Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss - Just scheduled my tummy tuck!




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Underwater
11-19-2013, 01:54 PM
I'll be going under the knife on February 7th, which also happen to be my 30th birthday. This wasn't really planned, it was just the first day where my surgeon's, my surgery center's, my mom's, and my calendar all synced up.

So um... happy birthday to me? LOL :P


akrosey49
11-19-2013, 02:22 PM
Hi I,m rosey from Alaska,i post in the 50+ forum. I just had my tummy tuck and I wish a speedy recovery for you. I love the results and so will you. :hug:

Sum38
11-19-2013, 02:32 PM
Congrats! I would love to see before/after pix!!!


CherryPie99
11-19-2013, 02:44 PM
Yay!!!!! I hope that you have as good of a success as I had with mine! It will change your life!!

Underwater
11-19-2013, 04:39 PM
I will take some before pics and hide them away. They may only come out if the after pics are awesome :)

I consulted with 6 plastic surgeons before choosing mine. I really do feel that he is the best chance I have at the best results possible. I'm hoping to wear a bikini in the summer of 2014 for the first time EVER!

Underwater
11-19-2013, 04:43 PM
Hi I,m rosey from Alaska,i post in the 50+ forum. I just had my tummy tuck and I wish a speedy recovery for you. I love the results and so will you. :hug:

Hi Rosey,

Do you have any pics?

Mozzy
11-19-2013, 05:31 PM
Super yay!!!!!!

Underwater
11-19-2013, 05:45 PM
Mozzy! <3 <3 <3

WannaB2cute
11-19-2013, 06:46 PM
Yay, I researched tons of Drs. Mine is in Houston. 4/22/14. So excited for you

kisskiss
11-19-2013, 07:12 PM
yay and keep us updated :D

Underwater
11-19-2013, 07:47 PM
I think I am going to start a blog about it so I have somewhere to celebrate and complain ;)

FatCatSlim
11-19-2013, 07:54 PM
Hope it all goes well x

THAT is what scares me. Ok, we lose the weight and then are left with so much extra skin!

I remember seeing a woman on some reality prog. who had lost tons of weight and needed operations to remove skin from her arms, belly, etc.

And she said: This is my punishment for allowing myself to get so fat.

It depresses me to this day :-(

Underwater
11-19-2013, 08:04 PM
I wouldn't trade what I have have now for the extra weight any day.

With clothes on, I look totally normal, so there is no NEED to get the surgery if you don't want it.

My skin really only bothers me when I exercise or want to wear form-fitting clothing, so it's totally possible (as long as you aren't losing hundreds of pounds) to live totally fine with the extra skin :)

Don't worry about it. When you get to goal you can make the surgery decision :)

akrosey49
11-19-2013, 08:49 PM
Yes I do have pictures. im 65 yrs young. my dr removed the lower portion of my stomach as the skin hung down almost half way to my knees. I had a lot of skin rashes and infections becuz of it, I had bariatric surg,lost 137# and kept it of for 3 yrs. when my ins was to be cancelled jan 1 (becuz of Obama care :?:) I wanted to have the surg while I had insurance. 8 weeks ago I had the surg,and was on my way to recover at my dd's home as I had the surg in anchorage and I live 350 miles from there.my dd lives near anch.no hosp stay. the dr was very strict,i had to drains that wehad to empty and measure every 6 hrs,i took antibiotics 500 mg round the clock till the drains came out 4 weeks later, I had good pain meds,no lifting and I had to wear a belly band (an elastic wide Velcro affair which I did not like)and no tub baths or showers,i did wash cloth baths till drains came out(not fun) she removed 32# of skin etc. I feel wonderful now that im healed. my incision ran from the middle of my back down across the pubic bone back up and around the other side. she removed my belly button and an old appy scar.Im still a chubby women,but so much smaller than I was. I now can wear normal undies without skin falling out and them getting twisted and for the 1st time since I was in my 20's I can wear a pair of zip and snap blue jeans. Im handicapped meaning my legs are paralyzed from the knees down and this surg has helped with my mobility. I hope im not being too graphic,but im so pleased with the results. I feel more normal than I have in years. any ways if you have any questions please ask. wishing good luck :hug: rosey ps as you can see my hanging stomach in the 1st pic. I still have a pooch as the dr said it was to dangerous to remove so much at once. the last pic is where I started. a big change I think :)

Underwater
11-19-2013, 09:13 PM
Rosey - WOW 32 lbs of skin?! It must feel amazing! and to be back into zip and snap jeans must feel great too! Congrats on the weight loss and keeping it off for 3 years!

