Mini Tummy Tuck - St. Louis, MO

I still have quite a ways to wait still: 52 days...

I still have quite a ways to wait still: 52 days on April 2. But I went and got my consultation and although the doctor said I could get amazing results from a full tummy tuck, he also said I would get great result from a mini tummy tuck, and I would perfer a mini for a variety of reasons. I don't really have a super excessive amout of skin, just enough to drive me insane but little enough that nobody else notices it unless I REALLY point it out. My husband thinks its ridiculous, but my mom and my 3 closest friends totally support me. After 2 kids I managed to lose all the weight, but of course, like everyone else, just some skin is left over. I'm 26 yrs old, 117 lbs and almost 5'3". I am REALLY hoping to wear a monokini this summer, something I never thought was ever going to be possible. Pics coming soon.

I cannot believe my surgery is today!!! That 52...

I cannot believe my surgery is today!!! That 52 days flew by! We just moved a week ago so I hadn't really been thinking about it much. But I am today! Bought canned soup, spaghetti-os, and frozen pizzas for a couple days for the hubby to give to the girls. Lord knows he wont actually cook! Hope to be back cooking soon. I'm a really quick recoverer, so hopefully I will be again. Hope to check in this evening.
BTW, I'm not getting any lipo. I have nothing to lipo! I noticed most tt or mini tt have lipo done too, so for anyone wanting to know about a mini tt with NO lipo, this is it. Talk to you soon!

BTW, I lost a little bit of weight the past 2...

BTW, I lost a little bit of weight the past 2 months, so now am 5' 3" and 108lbs. In case your a numbers person like I am.

Well I'm all done! Feel really great actually. I...

Well I'm all done! Feel really great actually. I chit chatted with the doctor and the nurses the whole time. They were great. Got to see the inscision before they put the bandages on it. Looks kinda creepy right now! lol but he said I looked like I would heel fantastically. So here I am home. Slightly dizzy, but nothing much. Just a little discomfort but no real pain. Maybe Ill be lucky and it'll stay that way.

Been home for 2 1/2 hours. Slept for 2 hours and...

Been home for 2 1/2 hours. Slept for 2 hours and just got up to walk around for a minute. NOW its kinda painful, probably a 5 on a 1-10 scale. Glad to be laying back down. But I know it's going to be worth it. I hope!

PO Day 1: not too bad. I slept most of the day off...

PO Day 1: not too bad. I slept most of the day off and on thanks to the meds. The most pain is when I'm going to stand up or going to lay down. The movement hurts. Once I'm up or down tho Im ok. Where the pump is in is the worst though. Thatt $h*t hurts! Seriously, is it necessary for a whole week? I might not make it til next Monday to take it out.

PO Day 2: well my pain wasn't horrible yesterday,...

PO Day 2: well my pain wasn't horrible yesterday, but it's a little less today. Still taking the meds. I have been up and moving probably more than I'm supposed to be, but my 2 and 4 years don't care that mommy is "sick". They still need their water, soup, bananas, fruit snacks, etc. That's actually the most frustrating part, not having help with the kids all day until 3 when my mom gets here. I moved from the bed the the living room chair and it's made getting up and down SOOOO much easier. I don't generally eat big meals anyways, so thats been the same. Just some soup, applesauce. Not really sure what to eat though. Was trying to eat "light" foods, but I don't reallyknow what that means.Pump still bothers me like a son of a gun. And it just seems to be collecting blood droplets, no light colored anything like the nurse said. Thinking of calling them to see if thats bad or not. I did briefly take the binder off just long enough to put a shirt on underneath since I have really sensitive skin and the binder is itchy as anything. Besides being up way too much, I'm doing well.

PO Day 4: Lessened my pain meds a bit yesterday...

PO Day 4: Lessened my pain meds a bit yesterday and used nothing at all today. Didn't really have too much pain, but I skipped the pain meds because I have so much homework and the meds make me sleepy and I have no time to be sleepy. Only the pump was really irritating. I did sponge bath today and washed my hair. Just getting a little better day by day. Monday I have my 1st post op visit where they take the pump out. Not looking forward to that and looking forward to it at the same time.

