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I'm now 3days postop. I'm doing a lot better than...

I'm now 3days postop. I'm doing a lot better than I thought it would be. I just can't stand up straight because my tummy feels so tight. So I have to walk hunched over. The dr injected exparel to numb me up to 3 days. Exparel is wearing off because when I get up that's when I feel the pain. I'm also taking Celebrex twice a day and Percosets every 4hrs for pain maybe that's why the pain I'm no suffering. I only get up to go to the bathroom. It's time that I start walking around because I'm getting tired of just lying in bed. I'm not a lay in the bed type of gal. I can't wait to get the drains taken out on Tuesday, June 3rd my first postop appt. Im hoping that the dr takes both drains out because they are getting on my nerves. I can't wait to see the outcome of the tummy and breast. My breast are not really bothering me they are just a little sore but the tummy feels the worst even though I'm not in a lot of pain. This will be well worth it if my expectations are met. Dr. Franckle and his staff are wonderful! He answered all of my questions and I had a whole list of them. I even went to a second consultation with a new list of questions and he answered all of them without rushing me. I went on several consults and when I first met him on the consult I knew he was he dr for me. Thanks Dr Franckle!

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First postop appt.

Thanks for everyone's support. Well I am nervous as heck to go to the drs and see my new stomach for the first time. I had my first postop today and I couldn't bare to look at my stomach at the drs office. The drs took both drains out. My husband took pics when I got home so Im posting those pic from my camera so I had to look at my tummy. I noticed a little more tightness or long dent on my left side so I wish that I would have looked at it when he took the bandages off instead of noticing it when I got home. Im hoping its not a revision and its just swollen. I have another appointment on June 10th and I can't wait b/c that dent is bothering me when I look at it. But when he took the bandages off, he said that everything looked fine and healing well. I might just call tomorrow if I keep on thinking about it. Yesterday I started walking a lot more and it really help my soreness and stiffness. Thanks gals!
I will be posting pics as I progress.

12dys Postop

Today started out feeling better than yesterday, I cleaned the house and got so exhausted that I had to rest the rest of the day. But today I went grocery shopping and all that walking around made my stomach sore so on the couch I went once again. My stomach was so swollen today that it seems like I'm having a hard time walking straight again, I'm a little hunched over. My stomach seem to be so hard and full of fluid I'm starting to wonder if it's normal to feel like this. I'm calling the doc tomorrow to see what he says. I will be glad when I go back to work and have my everyday normal routines. I really miss working out but tomorrow I think I will jump on the elliptical for a little while if my body is up to it to see how I do. I will probably last for about five mins. which is okay, I'm just gradually trying to break myself into exercising. I post pic of my swollen belly but I took those pics earlier in the day but my tummy is retaining more water now. The last four pics is how my tummy look now. Did anybody else ever feel this swollen? Thanks for listening!

Finally, 2wkpo

Well I'm finally 2wkpo and I would like to thank everyone who responded to my concerns and questions. You guys help me realize that I won't see the end result in a 1wk or 2wks, that it takes time to heal, I just wish It just speed up. I know the journey is not over yet, but I feel a lot better physically and mentally. I still have tightness, swelling, and in certain positions I still hurt. My husband says that my new body likes good, but I was pointing at the imperfections in my stomach, and he also said that you're still healing. I AM NOT A FAN A THE PUDGE! I was suppose to get on the elliptical (just to see how long I could do it but I would have lasted probably on for five mins. but it's a start), then I called the dr's office and was told to take it easy bc my stomach felt has though it was holding a bucket of water, it felt like that for two days. But today it's swollen but it doesn't feel that bad. I like my TT and BL (no concerns abt the BL, I will post pic of those later). Around my navel is either swollen or still has fat around concern#1. It looks like a mouth when I'm sitting down and the scab hasn't fallen off yet. The natural BB hole the one that was pulled down is not completely healed like my scar, concern #2. I still have the dent or cave in on my left side concern #3. I have dog ears on both sides of the scar concern #4. It kind of pokes out around my scar but that might mean it's still swollen. I have my 3rd po appt. on June 17th, I can't wait to ask him abt these concersn of mine. Sometimes I think that I'm being too vain abt these minor problems bc my body does like a lot better than it did b4. I just want my surgery to be as naturally looking as it can look. I haven't had much of an appetite which is fine with me bc I'm not exercising. It seems as though when I go to the store or walk too much, my stomach gets really swollen and feels like it's going to pop and it's hard to walk like that so I'm trying to take it one day at a time. I thought this surgery was going to be a breeze for me bc I'm a healthy person but I guess it doesn't matter bc surgery is surgery. The pic the might look oily, I massaged my stomach with bio oilthis morning. WHAT SCAR STRIPS WORK BEST FOR YOU GIRLS! Well, talk to you gals latr. I'm open for comments!