Underwater
11-21-2013, 01:00 AM
I am supposed to wear a bikini bottom the day of surgery so they can mark the skin to make sure the scar would fall underneath it. So...

Today I bought my first bikini top!

My boobs are super saggy so I need something with a lot of support all over the place, so I wound up with a really expensive top. I skipped the $50 bottoms because it's a plain black top so I can buy plain black bottoms at Target to get marked up in, then buy them again in the correct size after the surgery.

Making progress!

pnkrckpixikat
12-03-2013, 04:37 PM
OMG how exciting!!! I am looking forward to the before and afters. I know once I have finished losing I will be wanting skin removal surgery so I love reading others stories.

CovLad98
12-03-2013, 04:57 PM
Congratz!! And i look forward to hearing about your journey :)

your before and after pics so far are amazing :)

margaretperron
12-12-2013, 05:49 AM
I’m a Mom of 4 and had my last baby in April 2013. I decided now that I have finished having children I would give myself a much deserved gift of a new Tummy. I had my initial consult with my doctor and he explained that I needed to have stopped breastfeeding. The day of the procedure went smoothly and I was in and out in 2.5 I haven't had any problems post surgery and had no drain. I took only panadeine fort for pain relief and stopped on day 4.

Underwater
01-07-2014, 04:18 AM
I'm just over 4 weeks and trying to lose that damned holiday weight. I haven't been on the scale since the day after Christmas and am just focusing on eating right.

thnknthin1
01-08-2014, 05:00 PM
How awesome Underwater!! You have done so great this whole time! I've been MIA from here since October....back on it now since after the holidays are over and trying to catch up with everyone. I refuse to step on a scale for about another two weeks ;)

I wish you well and good luck with the procedure! Can't wait to see after pics!

Underwater
01-10-2014, 01:12 AM
Thanks :)

I got on the scale today... 158. Not terrible, not great. Still focused on getting back to 155 for the surgery. Surgery is 4 weeks from tomorrow and I've been reading tummy tuck reviews non-stop on the internet. Some are great, some are terrible. I just have to have faith in my surgeon and hope I have a good recovery :)

lizzylou5
01-20-2014, 12:16 PM
Hope it all goes well x

THAT is what scares me. Ok, we lose the weight and then are left with so much extra skin!

I remember seeing a woman on some reality prog. who had lost tons of weight and needed operations to remove skin from her arms, belly, etc.

And she said: This is my punishment for allowing myself to get so fat.

It depresses me to this day :-(
I am right there with ya! I think that was one of the reasons why i sabotaged myself...so i wouldn't have the saggy skin. But I have a wonderful husband of 3 years that told me I could get a tummy tuck and my thighs done when I hit my goal. Somehow he would make the financing happen. This is so encouraging. I haven't felt this good in so long.
I am a new member to this site and everyone is so encouraging! With all the tools that are in place these days we can do it and will feel better about ourselves in the long run! good luck!!!

lizzylou5
01-20-2014, 12:19 PM
Underwater ~ My neighbor just had a tummy tuck and a boob job and she looks great! I will be thinking about you as you go through your surgery. Wish you all the best. Sounds like you did your research so you will be just fine! Can't wait to see your before and after pictures :-) CONGRATS!!!!!!

Sum38
01-24-2014, 10:48 AM
Thinking of you; the day is getting close!

Underwater
01-25-2014, 07:42 PM
I'm still at 158 and my surgery is 2 weeks away. I have all of my medications and also bough a recliner, which I've heard is great to have for the recovery.