PO Day 5 I could NOT stand that pump another...

PO Day 5 I could NOT stand that pump another second. It had kept me up 2 nights in a row and was really painful, so this morning I took it out. 2 days earlier than it shoulda come out. O well. I feel so much better without it.

PO Day 7 So the past 2 days without the drain have...

PO Day 7 So the past 2 days without the drain have been wonderful, and I went to my first post-op appointment today. It was great. They took everything off including the tape. Dr. P noticed a 1-2 mm area where the skin hadn't aligned exactly, so he numbed it and redid it quickly. I hadn't seen my stomach yet. It. Looks. GREAT! Of course it looks like I just had surgery a week ago, but still you can tell it looks a million times better. I'll get some new pics up sometime in the next week. But it actually looks flat! My PS had tried to talk me into a full and I wouldn't have it. I didn't think I needed it. And BAM! Today he says "you know, I thought you'd need a full, but now I'm seeing I don't think you did." Yeah, I KNOW! OMG, best surgeon ever. If you're from St. Louis, go to him. You will love him.
Have my 2nd post-op next Tuesday.
Oh, one other point of advice that the nurse had suggested last week that I couldn't have survived without with this: wear a tank top or shirt UNDER your binder. It gets very itchy and irritates the skin, and keeping a shirt on underneath it was a lifesaver.
I'm still going with "undecided", but only because I want to wait and see what it looks like in a week or two. But I'm almost positive it is worth it.

PO Day 8 Still feel good. Walked all around campus...

PO Day 8 Still feel good. Walked all around campus getting ready for next semester and I did get winded and tired after walking a lot, but "thankfully" there's was hours of waiting around too, so I recovered.
Took my first shower today and shaved my legs. That felt great! The scar looks a bit scary right now, but its only been a week, so thats to be expected.
Still sleeping in my chair. I tried sleeping in my bed the night before last, and after a couple hours I woke up SOOOO uncomfortable I went back to the chair in the living room. I think I'll be there for another week or so. But that doesn't bother me. At least I get to sleep by myself that way! LOL I still take the pain meds at night, I figure just in case, but nothing during the day. Doing well though! High hopes it'll stay that way.

So it's been almost 2 weeks (as of tomorrow) since...

So it's been almost 2 weeks (as of tomorrow) since my surgery. My incision started to look improved a couple days ago. On the flip side, I seem to have a lot of swelling. I knew I would, but I look even more swollen this weekend then I did before, or maybe it's just that I'm eating normal again. I've been feeling really good. But up doing all the normal I usually do. Although my daughter wanted to wrestle yesterday and I fould I cannot do that yet. lol My tummy/incision does start to hurt a bit after walking for too long. Example: the husband and I went major grocery shopping Friday night (we needed everything!) and at the end of the trip it'd been 2 1/2 hrs of walking I couldn't wait to lay down. Haven't been taking any pain meds. Tried on an old bikini that I haven't worn in 5 years and it perferctly covered the scar. I can't say I looked great in it because I'm so swollen I look bigger than I was before. Hopefully that goes away soon, because it's really bothering me.

Post Op Day 15- Holy Swelling Down! I look like a...

Post Op Day 15- Holy Swelling Down! I look like a normal person again! (well, normal with a big scar lol). But seriously, I went to take a shower this morning and noticed most of the swelling had disappeared literally over night. When people say swelling down around 2 weeks, they're not kidding. Now that it's starting to look a little bit more normal, I'm getting kinda excited. I can't wait to see the real final results, but just starting to see it today totally made my day.

Doing everything back to normal. I still can't pick up my kids. While normally thats ok, sometimes they want up and I have to say no. Although yesterday the 2 yr old feel asleep in the car and I HAD to carry her inside, which was painful, but I suffered through it. Still can't really lay down flat either, mostly because I can't get back up. Everything else is going like it was before. Feeling really awesome.

