I can't wait to look normal again and not have to worry about what clothes will hide my belly.
2 Years PO and scar revision, Drainless Tummy Tuck -Muscle Repair and Umbilical Hernia - Calgary, AB
I have an apt booked with my surgeon on Feb....
I can't wait to look normal again and not have to worry about what clothes will hide my belly.
Less than 2 mos.....
New Year, New Tummy and working on a New body......
I have hired a personal trainer. I met with her last week for her to take my measurements and to do a fitness test. After I have fully recovered, we are going to meet again and start my fitness training. She will try to help me get back to normal and also work on my core, toning and eating better. My core is so weak right now. She asked me to do some crunches. I can hardly do 1 properly. I made it to 3, but my feet was lifting up a bit already. Man, I was so embarrassed. lol She was really good about it. She laughed and said we would def. work on strength and getting into shape. I have to admit. I'm very lazy about exercising. I use my spare time to catch up on sleep or clean the house. I've always wanted a 6 pack. I'm hoping after the surgery I can commit in exercising and eating healthier. Those are def. my goals for 2014!!
3 More weeks....
What to prep for?
Pre Op consult
I got my period today, so I don't need to worry about it for next week. I'm very happy about that!
Tomorrow is the day!
Lots of gas
My sister had the kids over the weekend. It was so nice not to have the kids around. My husband took really good care of me. He even wiped my butt after my Bowel movt. Lol god bless him. You just can't twist your body to wipe. So whoever is taking care of you, make sure they don't mind doing stuff like that. :)
Oh the cough
Each Day is getting better
I love that my tummy is flat. What I don't like is how dark the scar is right now and it's hard to picture that fading too much. I naturally have darker skin, so scars will show up more against my tone. I guess that is the trade off. Flat tummy, but long dark scar. Second, my pubic area is very lifted right now and when I put my underwear on it doesn't completely cover my pubic hair or the incision. I asked Dr Dawes about that and he said it will lower a bit, but not much. I'm hoping it will lower enough to completely cover my pubic hair and the incision. Third, your tummy feels like it's glued on. Every time I try to stand straight, I feel like my tummy is crazy glued and I have to use some force to pull it apart. It's a weird feeling. My tummy is still very numb.
Recovery is so boring. Besides getting up to eat, use the washroom and walk around for a bit, I pretty much sit at my chair for the entire day and watch t.v. AND go on realself lol I've been getting my appetite back. My mom is over taking care of me and my son. Mommy's are the BEST!! She made us dinner and a wonderful broth soup today because my husband had to drive me to my follow up apt, which was during dinner time.
I hope everyone is healing well. I can't complain. Other than the cough, my recovery has been pretty good. I was expecting a lot of pain, but I would say it's more discomfort than pain. I really can't wait to see what my results are going to look like!
Today for the first time I can wipe my own butt properly. haha TMI. I don't have to karate chop wiping my butt anymore. Those who have gone through this prob. knows what I mean. Those with upcoming surgery, YOU will know what I mean :) Taking a shower still drains out my energy. I can't lift anything too heavy yet. I was carrying 2 pillows and I found that was a lil too heavy. I can feel the pressure in my tummy.
Just a word of advice for those who will be getting surgery soon, you will be hunched over for a bit, so make sure you lower the important things you'll need. I always have a cup coffee in the morning(the only thing I look forward to in the AM) and one morning I woke up earlier than my husband. I keep my mugs in the cupboard on the 2nd shelf and I couldn't reach it because I was hunched over. I had to wait for my husband to wake up to grab me a mug.
I tried sleeping on my bed, but it's still uncomfortable to do so. I'm still sleeping on the recliner.
Yest was the first time I actually took the time to look at my new tummy. Although I'm very happy that my tummy is flat, there is one thing I'm not sure of. Where my pubic hair starts to where my belly button is, that space in between is very short. I'm not sure if it's from the swelling that gives this false image or not, but it makes my scar look high. And it can't get any lower cuz the incision is already right on the pubic hair area. The incision looked low on the first day, but it was also because I didn't know where my bb was positioned. It was covered up with gauze pads. I guess I will just have to be patient and wait. I took 6 weeks off from work. It's very nice to have the help at home. I don't have to worry about the kids and lunch and dinner is all prepared for me. I'm loving this break!! AND truly blessed that I have such a wonderful family. My sister in law dropped off dinner for us last night that she had cooked. She is always so sweet and thoughtful!!