Shopping for new swimsuits!

Well i'm 16dys po and I have 2 vacays coming up, that means swimsuit shopping! Well for the first time since I was 13 I tried on a 2pc. I felt so confident looking around choosing the bs that I wanted. I think that I tried on about 6 bs, some I coundn't wear bc of my scar, but I don't care abt that bc I'm finally getting in a 2pc. It doesn't have to be a string bikini, I'm satisfied that I can look good in a 2p. I usually dread trying them on, but this time I had fun! I tried on a size 8 or medium but I think that I need to go down to a size 6. I'm starting to feel the worthiness of getting the TT and BL bc my stomach and breast looks nice! I ended up chosing 3 but picked up a couple more to take home to try on just to be sure. I'm so used to buying larges to hide my belly and waist that I have to get used to buying S and M bc my normal size is a 6 with the waist and belly flab when I wore spanx. Before the surgery everyone was telling me that I was wearing my clothes to big now I can wear my normal size without belly and waist flab! I can't wait until my swelloness to go down so I can get my a super tight sexy dress. I told my husband to go buy me a sexy dress and some heals that he want me to wear and my daughter said that she needs to go bc he might come home with something that is non form fitting bc tht's what he's used to seeing me in. I will post pics of my bs when I narrow them down to 3. Thanks for listening!

Finally feeling almost normal again!

I'm now 3wks po and I can walk completely straight. My stomach feels tight but not to tight anymore. I had my apt with the doc on June 17 and he said that everything is healing just fine. He said that the swollenness should go down by 3mos. but the puffiness around my scar is normal and I read that it might remain there after my swollenness goes down in my abdomen. Once the scar swollenness goes down, my stomach will look a lot flatter. I can't for that. I had so many stretch marks on my stomach from my kids that the doc couldn't get rid all of them when he pulled my skin to the bottom so that's why I still have the marks at the bottom of my abdomen but I'm still going to rock a 2pc and if they start to bother me I will put some body make up on them but as of now, I don't give a darn abt them especially when I know how my stomach looked before. My breast are around the nipples and scar still feels a little sore but I can deal with that bc they look a lot better than they did before. I might have to buy non wire bras bc of the scar bc I only have under wire bras bc I needed the support before the surgery. I've been wearing sport bra since I had the surgery, they fit comfortably right now. Im noticing that my scars on my stomach and breast are just starting to inch, if they start inching real bad I might have to buy some ointment to rub on them. My stomach is still swollen but it wasn't too bad today, I notice that it started swelling up around 8pm tonight. But I'm very happy with the results even thought I didn't finish healing yet. I'm just glad that I can finally do some of my normal routines. As far as exercising, I'm taking it easy with that until abt another 3wks. Right now I'm only exercising arms and leg lifts and squats. When I get completely better I'm going back to the gym and I can't wait! So right now I really have to watch what I eat bc I,m not really burning any calories. I've posted some updated pics of my new bod! I feel like a brand new woman. I went shopping for bathing suits today and it felt good to go to the bikini section and not just the one piece. I bought 2 bikinis (actually I bought 3, but I'm not sure about the third one yet) and 1 sexy cut out 1piece and NO TANKINIS! Well actually I already have 2 tankinis that I already owned but my husband DON'T want me to wear on our vacations! Thanks for lending me an ear! Happy Healing!

Finally 1mos and still swelling up like crazy!

