Tummy Tuck Pictures

On June 13th 2006 I had a full tummy tuck (and breast lift) after losing almost 70lbs. I have always been very conscience of my belly, for as long as I can remember I’ve carried extra fat there. When I was young I "thought" I was overweight because of that extra belly fat. Looking back I know now it wasn’t true, I just carried a little weight in my midsection, but to a 12 year old it was the end of the world. I started crash dieting and began the cycle of yo-yo dieting that led to my all time high weight of 210 pounds in 2000. Now that I reached my goal weight it was very important for me to experience a flat belly. Having the tummy tuck was a very easy decision for me to make.

It was hard for me to add this section but I am finding it a way to say goodbye to some old demons. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without the support from all the online friends I have made. Thanks so much for your kind words and support!

Now, I have taken these pictures of just my belly. Some may be a graphic and I don’t want to insult anyone so please do not scroll down if you don’t want to see the post operative stitches and such.

Last Updated: 08/19/08


 

2 Years and 2 Months Post Op – After Flankplasty

Well I’m a little late on this update. I took these pictures exacly two months after the skin was removed from my sides. As you can see on the bottom comparison shot there is a big difference. I am completely happy with the results. The scar extends around my back. The band-aide is covering an area where I had some problems with a stich. The scars are pretty intense but they don’t bother me as much as the skin. For me, they are a small price to pay.

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2 Years and 2 Months Post Op - After Flankplasty comparison

 

2 Year Post Op

It’s been exactly 2 year and 2 days since the big Tummy Tuck. I’ll say it again, I really can’t believe it’s been that long! Two years out and I’m still super happy with the results. I was a bit surprised taking these photos, in the past year I’ve done a lot of exercise and ab work and my mid section hasn’t changed much. Without trying to sound, ummmm, vain, I guess? my stomach feels like a rock. I’ve built a lot of muscle under there.

I have decided to get the procedure to remove the extra skin from my sides (as discussed in the The Choice for Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss). This picture really represents how most clothes fit me. If the cut isn’t high on the pants, I have a hangover of extra skin on my sides.

As for the scar, it is even lighter then last year and right side is pretty much invisible. It will be extended with the additional surgery more towards the back and the doctor mentioned lowering it a bit.

I will keep you posted on the surgery, posting new photos when I can.

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After year


 

1 Year Post Op

I really can’t believe it’s been a year! As you can see the scar is actually getting better. The Right side is almost invisible which gives me hope for the rest of it. Swelling now is minimal, but still happens. 

I have my last follow up with the surgeon next week. Last time we discussed the possibility of removing more excess skin on my sides. I guess you can call them "love handles". According to him, it is excess skin, not fat (always good to hear) and the elasticity is just gone. So it will never snap back. I have to admit I’m thinking about it. The devil on my shoulder says to do it. The Angel, on the other hand, says be happy with yourself, look how far you’ve come. Where would it end?! I mean we will always find something we want to fix, right? I will post about my appointment with him when next week.

Looking back, I would do both procedures again in a heart beat. The first few weeks were rough, but well worth it!

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After year


 

6 Months Post Op

WOW 6 months came and went. The first couple of weeks were rough but it was worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. As you can see, the scars are still prevalent. As I said, I was anticipating that. It was a small price to pay for having a flat tummy!

I have stopped wearing my binder all together. I’m not sure when I stopped but it was soon after my 3 month pictures. I do still swell but normally it is only after a salty meal or that time of the month.

I’ll post more pictures on my 1 year anniversary. Hopefully my scars will fade more by then.

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3 Months Post Op

These pictures were taken exactly 3 months and 2 days after the surgery. I still can’t believe it’s been that long! In honor of my 3 months I took some shots in jeans. Sometimes I think the scar takes away from the actually belly improvement I’ve seen with the surgery. I am very happy with my results! As you can see from the side jeans view, I still feel need the suck it in. :) It’s a hard habit to break.

I’m still treating my scar daily but it doesn’t seem to be getting any lighter. Like I said previously, I was prepared for that. I scar fairly easily. I’m sure it will lighten with time. As for the swelling, it is pretty much a non issue. I’ll swell a little throughout the day and wear my binder at night but it’s not as bad as it was in previous weeks.

I’ll take pictures again on my 6 month anniversary. It is also when I’ll see my doctor again.

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2 Months Post Op

Slightly swollen but not bad. I’m getting used to it. You can see I got a little sun showing my belly off on the beach. :)

The scar is still pretty dark but I was expecting that. I scar really easy and bad. I started massaging daily with cocoa butter and Vitamin E. Hopefully that will help. We’ll take another look at 3 months.

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6 Weeks Post Op

Swelling went down a little, I think. I have a little upper ab pain this morning. Feel like I pulled something.

Is it just me or is my belly button getting smaller?

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4 Weeks Post Op

I’m a little more swollen this week then last. I’ve heard that the 3-5 week zone is the worst for swelling so I hope that’s the case. It’s also that lovely time of the month when women normally swell, if you know what I mean. ;)

You will also notice a small band aide on the front shot. Last night there was a little bleeding there. Not too much but I may call the Plastic Surgeon to ask about it.

