Say Hello To My FLAT Belly

I have been looking forward to seeing my feet once...

I have been looking forward to seeing my feet once again. I haven't seen them in over 13 years. I am the mother of 5 and I just want my pre baby body back!

Okay today is the day....I have to call at 11:30...

Okay today is the day....I have to call at 11:30 to confirm whether I am booking the 18th or not. I initially went in the 2nd consult
to discuss my BA but she would rather do TT first as these results will affect size of BA. I am nervous about the pain and the recovery.

Decisions, Decisions! I had all 5 of my children all natural. Arrgghhhhh!

An hour away from making the decision very final...

An hour away from making the decision very final and very real!!! I am so nervous!!!!!!

22 minutes, what am I going to do??????

22 minutes, what am I going to do??????

Okay it's done! I am scheduled for 4/18 and my...

Okay it's done! I am scheduled for 4/18 and my pre op is this Thursday! I am having mixed emotions right now. One minute I am happy, the next sad. Did I make the right decision?

1 Week Away Okay I am starting to feel much...

1 Week Away

Okay I am starting to feel much more relaxed about my decision. I am eager now and just doing some tidying around the house
Before I can't. I don't even know if I should because it might Be aggravating to clean it and then have the kids and hubby mess It right back up!!! Lol. Tomorrow is post op day!

Why am I up at 2:55 am? My pre op is today at 5pm...

Why am I up at 2:55 am? My pre op is today at 5pm. Arggghhh!

Day of Pre Op Okay I am about to get in the car...

Day of Pre Op
Okay I am about to get in the car and head to my pre op appt. Wish me mercy, grace, peace, comfort if I go on and on, I will be late.

5 Days Away I am feeling so much better after my...

5 Days Away
I am feeling so much better after my pre op appt. when I got there they had me complete all the necessary paperwork and then the dreaded pictures. My ps came in and she is so confident that I will do fine. Her ease made me feel more at ease. She gave me scripts for nausea and Percocet and ordered my wonderful new bodysuit I can't wait to wear lol. I will post pics later today. My hubby surprised me and showed up at the appt. I am excited. Ps said she doesnt think I will be in pain she said I will just feel tight. I am still nesting, so cleaning like crazy. I did purchase the bio oil and I have to shower before I get to the hospital with anti bacterial soap I.e. dial, I purchased laxatives which they want me to take 3 days before sx.

3 Days Away I just got my hair done and I am...

3 Days Away
I just got my hair done and I am still cleaning! I haven't slept for 2 nights, I keep waking up at like 2 in the am. I am not nervous anymore just ready to start recouping. I guess I will go grocery shopping Monday or Tuesday. Maybe tomorrow me and hubby can spend some quality time. I really need to post some pics!

2 days before crossing over Okay so this morning...

2 days before crossing over
Okay so this morning of course goes crazy. I woke up and had started my period overnight. I am soooo happy, it was supposed to come on last Wednesday but I think my nerves scared it away. So while dealing with that I had planned to go to the hospital today to pay the rest of my fees and spend the day at the museum with the kids but my 2 year old woke up with a temp of 104.9 and coughing all over the place. Had to call the on call doctor 3 times and 20 minutes later she called with an attitude. She expressed to the on call operators she was driving is that an excuse you are going to tell me if God forbid something happens to my daughter. She then tells me, the office opens at 9 to call and make an appt. the twat didn't realize that the operator told me they opened at 8:30 so I called her cell phone back and ripped her another one. Called the office to complain and they were puzzled why she would tell me that. So now praying to God that whatever she has, I dont get. So I guess tomorrow I will be running around getting last minute things. Please pray for my Doria Gianna!

I have two nannies that have applied for the...

I have two nannies that have applied for the position for next week. I think I may need some extra hands around the house. Hubby goes back to work after taking a week off to help out and then some sporadic days the week after that. I don't need her to help me but help with driving the kids around.

Okay so I just got home after taking baby to the...

Okay so I just got home after taking baby to the doctor and she prescribed an antibiotic so I dropped all of our prescriptions off at the same time. It is beautiful outside and another great reason for doing this is so sweat does gather under all of that belly skin. LOL! I ran outside for a hit second and now there is a pool of sweat under there. I am going to finish cleaning bathrooms and the rest of the house today and kind of kick back for a minute. Not having second thoughts or anything like that, I mostly feel like I need to prepare more like I am missing things you know!

Just paid my hospital fee and will pay my...

Just paid my hospital fee and will pay my anesthesiologist tomorrow. One step closer!

