Finally got my Body Back! - Columbus, GA

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I am a Army vet who has been in relatively good...

I am a Army vet who has been in relatively good shape. I had 4 large babies and all of them were delivered via C-section. As a result I have a ton of sagging skin, a hernia, and a huge separation of my stomach muscles. I have tried everything possible on my own but nothing helps the sagging skin.

I am 8 days away from having the body that I had...

I am 8 days away from having the body that I had before I had children and I'm so excited. This has been a long time coming! I had my pre-surgery consult last week and was given a long list of instructions of things to do leading up to the surgery to include getting dial soap to wash up with. Dr. Pagadala seems to be very confident that I will have amazing results and after seeing his before and after photos again I am as well. I already know that it will suck for a few weeks, and I'm hoping that I will be able to go on my road trip 3 weeks afterwards (plenty of resting and stops in between). I been hoping that someone was going to cancel so I can have a earlier date but it doesn't seem as if that will happen. I will post again the day before my surgery......

Have less than 18 hours left before I have my surgery

I have less than a day left and I managed to get everything on the list that was needed. The timing of this surgery is horrible because I'm moving and in the middle of finals, but I rather get it done and over with. Now I'm finishing up my schoolwork, cleaning the house, and trying to pre-prepare dinners for the kids. Super excited to finally look on the outside how I feel on the inside. This has been a long time coming!

I had my surgery yesterday......

So yesterday was the day where I finally had my tummy tuck and I'm uncomfortable. I had a very weird reaction from the anesthesia because I was crying and panicking because I thought I was holding my son who passed away a few years ago and they were trying to take him from me. I finally realized were I was after about 30 mins. I woke up in the middle of the surgery feeling pain so they had to give me more drugs (I thankfully don't remember that).

I have a very high pain tolerance so that may be the reason I may be feeling little pain. It does hurt but it's like a 5 out of 10 at my worse moment.

I will take more pictures when I take my girdle/binder off today when I take my shower. If you get a drain I would strongly suggest a Jackson Pratt drain. They don't smell when you have to drain them. Just expect that you will drain a lot after surgery

First time looking at my tummy....

So I'm this is the first time I had took my girdle/binder off and I'm so happy!!!! This surgery was totally with it! I took a nice wonderful shower and felt much better. I'm not in too much pain....but I am uncomfortable. I haven't had any issues other than 'swell hell'....that's what's making me uncomfortable

Not sure how I'm feeling about my surgery.....

So the middle of my scar is super low.....too low for my comfort, but the doctor is confident that in a few months it will look perfect. Between that, the jagged scar, and the fact that where my c-section incision was now is a pocket of skin and stretch marks that you can feel the incision underneath. I'm praying that I won't need a revision but I'm pretty positive I will. I love it from my belly button up. I guess time will tell. What do you guys think?

Hit enter too soon....more pics

8 weeks and feeling great!

Hello my fellow surgery sisters! It's been 2 months tomorrow and I'm feeling great! I been hitting the gym and I'm doing better each day. I'm still not completely thrilled with my incision, but this is the first time that I wore a two piece swimsuit not being preggo in over 12 years! I'm so happy I went through the surgery! Sorry it took so long to post an update....I moved and I had a sick family member.

I'm 6 months pregnant and tummy tuck is hanging in there

I was pretty sure I was done having kids and a little over a year after my surgery....surprise! Now I'm 6 months pregnant with a boy and my tuck is hanging in there. I have some stretch marks below my belly button but nothing major. I will probably need a revision but nothing too bad. It's getting harder to breathe and it's very very uncomfortable. I had a hernia repair so it makes having a repeat c-section very difficult in addition to the difficulty of my abdominal muscles to stretch. It's very painful and it's getting worse as he gets bigger and stronger. Still glad I had the surgery but I would've waited had I known I would get pregnant again.

7 months after delivery and tuck is hanging in there!

I had my son 7 months ago and my tuck is hanging in there. I was working out but I just had knee surgery so I have to take a break for a few weeks. The pregnancy was very uncomfortable and painful. I had trouble breathing because of how tight my stomach became.

My son delivered 6 weeks early (nothing to do with the tuck) and he was 6 lbs 10oz and 19in long. I have considered a revision to get rid of the little pouch and a breast lift or reduction but I'm not sure. I rather had waited to have it done when I knew I was really done having children but life happens. Now that I had my tubes removed I may get more work done. If I do I'll be sure to post my results!
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

He has high ratings on here and with others I know who went through him a few years ago. Also he's really optimistic about getting the results that I want and he doesn't feel that my case is too difficult. He also has a wonderful bedside manner and will sit and answer all questions that you may have regarding your procedure. I'm so excited to get this done! :)

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