May 5th TT with MR NO Flank Lipo... - Houston, TX
Excited to my surgery date of 5/5/15!!! Finally...
stop smoking ...
3 weeks out ...
EEEEKKK !! Pre-Op is on MONDAY !!!!
Anyways... I went to the May calendar and added a whole bunch of people to follow. I am new to this site and looking for advice, tips, and new TT buddies!!!
S#*t just got real !!!
... signed allllll consent forms, had tutoring on the drains on how to clean them and the sites... PS drew on me to show how far back my incision will be. He assured me that end result will be amazing! I may need to go back if I get "pointy dog ears" he did say I may just be able to exercise that area. I did not do any lipo which I hope that doesn't affect my results but he said it shouldn't. (Plus he doesn't do tummy lipo with TT too risky)
Anyways I paid my balance in Full and scheduled my post op visit, got all my scripts and instructions!!!!
pre op pics 4/20/15 ... ewww
2 week countdown!!!
labs came back fine!!
Supply shopping !!! Need clothing help...
Purchased some supplies today
Tried on a bikini top today while shopping ...
It's May 1st! Are you excited it's our month?
Yay May is finally here! I'm soooo ready to be on the flatside!! Come on 5th I'm ready !!
rented recliner was delivered today ...
Twas the night before ...
see yall on the flatside!!!
I made it to the flatside!!!!
PS took 8 1/2 lbs from my stomach!!!! EIGHT and A HALF POUNDS!!! Omg wow. I begged hubby to let me peek when I went to the bathroom when we got home and amazing. My stomach has not looked like this since I was 16 years old!! (Had my first child at 17) I will post more pics of my new tummy later. I'll have hubby take pics for me. For now just a sneak peek...
No binder or bandages after TT????
On another not I can see my Vag!!! Started to swell a little and glad I took a pic before it started. I was told to walk hunched over until my 1st post op visit. I have walked about twice since I got home... I feel like I can walk alot more that I did but the lightheadedness gets to me and I have to go back to my recliner...
I will have hubby take some pics next time he does my drains.
1st day post op
I did not sleep when I got home yesterday around 5:30pm just watched tv in recliner. I walked a little extra each time I got up to use the bathroom. (Which has me out of breathe). I have taken my muscle relaxer once last night around 10 and vicodin 1 every 4 hours on the dot. So far so good on pain management... slept on and off for 5 hours.
I have 2 drains which hubby empties and logs each time I go to the bathroom. Is easier for me to be on the toilet rather than leaning against the wall and feeling lightheaded from the wall. Right drains less at 25-30 when left drains at 45. (May be the other way around) was told not to ask when they will be removed as this will not happen in my first 3 visits...
My incision if far back as he could get it with me laying down, is really low and thin! My bb is back!! Yay!! I have no dressing in if besides steri strips and clear tape. My drain sites have to pieces of gauze taped in place. No bleeding except a spot on each side in the back? Very minimal and glad I put sx pads in my rented recliner lol ?
I coughed unexpectedly immediately after waking up in the recovery room ... can't you say ouch!!! Nurse said to hold a pillow across my stomach and cough of needed. They want coughing post op to help with your breathing? Well a few light coughs were done at home and maybe this is why I have that burning feeling at times?
Well its 4:40 am and I need to pee. Have to wake up hubby to get me out of this chair... pics coming later today!
Happy Healing everyone !!
1 day po pics
recliners suck if I haven't said this before
2nd day po pics
3 days po
Still no BM just still gassy. Been taking gas x and MOM but nothing is happening. Guess by tomorrow I will drink the liquid magnesium citrate...
I have alot of dried blood in my bb and don't want to stick a q tip inside ... I guess this will eventually crust up and fall out or after multiple showers it will wash away?? I still really swollen it hurts... feels weird like my incision is about to rip open.
I will take some more pics later on as there is not a huge change from yesterday ... well today actually looks worse due to swell hell!!! How long for this to go down ??!! This is the worst complaint so far ... swelling and low back /neck pain from being hunched like an old lady. Hubby was chuckling at saying well I know what you will look like when you are an old lady! Lol sexy and flat tummy hunched over.
3rd day po pics
I have 2 gauze pads where I started bleeding. I noticed it on my towel wrap and also after I got out of the shower. Would rather have it covered than getting blood on everything.
Pics added for day 3 kinda dark but you can still see...
4th day post op pic
Oh and those Levonox injections are bad... have a good purpose but I am bruised up on each thigh!!! Only a couple more days and those are history!
Had an issue with my drains where it looked like one was clogged. Haven't been "milking" them as I should have been well started to worry because there was no output and they have been needed to be drained at least every 3 hours... after a slight panic (walking more than I have been and leaning forward while sitting) get fluid to come out success!!! I was about to call my PS because nothing was draining. Ahhhh what a Saturday afternoon.
