Abdominoplasty

With my age of 55+, recent massive weight loss via...

With my age of 55+, recent massive weight loss via diet of 140+ lbs, and several pregnancies, my poor abdomen was a huge mess. For the past 35 years it has left me so humuliated and embarrassed I didn't even want primary care physicians to see it. The plastic surgeon was able to meet the challenge I presented and gave me a beautiful new tummy. Just 2 weeks post-op and I feel like a butterfly emerging. He is very skilled and I am so grateful for having found him. Besides being an intelligent and skilled surgeon, I found him kind and compassionate in his care of me. Now, my teenage grandaughters call me their new sexy grandma and it is all due to the plastic surgeon, he is my hero!

17 days post-op and I feel wonderful. After 35...

17 days post-op and I feel wonderful. After 35 years of excessive weight, I can finally stand and look down and see my feet! My tummy is finally in proportion to the rest of me and I love it.

We're finally getting some sun so I bought a...

We're finally getting some sun so I bought a tankini and matching beach towel yesterday. Can't wait to get a little sunbathing going. Haven't done that since I was a teen, so will be careful about overdoing. Incision seems to be healing good. My older sis told me to quit 'yanking' the tape off when I change it, to gently "walk" it off...that might help with some of the blood spots/red areas I was getting.

A few stats: 5'3", day of surgery 160 lb,...

A few stats: 5'3", day of surgery 160 lb, currently 148 lb (10 lb skin removed by PS). Would like to lose 10 lb more then maintain. Didn't wait on TT, as wanted it done NOW!!! and thank goodness not a concern with PS. PS did tell me that due to massive weight loss, I will always be somewhat loose and that was OK as having the hanging skin gone is priceless.

As I traveled out of town to Seattle, I had TT in...

As I traveled out of town to Seattle, I had TT in PS's surgical center and was wheelchair from there by surgery nurse across the street to the hotel, where I stayed with caregivers (older daughter and my younger sister who is a nurse) for 4 days. First drain tube removed at that time and I was cleared to travel home. Felt EVERY small bump in the road. Was glad to get home and into my recliner. Hotel room just had lots of pillows LOL.

Well, on sunbathing, the PS' nurse got back to...

Well, on sunbathing, the PS' nurse got back to me today and said "absolutely not" as exposing the scar to sunlight could cause it to be hyperpigmented and it takes months for scars to mature. Well bummer, guess it will just be the rest of me to expose to some sun. And, I'm to keep using the tape on incision until 6 wk mark, then may rub vitamin E on it.

PS said today I can use Mederma on scars, no...

PS said today I can use Mederma on scars, no elliptical machine until 6 wk postop and no hot bath/hot tub until 8 wk postop (I so want one). Local newspaper came out with local fitness center ad today with photos of me at 300+ lb and a week ago at 148 lb. That was kinda fun - one way to show off new tummy LOL. Fitness center asking when I can come back! Get lots of encouragement and support there and from personal trainer I used pre-op.

Will see PS next Friday and will get legs waxed...

Will see PS next Friday and will get legs waxed sev. days prior, yeah, - gotta prepare for that After photo shoot. I keep buying bikini underwear, trying to figure out which one to wear on the big day. Incision looked good today when I changed the tape on it. The ends of scar are a little poochy, a little bigger than a nickle. Will ask PS about that. Now its really really hard not to want the rest of me done - inner thighs, arms, and breasts...hadn't thought I,d feel that way once the MAIN concern (belly) was gone.

Is it normal for scar to feel like a...

Is it normal for scar to feel like a 'rope'. Mine is not wide and is healing, but when I touch it, it feels like a hard narrow rope. I'll be rubbing some Mederma on it starting tomorrow, hope that helps it smooth out some!

Went to hospital today for upper endoscopy and...

Went to hospital today for upper endoscopy and told them if they needed to rescusitate (spelling?) me, NOT to pound on my chest because I didn't want my new abs messed up! LOL. Got to wear my new bikini undies during procedure - yeah! When I pulled off the compression garment to shower beforehand, it stuck to my incision, which I didn't realize until I was pulling it off - ouch! Looks like the Mederma I rubbed on it for the first time yesterday might have been too much or something, as it glued to the compression garment...now I'm scared to rub in Mederma and use garment at the same time. Waiting for PS office to get back to me on suggestions...

