worth it at 6 weeks, not after 9 months beware of keloid scars

I am 48 years old soon to be 49 (2 mos. away). I...

I am 48 years old soon to be 49 (2 mos. away). I had a breast lift with implants, extended tummy tuck, with lipo to hips and flanks. The whole package! I am very pleased with the results and glad that I went for it. I am still wearing a compression garmet during the day to reduce swelling but it is very minimal. I eat a regular diet and have not really reduced salt intake as some others on this site so that is probably why I still have some swelling. I just had my 6 week po appt. and the doc says that I am doing great.

Glad to hear you are doing well Terri!  The whole package is a great way to go! :)

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Yay for success! Thanks for posting your experience here on RealSelf. I think most ladies have swelling at 6 weeks (and beyond) whether or not they eat salt.

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My update is much different from my 6 week po...

My update is much different from my 6 week po review.

It is now 9 months po and I regret the tummy tuck.

My belly button is a keloid scar and everyone that sees it cringes. I also have a fat pocket on my right side. The ps said that I need lipo, its a fat pocket. I didn't know that parts of a tummy tuck are not liposuctioned and you can get a fat pocket.

I cannot fit a q-tip into my belly button and it feels like it is still scarring and closing up. The purpose of my TT was to wear a bikini so I am very disappointed.

I wish that I knew that I was prone to scaring before the surgery and steps could have been taken to avoid the keloid belly button.
I would never post comments about a specific patient here or elsewhere, but in a generic and hypothetical scenario if someone had hypertrophic or keloid scarring (from a surgical procedure or injury) I would (and have many times) work with the patient to improve the scarring as best possible. As a plastic surgeon I have many "tools" at my disposal in order to improve hypertrophic and keloid scars. Every patient is warned about the risks of surgery in advance, including poor scarring, and I do not have the luxury/burden of picking who gets good/bad scars. Thankfully, the large majority of patients end up with perfectly acceptable scars. For those who do not, I am willing to work with them to remedy the situation. Thank you.
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Just because one is warned it can happen, doesn't mean they want to just suck it up because it looks bad...come on!
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Sorry to hear about this. I am 7 1/2 months PO and my tt scar is raised and ugly. I too wish I would have steered clear of TT and my BB is messed up too. Check out my pics and you'll see what I mean.
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