9 Feelings You Have Before, During & After Tummy Tuck

  • 4 years ago

Part 2 of the Tummy Tuck Survival Guide

  1. Excitement – yahoo my hanging tummy is gone and I will look great.
  2. Anxiety – too many topics to cover on this one! Oh good lord I was a mess for about two weeks.
  3. Happiness – you really are happy you did this.
  4. Sadness – yes you will cry at the Hallmark Ads. Have no clue why but it passes quickly.
  5. Depression – mild though irritating
  6. Pain pain and more pain – this gets better by the day so hang on
  7. Exhilaration – ahhhh bliss my double muffin top is gone.
  8. Confusion – or as I like to refer to as the “What the Heck Was I Thinking” moments.
  9. 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.

If you have any questions please reach out to me at Kimmers25

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I'm 15 days post op and I experienced every single one of these feelings. You really nailed it with this! :) thank you!!!
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You bet:)   How are you feeling now?
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I'm feeling sore. Worked yesterday the day after staples and stitches were removed and I'm a bit concerned with the redness since the staples are out. Wasn't concerned before, has looked good all along. - I posted a pic on my page. What are you thoughts? ( if you have a chance maybe you could take a look.). Thanks!
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I'm just wondering how people feel years after the tummy tuck. Does the fat come back? If so, do you look worse than before?
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It's been over 4 years for me. No the fat doesn't come back if you eat well and exercise. I'm the size I was in high school now
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I am 4 .5 years out and still loving the results.  It does take work though.  You need to exercise and maintain a healthy diet at all times.  If you gain weight it could harm your results.
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Thanks for the info and encouragement! I'll be post 1 week tomorrow. #excited
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Can't wait to hear back from you:)
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You go girl. I remeber when i began my journey . I was on here 24/7 , im glad i can help.
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this was awesome thank you
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You are very welcome:)
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Hi Kimmers25, Have you had anyone write about having the hanging apron after the t.t. surgery? I was doing fine until this huge hanging skin/tissue came back and now it has to have a revision. I am 8 weeks p.o.
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Hey girl,
Sorry to hear you are struggling after surgery.  Please click the links below for some additional information on this issue.

Belly After Tummy Tuck


Loose Skin After Tummy Tuck
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Diet and exercise will not work for many. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. A tummy tuck repairs damaged, separated muscles and removes excess, hanging skin. For these issues, no amount of diet or exercise will fix your tummy. I am almost 4 weeks post op. Unremarkable surgery and recovery. Everything's going smoothly. Best gift I could ever give myself!! Good luck to those waiting and happy healing to all in recovery!!
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I wondered for years why I couldn't get any core strength in my muscles. Then discovered that I needed a muscle repair - the tummy tuck was just the bonus :) Haven't regretted it for a second. It's not a 'walk in the park', but the small amount of initial discomfort is soon forgotten :)
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completely agree!
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I spent the last 4.5 years working out and doing Pilates...lost about 40lbs after 4 kids and 2 c sections. After 3years of researching and then finding a surgeon I went for a consult last November. He confirmed my ventral hernia and diasitis recti along with that lovely extra lower belly skin...7 weeks later I am still not quite believing what I see in the mirror...so terrified of gaining weight that I think I am now obsessed with exercising! In a size 8 now....from a 12 and the swelling hasn't fully gone down yet - what took me so long?!
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I just had my tummy tuck and breast done 10 years ago and I am so glad I did! I was scared about pain but it was not as bad as I expected! Day 4 I stopped using meds. I am sooo glad this site was the final push I needed!!! After three kids I so needed this:) Thks to all for sharing stories!
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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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I am 6 months out and have lived through pulmonary embolism and almost died; ai get To take blood thinners daily that make me naueatrd. I'm exhaustedst of the time. A staph infection that split open my scar and still has not healed; cannot get in my swimming pool because scar wil not heal; now learned I have a hernia so should not overuse muscles further limiting my physical activities. You be the judge?
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I had a DVT at 10 weeks pregnant so you can imagine what I went through thinking not only about myself but my unborn child! I had to inject twice a day for the duration of my pregnancy and then 3 months post delivery. I now have to use an anticoagulant for any surgery and flying 4+ hours. I know that the anticoagulants work as long as they have your weight they can calculate the right dosage. Keep being positive and you will get through it, it will be worth it!
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Very frightening ladies:(
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Did they test you cor a fitting disorder, like Factor 5? I would ask to be tested.
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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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