40yr Old Mommy of 2 Ready to Have "Normal" Tummy Skin Again - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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Hello, I had my full TT and Lipo to outer hips,...

Hello, I had my full TT and Lipo to outer hips, flanks and outer thighs on the Dec 30th. I did it!-- still can't believe it's behind me. I delivered my oldest daughter almost 11 years ago via c-sect and my second little girl 2 years later also via c-section and since then I have just had very saggy, wrinkly skin. I had stretch marks below and above my belly button and everywhere else. Growing up I was a string bean and when I got pregnant at 29 I was still small ( wish I could still be like that) but my first baby girl was big and I got huge! I've wanted this forever but have been so scared of the surgery thinking What if I don't make it, what if I can't walk for months, who will care for my family as a recover, how can I miss work ( I work with my husband part time) I'm spending how much on me! But 8 days post op I guess I did it! The surgery went well- afterwards as others have said u feel okay. I spent the first night in the surgery center ( which I liked and is one of the reasons I picked that surgeon) and had to walk for the first time at Midnight. I had 2 c-sections and I recalled that feeling of literally not being able to walk. I had a pain pump and pain Meds so I was okay. I'll tell u when I walked the outside of my legs and hips burned a lot!! But I kept telling myself to suck it up-- it's worth it to have the fat gone!! I came home to my rented recliner ( yes I suggest it!!!) and the 1st day I got up every hour -I walked to the bathroom and. that wore me out till had to do it again in an hour. To me the pain level was okay but hardest part was the muscle spasms- to me it felt almost like a contraction but higher on my rib cage. The first shower was hard, that darn binder hehe, but by day 2 I did it alone, I was very slow but I did it. I'm post opt day 8 and I can walk up and down my stairs, I am sleeping in my bed, still hunched over, my drain is out so I can get the binder up and down easier (thank you God) at my appt today they removed my drain ( I was terrified but ladies it didn't hurt) removed all my stitches and sent me home. I'm doing this day by day and everyday I get a little better!!! -- tx for reading

Photo post opt day 7

Post op day 9

9 days post op-- still swollen but the bruising on outer thighs from lipo is fading!

13 days post op

Here's the first shot with my bathing suit bottom on hiding my scar and one showing my scar. I still look puffy to me at the top of my bottoms. I go back to work tomorrow for about 4 hours-- nervous. I am feeling good as long as I take Motrin. I still get very sore if I do a lot. Drove today. Everyday I am a tad stronger. At 13 days post op
1. Sleep in my bed with pillows-- not comfortable in my side yet
2, about 90 %upright when I walk
3. Only taking Motrin
4. Stomach still feels very very tight
5. Wear binder garment 24/7
6. My lipo leg bruises are about 50% gone
7. Emotionally feeling better

Hiding scar

Back to work post TT 15 days

I don't know about you guys, but when I drive my tummy feels very tight. So driving was hard. I was exhausted after work and I only worked 4 hours geez but I did it and made sure I got up every hour and walked around. I'm feeling about the same honestly, still tight and sore and when I've been sitting and stand up at first my legs really hurt from where I had lipo--is that how you guys feel? This darn lipo takes forever to heal but my legs are smaller so I will not complain. Sleeping is easier since I can sleep on my back flatter than last week. I still walk hunched over like an old lady but I know its worth it!

??? A second scar???

Am I the only one with the normal TT scar that goes from hip to hip and another small scar/line that runs an inch below my new belly button to my TT scar (perpendicular to the TT scar). I did not know I was going to have a scar there but my doctor said it was bcse of old belly button skin? That is the only area that is not healing great. Just wondering if anyone else has 2 scars and if so how are healing .?Thank you

23 days post Op

First big news I ordered a bikini from Victoria secret!! I can't wait till it arrives and I can't imagine wearing it!!! Yah! Well life is going well! I am still sore on my outer thighs from lipo?? Is anyone else still dealing with lipo soreness? I feel much better- still wear compression garment 24/7 but I drive, sleep in my bed, my scar is healing well but im not loving my vertical scar ( trying to be patient!) - I still feel swollen! I still move slower but I'm getting there! Looking forward to working out at week 6! I'm taking arnica, trying to eat well and still going to bed early! Happy Healing everyone!