5th day po pic
Happy Mother's Day!!!
6th day po pic
Called my PS to ask if I can take ibuprofen now to control my swelling and the answer was no! Iburpofen causes the blood to thin so it must be avoided 2 weeks post op...
On another note hubby just gave me my last injection on Lovenox!!! Those hurt glad those are done with!!!
Other than that all is well. Tape covering incision feels like it is about to pop off due to swelling. Some is coming off but hubby says it should last until post op appt on Wednesday. Not sure if it will make it thru my scheduled shower tomorrow? Anyways been up walking all day, no nap yet nor pain pills. Taking extra strength tyenol for swelling and take a muscle relaxer at night because I have these weird body twinges when I try to go to sleep... been up and down my stairs twice today. Don't feel like I am over doing it. Hope everyone is have a great recovery !!
8 days po - 1st post op visit!!
I received the dredded binder that I have been hearing many complain about. I must say I like it so far. Being without any support for over a week and then finally getting some makes me happy! I have been verrrrry cautious on how I have been moving around and getting up but now I feel like I can move better without fear of ripping stitches! I was told to wear the binder all day long and it is my choice if I wish to sleep with it on or not. I can say my drain sites feel more supported as without a binder they were just hanging and could snag on blankets or clothes...
I was told to shower tonight and while the tape along the incision is still very wet to remove it!!! I'm both nervous as well as excited as I want to see how it looks under there. Sooo I cannot wait to shower tonight!!!! I do not have to reapply and take or gauze I am free???!!! PS said I have 3 layers of stitches and I may see some coming out but its OK. No dressings needed any longer. I was told to clean out my BB with a q-tip (since I have excess dry blood still but if its a scab leave it alone to fall off on its own) and dial soap (which is what I have been washing the tape with from the beginning.)
I can now begin to start standing straighter and laying flatter. Not meaning just straighten my body today but to slowly increase daily. Can't wait for my back to stop hurting!!
I still have my drains :( they will not be removed until the drainage is 20-25 cc for a 24 hour period. I am still about 40-80 cc a day. Again, he said with the 8 1/2 lbs he took my drainage output is great! (yes he kept talking about how much he took off before pretty much each sentence) He also said you will feel/notice a difference when you start standing more straight... I said ummmm 8 1/2 lbs off whether hunched over or not I ALREADY FEEL A DIFFERENCE!!!!
Well no pictures yet as I still look the same as all the previous post op pics I have posted... I will for sure post pics later once I take off the tape. It is soooo crazy to me to hear what everyone elses PS is saying and doing.... each has their own methods...
Happy healing everyone !!! :)
8th day post op pic - all tape removed!!!
PS said to take all tape off in shower well let's just say I'm glad hubby was awake to help me!! 3 layers of tape and it was taped very weirdly. I was standing for wayyyy too long and felt shakey. I had to take half a pain pill due to irritation and pain. Whew it was all taken off. On both sides in back were oozing/spotting blood possibly? Nothing enough to need gauze pads applied. I let my incision air dry for a good hour. Was debating to leave in open all night or continue to weary binder since I was told I do not have to wear it at night only during the day. I put a cami tank on then the binder... what is the trick to get the binder super tight like my PS nurse did? I am about to look this morning to see if I notice a difference with less swelling by sleeping with it on.
Posting 8 day po incision/swelling pics.
Hope everyone is healing well!
11th day po pic AMAZING!!!!
Happy Saturday and happy healing!!!
purchase of the day... arnica
Follow up appt today ...
My bb is still scabbed and I don't want to put a qtip in it with soap and water (as told I can) I don't want to rip the scab off and make an ugly scar so I will let it be for now.
I was told I can start using oil on it in a few days because if I start now it will irritate it since stitches were pulled....
I still have my drains in grrrrr but I know its for the best. Right is at 15-20 and Left is between 30-45. I get 1 out on Thursday and should be drain free by the end of next week!!! Was hoping that I would be drain free to enjoy a long weekend... I "milked" my drains because I saw alot of skin or fat and now have no output soooo I need to keep an eye on that!
I asked about this pooch I have when I am sitting and was told thats due to swelling since I am still really swollen. I was told by my PS that once you hit the swelling peak it usually takes 6 weeks to go down to about 25% of swelling.... then that will take 6 months more to go down. Whew I'm glad because I didnt pay to have a tiny tire or pooch!!! So those that continue to swell keep your head up its a lonnnng road to full recovery! I just keep looking at my before pics and enjoy my new swollen tummy????
As far as the hunchback I still got it! I am laying flatter in my bed and walk pretty much upright but eventually start walking hunched. Habit or tummy telling me its not ready yet.... who knows. Still using arnica pellets and gel on my thighs and lower back also taking muscle relaxer once a day... combination of all 3 are really helping.
