Tummy tuck with lipo and breast reduction/lift

I am a 30 year old woman, married with two kids...

I am a 30 year old woman, married with two kids aged 3 and 1. I have been fat since my adolescence and always struggled with weight and body image issues. I tried so many diets and attacked the gym but apparently my relation with food was pathological. Anyway, I decided to get a Mini gastric bypass in 2007 because i couldn't look at myself anymore. I was 100 kgs for 1.64cm. Nothing fitted, i looked awful. The surgery was not successful and i only lost some of the weight and I couldn't keep it off. It was a post-op mistake because i was not well informed (despite all my researches) and the dr was not the kind that explains everything, u had to litterally pull out the words from his mouth. Now, 2013, i weigh 85kgs and most of the fat and ugliness is concentrated on my belly area (2 consecutive pregnancies+overweight+fat= 0 self esteem). So i have been hearing about the tummy tuck and coming to this group and reading the reviews and taking more and more info each time, made me seriously think about having one. I KNOW that this procedure is NOT for weight loss...That is why I started a diet (AGAIN) with a dietician and i am planning to loose 15 kgs before really going through this. I am lebanese and live in Lebanon. I had several Drs names and i am trying to get in touch with one soon (maybe this month) just to get an idea about the cost and the pros and cons etc. I am really scared this won't work just like my bariatric surgery (the bypass) and i am REALLY REALLY REALLY in NEED of feeling better. and for me feeling better comes from looking better. Don't get me wrong i am SO blessed to have my husband and kids and my lovely life but i don't seem to enjoy this because i am not satisfied with the way i look.......I don't know what more to say...I will update when i see the dr........any help will be good.....i couldn't find someone with the same body as mine here..help :S

Can't. Believe it!

After a long period of thinking reviewing and checking this site, i finally gathered my courage and took the appointment. I am going to see my PS on the 6th of January 2014. I do not have the money yet, i saved the first 1000$ i think i might need some 3000$ more (my friend did the TT last july and told me about the cost). So, i am a bit confused scared excited and a bunch of feelings i cannot define hehehe i guess because it s still not real. I am thinking of doing it when i take my summer vacation (July 2014). I have 2 months off work and i cannot do it any other time and in case i decided i will not waitfor the summer after i want this now i am fed up with my looks. One more week and i will update my review. Please God i really need this to work :(

First photo

Ok see the ugliness....i dont know how i ended up like this...this is awful. My husband still manages to tell me i am pretty though...

Happy new year!!

Happy new year to everyone! Ihope this year will help us all believe more and more in our selves and i really want to be a bit selfish and say: i decided that s it i want to have it i want to do it....the PS appointment is getting closer it s on the 6th and i am very scared but excited and i dont know how will i come up with 5000$ before july but i will work more and more...please cross your fingers for me

Wow! I saw my surgeon today!

Wow. I still cannot believe that today i finally saw my surgeon. He was calm sure of himself and explained everything I needed to know about the procedure. But i was a bit disappointed because i have been reading here that there are a lot of people who say they are going to have several procedures like for example a tummy tuck along with lipo or a tummy tuck with a breast lift etc. My doctor told me that he prefers NOT combining two procedures at the same time because lipo and tummy tuck done together might give more complications related to healing and stuff like that. So basically the plan is to loose (try to loose) 15kg from now till end of June and i will have my operation in July and then, a year from that we can decide weither i need lipo or not. Y a year?? Because my Doc said it takes up to a year for a tummy tuck to be fully into place ( swelling gone etc ) & then we can decide on which areas to target with lipo then the final results will be clear and it would be more efficient. Even though i wanted to get it over with, i think he might be right and i wonder how everybody is doing several surgeries together....i mean i am confused but i see logic in what he said. The cost will be 5000$ with a 2 nights stay in the hospital he said i needed muscle repair too because alparently my two pregnancies stretched my belly muscles (i read this will be painfull .... Omg!) and he also told me that the reason why the upper belly is protruding that much is because i also have fat around my intestines (i think this is a serious health issue right?) and this is my part of the work while everything else is his job (exactly his words)....so...what do u think?? I have a target now ... 6 months to go .... Please God help me with my weight loss journey it is going to be tough .... Oh by the way, i cannot describe the feeling of shame and disgust and ugliness i felt when he asked me if he could take a look at my belly & when he actaully held my lower jell-o belly with his hand,,,i was soooo ashamed: it s as if i was nakeda and revealing all my self in front of this perfect stranger...no one touches the belly even i dnt dare to touch it...and now it s getting more real....6 months and it will be gone for ever ... oh and i still don t have the money and no one covers plastic surgeries here ....so i have to raise the 5000$ in 6 months ..... Im keeping my high hopes that everything will work lut for me eventually. Oh and i have a big patch of vitiligo on the right side of my belly so the great news is that it will all be cut and it will dissapear!!!!!! Oh wow .... I dont know what more to write! I took my hubby with me and afterwards he said: but u know Lama??i dont even see the belly!!!! I see you! It was one of the nicest things he ever said to me... As a matter of fact i am going to give him a biiiiiig hug right now... Cross your fingers for me dear friends and if u have any piece of advice plz shoot it at me. I ll try to take more pics of THE BELLY soon and post them!

another surgeon!

