36 Yr Old Mom of 3 beautiful (all csection) babies had a tummy tuck w/muscle repair & no lipo! This is my journey :)

I am 5'4" & I weight 125lbs. I gained 85 lbs with...

I am 5'4" & I weight 125lbs. I gained 85 lbs with our 1st son & no matter how much I work out I can't get rid if the excess skin. I am finally doing the tummy tuck. I work full time & our youngest is 3 so I hope this goes smooth & I return back to work after two weeks. I'm nervous & would love some support. Peace, ?? & light ????

21 days to go, still nervous but optimistic :)

I have my per-op visit on Feb 17th at Vanderbilt Hospital. I just had a full physical done earlier this month just in case. Ive been cleaning my house to get it perfectly clean before the surgery (that's a huge task since we have 3 kids & both work full time)

Anxious

Can't wait for new tummy

12 days before the surgery

Paid my surgery in full today so it's really going to happen. I'm really nervous & I'm trying to he hopeful & positive but I still have a little doubt.

My pre pregnancy tummy

Miss it...10 years ago

1 week away!!!!

I'm working late trying to catch up on work since I will be off for 10 days. OMG my surgery is in a week! Mixed emotions; happy, excited, nervous, all over the place, lol !!!!!

4 days pre

Y'all I'm getting so nervous! Took my last b4 pic. I'm working Monday & Tuesday & then going to vandy at 7:30 AM on wed! Nervous. I can't believe that it's this close. I hope that I don't regret this. Leaving it up in God's hands now!

2 days pre (depending on who you ask)

So I'm just sitting here obsessing! My gut is telling me that I'll be fine, but look at it...ha! How can u trust that? Lol. Someone saw my pics on social media & yes, I have done a good job concealing my belly & making it look like it's ok. I'm going to post these pics to encourage myself. I do appreciate the encouragement I've gotten thru this site & I pray that it all goes well & is all worth it. I'm a very straight shape so it's not love handles on the sides, it's my shape. I'm not an hourglass but barrel shape. I only hv the loose fat skin. I'm not getting lypo, just muscle repair & a full tummy tuck. I wish me & all of us luck! Had to post bcz I'm anxious. I think I'm going to clean...I'm all over the place with this comment but I'm typing thru my phone & it's hard to go back & edit.

Out of surgery! I made it :)

Thank you all for the prayers. The IV was a breeze, everything went well I have a needle phobia but I did not feel a thing. The drains are in & I'm looking at them (I have to block that part out, lol). As far as pain, I think it's too early to tell. Right it now seems tolerable. My doc told me to walk around to avoid blood clots so I have done that & now resting. We got there late due to rain (dropping kids off at school) but approx 7:40 AM & now it's 1:29PM & I'm feeling ok. I remember walking into the per sting room, I cracked a joke & we all laughed. Next thing that I remember is being in the recovery room at 11:00AM. I'm home now. I can see anything yet & I can't even look at my pic but I'm posting it to document but my Doctor said that it went good & that I'll be pleased. everything happened so fast, seems like I was just in & out. Pain is tolerable so far, similar to the csection.

The 2nd day (sore)

I set my alarm clock to take my pain medicine at 2 AM but I hit snooze (typical) & slept thru it. Had to & pee this morning & oh boi. Getting out of bed was tough. I feel like its a csection pain with a little more. Walking around very hunched over & slow. I'm sitting on the edge of the bed typing this. I'm going to try to walk more to circulate blood. Def more intense today than yesterday but I did it. Glad that I was scheduled for yesterday bcz we are having an ice storm today & kids are out of school & we couldn't go today even if we tried. Anyway it's been close to 24 hrs post and I'm alive so that's good. I just took a 2nd walk (typing this) & I haven't had a pain pill since 9pm and it's 5am now. I'm walking around slowly...again for me it's very similar to a csection pain. Def would advise not to skip taking the pain pills but I manged without them this morning. I slept in my bed propped up just fine. I typed this thru my phone & did not proof it so I apologize for the errors. Taking my 2nd walk has been easier. I would say pain level is a 6 & it was a 5 yesterday.

