Drainless TT-February 5th-Tulsa, OK

I recently lost a large amount of weight over the...

I recently lost a large amount of weight over the past year, and even though I have never had a washboard flat stomach, over the past few years, it has gotten bad. I have considered this procedure for years, even when I was much smaller, and I have just decided that I have no reason not to go through with it right now. I hope to get that banging stomach and waistline that I see so many post-operative pictures of, so I can look great in clothing without muffintopping out. I feel great about this procedure. I wish I was doing it sooner, but with the holidays, and some things going on at work in January, the soonest I was able to schedule the surgery is February 5th. That gives me some time to lose a bit more weight, and get myself mentally prepared. My husband is taking off work to help care for me after surgery, so I am not too worried about overdoing anything during recovery.

Welcome to the tummy tuckers.  I am very happy to have you here with us in the community.  Don't forget the before and after pictures!!!

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I received a packet in the mail a few days ago...

I received a packet in the mail a few days ago that had very detailed instructions inside. I also had a pre op phone call with a nurse earlier this week to go over my current medications and other health history. I am pretty healthy, and even though I have high blood pressure that is very well controlled through diet/exercise/medication, I do not have to have any prescreen lab work. I am to the point right now that I am having a little bit of apprehension, mostly due to the fear of the pain, but when I think of the probable results, it helps to put my mind at ease. I have had some surgeries before, but never anything so extensive. I am planning on taking a week off work, and going back on the 13th.

I had my surgery today. I was in for...

I had my surgery today. I was in for approximately four hours. The staff members we all so kind and professional. The pain is incredible, though. It feels like I am wearing a really tight corset that I can't remove, and it is hard to breathe very deeply. I think the lipo tool insertion points are more painful than the TT incision at this point. I had a drainless procedure, so luckily no drain to have to fool around with.
Even though I am wearing Chux pads, ABD pads and gauze underneath my thick binder, I can still feel a hug difference, and I am so glad I did this. It's all downhill from here!
You already look awesome chica!!! I hope you start feeling better!!!
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amazing result congrats xx
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Wow you look marvelous, congratulations.
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I had my first PO visit today. My pain is much...

I had my first PO visit today. My pain is much more controlled today, and I was able to shower after my visit. My PS is concerned that my belly button and abdominal skin are not getting adequate blood supply, so he is having my husband check for blanching pretty frequently. He thinks I may have had my binder on too tightly, so he is having me keep it off unless I am out of bed. I didn't even ask what would happen if the skin did not take we'll, and I don't even want to think about it!
Oh I see who your doctor is! Sorry! Thanks :)
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Your scar looks awesome!!! Can I ask who your PS is? I live a few hours from Tulsa and am considering a doctor there. Any information would be so appreciated :) Happy healing. Your flat tummy is inspiring!
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Thank you! I really have been impressed with my doctor, and I would recommend him to anyone. You get very personalized service, and I feel like they really care about my outcome.
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Today is my PO day #5. I was able to sleep...

Today is my PO day #5. I was able to sleep through the whole night without taking any pain medication. When I woke up, the pain had subsided to more of a soreness, and it is definitely bearable. I took my pain medication, and as of right now, I am completely pain free for the first time since my surgery. The part on my abdomen that the doctor is concerned for regaining circulation is staying stable, and appears to be getting better. I am still really numb from the top of my breastbone, down past my incision, but I know that may stay that way for months, or even permanently. I plan to continue to take it easy, and I will do another update in a few days.
was your doc able to remove all of your stomach stretch marks?
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The ones that were on the skin that he excised are gone, but the ones on the sides are still there. A good portion of them ended up being removed, but there are still a few.
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I got my sutures out at my follow up appointment...

I got my sutures out at my follow up appointment this afternoon! I had eight in my belly button, and two on my back from the lipo. The ones on my back were starting to pull and be uncomfortable, so I was glad to get those out. I still am having some trouble with an area under my belly button that is not getting enough blood flow. I plan to go back to work on Thursday. I am still having quite a bit of pain, but I am so tired of being off.
Wow look at you!!! You look amazing already and yes love your belly button! So happy for you! :)
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One more thing! If you don't mind sharing, what is your height and your pre TT Weight?
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I am 5'3", and 190 lbs.
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I went back to work today-whew! I am a nurse, but...

