Date Set and Tummy Tuck Resources

So guess what!? The date is set for my tummy tuck surgery! In case you missed it, here’s the post where I discuss my reasons and decision to move forward with plastic surgery.

My pre-op appointment will be July 11, and the surgery itself will be July 29, which is less than 10 weeks away! I feel like this time is going to FLY by (especially since I’m going to Peru for 17 days in between) and I have so much to do to get ready between now and then. I am so excited, but also terrified. This is really happening!

I plan to write more about the consultations and deciding on a surgeon soon, but first I wanted to provide you with the most helpful resources I’ve found while browsing around for information on tummy tucks, which has been my newest hobby as of late. I was really looking for detailed, first hand accounts of what the entire process was like, especially the recovery. It’s funny how some people don’t want to know any of the gory details because they are afraid they might talk themselves out of it, but I want to know EVERYTHING. I had a hard time finding a ton of resources since plastic surgery is such a taboo topic, but here are the ones I found most helpful and refer to often:

  • Runs for Cookies – If you don’t already read Katie’s blog, you should, but she also went through a lower body lift and blogged about the entire process. Her surgery was a bit more extensive than mine will be and also had it after having two children, but there is a lot of good information there and a detailed account of the recovery.
  • PriorFatGirl – Jen is someone who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life, and she is as awesome as you’d expect. She went through a tummy tuck as well as have the excess skin on her arms removed, so her procedure was also a bit more extensive than mine will be.
  • MakeupGeek – I found this post very helpful with lots of information about preparing for a tummy tuck and everything leading up to the procedure itself. She also has pretty dramatic results, but I am definitely behind the ball according to her timeline!
  • Tummy Tuck Survival Guide – This is posted on RealSelf.com and has a ton of helpful information about choosing a doctor, and then lots of tips and information about dealing with both the logistical side and emotional side of recovery.
  • RealSelf.com – this is a resource with a LOT of different information, including a Tummy Tuck Forum, Q&As, Before and After Pics, and lots of first hand accounts. It takes a while to dig through all the information, but there is a ton of good stuff there.
  • TummyTuckTales – This woman is hysterical, and gave a refreshing perspective on recovery after undergoing a tummy tuck after having several children and losing a lot of weight. It’s always nice to find a light-hearted account of something so serious, but still dealt with a lot of specifics and the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Funeral for My Fat – This 23 year old, Sharee, had a tummy tuck and thigh lift after losing almost 120 pounds. Wowza. She also has a couple youtube videos on the subject and is super cute.
  • Enough Fluff – 24 year old, Madelynn, who underwent a tummy tuck after shedding 100 pounds.

Am I missing anything from this list? This will be a working post that I can update as I come across new resources, so please let me know if there’s anything out there that I should add. Thanks!



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19 Comments on Date Set and Tummy Tuck Resources

  1. estelle
    May 22, 2013 at 8:51 am (1 year ago)

    Hi ! it’s my first time on your blog and I really like it !!
    sorry for my bad english but I’m french !
    i’m to Canada for 3 months for yesterdeay ! and I need some advices for my weight watchers because american products are so different !! so please if you are some advices for me let me know :)

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  2. Erin
    May 22, 2013 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

    Awesome resource, Beth! I’m nervous and excited for you! Thanks for doing this – a TT is something I’m planning on down the line, and I really appreciate that you’re putting all this info out there. GOOD LUCK!!!

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  3. Kimberly @ Healthy Strides
    May 22, 2013 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

    How exciting! Thank you for the resources! I had only seen Runs for Cookies, which was informative but it’s always good to see more.

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  4. Susy
    May 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Yay! I’m so excited for you!

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  5. Nikki
    May 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Good luck Beth! It is very exciting that you have a date! Another site I frequented before I had one done was Breasthealthonline.org you did have to be verified via Dr note before you received access to the photos back then, I am not sure about it now. It had great support on the forums. BTW I like the new blog layout!

