I've been very open since day 1 about having an abdominoplasty and mastopexy April 2015. But some people are new here so here's an updated post. Any questions at all don't hesitate to ask in the comments. After being morbidly obese for years and losing over 100 lbs I was left with a great deal of loose skin. My doctor removed 10 inches from my belly. If this is something you're considering please try to get as close to your goal weight as possible. For best results you want the layer of fat underneath the skin to be as thin as possible, as a tummy tuck does not include removal of fat from underneath the skin. The thicker your skin, the deeper the wound and the higher the risk of complications. Also it's very difficult to do intense workouts for MONTHS after surgery. Mostly I did long hikes. Another thing to keep in mind is a tummy tuck is not a fix all. You must maintain your body fat percentage. The first place I always gain weight is in my abdomen. Still. It's just as hard now as it was before to keep my body fat lower. I've had to work since this surgery to maintain my results. And I weight more now than I did then. So you can't expect to have permanent results without permanent commitment. The recovery was about 3 weeks, the first week being the hardest. I couldn't stand up straight or shower myself. The pain was actually tolerable and I'm somewhat of a baby about pain. But the oral pain medications were more than enough to keep me comfortable. For recovery I drank lots of water, walked often, starting with just pacing around the room, to walking around the block a few times a day, to hiking 6+ miles a day by week 3. I ate a high protein diet, took bromelain supplements, vitamin C, ate lots of pineapple, and kept my scars out of the sun, showered daily, and slept in a recliner the first week. Do I regret getting it done because people online judge me on occasion!? Lmao no. Some things can not be achieved with diet an exercise. And excessive loose skin after drastic weight-loss is one of them. My surgeon was Dr. Scott Green of Sacramento, Ca. And he's a true ARTIST!