So Happy That I Did This!!!

Well a little less than 6 weeks and I will be on...

Well a little less than 6 weeks and I will be on the flat side....if I don't back out!
I am 58 yes 58 years young! I had a breast reduction in February of this year and I asked the Doc if she could do some lipo along with my reduction because I figured my stomach would look bigger with smaller boobs, she took a look and said she could do a beautiful tummy tuck and muscle repair, but I'd have to wait 6 months until the breasts healed .....so here I am amazed at where the time went!
After reading so many posts from all you gals I'm scared as heck. I am usually pretty tough with pain, but I don't know about this and the "swell hell" everyone speaks about?? Geesh!
With the swelling are you able to wear your regular size ..... just wondering because I have a nephew getting married Sept 27th . Will I be able to get dressed nice for that?
So, my hubby is very supportive, but my kids think I'm crazy! My oldest son said "Mom your going on 60 and have 4 kids that's what your suppose to look like" he's my worrier! than they all worry what will be next ...if I'm going to get addicted to plastic surgery! I quit smoking 13 months ago today and this is my gift to myself for quitting.
I will add photos soon of my 2 stomachs lol

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Oh and even swollen I can wear my regular clothes they just look better now! ;) no rolls haha
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Less than 1 month to go now...so nervous I just can't believe I'm going to do this!
Oh honey, ...take a deep breath and relax! When you join us on the flat side you will be so happy! And you will wonder why you were ever so nervous...you'll see! It's the best thing I've ever done or myself, and you will be saying the same thing before you know it. Good luck!

3 Weeks to go!

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You're not crazy! You're brave :) I'm mid 50's and saving for my TT and lipo. We're not dead and if it makes us feel better physically or mentally, then GO FOR IT. I'll be watching your amazing journey.
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Thanks Soon2be! You are so encouraging! 3 weeks from tomorrow! Can't believe how fast the time went!

I need to know

Question. I am having my TT and MR this Thursday! Can't believe it's here already but what do I wear the day of surgery, I will be coming home on that day. It's going to be very hot here so too hot for sweats. Will my normal clothes fit right after? I feel so dumb asking but just trying to prepare. I am such a wreck having so many mixed emotions and to top it off, had to take my baby back to college yesterday, that was bittersweet!

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Good luck looking forward to follow your story x
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Thank you Flowers!
I too have thoughts of backing out occasionally but then I look at my profile in the mirror and then I'm agin convinced to proceed with the surgery! In only three days you'll be on the flat side! My best wishes to you!
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Tomorrow is the Day

Just came home fom the Dr and got my meds and time. Have to be at the surgical center at 8:30! Can't believe it's actually going to happen! I will keep you updated.

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Thinking about you today (your surgery day). Wishing you the best!
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You will look fabulous and you deserve this for you!! Bev, you have to make yourself happy. Your son will be happy for you when he sees what a positive impact this procedure is for self esteem. I start my surgery at 8:30 , tomorrow ;) we will begin our Flatside journey ;)
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On the Flatside

All done will update later Pain ????

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Best of luck to you, hope all went well, I was 55 when I had mine done and didn't regret it for a minute, hope all goes well for you these next few days, keep those pain meds in you even if you think you don't need them, drink some prune juice if necessary, keep fluids in you, don't overdo anything, listen to your doc, rest a lot the first few days, let us know how you are doing !  Kathy
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Thanks Kathy! Oh it does hurt, but I try to focus on the outcome. I've been in this recliner and it can be challenging to get out but I am managining. Can't wait to see me!
Thank you it did go well.

Wow!!

I have a very high pain tolerance, but this is just horrible! But I know this is going to be totally worth it! Right? Been in the recliner since I have been home, Its so hard getting in and out. I thank God for my amazing hubby who has been my rock! I feel like such a pest constantly asking him for things, but I'm sure he is anxious for the new bod too. :) I get to see the Dr on Wednesday, so I will get my first peek. Glad to be on the other side.

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I really hope u fill better soon but just think about all the new swimsuits u can get :) x
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Im so sorry that you are having such a hard time! I know it seems far away right now but I promise it will be so worth it in the longrun!
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Thank you! That's the only thing that keeps me upbeat, hoping this will all be worth it.