I took another appointment with another surgeon on monday. I am trying to be well prepared for this and i notice that last time i took ONE PS's opinion and was deciding upon it! so this monday i booked another PS and we will see what he can/will do and for how much! Actually a friend of mine went to him and she looks AWESOME guys!! like reaaaaaaaaaally ! and she lost 15 kg after her TT and she hit the gym and now looks athletic.........I am training every single day and watching my food intake.......will update once i see the other surgeon

updates ?

Hello
I noticed that I haven’t updated my profile since I took that second appointment with the second surgeon.
I feel I will update more and more these times because things are starting to come together and I am sure July will soon be here in no time.
So here is what happened since my last update:
I went to the second surgeon (Dr Abu Sitta in AUH) and i liked how sure he was of himself too but he did not take his time with me he barely answered my questions and there were residents (like 4) in the same room and u know, I did not like that…So I took his opinion, he said I am not OBLIGED to lose weight but if I want to that would be good. I also asked him about a chin lipo and he said it was feasible why not. But you know after leaving I was not really sure I wanted to go do my surgery with him…..wasn’t very comfy.
So last week I took an appointment and went to a third one (Dr Attieh) and it was yesterday. So I went…and talked to him about having a breast reduction and lift and tummy tuck with lipo. I was told to remove my clothes to show the problematic areas so I did and he discussed with his resident (who happens to be a friend) about the techniques and procedure and how and what to do. I have a vertical scar from the stupid bypass surgery that is placed in the middle of my abdomen that will make it a bit hard for them to stretch that area…they also talked about how will they lift the breasts and explained to me where the nipples should be etc…that was funny coz I was blushing all the time heheh I mean….i got to strip in front of two men and they were touching my boobs and belly lol I was sooooo sweating with red cheeks…hehehe
So all this is done, I got the price around 5000-5500$ for the combo which is very reasonable and affordable for me. I think the surgery date would be 9th of July 2015. I work at a school that finishes on the 6th I will take some time to organize things with the kids, the house, prepare everything for three days before the surgery. The 9th is a Thursday. I guess my husband can take that off along with Friday and the week end I guess these would be the crucial days where I would need help. My boys are aged 4 and (soon-to-be) 3 and they are quite active and used to jumping and rough-housing with me so I am scared they won’t understand and that I will be in pain etc..etc..
My husband is not supportive concerning the breast reduction, but I am doing it anyway…I am tired of not finding any suitable bra and besides I do not want to reduce to nothing I mean just enough for them to be full and at their right place, I like having rather big breasts but just not THAT much…it becomes a handicap in sports, in breathing during yoga in some poses (loooooool has anyone tried the child pose with that belly and those boobs? I suffocate haah)…but again this is my body and my decision and this Dr would only make an incision around the nipples and vertically without the horizontal incision and the tummy tuck would be drainless …. So … I do not know! I am very scared and very excited and I will try, come July, to have some weight off (10 kg would be excellent)….please pray for me…and help me with your positive words ?
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Some now pics

Here are some picture that i took today at work.......
I have this huge abdominal bulge...i wonder if this would go away with the tummy tuck.....
Still did not get the courage to show my upper part hehehe it will come soon.
My surgery should be around 20th of July 2015, and i have two months to lose the weight i have : I took an appointment from a dietician on saturday @10 am.....I am motivated and with God's help and yours i shall lose some weight and get through my tummy tuck and my breast reducation/lift!
Wish me luck!

few days before the big day......

I was 88 in July 2015 and now I am 79. I tried my best to loose as much as i can. Went down to 75 but I was hitting the gym everyday and on track now some stuff are happening with my parents....and i am an emotional eater...so the hell with the diet I am eating.....gained 4kgs back....and the problem is i gain them ALL in the belly.....I am sick and tired of this infernal circle.
I finally found THE surgeon I will go with...It is Dr Imad Kaddoura I saw him last month and we immediately clicked. He asked me to lose 5 kgs. My surgery will be in July I finish work on the 5th and I should immediately go ahead and do it...still haven t booked the date yet. Next week or the week after I am going to see him again.
we are going for Breast lift (maybe small reduction), a Muscle repair, fixing two other hernias on the sides, and full tummy tuck with lipo where needed.
I am scared......I am alone.....I have two kids aged 4 and 5.......and i am stressed but we will see what will happen....

FINALLY BOOKED AND READY THREE MORE DAYS!!