I have to admit this morning I’m in a little more pain then normal.  My upper abs are quite swore and painful.  I think I may be doing too much as the stage. 

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3 Weeks Post Op

Not much different then last week. I’ve been taking the photos in the morning by evening I’m much more swollen.

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2 Weeks Post Op

2 weeks and still swollen but getting better. I know the pictures are small but if you can see my belly button is really irritated. It doesn’t hurt but it looks like it should.

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6 Days Post Op

I got the drains out today! The swelling seems to have gone down only a bit but I don’t care I get to take a shower tomorrow! ;)

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3 Days Post Op

I can’t believe I did it! I am already happy with the results but have a long way to go with recovery.

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Before Shots

These were taken the day before surgery. Now keep in mind I lost 70lbs and had a a baby although I swear my belly was not that different pre-baby.

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33 Responses to “tummy tuck”

  1. on 20 Dec 2006 at 10:52 pmRobin

    Roni
    I am fellow WW Lifetime member whose lost about the same amount of weight as you. These pics made me wish I’d had a tummy tuck when I had my breast reduction and lift about 18 mos ago. My tummy is as flat as it has ever been with the exercise I’ve been doing, but definitely not the great flat tummy I would love to have experienced at least once in my life.

    By the way, I got the link to this site from another member of my WW Team on sparkpeople.com.

    RoLoHa aka Robin

  2. on 29 Dec 2006 at 5:39 pmJune

    Roni,

    I’ve been following your tummy tuck pictures since you first posted them! I am a fellow WW that has lost 130 lbs. I had been contemplating a tummy tuck & a breast lift ever since I had reached goal. Well I finally did it, just two days ago! I can only hope that my final outcome will look as good as yours! And I am crossing my fingers that the drains will come out on Tuesday! I do believe that those are the worst! Congratulations on your weight loss and your flat belly!

  3. on 05 Jan 2007 at 12:21 pmPatti

    Just wanted to say thank you so very much for posting your pics. I have lost 70 lbs so far and hope to lose another 15. Also had a baby and my stomach looks very similar to how your was before. I have thought about the tummy tuck but just did not know what the results could/would be. I am very encouraged.

    Again, thanks so much!!

  4. on 16 Jan 2007 at 3:35 amLeah

    Roni,

    I first would like to say CONGRATS on all your hard work, you look absolutely fabulous. I have had a flat tummy my whole life until I had my son. After I had my son I weighed 208, and now I weigh 170. I want to loose 30-40 more pounds. My stomach looks almost exactly like yours did. I was wondering before you decided to have the tummy tuck, did you try all the stomach exercises you could possibly do to make your tummy flatter/smoother? Or was it pretty much all stretched out skin, that you could do nothing about. I fear so much that I will never be able to loose the skin/flab in the tummy area. I know I can not afford the surgery though. Did any of the doctors give advice on how to make your stomach look better without surgery? I just don’t want to be stuck with the excess sagging skin, and never be able to wear a bikini or a cute tight shirt without revealing the flab. Just hoping maybe you would have a little hope? Also aren’t you scared if you have another child, your stomach could end up looking like it used to? I hope I am not asking to many personal questions.

  5. on 18 Jan 2007 at 3:43 pmShelley

    Hi Roni,
    A friend of mine (JustJill) forwarded your site to me after I mentioned I was going in for an abdominoplasty consult. This is great! Your blog answers a lot of questions! However, I have just one more. What clothing do you find that you haven’t been able to wear because of the scars? Have they been pretty inobtrusive so far? I’m just trying to imagine what type of underwear or bathing suit I will have to avoid. I like that the scars are low enough that you could wear low cut jeans and skirts.

    I’ve had a breast reduction, so I have pretty bad scars and I can’t wear certain tops that are too low cut or show the scars under my arms. Anyway, I have no other qualms about the surgery; just wondering if I will be able to hide the scars or will I feel like you do–which is how I feel about my breasts: the scars are so worth it…better than having huge boobs. I’d re-do my breast redux anyday!

    Thanks. And thanks for posting all of this information, not just he tummy tuck, but everything. Really inspirational!

    Sincereley,
    Shelley

  6. on 25 Jan 2007 at 3:38 pmJoanne

    Hi there on my weight loss i aslo has a tummy tuck…it was the best thing i couold have ever done… I am now 1 nad a half yeard post op and looking great

  7. on 06 Feb 2007 at 1:20 pmkiowna

    Hello my name is kiowna and I am considering a tummy tuck. I have been working out for years and I have never been over weight but after having my children my skin just hangs in the middle I have lost about 20 pounds in the past few months trying had to lose the belly fat and just found out that my stomach has a six pack with lose skin covering it and I was devisated because I have worked so hard that I exceeded the amount of weight I needed to lose by ten pounds now I am under weight. I know that I will only need a partial surgery but with the amount of stretch marks that I have I just want to be sastified.