Tight garment

Do you think it would be ok for me to adjust this binder. Doc put in on after surgery and there's all this padding on the bottom. I am afraidvto touch anything and don't want to mess anything up but I think that's alot of my discomfort its tight and just poking me

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My surgeon told me my binder is not a corset, it should not be tight just snug. My surgery was the 21st. I can't wait to see your flatness.
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Thank you! My binder doesn't seem tight it just keeps riding up and I have to keep pulling it down. Then all feels pretty good. By the way you look awesome!
Good for you to walk up the stairs. I intend to walk up the stairs from day 1 as my bedroom is upstairs so I'm hoping I don't have as much pain as you seem to be having. I don't have a recliner and intend to sleep in my bed from day 1. Just have to get lots of pillows. I'm hoping the pain will be tolerable and that I can actually do this!!
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PO day 3

Hubby managed to wash my hair in the kitchen sink, that felt great! Feel somewhat human after that. Still pretty sore if only I could go to the bathroom! I am not hungry at all I force myself to eat the little bit that I do eat. Hoping to lose some weight. I think once this constipation stops I will be able to eat. I stopped the pain pills last night, they are not worth the trade off of the constipation! Can't wait to see the doc on Wednesday i asked her if my drains would be coming out then she thought not! It will be 6 days I guess that is a bit early, that will make a huge difference once those are out. Hope all my tt sissys are doing well. Time to rest now

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I'm glad to hear that your not completely alone, that's just to hard. I feel so much better, bathroom issues are all behind me now, and I can't wait until Wednesday,
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Also walk up and down the hall for about ten minutes before trying to poop. The circulation helps it move down.
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Have you tried the Phillips stool softener pills? They really helped me go without too much straining. If not, give them a try they certainly can't hurt!
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Finally Went!

I finally pooped! I think I took way too many laxatives, but it's over and I feel so much better!

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Welcome to the Flat Side, Bev :) I don't think you will have any trouble finding something to wear to your nephews wedding next month. I'm almost 4 wks post op, I'm still able to fit into my old clothes, but they look a heck of a lot better. I don't want to buy too ma y new things because I'm hoping to go down a size when the swelling is over. My swelling isn't too bad, I've been taking Arnica Montana pellets (they are little round balls) for bruising and swelling and also 500mg of Turmeric, again for the swelling. Looking forward to seeing some after pics. Also, its such a small world, I use to live near Buffalo!!! Can you send me some Sponge candy?? LOL Sending positive healing vibes your way!!!
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Hi Nikki, Oh sponge candy! It's the BEST! My weakness! What I did was go out and bought 2 outfits in different sizes one in my size ( pre surgery) which fit at the time and one size larger cuz I didn't know if I would have swelling. I got them at Macy's and their return policy is 6 months so after the wedding one will go back.
Very smart idea!! :) Hope your having a good day!!

Day 4 PO

Started out the day feeling great! As the afternoon came we kind of went downhill after that, just feeling blah, sore, depressed, itchy, the binder is driving me crazy! I just want it off for a little while :( I'm afraid I won't get it on properly with all the padding going on underneath. Hoping tomorrow will be better.

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It gets better every day after this, but you will haves some ups and downs, I put some padding on the areas that seemed tight , like at my legs where it seemed to be cutting into me, some people use maxi pads, and also if there is an area you can put powder, but not anywhere near your scar, hang in there it will get better, cant wait to see some pics
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Thanks Kathy! Never thought about maxi pads thats a great idea! Today I'm feeling really good only a bit sore nothing crazy but I am walking much better.

Day 5 PO

Today is a much better day, feeling stronger, am able to walk much straighter. Getting my appetite back, although I'm not liking that very much! Looking forward to the big unveiling tomorrow! Hope my expectations are not too high, after seeing all my TT sissys looking absolutely amazing! I can't believe my results could even come close. Hoping all are doing well and sending you all healing (((hugs))))