I'm 1mos po and still swelling up. Everyone want to be flat and and stay flat right after the surgery but it doesn't work that way and I wish it did. I'm still swelling up a lot and I'm so over it. My scar and around the area is dark and I've been using the scar away for 12 days now but I'm not sure that I notice any difference but maybe it's too soon to tell. The dent in my stomach is not that noticeable anymore. My scar seems to be swollen or have fat at the top of it. My doc said that it's just swollen and it will go down, I hope he is right bc at the very top of the scar is a lump that goes all the way around from end to end that's not really seen on the pics. I hope I don't have to get a revision but I will just to satisfy myself, something that I don't do often. It seem to be tucked some kind of way. I can finally exercise more, yesterday I did the elliptical for 30mins, arms and legs with weights and squats with no problem for an hour. When I'm 6wks po, I'm joining a gym to exercise these giggly thighs since I don't have to worry abt the body fat since I got fat lipoed. I can concentrate on my thighs now. I have to maintain my weight but I should be used to that bc I've been on a diet since I was 18! The body fat just crept in on my since I've become middle-aged, I can't believe that I'm middle-aged! It just seems strange to write it or say it. Sometime I'm like "Omg I'm middle-aged," I do forget! I love my children but they took a toll on my body too. Even with the imperfections, I'm still glad that I had the surgery bc imperfections can be revised. Happy healing everyone!

7wks po and still have lump above TT scar, I'm not liking it

I'm now 7wks po and I saw ps today and he said that everything seems to be healing fine. I really feel like me old self except for the swelling and a little soreness that I have. I still feel more comfy wearing CG so I wear it all the time even at work and bed. I have a vertical scar bc I didn't have enough skin to pull it down far enough and It seems like it's off centered bc one side of my stomach is bigger than the other side. Something that can't be seen on the photos. I still have stretch marks bc mine were abv my BB before the surgery so I knew I was going to have them after the surgery. My stomach is completely numb right below my BB and a little numb abv it, so it's still feel weird to touch it. My BB is completely healed no soreness at all just kind of numb. My scars on my BL are healing a lot faster than the TT scar, it seems to be a lot darker. Both scars are still tender but that doesn't bother like the little pooch and the lump I have abv my scar. My breast is still sore and my stomach is still sore when I move it in certain positions but not too much. I surprise that my stomach still hurts when I sneeze so I try not to sneeze but it's getting better though. I still don't lie on my stomach at all bc it's too tender. He gave me the okay to join the gym but I told him that I was already working out, trying to get myself back in motion. I told him that I still have some fat in my stomach but he said I need some fat in there bc it would look distorted bc of my thinning skin, he told me to try to lose the fat though exercise but I told him that I would probably lose it in other places besides my stomach. The fat wouldn't budge with exercise and diet before the TT so I know it's not going to budge now. I also told him abt the lump I have abv the scar that goes from end to end, he told me that it will probably go away, I was really complaining abt it so he said that he will do a revision on the scar bc it's probably fat that have to be lipoed out. I told him that it looks weird in any bathing suit, I even took pics to show him how it looks and that I was not satisfied abt the lump. I told him that I will give it to November, my next po appt, to make the decision abt the lipo. But I hope that he is right abt the lump because he was right abt the dent. Does anyone have a long lump abv their scar that goes from end to end. If you look at my black cut out bathing suit in the old photos you will see what I'm talking abt, and it still looks the same way. It's really not that noticeable when I'm not wearing anything but it can be seen with my underwear too. I posted some new pics for all to see. I don't see much of a difference from my last photos. Happy healing to all!

Still not flat as I want at 2mos.

I'm now 2mos po and really feeling normal. Only have minor soreness in my stomach and breast. I haven't slept on my stomach since before the surgery bc my scars are still sensitive, I feel more comfortable sleeping in the fetal position. When I stretch my legs out when I'm on my side, I feel pain in my lower stomach but I can finally lay flat on my back w/o feeling a whole lot of tightness in my lower abs, I feel just a little tightness that I can deal with. My scars on my TT and BL still itch especially my BL scars, I find my self patting them or slightly scratching them when they're itching. The photos shows that my scars are dark but actually they are a lot lighter than they appear on the pics. I still have fat, skin, or swollenness abv my scars. The right side of my stomach is more swollen or have my fat than the left side. I still feel tightness or swollenness when I'm working out but I just keep on going. I'm still wearing my spanx underwear all the time, all of the time I'm wearing two for extra support except at nite. I wear the tummy control at night and when I workout and wear the thong tummy control and whole thigh spanx for work. The tummy control hurts my scars under my breast during the day when I'm moving around. I still might feel a little pain in my upper abs from time to time but I can deal with that bc it's not bad at all. I post some pics for all to see how I'm progressing and my spanx My breast looks more perky in person, I just angled the camera wrong for the photo. I hope this is not my end result for my stomach. Happy healing!

