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Hi everyone. I have been following all your...

Hi everyone. I have been following all your experiences and I made the decision to have the procedure done. I will be having 3 separarate areas done at separate times. Abs, flanks, and arms.. each a month apart. I am super excited but also very nervous. I just don't know what to expect. I am 26 years old, 5'6 and 190lbs. (The heaviest I have ever been). I've been married for 7 years and have 3 kids. My family is complete and I am ready to feel like myself again. I want this so bad but I do not want to be disappointed. I am kind of happy that I am having 3 separate procedures because at least I will see some results before I have to commit to another. Anyways... tomorrow morning It will finally happen. I will post my before pick later today. If you have any advice feel free to share. BTW, I have my procedure at 8 am, my sisters shower is at 6pm. Do you think I will be able to attend??? Thanks for reading. And I hope you guys will join me on my journey. Yay me!

Tomorrow is the start of a new me...

so.... my procedure will be in the morning. I am getting upper and lower abdomen. I am in a major state of depression right now. I hopped on the scale and saw a number that I was when I was 8 months pregnant. So upsetting. I am so tired of being fat!! This procedure will be my turning point. A new me is going to emerge.... I took pictures and well... I guess I never really new what I looked like. Its disgusting. Having 3 kids is no excuse. I just cant believe I let myself get to this point. Wish me luck.... Thank you.

so.... im wondering...

How tight is my compression garment really suppose to be?? Its killing me!!!! On the bright side, I like my results so far although, the bottom of my stomack looks like nothing was done. Is that's normal? Maybe there is still a lot of fluid in there... I'm serious about the garment though. Puglover, thanks for the well wishes. I will post more photos when I don't look so gross. Lol ;)

ok people... i need some help here...

I am posting some pics of my tummy since I had upper and lower smart lipo Saturday morning. I am really concerned about the "envelope" on my lower abdomen. It looks rediculous. Is it a bag of fluid? Is it fat?? Am I just seriously swollen ??? Is that all loose skin???? If anyone went through this please let me know. I just home it goes away.. advice please :(

is it really necessary?

This compression thing is KILLING ME!!!! can't I just wear spanks or something?.

Epiphany....

So its like day 3 after getting my upper and lower abs smart lipo'd. Lets just say this sucks. I'm in a lot of pain and I feel like my belly is the same just flabbier. I guess I spent too much time reading other people's reviews on how they noticed a drastic difference 24hrs post op. So here's the thing. I'm suppose to schedule my procedure for my flanks and I'm thinking, is it worth the money??? Is it worth the pain??? I wish I new someone who was my body type and went through this procedure. I might me crazy but I spent a lot of time convincing my hubby to let me get it done. The last thing I want to hear is. "I told you so."

Met with my Doc today.....

One week post op and I'm in too much paid. I told the docs but he said it was normal and said I was still very swollen. We took more pics and compared them to my before pics. YES MAJOR CHANGE! I will post more pick tomorrow. GN!!

should i go on???

Hi guys. Sorry it took me so long to post this but lets just say depression is taking over... I am almost 2 weeks post op and i have no idea what to think. I am in a lot of pain and to top it off... i look the same!!! i dont know what happened... when i went to see the doc for my 1 week visit i could clearly see a change. could i really be that swollen??? is my garment not tight enough. I am so confused.

I only had my upper and lower done so far and I am not sure if I am ready to spend more money on my flanks if there wont be a difference. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks guys.

3 1/2 weeks post...

I am happy to report that I am finally starting to see results!!! Not near what I'm expecting but a vast improvement. The pain has subsided greatly so all in all this is becoming a better experience. I'm post listing some phone photos so excuse the quality. On a sadder note, I am noticing some serious dents at the incision site. Is the normal? Do they go away?? N-e- way, I'll be posting my pro pics with the 6 poses on September 3rd. Thats my 1 month surgeversary! Lol!!! Ok well i loom forward to your comments! Good night all!

so excited to get my flanks done!

Ok people. I'm back!!!! I know before I was hesitant to getting my flanks done but I am so ready. I am loving my results! Check me out so far and I promise I will do some updated pro pictures.

part 2 complete!

OK I did it. Got my flanks done today. Let me just say Dr Moody is a perfectionist. He even got my back fat. So I know I wasn't sure about my result but I think its coming along. I am not healing as fast as I would like but the difference is clear. Take a look at my pic from this morning. They are from right before and after the procedure. Let me know what you think :)

one more thing.....

I have had some really stressful things happen in my life over the past few weeks and I actually put on 5 lbs. That sucks and its really noticeable. You can see it in my pics... time to get back on track.

garment problems....

I CANNOT WEAR THIS ANYMORE!!!! I was so uncomfortable last night and I went the whole day without it. Now I'm sooooooo swollen and I look pregnant. I tried to put it back on but it is painful and itches so bad. The same thing happened in my first procedure and I think it affected my results. I really wanted to follow through this time but I'm miserable. Any suggestions?

