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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Gone Wrong

A case I've found on the internet:


I had a tummy tuck close to seven months ago. As soon as I had the surgery it did not result in what the doctor had said it should be. He has caused my stomach to look abnormal and disfigured. I have keloid scars and the incision is very high. I know that this forum is for people who have been injured through negligence by their physicians, and I have not been injured, but I have been disfigured. I have consulted with other physicians who said I need to have a new tummy tuck surgery. This is so unfair, I spent thousands of dollars on this, went down for recovery time which was extremely painful, and now I need to pay more money to get this fixed. I do not trust the physician who by the way is a board certified plastic surgeon, to do a revision on me since he keeps on contradicting himself whenever I ask him about this problem he caused. He will not compensate me for my loss, and wants to perform the surgery again, but I refused.Do I have a legal case? I live in Illinois, but had the surgery done in Munster, Indiana because it costs less. Does anyone out there know if I am able to receive compensation for this major problem I'm going through?I have asked three law firms so far, and noone will take on this type of case since I am not injured. Please give me some advice if you know of any.Thanks (your comments on this post is appreciated)


Another complaint I've found from someone who had Tummy Tuck:


I had a tummy tuck may 20th. The skin on the inside of my belly button is bunched up and I can't even see my belly button. Is this supposed to be there this long? My ps said that it was normal but looking at other individuals before and after pictures I have seen nothing like this. Is this normal and will it go away or is this the price of vanity and am i stuck with a 5000 dollar mistake?


One of the Certified Surgeons explains the risks of having a Tummy Tuck like this:


All surgery has some potential risks, including the risks of bleeding, reaction to the anesthetic, and infection. Scars are to be expected, but they will become lighter and flatter with time. Smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. This could result in larger scars, and a second surgery. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon's instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how to resume physical activity.


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Images: Tummy Tuck Photos, Tummy Tuck Photos II

90 comments:

  1. omg if you are fat you are fat. go to the gym and work out. whatch what you eat. but all ya r stupid spent thousands dollars...look how many plastic surgeons are fat and with belly. why dont they get surgery.

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    1. Some people are not "fat" they just have excess skin, most of the time due to pregnancy. I am a healthy 120lb girl who eats very well and exercises everyday. Yet, after the birth of my daughter I have gained sagging skin at the lower part of my belly which is very unattractive not to mention it is hard to fit into pants that fit me everywhere else but there. No matter how many sit ups I do it has still not gone away. Before you judge, know your facts

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    2. I had 3 kids and I am getting a tummy tuck Because I want one. I go to the Gym I work everyday and I eat ok, But most of all I am getting this done because that is what I want to do, I have thought about it for years. I was never the girl that had a flat tummy and after all these years I am going to have what I want. And I just may have a boob lift too. Because I can.

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    3. It's called excess skin! Something u cannot get rid of no matter how much or hard u wrk out! Don't comment unless u are in the persons shoes!!!

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    4. i agree,i am in the same shoes,i dont mind havin access skin,but there again it gives me a complex about my body. the thing is that women want to have this op to make the feel good and confident because men want fake women with boob jobs etc....,i feel sorry for women what they have to go through to make them selves look good for who ever. lives sucks man....

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    5. For some woman children causes access skin, not weight gain, that is why we consider surgery, look into you're so called "fat people" before you comment sweetie.

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  2. yeah thats funny, surgeons are the fattys around ;) gym is sure an alternative of losing weight.

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  3. To the two A..holes that posted comments before me; those are very ignorant statements to make. I have two children and had one c-section, your stomach doesn't always bounce back from that. Exercise and dieting don't always solve the problem. I had my tummy tucked, and i believe that it was money well spent. I look and feel beautiful. I believe that if a woman has the finances and the right state of mind to do a Tummy Tuck or any cosmetic surgery; Im all for it "God Bless You". The only thing that one must keep in mind when doing any form of cosmetic surgery, is that you must enter into it with real expectations "They are Doctors, not MIRACLE WORKERS" !!!!!

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  4. I am researching tummy tuck procedures for myself and ended up looking around at other plastic surgeries. I have noticed that there is a particular anonymous person who is negative in many of the procedures. I believe it is the same person going by the grammar and manner of writing. Personally I have just lost 44kg through a combination of diet and exercise and no matter how much exercise will never have my skin and muscle tone recover, hence my decision to research tummy tuck. They way a person feels about themselves is paramount to the way they behave in public and the way others perceive them too! Sometimes surgery can enhance a person's self image. It will not correct a defect in personality but can bring out a hidden facet. As my husband says. He has the bubbly, happy wife back that he married. Apparently I hid myself in my fat and though I appeared happy, it mostly was a facade that I didn't even realize.`

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  5. I had a tummy tuck on Oct 22nd and the next day the Dr put a girdle on me that was too big. Three days later he practically ripped it off and said it was cutting off the blood supply. I was then not allowed to wear a girdle at all. On Nov 30th, I had to have a second surgery because the area above my pelvis had become necrotic. It's now Jan 14 and I have been on homehealth on a wound vac.
    Had the Dr taken more care as to what size of girdle he put on me and not ignored me when I called his office saying the area was turning black...( was told "It's part of the healing process") I would not have been out tons of money and still home sick and not able to work.
    PLEASE be careful when considering a tummy tuck...its NOT WORTH IT

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    1. Hi, I totally agree Tummy tucks are not worth it. I spent 7grand on my tummy tuck and I am so disappointed with the results im just as ashamed now as I was before the procedure. Not to mention three weeks after surgery im still losing a lot of blood and my doctor keeps telling me it will stop. The incision is open still and he will not close it for some reason. I have defiantly learned from this mistake.

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    2. Hi i had a tummy tuck 29 Dec 11.19 days later my brother had to rush me back to hospital at about 10.30pm.I was covered in blood.They drained 600mls off,then once at home i had to massage the blood out every morning in the shower.I thought it would never stop,and paid a lot on dressings.I was told that it was a Hematoma(old blood that has to be got rid of)It did stop,but at the time i was so down.I was signed off for 10 weeks sick on top of the 3 weeks holiday i took.I was never over weight and have not had children,but was born with a layer of fat across my middle that no amount of excercise helped.Im still waiting for stomach to go flat,but am told to do sit ups with legs out straight.I go back in Sept.Im told sometimes some revision surgery needs doing.Im fine with that as long as i end up with a flat abdoman.If you are still bleeding as i was for some weeks it will stop.I wish you all the best.I know you cannot help worrying,i still do.I just think have faith in the surgeon as they do and see this all the time.Hopefully we have not made a mistake.I have read that revision surgery is not done for about 9 to 12 months after original op.Hope this helps.If anyone has got further than the 7 months i have and can pass on some good news they have experienced after such an op and problems i would be very grateful.