1st day post op part 2 (day & evening)

I will def not skip any pain meds like I did last night. I felt great yesterday but more sore today. I noticed I can't yell today & I feel like I can't breathe at full capacity. I'm taking deep breaths & that helps. The hardest part is getting out if bed. Once I start my slow walk I feel better. My muscles are also contracting but I called & they said it was normal. I still haven't had a BM & someone recommended something but I can find my snapshot of it. What do y'all recommend? Laxative or just a stool softener.

2nd day post op (11:00AM)

I had an explosive & stinky BM. Due to the icy road I was not able to get a softener but it was soft alright. I feel so much better. I proud by stank up the whole house but thank God (I've never been so happy about poop) yay!!!!!

Post op day 2 abt 6PM (milking the drains, yeah!)

What a day, let me tell ya! Basically I went from constipated to dirrayeah (mind u tht I never took any stool softeners bcz we were iced/snowed in since yesterday) So my previous post was about the constipation but I didn't mention a liquid on my bed after I got up. I freaked out & made hubby call the doc on his cell this am. He said it was fine. Then when my hubby was changing my drains he noticed one wasn't draining out & said that it was leaking. What??? Leaking? I freaked out & by that I mean I got light headed & I was like wtf is happening & we r snowed in, I was like omg this is it. Then I read about post opt dirrayeah & got more scared. In the afternoon I picked up the phone & called my doc on his cell. I have never called a doc b4 but I felt like something was wrong. We talked & he reassured me that I was ok, I apologized for calling him but didn't want to begin the weekend without talking to him. He was cool & understanding. Then the snow melted & thank God my sister could come after work since she's a nurse practitioner. She took charge of the drains, so one was clogged & she changed the dressing & kept saying, "I'm just milking it like this" to my hubby. It got a little clot...gross. I can't even type anymore. I can't look at needle or drains...I felt lightheaded. Anyway so today was eventful but I found out that anything can happen & it may be normal. Geeez Louise, I'm in this tight binder & I can't yell) anyway just wanted to post this in case it will help someone down the road. Basically I got dirrayeah without taking antibiotics or laxitives, doc said my nerves could have done it & that's highly possible bcz this whole thing is making me nervous. Anyway I am cool now & feel reassured. Still taking my oxycodone even tho it only hurts when my muscles spazam. My sister had me do deep breathing exercises. Oh the doc said I could loosen my binder a little & I did on top & I can breathe better. What a fiasco, lol. I'm good overall & I just wanted to cover all details since we are all comparing stories. I really appreciate y'all ladies too, it's helping me deal & I hope everyone made it to the flat side today & happy healing. :)

Hot to "milk" your clogged drain

In case your drains leaks this is what you can do. YouTube the vid in the pic. Luckily my sister who's a NP knew what to do
but I asked her to give me a resource for RS & she says this is a good step by step vid.

Post op day 3 healing/update

I had my surgery on Wed & it's Saturday! Honestly I'm just glad to be alive at this point. I thought the recovery would be much easier. It's like all my csections combined. Unless I just forgot the pain which is more likely. I have full help right now but this is a little rougher than I expected. I thought that since I didn't have that much fat to remove that it was going to be easy. It may have been but the muscle repair is tough. I'm taking my pain pills as scheduled & around the clock. I can't really get comfortable. Not being in control of our house & kids is new to me too. I'm usually in charge & now I feel useless. However my drains are doing good, my sister who is a nurse checked my dressings and said everything looks good. I watched movies last night & eating ok. Getting up and down is still a mission but once I'm up, I'm hunched over but I can walk. Not long bcz I get tired. Anyway I hope I start feeling normal soon. I'm not in constant pain, it's more uncomfortable & tight but I have moments that hurt. I know it's all part of it. Can't even picture what I look like & I won't try, I'm just trying to recover! Good to see all my March sisters making it.

Post op day 4 (I see the light)

Ladies, I'm normally on Instagram & I'm not used to getting notifications that are not intended for me so I apologize for responding, I thought they were all for me. I like this site but it's hard to navigate thru my cell, it was easier on my PC. Anyway the last few days were much rougher than I expected but thru positive reinforcement mostly vis RS I felt much better today. I slept, ate, "pooped", breathed & just overall functioned at a better capacity today. Walking much faster but still hunched over per my doctor & nurse. I'm not even close to being back at 100% but I'm feel like I'm slowly getting there. I still needed help getting out of the recliner a few times today (I switched from my bed to our recliner upstairs & that was so much better) I don't have the muscle contractions anymore (those hurt) which I think were from my nerves. I still had a full day support system from my sister (who changed & miked my drains) & then my friend who is helping until my hubby gets off. My mom will come over tomorrow to help me & our 3 kids who are going to be on spring break & the main reason I scheduled my surgery around this time. I am still taking my pain medications & thank God for those. This was such a major surgery & the muscle repair is no joke, but all manageable pains. Thank you all for the support!!! Y'all take it easy & wish everyone speedy recovery.

