I Love my Belly Again! - Dallas, TX

I found this site earlier this week and have been...

I found this site earlier this week and have been avidly reading posts an reviews. Tomorrow I will be 4 weeks post op for a full tummy tuck. I couldn't be happier with my choice to have this surgery and my choice to use Dr. Steven White. I was unhappy with the sagging skin on my belly that no amount of exercise could smooth and tone. I have been wanting to find a fix and my amazing wonderful husband said ok. I worked out with a personal trainer for 8 weeks before my surgery and my weight was already good for my height. I was up the night of my surgery walking the hallway with Dr. White. I have not needed any medicine except Tylenol since leaving the hospital. I have done everything he said to do and my results are beautiful. My 17 year old daughter saw me unveiled for the first time yesterday and was shocked to see I have the stomach, abs, skin, and definition of a 25 year old. Did I mention I'm 53?

I'm so excited every day to see how I progress. Dr. White's exacting methods and attention to every detail has made this an easy recovery. I am even looking at bikinis. I can't wait to rock this body! Hmmm...what next?!

I wish I had taken before pictures but I did...

I wish I had taken before pictures but I did everything to keep away from the camera. My abs and belly are incredible. From the day I had the surgery it was evident my skin and results were going to be amazing. Tomorrow is one month. I'm in an extra small body suit and corset that I had taken in to make it smaller. My dr still wants to keep me compressed and it feels better to have the body suit on when I'm at work. I stand for five hours straight in different positions at work.

I actually found out about Dr. White at work!! I work for Homeland Security and was patting down a passenger because our machine showed something unusual around the waist area...she had on her compression suit from a tummy tuck!! She told me what it was as I patted down her waist area and when I asked if she was happy she said "YES". She said absolutely not to go to any other doctor than Steven White for any type of plastic surgery. It turns out I loved him and never went to another consultation. I've never been more excited and glad about my choice to have surgery and who I chose to walk this journey with me. My husband is a physician and has been so happy to see how happy I am. Thank you to my two favorite doctors!! I will post after pictures as soon as I can!!

As promised I'm posting pictures. 30 days out and...

As promised I'm posting pictures. 30 days out and my belly button is almost healed. The silicon tape is still over my very thin scar to keep it thin and small.

Yesterday was my 5 week anniversary! Today I went...

Yesterday was my 5 week anniversary! Today I went to the gym for the first time!! It was great to say hello to my trainer although I can't work out with him yet. He said, "Wow"!! Between his workouts before my surgery and my doctor its been a great recovery. I can't say I've felt depressed at all. (One of the frequent possibilities I heard about) I can only walk on the treadmill but it felt great. I have my compression suit and corset on under my workout clothes but felt good!

**Tip**Some people have mentioned feeling itchy under all the layers and I did too. I'm passing on something that helped me a lot. My first layer is a light tank top. Then the layer of foam padding (1st three weeks), then my sexy crotchless compression outfit, and then a corset! But, my magic discovery of the tank top under all the layers really helped my itching.

I will work on new belly pictures!

I added a few pictures for my 5 week po mark. I...

I added a few pictures for my 5 week po mark. I still have silicone tape sheeting across the scar but I took off a few pieces for the photo. When I look at the scar directly its less red than on the camera. The camera makes it look a bit raised too. It's not. But here they are!!

I added some 5 week po pictures. The scar is still...

I added some 5 week po pictures. The scar is still covered with strips of silicone tape in one and I took a couple off for my next one. I reapplied immediately though :). I think the pictures make it look worse than when I look at it directly. It's not raised at all and not that red. Same with my bb. Probably the lighting in our bathroom. So I'm still in cg's and a corset night and day. No need for meds since day two except Tylenol now and then. Every once in awhile it burns under my scar above my hips. That's when I relax and take Tylenol. My workout yesterday was simply walking on the treadmill but its a start!

Sorry about the similar double posting. I'm a spaz!!

Sorry about the similar double posting. I'm a spaz!!

5 1/2 weeks po pictures. The scar is still covered...

5 1/2 weeks po pictures. The scar is still covered with silicone bandaid tape.