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    3. i have the same problem.
      am a poor african woman who worked my butt off for over 5 years to save enough money to fly to Bangkok and have a tummy tuck.
      all together i spent over 10,000 USD for flights, accomodation, hospital bills and the procedure.
      and i wish i hadnt.
      my tummy turned out looking even worse than before the procedure.
      i hurt(emotionally and physically) and regret that decision i made a year ago to have that stupid tummy tuck.
      i regret it every single day of my life. and what hurts the most is that the biggest mistake of my life turned out to be the most expensive too.
      i now i was selfish to have that tummy tuck when i should have used the money on my 2 kids. (am a single mum)
      maybe thats God's way of punishing me for my selfishness.
      i had that tummy tuck so i could feel more confident about my then bulging belly.
      i wish i hadnt.
      because i even feel and look worse.
      that surgeon spoiled my life.
      he left me with a long ugly huge bumpy swollen cut that hurts and itches all the time.
      he took my long earned money. he robbed me.
      he says i have to pay more to correct it and have some kind of revision scar surgery but i cant afford it.
      infact i dont think i will ever get that kind of money again - maybe in 10 years.
      wish i could sue him

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    4. I had a tummy tuck two years ago that was the worst thing I ever did. I look far worse now, my tummy was streched from two female surgeries thirty years ago, and my body got used to that extra room. Then, "poof"! I was stitched so tight it crushed my liver, gall bladder, and other organs and put me in icu for five days and seven additional days in hospital. Even today, I can't eat w/o feeling like an elephant is sitting on my stomach. I feel like I am carrying a twenty pound weight sewn into my abs. I buldge more now because of scare tissue and who knows what else is wrong in there. No lawyers will help me, so please don't get a tummy tuck and make some greedy surgeon richer, thats all they want, is your money, they will refuse to admit there is anything wrong with you if you have a problem. I will have to live with pain and an ugly figure now, I am quite thin, and now I look pregnant all the time. Run, don't walk away from this!!!!

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  6. i am a 23 yo with a baby and feeling very unhappy with my post pregnancy body, decided to search the internet for prices info etc on tummy tuck procedures and have come across an awful lot of negative posts on the procedure, granted there are some people who have had a good experience but alot who have not.
    i want to thank all who have posted their real life accounts of botched up jobs because i have decided im not going ahead with it i am terribly sorry those who are now left with unsightly and painful scarring and infection. to those who are not, i think you are extremely lucky as so much CAN go wrong
    have resolved to buy myself some kick arse one piece swimsuits and some super sexy flattering outfits with the money i might have spent and learn to love my body, saggy bits and all.

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  7. After pregnancy and three surgeries that opened me hip to hip, I had a tummy tuck. I did try not to smoke and follow the post op instructions. Yes there were complications, part of the inscision opened because a small portion of the under lying fat died. This resulted in that having to be removed, it also started a bit of infection. After two months a repair to fix it was done. Would I do it again? In a heart beat. By correcting the ab muscles, (they sew them back in place) this put my internal organs back in place, taking pressure of my back. My clothes now fit like everyone elses. I traded scars for the extra skin being removed and my ab muscles repaired to hold my insides back in place. For those who don't know, exercising does not remove loose skin or repair the torn and damage muscles underneath. Onlt a surgical repair can correct it.

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  8. Dear "Tummytuck Gone Wrong" I had the same thing happen. My stomach is disfigured. I went to see another plastic surgeon yesterday for a 2nd opinion. He said that I have a cyst pocket in my stomach and that it was not harmful. He suggested I go have the tummy tuck done over by the same ps. He also said that once the ps goes in he can remove the cyst and tighten the upper abs where the cyst is and that the procedure takes way less recovery time. I had the procedure done Oct. 2007 and I am going to wait until December of 2008. (I have a very busy restaurant and close late November) Let me know if I can answer any questions. vcf

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  9. gosh now reading all these terrible things that can go wrong, i think i will continue to use clothes as a camoflauge for my belly... i mean think about it, every time you look at your kids, let them be the reminder of why you look like you do and then my friend it wont be so bad they are a blessing that your body made... and who knows maybe some day the look we have may be the in-thing?just do what you can and dont worry about what other peple think! i think that is the route i will take,,, and trust me my belly sucks!!! i was 100 ponds at beginning with my first kid and he was 9.5lbs when born... he grew so fast it blew me up! second kid 8.5lbs.so i think i will just go climb a mountain with my boys and be thankful i didnt die during child birth. :)

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    1. I am so scared right now. I have a three year old daughter. i gave up loosing weight when she turned two. I gave up because I had lost the weight, but still had flabby, loose, stretch marked skin from side to side of my tummy. I have love handles now. I hate the way I look in thongs and even boy shorts. I still have a nice ass and beautiful face, but my tummy and stretch marks takes away from my appearace. I dont know what to do. i don't know it a Tummy Tuck is what I really need. I wear a size 6 to an 8 in pants. I wear a Large in underware and my bra size is a 36C. I don't get how I can wear small sizes in pants, but wear a Small, medium and large in ost shirts I buy. I can wear a small in Ann Taylor clothes, but a Large in Abercrombie's shirts, but can barely get in their khakis and jeans. I feel like my body is strangely deformed and not positive if a tummy tuck is needed first or Lipo. I don't feel fat due to the size I wear in pants. Peope I know thinks I'm skinny when they see me in tight clothes, but I know I can't parade around in a two piece without being looked at like a fat sloppy, slob. I should consut with a at least 4 surgeons to get their opinion of what's best for my body. I suggest anyone that is shaped like me to do the same. Research!!!!

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  10. I too had a full TT. I had mine done on May 12, 2008 along with breast augmentation. It has been very difficult. I have an infection now in the incision. Today is June 1, 2008. My doctor has been watching me like a hawk. I have to see him every 2 days. He will go back in a open me up tomorrow to remove the infection. Ihave been running fever and have had chills. I kept my tubes in for 21/2 weeks. The pain has been bad. I had 2 c-cections and the pain in 50 times worse. I just no that I would to the tt again. I have had a difficult recovery. Before my tt, I lived at the gym. Six days a week. I just knew that I would have recovered much faster because I was in good shape. But the infection has taken a lot out of me. My husband couldn't wait for me to get it done, but now he is aggrivated because my recovery is taking so long. Besides the infection though, my tummy looks greats. It is very flat.

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  11. I am due to have a "minor abdominoplasty with lipo" next week. I am nervous about recovery.I have four kids,and gained at least 50lbs.with each.I am 5'7,130lbs.I get asked every couple of months,"when is your baby due?" I also have a mild hernia.I am not pregnant.What is recovery like? I have 5 weeks while my children are at summer camp. What is your experience about household chores? When can I vacuum and lift laundry baskets?

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  12. you'll be fine dear. the recovery varies with the size of the surgery you're gonna have. since it's a minor case you'll be back to light work like lifting a phone book within a week. it'll take a couple of weeks more to vacuum and lift laundry baskets. depends upon individual though. dont worry though. everythins gonna be fine.

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  13. Hi I had a tt done six months ago and ended up mutilated i got an infection and septicimia and the swelling split the scar and although the scar has come good i have massive swelling on one side tha does not seem to go down at all i would never recommend this to anyone ever my surgeon was a cold man with no remorse and i am unable to get justification ever.

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  14. I had this surgery on June 16/08. Sore? You bet your boots I am! Happy? I think so! Saw the doctor again today and he is thrilled with me progress. So am I...when I dare to look! Of course there are doctors out there who shouldn't be practising anything...including the piano! But you have to do your homework too. Get references...talk to nurses at the hospital or clinic the doctor works at...talk to patients. If he/she refuses to give you those...then run as fast as you can out the office. I'll be glad when two more weeks pass...every day it gets a bit better. I'm fortunate that I can stay home and rest...that is the key! No playing recovery hero here at all! I had breast reduction last year and it was far more painful than this is. This hurts...no doubt about it...but it is getting bearable. Moving is the biggest problem! OH...I'm 61 and have poor circulation...that was the main concern. But I did as I was told (religiously). I am so sorry that some of you have had such drastic problems...I am a lucky one, I guess. Good luck.

