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I Love my Beach Body! - Jacksonville, FL

After having 3 children at a fairly young age, my...

After having 3 children at a fairly young age, my body was wrecked. I decided to have a mommy makeover after my consultation. Dr. Palin was very thorough with the information about the procedure and what to expect afterwards. He was also realistic with what was possible for my body type, which made me feel better that he wasn't just going to do whatever to my body. Dr. Palin has been absolutely wonderful. His staff is excellent, very pleasant to be around. I never expected to look the way I do now. I would do it aIl over again. I am beyond satisfied with his work. Its hard to believe this is me now. I look better than I did as a teenager. My self confidence has also been restored. I've missed wearing a bikini so much, I now own 10! I would recommend him and already have.

How I have been caring for my scars.

I wore the tape nonstop for over 4 months. I swear it kept my scars from raising up. Also, palmers cocoa butter was applied over the tape, everyday and night!! I still use it to massage the scars and abdominal area every chance I get. I always always always massage the scar!

Supplies

The tape, the Betadine, and the cocoa butter. That is all I used. Betadine was applied over my tape, I did that 2x a day and after every shower. The tape is so durable you can shower and it'll still stay on for a few days! Massaging my stomach with the butter helped with the swelling and also with the scar once the incision was closed.

How he feels!

This about sums it up! Lol gotta find humor in it! Anyone else's man feel the same?! He's been great to me through this journey, and the most awesome Mr. Mom I've ever seen ;)

Clarification on cleaning/healing my scars

Sorry just getting familiar with this site and now I see you can't edit or add to a post. So here goes.. After surgery the incision was cared for by keeping the area clean, tape, and betadine applied over the tape with a cotton ball... 2x or more a day with the Betadine. This was done while the incision was closing up. I stopped using the betadine after the incision was completely closed. Cocoa butter was used to massage my stomach, flanks, and boobs. Not on the open incision. Once the incision was closed, that is when I started the cocoa butter massage on the scar. I did this before changing to new tape. Wipe off all residue before applying new tape, it won't stick if its all greasy. Now for me, once that tape was on it was ON! Lol I pulled it nice and tight in a single strip from hip to hip. Keeping it flat and even coverage on the scar (I applied the tape this way from day 1). I was able to rub the cocoa butter over my tape (warmed up in my hands until it became oil) and massage gently without it coming off. When the tape was off was when I really gave it a good massage. And that's about all I really did. I didn't buy expensive scar therapy creams or strips, just those three supplies. I never stopped wearing the tape for over 4 months!! And still do when I feel swollen or puffy. Tape or no tape for me at this point (6 months out) I massage my scar at any given chance. I can't say for sure if this was the panacea for healing, reducing scar size, and the appearance, but it worked for me. :)
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Palin is professional, kind, and caring. He took the time during each follow up to answer any of my questions or concerns. Without a doubt I'd see him for any future needs.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 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
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Girl you look AWESOME! Rock Jax Bch!!
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Thanks :)
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Wow!! You look amazing!
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Thank you!
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Wow! I just may use your after picks at my pre op appt. "Doc, I want a pair of those." Your makeover looks ah-may-zing
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Lol! Thank you :) and feel free to do so!!
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You look incredible!! Thanks for the advice with the tape and lotion. My surgery is scheduled for 1/3/14 and I'm taking all the tips I can for a smooth recovery.
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Sorry, I haven't been on in a while. I hope your surgery went well! Best wishes for a speedy recovery :)
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You look amazing!!! How great to feel confident and love your body! I can't wait do my turn in 2014!
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Thank you :) It has been of the best things I've done for myself in a long time. I wish you the best for your makeover as well!
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You could be in a magazine! Awesome results!
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I'm blushing... Thank you!! I really have to give a majority of the credit to Dr. Palin, I just cared for my body afterwards :)
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Your PS did and wonderful job! Your breast look very natural. How many cc's?
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Thank you, he really did! :) The implants are 435. They felt huge at first but that's b/c I had nothing left to start with!
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Dang what did you use on your scar? It's so faded for only 6 months!
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Thanks :) I used the 3m tape, Bactrim, cocoa butter and lots of love. ;) I kept the tape on 24/7 only changing it every 3 days. It's very durable tape. And it's super soft. You don't even feel like your wearing it.
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Correction * it's Betadine!!! Not Bactrim. I have no idea what that is!
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So you just massaged every three days when you changed your tape? What does the betadine do?
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Correct. But only after it was completely closed, no scabing. I I made sure to wipe off any residue afterwards so the tape held as tight as possible across the incision. The Betadine was what the PS said to use to clean the area applied over the tape. I applied it several times a day, maybe too much. It didnt hurt anything and it never became infected. Everyone's body heals differently. I would hope what worked for me, will work for anyone!
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Looks great! What volume were your implants? Saline or silicone?
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Thank you! They are Silicone gel (Sientra) and are 435 high profile.
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How large of implant did you go with and did you do silicone or saline? You kook amazing! I'm scheduled for October 11th for Mommy makeover.:)
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You look absolutely fantastic!! How long after surgery did you keep wearing your tight garments? Every day wear and when working out? Did you use silicone tape on your boobs too? Your bod rocks! I had my mommy makeover August 26th- hope I look as great as you at 6months!!
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Thank you! I wore my compression garment for 4 months. I liked the support it gave me. I still wear it to bed a few nights a week. I wear my bra every night and over the last month I have started wearing real bras! Lol and yes, I wore my garments while exercising, as annoying as they are I never strayed. I wore the brown breathable cloth/water resistant 3m medical tape. I couldn't find it in the store so I would ask my PS for a roll every other check up. I hope you are taking it easy and don't rush your recovery! I didn't, especially with that kind of $ spent. It's been a wild 6 months and I wouldn't change a thing. You will look amazing :)
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Looks amazing ! Congrats!
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