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4 Babies, 1 Tummy Tuck (Danielle)

March 19, 2009

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One year and one day after having my forth baby, I had a tummy tuck. Now I’ve participated in the past at how this site has made me feel liberated from the tone of how mothers should look after having babies. Well like some moms here I did get back to pre pregnancy weight will all my pregnancies quickly. The only problem I had was I had to tuck my skin in my pants too. I had muscle separation too. So 2 weeks ago I underwent a tummy tuck. It wasn’t easy. Actually the recovery was and is harder for me than than the 3 c-sections. But now I have a tight tummy and I still have faint stretchmarks that fall just under my belly button instead of all around it. I’m happy that I didn’t loose all of my strechmarks especially those that I had from my stillborn baby girl. I’m happy with my decision. The pictures that I submit show how I looked before my tummy tuck and after. Now I’m still healing and the rash that you see on my hips is actually a reaction to the medical tape they used under the binding, apparently I was allergic to it and we did not know it. But in time the scars & redness will fade and it will look much better.

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14 Responses to “4 Babies, 1 Tummy Tuck (Danielle)”

  1. Mary Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    You look great! I have had 2 kids and got back to my pre-pregnancy weight within two months with the first and within one month with the second. I am currently saving to have a tummy tuck aswell, I just want to feel good in my clothes again! Im so glad you posted your story because it shows that doing something to make yourself feel better is not a crime, having babies changes us and there is nothing wrong with taking back some control of our bodies. Once again, you look fantastic and you will only look better and better as you heal!

  2. Stacy Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Were you able to get this medically indicated at all? How much did it cost? I have had 5 kids and am pregnant with #6 and have had all csections. I would love to eventually get a tummy tuck, but don’t know how I would afford it.

  3. Christie Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Congratulations on a great result with the tummy tuck :) IMO it doesn’t make you any less of a mum to put yourself first and be more comfortable in your own skin, literally! :)

  4. Angele Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Oh, Im so happy for you! What a great gift to give yourself! Thank you for posting the before and afters! I have had a consultation and was not approved for coverage.. so we are saving up!

  5. Danielle Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    To answer the questions above:
    My Tummy tuck was not covered under insurance. The cost was approx $10,000. But I’m getting add’l bills in the mail because my surgery time exceeded what the dr estimated so its practically another $1,000. I’m almost 4 weeks now and it looks amazing.Thanks for the nice comments.

  6. Melissa Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I really appreiciated your post I recently decided to undergo a tummy tuck and I felt like I was betraying other women by saying “this needs to be changed”. Its going to take me 2 years just to get a consult because of our medical system but its something I think is important. For Stacy the price of a tummy tuck depends on the area you live. http://www.makemeheal.com is a plastic surgery website that has a messag board. On there you’ll learn TONS of info about tummy tucks. I was told its $6000 for TT and anethesia ect and would not be medically covered.

  7. Angele Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I am a member of MMH! And its a great informative site! I had a consult in Ottawa Ontario (Canada) and with all the compression garments, anesthesia, revisions, MR and lipo to the flanks and back, my quote with tax was 8200$.

  8. Sarah Says:
    March 21st, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    The redness will fade. :) You’re brave. Surgery scares me. You look great!

  9. Holly Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:25 am

    good for you!! I totally plan to do this when I’m done having children.

  10. rosey Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    i ve had 3 children,lost 5 stone 3 yrs ago but is let with excatly the same as urself……im due to go to see a consultant on 2nd april,really really want it done but a bit worried…..the cost is scary too!i am doing the right thing arnt i?really want a flatter tummy after losing all the weight

  11. Carrie Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I ama mom of 3 and just went for a consult for a tummy tuck and OMG is is really expensive. I already picked out a surgery date and I can’t even get financed. Has anyone finaced this procedure and where did you go.

  12. Danielle Says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Try Capitol One Medical loans.
    http://www.capitolonehealthcarefinance.com/cosmetics/

  13. Malbi Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Danielle you look great,I saving money I would like to have my tummy tuck on May for MOTHER’S DAY I have 4 child 18,14,12,and 1 year old so I think is time for me…. yupiiiiii I’m so happy. Thanks for share your pictures.

  14. Sue Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    You look amazing! I am booked in 1 week to have a tummy tuck and to repair my muscle that has separated over an inch and a half from childbirth. I have three beautiful girls now that are 9, 12 and 13. I have been putting this off for many years because I have been afraid of surgery. My health is not that great and I have had a surgery almost every year for 10 years. I’m very nervous but excited at the same time. Good luck to everyone!

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