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  15. I had a full TT to remove a verticle c-section and lipo of my hips and thighs. I was hesitant to have the surgery because I liked my belly button! Unfortunatley my worst fear came true. My new BB is horrible. The scar around it is very thick and noticable, the new BB is large and not "normal" or "natural" looking. The doctor acts like it's fine, like they all do. Trust your gut instict and don't ever doubt yourself like I did. OK - the tt removed the verticle scar which was great, but I now hide my stomache which defeats the purpose of the surgery. Was it worth the 12grand? Not so much! :( 40 and not so fabulous!

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  16. all you stupid, ignorant fucks, tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery, read a book or two before you leave your two cents, no i mean one cents.

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  17. I had a tummy tuck May 2007 so its been one year it hurt like heck and if I had to do it all over again I just wish the Dr's would tell you to diet first because you have to change your eating habits or else the fat will come back in other places. I feel great not too many problems it took 5 weeks to heal. I feel wonderful now...just try to do it the old fashion way first and save your money.

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  18. I know this is supposed to be about plastic surgery gone wrong but I had the surgery June 18th. Within two weeks I was up and about like a regular person. I didn't have any complications. I did have fluid that needed aspirating(minor). And I got the stomach flu the second week of recovery. Try throwing up with those sutures! Scary. My stomach still doesn't have full sensation yet but slowly it is returning to normal. I still have 43 year old skin that was stretched out from the four kids but I am so much more comfortable in clothes and I don't regret the difficult first week or so. I am thrilled I did this. My surgeon and his staff were incredible.

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  19. I have had my tt about one and a half years ago and i am still recovering from it I had several blood blisters appears on my scar site and also all around my belly button area not in side but all around with became a bad infection ended up with deep holes and my ps could not explain how this happened he just put me on meds I now have bad hardness and scaring around my belly button area about three to for inches on both sides my tt scar is till red and sensitive. I was forced to see my dermo for laser and injections to try to minimize the scaring I have consulted another ps for tt scar revisions but will still have to get more laser done on my belly button for those scars if I knew then what I know now I would not of had it done I have spent way too much money on my tt and it is still costing to fix I have not found anyone that has had the same problems with there belly button as I have the tt scar seems alot of peaople have problems but I would like to know if there is any one that had the problem with there belly button.

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  20. My tummy tuck was July, 2008 in MEXICO!!!!It was the best thing I had ever done. It has been life changing. I consulted with 6 top surgeons in Texas. I researched tt for about 2 years before I decided to go with a surgeon in Mexico. What I had done would have cost me 15,000.00. (I also had lipo on my thighs, chin, and back.) It cost me a 1/3 of the price of what it would have cost me in US. The clinic was owned by the doctors who performed the surgery. They allowed us to stay in the clinic 2 days, serving us (my husband was able to stay with me in my room) 3 meals a day, 24 hour nurses and comfortable beds. We were told we could stay as long as we needed. We left the 3rd day. I did not have any pain from the surgery. My back hurt for about 2 days because of the epidoral.
    I am healing so well. I look great and am losing weight slowly (25 lbs.) I feel very good, energetic and find working out is easier. Ofcourse, I eat right, don't "diet" but eat healthy, exercise 3 times a week (weights, walking, dancing) I have two friends who had their tt done in Texas. They both are not very happy. They paid 10,000.00 and 12,000.00. I also know two ladies who had their tt done with the same doctor in Mexico, they both look great, their tummies are flat, and have gone back to have more procedures done.(breast, lipo) I feel I made the right choice, saved alot of money and will go back to get a little more lipo done. One of the doctor's was very young, studied in India (well known for some of the best surgeons) and practiced in other countries. He goes to Mexico to perform surgeries 3-4 months a year. While we were there, there were women from other states and countries. If you want to pay less and get better results, I recommend to research surgeons from Mexico, Brazil, and India.

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  21. Can someone tell me their opinion: I had twins and of small frame - I am 5'7 and 112-115 lbs - I gained 49 lbs with pregnancy and raipdly lost the weight. I went from a 0 to a 12, back to a 0 (size). I appear to have a flat middle in clothes, but without clothes, I have slight mush and stretch marks - it's bad enough, where I would not wear a bikini. So, my question is this: my situation is not horrible, so could I just get lipo, or would I need the liop w/mini tummy tuck? THANKS.

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  22. I had a tummy tuck January of 2007. Its been two years now and its the best thing I have ever done. It was very very painful, but well worth it. I went from a size 16 to a size 8. They took 8 lbs of skin from my midsection. I was not fat at all, but 3 kids and 2 c-sections later I had skin on my belly like a 300 lb person. Folded over and riddled with stretch marks. My Surgery cost $6,500.00 and I chose my surgeon based on a tummy tuck I he had done on someone I knew. DIET AND EXERSIZE DO NOT WORK FOR OVERSTRETCHED SKIN AND STRETCHMARKS! So whoever said that doesn't know what the hell they are talking about. Oh and my belly button scared really bad and my surgeon redid it and it looks fine!

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  23. i had a tt june08 and until today i am not satisfied...the 1st 2 months i looked and felt great..really flat! but then all of a sudden my stomach blew up and it seemed i was 6-7 mths pregnant, right now i only have the upper part of my scar swollen and hard.looks like before like a tummy but hard and i look fat. can someone please tell me if this has happened to anyone, or is it just my intestins (digestive system) that are swollen?? i have not had money to go to my psurgeon, cus he is out of town. i have only seen docs. that specialize in stomach issues(gastro. docs) but up till now no meds have made my tummy flat. what happened?? why do i have a tummy?please someone help i am so depressed

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  24. i had a tt june08 and until today i am not satisfied...the 1st 2 months i looked and felt great..really flat! but then all of a sudden my stomach blew up and it seemed i was 6-7 mths pregnant, right now i only have the upper part of my scar swollen and hard.looks like before like a tummy but hard and i look fat. can someone please tell me if this has happened to anyone, or is it just my intestins (digestive system) that are swollen?? i have not had money to go to my psurgeon, cus he is out of town. i have only seen docs. that specialize in stomach issues(gastro. docs) but up till now no meds have made my tummy flat. what happened?? why do i have a tummy?please someone help i am so depressed

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  25. I am forty years old and had 2 c-sections. The lower part of my stomach hung pretty bad. I run 2 miles a day 4 days a week had a personal trainer for a year. I saw him three days a week. No matter what I did the belly stayed the same! I did the tummy tuck and it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I took pain medication for three days ONLY!!!!!!
    Great results and would recommend this surgery to anyone!!!!!!! And yes it cost 4,500.00 and was worth every penny!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Hello and Kudos to the ladies who had their tummy tucks. You are brave. Plea to the ladies who had their procedures done in Mexico. Could you please tell me what Hospital did you go to and/or the names of your doctors? I will have tummy tuck and liposuction decpite some ignorant people posting comments here. Obiviosly they have no clue about human anatomy and having kids. Thank you.

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  27. Don't do it! Sorry for all those that think it might work and yes it might but if it doesn't and something goes wrong it is the rest of your life and it is bad.. I was very fit and had loose skin from twins only and went to for the TT and I some how he destroyed the nerves going to the muscles and now my guts are buldging out of me. went to many doc.'s to help me and finally one promised me he could fix it and made it worst. I am out $$$ and am ruined for life mentally and physically...Horrible!

