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Had TT Now Going for Thigh Lift August 19, 2011.

After losing 145 lb via diet/exercise, am left...

After losing 145 lb via diet/exercise, am left with a lot of hanging skin. Had tummy tuck on Mar 18, with 10 lb of skin removed by PS. Now I can see my legs - whoo hoo, but what a mess!! Am nervous and excited all rolled up into one as this is a lot of $$$ I am spending on myself.

Main concern with this surgery is infection and scar splitting as gravity will pull on it. I'm 57 and may have to keep working for ever, but feel I am worth it.

Will see PS tomorrow to also ask about removing some of the excess skin off 'flank' area of hips at same time as thighs. He wants to see what I am talking about.
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My friend you are worth it! You took all the time and effort to lose the weight and it is impossible to feel really accomplished with all the hanging skin you have to hide. I think if you want it go for it! What kind of scar will you have? The one in the groin area and/or the incision from knee to groin? I'm excited for you.
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I'm thinking it will be knee to groin. I've asked PS office about that and for before/after photos of thighs he has done, because his web site does not show any, but have yet to hear back on that. Thank you for the encouragement. This is a very big leap and I am nervous and scared about it.
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Saw PS today to discuss some skin removal in upper...

Saw PS today to discuss some skin removal in upper back of hips/flank area today at same time as thigh lift. Ok, so it's a body lift - a little more involved than I thought it would be. Added surgery time and $$ and healing. Since thigh lifts like this are a concern with healing, might be advisable to only do one procedure at a time. I'll think on it and decide soon. Can't hardly wait for September and the big day, nerves and all!
FYI I sent you a private email.
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I heard this is a tough surgery but I'm with you all the way. I did Google searches on thigh lifts & body lifts and found other sites that go over them. Just like Realself, they should help give you some ideas of what to expect and what might or might not happen. Just for your peace of mind, it might not hurt to go to another PS just to see what they have to say. Doesn't mean you don't trust your original surgeon, just means you are doing everything possible to make sure you are making an informed decision. Another opininion might also help you to ask your original surgeons questions you might not have thought of before. Just my 2 cents. So glad you are able to do this for yourself.
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I checked with another PS office that is based 4 hr away who also comes near my area once a month, & he also posts to RealSelf, but ran into same thing: no, the website does not have thigh lift photos, yes you still have to travel to their surgery center, and this is just not a common surgery. The PS I had for TT is with two other PS and one of them has done thigh lifts, according to some of her Realself question/answer responses. I'm still comfortable with current PS & decision to do this, but will Google more on it. I think PS would have said "no" if he wasn't comfortable with the procedure and with me. I do want to be VERY prepared. With my metal knee, infections are NOT allowed as they can settle in the knee, so that is a concern. Thigh lift is 2.5 hr and arms/breasts is 4.5 hr. Since date & surgery time are booked, need to make final decision real soon!
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Saw orthopedic surgeon today about right knee....

Saw orthopedic surgeon today about right knee. Asked if he had any concern with my getting medial thigh lift and if possible infections from it traveling into metal knees. Ortho surgeon told me he was NOT worried at all & to just let him know when I was ready to fit the 2nd knee joint replacement into my schedule. Told him medial thigh lift comes first, with complete healing. Only mention this due to mult. surgery procedures and how they might impact one another or if they would cause one surgeon to back off. I absolutely DON'T want PS backing off any...

Folks tell me I have 'skinny' legs &...

Folks tell me I have 'skinny' legs & actually the legs were what was noticed first after I reappeared on the scene following the TT removal of pannus. What they don't know is that the jeans cover the loose skin & you can't tell it is there. But...I know it is there & I would like it to disappear. I prefer the scar. Do wish I knew more about what was involved and what to expect and prepare for - recovery wise.
My muscles were pulled in 5-6 inches and stitched, but I am not 'flat or tight', but 'soft'. Only thing I can figure is that there was just way too much of me for him to work with.

I hadn't heard of belly button laparoscopically and fixin' muscles that way. I like the concept, tho! Hindsight on what we let others talk us into or out of - LOL. I still wish my PS would have been willng to pull up/down some of my flank skin along with thigh lift, but if he won't, he won't.

Hey, I found a web site where a PS wrote an article on thigh lift and showed color drawings to illustrate the lines to draw on the patient, how to position the patient, etc and also had a real live patient photos, at different stages of the surgery. Believe it was intended for fellow PS's, not future patients. Maybe I shouldn't have looked at it - way more involved than just a mere cut line down thigh and pulling in & stitching...

We have clouds/rain overcast today, so looks like our weather might be matching yours a bit this weekend. Have a great weekend and talk later!

