Tummy Tuck in 1 week- but getting "chicken"!

casa_alto
on 11/21/10 7:12 pm - El Paso, TX

I have a tummy tuck, with muscle tightening, scheduled in 8 days, but I am having second thoughts! I would appreciate any advice because I am thinking of cancelling the surgery.

How wide is your scar, and is it indented or flat? Was the tradeoff of the scar for the extra skin worth it for you? (So far, I have had a neck lift, and breast augmentation, and those scars have healed really well.)

I have someone to take care of me the first week, will that be long enough?

How long before you were able to resume normal activities?

Overall, are you satisfied with your results? Do you have any before and after photos that I can view? Thank you for sharing your experience. I have found postings on this board to be extremely helpful.

Lynn

 

ericaFG
on 11/21/10 8:01 pm - Cambridge, Canada
VSG on 06/10/09 with
Lynn- I had my TT a little over a month ago.  My scar is very flat and very thin.  About 1-2mm at most.  I had an anchor cut - so hip to hip and pubic bone to breast bone.  I think the scar is ABSOLUTELY worth it.  Mostly for how I look in clothes.  I figure scar or flabby skin - I look weird naked.  But clothed I look a HELL of a lot better without the skin.  If your other scars healed well - this one should be the same.

My husband was home for 3 days after I got home from the hospital - so until day 5.  I was fine to look after myself after that.  I didn't shower when I was home alone for about another week - just in case - but otherwise I was fine to feed myself and get to the washroom etc.  Mostly I jus****ched TV and played on the computer... lol

I have pics - they are on another post in this thread. 
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casa_alto
on 11/22/10 8:07 am - El Paso, TX

Erica, thank you for your reply. I have been following your recovery on this message board, and you look fabulous! Thank you for posting your story- it has really helped me to know what to expect.

In addition, so you have numbness around your incisions? After my BA, my breasts were numb, and I am wondering what to expect with the tummy tuck.

ShirleyG
on 11/22/10 2:35 am - HALFWAY BETWEEN ATLANTA AND BHAM , AL
Best thing I ever did...totally flat tummy , now 2 years our scar almost invisible ... I dont have pics but I would do it again in a heartbeat ...First week was a B**** but even with that , I would do it again ..
I had someone with me for about 3 days and at night but I did nothing but go pee . ea****hc TV so it all went well.. FIrst 3 days though ...ugggggggggggg  but that was the muscle tightening which I woudnt trade for the world..
You will love it once all is said and done I bet..  I DO :) 
casa_alto
on 11/22/10 8:11 am - El Paso, TX
Shirley, thank you so much for your reply! It really reassures me that I will like the result.

My surgeon says that she uses a pain pump that puts medication directly into the wound and is worn like a fanny pack the first 3 days. I had this for my RNY and had NO pain after the surgery.

How long before you could lay flat in bed?

Lynn
(deactivated member)
on 11/22/10 6:32 am, edited 11/22/10 6:33 am
There are many different types of tummy tucks leading to different locations for the scar; speak to your surgeon and look at his pictures so you know what to expect.

Nov 5 I had a lower body lift with hernia repair - I definitely had that tummy tuck part. My scar is lying flat and definitely worth having this surgery. I can really see a huge difference from the muscle tightening/repair and I can feel the difference when I cough - my muscles now do what they are supposed to do. I also had an arm lift - but I didn't feel anything from the LBL or arm lift - but that muscle work really hurt for those first few days whenever I used my muscles - e.g. coughing post op. However the pain wasn't too bad - I didn't have any pain medication after the first day. I am in good shape from walking and hiking and I believe that made a great difference post-op with moving around, sitting and standing, going upstairs etc. have all been pain free and easy since I use my leg muscles.

If you have someone to help for the first few days you'll be fine. I now a little over two weeks and I'm able to do most of my housework - just a little slower than normal. I'm still slow walking but making great progress there - I think if I only had a tummy tuck I'd be much further along back to normal. BTW, The muscles now rarely hurt and if I cough it's a mild feeling and I know that will go away soon.

Good luck with your surgery.
casa_alto
on 11/22/10 8:14 am - El Paso, TX
Skylar, thank you for your reply. It is so reassuring that you are well on your way to feeling normal after a little over 2  weeks. Are you able to sleep flat in bed, or do you still have to sleep in a sitting position?

Lynn
(deactivated member)
on 11/22/10 1:02 pm
On November 22, 2010 at 8:14 AM Pacific Time, casa_alto wrote:
Skylar, thank you for your reply. It is so reassuring that you are well on your way to feeling normal after a little over 2  weeks. Are you able to sleep flat in bed, or do you still have to sleep in a sitting position?