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  28. Thanks for your forum about getting tummy tuck. I been doing research on the net/library/people's experiences and deciding if I want to go through this. I'm a 25 female women with 2 children, so my tummy has the extra skin that just looks wrinkly and flab. I been going to the gym 4 days a week, doing activities with my children and eating healthy, but my body isn't the same. I'm realizing - this is the body that God gave me, a mother - a wife and as long as my husband is happy it makes me happy. I'm not prepared to go through a surgery that will go wrong mentally. I think you're a brave person and you do what makes you happy and believe things will get better for your journey.......

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  29. FYI! A Tummy Tuck is NOT going to make a fat person skinny! This procedure is not to help a person loose weight! I had the procedure because diet & exercise did not get me back to where I was prior to gaining & losing weight due to a THYROID condition. Gosh I hope you never get hurt, burned, have a medical condition that causes your self-esteem to take a nose dive... or are you just nasty because you cant afford the procedure? hmmm

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  30. i had abdominoplasty done and i weighed 50 kilos a size 8 i wasn't fat, i had torn my muscles in side after having 2 kids and it left me with very bad hanging loose skin , this surgery is not for overweight people no amount of gym or sit ups could fix this . so there you idiots .

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  31. I am a little past one year post op and I am still so glad I had my tummy tuck. My surgeon agreed that my result had a little uneven contour and did a bit of lipo without charge 4 months out so my tummy would be even on both sides. Out patient procedure with no pain just a little ewww factor. I have no plans for any other plastic surgeries. I have never used botox or fillers. I still look middle aged but in the best possible way. Make sure your doctor is qualified and takes responsibilty for his or her part. Then as a patient you take responsibitly for your own health and followup.

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  32. After my full TT and all the sites that I have discovered, this one, realself.com and many others. I spent a year wanting one. I kept thinking that was my answer to my sandwich of fat stomach "when I squeezed it with my hands it looked like a giant sandwich of fat"

    If I can go back 4 months ago, I would give myself this advice. Lipo the areas of fat that were bothering me leave the pouch alone just keep hiding it and working out. Nothings worse than having a long long long jacked scar that you cannot hide. My shirt rides up even a little it's exposed everyone can see it. I am in the same boat I was before honest except now I am hiding a messed up tummy tuck instead of access fat and skin. Shitty trade if you ask me. Now if it was placed correctly and not above the underwear line and my belly button scar was on the inside then maybe it would not have been so bad. If you have had children, are under 26 and/or are small and petite with abnormal skin/fat for various reasons. A full TT may not be right for you. So research your options. Choose your surgeon wisely that is the most important thing because your trusting this person with your life and your body. Price is another consideration. Be Smart about all aspects of your decision. Good Luck!

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  33. I had a tt in Jan. of 2005, all was well the first two weeks the third week and the last several years have been horrible this is my story... Jan 5th 2005 I had a tt within a few weeks (Jan 12th ) I was told by my ps that I had a samll infection and he would have to do surgery to open the site up so the infection could drain (Jan. 20) I was taking to the ER because I could not bare to stand or sit or walk because the infection had spred thru my whole body. I had to have all of my stiches removed and my tummy cut back open and left open. I was addmitted to the hospital for 2 weeks with a wound vac. (a big sponge that sucks out infection)Finally I was able to come home with an IV (SO I COULD GET ANTIBIOTICS)I had to have home health nurses 3 times a week to change my dressing and IV checks this went on for about 6 - 8 months....I could not sleep in a bed with my husband for over a year (which finally lead to our Divorce in Dec. 05)Finally after 1 year and 3 months all wounds have closed but the nerve pain is still like a nagging tooth ach. The scars are so bad ( because he had to cut me 3 times in the same spot)My belly has a big dip in it because The hip to hip cut had to be left open with no stiches so it could heal from the inside out..

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  34. I had my Mini TT on October 27th. I also had my breasts done at the same time. My breast are awesome!!
    My MTT on the other hand has got me worried. I know its only been 4 weeks but my stomach is still dimpled and bruised, sore to the touch and I feel the bottom looks as bad as before. I am so hopeful that its just that the tissue is still healing.
    My ps is not worried, I really think he's great and I know that he'll do a revision if needed down the road.
    Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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  35. "omg if you are fat you are fat. go to the gym and work out. whatch what you eat. but all ya r stupid spent thousands dollars...look how many plastic surgeons are fat and with belly. why dont they get surgery."


    Considering you are extremely misinformed, I will forgive you...Number one, you can not get a Tummy Tuck if you are "Fat", you can only get a tummy tuck when you have excess skin that will not stay tight, no matter how hard you work out, and how many sit-ups you do. I used to be heavier, and lost 60lbs, that was 8 years ago. I worked out, I did sit ups, I had a personal trainer 5-6x a week, sometimes twice daily, and my skin never went back to the way it was. I met with two different plastic surgeons and both agreed a tummy tuck would be the only answer to get rid of the skin, now my stomach is perfect and I can see all my hard work at the gym clearly. Please get your facts straight about being fat and getting tummy tucks. Gastric Bypass is for people who are overweight, Tummy Tucks is for people who have excess skin. Ignorance is a disease.

    Anyone who has a problem with plastic surgery should not even be on this site, obviously you are just jealous you can't get it yourself, and have inner insecurities. Sorry. :( :(

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  36. I lost nearly 60lbs 8 years ago, and no matter the exercise, personal training, and ab exercises, nothing would get rid of my skin. I finally met with two different plastic surgeons and both agreed I needed a tummy tuck. I got it done March 2008, and it was probably one of the most painful experiences of my life. Especially when they pulled out my drainage tube. I had a problem with one of my sutures was beginning to "pucker," it looked like it was infected, but 3 days worth of antibiotics and it was gone. Anyway, the only problem I really have with it now is that I am still numb around my belly button and on my scar, also my scar is slightly raised on my left hip, but other than that it gets lighter everyday. I also got my breasts done and got a Crescent lift March 2009, and I couldn't be happier!

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  37. I am thinking of having a tummy tuck and have just recently started looking into it. I have had 4 children with whom I gained alot of weight (80 lbs each), one c-section and have lost weight now down to my goal (about 50 lbs). I have very bad stretch marks and also sagging, extra skin. For those that have experienced this, would you do it again? Will this help?

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  38. Go for it if you have a qualified surgeon whom you vetted. I am thrilled I took care of the protruding belly and excess skin. I am still a middle aged woman and I am not trying to be a babe. Plastic surgury is not a substitute for healthy habits. Leave plenty of time for recovery.

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  39. I really love the people on here that say that fat people should just work out and not get TT...First of all, like the other lady said, TT are NOT for fat people. I weighed 160lbs, 5'9 and I had 8lbs of loose hanging skin taken off my midsection. This as a result of 2 c-sections and having 3 children. It was the BEST decision I have ever made. Went from a size 16 to a 8. It was painful, and I just now after 3years regained feeling, but I would do it again in a second! Just remember, cheaper is not always better. Pick a reputable PS and make sure that you know someone else that had it done by the same PS so you can see the results first hand. Pictures can be deceaving.