Ok, no more birthdays, back to eating regime, and onward!
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So you need the other knee replaced as well? You are going to be bionic soon LOL! Just joking! The rest of us will not be able to keep up with you soon.
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This is funny, actually I'm going to be 'clicking'...the little plastic insert between the two pieces of metal feels weird sometimes & clicks when I walk. I'll really be setting off the airport detectors. Maybe I'll have to get a T-shirt made that proclaims in great big letters "this grandma is bionic, not threatening" or something -LOL. Will have to ponder that! Told the ortho doc I "just want to walk, I have to walk". Knew I needed it for the weight loss, that I had not only to eat right, but to exercise and MOVE any way I could.

All part of the journey to health. But I'll tell you, getting this tummy tuck made the whole 1 1/2 year weight loss battle totally worth it. TT best, most rewarding & meaningful gift I have ever given myself. Still get teary eyed over it - LOL.
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Will order compression garment tomorrow. It is...

Will order compression garment tomorrow. It is high waisted and then goes all the way down legs to mid-calf, with zippers built into part of the sides. Crotchless, of course, so it doesn't get removed except for cleaning/switching garments.

Sure hope surgery team is able to actually get it on me while I'm under. It looks like it will be 'very' difficult to put on. Guess maybe one slow inch at a time. Hope they scheduled that into the timeframe as it might take them all day & into the night. LOL.

Asked hotel where I will be staying following...

Asked hotel where I will be staying following surgery if they would place me in a room closest to the elevator, to eliminate as much walking down corridors as possible.
Both - LOL. Now I want it all....maybe PS shouldn't have done such a good job with TT- LOL. I'm going for thigh lift in August, then save up $$ and leave time at work and hoping for breast lift/aug and arm lift together, hoping for early next summer for that. The weight loss left me with loose skin all over, so will 'fix' the parts I can. Of course, TT was the BIG one I wanted and am very happy if TT is only procedure I get. Then, save more $$ and leave time and get backside (body lift) done???? My PS said body lift would be a lot easier compared to TT...! Oh well, one thing at time. Thank you for your kind thoughts and encouragement!
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Good for you! Your TT was incredible seeing how much skin was removed...its amazing what these surgeons can do. I had a BA about 10 years ago... you will really reap the benefits of that and feel like a million bucks! Then you can show off those babies! Are you nervous about the thigh lift?
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Hi Blondie - well, showing off the girls would be new & different for me! Maybe I should do them before thighs - hehe. I'm very nervous about the thighs, probably more so than the TT. Concerned about infection, incision opening up etc because of where they will be placed. With part of incision in groin area, I'll be seeing massive germs on toilets for some time - whether they're there or not -LOL. I've already checked at work to make sure they have plenty of paper covers for the seats....and I'll probably be mass steryl wiping each one I use - or else just holding it all in - LOL. Not much out there on thigh lifts - photos or stories, even on RealSelf - but I know they're done. So I feel kinda alone on the thighs - sigh.

How is your hubby? He healed ok now? Was thinking of both of you and the journey you have gone thru after your own TT. Wishing both of you all the best!
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Custom compression garment has been ordered. It is...

Custom compression garment has been ordered. It is a mix of the garment I wore for TT as we know that part fits, but with smaller legs & thighs. The company also wants to eliminate the two side zippers and put in one zipper that is located in the front middle of the garment. All tailor made for yours truly. Sure hope it fits...
I am so excited for you! your going to look great! your TT looks amazing!
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HeatherMarie, thank you so much! I was really worried when first coming onto this site as I wasn't young or svelte. Am trying not to be nervous about the thighs. Hard not to think about it when I see them everyday - LOL.
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The custom-made compression garment has been...

The custom-made compression garment has been completed & shipped. They wanted to put one zipper in middle (crotch to under breast) rather than two zippers down each side. Sure hope it fits...
Girls Lmull has a blog now go~ welcome her!!!
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Of course we are here together!
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You guys make me so jealous! sniff sniff ;0) I want my thighs done too! I sure hope you guys are going to share pics and stories of recovery good and bad so the rest of us know what to expect when and if we get there. I wish the 2 of you the best of luck with your surgeries and LMull I hope your recovery from here on out becomes uneventful!
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Have ordered a freshette - traveling one since...

Have ordered a freshette - traveling one since I'll be in a hotel at least 5 days. This should work well with the crotchless compression garment and the new skirt I just bought. Skirt goes to just a few inches above ankles and should just cover the compression garment, as it goes below the knees.