9 week pic update!

I added a few 9 week po TT pictures tonight after removing my compression gear as I was getting ready for bed. I will add some more again soon. I hope all my fellow TT's are well. I'm still so happy with my results.

9 week pics.

Forgot to actually add the pictures :)

Lower scar at 9 week pics

The scar gets better ever day. When the redness is gone the scar is so thin and tiny! My corset and cg are still my friends especially at work. I bought a new black corset bc my other one was looking kind of worn. I brought it to the tailor to have it made tighter.

9 weeks

11 weeks?

If my math is correct, I am 11 weeks post op...my results are so incredible! I can't say enough good things about Dr. White. He makes you feel like you are his only patient and we are both so excited and happy with my results. What a magnificent doctor I found!

12 weeks tomorrow?

I took a few updated pictures. My scar is tiny and I'm waiting for the pink to fade away. My belly is a bit swollen from the gallons of coffee I had :). Coffee seems to make me bloated for awhile. I will try a morning picture before coffee soon! Thank you Dr White!! Love my belly!

3 1/2 months tomorrow!

I'm adding a few pictures. I'm not great with a camera so please disregard the shadows! I feel great and still wearing my one piece compression gear during the day at work and to work out. On top of that I wear my corset. In my job I am standing for five hours, bending up and down, and lifting luggage so I feel safer in my CG and corset. I'm back at the gym 3x's a week with my trainer that stays away from my core. We are working hard on my legs. They seem worse now that my torso area is gorgeous :). We are also working on strong arms and back.

I have not had any regrets or sad days since my surgery. Still love my belly and my decision!!

Updating 14 months since Tummy Tuck!

It's been 14 months and I am so happy with my tummy tuck. Thank you Dr White!! I got my groove back! I'll try and post new, updated pictures ASAP! I'd do it now but I'm hooked up to a Cool Sculpting thigh machine right now! I had my inner knees done several weeks ago and now I'm doing outer thighs. There is no pain and you can truly sit and watch tv while the fat freezes. It is not the immediate results of a tummy tuck surgery but I can't seem to find a surgery to "fix" my legs. I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could. So I'm trying Cool Sculpting! I'll keep everyone posted!
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I couldn't have found a better choice of plastic surgeons. He is quite a drive across town but worth very minute in traffic!

