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Hello everyone! My name is Pam and I will be...

Hello everyone! My name is Pam and I will be having my tummy tuck on week from today, March 19, 2013. I have thought about this for years, but felt very inspired to look my very best and put myself ahead of everyone else for the next four months. my 44th birthday is coming up in 6 weeks. i am not looking to become a supermodel size zero, just back into my 6-8. had gotten up to a size 16 now I can wear a 10-12). Really looking for my skin to be tighten as well as my stomach muscles. I had two c-sections. I feel, happy, nervous, excited and spending a lot of time preparing my family and praying a lot. I waited until my kids were old enough to take over the household chores to do this I will post a before picture shortly. God Bless everyone!

I am less than a week away and I am getting more...

I am less than a week away and I am getting more excited and anxious! I am working hard to get all of my errands ran and everything in order. Really enjoying sleeping on my side before next week. What words of advice could someone give me? Thanks so much for all of the love and support that is share on this site . God Bless

Hello everyone I am five days pre op and feeling...

Hello everyone I am five days pre op and feeling like there are a thousand things to do. Going to get a hyperbaric treatment done on Monday prior to my Tuesday surgery. I have mixed emotions today. Sometimes I am so excited then others times I want to pick up the phone and cancel. I have had to cut all of the negative out of my life. I only told my dad, husband, children and two bes friends. I just did not want to process everyone's opinion. Does anyone out there have any advice for me . Only 5 days to the flat side. God Bless!

Omg!!! Everyone!! This is really happening! I had...

Omg!!! Everyone!! This is really happening! I had a Brazilian wax today so I am getting " everything" in order. I talked to the office and found out that my surgery report time is 7:15am on Tuesday. This so surreal! I am so excited! Anxious! I am ready! I am preparing my house! How will my new tummy look? hmmm.... I will keep everyone updated. God Bless!

Wow last weekend before info to the flat side,.....

Wow last weekend before info to the flat side,.....

Sitting here with my hubby thinking this is my...

Sitting here with my hubby thinking this is my last weekend with my stomach hanging over my pj's. I am not nervous yet, just focusing on getting everything done before Tuesday.

Hello everyone! I am only a day away from my TT. I...

Hello everyone! I am only a day away from my TT. I am out making last minute preparations. I will be spending the day making meals . I am excited, not really nervous. I have prayed and put my worries in the hands of The Lord! Amen

Ok everyone! Just had my last drink of water and...

Ok everyone! Just had my last drink of water and now it is time for me to go to sleep and wake up for a 7:15am check in time. Please pray for me and I will post as soon ask get to the flat side. God Bless

Today was the day! I feel a lot better than I...

Today was the day! I feel a lot better than I expected. I will post more tomorrow. No stomach skin hanging on my lap.

Day two post op. I am feeling pretty good, glad...

Day two post op. I am feeling pretty good, glad that I have my friends here to take care of me. I have not been able to take a picture but I will in the next day or so. I will give a full update then.

Today is post op day three and I feel great. My...

Today is post op day three and I feel great. My best friend spent the night with me for the second night and that has been great. I am going to get up and change my pain patch this morning and make a smoothie. I can't eat very much at a time though. I still have not had a bowel movement, so I am going to have to take an enema today. (My family is getting stressed out that I have not had one.) the healing process has not been too bad, I have someone with me round the clock so that is nice. I had made juices, smoothies and healthy soups prior to the surgery so that really helped. My advice to anyone is to plan, plan, plan. I have a lot of things that made the process easier. I got a raised toilet seat and a cane! Best $60.00 I could have spent. My refrigerator was stocked and I have had help getting dressed and showered. My stomach looks phenomenal to me. It is sooooo flat even though it is swollen. He made a great belly button as well. I will posted the picture when I take off the bandage to shower. My biggest take away from this to stay calm, prayer and affirm that everything will come out they way God wants it to. Amen

It is Saturday morning day five post op and I feel...