Post Op Day 20-It's been 3 weeks tomorrow and I...

Post Op Day 20-It's been 3 weeks tomorrow and I feel totally normal. Back to sleeping in my own bed again, which is great. Had my first day back at work yesterday. It went really well. I work in a restaurant which is why I took nearly 3 weeks off, since it's such an active job. I had more swelling after work than I had had all week. Tried to go out then last night and maybe not quite my best idea. Eating and dancing with a tight binder on just made me feel sick all night and I didn't even drink. So I'll wait til the binder is off to try it again. But besides that, all is well. Incision is totally healed, and it just continues to heal and get better looking. Lots of dead dry skin flaking, but all part of the healing. Will get new pics up soon since it looks so different than it did just last week. Just want to make sure it's a swell-free pic :)

Also, started wearing high waisted Spanks under my...

Also, started wearing high waisted Spanks under my binder. Just feels nice and tight.

So today is exactly 3 months since I've had my...

So today is exactly 3 months since I've had my mini tt. I am a much happier person today than I was 3 months and a week ago. I do have a few things to point out. I still have a little bit of lose skin at and above my belly button, which is the main difference between a full and a mini. I knew nothing from that area would be removed, so I'm ok with this. And my belly button now is slightly to the right instead of being right in the middle of my stomach. Again, I already knew this was a possibility, and so I'm not surprised by it. I AM a little disappointed that my scar goes slightly above the bikini line on my right side, whereas it's perfect on the left side. I knew before having a mini that the results would not be quite as spectacular as with a full, but I made the informed decision to get a mini and I am still SOOOOO HAPPY with my results. I used to really hate myself when I'd see my stomach and I no longer have those feelings. I've been working out 4-5 times a week again for the past month, so that's been great. Scar is all healed. I feel like it's taking a while to fade, but thats just how my body works. Now when I put on my jeans I don't have to tuck in my skin flap :) I am so happy I got this done. Best thing I've ever done for myself.
Dr. Christian Prada

