37 year-old Rose Sawyer (username: vansmudge ) struggled with the idea of having a full tummy tuck with muscle repair for one year before taking the plunge early in 2008. She was terrified of the possibility that something would happen to her during surgery but knew that she wanted to change her 85 year-old looking stomach to one that would better fit her slim body. With an umbilical hernia, torn stomach muscles and 8 inches of extra skin, Rose knew that she needed to get a full tummy tuck. After consulting with three plastic surgeons, she chose one who was recommended to her and today, she is completely happy with her results. While still in the recovery process, Rose has gone from a size 12/14 a size 10/12 and her stomach has never looked better. For anyone thinking about plastic surgery, Rose says, “Make the decision for yourself and don’t worry about what others think of the decision.”
Please join us below for the complete interview with Rose.
Make Me Heal:When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Make Me Heal:What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Rose:I am relatively young and in good shape but my stomach looked like it belonged on an 85-year-old woman. I have never really struggled with my weight so it was discouraging to be at a good weight and look down at my sagging stomach. More importantly, I have 3 bulging disks in my back and in order for me to do core strengthening to alleviate my back pain, I needed to repair my stomach muscles.
Make Me Heal:How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Make Me Heal:Did your family, friends, and any other people in your close circle give you support, opposition, or did you make this decision without considering them?
Make Me Heal:How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Make Me Heal:How did you come to choose your doctor?
Make Me Heal:Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor, incision placements, implant brand, anesthesia type, etc.
Rose:I specifically asked for the pain pump and received it.
Make Me Heal:How did you prepare for the surgery?
Make Me Heal:How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Make Me Heal:Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Rose:Stay ahead of the pain and be prepared to feel down even though you did an amazing thing
Make Me Heal:How long did you take off from work? What did you tell your co-workers about taking this time off? Did anyone notice your cosmetic procedures at work and what did you tell them if they asked about it?
Rose:I am a stay-at-home mom.
Make Me Heal:How happy are you with the results?
Make Me Heal:How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Rose:I feel more confident and more like my old self. I also have my confidence back.
Make Me Heal:Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Make Me Heal:What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Make Me Heal:Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Tags: Abdominoplasty, Before 038 After Photos, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck