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20 weeks! LOVE my results! (NEW PICS!)

I am 23 years old and have no children. I gained a...

I am 23 years old and have no children. I gained a significant amount of weight during high school, and probably hit close to 200 lbs (I am 5'4") senior year, but I avoided scales so I really don't know. For the past 6 years I have been yo-yoing, going as high as the high 170s and as low as the high 130s. I FINALLY found something I can stick with - my MAGIC weight loss cure. Actually, it isn't magic at all - and I think that's why it is working so well. I am eating clean/healthy and exercising and caring for my body. Who would have thought?! ;-)

Unfortunately, I guess my stomach got hungry in high school, because it ate my belly button. It is basically a frowny face. Ugh, not attractive. I also have a pooch of fat below my belly button that hangs down...also not very cute. I have decided to CONSIDER getting a tummy tuck after I take the bar examination (I am in law school), probably scheduling the procedure for next August. I have no idea how I am going to pay for it (did I mention that I have close to a quarter million dollars worth of student loans and no promising big firm job? yeaaaah.... about that.) except that I am thinking of putting any graduation money towards that, as well as a Bar Trip (most people go on these, I would rather just fix my tum...), and maybe asking my parents to contribute some. I also don't know how my parents are going to react...I'm a little concerned they will think I am being too superficial, but honestly, I feel like I have earned this - I've worked so hard yet my self esteem is still pretty low most days when I have this constant reminder of how I destroyed my body when I was a teenager, LITERALLY attached to me at all times. So, I've scheduled a consult with Dr. Tattlebaum, who I have seen wonderful things about on this site. A wonderfully supportive friend has agreed to go with me. I am waiting to have the consult until later this summer, as I would like to lose about 15 more lbs. I am currently 140 lbs, but I'd like to be around. Also, I hope to work on getting my percentage of body fat down. I'm at about 27% (YIIIIKES) right now, and ideally I'd like to get down to around 18% before the procedure (good thing I will have like 16 months...) anyway, that's me!

Hi Prepp, Nice to read your honest and refreshing blog, I could relate to it even though I am older and have kids of roughly your age (24 and 19) . Everyone has their own reason for wanting a TT and NOBODY should underestimate how important that reason is to you and how you feel as a person. You are doing brilliantly with your weight loss - keep up the good work - I wish I had a belly button !! mine is lost in a map of previous tummy operation scars ! My PS has said he can fix it and I am booked in for December 2012 so it is quite way off. I just wanted to say that if your tummy is affecting you as a person, (I know mine is)... dont worry what anybody else will say, just do it... paying for it is another matter but hey ... you cant take the dollars with you when you go !! and lets face it, people get into debt for far worse reasons (not that I am advocating getting into debt - lol).... When you are the high earning lawyer with mega bucks it will be a drop in the ocean... Take care. Look forward to following your journey. Kindest regards. Suzi (south east England) BTW: My daughter has just gone through a breast augmentation (not for big boobies) but for symmetry reasons - they were different sizes);Now that she has recovered from the surgery the difference in her confidence and positive outlook to life has been tremendous. Money well spent. People said to her before the surgery "why bother" "you dont need it" - rubbish - she wanted it, she needed it and she got it.... results are fantastic.... GO FOR IT.... (sorry to ramble on).....
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Hey there! We have pretty similar stories. I'm 22 in college, no babies. I've lost about 95lbs. My belly button too has been eaten by my giant stomach! I'm having my tummy tuck on Thursday, hope its worth it. Congrats on your healthy lifestyle thing, who'd have thunk all you've got to do is watch what you're eating and exercise.... : ]
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Hey! Wow, our stories ARE super similar! Congratulationssss on your weight loss! I would love to share this experience with you and hear your thoughts/support ya during your recovery! :) BEST OF LUCK you are already sooooo gorgeous, you're going to look even more beautiful!! :)
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So, I decided to go for a consult! I went to Dr. T...

So, I decided to go for a consult! I went to Dr. T last week and he was AMAZING!! He was so great. When I walked in he said, "I saw you in the waiting room, and then I saw what you were here for, soooo.......what's going on? Have you had a couple of kids?" and when I explained the extent of my weight loss (I'm now 133), he said he understood and that he no longer thought I might be crazy. He then told me he would "pinch" on me a bit. He was able to grab a significant roll of skin and fat. He told me I was a perfect candidate for a full tummy tuck, and that he would remove all of the skin between my underwear line (or slightly lower) and right above my belly button. Dr. T also explained that I have some horizontal laxity too, so ideally he'd like to do a fleur-de-lis cut on patients like me. But, Dr. T said he wasn't inclined to give me such a horrible scar since I am only 24. I agreed, and we're going to go with a normal incision. I ended up writing my parents a 3 page letter explaining why I wanted to get the procedure and asking them to loan me the money. I included about 10 pictures of my stomach to show them what I was talking about. I was so incredibly nervous to send it, but I did it anyway. That day, they called me back and told me they would help me however they can. Financially, I don't think this will be happening until about May. Until then, I'm going to get very strict on diet and exercise to try to lower my body fat percentage (Dr. T worried that if I worked too much after the surgery that I wouldn't be as happy with my results) and that way I can be in the best position possible by the time my surgery rolls around. I am SOOO excited!!!
hi peppar! Dr. t told me the same thing about laxivity. he's fabulous and i love my results so far!
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wow you look AMAAAAAZING. Keeping my fingers crossed that the financing works out.... then hopefully scheduling!!!
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Hey Pepper! I just saw your before pics and Dr. Tattelbaum is going to make you look amazing! Congrats on your decision to go for it. You will be so pleased with your results!
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I AM OFFICIALLY BOOKED!!!!! 12.12.12!!!! I am SO...

