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
I've had a couple consultations and they were all about the same price. It does include lipo of the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs and knees. No overnight stay though. Am I paying to much???
Maybe the prices are different, I am in Ft. Lauderdale. BUT my PS said be very very leary of a dr., that does not keep you in hospital, and that is just for my tt, and muscles sewn together. He told me that it is Major surgery, and needs to be monitored. He also said def. general anesthia, and no IV sedation. That is one of the reasons i liked him so, he is the head of PS in the hospital here. I went to three diff. drs, and everyone, had a different story, it was scary to see how different it was. I still have not put down a deposit...i am thinkng of 9/14/11 to do it, but i keep going back and forth....did all your dr's..say outpaitent. There were some dr, that did it in there office too....gulp.

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.

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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