6 days post & my 1st time seeing it!!! Yay!!!

Today I saw my results for the 1st time & I'm very happy. I have a needle phobia & it's the whole drain fiasco is so scary I have to block that part out. My hubby & sister have been changing my drains (I'm so scared that I can't even look). Anyway I went for my 1st check up today & I'm doing great. The nurse took off my binder (I had them cracking up but I'm so scared of needles & I can't look at blood) so this was my 1st time seeing my tummy it was just surreal. Omg y'all, I can't believe that is my tummy!!! The nurse & doc both said they can tell that I followed all of their instructions bcz I'm not even swollen. I was expecting much worse but I'm actually happy & he said it's going to look better even better in a few weeks. I'm still walking & sitting hunched over but they want me to be. I think seeing the result helps me mentally. I was too scared to even peek so I haven't seen my results until today. As far as my stomach contracting it was my nerves...he said I need to relax, ha ha. LMDA (laughing my drains off) ...I overanalyze! Sry for stalking all of y'all but y'all helped my nerves ;) #happy

7 days post & feeling great

I can't believe that a week has passed since my procedure. I'm very blessed that everyone around me has been so supportive & helpful. Ive had full time help 24/7 & this is huge since our kids are only 3, 8 & 10.

Today has been a really good day for me. I slept thru the night last night & I was able to get out of bed on my own. Surprisingly I have minimal pain & didn't take pain meds. At one point last week I felt like I was in survival mode. Then a week later I feel great, wow!!!! Our bodies are amazing aren't they? Look at everything that we went just put them thru & we are all healing so good. Of course we all have our rough days but overall we all alive & on here joking & carrying on. I applaud us ladies, even tho most of us did this for aesthetic reasons it was still a major abomial surgery that we have to heal from. I felt so weak a few times last week but now I'm starting to feel strong again.

Of course I'm walking hunched over (per my doctor & what my budy is telling me) & very slowly, my mom got me a cane for support (lmda=laughing my drains off) & my coworker called me a surgery pimp after I sent her the my pic (hilarious). I'm starting to get a tingling sensation around my scar so I know it's healing. I still have my drains in & can't take a shower, i only sponge bathe which is not my favorite but at least I'm semi clean. Let's not talk about my hair, no words left.

A few ladies have asked me about work so I wanted to talk about that. I didn't take the pain meds last night & functioned with no pain pills this AM. I logged on remotely & I was able to catch up on a few emails, delegated a few projects & even tested a few systems. I was able to sit at my computer for about 3 hours & that's it. I would not recommend for anyone to go back to work after a week. Even though my mental capacity is back to normal, I'm still physically weak. I'm getting better each day but it's just going to take time. I hope that I can go back to the office next week but I'm not sure yet. Ideally I would like to work from home but I have to get back in the office.

Y'all have a good night & happy healing :)

8 days post op & I don't love the drains #drainprobs :(

I'm sry 2B negative but I don't love the drains. They don't hurt me but I do see the tubes hanging down my legs when I go to pee. I try to block them out but I know they r there. I had 2 hours this morning after my hubby left & before my mom came, the kids were asleep & I tried to peek. Omg I will never peek again. My heart started beating really fast. I took a pic & my hubby said that's how the look. I love most things in my life but those drains are not it. Geeez! 4 more days! I would feel so much better if they were out & I could shower. I may have to go back to work after they are out, I can't go to work like this. I am not so fresh & not so clean if you know what I mean :/

I love our kids, hubby, family, job, friends, pictures, people in general but not those darn drains. They make me feel less human. I'm so glad to see so many of you ladies getting them out. They don't hurt me it's just an uncomfortable alien like feeling. I'm still feeling good today, even stronger but those drains hv to go. I feel like my abs are stronger. I knw the drains are not a real problem & some of you deal with way real problems & worst issues (I do pray for y'all) but I still don't love them. They are not the coolest thing I've ever experienced! LMDO (laughing my drains off) :(

