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9 Feelings You Have Before, During & After Tummy Tuck

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• Excitement – yahoo my hanging tummy is gone and I will look great.

• Anxiety – too many topics to cover on this one! Oh good lord I was a mess for about two weeks.

• Happiness – you really are happy you did this.

• Sadness – yes you will cry at the Hallmark Ads. Have no clue why but it passes quickly.

• Depression – mild though irritating.

• Pain pain and more pain – this gets better by the day so hang on

• Exhilaration – ahhhh bliss my double muffin top is gone.

• Confusion – or as I like to refer to as the “What the Heck Was I Thinking” moments.

• Worry – what if my swelling doesn’t go down, will this pain end, what if my jeans don’t fit, hope I don’t gain weight because I am not exercising, my house is dirty and I can’t clean right now. Oh hell the list goes on. As women and mothers I think this is our favorite pass time so just roll with it. Nobody will die, the kids will survive and you can get the house back in order later. If people come to visit and don’t like your dirty house just send them packing……or hand them the mop and dust rag.

All of these feelings are totally normal so just ride the rollercoaster and know it will stop eventually. I am pretty sure my husband felt like he was living with Cybil for a couple of weeks. The moods changed more that I emptied my drains. Come on ladies ride the coaster with grace and be happy and proud that you did this procedure for yourself. We are so worth it. We have labored and delivered children so we can definitely survive this one.

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hey all! i had a tt and breast done 6 weeks ago. everyone wants a nice body i was always small 100 lbs after 2 kids i gained 50 lbs alot of streatch marks so i decided i wanted a tt. ONLY thing that made me nervous was a blood clot but was told over and over its so rare in 12 yrs the nurse has never seen anyone with one soo i said lets do it. 6 days after surgery my tube look clogged so went to see surgeon and he noticed my breathing was off he sent me to e.r where i had a cat scan come to find out i did have a pulmonary embolism was put in an ambulance and rushed to a hopsital where i stayed for 5 days. Now i have to be on blood thinners for 6-12 months i have 2 blood draws every week im to stay between 2.0-3.0 and in one week ive been from 2.9 to 1.9 to 1.5 anything under 2.0 im able to clot again. the e.r dr. who told me i had the p.e was rude and said this was going to kill me and that i would go peaceful. So i now have a small stomach...bigger boobs...and my day consists of about 2-3 of crying scared my blood is to thin and i have internal bleeding or to thick and im going to build another clot thats going to kill. every other day im at the dr getting blood work done. WORTH IT...? NOT even close i would rather have the weight learn to deal with it and cope with a size 14-16 then xope with this surgery almost actually killed me. i paid over 10k to almost die 6 days later for what?? DIET EXECISE the trama for a YEAR is not worth it in my option. yes p.e are rare but guesz what they happen. i also just to clear this is set my alarm and from night one i was up walking every 3 hours because getting a clot was my only fear with this surgery. Now i have 6-12 months to worry i dont get hurt and bleed to death my monthy periods are going to be ok or not and deal with a year of healing and swelling to much for something so dumb as to get a flat stomach...really wishing i would of worked out ate right and done it the right way ur actually healing for a year with a tt take that year be health work with someone and do it right u never know whats going to happen and i did everything right. now my life is a mess with 2 kids and a husband. life can be short id rather be out running with the kids with my old weight then laying in bed 7 weeks after tt crying and wondering if im going to make it with the meds and healing and complications. Each to there own but for me i thank god everyday my clot was small enough that it didnt kill me and its stuck in my lung and that i make it thru this...i tell myself everyday how stupid i was to put my self....my family through all this for a flat stomach. give it alot of thought so much they dont say about semona's and pain and clot and so on. Anyways thats my story good luck all!
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Hi girls I'm so excited I'm getting my surgery on May 16. Reading all this help me to know what to expect but at the same time it makes scare..Hope all is worth at the end. I'm flying to the Dom Rep. To get this done and I am praying to be able to be up and ready after two weeks..Can't wait ;)
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Hi there! I'm having my TT on May 6 here in Boston. Best of luck to you! I'm excited and terrified!
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Good luck on your TT. I am six months out and it is the best thing ive ever done. Mentally prepare yourself and you will be golden. People that aren't prepared struggle. The fact that I was aware this could be a good year of recovery and I recognized the emotions as they came made it much easier to get through.
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If it wasn't for this website, I would not have had any idea about the emotional rollercoaster that is encountered during recovery. Glad I know about it so I am not surprised when it happens. Are you still swollen 6 months out? I hope I can at least enjoy July and August but that remains to be seen. Thanks for your encouraging words!
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No I am only swollen when I exercise or if I am on my feet for like 12 hours a day in heels (which sometimes happens because of work). I do believe I was swollen for about 8-10 weeks after surgery. If you have to go back to work you may want to check into finding pants that will fit over the binder. I tried the Spanx but I didn't think they kept me compressed enough. You are going to be so happy you did it. It gets frustrating at times but especially after 12 weeks I started getting very excited and feeling back to myself.
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Hello I Ann I just got my TT yesterday 4/7/14 and I haven't seen my stomach yet not till 2maro I'm a little afraid of what it might look like I know it's bruised and swollen right now I just can't wait to take this off just to see but then again I don't know if I really wanna see it!! What should I expect??
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!! I had my TT on 3/25 and I am a freaking mess: sad, happy, anxious over everything, under rested, sore, did I mention anxious. This has been much harder than I thought!!
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Hang on tight and things will improve.   Just breath......this is all temporary and your will start feeling better very soon.  You are still pretty fresh into the recovery and all of these thoughts you are having are normal.  

