Full extended Tummy Tuck with muscle repair overweight and over 40! - Paramus, NJ Dr.Gartner-Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Hi Dolls! Long time no see! Finally my dream waist...
Had my Pre-Op appointment today! All set 4 TT
Only one week and I will get my Tummy Tuck finally!
Only hours away now from my Tummy Tuck
More photos of my hotel room(My TT recovery room)
More pics of my hotel room
Had my Tummy Tuck today.
2 Days post op TT
3 days Post op
Tummy Tuck Recovery List
Contact your surgeon if you feel there is anything seriously wrong.
Have your significant other, a parent, or good friend as a caregiver for the first 48 to 72 hours, or longer, if possible.
Take your pain medications after you had a tummy tuck! There is simply no reason to suffer or "tough it out," and you will not be weak if you take them. Studies have shown that pain and stress significantly increase healing time after abdominoplasty surgery.
Take your antibiotics! You do not want an infection to interfere with your tummy tuck healing. Take them on time and use the entire prescription no matter how well you feel, unless your doctor tells you to stop.
Make a chart of when to take your medications. (We have a sample chart for you to use.) Some are taken once every 4 hours, some are taken four times a day. Don't confuse the instructions.
Take your temperature regularly! An elevated temperature could mean an infection.
If you have been told to put cold compresses on your incision or on your abdomen by your surgeon, do so. You can use purchased cold packs or bags of frozen peas or berries. This helps the swelling and discomfort after tummy tuck. However, do not place ice or cold compress directly on skin. Abide by your surgeon's instructions.
Try to eat something. You need your energy because your body is working overtime to heal itself. If you are nauseous, try to eat at least some crackers or broth until you can keep other foods down. If the nausea persists and you can? keep anything down, call your surgeon.
Drink lots of fluids! This is imperative. Your body needs it to help flush out the residual anesthesia and medications. Plus, drinking plenty of fluids helps keep you from bloating.
Speaking of being bloated: it is going to be a fact of life. Don't be upset, since it will subside.
If you are constipated (and pain medications are known for causing constipation), try a mild stool softener (such as Colace) and eat plenty of mild, high fiber foods or take a fiber supplement. Some people recommend daikon (Asian white radishes) to help with constipation and to flush out the system. But you might put off the daikon until after you are finished with your antibiotics. Ask your surgeon about stool softeners.
Have pillows alongside you in bed, as well as to elevate your head and upper body. Side pillows can support your arms and help you to roll over on your stomach or side. Sleep on your back and keep your upper body elevated for at least 10 days.
Wear your abdominal binder or pressure surgical garment.
When you get tired, sleep. Sleep gives your body more time and energy to direct towards healing. Napping is a good thing.
Get up and walk around a few times a day. This helps your circulation and helps prevent blood clots. But don't over do it. Too much too soon spells disaster and problems
If you quit smoking before your abdominoplasty surgery, please do not start again. Smoking hurts your circulation and interferes with healing. It can cause wound closure problems and necrosis (death) of skin cells and tissue.
Keep moist towelettes near the bed so you can freshen up without much effort.
Keep the phone turned off in your room. Sleep is a good thing. (I like sleeping. Can you tell?)
Have a whistle on hand, a bell or an intercom system, so that you may call your caregiver when you need to. Try not to abuse this, or your caregiver may hit you over the head with the whistle or bell. (Kidding!)
Ask your surgeon about products to help with scars, such as silicone sheeting or Kelocote, Steri-Strips, or Mederma. Ask your surgeon before you use any product on your incision as it heals.
Take your after photos or day-by-day photos, if you are keeping track.
Keep a journal about your tummy tuck surgery experience if you want, write in it daily.
Have someone post or email your online friends after your surgery, so they don't worry about you.
Do not take anything with aspirin in it or drink alcohol for a few weeks after surgery. This could increase your chances of hemorrhaging or delay healing.
Have your friends stop by. If you are able get some fresh air in your yard or a local park, but don't overdo it.
Don't start getting depressed because of the abdominoplasty scars. The scars are at their reddest in the first 3-4 months.
If you use topical arnica, do not put it directly on the incisions. It could irritate your wounds.
Take vitamin C during your recovery, but ask your surgeon first.