It is Saturday morning day five post op and I feel good. I have not been in any pain for the last five days and everything as been healing up wonderfully! I am moving around well, without over doing it and have kept my body in a flexed position. I have a cane and walk hunched over just like my Doctor told me to! My back gets super sore from being hunched over, but I want to be sure everything is healing well. My belly button looks amazing! I have been doing exactly what he doctor says with not deviation! My emotions are good, I planned out everything and I still have a friend that comes by everyday and one that has spent the night for the last three days. We have kept the house and kitchen in order so that keeps me emotionally sound (I hate when my house is disorderly) I have slept in a big chair with my feet up. My advice to anyone would be to go into tos with a game plan, follow it and accept help.

Today is day 5 and I feel good here are some...

Today is day 5 and I feel good here are some pictures still swollen, but I was amazed!, I no longer feel my stomach on my thigh

I feel so good today no pain med. can't wait for...

I feel so good today no pain med. can't wait for tomorrow, my back is hurting from being hunched over. The drain is not bad because it is only one and its on the side. I go back to the PS tomorrow and I hope he will allow me to stand up a little straighter . If he takes out the drain fine, if he doesn't ok, because it is no bother. I notice e swelling has gone down a lot over night. Feeling great and I will update everyone tomorrow once I leave the doctor.

Good nite everyone"

Good nite everyone"

Had my first post op oppointment. Everything went...

Had my first post op oppointment. Everything went great! The ps said I was healing well. He said that it is important to stay compressed so that I can get my drains out next week. They cleared me to drive but I decided I will wait until next week. Also the two nurses came in and re dress the incision WOW is all I can say! They put two towels in my spanks and showed how to move the yucky stuff through and out of my tube. I told the Ps that I was so grateful for having my tube ( I only have one!) through my side instead of my pubis I have posted a picture in two weeks I am going to buy a really nice underwear set and post a picture here is one that shows the swelling is going down. Good night TT family! much love! I am having fun on the flat side! Sorry for the breast exposure!

I can't believe a week has passed! I am up and...

I can't believe a week has passed! I am up and feeling great and staying very positive. I have made a decision to "let the process be the process". I am not going to be anxious about where I am or not! How much swelling or not, I am just going to do what the doctor says, follow a healthful diet and lifestyle and leave the rest up to my Heavenly Father! When I realized that I really just need to go with it an enjoy the journey, all feels well to me! Have a wonderful day my dear TT family......enjoy the journey.....Blessing....it is fun on the flat side check out my new pics

Good morning everyone! OMG for the last two days I...

Good morning everyone! OMG for the last two days I have been urinating every hour on the hour! But the strangest thing happen today I woke up 15lbs lighter and all my shirts that were way too tight before fit with all this compression and binder gear. Because I started out way over my proper weight, I committed to a complete lifestyle change and healthful eating. I have not had any processed foods, junk etc. Only fresh foods! So happy! Best thing I ever did. Now I want to say that the surgery was not a weight loss surgery! I came home with a mindset to be health, and let the process be what it is! So no stress, just faith. make it fabulous my TT Sistahs!

Slept in my bed last night and that felt great....

Slept in my bed last night and that felt great. Noticing I am still draining a lot of fluid and I am ok with that. I am so grateful that my PS place my drain on the side so it is not so bad. I will be at the two week make on 4/2 if he takes it out great, if he does not I will be ok with that as well just want to make sure that I stay positive and "let the process be the process". My PS requires you to wear Spanx and girdles but this morning, I put on a pair of underwear just to see how I look. I must say I was so pleased to not have my stomach hanging over y underwear for the first time in 20+ years. I am grateful to have this opportunity to do something for me. I uploaded a pic in my underwear! Make it fabulous my TT Sistahs!!

Hello everyone it is Easter Sunday and I am...

