I'm 5'6 and 135 lbs. No matter what my weight has been (as low as 100 lbs, as high as 180) all of my weight goes to my mid section. I can remember being 10 years old and having friends suggest that I try doing situps to "get rid of my gut" despite being otherwise skinny. As an adult, I'm neurotic about working out, eating healthy but despite all of this, my spare tire just doesn't go away. I've never had children but have often been mistaken for being pregnant both in the form of outright questions and the little things- like when someone gives up there seat for you on the subway! People always say I'm so tiny- I wear a size 4 pant but having such a huge belly has always bothered me and restricted the kind of clothes I could wear (baggy black tops a must). Every day of my life I get upset about this. I've never been able to wear a bikini and to be honest, I don't think I ever would even if I could- I'm not looking to be perfect- I just want to be in the range of normal for someone of my height and weight. This has held me back for so many years from so many things- especially relationships. I just could not fathom the idea of letting someone see me naked- and so I've never really dated. I'm hoping maybe I'll feel more confident after this :-)
I had my consultation in June and scheduled my slim lipo for later this month. The doctor was great about setting expecations with me. She was honest and said that what I really needed was a full on tummy tuck because she is concerned that since I gained weight (and lost it) once before, my skin elasticity may be compromised and can't promise how well it will "bounce back". She said if I'm not ready to go down that road, she did feel that slim lipo could offer a 30-50% improvement. While I considered the full tummy tuck, I decided to go for the lesser procedure due to cost (it was about double the price); the scar, the recovery and the simple fact that if I one day to decide to have children (I'm 32), it does not seem to make sense to do the fully tummy tuck yet. Furthermore, it seems like if I have the lipo now of my entire mid section now, any future tummy tuck will be "less work"- i.e. mainly to address skin.
I'm a little nervous about the procedure- my preop is next week and I'm pretty sure I'm having general anesthesia (the surgery is expected to take about 5 hours!) In the end though, I figure I can't look any worse than I do now- even with no skin retraction :-)
I found everyone elses reviews and experiences so helpful to me, so I figured I'd document this in case it helps anyone else. I'll keep this updated as I go through my journey!