No picking up anything over 10 pounds until your surgeon gives you the go ahead. This includes your pocketbook and small children. No heavy lifting in general.
No bending over! This is important. Bending over can increase your blood pressure on your wounds and cause hemorrhaging. This includes bending over while you are blow-drying your hair.
Do not miss any postoperative appointments with the surgeon. These are important. Missing appointments may void any revision "warranties" between you and your surgeon.
Try hot water bottles or heating pads for your back if it is sore, but no sleeping on them, which could cause burns.
Watch for unusual swelling or discolorations, which could be a hematoma.
After you shower, sit down to dry yourself. If you are dizzy from pain meds, sitting down could be a blessing.
If you are expecting your period and it does not come, do not freak out. Medications, trauma, anesthesia, and stress can mess with your cycle. Your period may come at an inopportune time as well, such as surgery day. So expect it when you least expect it, or not at all.
You may be depressed a few days after your abdominoplasty surgery, or some other time during your recovery. This is very normal. Just warn your loved ones and keep your chin up. Your body has been put through a trauma. Depression may rear its ugly head with crying sessions, feelings of unattractiveness, and general sadness. This too shall pass.
Most important! relax as much as you can. Don't stress. Take care.
One week Post of PIC Drain OUT! YAY!
Ok so can you see how much I was able to stretch my skin? No more! Nope! Adios! Can you believe I was hiding this massive amount of skin in my underwear! No more skin suit! Buffalo Bill you can wear it!!!!
One more thing I wanted to add was for the out of town Ladies (who want Dr. Gartner's services), but live far as a few on here I know. The Holiday Inn Express is within walking distance to the TriState Surgical Center. Dr. Gartner will be speaking to them to work out discounts for his patients. They were real nice to me. Gave me a quiet upgraded room on first floor! Who wants to be walking up stairs or taking an elevator after General Anesthesia? The guy at the desk makes the best cookies too lol Listen to me I sound like a commercial. lol Here is link!
Got the itches! 2+ weeks Post TT
Benefits of a tummy tuck
For the lazy girls I will copy paste the Dr.s words
Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses non-tummy benefits of Tummy Tuck
This patient has not had a thigh lift. Her tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) resulted in lifting and tightening her medical thighs. (go to website to see pics).
Tummy tuck is one of my favorite procedures because it is so beneficial to patients who have abdominal laxity. I can take a very saggy abdomen and make it smooth and flat and strong. And many patients have added benefits that do not involve the abdomen.
The pull of the operation will often pull up the medial thighs and really improve the contour. This lady on the right is a great example of that. I didn’t touch her thighs, honest! You can try this at home. Stand in front of a mirror and grab you lower abdominal fat pad and pull it up. Cool, huh?
Another benefit of tummy tuck is reduction and lifting of the mons pubis which can be bulky and/or saggy. I have to say that this is a benefit that many, many patients are thrilled with.
Lastly, sometimes patients have a substantial improvement in their posture. Many patients with abdominal laxity have lordosis, which is a fancy word for sway-back. Once their abdominal muscles are tightened with a tummy tuck, their spinal support is improved. Some women with back pain issues find their back pain much improved.
When I am evaluating a patient for a tummy tuck, I make sure to take a look beyond their tummy and get a good look at their posture, their thighs and their mons pubis.
Oh, and these added benefits don’t cost a dime extra. Now that is a nice twofer, threefer or even fourfer.
Thanks for reading! Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder
One month post op extended Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck Surgery tips
Prepare Your Home for Your Tummy Tuck Recovery: A To-Do List
Clean your house – or have it cleaned. You are not going to be up to housecleaning for at least a few days after your surgery, and probably longer.
Unless you have someone who can cook for you, shop for food and treats such as prepared meals, frozen dinners, pudding, Jell-O, and such. You can also cook a few meals ahead of time and freeze portions.
Take out the trash, recyclables, etc. so you don't have to worry about it when you get home after your tummy tuck surgery.
Do all your laundry and change the sheets on the bed.
Make a "Honey Do" list (pay bills, change thermostat settings, errands, feed the pets, whatever) to remind your significant other what needs to be done.
Purchase all of your medications, vitamins, and bandages beforehand your abdominoplasty surgery so that you have them ready.
