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Extremely Happy with Tummy Tuck! - Winnipeg, Canada

After 15 years of wanting a tummy tuck, I finally...

After 15 years of wanting a tummy tuck, I finally did it!! Being single and scared to show my mummy tummy , I felt I had no other choice!

My surgery was July 25th and I was home in four hours! I had no drain tubes which was a plus!! Everyone I talked to who had tucks all had drains. I still have to ask why I didn't.

My before picture was taken night before my surgery and the after photo was taken nine days after. I am still very swollen but the results are amazing!!! Cant wait to see what it looks like even a month from now when swelling is down more!!

I did have a blister form above the new location of the belly button due to the seam of my compression garment landing in that spot. It did break and is showing as a light patch above belly button, but is blending already

It's been two weeks today since procedure and I feel great!! I was off pain meds only two days after surgery! I have been eating lots of pineapple, cherries, blueberries and grapes to help reduce swelling. Also took Arnica tablets prior to surgery and there was no bruising!!!

After 15 years of wanting a tummy tuck, I finally...

After 15 years of wanting a tummy tuck, I finally did it!! Being single and scared to show my mummy tummy , I felt I had no other choice!

My surgery was July 25th and I was home in four hours! I had no drain tubes which was a plus!! Everyone I talked to who had tucks all had drains. I still have to ask why I didn't.

My before picture was taken night before my surgery and the after photo was taken nine days after. I am still very swollen but the results are amazing!!! Cant wait to see what it looks like even a month from now when swelling is down more!!

I did have a blister form above the new location of the belly button due to the seam of my compression garment landing in that spot. It did break and is showing as a light patch above belly button, but is blending already

It's been two weeks today since procedure and I feel great!! I was off pain meds only two days after surgery! I have been eating lots of pineapple, cherries, blueberries and grapes to help reduce swelling. Also took Arnica tablets prior to surgery and there was no bruising!!!

Congrats! YES, drain free is the way to go! I am like you,no bruising, swelling isn't too bad, off pain meds by day 2.
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When did you start the Arnica tablets?
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I started taking the Arnica tablets a week before surgery and am continuing to take them, though I am not sure I need to.
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Sept 16/12 Well it will be 8 weeks this week...

Sept 16/12

Well it will be 8 weeks this week since my tummy tuck and still really happy with it. my weight never changed the first month, as it was mainly skin that was taken off and the swelling compensated by adding weight. but as the weeks go on I am now down 6 pounds as the swelling continues to go down, lol, slowly. though my swelling is very minimal due to the Smart Lipo Dr. Lockwood used instead. as well I think I gained some weight from sitting at home bored. My stomach did expand a little and the stretch marks above the incision got longer a bit. So really have to watch the diet after and not get into bad habits.

I find as I do activities, I can be "harder" in the stomach area from swelling some days compared to others as I do irritate it. But I know i am still in the healing process. but absolutely no pain and scar is healing well. I have been using pure Lavender Oil on the scar and it's healing fast. in Photos is still shows up, but when looking at it closely, scar is nice.

and I love my belly button! lol, most scary thing I think when people go in for tummy tucks, how is the belly button going to turn out! and Dr. Lockwood has been amazing through the whole process, a surgeon that truly cares, you're not just a patient but a person!

will up dated photos!!
How long was your wait for consultation? did you have to get your family doctor to refer you or did you call First Glance yourself? and how long to get in for surgery? I'm live an hour away from Winnipeg and would like to use Dr. Lockwood when I reach my weight loss goal this summer. I've had 3 kids and I hate my mummy tummy.
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I think I was in within two weeks for my consult when I booked, probably even quicker. I didn't have to get referred, you just pay the consult fee. I went in for a consult on tummy tuck and breast lift and he was honest with me and said I should really get a reduction for my breast, that the lift wouldn't last and they would just bottom out again because of the size and the shitty skin elasticity I have. so he referred me to get them reduced to be covered under Manitoba Medical with another great surgeon! he could have easily taken my money and did it, but he is honest and caring without a doubt. I could have booked my surgery two weeks after my consult, but had to get work stuff arranged so I booked it for four weeks after. I had a friend who had a tummy tuck done 3 weeks before mine by Dr. Turner.....she was not happy, had nothing but problems and ended up with a big gaping hole on her side that opened up and wouldn't stop bleeding. Not once during that time did Turner see her after her surgery, it was always the nurse and she was told it was not infected and not to worry!! not the greatest after care with Turner for her anyway. I have seen Dr. Lockwood for every single follow up appointment, he cares about his work and is there each step of the way! and I love my Belly Button, it's amazing......my friends belly button from Turner, not so nice..... I hear you about the mummy tummy, it's hard to get past. I gained 84 pounds during my pregnancy, so got stretched pretty good! I honestly don't know how some women have zero stretch marks after pregnancy and snap right back to size!!
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I held onto 15lbz after each of my 3 pregnancies and was stretched out so bad. I was overweight to begin with. I'm 5'6" and weigh 180 lbs right now. I just lost 32 lbs and want to lose another 45 to get me down to 135 before I'm ready for the tummy tuck. I had a breast reduction done about 10 years ago prior to kids. My surgeon then said I may want another one or at least a lift after having kids. It was all covered except the lipo they did for shaping. Thanks for responding to my questions, Dr Lockwood sounds really good and I'm pretty sure when the time comes I will choose him. You don't have to say if you don't want to but did you use a personal loan from a bank? Or one of the medical loan places? Or just save up for it? I don't think I have much of a choice but to borrow the funds when I have this done.
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13 month update

well it's been 13 months and I am writing to say I am still extremely happy with my tummy tuck. I had issue with weight gain for the first year, it seems like my body just wanted to store fat no matter what I did. I had gained 15 pounds which was very depressing. so if I have any advice to give, it would be to be very careful with what you eat the first year!! I have a few added stretch marks because of it which over all, is still better then the before pics, but it should never have happened.
Dr. Lockwood continues to be amazing for ongoing follow ups. I had some fat pushed back in the muffin top area due to the Tummy Tuck and he went in and lipod it out. so happy that was done and not painful at all! Took this new photo this morning out of the shower so it's the most recent. weight i gained is started coming off right after the one year mark, so happy with that! still work in progress, will post another picture shortly!

13 mth side by side difference

I am two weeks from My surgery. Very excited and nervous at the same time. He said no drains are needed for me either. I hope my results and recovery are as good as yours.
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You look absolutely stunning your tummy is gorgeous!!!!! Cannot wait for a year to see my final results :D xxx
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