Will look at high rise toilet seat addition with grab bars this coming weekend. I may need something at the hotel...? Want to be all prepared. Will ask PS about steri strips, gauze pads, etc as it is best to have MORE than less during first couple weeks of recovery.
Cheryl,

I'll be on vacation when you go in so....in advance I'll be thinking of you and excited to see how you are doing when I get back!

Hugs and prayers for Souther California are with you!!!
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Thank you, LMull! I"ll be thinking of you dog mushing and wondering what that's like - LOL. I'm so glad you came on RealSelf when you did. It has been so beneficial to both HeatherMarie & I on preparing for the thighs and hopefully will prepare the way for others getting ready for theirs! Have a blast of fun on your vacation!!!
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Cheryl you have to be so excited that your thigh lift is coming up! You are going to look just marvelous!!!!
I love that you posted the older picture too. Wow!!
Looking forward to seeing more of your transformation. I think you look so darned good! Congrats to you :)
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To help relax & take mind off upcoming...

To help relax & take mind off upcoming surgery, have decided to take hot bubble baths each night until Thursday, the travel day to Seattle. And use the locally made shea butter with goat's milk. My feet will be so soft and luxiurios (sure I spelt that wrong) that the surgical team will say "wow, what beautiful feet she has" and not even notice all the skin laxity going on everywhere else - LOL. Unless they want to admire their handiwork of the TT, that would be ok. Heck, I'll be under - won't know what they say - LOL. And thank goodness I got most of the sticky wax off my do-it-yourself bikini line/ mini brazilian wax job I tried to give myself...might have caused a raised eyebrow or two, especially with all the shredded cotton that then stuck to the wax when I tried to get it off...
You'll be fine! You can sing at the top of your lungs to join her! LOL I can call and sing to you but good lord almighty that just might send you over the deep end! LOL I can not carry a tune in a paper bag.
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Oh my! Countdown begins - scary! I keep trying to think of the trip to Seattle as a 'vacation' and the fun little things to do along the way. My granddaughter loves to sing, so I'll be serenaded the whole way!
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5 more sleeps my friend!
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Drains come in sterile packaging, so PS's...

Drains come in sterile packaging, so PS's nurse says they'l try to show me drain stripping, but definitely after surgery. I like docs/staff to talk to me direct (even if drugged) as I "like to know" for myself. Very important to me.
Hi ladies! A little better today. Yesterday older daughter @ 16 yr old granddaughter came up for the day to go to Hemp Fest & watched a guy with full bag of weed 'bartering' or giving it away. They said police didn't do anything with him as he wasn't selling....anyways, this granddaughter saw my drains and exclaimed "is that blood" and ran out of the room and wouldn't come back in for a long time. We thought she fainted - LOL. Poor girl, guess we hadn't warned her good enough!
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Trying to figure this FB thing out. Just SUCKS royally. Hope you're doing well today, Cheryl. How's your granddaughter doing with all of this?
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Cheryl your amazing! yes there are no good like lady potion with this operation! ha ha ha! But luckily for you your one BEAUTIFUL lady all the way around~ please eat protein~ that helps the most with healing~ I keep praying for you and thinking about you~ your doing GREAT
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Thigh lift was Aug 19 and was about 2 hr or so....

Thigh lift was Aug 19 and was about 2 hr or so. Incision makes an "L" shape in groin and traveling down to the knees,where the drains exit. I am in a compression garment going from tummy down to mid-calf. It is tight, but any swelling is minimal and drainage is good. I will slow down on pain pills today. I was up walking within hour of getting back to hotel room due to having to pee - thanks to IV bag of fluids. The Freshette device makes this real easy. PS changed dressings today and I had first shower. PS has me 'airing' myself out of compression garment an hour each day.
Other than this fun situation, your incision looks great. In your newest pic I think it's the opposite leg than in the previous pic, but the Dr. did great on his stitches.
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Yes, it is opposite leg. I had hoped to be in the percentage few who get thru the TL without anything going wrong at all, but am thankful for none of the other items that can also occur. Taking it very very easy yesterday and today. I'm glad PS called back today himself and I didn't have to explain/go thru someone else.
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Cher - I've been out of town on business all weekend. Just now reading your posts. First of all don't panic like I did when my opened. Trust me if the PS opts not to restich it will close!!!! I never knew that people could heal that way. He'll most likely have you pack it with gauze dipped in a prescription water solution then dress it. I have to do mine 2X's a day. I know you are wondering how in the hell will that close up??? It will. It will heal from the inside out! My t intersection was gastly. It was a triangle that probably measured 2X3" and closed. Best thing about it the scar is not even big. If you feel like talking I'am more than happy to private message my phone number.
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All steri-strips came undone during the night and...

