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1/26/12 10:50 A

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Hello MZZZFROG,

Tummy tucks are actually pretty complicated with regards to how much and where the extra skin is. If the skin is mostly in the front then a “regular” tummy tuck would be fine, they can also do an extended tummy tuck that covers a bit more of the sides as well but not too far. If, however, you have a lot of extra skin on the sides then you would be looking at a circumferential abdominalplasty. The recovery for all three is pretty much the same; you are going to be out of commission for at least 3 weeks. Week 1 is probably the worst as you can’t get around well and you will be in the most pain then (they give you good pain killers though). If you doctor suggest using a pain pump go for it; that thing helped so much with keeping my overall pain low. Week 2 you will be feeling better but still rather out of it and week 3 you will start feeling more normal.

I haven’t had it done myself but I did talk to my doctor about the thigh lift and from what I was told the recovery can be rather uncomfortable as all your weight is going to be pushing on that area since you spend your recovery in sitting/laying positions.

Best of luck with the consultation.

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1/25/12 2:29 P

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I'm so jealous about the inner thigh lift! One thing about the tummy tuck. They can do it with just a smile and then pop your belly button through a new hole, or they can do it like an anchor, with an additional incision up your midline. The advantage for this is that it pulls the skin in from the side. I didn't have it done and now wish I had. The price was the same.

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1/25/12 2:12 P

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Hello All,

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2001 and lost over 100 pounds. I was able to get insurance to cover the breast reduction/lift surgery so that was taken care of in 2004. However, I have never been able to get insurance coverage for the tummy tuck. So I have been saving money to cover it for a while and this week I have a consult with a Plastic Surgeon. I will be talking to him about an inner thigh lift at the same time. I am so excited to finally be getting rid of this extra skin!

Any tips about recovery from tummy tuck or thigh lift are greatly appreciated!



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10/17/11 11:26 A

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Hello Ann,

I had a circumferential abdominalplasty done on Friday and was out of the hospital Saturday night. I had a bit of nausea in the hospital but that was more due to not eating and taking pain meds. Before I left the hospital Saturday night my surgeon stopped by and checked on me and stated that everything was looking great. Walking has gotten a lot easier and today I have had a lot more energ. I knew this was something I had to do considering the amount of weight I had lost and the amount of excess skin I still had, so though I hurt I am so very happy.

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8/31/11 5:05 P

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Hi Ann,

Well, the surgery was Friday. It went better than expected, and took almost a full hour less than what the surgeon had thought. However, on Saturday I had a bit of a complication, and ended up staying until Sunday afternoon.

So now, here I am in the recovery stage. I am still on pain meds, although I tried to cut them out yesterday - way too soon. I'm hoping I get the drains out Friday at the follow-up appointment. The tummy has staples, the breasts are stitches. Everything looks pretty misshapen at this point - I'm hoping things will get a little more even as time goes on.

That's about it for now.
Dawn


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8/22/11 4:26 P

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Hi Dawn, sorry I've been so bad about responding.
Bras: Make sure that the sports bra you get is a "front zipper".I got a couple of Champions, and a couple of Under Armours. Much easier to deal with since it will hurt to either try to do a bra in the back or turn it around or pull it over.
As far as shapewear...I got some at TJ Maxx...also Kohl's has them fairly cheap. They have several kinds, usually. Flexees, Spanx, Bare Necessities. Make sure they aren't TOO tight, but that they give some control. Sort of like a girdle.
After the tummy tuck, I didn't drop a size, but things fit a lot better (no muffin top!)
When is the surgery?

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8/20/11 6:40 P

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Hi Ann,
Well, I had my pre-op appt with the surgeon yesterday. He said for a couple of weeks post-surgery to wear bike shorts or "spanx or something like that that I have no idea what it even is" - yep he's a guy. :) he said he doesn't want it to be too tight, but not too loose either. I have absolutely no idea what to get, or what size to get! Then as for the breast lift, he said I would go home in a surgical bra and wear that for a week or so, and that I need to find supportive sports bras without wire to wear for the next couple of months. again, no idea what size or anything!!!
OK, so any suggestions you might have I'd appreciate. Oh, and when you were back in your regular clothes, had you dropped a size? how did you have clothes that fit? obviously, I'm getting a little apprehensive about it all. :)


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7/29/11 3:33 P

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Dawn,
I hung out in yoga pants for a couple of weeks because I had drains in. As soon as the drains were out, I was into my regular clothes. I went back to work just a little more than two weeks after the surgery, and again, I could have gone back earlier if not for the drains.