I'm all paid up now, so there is no turning back.

love2b150
01-25-2014, 09:22 PM
Underwater, I'm happy for you :) You've done wonderfully … I wish you all the best, you look great :)

lizzylou5
01-27-2014, 10:55 AM
Very Awesome Underwater! Will be thinking of you!!! Can't wait to hear about how it goes!

CherryPie99
01-27-2014, 11:44 AM
I am so excited for you!!

As far as the weight goes, don't stress. I had more weight to lose when I went into surgery - a small amount won't matter. I'm 20 pounds lighter today then then day I went in.

I'll be thinking about you!!

Jen

penmage
01-28-2014, 03:55 PM
Fingers crossed for an easy and speedy recovery for you!

Humber
01-30-2014, 04:44 PM
Underwater ~ Good luck with your surgery next week. I'm going to anxiously look for updates (in fact, I would LOVE to chat with you off-line if you are interested.)

I've just booked my date for middle of March for a Breast Augementation and Abdominoplasty, so I'm already getting nervous and stressed about it.

Underwater
02-03-2014, 01:00 AM
Thank you Humber! I'll PM you my info now, always happy to chat, but especially so since I won't be working for at least a week after my surgery and I'll have lots of time on my hands :)

WannaB2cute
02-03-2014, 03:15 PM
Tried to inbox you, don't know what I'm doing wrong :( oh well I've got my TT on schedule for 4/22

Underwater
02-04-2014, 01:47 PM
I'm 3 days away now! I have all my prescriptions and supplies. I started washing with a special soap today called Hibiclens. Tomorrow I have to do a bowel prep (UGH!) because my surgeon says he can get better results when his patients are "empty". I'll try to check in again this week, if not, I'll see you ladies on the "flat side!"

<3

Sum38
02-04-2014, 05:34 PM
Thinking of you!!! Good luck! Please take some pictures.

CherryPie99
02-06-2014, 09:12 PM
I know you probably won't see this for a while but I'm wishing you

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

and

HAPPY RE-BIRTHDAY!!

I am so excited for you!!!

Jen

Underwater
02-10-2014, 02:12 PM
I made it! Woo hoo! I am feeling a lot better now than I did on Friday night and Saturday. I'll try to type out a quick synopsis for other people thinking about this surgery.

First of all, choosing your surgeon. I had consultations with 6 surgeons. The more, the better because they are all different. One of them told me I needed a vertical incision, resulting in a anchor-shaped scar, and if he was the only doctor I consulted with, I'd probably have that extra scar now. The others all said they could do the hip-to-hip scar only, which is much preferred so I can maybe someday wear a bikini.

Also, only one of the doctors didn't use drains. This is the one I chose, but not only because he didn't use drains. This was my favorite doctor as far as before & after pictures and also he seemed to be really well versed with the latest techniques, hence not needing drains. I just liked his really scientific, detailed, yet artistic approach. He was also the doctor who felt he needed the longest in the OR (7.5 hours!) and the 2nd most expensive.

I had 2 consultations with him - he was the first doctor I met with, so then I met with him again after meeting with all of the others. On the 2nd appointment, I put it my deposit for surgery and we started looking for a date. We needed to find a day that worked for me, my mom, the surgeon, and the surgery center. In the end, it wound up being February 7th - my 30th birthday!

In January, I did a pre-op appointment that involved a more detail-oriented physical exam, discussion of all the risks, instructions for before and after, and some pictures. At that appointment, I agreed to stop drinking because alcohol constricts blood vessels and can affect healing. (Not that I was ever a big drinker, but this meant no beer at my birthday party or for the superbowl, both times I would normally have 2-3 beers.)

Last Tuesday, 3 days before the surgery, I started washing with a special soap called Hibiclens. This is not required by every surgeon, but my doctor asks you to do so. 2 days before the surgery I did a bowel prep, also not common, but my doctor says he gets the best results when his patients are "empty." It was rough, but even if it helped a little, totally worth it.

Friday morning, I woke up at 5 am and showed with the Hibiclens soap one last time. We drove to the surgery center and arrived at about 6:30. I was taken back by a nurse and my temp and blood pressure were taken. Then I put on a gown and long stockings and a nurse put in an IV. I was so happy she got it on the first try - I am not good with needles!

