Tummy Tuck - 10/8/13

Hi. I am a 34 year old mother of two (3 and 5),...

Hi. I am a 34 year old mother of two (3 and 5), wife, and business owner. Both of my babies were born via C-section and my youngest was 8lb, 15oz...that is a lot on my 5'3" frame. I have a lot of heavy, extra skin that I am looking forward to having removed. I work out at the gym like crazy (spinning, weight lifting, boot camp, treadmill, etc) and watch what I eat but I always have this huge hanging-down belly to deal with. I am so ready for it to be gone!!

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Hey Girlie welcome to the community!  I am happy you joined us and looking forward to being on the journey with you.

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thanks so much!!
Hi, I am having tt 10/10/13 would love to compare notes
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Nervous and anxious....

Well, I'm 19 days pre op and I am still nervous as heck!! LOL I've starting picking up some supplies here and there. also, my family and my husband's family have the following items they r going to loan me: a hospital bed, shower chair, stool riser and walker! I hope I don't need all of tbat equipment but it's nice to have it just in case. I have had two c sections and a breast reduction si sometimes I feel like I wi be just fine with my TT. but other times I am worried sick. my pre op appt is on Wednesday so I'm hoping my PS will ease my mind some. I am still working on my pics...I'm pretty sure I am just avoiding it....

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Pre op pic

yuck.

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So anxious...

Well, here I am at 13 days pre op and my pre op appointment with my surgeon is tomorrow. I am excited but so very nervous and anxious. I am starting to doubt myself and the decision to have the surgery. The main reason I am freaking out right now is because I am NOT thin AT ALL. I am however at my normal weight that I have been for several years. My surgeon said I was an excellent candidate for a TT but what if my results aren't great because I need to lose weight....? I mean, anything is better than this huge flap of heavy skin I have now, but what if I'm not happy with the results..? YIKES!! Hopefully my appointment tomorrow will go well.....

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I feel the SAME WAY as you! I have lost weight, and been stable for about a year now, but I could still stand to lose 30 or more pounds. My PS also said I was a great candidate for a TT and told me that this will be a GREAT motivator in losing a little extra weight afterwards. I think you will look FANTASTIC! I'm really excited for you, your surgery is just a week before mine! Can't wait to see your results!
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mommacarbis, thank you so much for your encouraging words!! I am so glad we are in the same boat! I look forward to going through this together! I'll post more tomorrow after my pre op appointment.

Arnica

Just purchased Arnica after my surgeon recommended it.

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Pre op appointment...

Well, I'm just leaving my pre op appointment and I feel good. My surgeon answered all of my questions and she spoke very highly of this website as well. the nurse took my before pics and said they would take them again at 3 mos. I paid my balance..yikes!'there's no turning back now!! I got my surgery arrival time and start time...6am and 7:30 am. I will have two drains that will be on my hips and will comeout of the actual incision. I thought that's a good idea so I wont have two additional holes for the drains. Also, as I was arriving there was a gal in the lobby that just had her TT with my surgeon yesterday and she was walking and standing pretty well! Thats encouraging! Yay!!

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And.....cue insomnia...

well, it has finally hit me. the insomnia that is....sigh. one week till surgery..I hope I can get rid of this cough and get some sleep.

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Odds and ends

Well, my surgery is one week from today. I am debating on when to start taking Arnica...? Also, I need to take some more before pics so I can compare afterwards. I am currently on my period, which is great because that means it will be over before my surgery and I won't have to deal with that for 3 weeks after surgery..yay! (probably TMI but I wanted to share..lol) I have been taking vitamin C, a multivitamin and Emergen C..trying to get rid of this cough before surgery. I am trying to get everything caught up at work and at home before next week. Agggghhh!! So much to do and worry about! Yikes. I am also starting to really stress out about this damn binder/CG. My PS said I have to wear something for 6 weeks. The first 2 weeks I have to wear the binder she gives me. After that I can switch to a Spanx type garment. I currently have several Spanx and love the effect they have on my body but absolutely hate the "I can't breathe/stuffed sausage" feeling they give me. Yuck. Hopefully I end up liking the garment...fingers crossed.

