Had an Umbilical Float Tummy Tuck and Muscle Tightening 3.8.12- Washington

Hi everyone! Well I am 28 and a mother of 2...

Hi everyone! Well I am 28 and a mother of 2 wonderful boys 8 and 9 years old. I am 5' 8" 120-125 lbs. I have always been on the smaller side and before I had my boys I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. Well that all changed when I got pregnant. I gained 80 yes 80 lbs with my first son. I was 201 when I went to the hospital. I lost about 50 lbs after having him then becae pregnant with my 2nd son. Only having them 16 months apart did a number on my body. It took me a long time to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. I have a ton of stretch marks and loose skin.

So here I am so close to getting what I have been wanting for over 8 years now. People think I am crazy when I say I am getting a Tummy tuck but they see me with my clothes on. I can not wait til I am able to bend over in a 2 piece swimsuit and not worry who saw my nasty stomach. I was going to go to the same doctor that did my Breast aug about 4 years ago but he said since my belly button was so high I was going to have a huge scar and it would be above my underwear line and hip to hip. I was not happy about it but I knew I would rather have one big scar than what I have now. I was talking to my Doctor that I work for and he recommened that I see someone else he knew. So I went to see this other PS and he was wonderful. He said he was able to do this "floating tummy tuck" it will still lift up all my skin and tighten all my muscles but my belly button will just end up a little lower. UMMMM heck yeah.. Also my scar is going to be like a mini tummy tuck he said very small and below my hip bones with no scar around my belly button. That I day cancelled my other surgery and scheduled with him. It worked out perfectly they had the same day open and everything so I didnt have to change my time off work.

Just a week away and I can not stop thinking about it. I am so excited but then my nerves kick in and I start to worry but only for a minute because a picture of me in a little bikini pops in my head and I am super excited again :)

Ok so I feel like I have gained a good 5 lbs in...

Ok so I feel like I have gained a good 5 lbs in the last 2 days. I have been eating like a freaking big. I think it is because I keep telling myself I want to be my smallest when I go in for surgery so then I stress about it and eat a ton.. GRRRR...

Ok, tomorrow is the big day...... I cant believe I...

Ok, tomorrow is the big day...... I cant believe I am typing that :) I am just ready to get it over with. I have been waiting 9 long years for this.. I am so excited but I dont think it has really hit me yet that it is going to happen. I have not had much to eat today and yesterday, scared to eat anything because I dont want to get backed up lol...

Ok today is the big day.... I weighed myself this...

Ok today is the big day.... I weighed myself this morning I am 117. That is the smallest I have ever been. It is also because I have not ate much in the last 2 days, so I know once I can eat again I wll gain atleast 5 lbs back. I am so excited but I hate that my surgery is not til 11. That is a LONGGGGG time to wait. I will hopefully post after pictures tonight or tomorrow.. Well wish me luck. AND good luck to everyone else!

Po day 1... I am doing much better than I had...

Po day 1... I am doing much better than I had thought. After surgery my doctor said I have the lowest scar he has ever done. That made my day! Everyone there was so sweet. I had the best nurses ever. I need to send them something. I did get sick on my way home. Just once though and I have been fine since. Yesterday I did get a little light headed after getting up but they said that is completely normal since I have been laying down for so long. I slept good I am only taking 1 pain pill about every 3-4 hours so hopefully I will be off them by tomorrow. My boyfriend is a medic so I feel so safe with him and he is not grossed out about the drains at all. ( he has seen much worse).. Anyways today I had my post op appt and they un wrapped me... I did get light headed looking down at my incision but he said everything looks really good and I will get my first drain out this coming Tues. :) Cant wait... They are a pain in the ass... I went out and bought a tiolet booster seat ( not sure what it is called lol) I would suggest it for people getting a TT it has helped out a ton.. I do have one picture post op that we took this morning at my Drs office I will post. He said I am still swollen and my skin will tighten up even more in the next couple weeks.. I was kind of concerned about loose skin around my belly button but the nurse said it will tighten up a lot and to not judge it yet....

2 days PO now.. I have not taken a pain pill since...