My doctor asked that I wear a bikini bottom to the surgery so he can try to get the scar to fall underneath it. It's very important to realize that this isn't a "sure thing" - you can still wind up with a scar that falls above a bikini bottom, but my doctor was trying as hard as he can to make sure it's low.

He marked me up and I got back into bed. Then it was time for my mom and husband to say "good bye." I started to lose it at this point with tear in my eyes. As they started to roll me to the surgery room, I really started crying. I was so scared! I hadn't has surgery since my tonsils were taken out when I was 13 years old and that was a really short procedure. I had a great nurse named Bridgette from France who has asked if I ever been to Paris (I have) and she told me to close my eyes and think of Paris. At that point, we had made it to the room, I scooted onto the operating table and the Anesthesiologist came in and said hello (I had also spoken with him on the phone the night before and met him in pre-op) and I don't remember falling asleep.

Wow this is getting long… more later :)

Sum38
02-10-2014, 02:47 PM
Thank you for the update.

I glad everything went well and you seem to be recovering nicely!

Underwater
02-10-2014, 06:30 PM
I woke up in recovery feeling very "out of it." I guess I had imagined my mom and husband being there, but they were not allowed back yet. I remember feeling pain and they offered me something oral or Dilaudid in my IV. Well I had only heard tales of Diluadid and let me tell you, they are all true. I was back to sleep and up again 90 minutes later with my mom and husband there. It was time to try to get up and on my way home if possible. When I sat up, I became nauseous and they gave me a pill under my tongue which helped. I haven't yet vomited during this recovery and am very grateful!

The ride home was rough but I was glad to be home and not in a hospital. I got into my recliner, propped my legs up with a couple of pillows and took a pain pill and went to sleep. I could sleep about 2 hours at a time, then would watch TV or read for an hour and go back to sleep.

My first trip to the bathroom was tough. I was bent over at almost 90 degrees and half leaning on my husband who couldn't support me well in that position. I had a hard time controlling my pee muscles. Thankfully they weren't leaking pee, but I hard a hard time letting them "open" so that I could pee, if that makes sense. I sat on the toilet for 20-30 minutes, peed enough so that I felt satisfied, and struggled to get back up and to the recliner. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to feel having to pee so I went back to the toilet every couple of hours. It was good that it got me up and moving around, and by post-op day 2, I felt like I could pee with more control, which felt really nice.

Day 2 and 3 have been better. I had my husband go out and rent a walker for $24 for a month to help me get around. This has been priceless! I can get around on my own and I don't seem to have the back pain that other people have mentioned.

The tummy pain ebbs and flows and it was worse day 2 than it is today. I spend almost all of my time on my recliner or going back and forth to the bathroom. One note about the bathroom - I read to take Milk of Magnesia to help with constipation but when I did I just got diarrhea, which was not pleasant. So maybe don't take it until you feel you are constipated. I have been reading and watching TV.

On Day 1 I was taking 2 oxycodone pain pills every 4 hours. I have since transitioned back to 1 pill every 8 hours. I just took my first walk down the hallway of my apartment building and back. Still with the walker, but I am walking more upright than I did when I first got here.

Tonight I'm excited to have my first meal that isn't eggs, toast, or grilled cheese.

So thats all for now, I am about 72 hours from getting out of surgery at this point. If you have an questions just let me know :)

CherryPie99
02-10-2014, 08:08 PM
I had very little pain- hope that's true for you, too! I took Miralax to soften rather then a laxative and that worked perfectly.

I had a little more trouble with sitting since mine was a 360 cut.

Sounds like you are doing fantastic!!!

Jen

Underwater
02-10-2014, 09:51 PM
Jen, do you remember how many days you took the prescription pain meds? I am now in my 3rd day post op and down to 1 pain pill every 6 hours. I see my doctor tomorrow, so I will ask him, but I'd love to make the jump to Tylenol. Of course, everyone's advice has been to "stay ahead" of the pain, so I am worried about pushing myself off the good stuff.