Well, its been like 2 weeks....

I am semi happy with the results. I say semi because I am very uneven. My left side is beautiful... right, not so much. My doc is soooooo awesome. He said it may be intense swelling but if not, he will gladly do a revision. Here are my las test pics. Let me know what you think :)

revision 2/15/14

I am so excited to be getting a revision done. There are just some fat pockets that I want to get rid of. Dr. Moody is doing it free of charge. I will post my pre op pics on Friday bit this is me right now. All comments welcome :)

3 days before revision

sorry... the pic wouldnt upload

OK here I am now...

rescheduled...

Hi everyone...
So, I was supposed to have my touch up done today but thanks to the crazy snow and ice storm we had this week, my procedure has been moved to next Saturday. That's OK though because this is a busy weekend for me anyway. Frankly I'm in no rush. As long as I look good when the temp hits 80. Lol. I will post pics before and after my procedure.

I cant wait till tomorrow!!!!

Ok so finally its happening. My touch up was rescheduled so tomorrow is the day. I am posting my before pic. I think there's a big diff from before lipo. Ok before you look.... keep in mind I am SUPER bloated. Tomorrow Dr. Moody will smooth out lumps, take more fat from my lower abs, and have be bikini ready!! YAY!

Finally....

I had my touch up today. It was sooooooo painful because of all the scar tissue from before. And let me tell you, I am leaking like Niagara falls right now!!!!! But its all good. I think I have fallen in love with Dr. Moody. Lol. J/k but really he has made this whole experience so great. I can't wait to see my final results. I will post pics tomorrow when I'm done leaking ;)

Cant wait till i heal...

I was just looking at my pics and now I can't wipe the smile off my face!! The TouchUp I had today needs to hurry up and heal so I can slip into that bikini that been in my closet for two years. Lol!

Touchup update... Not Sure?

So, I'm sorry for not updating sooner. I have been planning "a royal engagement" for my 3 year old. Her birthday was today and she was the belle of the ball.

Ok so about the TouchUp... It was a bit different this time. Dr Moody did not us a laser. I was a bit worried about that but he said that it was not a necessity. But honestly, not a lot of fat was taken out either... I think the lack of laser assistance might have been the reason. Anyways., I am noticibly smoother but really, I'm not any smaller. My main concern was my lower belly pooch so I will keep an eye on it and hopefully I'll see big changes. I will post pro pics next week.

swollen and bloated....

We'll here I am. Swollen and Bloated! God bless mother nature. Anyway, so far
I'm loving my new body. The best part is being able to put an outfit together without having to worry about concealing my stomach. So, check out my pics and let me know your thoughts. Oh and the bandaid is from when I accidentally scratch a wound. Yuk. ;)

Corset Training???

Should I do it? I ordered one from orchardcorset.com and it should be here tomorrow. I think I have gotten to the point when I just want the best results possible. I've been doing a lot of research on waist training and I think I'm ready. I'm giving myself till my birthday i July to have the results I want. Here are my latest pics. I'll take more when my corset gets here.

This is it!

I got my corset in the mail today. I am soooo excited I've been breaking it in all day. I'm going to sleep with it tonight. It is surprisingly comfortable and my hubby thinks its sexy lol! Anyway, here are some pics of it. I'm going to try to keep it on at all time. Does anyone know how long it will take to complete the entire waist training process?

my new friend...

Suprisingly Comfy!

So... Against popular opinion, I slept in my corset last night and can I just say, GOOD JOB ME!. First of all, not only is my swelling GONE, but the back pain I have been experiencing for the passed four years, yep GONE too! I had no problems sleeping. I thing I can really get use to this. There are a few draw backs.
1) driving sucks
2) have to take it of to put my shoes on. Lol
3) I got it too small so the back doesn't close all the way. But since I intend on slimming down, I'm OK with it.

Other than that, its going great and I can already see a diff. I will post pics at the 1 week mark.

Corset trial an error...

So.... After a boat load of deliberation, returns, and exchanges, I have found THE ONE!!!

I started with a cs-426 in 24".... Too small.

Then, I exchanged for a 28". It fit great but because is is long lined, wear pants sucked and I was pretty much immobile.

Now I have the CS-305 and I am in LOVE! Thanks to the lovely folks at Orchard Corset, I am now very happy with my corset. I am new to corset training so this is perfect!

Check out the pics! And I'll take all the comments. The good the bad and the ugly :)

Hello RealSelf Family!!

Wow it has been so long!! Sorry for not updating sooner. The hubby was sick. My daughter switched schools. Life in general has been ...... Interesting. As for me, everything is going well. I'm s.till in love with my results. In fact I have set my appointment to have my arms done on April 17th so you guys can follow me on that journey.

So, I am still trying to lose weight but let's just say stress doesn't agree with me. I am now 186 and I know my results would be 10x better if I could just loose so weight!

