I'm getting a mommy Makeover on April fools day of...

I'm getting a mommy Makeover on April fools day of all days! I currently have saline implants about 11 yrs old that have begun to harden. I am replacing my 475 CC saline implants with 550 saline implants to regain fullness after three children. I'm also having a procedure done called lipoabdominoplasty. I just had my last child 1.5 yrs ago. I am 32 years old. 5'3 131 lbs. I wish I would have lost more weight first but the time has come. I will be posting pics and updating to inform those who could use info and advice. Can't wait to get my pre baby shape back!!

Looking forward to following your journey!
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Thank you!! I'll do my best to keep you up to date!
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Thanks for starting your story on RealSelf! I'm excited for you. It sounds like you're already making friends and getting support on the site. Just let us know how we can help and PM me if you need extra assistance.

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Well, less than a week to my preoperative...

Well, less than a week to my preoperative appointment. I'm pretty anxious about how much its going to hurt. I'm ready though! We got a recliner to sleep in for a week or two. I have my bras and pajamas set out. 12 days till the new me!

I had my pre-op appointment today!!! Its real! Its...

I had my pre-op appointment today!!! Its real! Its actually happening. 6 days to go! I'm so nervous. I was given a homeopathic version of motrin today to take the day before and first few days to minimize swelling/ bruising. I was given 3 scripts (Percocet, ceflex, & antinausea med). I was also given antimicrobial soap to wash with night before and morning of. I did write my Dr. An email this evening just addressing my concerns. (Scar placement, and implant size). He should be getting to me soon. Dr. Wallace has been so genuine and courteous. I feel like I'm in good hands! Now let's get this week over!!!

Also, I posted the wrong Dr. in my review. I am...

Also, I posted the wrong Dr. in my review. I am using Dr. William A. Wallace @ coastal cosmetic surgery center in Jacksonville, Fl.

Your doctor info is now fixed. :)

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Thank U :)
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Hi! I'm 5'3 and 131 pounds too :-). Looking fwd to your updates! Lots of wishes your way!! Hope everything goes really well for you!
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I'm home from my surgery. I'm found well so far! I...

I'm home from my surgery. I'm found well so far! I decided last minute to do 575 cc in plants, not a big difference from 550. The Dr. did a great job of playing scar low. Dr. Wallace told my husband he luposuctioned out 700 CC's of fat!! Crazy! I will post more pictures very soon.

So the pain is setting in. I knee it would. I get...

So the pain is setting in. I knee it would. I get so much to pee because all the fluids. I'm ok when I lie still but need to move every do often to reduce risk of clots. I have to say a recliner is a must for this procedure!! Borrow one, buy one, whatever you've got to do. Also someone suggested a toilet seat lift to make it easier to get off the toilet. ($21 @ Walmart). Worth the money!! I can't believe even with all the seelli g how flat my tummy appears. I'll be posting pictures soon. Mommies, we work hard and treat ourselves last! This is a lifetime change that we deserve. I felt guilty before, now I'm so glad. Pain and all......
lam happy for your new body, mine will be god wiling by may, what kind of toilet seat lift do you got?, happy healing
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Its just thick plastic insert. It sits on the toilet rim and makes the toilet higher so you don't have to stand from a low position. Got from Walmart.
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Best wishes to you and happy healing! Looking forward to seeing your results. I too currently have saline implants(360cc) but replacing with bigger silicone implants between 450-500. Doc will determine which size during surgery.
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Just tackled my first shower. By far the most...

Just tackled my first shower. By far the most nerve racking thing. My husband called and got instructions. The nurse said to lie flat for 5 mins after taking off compression garment. Thus allowing blood flow to go back to the abdomen. We tied a string around my neck to hang my drains from. Either way the whole process way scary and exhausting! Nap time!

Post Op day #5. Had my second follow up. Right...

Post Op day #5. Had my second follow up. Right drain was removed today. Not a painful process, just a strange feeling. It is a very quick process. I woke up very sore today. But with some movement it gets better. Still very happy I choose Dr. Wallace and glad I did these procedures.
You look so great!! Congrats!!!
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Thank you! Still have a lot of swelling to go down....
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You are looking fantastic! Great job
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Day 6. Sore today. Burning sensation under my skin...

Day 6. Sore today. Burning sensation under my skin. My BA has never hurt (probably because its my second time.) Very pleased with the results. I hope I'll be better in a week to take care of my children. That's my only worry at this point. I'm pleased with Dr. Wallace, He's wonderfully detail oriented. I have follow up tomorrow and pray this last drain tube comes out, it burns. :(
Looking great! Your results are going to be amazing!
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Thank u. Hard to tell at this point. My big concern going in was scar placement because I have such a short torso....but I'm pleased so far.
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I'm short waisted too and it didn't seem to matter
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I'm doing better everyday. I really hope when the...

