Mother to Get New Tummy

I am a 35 year old mother of three. After my...

I am a 35 year old mother of three. After my second child I lost post baby weight and then some. After the third I again lost baby weight but the sagging skin and stretch marks will not leave. I work out 4 days a week and am in good shape but get discouraged when my shirt rides up or when my skin falls forward when doing push ups. I had breast lift and augmentation a year ago and had such great results its time to fix the tummy. Had consultation with previous dr. and she agreed tt is the right option.

Starting to get some anxiety about whether this is...

starting to get some anxiety about whether this is the right time to have the tt. Night before last five year old was in our bed. Last night three year old had wet pjs and ended in our bed. Trying to get three year old used to not being carried. My husbands great but it will be a challenge for him. Next year I will be working part time so it really should be this year. just nervous.

I am not wanting to tell everyone that I am...

I am not wanting to tell everyone that I am getting a tt. I could see my kids going to school and announcing it in share time! So does anyone have any suggestions on what to say? Hernia repair? I have to have help with my kids as all my family is out of state.

I have become a little obsessed with this website....

I have become a little obsessed with this website. I feel excited to see so many women look so beautiful in thier after pictures! Giving birth is such a gift but the stretch marks and stretched muscles are so depressing. It will be great to fix this.

I will be traveling to Florida 7 weeks after my...

I will be traveling to Florida 7 weeks after my tt! Has anyone traveled after thiers so soon? Dr. said bar any compications should be good to go! The trip was scheduled for 6 weeks after but was able to push back one week! So nervous and so excited!

I feel like I'm in the "nesting" stage of a...

I feel like I'm in the "nesting" stage of a pregnancy. You know when your getting closets cleaned out, making meals to put in freezer etc.
One question I do have, and would love others input is that I noticed in pictures a lot of scars seem straight across while others are much more V like. I am going to call today to ask my dr. which she performs. I asked about bellybuttons at appt. but not that.

25 days till tt! Pretty excited but have been...

25 days till tt! Pretty excited but have been having trouble sleeping. I worry what if I gain this weight back? I know in my head that I never had this problem even at a bigger size before, that the saggy skin and stretch marks are from preg. but still worry. I would hate to go through pain and $ all for nothing.
I am glad to get to put these thoughts out there as I have not told anyone except my husband! Thanks BRAVE tummytuckers!

23 days till my surgery! I still have not gotten...

23 days till my surgery! I still have not gotten guts to take pics. but I know I will want them for after.
My husband is supportive but I am afraid he doesn't quite understand the length of the recovery. When I try to talk to him about he kida shuts down as he is very squemish. However he did watch three C-sections without problem.
I almost told a close friend (no one knows) but I chickened out.

Just thought of something. I am a stay at home mom...

Just thought of something. I am a stay at home mom with active kids and am slightly worried about keeping up with them in recovery and remembered I used to take my daughter to the childcare at the gym (2 hr. free) and sit in the lounge or cafe and read or email whatever after last c-section. I think I will become a lounge lizard again! And my kids will burn off some energy! Yeay me!

I just scheduled my pre op appt. for April 1! I...

I just scheduled my pre op appt. for April 1! I will be talking to Dr. about adding Lipo for thighs. Nurse said since its a second procedure its Half price! Funny!

17 days to go! Starting to get really excited! I...

17 days to go! Starting to get really excited! I think my husband is too. I just hope he really understands the length of recovery! Picked up my three year old today for first time in so long, I've been trying to get her out of the habitso she won't be shocked when I can't! She's really doing well with it!
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Two weeks from today! OMG!!! I watched another...

Two weeks from today! OMG!!! I watched another Tummy tuck on internet! So disgusting but really helpful. I ordered a bikini yesturday. I have NEVER worn one! I was a 12 always! Then after three kids a 6! Wierd huh? I always thought at this size I should be able to wear a two piece but I didn't figure on the stretch marks,weird belly button, and muscle issues.

Trying to be brave and upload photos!

Trying to be brave and upload photos!

Trying to be brave and upload photos!

