I had my tummy tuck 3/27/09.I am 52 yrs old and weigh 170 lbs. I see the doctor today for my first post op visit. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and lost 80 lbs. I have loose skin in my stomach area. I also have loose skin in my thigh area. I managed to deal with my loose skin issues by wearing lots of lycra, altho I was never completely happy with my appearance. I have managed to keep off the weight until I had a historectomy in 2007 and started gaining weight right in my stomach area.
I decided to have the tuck and am glad I did. I found this site in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep. Not due to pain but I find this binder and the drains to be very uncomfortable. My drain has pulled a little loose and is draining into my underwear. I have to wear a maxi pad. My doctor inserted a pain pump during my surgery which along with my pain meds have left me virtually pain free. I make sure to take my pain meds every 4 hours. The only pain I am experiencing is around the drain insertion site. How long do you wear the binder? I thought the binder would be more of a bodysuit type thing. Is that the type you eventually wear long term?
I am so happy I did this. Its only been 3 days but the first time I sat down and could actually see the top of my thighs without a stomach in the way was the best feeling ever. I was nervous about having the procedure done but my doctor and his staff were great and immediately put me at ease.
If you are thinking of doing this ask lots and lots of questions. I am considering having my thighs done and have started my research into that.