I'm doing better everyday. I really hope when the swelling in my right breast goes down from the encapsulated repair that that nipple is even with the left. Also I am noticing a lot of swelling on sides and appears that I still have a "muffin top". I hope that area smoothes out. I see Dr. on friday and plan on addressing these areas.

Started my period today. Hurts really bad....

Started my period today. Hurts really bad. Unfortunately mine care always horribly painful so I cant tell what's what right now. My right side is horribly swollen. Worse than anytime so far. I hope its not seroma. When I went into this u didn't realize swelling was such an issue for so long. So ready to feel like the new me!

I feel so thick and fat and bloated today!! :( I'm...

I feel so thick and fat and bloated today!! :( I'm weighing in few lbs heavier too. My weight seems to differ by as much as 3-4 lbs each day. Does anyone else experience this??? Its discouraging. Maybe I'm retaining even more due to period?
Girl, don't even worry about the weight gain! I am in the same boat. I weighted 8lbs more after surgery... go figure, lol!
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It's ok it's just water don't worry :)
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Thank u! Hope you're right...
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Hi all :) I'm feeling pretty great today. Im...

Hi all :) I'm feeling pretty great today. Im weighing about 3 lbs less than my presurgery weight. I had my follow up. My tape was removed. Most of my scab came off. Thankfully I'm still numb. I'm so pleased with the results so far. Dr. W says I'll continue to shrink as swelling subsides. So far so good!! Flat Tummy!

Two weeks today. I'm found drastically better than...

Two weeks today. I'm found drastically better than last week. Moving around pretty good. Im still really swollen around the incision line and just above it. Dr. Said that area takes the longest. I'm do proud of my problem solving this week. I have a 16 m. old baby and have come up with ways not to pick him up. Today's my first day without help. I'm still getting shooting pains here and there. Still so worth it!!! Anyone else gave swelling around insicion that's pretty noticeable??
Yes accompanied by hard knots, I find that the less I do each day the better the swelling. Even though I have been cleared to wear spanxs since 2 weeks Po I still find myself with the cg on 24-7. Good luck it gets better day by day
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I was approved for spanx but I feel like it puts pressure on belly button so I too wear old, ugly, faithful CG. I don't gave knots but all along scar a ridge of swelling...
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Day 15. I survived taking care of 4 kids by myself...

Day 15. I survived taking care of 4 kids by myself yesterday. Im definately more swollen but that's expected. Still so glad I did this. I can't imagine how great I'll look in 3 months time. I WILL be loosing the last 10 lbs now. I am beyond motivated, just need to give my body time to heal. I think i lost the motivation because no matter how much I ran it only came off my legs and butt. It took me 3 pregnancies to get a butt!! This took of weight in all the right places. I'm only about 3 lbs lighter so far but it looks like 10 (right from tummy!) All my clothes are baggy in the right places and tight at the breasts.
You look fabulous! :) Sooooo freakin flat!
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Thank u! I have my hood and bad days :) even w the bad it's still worth it!
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Stupid spell check lol!! Good...not hood. I'm not hood lol...
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I had a rough week. My grandfather passed and I...

I had a rough week. My grandfather passed and I had to travel for his funeral. Besides the emotional drain, my body wasn't ready for all that lifting/moving around. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks. I'm still very happy with this whole process and really have no complaints. I'm ready to be able to start running and loose my last 10 lbs. Once and for all. (I love you Grandpa!)
Oh I'm so very sorry for your loss :*( I can't believe you are a month PO but I guess that makes sense if I'm 16 days PO! Thinking about you...
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Very sorry for your loss. Warm wishes and ((Hugs))
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My deepest condolences on your loss...will keep you and your family in my prayers
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I'm feeling so fat lately. I want to loose weight...

I'm feeling so fat lately. I want to loose weight but even when I can start working out I'm afraid I'll swell like crazy. Trying to be patient. But feel bloated. Ugh.
Your results look great and your scar is looking amazing! So exciting to see your transformation and recovery. Makes me even more excited!
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Hot! Hot! Hot! Now that's how a nice rack should look :)
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I love all you RS ladies :)
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Tomorrows my 32nd birthday and I'm going bikini...

Tomorrows my 32nd birthday and I'm going bikini shopping. Still can't believe I was lucky enough to have this surgery and have such great results so fast!!! Thank You Dr. Wallace, you gave me my body back! :)
Wow you look great....
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Wowzers!!!! You look amazing!!! Love, love, love it!
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Awe!! Thanks! How are you doing?
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5 weeks today and doing great! Like the rest of...