The corset training is going OK. I really just sleep in it. That works for me and I an able to close it a little tighter every day. When I don't have it on you can deffinately see that I'm more hour glass snapped. My hubby loves it :) I will post pics in the morning.

My goal right now is to really drop 21 lbs. Other than that, I am so happy ;)

good morning!

Ok here are those pics i promised. Let me know what you think. Im still workig on getting that lower abdomen in ;)

didn't happen....

Well.... I didn't get my arms done today :(
My grandmother is I'll and I have to take care of her. So... I had to reschedule. Dr Moody's next available appointment was all the way in freaking June. Ahhhhhhh. Its OK though. It will give me a chance to get back on the healthy train. Yup I got off a few stops ago.

Anyways I shall post a pic of my stomach now. Its sad but I have not corsetted in 2 days and my eating has be ridiculous! You can see the regression. (Disclaimer)
Dr. Derrick Moody

His office is super clean and calm. Never congested. He has a wonderful personality and he's kind of cute. Lol. I will say more after I see my results ;)

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
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 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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@Jam's Mommy I'm soooo excited that I ran across your review. Great job!!! :) I go to doc Moody for a dermatology. I had really been thinking abt geting Smart Lipo done on my upper lower abs, flanks, back fat and inner things. I had been checking it out for a while but I wasnt sure if my body type would need a full TT. After seeing your review. We are shaped similar in your before pics I really thing thing could be an option instead of a full major surgery!!! So did you pay $3K for your abs and separate (how much ) for flanks, back and arms? Please update soon! :)
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Wow Maam you did a wonderful job & look Fabulous! I would love to keep intouch with u once I have my smart lipo done.
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Thank you so much. I would love to keep in touch. When are you getting it done?
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Consultation is schedule for 4/21@11am. I'll let you know how it goes. Scared but excited.
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@Sunshine0325 would love to know how your consultation goes. I'm thinking abt getting smart Lipo with Dr. Moody as well...
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I can not believe the transformation, keep up the good work.
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Thank you :)
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OK - I must say, you look good. From you beg and to see your now! I may definitely have to give this dr. a call, and I live out of town. Now for the $3,500 - which areas did you get done?
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Thank you! For $3500 I got my upper and lower abs, flanks, and lower back. Best decision I ever made!
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You look great. I have a corset that i ordered about 2yrs ago, when i was at that 15lbs lighter time, and i bought it a bit too small ( have have to check was size it is) but there was an opening in the back of mine as well, my daughters had to lace it up for me, i wore it for about 2 weeks for 2 hours a day and i kind ofjust go tired of the whole , needing help putting it on. I never could get comfortable enough with it to sleep in in. But now, with the lipo, i am so excited and your blog once again gave me a great idea, to pull that bad boy back out and after im healed slowly to incorporate it into my day,Please keep us posted, Also do you think you have to wear them daily to keep the shape or once you stop will your body return to its natural contour? Just curious. And hope all is well with your family, just saw the previous post. BTW i am hanging in there, still a little swollen,
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Hey there! Sort it took me so long to respond. Things have been super hectic here. OK so as for the corset, I find that I can maintain my shape better if I sleep in it. My schedule is so crazy during the day and a corset is not the first thing on my mind in the morning. This has been workingfor me. I have a 28 in corset. My waist line was 34in and im now able to lace it fully closed in the morning. (Be for food and swelling lol!) I will post pics in the morning. :)
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I am going to concentrate on getting rid of the hardness and then I will b going back to the corset training. Thanks for the advise.
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I talked to my PS about this yesterday he said I can do it but to wait another month at least to allow for more healing, but since I'm gonna have to have a revision anyway it think I'm gonna just wait but I love seeing y'all's pics of your corset training!
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I am excited for you, can't wait to see how your corset training works for you....I am already a little too hippy for this just yet, lol I think I am good but I envy you ladies! Guess we all want what we can't have, but I would rather be less hour glass shaped!
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Wow...It's looking great so far!!! Happy for you, but I wanted to ask you...You said you got 3 procedures done. Were they each for $3,500 or ALL for that price? You didn't specify so I wanted to find out before I call. I live in Jonesboro and I will hop over with the quickness..LOL..
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I was 3500 for my upper and lower abs, and flanks/ lower back. I haven't done my arms yet but thats and extra $1000. So that will be $4500 in all for all that.
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are you serious? Im calling this doctor today. Thanks so much. You just made my day
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U def got a great price. I think the area u live in has something to do with price. Hope it all works out.
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Shonda24, that is a steal! You better jump on that price I bet you could only get one leg done I'm sure, for that price in Dallas area.lol
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You look amazing.
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Thank you. I was doing good with the corset but I just had to take My husband to the ER and the corset did not come. Can't concentrate on that right now but I will get back on the train when everything settles.
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I hope everything is okay with your hubby! Will be thinking about ya!
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Thank you. He has intestinal bleeding so they are running lots of tests.
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Best of luck to u and your husband.
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I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I hope all is well!
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