Nervous About Tummy Tuck - Las Vegas, NV

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I have been debating on a tummy tuck since 2009....

I have been debating on a tummy tuck since 2009. At one point I was so ready and the Friday before the surgery I called the Surgeon's office and canceled. Luckily he refunded all the money but $500 for blood tests. Now two years later I am ready to do it. I went from 115 to 222 pounds after I had my second child. They are now 8. I had them 10 months apart. After that I had 3 miscarriages. I finally learned I would not be able to have more children. I am now at a steady 145 pounds and 5ft-2in short. I had a personal trainer tell me he didnt want to take my money because no matter how hard I tried, that excess skin will always be there.

I have such great fear of being put under anesthesia. Death always comes to my mind. I think of my 2 girls and how they would suffer without me. But I am at the point where I also get frustrated when it comes time for a special event. I hate how my clothes fit me or actually the clothes I want to wear don't fit me. Even my girls tell me I could wear a bathing suit only if I fix my stomach. One even said my belly reminds her of a peanut. Both the shape and texture from all the stretch marks.

I am scheduled to have the surgery done September 12. I met with 6 doctors. I have read many of the stories here in order to give me motivation but something in the back of my head still tells me not to. I want to do it for myself. My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next year and are going on a cruise. There is no way I can wear a swimsuit looking like this. I have posted some pictures so I can get some feedback. Also, I noticed all surgeons advised me to get lipo on my flanks. Is that really necessary? Does it make a big difference? Has anyone declined lipo and was unhappy with the results? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

19 more days until surgery date. I am getting...

19 more days until surgery date. I am getting really anxious and want to just get it over with. I want to see how I will look after the surgery. Monday is my pre op.

Less than a week for the big day. I am more...

Less than a week for the big day. I am more nervous as the days go by. But I think about how good I will (hopefully) look and feel better.

I picked up my meds yesterday. Luckily the...

I picked up my meds yesterday. Luckily the pharmacist that was so negative wasn't there yesterday. The date is getting near.

Well it is now 3 more days until the big day....

Well it is now 3 more days until the big day. Today doesn't count any more :). I have lost a lot of sleep over the past two nights. I have been waking up every hour. I try to be positive but the waiting is horrible. Hope to catch some sleep tonight.

The weekend is here. Monday is just around the...

The weekend is here. Monday is just around the corner. Surprisingly I don't feel too nervous but I have not been able to sleep for about 3 nights now. My daughter said I have under my eyes. Not what I want to hear right now. This weekend will be very busy. I home school my 2 3rd graders so I have to prepare all their work so they will be able to work on their own for a couple of days. I have to do lots of laundry. As if it wasnt any worse, my parents are out of town and I have been the supplemental babysitter for my brother's two step kids for the last two weeks. A 1 and a 4 year old. I have fallen so behind on my house work. I think I am freaking out. Hopefully today I can actually sleep knowing I don't have to get up extra early tomorrow to babysit them. Today is the last day, and hopefully I get all my housework done between today and tomorrow.

Day one post op. I wanted to see if I could make...

Day one post op. I wanted to see if I could make it without pain killers but a few hours ago I gave in. The doctor told me I had to take them because he wanted me walking around. What a difference they make. I had an appointment today to change my dressings. My incision is very low and so far it looks good. I am so excited and cant wait to see myself in a week.

Hi everyone. I am 6 days post op. I have mixed...

Hi everyone. I am 6 days post op. I have mixed feelings about the whole surgery. I know it is normal to be emotional. I hadnt gone online because I see others at 5 days post op and they have a flat tummy already. I am so swollen I regret doing this. I am afraid I will stay this way. Yesterday I got a big scare. I woke up to a pain and a tingling on my leg. I looked it up and the first thing I saw was DVT. Clotting. So I decided to call my doctors office. Right away they sent me for an ultrasound of my legs and everything came back fine. Thank God. I only took pain meds Tues-Thursday. I felt so constipated I stopped. But the pain is not too bad. Actually being swollen bothers me more than the pain. I havent been able to see my belly button because I have dressings on my whole tummy. When I went for a dressing change I couldn't see. Actually, I was afraid to see but now I regret it. I am doing very good with the drains. Today the whole day I have only had about 10cc on each side and it is almost clear.
Tuesday is my follow up to hopefully remove a drain. I am hoping they remove both. Will keep everyone updated.

I have posted my one week follow up. I still...

I have posted my one week follow up. I still cannot believe it is me. my swelling has been going down since then and the scare is healing. Even at this point I look way better than before. I cannot wait to start the gym and wear a cute workout outfit. No more oversize tshirts and having to hold in my stomach so it wont bounce around.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon

The doctor was really nice in explaining everything to me. He does seem a little rushed but he makes sure all my questions are answered. Great bedside manners. I think so far I made a great choice. His staff is always available. They are really helpful.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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