I AM OFFICIALLY BOOKED!!!!! 12.12.12!!!! I am SO excited!!! And 12 is my lucky number! What a perfect day! I can't wait :)
You're gonna do awesome!!!
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Congrats on scheduling your TT. Dr. T is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing your results. You will do great!
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Thanks so much! I am SO excited/nervous/anxious/etc. It still doesn't feel real. I doubt it will until after it is over - and even then it may take awhile!
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Does anyone know how to get this to link to Dr....

Does anyone know how to get this to link to Dr. T's page? I'd like for people in the area searching for a doctor to be able to see my review (once I have it done). I may have to just repost? I don't knowwww. Ugh. I type in his name as provider and it doesn't do it!
Hey! While I want to chastise you for being in so much school debt and now taking this on as well, I wouldn't dream of it because I know where you are. I am 5'7" tall. By the time I was 16 I weighed 252 lbs. I had a 44" waist (I know this because I had to wear men's clothes). Between the ages of 18-21 I lost 115 lbs, which I have kept off for 12 years now. For 12 years I have been living with the repercussions of what I did to my body as a child with an eating disorder. I am a mother, an athlete and a healthy woman. My body is very fit and strong, but I have spent these 12 years having to buy special clothes that will allow me to tuck my stomach skin in, chaffing and bleeding on the belly when I run, etc. My stomach looks and drapes just like yours, only with a million stretch marks. As someone who has lived with the reminder of these crimes against myself all these years, I can tell you without a doubt that whatever recovery, debt and life long scarring you are facing - it is worth removing this skin so you can feel like a normal woman. SO happy for you!
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GREAT WORK with your weight loss!!! I have a million stretch marks as well, but they have faded to white mostly. They are everywhere - stomach (both above and below my belly button), hips, arms, thighs, calves - pretty much everywhere). I am very excited as well! And trust me, with the mount of debt I am facing, I never would have done this. However, my parents have offered to help and loan/give the money for the procedure. I'm so blessed and am still trying to find the words to thank them. :)
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Hey, thanks for posting the pics, we pretty much have the same problem going on, my skin is almost the same so I am looking forward to seeing your results! My TT is Dec. 6th. So exciting!!!
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100% BOOKED. Completely paid and all paperwork in....

100% BOOKED. Completely paid and all paperwork in. THREE WEEKS FROM TODAYYYY! Posting some new pics of what I look like now. Down to about 127 lbs - right around where I want to be before the surgery. So incredibly excited.
I sent a message to Kimmers25 and she attached Dr. Tattelbaum to my review. I'm not sure why it doesn't do it automatically.
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Wow I can't wait to see! You look like a skinny girl wearing a baggy shirt
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WOW , your body is going to look amazing, I had a similar body after about 2 kids, and then the third sent me over the top, can't WAIT to see the results, congrats.
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16 days out and let the ANXIETY kick in! Jeeeez it...

16 days out and let the ANXIETY kick in! Jeeeez it just hit me like a ton of bricks these past two days. I'm absolutely TERRIFIED of getting sick right now and not being able to have the procedure. I'm going to have to buy stock in antibacterial soap. I just sent Pei a message to see if I was allowed to take Emergen-C, because I will definitely be having one of those per day if so! Also I had a weird dream last night about the anesthesia, which I think goes to show I'm more nervous than I even thought I was. Aghhh. PLUS it is "finals season" which in law school usually means a lot of sleepless nights. I'm trying to stay on top of my work so that sleep doesn't suffer so that I'm healthy and ready-to-go come 12-12-12. I had some reaaaaally off-plan days Thursday, Friday and Saturday and boy am I suffering for it now. I feel bloated and fat and gross. Back to eating clean for the next 15 days, to make sure I'm in the best possible shape I can be come the procedure. When I went for my consult I was about 133, and I'm close to 125 now. I'd like to stay at 125 by 12-12. Oh I'm so nervous and excited -- I feel like I am on an emotional rollercoaster! I am so so so glad now that I was able to get a December date, I don't know WHAT I would have done if I had to live with this level of anxiety and excitement until May. Happy healing to those who have had the procedure, and good luck to those who are waiting!