My scar looks like a thong tattoo lol (post op day 8)

I decided to face my fear & took off the binder. Wasn't bad at all. Y'all this whole time I thought my drains were in a different spot & they are on the sides. I'm not facing the drain fears though, but I accidentally got a quick glimpse & what I saw was nuff (I'm prolly mentally scarred for life). Lol

Doesn't my scar look like a thong? Ha ha! I'm not bruised or swollen at all. I think it's because I don't use added salt in my diet so I don't retain water. I sent these to my friends & they were like it looks painful. I'm not in pain, it doesn't hurt at all. I'm still hunched over & have the stiff scared look but I'm not in any pain. Only the idea of the drains is disturbing but I don't feel them.

Post op day 11

Feeling pretty good. Sleeping thru the night in my bed with extra pillows. Eating normal, walking more upright & I hv minimal swelling. I hv not looked at my incision or my drains but my hubby & mom check it daily & say that it looks good. I can nit pick a few things that give me discomfort but I expected some (it's really minimal at this point) & I haven't taken any medicine in the last few days, for anything. I'm draing much less fluid & hoping that the drains come out on Tuesday. I've taken my binder off today for a few minutes & took a few pics (this is the best that I could do) but I'm scared to really look at the whole thing until the drains come out. Anyway I pray that my recovery continues to go smoothly & I'm really thankful that my mom has helped me the whole last week with cooking, cleaning & the kids. My hubby helps at night of course & I've just taken it extremely easy. All this has been planned since last November & chance favors the prepared right? So they say ;)

I can't stress enough that I have followed all of my doctors orders & honestly I'm too paranoid & scared not to. I've been overly cautious but that's what gives me comfort & it's worked so far. You ladies are hilarious on here, I never thought I would meet so many cool chics thru this site but I love it. Y'all encourage me & it really helps. Well that's all I got, y'all hv a happy Sunday & let me get my RS lingo str8, happy healing :)

Patricia

13 days post op (got the drains out)

I have tried my best not to but I've been stressing getting the drains out. Well I didn't feel the nurse take 1 out at all & I felt a little pressure with the 2nd one but she was bandaging me up at that point. I was completely distracted & talking & she said I'm still a little numb. I did take a Percocet before. I was prepared to cry & even got a little snappy with my hubby who was just there out of support bcz I was nervous & cranky, lol. I'm on my period so I'm allowed.

Everything went well during the visit & I can return to my desk job tomorrow. I'm in the bed now bcz the area where the drains were taken out is a little sore (I felt it when I put my pants over) & this was just emotionally draining (I just can't let go of the drain lingo can I?). My drains were on the sides & maybe that doesn't hurt as much. Anyway I wasn't even going to write abt this bcz this part freaks me out but it didn't hurt & wanted to give someone hope. I'm not brave enough to take a shower yet even tho I can now. I've stayed clean & pulled myself before the doc visit so I feel like I'm good. Oh, I was told I have a little bit of swelling in my belly & my lady bits (I totally hijacked that lingo from my RS sister) & my doc asked me to keep wearing the binder & return to see him in a week. I have no pain today & still hunched over but walking much faster. The nurse said to take it easy & gradually ease into everything so I'm doing the least.


BTW, my notifications go to my spam box in my work email so I apologize for my late replies.

Happy healing ladies :)

2 weeks post op (back to work)

I was 2 weeks post op yesterday & went back to work. I didn't hide my surgery from my boss or my team & I'm glad bcz I would have been busted. I walked in there hunched over like I'm practicing for when I'm 90, to say the least it was very obvious. I normally walk extremely tall & confident & I'm not doing a good job of playing it off. I'm not in pain & still not taking any pills but I was instructed to gradually straighten out so I'm talking my time.

Ppl have asked me about going back to work 1 week post op & I would not recommend that. I felt a little awkward even at 2 weeks post. I've joked about it now & we all laugh but it's not something that is very common at a corporate office. Normally insurance would cover abdominal surgeries & ppl would be off for 6 weeks (giving them enough time to heal) but this was out of pocket & I could honestly use 2 more weeks mainly so that I could walk a little straighter. I'm able to work fine at my desk & even went to lunch for someone's bday but again, I'm walking like an old lady. It's a little embarrassing but my coworkers said it's only noticeable bcz I used to wear fitted clothes & great posture & now I'm in baggy tops & hunched over so ppl can tell. I'm also a little swollen even though I can't tell all my jeans could tell & nothing fits, grrrrr lol. I had to resort to old crappy clothes but oh well. I finally took a shower with hubby's help & back in my binder, took some pics as he was wrapping me up. Everything is going well so far but it's all a little adjustment. I'm trying to have a positive attitude & a good sense of humor...happy healing ladies.

