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Four months PO Love my new tummy!! Trying to load after pics

I've had three boys 20, 13, and 10. Between...

I've had three boys 20, 13, and 10. Between babies and weight loss and gain I have sagging skin below the belly button. About 18 months ago I got down to my lowest weight in years and was working out like crazy and still couldn't lose my belly. I got discouraged and gained some of the weight back. Over the last several months I have lost most of it and feel pretty good at the 140ish mark. I want to get a breast reduction/lift but my ps said he would only do them seperate because of the length of time I would be "under". So at 44, I'm looking forward to having the tummy I really want!!

I've read so many reviews and I have only found...

I've read so many reviews and I have only found one TT with no drains. I was wondering if someone could give me some info because my PS does the "quilting" instead of drains. With all of the drain talk I'm kinda glad I won't have any... but it seems like it's not common and that makes me nervous!!

I check in at 5:00 am tomorrow for my "procedure"....

I check in at 5:00 am tomorrow for my "procedure". I've been looking at pics and reading reviews...funny how the brusing and incisions looked not as bad when I decided to do this..;lol. I had a migraine yesterday and I woke up this morning with a tummy full of butterflies and not much else (since I'm on a liquid diet). I think I must be very nervous because of the migraine, but I am excited too. I've been busy wrapping things up at work and home. Today is my second youngest's birthday...he's 13. I feel bad because all I can think about is my surgery. I have to step it up and celebrate for him. Well, I will post recovery and pics as I can through this process. I hope everyone out there is doing best that can be expected!!! Take care!!

Surgery was Fri am...in recovery they couldn't get...

Surgery was Fri am...in recovery they couldn't get my oxygen levels where they wanted them. So I ended up staying in the hospital until Sunday afternoon. I had something in my lungs that I had to cough out...that was very painful!! Today I have just taken one pain pill. I feel groggy all of the time because I'm on a muscle relaxer. I'm swollen a bit almost everywhere. I would say pain is pretty intense the first days, but managable. I'll post pics and more later...need to sleep now.

Well, I am at 9 days PO and today is the first day...

Well, I am at 9 days PO and today is the first day I went out and did normal stuff. Days 6 and 7 were really hard. I was feeling better and then I went to the PS and they gave me another binder to wear. The combination of both binders made me really sore and I felt like I was set back to day 2. Yesterday and today I am feeling better and so far not having drains has not been a problem at all. Still really swollen and kinda grossed out by my incision and belly button and the numbness is really weird for me. I haven't taken any pain pills or muscle relaxers in about 48 hours so thats good. PS told me to start walking a measured amount today so I started with a 1/2 mile walk and have to up it 1/4 mile each day. Check in again soon.

Having a TT has been an awesome experience. It...

Having a TT has been an awesome experience. It has changed so much for me. Gone are the days of not being able to wear jeans that fit my waist and legs. I was actually going to have a breast lift and I now don't know cause I don't want to loose any of my hourglass figure!! Now I feel like if I work out I will get to see the results in my tummy not just imagine them. I still have a lot of numbness around my belly button and down to the incision. The numbness is a small price to pay but it does feel weird sometimes and it can be really noticeable at times. My belly button is kinda strange but it's ok and I'm sure it will be better when the redness inside subsides. The scar is huge but it dissappears under my panties or a bikini bottom. Knowing what I know now I would do it again in a heartbeat.
One thing I wish I knew is how panicky I get when I feel like it might go away. I don't know how weight gain will affect it. Obviously major weight gain would be a problem. But I get worried about 10 lbs or even less. That could just be a problem I have with body image. Anyway, it has been a great investment and I wish all TT ladies the best!!
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