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Yikes! I've got my TT on the 12th of this month & i couldn't sleep after seeing my surgeon. I'm so nervous! I'm sure it will make a HUGE difference - just wish I could fast forward the next two months! I too have a 5 & (nearly 3) year olds - I feel nervous about looking after them too! So much anticipation! Xxx
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I'm right there with you....I'm scared about recovering and being a mom at the same time. my son is kind ofa wild man and likes to crawl all over me. LOL you are right though...it'll be worth it in the end. I'm to the point where I just want to fast forward to after the sx so I can start recovering! the waiting is driving me crazy!! Good luck with your surgery!

HOLY CRAP....

I'm actually doing this.....33 hours from now I will be in surgery!!! aaagh!!

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Good luck tomorrow!!
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thanks!
Best of luck tomorrow! So exciting!
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Another before pic

well since my surgery is tomorrow...I guess I'll post another nasty before pic....

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Good luck tomorrow. Hope you have an easy time. I'm 2 1/5 weeks post op and feeling great. You'll do great too. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.
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thank you so much! I'm really needing these words of encouragement right now! :)
Good luck tomorrow!
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On my way

Welp, my hubby and I are on our way to the hotel, which is a two hr drive. we just dropped the kiddos off at my parents house....I'm not gonna lie...I cried. ugh!! I know I want and need this surgery but it's so hard right now. my mom and mother in law both told me today that it wasn't too late to back out!! gee, thanks for the support ladies!! LOL my surgery is in 12 hours!!! Yikes!

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Good Luck! Can't Wait To See Your Results!
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thanks!
Sending you positive vibes for tomorrow.
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One hour until surgery...

I'm at the hospital waiting to be taken back. if I thought I was freaking out before I was seriously mistaken! I keep looking at my husband like im gonna run....

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Good luck today. Sending you hugs and healing thoughts. Be brave! You'll be so happy you went through with the surgery. You'll love the results!
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I made it

im still in recovery but surgeon took 9 lbs! yay!!

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Congratulations! You must be so relieved... Wishing you a speedy recovery :))
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Yay for making it to the flat side! Congrats! Can't wait to hear more about it and see some pictures! Sending good healing vibes!
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First post op pic

yay!!!!

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Congrats!! You look amazing! I have mine on the 22 this month and I'm a nervous wreck but excited! Get rest and enjoy the new you!
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Wow! you brave woman STANDING tall right after surgery!!! Send some of your strength my way when I go in January! Rest up, you look great..
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Wow!! I hope you are feeling ok & healing well - you look fantastic!! Xxx
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Surgery day

hello ladies!! first of all, thank you all for your kind words and thoughts and prayers today! I really appreciate it! I thought I'd give the details of today before I forget. I arrived at the hospital at 6;00 am. my hubby and I waited for a bit in the lobby andI llistened to my iPod because I was STRESSED and nervous. then, the nurse called me back into what would be my recovery area, got me in my giwn, had me pee, and started my iv. her name was Cori and she was awesome...very nice and got my iv the first time! then they let my hubby come into the room and get this! he was crying!! so of course I started crying too! LOL he was just worried about me, which is so sweet but I ended up crying until they knocked me out. my anesthesiologist listened to my concerns about anesthesia and ended up using a smaller tube and only used narcotics. so, I woke up feeling great! the nurse asked what my pain was at once Igot back to rrecovery and I sais 2. my surgeon used a local anesthesia so I w as feeling great. now, when that wore off I was in serious pain!! but I took a pain pill and feel pretty decent now. I got back to the hotel around 1:30 & my hubby just left to go get something to eat. I have lots more to post but I'm getting tired....zzz will update again soon. thanks again!!

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can't wait to see some pics....happy healing!
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Good luck on ur recovery!! I cant believe you were updating us the day of surgery! Wishing you smooth sailing and none of the hiccups i am enduring
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I hope your recovery goes smoothly!
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Post op appointment/drive home

Good morning ladies! just a quick update. I had my post op appointment today at 10::00, wasdone by 10:30. the surgeon told me everything looks great and my 9 lbs was a record for her! yay! her and the nurse took my binder off and removed a bunch of tape and gauze and then put the.binder back on. all I have are steri strips and the drains. Now I'm on my wsy home, which is a two hr drive...kinda painful....