Hello everyone it is Easter Sunday and I am feeling great, but I must say I am looking forward to getting my drain out on Tuesday and the stitches removed. The stitches on each end of my incision is tight and pulling and my drain keeps popping out of my clothes when I go out. My dad picked me up the other day to go grocery shopping and I looked down and there was my draining tubes lol! Even though I was cleared to drive during my week one appt, I waited until Good Friday to started driving. I went out for Easter dinner today, but it was a task for me to un-gear in the bathroom so I think I will wait until Tuesday before I use anothe public restroom. My period started this morning and I broke down and finally started using my Diva cup! WOW!!! I should have been using that 33 years ago when I first started my periods ! Much love tome makers of Diva Cups! No hassling with pads and tampons while working with binders and compression garments! Make it fabulous TT Sistahs!!! ( Down from 10-12 to size 8)

Hello my TT Sistahs! I am going tomorrow for my...

Hello my TT Sistahs! I am going tomorrow for my two week post op appointment . I a looking forward to it. My PS is supposed to take out the stitches and take out the drain. I have been diligently keeping track of e drainage amount and it is under 25cc! So I should be good. Today is the second day of using the Diva Cup, for those who may not be familiar with the cup, it is a cup used instead of tampons and pads. Although I have had a bit of a learning curve , it has been nice to use the Cup while dealing with girdles, stomach binders and drains. But in all, I am taking everything in stride and so grateful for the opportunity to do something react for myself. Wish me luck my TT Sistahs I will report once I get back from the appointment . Much Love Pam

Today was my 2 week post op appt. Can you say V I...

Today was my 2 week post op appt. Can you say V I C T O R Y! I am stitches and drain free and I feel like a new women. I went to my appt thinking I would be there all day, but the PS was in surgery so a nurse came out pulled everything out . She was so shocked that I did not blink when she took everything out. I told her I am a "G"! I still praise God for having drains on the side instead of the front, so ladies if you are thinking of having a TT , please ask if they can put your drain on the side. I was instructed to wear my compression, binder and towel at all times. I am having a hard time driving with a towel so I wear my compression running pants instead. My next appointment is the day before I leave for my Southern Carribean Cruise so I am going to be on point for the next 3 1/2 weeks. God is Good! This has been an awesome experience! Happy Healing my TT Sistahs..........

Hello everyone! Just a quick note. My Dad lives...

Hello everyone! Just a quick note. My Dad lives across the street from the PS, how convenient! Anyway, I stopped by and my dad kept looking at me. He finally said, "Baby!, you are looking so good, that is my little girl ! I said dad do you want to see my stomach? He said yeah, ( I showed him the top not the incision) he said WOW! I a going to walk over to that office and Shake that Doctor's hand. He did a damn good job!! That made me feel really good! Hang in there everyone! We got this!

Today I will be venturing out for a concert . I am...

Today I will be venturing out for a concert . I am excited but I am working to stay positive about the long walk to our concert seats. No one knows I had the TT except my two close friends, Dad,husband and kids. I went to Walmart today just to walk around to see how I would feel it was not so bad. I already have a plan if I need to take a rest.On a good note I tried on my marathon shirt which I could not get on last October ( I completed my first marathon this year 29 mins before the race closed, but I made it!!) anyway the shirts fits now! Small victories make up my greatness!!! Thank you Lord for this opportunity to do something great for myself, I feel wonderful, one day at a time!

Went to my concert last night . By the time I left...

Went to my concert last night . By the time I left the car, I was completely hunched over and I was super tight. Thank God my husband had to to the restroom, it have me sometime to rest. Luckily the walk was it too long . It was nice to have on all those compression garments and binders on I felt so snug and comfortable at the concert. My PS does not do lipo at the same time as the TT. So this giving me three months to eat right and see how I look in three months. I have prayed about it and really need to use those thousands for other things so we shall she. Well TT Sistahs, happy healing and making fabulous!

Good Morning my friends! I am approaching the...

