Going Crazy -- Tummy Tuck W/lipo Done 5/19

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I had my procedure done in two phases. On 4/19 I...

I had my procedure done in two phases. On 4/19 I had lipo of lower back and flanks and a butt lift. On 5/19 I had a TT and the remaining fat injected into my butt. I am really concerned about my TT.

First of all, everything my surgeon said would happen has: light pain, no drains, I have been up walking around since day 3 upright with very little discomfort and that I would be happy with my result. I was happy until they took off my garment for my post op dr. appt. I still look the same. I paid for a full TT and for some reason during the procedure while I was in twilight sleep my Dr made the decision to just perform a mini-TT. He said after all of the LIPO i really did not need a full TT. This is so not sitting well with me. I might be ok if I had the results that I was expecting, I don't so I am pist.

I an only 5 days out and to me, I look like I will have a muffin top. A larger upper ab and a smaller lower ab. I can already see the swelling in the lower ab subsiding but I still look nice and round in the upper ab. I am trying not to freak-out but the fact that I did not get what I paid for and I look like a muffin has really got me down. Of course he tells me it is a lot of swelling and I will be happy when it is gone but I am not so sure about this one. He is a good surgeon, I do not feel that he did this to be malicious, everything in the past he has told me had been true. I have been very pleased will all of the other work that I have had from him, but this was my icing on the cake and I dont't have it. He will do revisions for free but to go through the healing again just makes me angry if that is something that I will have to do.

I am a lap band patient almost 2 years out. I have always been curvy but my stomach was always bigger than I wanted. I was not expecting to be super flat as I do have the port to consider and did not want it to stick out but this is not at all how I was expecting to look. Has anyone experienced this and later was happy with the results when the swelling subsided?

Some after surgery pics are below, I had to take these myself so the angles are not the greates.

Well I am almost three weeks out. I am still not...

Well I am almost three weeks out. I am still not seeing much of a difference. I am still praying that this is swelling. I have heard if you don't have drains, swelling takes longer to subside. I have uploaded some progression photos. Take a look. They all look the same to me. I have some pain when I stand after sitting and it take about 2 to 3 minutes for me to walk upright. I will be glad when that passes.

June 8, 2010 3 weeks Post Op Went to my PS...

June 8, 2010 3 weeks Post Op Went to my PS yesterday. I made him do before and after pictures as I was feeling like I had waisted my money. There was a difference. He says that I am still swollen, in which I hope so because I am still looking prego. My scar is healing well. He's been putting some tape acrosss it. It leaks fluid a bit and has an odor that only I seem to smell; its driving me crazy but I guess all in all, things are ok. My only issue, after sitting and when I stand, it take me a minute to be able to walk without pain. My PS said this is normal and it should begin to sudside. Where I had lipo of flanks and upeer and lower abs seem to be a bit more sensative than before. I guess because I am no longer on meds to mask the pain. It's not painful but those areas are tender. Please see the before and after pictures that I posted, please let me know your thoughts. I am still a little worried about the curve in my belly and that flattening out.

All is going ok. I have a beautiful scar until it...

All is going ok. I have a beautiful scar until it started to open. I am allegeric to the stitches and after my incision closed, it began to re open in certain places as the stitches started to push their way out. So I have to see my PS every three days for him to remove them and hopefully I will heal up again. I will be doing some after pictures this weekend. It has been five weeks. I saw a friend yesterday and told her about my TT and found out that she had it done 15 years ago, she told me to be patient and that I will ge the results that I am looking for. My PS say's that I am healing well outside of this little stitch problem. I am still walking a bit huntched over because of the open wound. Can't wait to feel better from that and start back working out. I miss it but don't want to be sweating with open wound. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks.

Dr Apodoca

At this point I am not sure about a recommendation for the TT but him and his staff are very caring. I truly feel he is more interested in the art of sculpting than just making a dollar. I am not sure why he changed up in my case

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