Keep checking in and let me know how you are doing.  Stay active in the community and forums and that will help you!   Everyone on here get's what you are going through.  You can do this so hold on.
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Thank you Kimmers! As of today, I have a rash under my binder and a spot on my face. I see my PS today.
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How did the appointment go today?   Try wearing a super soft all cotton tank top under your binder.  That will give you a little protection and comfort.  

The rash could be from the meds as well.  
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Thank you for checking on me! I rec'd a prednisone dose pack (would love to know when to expect relief). I was able to take my first shower in 13 days!! I am still itchy and blotchy. I took off the big surgical binder and switched to a spanx. I was going to go back to work today, i am two weeks post-op. I will wait and try in a few days. I am so happy that I found this forum... I take comfort in reading about others' experiences!
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You bet!   The medication and change of binder should help.  Two weeks off work simply isn't enough in my book.  I was off a little over 3 weeks and was glad for that.  The extra week really helped.  

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I went to work for 4.5 hours. I am now back home. My belly feels tight and this itching is driving me crazy!! I feel tired, but not awful. Glad I went and glad I am back home.
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I had a full to on 3\20 man this first week has been one for the books...my drains come out Friday can't wait! Still in a lot of pain...having all these feelings I've read here to...I'm hoping for brighter days.
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Brighter days are ahead:)   Glad you are here with us in the forum.
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Thank you..got my drains out a week ago thank god! My question is my stomach did look like it went down, but now I look really swollen it's almost worry some to me... is this normal? I feel like I'm swelling more and more. It's only been 2.5 weeks post op. All opinions greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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The swelling will come and go from morning to night and day to day.  Have you increased your activity level a bunch?    If so that will cause more swelling at this point in the recovery.  

If you feel that it's extreme make sure to have your doctor check this out.  You need to make sure that you don't have a fluid build up.  Probably not, but always best to have this checked out.  My doctor had told me that if my belly felt like a water bed to call asap.
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Yeah l probably over did it the other day, but have been laying around for 3 days swelling has gone done a lot. I just can't stand laying around but I want to recover. I saw on YouTube the fluid build up so I was sure I didn't have that. Pain has gone down to about a 3 at times pretty good now. Just can't wait to get back to work and working out. Thanks for the answers :)
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Really needed to read that right now - the 'worry' and 'depression' mixed in with the pain and the swelling is doing my head in. Knowing I'm not the only one to feel like this afterwards is a relief :)
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You are not alone, there are many here who will help support you.   How are you doing now?
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Getting better and the pain is subsiding, just the weird taughtness across the tummy and occasional boob ache. Just the lack of energy to deal with - really affects the motivation. But I keep reminding myself that this surgery is no trivial thing and will take time to recover from. Thanks for your support, don't know what I'd have done without the support of my fellow travellers :)
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All of these comments I can so relate until. It does help knowing I'm not the only one. I am exactly 1 week post op from the 2nd surgery. First tt on March 31 then hematoma on Tuesday. Last week a couple of chats with God later I decided that living was still the best option. Now, home for 2 days, still can't shower, still very swollen and drains that aren't leaving me soon. I go for my first post op apt tomorrow and am so looking forward to hearing anything positive. This recovery is no cake walk. Hoping for some results soon!!
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Hi Daimaund- so sorry to hear this! I think I knew going into this that it would be hard, but I truly had no idea how hard it would be. If I knew then what I know now... Well, I am not sure I would have has the surgery. I know with time I will feel different. Keep your chin up and keep us posted on your recovery!
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Yeah, that tightness will hang around for a while.  Go easy and with the flow for a while and your energy will return.   Your body needs to heal, and will do so at it's own pace.
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