Welcome to RealSelf's Tummy Tuck Community!

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I'm Kim, the Tummy Tuck Community Manager, and I'm here to help you...
  • find tummy tuck information
  • get support, and
  • answers to guide you through your tummy tuck journey.
More about me. I am...
  • 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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Yikes! I have tt surgery scheduled for September 3, 2014, I didn't think I would need Spanx etc to feel comfortable 3 months later (even just at night). Also, should I have dropped some weight for this? Kinda scared about procedure....it is keeping me up at night.
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Hi Ladies I had my extended abdomnoplasty 14 days ago. Very neat and the consultant was pleased with the procedure . Been at home. In recovery for the last 7 days. Ups and downs on my emotional roller coaster are quite extreme. But it's comforting to read this is normal. I feel like an Edwardian lady in my corset. Nearly standing upright now but back aches a bit. Enjoying the rest but feel a bit isolated. Hoping to walk to the corner shop on Saturday
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Hello RS Ladies, I am new to the site. I am ready to take the plunge and get a tummy tuck. I am in the process of lining up potential surgeons to meet for a consultation. I am interested in surgeons in the NY, NJ, or Conn. areas. Any advice/recommendations? This would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I received a quote for $17k for an extended tummy tuck, isn't that too much?
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That sounds very expensive. I would get a second opinion and ask around here for recommendations for your location.
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Wow... Yes that's extremely high. I used one of Houston's top surgeons and only paid $8200. Did that include lipo or an over night stay at the hospital? My sister in-law paid $14,000 but stayed over night.
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I just set up another consult with a local doc, hopefully this one is more realistic.
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He didn't mention that included the hospital stay, he did say because there are no drains there is more time in the OR so procedure will be expensive, but once I got the quote my jaw dropped! I live in CA, bay area location, if anyone on this forum can recommend someone great and within budget that would be awesome!
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I don't know why drainless would require more OR time. I would definitely get another opinion. I saw 3 surgeons before deciding on mine. Good luck!
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Way too expensive. I paid $8,500 in Bakersfield CA I did have drains and it did not include over night stay. We drove from Fresno 2hrs
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Drainless definitely takes longer....the surgeon stitches the entire flap down in order to adhere the top flap to the muscle fascia. Drain tucks only have the flap sewn down at your incision......the drains are placed in the abdomen under the flap in order to drain the fluid. A compression garment then helps the top adhere to the bottom by compression. So in drainless, picture your surgeon sewing down that top flap in various places from under your breast line down to your incision at the hip. I am not a doctor...I explained it the best way that I could, LOL!
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Sounds crazy high to me unless you are going to be in the hospital......in that case it wouldn't surprise me at all.
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Drainless sounds much more painful and difficult :-\
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Mine was 11500 including lipo of the flanks abs tt and breast augmentation but I was awake for it all just a numbing solution
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Depends where you are. I had a drainless tuck, lipo of flanks and a lift. I am so glad I didn't have the drains. Also, I haven't had to wear any of the binders, or Compression garments. My dr said the drainless only adds about 30 min to the or time.
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Had my tt and liposuction a month ago tomorrow. I have purchased so many girdles and find all so annoying. Does anyone suggest a really good one?!?! To wear under clothes. Also do u wear the girdle at night too?!?! I feel like a mummy.
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I loved and lived in my spanx I am 4 months post and at a month my doctor told me I didn't have to wear anything any more but I did cause I felt more comfortable then I went to just night at about 2 months I stopped all together good luck and enjoy your new body
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Thanks. Got the spanx. Use the binder at night. Def. Taking up advice.
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I found the Marena to be the most comfortable CG to wear under clothes. They run very true to size so look at the size chart before ordering. Mine was worth every penny. I'm 12 weeks now, don't wear one during the day but still do at night.
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OK thanks. At 12 weeks is your swelling less?
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It comes and goes, depending on my activity and what I eat. Went to a water park a week ago...looked 5 months prego when I left! Lol... The pain is gone, the swelling is just still there some.
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Omg..lol. my tummy is still sore to touch. Did u wear a swimsuit to water park? One piece or two?!?!
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