Lynn
I've tried sleeping on my side but it's so weird and uncomfortable because of the swelling, binder and bandages and I still have two drains. I've decided to stick on my bac****il the drains are out. Normally I'm a side sleeper and I was really concerned and did have problems sleeping on my back but I've finally figured out how to arrange my pillows so it's comfortable and I'm finding I'm getting a good night's sleep. But I do miss sleeping on my side. This week I hope to get the last two drains out and move into Spanz shorts - then I'll get back to side sleeping. I'm so tired of looking at a zillion pillows LOL.
casa_alto
on 11/22/10 8:17 am - El Paso, TX
Thanks to everyone for your replies! I am also concerned about numbness around the tummy tuck incision because my breasts were, are still somewhat, numb after BA. Has this been an issue for anyone with the tummy tuck?

Lynn
Renee2007
on 11/22/10 8:23 am - Central, FL
I would do it again and again and again. I have no regrets and the difference is beyond my expectations. The muscle tightening is uncomfortable for a couple of weeks but it's very managed with proper pain meds. If you have help the first week you should be fine after that. My scars have faded nicely and my stomach is flat and very tight. Here's a snapshot of before and 16 mos. after.



Renee
 My DS   
SW/263  CW/136 GW/150



casa_alto
on 11/22/10 8:43 am - El Paso, TX
Renee, you look amazing and your results are inspirational! You now have the abdomen of a 17 year old. :)

I have been following your journey for a long time. Thank you for sharing your story- it has really helped me in my decision making and knowing what to expect.

I would love to see the results of your latest round of plastics because that is also on my list of things to do.

Lynn
Kim M.
on 11/22/10 10:12 am - Zionsville, IN
I am only 3 days out so I am in about as much pain as you can be in and I would say it is going to be worth every ounce of pain.  I can already tell its ging to be awesome.  I had my surgery on Thursday.  Friday my husband went to work and took our daughter to day care, I wass home alone all day- no problem becasue all I did was sleep.  He was home over the weekend, and I have to say I am resting much better today when he is back to work and the baby is at daycare.  I think you will get along fine on your own.  I am still very swollen so my after pictures will not do you to much good :)  I had a full TT with muscle tightening and my scarr is from hip to hip.  I will wear it with pride but have all the confidence inthe world it will fade to nothing.

Good luck!
Kim M     

Mom to Emily Quinn, Born 7-16-2010
Orginal Weight 258 / Orginal Goal 145 / Revised Goal 135/ Current 124
Orginal Weight 258/  Pre- Baby Weight 125 / Post Baby 124

     
casa_alto
on 11/22/10 10:19 am - El Paso, TX
Kim, thank you for your reply!

Are you sleeping in a recliner, or propped up in bed, etc? Do you have any problems getting out of bed, or on and off the toilet?

Lynn
Kim M.
on 11/22/10 12:39 pm - Zionsville, IN
The first night I slept propped up on the couch, the last three nights I have slept propped up in bed for 80% of the night then came downstairs around 4-5 AM and slept in my chair the rest of the night.  Getting up and down is tough, but no more so then when I had my RNY or C-section.    Dont try to be brave and hold out on your pain pills, I am taking mine every three hours as perscribed. 

The hardest part for me is I have a 4 month old baby and not being able to hold her or pick her up has been the hardest part. My husband put her in my arms last night for the first time so I got to hold her for a while, but she is at the wiggle worm stage so that did not last long!
Kim M     

Mom to Emily Quinn, Born 7-16-2010
Orginal Weight 258 / Orginal Goal 145 / Revised Goal 135/ Current 124
Orginal Weight 258/  Pre- Baby Weight 125 / Post Baby 124

     
casa_alto
on 11/23/10 9:20 am - El Paso, TX
Kim, thank you. I slept propped up in my bed for a week or so after the neck lift, so I know how to do that!
jenbow2
on 11/22/10 7:18 pm
Lynn - I am scheduled for Dec 21 and getting nervous too.. but I am also so excited I can hardly stand it.  I hope I have a FLAT FLAT FLAT tummy. My whole life I have been so uncomfortable with my stomache... so I think it is going to be worth it and so excited I get this opportunity. 

So we can recover together and support each other when we pick out new bathing suits next summer!

Jen
casa_alto
on 11/23/10 9:22 am - El Paso, TX
Hi Jen, it's been a long time since I wore a bathing suit! I am going to have my arms done in the spring, so maybe next summer I will be in a bathing suit too. :)

Lynn
maboots
on 11/23/10 6:45 am
Hey Ladies ... I am right with you ... December 14th for a full tummy tuck... nervous but very excited to have a flat tummy!  Thank God for OH because it is so inspiring and re-assuring going through this whole process.  I had 2 c-sections and it is good to hear that the surgery is similar.  Renee ... you look FABULOUS!!! 
casa_alto
on 11/23/10 9:23 am - El Paso, TX
Well, I am glad to hear that getting nervous is "normal". I will share my experience and photos with you. :)

Lynn
Cher B.
on 11/23/10 8:23 pm - MA
Hi Lynn,
Thanks for posting this.  I'm scheduled for a lower body lift on Dec 13th and started second guessing myself as well.  I didn't second guess myself much at all before my RNY or arm and breast list. I really do feel like this will be an important step to feeling the confort level I want to with myself.  Hearing everyone else's experience helps in addition to knowing that I'm not the only one getting a little bit of cold feet.
Cher