Diary of a Tummy Tuck
Considering abdominoplasty? One woman shares the nitty-gritty details of her journey from pre-surgery to recovery
The total cost of the surgery was about $12,000. The procedure was entirely out-of-pocket and not covered by insurance, but after spending so many years thinking about it, I felt it was worth the cost. Prescriptions were about $50, and they were covered by insurance. I spent between $100-200 for recovery items, like the walker, various scar creams and vitamins.
This surgery has been incredibly life changing. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think, "Wow, I'm still so big," but I have these before and after pictures to remind me of how far I've come. I never set out to be a swimsuit model, and I'm thrilled with my results. I feel happy in the skin I'm in, which I haven't felt in a really long time. I look people in the eye now instead of looking around for a chair to stand behind. I seek people out when I have something to say, rather than trying to hide. There were times during my recovery when I wondered, 'Am I doing the right thing?' The medications made me hazy and the pain was intense. But each time I asked that question, looking at my before pictures was enough motivation for me to answer, 'Yes, you ARE doing the right thing,' every time.
Interview and photos courtesy of RealSelf.
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