I had a comprehensive set of facial rejuvenation procedures done almost 3 months ago. I decided to go ahead and do a tummy tuck & thigh lift & then I am DONE with most of this cosmetic surgery. Meaning, I might get some filler or Botox, etc. in the future. I plan to get a fat transfer to my hands probably next year. But the bulk of my rejuvenation will be completed with this body rejuvenation. I have gained and lost 60 to 80 pounds 2 or 3 times in my life beginning with excess weight gained during pregnancy. My goal is to get down to my ideal weight and stay there and work with a persona; trainer and rebuild my strength. Some of this motivation comes from having survived breast cancer and wanting to get as healthy as possible to improve my chances for staying in remission. My mom died at a younger age than she should have due to complications from obesity. I want to be a positive role model to my son. I want to live as long of a life as I can & be comfortable while I am living this life. Anyway, after 4 years of mostly dieting I have lost 65 pounds or so and I have maintained the loss for the past 2 years. I do still want to lose 20-30 pounds and doctors told me that a tummy tuck will be helpful in my achieving this goal. Anyway, I wanted to share my story for anyone who is interested in hearing another story regarding this procedure.
Extended Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift, Lipo of Flanks - Vienna, VA
I had a comprehensive set of facial rejuvenation...
I am very pleased with Dr. Tavallali's care and attention. He is a very competent surgeon and I have had no trouble seeing him as many times as needed for the 3 weeks immediately following surgery. Today marks day 21 and I am about 80% recovered although he says that it really takes closer to 4 months to fully recover from the surgery I had done. I have had no complications and I will not lie -- the first 2 weeks were not pleasant and the 3rd week was just a little better. But as long as you are prepared to follow ALL directions 100%, do your best to rest while not allowing yourself to just lay around all the time either (either extreme is not healthy), and as long as you mentally prepare yourself for a major procedure, most people will be delighted with the results. I have worn my compression garments faithfully and used the services of http://www.bellaesthetic.com which I cannot recommend highly enough. There were days which I just hurt but I knew that seeing Ivie she would provide some comfort, guidance, and another pair of eyes just in case any problems arose. I am still recovering but I don't expect to experience any major problems at this point. If you have been trying your sincere hardest to follow a lifestyle of healthy living, such as nutrition and water and exercise, and you have maintained a constant weight for a good period of time, there is simply no reason to avoid this kind of surgery if it is what you want. If you don't care that much about physical appearance, then I wouldn't recommend it. But if you are on realself.com then I would suspect very strongly that you do care. In this case, life is short and do what you need in order to enjoy a nice active healthy life. This was a gift I gave myself for surviving breast cancer and for following reasonable nutrition and exercise program for 3 years. I realized I had always made everything else more important and I decided to treat myself. I am glad I did and I am also glad that I am finished with surgery. I cannot see myself becoming one of those people who have one surgery after another. I am happy with how I look but I am even more happy for the type of person that I know I am. What I mean is that plastic surgery shouldn't be the first tool one uses to practice mental health but it is a lot easier to maintain a healthy mind inside of a healthy body. Healthy minds and healthy bodies work well together and neither is a substitute for the other. I will post some pics within the next month. Cheers!