Day before This time tomorrow I will be getting...

Day before
This time tomorrow I will be getting prepped!

So I called the hospital to pay my final bill and...

So I called the hospital to pay my final bill and the woman in charge of billing had her surgery with my ps. She said I was in good hands and proceeded to tell me about her experience. One more thing that happened that showed me I made the right decision. I took pics so everyone will get to see the difference. I took a laxative last night and good god! My period is over, just in time! So now I am spending time with kids and hubby and just looking forward to the actual surgery being over and waking up in recovery or better yet on my couch at home :)

I am laying here and thinking positive and not...

I am laying here and thinking positive and not think about
Food! Lol! I am just ready for it all to be over! Hubby
And kids are being so supportive. I just want this part to be over.

1 day Post Op So today I am really feeling the...

1 day Post Op
So today I am really feeling the pain at the incision site! Yikes!
I just left my doctors office and I am a little swollen. She said I am
The only patient she got this tight. She said she bounce a nickel off
Off my stomach. I love my PS, she is awesome! She is so happy for me
And could not believe I hadn't looked at my belly yet! She wants to
To start massaging the area. The doctors and nurses were awesome!
I just feel burning not so much pain if that makes sense!

2day post op I really tried to stay a step ahead...

2day post op
I really tried to stay a step ahead when it came to gas and constipation but I guess not. It's 3:29 am and I am sipping some of my coffee, praying that it does what it normally does. My drains hurt like hell and I can't wait for them to come out. I am noticing that the swelling is going down so I am happy about that. Hubby has been a trooper. I ate fresh fruit today and he scrambled some eggs for me. I cheated and had a slice of buffalo chix pizza. I had hubby get some pita bread so will eat a veggie sandwich later with hummus. Right now I am asking myself what in the hell did I do this for! I am going to hire a nanny for next week to come in and help out.

4 Day Post Op Okay yesterday was a pretty bad day...

4 Day Post Op
Okay yesterday was a pretty bad day. I still haven't had a bm and
I am getting quite uncomfortable. I can feel things moving around
And I have tons of gas but dayum! I started to feel like I had made a huge
mistake in having the surgery. I was in little pain and decided to
Take the mess one more day. The drains are still doing their job.
I put more gauze at the site to give it some cushion. I have been
Massaging everyday. The left incision side feels pretty good.
The right incision side still feels a little sore. I can't wait to see the
Final results.

5 Day Post Op Good morning, what a beautiful day...

5 Day Post Op
Good morning, what a beautiful day it is. I was up farting
all night long and I am pleased to say this morning I had my
first bm and it wasn't bad at all. Thank God because it was no
Joke!!!! Home alone and just wondering if I can do this by myself.
This recovery is no joke so ladies please take it easy.

WTH!!!! I was attemtpting to adjust the garment...

WTH!!!! I was attemtpting to adjust the garment that was
creased against my inner thigh and accidentally hit the friggin
drain. Can you say pain! I did the same thing last night and it actually
started bleeding from the site. Arrggh! About to take pain meds and
Hopefully that will stop the throbbing! Goodnight!

Hubby just informed me down to my last two pain...

Hubby just informed me down to my last two pain pills. God please
let the pain from the incisions and the drains subside!!!!!

Day 6 I took a shower last night and felt pretty...

Day 6
I took a shower last night and felt pretty good but woke up this morning in pain. I called the doctor and she recommended Alleve or Advil. I have never taken either so which one have any of you had luck with or like better? Thanks in advance

1 Week Post Op So yesterday was my 1 week...

1 Week Post Op
So yesterday was my 1 week anniversary and I found out I am dehydrated so I have up'd my water intake and put the pineapple juice down for now. Today I see my lovely Dr. Mahony and boy I can't wait. I pray these drains are coming out and it is painless. I showered all by myself today and boy I am proud but also worn out. I wonder if hubby will figure it out. Lol! He would have a fit if he knew I did that alone. So now just enjoying some fruit and relaxing a bit after all of that before my appt. I always feel more pain after a shower. It feels like everything hurts the drains, the incision, oh well this too shall pass.

2 Week Post Op Okay I just got back from PS. ...

2 Week Post Op
Okay I just got back from PS. DRAINS ARE OUT! It did pinch a little but not painful. She is super psyched about my tummy and says things look good. She wants to see me back to make sure fluid is draining properly from the holes and that it is healing properly. She told me to take it easy, which I will no doubt do. She gave me the okay tonstart using the palmers oil on my incision. I am excited about getting that sucker flat. I finally had a bm! The first one was a nightmare! I was so constipated and it took 4 hours to get it out and the things I had to do to get it out I will take to my grave.