Peace, light & love

16 days post (bent out of shape)

I'm going to try to straighten myself out bcz I'm like the only one still bent out of shape...jk. I see so many of my RS sisters sitting upright & I'm over here like a granny. Maybe I overdid it on the extra easy for the 1st two weeks & I had a late start trying to sit upright, maybe it's bcz my drains just came out this Tuesday. I have went back to work full force on Wed & I have seen gradual progress from wed to today. I feel like I'm still in recovery pretty much. Also I'm starting to see swelling which I didn't have before. I guess 12 hour days are catching up with me...8 hr days but factoring in my drive. I'm trying to have a positive attitude & laugh. It's like I've lost 5"...#hunchback

17 days post (still team hunch back)

So I had a good night rest last night & I took my RS sisters advice & slept under one less pillow & 1 under my knees. I hv been sleeping supper propped up so maybe that contributed to my hunch back. Anyway I've heard that it just takes time & that everyone is different but it's it's also natural for us to compare. Some ppl are already resuming light workouts but I'm def not there yet. My doctor hasn't cleared me yet.

Any who I was a little more upright today, part of it mental but part of it is physical. Also I took my binder off today & put it back on myself. The nurse told me I could wear a tank top under it so I'm trying that route. The binder doesn't bother me. What bothers me in where my right drain was, it's a little sore to the touch but the other one is fine. Is it infected? My mom changed my dressing & said it didn't look that bad but the other one looks better so now I'm scared, what if it's infected from the inside :(

3 weeks post opt (it's all good) word :)

I went to my doc today & Im almost 3 weeks post & everything is great. Actually I feel great too. I’ve felt good since Saturday. Nothing is infected (I Know I was freaking out Sat night & I appresh y’all being concerned)

They changed my incision strips & I didn’t look but my hubby took a pic of my scar. He said that the picture makes it look worse but it’s better in person. My doc was very pleased with my progress. He cleared me for light workout & told me I can sleep however I want to & I can lay straight to work on my posture but I’m going to ease into that. My posture is much better but still a little hunched.

My doc said that he wanted to see me today because likes to check for seroma a week after he takes the drains out but I’m all good. I was extremely swollen in my lady parts because I’ve been wearing my binder lower, again stealing lingo from my RS sister but I have quite a ‘hard package down there, some guys would be jealous…ha ha. They checked me (nurse & then doc) kinda embarrassing since I haven’t shaved & I’ve gone completely native/ primitive, def bushy if u knw wht I mean. Anyway the doc explained that he did light lipo on my mons so they are more swollen & since I wear my binder it’s pushing all my swelling down but it’s all normal…shoot, last week when ppl were asking me what’s wrong with me I should have said, “oh, nothing, I just had labiplasty”…how is that for breaking the ice…LMAO. But that is why I had the bruise on my leg…


So they changed my strips, they said in a week or two when they fall off to put this tape over it. I asked him about creams & he said I can but it won’t make much of a difference & the tape should suffice. So I’m going to roll with what he says. I asked about stage 2 CGs again & he said that the binder is better. Anyway my doc wants me to keep wearing it & come back in a month. I’m totally cool with that. I wear a tank top under it & it doesn’t bother me, it adds bulk but I’m wearing loser shirts & it’s all good.


I asked the nurse about my recovery & she said I was funny. She said as soon as she got me out of the OR room & got me in the recovery room I woke up in a good mood & started talking. I’m a talker in case y’all can’t tell.


Ive said this a million times but I really appreciate all of y’all support during my recovery & I feel like I’ve bonded with many of y’all. If y’all ever come to TN let me know. BTW, if anyone want to add me on IG/Instagram here is my info. @thereal007girl (PG13) or @soulrebelpat (you have to have a good sense of humor to handle that one)


K ladies, peace, light & love



Again, thank you all for the support during my recovery!!!!!