My not so flat stomach that's depressing me!

Well tom I will be 11wks po and there's not much difference in the results of my stomach. Matter of fact, my stomach is poucher than it ever was and to top it off, my rite side (your view left side) is a lot bigger than the left side. The only thing that is changing, is the scar that is getting better and lighter (it shows darker on the pic). I made an apptmt to see my ps today to see what the heck is going on with my stomach. This is how I look when I wake up and go to bed. My stomach is never ever flat, my husband seen my stomach and ask me when I'm I going back to the doctors bc he notices that my stomach is the same as before but minus the skin. He's probably wandering where the flat stomach went and when it's going to stay. I always wear my cg, sometimes two, except that one time where I was experimenting to see how my stomach does without it. I am very very disappointed. The photo does not show how big my stomach really looks. My last apptmt my ps told me that the final results should be at 3ms po and next week will be that mark. I hoping that this is not the end result. My vacay is next week and at this point in the surgery I don't even want to put on a bathsuit on all bc there are going to think that I'm pregnant. I wanted to show off my new body, now I just want to hide it. Doesn't matter what kind of bathsuit that I wear I still can't hide it. He said that I would be 2pc ready by now that's why we booked he trip, he was soooooo wrong! I will do an update abt the conversation that we had after my drs apptment. I'm hoping it's good news! I liking my BL but this pouch as to go! I'm signing off as disappointed, disgusted, losing hope and I see a revision in my future! I hope you girls are doing a lot better than me and If not I wish everyone the best outcome with their results! Thanks for letting me vent!

11wks po and still not FLAT!