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48 hrs post op

okay, well it's been 48 hours since my TT surgery and I'm doing pretty well. I passed out once yesterday..thank goodness my husband was there to catch me...that was pretty scary but the nurse said it's normal as the anesthesia leaves your body. also, yesterday I had a couple of coughing fits and I swear I felt my internal stitches bust ooen. I hope not but it sure felt like it. I took my first shower today and that was nice. the pain is getting better but im still taking my pain meds and my muscle relaxors. hooe everyone is healing well! I'll post more pics soon!

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You are doing great. Oh yes, the coughing or a sneeze...ouch for sure. Rest, and can't wait to see more pics.
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thanks!
thank you!#

weight...

Well, I did something I probably shouldn't have...I got on the scale!! But I am down 11 pounds so I'm not complaining! I haven't had much of an appetite plus the surgeon took 9 lbs so this must be why. I am pretty swollen so I figured I would be heavier...I will take it! yes!!

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2 days post op

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If you don't mind me asking; how tall are you and how much do you weigh? I am 5'3 and weigh 212. Thanks!
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OMG! YOU LOOK GREAT!!! I have a body type just like your before picture and would love for you to post more pictures!! Thank you!
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Thank you so much! I sent you a private message. also, im hoping to get some new pics today. Thanks

Four days post op

Hello all! Just a quick update. today is post op day 4 for me and I'm doing well. my left.drain isn't producing much.so that worries me a bit. my pain is not bad at all..maybe a 2or 3. however my entire tummy area just feels weird...like kind of tingly and burning. I hope this is normal! LOL I see my PS on Tuesday so I hope everything is healing properly. I'm hoping topost some.ccurrent pics after my shower today. happy healing everyone!

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I hope I will handle this surgery as well as you are! Less than 48 hours left on my wait for the flat side. So glad to hear you aren't in too much pain and you are in good spirits!
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48 hrs??? OMG you're almost there lady!!! I will be thinking of you! you will do great...the first 72 hrs seem to be the worst. just take it slow. can't wait to see your transformation!!
Im So Happy To Hear You Are Doing Well! Your Pics Look Great!
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Post op day 5

Hi everyone! Just a quick update from me. today is day 5 and I'm doing well...not much pain anymore.....just uncomfortable st times. the swelling that everyone talks about is sooooo true. it sucks!! the reason it sucks is because there's nowhere for it to go...so I just feel like a fat girl stuffed into XS Spanx. lol I do still have the burning and tingling throughout my entire tummy area..it's not painful but it's odd and annoying. my drains have slowed down a bunch and my drain tubes keep getting longer and longer. im assuming that is from my husband milking the drains when he empties them. has anyone else's drains done that?

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Looking good love, happy healing.
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Thank you! you too. I just checked out your results and you look amazing! im ready to be all healed up!! LOL
Sounds like your are doing great, be kind to to yourself.. Welcome to the FLAT SIDE... "Be a Turtle, Slow and Steady" Healing takes time....tomorrow will be 4 weeks Post-op for me...l am healing well...the swelling takes a long time to ease up... (((Hugs)))
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6 days post op pics

this was taken after my shower today...really swollen!

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You look great. I've been taking the Arnica pills too, I don't see a difference at all. My drains haven't got longer either, but I've been milking them, so I guess I don't pull as hard on them as a man would. LOL Rest....you look great.
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Thank you! I was kinda thinking the same thing about my drains...I think my husband is pulling really hard on them! LOL and he has been so amazing so I'm not about to complain! LOL happy healing!!
It's is so amazing ---11 pounds gone..?? I ca hardly get my mid around it!! .our PS are just fantastic ...so amazing what they can do...I bet, even with the swelling...you still feel incredible...and probably don't miss the 11 pounds...I don't remember seeing your actual start weight...do you remember what it was? Good job Sweetie...

One week post op appointment

Hi all! I just left my one week post op appointment. My surgeon said everything looks good and she removed one drain. I still have one left but she showed my husband how to remove it once it gets down to less than 30 cc for a 24 hr period. it didn't hurt when she removed the drain..just a weird pulling feeling. she also removed the steri strips from my belly button so I'll be posting a pic soon! hope everyone is healing well!!

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Belly button, day 9

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looking good....
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thank you!!
Cute Belly Button :-)
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Drain free!!!

