Before, During and After
I'm a Beauty Enhancement Awards Contestant!
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I'm competing in the following categories:
Best Makeover - 30s, Best Female Tummy Tuck, Best Female Massive Weight Loss Makeover, Best Plastic Surgeon - Tummy Tuck
My Personal Statement:
I weighed 120 when I got pregnant. I weighed 221 when I delivered. I
didn't weigh much less when I came home. I had a 10lb baby, naturally, and he
just about killed me. I had terrible post partum depression (for
about two years) and I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror.
I worked hard to get the weight off over the years. I went from a
size 24 pant to a size 18. And I went to a very good therapist for
the ppd. My one and only son was about to go to kindergarten and I
felt I had done my duty by staying home with him those four years and
this was my year to "do me". But I hated going out in public. It
felt like people were staring at me. I just knew that no matter how
hard I tried to cover it up or how many girdles I had on underneath,
all that saggy, gross skin and fat could still be seen. It was
embarrassing! I hated it! And I wanted it off.
My husband decided to get us a Gym Membership. My personal trainer told me that I had a stomach muscle laying east and a stomach muscle laying west and no matter how many crunches I
did, they'd never go back to where they were supposed to be. She also
told me no amount of excercise was going to get rid of the extra skin.
So I decided to go see a Plastic Surgeon.
But I didn't want to show a stranger my gross belly. I was anxious
about having a man doctor also, but he was so good at putting me at
ease and making me comfortable. I didn't get any creepy feelings that
he was secretly laughing at my blob of a stomach or horribly disgusted
by it. He was extremely professional and gentle with me. And thank God he was because
otherwise I think I would've ran away and never had the procedure! Dr.
Valentini is wonnnnderful!
During the free consultation, Dr. Valentini explained to me that I
needed a full tummy tuck and muscle reconstruction. And then he
basically went on to back up what my trainer had told me previously.
We also decided together to do a little lipo on my abs, hips and
flanks. Finally! Finally it was happening...I was getting rid of the
thing that did not belong on my body! And I breathed a big sigh of
My PS took out 3500 cc from my hips, abs and flanks and performed the
tummy tuck on March 28th, 2006, a day I'll never forget. I cannot describe to you the joy I
felt once I woke up and was told that the surgery was finished and all
went well. I was so elated that I began to cry! Goodbye gross old
stomach! Hello New Me!! :)
I finally had the courage to get out of the house. All my friends
commented on how much I had changed...not just physically. I smiled
more! I laughed more! I had a bounce in my step and a giggle in my
voice! I was a happy person who wanted to experience life! I even got
a brand new job a few weeks after my surgery. I got a promotion after
only a few months. That's something I could've never accomplished
before the surgery. I would've never had the guts to open up to people before and realize that I was a likable person. And guess what, I've rediscovered what a
comedienne I can be in social situations. My husband said that's one
of the things he missed the most about me and could certainly tell I
was my old self again because I had went back to cracking jokes.
My PS and his staff have told me that I don't look like the same
person, but more importantly, I do not act like the same person
either...not even close. The smile on my face never goes away and the
joy I feel inside never fades. I'm still amazed at the difference in
not only my body, but my soul.
And as for the results, (a big smile just spread across my face!)my
sister and her sons & husband who lived 5mins away from me before,
during and after my pregnancy now live in Japan. They come to the
States every summer to visit our family. I wish you could've seen the expression on my sister's face when she first saw me after my surgery! I thought her eyes
were going to bug out of her head when she first saw me in the airport
when we picked them up. My teen-aged nephews were even amazed, "Wow Aunt Cricket,
you're HOT now!!". My sister swears I've not only gotten a tummy
tuck, but also a face lift, breast augmentation and a butt lift! But
not so! Having that alien/tumor/thing on me had me in such a state
before that once I got it off and my sister saw me and the way I just
GLOWED because of it...it's just, breathtaking and indescribable. I
am a new person. I've come out of my shell.
So I'm having fun tossing out my size 16 and 14 jeans and trying on
size 8 and seeing I really need a size 6! And this summer, I am going
to sport a white string bikini! And I'm going to attend family
barbeques and go to church with my mom. I'm going to attend my class
reunion this year...I skipped all the others because I was ashamed.
But not now! Now I'm going to bask in the glory of hearing my classmates saying to me, "You've not changed a bit since high school!"
I'm going to attend all my son's baseball games and cheer
him on! I'm even going to stand up and yell and not care who sees me
So in the words of my husband, "That tummy tuck has really
straightened you right out...it did the trick!"
Boy did it!
First Name: Cricket
Location: TN, United States
Procedure DetailsDate of Procedure: 03-29-2006
Results: 5 (Thrilled)
Weight: 160 lbs
Doctor Name: Dr. George R. Valentini MD
City of Procedure: Hopkinsville
Sate of Procedure: KY
Country: United States
Liposuction, Alternative Lipo Treatments:
Body Area: Chin
Liposuction Type: Laser Assisted Liposuction
Volume Removed (cc): 0-50
Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty:
Pre-Op Dress Size: 12
Post-Op Dress Size: 2
Tummy Tuck Type: Full Tummy Tuck