  8. on 09 Feb 2007 at 2:02 pmMelissa

    Roni,
    WOW, thank you so much for posting those pictures. I am back on WW and following it to a T. I did great with it after my 4th child, but was not ready to do it so soon after my 5th child and here she is 3 now. I am now in the right frame of mind and doing it for the right reasons.
    My tummy is much worse than your beginning picture, mainly for the fact that I had 5 children in 6 years. I am hoping to be able to get a tummy tuck once I have made goal.
    Your pictures are inspiring to me. Thank you so much.
    Melissa

  9. on 13 Feb 2007 at 3:17 amChristina

    Hiya, Ronnie! I just wanted to say that you have been an inspiration! After the birth of my daughter and subsequent loss of my pregnancy weight, my body looked like your before pictures. Seeing your before and afters, and reading about your experience helped me to make the decision to have an abdominoplasty and mastopexy, as well. I am currently one week post op, and I am so glad I have your blog to help me get through the initial discomfort! It’s like my “what to expect” for cosmetic surgery. God Bless You and thanks again for your kindness! :-)

  10. on 18 Feb 2007 at 6:14 pmJennifer

    I want to thank you for posting the photo’s. I’ve not had as much trouble with weight as you have, but I have had 4 babies, and they were all big, which has done quite the number on my stomach. My muscles have seperated, I have a small hernia and the skin and stretch marks…yuck!….. I have been debating myself for 3 years about having a tummy tuck done and have finally decided to do it.

    I am a nervous wreck, but I want a flat belly too. I hate having to tuck my stomach into my pants!! And then trying to find jeans that would fit if only I could get them closed around that extra skin hanging there. I assume that the tuck also helped with pants just fitting better?

    I just met with the surgeon this week, most likely will be later this spring that I have the surgery, but am glad that you posted this, so I have a better idea what to expect post surgery.

    Thank you!! And best wishes for the rest of your journey, it’s a great story you have!!

  11. on 23 Mar 2007 at 4:31 amAimee

    Roni – Your tummy looks great and is definitely flat now! The scars will fade more over time, get some mederma or scar cream – that seems to work well for people that scar easily.

    I read you had a breast lift as well. This may be a personal question, but what were the scar results with that?

    Aimee – swilleygirl@yahoo.com

  12. on 28 Mar 2007 at 10:51 pmBarbara

    Roni
    Congrats on your weight loss and your surgery!! Just a little info about your scars. I too have trouble with scars and my dr suggested I get injections in to scar of steriods and cortisone and they lightened up and smoothed out too!
    Good Luck!
    Barbara

  13. on 02 Apr 2007 at 6:09 pmKate

    I have just joined weight watchers, after losing about 60kg when i was a teen and putting it all back on in the last three years!

    I had this same operation about three years ago, and the scar has faded to a silver-y line, but its definitely still noticable. I am afriad they never really go, but I think mine was slightly more faded then yours at six months.

    It will fade though..

  14. on 17 Apr 2007 at 6:11 pmElisa

    I really appreciate your posting. I just finished my consultation appt for a tummy tuck and want to find some good real life stories on the web. Yours was great.
    I am 39 have two children by c-sec and am in hopes of having the belly that I really never had. I have never been overweight, I am 5.2 and 109 lbs but have always had a pouch on the belly only now after my second child it is saggy and wrinkly too.
    I have darker skin because of my indian heritage and am concerned about the scarring around the belly button. Lets face it one of the reasons I am doing this is so that I can have my belly shown in a bathing suit or gym attire without being embarrassed. But, if I am later feeling uncomfortable about the scar then there was really no point in going through all this. Do you have some insights into scarring of the belly button and anymore web sites I should check out with more personal stories??
    Thanks so much
    Elisa

  15. on 27 Apr 2007 at 1:37 pmMichelle

    Roni,

    Your story is such an inspiration to me! I have had six children and am trying to lose 40 lbs to get back around my desired weight. But my ultimate dream is a tummy tuck after this journey. And let me tell ya, although I know that the scar will be very noticeable, only my husband and myself will see it, and that is one scar that I will be SO PROUD of!!

    You look great!!

  16. on 14 May 2007 at 10:26 amTeresa

    I just found your website and it’s amazing. I started at the SAME weight as you and have the same goal weight! I have browsed your site and your recipes are awesome…pics are awesome! Keep it up you look great! I am really excited about this weight loss journey. Thanks for all that you have done!
    You look awesome!

  17. on 18 May 2007 at 5:39 pmHeather

    I’m so glad I found your site! I’m 27 and about 8 years ago I lost about 100 lbs (through diet and exercise), but after all that work I had a lot of excess skin on my stomach. I, too, had a tummy tuck and don’t regret my decision for a second. It doesn’t seem fair to go through all the hard work and discipline of losing the weight only to still feel extremely self conscious about your body. Anyway, I just thought I’d let everyone out there know that it’s OK to do something like this to make yourself feel better. You deserve it after all that hard work!

