32 Mom of 2 Getting Me Back! - Virginia Beach, VA

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Hello everyone! So I had my TT and smart lipo of...

Hello everyone! So I had my TT and smart lipo of my upper and lower back. I am currently 2 weeks post op. I loved this site. It really helped me make my decision and gave me a lot of good advice. So the surgery part itself wasn't bad. Dr. Mancall and his girls are amazing. They answered every fear and question I had. After the surgery I slept for the first couple days but key is moving! Get up and walk every 2 hours and keep moving. I was terrified to move but it really did help. Stay on top of the pain meds for the first few days. Yes it hurts. And as a nurse myself take something for constipation and start two days prior to surgery! You will be thankful! The drains are horrid but hey your gonna probably have them. I had 3! 3! Two in the front and one in the back. Well two days later my back one fell out. Good thing I am a nurse and didn't freak. Kept the hole open and manually drained myself as much as I could. Kind of like milking a cow it felt like lol. My incision is very low so I am so happy about it. It is healing well. Make sure you have help. Your going to need it. One thing is the swelling is crazy! My hips down is ridiculously swollen. I have cankles again and my thighs and legs are about twice the size than normal . It's got me a little down and I'm about 18 pounds up since my surgery which is disheartening after losing 75 pounds through hard work and on my own . I know it's fluid and it will come just need to have patience but it's hard. Hmmmmm what else?????? I will keep posting as I go. Hopefully I can help others like this helped me!

2nd post op appointment

So went today for my second post op appointment. Prayers were really high that these drains would come out. Well one did. The other should come out next week so positive. All my stitches came out today as well. Dr says I'm looking good. Still very swollen well anyone can see that I mean hello to my professor klump legs and feet. Sorry I try to find humor in every thing . So sleeping lately has been a challenge . My back has been killing me. The smart lipo he did on my lower back apparently was extensive. From the pics he could've done some on my thighs lol . I've been wearing fitted compression things they recommended. They sent me to a specific lady to have them fitted. They were not cheap but they work. But holy can't breath but it holds everything for sure . I went back to work this week. Slow slow slow has been the motto. I'm thankful I have a job as a nurse where I can take it easy and be flexible. So I was so worried about him pulling my drain. Like terrified but it really was not that bad . He got an A plus for pulling that sucker out . Well I posted some updated pics . I guess it's hard for me to see any progress from initial cause I see myself everyday. I'm in the impatient stage I just want to feel better. Still feel like I got beat by a bat over and over. I want to be like myself again. In due time in due time......

5 weeks post op!

Ok been a while since I updated! Got those dreaded drains out . Both right before 3 weeks post op. Best thing ever. Freedom! When I went back to work and the drains came out the swelling and extra weight that came on just started melting off and fast. 2 weeks I dropped 25 pounds! Talk about one happy woman . Today I met my goal weight of 150. But I feel I need to lose a little more . I still haven't been released to workout again and I cannot wait till I can! All I've been doing is walking . Sleeping has gotten better and sleeping on my sides has even gotten better. This week I laid on my tummy for the first time for like a hour and omg best hour of slee ever! So I go back to my surgeon next week. So far this is still the best thing I have ever done for myself ! Worth everything ! Finally something for me! Bought me a size 8 jeans this week too say what? !!!!!!!!
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon

Love them! Very open and honest ! Approachable and easy to talk to!

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