TT depression

  • Usmcwifey
  • 1 year ago

I have gone to a couple of consultations for a full TT with MR.  I have decided which PS I will be getting my TT with but now I'm getting more and more afraid to book the surgery date to have it done.  I have been wanting a TT for years.  The PS I am going to go with is amazing!  Dr. Tattlebaum in Maryland so I know I am in capable hands and that he will do a fantastic job.  I understand that the healing process is not a walk in the park.  Now hearing about all the depression people are going through, it makes me question if I really want to do this.  Was it really worth it to you?  

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I never thought I would ever need a TT.  Having had my tummy horrifically deformed by Smart Lipo 6 yrs ago, I finally realized that I needed a TT if I ever had hopes of feeling normal.  The procedure has not been as rough as most have reported and I'm pretty sure the results will be worth it.  I think you'll be really happy with yourself - and you will appreciate looking better in clothes.
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I want to add, now that I am eight months post op, it is totally worth it; so happy I did it! The recovery is long, though. I can't kid you about that. I didn't feel like myself till three to four months post op.
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I am PO 18 days. I have had very little depression. Mostly boredom! I am very happy with my results. I think the key is to be patient and keep your expectations low/within reason. I am so happy to look normal!
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Im pod 23 and expericing a little depression due to scarring i love the results though can't wait for 1 year to past to see if it looks the same no keloids or anything just dark i knew to expect this but thought i could handle it but yes it was worth it!!! I have to stop looking at it.
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Yes! No depression here at all, which I found quite shocking considering I had post-partum depression with both of my children. Every day I wake up and tell myself I am going to have a good day and I do! I have been stretching and rehabbing my body. 13 days po and I am sleeping on my back flat at night.
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I did not have any issues with depression. I had a tt and bl. I definitely had better days than others when it come to how I was feeling physically but emotionally, I never had a problem. I have found that everything I went through has been worth it. Be ready physically (be in good shape!) and mentally (educate yourself on what the recovery is like) and focus on the positives and you will be fine. It's all worth it!!!!!
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Sooooo worth it! I wish i would have done it sooner. You do have to be realistic with expectations. Going on this website really helped to see how the ups and downs can be with this surgery.
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Wanted to add to my previous response...have definitely had both good and bad days. The first week was the most painful but in some ways I miss it because at least then I wasn't expecting to feel good or be productive! The hard part for me mentally has been weeks 3-7 post op where I have been back at work and drain free, looking normal at least when clothed, but tired and uncomfortable for at least part of every day. After the pain mostly passes, you still have scattered spasms, swelling, and stiffness. I am a little slower to heal than average per my PS which is frustrating. And I have five kids and a busy job so it's not like I have had much time to put my feet up after the initial post op period. But I would do it again. Pain and discomfort are part of being alive! ;) I endured difficult pregnancies with C sections, a blood clot, multiple sports injuries, and postpartum depression...this is a piece of cake if placed in the proper perspective.
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Thanks new self .... Helpful post xx
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Hi USMCwifey, I would not be too scared of the emotional rollarcoaster. I think my tummy tuck was so worth it! I would be aware of the recovery being emotionally difficult at times. For me, weeks 1-2 were the hardest physically and weeks 3-4 were the hardest emotionally. Here's an excerpt from my blog of my opinion and explanation that you may find helpful in understanding more about the post tummy tuck "depression" that many of us experienced. I think it's a little complicated and different for each person. But in general I think everyone can relate to some of this- Feelings of sadness after plastic surgery are normal. You have been mentally preparing for your surgery for weeks, months, or maybe even years. The excitement and anticipation was nerve wrecking but mostly great, waiting for the day to come that you will rid yourself of your flabby tummy. As you wake up from surgery and go home, you are instantly removed from your normal routine. The lack of normal socialization with friends and family is isolating. Your body may feel like you were rocked by a truck. It hurts to laugh, cough and sneeze. You can't stand up straight. You can't take a shower. You have drains that are awkward to walk around with. The pain meds make you constipated. Lack of physical exercise can cause you to not sleep as well. Lack of physical intimacy from your partner can make you not feel human. You are not suppose to lift anything heavier than 10 lbs for 2-3 weeks- this means no picking up your children which can be heartbreaking if they ask you to. In general, the recovery is likely more difficult then you expected it to be. It is important to know this will not last forever. You will feel normal again. If you are feeling sad or depressed after your tummy tuck, be patient and try to think positively. Positive thinking promotes better healing and better relaxation. Waiting out the healing period is important before passing too much judgement on how you look. Your results will change each week for a few months. Follow your PS's instructions to increase your chances of having a great result. Expect that you will be sore, tired, irritable, unsure, sad, bloated, bored, anxious, restless and unable to sleep at times. Your body may be asymmetrical, swollen, bruised, tender to the touch, firm or hard, experiencing irritation from tape or ejected stitches, have a tingling sensation and be numb. Subtle changes or flaws that you see in the mirror may not be visible to others because we are our own worst critic. Once healed, changes can be seen best with the help of your before-and-after photos. This really helped me gain perspective! But if you still do not like the end result, after you are fully healed, you can discuss a revision with your PS. Sometimes along the way, you will need to vent your feelings and it can be very therapeutic to do so. You should talk to your trusted loved ones, your plastic surgeon and your support on RealSelf. Healing just takes time. This journey is about a year long recovery, so buckle up. Proper nutrition and lots of rest are essential for optimum healing. Be well and good luck.
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Thank you very much for this! I am PO 16 days and feel super tired and depressed, anxious, can't sleep and stiff and uncomfortable in my compression garment. Your words were very comforting, and I will keep them in mind.
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you know I think it was SO worth it!! my body is still not perfect, but its SO much better!! i don't have to worry about my stomach accidentally showing. i might even wear a bikini. my thighs and pelvic area got a good lift and look better, even my breasts are firmer. my butt is not as awesome, but that's because i really needed a circumvential tt. I'll finish it someday! i had no regrets, no depression. SO SO happy I did it!!
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I would do it again and I beleive a lot of the depression you hear about is people who were not mentally ready. This is more mental than anything else. As long as you have reasonable expectaions and know that just because you want your scar super low, keep in mind that it may not be able to be as low as you would like. We as women are always trying to fix the next flaw and just because your tummy is fixed doesnt mean you wont find something else you do not like. Taking all the tummy skin my make your butt appear to be less attractive, I am just saying make sure you are mentally prepared. Good Luck
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Yes, it is definitely worth it! The hardest thing to me has been being honest to my husband and do about pain instead of trying to be a hero! The recovery is a long process, but if you are like me and spent part of every day worrying over your belly and how to conceal it, it will be great!
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YES! Totally worth it. It's a big surgery so recovery has its ups and downs but very very few of us would say we would NOT do it again. Trust your surgeon and make sure you have help lined up at home for the first week or two. You'll do great.
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