Good Morning my friends! I am approaching the three week post op mark and I am feeling great! Yesterday I was on my feet at my son's birthday party and I was so afraid of the swelling, but thank God for is binder and compression pants and top! I went to Church yesterday as well. The Pastor's wife and I were talking, we are friends as well. I took her to my house and showed her my new stomach and she almost fainted! She could not believe how beautiful my stomach was! She told me that she was inspired to really do something about her stomach. We both had C-sections that left our stomach flabby. I have been wearing big sweatshirts so no one can really tell what I am doing. Really looking forward to my cruise at the end of the month lots of my wishful thinking clothes, the ones you buy wishing to get into them, are starting to fit! Praise God! My incision is healing very well and I couldn't be happier! Here is a picture I am down 17lbs without starving, but eating a ton of good holistic foods. Raw juices, soups, salads and smoothies. Keeping way from processed food. Make it fabulous my Sistahs!

Well today is the official three week post op day!...

Well today is the official three week post op day! I feel great. Today I went to get my hair washed and tighten ( I wear dread locks) and I showed my hair dresser my new stomach. She was so excited she askedif she could touch it! She just admired how wonderful it looked and how tight and flat my stomach was! I told her that I had on a short that I could not wear prior to the surgery she was amazed that I could have on a compression garment and my binder and wear at shirt. She loved it! I was born with full hips, butt and thighs, so with a small waist I look like an hour glass! I am down about 17 lbs now and I am not dieting! I only eat non processed foods, juices, smoothies etc. she is now going for a consult in two weeks with my PS. I am not the skinniest person in the world, so I hope I can inspire some of the thick Sistahs "tighten it up! I know I am glad I did......make it fabulous my TT Sistahs!

Hello my tummy tuck Sistahs! I am so sorry it has...

Hello my tummy tuck Sistahs! I am so sorry it has been about a week since I updated everyone. Tomorrow makes 4 weeks post op and everything is moving along quite well. I still experience some swelling, but I have to admit that lot of the puffiness I see is not puffiness at all it is fat! I am ok with that my stomach is nice,tight and flat but it is not super small. The only way I can describe it, is to compare it to a Hawaiian hula girl. Sometimes they are not skinny, but their stomachs are flat. I declined the lipo. My PS does not do both of them at the same time. He gave me the option of getting rid of volume first with lipo or just tightening and flattening the skin and I took the latter. If I decided to have lipo it would cost me another $3,800 dollars and I would rather use that money for me upcoming cruise and other travels. So I will working hard to do my own form of lipo lol! I bought a two piece for the first time in my life aNd it does not look bad. My husband is in heaven because he likes big butts and thighs and small waist! Thank you momma for my shape! I will post pictures next week before I leave for me cruise. Make it fabulous my TT Sistahs and stay positive, that had made the world of difference for me!

Hello everyone we are quickly approaching the 5...

Hello everyone we are quickly approaching the 5 week mark if you had your tummy tuck on March 19th. My incision is healing beautifully! I could kiss the PS for putting my drain on the side! I will post pictures in my two piece next week as I am leaving for a cruise on next Friday. Still some swelling in my upper thighs that make is difficult to find pants to fit. Oh well! My stomach is flat and even with the occasional heavenly swell I am still ahead of the post op look I was sporting, so it is all good! As far as e healing of y incision, this is what I did. I did not sped any money on bio oil, madder a, etc. I spent two dollars on a jar of Vaseline, then a mixture of cocoa, coconut, aloe, Shea butter. Prayedmovernthe incision and NEVER called it a scare. Here is a pic you be the judge here is a pic. TT Sistahs be good! be positive ! Heal.........

Sorry everyone that is raw cocoa butter (not the...

Sorry everyone that is raw cocoa butter (not the over the counter stuff) aloe butter.

I am almost 5 weeks out and I am feeling great....

I am almost 5 weeks out and I am feeling great. Just tried on my two piece and I am pretty pleased for only being a short time since the surgery. Friday I will be leaving for my Carribbean cruise and have started packing clothes that I could never have worn before. I am pleased and taking the process as it comes!

Tomorrow i go for my six week follow up. They are...

