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I Lived Through my Tummy Tuck

Hi, I am a 33 yr old mother of a 3 year old and a...

Hi, I am a 33 yr old mother of a 3 year old and a 7 year old. Since the birth of my son, my stomach was very messed up from stretch marks and loose skin but after the C-section with my youngest, it really became a sight. Loose, and hanging over the C-section incision, and even more stretch marks. Although my husband didn't complain, I felt extremely self-conscious about it. I was another one who was able to camouflage it well under clothes, so not too many people could even understand where I was coming from.

I researched it for a year, and found an experienced PS with a good reputation. I was SCARED to DEATH. I had to do it, i didn't feel as if I would have been happy not doing it, but I felt guilty for putting myself at such a risk just because I felt self-conscious. If something happened to me, it would be MY fault. So I couldn't get that thought out of my head.

Anyway, fast forward to June 23rd: that was my surgery date, and it was a complete success. I only remember walking into the OR, lying down, three nurses helping get me all hooked up to monitors, and then I was waking up in recovery asking for something to drink.

No problems thus far. It is currently 72 hours post surgery and I have graduated from narcotics pain meds to just ibuprofen..yay!!!! All in all, very worth it. Anyone thinking about it, I say, do your research, and go for it. I will post pics soon

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I am in charlotte too and thank goodness we are so blessed to have so many great plastic surgeons to fix these post baby bellies and such! I had a tummy tuck and breast aug 4 weeks ago and feel great, the pain was minimal until exercising and things more strenuous and even then not bad at all, I would recommend it to anyone who has the saggy belly that wont go away.I was also like you all in I didnt tell too many people due to the many opinions some may have, I told those that I wasnt close to but had to tell them I would be out for a while that I was having female surgery and no-one asked anything after saying that. The only issue I am having now is what to use that will begin working on the horrible scar that it left, any thoughts?
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Hi, I'm glad to hear things went so well for you too. I am ecstatic about my results. I can't stop looking in the mirror. My PS has me using the brown tape from his office (its like a strong paper tape), and he recommends that for a few weeks more. He says that it will flatten the scar. I'm african american, so the color of my scar is just a shade darker than me. I don't know what to do about that as of yet. However, I have heard of people using silicone strips and mederma. Have you heard anything about these things?
You have described exactly what I have been feeling and thinking. I am 36 and had 2 c-sections. I am so scared and worried about if I am being selfish. I have my tt on 7/12 and keep having anxiety. I finally told my closest friends. I am very sure I want this and I did not want anyone to try to scare me and change my mind. They are now supportive. I also have been obsessed for the past 5 years and it has ultimately taken over. I am not happy with me... my husband loves me unconditionally but I am soo self consious of my belly. I have been reading on this site for the past 2 weeks. I feel soo much better and confident. I am still SCARED TO DEATH. I am glad I am not the only one.
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Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

Certified PS with an acreddited surgical facility.Very caring office and staff and very experienced. Everyone was always SUPER helpful and nice whenever I had any questions about anything.

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