Day 12 PO
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I am still sleeping on the recliner. I can recline back a little further, which makes it more comfortable to sleep. I think in a few days I can start sleeping on my own bed again!! I still get tired very easily, so I can only do small tasks that doesn't require a lot of time. The scar cream is not giving me a rash anymore and the itching is gone. I have been using it for 5 days now and I don't see a big difference yet. The incision feels softer, but the scar still looks pretty dark. My tummy still feels numb and I have more swelling on the right side and above the belly.
That glue like feeling is no longer there. I def have some swelling, but overall not too bad. My cough is gone. Sneezing hurts a little. I can move and do so much more. I just have to work on my strength. I still can't lift anything heavy yet. It puts pressure on my tummy.
1 Month and Loving my new body
My tummy still feels very numb. The swelling is fine during the day, but after I eat, man....... I can feel my tummy stretching and I am so swollen. I had quite a bit to eat tonight and boy oh boy, I am so swollen. To the point I can't stand straight. I left the restaurant hunched over. lol BUT the meal was very good, so I guess it was worth it haha Overall, I still have some swelling. I still cannot fit into my pre op pants/jeans. I've been wearing my leggings or yoga pants. I hope the swelling goes down soon because I am going back to work in 2 weeks and it would be nice to wear my reg. clothes.
My incision area continues to itch. Everytime I get an itch, I would just roll on my Skincerity mask and it would instantly take the itch away. I stopped putting the Skincerity on the incision until I see my PS for my 6 weeks f/u. I just want to make sure that my incision is all closed up before I start using it. I am only using the scar cream that my PS gave me at my 1 week f/u. When I was using the Skincerity for a few days, I did notice a difference in the appearance of my scar. I know if I continue, it will give me good results.
Coughing and sneezing does not hurt anymore. I can sleep on my sides no problem. The only thing I can't quite do is a full body stretch. I can stretch my legs and that's about it. I can walk faster and I don't get tired as easily anymore. Those who are wondering how much time off they should take, I would say at least 4 weeks. I'm just starting to feel normal again. I would say I'm about 90% back to normal.
5 weeks PO
We took the kids to Edmonton for Spring Break over the weekend. We had a really good time. The kids loved West Edmonton Mall and had so much fun at Galaxy Land. It made me so happy to see them so happy. Even though our kids have done some serious damage to us physically/cosmetically, it makes being a parent all worth it!! Of course the whole trip I was not eating healthy. I have gained 4 lbs. Yikes!! I better get back on my protein shakes and start eating healthy again. I did email my surgeon to see if I was allowed to go into a swimming pool or into the ocean. His Practice Manager Vicki replied back and said it was ok to do that as long as the incision is closed up. I didn't end up going swimming after all. I think the incision is closed up, but I'm not an expert at this so I don't know for sure if it is completely closed up or not. I thought I better play it safe. My husband ended up taking the kids swimming. I just sat aside and read reviews on Real Self. lol
The binder...... I see how so many of you ladies cannot part with your binder. I don't mind wearing my binder and the reason why is that I don't feel that numbness and swelling when I have it on. When I take it off for awhile or wear my spanx, when I start to swell up I can feel the numbness and it doesn't feel comfy.
For those who are curious if the hair on your tummy will grow back or not, it does. You would think after the surgeon lifting up your skin it would have killed the follicles from growing back, but nope...it grows back. However, the hair is not as thick as it was before because the hair on your upper tummy has been pulled down and that hair is thinner compared to the hair before in your mid section.
I have my 6 weeks follow up next week with Dr Dawes. I don't really have much concerns. He will probably ask me to start the silicone strips then. Did you see results when you started to use the silicone strips? Does it only help fade the scar or does it help flatten out some of the puckering?
Pre Op VS Post Op
Hips 37.5 inches 37.5 inches (I'm a bit surprised by this because my hips looks swollen)
Belly 35.75 " 33.25" (down 2.5 inches)
Below BB 36" 34.5" (down 1.5")
Above BB 34.25" 32.75" (down 1.5")
The gap between my BB to my pubic area was 5.25" It is now 2.5"
My weight before surgery was 136 lbs. Today, I am 132 lbs.
