After 10yrs I Am Finally Getting my Stomach Back - Vineland, NJ

Less than 3 weeks to go, getting nervous but still...

Less than 3 weeks to go, getting nervous but still way more excited! 125lbs 3 kids, 10, 6 & 2. Been "tucking" my stomach in jeans since I gave birth to my son in the 10th grade. Yes I made some mistakes, but I paid for them, more importantly I learned from them!

Married and two more babies later, my stomach is distroyed. More than ready to do something that's for me. Hubby was not on board at first, but I didn't have to do much convicting. I just stated the facts, facts he couldn't deny and eventually got his full support. I go to the gym 3 to 4 days a week and nothing will help the saggy skin!

I did all the necessary blood work this week so...

I did all the necessary blood work this week so the last step with my PS is out of the way. I do still have to go for an Echo and stress test over the next week. (Which I think is complete b/s and my PCP is being way to over cautious) She is older and doesn't believe in "unnecessary surgeries" so after mentioning it to her through conversation at my last check up she gasp and said she wanted to do some test, lol. I will humor her and oblige.

Has anyone heard of Arnica Montana? My PS has me taking it, just wondering if anyone else has ever been suggested it.

2 Week mark!! Feel like I literally waited a...

2 Week mark!! Feel like I literally waited a lifetime and here it is 2 weeks away! Heart doctor for my echo today at 10.

A little upset by the fact that my normally...

A little upset by the fact that my normally extremely helpful family is kinda shying away from me right now. If this surgery was required like my tubal or ablation they'd be right there to help with the kids. Because this is "elective" to them their leaving me on my own to deal with the kid's babysitting arrangements. Mind you I scheduled my surgery for the week my (retired) inlaws were supposed to be in Maine with my yougest son & neices. Their vacation was canceled and they litterslly decided to just take the girls on day trips so I'm not crazy. The kids have never ever been watched by anyone than the family members I am referring to. My daughter (2) will freak if I leave her with someone she is not comfortable with while I heal. This is going to be a disaster and I'm going to take forever to heal with the little rest I am going to get :( I'm supposed to be getting excited... Not having 2nd thoughts :(

I took the advice I was given and talked to my...

I took the advice I was given and talked to my family. Things have come full circle and I am worrying a little less about my recovery. My in-laws told me Saturday that they were going to keep my son all week as originally planned. And my sister has volunteered to come to my house and stay with me to help with the baby.

Surgery Day Moved up 2 days! I am now only 6 days...

Surgery Day Moved up 2 days! I am now only 6 days away from my new flat tummy! I have been waiting so long I can't even wrap my head around it yet, I have soo much still left to do and now that I lost two more days I am really feeling the crunch!. I want to have enough dinner pre made to cover at least the entire 1st week. I think that will be really helpful for my hubby. So exicted! :)

Last night going to bed with my sagging belly...

Last night going to bed with my sagging belly skin!! So excited :) 12 hours and I will be getting prepped for surgery!!

I did it!!! Surgery went as planned, don't feel...

I did it!!! Surgery went as planned, don't feel that bad. (no pain pump) Taking my meds as scheduled. I can't wait to see results tomorrow when I get a shower.

Has anyone ever passed out cold after removing the...

Has anyone ever passed out cold after removing the binder?? I took it off, got in the shower... Told my sister who was bathing me that I wasn't feeling so good. By the time she got me out and dressed I woke up on the floor with absolutely no recollection of how I got down there. It was awful :(

6 days post and pretty miserable! I absolutely...

6 days post and pretty miserable! I absolutely hate these drains and because it's a holiday week I'm stuck with them longer than usual. I haven't slept in days and the pain meds make me dizzy :(

Getting my drains out today!!! Thank god, they...

Getting my drains out today!!! Thank god, they have been the root to all my problems with this surgery. I have had little to no pain except for my drain holes constantly burning and pulling. No pain meds since Saturday so I feel a lot more level headed now. Overall, minus the drains.... The pain has definitely not been as bad as I expected. (just don't sneeze or cough! Lol)

Don't know how I am going to explain this to my ps...

