My tummy tuck: a weight has been lifted
NancyM on 19 Jun 2009 at 1:17pm
A lot of plastic surgeons perform Tummy Tuck surgery--but finding the one that's right for you can sometimes be a difficult process. RealSelf.com reader, Heather from South Carolina, learned that sometimes choosing the right Tummy Tuck doctor has more to do with bedside manner and follow-up care than with the procedure itself. We interviewed Heather to find out more about her Tummy Tuck surgery with Georgia Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Billy Lynn
What made you decide to have a Tummy Tuck?
I've always wanted to have the Tummy Tuck done.
Between having children and being a bit overweight, I just felt embarrassed--really only in front of my husband. It didn't show under my clothes, but you could see my saggy skin and stretch marks when my clothes were off.
Other people would say, "you don't need a Tummy Tuck!" and I'd say, "oh yes I do--you just haven't seen me!" So I waited until I knew I wasn't going to have any more children--I didn't want to have it done and then ruin everything. I knew I also needed a hysterectomy. My doctor knew I wanted a Tummy Tuck and he said I could actually do both surgeries at the same time--so that's what I did.
One thing I remember happened last summer--I was in the garden pulling weeds and it was really hot out. My then 3-year old son was with me.
I pulled my shirt up a little bit to just cool off and he said, "Oh! That's scary!" It was pretty funny--and innocent--but I thought if that's what my little baby said, what must my husband think!?
How do you feel post-tummy tuck?
I feel much more confident--even though no one else really sees it, I feel it. I feel better about myself and I guess I express that to other people--it shows in my personality. It's like a weight's been lifted.
I feel very confident around my husband, too. I bought my bikini and I put it on before he came home from work--I never would've done that before! I just feel sexier and it's really boosted my self-confidence.
Tummy tuck before and recovery photos
How did you choose your plastic surgeon?
My ob/gyn is friends with Dr. Billy Lynn and referred me to him. He said he was a good guy and that I'd like him. I did, but I also went to see another doctor. It was really about price quite frankly. But whenever I went to the other doctor, he was just arrogant. Dr. Lynn understood me and made me feel comfortable. He understood what it was that would really make me happy.
Even the fact that he recommended that I NOT get a breast lift because he thought I'd be more disappointed with the scarring I'd have from that than with the bit of breast sagging I have now. That impressed me. He wasn't in it just to try and get more money out of me. He didn't try to sell me on any other procedures. He seemed to genuinely care about what would make me happiest.
Tummy tuck after photo
What do you know now that wish you knew before your tummy tuck?
My doctor was so good about explaining everything up front and what to expect. I guess the most painful thing was when they took the drains out. If there was something I could say I wish I knew about, it was that--but there was really nothing I could've done about it.
I guess if I were to give advice to someone, I'd say be prepared for a long recovery. I'm 7 weeks out and I still can't mop or clean the floor. I only started walking for exercise recently and I have to wear the compression garment because the bouncing around can hurt.
I'm happy--I'm not thinking of anything else but if I were to ever consider anything it probably would've been some Liposuction on my thighs! I can see how people want to have more done after having a good experience...I can see how people get addicted. But I'm very pleased with what I've had done.
The doctor is going to repair one of the incisions on my side--a "dog ear"--I hadn't even noticed it and I'm not sure I would've to be honest, but he did. That's the kind of doctor Dr. Lynn is--and I was happy it was him who noticed rather than me coming back and complaining. I wondered how much this was going to cost, but he said it was included. So since it's covered already, I'm going to have it taken care of. But I'll get through our family vacation first!
Thanks to Heather for sharing her story.