I am 41 years old. I am the mom of three boys (23,18,16). I have a wonderful husband. I can remember when my oldest son was born, my body bounced right back...I had awesome abs, no issues. However, after the births of my second two children that was not the case. Each one seemed to leave behind a "roll" in my abdomen area. I really noticed this when I sat in the tub to bathe! I would look down and I was like oh my! Where did that come from?! Of course the years have progressed and so did the size of these rolls! Within the past year I decided to do something about them and started working out at the gym 5 days a week. I lost 25lbs..YEA me! Only the rolls have stayed! Hey that was not suppose to be the case....I thought if I put my time in at the gym, ate well, they would find a new home better yet disappear. That did not happen. While we were on vacation at the beach this year (sept) I decided to do some research on lipsuction. I felt confident that was a good option for me and upon arriving home set up a consultation.
I attended my consultation on Sept. 20th and met a very kind and caring PS and staff. I explained that I was interested in liposuction on my thighs and abs and then showed him my thighs and abdomen. He took care to ask me questions and kind of get to know me. He then offered me his opinion and advice. He felt that liposuction was appropriate for my thighs however, my abdomen would be best treated with a full TT. REALLY? He went on to explain that those rolls would not go away with just getting rid of the fat. YIKES. Ok, so after he explain a little about the TT and the cost (OUCH) I left not sure of what I wanted to do. He told me he would be willing to do the lipo if that is what I chose but warned my that those rolls my be worse because the skin would become even more loose. Did I mention I had not told my husband I was going to this consultation? So I left the house thinking about liposuction only to come home to try and get a grasp on just what a TT would mean. So I YouTubed it. I made it through the video but was like ohhhh hell to the NO I am NOT doing that! Well after I digested what I had watched and did some more research (found this website) I decided to talk to my husband about it. He knows how upset I become over my body and it's shape and he loves me for just the way I am but he knows he can't love me enough for the both of us. So he said if this is what will make you happy then I support you. Ahhh I love him.
So I phone the PS and schedule my surgery for Oct. 12th and also schedule my preop appt. for Sept. 25th. I go in on Tuesday to my preop and was offered a chance to change my surgery to Oct. 1st (WHAT! that is less than a week away) After I stopped panicing I chose to take the 1st. I have gone through a range of emotions--fear, excitement, not going to do it, going to do it) What if I die, what if I can't handle the pain...all the normal fears and reservation everyone has, what has really helped me to put them to rest was taking the before photos. I know I see me in the mirror but man the saying is true...." A picture is worth a thousand words" These have put doubts to bed now I just want it done! My PS has put me on a vitamin regimen and given me perscriptions for pre/post surgery. I take a multivitamin 3 tablets 2X's a day, today I have started Bromelain with Quercetin 2 tablets 3X's a day, The day after surgery I will take Arnica 3 tablets 3X's a day. I will take an antibiotic (Cephalexin), an antinflammatory (Celebrex), and a pain pill. I plan on purchasing the silicone strips to help reduce my scar. My sister is going to help care for me the first couple of days. So I am all set. I wish everyone luck and health that have chosen the TT path and will keep you posted on my recovery.