6 weeks op NEW PICTURES fleur di lis

My motivation to feel & look ok in my clothes...

My motivation to feel & look ok in my clothes I've been thinking about it for over 10 years. I'm really feeling excited more than anything, I can't wait I'm a bit worried about the recovery and how long it will be before I can exercise, I have learned so much on this forum it's become quite addictive it's so great to hear other stories.

3 weeks to go hospital bag packed, just need to...

3 weeks to go hospital bag packed, just need to get some pillows still waiting for my pre op appointment, I still can't wait I'm not finding much information on the fleur di lis though can any one give me advice on recovery ?

Not long now booked in for 29th oct I can't wait...

Not long now booked in for 29th oct I can't wait I'm scared and excited .
trying to get everything ready, I have waited so long for this i had 3 kids in 4 years and my weight went up and down with each, my kids are 13 14 & 17 and after being overweight most of my life i'm only 37 now, I have lost about 7 & a half stone over the last 10 years I've be able to maintain this and after losing weight I started exercising and it became a way of life I am addicted, but its so frustrating when your super fit doing 8 - 10 hours a week exercise a week and you can't get rid of the belly, I have a lot of excess skin and although my lower abs are not too bad all the rest are trashed so I'm having fleur di lis with full muscle repair its costing me £5225 and will be worth every single penny,
I'm going to try and post some pics on here this week.

Pre op appointment arrived today !!! only 14 days...

Pre op appointment arrived today !!! only 14 days to go till the big op.....
i can't quite believe I'm at last gonna be rid of my awful jelly belly, I could cry I'm so excited I really hope I'm not disappointed, I met a lady by chance on Saturday she is a plastic surgery nurse she spoke very highly of my ps and said he is one of the best so I feel so happy, I'm busy right up until the day before I go in so its happening really fast, I'm gonna have a go posting pics later is it easier to do on phone or I pad ?

Less than 2 weeks until the big op anyone else had...

Less than 2 weeks until the big op anyone else had the fleur de lis ? Not much on here,
seem to remember someone saying your not hunched over the same because of the incision can anyone confirm, I'm still mega excited I've got most things also do I need a waterproof sheet for my bed, I'm not coming home with drains so a bit worried about leaks x

OH NO ....... Only 7 days to go and I woke today...

OH NO ....... Only 7 days to go and I woke today with a sore throat and a cough usually I would get on with it, but I went straight to the pharmacy and got everything I could to stop this, there is no way I'm not having this surgery next week it's all paid for all £5225 of it, my bags packed I've sorted my cover for work, this is the last thing I need, I have my pre op tomorrow too, I just have a few bits to get I'm working until friday and i'm at a wedding all day Saturday in which we are staying over, so not had much time to think about it or get too nervous.
I need to get some extra pillows has anyone used the pillow wedge ? Do I need it for my knees at night?
I'm guessing PS will take pics at pre op tomorrow so I'm gonna take iPad and ask him to do some for me too,

Pre op done yesterday everything went well, i got...

Pre op done yesterday everything went well, i got all measured up for my compression garment i get 2 as ps wants me to wear it 24/7 for 6 weeks. I told him I was a little worried about swelling and he said that he leaves a bit of tissue inbetween and that reduces the swelling a lot.
my cough & cold is getting better, I really wanted to be doing loads in the gym this week but decided to take a few days off,
i really hope i'm not going to be disappointed i have waited so long for a flat tummy i feel i should not build up my hopes, i asked ps if he takes the maximum amount of skin and he said he will he also told me I will be very happy with the results I hope I am, I was asking about ab exercises and although I can do some gentle walk/jog & bike after 3 weeks, the stuff I do body combat/attack & pump he wants me to wait 3 months which I'm gonna find really difficult, but if I want my abs to stay stitched up I'm going to have to do it, but hey I will at last be able to look ok in a swim suit.
I also had to lose my false nails today I feel naked ha ha had them on for so long.
Oh we'll not long now I finish work on Friday and then we are going to a posh wedding on Saturday so no time to feel nervous still really excited.,

Forgot to mention I'm having the fleur de lis so...

Forgot to mention I'm having the fleur de lis so I'm not having any lipo but ps said my inner thighs will lift slightly I'm so happy about that 4 days to go.

Well i've waited so long for this about 13 years...

Well i've waited so long for this about 13 years and Today's the day just having my last breakfast before the fast, it's 7.15am now I'm having surgery at 1 pm feeling slightly nervous & excited, I'll keep you posted ......

Post op day 1 went down last night about 5.30 and...

