story doesn't really begin with my Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift and
Augmentation, it begins two years earlier. I weighed over 225 pounds
and at my age (52 years at the time) I knew it was only a matter of
time and I would have health issues due to the weight. So I walked
into a gym January, 2006. Which was one of the hardest things I ever
did and yet one of the smartest! I hired a personal
trainer and began. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy, but in
reality it wasn't that bad. Having the trainer helped more then I
could have ever imagined. Two years later I had lost almost 100
In clothes I looked fine, I was in a size four and I never thought I
would ever say that. (My highest weight I was pushing a size 26)
I've had weight issues all my life. But, out of clothes I was still
so dissatisfied. I had no breast tissue left to speak of - went from
a 44DD to a 34 small and droopy C. And I had a lot of loose skin
that just hung on my lower abdomen. I didn't loose all the weight to
still not want to look in the mirror.
I visited three Plastic
Surgeons and once the choice was made, I wanted the surgery as soon
as possible. I didn't want to think about it, just wanted to do it.
So, on April 14, 2008 I had a TT, BL/BA and liposuction to the
flanks. My recovery wasn't bad; there was a lot of pain, but with
medications it was tolerable. At first I was happy with my results,
but in time I developed a bulge or shelf above the Tummy Tuck scar.
At first we thought it was swelling, but it never goes away, even
first thing in the morning. And with my Breast lift and breast
augmentation I have one breast that
dropped too low and the other never dropped. My PS says this is
common with women who have lost a lot of weight. And for the Tummy
Tuck it is hard to judge how much skin to take.
So on October 13th I am having my revision. I am also getting upper
and lower blepharoplasty. Each of the three Plastic
Surgeons I visited mentioned my eyes. I have very puffy lower lids
and have since...well forever and my uppers hang. Even when I was 18
years old I disliked the puffiness, but never did anything about it.
Now along with the revisions, I will have my eyes done. I am very
fortunate, that my Plastic Surgeon is not charging for my revision,
but I will need to pay for the surgery room and the
anesthesiologist. However, since I am getting my eyes done, the
revision will be covered entirely.
We all want to look better to the outside world, but I did the Tummy
Tuck, Breast Lift/Breast Augmentation for me. I want to be happy
when I look into the mirror. I want to be proud of all the hard work
I did to lose the weight. I'm not there yet, but I do have hope it
will be soon. If you are considering plastic surgery, I encourage
it, but only if you are doing it for you and no one else. You are
the one who must go through the anticipation, the surgery, the pain,
and recovery. But it is also you who can look in the mirror every
day and like what you see.