Great Experience - Southlake, TX
I am a 29 year old mother of 3 year old twin boys....
- 4 Jun 2011
I am a 29 year old mother of 3 year old twin boys. My husband and I decided we are done having kids after the twins, so after much deliberation I finally decided to have my "twin skin" fixed. My twins were full term and each about 7 pounds, so even after consistent exercise for over 3 years (running, weight lifting) my hyper-extended abdominal muscles and excess skin left me feeling self conscious and uncomfortable regarding my stomach. I am about 5'6" and 130 pounds and very active and healthy.
I had my surgery last Friday, May 27th (full tummy tuck combined with minor lipo for countouring). I had a c-section with the twins, and expected the pain to be much worse with the tummy tuck. Much to my surprise, I will have to say my pain has been very similiar to that of my c-section. The first few days were uncomfortable and it was difficult to get up and down, but I stayed on top of the pain meds and made sure to walk around as much as possible to reduce the stiffness. I believe this part is key, as the longer you allow yourself to lay around the more stiff you become and the harder it is in the long run to get up and move around. Every 3-4 hours when it was time to take the pain meds I did a few slow "laps" around the house (even at 2am).
I stopped the pain meds about 5 days post op simply because I didn't need them anymore. I got my drain out (1 drain) 5 days post op as well, and it was painless. My surgeon does the "quilting" procedure to reduce drainage, but still puts in a small drain to keep any excess fluid from building up. The drain was not a big deal at all for me.
I was incredibly nervous about having this elective procedure, but I am so thankful I had it done and would do it again in a heartbeat. I am now 8 days post-op, and just taking it easy and relaxing. My stomach is still swollen of course, but it looks incredible and my clothes already fit so much better. My energy level is down, but slowly increasing. I did take 3 weeks off work just to allow myself plenty of time to heal and pamper myself. For those considering the procedure, take the time to find a good doctor (my recommendation came from my OB/GYN and I think recommendations from other doctors are always good sources) and make sure to get yourself healthy and in good shape before the procedure. Good luck!
Dr. C was amazing. He spent a lot of time with me (I had list upon lists of questions which he patiently answered), and always made me feel like I was his only patient. After my surgery, he came to the surgery center at 10pm that night to check on me and came again at 5am the next morning before his day trip out of town. I live in an area (Southlake, TX) where there are many good plastic surgeons within 5 miles of my house, but I chose to see Dr. C in Dallas (about 30-40 minutes away) and he was well worth the extra distance.