I went back to work today-whew! I am a nurse, but I was only able to do desk work. Still, it was lot of getting up and down. I went home and laid right down! On a different note, I weighed (even though I knew better I couldn't stop myself), and even being a swollen mess, I weigh ten lbs. less than I did before surgery. I need to ask my doctor how much skin they removed at my next appointment.
You look amazing! Your BB is so great!
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Thanks! I was worried about how the BB would turn out, so that's one less thing for me to worry about :)
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A portion of my incision has opened up, and has...

A portion of my incision has opened up, and has started draining purulent material. It's not draining a lot, but it's enough to have to wear a ABD pad over it. I saw my surgeon as soon as I noticed it had opened up, and he has changed my antibiotic. I am on my third dose, and while I am not seeing any improvement yet, I fully trust my surgeon's plan of treatment and I have faith that this will resolve quickly and I will be able to finish healing.

I still have a great deal of soreness, numbness and pain in my back and flank area, but I have been using Ben Gay with a roller applicator, and it feels like a massage when I am applying it, and seems to ease the back pain. Most of my incision and BB has fully healed, and the scab has fallen off, but the midline area where I had the MR and the swollen, infected area are still pretty painful.

That's all for now!

Today, I look like someone stuffed me in a...

Today, I look like someone stuffed me in a trashcan, and my skin was all squished out at the top around my waistline. I have a bigger muffintop than when I started! I took some pictures to post, but they are so bad, I am not putting them up. That, plus the infection I developed is sort of stressing me out. And I attempt to go back to work again tomorrow. And today is my birthday. That is all.
Awwww, bummer! Well, Happy Birthday! If it makes you feel any better, I did the same thing that you did with the pictures. After looking at the shots I took today, I thought I looked bigger than when I started this whole process! Oh well! I hope you feel better tomorrow!
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Did you take any anticoagulant? I am an RN like you and because of the possible complications I am considering it, although I've had two C sections w/o complications. Also, why did your PS go drainless, just curious.
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No anticoagulants. My PS did the stainless technique because he said thee is actually a decreased risk of seromas without the drains. He uses a quilting pattern with sutures under the skin to keep the skin down, so there is not as much space for a seroma to form. Not having the drains was a really nice part of the surgery.
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Had another followup with my surgeon today. He...

Had another followup with my surgeon today. He said that the infected area is responding well to the new antibiotic I started last Friday. The incision has opened up a little more, but the triangular area of redness is less red (more of a pink, now), and the blood flow is returning.

My surgeon said that now that my infection is breaking some, that as the infected material begins being expelled from my body, I will has a period where I don't feel well. Yay.
I am still having a considerable amount of pain from the infected areas of my incision, as well as the lipo areas on my back. The lipo was NO JOKE, but he scraped me down to the rib bones, and I am sure it will look awesome when the swelling is gone.

One more thing, as a life long stomach sleeper, I was saddened to know that it was impossible for me to lie on my stomach during all of this. I hate sleeping on my back and sides so much. I went and laid in bed a few minutes ago and was able to slip into a stomach sleeping position! Now that's improvement! So excited about that. Maybe things will turn out as I planned, just yet.
Oh I meant to ask...I noticed your cute (pre-op) pierced navel, mine was too. Are you planning to re-pierce? I'm on the fence, had mine almost 20 years...dr. Said maybe at 6 months. I was afraid I might offend him by considering poking a hole in his work, of which he seems very proud. What's your take on this?
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I don't think I will have mine redone. After seeing how saggy it got after fifteen years of being pierced, I will probably leave it alone. I think that heavy BB jewelry pulls it down. If it stays numb like it is now though, it probably wouldn't hurt at all!
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I'm a belly sleeper too...so tough to stay on my back! But I have to. All your posts and comments are so positive and encouraging. Your demeanor is truly delightful. I really appreciate that. I hope your infection fully clears soon. Your results are still beautiful, glad you love that bb...you should!!
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I was back at work all of last week. I was really...

