Just Had a Tummy Tuck!

Well I did it!! I am a 27 year old mother of three...

Well I did it!! I am a 27 year old mother of three. I have a 9, 7 and 18 month old. When I was in my teen years I was pretty fit and weighed about 135 but after I was married and had my first child, I was about 155 and the skin on my stomach never went back. After my second child, I gained a lot of weight and was up to 205. In 2006 I joined LAweight loss and loss 60 lbs. I worked out regularly and was toning nicely everywhere except my stomach. I had even more loose skin that hung down below my pantie line. In 2008 I had my third child and was able to lose all but about 10 lbs of my pregnancy weight but now my stomach is REALLY bad! I have been lifting weights for toning but I just cant seem to get my belly even down to what it was!

I had a consult with a Doctor and he said I was a great candidate for a tummy tuck. I saw another Doctor just to be sure I was comfortable but the first Dr. was great!!

I had my Tummy Tuck on Feb. 4, 2010. It has been exactly one week since my surgery. My doctor was very thorough in preparing me for the procedure. He told me to take Vitamin C, daily vitamins and drink plenty of water several weeks before my surgery and I think that really helped! I was told that this is a VERY painful major surgery and that it totally lays you out for two weeks and then about 4 weeks of still sore recovery.

Pros
I have read several nightmares and I realize that there are risks with every operation but I am very happy to say that my experience has been great so far!

When I woke up I wasn't in any pain and within a few minutes I could feel some pain in my abdomen but not bad. They gave me IV pain meds and then sent me home with Oral meds. The pain was never really as extreme as I expected. I have heard that some people have been reduced to sobbing and explain the pain as blinding. I am very thankful that mine has not been as I do not like pain:-) Day 3 and 4 I was really sore but was also slowing down on narcotic meds and switching to Ibuprofin.

This is Day 7 and I am now only on Ibuporfin with an occasional Oxycotin at night to help me sleep. My doctor said it is really individual to each person but again I think that taking care of yourself before and loading up on water and Vitamin C helps immensely with recovery. I still have my drains in but they are not bad to deal with although they get more annoying with each passing day. I may have to have them in for a little over 2 weeks. (ugh)

My sutures are hip to hip but are healing with no infection thus far. I know the scaring will be bad to deal with in the beginning but that is the least of my conerns since. I had TERRIBLE stretch marks before and now a lot of them are gone I still see it as an improvement. The doc. ended up taking 10 vertical inches of skin from my abdomen and he says at least 4 inches from my waistline!!

I can't wait until I am fully healed and I am having a hard time remembering he days when I could stand fully upright:-) My goal with operation has never been to have a bikini body. I just wanted to be able to put clothes on with out having the bulge of skin in front. Say goodbye to the front butt!

Cons
Overall I have had a good experience but the worst of it for me was waking up from anesthesia.I woke up in a panic attack and felt like I couldn't breath. They think it was a reaction to the IV pain meds they gave me. That was really scary and it took a few hours for that to go away. I have quite a bit more swelling on one side of my stomach than the other so it doesn't look completely symmetrical yet. I hadn't expected that. I know it will get better with time and smooth out more but it was a little surprising when I first saw it. The phantom itches are very frustrating! You get really bad itches that you cannot find to scratch since most of the feeling is gone in your belly anyway, which is also a very weird sensation.

Also, if you have younger children, you WILL need help. It is amazing how much you can't do in the beginning. You get worn out very easily.

Update March 9th. 2010:I have had my drains...

Update March 9th. 2010:

I have had my drains out for about 9 days and all is well. I am so happy to have them out! I have posted another side view picture I took a few days ago. I am happy with my results but still have more weight to lose. I am down about 4Lbs from my last pictures and am eating healthy and being as active as I am allowed. Can't  wait for summertime! This has really motivated me to lose the last of my pregnancy weight and get fit. I would like to lose about 15 more pounds which would put me at 138. That would put me a little below what I weighed before my last pregnancy. Today I weighed in at 153.4 Yay! I am on my way!

Dr. Kerr-Valentic

He was very thorough in explaining the procedure, the risks along with the benefits and gave me realistic expectations that I feel were fully met. The entire staff was very nice and happy to answer questions and go the extra mile.

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I live in Texas and have wanted to get a tummy tuck. How long would I need to stay there before I could fly back if I flew there to get it done. The lowest price I have found in Texas is $7500.
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Kristig, For my tummy tuck patients, I usually ask them to spend a minimum of 3 days in town after the surgery before departing. Our standard tummy tuck cost is $5500. Best regards and good luck! Brian K. Brzowski, MD, FACS 801-479-5722
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Dr. Hobar is a great Dr. in Dallas. The first night you stay in his surgery center. His office staff is personable so you could give them a call and they could answer the question for you. I just had a tummy tuck with lipo 2 weeks ago.
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theresac, how much did your tummy tuck cost in Dallas?
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I had a full tummy tuck with lipo in the upper and lower abdominals. I also got lipo on my love handles and inner thighs. My total cost was $9100.
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My favorite view is your view from the side. It really illustrates the effect of tightening the muscles and removing the excess skin. Congrats! This is one of my favorite procedures and one preferred by many patients after having children or even simply as a result of weight loss. Best regards, Brian K. Brzowski, MD, FACS Brzowski Plastic Surgery Ogden, UT
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Hi Dr Brzowski,

How does one go about getting information on a residency program?

Thx!
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What an amazing difference. You must be thrilled!
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Hi:) I'm in Utah and very interested in getting a TT. What's the name of the Dr that performed your TT? Can you please provide more info about the residency program. Thanks
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Great! did it really only cost $3,200?
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Yes it did. I went through a residency program. The doctor I used is pretty much done and moving on to private practice.
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How did you find the residency program?
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How exciting! That scar placement is perfect! Keep us updated with how the results change as the weeks go by! :)
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Hi and thanks for sharing your story. Your pictures are great and really make me excited since my TT was done last week 2/19/2010. My concern is that I only had one drain which came out on day 6. I still have sutures and tape over my incision which wont come out til my 3 week post op visit. Did you have your sutures removed and when?
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Congrats to you on your TT! I have read that several doctors only leave the drains in for about a week. If yours fell out, as long as you are not having a fluid filled pocket then you should be fine. My stitches were dissolvable and he put some kind of glue over the top and they were healed by about day 10. My drains have been in for close to what they consider the max time but I get them out tomorrow! (Yay!) I had a lot of fluid at about 45 mls from one drain each day so he left them in to try and wait for it to slow down and we live several hours from the doc so he didn't want to take any chances. Congrats again to you and I would love to see your pics if you decide to post a review!
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oh very exciting I have 28 days to go until my op and my before is exactly like yours. Any chance of an after side view. Well done and congrats to you.
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Thank you and congrats to you! I will have my drains pulled tomorrow and will post some pics after that!
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Great early result, concerned if the lateral incisions were long enough so not to get "dog ear" deformity. Time will tell. But YOU LOKK MARVELOUS. From MIAMI
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Thank you! I will keep a close watch on it. I still have drains in so I guess it would be after I get those taken out right? Thanks again for the input!
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Okay for 6 days. Keep us posted!
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