No pictures since I still look the same as day 11. Happy healing everyone!!!
2 weeks post op and back to work
I tried to wear scrubs with panties which didn't work too irritating with the drains... ended up wearing a long maxi dress going comando. Looks like this is how I will dress in the office until I ditch these drains.
Went grocery shopping tonight and ohhh wow! Luckly I had my daughter with me to push the cart because it was too heavy. I was hunched over in pain stomach was so tight. I had to take half a pain pill BLAH! On the plus side I'm barely draining even after that walk of the entire grocery store...
Maybe I'll post pics tomorrow if any changes ????
Got one drain removed this morning!!!
I was told if I notice fluid building up on the right to push it towards the left side so it will drain. Sounds crazy but ok will do if it happens.
Also got a smaller binder today since my other one was too big!!
Pic of the drain removed a maxi dress of the day... bet you cant guess which side my drain is on lol ???? I may pin it higher up because I am already too curvy in the hips and don't need anymore!!!
Oh my 2 VS bikinis came in the mail yestetday and I can't wait to try them on as soon as this last drain is out...
Happy healing !!!
2 weeks po pics ... 17 days!
Hubby was checking me out this morning while I was getting ready and I asked if he likes what he sees? His response was I liked what I saw before... awwwww how sweet but I know deep down inside he likes my body more now!!!
I get asked if I had a boob job the answer is nope (I wish I did) maybe in the near future...
Happy Friday! Happy Healing everyone!!
3 weeks po pics!!!
Other than that healing nicely I must say. I feel great except for that drain site. Walking straight but still laying at a slight incline.
Ready to get back to working out already!!
Happy Healing everyone !!
well ... still with last drain ... aye
Other than that he said I am healing well and very impressed at my BB!! I love it too!
Happy Healing !!
sooo still with drain in tow...
Incision healed and putting bio oil on scar twice a day. It's darker in certain areas and light in others. Hope it fades nicely! Will ask about scar cream or treatments on Monday.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Happy Healing!
sooo I couldnt wait to try on bikini tops ... 3 weeks 4 days po pics
I also tried on pre op jeans in a junior size 13 and even with swelling in stomach, hips and thighs they are huge! Again I couldn't wait for the last drain ro come out! I'm ready to try stuff in my closet that looked ok before ...
Happy Saturday and Happy Healing!!
last drain gone! I'm FREE!!!
I love my coke bottle shape / hourglass shape!!
I have now been released to wear Spanx as this will help with my mons swelling. It felt too weird so I put my binder on top of the spanx. My pre op jeans are snug ony thighs due to swelling but back and waist are loose... good thing sonce6O decided to go with extra support from the binder.
Still no heavy lifting more than 10 lbs... my poor baby girl (3) misses mommu picking her up. Muscle repair is still not healed so don't want to do any damage. PS says I will have a nice crease at the top of my tummy which will have it looked defined! Wooo hoo! Still have ways to go to recover but he's impressed as always!
Will post more pics tomorrow at 4 weeks!
Happy Healing Happy Monday!!
4 week post op pics
5 weeks po pics
Also a before and after pic from Saturday when I got a little sun. Amazing!!!!
Hope everyone is healing well!!
6 weeks post op pics
6 weeks 2 days po and back to fill cardio... no ab exercises for at least another 2 months... Healing well and seeing better results each day! Wearing a columbian waist cincher now (non latex which was approved by my PS) ouch its tight!! Next appt is in 3 months and I will discuss my concerns then after I hit my workouts hard during that time! Also going to do a BA consult!!
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some comparison pics.
8 weeks post op
I'm posting more pics on instagram so if you want to follow me its niptuck_5.5.15
9 week and 10 week post op pics
Posting 9 and 10 week po pics. Hope everyone is healing well!
11, 12 and 13 weeks post op!
I have been back to full exercising since a few days after the 12 week po mark. By full exercise I mean I have now added abs into my workout routines. Was nervous at first but listening to my body.
Scar is smooth and flat. Lighter in some spots darker in others. Still using vitamin e and cocoa butter. Scar strips were a fail for me. I plan on asking for a scar compound rx at my next followup visit...
14-19 weeks po pics
Posting pics from 14-19 weeks po. Still have minimal swelling. Just bought a latex waist cincher in a smaller size than what I had yay!! Hope it helps with the swelling...
Dr. Straka and his staff are wonderful. They have prompt communication and excellent bedside manor. I originally consulted with Dr. Straka in 2006 but I wasn't 100% sure I was done having children. Well now 2015 I went back to him after consulting with 2 other PS in the area... I was drawn to Dr. Straka. His prices were better too. I plan on getting a breast augmentation in the near future with him. Need to recover and enjoy my TT results first!! If you are looking for a wonderful PS he is the one!