Hi RS friends! I have disappointing news, I will need a revision. I went to my apptmnt yesterday and I have bad news. My ps told me that this is my final result. I did not want to hear that! I complained, complained and complained abt my stomach not being flat. We looked at the before pics and he told me that my stomach looks great and I told him that my stomach looks the same but the skin is gone. It does look better than it did before though. He told me that I have to exercise my muscles to get the result that I want and I told him that my stomach is still sore when I try to exercise it. He told me to take some advil to relieve the pain after I work my abs bc I have to exercise to tighted my muscles but I thought that was what the tt was for.I don't mind exercising bc I already do. Exercise 5 days a week but I haven't been doing any kind of exercise for my stomach. I told him that I don't need to be losing any more weight I'm trying to maintain the weight that I have. I've been exercising since I was 6wk po. I don't think tht it's going to help bc I've been exercising my stomach for years and my stomach never changed that's why I got the surgery. He also told me that if he lipo my stomach it will look unatural but he said that if it's the same in November, he will do a revision to make it look better. He also said that he can take more skin off if there is more loose skin. It feels like something hard is in my stomach but he could not detect anything when he was examining me. The way my stomach is progressing, I knew that I was needed a revision bc my stomach is getting rounder not flatter. I still don't know what happened bc he said that my muscles are still together they did not separate. He did not say anything abt it being swelled up, he just said that my stomach is hard. I wish that it was hard flat and not hard round. So I have to wait until November to see how my stomach ends up with all the ab work that I'm going to be doing! I just hope it's not to painful to do the exercises. He also told me to ditch the cg bc I need to hold my stomach in myself but I told him that I know how to do that bc I've been holding it in for years before the tt. I told him what happened when I didn't wear my cg that one day last week and he still thinks that I should not wear it. I'm ready to change my rs name from ontheflatside to stillnotflat or notontheflatsideyet! Now I wish that my stomach was just swollen bc I know that eventually it would be flat bc the swelling would go down. I am very disappointed!! Thanks for letting me vent! I didn't post pics bc I already posted pics 2 dys ago, there's no change in my stomach, BUMMER!
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I love the way you look in the one piece black swimsuit. I sure hope you kept that suit. It is very slimming and the side cut outs look like an hourglass figure to me.
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Hey, I feel like I've been out of the loop since I haven't been on RSVP in a few days. I'm reading your Aug 13 post and I'm disappointed as well. We go into this wanting to be flat and when told we need a revision were like wth? I hope that you do see some improvement by the time you go back in November. Btw, don't change your name that's like accepting defeat. Keep your head up ontheflatside.
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I agree with Blubberbelly. Be careful/wait on the abdominal exercise. I wish you all the luck with your ps on the revision, you deserve it! I'm just starting that kind of exercise at 4 mos po. Keep in mind, it is possible, your ps knows you are own RS (most will follow us). I think when the ps knows we are on RS, it can be more important/motivating for them to do the right thing. Most of us have surgeons who really care about our results anyway, and by nature want us to be happy with our results. Afterall, some of us will go back for more! For example, I had a facelift with my PS before I had the tt, so if I got a revision, I'd be so tempted to lift my sagging boobies then (yours look awesome!!). Keep us posted!
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At only 11 weeks post op it's probably too early to do abdominal exercises. I'm almost three and a half months post op now and I still have some soreness when doing crunch like movements so I still don't dare do any abdominal exercises. Some surgeons say to wait until the six month mark before doing abdominal exercises. Your surgeon saying that you're ready for ab work has me wondering if perhaps I can proceed with abs. but my inner voice says not yet.
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I've been doing ab work in the gym and at home since I've been told it's o.k. And you know what, the more I work my abs the less pain that I feel in my stomach while doing them but I'm still not working them like I use to, I'm still taking it easy. If I do an exercise that causes too much pain I switch and try something else out. Lifting both legs at the same time while lying on the floor, I can't do yet (which was recommended by the ps) but doing bicycle movements with my legs while lying on my back, I can do. I can also do planks and lifting one leg at time in a scissor movement I can do and it targets the lower abs. Sometimes my stomach is sore, but it's very tolerable.
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Good to know! Maybe I'll try doing some ab work soon!
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Guerrabooty, and I have the same doc. ALL of his tt's patients that are here on R/s that were done prior to June 2014 has some type of issue. Nani2014, and myself have horribly placed outer tt incision scars that aren't placed on our torso, but instead on our hips! So much for wearing a bikini...Excessive fat left behind, and protrusion beneath the belly button. I can't attribute this to nothing more than poor surgical technique. Be thankful your surgeon is willing to give you a revision. We've created such a squawk here on our blogs, that he has ditched us all together! Now we have to pay for his screw ups.
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I'm very sorry to hear this. Are you sure he's a certified plastic surgeon? I checked and double checked to make sure mine was.
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Yes, it's actually more than a "bummer" to be dissatisfied with our surgical results after all the expense and recovery time! Still you're lucky that your surgeon is willing to do a revision as some surgeons won't even go there! A lady who calls herself guarabooty and one who calls herself flabby patty had surgeons who would NOT even discuss a revision and were even angered by the suggestion. A second surgery will be totally worth it if it gives you optimal results. Your first recovery wasn't too bad so the second recovery (like mine) should be even easier!