Tomorrow i go for my six week follow up. They are scheduling it to tomorrow because I will be leaving for my on Friday. It is so nice to have this flat stomach! My clothes fit great. I noticed my hips and thighs still pretty swollen, but with this small tight waist I am planning to look great in two pieces and sundresses, I will post pictures . Me it fabulous my TT Sistahs!

Hello everyone. I am on the cruise ship so I can't...

Hello everyone. I am on the cruise ship so I can't talk long. So expense to post. I will post pic when I get home. My six week check up when great! The PS go get a two pice and enjoy! Will give details when I get home.
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What an amazing journey and so inspiring! You look amazing!! & congrats on your TT.....Look at God...Won't he do!!! Amen!!!
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U really have encouraged me today last night i was getting really upset. i was worried that i wouldn't have good results on march 5/14. but we are the same height and roughly the same shape. ty for sharing your story. i am also going on a cruise 6 weeks after my tt. i also am trusting the Lord..........but last night i was just overwhelmed and almost sent an email to the clinic and cancel so glad God led me to your story this morning.
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AWESOME..............not only do you look great but you are an inspiration to all of us who want to renew our bodies by taking control of what seems like a lost cause. This is extreme power being expressed through you by God. Keep giving us food for life with your updates. Great doctor.............youve helped to change my life.
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How have you been?
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How was the cruise and how are you holding up.
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Yes, Ms Diva how was your cruise...hope you had a great time..so wish to go on one..
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Ok, so how was the cruise? I wanna live vicariously through your trip!
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Where did you get that bikini top? I may be much bigger , but I can't find anything to fit these big girls, and now that I have a waist, I want a biking top!
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Tommy bahama and victoria secret have underwire tops for D's and DD's. I haven't had my procedure yet but have been scoping out possibilities for bikini's for later this summer. Let me know what you find out there!
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I found a really good quality one in a boutique shop.. It's made by sunsets swimwear. The Website is sunsetsinc.com. I have tried several other national chain stores like maceys that do not carry my size, you can see my bikini top In my blog pix.
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You look great girl! I am only 5 days out, and I feel so sore and bloated still. I hope I look as good as you in the end!
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Wow $4000 was so worth it. You look awesome :) Congrat's on your new tummy.
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Yes girl have fun. Please post pics
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Godo Luck on your check up HealthyDiva44, you look awesome!!! Have a good time in your two-piece and sundress!!!! Post when you can.
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Have a wonderful trip! You look great!!!
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I go for my check up with the plastic surgeon tomorrow. This is for my six week follow up. They are scheduling it to tomorrow because I will be leaving for my on Friday. It is so nice to have this flat stomach! My clothes fit great. I noticed at my hips and thighs still pretty swollen, but with this small tight waist I am planning to look great in two pieces and sundresses, I will post pictures . Me it fabulous my TT Sistahs!
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Wishing you much fun and please let me know how things went on your cruise.
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Thank you will do!
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I had mine on the 19th as well. You look great! Enjoy the cruise. I'm steadily recovering. The drains on the side were great, I had no problems with mine. Didn't hurt having them removed or while they were in.
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Girl you look so good. Thank you i cant cait to get mine done. I have hips and thighs as well
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Nice! The incision looks great! I wanna see the bikini pix! Give us some of you on the beach/ cruise too!
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Oh yes!!!! Healthy Diva Your Scar Looks Wonderful Now I need to know where I can purchase the exact same products you used. So that was a raw cocoa-butter, and coconut oil? and the aloe gel? sheabutter all mixed with Vaseline I'm try to get this thang right lol!!!!1 Also at what week did you start your scar treatment? Thanks!!!
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I bought them from my neighborhood health food store. Tomorrow I will take a picture of all the products you can go to the nearest health food store and ask them to order it if way don't carry it. I started it when the incision closed about 4 weeks. In one week the incision became super thin.
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Ok Thanks Diva I appreciate the Info :))
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Healthydiva, did you post the products that you used on your tt?
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