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10/19/17 10:06 A

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I had a tummy tuck and mini thigh lift two years ago. I think the Dr did not take off enough. Since the surgery, the inside of my upper thigh is still flabby. Never did shrink even after 6 months to a year. Also my hips are wider as well. And the muscle on my outer right thigh is bigger than my left. I am out of proportion. What the heck is going on with my body?? Can someone tell me??

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7/16/13 10:02 A

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You will really like the results!!! It may take a while longer but when you look in the mirror one day you will say WOW!

Susie South Central WI

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7/15/13 5:20 P

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So its been almost 3 weeks since tummy tuck and I finally can squeeze into my bigger jeans. I was so excited to get into them after wearing dresses, skirts, and leggings for the last 3 weeks. I am down a pound from my surgery weight so the swelling is clearly going down. I am just impatient for the final results.

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6/28/13 9:10 A

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I had lots of swelling too. Take pictures of yourself today to compare with what you will see in the next few months. The changes your body will go through after plastic surgery are amazing. Remind yourself that you did this for the long-term.

Swelling is different for everyone. I was still swelling by the end of the day after 6 months but somewhere around the one year mark it pretty much stopped. However, I still notice swelling when I eat a lot of salty foods. I think I am more in tune with my body now and probably notice swelling that I would have never noticed when I was morbidly obese.

It has been an exciting, wild ride for me but I wouldn't change the journey. I've learned so much about myself.

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6/28/13 12:01 A

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Well day 8 after tummy tuck. feeling better, but was shocked and disappointed at the amount of swelling to my hips and thighs as I had a tummy tuck not anything to do with hips and thighs. Dr. says the swelling is normal and will be completely gone after a few months. I was disappointed cause I wanted to just wake up and be skinny and tight, but like everything else associated with weightloss its hard and tedious work. I also still have my drainage tube in 8 days later as I have had to much drainage to remove tube yet. Dr. also says this is normal with people who have lost extreme amounts of weight as the body just doesn't recover as quickly as a body that has never had the stress of obesity on it. So I am trying to stay positive and be patient I know it will be worth it in the end.

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6/27/13 4:34 P

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I had a tummy tuck and inner thigh lift 15 months ago and while it was painful the pain was bearable. I chose a doctor who came with many recommendations and I was lucky to not have any complications. I'm pleased with the results of both procedures and would say that you need to do your research in advance, choose a doctor wisely, and follow their post-op advice as closely as possible.

My doctor said no exercise for 6 weeks post op and while I was worried about weight gain during that time I did not experience any, in fact I lost about 5 more pounds. Your body will need the extra calories you aren't burning on exercise to heal and as long as you continue to eat healthy foods you probably won't gain weight either.

I hope you are as pleased with your results as I have been with mine. emoticon

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6/21/13 5:43 P

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I had the inner thigh lift. The skin on the inside of your thigh is much more tender? I think that is the word I am looking for. For me it was much harder and that was because of the staples. I was very tender around the staples. Then for whatever reason I had a problem on my right inner thigh. Fortunately for me it did not turn into an infection. But my dr. was very diligent with it! He had to clean the area out and then they had to teach me how to pack it with gauze it was an open wound for a few weeks. But he had me come in once a week to check it out. He was wonderful. I am glad I had it done and even more glad that it is finished. He did get a bit testy with me when he heard I was walking 3-4 miles a day. He said no more than 2 miles! He said I had to heal. I have to admit that he was right! Go Figure! When I walked longer distances my thigh would really weep! I was using sanitary pads for quite a while. When he had me down to the 2 miles or less it actually stopped weeping and started healing. Do what your doctor says and if you have any questions no matter how silly they seem to you ASK THEM! Good luck. OH! the pain almost totally disappeared once the staples were out. I think I had them in for two weeks.

Susie South Central WI

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results"
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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!




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6/20/13 10:50 P

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So I am on day 2 after tummy tuck the first day was terrible! I am feeling a lot better today although still moving really slow. I am planning on have a thigh tuck next summer but I am afraid it will be worse than the tummy tuck. What is your experience with this?

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6/13/13 7:56 P

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I had my surgery Mar 18th. I went in weighing 177. The Doctor said not to worry about it while you are healing. Your surgical area will need to get as much liquid as it can, in order to heal. You will be retaining water. Make sure you continue to drink your water. I think the first time I weighed after surgery was about a month later. I weighed 169. They had removed approx. 7 lbs. of skin. The doctor said I had very very thin skin so there was a lot of it.
I have not gained any weight. However, I have been working at maintaining. Remember, it is recommended not to gain or lose after surgery. That is because you will created air pockets which defeats the purpose of the surgery. The air pockets will make you look lumpy. That is what I have read from material I got from the doctor and some research. I couldn't do any exercise for appprox. 6 weeks. But that was because of the inner thigh lift I had and ran into some complications. It just took longer to heal. I have to tell you I have been working really hard at maintaining. I hope like all heck that I do not gain any weight. The doctor did say if I were to lose some more weight it would e no problem to do a nip and tuck.

Try to stick to your plan while in recovery, but remember to eat. You will need the nourishment. Good luck!

Susie South Central WI

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results"
Kenneth Blanchard

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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!




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6/13/13 1:33 P

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I had a tummy tuck almost two years ago, and I was able to maintain for awhile, but I have, unfortunately, gained back about 1/3 of the weight I lost. (@40 of 120 lbs.)One of the things that happened to me in the tummy tuck is that some of the fat cells in that area were removed with the skin...so, my weight gain has not been in the tummy tuck region (sadly, it mostly is in my legs and butt!). I guess it's easier for the body to fill old cells with fat than it is to make new fat cells! --Ann

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


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6/12/13 11:27 P

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So I am 7 days away from my tummy tuck, and I am really worried about gaining weight during recovery. Does anyone have any input or experience with this that would be helpful?

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