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  40. Hi, I am a 49 yrs old and had a full TT as well as replaced my implants two months ago. I had 3 children and 1 c-section and my tummy had a 'pouch' and major stretch marks. The more I exercised the more the pouch got worse. My PS was great. We had a miscommunication and I took out my TT drains after the 3rd day, boy was he upset with that. I had one spot on my incision which took longer than the rest to heal, but I was up and about after three days. I think it helps to be in shape somewhat before the procedure, makes the recovery time easier. I stayed one night in the hospital. It is the best thing I did, my tummy looks amazing and I can wear a two piece this summer if I want. Not a bikini, but a two piece that rides a little higher.
    The size and placement of the incision is determined by how much he has to remove. If you have a lot, they have to cut more. But it is so worth it, not having a pouch of skin hanging over the top of my pants - or hanging down if I am crawling around or something is so worth it.
    Stomach is still numb, as is my belly button.
    One side of my incision in the corner he will need to lipo b/c it has some fat left around it and is bunched up just a bit, but even that will be no problem. I am so happy I did it. I feel like a new person. But you do have to watch what you eat and continue to exercise after or else you will gain weight around your middle again (kinda a no brainer). I would say if you can't discipline yourself with eating and exercising before the procedure, master that first or else you will just be wasting your money on a temporary fix. My ps is very good, and very expensive - with hospital fees (operating room, anesthesia, surgeon and implant fees) I paid 15k for my tt and augmentation - but it is the best thing I ever did for me!!!

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    1. can u recommend your surgeon to me. I had a gastric surgery done in 2006. My belly is hanging so badly. i had to have it done but I just needed a very good surgeon. I live in Philadelphia, Pa.

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  41. I had a tummy tuck in Turkey in oct.I live in Turkey. after 3/4 days my tummy was twice the size it was before the procedure. after a couple of weeks I was in horrendus pain went back to see the surgon who told me there was nothing wrong (had a large hole on scar line & puss & gunge coming out!!!) he told me it was part of the healing.. I was took to see a pain doctor who said i had a severed nerve!!! After another week of pain I had a massive bleed. I went to the clinic near our villa & within 15mins was put on a drip & told I had a massive internal infection & skin infection that had been presant for a while. twice a day for a month I was having antibiotic injections. On xmas eve they told me they were going to sort out a skin tag I had developed on the scar line. This in fact was a hernia.... I was gain cut open & the hernia sorted out (ruined xmas)
    i have also had tests done
    7 am now anemic & diabetic, this is all due to the tummy tuck op.
    it is now the 21st of feb & I am still going to the clinic every day to have dressings changed. Up to now it has cost thousands of lira to try to sort this problem out, I also have a disfigured tummy, the swelling is still very apparant, the fantastic doc in calis that is sorting me out says this is going to take 6/12 months to heal properly. Iwill always have a disfigured tummy & possibly the swelling will never go right down. I am heart broken, my life has been ruined. My husband is fantastic but we no longer have a marrage he is my carer. All I want is my life back...... PLEASE THINK VERY CARFULLY BEFORE YOU COME TO TURKEY FOR ANY PROCEDER. thankyou x

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  42. I am considering a tummy tuck. After having my second child a year ago, going back to school and taking care of my family, leaves little time for hard core exercise needed to lose my midsection. Regardless of how much weight I lose, my midsection never seems to get back to what it was before 2 children. I think it's unfair to those who have had bad experiences but i think with good research and faith, you should be ok. It's true that doctors aren't miracle workers but if you pick the right one then you will be ok. Good luck!

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  43. anonymous said...

    I agree overweight prople should try to lose the fat first befor considering a TT. I am 28 and had 2c-sections. I gained 50 wuth both pregnancies , but am 5'4" and 113 pounds. I run in races and work out with a trainer. People would still ask me when I was expecting again. My breast shrank in volume and now my stimache would come out further than my chest. Very hard to find clothing and very depressing to see my body. I had my TT 10 days ago. The PS said that the only way for me to tighten my stomache would be to have a full TT and stitch my muscles inside tighter. I am so very happy at how flat my stomache looks. I considered lipo, but that would still give me a stomache that was leaning forward. My scar is higher at the hips, but I would do it again in a heart beat. My PS also said that if there were any isues with scarring, he would do as many treatments neccesary to fix them. I paid for a great doctor.

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  44. The thing you want to consider in filing a clam or case. write down all the facts make a lists. Take pictures of what your stomack look like now and if you have before picture include it as well. You can file a small claims case fro up to 7500. You have to check your state. Now the person that you are suing, you have to sue where he do business. Small claims cases can be filed online, and you will have to go there to have your case heard. You have to prove your case at least 99% that is why the facts are imporatant. You can tell the Jude that you are afraid to have that Doctor repair what he has already damaged. You can sue for the full refund and the for pain and suffering. Most like once you file the claim the doctor will try to settle out of court, Make sure you get your money back and some. Also contact the medical board and file a report of your injuries. Legalpro

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  45. To Hammer:

    Most of these women that have had tt's did not do it for weight loss reasons and if you weren't so ignorant, you would know that. I had a tt about 9 months ago and I love it. After my 2nd baby, my ab muscles split open and as a result, I had a hernia. The only way to repair this damage, is by having surgery. I chose to have a tt at the same time since they wer egoing in any way. Yes, the recovery was difficult, but sooo worth it. So for all of you idiots out there, tt's aren't for weight loss, it's to remove loose, excess skin. And if we can afford it, why the hell do you care? And ror all of the women on the fence about the tt, don't bargain shop, this is your health not a pair of shoes. Be smart, do your research and go to the best, not the cheapest...Lola

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  46. I'm a 25 year old male, and I had a tummy tuck in january 2005 aged 20 following weight loss of 120lbs - mine was performed by an NHS consultant, and I was very careful to follow all their post-op instructions, keep the girdle on and clean, keep the scar and dressings away from water etc - even being as careful as I was I still got a small infection, but this was treated with antibiotics by my GP. Following the tummy tuck, I had to have several more surgeries to remove excess skin from my entire body, for which I found a highly-reccommended private hospital from which my NHS consultant did private work - to date I've had 9 reconstructive operations following my weight loss, which include a buttock lift, a mastectomy (for men), a medial thigh lift and various scar revision/lipo-sculpting procedures. I am over the moon with the results, and am finally able to enjoy having a 30in waist where before I had a 44in waist - the most important thing is to do your research. My first experience of surgery, before I found my NHS consultant, was poor - I went to a small local clinic which offered a free consultation (this should make alarm bells go off!), where the doctor had a very nice office and seemed to know his stuff- I made the mistake of assuming that the rest of the clinic would be this clean/smart - not so! Room felt dirty and the service was very poor, and I eventually had to have the surgery corrected after a less-scarring option turned out to be a mistake! Don't get conned, ask to see the rooms you'll be staying in, etc - remember you're paying! Good luck to everyone who's considering surgery like this - and condolences to anyone who's had a bad experience - I'm aware of how lucky I've been, but was still aware of the risks/complications before undertaking these operations - be informed!!

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  47. I had a tummy tuck and hernia repair 4/27/2010. Just had my drain removed at the one month mark. 4 WEEKS I had that stupid drain in. Was doing well after surgery itself - 2nd week used no pain meds at all and was back to work after 2 weeks off. Then I passed out cold at work - probably low blood sugar/ heat / etc (am diabetic) and woke up on the floor. Messed up my tailbone bad. One tiny section opened on scar and since I still had the drain in they tried to drain fluid from stomach with needles to no avail. Then they debrided the wound where small spot opened - i had NO IDEA that meant they were cutting it open 4 inches wide. So now I have aching tailbone and a 4" wide by 1" high open wound on stomach by pubic area that I need to pack with gauze 2-3x's a day. The drain came out Monday and on Wed my legs swelled all the way down to my toes (fluid had no where else to go). Now they want to use a wound vac. Initially my surgery went well now I am a mess and my stomach is bloated and feels squishy, looks uneven, skin on lower abdomen above open wound is bround and tough - says he may need to revise that area. I researched this and used a surgeon rated top in my area and this is just NOT what I expected nor where I expected to be a month later. PS I had lost 140 lbs on my own prior to the surgery.