  18. on 23 May 2007 at 11:07 pmjennifer

    I am going into surgery on June 8th and I am nervous. It helps to know that there is someone out there that is posting this kinda of diary. When you look at before and after pics everywhere they never show the progress its always a couple weeks post op. So I am following your diary here. I wish people would post what it could looks like 1 to 2 years after. It definately would make woman more comfortable. Thank you so much for the pics I will keep waiting for you to post new ones. Any words of wisdom before i go under the knife???

  19. on 25 May 2007 at 10:10 amSusan

    Roni,
    Thanks for posting these pictures. You look absolutely great.
    I too had a complete tummy tuck 8 years ago. After having 4 big babies (the smallest was 8#) I was left with severe stretch marks and skin/fat that no amount of exercise would take care of.
    Sevral years later I got an umbilical hernea that required surgery. Told my doctor I wanted to have the tummy tuck at the same time so he referred me to a surgeon that would do both procedures. As it turned out, I had abdominal muscle seperation which could have been hereditary or caused from having such big babies. After the surgery, the pain was extreme. I was in the hospital for 2 days & it was 8 weeks before I could return to work. Due to the severe muscle seperation (surgeon took pictures with his entire hand stuck into my abdomin for insurance purposes), my insurance ended up paying the entire cost. It didn’t cost me a dime!
    Anyone who is considering having it done should be prepared for some serious pain. BUT…IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!!! My scars & stretch marks will always be with me but I feel and look so much better.

  20. on 25 May 2007 at 10:24 amSusan

    One more thing…I had my first child when I was 19 years old. I was 33 when my 4th and last child was born. When I had the surgery, I was 49 years old. So 30 years of looking at a big glob of skin hanging around my mid-section, trying to find clothes to hid it. I now look in the mirror and see scars, but in comparison, they look beautiful on my flat tummy!

  21. on 27 May 2007 at 11:19 amLinda Milbrandt

    Roni,
    Thank you for all the information. I had my tummy tuck on May 15th, I feel great! My only concern is that I can’t get into any of my clothes! I’m hoping that this is normal, I go back to work in a week. The one big thing that I do hate, is the binder!!
    Can’t wait to get this off and get back to a normal rountine.
    Thanks for all the information!

  22. on 02 Jun 2007 at 4:28 pmDorota

    Hi, you look great! I had it done 4 months ago, winter is the best time for this op as you can wear an axtra germent and as the swelling goes down slowlly unwanted people will asume your losing waight and you can keep your op quite!
    Avoid sunbathing for a year as this will make the scar silver and therefore noticable- if you have to use high SPF 25 or more(thats what my doctor says).
    Highly recomend this op but choose your doctor carefully
    Love Dorota

  23. on 02 Jun 2007 at 4:36 pmDorota

    Sorry about my spelling there, I’m foreign! My doughter is laughing at me .

  24. on 04 Jun 2007 at 9:45 pmJennifer

    Hey chick — happy almost 1 year tummy tuck anniversary…will we be seeing some 1 year post-op pics?

    Jenn

  25. on 05 Jun 2007 at 12:18 amJo

    I look forward to the 1 yr pictures.

    I would like to get this procedure done, but I would like to have kids first.

    I am very glad you posted this blog for all of us who are going through the same sagging skin. You are such an inspiration.

  26. on 05 Jun 2007 at 11:40 pmCheryl

    I am also a fellow WW online member. I have lost over 80 lb’s . I have had 8 kids sadley to say I have a lot more loose skin then you did. I will be getting my tummy tuck in july .I am so sared. with my youngest being only three I was told i will be down for about two months . Is that true? I cant wait to be flat again.

  27. on 11 Jun 2007 at 2:31 pmHeidi

    How long did you have to wait before you could lift heavier objects again (like your son, etc)?

    I am 35yr old and plan on having my tummy tuck for my 40th b-day gift to myself. I have a 2 yr old and a 10 month old and still have to lose more weight from being pregnant “back-to-back” (lost 38#’s so far/ have about 60 more to go–was overweight before kids so that’s why I have so much to lose)–(embarassed smile)

    I am not in a rush to lose it, but feel so down about how my body looks right now; however, seeing your story and pictures has lifted my spirits and reminded me that us woman are strong and can do anything we put our minds to, so thank you for your honesty and inspiration. Truly you are a mentor to many! God Bless…

  28. on 11 Jun 2007 at 2:38 pmRoni

    @Heidi –

    I was able to lift him after about a month. However I’m not sure I was “supposed” to. I’m sure your doctor will advise you.

  29. on 13 Jun 2007 at 8:58 pmJennifer

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!!!! You look awesome and are an inspiration to us all :)

    PS — how long does it take to get blog password? I am more than happy to wait as long as it takes, I just want to make sure I signed up right.

    Thanks for all you do for us!!!!

  30. on 14 Jun 2007 at 12:56 pmJennifer

    Disregard — I am good to go :)

  31. on 15 Jun 2007 at 12:22 amreinvent myself

    You’re amazing.