I am hoping I'll be well enough to go to work on Tuesday. I work at a desk job and could go in for a half day and work my way back up to 8-9 hours if needed. Do you remember how long you took off work?

CherryPie99
02-10-2014, 10:06 PM
I took off 2.5 weeks but I had the luxury of having a ton of sick time built up. Going back to work was not painful but I got really tired and since I work a desk job, sitting upright in an office chair was uncomfortable. If you can start back 1/2 days I would highly recommend that.

The most painful part for me was the Ab repair, NOT the incision. AND my doc always uses a pain pump. So for the first 3 days I had meds delivered directly into my abs. So I took a TOTAL of I think 6 Percocet during the entire recuperation time. I only took a pill if I felt pain.

Hope that helps!!!

Jen

Underwater
02-11-2014, 11:13 PM
Went to the doctor today and he says everything looks really good. He showed me how to apply prescription cream and then called it into my pharmacy. He took some pics and made follow up appointment for next week.

Then I went to the DMV and got my handicapped parking permit. It's valid for 1 month and will really help me get back to work next week. Normally I park on the 3rd floor of a parking garage 200 yards aways.

Then we went to Target and picked up even bigger underwear - my doctor thinks my "big" underwear aren't big enough! It was nice using my handicapped parking permit and then a mart cart - until the mart cart died in the middle of the store and I had to walker my way out :P

Finally we picked up my prescription cream and headed home. It was a big outing!

At home I had something to eat and took a short rest before getting into the shower. Oh, and what a shower it was. I washed my hair twice then conditioned it and washed my body with dial antibacterial. Then I used the prescription cream and covered by incision with gauze. Then I put my foam pad and binder back on and here I am in my recliner - phew! I think I will sleep well tonight!

Underwater
02-11-2014, 11:28 PM
Also I have some before & after surgery pics in a bikini bottom, if you want see them, send me a PM. Right now I'm not ready to post them online :)

Mozzy
02-12-2014, 10:48 AM
I came to say happy birthday and good luck with the surgery, but I'm a few days late. :-(

Happy belated birthday!!!!
And good luck on a speedy recovery!!!

Hugs

amandie
02-12-2014, 01:45 PM
Darn, I thought I had posted here a couple days ago. Aynway, I just wanted to say I'm so glad everything went well and that I hope for you a speed recovery!

Also, Happy Belated Birthday!

WannaB2cute
02-12-2014, 04:17 PM
Yay! So glad all is well! I'm excited for you. I have to ask though... Big panties? You are smaller? And if you are comfortable I'd love to see pics (you can inbox)

mars735
02-12-2014, 04:24 PM
Adding my wishes for a continued speedy recovery! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

Underwater
02-12-2014, 05:03 PM
Yay! So glad all is well! I'm excited for you. I have to ask though... Big panties? You are smaller? And if you are comfortable I'd love to see pics (you can inbox)

You aren't allowed to have any constriction near the incision so I bought size 7 Hanes briefs. Normally I wear size 6 bikinis. My doctor said it would ideal to have less constricting waist band so I bought size 8 briefs. They are pretty big hahaha but just for a few weeks until I am better healed. I will inbox you my pics :)

elvislover324
02-12-2014, 05:10 PM
So excited and happy for you, underwater! Best wishes for a speedy, painless recovery! Can't wait to see your updated pics when you are all healed up! :hug:

WannaB2cute
02-12-2014, 07:10 PM
Do you have to wear a binder? My dr requires a body suit for something like 2 months post op

CherryPie99
02-12-2014, 07:25 PM
Ahhhh. the dreaded binder! I hated that effing thing!!

WannaB2cute
02-12-2014, 10:13 PM
Cherry pie would you be comfortable sending me pics? And who your surgeon was

Underwater
02-12-2014, 11:16 PM
Do you have to wear a binder? My dr requires a body suit for something like 2 months post op

Yes I wear a binder with a foam pad underneath. It's kind of like a giant ace bandage and goes from right under my boobs down to my hips.

It's not so bad but I'm a little sad I can't really start wear form fitting stuff til it's gone since it's bulky.

