Am I Finally Going to Do This? - Richmond, VA

Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of 2 beautiful...

Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of 2 beautiful boys, one who was just born this January. My oldest is 9. During my first pregnancy, I gained over 65lbs on my 5'6" frame. I had a c-section in which I developed the dreaded "c-section shelf" w/ loose skin and many stretch marks. Lost all of the weight after 2 years but the skin never went away and actually would look worse the more weight I lost.

In 2005 I had surgery to remove an ovary and they cut where my c-section scar was. I became pregnant again last year and this time around I gained the normal amount of weight and lost it all pretty much within the 1st month after. It has now been 3 1/2 months and although I have lost the weight, my stomach still looks bad in fact looks a little worse than before. I had thought about doing a tummy tuck a few years ago and thank goodness I did not as I ended up having another baby who was a huge but welcome surprise to me and the hubby.

Now I have been on this site so much reading everyone's stories and I think I am going to buckle down and actually do this. I have always hated my stomach for the past almost 10 years and would like to do finally do something about it before I am 40 which is next June.

I have my first Plastic Surgeon consult today. I am sooo nervous about this whole process but mainly the recovery is what concerns me the most. My first c-section and the ovary removal were far worse in terms of recovery than the last one. I know that the biggest pain seems to be the muscle repair. I already suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so I worried that this will put that in overdrive. I plan to meet with a few Plastic surgeons and go with who I feel the most comfortable with.

My current weight is 138 and again I am 5'6" so I am hoping I will get good results. I hope to lose another 10 more lbs (Don't we all) I will post before pics soon. Any advice or tips from people who also have panic attacks would be great. This site is the best... Thanks.

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Just got back from first consult... Liked doctor.....

Just got back from first consult... Liked doctor... he comes highly recommended...he said I was a great candidate for the tt...feel more confident after consult. He drew on me where abouts my scar could be and what would be taken off..wow

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Consultation I believe was 100 dollars?? to be honest, I cannot remember if they all charged that or not. I heard that as long as you are no more than 20 lbs from ideal than you are fine but I totally agree to lose as much as u want before.. I wish I did but that last 10lbs is a killer
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Hello there. I am 8 months post op and loving it. I picked from Richmond magazine on who was the top plastic surgeons. I consulted with Dr Mason Williams, Dr. Andrea Posez and Dr Nadia Blanchet. All 3 are good and top choices... I settled for Dr Blanchet.. just liked her the best.. was out of work for 2 weeks but I am a fast recoverer..(is that a word? lol) Its a long recovery, not gonna sugar coat it...It was worse than my 2 c sections but others say their c-sections were worse so you will find 50/50 on that answer.. I am 5'5" and weighed 136 before surgery and have lost about 5 lbs afterwards but from eating and excercise. I too have skin hanging over my c section scar which I read online refers to a c-section shelf scar...It was from my 1st pregnancy as I gained 65 lbs with that one. I do now know of any bad surgeons b/c I went straight to the top and did not care if that meant paying more.... My surgery total was 8k and all 3 quoted the same. Good luck to you.. You will not regret it one bit. Sorry If I gave too much information but I feel TMI is good in this case. I know I wanted to know everything.
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Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. And not too much information, TMI is definitely better in cases like this. Going to wait and see in another 10lbs if it helps at all but I think the TT will be my best option considering my BFpercentage currently. I know that my first step will be a consultation and was wondering about how much I could expect to pay for just that? And 8k isn't bad, this is the round about figure that I have been told. Also, you recovered in 2 weeks, did that mean you could resume working out? This is what I am afraid of, I dont want to get the surgery and not be able to resume my workouts and gain weight. Again, thank you very much for your information.
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