33 Year-old Mom of 2 Finally Gets Mommy Makeover - Tulsa, OK
I will be having a tummy tuck with liposuction and...
9 days and counting
Hope to post pics soon!
Dreaded Before Pics
My goal is to take pics in the same clothes etc every time I take pics so they are easy to compare. I love looking at the before and after pics everyone has posted. One thing I noticed was I want to see the bare pics but I also want to see before and afters in clothes to compare how an outfit looked before and after surgery because that's what everyone other than my husband will see. So, that's what I hope to do.
I've also notice a lot of people asking about how many pant sizes have been lost after surgery. I am planning on taking pics in my favorite jeans to show how they fit over this journey.
Hopefully, I can keep up with this goal!
5 days and counting
I guess I've had this awful stomach for so long it's weird to think what I'll look like without it. I've imagined it thousands of times and folded it up and stood in the mirror and dreamed. I've said to myself "if this was just cut off..." So many times I can't count!
Now it's almost time and the emotions are just overwhelming!
My appt with my PS went well he said my TT will make a HUGE difference. I'm really excited about hat comment! I was very nervous before the appointments but realizing that this surgery is standard, day-to-day stuff for these two doctors made me feel at ease.
My husband and I are headed to a baseball game tonight and then we will be up bright and early tomorrow morning for surgery.!!
ON THE FLAT SIDE!!
He removed 7 lbs of skin and repaired my an muscles which he said were about 6" apart (separated). My boobs are perky and I can see my who-haa without pushing on my stomach! I am so happy! My PS said he was very "proud of his work" and that my results were phenomenal. From what I can see so far he is right!
So, pain wise I'm doing pretty well. I live 30 minutes from the hospital and an hour from my PS office so to keep from driving home after surgery only to turn around today and drive back to the office I stayed in the hospital.
My surgery lasted 6.5 hours and I was up walking about 3 hours afterwards. I walked the hallways at the hospital. I was getting so much IV fluid that I was peeing every hour last night. By the 4th time I was getting up and going and getting back in bed without help from my husband.
We came home about 10AM today. My mom is here helping and I'm doing great. My follow up appointment is Monday.
Oh yeah so the room I stayed in at the hospital was on the L&D floor. I thought it was funny that the reason I needed this surgery was to fix my tummy after having babies and I ended up right back at L&D.
Day 2 Post Op
Bendy straws b/c you can't always sit upright to drink
Button up shirts because they make dressing changes easier
Neck pillow because it works better when you're sleeping propped up
Earplugs because my recliner is in the living room and I can put earplugs in and sleep while my husband or the kids watch TV etc.
Miralax take this the day before in the morning and eat VERY LIGHT that day. I cleaned out my system before I got to the surgery. I used miralax b/c it's what I was told to use when I had my colonoscopy. It mixed well with and juice. As soon as you get home take another dose of it. I ended up taking 2 doses about 8 hours apart before I finally pooped. When I did it was easy and didn't hurt at all! The pain meds constipated you so this is a MUST HAVE!!
I took a couple new pics. Overall pain is tolerable and not as bad as my c-sections.
Day 3 Post Op
I am feeling really good and so far the recovery is 1000x easier than my csections!
Day 6 post op
Here's some PO Day 6 pics!
Before and Post Op Day 6 Side-by-sides
Drain and binder tip
Day 10 Post Op
Last night I had this WEIRD feeling! It was like my body parts didn't want to relax to sleep. Like what I imagine restless leg to be but all over my body. I was in my recliner and I'd have to sit up and just shake my hands like I was drying my nails. I hadn't taken a pain pill in about 40 hours which was the longest I had gone b/c I am trying to get off if them. I was uncomfortable and sore so I went ahead and took one and moved into my bed (for the first time since surgery) I wasn't 100% comfortable but I slept. I was a bit concerned that the shaking was a withdrawal effect. If i have to take another pill I'm only taking half of one because I want off of them ASAP!
So now to the fun stuff!! Pic updates!!
Weight Changes Post Tummy Tuck
During surgery they removed 7 lbs of skin which is a lot. I weighed today and I was down 10 lbs from preop weight. I am swollen in my boobs and near my incision and where my drains and lipo was but I am STILL down 10 lbs. I know 7 is skin but there's still 3 extra lbs gone so I'm PUMPED!!
Day 13 Post Op Pics
Day 26 Post op Pics
I have noticed a change in my appetite and i think it is because my ab muscles are back where they should be and press on my stomach to let it know it is full.
I have been using Young Living Essential Oils on my scars. Specifically, Helichrysum, Lavendar, Juniper, Myrtle, and Copaiba. I took my daughter to a dermatologist appointment and asked her to take a look at my scars today to see if they were healing well and she could not believe my surgery was less than a month ago. There is a section of my abdominal scar that is totally invisible. I think I will keep up my regimen!!
If you want to get oils yourself here is a link:
I highly recommend Dr. Kent. He is very artistic and skilled at what he does. I felt very well cared for. He and Mandy make a great team and are super easy to get in touch with to answer any questions pre and post op. Dr. Kent works with his patients schedules and does surgeries on days that work for them instead of telling patients what day they can have surgery. This was just one example of his caring nature that I have experienced. I could not have selected a better surgeon!