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Joined: 16 Feb 2011
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Vertical Scar on Neck to Remove Loose Skin
on 30 May 2011
Yep. Every time I see my surgeon he pinched my turkey waddle and says I will look so much younger if I lose that. We work in the same hospital so I see him often. I have been on the diet roller coster my whole life and this time I seem to be able to keep up with the exercise and have maintained the weight loss but all the ups and downs have left me with the skin. I got rid of 130 pounds before this surgery. Still need to get my arms and thighs done.
There are people that believe that a person my age should not think about such things. They are the younger ones ofcourse. My aunt that lives in West Milton is not a supporter. I would not trade how I feel now and how active I am for anything. If I were 80 and needed it done then it would be done. A person that doesn't carry that extra skin, especially on the abdomen, just can't appreciate the freedom of not having it.
I know what you mean about the girl parts. I never saw mine as the belly beast has always been there. That was lifted also with my surgery. He did a lot of work and it took seven hours.
Recovery was easy for me also. I had the surgery on a Friday and the state surveyors walked into my department on Monday and were there three days. I did take the week off but went back to a big mess after that and it was not that bad. Pain was not an issue but fatigue was for a couple weeks.
How much extra skin do you have? Most of the ladies on this site have nice scars that just follow a bikini line and they look great. Because I had so much skin and had the breast reduction at the same time, I have that kind of scar and a scar up the middle of my abdomen as well. Also had the muscle repair. Never will be able to wear anything that reveals my belly. That is ok with me.
Which hospital will you be using? Do they do that at Good Sam? Do you have people to help you? I was able to go it alone with occassional help from my boyfriend. Are you nervous? Don't be afraid of the pain. There is alot of great advice on this site. There are some amazing and very positive outcomes. My biggest fear was my incisions not healing because I am insulin dependent diabetic but I healed beautifully. I didn't even put stuff on my scar.
It would be great to get together when I come down. I would love to meet you and see your results. You will be feeling pretty good by then too. I will be at the Holiday Inn in Englewood. Enjoy your Memorial Day. It is the last one you will spend with a big tummy. It is the last holiday you will have with your tummy. I am so happy for you!
on 29 May 2011
Dayton, You are so right. Do it for yourself. We are so similar. I am from West Milton but now live in Michigan. Will be down for the air show. I am 8 and a widow with a boy friend. I had my tummy tuck and breast reduction March 11 and did really well. I was fortunate to find a surgeon that did the quilting stitch so never did have swelling. For the first time in my life I look good. I look great. I have never "turned heads" but sure do get looks now. I am not looking for attention or a man. I was only looking to feel good about myself and not to have to carry around the ten extra pouunds that was on my abdomen and to no longer be able to tuck my boobs into my waist band.
Have you had yours done yet?
Drains day 5 output is red from 1?
on 9 Apr 2011
I had the red drainage from one of my tubes. It was a darker red but liquid. My PS told me it was not a problem and it turned out it wasn't because the tubes have been out for 11 days now and I am healing very well. I do understand that the blood in the bulb should be liquid as clotted blood indicates fresh bleeding. That is what PS says anyway.
If your tube is no longer stitched in place then the movement may be causing irritation which may cause a bit of bleeding. Keep the area and the tube where it is close to your body very clean. Warm compresses may help. I will be interested to know what your PS says about this.
I am almost 63 and scheduled to have breast reduction and TT soon. Anybody in that age range had both? Please share. ms.
on 26 Mar 2011
Hello, I have been reading on this site for awhile now-just observing. Your question causes me to want to respond. I will be 58 in early April. I had full tummy tuck, breast reduction and MR without lipo on March 11. I have been very over weight my entire life and have lost more than 100 pounds four different times and always regained. After I became a widow, I had difficulty taking care of myself because I was too fat and out of shape to do much. I worked to lose the weight and get healthy. Imagine the loose skin. My PS removed 10 pounds of skin from my abdomen and a little over a pound from each breast. The girls are quite perky now for the first time in my life. Stayed one night in the hospital (I work there and did get extra special care). Hemoglobin did drop 5 grams even though I did not lose much blood in OR. My blood pressure maintained at 84/40 but I convinced them to let me go home because I felt ok. I had a friend drive me home and check in on me every once in awhile. I only took Vicodin for 24 hours then switched to plain Tylenol. On Monday morning, three days post op, government surveyors walked into my work department and really ripped into everything. This required my presence back at work the following Monday. I returned to work on day ten and have to work 10 to 12 hours each day to do what needs to be done. I started out weak and very tired but am getting stronger each day. I am also diabetic and was a bit worried about healing. My incisions are great. Drains, all three, were out on day 11. The only discomfort I have is mild and is from the MR. I do not like the compression garment nor do I like the numb feeling but I will get through it. I am a wimp so I do not think anyone should let their age stop them from going for it. I have never had a flat tummy. Today I put on bikini underwear and have worn it all day and it never rolled down. I didn't know that was possible. I have no regrets about doing this except I would have liked to be able to work from home during that second week. I am planning on having my upper arms done, my thighs and my neck.
I do not know what makes us all handle things differently but it is amazing to me. I was allowed and able to stand upright from the day after surgery without discomfort.