My husband just removed my last drain! Yay!!!

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Hey how are you making out? Healing up ok? I hope all is well with you and that you're feeling ok. I keep reading about the emotional ups and downs of the post op weeks, how are you managing with that?
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Hi! I'm doing great! I am 12 days post op today and am getting around well. yesterday and today I have TOTALLY overdone it though. so, now I am swollen and sore. I am currently in the recliner with my feet up and an ice pack on my tummy. other than that I am good. im looking forward to Tuesday when I will be two weeks post op and can start wearing spanx instead of this horrible binder. as far as emotionally, I haven't really noticed any lows yet. I'm hoping to avoid them but time will tell. my husband has been really supportive and I think that has helped alot. when is your surgery planned for?
November 27th! I can see where it will be difficult to Not over do it when you feel just a bit better... In the recliner sounds like a perfect place to spend the rest of the afternoon :) I'm on my own so I'll be trying to get things as organized as I can before I go in. I can't tell you how excited I am!!

Holy freaking OUCH!

So....my lovely monthly visitor decided to show up a week early. Let me just tell you that major menstrual cramps and bloating plus a healing incision and swell hell equals the worst pain of my life. seriously...this sucks. I have not cried throughout this entire process but today I shed a few tears....sigh. let's hope tomorrow is better

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Mine is set to arrive either day of or within two days after surgery. Wonderful.
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I normally have bad, painful periods and now with all the swelling, muscle repair, etc...it's just really painful. I do feel a tad better today tho. hopefully if your periods aren't normally painful you won't have as much pain. also, you will still be on pain meds!! LOL Im trying to be positive here. best of luck to you!

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today's pic before shower

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Wow! I was expecting to see much more swelling than that. Looking really good. (And the scar is Really a nice looking one!)
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You are looking good. Sorry about the pain though.
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Hi i have a question when u get the swelling is ur tummy soft or hard? I m 5 days post op. my belly looks bit bulgy and soft. Do u think its fat or just swell? Thanks PS Your tummy looks great :)

More pics

Here are some pics in clothes and without a binder or CG.

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Ty so much!! And u look amazing girl..
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Looking good :) xxx
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Thank you!!! :)

Updated pics!!

Here are some pics from today. I have an open spot on my incision and one on my belly button. I'm also posting the dreaded side pics..ugh. LOL I live two hrs from my PS so I've been e-mailing her pics of my incision and belly button. she's having me put betadine on the spots twice a day and it's really helping. Overall, I am feeling good! I'm sleeping in my regular bed again and ive been to the gym once to walk on the treadmill.

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How are you doing today? I hope the swelling isn't too terrible! Question, does your binder come all the way down over your incision site? If yes, did it always, right from the beginning? Thanks :) Hope you're healing up well and feeling good about everything x
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I'm good. tired,but good! yes, my binder goes from right under my breasts to down below my incision/top of my thighs. yes, it's been that way since the beginning. my PS said I could switch to a spanx type garment after two weeks but I tried and it hurts my incision. So, I've been wearing this same binder for three weeks now. I only take it off to wash it and shower. When I wake up in the morning it feels waaaay too big butby the time I go to bed it is almalmost too small! LOL Gotta love swell hell!
I am one day post op--when does the TT feel better?
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hope you heal well hun and im sure when you are all healed you will be happy with your results i think you are looking good hun sorry about the wound openings though take it easy yeah xx
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Thank you so much!!

Post op appointment

Hey everyone! Just a quick update..I went and saw my PS today and she said all is well. my body is not a fan of those white v-shaped sutures and it is spitting them left and right! LOL it sucks because that means I have alot of open spots on my incision and I am so over that! but, I am excited for my final results..I am going to be sooi happy. yay! wish I could fast forward past the wound care...yuck. Happy healing everyone!!

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Looking good girl.
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Thank you!!!

pics

Here are some pics from this morning. I'll post some pics of my yucky incision tomorrow. hope everyone is healing well!!!

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You look so great! Sorry you are having issues with your incision. That looks painful! But you have such a great attitude about it! Your new pics look amazing, though. Hope the healing comes fast for you!
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Thank you so much!  Yes, these damn openings are annoying, gross and kinda painful.  I am soooo over it!  lol  But, when I can grab any shirt from my closet and put it on and it fits....it makes it all better!!!  :)  Thank you so much for your kind words and you are looking great!!!
wow you look good...glad to see that your openings are healing
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Eeeeewwwww!!