OH my GOD!
I am finally DOING THIS!
my surgery in on tuesday july 12th....in THREE days only......
I am very stressed and soooooooooooooo anxious and I am afraid but hey i have been waiting for this for such a long time and now.......it is so near.
Monday morning I go for my check up and blood work and meet my anesthesist and they will tell me when to be at the hospital the next day. MY surgery is at 11 am of next tuesday and i am going to stay one night and hopefully if everything was good I would be released on wednesday and the healing process would start....again i have mixed feelings of excitement and fear and anxiety and happiness .....
Pray for meeeeeeeee

Now!!

Good morning everyone
I am on my way to the hospital now
Took some more before pictures.
So it is a tummy tuck with lipo and hernia (diastasis) and breast lift with a tiny reduction...
Please cross your fingers for me i am so scared

DID it!!! I am DONEEEEE

Hello.
I am done
They removed a huge amount of skin and did not have to lipo!!!!!
I can't feel a thing now because of all the morphine and meds.
I walked....peed and i feel pulling and stretching sensations in my.belly area
The breasts i feel nothing so far
Here are some pictures.....an sleeping in tonight and will get out tomorrow hopefully....

CAREFUL IT IS GRAPHIC

Day 3

Pain is trumendous
Wow i have never been in a pain like this before...
Dr told me to take only algocod but honeslty it was doing nothing with me ao i topped it with profenid....manageable so far..
Walking is very difficult u am hunched forward back is starting to hurt....
I have an appointment with my p.s in monday

Day 6 and updates

The first two pictures are from the second day straight out of the hospital to the house.
Day 6 i feel so much better thank you God have been sleeping in my recliner all the time and buying it was a great move...i cld never sleep on my bed...certainly not with my 3 year old coming to sleep over hehe
I need your help... do you see any results or any difference between my before and after pics?
Oh and bowel movement started day 4 been drinking lots of water and fluids and staying away from junk food...it worked....so what do u think?!?

Follow up #1

Dr said my stitches are great my breasts look good he told me to stop bending forward while walking and he helped me into my compression garment...i bought it before surgery size medium..i have to wear it night and day i hate it but it really does help with walking straight and with swelling... gotta wear it for 4 weeks it seems....wow...i feel like a sausage haha

Entering week #2

I am doing fine i guess thank god. My only problem is that icannot sleep! I haven't slept since monday night. I inly sleep for an 1&1/2 hrs during the night but not more....last night i took somethong to help me sleep and I did but i don't really want to become dependant on these medicines to sleep!!! Has anyonr experienced this before!?!?!?

About my breasts
I feel they are startinf to take shape and the stitches tingke a bit that means it is healing i guess..they hurt a bit during the day but it s okay i guess they were done in a good day. My dr told me not to wear a bra u know those who are surgery specific...he told me to wear my bra whenever i feel like it... problem is (&it is funny) i tried to put on my bras and....NONE OF THEM FITS! What the helllllll i was happy...i need to buy bras YEEEY that means that i can FINALLY wear colorful ones? With thin handles?? Is it possible? I mean i always that dreadfyl minimizer and now I can feel sexy agaaaiiin?? Awesomeee!! Too early to go out shopping though i will wait...
I have a question how wld inknow my size now!?!

About my tummy tuck
First night i sleep with my garment on....it was fine..i am trying to build a nice relationship with it since we ll be together for quite some time now. Swelling is there....but less a bit...garment helps.. here are some pictures....

Oh oh and I weighed in yesterday and I was 76 which is -3kgs from the op....but i guess it will fluctuate no?

Questions
1- insomnia anyone? !
2- how to know what size bra u are?

Day 9 .... is this swelling ever gonna end!?!?

No pain
Swelling like hell i feel like i have rocks especially to my right side...is this common? I mean at the end of the day especially but even in morning there s a lump or something to the right side .... like a ROCK and hurts...i put some cream today and massaged it felt better but immediately when i stop it goes back... help!!

First outing

Well.... i duno.... i am not sleeping at all with all the pills am taking... not working.
I noticed swelling went down a bit but the feeling as if i am pregnant with rocks is still there and bery annoying....and the insomnia is killing me.
Went to my sis in law s wedding yesterday night....it was fine l... i don't know i am.bymmed today

Day 14... not a good day

I think my bad feelings come from eating wrong yesterday : fava beans and hummus....great recipe for bloating...so i was suffering today!
Called my surgeon today i was really feeling awful so he comforted me and i ll be seeing him next monday 1st of august. ...in the meanwhile hwre are some pics....nipples feel so sorrrrrrreeeee and he said it s normal coz now nerves are hypersensitive and all will be ok soon
Dr Imad Kaddoura, PS

Experienced, sure of himself, sharp and answers my questions even before i formulate them. Takes his time in every single detail, great bedside manner, follow up is acute. His techniques are not within the norms he has a special way of doing things that are personal to him and i loved that. I am still waiting to see a bit of results before i continue with this review

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 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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