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  48. to the people posting things like what hammer is saying, has it ever occured to you guys that some of us dont go get a tummy tuck and that slight lipo just cuz of fat. Some of us have severly stretched skin that will not recover. There are also many people that no matter how much they work out and diet they just cant lose the weight. Many of us have had to deal with people calling us fat, and many other hurtful things. kudos to the people who have not turned to anorexia etc. It's not the persons fault if they have low self of steam. keep in mind it's the constant words from others continuing to point out our flaws. before you go critisize any one else about getting plastic surgery or lipo. why dont you just try and picture your self growing up with people constantly making fun of you because of your weight, because you look funny cuz of the loose skin after dropping 50lbs and your still 150. Just because your a person who can lose the wieght and get to your goal wieght and stay their with out the help of surgery does not make you any better than us. The only reason i lost most of my weight was because i got kicked out of my house at 15, i didnt have a guaranteed meal, i also whent many days with out eating. and you wanna know how much weight i lost? going through that for 4 months i only lost 35lbs. so next time you hear or see someone getting ready to get surgery dont be to quick to judge them

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  49. I am 24 years old and am 5'3. I gave birth to 3 babies. I have never been so self concious about my body. I have never had to battle with weight issues. Now after having kids my skin is stretched out of shape. Everyone tell me i am fine. I dont look that bad, but until i am comfortable in my skin none of that means anything to me. I am cosidering a tummy tuck. I am very afraid though. because of all the bad things i hear. If any one can recomend a good surgeon at a reasonable price. I am open for suggestions. I think at this point my mind is made up.I want to do it. I just want to do it right.

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  50. To the little morons that keep leaving ignorant posts about working out and not using a tummy tuck as a weight loss option...uh, thanks for revealing the obvious. I weigh 110 lbs! We all know it's not a weight loss option. Many of us have had children, or LOST weight, and been left with loose SKIN. It's the skin that is the problem. I have loose skin from my pregnancies. I work out like a maniac, hence, the 110 lbs. However, now correct me if I'm wrong, I am not aware of an exercise that tightens loose, wrinkled, stretch-marked skin. THAT is why we get tummy tucks. To tighten loose SKIN from giving birth to little beasties like you.

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  51. I am a 29 year old. I got a TT 4 months ago after having 2 babies. I have never been overweight. But after having 2 big size babies, my belly was severely stretched & my ab muscles was ruined. It was so frustrating being small-framed, but still having to be self-conscious due to an oversized, stretchmark filled belly. I love the results of my TT. It was painful, but I do not regret it not one bit. I haven't had any complications. Mederma works great for the scar & I would recommend it to anyone that's going through what I went through. My only problem now is...I'm paranoid. I'm constantly looking in the mirror, trying to see if I look bigger. I just want it to stay perfect :-)

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  52. My TT was the best decision I ever made after 2 C-sections and weight loss of over 100 lbs I had a very mild side effect, but it was properly handled and now I'm 6 yrs out and never regretted it. However, my mom is 5 wks out of her TT and had some bad side effects which are not all that uncommon but she is in the hospital at this very moment and had to have an emergency surgery as well pertaining to the TT. She will be fine and I know 1 yr from now she still will be happy with the outcome. Be willing to handle the risks and definitely research your surgeon, see before & after photos of the surgeons work and don't be afraid to walk away if you are not comfortable.

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  53. I had a TT feb 1st, 2011 and everything seems to be going well. I am secheduled to get breast implants feb 11th..is this a good or bad idea?

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  54. i had a tummy tuck done about 5 weeks ago i lost just over 100lbs i also had my arms done ...it was the best thing i ever did it wasnt that painfull and they look after you really well im now im fluid taken out where it keeps swelling but thats normal and it dosnt hurt they give you a local i look great i,d say to anyone if you have loads of skin like i did have it done

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  55. Unas a tt 3wks ago and after being so scared of doing it to begin with I have to say it was the best thing I ever did I was walking around on my 2nd day and had no pain at all, my Dr was suprise to see me walking straight up after a wk. I feel wonderful and I'm also back at work. I feel so good now my cloth fits good and my scar even looks like its fading away already so don't get discouraged everyone is different and I thank god I was one of the lucky ones

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  56. IM 4 WEEKS POST OP TT,, EVERYTHING WA FINE TILL YESTERDAY MY INCISION OPENED AND HAS BEEN DRAINING,, MY PS SAID ITS NO INFECTION,, BUT THE DRAINING IS BOTHERING ME MENTALLY,, THERES NO PAIN, NO SMEELL, SOME SAY THIS IS NORMAL,, THT THESE THINGS HAPPEN BUT FOR ME ITS NOT,, MY TUMMY IS STIL SWOLLEN, I HAD LIPO A FEW YEARS BACK AND SWELLEN WAS GONE IN 4-6 WEEKS. DID ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM ,,,

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  57. I had a hysterectomy and TT done at the same time.It will be a year in April. I was 53 when I had the surgery.I was in the hospital for four days,two days on a morphine drip. I am a diabetic as well. One c section of a 10lb.baby boy at age 23 and weight loss of 50lbs. left me with hanging skin on my abdomen and rashes that would never really go away.The two surgeries lasted three hours in the OR. The PS removed 3 lbs. of skin and I was left with a 21 inch scar. The drain stayed in for 2 1/2 weeks and was sooooo painful when removed.I was on pain meds and antibiotics for a month.This has been the most painful surgery I have ever had!! This past year was a healing year for me and I still don't feel 100%. I am numb on my abdomen (the size of a dinner plate) and my PS said it may be permanent. The scar healed beautifully but I have a little "bulge" above to the right of my belly button that has been there since the surgery.I will find out what that is hopefully at my yearly check up. I lived in dresses after my TT until the cold weather set in. When I put on a pair of jeans for the first time I didn't have the pouch to tuck in but because I am numb I couldn't tell if my zipper was up or down!
    PROS: The TT was something I always wanted to do to rid myself of the hanging skin.
    It looks good.
    CONS: Do this surgery when you are young!!
    Don't have a TT and a hysterectomy at the same time. If I didn't need a hysterectomy I would never have had the TT. I figured I was having an incision of about 8-10 inches and my gynecologist said many women have this procedure done at the same time so I figured I would too. Mentally it takes a toll on you. Physically, I am a strong women but this knocked the sh*t out of me. The healing time is a lot longer than any PS or brochure will tell you, but then I had two major surgeries at the same time.
    My advice to anyone considering both procedures together don't. If all you need is a hysterectomy then just have that done. Have the TT another time.

