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Old 02-21-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
 
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M absolute best friend is suddenly determined to have these done. She's not over weight, but she has that little pooch you get after having your babies and turning 40. She wants to have a tummy tuck and lipo on what she calls her hips, but the Dr said its actually back fat or love handles....

I thought these surgeries were dangerous?? Anyone have any feedback or experience with this?
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M absolute best friend is suddenly determined to have these done. She's not over weight, but she has that little pooch you get after having your babies and turning 40. She wants to have a tummy tuck and lipo on what she calls her hips, but the Dr said its actually back fat or love handles....

I thought these surgeries were dangerous?? Anyone have any feedback or experience with this?

It's my dream surgery. There is no way to get rid of the post-baby pooch, that so many of us have, other than surgery. The skin and underlying muscles are damaged and can't be fixed with any exercise or diet.

I need a tummy tuck, but it's like $10K, and other things keep coming up, like kids' college, and the mommy-martyr in me won't allow myself to indulge when I have tuition to pay.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:34 PM   #3
 
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if i won the lottery id get lipo/tummy tuck too. like rcw said, the tummy pooch isnt going anywhere and neither is my stretched out skin. not cute.

i have a friend who was morbidly obese and had gastic bypass surgery. after she lost a significant amount of weight she had a tummy tuck too. the only complication she had was that the newly reconstructed belly button they made for her "died," so she doesnt have a belly button. weird, but true.
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I still don't think I could do it. Some major cutting going on. I have heard that some folks to get back to pretty close pre-pg status :dunno: I know it depends on the person & everyone is different...
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yes please!!! where do i sign up?

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Old 02-21-2009, 04:11 PM   #6
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I would love to have that done. I can't say that I know anything about the surgery itself being dangerous, but people have died from being overdosed on the operating table, or from a bad reaction to the drugs given. I guess that could happen with any surgery. Idk. If it didn't cost so much, I'd do it, but also I was looking at before and after photos and some peoples stomachs look oddly flat afterwards. It's weird.
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Wow, i guess she is not alone. Will have to research it more; i was under the impression it was a MAJOR surgical undertaking....
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:53 PM   #8
 
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It's major surgery, but I'd do it if we had the money (and go for a little enhancement, too).
There's no way this stretched skin will go back.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:02 PM   #9
 
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I'm pretty sure that the kind of sedation used with lipo is mild, similar to what you get for oral surgery. You don't need to be intubated or anything.

However, since local anesthetic is pumped into the area being suctioned, it is possible to get liposuction while fully conscious. It feels a little weird, but is not painful at all.

I'd imagine that a tummy tuck requires either light sedation or general anesthesia, though.
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Wow, i guess she is not alone. Will have to research it more; i was under the impression it was a MAJOR surgical undertaking....

Tummy tuck is not a surgery for obese people, but rather a surgery for people who are post-obesity and want to repair the damage. It is a very major surgery, worse than a c-section or most other abdominal surgeries, because it involves skin, fat and muscle layers, and because there are often substantial amounts of skin and fat amputated, and sections of the abdomen are sewed together that have never been together before, so the body must form new blood and nerve connections. The recovery is long and painful, and the swelling often goes on for months. But, most women who have it done are ultimately satisfied with the result. When there is abdominal damage of the skin and muscle from pregnancy or previous obesity, there just isn't any other way to get a flat belly. There are risks of infection and death with EVERY surgery, although if the person is relatively young and healthy, the risks are small. Some women are willing to take the risks to get it. I would take the risks.
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I had stomach lipo. The worst thing about it was having to wear what the medical staff nicely referred to as a "surgical garment" (which was actually a girdle) for several weeks afterward. I recovered really fast and love the results. I had a hard time recovering from the anesthesia (I've heard it's a redhead thing), but after a day or two, I was fine.

Also, my doctor just did a free touch-up for a spot that still protruded a little bit (though not visible in clothes). For that, I was fully conscious, though loopy from Ativan and numbing shots in the area affected.

In all honesty, my stomach doesn't look exactly the same as it did back in my "skinny kid" days; some parts are better, some aren't. But compared to how I looked before the surgery, it's a major improvement.

(Lipo is indeed a less serious operation than a tummy tuck, with minimal scarring, as well.)

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ninja...why did you decide to have it done?
I never want to be put under again...ugh
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Well, the "putting under" was definitely disgusting to recover from. If I'd known how sick it would make me, I'm not sure I'd have had the will to go through with it.

I wrote about why I did it in the "Do you love your body?" thread. But here's a synposis: I actually think women of size are sexy as he!!, but I don't have the right personality to carry it off, nor the skill to dress that figure type to advantage. It's an exaggeration to compare my discomfort with my suddenly larger body (I expanded seemingly out of nowhere, within a three year period) to that of someone who feels herself in a body of the wrong gender, but there is something in that idea I related to. I'm petite, and an observer rather than a true extrovert, and the kind of sexual attention I got from men, no matter how frumpily I dressed, made me sick. That may be an unusual perspective, but it's truly how I felt, and still feel.

And, to be brutally honest, within reason (I hope) I've bought into the "thin is better" stereotype, though I would never try to impose it on anyone else. In fact, there are a pair of teenage sisters on my block who are positively luscious-looking in their largeness; they wouldn't look right being thin. But, somehow, with my small frame and personality, a thinner body is right for me.

With all that said, it's a hugely personal decision. I respect people who don't want to do it. But, I did. And I love the results --- on me.
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I'd have it done in a heartbeat - more power to her.
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wow... maybe I shud see if her dr has a 2 for 1 special!!
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wow... maybe I shud see if her dr has a 2 for 1 special!!

I don't know about a two-fer, but I'll bet there are good prices to be had. Plastic surgeons are hurting right now, with credit tightening up and people cutting out the extras in an uncertain economy.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:00 AM   #17
 
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Since 40 is sort of a milestone birthday, I would love to have a tummy tuck as a birthday gift to myself. I will be 34 this year so that gives me some time to start saving. Having 3 csections did a number on me, so I should treat myself, no?
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I have heard that some surgeons have payment plans available.
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Well, the "putting under" was definitely disgusting to recover from. If I'd known how sick it would make me, I'm not sure I'd have had the will to go through with it.

I wrote about why I did it in the "Do you love your body?" thread. But here's a synposis: I actually think women of size are sexy as he!!, but I don't have the right personality to carry it off, nor the skill to dress that figure type to advantage. It's an exaggeration to compare my discomfort with my suddenly larger body (I expanded seemingly out of nowhere, within a three year period) to that of someone who feels herself in a body of the wrong gender, but there is something in that idea I related to. I'm petite, and an observer rather than a true extrovert, and the kind of sexual attention I got from men, no matter how frumpily I dressed, made me sick. That may be an unusual perspective, but it's truly how I felt, and still feel.

And, to be brutally honest, within reason (I hope) I've bought into the "thin is better" stereotype, though I would never try to impose it on anyone else. In fact, there are a pair of teenage sisters on my block who are positively luscious-looking in their largeness; they wouldn't look right being thin. But, somehow, with my small frame and personality, a thinner body is right for me.

With all that said, it's a hugely personal decision. I respect people who don't want to do it. But, I did. And I love the results --- on me.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:52 AM   #20
 
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Apparently I am way behind the curve here.... I'm 46... is this something i should consider??? I had kinda resigned myself to that little droop....and I had had a flat stomach my entire life!!

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