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I've finally found the Dr. for me! I have a huge...

I've finally found the Dr. for me! I have a huge gallbladder scar. This scar was the main reason I waited so long. I NEEDED someone experienced and realistic on my potential results. Coming from the Bay Area, I have a wide range of choices . Am I nervous? Yes! I receive the comfort from so many before me. Thanks Realself!!

This uglyness is the reason for a "new me"........

This uglyness is the reason for a "new me"........

My procedure will include a full TT and lipo of...

My procedure will include a full TT and lipo of the flanks..
Good luck honey you're going to look great. Not a lot of fat at all. Just some skin that needs to go. I have a feeling you're going to love your results. I had lots of fat as well as skin and I'm very happy that I did it. Good luck Bay Area Girl!!!
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Good luck with your upcoming tummy tuck! Cant wait to see your results!
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The time is flying by quickly... are you getting prepared now or waiting till after the holidays?
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Let the count down begin! I have two beautiful...

Let the count down begin! I have two beautiful daughters and have wanted a TT since my last baby was born in 1999. I have been very hesitant mainly becuz of my gall bladder scar. After having a total hysterectomy due to multiple fibroids, I started thinking more and more about it. I healed very well fom that surgery with minimal pain, so I'm not too worried about the pain. My hysterectomy surgery was abdominal as well. I didn't visit any surgeon that didn't want to attempt my TT because of the scar (old scar since 1997). I just didn't feel comfortable around many. I believe whole heartedly, that I have found that with my Dr. I haven't started buying any post op supplies, so I could use a some advice from everyone. Thanks for all your support going forward.....
Hello, thanks for you're story. I too have had a gallbladder surgery in 1995. I have been so worried about what the TT outcome would be with such a large abdominal scar. I have had four consults. Three said it would be fine. The other didn't think a TT was a good idea. Did the doctor tell you the results may be compromised in any way? I live in the Sacramento area and am going to schedule my surgery for February as well. I am not willing to accept results that might be any different than a person without prior ab surgery though. I definitely don't want my TT scar to be higher up than normal either. I guess I'm saying its all or nothing for me. If I can't have results like anyone else, then I don't want it done. Good luck too you!!! I'm sure you will look amazing!!
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I have been on 8 consults and they all said it could be done, except Dr. Jimerson. He just doesn't have the experience doing a tt on someone with this type of scar. Everyone else has successfully performed tt on a patient with the scar. They all warn that the scar will be moved down, but won't go away completely and there will be a increased risk of skin nerosis (spelling) on the skin left underneath the tt scar.
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I haven't had any Dr. say the results may be compromised. I will move forward and hope the results are to my liking. Everyone's body will no doubt yield different results. I'm hoping the lipo that were going to do as well, enhances the results!
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I'm trying to not get too excited or overly...

I'm trying to not get too excited or overly anxious. 18 days to go...woohoo! I've been eating better, walking more and counting calories. My husband and kids are very excited for me and can't wait to see the results. My daughter will be graduating from Spelman College in Atlanta and says, she can't wait to see what I'll be wearing for the graduation in May. I can't wait to see what I'll be wearing either! Whatever it is, I won't look like Shamu!!!

14 days to go!!!!! Woohoo!

14 days to go!!!!! Woohoo!
Cant wait to see your after photos. You are going to look fabulous!!!!!! I am 6 days after you so i definitely will be reading how you are doing. Good thoughts from me to you.
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Oh great! We can keep our spirits high as we recover!!!!!
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Wow how times flies from my first post to now..I...

Wow how times flies from my first post to now..I had my preop appt with Dr. Willams and the preop nurse. Next Friday is the biggggg day! Woohoo! I just have to get my supply list in order. So far I have the toilet seat riser, antibacterial soap, scar treatment strips, kelp-cote gel, gauze, vitamedica supplements and gauze tape. Did I miss anything?
Get bendable straws, hand sanitizer and lots of wet wipes. Good luck!
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OK. Writing it down. Thank You!!!
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Are you getting ready?
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Good evening ladies....well next week this time I...