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  58. I know not everyone isn't the same but I had a tummy tuck 3yrs ago and I have the worse scar ever because my surgeon did not do the sugery the way it was sopposed to be done. I had lipo also and I have one leg bigger than the other I have one hip bigger than the other . My surgeon was sopposed to lipo my back after removing my stomach and now my back lays in rolls and he was sopposed to lipo my neck and he never did that either. So I paid for a surgery for nothing because I was very self contious before now I really am. Their is money he kept when he didn't finish the surgery like he was sopposed to and he wont give me back any of it. I have a scare across my bakini line that at one point you could stick your whole hand in because my surgeon took my stitches out to soon and my incition busted open and for months I had to go and have my incitions scrapped every week. on my left hip it was open and 2inches deep, my right hip was open and it was done by the intern and it was an inch 1/2 deep. My bakini line was open to the point that my artery was exposed. the top of my vigina looks swollen when its not its full of fluid. I can't wear a bakini because my rolls on my back and it sucks into my scar. I would love to find a surgeon that would just fix me and make me look as normal as possible. I did everything my surgeon said to do and I almost dies from it and he didnt even care. I was sopposed to be off work 2 weeks tops I was off work for 4months instead. I loss pay from work. I can't do sit ups because he said he put wires in my stomach oso every time I do sit ups it feels like a wire has popped and you can feel what ever it is poking like its gonna come out of my skin. I couldn't find a lawyer to take my case until the last min and he said he didn't have enough time to research it so he dropped it. I cry alot because of it. I lost a guy I was dating because of this scar even though I told him I had a bad scar apprently he didn't believe me. I have done exersies and worked out and done all that so its not like I just set on my butt and do nothing I try to main tain what I have left and I still work out and try toning everything but its not working. So I feel for all you ladies who have had a surgeon mess your body up caue I'm in the same boat you are!!! We went to these Dr.s with out trust thinking they would help us look better and help build our confidence but instead the made us srlf contious and depressed and broke our trust!! I don't think its fair that they can just set back and collect and all we get is something we didn't ask for so tell me how is that fair.. ITS NOT!!!!!

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  59. I lost a lot of weight.. I mean a LOT.. Because of that I had skin hanging down.. I was getting infections underneigh the skin and when I would wear my jeans I had this roll that was just skin (though it looked like fat) Then I found that I had a hernia that had to be repaired in the same area.. I requested from my insurance to have a tummytuck done.. It took me 3 tries but they finally decided to cover it. I had the TT and stayed in the hospital overnight.. My tummy looked fantastic.. I was so happy.. After about 2 - 2 1/2 weeks my incision opened up all the way across.. hipbone to hipbone. My DH had to pack it with gauze every single day while it slowly closed... It took months.. Now I am left with a crease from my bellybutton down to the incision line... and my tummy is wavy and I have fat that has developed above my bellybutton so my BB is underneigh.. My surgery was April 6th of last year.. We packed my open incision until the first week of November.. I saw my Plastic Surgeon this month and we are going to have to redo it.. but I have to wait until November (a year when it officially closed) She talked about doing an incision revision but that would just be to pull the bottom part down which will NOT fix what is above my belly button. When I asked her about that she told me that if she has to do the whole thing I will have to be put back to sleep again. I told her well I paid extra to get the whole thing done (since my insurance paid just to get the bottom part removed) .. That way I wouldn't lose my belly button. I have no clue if this is going to cost me anything.. it will be highly unfair but I am thinking I will have to pay to be put to sleep and also for the clinic for her to do this in... again.. not fair but who knows.. it might be covered under HER insurance. It was not my fault it opened up.. she said she might of pulled it all too tight.. and the fat area above my bellybuttong isn't because I gained any weight.. I weigh less then when I had my surgery.. Lost 8 pounds of skin.. then lost an addtional 12 pounds afterwards... I dread all the pain I am going to have to go through again but as it is I feel I should be able to get this fixed.. Anyone know if a botched TT is paid for by the physician? I don't blame her for this but I think it needs to be covered but not by me and my insurance will definately not cover it now because it is a redo. I didn't have an unrealistic expectation of what I will look like.. In fact I would like to have some lipo done on my hips as well to make everything even.. Anyone have this type of issue? Did you have to pay? I am wondering if I can make a deal with her to do the correction for free and then the lipo I will pay for since shes working on me anyway.. but I would need a good deal for the clinic/anestheia.. I hope that we can get this done without having to fight it out.. I love my doctor and think she is good.. I think I am just one in every so many that has complications.. Its just a fact that there will be a complication every so often so I am not mad at her about this at all.. I just want it fixed and not have to repay for it.. especially since I am going to have to go throguh all that pain again and my TT was really painful. :(

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  60. My tt was done 3 month ago in ny ny. Since then my life had stoped. Every day I woke up in pain because I am all brused up and swolen. My doctor keeps saying that it would go away, but it getting worse. I am 55y.o women, very fitted and went to gym 7 days a week. The only problem was my loose stomack which was not possible to tighten with execise, because it had been stretched with 2 pregnancies. I really don't know what was done wrong, but the surgery totally messed me up. I have huge black and blue bulge above my navel and the lower abdomen all swolen. I consulted second plastic surgen who told me that my skin is damaged and the only way to correct it is to cut out that spot. But my doctor is saying that the problem will goaway by itself. There is no day I live my life without regret of doing tt. I just want to know how the consent form we all sighn up before surgery become such a powerfull weapon against ourseves and how we can fight for our suffering sole and body?

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  61. I am scheduled to have a tummy tuck June 11 after reading about all the terrible complications I am now more scared then I ever been. I just pray that everything goes well and I am praying for all the women who have had complications I hope everthing works out for u guys!!

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  62. Take your time selecting the best surgeon. Then, stay in the hospital at least one night. This will hit your body like a truck. I am 2.5 weeks out, but am thrilled with my results. I lost 90 lbs and just had leftover skin and a sagging, too-large bosom. I got my FTT and mastectomy done at the same time and spent two nights in the hospital. I selected a small, private hospital to reduce chances of contracting MRSA. Don't smoke and eat light, healthy meals. Blessings!

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  63. I am 5'10 135 lbs. Having a Tummy tuck after 4 large babies. Scheduled on July 12th.. Can't wait!

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  64. If I could do over I would RUN as fast as I could away from the P.S. After 4 surgeries I look worse than I did when I went in. When I went to the plastic surgeon I explained to him that the issue I had was the area above my navel. He assured me I was a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. What I didn't know is that the surgery he was doing would NEVER correct the upper abs. I had lost over 130lbs and then gained about 20 back. I knew if I lost about 10-15 lbs then the lower abs would tighten up completely flat just like they did before but above the navel always sagged. What he should have done was cut under the breasts and pull the skin up just about 1 inch and I would have no visible scars. Instead he did a traditional tummy tuck where he removed my navel. I developed a seroma which he knew was there 1 week after the surgery but only aspirated it through a huge needle with no anesthesia. Needless to say for almost a year I continued to have my right side swell where it looked like I gained 50 lbs. The entire time he was draining it through a needle aspiration with no anesthesia. The only time he finally stopped was when I was screaming in agony and I think he feared his other patients might hear and run. After 4 surgeries come to find out that he was under investigation by the medical board and of course I was never told and there was no way of finding out. Eventually after 2 years he finally lost his license and now I am permanently scarred and in pain for life. After almost 10,000 for the surgery and lipo that he promised was the issue I now have to come up with the money again just to hope to go back to what I looked like prior to surgery. The irony is that I have since lost the 15 lbs I had gained and would have had a flat stomach if I hadn't spent the money for surgery. I figured out that of course this Board Certified Plastic Surgeon could promise the world because all along he knew he was about to lose his medical license for sleeping with a patient while her husband and children waited in the waiting room for her. And of course all of this happened prior to the day I first decided to have the surgery done. This so called Medical Board only protect their own, screw the patients and the lawyers don't want to touch a case unless they will get rich off it. Nobody is there to protect the patients against these criminal doctors. Just google Mark Knight in Orange County, CA.