2 days PO now.. I have not taken a pain pill since 10 pm last night and feeling pretty good. My lower back is killing though. I had lower back problems to begin with so walking around huntched over does not help at all... I had a hard time getting comfortable last night decided to sleep on the couch. My back and legs were so sore from just laying around.. I wanted to crawl out of my own skin. I hate that feeling. My poor boyfriend felt helpless, he didnt know what to do. He is so cute he gets mad when he sees me up doing things by myself lol he goes HEY I am suppose to help you... Anyways took a shower this morning and it felt sooooo good.. He has a big walk in shower with 2 shower heads so that helped out a ton. I felt like I was in a car wash with Bill hosing me down. Did my hair and put some bronzer on my face so I feel half way normal. I just cant wait til I am all healed and can work out again.. AND TAN!!!!! I know I am going to feel so much better once these damn drains are out. I am really nervous about getting them out though.. Makes me sick thinking about it. I will post more pics tomorrow I forgot to take some this morning.

3 days post op... Feeling good other than my back....

3 days post op... Feeling good other than my back... I had lower back problems before and this surgery is not helping... I showered all by myself today!!! Yay me!!! Felt so good to do things on my own. I just want these drains OUT!!!! My right one bothers me the most. I think it is sitting right on my hip inside and it hurts. Oh well, I can deal with that I guess because I am feeling so much better than I ever expected...

4 days post op.... Feeling really good today. ...

4 days post op.... Feeling really good today. Moved my pillows around last night so I was kind of on my side. Needed to try something different for my back. I got up took and shower and finally put some makeup on.. WOW does that make a difference on your mood... I feel great! And look half way normal other than my drains hanging below my shirt lol... I get one of my drains out tomorrow!!!! WOOO HOOOO... It is kind of gross because the swelling went down a little this morning and I can see the drain inside me....Yucky... Anyways hopefully they take my right one out... Fingers crossed :)

DRAIN FREE!!!!! I went in today only expecting to...

DRAIN FREE!!!!! I went in today only expecting to get one out and they removed them both.. I hugged the nurse and told her she made my day!!!!! I was having the worst time trying to get comfortable with the drains in. They both were right on my hip bones.. I was so nervous to get them out but it was painless... I went straight home and took a long nap on my side... It felt so good to be able to lay on my side and cuddle up to my boyfriend. I kind of over did it though the past 2 days. Last night we went out to dinner then today had my appointment with my PS, then of course I wanted to go shopping and take my boys for ice cream... I am one swollen cookie.. On the couch now and my boys are being so sweet.. My little helpers :) I will wait and take drain free pictures tomorrow when I am not so swollen....

9 days PO and feeling great... I do get fluid...

9 days PO and feeling great... I do get fluid right above my belly button so hopefully that will go down soon but other tham that no complaints :) Swelling has gone down a ton!

I am about 6 1/2 weeks PO I think.. I am slowly...

I am about 6 1/2 weeks PO I think.. I am slowly starting to work out again. Been doing crunches and leg lifts but not pushing my body to hard. I am still having issues with the blood pocket right above my belly button :( Also still feel there is extra skin when I bend over and I had a TON of stretch marks and still do so it makes it looks worse.. I am happy because it is better than what I had before but just 100% what I was hoping for. I am hoping once I work out more things will tighten more. Added a couple pictures I took tonight and you can see the blood pocket, you dont really see the extra skin while I am standing it is just when I bend over.
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I went in to my PS today to talk about a revision, I am 4 months post op and after almost all my swelling went down I still have extra skin and almost look the sam as I did before. I am very un happy and pretty much went through surgery for nothing. Since i had a floating TT if I did a revision I could lose my BB completely and he said he could do a skin graft to make a new one, UMMM no thank you, I dont want to look even more messed up.. He said he would give me my money back for my surgery if I signed a waiver of liability or I could try a revision wth him, I dont think i want to risk going through anothe surgery, it does look a LITTLE better than what I had before but not worth it at all.. He said I might of set my expectations too high, my expectations going into this was to get rid of my extra skin isnt that everyones? ugh.. so disappointed.. I think I am just going to sign the waiver then wait a year or so and talk to another PS if I still want to try a revision. It just makes me mad that since he did a floating TT that my BB is not attached to the stock so it really ruins my chance of ever having the tummy I could of had if he did a normal TT... :( I waited 9 years for this and was so excited to feel comfortable with my tummy and now i think it is ruined forever.

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