6 weeks PO
Overall, at 6 weeks I feel completely normal again. The only thing that is left is numbness in the lower tummy and still a bit tight upper ab. It doesn't hurt, but I can feel it when I'm stretching or arching back a bit. I was supposed to have my 6 weeks f/u today with Dr Dawes, but his office called last week asking me to reschedule because he has surgery today. It's booked for next week.
6 weeks PO Measurments
Apr.2 VS Apr.8 (6 days difference)
Hips 37.5" VS 36" (down 1.5")
Tummy 33.25"(This was taken in the aftn) VS 33.75 (UP 0.5") This was taken in the evening.
7.5 weeks PO
1. Can I bike, swim and play floor hockey yet?
Doc: Yes, listen to your body. If you feel pain, stop what you're doing. You will swell when you work out.
2. When you do the sutures on the muscle repair, do you do one whole stitch or do you knot it half way through? I'm concern that the stitches might of separated when I got a bad cough on day 3 after surgery.
Doc: I do 1 layer of stitch, knot it, and then I do a second layer so if 1 layer comes apart you still have another layer to hold it together. You will know if the stitches comes apart because you will get a bulge. I see a line down the middle on you and you don't have any bulges, so your sutures did not come apart.
3. Can I get the scar above the pubic area lowered? I find it kind of high. If so, how long would I have to wait to get a scar revision?
Doc: Yes that is possible. The reason why it's higher is because that area is where it is pulled the tightest. It can be lowered about 3-5 cm. Some of my other patients has commented on that, but over time the scar fades and its not that noticeable. You will have to wait a year for any scar revision. (I'm not sure if he charges for scar revisions or not. I forgot to ask him, but then I asked Vicki his practice mgr and she said they will see. If he does charge, it's not very much she says).
4. How much longer can the swelling last for?
Doc: Swelling can last for months.
I got my silicone strips and silicone scar gel at my apt. I started the strips yesterday and I'm supposed to wear it at night time for at least 12 hrs. I use the scar cream during the day. I no longer have to wear my binder, unless I have a lot of swelling going on. I tend to wear it during the day, but I take it off when I get home from work. The last few days I've been getting a lot of swelling upper ab. I had sushi a few days ago and the soya sauce made me swell!! Plus I've been riding my bike more and more. My belly area is still numb.
Happy Good Friday
Today I went shopping and bought a dress from Banana Republic. They didn't have a size 6 and only a size 4. I didn't think the size 4 would fit, but boy was I wrong and happy!! I haven't lost much weight, just 4 lbs, but that jelly belly is gone and clothes are fitting much better. I'm so glad I got a TT. DEF. no regrets!! :) Happy Easter everyone!!!!
2 months PO
We're planning to go to Mexico in Oct. I can't wait to wear my bikinis!!! I am still using the silicone scar strip. The scar has faded a bit. I have been using it for almost 2 weeks now. The scar gets red when I swell up.
11 weeks PO
It's easier for me to get on and off my bike. Before I can really feel my tummy stretching when I was trying to get on. I can't wait till this numbness goes away and that I get the feeling back in my tummy. It's feels itchy at times, but when I go to scratch it I don't feel anything.
We also booked our trip to Mexico for the end of Oct. 2014!!! I have gone bikini shopping like crazy. I am having a hard time finding bikini bottoms that would hide the scar. I find the fold over bottom styles will hide all of the scar. You can adjust it so the band can fit higher or lower, depending where your scar is. I'm very excited for this trip. We went last year and I wore a one piece or a tankini the whole time. This year I can wear my bikinis and show off my flat tummy. The only thing I'm worried about is that my upper ab swell up like crazy when I have a large meal. It's hard to eat properly when your on holidays. Alcohol and buffets are a big no no after a TT!!haha
May 22, 2014 3 Months PO
At the beginning stage of my recovery, I found my bb to where my pubic area was too close together. It measured 3 fingers in between the BB to the pubic area. It is now 4 fingers. I have been using the silicone strip and I found it made a slight difference. It made my scar flatter, but didn't noticed that it made it lighter. I then started to use the scar gel with it, the one that was given to me by my PS. After my shower, I would apply the scar gel. Wait 10 mins and then apply the scar strip on. I found it helped fade my scar a bit more AND I find the stretch marks below my BB has now faded too. Im really liking this scar gel that was given to me. I still get swelling upper abs and it is still numb.
