Before and After Tummy Tuck: This Mommy Wants a Makeover

luvmyboys on 13 Jan 2014 at 9:00am

before and after tummy tuck photos

RealSelf community member luvmyboys is a 38 year-old registered nurse who started her surgical journey in April 2013. This is her story, in her own words.

I have three boys and they were big babies. No matter what kind of exercising I did, I knew that the extra skin was never going to go away. Every time I got dressed I thought, "Is someone going to see this pouch?"

I found my doctor on RealSelf. I read through the questions he responded to, and looked through his before and afters. He was actually the only consultation I went to, because once I met him, I knew that I didn’t want anyone else to touch me.  

I also thought why not get "the girls" put back where they belong? My total cost came out to $12,650. I received a $250 credit for being an RN and a $500 credit for combining my breast lift with my tummy tuck.

before and after tummy tuck photos

My initial thought when I first saw myself after surgery was, “Why did I wait so long?” It’s funny because you are so worried about the tummy tuck scar -- but do you want a scar that you can cover with bikini bottoms or do you want flab hanging over your bikini bottoms?

The recovery process is like a rollercoaster, though. When the surgery is first done and you can actually see the difference you say, “Wow, this is great!” Then you feel like garbage. You're so tired. I would joke that every hour of activity meant I would need an hour nap.

Having a tummy tuck is like childbirth, people can tell you what it’s like, but you don’t really know until you’re there.

You say before surgery, “Yeah, yeah, it’s going to hurt ... and yeah, yeah, it’s going to take some time to recover,” but you don’t know you’re going to be winded walking your kid to the bus. 

before and after tummy tuck photos

Having my husband’s help was invaluable. He helped with the kids, made dinner, emptied my drains and was my cheerleader. We had a trip planned, and whenever I’d say, “Why did I do this? This is terrible ...” He’d say, “Stay focused, think of your bikini and think of June when we go away. It will be worth it."

People are usually quiet about plastic surgery, it’s very hush hush. But when I went back to work, and if someone asked me why I was out, I told them, “Well, to be honest with you, I had a tummy tuck.” It’s funny because when you tell the truth, everyone says, “Oh my gosh, I want one too!” Then they ask, “Who’s your doctor?"

Prior to my surgery, I never would have admitted that I had this [stomach], but now I’m like, "Do you want to see my before picture?"

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im a mom of 3 as well and I'm 26. my tt surgery is june 3!!! the more i read the more nervous I'm getting.. all three were c sections so I'm wondering if its kind of the same deal with the drainage and what not... any input?
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Amazing change, you must be feeling on top of the moon now. This will be an inspiration to many who are still in doubt whether to do it or not. I have seen my cousin go through that phase. She was very nervous and could not make a decision on whether to have the TT or not. It took n number of photos, videos and testimonials to convince her. She finally got the TT done from Dr. Atul Kesarwani at the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic at Toronto. I always tell her to share her experience with others but she is very clumsy about such things. Good that you decided to share yours.
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can u pls put the date afer the surgery pics? u look so amazing. I wish my result will be like this. I will be doing this on 3.13. I know will be painful like dying but well...I hate the saggy skin. would it be hurting like having a csection? after 1 week, u feel normal? a nurse told me this but I wondered a week?
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You don't feel normal for about 8 weeks. It's hard to walk upright - the skin is tight and the muscles weak and sore. The incision heals quickly the rest of the tummy is long. At four months post op I still have no sensation below the belly button and only yoga pants are comfy.
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hi, your cream/ beige color of your 2nd pic was loose and nice. may I ask u where u got it? I want to get something loose for mt coming up TT. thanks
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I agree where did you get that its beautiful!
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Thank you for sharing your story. You look amazing.
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You look beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story! :)
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Great review! You look fantastic!!
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Wow well done
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Good stuff… vry helpful to loss the bulkiness or fat of the body and give our tummy a good shape …. Keep posting such tips …
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amazing!! congratulations :) im small but i have a gut from just being a "stress-eater"/ over-eater. So I am trying to lose it with exercise and strict diet but some days i wish i could get a procedure done to look like you
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