Just wanted to say that my body is officially an...

Just wanted to say that my body is officially an A$$HOLE! Sorry if this is TMI lol but my period is like almost two weeks late (probably due to stress or because I went off bc this month (fear of blood clots plus no current need lol)) welllll, looks like I'm about to get it. RIGHT when I have to stop taking advil/etc. hahahaha oh gosh. anywho, I knew only you ladies could understand my frustration lol

Your body sounds like mine. I all of a sudden, after 4 years of NOTHING am having weird heart fluttering and some irregular beats in my heart. THANKS alot body, couldn't have kicked in the last 2 times I almost died in child birth (not literally) but decided to kick in now right before the scariest surgery of my life!
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ugh! totally annoying. I hope it goes away...honestly, it is probably stress. try to relax :)
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Perfect timing though to get it now and be over with it vs getting your period just before your TT or during your first week post op.
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Yesterday marked TWO WEEKS until my procedure....

Yesterday marked TWO WEEKS until my procedure. That means no more advil and other blood thinners...and of course, I got my monthly visitor yesterday. Oh well! haha I am getting so nervous/excited/etc. It seems like this is the only thing I can think about right now. But I really need to buckle down, I still have a final exam and a 30-page paper to write...oh, law school! I'm also starting to get a little sad about the fact that I won't be able to go to the gym for awhile. I put a hold on my gym membership (so I only pay $15/month instead of $89...so absurd) for December and January, but I absolutely love it there (doesn't help that I have a crush on one of the trainers! :-P haha). I think it's going to be really strange to go from working out almost every single day...to sitting on my butt for several weeks. I just hope that I don't lose my love for it or my motivation to go, so that when I'm cleared for exercise again, I can hop right back into it. I'm also PANICKING about getting sick. Normally, during finals season, I end up with a lot of sleepless nights...usually getting 4-6 hours at most per night. Not this year! I am so completely terrified that my immune system will crap out on me at the wrong time, that I'm letting myself get as close to 8 hours as possible. AND I don't have my Christmas shopping done yet - which is starting to worry me. Any tips from the veterans out there about how to make these next 13 days as stress-free, avoid getting sick, preparation tips, etc? Thanks!
Hi pepparoo! Congrats on your upcoming surgery. I'm scheduled with Dr T next Thursday.
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thanks! congrats to you as well! are you excited? you should be! :) you should start a story thing (whatever these are called) so I can stalk your progress lol
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Hey! You sound like me! This is so exciting, every time we talk, we are closer and closer. Darned it you couldn't have gone first so that I could feel more at ease. I say the best way not to get sick, as a mother, is to tell yourself you aren't going to get sick. I never get sick when I can't. Talk to you soon!
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Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my...

Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my procedure. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I can't even begin to explain the rollercoaster of emotions I am riding right now. But, I suppose I don't have to - all of you know what I am dealing with. I have lost weight (probably close to 10 lbs since my consult...I was 133, I am probably now around 124 or so...my scale is broken so who knows!)...so sometimes (mostly in the morning when I'm the tiniest), I will question if I really need this. All I really need to do to stop those thoughts are to sit down or lean over and look at what happens. Or I'll ask myself if I would wear a bikini on the beach with my frowny belly button and saggy skin. The answer is no. And I remind myself that I earned this - I'm 24, I lost 75 lbs the healthy way, replaced fat with muscle...I DESERVE this. I think these are just the pre-op jitters though. I still have a final exam (tomorrow at 6pm) that I'm also incredibly stressed about, and my 30 page paper is due shortly after that. I think I just am trying to tackle too many stressful situations at once. Add in the fact that I haven't been sleeping a lot because of exams, and I'm a mess! STILL terrified of getting sick...I've been taking Emergen-C twice/day every day AND drinking orange juice sometimes. Ughhhhhh I guess I should go study....but I absolutely HAD to update on my one-week mark! lol :)

Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my...

Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my procedure. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I can't even begin to explain the rollercoaster of emotions I am riding right now. But, I suppose I don't have to - all of you know what I am dealing with. I have lost weight (probably close to 10 lbs since my consult...I was 133, I am probably now around 124 or so...my scale is broken so who knows!)...so sometimes (mostly in the morning when I'm the tiniest), I will question if I really need this. All I really need to do to stop those thoughts are to sit down or lean over and look at what happens. Or I'll ask myself if I would wear a bikini on the beach with my frowny belly button and saggy skin. The answer is no. And I remind myself that I earned this - I'm 24, I lost 75 lbs the healthy way, replaced fat with muscle...I DESERVE this. I think these are just the pre-op jitters though. I still have a final exam (tomorrow at 6pm) that I'm also incredibly stressed about, and my 30 page paper is due shortly after that. I think I just am trying to tackle too many stressful situations at once. Add in the fact that I haven't been sleeping a lot because of exams, and I'm a mess! STILL terrified of getting sick...I've been taking Emergen-C twice/day every day AND drinking orange juice sometimes. Ughhhhhh I guess I should go study....but I absolutely HAD to update on my one-week mark! lol :)

Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my...