June 23, 2014 4 Mos PO
I no longer use my binder. I will wear it for a day or two when it's almost that time of the month. I get so bloated and I find the binder helps with that. The only time I get any swelling in the tummy area is when I eat too much, otherwise it's very normal. I'm still using my silicone strip and it's still sticks on. I wash it twice a week with some soap and water and it's still in tact.
Today also marks the last day of my Isagenix 30 day challenge. Since starting the 30 day system, I have lost an extra 5 lbs and a total of 14 inches. My arms, thighs, butt, chest....everywhere is slimmer. I am so happy with my results. I had to go buy new clothes and new bras :) haha After the surgery I was exactly the same pounds as I was before the surgery. My pant size was about the same, but my pants would fit better after the surgery. I knew I had to change the way I was eating and was very blessed that a good friend of mine introduced me to Isagenix. In total, I have lost over 10 lbs and have also lost more inches since April. I'm very happy with my results and I will continue with my protein shakes from Isagenix.
Here is an update of my measurements:
Pre Op VS 2 Mos PO VS 4 Mos PO
Hips 37.5 inches VS 37.5 inches VS 37.25 (down 0.25")
Waist 35.75 " VS 33.25" VS 32.75 (down 3")
Abdomen 36" VS 34.5" VS 29.5 (down 6.5")
The gap between my BB to my pubic area was 5.25" before surgery. At 2 Mos PO it was at 2.5". At 4 mos PO it is at 2.75" apart.
Have a good summer everyone and happy healing!!
Bump around the incision.
Also, just a correction, my hips are at 34.5", not 37.25". So I am down 3" in my hips area. I forgot to mention what my weight is at now. I started off pre surgery at 136 lbs and I am now at 124 lbs. After my surgery I did not lose much weight. 3 lbs only, so I decided to do Isagenix to help balance my body. My tummy was flat, but my hips, arms, and thighs were bigger. It looked kind of odd to me so I wanted to lose weight to look proportion! I went from a size 8 pants to size 4 now.
5 Mos PO
Today marks my 5 mos PO. The swelling has def. gone down. Even after a big meal i don't swell up as bad. I still do, but not as much compared to the earlier months. I have stopped wearing my binder and i'm not using the scar cream and strip anymore.
I also had my apt with Dr Dawes today. I just have to say he is such a wonderful doctor!!!! He really cares about how you feel about your results, not what he thinks. He's honest and he will tell you what you really need done, not just for the sake of making money of you. My visit went well with him today, like every other time too. Every time i see him i always have questions for him and i always walk out of there learning something about my body and TT related. He's so knowledgeable!
Me: I feel a bump above my incision. What can it be?
Doc: (he feels the bump first) Oh, that's a suture. You don't need to worry about it. It will dissolve overtime. Sometimes there's some tissue that grows around it. Overtime it will flatten out. You don't need to worry about it.
Me: I find my scar is slightly higher on my right side, and i mentioned to you last time that it's high in the centre. Can that scar on the left be lowered a bit? I've also noticed that the right has a bit more excess skin and the left has no excess skin. Can that be removed later on? I'm very happy where the scar is on the left side. It's just the right i find slightly higher. Not by much tho.
Doc: It looks like you have a bit of a dog ear on your left side. Yes that extra skin can be removed and we can remove that dog ear at the same time. It looks like you still have some swelling going on. Yes, that right scar is slightly higher. Very little tho. I can lower it by .5 to1 cm. I would make an incision on the scar line and cut lower and stitch it back up. The scar will then sit lower by .5 to 1 cm. The centre scar i can lower more without it affecting your pee stream. At the time of surgery i can only get it so low, so that it doesn't affect the way you pee, but now i can lower it a bit w/o affecting that.
Me: When can i get my scar revision done? How long will it take to heal? Will this surgery be done at the office or at the hospital in a operation room? Do you charge a fee for this?
Doc: We can do the scar revision at 8 mos or 1 yr. It will take about a week to heal. I would still put steri-strips on the incision. If we are going to do the whole scar than we need to do it at the hospital. If it was just one side, than we can do it at the office. I won't charge you for it. I want you to be happy with your results!