Had 7 wk postop visit with PS today. He said I was...

Had 7 wk postop visit with PS today. He said I was healing good. I can start removing the compression garment at night, but will keep it on during the day for awhile longer. Also, when I work out at gym, need to have binder on initially, which is OK with me - feel 'safer' in it. Next visit at 6-mo mark, unless I return for inner thigh lift, which I'd so like to have now. Followed by breast and arm lift, of course LOL. PS is willing to do them for me. I was worried about health/age and reaching a 'too' late mark, but he says I'm ok - yeah!! Now I just need to find lots of $$$$ - LOL.

Looking at my TT scar and the placement, it really...

Looking at my TT scar and the placement, it really is placed in bikini line - something I hadn't really expected due to how much upper hanging skin I had. Nice! Also the scar is really narrow, seems to be coming along nicely. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the results. So much MORE than I had hoped for or expected. The decision for TT has been BEST decision I have ever made for myself.

Got a lympatic drainage massage today from a lady...

Got a lympatic drainage massage today from a lady who used to be therapist with Wash. State University Cougers. She was awesome and I loved the massage (never had any kind before). She also massaged the scar and showed me a few moves for it. I have been using Mederma in the morning and lavender massage oil in the evening. She did a MUCH better job. I'm going back to her next week to have it done again. She also told me two moves to do at the fitness center to help me get a butt back. My g-daughters said there was nothing there and I needed undies with built in butt padding LOL. I'll try the moves at gym first LOL.

Feeling alive, vibrant, happy, beautiful, feminine...

Feeling alive, vibrant, happy, beautiful, feminine and sexy - thank you TT and PS!

Had 2nd lymphatic drainage massage today. MS also...

Had 2nd lymphatic drainage massage today. MS also worked on the scar, which felt good. Also got some regular massage. Wish I could afford her every week - LOL. Am looking into getting inner thigh lift done in September. Maybe heal a year after that and then go back and get arms and breasts done.

Well, I'm committing to decision to have...

Well, I'm committing to decision to have medial thigh lift on September 23 in Seattle. Hopefully I'll have a caregiver to go with me willing to stay the whole 5 days before PS will let me travel back home...TT was for health, this is so I can wear shorts!! Then once all healed from that, will consider arm lift and breast lift. My my, what a journey.

Well, since light ab workout a week ago, my tummy...

Well, since light ab workout a week ago, my tummy is still in some pain (none before workout), so I backed off any ab workout since then...right knee kicked off with weight bearing pain 4 wk ago, so not walking either at the moment trying to determine what is up with that! Not sure if it is difference in my gait now that belly is gone or what. This is a real setback and very discouraging not being able to work out/walk like I had been prior to TT. This level of inactivity really bothers me - I don't LIKE it!! Wearing hipstir undies and new pants (no elastic mind you) is still fun. Maybe I'll just have to go shopping again - oh well. LOL

Had TT scar massaged today by MS to work out...

Had TT scar massaged today by MS to work out adhesions and make sure it is loose. My, does it feel good! He worked the dog ear areas and the whole incision and suggested I get a warm pad (kind with rice & heated in microwave, long one like for neck) to put on scar just prior to when I massage with lotion/oil on my own. I will return to him in about 2 weeks for another massage work out.

PS says to back off light exercise (abs) and try...

PS says to back off light exercise (abs) and try again after pain subsides. Bummer, but I got to take care of the tummy.

Saw PS today and told me not to beat myself up...

Saw PS today and told me not to beat myself up over the tummy pain issue and the ab workout, that I'm doing good. I'm definitely backing off workout for awhile. Might have to go back to local college pool to walk in the water, like I did after knee joint replacement. Whatever it takes to get some sort of exercise in!

Still have pain in abs to right of belly button....

