20 Year Old Male 85lb Weight Loss - Nashville, TN
I am now 5'9" and 140lbs. When I was a child, I...
Day 5--1st Post-op Appointment
For anyone who hasn't experienced it (drain removal, not diarrhea), it's a burning sensation followed by a cooling sensation, my stomach muscles involuntarily spasmed when she was pulling it out, but that didn't add to my discomfort, it was a natural reacton.
She said I'm healing wonderfully and quickly! I asked the nurse if I could use a compression garment that I bought myself and she said that it would be fine, as long as I'm comfortable. She also changed my steri-strips and bandages. I finally got to see my "new" belly button and got the best view of my body yet.
I was thin before the surgery, and I'm obviously still very swollen, so I'm a bit larger, but I know it's only temporary. And all my skin is gone! I've never felt so good about myself. I'm VERY happy with the results! My belly button looks great and everything flows with the symmetry of my body, which is precisely what I asked for. The nurses and other staff were polite, friendly, and supportive, as always. My plastic surgeon's office is honestly the place I feel the most at ease, the most like myself. The people there understand me and my goals--they make me feel validated and attractive. They always give me all the attention and time I need, addressing all of my questions and concerns. I have another appointment on Thursday to have some stitches removed and I will again update with pics and commentary.
2 Weeks Post-Op *UPDATE* (Also, NEW and AMAZING compression garment!)
So everything is going FANTASTIC, I feel wonderful, inside and out, and Dr. Haws said I can start light exercise tomorrow (at my 2 week mark). She knows I used to do 1 1/2 hours of HIIT every day plus strength training, so she really emphasized that I need to take it easy, ideally just walking on the treadmill or moving slowly on the elliptical.
2 Week Update Pics and New Compression Garment!
Pre-Weight Loss vs. Post-Weight Loss Pics (Plus pic of old abdominal binder)
Two Weeks Post Op! More Pics!!! PLUS My Experience Sitting, Showering, and Laying Down After Tummy Tuck and Butt Lift!
Honestly, even now when I go out I obviously can't bring my chair with me, but I do bring my BBL pillow (it has gel and coccyx support and a "convenient handle for travel!" (as it's written on the packaging lol) ) When I was still at the painful stage of my recovery, I balanced myself on it so my weight wass on my thighs and my butt wasn't touching the chair. I still do this if I'm going somewhere and all I have to sit on is a hard wooden chair.
I used a walker the first 4 days, but I transitioned to a cane on day 5 and I'm now able to walk unassisted. On day 6 I was able to sit down and stand up on my own. I still take my cane with me when I go out though, in case I lose my balance.
My pain decreased exponentially from day 5-7 and my strength increased exponentially.
I didn't require any assistance from another person after day 5.
Showering was difficult until day 10.
For my first two showers (on day 4 and day 7) I had to use a shower seat from a medical supply store and the worst pain after day 5 was in my back from having to walk hunched over all the time, this was also making showering quite painful and unpleasant even with the medical shower chair which had bars to hold onto, but I told the nurse at my PS's office and they prescribed me Flexeril which fixed that problem!
I'm currently 2 weeks post op and I'm starting to feel like my old self. I can sit in most positions comfortable as long as I have some form of cushioning. I'm driving, but taking the corners and stops easy. I can walk 90% upright, but everything is still very tight. Dr. Haws said my swelling is going down way ahead of schedule and I'm healing extremely fast and the scar is already very minimal. She LOVES my new compression garment, she even had her two head nurses come look at it and asked me to send her the info!
If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to message me or comment! :)
Dr. Haws results speak for themselves. Besides being a beautiful person both inside and out, she is gregarious, open-minded, incredibly professional, and a true artist. She used the very latest techniques and technology to develop and customize my entire procedure from beginning to end. From my first visit to the office, where we designed my new body, to right before the surgery, when she made me feel at ease and gave me confidence that the results would be amazing. You can really tell that she loves doing this; she gets excited at the prospect of making people feel great about themselves and she takes a great amount of healthy pride in her work. She may not look like a plastic surgeon, but I can assure you she's amongst the best--and as far as I could find the best. I had not intention of settling for a doctor who was not the very best at this particular procedure. Based on all of my research prior to meeting her, her body work is unparalleled. After meeting her and having my procedure performed, this belief has only been reaffirmed. Just look at her results on this site compared to other doctors. They speak for themselves. He work is clean, tight, and beautiful--a combination of science and art. She enjoys turning people into who they really are--who they want to be, to make them happy (and hot). She has an attractive combination of confidence and pragmatism that inspires her patients to be their very best. She's not a salesman, she seems like she was born to do this. I asked her if she always knew this is what she wanted to do, and she immediately said "Yes, absolutely". I've probably called their office 25 times before and after my surgery with various concerns. Her staff is extremely polite and never became impatient or irritated with me. They continue to be kind and I fully intend on having more work done by her, when it is needed of course. I would highly recommend her before anyone else to my friends and family.