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.

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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