Oh. my. goodness. I am ONE WEEK away from my procedure. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I can't even begin to explain the rollercoaster of emotions I am riding right now. But, I suppose I don't have to - all of you know what I am dealing with. I have lost weight (probably close to 10 lbs since my consult...I was 133, I am probably now around 124 or so...my scale is broken so who knows!)...so sometimes (mostly in the morning when I'm the tiniest), I will question if I really need this. All I really need to do to stop those thoughts are to sit down or lean over and look at what happens. Or I'll ask myself if I would wear a bikini on the beach with my frowny belly button and saggy skin. The answer is no. And I remind myself that I earned this - I'm 24, I lost 75 lbs the healthy way, replaced fat with muscle...I DESERVE this. I think these are just the pre-op jitters though. I still have a final exam (tomorrow at 6pm) that I'm also incredibly stressed about, and my 30 page paper is due shortly after that. I think I just am trying to tackle too many stressful situations at once. Add in the fact that I haven't been sleeping a lot because of exams, and I'm a mess! STILL terrified of getting sick...I've been taking Emergen-C twice/day every day AND drinking orange juice sometimes. Also, my boobs make me sad lol...they are really, really fighting the tum for "who is worse." Sadly, I'll never be able to fix them so I guess I need to really invest in some more heavily-padded push up bras and bikinis that do the same. Ughhhhhh I guess I should go study....but I absolutely HAD to update on my one-week mark! lol :)
Congrats on losing those last few pounds. You have a nice contour on your sides and will look amazing after the TT. Best of luck!
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thanks so much for the kind words! getting really excited! 4 days to go!
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Hey, one week to go for you, yay! So excited for you! LOL "which is worse" boobs vs. tummy. Very funny!! Why do you say you will never be ale to get them fixed? Is it money or something else?
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I think the nerves are kicking in.... I woke up...

I think the nerves are kicking in.... I woke up this morning and looked in the mirror and thought "oh god what am I doing, I don't need this!!!" But after a little while I'm feeling better about it. I'm not going to ditch the jiggly, wrinkled skin or the frowny belly button no matter how hard I work. Besides, I weighed in at 120.4 lbs this morning (I'm 5'4") which is by FAR the lowest I want to go (I think finals-stress lead to inadvertent weight loss)...so it's not like I'll continue to see improvements. Uploading the pic that made me have second thoughts, and one that reminded me why I'm doing this. I think it's really just the nerves. I'm such a baby, but I wonder if they'll let me hold my mom's hand while they put me under....and if not, if the nurse will hold my hand? Ugh, so many nerves out of nowhere! AND my paper STILL isn't finished...ughhhh! lol any words of advice, encouragement, etc would be great! :) (also still wishing I could get my boobs fixed too hahaha)
OMG! So soon? But don't worry honey Dr. T will take EXCELLENT care of you. He is the absolute best and his aftercare was more than I expected he called me several times and would have came to my house probably if I had asked! Good luck and try to relax sweetie!
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wow....so soon! you got this!
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OMG so soon!!!
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Just got my surgery time!!!! 2:15 pm, but I need...

Just got my surgery time!!!! 2:15 pm, but I need to be there at 12:30. Wowzers, I am going to be HUNGRY since I can't eat or drink anything after midnight tonight. Hoping that I can somehow manage to sleep in tomorrow. Also, this is probably weird but I get SUPER emotional when I'm hungry lol (low blood sugar blues?) so if I thought I was going to cry before - now I KNOW I will! Oh boy. Getting NERVOUS. I know I should eat light today (just from what I read here, PS didn't mention anything) but now I want my favorite breakfast (egg and cheese on a bagel) since I know I have so much time to digest it. I probably shouldn't though. Oh maaaaaan, so many emotions right now. Also - remember that paper I need to finish? Yeah, still not done. Obviously today I HAVE to though - it is due two days post-op and I am SO not dealing with that while I recover. Off to work on that now....I'm sure I'll update before I go tomorrow, probably a big ball of nerves and emotions!
Yes, please update when you can. Starting to get worried although I saw Dr T today and he didn't seem in distress so I'm assuming you're just resting and trying to feel better. I agree with Skinny that since you've never had kids before this may be a new threshold of pain for you. It DOES get better.
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Hi girl, I hope all went well. We are so excited to hear from you when you can give us an update. I am concerned for you never having a baby yet, wondering if the TT pain may be on a new level for you. I'm not sure anything compares to it though, it really does get better by day 3-4 you should be off narcotics and then by day 6-7 much better probably won't need any Tylenol. Lots of HUGS!!!
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Hey Peppa! I was thinking of you and wanted to drop you a few lines. I hope everything went well with your surgery and that you are recovering well.
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Hey everyone! Sorry sorry if I worried any of you...