Still have pain in abs to right of belly button. Notice it when that part of tummy is 'stretched' or moved - like when turning over onto stomach, sneezing, etc. Still wearing compression garment and as I gained 5 lb this weekend (back to diet now), it's still compressing. I think it helps with this new ab pain area, so am still wearing garment during the day and sometimes at night. We're heading into hotter weather, so will be nice not to have to wear the garment. It will be fun to select from the new hipsters I have!

10 min on elliptical & 20 min on recumbant...

10 min on elliptical & 20 min on recumbant bike - stayed away from any ab workout, but knees did ok. Might be getting back on track...sure hope so. Pain in ab diminishing, not so bad when sneezing that one sneeze per day I've been getting.

No more ugly size 16 grannie panties - hello size...

No more ugly size 16 grannie panties - hello size 6/7 hipsters - my new favorite undies! PS saved my life when he performed TT - that is how I feel.

Sneezed 3x today with dull pain only, no "OMG...

Sneezed 3x today with dull pain only, no "OMG what did I rip" so that is good.

What has the TT done for me: self confidence...

What has the TT done for me: self confidence boost, smiling and happier, energy level exceeding all previous limits, new wardrobe full of COLOR and in all styles of articles (shorts, crops, and full length, long sleeves, short sleeves, and sleeveless); from one pair of shoes (othropedic black ugly) to so many pairs of all kinds my closet is running out of room. Formerly I wore black stretch pant ONLY, and a few short-sleeve tops ONLY in black, dk brown or dk blue. This is a complete 360 degree change in me. It's a miracle I still have trouble believing is actually real.

6-mo post op and very glad I did this surgery....

6-mo post op and very glad I did this surgery. Still having a few mild twinges of pain in abdomen, down the front, so have refrained from any exercise except walking.
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

He is convenient to Walla Walla area for consult, pre-op, and post-op visits. He is skilled and everything his patients say. I researched him for both skill level and bedside manners and selected him when he gave me a personal response to an email plastic surgery question prior to consult.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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MAMA CHER WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN AT!
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Hey daughter! It's been crazy here. Work is extreme turmoil as they are closing my bldg which I love being at and I may have to go inside to high security where all the crazy bad dramas are. Spent last weekend with new date and we are meeting again this weekend. I really like him. He didn't say anything about my long long scars on tummy and thighs, so am hoping they weren't a turnoff. I think it is different when it is someone you have been with and they are with you daily on the changes, but here, we are talking about someone who just met me...
So, how have you been????? Are you and kids doing ok? You are still moving forwards towards your dream? BTW, I absoultely LOVE lying in his arms at night and told him so. Sure was hard to come home. Been way too many years for me and am so glad I worked to regain my body back!! I so hope your own journey moves forward and love works out, if not today, at least in near future. You take real good care of yourself!!!
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funny I bought a dress off the discount rack... that fit!!! unbelievable... then i looked at it and decided I might try a belt.. it looked great with one or with out... I am so happy with my new shape
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Good for you Cabin_escape! It does feel wonderful doesn't it.... You are looking so good.
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thank you feeling more and more confident everyday..!
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Oh Cabinescape, that is so awesome on the dress and belt - so fun fun fun. Very happy & excited for you on this new time in your life!
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That is funny! Shopping is so much fun now that we don't have to be in the plus size section. What you won't do for attention LOL just joking. It's what will keep you going!
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Ok, must be rattled these days with thigh lift coming up on Friday. Went to work today with price tags still hanging on my jean jacket - client came up and pulled it off and I'll be darned, but I was laughed & commented on all day by those who saw it - LOL.
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Oh, I forgot. PS also thanked me several times for my reviews of him. I sure like him & from what I can tell, his time in Walla Walla is expanding as it appears patient numbers are increasing. I think word is getting out.
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Let me know what happens with your appt today! I may be at the lake but you guys are still on my mind!
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Ok, here goes:)

PS examined the TT scar and pleased with it. Said I'm doing great. He had me both stand and lie flat while he pushed and felt the skin and underneath tissues of the thighs. He is still calling it a medial thigh lift, not 'vertical'. Told him I had watched several thigh lift surgeries & he said he could tell - LOL. Said I would still have loose skin and not be tight around the knees and incision, due to gravity and time, may widen more than TT scar.

