedure.  So I say jump right in and go for it.  You deserve it and should so this for yourself.

The older we get the harder it is to maintain and drop the pounds..darn it!!

I am glad you are here with us:)

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Gosh I am getting so excited about the tt...

Gosh I am getting so excited about the tt surgery!! I walked in Target yesterday and they have the bathing suits already out
and I just had a smile on my face looking at all the possibilities. My Pre Op is not until Feb 18 gosh so long away kinda
wishing the days to go by.

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I amnot having lipo of the flank or hips or thighs done either and I have worried about this too. My ps does a lot of lipo with the tummy tuck procedure and i ammhoping that is enough :/
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Yeah my ps does not feel like i need it so we will see and I have been doing some research on it and not everyone i guess needs it. One of my friends said her girl friend had it done and that where they did the lipo the fat has not come back there but has spread to other places on her body like her back and now she has a hard time losing it, now im not sure if that is with everyone but i know i dont want that so hopefully this will do it.
My pre op is on the 18th too. My surgery is on feb 26th. Where are you having your procedure done? Best of luck to you! We're almost to the flat side.
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Ok i just posted the pics. I probably could have...

Ok i just posted the pics. I probably could have gotten some better ones but I had my daughter take these of me, I wil post just a little more
before I go in. Gosh i think the pics just made it more real for me?! Wow I'm really going to do this? Man I really hope everything goes
smoothly and I hope I look as good as you ladies do. I have seen all kinds of things that you need on here but if anyone reads this
and can give me some tips or things that are a must that i need please feel free to give thank you ladies and have a wonderful happy healing and happy waiting day!

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Your results are going to amazing! Just wait till you see those after pics. Woohoo! Hot momma :-)
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yeah you will be fine sug. And I believe you'll have awesome results.
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Thank you breona :)

Got my date changed today to March 1 at 7am.!!!! Yes

Got my date changed today to March 1 at 7am.!!!! Yes

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I don't think you need lipo at all! I considered it too but am glad I decided not to. Are you getting your muscles repaired? I'm very excited to see your after pictures!!! Just remember that the first week to two weeks after is the most difficult. Your body will look better and better for months after. I regretted mine for the first month or two because of the pain and it not looking how I thought it was going to, but as time went on I loved it more and more. I am happier now than I have ever been with my body!
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My pre op visit is on the 18 so when I go in I'm going to ask the doctor about the muscle repair. I'm thinking I will need it or at least hope so after 5 kids you would think so. So I will let you know on that one what he says. I have been getting nervous about the lipo so I'm so glad you came on here and posted! After seeing your pics you just look fantastic! My hips are a little pudgy but nothing that some more getting my butt up and really working on it would not fix! I will be posting my pics the day I get home lol. Thx for the post girl, I will let you know what happens on Pre Op Monday!!!!
Yeah glad you were able to change the date!! So exciting!!
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Well its been a long awaited road so far and today...

Well its been a long awaited road so far and today is my Pre-Op apt! Gosh I cant believe its here, I know its only a Pre op but like many others I have waited so long. March 1 is getting closer and closer :)

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Hi Ladies Ok well the Pre- op went good I think......

