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I am a mother of a 6 yr old and a 4 yr old. When I...

I am a mother of a 6 yr old and a 4 yr old. When I got pregnant with my first child I weighed 120lbs and before I gave birth I was 178lbs. Now 58 lbs added to my 5" 4" frame did not go so well to say the least. I remember my sister's boyfriend telling me I still looked pregnant months after giving birth and new clients at work asked when I was due. After my second child, I lost most of the belly fat but the skin was even more stretched out, sagging and looked horrible. That's when I made my decision to get a tummy tuck.
I need my flat belly back!!!!
I'm scheduled for my pre-op visit on march 22. I'm so excited.

Good luck to you!  You look really fit, and I can see a lof of muscle definition in your tummy so I'm really excited to see your results!

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Thank you. I can't wait either!
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Good luck Nikki 1324 i went for a consultatin with Dr Morrison last year at his private practice and i couldnt afford him. Im about to do another consultation with him again because is work speaks for its self. Did you go to his private office or through harlem hosp?
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Today I did my blood work in preparation for next...

Today I did my blood work in preparation for next Friday. I wasn't scared like I always am when it came to needles, in fact, I was excited.
Oh boy!!! After I did it, my nerves kicked in and I started feeling nervous about next friday. Good thing it's a week away. Pre-op visit is on friday. Yaaayyy!!!!
Good luck... Hope all goes well...
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Getting ready for my pre-op visit. I'll let you...

Getting ready for my pre-op visit. I'll let you ladies know how it went.

Pre-op visit went well today and everything is on...

Pre-op visit went well today and everything is on track for the big day. I almost cried leaving his office. I wish the surgery day was tomorrow. Now I have to wait a whole week. Hope it goes by fast.
Good luck!
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Good Luck Nikki- I am having one the same day.....Cant wait to the start to my new life. Will be praying for us to ave a speedy recovery:)
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Sounds good...praying is good :) I'm a bit nervous about the recovery so I plan on taking it easy for a while. Good luck!
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Help!!! I can't sleep!! The 29th needs to come now

Help!!! I can't sleep!! The 29th needs to come now

Counting down the days. :)

Counting down the days. :)

Today I told my 4 yr old I'll be going to the...

Today I told my 4 yr old I'll be going to the doctor on Friday and she asked "are you going to have the baby now?" What baby?? Friday cannot come any sooner. Aaaahhhh! This belly has to go.
Good luck on Friday, my TT is Thursday morning. I can't wait to see how you look once you get to the flatside.
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Can't wait to see how you look too. Good luck on Thursday.
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Thanks
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Gotta be there @ 6:00am in the morning. Finally!!!...

Gotta be there @ 6:00am in the morning. Finally!!! Pray for me ladies.
I hope all goes well for your surgery tomorrow. I'll be following closely, my surgery is 4/11. Happy Healing!
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Good luck to u and a speedy recovery
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I am so pleased with the way they dealt with me....

I am so pleased with the way they dealt with me. From arriving and being prepped, to being in the surgery room up until recovering from anesthesia I have no complaints. So far I can see the results. Dr. Morrison is awesome. The recovery hasn't been too bad. I'm good :)
Awwwww Nikki.... congrats gurl. Hope your resting pain free and taking deep breaths that its over. Remember to keep up posted!
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Happy healing
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Thank you :) Surgery went well this morning. I'm at home recovering right and not realty in any pain. Just a little sore.
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Day 2 post op and I'm comfortably resting as long...

Day 2 post op and I'm comfortably resting as long as the pain killers are in effect. I'll update pics soon
Happy recovery!!!
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I'm 3 days post op and I still haven't seen my...

I'm 3 days post op and I still haven't seen my tummy yet. Tomorrow is my post op appointment and I'm eager to see what's going on under the compression garment. Keep you guys posted.

I'm 3 days post op and I still haven't seen my...

I'm 3 days post op and I still haven't seen my tummy yet. Tomorrow is my post op appointment and I'm eager to see what's going on under the compression garment. Keep you guys posted.
Well Nikki- how did things go? I hope all is well. ((Hugs)) and prayers your way:)
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Hey girl...let me put it like this. Things are so well I'm on my way to Bloomingdale's 7 days post op.
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Awwww- you go girl. So happy for you, buy yourself something sexy. You deserve it:)
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Did my post op visit on April 2nd and it went well...

Did my post op visit on April 2nd and it went well. I finally got to see my belly and I love it. All my stretch marks are gone! My tattoo too...lol
Glad you're doing so well......
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I had a breast reduction and they removed my tattoo also, I was so damn happy because it was old from when I was 18! lol Are you feeling okay?
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Bonus! I'm not feeling too bad. Thinking about what the surgery entailed, it is remarkable how the recovery is. It's not a walk in the park by any means but It's not horrible. Each day it gets better.
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I am now 12 days post op I did my second post op...