Post op day 1 went down last night about 5.30 and came out of recovery at 11 was still a bit all over, ps removed 6 lbs of skin not had a proper look yet,
Who knew getting out of bed was going to be so painful, hubby coming later to have dinner with me, 2 drains in but not much coming out feel like I've done 1000 sit ups feeling a bit tired will post again later

Post op day 2 pain not too bad ps removed drains...

Post op day 2 pain not too bad ps removed drains cause there was nothing in them really put cg on feels much more secure, hardest thing is still getting in and out of bed, I'm keeping up with medicine, my hubby has been amazing and kids (3 teenagers) fantastic I came home to a spotless house, and was told to just sit and rest, feel a bit better now I'm home but can feel each day will get easier, I go back to ps in 10 days to have dressings removed, feel a little swollen but ver happy with the flatness.

Post op day 3 not a bad nights sleep woke a couple...

Post op day 3 not a bad nights sleep woke a couple of times, getting out of bed is easier stomach feels quite tight over incisions, I have coughed a few times today which is painful, not done much today drank about 3 litres of water so been up and down stairs to toilet, which is easy enough to do, I've noticed I have leaked a little from my belly button is this normal?

Feeling better every day, I'm going to change cg tomorrow so will get a better look although dressings have to stay on till I see ps but I will take pics anyway.
Not regretting it one, I also don't seem to have any appetite either and can only eat small portions cause I fill up real fast, this is good cause I really don't want to gain any weight while I'm not exercising x

Post op day 4 had a good sleep only woke once I...

Post op day 4 had a good sleep only woke once I took the compression garment for a couple f hours this morning what a relief.
Took a couple of pics still very swollen but looking good, went out for lunch to my favourite place for lunch just a starter that was enough, I had a mad coughing fit on the way home very painful, my husband was terrified he hates seeing me in pain he's been great, I don't plan on leaving the house for a few days looking forward to doing nothing.
I reduced my strong pain killers as its more manageable.

Sorry about the upside down pics

Sorry about the upside down pics

Post op day 5 only woke once in the night, not so...

Post op day 5 only woke once in the night, not so much painful as uncomfortable still a bit swollen but the cg is so tight I'm so tempted to have a day off, don't plan on doing anything today or tomorrow just going to rest, had first bm this morning not as painful as I thought but glad it's over, I've not really eaten much this week I've still go no appetite I have drunk lots of water though.
I have some protein powder that is supposed to be great for tissue & muscle repair so I'm going to start that today. I'm not having as many pain killers each day is getting easier, so happy I have a wound check next week so I will be able to see the scar and hopefully have a shower x

I've been so tempted to weigh myself even though...

I've been so tempted to weigh myself even though ps removed 6lbs .of skin, i am very swollen so i was expecting to be heavier but I was 8 1/2 pounds lighter . i'm so happy xx

Post op day 6 Good weekend spent it doing pretty...

Post op day 6 Good weekend spent it doing pretty much nothing, plenty of rest walking upright completely. only really taking strong pain killers through the night I think I could probably have something weaker but they make me sleepy so help me get back off to sleep, hardly any pain really just twinges now and again, I also sometimes get like a burning pain along my lower incision,

I had another bm no problem at, I also started my period also no problem with cramps at all, must be the level of drugs still in my system, I go for a wound check on Wednesday so get to see my scar for the first time, I've kind of got used to the compression garment now I've took it off for 10 minutes yesterday cause I was quite swollen, I felt much more secure when I put it back on.
I'm finding the swelling gets worse as the day goes on but still very happy with the results, my appetite is slowly coming back but I defiantly can't eat as much as before I feel like I have an internal corset on and everything has been pushed back into place.

I intend to rest for the next few days after speaking and reading about other people I'm not going to do too much too soon. I'll upload some more pics in a few days.

Post op day 6 feeling great walking a bit quicker...

Post op day 6 feeling great walking a bit quicker I've been completely straight a few days now, not taking any pain meds still feel twinges from muscle repair and incision but not in any pain, went out for an hour today bit of fresh air did me good tried on some clothes looking good with my flat tummy, put my jeans on no problem it was just uncomfortable next to my belly button,
I have my wound check on Friday so I can finally see the scar and have a shower. Still loving the results I changed cg last night and felt a little uneasy without it, I will post pics on Friday after wound check.

Post op day 8 I think?? Had a full 8 hours getting...

