Hello out there my RS sisters, I WANT A TUMMY TUCK...
I WANT A TUMMY TUCK & I WANT IT NOW!!!!!
I am a 27 year old mother of 3. My kids are 10,8, & 3 y/o. I have always had a negative body image of myself , I always thought i was fat, and struggled with my weight... Now that I think about it, before kids I weighed as much as 128lbs, at 5'3... Now, when I look back on things, there was NEVER anything wrong with me, and I would KILL to be that weight & a perfect size 7 again!!! I had my first child at the age of 17, I gained about 40 pounds and that came off within a year, but i was left with the flabby belly, kangaroo pouch & stretch marks, although I found myself back at 137lbs and a size 7/9. When I got pregnant 2 years later, I gained another 30 pounds and after that pregnancy I never seemed to bounce back. I got into a bad marriage , where i suffered 3 miscarriages and I stayed at about 180-194 range. I would gain weight and loose weight but I never escaped the double digits in clothing.
After my divorce, by God's Amazing Grace, I met the love of my life. I got pregnant I only gained 25 pounds this pregnancy, but I gave birth to a 9lbs baby. I'm not sure how he managed to stay inside me or make it out of me naturally, but he did!
Prior to thisI always seemed to loose some baby weight after my kids, but with this last kid, birth control, I have found myself at my highest weight ever, 220!!! I know that my birth control has alot to do with it, so I am looking into a tubal ligation to eliminate this crazy hormonal weight gain! I dont want to be 128 again but i do want to be proportionate. I have a good overall frame, a natural hourglass shape, But this kangaroo pouch/ muffin top is like my arch enemy, and working out only seems to make it worse! Its like the more I work out, the smaller my ass gets and the more prominent my belly gets, this is so abnormal for me! I must be getting old!
I eat healthy and I have just started on Qsymia, and I am trying to lose about 25lbs, prior to my surgery, which I plan to have near my birthday (3/9) in early March 2014. I am wanting to have a tummy tuck because i want my clothes to fit better and I would like to stop wearing my Body Magic & this crazy corset, that makes me look nice, but bruises me up, like I've been in a Bar fight!!! LOL.
I am a bit of a diva &I also sing in a gospel group and just to go onstage I have to put on layers of underwear just to feel normal and unashamed of my body, this includes:
SPANX, boyshort panties, corset, bra, control top pantyhose and a fitted dress slip with a built in bra!!!
I'm seriously tired of this crap! One day I'm gonna die of heat exhaustion or cut off my circulation wearing all this crap!
I am in Tampa, FL and I'm looking to go to Premiere Center (Dr. Scott Loessin), because they are close and have in house financing, I am also considering Dr. Wendell Perry in Miami, and Dra.Walkiris Robles in Dominican Republic Any suggestions on surgeons, ladies?
Soooo, I need to really find a "Real Selfer's Anonymous" class, cuz I'm addicted to this site...
Decisions, decisions... Which Doctor to choose...
My before pix
Tell me it's Real....
I'm back. I've been super duper busy, and under the weather, along with everything else, but I have good news in regards to my SX. I know on my last post, I was considering going overseas to have my work done,, but I have decided to have my tummy tuck at home, here in the states. My surgeon is William Welsh at Premiere Center in Tampa. Florida. He is an excellent fit for me. I'm very picky and I am a bit spoiled and he picked up on that PRETTY quickly. LOL. I decided to go ahead and do the tummy tuck here instead of in DR, because of him, not to mention that a TT is such an extensive procedure, that I didn't want to recover in a foreign place alone, so far away from my family. I suffer with bouts of depression and I have heard of that affecting some ladies' recovery period. Point is: I need my support system around for this pain! I've got my granny coming over to baby me, I'm so excited about that! She's the best! I plan to have my TT now, and to recover and work on body (legs & arms) and according to my results, go to Dra. Robles in D.R. for some aggressive Lipo & a breast lift in the next few months, I won't be bent over & crippled & I could enjoy the beauty of the country. Possibly mange it a vacation for my boo & I.... Sounds like a great plan to me.
Anyway, now starts the count down...15 days until I'm chopped ,Screwed and I am fine ladies! BRING ON THE PAIN! LOL... please help me prepare with supplies, clothing, foods etc.... I'm so ready
Too late to turn back now... I guess...
Pre op was today and I must say I'm "nervoscited". As soon as I walked in the door, They had me sign my life away! I was okay, but I started feeling some tour of way even I got to the malpractice & revision sections... funny thing is I was more settled during the signing of the death waivers than reading that I may need a revision... Lol... I know what the risks are, so I'm just leaving in God's hands cuz He has NEVER LET ME DOWN...
After signing my life away, I was taken to the pre op room with a nurse. I was told to strip down and I had to put on the small blue paper thong, and take my before pics in front of the infamous blue wall! Lol
I had my 3 year old son with me, and I must say, he was NOT happy about me stepping down in front of strangers... Lol... he darn near fussed me out in front of the nurse! She thought it was cute, it just reminded me if his, father. Lmao!
Any who, she asked me some health questions and then had to stick me 3 times just to draw Blood for my CBC labs! I hate having tiny veins!
Im so ready guys... please keep me in your prayers...
-PHENERFAN (SUPPOSITORIES & PILLS)
IF I NEED ANY OTHER MEDS LET ME KNOW SO I CAN GET THEM FROM MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN
Do I have everything I need???
I got a lot of good info from @Cutiejenn86. She's so sweet and encouraging... I was worried about what to bring to wear home from surgery, and she informed me that i would be sent home in a robe! I was so relieved because out of sll the stores I've been to I only found 1, short sleeved, button down top, and that was in a pajama set, ugh!!!!
