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First of all-let me say I am not crabby (well,...
- 4 Aug 2011
- 24 days pre
First of all-let me say I am not crabby (well, sometimes I am) and my name is not patty. My daughter likes spongebob. :)
I have really enjoyed browsing this website and reading women's stories on why they choose to get a tummy tuck and the recovery period afterword. The stories are relatable so I hope mine is too.
I am 37 years old with three kids. My oldest will be 10 shortly, and I have a 17 month old and a 5 month old. Yes, just 11 months apart and I had c-sections with all three of them. I am 5'2 weighing in at 136 pounds. My husband says I have a stocky cheerleader build, so 136 pounds on me is decent (I wear a 4-6). I am not the type of woman who can walk into a hospital, have a baby, and walk out wearing my size 6 jeans. After each of my pregnacies, I still looked pregnant for a while.
After I had my oldest, I lost the weight pretty well. I never did make it back to what I was when I got pregnant with her (I was 126 pounds). But I got darn close. I had the pooch for sure but I was able to get it pretty small. My ex-husband once pointly looked at my middle when I was holding our daughter, raised an eyebrow then looked away...he wasn't a very nice man which is why I am not married to him anymore. Anyway, after our divorce, I met my husband and we have been married just a tad over two years. We decided to have children right away and planned every detail and sure enough we were blessed with two gorgeous and healthy babies. Because I got pregnant with my 5 month old when my middle one was only three months old, I hadn't lost all the pregnacy weight yet, however I did maintain a healthy weight during all of my pregnancies but I did get pretty darn huge and held it all in my middle.
I am proud to say after a lot of hard work and sheer determination, I am back down to with-in 4 pounds of what I was when I got married which is 132. Then why don't my clothes fit right? Oh yeah, from all the blubber in my middle! When I pick my babies up and hold them....they have a built-in cushy seat attached to mommy! I still look pregnant even though I have lost all my baby weight. I hate it!
So, I have decided to do something about it. Getting a tummy tuck only just really occured to me about a month ago. I am very OCD so once I get my mind hooked on something, I become really hooked. I have done my homework and I feel confident in my decision to go forward with this. Sure, I am nervous and scared, I wouldn't be human if I wasn't but I am confident.
I want this for myself but I also want this for my husband. We are very much in love and we are very passionate both physically and emotionally. Our physical attraction is pretty hot and I can't help but wonder how this tummy tuck will enhance it. My husband says that I look great and that I don't need this done and I know he means it because he can't keep his hands off me. :) This only fuels my fire to look better to him. Make no mistake, I am doing this for myself, but it will sure be fun to watch his reaction to my new flat tummy.
Anyway, that is my story in a nutshell and the reasons why I have chosen to have this surgery. I love my kids with all of my heart, but boy, they did a number on me! My husband is sexy, handsome, and wonderful...I want to keep the fire burning.
By the way, I booked the consult four weeks ago, had the consult earlier this week and scheduled the surgery the next day for the end of August. It is going very fast, but that is how I roll. I will post before pictures soon and of-course after pictures once the surgery is done. Plus, I will write my experience down for anyone to read if they wish. Have a great day!!
Three weeks from Monday!!!! OMG!!
I got my patient packet in the mail yesterday....
- 7 Aug 2011
- 22 days pre
The info was very informative; a lot of it is common sense and a lot of it is the same info as a c-section. I did read however that my doctor recommends Bromelain and Arnica Montana to be taken after surgery. They both reduce swelling and bruising. Since so many of you report you have had swell hell, I thought I would give it a shot. Found them today at the vitamin store and I also started taking vitamin C today as was recommended. Has anyone else taken these products? If so, did you notice a difference? I suppose anything is worth a shot....
3 weeks from tomorrow! 6:30 am!!!
So, I woke up this morning wondering to myself if...
- 10 Aug 2011
- 19 days pre
To tell or not to tell.....
I'm starting to get super excited....and a...
- 15 Aug 2011
- 14 days pre
I weigh 136 and my goal for surgery is 130. I am stuck and have not lost weight this past week even though I am trying. I am frustrated. Surgery is two weeks away.....6 pounds to go.
I made arrangements for my daughter's friend to pick her up for school and bring her home for the first two weeks so I don't have to lift my babies in and out of the car twice a day. My friend, my mom and my sister all have assigned days for the first week, (my husband is taking the first two days off) but the second week, I am on my own. It will be a holiday weekend so I will have 4 days with the babies with no help before the weekend again. It's ok. I can do it. I didn't have much help after my c-sections as my husband can't take much time off. Life goes on, right? The bright side is that I will be forced to get back in the swing of things which will promote quicker healing. I really believe this. I bounced back pretty darn quick after my c-sections because I was up doing things a mom has to do. Anyway, two weeks to go and I can't wait.
I had my pre-op appointment yesterday. Seemed very...
