I had my first biological child at age 40. I gained 35 pounds – which is probably average except for the fact that I am 5 foot tall on a big hair day.
I worked really hard… and diet combined with Palates and Yoga helped me bounce back into shape within a year. I maintained my weight and continue to exercise and eat healthy. Then just when I thought I had it all together, menopause set in. Menopause – the night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, none of it were as troublesome as the weight gain.
220 pounds seemingly packed on overnight- these pounds must have taken up residency in my abdomen while I was sleeping- how else can it be explained when my diet and exercise didn’t change much? One day I put on a favorite pair of Chico’s black pants. I looked in the mirror and saw a gut. A nice cantaloupe sized gut was stretching the fabric of those favorite pants! I started wearing longer shirts to cover up my belly.
It was summer time- no bathing suit for me! Instead, I hibernated in my house and came up with every excuse known to man why I would not be at the neighborhood swimming pool. Luckily my neighbors, those beautiful 30 year olds who have no idea what horror awaits them, took my children so I did not have to feel that additional guilt. I woke up one beautiful balmy summer day and decided enough is enough. I already missed a lot in the way of summer activities and fun with my children because I did not feel comfortable in my own body.
I had a consultation with Dr. Christine Sullivan to determine what could be done. The good news was that my ”belly button was not making a sad face.” Dr. Chris laughed at my expression and explained that if my belly button was not frowning I would be eligible for a “mini tummy tuck” vs. a full tummy tuck. A mini-tummy tuck is removal of less skin and is less aggressive. The recovery is much easier than that of the full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. (Please note that the words abdominoplasty and tummy tuck refer to the same surgery!)
I will be able to achieve a flatter abdomen and feel more comfortable in my clothing with a less invasive procedure. In addition to the mini-tummy tuck we will be doing some Coolsculpting to help contour my outer thighs. I plan on doing the Coolsculpting first as this is a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime.
I cannot express enough how important it is to visit a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the art of body sculpting. I am excited about our game plan and look forward to being able to wear clothing that makes me feel confident instead of comfortable. I am smiling already just thinking about the shopping possibilities!