Place all medications either in a weekly pill "case" or in labeled containers. Mark the containers with day and time you need to take them.
Have lots of movies, books, magazines, or videogames on hand. If you like electronic games, have a Gameboy or a Playstation/Nintendo set up near you. You will get bored.
Have a laptop computer with an internet connection, and computer batteries/AC adaptors on hand
Have someone watch your dog, cat, pet rock, whatever.
If you have small children, perhaps ask a friend to move in for a few days to help you care for them. You will not be up to picking up your children (or picking up after them) after a tummy tuck. And if they weigh more than 10 to 15 pounds, you should not pick them up.
Have a "go-for" – someone who can "go for" things.
If you can't have your pets cared for by someone else for a few days, tend to their needs beforehand as much as possible. Clean out the litter box, or better, have someone do it for you. If you clean out the litter box yourself after your tummy tuck surgery, wash your hands very carefully before you do anything else! Have cans of pet food on the counter with the can opener so you don't have to reach for them.
A comfortable recliner is a good thing. The bed is perfectly fine, just keep your upper body well elevated.
Have lots of fluffy pillows on hand to help keep your upper body elevated.
Have a bucket or pail at your bedside and on the ride home in case you get sick. Make sure it has a lid, since you don't want to stare at it or smell it afterwards.
Have a nightstand by your bed or recliner prepared with all of your medications, ample light, bottled water, a few packages of crackers, remote control (with new batteries!) and the phone.
Have a night light set up so you don't fall during late night bathroom trips. Medications can make you disoriented.
Get some extra blankets, since you may get the chills after surgery
A heating pad, hot water bottle, or microwaveable hot pack is great for a sore back, which you will get for sure!
Have some saltine crackers, Cheez-its, or Goldfish. These help with nausea, especially on the way home. Bring a bottle of water to for the ride home. Sipping cool water helps alleviate nausea and helps get rid of the taste in your mouth if you do throw up.
Place anything you usually need on a daily basis at hip level or on counters so that you don't have to reach up or bend down. This means canned and dry goods in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom.
Have your comfy robe and slippers nearby. Get slippers with nonslip soles, since you will be a bit unsteady on your feet for a few days.
Have a few comfortable oversized shirts that open from the front on hand, as well as some loose elastic or drawstring sweat pants or pajama bottoms.
Have a hand mirror nearby so you don't have to get up to preen, or to check your teeth and nose.
If you have long hair, a few "scrunchies" are great to keep your hair out of your face and out of the way.
Have a good moisturizer on hand. This is a must!
A box of tissues is great to have on hand, especially if you get all emotional from your medications or the anesthesia.
You may want "black out" shades or drapes your windows so that when you do get to sleep – regardless of the hours – you can stay asleep.
If you think television, video games, or reading are eventually going to bore you or stress your eyes, have a CD or tape player on hand with your favorite relaxing music.
Have a camera on hand, with film, if it is not digital, especially if you are considering documenting your procedure with tummy tuck before-and-after photos or day-by-day photos.
Have a flashlight on your nightstand. It could come in handy if there is a power failure.
If you don't have a laptop, and you have online friends at the Tummy Tuck Forum who are dying to hear from you, have your significant other or friend "post" or email them with your recovery news. We worry, okay? Give him/her a list of the addresses and URLs
Have an answering machine connected to the phone next to your recovery area. Getting woken up when you just got to sleep is so annoying. Don't forget to turn down the sound or turn off the ringer. You need your sleep.
Last but not least, relax. If you are super stressed out it can really affect your recovery after tummy tuck surgery. Try to remember that each day you will heal a bit more, you will be less sore, and that you are going to look great! Just be patient
Swelling of the Pubic Mound
You may have heard it called "Ken doll syndrome" or even seen it called "puffy cooter syndrome" on our message board. As with swelling in general, swelling of vagina is gong to be a reality for most female patients after they have an abdominoplasty. Swelling after tummy tuck – also called edema – is going to happen. If you know this beforehand, you will be less stressed about the whole situation.
So why does your pubic mound become swollen even though no surgery was performed "down there?" Simple. When you have a compression support garment around your waist and lower abdomen, the swelling has to go somewhere. And, thanks to gravity, that somewhere is usually south of the incision, which is your pubic mound.