Hi Ladies Ok well the Pre- op went good I think......So we were in there for about a hour and a half...The nurse went over everything and one thing I found interesting is that over my scar for 3 weeks they are putting this alomst like a saran wrap type thing on it so it can heal and protect it as well. I will not be able to take it off but she said when it comes off it will not hurt at all. So on to the next part...I am not getting and lipo he does not think i need any which is fine with me but this part im confused about, he said I do not need mr?? He says I'am very hard there and that he does not feel I need it or that the few stitches he would put in would not be worth the extra recovery time or pain. He said he would do it all day long if I asked him to but as of right now until he looks at it he does not feel i need it. So I told him... I only have one shot at this and I want it done right but I guess if he feels like I do not need it then I have to trust him, but he did say that when he gets in there that if it looks like either way he will discuss with hubby. Ok I'm very happy with the Pre-op dont get me wrong but I guess I thought I would need the mr so kinda confused on that..any thoughts guys? Other than that Ladies I walked out with a smile on my face!!! He also said my scar would be very low and that he would go around my hips a little which pleased me, not all the way in the back but more than I thought, so that will help get rid of some of my hip bugle lol. Im getting a binder at the surgery center then about a week after spanx. Oh and guess what, he is going to come visit me at my house. I was like wow and crap at the same time, hubby better make sure this place is Clean lol. I can just see me up Cleaning!! I'm going to post this to my profile as well to get input on the MR, but really I am HAPPY!!!! Worth waiting for! Oh and there was a fire drill when i was in the office lol told the nurse I'm not walking out in my bra and panties LOL.....

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I would be absolutely thrilled if my PS said I didn't need MR or lipo!!! That is what I am hoping for - so happy for you!
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Good Morning! Our height & weight are the same. I had my TT with MR & lipo of the flanks on Jan. 30. I am 19 days PO. I can only speak from my experience and everyone is different. The pain was nowhere near as bad as I expected. I did have a pain pump for the first 3 days. I was off all pain meds by PO day 3. I took extra strength Tylenol for about 4 more days & that was sufficient. The lipo bruises are intense, but I am still happy I had it. Even at 19 days PO I can see an hourglass shape returning. No more muffin top! The biggest piece of advice I would give you is to make sure you have help for the first 5 days and to clear your schedule for 3 weeks. Also, take a stool softener starting on surgery day & consider drinking a little prune juice daily. Have you heard or Arnica or Bromelain? Both are natural ways to reduce swelling & bruising. Fresh pineapple has natural Bromelain & I have eaten it every day since PO day1. Good Luck! It's a long recovery but worth it to finally be rid of our pooches!
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Well its been a long awaited road so far and today is my Pre-Op apt! Gosh I cant believe its here, I know its only a Pre op but like many others I have waited so long. March 1 is getting closer and closer :)
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Hi Ladies! Can anyone tell me if having my MR...

Hi Ladies! Can anyone tell me if having my MR repair is a good thing or not?
The doc said I felt good but he would have to see in the operation and if it was not that bad then it was not worth the recovery, but I would like to here from you and see what you say, after being on here for sometime now I just have it in my head that I would need it? So with that being said day of surgery doc and hub will talk about it when he has a good look. Please give suggestions. Thanks :)

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I am glad I did the muscle repair, my separation was small but I think it gave me more curve and definition... Best of luck to you!
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I am 5'4 and 140 pounds. I am going to get a little bit of lipo on my back and stomach, because I hold ALL my weight in my stomach so my pouch is huge! My doctor also told me that he was on the fence about the muscle repair. He said that he was going to have to look at it during surgery and make a decision then. I think that Dr's are more conservative about doing muscle repair because of the results...Your doctor will know if MR will benefit you or not when he gets in there. I also told my doctor that I want the best results because I only want to have to do this once...haha.
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That is funny my doc told me the same thing, the other thing he said was, he is going to go a little further on my hip and remove some of the excess there too and that made me very happy but then he goes what you wont like me for is your back, and I was like umm why is it going to stick out more and he said no just exercise but that kinda made me worry a little. Guess what he was trying to say is that some people think the tt will make the back fat go down, it might pull it in but its still there lol.

Hi Ladies! Ok so tomorrow is my big day!!! Yay!...