Hey everyone! Sorry sorry if I worried any of you by not updating. the oxy + valium knocked me ouuuuuut. Not much to report. Took my binder off for a few today- my stomach sriil looks kida weird and I don't really understand the belly button, but then again its only been 3 :-P Also ,the only thing I seem to want are goldfish crackers, gatorade and the occasional smoothie. Anyone have any suggestions or words of wisdom??
thank! I think I may law down for awhile xo happy healing!

I snuck a peak under my binder/gauze for the first...

I snuck a peak under my binder/gauze for the first time tonight. Looks like I WILL have a belly button but the sides are sooo swollen (like left of the belly button and right of the belly button) so it is hard to tell. Maybe once my drain is out next week and I can shower, I will get a better view. :) we'll see!
Woohoo! Can't wait to see...bet it's awesome! And of course you have a belly button...it's dr. T after all!
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Glad you made it back! ;-) A spoonful of peanut butter, low-fat yogurt, baby carrots, tuna packets (easy). Trader Joes makes a low-sodium roasted red pepper tomato soup that is DELICIOUS and healthy. Maybe eat some soy or whatever since you're vegetarian. Drink lots of water and rest. I can't wait to see your pictures!
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can't wait to see pics!
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So I'm PO Day 4 here.... feeling a little better...

So I'm PO Day 4 here.... feeling a little better but definitely still sore. Been sleeping in the recliner in my living room lots and the drugs have been zonking me out. Still can't really see a true "belly button" yet but I hope that is soon :) All i want is to be able to see the ""final" result! lol happy healing to everyone!

Today is post-op day 5! I'm still exhausted and...

Today is post-op day 5! I'm still exhausted and still sleeping in the recliner. I also don't take my binder off ever, way too scared to try to put it back on (we made that mistake once. But, I have a follow-up tomorrow so I'm sure I'll see it then. Although I'm still draining pretty regularly so I'm sure my drain will need to stay in. Before my procedure I read a lot about women who hated their drains but mine doesnt bother me whatsoever, its way on the back of my right hip, basically but butt cheek and it doesn't hurt or anything. TMI, but last night, I went to the bathroom for the first time. holy. hell. if that is what having a baby feels like, I've changed my mind on being a mom! lol jk but seriously that was the most awful part of this entire experience. I've also apparently said some pretty weird stuff while drugged up. For example, the other night my dad was at the grocery store and called to see if there was anything else I needed. When my mom asked me I told her I wanted "those soft dinner rolls" and got very upset when she kept trying to clarify. The next day I see a bag of potato rolls ( basically hamburger buns) on the kitchen counter and said "I asked for those, didn't I?...." it has been a running joke around here since then. my back hurts like hell when I walk hunched over but if i am leaning on someone's arm it hurts less. Also, my poor parents have probably seen more of me naked since I was a baby, but oh well. Too much pain/etc to care, and just happy to have the help. Anyway, I'll update again tomorrow after my appointment, and hopefully then I'll have some pictures too!
looking forward to some pictures... Hope the appointment went well!
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How did your appt go today?
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I'm with you stuck in my recliner and exhausted. I'm on my own today and it sucks. I am using a computer chair to get around and couldn't even reach plates to eat. I decided to go to the living room but the bay window shade is open and I'm sprawled out for all to see. But my husband has seen me naked more than he's ever wanted too lol. At one point my boobs were resting on his had as he clipped my binder lol. Well be through it soon.
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Hey all! Today marks one week since my tummy tuck!...

Hey all! Today marks one week since my tummy tuck! I am very pleased with how good I feel after only a week! I am still a bit stiff and sore, but doing much better. Yesterday I went for a follow up but didn't get my drain removed :-/ Oh well. Still too much fluid to get it out, but I was given the OK to shower so long as I was careful about it. When I took the binder off before my PS came in, I nearly passed out. I don't really know why, perhaps the change of blood flow or something...because I hadn't taken it off since the day of surgery, so the first time just felt so weird. Then my PS thought I had fluid collecting near my sternum so he inserted a needle to check - which was about as fun as it sounds. Luckily he's great and made sure I was feeling better before we did anything else :) I was so pleased with the scar and my belly button when I got to see them. The scar is very long (Dr. T says that the more skin he has to take, the longer the scar needs to be) - it ends basically on each buttcheek. My personal opinion is that I was going to have a scar anyway, who cares how long it is? I was exhausted from my visit yesterday so I waited to shower until today. WOW, that felt amazing! I also took some pictures before I put my binder back on, which I'm uploading here. I am swollen (and PS says this is not even close to the worst of what is to come) and feel like I weigh 200 lbs, but I am very pleased with the results so far!!
How are you doing??
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doing great, aside from this drain! it is a LITERAL pain in my a$$ lol :-P still about 40 cc's/day so I don't think Dr. T will take it out tomorrow as I had hoped. I will email you tomorrow too to update you. Other than that, doing great except for how AWFUL I ate these past two weeks...cold turkey tomorrow though, I go back to eating 100% clean! I'm ready to feel good again lol how are YOU?! :)
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Yeah 400cc's a day wont cut it :( That totally sucks but you know what? Better to keep it in then to go back to have a seroma drained. Eeeek! I hear you on the eating horribly. I'm starting tomorrow as well. I'm doing good. Still slow moving. I spent 2 days at the mall doing some shopping then all day yesterday running around for Christmas and I've been a giant swollen mess. UGH! On top of that I got my period today. Yippee! But yes please update tomorrow. Would love to see some pics! I need to update my blog with new scar pics bc it looks amazing!
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So today is two weeks post op for me!! :) I am...

