Mini Tummy Tuck: StoriesWrite a Review
Only Enough Skin for a Mini Tuck: May 6, 2011: Alberta, Canada
- posted 2 years ago
- updated 1 year ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $9,000
- Dr. Mehling (Alberta, Canada)
Hi to everyone. I am a mom of 3 amazing daughters....
- 19 Apr 2011
- 16 days pre
Hi to everyone. I am a mom of 3 amazing daughters. The first is turning 19 and she was a c-section birth and then there are my six year old twins (natural birth). My c-section was disastrous and left me with a wide ugly scar, which I had revised a year later, but it didn't heal well in the middle, so I was never happy with how it looked. I have always been fit and after both pregnancies was back to my normal weight of 126 lbs within 5 months but with stretchmarks on both sides. The ones on my butt never bothered me that much (first pregnancy) but the ones I developed this time around have brought me so much negative emotions and made me very self conscious. I have had Fraxel, Thermage and Titan on my abdomen and although I did see some improvement, it wasn't drastic.
I had three consults with different plastic surgeons and decided to go with the third Dr. He made me feel comfortable and I was really impressed with the photos of the tummy tucks he had preformed on previous patients with a similar build to mine. One comment made by all three Dr.'s was that I didn't have enough skin for a full tummy tuck (probably bc of the skin tightening procedures) unless I went with an upside down t-scar. I have stretchmarks above my navel (and tonnes below), so it was very disappointing to hear that they would have to stay. I have opted to have a mini, with muscle tightening but I still have to have a hip to hip incision.
I am booked for May 6th and I am getting very nervous, almost wanting to back out. I keep looking at the pictures on here of the scars and it freaks me out. I am also afraid of the recovery and the drain tubes, that looks so gross. I see others have set up recovery rooms but I just don't have anywhere to do that. I will have to keep sharing the bed with my husband during recovery... any suggestions on what will help to keep me comfortable (and him) in my queen bed would be greatly appreciated as would any words of encouragement.
Does everyone feel this way? I applaud everyone for posting pictures, it is interesting to see the transformation. It would be great to see some one or two year post ops too, which I plan to do.
Pictures to follow soon!
Today was the last workout before my surgery and...
- 4 May 2011
- 2 days pre
Had my surgery today and I feel great! Very...
- 6 May 2011
- On day of treatment
So - Day 2 Post-Op. I am feeling really good! I...
- 8 May 2011
- 2 days post
Day 3 post op - there was a blockage in my drain...
- 9 May 2011
- 3 days post
Day 5 Post Op: I am amazed at my body, not just...
- 11 May 2011
- 5 days post
Today is my Post-op Day 7. I am not on any pain...
- 13 May 2011
- 7 days post
I can wait to see what I look like next week.
Day 10 Post Op: Drain-less! Yes ... freedom. I am...
- 16 May 2011
- 10 days post
After that went to lunch and shopped - will probably be paying for that tonight. Now I just have to watch for fluid pockets around the incision - hope that doesn't happen. He said the likely-hood is low since my drain output was only at 10cc.
I still walk with a short gate - Geisha like short shuffle steps and slightly hunched over, so it seems like it takes forever to get around in big spaces. I would like to sleep in my bed (although I am now use to this recliner chair!)but my husband tosses and turns so much I am a bit afraid he might elbow me, so we will see - might have to build a pillow wall between us!
Two weeks post op today. I went to see the Dr. who...
- 20 May 2011
- 14 days post
Post op 4 weeks: I have recovered from last weeks...
- 3 Jun 2011
- 28 days post
I have been driving my kids to school and running errands since week two and there was no hiding that I had surgery, especially from school moms, so I have been answering a lot of questions. I found out one other Mom had a TT two years ago and a few others want to have it done but after seeing me walking, they thought it looked too painful, haha.
I returned to work four days ago; even though I sit at a desk, I still found it tiring.
Walking is easier but I have to be careful not to walk too quickly or with long strides (I am usually a very fast walker), so this is a challenge. If I do, I am quickly reminded with a twinge or strained feeling in my lower abdomen that I need to slow down or shorten my stride, yes body, I am listening.
I am now sleeping in bed with my husband but still on my back with pillows under my knees and a neck rest - oh fetal position, I miss you.
My butt is starting to look flat and I long to work out but I am just not ready yet. My next Post Op is on June 17, two weeks away.
How do I feel about my results right now? Its a definite improvement from what I started with. I still see stretchmarks, especially in the sun. Alas, I was hoping for a miracle but that is not happening. I feel this is the best result that could have been achieved in my situation. The alternative was a full TT with a long vertical scar and stretchmarks, I don't think that would have been better.
I pick myself apart and am my own worst critic. My husband thinks I look sexy and I need to be happy with that! Will I be able to shed this self consciousness and wear a bikini or will the one piece bathing suit be the only way I feel confident ... ?? Hmph.
5 Weeks Post-op: What a difference! Since my...
- 12 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
Just about to hit 8 weeks post op! Life is pretty...
- 29 Jun 2011
- 1 month post
I have yet to sleep on my side either, I am a fetal position sleeper normally but even with pillows under my legs, it is not comfortable. One really positive difference I have noticed after the TT is that I do not wake up 3 or 4 times in the night to pee!? That is a great extra bonus for me.
I have little to no swelling at night and just concentrating on healing my TT scar.
I still struggle with the stretchmarks. I bought two bikinis but not sure if I will have the guts to wear them. The more time that passes and the flatter my tummy gets, the more noticeable they are. Not sure if I will try and get anything done about that, as there seems to be no treatment that works to drastically improve their appearance.
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Dr. Mehling has an excellent bedside manner, he is very personable and friendly. I felt so comfortable with him and confident in his expertise. The entire staff was amazing!