WannaB2cute
02-13-2014, 11:43 AM
How are you feeling?

CherryPie99
02-13-2014, 12:32 PM
Cherry pie would you be comfortable sending me pics? And who your surgeon was

Dean DeRoberts was my surgeon in Syracuse, NY.

I have tons of befores and afters on my blog, but most specifically here:

http://jenhudsonmosher.blogspot.com/2012/05/as-promised-pics.html

WannaB2cute
02-13-2014, 12:45 PM
Dean DeRoberts was my surgeon in Syracuse, NY.

I have tons of befores and afters on my blog, but most specifically here:

http://jenhudsonmosher.blogspot.com/2012/05/as-promised-pics.html

Thank you so much for sharing. I always feel reassured after seeing such great outcomes

Underwater
02-13-2014, 12:53 PM
How are you feeling?

I'm feeling good. Tired since I woke up about 15 min ago. Sleeping is difficult, since I'm a side sleeper trying to sleep on my back in a recliner. I still can't lay flat (or stand up straight) and it could be another week or 2 like this. I haven't been able to sleep through the night yet.

Tuesday I go back to work but I am planning to work a half day, maybe a little longer. I have been taking 2-3 naps during the day.

I am trying to go from the Norco pain med to Tylenol only today :)

WannaB2cute
02-13-2014, 02:29 PM
Wait how many days out will you be when you return to work

Underwater
02-14-2014, 12:17 PM
Wait how many days out will you be when you return to work

I go back to work on day 11, maybe just a half day depending how I feel :)

vealcalf2000
02-14-2014, 01:09 PM
Dean DeRoberts was my surgeon in Syracuse, NY.

I have tons of befores and afters on my blog, but most specifically here:

http://jenhudsonmosher.blogspot.com/2012/05/as-promised-pics.html

Your before and afters are fabulous! I'm at a point I feel like the rest of the weight I need to lose is mostly excess skin and just a small layer of fat. It's so frustrating to work so hard at losing weight and having this hanging flesh on me :( I've made some lackadaisical attempts to contact a plastic surgeon to see if there is anyway this could be covered through my insurance but nothing seems promising. I suppose though I won't know unless I try! You've inspired me to look into it!

pnkrckpixikat
02-14-2014, 01:34 PM
I am glad to hear you are doing well! I would love the before and afters to my inbox. I am anticipating needing the procedure once I get down to weight so I like reading everyones stories and seeing the pics.

Good luck with returning to work!

Underwater
02-17-2014, 01:44 AM
Day 9 has been the best day yet. I actually went to the mall today. I brought the walker since I can't walk too far without taking a rest. We went to Old Navy and I bought a dress (that I had tried on before and didn't buy the first time) and then went to the food court. I was so tired when I got home, but it is good progress. I am also much more comfortable now sitting on different types of chairs and stuff.

Tomorrow I have my 2nd follow up with the plastic surgeon. I think everything looks good but it will be good to hear it from him :)

CherryPie99
02-17-2014, 09:03 AM
Sounds like you are doing fantastic! I remember my first shopping trip for clothes after the surgery and just standing in the dressing room EXHAUSTED with that stupid binder on, but grinning like a freak!!

How are you doing as far as trying to stand upright?

Underwater
02-18-2014, 08:34 PM
I am almost upright. I feel like these last 10-15 degrees will be the hardest to straighten up.

Yesterday I went to the doctor for a check up and he fixed a spot on at the end of my incision that wasn't healing as flat as the rest of it. I am glad he fixed it it up because I want a great scar, but now I have staples behind my hip. They just freak me out - can't wait to get them removed on Monday :)

Went back to work today and stayed for 6 hours. I work at a desk job with some walking around for meetings. I am tired and sore but the day was a success. I'm home now, popped a pain pill, and am about to take a nap before dinner.

Underwater
02-22-2014, 12:24 AM
Today is my 2 week tummy tuckiversary! I have been doing pretty well. I can almost stand straight up and can walk further every day. Today was actually the hardest since I started working Tuesday. I think all of that time walking around the office this week finally caught up with me and only worked for about 4 hours before coming home and finishing up my workday in my recliner.