I was back at work all of last week. I was really worn ou by Friday, but I made it through. At my last follow up appointment, my surgeon said that my infection is almost gone, and that my red spot on my stomach looks much better. There is still some hardness under my BB, but I can tell a difference. I have been really swollen today, especially in the fronts of my hips. These areas are really poking out, but my waistline is getting sort of in shape, so I guess I am still seeing results. I only have to go to weekly follow up appointments now, as opposed to twice a week.
I ordered some bikinis to wear when we go on vacation in May, so it should be interesting to see how those work out for me.

I had another follow up today with my surgeon. ...

I had another follow up today with my surgeon. The redness under my BB went away around the end of my last course of antibiotics, but has come back since I finished them up on Tuesday. He has placed me on another week of the antibiotic I was taking previously.
I feel like I am able to move faster now, but I am still having some painful twinges that really bother me. This is the second week I have been back to work, and even though I have had some rough times, I think that getting back into my routine has helped with the healing process. I am pretty exhausted when the day is done, but at least I can work now and have some human contact throughout the day.
I also asked how much was removed from my body after surgery, and 6 lbs. of skin was removed, and almost 5000 cc of fat from the lipo. I thought that was pretty fascinating.

I had another follow up today with my surgeon. ...

I had another follow up today with my surgeon. The redness under my BB went away around the end of my last course of antibiotics, but has come back since I finished them up on Tuesday. He has placed me on another week of the antibiotic I was taking previously.
I feel like I am able to move faster now, but I am still having some painful twinges that really bother me. This is the second week I have been back to work, and even though I have had some rough times, I think that getting back into my routine has helped with the healing process. I am pretty exhausted when the day is done, but at least I can work now and have some human contact throughout the day.
I also asked how much was removed from my body after surgery, and 6 lbs. of skin was removed, and almost 5000 cc of fat from the lipo. I thought that was pretty fascinating.
After three weeks of antibiotics, I have to have another surgery tomorrow to drain the abcess that has formed on my abdomen. At POD 30, I thought I would be healed by now, but my body has other ideas. I will then have an open wound on my stomach that I had to pack for 6-8 weeks. I am a surgery nurse, so you wouldn't think this would bother me... but it's all fun and games until it happens to you. GRRRR!!
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Do you think that the abscess form because your didn't have a JP? What does your PS think?
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Did he say what caused that? They moved my surgery up to March 25th. I'm so nervous!!
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I had my surgery today to drain the reddened area...

I had my surgery today to drain the reddened area under my BB. The surgeon had thought it was an abscess, but it ended up being a 175cc seroma. There was no infection found, and I did not end up with an open wound that I would have had to pack.
I have two drains now, but that is so much better than having an open wound to mess with, so I am tickled to death with the drains.
When they were taking me into the recovery room, the nurses were singing me Van Halen songs. That's one of my favorite bands, so I had a very happy recovery!
My swelling is already so much better, and I am feeling flat right now for the first time since surgery. I am so happy, and I know it won't be long until recovery now!
Just checking in on you. Hope things are still going well!
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How's the swelling look from the front now? I think that's going to be the hardest part for me is being patient with the swelling...
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It has gone down quite a bit. There is still some swelling, but I feel that this level of swelling is much more normal.
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I got my drains that were placed last Friday taken...

I got my drains that were placed last Friday taken out today. It was a great feeling! Even though I only had them for a few days, I felt like they were a huge hassle. My doctor thinks that everything is going as planned, and that I have made a turn for the better. I feel like I have been somewhat swollen this week, but not anywhere near as bad as before my second surgery. I have a hard, sort of sharp spot under one side of my BB, but I don't even care. I hope it softens up, but if not, I will just attribute it to scar tissue, and go from there. I am definitely in a better place this week!
How are you feeling?
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My drain holes haven't closed up yet, so they are draining a little and I am starting my fourth different antibiotic tonight, but I think I am getting better every day!
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Good!! You have been on my mind. I go in in Monday. Can't believe it's almost here...
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POD 51 today. Had another FU with my PS-got some...