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congrats on your Poop! ;) lol .... and you will look great ... yes the pain is big the first weekish... everyone's tollerance is different and Im sorry you were so mixed up emotionally b4 surgery. The less you do the better you will feel daily .... I lay down daily.... I am very lucky that I'm a stay at home mom and my kids are 13-15 (that still live at home ** I have a 25 yr old too) and my hubby was able to be off work.... they all pitched in and took fabulous care of me. I have listened to my doc to the letter ... I have also told him about real self and all the info I have collected which I have found incredibly helpful, but some obviously bothersome.... not knocking anyone at all *** again we all have a different tollerance to pain and meds and so forth but I asked my doc "gee alot of women say they are emotional up and down thru this, I'm worried about that." what I got back was " the pain meds make some people crazy..... " try get off them as soon as you're able" .... I am 19 days pre op today and have had no emotional ups and downs, yes I have felt pain infact my doc just gave me another script for pain bcz my skin and innards still hurt and are extremely hypersensitive to the touch... Every one is different and I'm glad that I didn't have to go thru that personally, also I read about how painful the drain removal was to many women..... mine, yesterday tickled....*shrugg* so really I am not discounting anyones feelings, perceptions, and or what they are experiencing, however, don't count on your experience being exactly like everyone elses :) I love my new body, I bruised REALLY BAD !!! but was expecting to go thru alot of pain ... and suprisingly the bruising was the least of my pain, it just looked REALLY bad!! LOL I wish you the best and listen to your Dr. and their staff... REST REST REST... *** as far as swelling yes you swell but keep on your binder ... and you absolutely will fit into your clothes .... you will be smaller by sept 27th tho and prolly want to go by a new dress to show off you beautiful new figure.... best of luck healing .... :) and post some pics when you're able .....
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Thank you Azblonde! I am so much better today. I know what you mean about the pain pills, Personally, I don't like to take them, that's why I stopped on my 3rd day. All I have doing is resting it's driving me crazy! I'm not one to sit, but knowing I have to makes it worse . Looked at your pics and you look amazing! I'll say you we're bruised! Holy Moly! Thank you for the healing wishes.
You will look as fabulous as you are on the inside, now outside too. I'm so happy for you, be positive and continue to heal ;) xxx
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OMG I'm Thrilled

Finally had my unveiling! Much better results than I expected. I am swollen so I am hoping its only going to get better. Drains are still in but my next appt is next Wednesday, hopefully they will be gone then. I am very exhausted after that ordeal so I will be resting now. (((Hugs)) to all my TT sissys

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My binder /CG is also driving me crazy. Plus, the drains are putting out less and everything is oozing out through the one drain hole. I thought I wet my pants at first, but then incontinence has never been my issue. I figure that stomach/CG incompatibility will resolve when swelling goes down. Still can't stand straight. Stretching.
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I finally had all that padding removed yesterday. What a relief just wearing the binder, Couldn't stand the itching and constantly adjusting the darn thing and leaving a trail of cotton bits everywhere I walked. Great that your drains are not putting out much, I'm still stuck with mine until next Wed. hopefully
You're looking great!
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Not such a Good Day :(

Not having a great day today. I know the emotions are suppose to be all over the place and I guess they are. Just feeling very weekish and sad today. Had a crying spell and my son asked what's wrong told him I just feel so helpless that him and his dad are doing everything for me I feel like I am taking advantage of them:( he said that I always do everything for them now it's my turn, which made me cry even more. Sweet kid. Then my daughter who is away at school ( my baby) called this am crying she is very sick she gets these very bad ear infections and I thought I can't even get to her if I needed too. If i were well I would take her some home made chicken soup, but I can't even do that. She did go to urgent care and they gave her meds. I didn't sleep well last nite so maybe that's my problem today,
Guess when those good days come we just have to embrace them and really appreciate them. Sending out healing (((hugs)))) to all.

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You look fabulous!
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(((( Hugs )))) to you too Bev! You're right on target with your emotions! It won't last, it's a big thing we're all going through!! Rest up! hang in there....
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Thanks BrandNew! I'm hanging, best I can. I am better now, can't wait to see what tomorrow brings lol

It's a New Day!

Took my first shower today! What an ordeal ... Dr told me in the beginning no shower until drains were out, then when I went in on Wednesday the drains weren't ready to come out, so she said that I could shower. Was not fun with the drains but managed to make it . For those of you that have/had a dog, you know when they got a bath ...how they get that running fit after ...Thats totally how I feel except I obviously can't run, but I feel great! And then to have those teds stockings off...Heaven!
But, back in my recliner now to get some rest. Oh and my belly looks awesome!
For those of you who are off of work for the long weekend....enjoy!
Sending you all healing (((hugs)))

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Love the shower! I was using an old fanny pack (we have a lifetime supply of them here from my husband's mother's estate, apparantly she was a fan) to clip the drains to, but read from a PS they recommend tying a large shoelace or similar around your neck and clipping the drains to that. I bet an old tie would work as well. It wasn't too bad in all.
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I used the belt from an old terry cloth robe lol worked out very well.
Ahhh, taking a shower makes all the difference in the world huh? :) Glad your loving the flat side :)
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No Stamina