Hi Ladies! Ok so tomorrow is my big day!!! Yay! Went and did a little shopping today, got some fresh fruits and vegatables, some low salt all natural popcorn (its new I seen it at sams something called skinny popcorn). I have stuff to make protein smoothies so I think Im ok. Making homemade chicken soup right now for the family for the weekend and making lasagna for tomorrow so hub can put in the oven. Put away my jeans because I wont be in them for awhile lol, getting some laundry done. So I will enjoy the night with my family and Hope for the absolute best for tomorrow! Not sure if I will sleep a wink tonight but I will try. Thank you to everyone for all your support! Love this place! Oh and I have to be there at 6am surgery at 7am :)

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Good luck to you tomorrow, you will do great!!!!
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Good luck tomorrow. Hope all goes well. :)
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Good luck tomorrow. Praying everything goes smooth. Rest up! :-)
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Hello Everyone. This is Hubby checking in for Rea....

Hello Everyone. This is Hubby checking in for Rea. Her surgery went really well. PS did have to tighten muscles in lower abdomen. She was borderline but he felt that it would be better if she disliked him for 3 weeks and loved him after vs. not being happy.

Her recovery did not go so well. She was very nauseated from the anesthesia. After giving her everything and the kitchen sink to control it they decided it would be best for her to head home and sleep it off.

All in all we arrived at 6:00am surgery started at 7:00am. She was out of surgery and in recovery between 10:00 and 10:30. We did not leave to head home until 4:00pm.

She is resting well now and not complaining so much about the nausea.

Oh and most importantly she is going to be thrilled with the results. She has not seen her tummy just yet.

Regards - Hubby

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Hope she feels better, poor thing!!!!
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Thanks for the update_ I hope Rea feels better soon.
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Really sweet of hubby to update. :) Thank you! Hope she feels better soon.
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Hi Ladies Well things seem to be going alot...

Hi Ladies
Well things seem to be going alot better today. Just taking it easy. One thing I have noticed was peeing, I could not pee at all yesterday but things got a little better last night and this morning, comes slow, kinda odd but thought I would mention that if anyone else has the same problem. Pain meds have been good , Im usually very sensive but the vicodin seems mild and the muscle relaxer seems to totally knock me out and relax me. :) Hub gave me a
sneek peak at my tummy today, he had to clean drains. It looks good so far so we will see. Doc did say if I needed a little more done then I could come in later for some lippo so that was nice. Pain is ok not to bad it burns, oh and he did tighten my lower tummy muscles. Drains are not bad they do not bother me at all, scars looks low so far. I want to thank all of you Ladies for the prayers and good thoughts coming my way, it means alot. :) if anyone has any questions i can try my best to answer, but so far the worst was recovery after the operation anesthesia was the worst part, it just Sucked! ok im going to upload 2 photos :) enjoy!

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you look fantastic and just one day out!?! holy smokes :)
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WOW! You look great! So happy to hear from you. Glad you are feeling much better today. That was so sweet of your hubby to update for you. Take it easy today and just rest. :)
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Thank you Poohdora!

Hi everyone! Ok well im feeling ok today just had...

Hi everyone! Ok well im feeling ok today just had a little dizziness but I think its from the meds. My PS just came by the house, he looked at everything and was pleased, then he took out scissors and removed the saran type tape over my belly button and pulled out the like 7 inch gauze that was inside of it, omg was that the oddest feeling ever and then he put a new one back in, crap thought I was going to pass out ugh.... So I thought he did muscle repair in my lower belly but nope he did it all the way up! He took off 1.8 total weight period and also he said my muscles were about three finger gap. Another thing i did not know was that the stitches in the muscles never go away. Had no clue on that one just sounds a little freaky to me. He said I will have the drains in for at least 2 more weeks, hopefully sooner they will come out. So right now I fell like a big fluffy marshmallow lol and I do know everyday will get better. Im going to just do tylenol today and see how it goes and no BM yet. Chat again soon everyone have a great day.

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Sounds like your house call visit went pretty smoothly. That would totally freak me out with the cotton in your BB. Fingers crossed the drains come out sooner than 2 weeks! YIKES! Yay on all the muscle repair. Take it easy. :)
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Thank you, and girl it was gross lol.
you look great and sound great - yeah!
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Added 2 more pics really similar to yesterday....

added 2 more pics really similar to yesterday. Tomorrow I will try to get one standing up.

