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tummy tuck and lipo

Sian744

New Member
**update**

heya everyone


am back from having stitches out from around my belly button- wasn't as bad as i thought although 1 stitch got stuck and it was a little painful coming out......

this is a pic of my belly button after the stitches came out- is still swollen but i can't beleive i have a "normal" belly button again instead oft he stretched out version i used to have.

before with stitches in....

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after with stitches out.......


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there is a small part where the scar is a little lumpy -on my hip at the side/piccie below and the disolvable stitches were visable but the nurse trimmed them and said i can rub bio oil into the scar.... am hoping it will help it

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As for myself- i am able to move around alot better and do light activities...... can't bend over fully yet as it pulls on the scar at the side.... still also using pillows at night and am only able to still sleep on back due to scar being painful.

ALSO am allowed to return to the gym post op +3weeks for light walking and upper body activities with full return at post op +6 weeks approx


Am keeping my corset on for another 3 weeks at least day and night (total 6 weeks).... was told only needed to be 3 weeks BUT have read the longer the corset is on the better the results.


**TIP**

you often get sent home with 1 awful Nude coloured corset which isn't very nice- i went to marks and bought their "Magic support full body" and it does the job inbetween washes of the 1 you will get sent home with.


anyways am off now- will update again in 1 week. :)



Sian xx



ps am not due to see consultant now til another 6 weeks for what i assume will be my final check over etc.
 

Mrs Pink

New Member
Looking good! The scar looks great and the new belly button is amazing!
I have seen adverts for sticking plaster type things that are meant to help get scars to disappear - do you think they might make it fade even quicker? Just a thought? Maybe your doctor would know.
Glad you're feeling better - and its amazing you can get back to the gym as soon as that! Thanks again for sharing your story - it is very encouraging
 

JustJo

Cambridge Counsellor
I've only just seen this thread, but thank you so much for posting your pics and your story!

I'm currently looking into different surgeons/hospitals for a tummy tuck, as i've been turned down for funding on the NHS. It's very reassuring to see such a 'neat' job done on your tummy!

I've heard about 'dog ears' being sometimes left over, depending on the type of op you have - were you spoken to about that?

Wishing you all the best for you recovery, and your lovely new, flat tummy!


Jo x
 

letmeout

New Member
Hiya Jo- what grounds did NHS turnyou down on?
Sian- looking fab girl.
 

Sian744

New Member
I've only just seen this thread, but thank you so much for posting your pics and your story!

I'm currently looking into different surgeons/hospitals for a tummy tuck, as i've been turned down for funding on the NHS. It's very reassuring to see such a 'neat' job done on your tummy!

I've heard about 'dog ears' being sometimes left over, depending on the type of op you have - were you spoken to about that?

Wishing you all the best for you recovery, and your lovely new, flat tummy!


Jo x



heya jo


same thing happened to me - i was told there was no fubnding available and it was classed as cosmetic. :(


and Yes my surgeon did say about "dog ears" being left over but i think i have been lucky BUT hence why he took the stitches around to my back and they go quite high on my hips x

But i will see how things develop x

and thanks for nice comments:D


Sian xx
 

JustJo

Cambridge Counsellor
Yes - as far as i'm aware, the 'dog ears' aren't a problem as long as the op goes round your sides enough. It doesn't look as if you're going to have them at all!

My GP is supportive about me having the surgery, as was the consultant surgeon he referred me to - the consultant said I was a prime candidate, as i've lost all my weight and maintained it for quite some time, have obvious loose skin that's free of fat (all just hanging skin!), and have firm stomach muscles (really?!). The PCT turned me down, as they're not funding 'cosmetic' ops at present. :rolleyes: It's frustrating, as it's really not just me not liking a part of myself and being vain - it's not 'normal' to have this apron of skin hanging from my stomach!

The comments are all true, Sian - i'd be extremely happy with your result!!


Jo x
 

Sian744

New Member
Yes - as far as i'm aware, the 'dog ears' aren't a problem as long as the op goes round your sides enough. It doesn't look as if you're going to have them at all!

My GP is supportive about me having the surgery, as was the consultant surgeon he referred me to - the consultant said I was a prime candidate, as i've lost all my weight and maintained it for quite some time, have obvious loose skin that's free of fat (all just hanging skin!), and have firm stomach muscles (really?!). The PCT turned me down, as they're not funding 'cosmetic' ops at present. :rolleyes: It's frustrating, as it's really not just me not liking a part of myself and being vain - it's not 'normal' to have this apron of skin hanging from my stomach!

The comments are all true, Sian - i'd be extremely happy with your result!!


Jo x




Heya again Jo


I know exactly how you feel..... i had alot of excess skin- both on my tummy and hips due to yo-yo dieting and 3 c-sections.....

I was devastated when i was told by my GP there was no funding available- this was after being told i could get it done by my previous GP. :(

I don't think Professionals realise how having this sort of problem affects us women...... clothes don't fit properly/ self esteem is poor/ Affects relationships too amongst other things.

Also alot of women like us do most of the hard work first by going on a weight loss plan which used to be OK for referrals to have it done on the NHS- now it doesn't seem to matter 1 way or another.


i will keep my fingers crossed for you and please let me know if and when you get it done x
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Sian xx
 

x-Katie-x

New Member
Sian I've only just found this thread and I'm so glad I have ---- you have done brilliantly, you look wonderful and the fact that your posts are so optimistic is really inspiring so thank you for that. I really want to have the op done when I hit goal and I've got to be honest and say that after reading your story I'm even more sure I want it.
 