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Karey, I'm so excited to see some updated pics! I'm happy you are doing so well and loving your results still. I have been looking into Cool Sculpting for my inner and outer thighs so please let me know if you are pleased with your results. So happy for you and hopeful my turn will be coming soon!
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I haven't seen any change but I will keep you posted! I did inner knees 4 weeks ago and then continued the following week with outer thighs and then inner thighs. The only pain was about a week after outer thighs Little stabbing prickles for tw days. My dermatologist said the area was becoming unfrozen from the procedure.
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You look good Karey!
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Amazing..you look so fab!!!
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How nice of you. Thank you! Appt with Dr. White Monday! I wish I could think about legs but my husband would croak :). Instead I'll keep at it at the gym. I told my trainer I wanted long, lean legs by Christmas...
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Incredible results! Your scar is so low and thin too! So happy for you!
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Thank you! That's really nice.
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You look GREAT!!! I understand completely what you mean about your legs. I'm feeling the same way - oh and I can't stand my arms now too! lol I'm 6 months and I still wear my CG occasionally - in fact I wore it every day up until the 5th month. It seemed to help. Still swelling even at 6 months every afternoon/evening and its terrible after working out - which is 5 days a week. I figure its just part of the healing process so it is what it is.
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I wear mine always to work out! I strayed once at work and wore a Fredericks of Hollywood corset this week! Then went back to my CG and corset today...
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you look great, I'm so happy for you that are back at the gym!! You made me laugh with the comment about your legs seeming worse now. Too funny. So fortunate to not have any real swelling, I will follow your example with the cg and corset and hopefully that helps me too. Good luck with everything!!
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Dr. White even had me in a layer of foam for the first two weeks under the CG and binder! He has been right so far!!
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Yeah, that's a lot of compression, I'm sure it played a major factor in your minimal swelling. I am grateful for all the tips you have given me and answers to my numerous questions. I'm excited but also very scared for some reason. I hope and pray for results like yours!
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You look great, Karey!! Congrats!
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Thank you!!! I bet you are amazing now. I'm back at the gym 3x's a week!
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I can't believe how wonderful your results are!! I was wondering if I should continue to wear a cg even though it is no longer required by my ps. I am 2 months post op and I am glad that I saw that you are. I think that it will enhance the results. I haven't had any regrets either. In fact, I feel so good about myself and it shows in the way that I dress and my attitude. I'm going to go and look up Flexies now. :) Thanks!
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My next appointment is Monday so I will keep you posted on what my doctor says. I think the CG has kept my scar flat and have never had swelling in my scar area. It works for me. I think swelling happens when I have too much salt and when I'm constipated. (Sorry abt tmi). I'm so glad you are doing well too!!
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You look fabulous!! So glad things are going so well!
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Thank you so much for the update and pics, you look freaking amazing!! I hope you had a nice trip with your daughter! I don't want to be a bother, but I do have a couple more questions as I begin my journey. What brand(s) cg and corset do you like best, and do you think I should buy a couple right before my TT so I can change them out and not get stinky? What brand scar cream are you using? I have some light stretch marks on my outer hips from my days as a gymnast, I just started putting Bio-Oil on them but it's too early to tell if it's helping. I was also told I will have a very red scar initially but due to my hair color and that it will still fade nicely by the one year mark. I'm sorry to hear about the burning around your hips and the pain in your BB, does the Tylenol help you? I ask one PS in my consult about going w/out prescription meds and he said it can be done, but not many have the pain tolerance to do it so he doesn't recommend it but if I want to do it he will recommend other treatment options for me. Your story encourages me!:)
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Not a bother at all. I'll answer tonight /). Heading to work.
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I can only answer from my experience as a patient of Dr. White. He provided all sets of the compression gear. 3 I think and the corset also. I did recently find the corset at Macy's though. It was a brand called Flexies. The scar cream I bought from Dr. Whites office. I've heard good things about bio oil too. I haven't tried it yet. I think a second CG would be useful to trade off when I wash one. I tried spanx thinking that might be a good option and the crotch area didn't work for me at all! To be blunt, I wet the entire area. The CG's have an opening where both activities can be accomplished :).
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Dr. White provided three sets of cg's and corsets for you? Wow. Thank you for the brand name so I can look it up. I am starting to wonder if I want to move my surgery up to right after the school year starts for my kids instead of after Thanksgiving, and I am looking at everything else I need to buy too. Wearing a cg will take some getting used to, especially having an opening to use the bathroom, that will be weird.
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You look so great, girl!! Congrats :)
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Karey, how are you feeling and recovering these days? I would love to hear an update and see some pics!
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Hi sexy mama! Everything is great. I've just been traveling and busy. My daughter had a baby (#3) last week so off in TN to play with the kids :). My stomach is still awesome although I do like my compression gear. Especially at work. Today is 9 weeks and I love the skin I'm in. LOL. Dr White is still my hero. His staff is always so supportive with every question I have (and some are pretty wacky). It's funny that while flying to San Diego last week my husband was looking though the American Airlines magazine and it listed Top Doctors...guess who was number 1 in Dallas? And then going to TN last week? Different magazine and drs choices for top doctors...Dr. White. I kept the articles and can't wait to tell him!!
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Congratulations!! A new baby is always so exciting. I'm happy for you that you get to spend that time to help your daughter and see your grandkids, that's so lucky for both of you! I never had that help with my 4 cause my Mom's health wasn't so hot and she was doing chemo during my first three and already in heaven when I had my 4th. Kiss the kids extra, this is so fortunate you get to do that! :) I'm glad you are feeling so well, how long does Dr. White have you wear the cg? I have heard some PS's say 2 weeks, some say 6, and some say much longer than that. I'm guessing you fall into the latter category since you are 9 weeks already. I saw online Dr. White has consistently been in the top 5 for the past few years, pretty awesome!
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