I have been walking more upright but not totally straight. I am not in as much pain and the swelling has gone down tremendously. I haven't been taking any meds for anything. Still sleeping on the couch with hubby by my side. Drinking tons of water and watching my salt intake. I am just taking it day by day and getting ready for my BL & BA scheduling for June 6th hopefully, just not sure if saline or silicone but I have time to decide that.

Day 15 So I had to fire the first sitter that...

Day 15
So I had to fire the first sitter that came to help. She sat and absolutely did nothing. So that day I actually overdid it and I could tell. I got tired after like 10 minutes on my feet. I hired another sitter and so far she is working out lovely. Since the drains have come out, I am feeling so much better. The only issue I am having now is that my butt hurts. I am up walking around but the garment is very itchy and OMG! Lol! I am using Palmers for scar treatment right now and massaging 3x a day. After I massage the oil in, there is peeled skin all over my fingers..ewwww!

I actually tried on some of my panties and they all fell albeit 1 below the scar. I am hoping that the scar drops significantly. The sides were kind of puckered from where she pulled me in and I put a little gauze there and then zipped up my garment to give me extra cushion there. That puckering has since gone down. My skin is so dry and I have lost so much weight.

The highlight of today is that my surgeon sent me a card, which I thought was a nice touch. I actually joked with my hubby and said maybe she mailed some money back to me :)

I will post pics this weekend :)

3 Weeks Post Op Okay so I started driving this...

3 Weeks Post Op
Okay so I started driving this week and it was easy going. I stayed off the main roads and used the back roads. I was somewhat limited in my turning and the seatbelt was uncomfortable but I did it and every day gets easier. I am still very tight and not flat like I thought I would be so I am just making sure I drink LOT'S of water! I see my ps on Friday so I will discuss the swelling with her. The last time I went she was very pleased with my belly and healing process so that makes me feel better. I posted more pics but I am going to delete some because honestly, I hate looking at them.

3 Weeks Post Op Just left my ps office and is...

3 Weeks Post Op
Just left my ps office and is that what a flat tummy looks like? She drained a Seroma today. It appears I am still making fluid. She drained about 2 big vials of fluid, I was totally shocked. My tummy is flat. So she told me I need MORE compression on that area so I have 4 washcloths and 3 tshirts trying to compress the hell out of my tummy. Because of the Seroma I have skin laxity there so I need to allow my inner body to attach to my outer body so it can be flat. OH MY WHAT AN ADVENTURE. she told me if there area swells up more than it is now call her over the weekend, otherwise I have an appt on Monday.

So far so good, I am still flat. I swapped all...

So far so good, I am still flat. I swapped all the towels and shirts for an ace bandage. It is working better in regards to compression. I failed to mention that she wants to put a drain BACK in if it gets really full of fluid. But again, my tummy is still flat. I just hope that the swelling from area of Seroma will go down. I feel like I am back on day 1 of healing. I didn't have an appetite last night and just finished eating an egg and cheese omelet with a glass of pineapple juice. Water for the rest of the day and hot chocolate before bed to help me sleep. Until tomorrow!

Seroma is gone. She aspirated 150cc the first...

Seroma is gone. She aspirated 150cc the first time and yesterday I felt that needle. OUCH! She said thats a good sign! She only aspirated about 20cc so we are both ecstatic. So now its just a matter of time before life becomes normal again. I am totally FLAT! So now boobies!

1 Month Post Op Doctor is very pleased with...

1 Month Post Op
Doctor is very pleased with results so far. Skin is starting to tighten up a bit. I still have tons of stretch marks but I really don't care about that. If I decide to wear a bikini people will have to just deal, at least my tummy will be flat and my boobs perky :). I didn't do this surgery for other people so I can give a dayum what they think. I am loving my results so far, the Seroma was tough to deal with but I seemed to have turned a corner last week. I don't feel tired all the time and I actually can move around. I cleaned the living room where we were bunked out the past month (boy time flies) but it took me all day to do it. I would clean a little and then sit down and then I got so tired, I took a nap. So at my follow up appt, we discussed doing my boobs. I wanted the mommy makeover but my ps did not want me under drugs that long. I need a lift and getting the girls done. I may as well get it done, because no one has seen me yet so at least this way when they do, everything is done and I will change my hair. So I am scheduled for 5/30 and I just hope I am ready for another procedure. I am starting to feel like maybe I shouldn't spend all of this money on myself, but if it will enhance my self esteem, why not! Hubby's face was smiling from ear to ear when he saw me with the bra and gel inserts in. I went to ask him what he thought and he was like CHEESE, I just said nevermind, I already know. I just hope that I am doing the right size.