- 23 Aug 2011
- 6 days pre
My husband and I went on a date this past Saturday night and we are going on another one this Saturday night....I need to have some fun and a few drinks to calm my nerves before the big day which is MONDAY! Can't wait to go on more dates later wearing a sexy top that I look great in and that I feel confident in!
Oh my, starting to get nervous. My tummy tuck is...
- 27 Aug 2011
- 2 days pre
On a more serious note....my prayers go out
for the people on the East coast dealing with the hurricane.
Well, I'm about to go to sleep (hopefully)...
- 28 Aug 2011
- 1 day pre
Hey yall. My surgery went great this morning. I...
- 29 Aug 2011
- Day of treatment
1 day post-op.....I didn't sleep all that well...
- 30 Aug 2011
- 1 day post
Seriously though, I am doing well. I have felt a few little twinges but nothing major. No tears or meltdowns. My husband took me to my 1st post-op appointment and I got a little nauseated but it passed.
My PS said everything looked great and I got to peek at my tummy, and I was really pleased with what I saw. The great news is that he said that I didn't have a lot of fullness above my belly button so he was able to stretch that sucker tight. He said he tightened my muscles 10 centimeters!! The average he said is 6. I had lots of loose skin! Yeah me! He assured me I would be extremely happy with the results and I think he is right! I get to take a shower tomorrow so I will wait till my husband gets home from work to help me. I will take pictures then and post them.
I know it has only been a day but I am surprised that this process is going smoothly...granted, I'm sure I will have days that aren't so wonderful but that is just par for the course. We never walk out of major abnominal surgery feeling fantastic. I feel the road will be worth it and I am soooo excited to see the final results in a few months. There will be no instant gratification in this process....just like anything, it takes time. But lord have mercy, I am super excited to see the results! Good night all!
Today was good. Slept a lot. Uploaded new pictures...
- 31 Aug 2011
- 2 days post
2 day post-op.....I slept on the couch a lot today...
- 1 Sep 2011
- 3 days post
5 days post-op. I have slept like never in my...
- 3 Sep 2011
- 5 days post
I am in very very little pain. My biggest complaint are the two drains which will come out on Tuesday. I haven't taken my binder off except to shower because I don't want to mess up what's healing in there. I am going to take pictures today though and post them. I hope everyone is doing well!
On a wonderful note....my husband just told me our 6 months old 2 bottom teeth have poked through! It's the little things in life, right?!
I haven't been on here in a bit. Things are...
- 6 Sep 2011
- 8 days post
I have been struggling somewhat but I just had major surgery so that is to be expected. I have been off pain meds for several days now and just taking tylenol. I'm standing up straight and getting in and out of bed without help and getting on the floor and back up again. I play with my babies on the floor because I can't pick them up yet. I will sit and cuddle my 6 month old in my lap when is sleeping or very relaxed. The minute he gets roudy, off to daddy he goes. All in all, I have done just fine and I'm really going to like the end result. I already like what I see and I know it's only been a week, so heck yeah, I'm happy. I'm going to take pictures soon and post them.
I look forward to the future and the discomfort and the struggles from this surgery will be nothing but a fleeting thought in the air. I'm excited to get back on track full board and I know that will come soon....plus I want to go shopping. Hope everyone is doing well.
Got my last drain removed this morning....was...
- 8 Sep 2011
- 10 days post
Hope everyone is doing well. FYI - I was 136 before tummy tuck and now I am 134. I am happy with that. Doc took 1 1/2 pounds of skin off and tightened 10 centimeters. That's soooo awesome!
I am 2 weeks post-op today. I feel pretty good...
- 12 Sep 2011
- 14 days post
I can't go too long without my binder as my binder is my new best friend. Even though my tummy is not at it's final look yet, I am happy. When I feel like complaining about this, that or whatever, I remember that before I had a huge blob of fat in my middle and now that is gone. That keeps me real and the fact it's only been 2 weeks. My husband and I have started up relations again....with my binder on! He thinks it's sexy and I feel better with it on anyway! I am excited though to get through the binder stage and back to real life. All in due time. I will post new pictures soon. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
I went to my PS today and everything looks great...
- 19 Sep 2011
- 21 days post
I am feeling good.....it's hard to believe I had major surgery 3 weeks ago! I bought a new dress and boy, does it look good on me! :) Yay! Love my new tummy! I can handle the swelling, and being tired, and the occasional feeling of tightness because I know that will all go away and that dress looked good! My husband couldn't take his eyes off me! It is very form fitting so I had a wonderful hourglass figure. This is what we all did this for, right?! Have a great day!
My Doctor: Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dr. Bogdan is a fantastic plastic surgeon. I am very happy with my results. He is very caring and highly educated. I am so glad I chose him to be my doctor. Absolutely no regrets. I highly recommend him to anyone in the Dallas area (or beyond) seeking plastic surgery of any kind.
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