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2008/05/18 17:48:35 (permalink)
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Tummy tuck recovery

I know a few of the ladies on the board have had this procedure and wondered if you could say how long it took to recover.

My wife was due to get a mini tummy tuck last week in july to remove the excess skin on her lower stomach from having the kids,surgeon told her she would need about a month of work so we timed it to coincide with my two weeks off for summer shutdown,last week of july beginning august and she was going to use all of her holidays so she could have a month off,she doesn't want anyone at work to know about it.

The surgeon has now put her date back to beginning of august so she will only have 3 weeks off after surgery,she carn't change her holidays at work now they are booked in.

Do you think 3 weeks will be long enough recovery time before going back to work,she works as a carer in an alzeimers home which involves lifting bathing ect.

Any other advice info appreciated thanks.
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    ElfinTan
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/18 22:16:32 (permalink)
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    I had a full TT around this time last year. So removal of excess skin and stitching of abs. Now I was back at work 8 days after release from hospital but only because Paul had to do jury service and I had to cover at the gym. I didn't have to do any lifting at all. The biggest problem is the actual wound. It's a pretty long cut, hip to hip, and it can take a while to heal. I had a few minor problems with mine but because of the fantastic after care these were dealt with promptly. Even though I was back on the treadmill after about 3-4 weeks and training with light weights soon after I was not under any pressure jobwise to do so and could kind of test the waters. As a bodywork/massage therapist I probably didn't get back to doing treatments for about 8-10 weeks. I was lucky as I am self employed so apart from loss of earnings I could call the shots. I have quite a few carers as clients who have back problems because of the lifting they do at work so I know that even though they are not supposed to lift the fact of the matter is they do. I would say that IF she isn't having any work done to her abs and IF the wound has healed COMPLETLEY then it should be too much of a problem. Reaslistically though 3 weeks may not be long enough. I would recommend her getting as fit as she can in the run up to the op as the fitter you are the quicker the healing process. I worked really hard leading up to the op making sure I was as fit as I could be in the given time because I hate being fecking ill lol.

    Tell your Misses to play on the side of caution and if she needs to be off longer then take it. On another note tell her it's fantastic!!!!! It's the best thing I've ever done. I actually can't believe the impact it has had on my body confidence. Well worth the discomfort. It's really only now after 12 months that I can see the FULL results and I love it. If you want any more info just ask or PM me and I'll be happy to share anything I can. With this procedure the after care is vitally important so make sure that where ever she is going has a 24/7 aftercare policy. Good Luck x
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/18 22:49:57 (permalink)
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    Trebor, here's the limk to my journal starting the day before my op http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/m_1915333/mpage_3/key_/tm.htm I've just had a quick read through and I was actually back training less than 4 weeks after BUT if you read through you will also see the few hiccups I had. Let your lass read through and it will give her an idea of what to expect. Hope it helps m8
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/19 20:00:54 (permalink)
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    Cheers for the reply,louise's read through your journal and its put her mind at ease,she's wanted this doing for a couple of years now but had heard many horror storys about how bad recovery was.

    She's not getting a full TT the surgeon said her abs hadn't seperated which is suprising as all 3 bairns were fairly big,he said it was going to be pretty straight forward and the cut wouldn't need to be hip to hip.

    When you say fit do you mean cardio wise? she's been doing a weights program since oct last year with a lot of attention on ab/core work but the only cardio she gets is pushing the little fella in his pushchair for long walks a couple of times a week.

    How would you rate your scar we've seen a good few pics on the net but its hard to tell from a photo.

    Thanks again.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/19 20:28:25 (permalink)
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    I saw Tans scar when she first had it done and it has healed up amazingly well. Tan does have very nice skin and I'm sure that's helped too.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/19 22:00:45 (permalink)
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    I did weights and cardio...even cut the smokes down to one a day! I made sure that I was withing the ideal height/weght ratio. The scar has healed fantastically, obviously you can still see it but it isn't raised or anything like that, just a darker line from hip to hip. I still have stretch marks but they have never bothered me and now I have abs to so couldn't give a flying f*** about a couple of stretch marks...this skin has been lived in afterall. Here's a link to a site I found useful but be sure to compare yourself to similar build/age/skin damage to get a realistic idea of the results you can expect.
    http://www.makemeheal.com/pictures/search.php?procedure=27&action=procedure

    I'll try to post some pics up this week of before and now! Keep kicking me to remind me though
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/20 04:59:14 (permalink)
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    ouch but all the more power to you

    Em x
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/20 22:01:52 (permalink)
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    Hi. Can I just hi-jack this thread and ask either Trebor's wife or Elfintan where you had/gonna have the surgery? (And rough prices, if that's not too cheeky). I've been thinking about this since I had my 2nd whale, but unfortunately it's the money that's the stumbling block for me.