Okay, here are some pics of my nasty, stitch-spitting incision. it pains me to post these but I want to show you all. I just saw my PS two days ago and she assured me that all is well even though my incision is pretty angry looking. The one spot has a really deep hole which was freaking me out but she said it us fine. the bummer is that since its so deep I know it will take forever to fill in and heal...ugh. but, I'm feeling pretty good so I'm thankful for that! take care everyone!

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Hey there, I am 4 weeks post op and my incision is also separations and spitting stitches. I hate it and it does not seem to be getting better. Any advice? I have been covering with antibiotic ointment and a sanitary pad and changing twice a day. Would love for someone who has had this to post a picture of their scar once they healed.
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I am 6 weeks post op now. My scar was separated and I was putting antibiotic ointment and gauze on twice a day too. I talked to my ps and asked if she could fix it. She took me back into the surgical center and stitched me back up. I just had to keep it covered for a week. No pain and now it looks fantastic. My ps is amazing. She said it would eventually have healed doing what you and I were doing, but I'm so glad she fixed it. I feel like a new person. After six weeks, I feel amazing. Check with your ps and see if there is something she can do. I hope it gets better soon. Keeping you in my thoughts.
My PS is having me put bentadine (I hope I spelled that right) on the open spots twice a day after cleaning it with soap and water. Bentadine is that liquid, brownish orange stuff. she had me paint it on with a q tip. It seems to be helping a lot. it seems to be drying it out instead of keeping it moist like an ointment would. I had a breast reduction in 2005 and has similar issues and used neospirin on it and it took FOREVER to heal. I'm a fan of the drying it out instead. also, the place on my breast that opened healed up great and you can't even tell now. Im confident that we will heal up nicely....it just SUCKS right now! LOL

Sutures

Here is a pic of the dirty bastards that are making my life miserable!!

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You look great!  Sorry you're going through all that stitch drama, that stuff is the worst.  I hope yours resolve soon and that you never have to deal with those buggers again!
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Thank you so much!! I'm glad to see that you survived stitch spitting drama and came out looking great! it gives me hope that there is an end in sight!! :)
Thanks for the advice on Bentadine. I will try that. Tired of the goo and I tend to think I dry wound heals faster than a wet one. Mine started from a prescribed silicone strip that was put on too early. My incision wasn't completely dry and moisture developed under the strip. They had me remove it within 24 hours and the medical grade adhesive mad everything, even surrounding tissue, extremely mad. Mine just don't seem to be getting any better after two weeks. In fact, they are getting bigger. I go back to PS on Wednesday and hopefully they will pull the two stitches that are visible.

Sleeping, spanx, and gym

Hi everyone! just a quick update....I can now sleep on my sides and kinda on my tummy..thank goodness! Also, I am on day three of wearing my spanx all day instead of my binder. I still wear my binder while I sleep and also at the gym. speaking of the gym.....I have been going to the gym every day for a week and a half now. I usually walk uphill on the treadmill for 30-45 mins and then lift some VERY light weights. I'm actually not cleared my PS for abs or lifting so I use super light weights and do 3 sets of 30. my incision is healing slowly but surely. I still have the one deep hole but it is slowly filling in. oh! one more thing....I can wear jeans!!! yay! I'll post a pic!!

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Jeans pic

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Morning :) How are things in your world? At five weeks post op how are you finding your energy levels? Are they starting to return to normal yet? I've been thinking about you and I hope you're well!
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Morning! How are you making out? I've been thinking about you and hoping that most of the stitch drama is done for now and you can enjoy your new body!! Best wishes :)
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Hi there! I'm doing pretty good...I haven't seen any stitches/sutures for several days which is good news. I did think I saw one this morning so I had my husband try and remove it. he couldn't get it and it just started bleeding a bunch so I'm leaving it for now. if it wants to come out it will later! LOL my deep hole is filling in some too. thanks for checking in on me! how are you doing??

Almost 6 weeks post op pics!