5 weeks today and doing great! Like the rest of you I still experience swelling, but mostly I feel great! I don't feel limited anymore on activities. However I do not recommend bouncing on a pogo stick (owe!). Life is amazing and I feel so blessed to have found a great Dr. and got the results that I've achieved. I hated my body in the past and on a daily basis felt discusted that I let my body get so bad. Now I feel proud, alive and revamped! Go for it!
Sounds like all is great! Consider yourself very lucky to not be restricted on any activities, that's really unusual. Cheers
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Wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I didn't have a traditional tummy tuck?
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Usually the severity of your muscle repair determines your recovery.
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6.5 Weeks Post Op.

Monday will be 7 weeks. Can't believe how time flies! I still have areas that I hope get better with time. Mostly the love handle areas. I have a "shelf" appearance, but am sure that my Dr. will adress any concerns at the 3 month check. I still have a collection of either fat or swelling along rib cage just under my breasts. I always held fat there and I know that I pointed that out and that he did his best to liposuction that area. Hopefully its just swelling. Other than that feel good. I am trying to watch what I eat but really want to join the gym, Sadly I live in a part of town that doesn't have many gym that offer child care to kids under 2.

6.5 weeks

Wow you look great ..
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Thank u Soooo much!!
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Monday will be 8wks for me! :0) I think we look like we are experiencing the same stuff right now... I wish this swelling would stop! And my left boob would finish dropping. Do u still where a CG 24/7 and a bra? I'm sitting here right now without my CG on and it feels fine, but I'm just relaxing. I'm so sick of washing it! And adjusting it all day! And going to the bathroom is such a freakin chore! Anyway, happy healing :0)
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Revision

Wait I see now your flanks! Go girl!
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Its a big difference. I was going to wait a week to post more.
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You look awesome! What did you get revised?
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Revision Updated Pics

Did you get a revision because of the area above the incision that you described as a shelf? I'm 4 weeks out and mine is similar. I was hoping its because of swelling. My doctor does not take any negative comments well and acts like I'm criticizing do I haven't said anything. Did you also get bigger implants put in two months later? I thought docs don't like to open you up again for at least 6 months?
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No. My shelf went away with time. I had "dog ears" so he liposuctioned that area and it lies better now. I did get bigger implants and he was reluctant. I'm military and moving across country from him and was empathetic to my request. It all worked out well. That really syinks your doctor is so hypersensitive.
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Hey girl! You look wonderful! The revision looks great. Did your PS do it free of charge? I sure hope so. Congrats to you :)
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Just an update

Nothing majorly new. Still have swelling, as expected. Not bar though. All I can say is I would do this a million times over!! The scar is well worth the loss of all that fat and skin. I love getting dressed! Any ladies thinking about doing it should. I highly recommend the newer version called Lipoabdomunoplasty. Try googling it and research it.

5 month update

My body is healing great. Still very happy with the revision. It really made all the difference! Still no weight loss to date but I'm back at the gym working on it. I feel amazing. My stomach feels so tight. I have abs. Absolutely no regrets!!

5 month pics

Hi Armywife!!! Thanks for the update. I'm so glad you are doing well and feeling great! You look super hot and sexy ;) I will update soon as well. Take care girly!
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Thank u!! I hope you're doing well :)
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So glad u r happy. I remember you from earlier this yr :-)
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I'm posting my before and after's from my Dr.'s office.

I look at these pictures and I'm amazed. I didn't realize how gross my belly had become. No wonder I cried getting dressed. This surgery has restored me to my 21 yr. old body. The lack of cconfidence I had weighed on my marriage. Now, I don't constantly nag about being fat. Life is good :)
Thank you!! It was slow going at first but now it feels like time flew by. Definitely a new me. I love this website :)
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You look amazing!!! I can't wait until I can say I am happy with my results!! BTW I am a patient of Dr. Fee's I also live in Jax. This Thursday I will be 8 weeks post op and I still have a seroma! It was drained once, but only by Dr. Wallace when Dr. Fee was on vacation (the times Dr. Fee has attempted he has gotten any of the fluid!!!) You look amazing. I have to go back in and have a revision and possibly more lipo. ugh....hoping I went with the right doctor...
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Congrats!! Yeah, Dr. Wallace is pretty spectacular. I don't know much about Dr. Fee. I think seroma happens some times. Hang in there. It took me several months for your body to level out. I also had more lipo, which made all the difference. Best wishes! Make sure you're still wearing.g your CG.
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Wow looking awesome!
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Love My Tummy :)

6 months

You look so gorgeous!!! Beautiful smile:))
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You're sweet :) hope you're doing better!
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Ok. Thanks for the tip!!
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working out

