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Anyone had a tummy tuck ?

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habibihabibi Fri 18-Nov-16 10:51:34

Mess of a mid section due to multiple c-sections .
I am wondering what the pain, recovery time and results were like ?
How much did it cost?

startingtolooklikemother Fri 18-Nov-16 10:57:02

I'm also very interested, had C section and despite weight loss it just hangs there.

bellabelly Fri 18-Nov-16 10:58:12

Ooh, will watch with interest - I DREAM of having a tummy tuck! 2 twin pregnancies and 2 c-sections have not been kind!

paap1975 Fri 18-Nov-16 11:01:07

No babies here but lots of spare skin at stretch marks after losing 20kg. Not sure I'm brave enough for the op

bellabelly Fri 18-Nov-16 11:27:08

That's my problem with the idea, papa. Am a coward.

Pisssssedofff Fri 18-Nov-16 12:08:07

I e had a boob job which everyone in real life told me was soooo painful, huge recovery time etc. If you've had kids anything short of a head transplant is no big deal any more if you ask me. I've not had a Caesarian but I genuinely can't think there's much more painful things in life

habibihabibi Fri 18-Nov-16 15:35:59

I asked a general surgeon when I had a minor op and he said it is likely it is more painful and takes longer to recover than a CS .I guess the difference is there isn't a baby needing feeding and keeping you up. I have looked on plastic surgery forums but the posters are mainly American and doing multi ( and quite frightful IMO) procedures. I just would love the saggy skin and pouchy bit to go away from my tummy .

margaritasbythesea Fri 18-Nov-16 15:45:38

Yes me too. Ive done a gazillion sit ups but its still there like an ugly apron.

Ive got a friend who is super fit and she still has it.

ShesAStar Fri 18-Nov-16 15:51:21

My friend is a midwife and she told me that anyone who has a taught and toned stomach after childbirth has had a tummy tuck. The skin has to go somewhere. I'd love to have one due to stretch marks from DC1 but I'm scared how painful it would be and also I wouldn't have any idea who to go to. Some of the botched body type programmes make me think 'better the devil you know'

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 15:52:27

I have had both, a tummy tuck was incredibly painful, very, very difficult to manage for me. I would have it done again in a heartbeat though.
I will always be a chunky lady but I love not having that hanging skin.

SasherinSuite Fri 18-Nov-16 16:03:03

I would love a tummy tuck and also repair to my diastatis recti but I just wouldn't be able to manage the recovery time. Isn't it about 6 weeks? Similar to a hysterectomy? No driving etc?

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 16:28:50

That was the biggest reason for me, my muscles put back together, it has done that. I couldn't have done it with little ones without bags of help.
My youngest is 14 so I waited a while wink

GipsyDanger Fri 18-Nov-16 16:32:53

I have made a deal with myself. I want to be back to my goal weight for my 30th birthday and I will go for a tummy tuck. Pain and scars don't bother me. I hate the way my stomach looks

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 16:35:07

I have had a breast reduction which was a walk in the park in comparison.

Pisssssedofff Fri 18-Nov-16 17:06:29

Scared to ask, was it expensive ?
Can you just not bother losing the weight and have the tummy tuck instead or does it not work like that ?

wizzywig Fri 18-Nov-16 17:09:39

Paid 5k for mine in the uk. Well worth it. Not as painful as a csection

ShesAStar Fri 18-Nov-16 17:11:49

How did you go about sourcing someone you trusted?

Pisssssedofff Fri 18-Nov-16 17:13:30

That's the hardest bit, finding a surgeon. My boobs need redoing next year and my previous surgeon who was a bit tactless but fab has vanished

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 17:21:14

It took about a year for me to find the right surgeon, I used to be a nurse so I used my contacts to find people who had worked in theatre with the ones that I was interested in.
I was warned off the one that I thought I would use and recommended another one. He was fantastic, does lots of NHS work too

I think it's very similar to a Caesarian, it's a bigger area that is cut though (depending on whether you have a full TT), so that needs to be taken in to account.

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 17:21:36

Sorry, mine was nearly 7k.

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 17:25:44

Have you looked on this forum? My surgeon posts on here. It's quite a good one.

I had a tummy tuck last year. Skin was destroyed after many gynae related abdominal ops and a c section. I had a two inch muscle separation and what was essentially a rubber ring of dead skin from being cut so many times.

Paid 7.5k in the South East. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Recovery was slow and hard - not so much painful, but very hard on the body.

habibihabibi Fri 18-Nov-16 18:52:45

I do look at realself hedgehogs but haven't seen many UK ops .
Is it totally worth the pain and money ?
I wonder since I am 40 + everything is going to catch up in terms of slackness soon. I am not really a looks body obessed person but find it so annoying that I have to dress like I am pregnant or really plus sized to cover my tum.
If only there was a painless procedure .
That is my real concern

Ilovehedgehogs Fri 18-Nov-16 18:57:13

Yes, absolutely worth it. I am not body conscious or even very groomed but my muscles were shot and it was affecting my back and my posture.
I can pm my surgeon if you like? I am SE.

Onthewingofaswift Fri 18-Nov-16 18:57:53

I had one as part of a breast reconstruction. Before that I'd lost a lot of weight and had an overhang. The pain was really the first day when I felt like a medicine ball had been thrown at my abdomen. Then it got much better and my recovery was smooth. I got myself as fit as I could for it by walking and swimming. The result was fantastic.

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