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What About the Leftovers? - Barrington, IL

I had my tummy tuck and breast lift on December...

I had my tummy tuck and breast lift on December 16th. I am 33 years old and lost 80lbs 6 years ago. It was at that time that I had a breast reduction which prompted the weight loss. 80lbs light I was left with a lot of loose skin on my belly and breasts that looked like shriveled raisins.

The decision to have the surgery was not an easy one and even up to the day of the surgery I was crying and upset.  I just kept thinking that I should be happy I lost the weight and live a healthy happy lifestyle, I shouldn't care what I look like. But at the end of the day I could not get past hating the way I looked.

My surgery went well and the doctor told me that he had removed 4lbs of loose skin off my stomach. 4lbs!! Who knew I had that much there! No liposuction needed! I cried I was so happy because then I knew I really did all I could and there was no workout that was going to take care of that loose skin. For my breasts he didn't remove any fatty tissue, just took a triangle of skin out and resculpted my breasts so that my nipple now faced outward, instead of up.

I am 5 days post op now. Have drains in and am feeling really good. The drains are more a pain then anything. They don't hurt, they just get in the way. I feel like once I get them out I can start moving around a bit more. I do get tired fairly easy and really have to relax. I cannot wait to take a shower. For now I am reduced to having my husband wash my hair in the sink and a sponge bath everyday.

My scar looks amazing! I have seen a lot of pictures and I think mine looks like one of the best. It is low, flat and skinny.

My doctor was great and had a nice bedside manner. Even sent me flowers in the hospital for a speedy recovery!

I am very happy that I made this decision! I look forward to not being as self conscious about my tummy and years of loving myself!

Welcome and congratulations on your wonderful results.  Hang in there and things will get easier as you heal.  

Your story sounds exactly like mine.  BR, lost a large amount of weight then headed for the TT.   I assure you that with time you will be totally glad you did everything.  It takes a good year to see the full and final results.

Congratulations and Happy Holidays

He used disolvable stiches inside my belly. I will have to have just a few taken out of my belly button. My scar is flat and very narrow. My surgeon did a great job. I have seen some real terrible ones. You can drive yourself nuts on all the websites looking at scars!
Im glad things are good for you. I am going to be getting one next year and was wondering what kind of sutures he used because I see alot of bad scars and think that might make the difference. Thanks jolee
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