He mentioned putting the groin scar just below the panti line area, rather than hiding it there like some PS do. This is to help keep it from pulling the labia and distorting it. I told him I"m ok with that, my main concern is that incision did not open up anywhere as I did NOT want to end up packing it...also wasn't sure about panties rubbing on it??? I told him to put incisions where he felt they should go for my body type and for best healing. I wasn't worried about a scar showing the few times I might actually be in a bikini out in public. Besides, the scar going down to knee will show, can't hide them all...

The incision will be in shape of an "L", not quite the "T". It will go in front groin and then down the middle of the inner thigh - all the way to the knee. At the knees, the drains will exit.

I tried on the compression garment for him and he ok'd it, told me not to buy another one. I asked if he had heard of the Freshette (he hadn't) & I explained it.

The photos were taken with me standing front facing, then still facing him, he had me turn one leg at a time to the side. I'll try tomorrow and take my own home version. I asked him if my thighs were mainly fat or muscle and he said muscle. I told him I didn't want too much muscle, as I was concerned he wouldn't have enough skin to work with. He looked at me, and I sighed OK, guess you have a LOT to work with still - LOL. I'm definitely an 'apple' shape with majority of fat carried in the torso. That remains my current area of weight issues.

He asked if I had caregiver & who & how long I'd be in Seattle. I told him till Wed Aug 24 'cause he had said he wouldn't release me till then - LOL. Guess he is sticking to that!
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I hadn't worn skirts or dresses for years & I have 6 in my wardrobe now. I love them. They are all lengths, short to long.
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me too I have not worn skirts ever cause they were always too high in the back and longer in the front now they hang the way they should... no belly and less bumm...
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Way cool! Me either on skirts/dresses for years as we 'dress down' at work. It will be wonderful getting back into feminine styles. I'm so happy to be able to do so - going to have to have another big crying session at the joy and wonder of it all - LOL.
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It's too bloody marvelous! Sexy girls R-US!
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Those pink pants are going to be loose in a few weeks. Hope you have a seamstress to do alterations for you.
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LOL, that is what my younger sister said first hour after TT! She said PS should have stitched up my pants whilst he was stitching me up! It will be interesting to see how it goes with this thigh lift. I'm curious to see how much swelling I do. I probably won't be able to post until I return home, but I'll keep a journal and take my camera with me.

I've bought a skirt that is dark (not so see thru) that goes mid-calf that I can wear, as I figure all jeans will rub too much on groin incisions for awhile.
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Hey Cheryl are those you tootsies? They look like 20 yr old feet! Miss you guys talk more when I get back.. Thought better touch base so you don't forget me LOL
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Yup, the tootsies are best 'natural' part of me - LOL. Trying to take better care of them than I did the poor rest of me - LOL. And never going to lose touch with my Canadian friend!!
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YA me! I have a new friend!
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Yup!!!!!!
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Edmonton, meant to ask how the lake is and if you have been able to wear your hot bikini suits?????
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Braved it once but not again :0) one the sun and salt of the food I shouldn't be eating is making me swell up and look prego!!!! So Monday is back to the grind and I'll be going back to bed hungry! Oh well other then that it's been good! I still dislike my thighs :0) and when my tankini top goes up it shows my scar - he has it a little too high.
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Oh no, not the combo sun and salt - but sun is good after all the rain??? Ok, Monday back on track! My scar dips up on one side more than the other. Today PS gave me the folder of papers to sign and in it was a very long list of things to expect or that could happen with the thigh lift (and body lift if getting one) and it said there could be a difference in the sides looking the same. I don't recall having such a document with TT and it would have helped ease some of the concerns.
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Cheryl, it amazes me how we are miles apart & have experienced most of the same journey! God is truly shining all over you, how fantastic you look & feel! Just reading your profile makes my heart smile.

Stay encouraged, chat soon!
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