I am now 12 days post op I did my second post op visit yesterday. I was cleared to take a shower which I'm happy about. He removed my drains and I'm a lot more comfortable. I thought it would make me sleep better but I didn't. Hopefully it is better tonight. Well...it's a warm day in NY and I'll be going out to enjoy it. Happy healing my tt sisters!!

I am now 12 days post op I did my second post op...

I am now 12 days post op I did my second post op visit yesterday. I was cleared to take a shower which I'm happy about. He removed my drains and I'm a lot more comfortable. I thought it would make me sleep better but I didn't. Hopefully it is better tonight. Well...it's a warm day in NY and I'll be going out to enjoy it. Happy healing my tt sisters!!
You look nice. I have my second consult with him on the 19th.
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He's great at what he does and he's really nice too. Good luck! Not like you're going to need it. He's awesome.
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Nikki did u see your waist girl !? Tiny excellent ! I hope mine looks as good as yours
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I'm 2 wks post op and I look so bloated it's...

I'm 2 wks post op and I look so bloated it's depressing. Is it that I'm walking too much? Is it what I'm eating? Is this normal? HELP!!!!
Your only 2 weeks p.o. give it time for swelling to go down. So so normal but slow down on the walking because I am swelling after a good walk and i'm 3 months. To stay away from anything with sodium, that will make you swell. I was eating greens and found that even made me bloat. Try to rest as much as you can, listen to your body and if you have swell hell it's your body telling you to sit and put up your feet. You look great! Happy healing!
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Thanks for the advice. I was next to freaking out. I'll be resting more.
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Lol thank you girlie!
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Everyday it gets a little better. This healing...

Everyday it gets a little better. This healing process is sooo long. Never really anticipated the whole thing. Being told that after about 3 wks I can go back to my normal routine I thought I'd be better on the swelling side of things. My lower back is still super swollen from the lipo. I'm tired of wearing yoga pants and tights. Now I'm scared I may not be ready for my trip coming up next month :(
I'll update pics later.

19 days post op today and progress is slow but I'm...

19 days post op today and progress is slow but I'm being patient. Yesterday I wore jeans for the first time since my surgery. So far I am pleased with the results. The silicone pads my ps gave me he said is to help keep my skin smooth under the binder. But at the same time it is helping to make my waist smaller. It makes the binder a lot tighter and uncomfortable but no pain, no gain...right? My lower ab is swollen but I'm making progress. My lower back is also still swollen from the lipo he did there. Just updated new pics.
You look great!! I am trying to decide on a date for my tt. One date is just 3 weeks before I leave for the beach. At 3 weeks po do you feel well enough to go relax on the beach? I will just be relaxing and watching the kids play.
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I'm 3 wks and still swollen. Maybe it would be too soon for a bikini but I'm well enough to go lay. Plus my doc said at 3 wks I can go back to my regular activities except the gym. Can't do too much there only cardio
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I'm loving the pics!!
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23 days post op and sleeping is getting a lot...

23 days post op and sleeping is getting a lot better now. Also I've been off any kind of pain killer for over a week. I have an appt on Tuesday with my ps to check on my progress. Sitting for a period of time and then getting up causes me to hunch a bit until I straighten out a few minutes after. The binder is a lot easier to wear now so I think I need to go a bit smaller. I noticed it is a size medium so I think it's time for a smaller one. I'm curious to see how small my waist can get. Happy healing to all my Tt sisters and good luck to all the aspiring ones. It's a great feeling being on the flat side.
Loving it!!
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Did my follow up today with the wonderful Dr....

Did my follow up today with the wonderful Dr. Morrison and in his words I look "fantastic". My healing is coming along the way it should. He said the garment is needed for 6 wks after which it is not mandatory...thank God! I'm happy with the results so far and I am glad I did it. Time for swim suit shopping. Yaaay!!
Congrats you look great cant wait to see more pics!
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LOOK GREAT
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Looking Fabulous! :)
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Today I hit the 4 wks mark and it feels great....

Today I hit the 4 wks mark and it feels great. Swelling is still there but it's worse in the evening. Posted new pics.
Okay..thank you
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Where did you get your compression garment..Was it provided by your surgeon or did you buy it yourself?
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My doctor gave it to me.
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I'm 2 days shy of 5 wks but I'm still swollen in...

