6 Months Post Op-TT, Flank Lipo, Muscle and Hernia Repair. - Valencia, CA

Hello Fellow Tummy Tucker's! Let me start by...

Hello Fellow Tummy Tucker's! Let me start by saying I've truly enjoyed reading about all of your experiences and helpful tips. I came upon this site just a few days before my procedure and I'm finally posting my story.

I'm 40 years old and the proud mother of two girls 6 and 9 years old. I'm 5ft 4in and approximately 157 lbs. I had a BA in 2008 by the same surgeon and was pleased with the results so that's how I decided to go back to him for my TT, Flank lipo and hernia repair. I'm moderately active and exercise 3-4 days a week. My decision to have a TT was a fairly easy one. My pregnancies left my belly flabby and distorted and as you can see my belly button became herniated and was far from attractive. I spend a lot of time in a bathing suit in the spring and summer and I was tired of always trying to conceal my belly. I told my husband I wanted a TT for my 40th birthday and he agreed but he made it clear he didn't think I needed one and loved me just the way I was.

I went to my Dr. In early Dec. 2012 and scheduled my surgery that same day. My husband took me to my surgery appt. on Jan. 10th. It took a total of 2 hours and we went home. My Mom stayed with me for a week to take care of me and my girls. She was a Godsend! I was very uncomfortable for the first few days. Sleeping was difficult and my back killed! My husband bought me a heating pad and that helped a lot! It took me 5 days to have a BM and boy was that painful! My drains were removed after a week and it was the best feeling ever. I walked hunched over for about 2 weeks and I swear I thought I'd never walk upright again. The recovery time is much longer than with a BA and you really have to listen to your body. Swell hell is no joke. Mine finally subsided after about 4 months. I'm still tender in my abdomen.

I'm very pleased with my overall result however, I'm a bit unhappy with the height of my incision. My scar is nice and thin and starting to gradually fade but I have a hard time concealing it in most of my bikinis and underwear. I had my 6 month PO appt. on Monday and spoke to my Dr. about my options. He said a scar revision would be my best bet and that he could probably do it with a local anesthesia. I'm still waiting to hear back from the patient coordinator on how much that will cost. She initially said it would be $2500 but I told her the Dr. said he could do it with a local so she told me she would speak with him then call me. Still haven't heard from her. Not sure if I'm going to do it yet. I might wait to see if my scar fades more within the next 6 months before considering going under the knife again.

So that's my story in a nutshell. I'm definitely glad I did it and I'm loving my new, flat belly! Clothes fit much nicer and no more muffin top. Best of luck to all of you on your recovery and upcoming surgeries. You're all worth it. Take care.

**I'm trying to upload photos from my iPad but when I press the Add Photo button nothing happens. Any tips?? I'm going to go ahead and post my narrative until I figure this out.

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Dr. Howard Hu

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