Thursday, February 07, 2008

I booked my surgery! April 25th is the big day!!!!! I cannot believe it. I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. It's like a dream come true. I've daydreamed about a tummy tuck since before my kids and now I can't believe in two months I'll have it. I'm also a little scared. But I feel in my gut that it's the right decision for me.

Many of you have inquired about the cost of what's being done. I know money is an awkward thing for some people to talk about, but I'm one of those people who put everything out there- so I broke down the fees for you. Here they are:

Abdominoplasty: $4,250 (surgeon's fee)
Liposuction- Hips and Flanks: $2140 (surgeon's fee)
4 Hrs Anesthesia- $1615 (facility fee)
3.5 Hrs facility fee- $1525
Binder-$25
Pain Pump-$300

Discounts: $314 (my $100 deposit and a 10% discount)

Total: $9,541

So there you have it. The liposuction is a something my surgeon suggested because what typically happens is that patient gets the tuck and then the 'love handles' become accentuated. So he always suggests a little lipo to the hips and flanks to help balance the look. He said I didn't need much, but that I would benefit from it. It would put the whole "look" together. So, if I just need a little, then why is it $2140??? Dang, this stuff is expensive.

But I'm sort of looking at this all like buying a car. Except this car will last me my whole life. Well, that and the car I'm driving is paid off and we selling our other 'fancy pants' car.

Anyway, I wanted to share it all with you. This is where I typically feel judged. Spending money for 'no good reason.' But for me, it's a good reason. It's going to increase my quality of life and that's important to me. Some people spend that on fast food, fancy cars, cleaning service, etc. I'm spending it on a new tummy.

This summer I will wear a bikini and I will post pics!

Let's have a moment of silence for the chicken apron that is my tummy:

3 comments:

Queen of the Binge said...

That is so awesome, Jen. I'm so excited for you! Good luck :)

Amanda said...

I agree with you...it's not money spent for "no good reason". It's for YOU! We spend so much time and money and energy into everything else in our lives--our kids especially--why not spend a little on ourselves??

I am so excited for you! I can't wait to see the after shots!

Rachel said...

I think it is a fantastic way to spend your money! You worked hard to get where you are--your "chicken apron" (love that, btw) didn't cooperate so get rid of it! I think you can consider this reconstructive surgery--it's not like you are correcting some perfectly fine part of yourself. Enjoy!

BTW, I am a lurker who found your blog from WW. I go here to get motivated and inspired by a real life example--please keep posting! :)

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