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7/23/11 10:20 P

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I will ask him if that is something he does. However, my sister is 56 (and got the skinny genes in the family!) and still wears a bikini! I mainly just want to have realistic expectations. I'll discuss this with my surgeon at my pre-op on the 19th.

You may have addressed this in your post, but how long was it before you were in regular clothes? How long before you were up to going back to work? I am a mental health counselor (or will be when the state sends me my license and I find a position!), so it's not like I have a physical job. I am a wee bit apprehensive about the recovery period, but mostly so excited fro my clothes to fit!!


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7/19/11 12:55 P

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Hi Dawn!
Welcome to the team! I'm very excited for your upcoming surgery! You won't regret it. As I said in another thread, I happened to look at a "before picture" yesterday and could hardly believe the difference.
The only thing I would have done differently in the tummy tuck is that the surgeon offered to do an anchor shaped surgery...down the front from middle of the chest through the belly button and to the top of the pubic area, and then the side to side smile across the lower abdomen. Now looking back on it, I wish I'd done it...it's not like I'm going to wear a bikini at 55 anyway! My upper abdomen would be a lot tighter. You might talk about that with your surgeon.

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7/17/11 12:57 A

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Hi Ann!! I'm so glad you started this team, and I hope more will join. I had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago, and am now scheduled for a tummy tuck and breast lift on August 26th. I've lost 120 pounds and definitely will want the arms and inner thighs done later, but these two areas were my first priorities. And as you stated in you your intro post, I am also not addicted to surgery, plastic or otherwise - I have no interest in a face lift, either!! :) I'm so excited for the new form my torso will take in less than 6 weeks!!! I look forward to hearing words of wisdom from you!!




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6/22/11 1:56 P

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Ericka,
I'm not sure about weight requirements for plastic surgery. One plastic surgeon I talked to wouldn't even see me about the breast reduction until my BMI was under 35. Now, that's still obese, but was a significant amount of weight that I had to lose. Another surgeon didn't seem to have a problem doing the surgery with me at my highest weight. So...I think it must be a matter of preference, but I suppose it also has to do with how healthy you are. It sounds like that isn't your issue, though. What you might do is talk to your doctor about having the mommy lift....often plastic surgeons have arrangements with a medical loan company that will allow you to pay the surgery off over time. Fortunately for me, the breast reduction was paid for with insurance, and money from my dad's estate paid for the tummy tuck. I'm trying to figure how to come up with $13,000 to get my thighs and upper arms done! And of course my car is falling apart...

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6/22/11 1:19 P

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Hi Ann! So glad to see you started this team. Hopefully more people will join soon.
I've always wanted to have a "mommy lift" since having 2 children (my second was 9lbs 3oz, so you can imagine what that did to my belly).
I've lost a total of 70lbs since I had my second child, 43 of which I've lost while on SP. I am pretty happy with my body (despite the fact that I still need to lose about 30lbs to get to a "healthy BMI") but only when I'm fully clothed. I have serious issues with my belly skin, my tiny, saggy breasts (I breast fed both my kids) and my bat wings. I can only dream of having plastic surgery done since it's something I definitely can't afford. But I'd like to have as much information as possible just in case =)
So basically I have a million questions about this topic. I can't really think of all of them right now but the first one that comes to mind is, do you need to be within a "healthy BMI" to be eligible for surgery or it's more about your body shape and body fat?
Also, it'd be great if you posted your story on here for those of us who are very curious about your journey and the surgeries. (no pressure though!)
Thanks for creating this team, looking forward to learning as much as possible about this topic.

Erika.

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6/2/11 10:07 A

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Hi, Ann here, your friendly team administrator. I started this group because I haven't found a SP discussion group on this topic. I have lost aver 100 pounds in the past couple of years, most of them on Sparkpeople. One of my goals post weight loss was to have a breast reduction (I was always large breasted and had various problems related to that--back pain, shoulder pain which ended up needing surgery) but the surgeons I talked to wouldn't do the breast reduction surgery until I had lost a significant amount of weight. So I did. I had my breast reduction in April 2011 and am VERY happy with that. However, the weight loss left its own problems. So, 6 weeks after the first surgery I had an abdominoplasty that I am still recovering from. (As of this writing I am 10 days out). I am also considering having a brachioplasty (for the wings under my upper arms) and an inner thigh reduction. NO, I am not addicted to plastic surgery. Could care less about a face lift! emoticon

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