    Before kids, I had a body I never wanted to show off; after kids, and a lot of training, I've got a bikini body, but a really hideous stomach.

    Ideally, I'd like to be happy in my body, but I'm using up all my positives on not wanting breast augmentation as well!!

    Cheers
    Tamar
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/21 14:13:27 (permalink)
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    Try the wellness klinic in Belgium. Very good and priced very well.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/21 19:42:36 (permalink)
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    I have clients who have been abroad for this as it is cheaper as the chap above says.

    Em x
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/21 22:04:00 (permalink)
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    I opted to have mine done here in the UK. It was more expensive but personally for this op I prefered the peace of mind that my aftercare would be on hand 24/7. I went to Capio Oaklands Hospital here in Salford and the service was outstanding.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 02:03:35 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: ElfinTan

    I did weights and cardio...even cut the smokes down to one a day! I made sure that I was withing the ideal height/weght ratio. The scar has healed fantastically, obviously you can still see it but it isn't raised or anything like that, just a darker line from hip to hip. I still have stretch marks but they have never bothered me and now I have abs to so couldn't give a flying f*** about a couple of stretch marks...this skin has been lived in afterall. Here's a link to a site I found useful but be sure to compare yourself to similar build/age/skin damage to get a realistic idea of the results you can expect.
    http://www.makemeheal.com/pictures/search.php?procedure=27&action=procedure

    I'll try to post some pics up this week of before and now! Keep kicking me to remind me though


    Thanks for the link never came across that site before and we've spent a good few hours searching the net for pics.
    Weights between 115-117lb depending on the time of the month at 5'2 ish which i think is about right.
    She's really hoping to lose most of her stretch marks as there quite bad on the lower belly,the surgeon was pretty confident.

    Pics would be great if you don't mind posting them.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 02:36:44 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Tamar

    Hi. Can I just hi-jack this thread and ask either Trebor's wife or Elfintan where you had/gonna have the surgery? (And rough prices, if that's not too cheeky). I've been thinking about this since I had my 2nd whale, but unfortunately it's the money that's the stumbling block for me.

    Before kids, I had a body I never wanted to show off; after kids, and a lot of training, I've got a bikini body, but a really hideous stomach.

    Ideally, I'd like to be happy in my body, but I'm using up all my positives on not wanting breast augmentation as well!!

    Cheers
    Tamar


    The easiest way to find a reputable surgeon is to ask your GP thats what we did,he was based at one of the nuffield hospitals near to us.

    http://www.nuffieldcosmeticsurgery.com/hospitallist.asp

    Louise got breast augmentation 5 years ago and that was £4000 the tummy tuck was going to be £5000 but we got a discount because we're using the same surgeon again so its £3700,you can get it cheaper in the uk and moreso abroad as papa said but we never even considered going abroad for the same reasons Tan said,finding a good surgeon should be top of the list not how cheap you can get it done,well thats the way we looked at it.
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 08:08:34 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the replies - now where did I put that lottery ticket??
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 11:54:09 (permalink)
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    I think i am gonna go for the whole body lift which covers thighs, buttocks, lower back and abs in a years time
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 19:40:51 (permalink)
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    Trebor if the stretch marks are just lower abdomen they they should be cut away....the ones I now have on my lower tummy were actually from round my belly button lol!!!!!!
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/22 19:41:29 (permalink)
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    Will get Paul to take some pics later!....of my tummy ffs!
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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/25 09:48:32 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Tamar

    Hi. Can I just hi-jack this thread and ask either Trebor's wife or Elfintan where you had/gonna have the surgery? (And rough prices, if that's not too cheeky). I've been thinking about this since I had my 2nd whale, but unfortunately it's the money that's the stumbling block for me.

    Before kids, I had a body I never wanted to show off; after kids, and a lot of training, I've got a bikini body, but a really hideous stomach.

    Ideally, I'd like to be happy in my body, but I'm using up all my positives on not wanting breast augmentation as well!!

    Cheers
    Tamar


    If you want more than one thing done then do it all at the same time. You will save a couple of thousand pounds as you will only pay for the hospital costs once.

    You can work it out by halving the cost of the second procedure.


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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/25 09:56:10 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: ElfinTan

    Trebor if the stretch marks are just lower abdomen they they should be cut away....the ones I now have on my lower tummy were actually from round my belly button lol!!!!!!


    I was lucky. All of mine were lower so I'm only left with the one line and no stretch marks


    Its definately the best thing I did. The more time goes on the better it will look.

    I didn't have the money and I'm a single parent. I got a loan out to pay for mine. But I'm so glad I did.



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    RE: Tummy tuck recovery 2008/05/29 19:57:29 (permalink)
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    ^^^^Rags is my TT Angel. It was after seeing hers that I made the final decision to have mine done. As I've said the remainder stretch marks don't bother me at all....I'm chuffed to bit
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