Good evening ladies....well next week this time I should be home recovering! I am so excited and anxious. I have allowed work to keep me busy so I wouldn't keep thinking about it. Since the pre op appt. the other day, I can't help it! We are paid in full and full speed ahead!
Good luck you deserve it!!
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Gonna take care of some household errands pick up...

Gonna take care of some household errands pick up more supplies and get the bills paid....busy, busy busy! Lol, it eases the anxiety of waiting for Friday to get here!!!
Hey Vee, check out the last pic I posted on my blog. You can see how my "NEW" gall bladder scar looks. Tell me what you think!
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Woohoo! Girl, I absolutely love it! I pray my scar could turn out like that! I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks!!!isn't it amazing how far the skin stretches!!! I am sure yours will look the same. Few more days!!!!!
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Tomorrow is the DAY! I can't wait......

Tomorrow is the DAY! I can't wait......

Laundry done, grocery shopping done, healing...

Laundry done, grocery shopping done, healing supplies complete! Now it's time to relax........
Good luck!! I hope everything goes as planned.
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Good luck !
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Good luck!!!! I am excited to read your updates!!
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Well the day went well. I'm really sleepy n a...

Well the day went well. I'm really sleepy n a little sore but other wise great. My sister came to get me at 4:30 am and off we went. Surgery took 2 hrs 7 minutes. I haven't looked at scar but I will n post pics soon! Thanks for all the well wishes!
Hope all went well and would love to hear your updates!
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Hope you are doing good...
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Glad things went well. Happy healing!!
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Good afternoon Ladies!! Well, the surgery was...

Good afternoon Ladies!! Well, the surgery was Friday morning and everything seemed to go as planned. I came down with a little congestion in my chest a few days prior and thought I would have to postpone. The morning of the surgery went pretty smooth, once I got the IV, that was all she wrote. I just remember the recovery room process. My tummy was and is still very sore and the pain is REAL! Please keep on top of your pain meds and it will be easier. I did have two drains but the Dr. removed one today and hopefully the next on Monday. I'm not taking the pain meds any more, I can get by with Tylenol extra strength. I'm very sore from the lipo but very pleased with the results so far. I am very happy my huge gallbladder scar is way lower next to my new BB. Most doctors would have been very apprehensive about pulling as much skin and fat from that high because of the scar. Not Dr Williams! He is a true artist, professional and gentleman! I will continue to post as there are changes. Happy Healing Realself Ladies!!
Looks sooo much better, awesome!!!
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Glad you are ok! That scar is way low girlfriend!!! YAY!! So, happy for you. Now you can wear a crop top and your jeans will cover your scar. Do the darn thing!!! LOL
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Doin it! Lol! How are feeling?
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So far so good! The healing process is going well...

So far so good! The healing process is going well. I'm getting around much better. Still can't stand up straight, but that will come in time. The pain meds are very minimal (maybe 1x per day). I will be glad to have my last drain out on Monday. Dr. removed one this past Monday. I am very pleased with the way my tummy is coming along and the scar. My lipo areas are still wayyyyyy sore! Still very much worth it to get the desired look I was seeking. I will post more pics this weekend! Happy healing ladies! For all those up n coming, if you have questions, ask away!
Ms. V you are looking great...
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Congrats V! You are looking great lady! Take it easy and you'll be hot, hot in no time!
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Thank You!!!!
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Dr. appt today. Not sure if he'll take out this...

Dr. appt today. Not sure if he'll take out this drain because I'm still draining abou 20-30cc per day. Strips are still on. They haven't come off in the shower like I hope. Will wait for Dr. Willams to check out the scar. Otherwise, just trying to heal properly. Will update after appt.
Thanks for sharing. You look great and I will look into that doctor! Looking forward to following your updates. Glad you are feeling well!!!
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Thank you!
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Sorry no updated pics yet. Still have 1 drain...

Sorry no updated pics yet. Still have 1 drain left. I've been draining 30-50 cc each day. Dr wants to wait thru weekend and so do I!! Otherwise pain is better no meds needed. Very happy with low scar. Itching has begun.
You look great!!!!!!! How do you sleep is the pain unbearable????? Can u get around good????
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You look great
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Hello Ladies!!! I posted a few new pics in my new...