Anywho, I picked up all of my Rx's from CVS yesterday... It REALLY hit me then that this S**t is REAL!!! This time next week, I'll be all bandaged up, walking hunched over, peeing thru a funnel, taking baths with baby wipes, eating mostly soft food and liquids, and emptying drains 3 times a day!!! This is all i can think about... I can barely sleep... all nite, I tossed and turned thinking about next week, the most scary thing for me is being put to sleep, and knowing that I will have a tube down my throat!!!... UGH!!!!
I ordered 2 wedge pillows from Amazon earlier this week. One for my head/back and one for my legs. I figured this would be cheaper and better than leasing a recliner for down stairs.. Cuz I really prefer to be in recovery, in my room, in my bed... where I'm comfortable.
I feel like I'm pretty prepared, I grocery shopped for my house so that my granny will not have to do any running around for the kids and she can cook daily if need be... I just have a few small things to purchase. Fresh bread for the house,( I'll buy Monday.) I still need a funnel for urinating, Ricolas for for my throat, a new plastic folding chair for showering, and vitamins for healing...
I'm so ready to get this over with.... Lawd help me!!!
Updated Before Pix
12 hours from the Flat side
a my stomach will no Longer be my fiance's toy. And I will be able to wear normal tee shirts and not just peplums or things that camouflage my shape...
I so hope that Dr.Welsh gives me back that hour glass shape that I had one before. I'm taking my wish pics into surgery with me as a reminder. I will be blogging & vlogging my feelings all day tomorrow until it's over. .. so stay tuned ladies.... -ROX
Let's do this!
what the took from me
2 days post op
Sweeeeeet Baby Jesus!
3 day post op Appt
I hadn't even seen my results in a mirror or standing up yet. Later on that evening. I decided to take off My clothes and look at myself and I must say, that I am pleased with my results and with Dr. WELSH work. Being swollen and all. I am satisfied. I may not have a six pack or abs, but I have a flat stomach even when I'm sitting down, I have no hanging skin and apron and no fat rolls. There is definitely a distinction between my breast, my waist, my hips and my butt. I feel like I have came a long way Hell, I am SUPER swollen, and I can see my vagina while sitting down! That's the, most exciting thing EVER, and it may sound stupid, but imagine having to lift your belly in order to shave your private for 11 years! Hell, since in being honest, Imight as well be totally transparent and tell you that I had been using deodorant underneath my stomach to keep from sweating and, getting smelly under there. I wonder, how much money I'm gonna save now on Dove.
Anyway, yesterday I had a mental health breakdown, frustrated with not being able to shower or completely reach my own backside, I asked my fiance to give me a sponge bath! And let me tell y'all, it was the best thing ever! I'm a REALLY clean person, and my hygiene is inexplicably the most important thing to me in the world! I tell you, You never know how much a person loves you, until the opportunity presents itself for them to have to wash the, crack of your dirty ass! Lol. I think I fell in love with him all over again, because he bathed me down completely and thoroughly, and didn't complain or act disgusted one time! In fact, he had to put me in my place and tell me not to try and control the situation and not to help him, to just relax and let him do it. LOL. He basically got me together and because I'm pretty much handicapped right now, I couldn't do anything but shut up and comply...
I had my granny wash my CG, I hoped it would shrink, but it's still to big.
I felt like a new person, I took a nap after that, it was so exhausting! Why does everything seen like a chore after this procedure?
Anyway I woke up today, and I really felt the swelling in my left side from having my drain removed on Friday. I felt like I was gonna pop. I decided that I needed to walk. I am walking somewhat upright but I'm not 100% and I end up hunching back over in about 5 minutes. I went to Ross and pushed the cart for about an hour with my fiance. When we left there I was pooped and so we headed home, but made a stop at Publix for a few groceries. I didn't walk in there though, I used the, electric cart... like I said, I'd hadit by then... all in all, I think I'm coming along and healing pretty quickly. My pain is at a minimum, I'm taking ibuprofen in the day a Percocet at night before bed.... here are some new after photos for u guys to see. Let me know what
9 weeks, and I'm not I'm impressed
Well it's 3 weeks later than that & I'm positive that I'm in need of a revision.
I know have a lop sided stomach. My right side is flat and my left dude has a small pooch. It's so obvious when I'm naked, it's sometimes unbearable to look at... I become so depressed...
I'm glad my big pooch is gone, but I still need spanx or other garments, I just wanted a flat stomach and I've only achieved half of it. On top of my crooked belly, I have a small dog ear on my left side, I didn't get enough lipo on my flanks & none on my back. I also have spider web like scars on my belly button, that's not a huge deal to me, but I wanna be as honest a possible with you all.
I have pondered for over a week now on whether or not I would update my review and I finally broke down and did it because I would want somebody to do the same for me.
I have decided to do what I should find in the first place, and that's go to the Dominican Republic for surgery. My options areDr. Walkiris Robles or Fatima Almonte. Dr. Robles sent me a quote for $4900, with recovery house for ,a week. That includes scar revision, lipo on abdomen, flanks, back, bra roll, & arms; and a,BBL.
I wish to Gawd, I woulda save my damn money from the start... now I've gotta recuperate about $6k outta thin air...
9 weeks Post
I'm having problems getting my pictures to upload....
The first surgeon that has made me feel comfortable. And the only one who had listened to my wants and needs. He made me feel beautiful right off. Not to mention he's pretty confident in his work & he has worked on a lot of Full sized women. I'm confident in my surgeon.