  32. on 15 Jun 2007 at 10:20 amNicole

    You look awesome Roni! Congrats on your success, you are truly an inspiration to us all!

    I think your “love handles” are fine! Love yourself for the you you have become, you look FANTASTIC!

 
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  • Leah Danyell

    Wow your stomach looks great! You can see the work that you have done..you look really toned and 6 packish now. I’m afraid that I will have a lot of excess skin too. I won’t hesitate to have it done.

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  • http://annettesawakening.blogspot.com/ Annette

    looks great Roni. It’s nice to know there’s an option out there if I need it when I am through with the weight loss. I think I will have a lot of sagging skin since I have so much to lose and my age (38) but I am hoping that since I started my exercise and strength training at the beginning maybe it won’t be as bad as it might be if I didn’t.

    I bet it’s a real confidence booster :)

  • Michele

    Wow, I can’t believe the difference from your very first before picture to now! You look fantastic! I’m jealous of your super flat tummy. I don’t have too much there but I would love to get rid of my muffin top!! The only thing stopping me is my fear of plastic surgery.

  • Kathleen

    “muffin top” is typically caused by wearing pants/shorts/jeans etc that are too small or too high-waisted not by having too much fat or skin there. Looking at the picture you can see that at the lower part of the zipper are these lines that go across – another indication of wearing a size too small. I am almost 80 pounds overweight (still working on it tho) and do not have muffin top cause I don’t wear tight jeans. You look fantastic and I love love love your story and website – I have been following it for almost two years. Forget more surgery…just wear your jeans a little lower or a little looser. You really do inspire a lot of us to keep working! Hope you read this in the positive spirit it was sent…

  • Theresa

    I lost 70 pounds too. i’d love to get a tummy tuck after losing twenty more. I just don’t know how I could afford it. I have no medical insurance. I don’t even know the price range for a full tummy tuck. ..any suggestions?

  • Nina

    Hi Roni!

    I am writing a lot today!

    Thank you for being brave and getting rid of those demons! I am so afraid that I might look totally awful when I will have lost all my weight, and what a relief! Ok, your “before” belly does not look perfect and nice, but compared to the picture I had in my head about “before” bellies it’s NOTHING. And it even looks better than my belly now.

    I know I should concentrate on how much lighter and better my body will feel, but I could not stop worrying about this mental picture of my belly. I think I can now.

    Lots of love!
    Nina

  • michelle

    i was on ww and lost about 50 pounds after having my son 10 months ago,i had a problem with my first son and had an emergency c-section so the more weight i lost after the second the more lose skin i got the more pain i had in my c-section scar,the appearance was just the same as your pictures and i felt so self conscous that i had a tummy tuck nearly 4 weeks ago,i am swollen and look about 4 months pregnant,but so far i am delighted to have a tight tummy that doesnt wobble when i walk or laugh

  • anne

    Hi
    I had a tummy tuck two weeks ago and was worried about my scars and how I’m healing till I found your blog. Thankyou so much for posting these photos- most before and after photos show surgery months or even years later and so it can be quite confusing in those first few weeks wondering if what’s happening is “normal” or not!
    I didn’t need to get my muscles done (which came as a pleasant surprise) so my recovery has been quite easy. I went back to work after a week. Mind you, I do mostly desk work. I walk a lot and have pretty much returned to normal activity around the house but avoid lifting heavy things.
    I’ve had no bruising but I’m swollen so I was getting depressed because I thought my size would decrease after surgery which it hasn’t just yet.
    Seeing your photos and reading about your ‘journey’ has reassured me. Thanks again.

  • Sheerpink

    Hi, Roni-
    I was so excited to find your site. My story is similar with yo yo dieting what seems like my whole life. Then having a child via c-section. I workout like crazy and have been at my healthy comfortable weight for the last year. I’m a lifetime Weight Watcher!

    I am 36 years old, and it’s time for that flat stomach! I have my tummy tuck and breast lift with very small saline implants scheduled for next month. It was so encouraging to see your progress. The most important thing is that I do not have too high of expectations in the early stages…in other words, I’m not going to be walking around in a bikini a month after surgery! The doctor can tell you what to expect, but it’s not as real as hearing and seeing it first hand.

    You look fantastic! I can’t wait to share my experience.

  • roberr

    my wife is wanting a tummy tuck after we have our second child in a few mouths and the info witch you have provided is amazingly helpful thank you this is the best help and info i could get you look great behappy robert

    thank you

  • rosa

    hello,
    just wanted to say thank you for posting up your site. it has help me as far as the information on the healing process for the tummy tuck. i had just got my tummy tuck just about 3 weeks ago. and i had some questions to ask. for example did you have a certain diet plan only because we can not really work out? how long did it take for the swelling to go down? did you gain any weight after the procedure?. this is all new to me, and i find it better to ask someone who has experience it for themselves. then to ask my docter. i hope to hear from you soon.
    thank you

  • Sheila Graff

    Hello Roni,
    I have written to you before with some questions. Thank you for posting this site. Any information I can get on this subject is sooo very helpful. I have decided to go ahead and have my Mommy Makeover. For me it’s more of a GrandMommy Makeover. lol! I’m having a breast lift and a tummy tuck with lyposuction.
    I see that you were standing straight up when you took your three day picture. I’ve been told that I will be walking around hunched over – how did you manage to stand so straight up? Did it hurt to straighten out like that? I’m just wondering how inscruciating the pain will be for the first week? Can you rate the pain you felt from 1 to 10? I know – now I sound like the nurses. lol!