Hello Ladies!!! I posted a few new pics in my new CG. I am getting better each day. The other CG seemed to not fit as snug so I purchased a new one. It feels much better. Yes that is still a drain. MY PS doesn't want to remove it yet because still draining. We will do a phone consultation tomorrow and an appt on Monday. Maybe at that time it will be removed. Scar is looking good. Nice and low. Just needs to be smoothed out. I will post more pics on Monday. Happy Healing Ladies!!
What kind of CG did you buy?
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It's a Flexees All Over Control. I bought it at Kohls. I like it!
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You're looking good:) it's gonna get so much better:)
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Steri strips are finally falling off. Drainage...

Steri strips are finally falling off. Drainage appears to be minimal. Hopefully this drain will be out tomorrow at my appt. I'm standing up much straighter. At times I don't but is getting better. Still pleased with the progress.
Your doctor did a wonderful job!!!
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Had a good appt today and am happy Dr took out the...

Had a good appt today and am happy Dr took out the last drain. Hercules! Hercules!
How is life without the drain?
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It is great! The drain was just an inconvenience, I didn't have any pain bcuz of it. I had it for 3 weeks......better than a seroma I guess.
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Thanks for all your good thoughts. I am a friend of making right choices aka Rose. She was hoping to get out of hospital today but this clot is kicking her butt. She wanted me to send out a hello to tell you guys happy healing and she is fighting as hard as she can!!! Oxygen levels are low and she will have to stay longer
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My my, where did the time go? I'm doing well...

My my, where did the time go? I'm doing well healing good. This was the first week back to work and I have no energy at the end of the day.. Each day it gets better, but I do find myself hunched over at the end of the day. My tummy is still swollen and my lipo areas are still very hard and lumpy, but they feel better than they did last week. Patience in this process for sure!
You look awesome I'm so excited thanks for the well wishes!!!!!!!!
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Thank You!
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Everything going well with the healing process. ...

Everything going well with the healing process. I'm still lumpy at the lipo areas. Overall, I am soooooooooooo happy! Will post pictures This week.
Hi Ms. Vee...How are you doing? Was wondering how the 8 week mark was for you?
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you look great congrats hun
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You look great!
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Helloooooo ladies! I'm coming up on 12 weeks. I...

Helloooooo ladies! I'm coming up on 12 weeks. I am loving me some me! I'm eating right, exercising, still taking the Bromelain but most of all still wearing the garment. My garment was a 2xl now I'm in a medium. I still swell every day but minimal with the Bromelain and pineapples. I eat the every day by the container full . So glad to keep sharing .

Scar is healing nicely too!

Scar is healing nicely too!
Congrats Vee...you look terrific!
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Thank You!
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Wow, lookin good. Scar looks great.
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Right side lipo on 7/31/13 on small area of extra...

Right side lipo on 7/31/13 on small area of extra skin....im ok with it!
You look great too!
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Hey Vee looking good !! I think I may need more lipo on the sides as we'll they go down but once I take my garment off before bed and when i wake up in the Am sides somewhat sticking out. What type of garment do you wear and are you sleeping with it?
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Never mind I see you wear Flexees garment do you sleep with it I switch up between the Vedette waist clincher and the body magic girdle I do need to go Down a size
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16 weeks.....I'm loving me some me!!! New pics!

Hello Realself! All is well. Healing is going great! I'm still wearing the Flexees garment night n day! Eating allot of pineapple pomegranate and Greek yogurt. Still taking the Bromelain supplement. Overall just watching what I'm eating. So far so good. I started this process a size 18. Then a 16 at time of surgery. Now I'm a size 12 and dropping. Still swollen in the lipo areas not strange sensations around the I scar area. I can't be more happy n confident!
You looking good girlfriend!!! So happy for you. It's like a whole new world isn't it!
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Girl, yes a WHOLE new world! How are you?
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Vee...so happy for you keep up that great work....
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Still healing! Down to size 12!