3 weeks post TT (it's all good y'all)

I went to my doc today & Im almost 3 weeks post & everything is great. Actually I feel great too. I’ve felt good since Saturday. Nothing is infected (I Know I was freaking out Sat night & I appresh y’all being concerned)

They changed my incision strips & I didn’t look but my hubby took a pic of my scar. He said that the picture makes it look worse but it’s better in person. My doc was very pleased with my progress. He cleared me for light workout & told me I can sleep however I want to & I can lay straight to work on my posture but I’m going to ease into that. My posture is much better but still a little hunched.

My doc said that he wanted to see me today because likes to check for seroma a week after he takes the drains out but I’m all good. I was extremely swollen in my lady parts because I’ve been wearing my binder lower, again stealing lingo from my RS sister but I have quite a ‘hard package down there, some guys would be jealous…ha ha. They checked me (nurse & then doc) kinda embarrassing since I haven’t shaved & I’ve gone completely native/ primitive, def bushy if u knw wht I mean. Anyway the doc explained that he did light lipo on my mons so they are more swollen & since I wear my binder it’s pushing all my swelling down but it’s all normal…shoot, last week when ppl were asking me what’s wrong with me I should have said, “oh, nothing, I just had labiplasty”…how is that for breaking the ice…LMAO. But that is why I had the bruise on my leg…


So they changed my strips, they said in a week or two when they fall off to put this tape over it. I asked him about creams & he said I can but it won’t make much of a difference & the tape should suffice. So I’m going to roll with what he says. I asked about stage 2 CGs again & he said that the binder is better. Anyway my doc wants me to keep wearing it & come back in a month. I’m totally cool with that. I wear a tank top under it & it doesn’t bother me, it adds bulk but I’m wearing loser shirts & it’s all good.


I asked the nurse about my recovery & she said I was funny. She said as soon as she got me out of the OR room & got me in the recovery room I woke up in a good mood & started talking. I’m a talker in case y’all can’t tell.


Ive said this a million times but I really appreciate all of y’all support during my recovery & I feel like I’ve bonded with many of y’all. If y’all ever come to TN let me know. BTW, if anyone want to add me on IG/Instagram here is my info. @thereal007girl (PG13) or @soulrebelpat (you have to have a good sense of humor to handle that one)


K ladies, peace, light & love



Again, thank you all for the support during my recovery!!!!!

3 weeks post today & still feeling great!

Today I am exactly 3 weeks post-surgery (Thank God that all went well & I’m doing great, slower recovery that I anticipated but getting better each day). Anyway as I sat in traffic for 2 hours (shld have taken me 15-20min) due to a huge accident where two ppl died made me think how precious life is (RIP & prayers to their families). I just thought wow, 1 day we are here & just like that anything can happen. I’m just blessed & thankful to be alive & to be healthy!

The only advice I hv to new TT ppl is follow your docs advice & take it easy, even if you feel good. This is a major surgery. I took it extra easy...but so far I had no complications & it's all good. I feel great now.

I'm adding my FB & LinkedIn info, I hope to keep in touch with you ladies & my closest RS sisters are totally invited to Nashville, down the road or what ever. I'm a really genuine, down to earth person & I love ppl so I mean all this. Y'all helped me deal emotionally & I will not forget that. Didn't think I would meet so many wonderful ladies on her but glad I did. Btw y'all can check out my LinkedIn & read my professional recommendations...I'm not full of crap. I look bitchy in pics but I'm really chill & down to earth. I'm an artist too so I'm creative & a little different but I'm all about peace & love :)


Peace, light & love

3 weeks post

Don't know y these didn't attach in my previous post :)

Almost 4 weeks post TT

Feeling great. I'm still a little swollen & slightly hunched over.

10 yrs ago (b4 3 kids) & 10 yrs later (post 3 kids)

I think it's an amazing that I could get my ore prego tummy back! Thankful & love my doctor!!!