I've started running again. I'm down 4 lbs. My goal is about 7-8 more lbs but mostly toning. When I run I feels electrical, almost tingling sensations, across my tummy. Doesn't hurt, just strange. Dr. says it can take up to a year for those sensations to fade. This has been such an amazing experience. Make sure if you're considering this procedure that you do your homework and have a few consults. I had the best Dr. around in my opinion.
Looking awesome hey you've got great teeth! I would know I'm in dental! The tingling is weird when you run and I'm sure it's a circulation thing. I still get it occasionally.cheers!
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I'm in dental too :) taking a baby hiatus.
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Explains the awesome teeth lol
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new pic

6 month picture

Not much change last few months. Still struggling with daily headaches (non-related) and hopefully with be hitting the gym harder very soon.
Hey - I am going back to Dr. Wallace on the 24th for a removal of a previous BA and replacing them w/Silicone hp 800 cc. What size are you and are they saline or silicone?
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I have around 700 saline. Moderate profile I believe. You can ask him if you'd like for a reference of size.
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I've already seen him and I am going with Silicone 800 cc hp. I am a little nervous but I am not worried because Dr. Wallaceis da bomb. Thank you and happy healing! ;-)
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Heading for a run.

I wish you could like statuses or pics like on FB -consider this my like :) run happy
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Thanks girl!! How are ya?
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Beautiful results! Congrats! 
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Awww, thank you sooo much :))
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You look great! I know it's tough as healing gets easier, but thank you for the updates. It helps those of us still in early recovery have something to look forward to!!
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uodated pics

7 months

Make sure you massage your scar, it helps :)
You look wonderful! Your boobs are exactly what I want mine to look like!!
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Thank you!! Picking the size can be hard.
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pic update :)

Happy 1 year anniversary!

Happy anniversary! Please share tips on how to avoid picking up your baby! I have help with my 1 year old until Sunday, May 11. On May 14, it will be 5 weeks past my surgery, but I am still so nervous about having to pick him up!
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You look great :-) thanks for sharing
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You look amazing!! Love your boobs!
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1 year pics

I haven't pushed myself like I thought I would because of my chronic headaches but I'm getting there. My 3 Month goal is to loose 10 lbs and I'll be happy. All my pics posted are without major exercise.
I put his high chair on the ground so he could climb in and out & taught him to climb up/down stairs and employed my older kids/neighbor to help put in/out of his crib. Good luck!
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Awww, thank you. I know it helped me.
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Tee Hee....me too lol. Thank you!
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Scar update

The only thing g I wish I would gave done was tell my Dr. In advance that I scar badly & I don't absorb absorbable sutures so we could have done different sutures. I have more redness & scaring than most. But still worth it 100%!

spell check

My story reads like I have no intellect, but I assure you its my stupid smart phone. Realself should allow edits.
You look amazing! Thank you for posting about the sensations you feel when running. How many weeks were you when you started running? Are you doing ab workouts yet?
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I think I was about 4 months. I still get them but not as badly as early on. I am do abdominal workouts. It took about a year before I could do them successfully. It would burn. Now it doesn't.
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13 Month Pics

WOW you look SO HOT. Your stomach has some great abs! Your surgeon did an amazing job. Thank you for sharing
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Thank you. I'm a much more confident person because of it. He was/is amazing!
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Mommy Makeover Bliss :)

I'm doing great! Working out hard and loving getting dressed. < That's a first!

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Happy Still

I wish my scar was fading more but I think that's genetics.

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You look sooooo amazing!!!! I hope i can get results like yours. Seeing the progression is nice :) thanks for sharing your story. Are your implant high profile? And I noticed you stayed with saline. I hear so many negative things about them but they r what I want. Can u tell me about your experience with saline? We have a similar body type. I'm about an inch and a half taller lol.
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Everyone is taller lol. I'm happy with saline. I have many friends with the gummy silicones and if I could have those I would. They look and feel amazing. I did saline because they're cheaper and I like that the amount of cc's can be added or removed. Dr's never really know how an implant will look until they're in. I believe mine are moderate profile. Again I'm pretty happy with saline for the price. Hope that helps.
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Also I'm about 700 CC's which for me is a DD.
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Hi Floridamommy! It's been a long time since we've chatted but you look fabulous! Hope you are doing well all around. I am soooo behind on posting my results. My 1 yr was in APRIL and I still haven't posted an update :( Take care sexy lady!!!
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Thanks that helps a lot! You look great and I'm happy for you. Its tough being a woman in our culture and society
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I shopped around, did several consults. He was the most informative and thorough. Dr. Wallace is a very good listener and makes you feel safe in his hands because he cares! He did a great job and would recommend him highly to everyone.

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