Me: One last question, i have a small brown spot on my face. What can be done to get rid of it?
Doc: I won't surgically remove it because it will leave a scar. You can do a laser treatment. It will prob. take 1-3 treatments for it to fade. It won't completely go away, but it will be lighter. We won't charge you much for it. (Vicki told me $200 flat fee) The brown spot will go darker after the treatment before it fades.
Me: How long does it take for it to start to fade after the laser treatment?
Doc: A few weeks. It will darken up and than it fades. (Vicki said she had a brown spot on her arm and it took 2 treatments and now it's completely gone).
I was so happy to hear that he he can lower my scar and that he won't charge me a fee for it. I told him i would see in a year. The scar does get better and better each month. The scar is lower and lighter now. We just have to be patient. My scar was def. uneven at the beginning, but with the swelling going down it's not as noticeable. The only thing is, DO i want to be cut open again because of some very minor issues and go through the healing process again and wait another year for the scar to fade??? I guess we will see in a year :)
For those still in their early recovery stage, i wish you nothing but an easy and fast recovery!! I still admire my new tummy everyday!! I can't believe that it has only been 5 mos. It feels much longer than that! There's not a day i regret getting this done. I have had so much compliments on how thin i look now. Tummy tuck + Isagenix= PURE HAPPINESS!!!
Choosing the right doctor is so important. Thank you to those who have found my post helpful. I know when i was researching Dr Dawes i couldn't find anything on him. AND when i asked to see some before and after pics at his office he told me he couldn't show them to me. I took the risk and went with him. He was the only consultation that i went to. When i met with him i instantly got a good feeling about him. I'm very happy with my results. AND if i wasn't, i know he will fix it without giving me a hard time about it! Have a great summer everyone!
Correction. I got my left and right mixed up. haha Sorry!
Doc: It looks like you have a bit of a dog ear on your left side. Yes that extra skin can be removed and we can remove that dog ear at the same time. It looks like you still have some swelling going on. Yes, that right scar is slightly higher. Very little tho. I can lower it by .5 to1 cm. I would make an incision on the scar line and cut lower and stitch it back up. The scar will then sit lower by .5 to 1 cm. The center scar i can lower more without it affecting your pee stream. At the time of surgery i can only get it so low, so that it doesn't affect the way you pee, but now i can lower it a bit w/o affecting that.
7 Mos PO
I started training with my personal trainer a couple weeks ago. I feel so awesome after my workouts. Getting a tummy tuck has been so life changing. I feel so much better about myself. This whole journey for me since Feb. 2014 has been such a great experience!! I got my tummy tuck done in February 2014, and then i started my shakes from Isagenix in April (and i'm still on it), lost 15 lbs from it and a ton of inches and i'm now starting my exercising AND it has been a huge accomplishment!!!! People have noticed the weight loss and tells me how fit i look i now. The feeling is amazing!! It all started with the Tummy tuck to encourage me to look and feel good about myself again!! I'm thankful that my friend introduced me to Isagenix because Isagenix combined with the tummy tuck gives you EVEN better results!!
I am still a bit self conscious when i wear my bikini bottoms. My scar is a bit higher in the centre, so i find i'm always pulling up my bikini bottom to hide it. I will see if the scar fades anymore. If not, i think i will get a scar revision done at my 1 yr mark. The scar on the sides are hidden pretty good when i have my bikini on, it's just the centre that is a bit high. It's prob. just me being paranoid a bit. My bikini bottoms does hide it, but if it slips down a bit you can see it. When you go into the water i find that your bottom slides down a bit, so i'm a bit self concious and i'm constantly pulling it up. We are going to Mexico next month so i'm really excited for my trip!! I haven't worn a bikini in a long time.
Scar revision on Jan.8,2016
10 day PO scar revision.
Dr Dawes is very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He's got a wonderful staff. I love that he does a no drain tummy tuck. He will listen to you and will try to achieve the results you're hoping for. If he can't, he will explain to you why it's not possible. Dr Dawes doesn't rush you and he will answer all of your questions. If you forget to ask him something, you can always email his Practice Manager Vicki and she will reply to you right away.