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TT Referral

#1
Well, i'm 6lb away from target, and it's 7 days until my GP appointment to see if he will refer me for an NHS tummy tuck consultation.

I'm 90% sure he'll say no, but I've got to try. I've now lost close to 4st and i have loads of loose skin and severe wrinkling as a result of my 3 pregnancies. I also have an overhang where my cesarean scar is.

I can't really afford to go private otherwise i would have already done it, really nervous.

At 26 i feel like my tummy belongs to a 70 year old.

Oh well, we'll see what happens. Wish me luck........please

xxxx
 
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#2
Good luck Trim T, let us know how you get on.

Sarah xx
 

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#3
id explain to that doctor that you have fought very hard to lose all the weight to make you happy and healthy and that having a TT would be the icing on the cake. I mean if your healthy, he wont be wanting to see you again so I think he ought to refer you for being one brilliant dieter, fighter and momma!
 
#4
I'm keeping everything crossed for you..I'm dreading my tum 'post weight loss.' I've had 4 kiddies, one of those was a cc, & my last bub was 10lb 4!! She's 1 now & diddy!!
Anyway, it aint goina be pretty. I'm wishing you luck with the appointment, & hope you have an understanding gp xx
 
#5
Thanks for your support,my GP is normally great he's quite forward thinking so fingers crossed. I just hope he can see it from our point of view.

xxx
 
#6
Good luck, you sound like you have a great GP - so fingers crossed.

I would emphasis you want the tummy tuck, as you get so depressed about your tummy, you are conscious of it all the time (it is destroying your life etc) you turn off the bedroom lights, won't get fully undressed in front of anyone (meaning your partner), dread holidays etc

I would also emphasis you think the loose skin was a result of your pregnancies, rather than your weight loss (of course also emphasis how hard you have worked to loose the weight - and have been doing lots of tummy exercises, drank lots of water to improve the elasticity of your skin, used firming lotions with collagen, elastin, vitamin E and Q10 and nothing is helping ). Why I say, emphasis you think it is the pregnancies that caused the excess skin rather than the weight loss - as I find society looks down on overweight people (they see it as self-inflicted) and they see pregnancy as a natural thing. For example, a pregnant woman while standing may have a bad back and put her hands behind her back to support her - if there is a chair people will offer it. If it was an overweight person, they would probably look down on her/him - and see it as self-inflicted.

You are tiny, and from looking at your ticker were never heavy - so I'm sure you will be fine. (Please, nobody get offended, I am an overweight person - I am just sharing how some people in society have made me feel. I am 26 now, but up until I was 21 I was 9.5 stone (I say I'm 5ft5, but I think I'm really 5ft 6 - as that was my height at uni) so I was fairly slim, fairly attractive in the so -called "in-crowd" at school - but I was never confident about my looks, and I wanted to be friends with everyone and some of the people in my group I won't call them friends - were very mean to me about that. So after uni & heart-break, I got depressed and piled on the weight. I stopped wearing make-up (that doesn't sound bad, but I used to wear make-up ALL the time), I stopped wearing trendy/designer clothes & shoes and opted in my spare time for the bagging sweatshirt & trainers look (to cover up my body and try and make myself invisible).
Yes, I'm invisible now - I used to walk down a street and people used to look at me, I don't mean to sound vain - but as I always had low confidence, it used to give me a buzz. But now nothing - although in a small way, I think that's good (as I have always been a little paranoid, so when people used to look at me, on some "low" days, I thought they were staring at me as I was so ugly.)

Anyway, a couple of years ago I bumped into some old friends, they didn't recognise me at first as I look so different without make-up and bigger, but they recognised my mum - so knew it was me and I could tell from their faces & body language, their impression. Last year, I started googling on the internet (just to be noisey) some of my old friends to see what job they were doing etc and I found a very nasty and *****y blog about me and my "change in appearance".

About 5 weeks ago, it finally kicked in - I needed to transform my life and I have been eating more healthly and have been exercising and I start the CD SS today!!!!!!!!

Although I hate being over weight - I feel I have wasted 5 years of my life, I haven't had the confidence to go out or socialise etc. It has in away made me begin to love myself again - I used to lack confidence & hate myself when I was 9.5 stone, but now if I could go back in a time machine I would LOOOOOOVE how I used to look.

The point of my story is, the nasty blog I found about myself - they mentioned even if I lost weight I would be left with horrible saggy skin and it would be my own fault for being obese and other nasty stuff etc - but that isn't always the case (you aren't always left with excess skin)

These people are extreme, not normal society - but others must feel that in general, society looks down on overweight people.

- Another thing that might help you, I watched a programme on channel 4 the other week, about embarassing teenage bodies (I think it was called that) and a girl in her late teens, I think. Was left with loose skin after her pregnancy. She got surgery, but the doctor explained after the tummy tick - the skin might not able to cope with stretching again if she got pregnant again, but she said she didn't want another baby - so she had the surgery. Do you want anyone more children? If not, point that out to your doctor.

I am sure you will be fine, and good luck and congratulations on your weight loss. I find all the weight loss stories on this website a true inspiration - so thank-you to everyone.

 
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#7
Blueeyes26, congratulations for taking control of your future. You sound very positive and I wish you well in your weight loss journey. You are also an inspiration! You've just re-motivated me!
 
#8
blueeyes26, thank you so much for an amazing post.

To be honest my loose skin and overhang are due to my pregnancies..... My stretch marks were unusual, they weren't vertical lines like most women get, they were small horizontal dash-like breaks in the skin. So now i've lost the weight i'm left with extreme wrinkling all over my tummy and around my belly button.

That added to my overhang where my 2 c-sections were performed all add up to one ugly tummy!:(:(

It's having a real impact on my realtionship as my libido is almost none existent, which shouldn't really be the case..... after losing nearly 4st my confidence should be through the roof!

Thank you so much and i hope your weight-loss journey is as successful and enjoyable as mine has been.
 
#9
Anyone who is wondered about loose skin. I recommend Palmers Firming Butter for after pregnancy & weight loss, it is currently £4.59 buy one get on free at Superdrug (I don't work for Superdrug or Palmers). My friend who had twins, had a bit of loose skin after pregnancy & this helped (obviously it isn't a miracle cure - but I do think it helps a little bit, and it doesn't cost much).

It is currently out of stock online (but online you have to pay for delivery, if you don't spend over £35). I bought mine from a local Superdrug, it wasn't marked as BOGOF like alot of other Palmers products on the shelf, but I took them to the till to check & they were BOGOF.

I haven't started loosing weight yet (I started the SS diet today) but my skin is in pretty good condition, I swear by adding a small about of baby oil (the one with aloe vera in) in my bath. I also find if you keep your skin well moisturised through out the year, you tan better and don't peel (you don't have to buy expensive baby oil, I buy Wilkinsons own brand at 99p.)
 
#10
Hey blueeyes26, how's the SS going? I'll get myself into Superdrug for some of that firming butter...
 
#11
TrimT - good luck tomorrow. Let us know how your appointment went...
 
#12
I've made a new post with the details of my appointment.. GP is supportive x
 
#13
#14
Thanks Nibbles, i am a right woos and would never have found it lol
 


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