So far had my consultation with the doc seems super knowledgeable and was very informative. The staff was friendly and response I'm booked for 12/17 it can't come soon enough. I feel like this is the culmination of 20 years of weight loss weight gain two pregnancies will keep u posted. I've learned a lot just reading everyone's experience here so hoping to return the favor.
Tummy Tuck, 35 two kids - Linden, NJ
on the upside to my crazy, i started working out a bit more religiously to gain muscle. I would like to lose 15 pounds (obvi not in 4 weeks), but in general to get back to my goal weight, but not sure if cardio is what i need right now when it comes time to avoiding using abs to get around for the first month or so, so im bulking up and adding some muscle to the old legs and arms and back and hoping that pays off. Hopefully with the right diet, i still lean out a bit, im not crazy of the actual number on the scale, just the size of my pants at the end of the day. Right now i'm a size 6. alot of that is ass and hips though, and some is my ol' kangaroo pouch. I wouldnt be surprised if I stayed in 6 even after because in general i need to lose body fat and i plan to do that the natural way. it might take a year or two to get to where i was eventually. some picts just for fun ill post from my phone seperately.
It's getting real
Ok next update will be some point after its all done eeks pray for me.
Day 5 Po update
It's all temporary and it will pass but in the moment it's a lot to deal with. I found myself crying yesterday but I think it's pms and my really related to this lol.
Living in sweat pants and pjs is great no comaonts there have not tried on normal cloths but praying my work clothes fit two weeks from now or I will have to whip out some post maternity stuff in the interim.
Some pics attached
2 weeks Po
Second drain was removed this week and I was given a new Cg. It's a lovely girdle which needs to be worn 24/7. The first day I wore it all day and when I finally went tongi remove it thought i was going to pass out. Now it's not so bad and I think I can manage. My only concern is washing it's fun not being in it while it hangs dry. I'm using he binder while it's drying off but it's just not as tight as the girdle I suddenly miss.
Had the first of two massages for which I was scared for some reason but it wasn't too bad. I was told to massage the stomach three times a day to reduce swelling and hardness. I'll have to schedule this into my phone and make time for it as I'm trying my best to follow best practice here.
I've attached a few pics. I think they might post backward. One is w the last drain the next is my pillow set up for sleeping. I only did one night in the recliner and moved over to my bed which was much better just used a lot of pillows behind me and under my legs and can't say it's comfy but it'll do. I sleep better some nights than others. The other two are at two weeks.
So far I can't say it's been as bad as I thought and I'm happy with how things are progressing.
Thee weeks PO
That being said day 1 back to work was interesting . I was happy to have a doc appointment with my ps at 330 and was able to shoot out early. I was tired by end of day for sure. Days 2-4 have been progressively better and I am comfortable at work with the girdle under my work clothes. I think I just hate the girdle around 4 am when I realize I am so constricted and on my back just not comfortable. It reminds me of being prego in a way of sleeping positions getting up back pain etc.
Everyone at work thinks I have back pain since I'm still semi haunched over but 70% better than theast two weeks. I'll just stick to that story for now it's no ones business right.
Lastly I'm getting ancy not being able to workout so just waiting for that day I am cleared to workout again. Scar is looking better daily and so is belly button. I got the stitches out this past Monday and didn't feel a thing. At this point it's just about being careful not lifting bending sudden movements. I am able to function normally overall I feel.
Things I hate most:
This girdle ok it's a love hate relationship
Sleeping at night is not comfortable in this girdle
Not being able to pick he baby up yet
Oh yea and the swelling. It's not horrible but right now I am wearing gigantic u does three sizes up and my old pants one size up I had post maternity. It just helps to not have right cloths on just yet.
I don't think I can say I quite enjoy my new stomach just yet I do love it and know it will get better but with the huge undies and big pants and clothing for now it's not a sexy time lets just say. Anyway eventually I'm sure it will a get there and be nor
Al but this is a process for sure.
2 month scar update
I had no idea where to start for my search for a plastic surgeon. I don't know anyone that has ever been to one, and I definitely did not want to ask for privacy purposes. I turned to the Internet and found Dr. Alkon. He was the third PS I saw and even before meeting him, I had a feeling he was the one. The thing that turned me on to his practice was all the really positive reviews on Real Self. I'm so glad that I came across him. Dr. Alkon is super smart, attentive, knows what he's doing, and takes his time answering all your concerns and questions. He's done this a million times and knows these procedures like the back of his hand. The hospital staff had nothing but praises for him and just how great he is. I had the fortune of meeting another RealSelfer and she too had a TT done by Dr. Alkon. Again, nothing but positive things to say. The staff at his office is incredible, polite, attentive, and knows what they are doing. I had good vibes from the moment I met them all. For something that is life altering, and pretty scary to under go, I feel blessed for having come across this man. I hope nothing but the best for him and his practice and I'd be more than happy to speak to anyone regarding my experience if they like.