46 Years Old, No kids, 5' 3", 126 Ibs Lock & Glue Tummy Tuck. Birmingham, GB

Hi Real selfers, 5 months ago I had some...

Hi Real selfers,
5 months ago I had some successful cosmetic surgery ( Vaser lipo to thighs)- Fast forward to now and after much research,consideration & consultation, I plan to also go ahead with a tummy tuck ( date tbc).My chosen PS is Mrs. Kat, who also carried out my thigh lipo. The method to be used is a drainless ' lock & glue ' abdominoplasty with tightening of the muscles also. I'm really excited at the prospect of getting my mid section aesthetically improved & not having the discomfort of muffin top any more due to lax skin & fat. I've posted pics so that you can see what I mean.
Watch this space folks...

Jan 2016- Pre surgery in Gym clothes

Surgery Date booked!

Have booked in for July 22 2016 for full lipoabdominoplasty ( lock & glue) , muscle tightening included.At same time I will also have a small fat transfer to top of right thigh (previous lipo revision) . It will seem like ages to wait til July , but this was soonest I could get a decent amount of time off from work..lucky that I'm able to at all so not complaining really am just excited & eager to get this done! X

Current Stats.....

Still 5 months to go until my procedure but thought I would post my current Stats for reference point....
(Measurments taken whilst standing) -
Waist( smallest part above BB) - 27 inches
Waist at BB- 29 inches
Hips- 36 inches

BB- 30 inches

20 Days to go.....

Finally getting closer to the day of my procedure- have been upping my fitness regime especially cardio as I want my respiratory system to be in as good shape as as possible- I'm asthmatic, so mindful of the fact the muscle tightening may make breathing feel restricted for a while - posted some more before pics ....

Pre Op Assessment done!

So had my pre op assessment yesterday- all went OK, bloods taken etc. Have started taking arnica as instructed by my PS- surgery day is getting closer & I feel ready. Got the spare bedroom set up for when I get out the hospital & my super star boyfriend has booked a few days off from work to look after me then- 12 more days to go! ....

Three days post surgery

Admission to hospital all went smoothly. I was the first on Mrs. Kats list for surgery which was great! My only anxiety was concerns about my breathing as I'm asthmatic- the anaesthetist was very reassuring and calmed my concerns. Mrs Kat was lovely & we had a chat as she marked me up. Shortly after this I walked down to theatre with a nurse & went in for surgery. Rest of day was a bit of a blur with nurses popping in & out .Mrs.Kat came in to check how I was doing in the evening.
Day 1 post op- I'm not going to sugar coat it- this was a rough day for me.I experienced extreme nausea although I didn't vomit at all- what was unpleasant & painful was the the retching especially on my tummy muscles! It was actually trapped gas/ wind . I was given anti sickness meds. By early evening things settled down & I was able to eat a bit of food for the first time. Mrs. Kat came to see me,checked me over & was happy with things. I have a drain fitted ( for the lipo) & was given info about going home with it.The Physio had also been in & out through the day getting me mobilised & checking my breathing with the spirometer.
Day 2 post op-
Today was a good day- sickness subsided, able to eat & walked a flight of stairs ! Was discharged around 6.30 pm.I should say that I was well looked after by the nurses & other hospital staff who were very kind & patient- but it's great to be home!
Day 3 post op-
Am managing pain with paracetamol only at present- I was discharged with stronger meds which I will take if needed - I'm not being a martyr ,but I don't like the way the stronger meds make me 'feel ', so I avoid them unless I really need them. So far so good- still very swollen so pics not much good at this time - will update with these as progress reveals itself X

5 days post op

Spending most of my time sat up in bed with knees bent & supported, watching TV, reading & mobilising myself when I go to bathroom for washing/ toilet- I changed my CG yesterday so had first proper look at myself......not as scary as I imagined. Am still very swollen - I haven't touched my dressings as this will be done for me In a weeks time at post op appointment.I needed a helping hand to get into the new CG ! ...I also try to just shuffle around my room a bit every few hours so I don't seize up- am experiencing burning stabbing sensations as expected but wowzers the pain is real- so have upped pain relief and using the cocodomol. The back pain is almost instant upon standing ( stooped), so is difficult to stay on feet for long without having to support my body weight by leaning forward onto furniture- I've had a couple of moments feeling very sorry for myself & bit tearful last night. Still I keep sight of the fact that this will pass & is all part of the process. My appetite is fine & my toilet habits all returned to normal. I had a call from one of Mrs.Kats team yesterday to check on how I was doing which I really appreciated. I am so grateful that I am being cared for by my boyfriend who has been my rock. To do this without someone looking after you would be foolish & I'm willingly surrendering my independence! X

