Tummy Tuck: StoriesWrite a Review
POD 10. Than you God for laxatives.
- updated 6 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $9,500
- Brian Klink, MD (Vacaville, CA)
I have been a long time reader on this site and...
- 26 Oct 2012
- 7 days pre
I have been a long time reader on this site and now that my TT is right around the corner, I decided it's time to post! I'm 34 y.o., 5'8, 175 lbs (I think). I work out hard 4-5 times a week and am in really good shape, just have some extra weight, but I have always been “thick.” . My legs (saddle bags, mainly) are hereditary so I had slim lipo done on them about two weeks ago. I am recovering well from that and am now on to procedure II - Tummy Tuck in about 9 days. I have wanted this for a LONG time. I am super excited and wish it was tomorrow!
My story goes: I gained and then lost over a hundred pounds in my late teens and early twenties. Over the course of the last decade or so I gained about 40 lbs back. I had my one and only child 2 years ago and gained almost 70 lbs during pregnancy. My poor body has been overfed and starved for many, many years. I am actually impressed at how well my skin has handled the ups and downs. I wish I was more like 150 lbs but alas, it just does not seem possible and I am done depriving myself and hating myself. I have been relatively happy with my body for about a year. I have been working out really well the last two years, lost all my preggo weight and have decided that I’m not waiting any longer for the TT. I think this is the weight that my body is comfortable at and overall I’m okay with it. I just hate my dough-bulge! It looks really yucky when I’m doing plank – like practically touching the ground!! I am finally exercising not so much to lose weight but because it is like good mood medicine for me. I think my greatest fear with this whole procedure is that I will lose my drive to keep working out. I have pretty bad low back pain which I think is because of the abdominal wall muscle separation. I am really hoping that after my abs are repaired, healed, and toned well, that my back pain will decrease. That is also a big reason that I am getting the TT. Ever since my pregnancy my low back has been really bad.
So I have bought all my recovery supplies – thanks to all the great ladies on here – I feel really well prepared. I am staying at the Marriott for 3 nights following the surgery which is right down the street from the clinic. I am mainly doing this because I live about an hour away from my surgeon and the drive is windy and the pain meds make me nauseous and I don’t want to have to go through that, especially since my PS said that he will see me everyday following the surgery until I am cleared. On that note, I love my PS. I have a few friends who have had work done and they RAVE about him. He is really an artist. If he’s not pleased with the outcome of his work, he will go back and fix it for free – including the lipo. He already told me that he might want to get some more fat out of my thigh bags. I haven’t even had the TT yet and I would recommend him. He have me his email and told me to email him whenever any questions come up. I have done it a few times and he is super responsive.
Anyway…that’s all for now. I will post pre-op pics soon! Best wishes to all the Nov. TT ladies and happy healing to everyone who is already on the flat side. I love this site and am so grateful for all your stories!
Well, tomorrow is the big day. I can't believe...
- 2 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
When I think about it, I start to get nervous so I've just been distracting myself. Thinking about it right now is making me nervous. I can't believe it's in 21 hours. I feel pretty optomistic about a speedy recovery because I recovered so easily from the lipo I had done 3 weeks ago. I hope I'm not setting myself up for dissapointment. Based on everyone's stories, it seems like getting up regularly and moving around is really helpful for moving recovery along.
Again, thank you everyone for sharing your stories. Happy healing and I'll meet you on the flat side!
Well. I made it to the flat side. It has been a...
- 4 Nov 2012
- 1 day post
Take care and happy healing everyone.
Hello ladies, Thales for all your support! Thank...
- 5 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Thales for all your support! Thank you lilmary for the ice recommendation. It helped tremendously. I am feeling SOOO much better today (day 2 po). Now I feel optimistic that it will progressively get better. I am starting to feel that it might be worth it. I saw my doc again this AM. They took out my foley cath today (I forgot to mention I had that I had it in since the surg due to a history of problems of not being able to pee after anesthesia. ) even though it may sound annoying, I was delighted to have it. Having to pee and not being able to on top of unbearable pain is about the worst combo imaginable. No sign of a BM coming but I'm taking stoop softereners daily. Fingers crossed.