Sian744

New Member
Sian I've only just found this thread and I'm so glad I have ---- you have done brilliantly, you look wonderful and the fact that your posts are so optimistic is really inspiring so thank you for that. I really want to have the op done when I hit goal and I've got to be honest and say that after reading your story I'm even more sure I want it.


Thanks Katie :D

I gotta stay positive.... losing all that weight has made me a bit more confident.... still got a little way to go but think i will be relying on Mininmins for my support....i love it here x



Sian xx


ps if you have any Q's or just wanna chat then feel free :)
 

bee2001

New Member
Hi Sian
I wanted to say a big thanks for your thread - and being so brave to share your pics.
I have lost 6 and a half stone in a year on Cambridge and hope to lose anothort half to one stone before I have my tummy tuck on 27th March. I am so interested to hear about your recovery. What could you do after a week - i.e. get dressed, go out, etc and after 2 weeks etc
Thanks for sharing - it's fascinating to read and share our experiences like this!
 

Sian744

New Member
Hi Sian
I wanted to say a big thanks for your thread - and being so brave to share your pics.
I have lost 6 and a half stone in a year on Cambridge and hope to lose anothort half to one stone before I have my tummy tuck on 27th March. I am so interested to hear about your recovery. What could you do after a week - i.e. get dressed, go out, etc and after 2 weeks etc
Thanks for sharing - it's fascinating to read and share our experiences like this!



Heya :)


thanks for comment......and well done on your weight loss so far:D


i definately think it was the right decision for me to have made..... am so happy since having it done.....


after 1 week i was still bent over but starting to straighten up and was still on pain relief- able to shower with help- needing some help in getting up from laying down. Appetite was starting to return too. Stitches were quite sore at certain points and i had to use extra cushions in bed. I also wore the support garment- day and night and will continue to do so til i hit 6 weeks as the longer it is on the better the results.


after 2 weeks (til now) Stitches around belly button were removed at day 10 and things felt alot better- not so tight. I am able to walk around normally and shower normally but towards the end of the day my stitches/main scar feel tight.... not sure why this is....am also applying Bio Oil every day to my scar. Am not needing to take any pain releif though which is good as the codeine made me bunged up (constipated) :eek:
Appetite is normal again- am on a low fat diet til i can go back on Cambridge

I have put on a few lbs- was devastated at first... but read that it's normal as you aren't able to go to the gym nor excercise and obvs you can't use any specialist restrictive diets like Cambridge either....


but since talking to my new councellor- she has said she is willing to support me til i can go back on Cambridge and has give me some suggestions food wise..... so feeling a bit more relaxed.....

However i do think if you have always been a big girl- like i have and then you lose weight you can get a bit obssessive about weight... i know i have become that way.... i recognise it but can't stop it. :sigh:


Good luck for your upcoming op.... you will be so happy and glad you have had it done x


Sian xx
 

Sambucca

New Member
sounds like your recovery is going very well sian. thanks for going into so much detail in this thread. its definitely going to be helpful to many people.
 

Sian744

New Member
thanks ladies...... was worried i was doing too many posts :eek:


i am glad that you do find it useful x



Sian xx
 

Giggly

Cambridge Counsellor
Hi there,

This post is great - very informative, so thanks for letting us all know how you are getting on.

I lost 6.5 stones on CD and am left with a very baggy tummy which I am hoping to have tucked in April this year and so was very interested to read your experience.

Have you seen the Marble trick on the tuckthattummy website? It claims that you can make your tummy button into more of a round shape by inserting a marble for 20 minutes at a time after the stitches have been removed. You need to 'train' your belly button to go into the correct shape through doing this and I wondered what your thoughts on this were, or whether you had looked into this at all.

Would be very interested to hear your comments on this and I very much look forward to reading your further posts on your recovery from the procedure.

Giggly
 

Sian744

New Member
heya Giggly

thankyou very much for comments


I have seen the marble trick yes... but not sure if i want a round belly button tbh lol

i know you can try and change the shape with a marble and it does work in some cases..... but think i prefer my smaller belly button.... remember i had a big gaping one for years hidden by fat so you can see where i am coming from x


Also wanted to wish you super good luck for your upcoming TT.... i bet you can't wait... i remember when i booked mines how far away it seemed but it came round soon enough.... gave me my main reason to stick with Cambridge too :)


Anyways will be back soon with another update


take care x


Sian xx
 

bee2001

New Member
Hi
I just wanted to say a big thanks for the info
How much more weight do you want to lose.
I think if I lost another 2 stone I would be at my perfect weight but to be honest I won't do that before the op. I will try for a stone and then see how I feel after the op.
 

Sian744

New Member
Hi
I just wanted to say a big thanks for the info
How much more weight do you want to lose.
I think if I lost another 2 stone I would be at my perfect weight but to be honest I won't do that before the op. I will try for a stone and then see how I feel after the op.



heya Bee :)


for me i would like to lose another 1.5 to 2 stones - am needing to seriously sort out my legs esp the top part of them as they now look like i have thunderthighs due to hips being slimmed down and belly going down.

I lost in total 4 stones before op- was BMI 31 and am now BMI 30 but if i slimmed down too much it wouldnt suit me. x





Sian xx
 

bee2001

New Member
Hi
yeah know what you mean, it depends on your overall body shape and I'm bottom heavy
but hey yoy should be really proud of yourself
 
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