So today is two weeks post op for me!! :) I am going to recap my experience a little bit for people who haven't had it yet.

I went into my tummy tuck very nervous about the pain, anesthesia, scar, incision, binder, sleeping, pain pills, everything. I was excited, but nervous. After two weeks, I can honestly say it has been no where near as bad as I imagined. I must admit, the first two days are a haze to me. Right after anesthesia my doctor told me he was "only operating on 24 year olds from here on out" because of how alert and pain-free I was...for example, the male nurse asked my pain level when I woke up and I said it was a 4, which may have even been an over-exaggeration, but I knew I had a 45 minute car ride so I took one Percocet (my dosage was two ever 3-4 hours or less, as needed...plus valium for other times). I was talking to my mom and best friend in the recovery room and when I got home I was talking to my mom, dad and sister for quite awhile. After that though, the pain meds took over and I was zonked. Because my parents were responsible for doling out pain meds, I think I was getting the recommended two Percocets every 3ish hours, which basically knocked me out. One of my best friends stopped by on my second day and told me later that it was a little "scary" seeing me like that, kind of like a bad episode of intervention -- I kept falling asleep mid-sentence, etc. Poor thing. But, on the bright side, I only barely remember the Sandy Hook/Newtown stuff...so heartbreaking, I'm very glad I wasn't able to fully pay attention to all of it, way too sad.

Day 3 post-op, I turned a corner. I cut back on my pain meds and started staying awake for muuuuch longer periods of time. BUT, I believe that was the day of my first post-op BM which was AWFUL - just as bad, or probably worse, than everyone says. It hurt so so so badly, but boy did I feel better after. Day 6 post op was my appointment and my drain didn't come out :( but I was cleared to shower, which I did on Day 7. Showers are nice, but tiring...I actually brought a cane in on the last one so I could lean on it while I rinsed my hair and body, it hurt too much to stand hunched for so long without it.

Now I'm two weeks post-op and doing great. One big, big, big regret I have is that ever since I was able to eat normally again (around day 3), I did a complete 180 of my pre-surgery habits. I ate anything and everything I wanted. We're talking like 6 or 7 cookies in a day PLUS unhealthy meals. UGH. Today I am going cold-turkey 100% back to healthy eating. I know I will feel better both physically and mentally, my swelling will decrease, my bathroom trips will be more regular and less difficult, and I will thank myself for it come summertime. :)

My drain is still in and starting to drive me crazy. Luckily, up until now, it hasn't bothered me as much as I had read for other people. It is pretty far back on my right side, literally on my butt-cheek. I have dealt with a LOT of leakage from that (soaking through many pj pants and onto the sheet covering my recliner, but we got all the stains out) but other than that, it didn't bother me. Now though it is starting to annoy me - hurts sometimes when I sit, etc. Hoping it comes out soon. I thought it would come out this week, as on Christmas Eve I was up and around more than normal (we have a big 22-person family Christmas Eve party at my house every year) and I only drained like 30 CCs. But, I totally forgot that TWICE on Christmas Eve I had thanked my lucky stars that I didn't just start spilling fluid everywhere, as I had found my drain open and popped out (you know, with air) on both occasions. That must be why I drained so little -- no suction! Yesterday I was back up to 40+ CCs. Ugh, hoping this thing comes out soon!! That will also mean I can switch from this binder to Spanx. Although the binder doesn't really bother me - in fact, I feel kind of weird without it. I almost passed out at my first post-op appointment on Day 6 when I took it off for the first time! It must have been the rearranging of the blood flow or something...who knows. Anyway, after my showers, I put a tank top on under it which has helped SO much with the itching I was having around PO Day 5 and 6, and am eager to get the binder back on. I like how secure I feel in it.

I am still sleeping in the living room recliner with two pillows behind my upper body (one for lower back, one for my head) and three pillows under my knees. I only take pain medicine at night (I still have so many Percocets left because I was never in any extreme pain, so I cut back on them early) - and I just take one Percocet...mostly so I am able to sleep since I am basically sitting up. :)

All in all, this has been a great experience. My incision has pretty much completely scabbed over and flaked off, and I think it is going to look great. I know Dr. T apologized for having to make it so long - he said the more he takes of the skin, the bigger the incision needs to be...and mine goes pretty much onto each butt cheek, but I am so so happy with it. I mean, I was going to have a scar anyways, who cares how far back it goes? I think it is going to heal well and be easily hidden under a bathing suit...as you can see from my one-week pictures, it hides nicely under my underwear - so it shouldn't be any different with a bathing suit! He does such a great job with the incision line, making it very thin and low, and with the belly buttons - mine is so adorable! :) Can't wait for the next 6 months of swelling to go by so that I can see my final results...but I KNOW I am going to be so happy!!

