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I'm Kim, the Mini Tummy Tuck Community Manager, and I'm here to help you...

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  • answers to guide you through your tummy tuck journey.

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  • a tummy tuck and breast reduction recipient
  • I am a 49 year old wife and mother who decided it was time to take her body back.  My passion is to support,encourage, educate and guide RealSelf users through their process

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Comments (7)

If you only have 1-2 pounds removed with a mini tummy tuck, does that mean you would only have to worry about 1-2 pounds if you gained it somewhere else on your body?
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Hi! I"m new here. Was just thinking of getting a mini tummy tuck. But after researching, I am so scared of problems afterwards....like weight gain in other areas.. I am 48, 5 children. 5'2, 125 pounds. I exercise 5-6 times a week, love being fit and healthy, which is why all my working out but never getting the results from it, in my stomach area, drive me crazy. I know I have extra loose skin from having babies....and exercise probably will never get rid of it. I always thought I would love to get a tummy tuck, and just get the extra skin taken off. -But I never knew that it's not just that simple. That weight can come back in other places, like butt, thighs, back....I'm not very tall, and I really don't want any extra weight on my butt and thighs! I've also heard that removing fat cells from your stomach, can mess with your hormones and metabolism??? Is this true? For one to two pounds of extra skin, I wonder if I would be better off not to take the risk of having a tummy tuck?? I have googled this topic SO much, and still can't find people several years after this to see if there body's have changed for the worse. Do you have any info, or advice that may help? (I did go to a surgeon, and have a consult a year ago. He said a mini would work, with a small bit of lipo on the love handle area. :He said, if you put on weight, then it would go somewhere else. does this make people look funny, or different?? thanks!
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Welcome to RealSelf.  I personally have not found this to be true after my tummy tuck.  I am 4 1/2 years post op and still loving my results.  The key to maintaining the results is diet and exercise.  A tummy tuck definitely requires upkeep and work after surgery.  

My best advice would be to go and have 2-3 consults to start the process.  I also had the extra skin from weight loss.  I was never able to shed this with exercise.  That muffing top was not going anywhere without the surgery.   Let me know what you decide.  

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Did they do any lipo along with your tummy tuck? -I am relieved to hear that you still like your results that long post op. So you really haven't gained any weight? I will probably make some consult appt's. There is one huge plastic surgery group in my city, that have all board certified doctors, etc. I know I would want to go there. Would you consult with different doctors within the same group? Or would you just want the one with the most experience in tummy tucks?
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Yes, I had lipo of my outer thighs, hips and butt with the tummy tuck.   I allow myself a 5 pound flex for my weight but no more than than.  I can't resist the brats and beer...LOL    I am usually up 5 pounds during the fall football season, and then down by spring.   That has not affected my shape at all.  I make sure to get on the scale 2 times a week just to keep an eye on the number.  This keeps me honest and on track.  

I had consults from different practices.  As long as they are all board certified you will be good.  Although it wouldn't hurt to have a couple from within the same practice.  Keep doing your research because this is the most important part of the process.  

Let me know how everything goes.

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I'm going to jump in here as well and offer my experience. I had my TT almost a year ago. I am 5"5 and currently weigh around 138. I am 51 and going thru menopause. I was pretty much a clean eater but have a sweet tooth. I have put on about 12 pounds in the last 6 months. It doesn't sound like alot but has changed the way I look. It has gone to my flanks, upper back. A little in my thighs and a little in my belly. I will def take this off and am working with a nutritionist for the first time in my life. I work out 4-5 times a week and have been for years, and have maintained a weight of 128 until recent. I agree with Kimmers. You have to maintain your weight or else it will go to other places. To me, it is worth it to get the TT. I love having my muscles repaired and a flat tummy. It's not the TT that has me looking like this now, it's that I am eating too many carbs. As soon as I lose this 10-15 lbs I will be ecstatic. Absolutely go for it.
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I am looking to chat with someone what has just had a mini TT for mutual support!
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