POD 51 today. Had another FU with my PS-got some great news! Yesterday, my seeping area where the drains were located finally started backing off on drainage. It has hardly drained in the last two days, and my last dose of my most recent antibiotic was Tuesday morning. My PS said everything looks great, and he wants to see me back in two weeks. For someone that has had at least one FU appointment a week since February 5th, this made me want to cry tears of joy. I thought things would never get better, and now my incision is almost completely healed up! I am so excited. Posting a pic of my incision today.
Just checking in. I'm feeling pretty good. I go back to work tomorrow. Are you still wearing the same binder he gave you? Mine feels really stretched out... I'm wondering if I can switch to a different compression garment.
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I most recently been told I have something called fat necrosis, where a piece of fat starts turning to liquid under my skin. It's pretty painful, and I am sort of upset about it. He said it will eventually heal, and the. I will need to have another surgery to get rid of the scar. Ugh. I got another binder about a month into this. Mine got stretched out quite a bit, so I got another one. He also told me that I could use any of the compression garments, but he just uses the binders because the CGs are so much more expensive. I have two CGs that I wear, as well.
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Man girl! Im so sorry. Where is the necrosis at? Do they know what causes that? Where did you get your CG's? I hope my sides go down. I'm so worried I'm always going to look like I have love handles. That's why I did this was to get rid of the rolls! I'm sure it's early for me to worry about that.
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Well, I have still been dealing with the red,...

Well, I have still been dealing with the red, swollen area in the middle of my stomach. Turns out a condition called fat necrosis, where the fat inside a part of my scar liquifies and turns necrotic, and all I can really do about it is wait for it to resolve and then have revision surgery to get rid of the area when it gets to the point that it can be revised. The doctor said that it will basically be like a mini tummy tuck that excises the scar and brings the stomach together tighter. I wish I could have it right now-I am so tired of having this ugly, hard, red, painful scar in the middle of my abdomen.
How are you?
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Jlr, you have certainly been through enough! I sure hope you are done now with everything until the mini, and you get to enjoy that flat tummy! Good luck to you!
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Me too! I am read for this ordeal to be done with! Everyone is confident that I will get there, it will just take a long time. Thank you for the well wishes
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One More Update...

Today is POD 130. I feel that even though I have had an unusually hard recovery period, I would not change the experience for the world. I feel much more confident of myself, more proud of my body, healthier, and overall happier and confident in my life. I have been told that I will probably need a revision in a few months, due to the hard, somewhat painful scar that the fat necrosis left once it drained, but that's OK.
Many people don't understand why I did this, or how I could be so pleased with the results, even after the pain and trouble I went through with it, but I think that a body altering experience like this is something that other people can really never understand unless they have been through it. This will be my last update, and I may start a new story when I do the revision, but for this experience, I am closing the book. Thanks to everyone for listening and being there-this blog was a hugely therapeutic outlet for the mixture of emotional and physical feelings I have had during this journey to a better me :) Good luck to everyone that chooses to go down this road in the future!
I have my surgery with dr ratliff in 10 days!
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I am sorry you feel my review is ridiculous because I have been surgically harmed. I am sorry that I am trying to make people aware on MY OWN review what can happen to the body after being harmed. I am sorry I did not receive good results like yours. I am sorry you typed in WOW on my own review and had notifications from me. I know when I am not interested in a review I hit the search button and hit delete all, you should try the same. Its unfortunate that we cant opt out of such notifications. Maybe you can bring that up to Realself? One thing I am not quite understanding is if you got such notifications and you did not like my review, why look at my entire profile and search for all my questions? I dont get it. Why take the time to even bother with me. For your information, many women on here travel to get plastic surgery, I do not see what point you were trying to make with that statement. And, by responding so eagerly to my response, you obviously do not know my entire story as you state I do not speak the language, how are you so sure? To answer your question spanish is my first language, again I have no idea where you got that from. About HLA testing, I would post the link of where all my research comes from, but we cannot post links, and it seems you do not know all your medical information as you are stating it is inaccurate. I now know many women that have been surgically harmed by US top surgeons. Plastic surgery will always be dangerous in any part of the world, so again I have no idea why would you say that it was because I chose a surgeon out of the country. Thousands of women are traveling and exchanging dates on here to go to another country, please go write on their threads and tell them what you told me. Thanks.
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I just checked out you tthe and at four months you looked great. I can not wait to see your results this time.
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