Post op day 8 I think?? Had a full 8 hours getting used to sleeping on my back I like to sleep on my front, my husband likes it too as I don't seem to snore ha ha must be all the pillows, I am more or less sleeping up right with my knees bent, I can get in and out of bed now with little pain, but still quite tired so catching up on lots of sleep, I've not taken any pain killers today went out with husband this morning did a bit of shopping only on my feet about half an hour and I started swelling, but not too bad rested for a few hours made tea I'm ok can do most things just need to have a rest after. My lovely husband even washed my air for me and bending over the bath was ok too.
Going to have dressings checked tomorrow can't wait to see scar I'll post pictures tomorrow.
Feeling good and loving the results x

Exactly 14 days ago at I was waking up in recovery...

Exactly 14 days ago at I was waking up in recovery room with a nice flat tummy.

Sorry been a bit AWOL for a few days ......
Fri finally had dressings removed my fleur di lis incision looks great ps was very happy I have desolveable stitches, it has healed perfectly at the T section which i was concerned about, the cut is very straight and I can at last have a shower, he wants to see me in 3 weeks to see how it's going,
Me and hubby decided to go for lunch and a spot of clothe shopping I desperately wanted a pencil skirt. Got one and it looks fab with a sexy leopard print top all fitted, it's not very often I come out of the fitting room smiling but today I was beaming.

I went back to work Saturday morning had lots of help and it was ok I also drove for the first time not very far, but I had no choice it was ok though.
I rested all afternoon for about 4-5 hours because I was going out on the town for a few hours my friend was driving me so there was hardly any walking involved.

Saturday night was a friends leaving do my last chance to see her before she travels thousands of miles away, so really wanted to go I think I was so looking forward to being out the house today and seeing friends and just getting nice clothes and make up on gave me lots of extra energy,
I didd'nt swell up at all today my best day so far.
I've been off the medication for a few days now, so think that has helped.

Sunday was spent relaxing and resting no pain at all walking straight
Monday ( today) I took a pain killer late last night mainly to help me sleep and I had a few pains here and there, I slept all night but have been very tired today and slept a lot today.

Had a shower this evening still have bits of dried glue on my incision I rubbed a bit of coconut oil on scar but I'm not sure if its too soon, I started getting a few niggles after but I don't know if that was cause I had cg off and was rubbing tummy a bit too firmly.

I have added more pics, I'm quite happy with the scar so far I was prepared for it looking really horrific and its not too bad at all, and its only 14 days post op.

Post day 15 still doing ok I have been off meds...

Post day 15 still doing ok I have been off meds for a bit and sleeping all night, I'm still resting loads but I'm getting bored, I have started scar treatment using palmers cocoa butter with vitamin E if feels strange afterwards but my scar is looking great.
Hardly any pain just a bit stiff when I've been sat for a bit and a few muscle spasms here "& there but nothing major.
I am slowly doing a bit more and feel a bit more swollen after but nowhere near like it was last week.
Still really happy xx

Post op day 21 from fleur di lis with extensive...

Post op day 21 from fleur di lis with extensive muscle repair
Feeling great but still feeling the after effects of the muscle repair, and along with the swelling it can be uncomfortable but not really painful, I seem to be getting a bit stiff if I'm sat in the same position for too long.
I thought I might be ready for some gentle exercise but I'm listening to my body and don't feel ready yet, but I'm gonna have to next week as I've been out to lunch most days with different friends and I'm gonna end up gaining weight ha ha.

I'm still resting not as much as I have been, but maybe I'm relaxing a bit more.
I don't see ps for another 2 weeks but he was happy for me to start scar treatment, I'm still very impressed with the scar.

Post op 5 weeks Doing great still get the odd...

Post op 5 weeks
Doing great still get the odd twinge every now and then but nothing too painful, I'm still suffering with a bit of swelling usually afternoon time if I've done a bit too much, but first thing in the morning my tummy is so flat and you can really see the hour glass shape from the muscle repair, I know when the swelling goes down it will look amazing.

My scar is still looking great nice and straight and my belly button looks fab.
I will post some pics this week.
Still can't believe how great I feel in my clothes which has always been my motivation I'm getting a bit sick of wearing leggings though, my jeans still feel a bit uncomfortable when I sit down.
It cost £5225 and it was worth every single penny, my ps has an open door policy so I can call txt or e mail if I have any concerns, the fastener on one of my compression garments broke and another was ordered straight away with no charge, I can't fault my ps and his ps nurse who happens to be his wife is great.
I go to see him next week for another check.
I'm wearing the cg during the day but have swapped to a binder at night I find it more comfortable, I've not managed to sleep on my tummy yet but can sleep on my side ok,

Post op week 6 Still feeling good , had my 6...