Swelling n scar coming along nicely. Still wearing the garment. Wearing a size 12! Loving it because that's pre baby weight size. Which was 22 years ago.....loving me some me....finally!!!

update on scar....nice!

I just read your story. You look awesome !!!!! What type of CG do you wear and how much bromelain do you take before TT I was size 12 and those were too big pre surgery. I'm 8 weeks and I'm swollen more now than before (I feel). I'm smaller defined waist & everything. But this swelling is getting me down. I'm still in a dam 12 and they not falling off of mr. I started with a large fleexe corset now I'm in small and that does not seem to do much HELP plz!!!!
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Hello! I use the Flexees garment. I got it at Walmart n love it! No salt no soda no sugar! Water water n more water with pineapples, Greek yogurt, pomegrante seeds and Bromelain. It is awesome for swelling n inflammation.
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Amazing results! You look fantastic! Keep the pics coming! Love your progress!!
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22 weeks n feeling GREAT!!

Still healing....slowly getting into a size 10. I started this journey as a size 18. A 20 at my highest. I've been eating way better, more active and just enjoying this look. I still wear the garment and take the bromelain supplement. Pineapples are good for that. I'm soooooooo glad to have taken this leap of faith.
You look great!! Thanks for sharing your story.
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Thank you!!
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Lookin good girl!!!
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6 months n feelin GREAT!!!

Hey Realself family! 6 months has flew by. I'm keeping the same routine. Just started on Herbalife and love it! I've lost 2lbs on it so far. Still comfortable in a size 12. :) which is wayyyy better than the 18 I used to be. Waiting for an appointment for revision to get rid of dog ears and a lil more lipo that wasn't done during the regular procedure. Overall I'm truly happy! Till later. .....happy healing!
You are so right and I love the way I look now to pig back off of you why do we wait so long to improve ourselves . I know in my heart if my daughter would have need it I wouldn't wait eight years to get her one. I just so use to putting myself on the back burn. Now it's our time ladies.
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We just have to wait . If I can wait years to get my tummy tuck I guess I can wait one year to see if my scar gets better
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Yea, I hate I waited so long for this tummy tuck...can't stop looking at myself! I wanted results soooo fast, but I figured hell it didn't happen fast looking like that. Just kept saying be patient!
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Yesssssssss!

7 months n still doing great! Started the Herbalife program n lost 5 more pounds. All is good.....
Looking good.
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Thank you
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Looking good!!!
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Im loving it..

On the road to a body overhaul. .Feeling great.
V you look great!!!
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Thank you Sara!! How r u?
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Congratulations on sticking with the herbalife program and the weight loss! And I can't believe you were ever a size 18, cuz look at you, you look beautiful! I saw you were going to have dog ear removal, too, and I just had my dog ear removed- it's not bad at all- it's really fast, like 5 minutes is all.
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Fix dog ears tomorrow. ..

Appt tomorrow to fix dog ears n a lil lipo..Wish me luck! Happy healing everyone!!
Looking good girl
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Still happy

Loving me...
Loving your curves, mama... err, make that hot mama!!!
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Thank you!!!!!!!
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the Revision

Dog ears removed...Some more abdominal n side lipo n fix belly button. Will post pictures soon..Just real sore n sleepy.......
Congrats! You look fabulous!
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Thank u Diva!
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What did you wear after you were done with your binder? I am 8 week, with a abdominal wall repair and tummy tuck and still loving my binder.
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Revision Complete!

Revision on dog ears was great! Received a little more lipo on the sides for more contour. He even fixed my belly button because of the scarring it left! He is great....THE BEST! Will post pics by end of the week.
Looking good! Stay positive!
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You look AWESOME! can't wait to see revision photos. Thank for posting so many pics.
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You look great! Hope your healing is going well. Can't wait to see new pics
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Coming up on 1 year post op!!!!!

Loving myself more than words can say.!
Bee tummy is great but I be gain wt in thighs and back.. :-( But I start working again tomorrow so will get this wt off. I will update soon..
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Vee.. Autocorrect
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Hey Vee ! Looking great!! This year sure has gone by fast.
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Loving this new me.......still!

17 months still going strong, learning to treat my body better.
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