Ok, so here I go. I have been spending crazy amounts of time on this website looking at stories and pictures. Thank you all for sharing your journey. I can honestly say I don't know I could do this without all this support. Like most people here, I am scared of the complications and risk associated with this procedure but see how the results can be so worth it. If I can just get past the nerves....
I am a mom of 3 kids (boy 7 yrs, girl 5 years, and boy 9 mo.) The boys were both almost 10 pounds and I am short waisted. The result is stretch marks up to my ribcage and lots of saggy skin. When I look in the mirror it doesn't look like me (or at least the me I like to remember). I am 5'3" and 155 pounds. I want to lose at least 10 pounds before surgery and another 10 after.
I have been on 2 surgical consults so far and am scheduled next week for my third opinion with a dr highly recommended from a friend. Choosing a surgeon has been one of the most stressful parts so far. Of course I am only looking at double board certified and credible sources, but there are so many to choose from in the Dallas area. I really like the idea of no drains and am seeking only doctors who use quilting sutures. My first appt was with the dr who invented the Progressive Tension Suture technique and published it in medical journals. I liked him but cannot find anyone who has used him and can recommend him. If anyone out there knows about this guy, please please let me know.
Im so tired of wearing compression garments to not look pregnant from the muscle separation and all the skin.