I tried on a few pairs of undies yesterday and they are all cover my scar! Yay! Success! I can't wait til this swelling goes down and I get to see the real results. Right now I have what they call the "Ken doll" look - swollen from the belly button down. Sucks, but I know it's a phase of this healing process :\

Monday I am supposed to get my staples out. Weekends always fly by so I know it will be here before I know it and thank god - I hate them!

amandie
02-22-2014, 01:17 PM
Yay! So happy things are going well for you so far especially the part about your undies covering your scar!

Underwater
02-24-2014, 03:00 AM
Here is what I look like today! Really I think my surgeon is an artist. My new tummy fits my body really well and it's even still a little swollen so will likely still get a bit flatter. I want to look like ME not Barbie ;)

http://i.imgur.com/ghp3off.jpg

Ubee
02-24-2014, 09:40 AM
WOW! You must feel so happy!
I feel so happy for you!

amandie
02-24-2014, 09:50 AM
I already posted in your other thread (goal!, I think.. not sure) but I just wanted to say your surgeon did a great job indeed! It really does look "natural", like you said it fits your body type, nothing out of the ordinary! So happy for you!

CherryPie99
02-24-2014, 11:46 AM
Thanks so much for the pic - you do look fantastic!! And yes, the swelling will last a while!

Are you missing feeling at all in any place?

Jen

Underwater
02-24-2014, 04:00 PM
I am still pretty numb between my belly button and my thighs. There is also a small spot on my right upper thigh that was numb but the feeling has been coming back :)

Sum38
02-24-2014, 04:03 PM
You look fantastic. I saw the before pictures at another thread. Your surgeon is truly an artist!

VioletDolphin83
02-28-2014, 12:35 AM
Wow!! Your surgeon did an amazing job! So happy for you! :)

Underwater
02-28-2014, 11:54 AM
Thanks everyone. Today is my three week anniversary. Not much has changed over the last week or so. Still can't stand 100% straight with my shoulders back yet but hopefully I'll get there over the next week or so.

CRShaw
03-08-2014, 07:41 PM
Looks like you're about three weeks ahead of me, I'm 9 days post-op. It's really nice to get a peek of what I have to look forward to.

Underwater
03-12-2014, 12:02 AM
Finally sleeping in my bed again. Now that I can lay down flat comfortably, I scheduled a facial for Friday! I can walk around pretty comfortably now and really should hit up the treadmill to start getting back in shape. I can't run until my next appointment but I could start walking and try to get back up to 3 miles. I used to run 3 miles three times a week.

I am still wearing my foam pad and binder. It's annoying because I want to be showing off my amazing tummy and I look much bigger wearing it. But deep down I know I need to wear it to make sure I'm getting the best results possible. I am also applying expensive scar cream called BioCornium twice a day.

The toughest part now is trying to cut my calories as low as I can stand because I am not working out. And the fact that the smallest touch of sodium has me retain water like a balloon is really frustrating. I can gain 3 lbs in a day if I go out to eat!

Today I was 151.8. I am hoping to get under 150 and maintain. I am going to Vegas for a weekend in May and am looking forward to wearing a bikini then!

margaretperron
03-18-2014, 06:24 AM
I’m really excited and nervous at the same time. But my doc Hugh Mclean from whose clinic I’m getting my TT done is of great support. I have never thought I would require a tummy tuck until I had my second baby. After gaining and loosing so much of weight at the same time, the loose skin around my weight would almost weigh a ton. I’m getting my cream and silicon sheets now. Hope that I will get them in before going for my tummy tuck.

kisskiss
03-19-2014, 04:10 PM
Finally sleeping in my bed again. Now that I can lay down flat comfortably, I scheduled a facial for Friday! I can walk around pretty comfortably now and really should hit up the treadmill to start getting back in shape. I can't run until my next appointment but I could start walking and try to get back up to 3 miles. I used to run 3 miles three times a week.