Feeling extremely tired today, I just don't understand. I'm not very sore, but I have no energy at all! I know surgery takes a bit out of you, but this is crazy. I've had other surgeries in the past and don't ever remember feeling this exhausted, been dosing in the chair all day long.
Hope everyone else is enjoying this beautiful Saturday.
(((Hugs)))

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im 53 and considering this after a 60 lb weight loss .i posted before but not sure it went through. ive also gained 10 lbs back and am really upset as i have about30 more to lose to be at my personal goal .going back to nutritionist next week but i know what im doing wrong . have a real weakness for junk and although i yhought i had it under wraps i now care for a very active 93 yr old wholoves his junk food . been trying to help him cut it out of diet but hes stubborn , im weak rigt now. im so proud of u>
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Aww thanks Deb! Congrats to you on the weight loss that's awesome! You go for it! I'm very happy I did this and it only get better....so they say.
One day at a time Bev! Don't push yourself. Just rest rest rest, frustrating as it might be. Glad you're comfy and free of pain :)
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Much Better

Today is a much better day :) I even managed to take quite a stroll in my yard! I guess everyday is going to bring a new adventure.
Wishing all of my TT sissys a beautiful Sunday!
Healing (((hugs))) to all

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Just wait for 3-mos post op. You will look and feel like a whole new woman!
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Thank you ...I knew this was going to be a rough ride but not to this extent. I keep hoping that once these drains are out ( Wednesday fingers crossed) that things will turn around.
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No Waist!!

Two more days until drains come out! I'm assuming anyway since there is barely any output.
Well, I'm sorry to say that I have no waist :( I was looking online at make me heal for a stage 2 garment, hubby helped to measure me and my waist is huge, the measurements don't even match up to their sizing info...so I put that idea in the dumper for now. I know about this swelling but should it be like this? so soon.
Happy Healing (((hugs))))

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Don't be discouraged, you look fabulous and remember your body is healing, so take a deep breath and our appt is just around the corner. Be happy you're getting drains out and stay positive. Be careful of salt intake and remember we are going thru swell hell. lol. We can only continue to get stronger and better and Super Foxy! ;) xx
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Thanks My Story! I was thinking of all my body has been through and I guess it's been through heck and back. I had the breast reduction this past Feb. and came through that very well....I think I expected pretty much the same recovery, even after reading that this recovery takes a bit longer. I'll be fine....guess I just need to vent.

A Heart Full of Gratitude

I'm not going to complain today. I just want to thank you all for the beautiful uplifting, inspiring , comments that I have gotten since my TT. I also want to thank you all for sharing your own journeys and personal thoughts. A very special thank you for Real Self to create a site such as this for all of us to come together to share and help each other along the way.
Sending healing (((hugs)))

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Thank you for sharing your journey. I hope you will continue to post for a while as I'm going to be comparing my own journey with yours. You will get better every day!
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That is a beautiful post for today and thank you for sharing your journey too. I totally agree with you and we are so blessed to have each other. Have a great Tuesday ;)
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I know it's for my own good!

Went to see the Doc....came home with drains in tow :) but on a good note I will see her on Monday so at least I won't have to wait a full week.
So the best news for today...when I was getting ready to shower I noticed that I have a curve!!!! Just on the one side cuz of the swelling, but it's there! Oh Yea!

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Looking great!! Must mention you bb looks so natural. I'm trying to round mine out...lol. Prayers for a speedy recovery! It gets better, I promise!! (6 weeks PO on Thursday)
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Yes, you are definetly a positive person. So happy you are in good spirits and I know how excited we get to finally be doing things, but you must take it easy. Just one step at a time. Sorry about your drains don't worry all in good time. It isn't easy being beautiful ;)
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Drains Drains Drains

Just came back from the Doc......drains still in :( :( :( hopefully on Wednesday ....if not then , I'll have to wait until next Monday. It's 18 days already :( Do you think I need to move more or rest more ....does it make a difference on drainage? Just thought I'd throw that out there, I'm curious. I want these out!

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Soooo sorry about the drains. I was told, the more you move the more the fluid will occur. So I would say.... Rest with your feet up. I'm sure at this point you don't want to rest anymore but you have to remember the major surgery your body just went through. Sending positive absorbing vibes your way!!!
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Thank you Nikki! I need all the absorbing vibes I can get! Lol I'm resting
Every doctor is different and if you have too much fluid coming out then you need to keep them in. The end result will be worth it!! I'm sooooo sorry you have to keep them in for so long!!!
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Drains???? GONE!!!!

