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Lipo/Tummy Tuck

rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
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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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rudeechick wrote: »
    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.
  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    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.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    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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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,568Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    yes please!!! where do i sign up?

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  • jmwjmw Posts: 130Registered Users
    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. :occasion7:
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    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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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    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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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    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.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rudeechick wrote: »
    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.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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.)

    HTH
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    ninja...why did you decide to have it done?
    I never want to be put under again...ugh
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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.
  • Myradella3Myradella3 Posts: 2,481Registered Users
    I'd have it done in a heartbeat - more power to her.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    wow... maybe I shud see if her dr has a 2 for 1 special!!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rudeechick wrote: »
    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.
  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    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?
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have heard that some surgeons have payment plans available.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    ninja dog wrote: »
    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.
    :notworthy:
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    Let’s just stay together and tell the world to kiss our ass. ~P


  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    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!!

    Payment plan.....:dontknow:
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I guess they have payment arrangement plans, or access to surgery financing companies.

    Rudee, if your "droop" doesn't bug you, don't worry about it! You may be the only one who notices it.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,763Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Carecredit is a medical credit card. You can apply for it online at carecredit.com. It's interest free if you can pay it off in a years time. If not, you will be charged 11.9% interest. This can be used for cosmetic surgery, medical, dental, vision & even veterinary. You just need to check online to see which dr's accept it.

    ETA: I had lipo on my stomach and under my chin. I've regretted both. My stomach is lumpy & the skin didn't go back, so it's a little flabby. Hell, my whole body is flabby so I guess it's not that noticeable. LOL! My neck is my worse problem. It looks really bad. I had a facelift a couple of years ago, but the quack doctor mainly did my eyes, which are smaller now & more round then almond shaped & he raised my already high cheekbones. This makes my lower face look even worse. I'd like to have the lower face & neck redone, but I don't have the money, plus I'm afraid of going under again. I don't remember, but my daughter told me I had a lot of trouble breathing when I was waking up & I was panicking. Maybe next time I can just do shots of Tequila.
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    I guess they have payment arrangement plans, or access to surgery financing companies.

    Rudee, if your "droop" doesn't bug you, don't worry about it! You may be the only one who notices it.
    it bothers me hugely, i just never consider doing anything about it. And i am at a good weight, in shape, etc.... i just figured thats the way the cookie crumbles....
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    How does one know if ones stomach requires lipo, tucking or both??? How can you tell whats lax muscle vs excess fat vs excess skin?
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Gosh, I don't know. I think the surgeon determines your need.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    Carecredit is a medical credit card. You can apply for it online at carecredit.com. It's interest free if you can pay it off in a years time. If not, you will be charged 11.9% interest. This can be used for cosmetic surgery, medical, dental, vision & even veterinary. You just need to check online to see which dr's accept it.

    ETA: I had lipo on my stomach and under my chin. I've regretted both. My stomach is lumpy & the skin didn't go back, so it's a little flabby. Hell, my whole body is flabby so I guess it's not that noticeable. LOL! My neck is my worse problem. It looks really bad. I had a facelift a couple of years ago, but the quack doctor mainly did my eyes, which are smaller now & more round then almond shaped & he raised my already high cheekbones. This makes my lower face look even worse. I'd like to have the lower face & neck redone, but I don't have the money, plus I'm afraid of going under again. I don't remember, but my daughter told me I had a lot of trouble breathing when I was waking up & I was panicking. Maybe next time I can just do shots of Tequila.

    Lotsa, did you have to wear a compression garment?
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rudeechick wrote: »
    How does one know if ones stomach requires lipo, tucking or both??? How can you tell whats lax muscle vs excess fat vs excess skin?



    Most women over 30 do not have the skin elasticity required for a successful lipo. A tummy tuck is usually in order for anyone with more than a tiny bit of excess fat or droopy skin in their belly area. You can have a little lipo for the upper belly in addition to a tummy tuck for the lower belly, but lipo alone will not get rid of that lower belly post-pregnancy pooch.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm over 30, and it worked for me.

    The caveat is that I haven't had children (the surgeon mentioned the best results for stomach lipo are on non post-pregnancy stomachs). But I always had a "breadbasket" along my lower belly.

    You can always go to a plastic surgeon's web site and view before and after photos of tummy tucks v. stomach lipo. Again, though, during your initial consultation with the surgeon, she'll advise you best.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,763Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    Carecredit is a medical credit card. You can apply for it online at carecredit.com. It's interest free if you can pay it off in a years time. If not, you will be charged 11.9% interest. This can be used for cosmetic surgery, medical, dental, vision & even veterinary. You just need to check online to see which dr's accept it.

    ETA: I had lipo on my stomach and under my chin. I've regretted both. My stomach is lumpy & the skin didn't go back, so it's a little flabby. Hell, my whole body is flabby so I guess it's not that noticeable. LOL! My neck is my worse problem. It looks really bad. I had a facelift a couple of years ago, but the quack doctor mainly did my eyes, which are smaller now & more round then almond shaped & he raised my already high cheekbones. This makes my lower face look even worse. I'd like to have the lower face & neck redone, but I don't have the money, plus I'm afraid of going under again. I don't remember, but my daughter told me I had a lot of trouble breathing when I was waking up & I was panicking. Maybe next time I can just do shots of Tequila.

    Lotsa, did you have to wear a compression garment?

    Yes. Day & night. The only time I took it off was to bathe. I even had a roller I used on my stomach to prevent the lumping.

    I also found that I now love handles that I didn't have before. It's like the fat shifted. I give up!
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    Every person has a unique connection to the Creator that can never be extinguished, and every person has a great soul that can manifest important things in our world. To make a person feel less than they are because of something inside themselves, be it faith, race, or sexual orientation, is the greatest sin of all."
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Wow, a roller? I've never heard of that.

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