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  65. Be extremely leery about the before and after shots of patients. I had looked at my doctors pictures and now in the days of photo shop I think anything can be fixed. The medical board also needs to start informing patients when doctors are possible of losing their licenses. I found out that they won't even put complaints available until AFTER he loses his license to practice. It's not right because how does that help anyone. Then it's too late. There is no research you can do on a doctor other than to find out if he is Board Certified and that is obviously worthless.

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  66. Hi, about 6 1/2 months ago I went through a very large surg, my doctor and I had decided what was best for me, I was suppose to have 2 different surgeries breast reconstruction, and an abdominoplasty the surg was to be 6 hrs long, I paid for every thing upfront to him and to the major hospt in Pittsburgh Pa where I live and was having it, for the costs, it was AGH Hospt, I should of went to Magee Womens Hospt, but this surg had done a prior surg on me 15 yrs ago, had no probs, and I trusted him, well, he only ended up doing the breast and I guess he ran out of time, and he just sowed me back together, I got a serious rash about 2 wks after, then it turned into a serious infection, ended up in the hsopt for 5 days, after 2 1/2 wks after my surg, and then after a follow up check up I said this is not turning out anything like he said, he stated he was not happy with the out come either, and said we can do another surg or 2, and it was gonna cost me dearly again, and I said I all ready paid 16,000 and you didn't do the job you have outlined in the papers you gave me and I have, and well he said nothing, and I said why do I look like a basketball belly, and my waist is 7 inches bigger than it was when I came in, and and, he said really and I said yes, whats going on, I am very dissapointed as well as you look at me, you never said there was a possibility of this out come,and I also stated you said you removed over 21 lbs why am I almost 8 pounds heavier than I was, he said oh this is all swelling it will all go away 4 to 6 months, and then he sent in his nurse (NPT)to remove a few stitches that were missed and she just looked at me, and I said I know I look like a basketball that's 7 months preg, and she said well it;s swelling, and left, and I heard her in the hall say wow did he muffed that one up, then the other nurse came in who gives the papers with the surgeries and out lines of what he's going to do, and prices of it, and she said he was supose to do this in the other surg, and couldn't understand why I would want to go through this pain an suffering again, and I said well I thought he did it, I paid for it and I have the paper wrk saying he was doing it, but I think he didn't do it, then she just shut her mouth up, and said well let me know if you want to schedule it, here's the price and whats he's going to do, I was so so upset, this was a once in a life time thing, I had lost 247 lbs over the years, and I saved and saved for this I just wanted everything lifted and tightend, and he re asured me this was gonna tuen out great everything will be shaped and flatand tight, better than an upper body lift that's what I orgin asked for and he said no this is better than that because an upper body lift will more than likely need redone after so many years, and these procedures he was doing has a much longer lasting effect, and I more than likely never need to have anymore surg to ever re tighten things again, this surg is much better, so he never said there was any poss that the out come would be like this, he wants another 10,000 more and said another surg maybe needed after this one, he's crazy, I feel he should do the surg I paid for since he never did it, or if he did it wasn't right, I have been very sick with stomach issues since does anyone have advice to give me and please don't be rude, I wish I never had gone in I should of been happy being a size 8, I was just tired of getting rashes from the extra skin and my chest looking like tube socks with oranges in them, anyone would. Thanks for hearing me out, but really if there is help on how to get this fixed and how I can fight for him to fix his mess without me having to pay him again, I'd really appreciate it. excuse any typo's.

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    1. Who was your doctor? I am in Pittsburgh, PA and thinking of having a TT done.

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  67. I have 4 children and my first was twins. The damage to my tummy was so bad it grossed me out. I was embarrassed to show it to anyone. And my breast were lifeless empty bags. The more weight I lost the looser my skin got. I workout regularly and eat right, this was not something the gym could fix. I had surgery a year ago and the results are awesome! My tummy looks amazing and my breast are better than I remember them before kids. I did alot of research before having the tuck and lift. I met a few women that had gone to that same dr prior to setting up an appointment. They had no issues and had great results, so I went with him. He did my tummy tuck, lipo, lift with implants, and fat transfer to my butt. I have never been happier. Its a new found life for me and my confidence is through the roof! So its not always a bad experiance. The recovery can be difficult at times because for the first few weeks you need help with everything. But I followed the doctors instructions and take care of myself the way Im supposed to. I would do it again in a heart beat!!! I love my surgeon and have recommended his services to my friends, they also love their results.

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    1. could u please recommend him to me? I hope he lives in Philadelphia, Pa. I having been researching for a good plastic surgeon since after my gastric bypass surgery. Let me know if the Dr. is in my area. Thanks

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  68. It's not wrong to opt for a surgery for you to look good. But a tummy tuck also provides significant health benefits.

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  69. Wow I only read the first couple of posts I am a personal trainer 5 ft 3 inches and 54kgs I have had 3 kids and let me tell u that there is nothing that u can do to lose the excess skin I had a mini tummy tuck 5 weeks ago wish I never did my scar is am inch above my bikini bottoms and the skin is all puckered I wanted it done because I wear little shorts and crops all day everyday for work and couldn't stand my stretched skin. Worst thing I ever did I don't think I will ever show my stomach ever again. So I understand. My surgeon told me to wait 3 months and they will redo if necessary. I had 2 weeks off work and it was the worst pain I don't want to go through it again for them to tell me there was nothing they could do... If I could turn back time I would.

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  70. Welcome to Holiday Makeovers™ Thailand, where our goal is to help you to achieve your cosmetic surgery or dental needs at a fraction of the cost, with our friendly assistance and expertise every step of the way.

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  71. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help create a firm, flatter abdomen.

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  72. Nellybean.. Sue his ass!! My plastic surgeon did my surgery with a hernia repair.. My incision opened up all the way across so I had a follow up surgery a year later because the incison closed crooked.. Now my bellybutton is in my jeans right on the incision line.. and still off center.. She was suppose to move it up and center it and didn't do it.. she tells me she couldn't because it was on a stalk.. I wish she would of cut it off and just made a new one though she says they never turn out looking normal.. but at least I would have a belly button where it is suppose to be!! I paid for both surgeries.. I am thinking of seeing a new surgeon and if someone can fix this issue then I am going to sue her to pay for it.. They have insurance don't they??? Sue your doctor!! I hate that you had that kind of outcome and hope you can get that resolved. Incidentally.. I lost 160 pounds and had extra skin that needed removed.. I am happy that I have a flat tummy and should be happy about that I guess but my bellybutton bothers me to no end.. Especially since we talked about it right before she did my surgery in illinois.

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  74. I really regret my tummy tuck Ive done in thailand 2 yrs ago... I trade my sagging skin with horrible/ unsightly huge scar hip to hip n vertical also ..... also horrible belly button scar...the scar looks so prominent... n up to know...my belly still swolen, especially after heavy meal... I really hate it, I cant even stand it to look myself naked now... i feel like an idiot...i should have embraced my sagging skin... some tummy issues cant be corrected anymore.... not all tummy problem after pregnancy/huge amount weight loss can be corrrected w/ tummy tuck,,,in some case...we just must accept our flaw it instead of try to solve it w/ plastic surgery....Im so depressed now....please if someone experienced bad TT result like me, contact me please maybe we can share....I feel so depressed now n really want to talk to ppl w/ same condition like me

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  75. Personally, I underwent a tummy tuck procedure by Dr. Jerome Edelstein and everything went really well. It wasn't that painful and the scar healed great. I'm glad that I underwent a procedure like this and got rid of my saggy skin! :D

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  76. I am also had a tummy tuck surgery..This will gave me a good structure ..But precaution should be take care while doing this surgery ..We have to take more care about this...

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