Anyone ever have a tummy tuck? - page 2

I'm hoping to have a tummy tuck by next summer and was wondering if any of you have personal experience with having one done? Please share your experiences with me. I want to weigh the pros... Read More

  1. by   EmeraldNYL
    I say go for it as long as you understand the risks and find a good surgeon. Just remember that if you gain weight in the future, you may gain weight around your tummy as well. I have always hated my large nose (it is really high and has a bump) and I am seriosuly considering a nose job once I have the money.
  2. by   ragingmomster
    I don't know what part of the country you are in cheerfuldoer, but if you are in MA, I have a reference from a friend of mine. She is a former OR nurse and told me who is the best here. If you work in a hospital, that is who you need to be asking. Forget about former patients and ask the OR nurses who work with the surgeon, they'll know best who does a good job. Good Luck.
  3. by   POPRN
    I had a tummy tuck 5 years ago. I was off work for only 4 weeks and was driving in 3 days. the pain was less than the c-section I had 24 years ago. by the way I had my c-sections with the old fashion up and down. so I had a bad fold under the umbilicus. YEA!!! I can now wear clothes that I wouldn't dare wear before. ie: knit dresses and a 2 piece bathing suit. I was not over weight. I only lost about 4 inches of skin. and 3 lbs. I followed my dr.'s orders and wore my binder for 8 weeks after. I am an OR nurse and before I made my decision to have a tummy tuck, I watched several and went to the dr.'s office for evaulation. NO amount of exercise would have helped me lose the excess skin, as a matter of fact I had a diastasis of 8 cm. so my insurance paid for most of the procedure. so I was lucky that way. so if you want to have a tummy tuck. be sure and listen and follow dr.'s orders!!!!
    best of luck
  4. by   ragingmomster
    can they reconstruct your belly button with an abdominoplasty?
  5. by   Katnip
    Six weeks off work? Yikes. I was thinking of doing this also. But six weeks?

    I've had several friends who have done it, and I was starting to save my money. I'll have to look into it further.
  6. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by ragingmomster
    I don't know what part of the country you are in cheerfuldoer, but if you are in MA, I have a reference from a friend of mine. She is a former OR nurse and told me who is the best here. If you work in a hospital, that is who you need to be asking. Forget about former patients and ask the OR nurses who work with the surgeon, they'll know best who does a good job. Good Luck.
    Gosh, you are SO RIGHT Momster! The OR crew knows who does the best job with the least complications, and the surgical wing nurses know how his patients recover...both are the best refs!

    I was contemplating surgery with a surgeon who seemed very nice,and sounded quite good, until one of the friendly OR nurses I knew took me aside and advised me to get a 'second opinion'. When you're hurting and frustrated, ya don't always think clearly and thank God my coworkers saw this, and warned me off this guy...who had a high rate of complications and a significant redo rate.

    I thank that OR nurse and that postsurg nurse for their honesty everytime I see them, for their kindness and going out on a limb for me.

    Back to lipo and tummy tucks...I would LOVE to suck that fat and maybe tuck that tummy...maybe when my kiddo is out of college I can afford it...LOL!!

    Good luck Renee...I'm sure there are some great surgeons near where you are, talk to the OR and postop nurses.
  7. by   live4today
    Thanks everyone for the information! I am planning to have the surgery between jobs....late winter would be a good time since I'll be transitioning between jobs by then. I'm excited about the possiblity of having a flat stomach again.

    I will research the plastic surgeons reputations for sure. I do not plan to just allow any doc to cut on me. Been there, done that before with past surgeries.
  8. by   live4today
    Originally posted by ragingmomster
    I don't know what part of the country you are in cheerfuldoer, but if you are in MA, I have a reference from a friend of mine. She is a former OR nurse and told me who is the best here. If you work in a hospital, that is who you need to be asking. Forget about former patients and ask the OR nurses who work with the surgeon, they'll know best who does a good job. Good Luck.
    I will fly anywhere if there's an excellent plastic surgeon for me to trust, so spill...whose the doc? If you want, "PM" me the name and contact information. Thanks a lot!
  9. by   teeituptom
    I tuck my tummy into my waistband daily
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    I tuck my tummy into my waistband daily
    :chuckle :roll :chuckle :roll :chuckle

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