Helen Tid
Helen Tid

Helen Tid

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Helen Tid

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Member since 2009-07-29 | Last active on 2018-09-14
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RE: Free tummy tucks by trainee surgeons

Hi,
I completely understand how you feel, I have been there. But I would strongly recommend you stay clear of anyone who is offering a free tummy tuck as a trainee. Do you really want to be practised on? An abdominoplasty is massive surgery and one where the surgeon requires great skill and experience. Think about your children, is it really worth taking the risk? You could end up in a much worse position than you feel you are in now. There are risks of infection, thrombosis and can you imagine if it went wrong you would still have to live with a stomach you are not happy with.
I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it rings some alarm bells for you.
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Reply to TT Recovery / 7.5.2010 7:42

Hi Laura,

I won my tummy tuck with lipo a year ago and I am the girl in the video on this website.
I had the same worries and concerns and to be honest the worrying part is probably the worst!!
If I am honest you will find returning to work difficult, mainly because of how tired you feel after the proceedure. Your body will have been through alot and its using all your energy to repair. You are probably still going to experience discomfort and feel rather stiff at the 10 day point, so you'll just have to try take it easy.
As for the wedding. I had complete rest for 7 days after my op and I was walking around the shops of Prague by the 8th day.It was a steady walk, but I am sure that the wedding reception will be no problem for you.
I was dreading the drain removal as I has heard it was very painful. To be honest it is so quick you don't even realise its happened. I seem to remember asking my surgeon "was that it?"!!!!
The pain is absolutly no where near what you are probably anticipating. You say you have had c-sections, well the same tight feeling on the scar is how you feel after the tummy tuck. For the first two days I took whatever pain medication was on offer but then realised that I didn't really need it and was just taking the odd paracetamol.
My best advice is to really rest in the first week, drink plenty of water and don't worry. Just think of that final result. Its worth it!!
As for dress sizes, everyone is different. I think you will find you self in about a 14 on your waist, but it does depend on how much skin you have to take away.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask away.
All the best
Helen
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