Stomach Virus urghhhhh

Ladies I need to whine!! Late Saturday night 24 days post op I came down with a yucky stomach bug and I am still under the weather. Urgh. I missed work today, I am back in my bed, I'm hunched over bcse my stomach hurts from gas pains. Today I'm better and eating saltines but still I don't want this or need this. I am sorry to whine. I'm just being honest!!! Okay my vent is over.

34 days post op

For some reason I woke up today and was much flatter--no swelling-- it lasted for a bit and it was amazing to really seen my results but by noon I was puffy again. I had a skinny margarita last night so I didn't deserve to be flat-- who can figure out this swelling thing!!! Urgh The only bad part was without all the puff I saw the stretch marks that are still there-- I'm 100 x better but still I have some :-( . And my VS bathing arrived, it looked scary on me so I sent it right back ha! It was the top that fit all funky-/ I need to try them on in person. So....At almost 5 weeks post op here's where I stand
1. Still wearing CG 24/7 it's a love hate reflationship
2. My clothes are loose!!! That is the best part!!!
3. Trying to realllyyyyy watch my diet since I'm not exercising yet-/ going to try to walk more this week. Miss the gym
4. Sleeping well on my side except the CG drives me crazy at night
5. I still take Motrin a couple of times a week-- I'll just feel sore and achy-- usually at night
6. Still have the tape on my scars-- they are healing great except I wish my vertical scar was smaller flatter -- trying to be patient
7. I still am very careful about lifting anything -
8. I still take arnica 3 times a day
9. Lipo sites are much better but still tender -- mainly outer leg
I'm hanging in there and excited to heal even more!! Tx for reading!! Best of luck everyone!!

8 weeks Post Op!

I can't believe I'm 8 weeks post OP! Crazy, I'm posting some pictures-- you can really see my vertical scar which in time I know will heal-- patience!! Urghh!! So I'll bullet point my progress
- since week 6 I'm soo much better- not as tight in my tummy, don't need Motrin ever, not as tired--girlies for me that was a big week
-I'm back in the gym-- I am at about 60% but I'm there-- running is still too hard, I do the bike, stairclimber, lunges, machines with lighter weights than before my surgery. I'm am going @ 4 days a week but this week I'm shooting for 5!!!
-- only wear Flexiis at night-- never during the day-- getting easier to go without them
--pants, underwear etc, irritate my scar bcse they sit right on it so I'm wearing granny panties- lovely!! but it keeps the scar sheets on, keeps pants from rubbing so...for now it's granny panties for me! Ha!!
--I'm still swollen especially after I work out :-(
-- I'm down about 7lbs but I've got to stay tight with my diet I'm 5'7 and weighed 140 bfre surgery and I'm 133 now. Goal is 128.
--no complications so far (fingers crossed)
I'm still soooo happy!! So thrilled I took this leap and did it!!! Happy Healing Friends!!!

More pictures post 8 weeks

9.5 weeks Post Op

Ladies!! 9.5 weeks post op is great! Here's some shots in my work out clothes! I've been "getting my fitness" on about 5 days a week! Feeling good-- not 100% but I'd say 90%! Some specifics:
1. Trying to jog more on treadmill-- I run walk about 3 times a week. Lipo on outer legs bothers me when I first start jogging but I'm just pushing through it--
2. Doing weights (lighter) but I'm doing strength training
3. No ab exercises though I feel like you engage your abs when doing lots of other moves
4. Only wear spanx about 4 or 5 nights a week
5. Swelling: yes after I work out-- and swollen right over BB always
6. I feel overall a lot better this week-- still tight but better!!
That's it for now!! Happy Healing!!!!
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