36 5'4" 135lbs Mom to 3 - San Antonio, TX
Ever since having my first son 8 years ago, I've...
Unexpected Post Op Today- So Happy!!
Of course, by the time I had my appt the following morning, I felt SO much better!! No more fever, no more redness, drains were fine...??? I didn't have to wait to be seen. I immediately met with Dr. Decherd and Heather. Dr. Decherd seemed very pleased. He said I would have an excellent result and seemed very satisfied with my healing so far. He made a comment (which took me totally off guard!), that we could talk about the right side of my incision later on down the road (bringing it down a bit)....and that he read my review!! Holy smokes!! Just thought a bunch of "Real Self" ladies would be reading that. He reminded me that it was his goal for us BOTH to both be happy with his work. He also told me that I was already in great shape, which made him feel like he was working on a Porsche! Lol Okay, that made me feel SUPER special. For someone as picky and anal retentive as me, I knew I was in the right hands.
I have to say, I am SO, SO happy. I went into this so scared of all the "what if's".....but I did months and months of research and finally put my trust in Dr. Decherd. So glad I did! He is so personable and I have felt so incredibly comfortable each time I've met with him. He spent a ridiculous amount of time with me during my consult AND second consult. I shared pictures with with my sister today, who says these results this early are nothing short of amazing! All of my sisters and sister-in-law's are glad that I have "paved the way" for them (I'm the first to do this!) and found the perfect Doctor! ??
Day after Surgery July 18
First shower today with the help of my husband and a small stool. The shower felt AMAZING!! The drains were a total pain in the a$$. I pray that these scars don't totally freak my husband out. He doesn't want to look. Makes me feel nervous and insecure. I did show him before and afters so he'd be prepared and know that it gets worse before it gets better....but I think he was overwhelmed by it when they were actually on me.
My husband was sweet enough to deal with my drains as draining them totally gave me the gag reflux (I'm such a baby, I know). Daring about 50cc's each drain.
So hunched. I knew to expect this, but still freaks me out. I know it's silly, but I worry that I'm over tight and won't be able to stand straight ever again. My pictures show me standing as straight as I can, which isn't much. I've read that when you're initially that tight, you can expect an excellent result when the skin relaxes....u guess some people who stand straight super quick sometimes wish they were pled a little tighter or that more skin was removed.
Ate well. Nothing ever seems to phase my appetite. My husband will be making me whey protein veggie/fruit smoothies in the morning. They're delicious. Here's the recipe:
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup fresh broccoli
1/2 cup fresh strawberries or blueberries
1 medium banana
1 Tbs peanut butter
2 scoops of whey protein powder
2 cups of ice water
Blend until smooth. Delicious!!
Other meals, I will be eating a lean protein, lots of fresh veggies and salads. I did buy a few "Get Fit" meals and Progresso Light soups for convenience.
3 days Post - July 20
Oops! Out of Order! July 22 - 4 Days
Sorry these are in such a random order!!
Belly Button - Yikes! - 5 Days
Belly Button - 8 Days!!!
This is what I'm hoping for!!
9 Days - July 27
Panties that cover REALLY well!!
10 days - July 28
And once again hope a lot of the fluff on my flanks is swelling (although I know some of it isn't). My clothes still fit, but I can tell I'm quite swollen.
What I Used To Be
What I Used To Be
What I Was, What I Hoped to Be, What I Am!!
Second picture is the result I hoped for
Third picture is 9 days post (where did my butt go....is it because I'm still slightly hunched!?!?)
Didn't look bad before....but had a pot belly, and had to stand straight or else it was skin galore. I concentrated more on my stomach than having a good time at the pool or waterpark.
Scar Treatment Wish
2 Weeks Today - August 1st
Some days I'm walking pretty straight, then I'll have a total regression. By the evening, I'm hunched, sore, and swollen.....even on the days that I don't do much.
Afraid I've developed a small seroma. I have pain I my lower right side that seems to bulge and jiggle a little. I feel more pressure there, and I can feel it jiggle when I walk.
Tape is Off!!
So much of my tape was coming off, I decided to just pull it. Scar looks worse in pictures. It looks very thin and not bad at all for just shy of three weeks.
I have done pain in my upper left abdomen and feel like it's bulging. I hope I haven't un-done anything. ???? Has anyone had this?
Exhausted!! To bed early!! Happy helping to any flow TT'ers out there.
3 weeks Today!!
Here's a look at my scar for 3 weeks. I am just massaging with Bio Oil and apply Scar Away strips. I really want Biocarnium (sp??), but I'm weary of all the scams on Amazon. So many people have commented that it thinner and different than what they originally bought from their surgeon. I can't afford Embrace right now at the start of the school year.
Loving how I look in clothes. :) Although swelling is making me somewhat resemble SpongeBob SquarePants. :)
Only 4 days post op right now. I like what I see so far! I know things will change so much over the course of the next few weeks, therefore I have to leave my review at "not sure" for now. I was most worried about a VERY low incision and a natural looking belly button. For the most part, I'm happy with my incision, although it comes up a little high on the right side (above the bikini bottoms my surgeon told me to bring when he marked me). From what I've read, the side incisions fade the most, so hopefully it won't be noticeable if it sits slightly outside my bottoms. Can't tell a whole lot from my belly button yet....it's a big scabby mess. I just don't want a big scar ring around it, don't want it overly big or overly small, and I don't want a slit! If this scan turns to a nice skin tone, I think that I will be thrilled with it. I knew from the moment that I met Dr. Decherd that I wanted him to do my surgery. I cancelled my other appts. He had the best photos, included scars, LOW scars, and natural belly buttons. Excellent bedside manner! Would highly recommend!