Like most of the other women here, I have been stalking the site for months. Reading everyone’s posts has helped me through my healing process. So for that, I thank everyone. Here is my story. I am 32 years old, married and the proud mom of four boys, ages three, nine, 14, and 15. I had my first son of 17 years old, and my body has never been the same. My first child was average weight, but the rest of the boys were not. Two of them were over 10 pounds, the last was 10 pounds 11 ounces.
My belly had no chance.My last pregnancy, my weight topped 200 lbs. Since I have managed to stay consistent with my weight, usually between 130 and 140 pounds, 5ft., 6inches. I have always wanted and needed a tummy tuck, and have had low self esteem issues for just as long. Not long ago after jokingly asking my husband if I could have the surgery, he finally said yes. So the very next day, my surgery was scheduled. I had breast augmentation surgery in 2007 so I had already had a plastic surgeon.
My surgery was March 7, 2013. For anyone who has not had their procedure yet, be advised for a roller-coaster ride of emotions before and after the surgery. If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to embrace yourself and your imperfections before you go through with this procedure. I told myself before I had the surgery that I would be hot and happy afterwards, that I would no longer be ashamed of my body. Small sexy, tight tummy, big boobs, and a fat A**, what else could a girl want, right? Well unless you have your mind right, you will find more imperfections every time you look in the mirror. Now I don’t like my arms, my thighs are fat, my nose is crooked, and my neck skin hangs……. On and on and on. When does it stop ladies? When will we quit subjecting ourselves to this and just learn to love ourselves? I look at my body and I now have this scar from hip to hip, I look as though I have survived a violent attack, and I chose this.
Don’t get me wrong, time will pass and I’m sure that I will love my results, but the pain, swelling, an emotional crap is getting overwhelming. OK, I think I have vented enough…. On to the surgery. I had a drain less tummy tuck, muscle repair, and lipo. I know there is some controversy as to how long a woman should stay in recovery, I was out of surgery less than an hour before I got to go home. My surgeon believes that people heal better at home, and I have to agree. My recovery has been uneventful, thank god, knock on wood. Aside from swelling, and glue not wanting to fall off, things have been pretty great. I am at the five week mark, and I cannot fit into any of my pre surgery clothes, due to swell hell. No jeans, nothing, so it is pretty sucky. I live in yoga pants and PJ’s. But on the plus side my husband has promised me a shopping spree once all is said and done. So, I guess I can wait patiently. I have a love/ hate relationship with my compression garments. I am currently wearing Spanx, and they have worked the best for me so far. If anyone else is interested in purchasing Spanx, I would suggest picking them up from a store, to ensure proper fit. I hope that my posts help someone, as so many have helped me. I have included some pics. Happy healing to everyone.