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I've read guarabooty posts and saw her pics, and I feel very bad that her surgeon won't even give it a second thought. Now that's really a bummer. I know that it won't be a walk in the park but I still can't wait to see how that one turns out and how much it will cost bc I think that I still have to pay the surgery center.
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I told my husband abt the revision and he said that you want to go through that again, I told him that I heard it wasn't that bad the second time around. I just told him that I wasn't satisfied with the results, he's probably just seeing dollars signs going out the window.
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Your surgeon might waive his surgical fee and only charge you the clinic fee and anaesthesiology fee as seems to be the norm!
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Yeah! I might not be so lucky!
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To make you feel better (maybe), I will post some pictures of how bad I look when sitting down. Granted I look flat standing up, but sitting is a big disappointment to me too. When I see my ps for my 6 month po checkup, I will press the issue then. I'll let you know as soon as I've posted my very notontheflatside / stillfat pictures later today or tomorrow.
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My problem is standing and sitting. When my ps looked at my stomach he really didn't know what was going on so he just told me to start exercising. I think that he was surprised how big my stomach was at 11 wks po. bc it really do look the same but the skin is gone. It's the same size as before but my flanks are gone. Sometimes we really have to push the issue that we are not satisfied. Can't wait to see your pics. I already know that they're going to look better than mine.
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Hey, just read your post, so sorry about your disappointment. I do understand your frustration. I'm so curious to know about your convo with dr franckle, if you're willing to share. I'm hoping that you will get the results you're looking for sooner rather than later. Btw are you still working out?
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Yes, I'm still working out. I've been exercising for years, I'm so used to it that I don't feel right when I'm not doing it. I have to start working out my stomach, as per Dr F., to get the results that I want but I'm still going to need a revision when I heal. I'm so glad that I didn't not wait until my apptmnt, Nov, to see him but I still don't know what went wrong. He took pics of me to compare with my stomach when I see him Nov. How can my stomach be getting rounder not flatter, I'm just puzzled. How is your BL and TT coming along? I hope a lot better than mine is! Are you healing normally? Everything else is great for me except the pouch.
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I'm healing pretty good, I'm going to post some pictures soon. Still swollen at night of course. Still numbness below my belly button. I honestly don't know why my belly button hasn't healed yet, ugh. I'm still being patient. .... I I'm glad your got to see dr.f so at least you have some peace of mind and now know what to work on. Question, what do you mean working out your stomach? More ab work? My abs are still very sore, I couldn't do a crunch if I wanted to. Please keep me posted. Thanks for continuing to share your journey. Ttyl
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He wants me to do exercises to target my lower abs even though I told him that my stomach hurts in certain positions. That's why he told me to take something for the pain, I'm going to try to work my abs out but if it's causing my abs to hurt severely, I'm going to stop bc I'm not trying to hurt myself. I'm glad that you're doing good. Sorry to hear abt your belly button, i guess you have to give that more time. My stomach feels numb too above and below my BB, feels funny to touch it. I need to go to bed now, I'm suppose to waking up at 4AM to go to the gym with my daughter and I'm going to need all my strength for all those abs work outs! Good Night!
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Well Jersey Girl! I went to the gym, minus my daughter bc she didn't get up, and the last thing I did was abs bc I didn't want to be in pain that I couldn't finish the rest of my exercises. I got on an abs machine I couldn't do what I normally did pre surgery bc my abs was hurting too bad but I tried to pull through it and I couldn't. I only did abt 20 rep on that machine and I had to stop. So I tried another machine and that machine didn't hurt me so bad it did target the abs and waist. I still couldn't finish bc you have to lean your upper abs in on this hard cushion to work your lower abs and that bothered me. So I could only work my abs out for abt 4 mins. total. I still think that it's too soon to work abs. I'm going to try floor abs w/o machines to see if it's a difference in pain. The only problems I had before working out my abs was that exercising did not help. I'm going to ease myself into it to see what happens. Well I'm off to work now, chat with you later. Have a nice day!
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Hi NCNJGIRL, I'm told to expect the numbness for up to a year if not permanently. I have a friend who still has it after 5 years. Of course, it is a matter of getting used to it. Most of us should expect the numbness from the BB down to and incl. the incision, but not below the incision.
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I've talked to 2 secretaries that work for ps's that had theirs done 10yrs ago and they are still numb below the BB. At first I was freaked out by it but now I'm getting used to being numb but when my husband touches the numb area that's when it feels strange. I guess that I have to give it more time for the area abv my BB and the actually BB itself. But I can live with the numbness as long as my stomach is flat and smooth.
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Wow ten years later and still numbness. This is what I love about this forum always finding out New and helpful information. thanks for that heads up
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You're welcome!
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I feel the same way! I'm just as bulgy minus the skin it's depressing some girls get a tt and look perfect 4 weeks later! I do know all plastic surgeons say 6 months-one year for full results and for swelling to stop. You've got a long way to flat and I've got even longer and still have to eat and exercise right to have full results. I feel discouraged also but yours looks better each month! Don't give up
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