44 Year Old Mom of 3 with Loose Skin and Stretch Marks. Toronto, ON

I'm a mother of 3 who is small framed and in good...

I'm a mother of 3 who is small framed and in good shape. Work out regularly, eat well but I just couldn't fix this loose skin around my lower abdomen and the stretch marks extended past my belly button. I had wanted to do a tummy tuck 5 years ago and was scheduled to do it but got very nervous and backed out at the last minute. This past year I got up the courage to do it once and forall so I found a new PS and right away he made me feel comfortable.
The Tummy Tuck with Lipo to the abdomen and muffin top was performed 2 weeks ago today.
My procedure went very well. I had 2 drains in place that were an annoyance but after a day I was a pro at caring for them.
I stayed overnight in the hospital the day of my Surgery which I was happy about because I was very nauseated and did vomit after surgery. ( this happens to me after anesthetic usually)
I returned home the following morning and took 1 pain pill but it ended up hsving the opposite effect on me and I was wide awake all night. I was not in a lot of pain at all mostly just uncomfortable so I decided just to go with extra strength Tylenol and see if I could manage the discomfort with that. I was totally fine on 1 pill every 4-6 hours and by day 4 I was off even that. The most challenging part has been sleeping for me. I could only sleep for 2-3 hours at a time. I had a recliner placed in my room and so I would switch between my bed and recliner to feel comfortable. I finally just started taking a sleep aid to help me and they has helped me the last 3 nights.
On day 6 had the drains removed which was not very pleasant but I was happy to be rid of them.
I'm getting the stitches out of my belly button today so I'm excited about that.
I will post more on my progress as it happens but so far I am pretty pleased.

4 weeks post TT with Lipo

Things have continued to progress well. Wearing my binder still full time as I have some lower abdominal swelling. This is the only thing that is a bit annoying because the swelling increases as I move around and by the afternoon I have this hard buldge from the incision line down. I can put on my jeans but haven't been able to do them up all the way because of the swelling :( not sure how long that is supposed to last. Started lymphatic drainage to see if that can help with the swelling. It feels a bit weird especially in the areas where I'm numb and tingly but I'm hoping it will help.
I also went back to the gym this week just started spinning and very light weights but then got a cold and cough so I decided to wait till I'm 100% better to return.
The incision looks good and I'm pleased with my results so far just want to get swelling better under control. I'm working again starting today and feel good just feel tired and sore by the end of the day. as they say...Time heals all wounds... literally.
Toronto Plastic Surgeon

Dr Edelstein is the best. He is kind, very informative and puts you at ease. Never pushy and completely honest. I had wanted to have Lipo on my theighs as well and he examined me and said that he felt it was not a good ide that it would end up looking worse. I really appreciated that he was honest about it and wouldn't do something he didn't feel would yield nice results. As soon as I met him I knew I wanted him to do the surgery. You have to wait a long time for a consult with him but he is worth the wait. His staff are terrific also especially Louise and Heather. If I have any questions I know they are a phone call away. My recovery has gone very well. Minimal pain and the incision line is so thin and precise. I'm really pleased so far. I know I still have a few follow up visits with Dr. E to go but my experience has been realky pleasant thus far. If you are thinking of any cosmetic procedure contact Edelstein cosmetics. Even if you have to wait, it's your body you want the best surgeon for the job. Just like in the best restaurants you have to be willing to wait to get a table sometimes, otherwise you might as well have McDonalds. ;)

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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