A realization. Extended Tummy Tuck & Flank Lipo - Altamonte Springs, FL

My story starts in April of 2011 when I finally...

My story starts in April of 2011 when I finally decided to get off my butt and lose the excess weight I'd been carrying around my entire life. After a number of failed, crash yo-yo diets in which I'd lose 20 or 40 pounds (only to regain that and more), I finally looked into weight loss in a more serious way. Over about a year I lost sixty pounds, and I have been maintaining my weight now (give or take three pounds) for about six months. I've gone from a size 16/18 to a 6/8, my blood pressure and resting heart rate have plummeted, and a recent physical and blood test attests my clean bill of health. I've come to realize that the remaining areas are mostly loose skin from years and years of being quite overweight (my high weight was 213, and I am 5'3) - although I still weigh 150 pounds, most do not think so when they see me in clothing and doctors and nurses are usually surprised by that number. I exercise at least three times a week, usually more, and I'm very very strong - all that muscle weighs a lot. So, I've turned to surgical intervention to finally complete my goal of getting the look I've worked so hard for.

After interviewing/consulting with more than five surgeons, I finally chose my provider - he left me feeling completely calm and confident after our meeting, a result to which no other surgeon even came close. I'm so, so nervous - I've avoided doctors almost my entire life and I've neer had surgery before, not even my wisdom teeth. I'm terrified of waking up during surgery unable to move like that awful movie "Awake", even though I know that's both sensationalized and a long shot - but I know that this is the next step in my journey, and that I'm doing something for which I'll thank myself for years to come.

Currently focusing on finishing this semester - spring is my last semester before I graduate, and my tummy tuck will be done during my winter break so I'll have four full weeks to do nothing but recover. My supportive parents and live-in boyfriend are standing behind me in this both financially and emotionally. I am an extremely, extremely lucky girl.

One thing I'd like some advice on - my doctor has proposed a skin-only procedure without any muscular repair, since I have only very slight diastasis as I've never had children. He proposes this because I'm only 23 and although I'm currently pretty sure I don't want to have children, if I ever do change my mind, the muscular repair would put pressure on the baby and although many women have perfectly healthy children after MR, the effects haven't been fully studied. What do you guys think? It would also cut a bit of the price and time off my procedure, but I do want to get the best possible result.

I am also considering brachioplasty and a medial thigh lift at future dates, as I've excess skin in these locations as well.

I'm a bit nervous about posting before and after pictures on a public forum, but would be happy to provide my before pictures to those who ask.

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Well, I decided to add before pictures. Hope I...

Well, I decided to add before pictures. Hope I don't regret it for any reason... and hope it ends up being helpful to someone else.

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Thanks for starting your story and adding pictures! As a woman who at age 23 NEVER wanted children, I would strongly advise against the muscle repair. I have three children now (age 37)...the clock started ringing for me about age 27. Anyway, I'd also ask the doctor whether a later pregnancy is more likely to cause stretchmarks ifyou have the TT now, and whether a pregnancy would affect the scar or skin above the scar adversely (I got stretchmarks around my BB ring scar because scar tissue doesn't stretch the same. Also if things were to get ugly after a pregnancy, would you be eligible for a second TT (including muscle repair) and what kind of results could you expect?
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I think I am gonna skip the MR, because my doctor palpated my stomach and said that my diastasis is "mild, if present at all," and only in the lower abdominals. I'm pretty sure I don't want kids, and I know for a FACT that if I do have them, I want to wait until I'm at least thirty. My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years (and I'm pretty sure he's the one), but I want the two of us to be able to have a life together before we settle down and make that kind of commitment. And since I want to wait that time anyhow, it makes sense to me to look great when I'm still really young, as opposed to waiting until I'm in my mid-thirties and being flabby during my twenties!
Your thought process is extremely rational. I do not regret for a second waiting with children so that my husband and I could have many years alone together to live, first! I'd still ask the questions above, but not let it sway me from the TT. You should enjoy your body while it's young, and live with that enhanced self-esteem as long as you can! Good luck :)

So the other night I had a dream about my...

So the other night I had a dream about my procedure... I don't remember it very well but I guess everything went alright, which is surprising considering I'm constantly terrified I'm going to wake up during my anesthesia (or not wake up at all), have urinary retention, not like my results, what have you - I'm a nervous person by disposition. I have to say, though, I'm also getting excited... I keep looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, "Man, I'm gonna look pretty good without this tummy!" Excited to have it done with, can't believe it'll be done in just over a month! For now, immersing myself in my studies. :)

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Looking forward to seeing your results! Good luck my dear!!!
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Hi, your scheduled for a TT the day after me... lets be TT buddies.... good luck with your preps. I think you should go for it.... your only young once. I agree with your thought rationale as well. I am a lot older than you and have had two kids (who are now teenagers) but we all come to this big decision for varying reasons, none less important than the others at any age... so I say... go for it. Look forward to speaking with you. Happy prep time (34 days for you ???) ... Suzi
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Soooo, I just realized that my surgery is at 12...

Soooo, I just realized that my surgery is at 12 noon on 12/12/12... is that a good omen or a bad one?

Also can't believe it took me this long to get that.

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Thinking about you this morning and sending hugs your way.  12/12/12 at noon is a very lucky number:)  You are all good.

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It's a good omen! This is a reward for you! You don't need to dread it. Everyone gets through it :).
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