I've lost over 100 lbs and I have so much skin on my belly that I am considering a tummy tuck. Has anyone here had one? Is it worth it? Would you do it again if you had too?
I have a friend who lost over 150 pounds. She had excessive abdominal skin that literally hung like an apron. Her doctor recommended her to have surgery due to the severe skin infections she was having. Other than her noticable belly scars, she ended up having a successful surgery. Due to the excessive skin, her stomach muscles were gone, so they had to insert a mesh to hold her insides in. She had twenty two pound of skin removed. It was beneficial for her, due to all the skin infections she had. Some of the scars she has are due to the infections. I know she would do it again. She looks awesome and has so much self esteem. You should discuss this with your health care provider. They would be very helpful in explaining the pros and cons.
I haven't had it done but I'm a medical student and I've seen it done. It is one of the most horrifying surgeries I've ever seen to tell you the truth. They cut you from hip to hip - your entire abdomen open - an ENORMOUS incision. They then remove a large piece of skin and sew you back together. It's like having a MASSIVE c-section. It is VERY painful and takes a LONG time to recover from, especially if you're an active person and want to go back to exercising. I'm not trying to scare you away, just trying to make sure you understand what happens with this surgery. It will also leave a very noticeable, somewhat nasty looking scar. The incision isn't able to be made quite as low as a c-section, so the scar will most likely be visible above your undergarments or bathing suits - and it is NOT pleasant looking. That said, if you have a lot of loose skin that certainly isn't pleasant looking either. no one can tell you whether you should have this done - you need to decide what is worse for YOU - a large scar (which sometimes doesn't heal evenly so "lips" here and there could occur), or the loose skin. Often times the skin will still be a little loose after - not like hanging - but not taught like you would see on a fitness model-type......too loose to get a good six-pack showing I guess is how I'd put it, so it isn't perfect either. You should think about it and decide what would bother you more, and if you're prepared to go through the pain (and able to miss work).
If I were you, I'd research thoroughly and be sure to look up some photos online of the actual surgery as well as the finished results so you know what you're getting into. I'd also recommend you go with an EXCELLENT surgeon - this is MAJOR surgery and NOT the time to go cheap. The better the surgeon, the better your results will be. If you decide to go ahead with it but finances are an issue, I'd advise waiting as long as it takes to save up more money for the best surgeon in your area. Make sure they are board certified in plastic surgery, make sure they have an accredited anesthesiologist, and make sure they've done the procedure MANY times before. Ask lots of questions - I'd even ask if they have former patients available that you can call to speak with - this is a fairly common practice and they should be able to provide you with some.
Either way, let us know what you decide and how it goes......
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It is your own call so if you think the the risks involved are lesser than the perceived benefits after the surgery, then go for it. Based on what I know, there are now reputable doctors and clinics which are offering better techniques and technologies to make the surgery a big success. The risk will always be there but it is really rare that something will go wrong for as long as you are dealing with an experienced surgeon.
Don't give so much weight with our opinions here because we have never personally experienced what it means to be undergoing a tummy tuck. You should listen more to people who were tummy tuck patients because what they could say have more value than all people commenting here -- including me, of course.
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