Tuck journey started
years ago. I found out I was pregnant with my son on the 31st
December 1999 so I had a very boring new millennium!! But, was of course very
pleased. This pregnancy saw me gain 30kgs which I think is 66lbs so since I only
weighed 120lbs to begin with you can imagine the damage it caused.
I managed to lose all
the weight and my stomach wasn’t pretty but I may well have been able to live
with it, maybe…..
Fast forward to 2004; I fell pregnant with my daughter. This time I was adamant
I would not put on as much weight so I swam and walked every day, walking every
day right up until I gave birth to her and I watched what I ate. I still put on
66 lbs. aaagggghhhhh!!
I nearly but never
quite lost all of the weight this time and I am a very active sportsperson and
do watch what I eat. This time the damage to my stomach was irreparable and
So I have definitely
wanted a Tummy Tuck since then. I would go through phases of looking up surgeons
on the internet but never got any further. The summer of January 2008 we
had been on a family holiday at a fun park, I was on a roller coaster with my
daughter and I saw the
photo :o( Now I was wearing a t-shirt and short shorts and standing up looked
quite thin with no problem at all. As the photo revealed sitting down was a
whole different story, all you could see was this disgusting bulge of skin
rolling over the top of the shorts! I saw this and said that’s it I’m going to
do something about this!
I really started
researching and made an appt with a Plastic Surgeon which was a plane flight away but DH and
I went anyway. He was lovely, explained that no amount of exercise was going to
fix my problem in fact any more weight loss would just make it sag more so a
Full Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair and minor liposuction to the flanks was his recommendation. He
sent me a quote which was quite expensive.
Immediately after this
appointment I found an internet forum for cosmetic surgery and met Bailey and many of
the other wonderful ladies here. They made me feel so welcome and answered all
of the many questions I had. I saw people come and go getting the their surgery
done while I still waited.
I wanted to play my
sport season out as it was very important to me and I’m glad I did as I was very
successful this year but it meant a long wait.
I was planning on surgery - November 2008; so had from March till then to take all the info in I
could. In the meantime I met a
lady who showed me her real life Tummy Tuck and she looked awesome! She also told me her
surgeon was in the area I live in so it would mean a 2 hour car ride rather than
the cost of a flight so I booked to see him. He was great and about $4,000 cheaper
so I booked my surgery date for 21st November.
I was not nervous even
while I was being prepped for surgery; I just felt it was right. Once I was in
the operating theatre however the panic set in but that’s when they gave me some
fantastic drug through the IV and wow that’s the last thing I remember.
I woke up in recovery
in a bit of pain but they soon gave me some pain meds and anti nausea meds. I
was soon back in my hospital room. I did try to get up to the toilet a bit soon
and felt very nauseous and dizzy but again the anti nausea meds fixed that.
I was on a
until the next morning which I’m sure I needed but I did not like the groggy
feeling it gave me as I was up and down the toilet quite regularly. The next morning I went
straight to oral medication and had my 1st shower, 2 drains and all! I was discharged the
after 2 nights in hospital.
I have been only in
mild discomfort but will admit I hated my drains! They hurt a lot but I know
they were there for a reason and I would rather that fluid be out than remain
Once they were removed at day seven and I was like a free woman, it was just amazing, far more mobile and I
slept so much better.
At 10 days had my Belly
stitches out but I still was swollen and much bruised but I could see there was
a light at the end of the tunnel. Physically I felt good,
slightly hunched with mild lower back pain was my only complaint. I was able to
drive. I still took it easy though as all my good forum friends pointed out that
I only had one chance to recover and I didn’t want to ruin anything.
At 2 weeks there was a
significant change, I was starting to see my waist again but was still swollen
and badly bruised, at this time I was taking arnica orally and using the cream
as well. I went back to work
after 16 days in a part time predominately desk job. This was too soon and I
found it very hard so luckily was able to reduce my hours even more as I found
by lunchtime I was getting very tired and sore. I did this for 2 weeks
and now in my third week back at work I will attempt to do my full hours.
I am now one month Post
Operative I had had my checkup with my Plastic Surgeon who was extremely pleased with me and am finally
starting to fit some of my old clothes, YAY!!!!!!!!!!! I still definitely have
swelling but I feel great at what is to come now. I have much more energy
and can do much more (like shopping, Lol!) but still get sore when I overdo it.
Here are some of my
pictures along the way, remember I am only 1 month Post Op so still have a way to go
but I am very happy with the results so far.
I would absolutely
recommend a Tummy Tuck to anyone as I have had no complications so far but also want to
add I couldn’t have done it without all of my forum friends who have been there
for me every step of the way so a owe them all a HUGE Thank-you.