MY 2 YEAR OLD KICKED ME IN THE STOMACH LAST NIGHT!...

MY 2 YEAR OLD KICKED ME IN THE STOMACH LAST NIGHT! It brought me to tears :(

5 Weeks Post Op I have been feeling much better. ...

5 Weeks Post Op
I have been feeling much better. I kept having these muscle spasms in the morning when I woke up but they have gotten better. I have been using the Palmer's Oil on the incision 3 times a day and it is flattening out and looking really nice. I noticed yesterday I still have some stitches on my left side but all of the dissolvable ones are gone. I am still pretty much swollen but I'm not worried about that. I knew coming into the sx that it could take 12-18 months to see final results. Soi sit back and wait patiently and enjoy what I see now. My hubby and I were talking about the early days of the recovery and how it seems like years ago, lol. I am still taking it easy because there is some soreness but nothing I can't handle. The skin has started to tighten up from draining the Seroma so I can't wait for that area to be totally flat and tight. Initially a friend asked me would I do it again and I said no but if she asked me today, I would say YES!

Had my BA/BL on June 4th and she took that stitch...

Had my BA/BL on June 4th and she took that stitch out while I was on the table. I noticed immediately, once the stitch came out the puckering looked less noticeable. I'm starting to type incoherently so I will post something later. :)

7 Weeks Post O So I have been nursing my new...

7 Weeks Post O
So I have been nursing my new boobs that I have forgotten about my tummy. I have been performing scar treatment using the palmers oil 3 times a day. The skin has been tightening up a lot and ever since that stitch came out my left side has been healing rather quickly. My skin is still kind of loose near the incision site but I'm sure it will tighten up as the healing process continues. I am flat but hard to really enjoy because now I am really swollen from my BA/BL. The scar looks really good and I am happy with the results thus far. The stretch marks are easing up as well and don't look as bad.

After having children, I didn't like the skin...

After having children, I didn't like the skin leftover in the tummy area. I'm still young and wanted my pre baby body back. Dr. Mahony also performed my Breast Augmentation and Lift and I am very pleased with both results thus far.

3 Month Post Op PICS ADDED I saw my PS on Friday...

3 Month Post Op PICS ADDED
I saw my PS on Friday and my tummy is coming along very well. I am still sore when I sit for a while and have to get up. I am still dealing with a little swelling and I still have some loose skin near incision after dealing with that nasty seroma. The incision is looking great. I am massaging 3 times a day like clockwork and I refuse to stop now. It looks so good. I am able to really massage firmly now. When I got ready to have my BA/BL, I found a stitch and my PS took it out while I was on the table. I recently found another stitch and she took it out on Friday. Ever since I had these two stitches out, my tummy is looking so much better on that side. I see my shape starting to take form and I am very pleased with my results so far. I am still wearing binder but due to BA, I fold it down a little. I still have stomach spasms every now and then.

It won't let me add a picture :(

it won't let me add a picture :(

My last post should be 2 month post op :)

My last post should be 2 month post op :)

3 Month Post Op This will be my 3 month post op...

3 Month Post Op
This will be my 3 month post op update. My tummy looks great! I am still dealing will swelling every now and then. My PS said I could get rid of my binder but I have fallen in love with it. She actually called it a girdle which made me really want to burnt lol! I might be looking at a revision down the road but not really sure. I have some loose skin near mons, I guess that is what everyone calls it. She said she would have to open the entire incision again. My tummy is way flatter then what it was before so I am ecstatic but if I start to notice the extra skin in my clothes I might be heading under the knife again? I am still doing scar therapy
3 times a day with Palmers and the incision is healing quite nicely. I have been cleared to do everything so watch out gym, here I come. I will start on Tuesday. Lol! Hubby loves the new tummy, I am hoping that the loose skin tightens up a little more. Crossing my fingers.

So I remember sitting on the couch so upset that...

So I remember sitting on the couch so upset that the people I made connections with on here slowly faded away. I would say why aren't they updating their info well I apologize because now I see that life gets back on track and you are no longer sitting around drinking pineapple juice and eating prunes. So as far as my healing process, I am sooo happy still that I had this procedure. At my last check up she did say there was extra skin that once everything relaxed there is that bulge. I am just waiting, I really don't want to have another procedure. I am still massaging and using palmers oil and bio oil. Today I started wearing the binder again just for extra support and to help with the swelling.