He was so awesome! Very down to earth and easy to talk to.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Can I please have the info to the doctor you seen. I live in Stl & want to have a mommy makeover done by a great doctor .... but question did they offer financing? I have tons of questions just not enough time to type lol
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dancegurl247, you are one of the few girls I have seen that came out with brilliant results with just a mini tt. You don't need a full tummy tuck. Your stomache is absolutely flat and looks fabulous. If mine looked like yours I would be 100% thrilled with the results. You look beyond amazing. Really. You will definitely rock a monokini. I always buy my swimsuits so they aren't tight. If you are the same I have 2 monokini's with tags I never wore and would be glad to gift them to you. Let me know. I can take pics of them and send them to you.
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You look great! Thanks for the update.
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hello thanks for sharing your story. ur results looks great! i didn't think that mini tummy tucks have a longer scare like a full tummy tuck would. but any how you look great!
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I didn't think I would have such a long scar either. It's only shorter than a full by a couple inches on each side. But still happy
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Wow, you look great! Thinking about getting a mini TT just not sure how my scar will heal. I'm afraid of looking worse than I already do. I saw several Dr's wen I gt my BA and BL and some  said I need a full and some said I need a mini so I'm really not sure right now.
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I would go for the full tt, so many that have had mini's regret it and end up getting a full tt later.
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I think everyone's tummy would look best with a full tt, but I was very realistic. I wasn't going to look like a VS model, but it would have been at least 3 more years til I could afford a full, and I was looking for improvement, not perfection. I am very happy with my improved stomach, but each individual needs to make their own educated decision. I may or may not have a full later, but if I do it'll be years and years down the road.
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But I don't at all regret my mini. I'm so much happier than I was months ago.
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I was just thinking that I needed to update. I'll see if I can get some pics without the swelling tomorrow.
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You look amazing!! any updated photos for us? ;)
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But thank you. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
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There's always a trade off. Can you live with the extra skin that you have around your tummy, would a hip to hip scar just be too much? It's an extremely personal decision that only you can make. If you're content with how you look and feel right now, then it's possible that you don't really need a tummy tuck. I had so many people tell me how they thought it was stupid of me to get it done, but lucky for me I didn't have it done for anyone else's sake. I couldn't stand to look at myself in the mirror and see that skin on my tummy. For me, the scar is well worth having the skin gone. The doctor did say it will continue to fade, just like any other scar. Would your husband flip about the tt or the scar? Really, the scar is so low that unless you're naked or purposefully showing people, no one will see the scar. The scar falls right at the top of your bikini line. Theres a review on here that has a great pic of what the final scar looks like. Look at Happy Lady's "Great doc...wouldn't go to any other"' review.
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Well I did end up having a TT after all. On may 23rd. So far so good. Thanks for the encouragement and I'm glad I did it. Still have my drains in but I think my stomach is going to look awesome. Everyone's comments and dramatic change in the way there tummy looked after really helped me make a decision. My PS said my muscles were almost 3 in apart! So that's all fixed now too. Thanks again.
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Congrats! 3 inches is a lot! So glad your ps was able to fix everything. I bet it looks awesome!
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I am supposed to have a tummy tuck in one month but have been having second thoughts. Not sure I could handle having a scar hip to hip. Did they tell you how much it would fade? I think my husband would flip.
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As dance girl said it is definitely a personal decision. I think if my surgeon hadn't been so good about answering my questions before and after surgery the second thoughts would have driven me crazy. Ask yourself who you are doing it for. It should definitely be your decision and your decision only.
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How did your post-op go? I hated that drain! I cheated and took mine out myself. Oops! lol Showering is the best! You don't know how much you take it for granted until you can't do it. I have yet to do any exercising again. I'm starting up my yoga again Wednesday (it's quick yoga, not that slow stuff). I just was scared to do too much too soon. I didn't want to mess up all that money spent. But I think I might be being a little overly cautious. Oh well. I have never really done weight training. Do you do it at home or go to a gym?
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Post-op went very well. Drain came out Monday at appt. I was almost ready to pull it out myself just like you. Have to wear binder for 1 more day. Went and did 30 min of cardio then weight trained. I have a trainer that I go to, he's great. although I am limited to lifting no more than 15 lbs but can do any lifting that doesn't involve using your core for about a week and a half more then can go back to all the regular things I was used to. My plastic surgeon recommended massaging the scar twice a day with any type of lotion and using mederma. Right now still some swelling, scar feels hard, does yours? did your plastic surgeon tell you how much skin he removed. Mine said he removed about 4 inch by 8 inches of extra skin. Let me know how yoga goes.
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Jilla, glad to hear you're doing well! The swelling will probably go down around 2 week mark. I still have some though, especially when I'm really active, like when I took my kids to the botanical gardens or yestrday after work.

Mary314, it has helped my self esteem so much! I'm so glad I had it done for myself. I know nobody else really sees my tummy much, but I just feel better knowing its gone.
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Glad to hear your doing so well. Have my first post-op visit tomorrow so I'm hoping drain can come out and I can get permission to take a shower. I'm also hoping he will give me permission to start practicing softball and resume weight training even though I know it will be light weights at first. You definitely have to do this for yourself for it to be a success. Jilla
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You look amazing! Congrats I'm looking into getting an mini TT I had my son 3 years ago an I have tons of lose skin. I hate to even look at myself without clothes it's sad so TT in my near future will build my self esteem back up.
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I just upload them from my computer. Really easy! :)
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5 days post-op and I feel pretty good. My stomach still swollen but I can tell a huge difference.
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You have been so much help. It's one thing to read about it but it's a whole lot better to talk to someone who actually had it done and has no biases one way or another. I will definitely post when I have mine done and compare notes with you. Your going to have to teach me how to upload pictures to this site.
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