Trying to be brave and upload photos!

I had my Pre op today. Got my prescriptions. Same...

I had my Pre op today. Got my prescriptions. Same ones I used for breast lift/aug. so I know I should'nt have any reactions to them. We discussed lipo for my inner thighs and she said she could do it same time as tt but would reccommend waiting as they are getting new equip. at thier facility for Slim (not smart) lipo. She said it is a laser type. They will be only facility in Kansas City area to have it. She said advantage is they use local so your awake, its done in their building, and its supposed to help shrink the skin so your not saggy after the lipo. The down side is I would'nt be able to do this same time as tt. It would be several weeks later, but the cost is about $1500 less!!
I am very excited as my surgery was going to be the second of the day but the other person rescheduled so I got moved up!! Less time for anxiety! 11 days to go!!!

So the day after I pay the doctor my husband takes...

So the day after I pay the doctor my husband takes my hand and says, honey I wonder if this surgery is a bad idea! Seriously he did! He is worried I am taking the easy way out and wonders about the cost. I feel the same way about the cost but know its not really gonna be easy at all. I have lost the weight before through Extreme dieting. I could not maintain this however. I am not unhappy about my weigh really just my saggy tummy. The loose skin and wrinkles didn't leave, just got worse.
I am worried about gaining the weight back. I work out four or five days a week and eat pretty healthy. I just always return to this size. I am having lots of doubts.

Four days post op. Feeling better daily....