Progression of the hunch (almost 1month post op)

I've have not been on here because I'm back at work & tried to get my life going but I feel like I need to regroup, be real & Realself again. Honestly I feel like I need to slow down. So I'm still hunched, my butt looks curled under & flat (not a good look) & I'm still swollen, not that bad but I'm still see areas I don't love. My hips hv a weird transition, it's like they go in but that could be the swelling. I didn't have an hourglass figure before so maybe it's just my shape & I hv to accept it. I only feel back at like 70-75% of what I felt/did b4. Nothing is wrong but I know that I had something done & it's not sure but pulled tight (hard to describe) ...I'm just a little slower than b4. I felt cute the other day & did my makeup but that's not the norm. I feel a little homely & granniesh day to day, but I'm thankful to have made it to almost 1 month post. I have some RS catching up but I'm so tired. I'll get back on tomorrow & compare our progresses, hope y'all r doing well. ;)

1 month post & feeling better

Hey y'all, I feel better today. I think not jumping out of bed & getting 3 kids to school & daycare & getting to work by 8:00-8:30 AM does rush me a little & I'm still not moving at my regular speed so it's a little frustrating. Then I work 8 hours & after gathering the kids we got home around 6:00-6:30pm & then I cook dinner. This is mon-fri so it takes a toll on me.

Anyway today is Saturday & I slept in which was great. I tired doing some of the excercises to stand more upright last night & today & I'm doing better. I think a lot of is in my head bcz I'm not in pain but I feel extra protective of my scar. I did start rolling my shoulders back & holding in my bb & breathing, I also slept under one pillow with my legs straight but then I woke up with a mild feeling of my incision pulling & it was enough to make me curl back up, which I'm cool with bcz it's some progress.

So I hv to tell y'all that I was feeling frustrated after getting on RS bcz I felt like I wasn't healing as fast as some of y'all & I started comparing myself to all these great feminine shapes & I felt like I have a weird transion from my waist to hip, I was like I'm never going to look feminine. Then someone texted me & it's funny how sometimes a few words of encouragement can change our perspective. I also did a b4 & after pic & it's a huge difference. I realized that I will never have an hourglass figure but it's ok. My friend sent me Cameron Diaz's pic & she not curvy & still cute so it gave me hope, lol.

Anyway I think everything looks good, I asked my hubby & mom to check my incision, I can't look at it yet. I hv some swelling & I few little things but I don't want to nit pick just yet.

Anyway thank u ladies for all the tips & I didn't mean to get negative on y'all but I was having a day or a few days.

I read my post op packet again & all this is normal so I guess I'm normal, lol. Up & downs are normal but I'm usually 'up' so I didn't think 'downs' would apply to me but I guess my emotions showed me. ;)

Well at one month post I'm not in pain & I have not taken anything for pain in at least two weeks if not longer, it's a little annoying if I had to describe it. I feel limited & still a little scared, could something go wrong or is the worst behind me? I am very happy with my result so far (after looking at the b4 & after pic). I don't look at my scar & analyze too much & I am in my binder 24/7 except the shower.

Honestly I'm blessed to be alive & aside from a few bad days I have not had any complications or major issues, with that said it has not been a walk in the park but more like climbing Mount Everest, but you never know how strong you are until you are pushed so it's all good.


Anyway Happy Easter & happy healing :)

Happy Easter (1month & 1 day post op)

So yesterday afternoon I got an iMac comp!!! Now we have 3 computers & this one is mine & I got on RS on my new comp. Yay! So much easier to navigate than my cell! Anyway I cut my hair (2" it was fried its cool) I curled my hair a little & put on a little makes & I felt better. I was actually walking more upright but I'm not fully there yet. But I am doing the shoulder exercises & stretching out more, which doesn't hurt but its tight feeling. It's like I'm sucking in all the time.

Anyway today I looked at part of the incision & pulled a few of those strips off in the shower I looked at it, OMG & I'm alive, lol. No picture but I did blow dry that area & put tape over that part all by myself so that is big for me. Honestly it looked very dark & purple (it was even & no puckers but just dark) & I didn't love it but I think it's supposed to get worse before it get's better. OH,I read that some ppl that have anxiety which I think I do but I'm just not diagnosed or medicated for it, or I have a mild form is preventing me from standing upright & I've read that nerves may be a contributing factor. Either way I'm taking all this into consideration & doing it. Also I took my binder off forabt 30min yesterday & we took pics & I took off today for a few hours. I feel fine, actually much better without the damn thing, lol. No wonder Im doing the crouching tiger & feeling like a wounded soldier, basically I have huge white tight binder keeping me feeling like that...lol

I'm attaching pics from last night that my daughter took. I'm swollen I can tell but I liked the result.