Here are some pics Of my problem areas...the deep hole is SLOWLY filling in and the rest of the incision is healing nicely. I am going to my first spin class tomorrow...wish me luck!!

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You look terrific!!
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Thank you!
Looking great! Glad things are getting better and better for u..
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I survived spin class!

Well, I survived my first post op spin class!! it was actually not as bad as I thought it would be...I'm not as out of shape as I thought I would be. LOL I'm excited to start lifting again!!!! Hope you all are healing well! :-)

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I loved reading that! Well done :)
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Looking good!
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Thank you so much!

6 weeks post op today!!!!

Well, I'm 6 weeks post op today and I'm feeling great. I actually ran on the treadmill today and did three one minute planks. I also did dead lifts for the first time in 6 wks and my hamstrings are already sore...yay! hurts so good! LOL I'm hoping to post some pics tomorrow. take care! :)

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Spin class, running, and planks at 6 weeks?!! That's so impressive. I'm almost 5 weeks and can't imagine dong any of that anytime soon. I'm still walking like a granny at times. Lucky girl!! Take care. You look great.
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Thank you! and...I still have my moments when I walk like a granny too! LOL I do have to say that going back to the gym and walking on the treadmill seemed to help my muscles loosen up some. best of luck to you!! :)
Hang in there, your incision should be healed very soon now. I am at 10 weeks post op and am very surprised with the improvement between 6 weeks and now. I can actually do full sit ups now. (Not many
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Jello

ok, this is totally random but I've been trying to think of any advice for all of you getting ready to have your surgery done. The only thing I can think of that hasn't already been covered is to buy some jello for afterwards. after my tt my throat and mouth were so dry and sore that the only thing I could eat was jello. I had absolutely no appetite but needed to have something in my tummy so I could ttake my pain pills and there was no freaking way I could choke down crackers. I literally would have had to dunk the cracker in water to have gotten it down. lol Anyway, just a random bit of advice. :)

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Oh, good one! Writing jello on my list now! Thanks, and I hope you are doing well!!
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8 weeks post op

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Looking great already!
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thank you!
Looking great :))) You must be so happy with your results!
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Almost 5 months post op/ 20 lb weight loss

Hi all! I just wanted to stop by and update my review real quickly. Here are some updated pics. I am one week shy of being 5 months post op and am doing AMAZING! I am 100% back to normal activity and have been for awhile. Please note that I have also lost 20 pounds which helps my pics look even better! LOL also, I go back to the surgeon on March 31st for a small revision on my sides. I'll post pics after. Thanks!

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You look great and congrats on the weight loss that's awesome! So now your wounds look all healed well...wondering? Did your ps have you keep that spot bandaged up or just regular padding there? I have a big one in the center of my stomach and it's slowly healing but driving me nuts. (I have horizontal and vertical incisions to make my tummy flatter and get rid of a big scar I used to have there) My PS ordered me a heavy duty antibiotic cream and keeping it padded with surgical pads. Doesn't hurt but freaks me out it's scary looking lol
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Yes. My wounds are all healed up! No open spots anywhere in sight. My PS had me clean the wound twice a day with betadine (the orange liquid iodine stuff) and then I would put some non stick pads inside my underwear, but that was about all. I am not a fan of goopy, wet wounds so I was glad that she didn't want me to keep it moist with Neosporin or anything like that. I think dry wounds heal faster and are far less gross. LOL You are looking great by the way! Also, the open wounds feel like they will never heal but they do...just be patient even though I know it's tough when you are taking care of that wound everyday. But, trust me...it will be all healed up before you know it! Best of luck!!
You look amazing I'm so glad I found your page. What was your pre op weight
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7 months post op

After a small revision on my sides

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Did your scar open up after it had closed initially or did it just never close? Does the doctor know why?
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Love your latest pic…..you look great! Also congratulations on the weight loss! 20 pounds is no small feat! I lost 115 and I remember those last 10-20 being the absolute hardest! Congrats to you :) You look wonderful xxoo
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Thank you so much!!!!
Dr. Kelly Killeen

Dr. Killeen is amazing!! She is very kind and knowledgeable and I am more than happy with my results. She once saw me when she was 9 mos pregnant with a broken rib. She also responded to my email on a Sunday. her nurse Magen is super nice too and called several times to check on me.

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