After losing over 190 lbs., I have skin that won't go away, even after working out with a trainer for two years. I had an arm lift on 4/7/15 that I am very happy with, so I'm going back in June to complete my "de-jiggling" with a tummy tuck and thigh lift. Dr. Stoeckel recommended that I consider a fleur de lis tummy tuck. I'm a tad nervous about the incision healing properly after some of... more
I have wanted to have a tummy tuck since the last of my 4 children was born. He is now 23. I am 45 years old and 5'3". My heaviest weight was 208 and at my pre-op appointment I weighed 189. My doctor includes lipo of the flanks with the tummy tuck and I chose to have lipo of my inner thighs to get rid of my baby fat roll that shows through my clothes. My doctor also said that lipo of my... more
So today my youngest child turned 15!! After having 3 large babies and living with stretch marks and the dreaded "mommy pouch", I have decided to have a full tummy tuck with muscle repair. I gained minimal weight during all 3 of my pregnancies, but being a stay at home mom for many years, I slowly gained weight and lost any desire to look better. About 5 years ago I decided to get active... more
I was going for a Liposuction. The three plastic surgeons that I visited suggested a Tummy Tuck. When they explained both procedures and showed me some results, I agreed to go under the knife. All I wanted is to remove the stubborn belly fat. 18 days after the surgery, I am still swollen; specifically my lower abdomen, but LOVE what I see in the mirror.
I got flowers from Dr.... more
Big step, date set! I can't believe I'm going to have a tummy tuck. I am the same weight as I was before the kids but I have a lot of excess wrinkly skin over my belly button. My skin just was not able to recover from the size of my children. It's a bummer but that's life. I'm looking forward to being an "AFTER". I worked so hard to lose the baby weight just to look at destruction in the... more
After losing 100+pounds through diet and exercise, understandably I was left with excess skin and some fat on my stomach. When my personal trainer said we couldn't work off what was left, I headed out to find a plastic surgeon. Saw 3 docs and settled on the one I used. He was/is fabulous!! I had a long vertical existing scar on my stomach from a previous surgery decades ago and over time it... more
Hi to My Real Self Sisters...I am 32, 5'5, 235pds. I have started my weight loss journey to lose anywhere from 40-50pds between now and Feb 2015. I am now at the heaviest I've ever been in my whole entire life! I am scheduling my TT w/MR In March 2015, hopefully the first week in March. I have mixed emotions on getting the surgery, but my mind is made, and I'll ride this roller coaster till... more
Dr. Stoeckel is an artist when it comes to plastic surgery. He carves you like a sculpture. He and his staff are very prompt in responding to your questions and concerns. I had liposuction done on my tummy ,flanks and back one week and the tummy tuck surgery next week. It hurted too much which was obvious and expected.
I followed doctors instructions of tight compression garment, sleeping on... more
I'm a little late to the review process as I am now one month post op, but after reading so many reviews I wanted to get mine out there for others to read. I am a 28 year old mom to one and have hated my stomach since I was little. With no plans for more children in the immediate future, I decided it was time to be comfortable in my own skin for the first time in my life. Originally I had... more
After losing 140 lbs and keeping it off for 2 years, I was referred to Dr. Gunn by the Duke Bariatric Center. She and her team are phenomenal. In fact, I wish healthcare in this country was modeled on the way her practice operates. Everyone is friendly, professional, and patient centric. Needless to say, my results were fantastic. I had 4.5 lbs of loose skin removed. There is as much art as... more
Well I am new to this whole blog thing. But I think it would be nice to have other women to talk to that have had it done and to share things with. I had have 2 kids and my skin is just stretched out and I have tried to loose weight and then looks worse. So going to do a tummy tuck! All excited and nervous at the same time!I have had my breast done, and plan to go to the same PS that did them... more
I'm a 34 yr old mother of 3. I started having kids young, so my body bounced back after my first child. No such luck with the next two, the last of which I had 8 months ago. I had my first consultation with Dr. Stoeckel last week for tummy tuck with lipo of flanks and upper and lower back. I was a little surprised at the cost because of so many reviews I've read on here where the price was... more
I am 31 years old and have 3 awesome kids ages 9, 5, and 2. What is not so awesome is how my stomach looks post pregnancy x3. It resembles something between an apple doll and fredi krueger's face. Lots of deep stretch mark scars and loose skin. My husband and I decided it was time to close down the baby factory and he was kind enough to take one for the team and get the snippy snippy. I knew... more
After years of Pilates, low carb eating and walking, I decided that nothing was going to reduce the size of my tummy. I searched the web and decided to make an appointment with Dr. Stoeckel. He explained the procedure and I felt very comfortable with the process; I especially liked the no drains approach. Post-surgical pain was minimal; the compression garment gave me a feeling of support. I... more
I have been wanting a tummy tuck for soooo long. I had my daughter almost 6 years ago and it changed my body a lot especially my tummy. Pre pregnancy I weighed 115 5'0" tall so of course being this small and petite changed after I had the baby. I am now 160 pounds but the weight is in all the right places except the loose skin around my belly button. I hate it soo much. It is so embarrassing... more
I spent my entire childhood overweight and at age 18, upon graduation, I made a decision not to go away to college overweight. In a matter of 3 months through extreme dieting and lots of walking, I dropped 120 lbs. Over the years I was able to mainain my weight loss through portion control and exercise (cardio and weight training). No matter how fit I got, I would always have remnants of... more
Every time I was in a bikini I hated to sit down or bend over. I am 41 yrs old and 4'10 1/2" tall "fun size". I have 2 kids (20 & 12). I have been thinking about having a tummy tuck ever since my second child was born. I was 100lbs when I pregnant with my youngest and gained 50lbs with gestational diabetes. I was so stretched out! One day I was in the pool with my significant other and I told... more
Had my consult today with Dr Erdmann at Duke, I am content with my decision so far! My consult fee was $50. The 1st DR to come in the room was (i believe a resident who will be in the surgical team) He went over everything with me and answered all my questions. (LOVED HIM) then Dr Erdmann came in and sat looked at my tummy and to my surprise he said I did not really need a tummy tuck, my body... more
I've had 3 totally awesome children in 4 years. What's not totally awesome is the way my stomach looks like now.It's pretty much like a scrotum hanging sadly on my midsection. I have no weight to lose, but the loose skin and abdominal separation have got to go. We're not going to have any children and my husband agreed to support me doing this. (He's not the biggest fan of having elective... more
Please note that this post is Pre-Op..I am having a complete tummy tuck done w/ more thigh lipo. I am going flat. I am 61, 5'11. And single. Looking forward to Part Ii. The surgery is schedule for Tuesday, the 21st. I am sooo pleased that this is happening for me. I will keep u posted. Just the beginning. Excited & nervous.
I'm awake already for this fabulous day. I'll rite more when... more