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Mini Tummy Tuck (No Lipo) - Madison, WI
- posted 7 months ago
- updated 6 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $5,400
- Dr. Thomas Bartell (Madison, WI)
After having two kids and gaining about 65 lbs...
- 17 Oct 2012
After having two kids and gaining about 65 lbs each time (eek!), my skin was very stretched out. I lost all of the weight plus an extra 22 pounds through diet and exercise. I exercise 5-6x per week doing (and teaching) high intensity interval training & kettlebell strength classes. I am 5'4" and 122 lbs (with LOTS of muscle) and a size two, but yet I was still super embarrassed to show my stomach. I did Tough Mudder recently and all of these girls (most of them heavier than me) were running around in just shorts and a sports bra, but I was way to embarrassed to do so. I finally did some research into local plastic surgeons. The ps I chose got fantastic, pretty much perfect reviews from others. During my consult, my ps recommended a mini tummy tuck with no lipo. I don't have much, if any, loose skin above my belly button, and I didn't have any fat to lipo (according to my ps, and I agreed).
Day of Surgery: Got lots of wonderful info from the staff and they were very warm and reassuring. Not *too* nervous. Never been under anesthesia before. Surgery only took an hour. Woke up in no pain, just a little nauseous. Took a prescribed anti-nausea med and felt better. Took the Vicodin around the clock like I was told to. Pain was minimal, though getting out of a chair was rough. My appetite was already back by the afternoon.
PO Day 1: Still taking Vicodin around the clock, but feel fine. I feel a little sleepy from the meds but that's it. I hate sleeping on the chair, so I'm going to try the couch tonight.
PO Day 2: Feel better already. A little less painful. Sleeping on the couch propped up was much better. No pain meds today.
PO Day 5: First post-op appt. Got my drain out - OWW! But, I'm glad to have it gone. I'm very swollen, so it's hard to picture the final results. My skin is definitely tight though!
PO Day 7: Every day I feel a little better. Going up and down stairs, sitting up and down, even picking up my three year old doesn't hurt! Stretching my abs, sneezing, or coughing hard still definitely hurts though! Swelling seems a little better today, but I'm reminding myself that it might get worse so that I'm prepared :) I love to exercise, so I'm getting anxious about when I can do that again. My next post-op is in five days, so I'm hoping to learn more then.
PO Day 8 - I am really starting to feel like this...
- 18 Oct 2012
12 Days PO - Had my second post-op today. He took...
- 22 Oct 2012
PO Day 19: I have been using my elliptical machine...
- 29 Oct 2012
23 Days PO - Had my three week post-op appt today....
- 2 Nov 2012
5 Weeks PO: It's been a month and a couple of days...
- 14 Nov 2012
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He is a fantastic surgeon. The only deductions I gave were because my post-op was VERY rushed. There was no time for any questions. I tend to have quite a few, so I was bummed about that. Hoping for more time in my second post-op. Surgery was quick with very little pain afterward. The staff were so kind and reassuring before my surgery! Couldn't have asked for better!