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 Anyone have a tummytuck or similar?

Yep, thinking of it....Nothing fits me..all of my pants are huge on the butt, legs, thighs but are skin tight and uncomfortable on top. Muffin top doesn't even come close to describe what I'm packing. I haven't worn a slim fitted shirt, skirt, dress since before my kids were bron, so I'm thinking of going under the knife!! All the excercise in the world won't get rid of this extra appendage around my waist.

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 7 Oct 2011 3:02 PM
 13 Aug 2006
 Calgary, Alberta
cherryblossom
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I am seriously considering one when we're done having kids, but I'm not 100% sure. Post op photos of the scar have freaked me out and I've heard the pain during recovery is excruciating. I also worry about sending the wrong message to my kids. I'm leaning 75% toward getting one though. My promise to myself is that I'll work my butt off in the gym and get in the best shape of my life before deciding for sure.

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 7 Oct 2011 3:32 PM
 29 Jul 2010
ChicMama
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My mom had a tummy tuck. She had the "apron" that a lot of women have after having a few kids. No amount of exercise or diet would get rid of the excess skin.

From what I saw (I lived at home when she had it done) it looked incredibly painful. I had to sleep on the couch beside her bed for the first couple of nights as she was in so much pain and could barely get up (ab muscles are sewn back together). Her scar was pretty nasty but it is below the bikini line so not visible unless naked. She is very happy with the results.

What creeps me out the most is that she had to have a new belly button made. It looks fine and normal, but really creeps me out!

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 7 Oct 2011 3:40 PM
 8 Mar 2011
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I haven't had a tummy tuck but I did have a breast reduction earlier this year. I was prepared for the surgery as much as possible, done the researched, watched a video on you tube, looked at scar pictures etc. It was a tough recovery that you can never fully prepare for. My scars are pretty good, the ones underneith are the worst but even with the pain, scarring and I had some mild depression for a week I'd still do it again. I feel great and that's what mattered in the end.

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 7 Oct 2011 4:01 PM
 28 Jun 2011
marieal
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Hmmm, I wonder how much more painful it is than having a c-section....I was pretty out of commission for a while after it.

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 7 Oct 2011 4:04 PM
 8 Mar 2011
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I've had two c-sections and while my surgeon told me the boobs wouldn't be any worse it was way worse. Very shocking also to see your body in such a mess. Not trying to scare you but think it's best to be prepared as much as possible.

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 7 Oct 2011 4:12 PM
 28 Jul 2008
 Vancouver, BC
OopsieBaby
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Once we're done having children it is a procedure I'm very strongly going to consider. In terms of the pain, I think you just need to keep the mantra "short term pain, long term gain" in mind.

In relation to what my tummy tuck would send as a message to my kids, it would be that if you're really unhappy with what you've been given and you've worked hard to fix it yourself, then seeking outside help is not unreasonable. Self-confidence, however that comes about, is important. IMHO.

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 7 Oct 2011 4:45 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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I so want to get it done. I have so much extra weight from not being well medicated while I had hypothyroid and then from having thing1 and thing2.

My husband and sister won't let me get it done until get on a regular work out schedule. They both tell me they have seen too many times people having to get it done again after because they just gained the weight all back. I know I have bad eating habits and lack of confidence to go to the gym, so I do somewhat agree with them. I just keep thinking that if I were thinner and feel prettier in work out clothes, then I might want to work-out (awful way of thinking, I know).

I just want to feel pretty again even it only lasts 6 months. The pain doesn't scare me. Recovery is always hard but once it's done, you don't remember it much- well, I don't anyways, and i've had tons

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 7 Oct 2011 4:51 PM
 22 Aug 2007
RedVelvet
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They say abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.....

While working out will help lose excess fat around your mid section, it probably has 80% to do with what you are eating, unfortunately.

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 7 Oct 2011 5:30 PM
 6 May 2011
 Ottawa, ON
Fodder
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I'm thinking about it, after kid 2. For me, I won't even seriously consider it though, unless I hit my goal weight and maintain it for a year. I wouldn't be doing it to get rid of fat, but to get rid of skin. I've got a brutal apron/overhang of skin.

That said, I didn't lose all the weight after DD. I'm going to lose it this time, and then think about it. I really hesitate to take the risk of elective cosmetic surgery, but my squishy, wrinkly tummy really bothers me.

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 7 Oct 2011 6:23 PM
 3 Oct 2011
Evie.M
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I have been seriously considering having one done after I lose the weight I am setting out to lose. I will see how much extra skin I have and decide then, but it is for sure something I am keeping in mind. While I am at it, I may also have a breast lift, too. DH is 100% supportive.

I'm definitely going to be stalking this thread!