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Rosa –
    I was following weight watchers when I had my TT so I was watching what I ate that way. Swelling? Be prepared for a year! I’m not kidding.. it does get better though. I have gained some weight but it’s mostly muscle now that I do work out a lot.
    Hope that helps!
    -Roni

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Sheila –

    The hunch over thing is very an individual thing. I had so issues from day one standing up straight. As for the pain, yeah.. it’s pretty bad but they should give you a pain pump for at least the first 3 days. If I had to scale it I’d say 6-7??? After the pump was gone I didn’t even take the pain pills. It was more discomfort then pain. Nothing sharp or anything like that. Not sure if that helps! :)

    -Roni

  • http://www.tummytuckformen.com Tanner

    Roni,

    I like your web site.

    I also like the initiative that you took to create/maintain the web site in an effort to control your weight and tummy tuck.

    I am a man who had a tummy tuck over a year ago. I am basically trying to do the same thing that you did in a effort to keep the weight off.

    Keeping the weight off and exercising daily is a hard thing to do and for me at least, requires constant monitoring.

  • http://tummytuck natalie

    hi just wanted to say its great that u posted pictures of the duration of your healing. i am 1 week post op after having a mini tummy tuck with extended incision. i have to say i was so worried about the amout of swelling i have and at the moment feel my stomach looks awful. however it was nice to see that it does get better and i need to be patient. just wanted to ask how long through the day and how many weeks did u wear the compression garmet. i am finding my very uncomfortable and have to change to spanx type garmets just so i am able to relax. i am a bit worried this will effect the outcome.

  • Sheila

    Natalie,
    I’m just 6 weeks post op from having a tummy tuck, breast lift, lyposuction. I wore my compression garment for 4 weeks – 24-7. I didn’t start wearing spanx until they told me at my 4 week appointment that I could. I only took the compression garment off to wash it out and hang it to dry. While it was drying I didn’t do anything but lay around and relax. I wanted the best outcome so I was very careful.
    Did you have your muscles stitched together? For me, the first two weeks were HELL! I took 2 stool softeners every night so I wouldn’t get constipated. I still ended up constipated and had a terrible time with hemorroids and bleeding. That’s all passed, thank goodness. (Sorry to be so graphic but it’s the truth.)
    I still wear the Spanx when I’m doing things. For the support. It seems to feel better.
    Hope this helps…..

  • natalie

    thanks sheila,

    after spending hours on the internet i am definately going to persist with my compression garment. i have just had my dressing removed and feel more comfortable now but still a bit worried about the appearance of my stomach i am hoping in weeks to come it will improve. i also had a problem with constipation but as i am a nurse i knew the right combination of tablets to take to help ease it. anyway thanks for ur comments1

  • Stacy

    Roni-
    I am also a ww lifetime member. I have done ww for over 5yrs and each time i was all most at goal i got pregnat. I gained 80lbs with my daughter and 50 with my son. My highest weight was 236lbs. I am now down to 145lbs which i am so happy about but i have to belly problem that you did and it really mess’s with my confience. how did you deal with that before you decided to get a tummy tuck. I am not able to pay for it so i don’t see it in my future.

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Stacy – This is a tough one for me to answer. To be honest I wasn’t at my goal very long once I decided to the tummy tuck. That being said what I’ve learned through the process is that confidence comes from within not with what’s on the surface. I still have lumpy thighs and now scars around my entire midsection. My arms still flap. My ass still jiggles. I can go on and on.

    What I’m trying to say is you will never be perfect, I will never be perfect, tummy tuck or not.

    I hope that helps. reply via email if you want to chat.
    {{HUGS}}

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  • Deborah

    Wow!! You look beautiful!..I can imagine how happy you are with the results. I’m planning to have a tummy tuck in the near future and I just can’t wait any longer. Having this extra fat and skin is horrible. Congratulations!! and you really did a great job with the before and after pictures.

  • http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com Wendy

    Thank you so much for posting your photos and commentary about your tummy tuck. For a long time I thought that I wanted to get this surgery (after 3 c-sections and weight loss, I could sure use it!). But, I had no idea about how long the scar is until I saw your photos. I’m so happy now to see the realities of this. Thank you!!!!!