5 days post op

11 days post op

I turned a bit of a corner at 8 days post op when I had my drain removed - it all felt a bit surreal to leave the house & go to the clinic after being housebound but it did me good! Every day things are becoming a little easier & more comfortable to do- washing up, cooking ,going up & down stairs, getting in & out of bed , walking , taking taxis, etc. I also had my first post op appointment yesterday with Mrs.Kat - My dressings were changed which made me feel much fresher. I got to see my incision & bb for the first time & am delighted with how it all looks so far- my scar is beautifully placed nice and low. Later on the same day ,I also had a MLD massage at Mrs .Kats clinic with Natasha - this was on my legs as I had a small fat transfer to my upper thigh at same time as TT. I am still swollen of course but that'll be the case for a while to come- just have to ride it out- I'm looking forward to changing out of the CG in a few days though I won't lie!

18 days post op

Went for my second post op appointment yesterday & had dressings removed & micropore tape appplied.Am delighted with how everything looks so far- all seems to be healing on track. Saw Mrs Kat who was also happy with my progress. I will see her again in 3 months time unless otherwise needed. I have a Physio appointment in September also. Was given the go ahead to shower now too. I have ditched the CG for a stage 2 CG that I got from macom, wasn't cheap at £60 but I figured worth it as have to wear for 3 months during day -I liked the fact that the gusset has Hooks & eyes which makes life easier.At this stage my scar feels vulnerable too, so I want to limit having to pull tight garments up & down over it all the time. I also got some high waisted support knickers ( no hooks)from M&S so I will rotate these for now. In terms of standing upright, I am there now- still feels tight of course. Activity wise I have managed a couple of shopping trips & felt fine & I have also driven the car - I just make sure I park in easy spots do I don't have to twist my body for tight manoeuvres ! I'm going to go for a walk today at a local nature spot as it's such a lovely day. Frustratingly, I am unable to post any pics as the camera on my phone seems to have packed up as of this morning- the joys of technology! ...will upload pics again when able to! X

31 days post op

Hi All, not updated for a while with pics as had problem with my phone/ camera. So..am doing great, I go back to work this week which I feel ok with. Have really been taking things easy mostly at home ,as I really don't want to undo any of the work I've had done! Am driving, shopping, socialising without any problems- have been on a few walks but really nothing strenuous at all.Still experiencing tightness & swelling as expected but it is not unbearable by any means. Scar is healing well , tape is only just partially falling off now so had a peek at how it's doing before reapplying new tape.have uploaded pics so you can see my progress so far! X

31 days post op

Since 2 weeks post op I have been wearing high waisted firm control pants, during the day as instructed by my PS- have included pics for reference X

10 weeks post op

10 weeks post op

Since my last post I have seen the physiotherapist at Mrs Kats' clinic- this was at 6 weeks post op. Was given Pilates style exercises to perform daily & instructed to massage tummy & scar also. The tape covering my scar has stayed on so well that I've barely seen the scar beneath, but the small sections I have seen when parts have fallen away look really good. I did have a small 'spot' on the incision that oozed a little watery discharge around week 4 /5 but it seemed to sort itself out after a few days- I monitored it carefully & cleaned it daily with iodine. My belly button all seems to be healing well too. Being back at work has been fine , I avoid lifting anything heavy- but I find I start to swell by early afternoon & by evening I feel like I've swallowed a beach ball some days! I'm still wearing my compression during the day & sleep in it sometimes too ,for comfort. In certain areas I'm still sore & tight in my ab muscles - midline particularly. I have also recently started to experience cramp/ stitch/ pulling sensations in my lower left tummy area- I naturally keep thinking I've damaged something or have a seroma because of the swelling which seems worse sometimes than a few weeks back, but I think I'm obsessing a bit too much! Odd sensations are to be expected as nerve endings/ muscles repair themselves.This is a big procedure & the recovery phase is a long one- I can sleep on my sides ok but shift around a bit in the night- I'm still more comfortable rolling onto my side to get out of bed rather than ' sitting' straight up like a sit up. I haven't been back to the gym yet as my day job is relatively active & as I keep swelling I don't want to make it worse...Bit frustrated that I'm off my game with exercise but it wont be forever & I am over the moon with my results so far & if you compare my before & after pics the improvement is just fantastic!! I see Mrs Kat again in 5 weeks time for follow up so I look forward to that, for reassurance that all is going as it should be with my recovery. I still have no regrets that I've had this surgery and am so glad that I did it X
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

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