Full Tummy Tuck with Mr, Breast Lift Without Implants - Saint Peters, MO

I had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and a...

I had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and a breast lift without implants. I initially wanted implants but upon further research decided it was too much risk for me to take. I am a 36 yo sahm to 3 kids(3,5,7). I am 5'4 with my weight around 128-132, depending on the day. Clothes sizes generally 4-6, breast size approx 34 A or B. I wrecked my body through neglect and having 3 kids in 4 years. With the first 2 pregnancies, I gained 50 lbs. I lost track w number three, but remained around 210 lbs (size 18) through my children's first years. I breastfed exclusively taking my original A breasts to DD's. I finally got fed up with being fat and started committing myself to weightloss in Jan 2011. It's been a long hard fight to get back to this weight. I am fitter than I've been since my teens but was plagued with the excess belly fat/skin that did not respond to diet and exercise. My breasts were flat and pointed straight down making it hard to even find bras to fit correctly. I knew I needed this FOR ME, to stay motivated and feel comfortable in my own skin again. My skin has poor elasticity so I will never truly look the way I would like. I have no interest in going through multiple surgeries to try and obtain that. I am almost 2 weeks post op and am in a depressed state, not fully convinced it was worth it yet. Intellectually, I understand it will be a long healing process, but it's been a harder recovery than I anticipated. I was in good shape doing cardio 5-6 days a week and weights 3 days a week so I though I would not feel so bad. I had heard lots of talk on forums about it being an easier recovery than a c section and I think it was 20x harder than my 2. I know everyone is different in healing time. I'm sure it will be worth it as everyone else seems to conclude. I am immediately happy with my breasts however! They are small yes but the nipples are up where they used to be! :) The steri strips are still on so I am hoping the scars dont freak me out, but at least I can go bra less without looking like an 80 yo!

Added detailed pics, Frankenstein woman, ready to...

Added detailed pics, Frankenstein woman, ready to feel normal, I'm so impatient!

Has anyone else experienced pronounced depression...

Has anyone else experienced pronounced depression around the 3-4 week mark. I am 4 weeks po today and feel trapped in my body. I struggle with depression but can usually keep it in check with exercise. No exercise is really getting to me. Being tired all the time is getting to me. Having a house to run and kids to keep up with is getting to me. I am sitting in the sun (spf on the scars) and that helps a bit but just struggling, longing to feel normal. WHA WHA WHA....cry me a river, I know.

What a difference a month makes! Feeling so much...

What a difference a month makes! Feeling so much better. Loving the flat belly. Still have a nagging, sometimes painful pulling on my upper right abs. I've tried to get back to working out, I'm feeling seriously unmotivated, gotta get over that. I've been on my elliptical a few times. I wear my binder but still swell and get lumpy under the incision but not horribly bad after exercise. Very happy the worst is over and I am so thankful for no complications. Just gotta get back to exercising and gain some muscle. Finally found an app that lets me do side by side pics. You can really see the difference when looking from that perspective. That has helped me see how far I've come and that all this pain was worth it!
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon

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