Tummy Tuck with Lipo of the Flanks - Pasadena, CA

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Hi! I'm 30 y/o, mother of 2 boys, 7 and 3 y/o. I...

Hi! I'm 30 y/o, mother of 2 boys, 7 and 3 y/o. I have been skinny ever since. I'm 5'3" tall and was 87lbs before I had my 1st boy. I did gain weight when I was pregnant, 20lbs with my first baby and 25 lbs with my second one, but I managed to lose them thru diet and work out. I have my "little gym" set up at home. I have the elliptical, bands, some weights and videos. I don't go to the gym, but I used to. I ended up to be 113lbs, which I have no problem at all, but I have a lot of skin left in my tummy area. Every time I'll tell my friends how unhappy I am with my body and that I want a tummy tuck, they would say I don't need it, I look good, it's a waste of money, etc. (of course they never saw me without my clothes on). Having said that, I only told a few people that I'm having a tummy tuck. To avoid stress and unwanted opinions while Im recovering.

Anyway, I had my surgery done on the 18th of October. It wasn't as smooth as I expected. I thought it's gonna be just an "in and out" procedure. Well, I aspirated during surgery, some enzymes in my gut decided to go to my lungs. I couldn't keep my oxygen level up, I can't breathe on my own and my asthma decided to flare up that day, too. Oh yeah! Crash cart was opened. I was transferred to the nearest hospital (where I used to work, I'm a nurse btw) via ambulance. Xray on my Right lung was bad but with antibiotics and some treatments, I recovered fast (stayed in the hospital for 3 days).

Let me just share the highlights:
POD1- dressing was removed. I didn't see the incision, I was connected to so many things at this point. I haven't walked yet, but my husband keeps massaging my legs and feet to prevent any more complications. Bathroom wise, I have a Foley Catheter on.
POD3- My First Shower. I could have done it POD1 but I was still in the hospital and on oxygen.
POD6- back to the office to remove both drains (man, it stings!) and belly button sutures. Had a nice lunch with hubby and kids. Off narcotics since day 3. Feeling 70% better!
POD8- the worst time to have your monthly visit. Had to take narcotics.
POD9- out in the park. went to macy's to shop for an undergarment, (Flexees Shapewear, Firm Control Easy Up High Waist Brief 1454) it's crotchless ladies. walking 90% straight.
POD12- started driving.
POD13- 2nd follow up with my PS. Started the micropore tape over the incision which should be changed once a week.
POD15- pins and needles. spasms.
POD18- I finally had the courage to wear jeans, size 2. I have been wearing leggings and tights since the first week, coz I'm scared it'll irritate my BB. I have very minimal swelling, btw. been drinking A LOT of water..

will update again soon. happy healing everyone!!!

POD21- 3 week mark. Standing and walking straight....

POD21- 3 week mark. Standing and walking straight. Very minimal stiffness. A little hunched at the end of the day. For whatever reason, I noticed I walk better when I'm wearing my heels (wedges, no stilettos yet) than my flats.. Hmm..

Almost 6 weeks PO on thursday. Went to see my PS...

Almost 6 weeks PO on thursday. Went to see my PS today for my after surgery photos, everythings seems to be okay. I can now go back to my routine work out.. I'm cleared with pretty much anything and everything now, as long as i slow down and listen to my body.
I have been back to work since PO day 24. I work 12 hour shifts, 3x a week. I wish I waited 4 weeks, 3 days really makes a lot of difference. My body is back to "normal" now.. I have been sleeping on my sides since 3rd week PO. It took me 4 weeks to finally stand straight. coughing doesn't bother me anymore, haven't sneezed yet.:) I can now fit to my pre-surgery pants, since week 5.I wear size 1-3, depends on the jeans. I'm still pretty swollen on my incision area down to my pubis.. especially at night. I only wear my CG when i go out, I work or when I'm wearing jeans. I used micropore tape for 2 weeks, then alternate with scaraway sheet and bio-oil. My incision is flat but still red in the middle where I get swollen. I feel some pins and needles once in a while on my left groin, but it's tolerable. Other than that, I am back to my old self and my energy is back, i don't get exhausted anymore after 12 hour shifts.
PS said she'll see me on my 6month PO..
I hope everyone here is healing well.. and enjoying their new look as well!:)
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