I got a lot of gift cards and money for a new wardrobe for Christmas (that was my "big gift" from my parents...yes, they still do give my sister and I lots of gifts even though we are 24 and 25 lol they're the best) and I got some stuff that will be great for when I get back to the gym (can't wait for that!!) -- a Six Pack Fitness Bag (basically a giant lunchbox that will hold all of my meals and I can bring with me to school...it has 3 slots that hold tupperware, and both sides have dividers for protein shakes and water bottles; plus the top opens for supplements and two ice packs that cool the entire bag) plus a Polar Heart Rate Monitor watch! :) So excited!!! and lots of yoga pants and workout gear. :) Getting back to the gym will be TOUGH after what will most likely be almost 8 weeks off...but I think the heart rate monitor will be a good motivator in helping me track my progress and getting me back into the swing of things. Also doesn't hurt that I have a huge crush on one of the personal trainers there! ;) lol

Okay, loooong update over! Hope everyone had a very merry christmas and happy holidays. Happy healing, ladies!!!! :)

Also - as a quick parting note for this post...I just want to say how grateful I am for this site, connecting me to you guys. I have made some really great friends/pen pals in this process, people who have made my recovery so much easier and more exciting to share with. :) What a great website! xo
Glad to hear your recovery is going well :). That sucks about the drain though! Mine didn't bother me either though. I just hated having to "worry" about it and carry it around. One time I walked passed my daughter who was in her pack n play and she literally yanked it! I was quick to yell and she let go of it. It didn't hurt and I don't think she pulled it out at all but it scared the crap out of me. Lol. I was just happy to not have to worry about it. Your pics look great! Would love to see you after week 2. And FYI week 2-3 is HUGE in recovery. I feel so much more myself. I'm not overdoing it but I'm doing more and my body is starting to feel normal again. I started Vit E oil and cocoa butter on my incision twice a day and that feels so good bc before it felt dry and tight. Anyway now I'm rambling. Hope you're having a good night!
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Things are sounding good, I emptied a drain all over myself after I just to dressed a d sponge bathed el Grosso
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I hated the drain! That was the biggest pain in the ass!
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Hello again! Happy almost New Year! Yesterday was...

Hello again! Happy almost New Year! Yesterday was my second follow up appointment with Dr. T. And, drumroll please......I got my drain out!! Yayyyy, so exciting. Didn't hurt one bit, but it felt like a snake or a fish moving inside me. How odd. Maybe you ladies who have gone through pregnancy know what it's like to feel something moving around inside you, but I certainly hadn't! I am so glad it is out. I've started wearing Spanx that I had and then my binder on top for extra-compression (my binder got super stretched so it really isn't all that great by itself anymore). I need to buy a new pair of Spanx though-- as Dr. T likes his TT patients to wear the kind with the built-in bra.

Yesterday my mom took this little hunchback/Quasimodo to the mall. Wow, it is crazy out there. I had to be extra careful maneuvering around the crowds - I was terrified someone would jostle me. But I left with two bras ($90 total! ...but since I can't afford a BA, I have to suck it up and shell out the cash for the super padded ones), a gift for someone I haven't exchanged with yet, and two shirts. It was fun, I've missed shopping!!

Just hopped out of the shower and took a moment to snap some pictures. I am still eating terribly (and feeling INCREDIBLY guilty about it...ugh), and am super swollen so I wasn't sure I'd post. But I know you ladies won't judge me. I said to Dr. T yesterday, "It's weird, I feel skinnier yet fatter all at the same time." -- he told me he liked the way I put that and would be borrowing it haha :) but it's true -- I'm TWICE as thick as I was pre-op. But I'm taking Kimmers25's advice and not weighing myself until at least Week 8, which will give me about 5 weeks of clean eating too. :)

Can't wait for a new year with a new me!!!
pepparoo, you look amazing!!!! i can't believe it's been so long since your procedure already! super cute bb and really nice low scar!
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You look awesome!  I love how low your scar is.  You must be so happy!
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Oh I recognize you hunched forward look, I have the same look! Lol I hear yah on looking skinny but feeling fat. Weird huh? Don't weigh yourself it does no good at this point. It just feeds the roller pasted of emotions. Looking good sister!
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Yesterday was 3 weeks for me! I can't believe how...

