Diary of a Tummy Tuck
Considering abdominoplasty? One woman shares the nitty-gritty details of her journey from pre-surgery to recovery
When I met with the plastic surgeon, I was so impressed with his knowledge, calmness and vision for my results, I didn't even schedule consultations with the other two surgeons I researched. We decided on a drainless extended tummy tuck with muscle tightening/correction of the upper abdomen and liposuction of the upper abdomen, flanks and outer thighs. In a drainless tummy tuck, the surgeon takes extra time to suture the abdomen, closing up the space where fluid would normally collect, which eliminates the need for pesky drains after the procedure. Because I was also getting lipo, I would have a couple of very small drains to eliminate the extra fluid from my sides and back, but not as many as would be required without the extra sutures.
I called to schedule the surgery for the last week in August. After I hung up the phone, I cried. I felt the most amazing relief and excitement. I was so happy (finally!) to be doing something about the body that kept me from living the way I wanted to.
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