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  6. Stephanie
    May 23, 2013 at 1:29 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Beth — Wow you found a lot of great resources! I would add that the Tummy Tuck Forums are really good for daily blow by blow accounts of people’s recoveries. If I were you, in June, I would lurk on the “June 2012 Tummy Tuck Forum” and you can see people chime in on how they are doing each day. And then of course join the July Forum board — it is nice to “talk” to people who are going through the same exact thing on the same exact day. Very excited for you!

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  7. Linda
    May 24, 2013 at 1:05 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Beth -
    Has the surgeon told you how much weight you’ll lose just because of the surgery, from getting rid of the excess skin? I admire your courage! Congratulations!

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    • Beth
      May 24, 2013 at 10:39 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Linda! They won’t know exactly until they get in there, but I’m told it’s usually just 2-3 lbs worth of skin, so it won’t be much numbers wise, but will be a huuuuge change shape wise. :)

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      • Linda
        May 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks, Beth!

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      • Linda
        May 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm (1 year ago)

        One more question. If it is a huge difference size-wise, have they told you if that translates into a size (or more)? I’ve lost about the same amount as you (also through WW) so just curious. Thanks so much, Beth!

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  8. tonillia
    May 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm (1 year ago)

    My sister lost 120 pounds in 1977 and never has gone over 140 at 59. The surgery she had for her arms went very well and she was happy that for the first time in her life she could wear short sleeves. Beth, I just joined on today and so happy I found this. I will share this site with my WW’s people in Chicago and Niles,Ohio. You, by the way are the prettiest woman from the photos and that means take a lot of photos in Peru. Just retired from being an international flight attendant of 33 years. Yes, we eat all the leftover food on a 15 hour flight. You are awesome and make 360 fun.

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  9. Weighting For 50
    May 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Really happy for you Beth!!! It’ll be here before you know it! LOVE the new layout btw!!! Have a great Monday.

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  10. Tracy Smith
    July 7, 2013 at 11:25 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Beth!!!
    My TT surgery is scheduled for July 29th as well. I am terrified, I have been reading, reading, reading, stories and got lots of information but I am not sure if I should do it now. I have had 2 kids both over 9lbs each, so my tummy is really saggy, I have lost all my weight, and would really like to have a flat stomach again, but the what if’s are getting to me. How are you getting through this?

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  11. Aansy Stone
    December 4, 2013 at 6:18 am (11 months ago)

    this is great list of resources and i must say, a motivational post for those who are looking to go for cosmetic surgery.
    On the other I was helping one of my friend to a surgeon for her tummy tuck surgery, after sneaking around we were able to find a surgeon via http://solunamiami.com. I have book her appointment for 18th of Dec. and hope the surgery will take place in first couple of weeks of 2014. I’m sure, the procedure will go smooth and she’ll have a wonder time ahead.

    ~Aansy

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  12. Leanne
    February 16, 2014 at 12:54 am (8 months ago)

    Beth, even though it has been a few years since my surgery, I DID find ideas and motivation here. A good part of the game is psychological. My results are actually shown within the following page:
    http://www.coastalplasticsurgeons.com/tummy-tuck-body-lift-abdominoplasty/
    To this day, I’m still too embarrassed to say which one. My husband has been a big source of support and stress relief for me. Thank you for providing a resource for all of us foodies!

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  13. Georgette Hosking
    February 27, 2014 at 2:28 am (8 months ago)

    Thanks a lot Beth for your post. You have shared the in-depth details on tummy tuck surgery http://www.sliwinplasticsurgery.com/tummy-tuck.html also gives some detailed info on this..Hope it helps the others. I am so glad that I find your blog. I have my Pre-Op on 2-5-2014 on Canada. I am so excited that a lot of people are feeling loved with the results. I hope I will also get a good body shape after this. Please wish me luck.

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  14. samsperonseo
    March 31, 2014 at 3:11 am (7 months ago)

    this is the first time i am using your blog .thank you for sharing your experience about tummy tuck

    Reply

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