I am still wearing my foam pad and binder. It's annoying because I want to be showing off my amazing tummy and I look much bigger wearing it. But deep down I know I need to wear it to make sure I'm getting the best results possible. I am also applying expensive scar cream called BioCornium twice a day.

The toughest part now is trying to cut my calories as low as I can stand because I am not working out. And the fact that the smallest touch of sodium has me retain water like a balloon is really frustrating. I can gain 3 lbs in a day if I go out to eat!

Today I was 151.8. I am hoping to get under 150 and maintain. I am going to Vegas for a weekend in May and am looking forward to wearing a bikini then!

you really look great, thanks for keeping us posted! hope you have a great time in Vegas. I'm going in June :D

CRShaw
03-29-2014, 10:34 AM
How's it going now? I just reached four weeks post op. I'm completely vertical with my brace, but still a little tight without it. Has your swelling gone down yet? It's really bugging me that I can't fit into my old pants.

Underwater
04-06-2014, 12:59 AM
How's it going now? I just reached four weeks post op. I'm completely vertical with my brace, but still a little tight without it. Has your swelling gone down yet? It's really bugging me that I can't fit into my old pants.

I have been lucky so far and don't have a lot of swelling. At the end of the day, maybe my lower tummy poofs out a bit, but I've never not fit in my pre-op jeans.

Now at 8 weeks, I finally feel pretty good about jogging. I think I'm going to go back to the gym Monday after work for a little jogging and swimming. It would be my first time in public in a bikini!

Underwater
04-06-2014, 02:48 PM
A couple of new bikini pics:

http://i.imgur.com/pXLHMWbl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5OuZJO2l.jpg

nonameslob
04-06-2014, 04:19 PM
Wow, you look great!

I love your bathing suits. Where did you get the blue one? The top looks like it has great coverage and support

Underwater
04-07-2014, 01:58 AM
Wow, you look great!

I love your bathing suits. Where did you get the blue one? The top looks like it has great coverage and support

The blue one with the rope pattern is from Lands End.

The black one has the best support, the brand name is Sunsets.

The purple one is from Athleta :)

nonameslob
04-07-2014, 10:10 AM
Thanks! My eyes (or my phone??) were deceiving me. I was talking about the purple one lol

Underwater
04-07-2014, 11:55 PM
Ugh, I totally epic failed this weekend. I am feeling pretty great and haven't been taking too much care in worrying about my recovery lately. My friend showed me her new home gym on Sunday and there was a pull-up bar installed and I just hung from it for a few seconds.

I didn't feel any pain at the time, but now I am really sore. The gym will have to wait :(

AwShucks
04-08-2014, 01:12 AM
Sorry to hear you're sore from exercising -- take it easy. Those suits look fabulous on you! Wow! Only in my dreams could I look like that. You should be very proud and you'll knock 'em dead in Vegas in those bikinis!

Underwater
05-14-2014, 07:02 PM
Well, last night I went rock climbing, which was the last real piece of my everyday life that was missing. I am running, having a personal trainer 1-2 times a week, doing Pilates, and will now climb 1-2 times a week. The only thing left on the bucket list is to get back to scuba diving.

Friday I go to Las Vegas for my first real bikini opportunity! Woo hoo!

If any of you are considering getting this surgery, do it! It was expensive and the recovery was tough, but it was worth it a million times over. Nothing can substitute for the feeling of looking as great as you feel!

jemma51
07-28-2014, 11:08 AM
I have wanted to have this surgery for years. Can you tell me how much it cost?

Underwater
08-09-2014, 12:18 PM
I have wanted to have this surgery for years. Can you tell me how much it cost?

This largely depends on where you live and what surgeon you choose. I consulted with 6 surgeons and the costs ranged from $8,000 to $12,000+. However, I am in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most expensive regions in the country for plastic surgery.

I chose the most expensive one and was in the OR for 7.5 hours. He is extremely detail-oriented and I credit that for why my belly button looks so good.

VioletDolphin83
08-14-2014, 10:01 PM
It looks worth it to pay the extra dollars. I'll keep that in mind if I ever decide to have that done when I'm finished losing weight. Do you have any tips for finding a good surgeon?