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  • Pam Slims Down With a Tummy Tuck

    March 21, 2008 in Personal Interviews by Makemeheal.com Staff | Leave a Comment

    Tummy Tuck, Pannilectomy, Pictures

    See Pam’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    For the last two years, Pam (username: thenewPamS) has started on a weight loss journey that left her with sagging skin in her abdominal area. The physical discomfort of hanging skin, the difficulty in finding fitting clothes, and personal appearance drove her to start researching the idea of a full tummy tuck. With the support and help of her loving husband, who works at a private hospital, Pam attended a free information session for Dr. Hing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Impressed with his background and his knowledge of plastic surgery, Pam knew that Dr. Hing was the plastic surgeon for her. Pam’s pre-op waist measurement was 39 inches and hips were 46 inches. Although she is still in the recovery process and still swollen, she has slimmed down to a 37 inch waist and 42 inch hips. Pam is happy with her decision and only wished that she had done a breast lift/augmentation at the same time.

    Pam’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:

    “Make sure you understand the procedure and recovery time. Ask lots of questions. No question is dumb. Research your surgeon and facility.”

    Please join us below with the new, slim Pam:

    Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?

    Pam: About 2 years ago, I started losing weight and the skin on belly just starting hanging more & more.

    Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?

    Pam: Physical discomfort of hanging skin, difficulty in finding clothes to fit, personal appearance.

    Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?

    Pam: Easy because of the look and feel of my body. I knew if/when the opportunity presented itself I would go for it.

    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?

    Pam: My husband supported my decision but had concerns about major surgery. My 20 year old daughter believes the risk of surgery outweigh positive outcomes. My sisters and mother all supported my decision. I made my decision after consulting my husband only. Told others after decision was made.

    Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?

    Pam: My husband works at a private hospital that offers gastric bypass and reconstructive surgery. He shared resources with me about the nature of the surgery. I also attended a free information session at the hospital and had a free initial consultation with plastic surgeon. Did online research as well.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources such as the message boards, pictures library, doctor directory and doctor reviews, and any recovery and preparation products that you used.

    Pam: I used the message boards, pictures library, glossary of terms.

    Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?

    Pam: I meet with Dr Hing at the free information session. Was impressed with his presentation. He offered a free consultation to meet one on one. At that initial meeting again I was impressed with his knowledge and ability to explain the procedure. After reading his bio I felt completely comfortable with Dr Hing performing my procedure. Because this was covered by insurance I only had 2 doctors to choose from.

    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.

    Pam: Dr. Hing suggested the inverted t incision. Explained it would give better results. Even though the vertical cut is considered cosmetic, I decided to have it done.

    Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?

    Pam: I explained to my husband and kids that I would be out of commission completely for 2 wks, then limited mobility for up to 6 wks. I thoroughly cleaned my house. I went to Main Dish kitchens and prepared a weeks worth of food. My husband moved a recliner into our bedroom. I purchased easy, simple foods for myself like; jello, popsicles, protein shakes, and crackers.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Pam: I was actually feeling very good the night before and morning of surgery. Sunday morning the day before surgery I went to church and had “Annointing of the Sick” after that I felt totally relaxed. I slept really well and woke up ready to go.

    Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process? Please discuss what side effects you experienced? What were the worse parts of the recovery? Did anyone help you during the recovery?

    Pam: In the recovery room in the hospital I remember feeling very confused about where I was and what was happening. I was also in a lot of pain. Once I became lucid it got better. The worst part of recovery for me was the pain and discomfort. My Husband and 20 year old daughter helped me immensely during recovery.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?

    Pam: I can’t describe the pain and discomfort. I just never realized how much you use your abdominals in everyday life. And how immobile you feel without being able to use your abs.

    Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects? Did you do any research (i.e. online, books, message boards, etc.) to make your recovery smoother?

    Pam: I felt very prepared. After reading the posts on the mmh board I knew going in what to expect. I understood how difficult this surgery could be. I had a good idea of things to do to be prepared for myself, my family and my home.

    Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?

    Pam: Be as physically fit as possible, especially your arms, back and leg muscles. Make sure those around understand the intensiveness of this surgery. Have them read some posts and/or meet with your surgeon.

    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?

    Pam: Since I work part time out of my home and am self employed, I was able to take off 4wks. Anyone that I worked closely with in my volunteer work I explained what I was doing. Yes, people have noticed, but being winter time with baggy coats and sweaters not to many. If someone notices and asks I say thank you and leave it there unless they ask then I tell them. I don’t hide it but I don’t feel the need to tell everyone.

    Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?

    Pam: I am extremely happy. If my body stays like it is now I am thrilled, but I am told the swelling will go down and I will be flatter. Then I will be ecstatic. I can’t wait to get back to working out and improving myself even more.

    Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?

    Pam: I am still recovering, but I already feel more confident. I know I will be strong when exercising without having the gut hanging. I will feel better being physically active because of the new found confidence. I can’t wait to shop for clothes that aren’t super baggy.

    Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

    Pam: I would have considered a BL/BA at the same time. I don’t think I will go back under the knife again.

    Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?

    Pam: Make sure you understand the procedure and recovery time. Ask lots of questions. No question is dumb. Research your surgeon and facility.

    Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?

    Pam: Yes, MMH was extremely beneficial. MMH members are honest, supportive and knowledgeable. The MMH website is full of useful information.

    See Pam’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

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