  • Elsa

    Thank you for being so open and sharing these pictures. I have just started my weight loss journey and I don’t have any hope at all for the skin on my belly. Breasts, either, for that matter. This gives me an idea of what I’ll be dealing with. I have about 40 lbs to lose but I’m starting out with a flappy, hangy belly so I know I’ll have to deal with excess skin eventually.

    It’s kind of scary to move toward that when I know I can comfort myself with a piece of cake. KWIM? It really is time for me, though.

    Thanks again. I appreciate your honesty.

  • teniellw

    hi and a huge congrats on your journey. i am 27 and from australia. i have lost 28 kilos since sep 09 and had a tummy tuck 7 weeks ago. atm i am not happy as it’s really swoolen ( worse than the first 3 weeks) but i had my drains out eary due to one getting infected, so i have a build up of seroma ( Dr said it SHOULD be absorbed by the body by may) i was looking for botched tummy tuck pics but am so glad i found you instead. it gives me faith that i will look great and just need to be paitient. well done again and you truly are an insperationxoxo

  • Tommy

    Thank you for sharing these pictures its a good way to help others with questions there always is.

    I just did this for 5 months ago and I have to say I am very happy with results.

    There is two things I cant figure out and have yet not search enough about it, Your blog is the first I find :)

    - Why did they cut so high, is there a lower type of operation to be done?
    - Why did they not do the sides when the had almost my sides open under the operation?

    I would say I have exactly the same outcome as you with a high cut and sides still to be done.

    You look great and once again thanks for sharing.

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  • http://www.linenlogon.co.za Linen

    Very nicely done. I wish there was a way of doing this without surgery! Oi!

  • nermeen

    You must to be so proud you look beoutiful . I have such as your stomach
    , i hope ican make the sergery but i fear and i heard that i’ll can’t get pregnant after it is that true . and how are you now ? do you take new photos?

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Hi Nereem!

    I haven’t taken new photos but I did have a baby after tumy tuck! I talk about and show it in this video… http://bit.ly/oKfzmb

    (It’s at the end)

  • meg

    Wow, thank you for the photos. You have helped many to make tummy tuck decision. When i did it (aged 49 then) i was extremely nervous. i didn’t tell anybody and went alone to hospital. the surgeon and nurses were so helpful. the first 2 weeks was rough. now i look good wearing my tight blouses made 20 years ago. the tummy tuck is the best thing I have done. anybody thinking of doing it, go for it, and feel good for the rest of your life!

  • Gorgeous_Dominicana_Redhead

    she look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING as i see after six yrs she is still lookin great, with her tt.
    great job chica! Hola,

    question,ifyour able to answer by email.

    did u have 2 wait to reach your TARGET WEIGHT, alot of surgeon tell me yes wait, it WILL LOOK BETTER or the best. but yet i see a few surgeons,board-certified on REAL SELF.com adage, the antithesis,
    saying IT do not matter,and should not wait too long
    after battling the bulge,love handles back rolls and
    fat for so long. so i am just curious thank you.
    and again your gorgeous!
    inspiration indeed chica.i cant wait for mine in 2 mos
    spring 2012,here i come!

    *Certified Sexi Flat Stomach 2012…*

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    I waited because I wanted to. I didn’t want the surgery to be in lieu of losting weight. I wanted it to be the final part of my transformation in a way. Good luck!

  • Gorgeous_Dominicana_Redhead

    HOLA

    GRACIA CHICA AS THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS BEST YOUR SO RIGHT. DO NOT FOR A MAN,I SAY DAILY,
    NOR,DO NOTDO IT FOR WEIGHT LOSS.

    DO IT AS A OVERALL TRANSFORMATION.GRACIA CHICA
    GOD SPEED

  • http://ronisweigh.com LEANNE GRIFFITHS

    I stumbled across tour website and was really interested im having a tummy tuck in june the 16th and am starting to become a little nervous but so determined to get it done means so much to me thank you for inspiring me looking forward to reading more.

  • RITA JACKSON

    I gotta admit i was scared and debating on should i get a tummy tuck i had my consultation and i was just worried and scared of the surgery and healing but after seeing and reading your story i am truly convinced that i will have a flat tummy and look and feel great been going to the gym and i can never get my Stomach back flat i have 3to kids and I’ll be scheduling mine for june, 2012 thX to you:)) !!

  • http://Havingtummytuck&thighlift WW_lost110

    So glad to find your website. It has been 4 years since I started weight watchers and life time for 2 years. Going from size 22 to an 8 and losing 110 lbs. time is to look and feel thin. Belly has always been there and excess skin. Having surgery in 2 weeks !! ;)

  • http://Havingtummytuck&thighlift WW_lost110

    I am going to read all the posts. Thank you!!! Excited to find you all

  • http://www.tummytuckcost.com/ Chloe Graham

    A good site for those who are still thinking of getting a tummy tuck. I’ll share this to my friends and have them see that it’s really positive as long as you are well-informed of what will gonna happen before and after the procedure. Please keep us informed.

  • Colleen

    I lost 150 pounds and have maintained my loss for almost four years. I am having a tummy tuck on July 19th this year. I’m really excited but nervous about the recovery. Your site is great!

