Finally Did It! - Miami, FL

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I'm a mother of two daughters ages 23 and 19. I...

I'm a mother of two daughters ages 23 and 19. I was told after the birth of my first daughter, the only way to get rid of the extra skin is to have it surgically removed. At first , I didn't believe the doctor who told me this . After many years of dieting and exercising , I came to realize the doctor was absolutely right. So, I decided to get a tummy tuck.
I'm two weeks post surgery. I don't know how to feel about this. I knew I would have SOME down time with some pain but never what I'm experiencing. I thought I would be up and showing off my flat stomach and cute belly button within two weeks ... Boy was I wrong!
Hopefully, I don't regret having this surgery. ????

1 day post op

Week 2 post op

Beginning to see some contouring of the waist. The right side seems to be more swollen than the left side. I hope it's just the way my body is healing. Has anyone else had this problem , where one side healed faster than the other side? #prayingfortherightsidetocatchupwiththeleftside

4.5 weeks pos op with a seroma

This picture was taken at 4.5 weeks pos op. I'm also dealing with a seroma. I've had it drained twice. I drained 25 cc's the second time, not quite sure how many was drained the first time. The doc told me the body is able to absorb 40 cc's on its own but I wanted it drained because I feel as though it's slowing down my healing. Hopefully I won't have to get it drained again. I wish my body would just absorb this fluid and stop creating the seroma! I also have an area below my BB that requires some local wound care.

I'm some what liking my results. My scar is low enough to be hidden by my panties however, I don't like the way that it looks. My flanks are still swollen...I hope! If not, I think I'm going to need some lipo revision . So far my stomach is pretty flat although I still have stretch marks. The stretch marks don't bother me.

I have a lymphatic massage schedule on Monday. For those of you who have had a lymphatic massage done after surgery, do you think it made a difference in your recovery? If so, how?

I should have had this surgery done when I was much younger because it's taking me so long to recover with these minor complications. I think the older you are , the longer it takes your body to heal... Just my theory. My doctor told me to use his 12 month eyes and not my 12 weeks eyes. Lol! Okay, we shall see who's eyes are better...

Well happy healing to everyone!

9 weeks post op

Although there is a significant improvement, I'm not liking my hips. Hopefully it's not my final results.

10 weeks post op ... Love,Hate

I have a love, hate relationship with my body. One day I'm in love with it and the next day I hate it! Today, I'm in love with it. Lol! I just can't wait until December. Hopefully, everything settles and I can see at least 50% of my final results. The wait is killing me.

Before photo...

Before tummy tuck, Lipo, and muscle repair ????

4 months post op!

7 month update

Well I'm almost 7 months post op... nothing has really changed since 4 months post opt. I am pleased with the fact that I don't have a hanging belly anymore however I'm not liking my results. I guess I wasn't one of the lucky ones that didn't need any revisions.

7 months Post Op

I still have this love/hate relationship with my body. I just pray that all is well in a few months. We'll see...

8 month post op update

I'm working out 4-5 days a week. Having the surgery has motivated me to be consistent with my workout schedule. Why? Because now I see noticeable results! I think working out has some what enhanced my results. Yay! I thought the surgery was all I needed.... WRONG! I had to put in some work too, to get the body I wanted. I will say that I LOVE the way I look in fitted dresses! I do still need and want some more lipo on my hips and back. I'm learning to accept that I'm not going to get my pre - babies body back. Lol! I wouldn't mind something close to it though . :-) #lovehaterelationshipwithmybody

1 Year Updated

Tummy Tuck
How satisfied am I with my tummy tuck results? 89% Lol! How grateful am I that I was able to afford the surgery and for choosing the right surgeon? 100%. Would I do it again? Absolutely! I was more uncomfortable than in pain. The waiting to see final results was unbearable too. Lol! Everything is all good in the hood though. (Smiley face)

Word of Advice:
If you're not at your ideal weight, please lose weight first and then have the surgery. Your expected results will be guaranteed. Since, I've loss 10lbs, my results look even better.

I have had an in office revision surgery in June to get rid of dog ears. My hips that I complained about look a lot better with the dogs ears being removed. Thank God! Not 100% happy about the hipps though. I'm still thinking about getting more lipo done to my hips and back. I'm waiting to reassess things in December to see if I still need/want it done.

Good luck to those of you who are within your one year recovery. Happy Healing!
Miami Plastic Surgeon

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