Yesterday was 3 weeks for me! I can't believe how fast time has flown and how good I look & feel! I tried to move from the recliner to my bed two nights ago though, and I wasn't as comfortable - I woke up stiff and sore. So I'm back on the couch for the next two nights until I go back to school. Dr. T said everything is healing just great and he is really happy with my progress :) I don't have to go back for a month. I'm a lot less swollen (and more upright!) than last week -- but you'll see that my belly button looks flat on one side. When I push on that side of my stomach, however, it is perfectly circular. Dr. T said that in 6-12 months, if the swelling doesn't correct it, he will do local anesthesia and "take a pinch." He thought I may need a pinch taken from right above my pubic area last week - but he said it isn't as lax this week so I may not need it after all! Happy healing all!
Looking good, girl!!
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thanks lady! :) not as good as you though ;)
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You must be thrilled with your results- you look so good!!!!!
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Five weeks post op...already?! Wow, time FLIES....

Five weeks post op...already?! Wow, time FLIES. Everything has been going great. I'm back at school, which was an interesting adjustment at first (I walk 1.4 miles to and from the law school 3x/week with heavy law books). Dr. T cleared me a few weeks ago to begin "common sense" activity - and for now, I'm happy with the walking. I am soooo close to standing up straight. Now I just need to be able to shrug my shoulders back a little bit and I'll be back to normal. I also walk a little hunched still, especially when I have longer/further to walk. I am slowly lowering my pillows too, and am getting really close to being flat! So much progress! :) I am absolutely loving my incision and have been applying Bio Oil usually twice a day, and am hoping my scar fades away with time. Even if it doesn't Dr. T did such a great job of making it low and straight - that I won't even care if it stays this way. Overall, I can't believe how much time has passed, how much less painful/awful the surgery was than I expected, and how happy I am with my results. I almost can't remember life before my TT. I am so much more confident and optimistic and am learning to love and forgive my former fat girl. I've even started a blog (PM for the website if you're interested) about my weight loss journey (but have not yet disclosed the TT lol) and have been getting so many messages already from people I know asking for help/advice/etc.
yes, please update and give us new pics :-)
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5 weeks back on Jan?!?? wow!!! you need to update your blog! :)
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Hey girl, check our inbox. ;-)
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Ummmm, how did 10 weeks fly by so fast?! well,...

Ummmm, how did 10 weeks fly by so fast?! well, actually, I know how. I went back to school and started a part-time job at a restaurant. But WOW. I cannot believe it's been so long. I've been eating horribly (but have only gained like 1 lb, so that's fine...) but LOVING my body. I finally feel like I have the body I worked so hard for. I'm obsessed with my belly button, and my hip bones, and my shape in general. I'm getting back into the gym and am doing whatever I can manage (no running yet...and def no abs/push ups/etc). Everything feels great, but I'm still swelling like crazy at times (the poor diet probably isnt helping!) I'm about to buckle down for healthy eating during my very stressful finals period, so hopefully all goes well with that! GETTING EXCITED FOR A BIKINI!!!!
I so enjoyed reading your review and congratulations on your beautiful results. You have worked so hard- I'm glad this came to pass. All the best to you! Thank you for sharing.
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sexy sexy!!! :) 15 weeks?!? craziness!
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Dang girl, you look so fantastic!!! Your scar is so freaking low, it's amazing that your PS was able to go that low and still give you best results.
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Wow. 20 weeks. If this were a pregnancy, I'd be...

Wow. 20 weeks. If this were a pregnancy, I'd be halfway there! Somedays it feels like a pregnancy though (not that I'd really know) with all the swelling. My belly will get so firm and protruded, I swear I look preggo. Oh well! Things have been going great. My body is definitely healing more and more every day. I still can't do ab workouts or bend my back very far, but I'm definitely seeing improvement! It is CRAZY how fast this has flown by. I am so beyond pleased with my results. I also am so so so happy to have such a wonderful support system on here. I had the honor of meeting a few of Dr. T's other ladies the other day and it was SO much fun!!! You all are GREAT & you know who you are! ;) I'm adding some new pics because I got a post-law school spray tan yesterday as a treat to myself. My technician worked with me to figure out the best way to handle the scar, and I think it looks great :) Anyway, not much to update except that I looove my belly and I looooove shopping now! :)
You look fantastic!!
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You look so great!
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You look amazing!! Congrats!
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Washington DC Plastic Surgeon

I found Dr. T through this site. Dr. T is the absolute BEST- he goes above and beyond what he is required to do. He called me from his personal cell phone multiple times after my surgery just to check in and is always available for any questions or concerns. He makes his incisions low, straight and beautiful -- I can already tell that my incision is going to be thin and fade away quickly. He is upfront and honest about what he can and can't do (e.g. in my case, he told me that I wouldn't get 100% perfect results without a fleur de lis incision, but told me that he thought I would still be better off without such a big scar at 24 years old) -- but I'm completely happy with my results. I couldn't recommend him more highly. And, if I ever hit the lottery, Dr. T would be the first person I visited...to see what he can do for these grandma boobs! lol

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