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Also today I did notice some of the swelling going...

Also today I did notice some of the swelling going down so that is good. Does anyone know at all how much walking around I need to be doing?

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I was walking every 2 hours or so, I drank ALOT of water to give me an excuse to get up and use the restroom. Your tummy looks great! I went back to work today (surgery was the 21st) and felt that my swelling was worse today (felt good just swollen). Ugh!
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I got up and walked around my house every hour or so (moving prevents clots). I was walking outside 10 min a few times per day around day 5. Hope all is well. Doc who makes house calls, I am impressed.
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Hello, ok post op day 4. I think it was so so in...

hello, ok post op day 4. I think it was so so in the morning but it turned out better. I kept having alot of nausea very bad and we figured it out it was my antibiotic so doc took me off of it, thank gosh! Had a sponge bath today from hub and that was really good. Then I had my first BM it was not alot but I started screaming IM pooping Im pooping and hub runs in and say Yeah your pooping, only to find out that when I walked out of our bedroom All of the Windows were open in the house lol. So guess the whole neighbor hood knows lol, but later that day I did again and was alot better. Oh and also i have not seen my tummy standing up only sitting down and when I decided to take a sneak peek i just about had my binder off and the Power goes out lol, what a day! So hub took me in later and I had a little look, lots of swelling but its going to look good. Looking forward to getting through the rest of this week. Wish everyone well and fast and happy healing.

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You are looking awesome!!!! Thanks for the pics!
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You look great!! Love the pooping story! The things that make us happy! :) I haven't taken a pic standing up yet either. Later on I'm doing a little sponge bath too and then attempt some pics because I'm really curious myself what I look like.. We did it!! Yea!! :)
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Girl you are looking good.... I am so nervous to put my picks out here
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15 days. I have not added pics in a long while so...

15 days. I have not added pics in a long while so thought i would put this up. :)

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Reannapartyof7, you look fabulous! Seriously, sculpted and sleek! Happy happy happy for you!
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Ahh thank you girl!!! How are you feeling today, I hope well. Im going to take some more pictures in a few days to see how I look again but right now Im at a stand still swelling. I hate the swelling lol.
I'm feeling really good. I wish everyone had this kind of recovery. It's been fairly easy for me. Just lucky I guess. I'm standing up straight and the pain is minimal. We'll see...hope it continues. Can't wait to see more pictures! You look mah-velous!

Hi Ladies Well Im 31 days out and I thought I...

Hi Ladies
Well Im 31 days out and I thought I would put up some pictures. The only thing I have to say I dont care for is below my belly button you see this line kinda a indention I guess but Im not to worried, I know he will fix what ever it is I need done. Everyday Im feeling better and swelling is starting to go down. Hope it keeps that way! I cant wait to get out and run again my body is starting to get flabby :(, but I will kick but when I can lol. Hope you enjoy the pics!

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You look GREAT! I would love to know who your plastic surgeon is. I live in Tampa too and need a tummy tuck. I'm trying to decide on which doctors to consult with. Any advice would be great! Thanks!
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You look great!!! Can't wait for my swelling to go down too, I'm 12 days post op. Thanks for giving me hope.
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You look great and very Encouraging to hear that the swelling will go down. I am 11 days postop and I swell a lot from the afternoon on. What the plastic surgeon say he would do to fix the indentation under your belly button? I'm curious because I have an indentation above and below mine and I'm not happy with it. The surgeon said it too soon and that it's going to go down with the swelling but I don't believe him. Posted my picture to the doctors Q&A so I'll be curious to see what they say. My next PS appt is Friday.
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On my way out the door Ladies!!! My husband is spying on me, I look up and he is repeating what I wrote on March forums lol he is so funny, he wanted to see what I was writing lol, just wanted to share that! See everyone later today on the Flat Side!!!! Good luck my twins on March 1st!

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