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6/2/16 12:13 P

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Thanks for your words of encouragement! I have been spending a lot of time at Realself.com lately. Not sure if that is bad or good but see very high satisfaction rates despite some very vocal negative comments. Good to know that recovery may not be as difficult as I fear.

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5/28/16 9:11 P

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Glad to have found this forum. I hope there will be some folk who will be active. I understand folk leaving after recovery from surgery. I lost about 50 lb. and had a knee replacement as my arthritis had progressed a lot. I've been maintaining my weight loss and incrementally losing weight (my goal is 10 lb less than right now). I hated how much older I looked with losing weight and aging and had a SMAS facelift and neck lift soon after the knee replacement and then a blepharoplasty, which was not just for appearance as ptosis on the right affected my vision. I then had an arm lift and now am making plans for a tummy tuck and breast lift with implant revision. It's a lot of surgery in one year's time. I am very nervous every time; but, want to have a more positive feeling after losing the weight. I think it will help keep me on track and I need to keep the pounds off for the sake of my health.Encouraged by others' stories!

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5/4/13 3:25 P

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congrats on your upcoming surgery! I had a mommy makeover - breast lift/tummy tuck/lipo of flanks in mid-March, so I'm almost 8 weeks post op right now. I ate very healthy and exercised regularly up until the time of surgery. Yes, hydration is important...actually my surgeon had me drink extra water the entire week prior to make sure I was. My surgery went well. In my case, both the tummy tuck and breast lift went well and recovery became easier and easier after the 3 day mark when I got off pain meds. Most beneficial thing for me was moving around as much as possible in the initial days following surgery. It helps with your first bowel movement (which can be a struggle for many - and was for me), helps limit chance of clots and helps get your lymphatic system going to help clear anesthesia and extra fluid. Best thing I ever did was get a pillow system for positioning during sleep (3 part system). I didn't drive much until around 3 weeks out, because I was just plain exhausted...and although not on pain meds, I was sore as expected. I took a trip that was 2 1/2 hours away at about the 4 week point. I think I could have made it (as a passenger in the car anyway) at the 3 week point, but your energy will likely not be fully returned if you plan on walking a lot/etc. I highly recommend joining Realself.com if you haven't already, as they have group forums you can join for the month of your surgery and you can look up supplies you may need. If you want any info on anything I recommend, please message me and I will be happy to share what I bought/didn't need/etc. A lot of people on that site go overboard on what they buy. We ended up returning some things. Good luck with everything! I have no regrets. :)

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4/2/13 10:59 P

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Ways to be prepared...get your core In as prime shape as you can. Before my surgery, I did lots of sit ups and roll downs and planks and general Pilates.
How short of a trip? I wouldn't probably want to go more than an hour or so for 4-6 weeks unless you have to. My surgery was about 2 hours from where I lived, and I couldn't drive until my drains were out, which I think was a month or 6 weeks. It was not comfortable. And you are limited in the amount you can lift for awhile...I think it was 10 lbs. I do live alone though, and was able to do most things within a couple of weeks.
I was down to my correct size of bra within a month. That being said, you will want a front closure sports bra. I'd recommend UnderArmour front zip. You'll feel better, I think, with a bra that really holds the girls pretty tightly. The last thing you want is for them to be jostled. So get a bra in the size you believe you will be. If it is kind of tight, so much the better.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


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4/2/13 7:14 P

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I want to be as prepared as possible for surgery, and I've been looking at different sites for different advice. I saw some about making sure to hydrate and eat very healthy before the surgery as well as being in good cardio/musclar shape. 1)Do you have any specific advice on ways to make me more prepared for my condition post op? 2)How soon were you up and active after your tummy tuck? I have a short trip I can possibly take three weeks after surgery, and I'm not sure how I'll be feeling by then. 3)Also, how soon does the swelling go down after the breast reduction for buying new bras? I live in a realllllly small town and have to drive quite a distance for a good store.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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4/2/13 10:15 A

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I'm glad you've found us, too! I started the group because I wasn't finding much on SP for people like me who had lost the weight, but (for me) were a little older, with less elastic skin than I had in my youth! I, too, had a breast reduction and a tummy tuck, but about 6 weeks apart. You will be SO glad you did it! Especially the breast reduction. I now can stand up straight without slouching, and don't have the back and shoulder pain I had before. So what do you want to know? I think this is a group where people are with us for a time, and then become less active after the surgery and recovery are completed.
I found that the recovery from the breast reduction was much easier than the one for the tummy tuck. For the breast reduction they didn't use drains, but for the tt I had one on each side. But even having said that, I was pretty much recovered in 6 weeks.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


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4/1/13 8:30 P

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I'm so glad to find this forum!! I have lost 85 pounds and have kept it off for almost two years. I had read that loose skin may take two years to shrink, and, after two years of extensive exercising, I've given up hope. My doctor referred me for a breast reduction, so I decided to do a two-fer and get a tummy tuck at the same time to remove excess skin. I have both procedures scheduled for late May and am leaving most of June open for recovery. I've been combing the internet for advice on what to expect, and I'd appreciate any advice.

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