Tummy Tuck: Making The Decision To Have Surgery

*  This is one in a series of posts about having a tummy tuck.  *

Last Thursday, April 17th, I had a tummy tuck.

I’ve seriously debated blogging about my decision to have this done.

Why?

1)  I’m a very public person at this point in my life and a lot of people (potential clients) come to 24 because of my photography.

2)  There’s a troll in every crowd.  I’m not in the mood to hear it.  In fact, I can tell you right now if you’re going to be mean and spiteful in my comment section I will delete your comment and block your ass.

*  In other words, I’ve been gutted like a fish, and I’m in no mood to up with assholes. *

3)  I’m the Queen of making fun of The OC Barbies.  (They should totally get together and form a rock band – wouldn’t that be the greatest band name?  The idea amuses me to no end.  I can visualize the drummer!)

But ….

I decided I would blog about my experience.

Why?

I began 24 to write about my life, long before the world embraced me as a photographer.

This blog is a personal space, and it becomes meaningless to maintain it if I can’t write about what’s really going on in my life.

(There are plenty of unbloggable subjects in my life, but plastic surgery is not one of them in my opinion.)

So, let’s get started …. because there’s a lot to tell you.

I already wrote a post about going for a tummy tuck consultation.

In recent years, a lot of women (especially in Orange County) have Mommy Makeovers after they’re done having babies.

Mommy Makeovers involve tummy tucks, boob jobs, and liposuction.

When I was having my babies, Mommy Makeovers were not a “thing.”

Tummy tucks (alone) were not a common surgery like they are now.

There were some deciding factors for me in regard to having this surgery –

1)  The fact the doctor had to lift up (!!) the extra, loose, skin on my belly to examine me.  It doesn’t get much grosser than that.  Three pregnancies, one with polyhydramnios, made the loose, stretched-out, skin a fact of my life.

2)  The doctor could put TWO HANDS between my separated stomach muscles.  (This condition is called diastasis recti.)  And no, no amount of exercise will correct it.  If you think it will, you need to educate yourself.  The separation of my muscles was significant.  For those of you who have never had a baby, or possibly only had one or two babies without, or with minimal, diastasis recti — congratulations.  You won the jackpot.)

3)  I’m (ahem) getting a little older.  I’ve been working out hard.  I want to be active for decades to come.  My body is responding to my workouts, except for my core.  Having the surgery to repair the muscles means I’ll be able to build a strong core … hopefully, preventing a host of other issues as I age.  (Like back problems, etc.)

I did NOT decide to have a tummy tuck for a lot of the “normal” reasons.

1)  I didn’t choose to have a tummy tuck to look younger.

2)  I didn’t choose to have a tummy tuck to look better for a significant other.

3)  I didn’t choose to have a tummy tuck to look thinner and/or lose weight.  (BTW, tummy tucks are NOT weight loss surgery … having “extra” skin removed usually involves a weight loss of 2-4 pounds.  Short term, most women gain 8-10 pounds as swelling post surgery lasts for MONTHS.)

For me, it really was all about feeling better about myself – feeling good in my own, still-flawed, body,

AND –

Wanting to strengthen my body in ways I haven’t been able to with a huge gap between my stomach muscles.

Once I decided I wanted to move forward and get this taken care of,

I needed to find a time in my schedule where I could take some time off work.

There’s never a good time, is there?

Scheduling my surgery around a holiday seemed to be the best bet,

And that is how I found myself being wheeled into an operating room on the Thursday prior to Easter.

P.S.  To all the women on plastic surgery websites who feel they “need” a tummy tuck because they “have to” wear bikinis … I think you’re ridiculous.

P.P.S.  Regarding the woman on a plastic surgery website who complained her “tummy was not flat” after she gained six pounds post tummy tuck ….  She blamed it on her surgeon, who blamed it on her weight gain.  In the end, she decided to have liposuction on her stomach instead of going on a diet.  I am appalled at the lack of intelligence …..

P.P.P.S.  See?  I’m just as snarky and judgmental as ever.

9 Responses to “Tummy Tuck: Making The Decision To Have Surgery”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I don’t care what your reasons are – I applaud you. You did this for you, and you don’t owe ANYONE an explanation.

  2. Jenny in MN now in AZ

    Congrats for doing this for you! So, how miserable is the recovery then? Restrictions for how long? Anything unusual you didn’t expect? Looking forward to follow up info… Wish I had your courage kiddo!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      The recovery is certainly not fun, and I think many women consider it downright traumatic.
      I’ve had so much pain in my life, I didn’t find the first week so bad.
      The recovery is long, however.
      Swelling, exhaustion, and shortness of breath supposedly last up to 6 months.
      I expect the worst to be over at the three month point.
      I’ll have more details in follow-up posts.

  3. Denise

    I know this was hard for you, going into another surgery. You sound good and content with your decision so good for you!!!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      It was a difficult decision, but after all I’ve been through with the car accident,I also wanted to do something just for me.

  4. Julie in Michigan

    Good for you Suzanne. I’m glad you decided to do this for yourself!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I’ve been having a relatively easy, smooth, recovery which is nice.

  5. Stacy G

    Good for you, Suzanne. I have some magazines if you want them and last nite I participated in World Book Night. My book this year was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and since I ended up hosting my daughter’s bible study I uh, may not have given out all of the books… If you would like one I have several left to hand out. It was a really good book, btw. Do you need help with anything? I’m close if you need something from the store or something….

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