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Tummy Tuck for The "Older" Woman - Yorba Linda, CA

I am 51 years old and have had two children, one...

I am 51 years old and have had two children, one was a c-section. Back when I was in my 20's and had my c-section, they cut through my muscle. Of course, nothing was the same afterwards. After 25 years in a bad marriage and divorce, I gained and lost weight which added to the tire around my middle. Three years ago, I had a breast lift and was extremely happy with my plastic surgeon and the results, so I decided to go back to him for my tummy tuck and muscle repair.

I think the most important advice I could give is to read the blogs and accept the fact that the first few weeks are really going to suck after the surgery. Everyone is different, and there is no "magic" number of days or weeks when suddenly you'll feel great! You should know that things DO GET BETTER, but be prepared for the pain! It hurts, but it eventually gets better!

Also, be sure to research doctors. Be sure to get one who is a certified plastic surgeon--your body is not worth going cheap! I had my tummy tuck and muscle repair on June 28th, 2011 and am extremely happy with the results!!! Yes, I had the horrible swelling, and I could only take two weeks off work, so I had to deal with it. I followed my drs.' instructions and walked hunched over as instructed until he told me I could straighten up. Yes, it feels like you're going to split in two and it burns and it's painful, but IT GETS BETTER! I'm just starting to exercise again, including sit-ups. It still hurts to do sit-ups and my stomach still burns sometimes if I stretch too far. I listen to my body and stop if there is pain. All I can say is no matter what age you are, a tummy tuck is the way to go to get rid of that loose skin!

I'm still trying to decide if its worth the money, i'm 58 and researching doctors to do a tummy tuck. How can I find out if they are board certified or if there are any complaints about their work? Also, I quit smoking a few months ago so now I have gained about 10 pounds which has went right on my tummy, upper part, which is difficult to lose cause I'm wanting to replace smoking with eating. I'm having a hard time just trying to keep my eating somewhat under control. The doc I went to see told me I would be happier with the results if I lost 5 or 10 pounds, geez, its hard to do plus not smoke. I'm putting a mortage on my home to have this tt done, I think thats why I'm reluctant to have it done, my home has been paid for going on ten years and the thought of putting a debt against it is kind of scary, but I sure would like to have a pretty tummy again and look better in my clothes. So, I'm still not fully decided. Reading everyone's commments help me to make my final decision. Thank you all.

Gee, I feel like the old lady in the group. I'm 67 and had my TT on Sep. 2. Two years ago I had lap band surgery and since lost 112 lbs. so the TT was very much needed. I'm a new person with lots of health benefits. I'm healing now and can't help but wonder if I should have had the full TT when I hear ladies talk about that hour glass shape. Then I remind myself that I am 67 and should be happy with my new figure. It is definitely an improvement. The thighs and boobs need some work--but I'm not sure if I should go there. My husband is so terrific! He was totally supportive and told me he loved me as before just as much.
So it's good to hear about how older women deal with this kind of surgery.

boy, after hearing some of the comments on tt, i wonder if its worth it. some ladies really suffer some pain.
Orange County Plastic Surgeon

I used Dr. Nolan for both my breast lift and tummy tuck/muscle repair. He is associate with Mission Viejo Hospital and his office is spotless. His staff is caring and professional and ALWAYS patient in explaing the procedures and answering questions.

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