I haven't updated in such a long time and I wanted...

I haven't updated in such a long time and I wanted to let everyone know how I have been doing. I have good and bad days still with my swelling. It will be a year next month. I still have numbness in certain areas but overall I am still pleased with my results. I haven't been to a follow up visit in a while and will be calling this week to follow up. The incision looks flawless and one side you can't see the line, the other side is a little darker.
Westport Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Mahony is so sweet, caring and very professional. She is awesome and when you have surgery she gives you her home and cell number. We had to call her twice on her cell and she was very pleasant. She wants the best results for all of her patients and she genuinely cares about her patients.Updated on 11 Jun 2012:Dr. Mahony is the most professional, down to earth doctor I have ever met. Her expertise and her personal touch in providing patients the best care is phenomenal. Her bedside manner was key for me. I read so many reviews where patients did not have personal contact information for their doctors. She provides full access to her after your surgery and doesn't mind those calls that may seem silly but very serious to us, because we don't know. Dr. Mahony answers your questions so thoroughly and in easy to understand terms and takes her time no matter how many times you say I'm not sure what you mean. She is patient, caring and makes you feel like you are part of her family. I can always reach her to have my questions or concerns answered. Her office manager Angela, has the same sweet spirit that she has. Angela is patient and always professional. The payment process is so easy and it's a lot of money that are exchanging hands, but her system makes it so it's the last thing on your mind.

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You're looking great. What area are u talking about revising?
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Hey Pink,
How r u? Checking on u?
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OMG, I feel so bad that I haven't been on here to update I am doing great. I am still having swelling issues but it's all good! How have you been
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No worries! me too! I'm still having swelling issues at 4 months! I live in my spanx! lololol! I love my results! My PS said it could take up to a year for total healing!
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wow pink! good way to explain the pain before the gain lol. Thank so much I'll try to update after TT and will post pics soon of BR
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Please post pics of your new "girls"!! I had a breast reduction June 18th and will be having my TT Aug 6th,,,,,CAN'T WAIT!!!. I'm really happy with the new girls and so anxious for the tt. You look great, congrats!!
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Thanks! It will be here before you know it. It wasn't a fun process in the beginning but the results sort of make you forget what it was really like. Almost like giving birth, you go through 9 months of changes and then labor but once baby is here you forget it all:). Good luck and take it day by day. We are all here for you :)
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I think you're looking great but you posted 3 months post op picture. It hasn't been 3 months only 2 months out. April 18th to June 18th. So your doing super & your tummy is looking tight & beautiful. Doesn't it make your head feel better too? We all deserve that since we are the breast feeding, child birthing, story telling, I can do anything a man can & can't do with my hands tied behind my back wonders of this world.

I'm 61 years old woman & had my Tummy Tuck on April 17th a day before yours. I just posted on my Tummy Tuck but I also had 4 other surgeries that day. You can find my posts under "greenblackpurple 61 years old & would do it again" (Tummy Tuck & Facelift)
Good luck, continue to heal, & post a pictures once a month.
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Yes, it has only been 2 months. Thats another reason why i love this site, someone always has your back :) i was rushing when i posted and didnt Even pay attention to the Time period. Thank you so much for your words. I can't wait to check out your journey.
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I just saw your comment on my blog--thanks for the compliment. It's been one of the toughest things I've ever done and I know my body is still healing, and I don't have the total result yet. Overall, I'm very happy. How are you doing--you just had breasts done after having tummy?
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congrats! bet you're glad it's done!
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You have come a long way! You look wonderful, I can't imagine how painful that was!
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Girl, thanks. Still recovering from the TT so I may as well get the boobs done now too? Lol!
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Haha yeah, might as well get it all over with!
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good luck on wednesday!
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its coming along very nice, you can see the big diffrence, congrats, the boobs shouldnt be as bad as the belly, I cant wait for my tummy tuck ughhh seeing all these before and after pics, I cant wait...
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Your day is coming just be ready for this emotional roller coaster :)
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you look nice, are you posting up more pics?
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are you going to post more pics?
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Just posted new pics. Getting boobs done on Wednesday...Wahooo! It has been a long recovery!
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Looking good pink and happy healing to u!
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You look great...i want boobies too!
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I need to post new pics, thanks! I am getting mine in 2 weeks. I can't wait till all of this is over.
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You will look great!!
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Me too! Thank you. I am still flat, there is a little fluid there but nothing like before. I will take some new pics.
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