Almost two year post op-New pics

I am 38 years old. I had two kids as a teenager...

I am 38 years old. I had two kids as a teenager and then had another 19 months ago. My body didn't spring back this time.

I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

I will post my before pictures soon.

A whole new body before summer, huh? Very exciting! Many women (most, I'd say) report lots of nervousness and anxiety before a tummy tuck. It's very normal. Try to take deep breaths and keep your eyes on the prize. We're here for you.

my biggest concern is the amount of down time. i only have 2 weeks off work, and i will only have help for the first 8 considering canceling the procedure :(......

Ok, I'm 1 week from my surgery. I have been on...

Ok, I'm 1 week from my surgery. I have been on my vitamin regimen for 1 week now. What I'm looking forward to the most is not having to wear a tight tank top under my shirt to keep the jigglies hidden. I'm also hoping the Slim Lipo will have some affect on my love handle stretch marks, obviously the lipo itself will make them less stretched but I hope the skin tightening will help give them a diminished appearance.

I ordered two new swimsuits from Victoria Secret. Woohoo!!

Posting up my before pics. fyi, my butt pic is because I'm having lipo done on my love handles, inner and outer thighs and right above my knees that the Dr. so graciously pointed out I have some fat. :)

wow...12,000 seems really expensive. Is that the norm in MI? Overnight in hospital Im excited to see your updates, im still goin back and forth with my decision. Sue
Hello, I live in grand rapids as well. Do you mind sharing your doctors name? I have had 2 consultations. One at the amway and the other with a doctor Cullen. I also know someone who had their boobs done with a dr. brundage. Just wondering how you made your decision and what your experience have been in finding a dr. thanks
I went with Dr. Bradley Bengston. I also went for 2 other consultations. One with Dr. John Iacobucci and the other with Dr. Francine Vagotis. Dr. Bengston is the only one who would cut from my belly button and give me a new belly button, the other two would just cut and stretch some skin and leave the belly button where ever it happened to be, which I thought would look weird if my belly button was near my pubic bone and he does lipo in conjunction with TT, but I needed some extra areas done too. Pricing was all about the same. He does have a beautiful office, they give you your vitamins when you schedule so you dont have to go to the store and try to figure out what to take, and bonus...I got a free facial skin care treatment up to $125.00. I went for that a couple days ago, loved it!!

You should have a consultation with him. I don't think you would be disappointed.

Tomorrow is my day!!!! Surgical Center called...

Tomorrow is my day!!!! Surgical Center called with my check in time. I was scheduled for 1:00pm and she told me I had to be there at 6:30am!! My time changed to 8:00am. Now I'm all kinds of nervous. Hope I can sleep tonight. I want to get more before pictures, too, not sure why. OMG...I feel like I could throw up right now.

Can't sleep!!!

Can't sleep!!!
I think most of the plastic surgeons work on an outpatient basis. (again I think, I am not too sure of the stats) Just make sure that the facility is fully accredited and your PS has a clean report. I spent extra money to purchase a report on my PS. I am sure being in the hospital has its benefits IF something does go wrong, you're being monitored and can be attended to much faster.
You can just send me a private message on realself. Just the kind of reading material I need the night before my surgery. :)
what is your email address, i have articles on the dangers.

I'm two days post op, tender and sore but loving...

I'm two days post op, tender and sore but loving my new tummy. It's hard to tell what the lipo looks like because I do have swelling. I'll have to be patient. Get my drain tube out next Tuesday. So far I'm thrilled with the results.
Wow u look great!!! I hope u have a fast recoup time!!!! How exciting. I know exactly how u feel about the nervousness and wanting to puke I feel that way right now. These before surgery jitters are killing me
You are going to have fantastic results once you are fully healed. Hope you are doing well, just take it easy and drinks lots of water.
I have the vertical sutures as well...curious to see how it heals since I'm only 1 month post-op. A little envious of those that have enough skin to pull all the way down :0/ Oh well, it still looks 100% better than before TT, right?

My drain tube is leaking, well actually, my body...

My drain tube is leaking, well actually, my body is leaking at the point of drain tube entry. Going to the Dr. Hope they pull it out and not shove it back in.

Photo Update

Your doc did amazing!! you look wonderful
Wow! You look awesome! Congrats on your new body!
Thanks, I do love it, but really ready for this swelling to be gone.

Husband Quote of the Week - "Your stomach looks...

Husband Quote of the Week - "Your stomach looks 200% better" Gee thanks!! Are you trying to tell me I looked super gross before??

I am almost 2 months post op and have so much...

I am almost 2 months post op and have so much swelling. Is this normal? My 10 day post op pics look alot better than I do now. Any advice?
WOW! you look great!

So, I'm 9 months post op. I have a round stomach....

So, I'm 9 months post op. I have a round stomach. I look 4 mos pregnant and getting a feeling this is my end result. Which I am not happy about. Getting some revision lipo and scar removal done on my abdomen area in April, which by the way does cost more. I have huge muffin top love handles, but I've been told he can't do that in the office and I didn't even have them done in the first place, which I'm really pissed about. I know it was part of my original plan and my quote. I look nothing like my post op pics. I will get new pics up soon.
Your pics looked great in the post ops. But you should really get a 2nd opinion, a Doctor should never be "quick". Great beauty takes time...and most importantly experience. I am considering lipo and will go to the the same doctor that did my breast aug. I hope everything works out for you! It's your body and your money-don't settle!
You look awesome! Congrats:)
U look amazing!!!
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

This whole process from beginning to end went very fast. I saw Dr on my consult day, a few minutes before surgery and a few minutes at post op. He did an awesome job. I feel like I didnt see enough of him though, not sure why. However, with a capital H, his staff is amazing. They more than make up for it. I highly recommend Dr. Bengston and his staff.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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