All steri-strips came undone during the night and incision opened about 1/4 inch by 1.5 inches. Seems a bit puffy on one side, but doesn't hurt or wiggle when touched? PS can look at it Thurs. I just couldn't bear to have nothing but ointment and gauze over it, so did put one narrow steri-strip over center of it, then gauze, then a larger second gauze over that. Also dried gently with hairdryer and then ointment to right groin leg where it has been reddening up, which I think is from moisture, sweating, and rubbing irritation. Put gauzes there also. Will check again tonight.

Hang in there, those fluid pockets got to go away sometime. So wish it was NOW, for your sake.Bummer about the appt, but Thurs still better than any longer waiting. Wishing you luck on your visit!
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thank you my sister is an RN and she scares the hell out of me she is really concerned about the fluid pockets forming a "fiscual" she says they will find a weak spot to drain from... she really freaks me out... darn sister RN... lol.. as long as when it drains it take 20 lbs. with it..
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you are so brave!!! wow you have such a positive outlook and you don't seem to panic too badly.. good for you.. and yes I agree i wish there was a small town where we could all heal together .. and laugh and complain with smiles.. heal gurl!
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Drains removed today, 13 days postop - yay!!...

Drains removed today, 13 days postop - yay!! Compression garment MUCH easier to put on without drains and with incisions more healed and without a ton of gauze and tape - LOL.
Hi Cher, I was looking at your pic and all I can say is WOW, what a difference, your thighs look amazing and the cool thing is they will continue to looke even better as you heal....
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Cheryl look at you!!! You look FABULOUS!! Wow. So cool go see yr results! I had my surgery over 2 weeks ago & still, have to post some.
Con grata to you!!
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Thank you and can't wait to see your results if you post. Many congrats to you also and glad it's done and you are now healing!!!!!!
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I LOVE my new legs and new tummy. Never again will...

I LOVE my new legs and new tummy. Never again will I be embarrased or humiliated by it. No more will I 'cover' it up, but am 'dressing' it up. The work is not yet complete (arms/breasts/body lifts), but it is well on its way and I am determined to see the final, finished Masterpiece.
Waiting to Exhale, have you decided which procedures to go for? I'd like to follow along on your journey there:)
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Ok Cher keep me posted on all this please!
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LMull, I also am SO glad the drapes are gone, along with all the jiggling. It was amazing how much excess skin there was, tons & tons & tons that people didn't see. Are you running for exercise or keeping to walking?
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No infections. Split in left leg has mended. I...

No infections. Split in left leg has mended. I think scar will be slightly wider than if it had not split.
HEHE YOU MAKE ME GIGGLE CHER IN LIFE IT IS AMAZING THE PEOPLE FATE PLACES IN YOUR LIFE TO TAKE YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY THE AMAZING THING IS ITS UP TO US TO EXTEND OUR HAND! yES KEY TNOTE ONE STEP AT A TIME NO LEAPING! SO EXCITED THANK YOU!
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Ahhh Cher I accept!!!! I am not going to wait any longer ma.. It use to suck I was so embarrassed to even play at park with my kids now I am like who is down to play all my kids are in soccer!!!! i NEVER JOINED NOW I am like up cheering them on! I am thank you so much heheheh so excited I got I got like a fairy god mother!
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Waiting, new daughter, this is so exciting!!! You will be no more embarrassed or out of energy. You are the best mom to your kids - I'm cheering for them and you!!! One step at a time, we're here for you!! Remember, whatever you are doing for yourself, you are also doing for your loved ones. By improving your health and abilities and your self confidence, those around you all benefit also. So GO GIRL!
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See PS for 6 wk post op on Oct 7. Incisions have...

See PS for 6 wk post op on Oct 7. Incisions have healed and I've begun massaging them to desensitize them. Have a marble-size lump under one part & will work on it & ask PS about it. Took hot bubble bath last night and wow, but did it feel good. When I say my PS saved my life & is my hero, I truly mean it. I have had first date and intimacy in many many years & w/o these surguries, honestly don't believe this would have been possible. When a 36 yr old guy writes that I'm attractive (I'm 57), you can't help but glow all over.
You look amazing! I'm going to get a thigh lift early next year and I hope my legs look similar to yours.
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I see you haven't responded in quite a while but would you consider posting some photos since you are two years out now? I would so love to see what scaring looks like after so much time....Thanks
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You look absolutely amazing!!!!! Happy for you.. I am having the same type of incision as you did.. PS told me I will also have staples with the stitches. Did you have that too?? What was ur pain level??? Were there things you couldn't do?? ex... close a recliner?? trouble sitting on the toilet??? I would appreciate any and all advice you can give.. thanks!!
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