But swelling isn't the only thing that will travel south. Bruising usually will flow downhill, too, so don't be surprised if your pubic mound is purple, puffy, and numb. The bruising will go away eventually. Some companies make garments with compression panels at the pubic mound but for many patients, the swelling will just have to be accepted while it lasts.
Tips to Reduce Swelling
Drink plenty of water during your recovery after tummy tuck! Proper hydration is paramount. The human body is made up of 70% to 72% water and it cannot function correctly without water. You may think that adding more water to your body can only make swelling worse, but it really can help. Drinking plenty of water will help flush out your system and assist in bowel movements. Medications may hinder regular bowel movements and can contribute to bloating and discomfort. Drinking adequate water is essential for overall good health and it can decrease the abdominal swelling and your healing time.
Healing takes good nutrition. The body cannot heal correctly from the tummy tuck surgery if it cannot get the nutrients it needs. Good nutrition helps with abdominal swelling, bruising, and tissue repair. Your body needs a balanced diet of protein, iron, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to repair damaged muscle and skin and to maintain proper fluid balance. A diet high in leafy green vegetables, lean proteins, omega 3 and 6 fats, and whole grains is essential to proper body function, and will contribute to less swelling and faster healing.
Watch Your Sodium Intake
Salt (sodium chloride) and sodium make the body retain water. Watch your sodium intake and try to keep it low. This does not mean you should have no salt in your diet. Getting too little salt can be dangerous, and when coupled with too much water, fluid shifts can occur, causing a serious condition called hyponatremia. However, the American diet is so overloaded with sodium and salt that very few people are in any danger of getting too little sodium.
What most surgeons mean when they say to lower your salt or sodium intake is to avoid the high sodium levels of prepared foods. Many canned soups and vegetables and prepared foods have large amounts of sodium and salt. Start reading the product labels and you will see that one serving can give you a large percentage of the amount of sodium you need in a whole day! You should also avoid foods such as deli meats, soy sauce, pickles, and salty snacks like potato chips, and pretzels. High levels of sodium increase fluid retention.
Activity can both help reduce swelling and help increase it. You need to take it easy and rest, but at the same time you need to move your body gently each day.
Activities to avoid after tummy tuck surgery:
* bending over
* reaching above your head
* lifting anything heavier than 5-10 lb (including your kids and pets)
* doing crunches or sit-ups (Duh) You think?
However, you can't just sit in your recliner all day. Inactivity causes swelling and you also risk blood clotting and fluid pooling. You need to walk a bit each and every day to help your circulation.
Smoking constricts blood vessels and reduces the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Therefore, smokers face a higher risk for surgical complications, and they typically have a slower recovery than non-smokers. Tummy tuck candidates should stop smoking for at least 8 weeks before their surgery. Even with this cessation, smokers still have a higher rate of complications, and doctors encourage patients to stop smoking entirely before their abdominoplasty.
Where I was just one year ago before TT and BBL body transformation!
Comparisons pictures Before TT BBL and after
Using my new tummy at gym.
I can't believe how fast I healed from extended Tummy Tuck with muscle repair
My Perfect Waist Secret
Bigger pics hopefully
Pictures before TT after
MY TT scar looks awful. It is crooked, dark, thick, and wide.
I am not Happy with this ugly scar!
My favorite tummy tuck tattoo's so far
Dr.Gartner is my new plastic surgeon. I love the results he gave me with my BBL. That was a year ago! It is still holding strong! It is a no brainer that I chose him to perform my tummy tuck! I love his before and after pictures! Beautiful skillful hands! I trust Dr.Gartner will give me the beautiful flat tummy and small waist I so desire and dream of. I trust him to keep me safe! I did not have to go to a 3rd world country and risk my life for beauty. God bless him! God bless his skillful and kind staff! Thank you lovely ladies who I first see when I go for my visits! Thank you sweet Vickie! Thank you Alisa for coming to see me in Recovery. Yeah, your beautiful smile made me forget my pain. Thank you Paula. Thank you to the 2 nurses who took such great care of me pre op and post op. Thank to to the OR techs. The OR tech from New Orleans is so funny I love her! If I forgot somebody I am sorry! All of the Gartner Team is wonderful! The anesthesiologists are the best I ever met. The 2 I had were so nurturing,with beautiful demeanors!