Close to 6 weeks post

Well my scar is looking purple & bruised so not taking pics, the bruises just appeared, anyway I'm wearing tape over it. My swelling is going down. I'm still in my binder 24/7 except when I shower. I'm still taking it easy just to be safe. I'm def more upright but not fully there yet, I don't have that back S curve like before but I'm sure I'll get there. Here are some pics & I'm on my period so I have more swelling. I've been feeling pretty good overall, less tightness in my abs. Hope all y'all are healing well too.

6-7 weeks post

Not back to normal yet but slowly getting there. Still tight & not fully upright but huge progress even from last week. My swelling is going down but still have some. I'm still in my binder 24/7, I wear my fitted tops but my pants still don't fit. Anyway happy healing ladies :)

7 weeks post day!

Went to see my PS & him & the nurse loved my result & said everything is great. Told me to ditch the binder & wear something if I feel like I need to. He said no ab exercises but I can start running up straits, elliptical, etc...I haven't felt like it but I may start the straits today. I'm more upright. I can tan but he doesn't recommend it but said spray tans are better but to keep my tape on my scar. He said that the tape will give me good results & sometimes oils can infect it, anyway I'm
Too lazy to do anything extra but he said the tape over the incision will suffice. I worse a crop top when I left vandy for the 1st time exposing my middle & y'all I had so many compliments, one older lady thought I was a country singer, lol. I felt great & got like 10 compliments (vandy is huge so lots of ppl & had to wait for valet & y'all knw how guys are) anyway So went to target & got a swimsuit, two dif tops & one bottom for 40 bucks, well I got a shirt too.

Oh My doc was like, weren't you the one that said you didn't care or weren't going to wear a two piece, lol. Well I didn't see how that would be possible but now I see.


I'm very happy. Still some swelling & the Scurve is not back yet but I can see it happening in a few weeks. Overall I feel good & yesterday I felt great with all the compliments, lol. Still a little rough at times but huge improvement each week. Also I hv no taken any pills for anything, I just drink lemon water all day.

2 months post (great & thankful & WORD)

Quick update. I dnt get on here at all but I am just to update. This site is hard to navigate so I do IG & FB more! So overall I'm great but a still a little tightness & don't hv the Scurve back but I'm pretty upright! Progress. I don't take any pills or anything, my discomfort if u will is on the tightness rather than pain. Happy healing & here are my pics. I dont wear a compression garment or spanx per docs orders (just me, myself & I... It's a song, lol)


K ladies, happy healing.

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This is y this site annoys me! Dam!!!

Random update

Not much has changed but just wanted to say that overall I'm doing great but full recovery is a b&itch! I'm almost fully upright but I hv a tightness. Seems like my stomach morphs or maybe it's swelling. Anyway my scar looks really dark red but I keep tape over it so don't see it expect when I change it. I do like my results but I have a few days where I'm like wtf did I do & that's when I do the before & after. I don't get in this site a lot but hope everyone is healing well :)

3 months & two weeks post (I think)

Hello ladies! Still wearing tape (just tape & nothing else) over my incision but no compression garments. I haven’t worn anything for support since my last update (my doctor told me to ditch the binder so I did) . I don’t really have much swelling but of course I retain some water around my period. I get random pains here & there but nothing really major. I have nitpicked a few areas but I just need to work out harder.


I haven’t been on here much but just wanted to update you ladies on my journey & just say that I love my results. If I had any tips I would say please research your doctor, look at before & after pics & just prep yourself for a long recovery, but 3 months post I am almost back to normal, not yet but close.


Anyway happy healing ladies

5 months post & doing great

Hey y'all, hope all is well. Just wanted to do a quick update. Loving my results & it's really amazing what this procedure has done for me. I love my new tummy. I'm almost back to normal. I still keep the surgical tape over my incision but I'm pretty much back to normal. Hope all is well & if anyone has any questions find me on social media or private message. Best decision I've ever made after kids! Totally worth it!!!! The 1st two months r the roughest but then it gets easier.

5 months post with pics #lovingit

The pics didn't attach with my last update, so here y'all go! I'm very happy with my results :)

8 months post

It's been 8 months post my tummy tuck. I'm very happy except I dislike my lower back flanks. Anyway I don't hv any swelling & everything is almost back to normal. Happy healing ladies
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