Yeah!!! Drains are gone! What a HUGE difference! Doing a happy dance ( in slow motion of course). Lol

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Hi Bev! Anxiously waiting to hear how you made out with the CG!! Still got fingers and toes crossed for you!!!!
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It didn't come :( when I read the email from UPS it went from Texas to New Jersey so I will prob get it on Monday. Thought it was unusual cuz i did 2 day ship and just ordered yesterday so....Monday probably, have to definitely go tomorrow for something, the 2 I got yesterday are so uncomfy. Didn't realize all the extra challenges that came with this surgery! Lol
Awwwe I'm sorry it's frustrating! Sorry girl. Hang in there! Hope you can find something tomorrow!

The Shopping Trip

Went to the mall on my hunt for cg's. Actually found 3 for now, pretty comfy which makes me think that they don't have enough compression. They are Flexies and are marked firm so I thought what the heck, the ones I bought the other day were a real killer! The new ones have the longer leg and 1 has the boy short. How much compression should there be anyway? I read too much isn't good for blood flow etc...but where does one draw the line? So, I would say I was in the store for about 1/2 hr and couldn't walk anymore had some pain near my incision and wasn't walking as straight....is this normal? I have 1 more week and then I'll be going back to work. I don't know how you girls did it after 2 weeks! God love ya! I don't know if I'll ever be normal again :(

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So have you completed the package? Or will you go for a BBL as well? You've given yourself what I call a granny takeover - you've absolutely taken back your body after the havoc of childbirth and years of giving to others while gravity takes from us. I can't wait to meet you on the flat side. My day is coming soon for my granny takeover. Perhaps I should have done it in 2 stages like you did, but oh well...TT, BR, both with lipo, here I come. Please keep sharing and show us pics when youre ready! I can't wait to see your gorgeous new tummy.
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I love "The Granny Takeover" that is so funny, but I guess that is me.! Actually, I originally went for just a breast reduction and II asked the Doc if she could do some lipo on my mid section because I knew it would look larger, and she said she could do a beautiful TT on me, but I would have to wait 6 months after my reduction. As far as completing my package lol I think I have completed it...I would love to continue, but where does one draw the line? We're all so critical of ourselves. Good luck with yours! You are going to love the new you!
I'm glad you found something that works for u. I still wear my garment all the time. The waist cincher during my out time and my surgery cg at night, but I put a tshirt under it. ;) I hope you start to feel stronger especially since you have to go back to work next week. I'm saying a prayer for you right now. God bless xo
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Ur looking really good :)
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Aww! Thanks Cindy.
You're looking fabulous. I can't wait to take my CG off on Saturday so I can see my scar and my blubberless belly!
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5 weeks

Went to the Docs today she wanted to check on my swelling. Last week I was there and she was concerned about my swelling, thank God all is ok. I was worried about getting a seroma.
I've been having such a hard time with garments! I have a small fortune invested in them! Spanx, fllexees, long ones, short ones, waist cinchers, all from the better dept stores, I am only able to wear them for just a few hours and then they HAVE to come off. I just can't stand them!. Originally the doc told me to get spanx but not to spend so much that I should go to target and their brand would be fine. My theory...you get what you pay for! So I bought the more pricey ones. Today, I decided to go to walmart and check out what they had, well I found one for $12.94 what a bargain!
So, I go to the doc sporting my new cg asked her how it was and was it enough compression... she said its fine. I have been wearing my post op binder at night and she said I shouldn't wear anything...kind of scary, but I'll try.
So now I don't need to see her for 2 months. Also asked about going to the gym, she said I can do anything but ab stuff, no abs for 6 months! I said 6 months! She said she did so much muscle repair and that's how long it's going to take :(
Anyway, getting back to my new walmart find, I've had it on since 9 am and it's 7:30 pm! It's very comfy, I'm not having any issues with it and life is good!
Happy healing to all (((hugs)))

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Hello Be. I'm wondering did Doctor Anain not want to do the TT and breast lift together or was that your decision?
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No she wanted to wait 6 months.
Hi Bev im just runninf across your review. I am so happy I foubd it. I am planning to gave tt w mr and breast lift w Anain in near future. Im just so happy to find someone who went to her and who loved her work. You do look amazing.
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New York Plastic Surgeon

Dr Anain is awesome! She did my breast reduction in Feb.2013 also my oldest daughter had a breast reduction done by her 12 yeas ago

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