Post op week 6
Still feeling good , had my 6 week check today all went well my ps is very pleased with the results as am I,
I'm still swollen not all the time, but also very flat so it's no hardship. I'm still wearing my cg during the day and a binder at night I find the binder helps me sleep on my side better, I tried to sleep on my tummy and I'm not ready for that yet. Ps said I don't have to wear cg all the time it's up to me, I do feel better with it on though. And will wear when I exercise.

I have been cleared for exercise only treadmill & bike though, he said I can try running but listen to my body,
He wants me to wait until the 3 month mark before I do my high impact stuff and I can't even do Pilates, I'm gonna be a stone heavier by the time Christmas comes ha ha.

I keep feeling lots of twinges and like a pulling sensation inside it feels strange, I think it's everything knitting back together I had a lot of muscle repair. ps also told me to do lots of massage on my tummy area and that will help with the swelling.

I'm adding a few new pics, I'm very happy with the scar it's healed really well and first thing in the morning before the swelling starts I am so flat and have great contours at the side, 97 % of my stretch marks have gone and I had a lot, and my belly button looks amazing.

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You look fantastic. I have my TT mid May, but I do know that my surgeon said I'm borderline for needing a Fleur De Lis incision. I think I probably DO need one, but I don't want one. Mostly because I have an auto-immune disease and sometimes have trouble healing, and I know there is a higher issue with healing with such a big incision. However, I want a great result... sigh... hard to know what to do!
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Andrea have you checked out Metalmomma page. She is doing weights and says it is helping her to tone up, it's the cardio that contributes to the swelling. Worth checking out she has some great advice.
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Wow! You look awesome! I am so happy that I saw your story as I am also having the fleur de lis on January 31. I feel so much more relaxed now that I have seen how well you have done with this. Scar looks great!! I'm so happy for you!
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Good Luck clarks Summit3299. I've just had a Fluer de Lis, my vertical scar is quite high but even though there is some swelling still I'm so pleased with it.
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My PS told me that my scar is going to be all the way up my abdomen. I'm ok with that. Scars don't bother me. I just want a flat tummy and you look like you are nice and flat!!
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Sounds like mine then. Yep scars don't bother me either they fade I'm really happy with my result, it's a bit more swollen today (day 6 post op) but I expected that. Hardly any pain now just more uncomfortable than anything.
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Looking good girlie!

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Thank you xx
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Your Fleur de lis looks awesome Andrea!!! So pleased for you that the gamble to do this procedure paid off. You've got an awesome figure - I love the shape. I'm so dreading not being able to do my high impact cardio it's going to be hard but we mustn't do anything to stuff up the procedure. Did your PS say anything about doing light weights?
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Thank you very much xx I'm missing my cardio but I also a know its gonna be hard to get my fitness back up where it was, I'm hoping to start first week in jan but I'm gonna have to take it slow and build it up which is going to be flustrating, he said I can't lift heavy weights and I should avoid twisting, so I'm gonna listen to him I don't want to do anything that I should'nt and spoil the results. I know it will be worth it come summer time xx
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Absolutely listen to your PS. 6 hours and my op begins!!! Chat soon
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You have excellent results and a good recovery hope I do as well as you congrats x x
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Awesome you look great! Are you pleased that you did the Fleur De Lis?
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Hi yes I have started scar treatment a couple of times a day using palmers cocoa butter formula with vitamin E cream x
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You look like you are healing really well. Did your ps advise you to rub the incision with anything or just do gentle massage? I remember when I had my appendix out my surgeon told me to gently rub the scar and it would make it smooth and flat. Can hardly see it now.
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Hi yes after the op my ps said that he had done a lot of muscle repair I think that is what has been the most painful.
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Yes that's what I have heard too. My PS said at my initial consult I didn't have alot if muscle separation so I'm hoping that is the case when he gets in there .
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Glad to hear you are up and about Andrea. Did you have muscle repair done as well?
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How did you get on with your dressings the other day? How did the incisions look?
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You are doing fantastic and look amazing.  Keep up the good work:)

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Finally after all my looking I have found someone who has had the fluer di lis tummy tuck!!! I'm booked in for mine in 4 weeks. Very nervous!!!
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Good luck message me if you want any advice xx
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I also had a fleur de lis. Good luck with your surgery!
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Wow amazing just goes to show how much lose skin we have x x x
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I believe after the muscle repair somehow you get fuller eating hope so lol. Glad your recovery is going well. xx
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