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo

    Just found your blog. Great job on your progress. I’m currently researching skin removal options as I’ve lost 145 lbs.

    Thanks for sharing your journey.

  • http://atummytuckcost.com Sami Sampson

    Wow amazing results, your scarring is minimal – going at this rate give it a couple more years and your scar is going to be much less noticeable – trust me :)

  • Ricci

    I love your pictures! I am still on loosing my excess weight off with the gastric bypass alternative formula that gives you a feeling of fullness after taking it and so you eat less.. I am considering tummy tuck after I lose weight to remove excess skin and also to look good.. thanks for sharing your pictures.. =)

  • Berita Jackson

    Hello Roni I am a week post op today and I was wondering how long will it take for me to stand up straight , when I do stand up it feels like I’m stretching my pubic area and it hurts my back to keep hunching over can you please share with me how long did it take u to stand straight ..
    Also I had a full tt and they reconstructed my tummy muscles and I’m feeling every pull !!!

  • RF

    Your page has been very helpful. It actually relieved my mind about getting a tummy tuck especially after reading so many stories that seemed so painful. I am post-op day 2 and it’s exactly how you described. Thanks!!!

  • Melissa

    Thank you for posting this, it is VERY helpful! I am almost 3 weeks out and got a lot more bloated after my drains were removed and started getting anxiety that my pouch/ bigger area on bottom was not going to look different. I look exactly like your 3 week pic here does, and to see the progression and how much better it got gives me a lot of hope. I have some hard spots around scar that kinda stick out, which I think is scar tissue forming.

  • Leah

    I went for my consult about a week ago. I am contemplating the surgery. It is something I have been thinking about since having my daughter 3 years ago by c-section and being left with a flabby stomach and a ton of stretch marks. I am scared of a bad surgery and a bad scar. I know the scar is better than the belly I have now, but no one wants a scar.. Also, the doctor recommended lipo on my hips since I have so much extra fat. I am 5’0″ and 150lbs. I carry it all in my stomach and hips. Any advice????

    • RoniNoone

      Go for a consultation! It can’t hurt!

    • Leah

      Hi! So funny you wrote today! I had surgery at 6:30 this morning. I also had the lipo on the hips. Havent seen the scar yet, but recovery has been a breeze!!! I will keep you posted.

  • Amy

    Your results are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve lost about 130lbs so my skin is definitely worse but I’m probably having a tt (extending as far round as possible without resorting to a full body lift) in april and hope mine will look as good as yours! Want to get my thighs done too but been told it would be better to have them done separately and I’m worried what state this will leave my bum in!!

  • Jennifer Hutcherson

    1st and foremost, way to go on all of your accomplishments! I know how hard it is to commit, but it’s worth all the hard work!

    I was just looking at your tummy tuck pictures and I’m pretty sure I’ll be in the same boat as you. My stomach got WRECKED from pregnancy. My two boys are worth it, but I feel some days that no matter what I do I’ll have this weird pooch/skin thing. I just wish it would go away. Was there anything you regretted after having plastic surgery? I think I’ll start saving my change for surgery now! haha

    • RoniNoone

      No regrets! :)

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  • Gretchen Hill

    When I look at your pictures, I was hoping that I will have successful surgery just like you. Three weeks from now, I will go for tummy tuck surgery by Perfection, thanks to PlacidWay who help me find this very affordable center. Can I ask, do you have regret when you had surgery? And do you have diet plan? What did you do after surgery, did you eat after surgery? Thanks for the help.

    • RoniNoone

      No regrets and I don’t follow a specific diet plan. Just try to balance and focus on real food, less processed stuff.

    • Gretchen Hill

      Really? Thanks RoniNoone, will follow what you said.

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    you are amazing! ~stephanie http://www.hhmomma.wordpress.com

  • Ismael Labrador

    here are some pics of very satisfied tummy tuck patients

    http://vanitymiami.com/tummy-tuck-before-and-after-pictures/

  • Sam J

    Guys watch this video, an unconventional way to Lose Your stubborn Stomach Fat http://www.girlyhacks.com/lose-stubborn-belly-fat.htm

  • http://www.alwaysyouthful.com/ Alina Mark

    Thanks for sharing it with us.Your results are absolutely phenomenal. But i feel happy when i realize that i am one of those people who have successful
    Tummy Tuck surgery.Keep sharingThankx for help and guideline. What did you do after surgery??

  • Marwan Khalifeh

    As a plastic surgeon, I find blogs about patient’s experiences undergoing a surgery very helpful. Thanks for sharing. And good job keeping the weight off too, not always easy

  • Joshua Martinez

    Thanks for sharing so much photos. It is really informative for people like me out here who are planning to go for a Tummy Tuck as part of a mommy makeover.I have consulted a surgeon from Oakland- Mr Joseph Togba and the op is supposed to be scheduled next month. I saw this article when I was browsing through sites providing info about cosmetic surgery. Thanks for sharing this great article.

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