Four days post op. Feeling better daily. Medication helps with pain but make me sleepy. Saw results at Dr office. Love small Bb but lowerbelly is swollen. Seems more swollen on one side then other. Seem normal?
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Feeling tired today. Think overdid it yesturday. I think meds r making me weep. Only need them at night really. Think will het drain out at next appt. Fri. Yeah.
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How are you feeling? Your pics look wonderful!
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just nervous bout amount of swelling at incision. Feeling really good. Went to church, grocery store, and fed kiddos, before taking nap. I have however experienced my first sneeze and caughing. Truley worst pain ever!
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I am on day 6 and I think one side is healing doggedly from the other but from what I hear it will even out in time. Happy healing
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You look great! Glad u r feeling better.
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Wow - you look great!! Your belly button is so cute! You must be so happy!
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Thanks. Did u see the lower swelling? Makes me kinda nervous. I have coughed twice and thought for sure I had to b bleeding. Worst pain ever.
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Im sure that is normal will go away with look great!
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3 day post op. Doing well. Stayed overnight in hospital which I was glad to do. Dr. Said they took 2 1/2 lbs skin off. No lipo. One drain on side. Just very sore from muscle repair. Thanks for all support and good.adbice. can't wait to see results!
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Meant to say volunteers make sling thing to carry pump. I also have pain pump. Peeked at bb and.its nice and small. Glad about that. UpdAte pics. When can.
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Home from hospital. 2 day post op. Very sore. Hard to get out of bed. Very sleepy but doing ok. One pump. Hospital volunteers make sling.
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WOW.....your body looks A LOT like mine pre surgery! I had my surgery on the 5th of April, I go in today for my second post-op visit. I too workout for an hour a day, 5 days a week (I'm actually a fitness instructor and can suck that bad boy of a belly in REAL good and I wear very tight fitting clothes to workout in) a VERY good diet and just could not drop the tummy. I am 5'3", weigh 137.6 pounds pre surgery and only had 13% body fat! You should read through my review and check out my pics. You are the first person on here who I think my belly truely resembles! Good luck tomorrow, you will do great and be so glad you did it!
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Good luck to you on the 12!! It's normal, I'm sure, to have some doubts, but just keep looking forward, girl!! You have worked hard and deserve this!! I too, have some doubts, but I just just keep thinking about how hard I've worked to take care of my body with exercise and eating right, and I still have this saggy, wrinkly skin!! Hang in there- this is one of the best decisions we can do for ourselves!! Bikini land here we come!!
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I know the closer you get the more nervous you get as well as guilt starts to creep in. But it is worth it! My boyfriend was nervous for me and did not want to see me in pain. He worries when I am hurting. He also had his doubts but he is now pleased with the results and I am only 4 weeks out. I have had some complications along the way but it has not changed my mind that I have done the right thing...:). Even though I am going to be pretty much broke for the rest of the year I am still happy and ecstatic that I did this. YOu and I have the same kind of tummy. When I would bend over it would just hang and I couldn't stand that...or it would sit in my lap when I sat down. Made me want to cry sometimes. I excerise and eat pretty healthy as well but couldn't get past my weight of 175. After surgery along with lipo I now weigh 165 and I have a flat tummy and thinner thighs...:). And it just keeps coming off. Guess I had to shock my body into blasting past my You won't regret this later, I promise. You will be so happy and your husband is going to love the new you along with your new found confindence...:). Chin up sweetie...:). we are here for you to lean on...
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Awe sweetie, I know you and your husband must be nervous.... I know I am nervous with four days to go! Heck my mind is wandering...I just have to keep busy and look at all of the successful tummies on this web! These women look wonderful and are an inspiration.... Have you done all of your grocery shopping and cleaning and everything yet? I am so wondering what am I forgetting to do! Hugs sweetie...everything will go well and you will have a new tummy soon!
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Wow. Thank you for your kind words. I have been near tears all day today. I think the fear of the recovery is setting in. I just love my kiddos and want to be there for them as quickly as possible.
Did some shopping today. Going to start making some dinners to freeze. Bought a thick book! I keep updating the kids shcedules as games, practices etc. come in!
do LOVE this site! Are you feeling prepared?
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Hey girlie! I see you got 10 days left and I know you are excited! I wish you the best!
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Just had my tummy tuck in Seattle March 18. Feel and look great and I guess after 35 years of having a "big fat belly" it is well worth it. My doc also included a lift of the mons pubis (new words for me), so my incision dips a little. I lost 140 lbs via diet recently and after sev. pregnancies, know all about stretch marks and hanging skin. I'm so excited I tell everyone, including total strangers. My own mother won't say anything to me about it or the weight loss. So sympathies if family/friends don't support the decision.
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I am sure u could spray tan..... I don't see why not? I went tanning a few times before. I used mederma SPF and covered the scar with my bikini bottom.
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I just saw that you are doing to Florida at 7weeks? I just got back from Florida and I was 7weeks! It wss no problem at all! I often forget now that i had the surgery. We drove too... 15 hrs. Mederma makes a scar lotion with SPF 30.... It works great. I did not end up wearing a bikini because my belly button scar... It is noticeable when looking close and we were with people that didn't know I had the surgery...otherwise I would have worn one. Good luck! It's not as bad as you may think... Once u get past the first 2 weeks!
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Funny, we are going with people that I won't tell eith so I will be packing a one piece and tankini if feeling brave! Good to know about Maderma with SPF. I was going to spray tan before we left. What do you think? If I cover incision with tape?
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Hi i'm scheduled for my TT the day before you, and I haven't gotten to scared yet still excited. But I tell you this TT is pretty much all I think about. My pre-op is not until April 7. Well wishes. I won't say luck because it's not luck it's all God. So i'll say God Bless you.
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Every night I write lists! Where the kids will be during the day, grocery list, to do list. It helps me feel organized and quit obsessing so I can sleep. I can't beleive its coming so soon! Yeah!
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Yea, I can't stop thinking about the TT either... Its like I am obsessed with it after seeing so many other great results on here. Well wishes to you too a day before me! I honestly don't think we will start getting nervous until the night before....
Awh, God bless you also! Thanks!
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Sounds like you should be good with the 6 and 9 year olds... Its the three year old that you will be taking to the gym daycare? I have a daycare at my gym too... I was thinking about doing that certain evenings where my husband wouldn't be home but how would I lift my little one to get him in the carseat? Ugh! I would definitely try to get the kids on as many playdates as you can while you are recovering!

Yea, I am super excited... Can't wait for the day to come... Actually I can't wait until Post TT like weeks after so my tummy looks good and the pain is gone! lol!
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