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 7 Oct 2011 6:30 PM
 11 Feb 2007
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I would love to. Love to. But I've had two c-sections and might end up with a third one day and I'm a little worried about having all that surgery. But in principle I wouldn't hesitate if I had really dieted and exercised and felt that I needed the help after that.

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 7 Oct 2011 6:37 PM
 9 Oct 2009
 Ottawa/Gatineau
waitingforbabyS
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I just had one 3 weeks ago, along with a mini breast lift and augmentation. My pain level overall would probably be less than 10% of what I experienced with my c-section. It also depends on the skill of your doctor. Certainly, anyone considering plastic surgery is much better off travelling to the US - you will have access to better, more experienced sergeons for much cheaper.

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 7 Oct 2011 6:42 PM
 2 Sep 2005
 Edmonton, Alberta
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I had an emergency c-section, and I will have a scheduled c-section for any future children we might have (for medical reasons).

My stomach is a mess. I have lost 36 lbs. since leaving the hospital (I only put on 8 lbs. during my pregnancy and I now weigh far less than before I was pregnant). I am working out and eating VERY well. I am losing weight every week and feeling better about everything EXCEPT my post c-section stomach.

I can't describe it to someone who hasn't had a c-section, but the apron is something you CAN'T get rid of in all women. It's somewhat debilitating to walk around with it and know that with every pound you lose, it won't fix your post-surgery belly. People question whether you're pregnant again, you can't wear the clothing you want to wear, and you carry yourself differently when you walk. It can take over your life.

We've already saved up for my tummy tuck, and I plan on getting it done after we finish having kids. I know it likely will be much worse than having a c-section, but I can't go on like this forever.

Good luck to you, OP. I wish you the best! I say to go for it if dieting and exercise don't help you.

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 7 Oct 2011 7:12 PM
 13 Aug 2010
honeysher 2.0
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I don't know how many of you remember Dolphin (I think?) but she had a tummy tuck after her 4 kids. She had posted all sorts of before and after pictures, scars and all, and she looked FABULOUS.

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 7 Oct 2011 7:25 PM
 2 Sep 2005
 Edmonton, Alberta
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I remember Dolphin! I actually saved that post as inspiration. She had lost weight and gotten in really good shape before her surgery, but like many of us, couldn't fix the tummy. She really did look great afterward!

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 7 Oct 2011 9:06 PM
 29 Apr 2007
 The Nuthouse
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A coworker of mine had a tummy tuck after her 4 kids. It was unfortunate in her circumstance because he wanted it, not her. The scarring she had was horrific (in my opinion), the recovery was not bad.

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 8 Oct 2011 9:40 AM
 14 Mar 2007
 Ontario
Jaymee
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I probably wouldn't get one, just because I'm such a chicken. I would love one tho. I have had 2 c-sections (and probably will have a 3rd) and the first was a very painful recovery. The second was a walk in the park.
I wonder how different a tummy tuck really is from a c-section(pain wise)? Muscles are torn apart for both. I really haven't researched tummy tucks tho.

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 8 Oct 2011 8:25 PM
 21 Oct 2009
lastone
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THIS VIDEO actually explain a Tummy Tuck quite well and once you see it you will understand why it is more painful.

With a c-section they make an incision, close it up. With a tummy tuck they make an incision, pull everything back, remove the fat layer, surgically tighten the muscles, in some cases make a new navel hole, and then suture it all back together. Much more intensive and invasive.

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 9 Oct 2011 8:11 PM
 29 Jan 2007
 Nova Scotia
ChloeBelle
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This post by an old poster shows her before and after pictures and talks about her recovery:
http://forums.weddingbells.ca/ubbthreads...true#Post793414


And she didn't find the recovery very bad at all.

Siiera: I'm not quite sure if the doctor meant that it would be free or not.

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 9 Oct 2011 9:34 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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For those of you that had it done, do you find it hard to keep the weight off after? Did you find you had to majorly change your eating habit? How long ago did you get it done?

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 10 Oct 2011 8:35 PM
 10 Apr 2006
 Toronto, ON
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I had a breast augmentation done 4 months ago. I see nothing wrong with PS if it's something that is going to make you happier with your body. It was the best decision I ever made for myself. I am in love with my breasts once again. Breastfeeding really ruined them.
Now my belly is another thing. I am thin, 110 pounds but have the loosest skin on my belly and it's gross!!! No fat just flabby skin. Disgusting. I am def getting a tummy tuck. I just am not sure if I'm done having kids yet. So I'm waiting a few years to be sure. But right after we have a 3rd then I am gettin it done.
No pain, no gain. I know it will be painful, but only for a short time. After a month I'll be jumping up and down.
Go for it!!!! Do it!!! It'll hurt for a few weeks, heck it may even be brutal. But the pain will go away. smile

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 30 Apr 2012
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