Don't know how I am going to explain this to my ps in the next 2.5 hrs but today... In the shower at 9 I pulled out my drains! They were absolutely unbearable any longer. Has anyone ever done this?? With or without drs consent??

When to apply scar cream??

When to apply scar cream??

6wks post op and sooo ready to get back to...

6wks post op and sooo ready to get back to exercising! I'm still sore internally in the area around my belly button. So I have tried doing anything abs. My stomach is super flat!! Scar is a little higher than I would like but I scar really well and if it is anything like the others you will barely be able to see it in a year (hopefully less). ScarAway patches are amazing btw. Ill add pics this week!

11 month Post Pics

I just wanted to share my post pictures!!! Still the best decision I ever made :) (I'm in the fitness industry and train 6 days a week.. The abd are mine and archived through hard work.. No lipo received in that area.. Or any other area!)
Vineland Plastic Surgeon

I absolutely love my ps. Did an amazing job with my boobs 3 years ago.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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U look amazing!!!
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Amazing!! That is exactly how I'm hoping to look!!
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You look great :) I don't know how anyone goes on having to take the drains home. My surgeon doesn't allow it but there is another where I had it done that does and apparantly they come out on day 6. They drove me mad and were painful and so glad they came out before I came home. Re applying cream/oil, I've been told from 6 weeks I can start to rub cream/oil in. I've bought bio oil which can be dear and I got it on offer. My mate had an accident where her eyebrow got separated and after rubbing in bio oil its now it back in one straight eyebrow as apposed to 2 when she had stitches applied. So I'm going with bio oil. Hope this helps. X
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looking good!
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Added a before & after shot...... 8 days post op in pic.
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5 weeks post op this tuesday went clothes shopping tops only will shop for pants in 3 weeks I am exhausted legs are swollen from all yhe shopping but had to get out of the house
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I didn't even feel it! He was actually impressed. I don't think his nurse liked it very much though.
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You pulled your drains out???? WOW very brave lol I also HATED mine so bad but when they pulled first one I almost fainted, dont think I could do it my self. What did he think about you doing it? And is everything ok?
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Wow! Your tummy looks so flat! Congrats!
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You already look nice and flat!!!
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New pic added!!
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hope all is well Tuesday I will be 28 days post op hubby still has to help me in and out of bed and he help put on binder still very swollen in ab area and under belly button arnica montana helping :)
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Are you able to walk daily? My PS told me it improves the circulation and to walk daily. It may help the swelling your experiencing. I'm 28 days post op too.
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HeatherNJ - my PS told me to lay down for at least 15 minutes after taking the binder off before standing to let the blood pressure normalize. Otherwise you can pass out. Sorry you had to go through that!
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Thank you... Thank u so much! Would have been nice to know :( if it weren't for my sis my drains would have ripped right out. The night before all this happened my binder came loose from all the moving around and I told my hubby he had to get it on quickly or I was going to pass out! I knew it was the binder!
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i have to wear binfer at all tines only off for quick shower! i feel weird and nauseous when ny garment is off!
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got ok for the gym in 1 week only light workout 5 minutes each routine adding 5 minutes each week next pist op 3 weeks
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he put that long huge syringe in my ab to make sure swelling dis not have fluid it did NOT he wanted to check any way my ab is still so numb i did not feel the needle hubby said it was a huge syringe!
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eat watery foods! i ate alot of watermelon the first 2 weeks avoid choking or sneezing it hurts like heck!
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helpful things ice packs gel ones , heating pad to sit on a grabber arm to pick things up off floor
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hey all 21 days post op here another post op appointment tomorrow
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My pain has been tolerable too. As long as I take my meds on time. I tried to space out the Percocet a little further than 4hrs... That was a mistake! Not ready to be weaned yet! I get to take a shower today and see my belly! I had crazy dreams about it last night and I hated it, lol. I said Thank goodness everytime I woke up!... Always thinking of you and good luck!
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how many days post op r u
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1 :(
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I did the same thing. What the hell was I thinking???? Bad idea keep up with ur meds I woke up with such a pain not cool :(
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