I am walking a little less hunched today. Thank god because that was killing my back. Despite feeling somewhat better, as ladies on here have advised, I am really trying to not over due it. I find just walking to the potty exhausts me .
I cannot thank the TT-ers on here enough for your support, encoragment,
and advise. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Happy healing and God bless. May we all be well. xoxo
I feel like so much has happened in just a few...
- 8 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
So, at my last few appointments, they gave me IM meds everyday. The last few days they gave me Tordal which I think has worked the best out of everything (the RN described it as ibuprofen on steroids). The first PO day they had kept my IV line in and so they hydrated me am gave me more antinausea meds ans demral through the IV. (thank you God for Demrol.)
Today at my appt, my Doc took out one drain (not painful at all, just kind of weird - def not as bad as having a foley catheter pulled out or put in). The drains havent been a huge bother, one of them was a bit tender so he took out that one. And he took the stitches out of my new belly button (which I think I will like once it shrinks a bit). I asked my doc about the kind of puckering look of the scar, especially on the two ends. He said it looks totally normal and that it is good for it to pucker a bit now because that means it will soften and flatten at the final result. My doc said that for post op day 5 I am right on track and everything is as it should be. He didn't give me the Tordal today (something about liver damage) so I'm definitely feeling like I will be in bed all day. Getting up and moving around is just exhautimg ad in comfortable right now. The Tordal kind of tricks me into thinking I can do more than I really should (I.e., like vacuuming last night). I don't have another appt until Sat. (today is Thurs) and I will prob get my 2nd drain out then. The biggest thing affecting me now is how totally sleepy the pain meds make me (I can't remember if I mentioned that I alternate Valium and 10mg Percocet every 2 hours). The Valium is for the muscle spasms. Doc told me that it hurts so bad in the AM because I haven't had Valium all night. And I have to agree the Valium does seem to be the most effective of the two -- it just makes me SO tired that I don't like to take it. I pray that my healing continues to improve day by day and for all of you ladies out there, too. I have more pics and will post them later today (that darn Valium is kicking im and I can barely keep my eyed open LOL).
So let's see...pain is getting much more...
- 12 Nov 2012
- 9 days post
My biggest problem right now is constipation. I haven't pooped in 5 days. I went on day 3 and day 4, both fairly nothing to write home about but I am seriously wondering where my body is storing this collection of waste. I feel very full and bloated, have very little appetite (though am still eating about 1800 cals a day), I taking stool softeners nightly, and last night took some sort of Herbal colon cleanse thing and - NOTHING! (Hence my second reason for stopping the Percs (though I managed to go when I was takin them every 3 hours so I just do get it)). I think tonight I might try an actual laxative. Lord help move the bowels please!! Sorry for TMI - I'd rather vent about it on here - if you know what I mean.
So I took some pics tonight. I am in my first bikini in about 20 years. It doesn't look very good and the scar (covered in tape) is high. I'm hopin it will eventually lower a little when the swelling goes down and I don't have 5 lbs of shit trapped in my bowel. I still have some stretch marks but they are much decreased. My doc really got all the ones on the front of my stomach which is amazing because they were so deep and huge I thought they looked like tiger stripes. So all and all, I look okay. Mind you, I am just over a month post op out of lipo so still expecting my thigh swelling to go down. I'm pretty sure my doc is gonna go back in and do a bit more lipo on my right thigh. It's hard to tell, but they are slightly assymetrical. I didn't even have to ask him about it - he brought it up himself. He is such a great PS. It makes me want to get my boobs done!! I can totally understand how people get addicted to this....I am uploading my pics from my phone. Sometimes they upload rotated so use yur imagination :) I hope my share helps someone else. As always, happy healing!
TMI ALERT: after 5 days of stool softeners,...
- 13 Nov 2012
- 10 days post
My Doctor: Brian Klink, MD
I found out about Dr. Klink on realself.com. I am extremely happy with Dr. Klink. Compared to the other consults I had, I felt very comfortable with him -- even when standing in front of him naked. I didn't feel judged one bit. He is very aggressive with post-op care and I feel very safe with him doing my procedure(s). He has seen me every day post surgery and today is day 5. I could not recommend him any higher. I would give him a hundred stars.