Tummy Tuck After Many Pregnancies Deep Stretch Marks Appendectomy Scar - Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Darren Smith did an amazing job and was...
Day 4 Post-op
Day 8! Drains are gone!
Tummy Tuck Recovery...things I did right and epic fails:
Ways I rock:
-#1 I lucked out and found a plastic surgeon that is a skilled genius and also very comforting and kind. It made all the difference. Especially after seeing so many other patients with less than desirable results. Seriously he made part on my body look better that I didn't even realize were apart of the surgery. Excited!
-I researched other TT survivors and learned from them.
-I worked hard! I ate clean for 6 months, worked out hard, focused on back and leg exercises. Taught myself to run. Took up Pilates.
-my basic diet:
Blueberries, strawberries, salmon, chicken breast, coconut oil, carrots, beans, almonds/walnuts, water only, pineapple, dark greens, red raspberries, watermelon, yogurt. Nothing processed. No alcohol.
-I do not smoke or drink or take any medications/drugs.
-I truly believe that a clean and low sodium diet made recovery so much easier! And being at my ideal weight.
-I put all of my children's outfits for two weeks into rubbermaid containers which made it a ton easier for grandma to dress them for school.
-hospital attire home was Victoria's Secret boyfriend sweatpants and my teenage son's zip up sweatshirt and flip flops. Perfect.
-bought two zip up muumuus (aka housecoats) from Walmart and they worked great. Bought cheap and glad because I ruined them with blood and peroxide.
-had a bag with Chapstick, bottled water, meds, pads for incision, heating pad for back, nail clippers, lotion, and sugar free cough drops...helped to avoid coughing.
-I expected the worst. It was way better than I expected.
-Spanx leggings...good idea!
-Benadryl for itching...awesome purchase.
- I did cartwheels and crazy backbends and stretches, the week before my surgery. I also went running the day before. It all made sitting on my ass for this recovery a lot easier to bare.
-I complained and got support from other TT survivors on Real Self and Instagram.
-I stopped taking the pain pills as soon as possible. Helps the bowels and I felt much more normal, not whoozy.
-I paid extra to stay overnight at the hospital. So worth it, even if for just psychological reasons.
-I assumed my family could take my place for two weeks. Ummm no. Despite cleaning the crap out of my house...it is now a mess. Caregivers forgot to make sure homework was done, laundry piled up, etc.
-didnt have a pillow handy to hold against my belly and coughed, thought death was imminent. Pain pain pain.
- didn't research proper ways to move around, get up, and exact position to lay in.
-didn't get a recliner. I set up shelter in three different chairs, a couch, and a bed all in one week. Trying to get comfy. Took 9 pillows to make it livable.
-I have never thrown up due to anesthesia, therefore assumed I wouldnt this time either. Wrong, and that was shocking and scared me. And hurt like hell.
-I got depressed because the first week sucked and thought this was going to be my life for the next six months. By day 8, everything was awesome. Once drains came out, I felt amazing.
- I thought every story that I read of other recent Tummy Tuckees...well, I thought I was better than them. They're wimps, they complain about their drains (what's the big deal), etc. Until I had my surgery. Expect the unexpected and you'll be fine.
-I didnt buy any cream for the insane itching cause by the Brazilian wax before surgery. Couldn't tell if the discomfort was from that, the moving up of my lady bits parts, or if I had a yeast infection from the antibiotics. Anti itch cream for your chuckie..have it handy.
-try not to schedule your surgery the week before or during your period...????
-I didn't pack a pillow to put pressure on my belly, for the ride home from the hospital in the car.
Day 10 Allergic to Dissolving Stitches
Day 11 before and after views
19 days post-op
Feel blessed to have had Dr. smith as a surgeon. My results are beyond my expectations. Low and thin scar, all stretch marks removed, cute belly button, and all saggy skin removed! He is very warm, attentive, and informative. Great communication! So thankful that he was my ps. Thank you!!! For those that have pm'd me, you can contact Dr Smith via email: Smithdm3 at upmc.edu