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A Tummy Tuck Was the Best Thing I Ever Did!

After having 3 children I was left with stretched,...

After having 3 children I was left with stretched, lose hanging skin on my stomach. I had gained 100 pounds with my 2nd pregnancy because of a medical condition that just made it worse. I worked out at the gym for years and NEVER could get rid of the skin on my stomach. After careful consideration and research I decided I'd go to the place that had done several of my friends breast augmentations. Yes, even with a "comfort pump" the procedure was painful, but it was very worth it to me. Gone was the stretched, lose skin and the stretchmarks that went almost up to my boobs before, were now all below my belly button. My swelling lasted several months, but I wore my girdle for that whole time. Even with the swelling, the long incision (that I can easily hide in bathing suits and underwear), and the almost 1 year before I was back to normal recovery was worth every dime and day that I spent under that girdle! For me, a tummy tuck was easier than putting myself through 3 natural childbirths, tatoos and a broken foot.

*Update 2012* For those asking it was Dr....

*Update 2012*

For those asking it was Dr. Zilmer (with Dr. Ekland assisting, who is going into retirement) at the Avalon Clinic in Lakewood, Washington, who performed my Tummy Tuck. I will post updated pictures soon, but I'd like to say that to this day, with a yo yo of gaining and losing 60 lbs since I had the procedure, my belly still looks AMAZING and Dr. Zilmer is one of the best surgeons you will find.

Stretch Mark Cover up with a tattoo prior to my Tummy Tuck

I just wanted to add this picture for the women who have mentioned getting a tattoo to help cover up the stretchmarks on their abdomens. I had also gotten a stretch mark cover up tattoo prior to ever having (or considering) having a tummy tuck. This is the only picture I can find of it, I was 8 months pregnant in this picture but this tattoo came off in 1 piece during my tummy tuck.
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I had twins and my tummy looks a lot like yours pre-op... I am considering a tuck but it scares the shit out of me, so I'm considering a tattoo first. I'm super curious what it felt like to get tattooed on that skin. Mine is super sensitive, so I imagine it to be terribly painful. But I do have a few tattoos including a large back piece, and I've handled that pain fine so I'm curious how this would compare. You look great btw!
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I did to six months ago I'm happy with it.just still hurts to move certain ways just not what I expected
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I worked as an RN for a cosmetic surgeon who did my TT for free as part of his "benefits package" for working there. I also had a breast lift done at the same time. NO REGRETS!! Most patients do have the dog ear on one side. its just how the skin goes back together after the incisions are made. It's really hard to avoid but not bad at all to get removed. Most surgeons that I know of don't even charge for it. I had one that I had to get removed as well. As far as the itching goes, it's a form of pain and a sign of healing, I used to make my husband lightly scratch my sides through my girdle for hours at night. It can be very bothersome for some patients. Just make sure you don't try to be a hero - take your pain meds, they are given to you for a reason and they will help with that annoying itching.
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I'm almost five days post and the itching has begun to annoy me. It itches the most right at the hip bone under the CG. I notice that it gets better after I take my meds. So do they really help with the itch too? Thank you fir teaching me something snowbunnyRN
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Wow u had a free tt lucky u:-)
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Woow ! ! You look amazing, after I lost 120 pounds, I can wait to do my tummy tuck and see my stomach flat like yours, and I love the wait doctor live your scar, very low the you can use sexy bikini...Yeahh enjoy this new body..:)
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You look fab!!! Xxx
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With lipo it can take 4-6 months or longer for you to see your final result and feel good! I'm soo happy for you ladies!
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I also had a tummy tuck. Back five weeks ago, I think also have dog ears on my sides, how does the Dr. Fix that? Thank you!!!
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That will depend on your anatomy and there can be different ways to get rid of dog ears so you should talk to your doctor and get his opinion, but normally it can be done in office, with a local anesthetic, and they can just remove the dog ear and close the area up.
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You look great!!!
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Hello ladies I've hade tummy tuck and lipo 8 weeks ago I am still swollen on my back and have a really bad burning itching sensation on my back is that normal
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Yes, did you take care of the dog ear? why does that happend? can it be avoided? Im going to get mine soon and want to make sure this doesnt happend.
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Yes, I did have the dog ear taken care of but not for a few years after my TT. I don't know 100% if it can be avoided because it just isn't about how "good" your surgeon is, you anatomy does play a factor in it. I know for me, I think I ended up with a dog ear because I was a candidate for a "Belt Lipectomy. " I had lose skin that was on my hip area on the backside, but because it was being done as an outpatient procedure, my surgeon "staged" the procedures. We did the TT first (the front part of my "trunk" ) and then later on I could decide if I wanted to go back and do the belt lipectomy (for the back side). I had lose skin that wrinkled up around my hips and got worse if I lost more weight. To me, it reminded me of an elephant butt (sorry for the language) because it was just wrinkly skin around that area. But I think that it was because of that skin I had around towards that back that made it harder for my surgeon to get it to lay flat because I did need that area to be taken care of. Had I chosen to go back and have a Belt Lipectomy, that dog ear would have been taken care of with that procedure. But after research and seeing some of those scars in real life I decided that wasn't something I wanted to do.
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That looks great!
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Thank you!
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What did you do about the dog ear? Did that go away or do you need another touch up?
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My dog ear was taken care of in 1 treatment and I did not need another touch up. It can often be done under a local in the office as well depending on how big it is
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No, I had to have the dog ear cut out.
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I also tend to yo-yo with my weight. But after having breast reduction in October 2012 I can really see my rolls of fat and distended stomach area and I just hate how I look in and out of clothes. So April 9, 2013 I'm going back to my BR surgeon for a tummy tuck and liposuction where needed. I'm 5'5", 230#, 58 yrs old and mother of 2 children and I'm so ready for a flat stomach.
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I had a reduction 10 years ago!!! Having my TT after losing 140 lbs...so excited!!!
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Fantastic results!!!!...and encouraging words for those of us still considering the surgery....Also I had been thinking of trying to hide the stretch marks with a tattoo too : ) Your's looked nice but the Tuck best I think! Thank again and all the best : )
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Thank you! I will post another picture of the stretch mark cover up tattoo I had gotten prior to my tummy tuck. The only one I have is of me 8 months pregnant but it would still would be an idea!
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waooo
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Wow! Great results. Congrats.
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