Health & Beauty
Diary of a Tummy Tuck
Considering abdominoplasty? One woman shares the nitty-gritty details of her journey from pre-surgery to recovery
I decided to seriously pursue plastic surgery when I realized the extent the extra weight was affecting my life. I'm a bubbly, outgoing person, but my sagging "apron" of a stomach made me extremely self-conscious. I planned my life around hiding my body. Reaching for my baggiest clothing, always looking for a desk or chair to hide behind and finding ways to avoid standing in front of people were second nature to me. I knew it was time to change when I had to ask for an extension belt on a flight -- one of my most mortifying experiences to date.
I lost 40 pounds just by counting calories and getting more active. I walked three miles a day and tried to swim as often as possible, because my back wasn't up for any extreme physical activity. But then I plateaued. I decided (after much research) that I wanted to change my life with an abdominoplasty procedure -- or, as they're commonly known, a tummy tuck.
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