I'm 2 days shy of 5 wks but I'm still swollen in my lower back and belly. I have yet to fit in my pre-op jeans and I'm tired of wearing tights and sweatpants :( I caught a cold (which I was avoiding since day 1 of the surgery) and it still hurts to cough and sneeze. After almost 5 wks I'm just bummed out I have yet to button my pre-op jeans. This swelling is getting on my nerves!!
How long did he say the swell will last? Also i dont know if i asked you this already, did you get any lipo done as well for that price?
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I was told about 3 mths. Yes, he did lipo on my back and flanks. I asked him to "shape me out" and he did. Some say he's expensive but with his background, experience, skill and end result it's worth it to me.
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The reason i asked because at my first consult with him he quoted me 14,000. That is just to dam much. you paid under 10. I have my second consult with him on friday and im gonna try to talk him down. I need TT and some lipo as well.
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Hey Ladies!! So I'm 2 days shy of 6 wks post op....

Hey Ladies!! So I'm 2 days shy of 6 wks post op. The last 3 wks have gone by so fast. The first 2 wks seemed to crawl by. Ugh!
So far I am elated with the results. I'm 100% happy with the decision to go ahead with the surgery. I you was so self conscious before.
My construction garment got wet so I can't sleep in it. I'm a little nervous about bit sleeping without it even though my doc said I could stop wearing it at 6wks post op. I'll post pics soon
That's great!! Happy healing.
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Thank you :)
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*7 wks post op* Not much has really changed since...

*7 wks post op* Not much has really changed since my last update. I'm still wearing my construction garment with silicone pads at night but not so much during the day. The swelling is improving and I see changes every week. I'm back to doing my regular stuff but I try not to lift heavy things. When I do I feel tension in my abdomen and it freaks me out. I'm scared I might mess something up. I posted new pics I took this morning

I was told by my ps that I don't have to wear my...

I was told by my ps that I don't have to wear my cg after 6 weeks but I feel like I still need to wear something. Maybe it was the lipo he did or just the tt but I need something. The one he gave me zips at the side and closes at the crotch too ( which I'm tired of). What is a good stage 2 garment? Please help!
I'm a huge fan of the Marena garments.
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You look great. Where did you get the silicone pads? I would like to start using them now.
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My ps gave them to me. You can probably get them online though
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Rash on my scar

My scar became very itchy which I figured was normal. The itching progressively got worse and when I looked closer at it I noticed a rash. The rash began to spread along the incision line. Can you imagine how freaked out I am? I'm clueless as to what is causing this. The only thing I put on it is mederma which I've been using a few weeks now. I'm going to the pharmacy to see what cream I can get to help.
Looking great congrats!!
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Is your doctor doing any silicon treatments on your scar? I just started and the results are very noticeable! You should as PS
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4 mths post op today!!!

16 wks ago I was in bed sleepy from anesthesia from my surgery. It has been a long road and I'm still not dine with my journey. So far I am pleased with the results. I'm glad I did it! Swelling is still an issue...yes at 4 months. I still wear a cincher at night because I love the way I look in the morning when I do. Some of my jeans are still tight when I button them. My scar is healing nicely too.
I notice though that sometimes from my belly button upward seem so distended.
Very nice!
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Almost 6 mths!

I am happy I went through with the surgery. I don't think I've ever been this happy with my body. Before I had my kids I felt too skinny and after I had them my belly was wrecked. So I really enjoyed and loved my body. The surgery has given me a level of confidence I've NEVER had before. I feel amazing in my clothes and outfits I couldn't wear before I'm getting so many compliments when I do.
However, I'm still swollen but it's not too bad. I sleep in a corset kind of binder religiously.I love how flat my belly looks when I take it off and the swelling has gone down. They say optimal results is after a year and I can only imagine how it's going to look.
To all my TT sisters thinking about doing it, those waiting on their date and those already on the flat side good luck and happy healing. Talk to you soon.

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**Correction* I never really loved and enjoyed my body
what a transformation !you look amazing!
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You are still looking good!
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7 mths post op

I did my follow up visit about a wk ago and I was given the go ahead to do abdominal exercises. Yaaayyyy!!! I want that definition.For now I'm not going too crazy with the exercises. I have little to no swelling mostly. Here are some updated pics

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You look fantastic. Are you excersizing now? I need to get on that but I'm 8 weeks post TT and looking into my BA to happen some time next few weeks if not in January.

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As far as exercising goes, I'm doing just a little cardio and mostly abs (yes, mostly abs). Funny right? I want that definition. I'm hoping to have my BA before my TT one yr anniversary which is in March.
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Awesome!!! I should excersize but somehow all of the distractions...
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On the fence

Swelling? Could it be? After all this time? It seems as if I dont wear my waist cincher my belly isn't flat. I'll upload pics to show what I'm talking about.
You look awesome.!!!!
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Thank you Ms. Possible :)
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Congrats honey u look great
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I'm losing my mind! What is going on? This is what happens when I don't wear my waist cincher. I have this bulge that goes down below my belly button. I'm a little blue :( is this how it is gonna be? It's been 9 mths. My ps says it's because of how extensive my muscle separation was. I guess carrying 2 babies both weighing over 8 1/2 lbs accompanied by the weight I gained during both pregnancies (and lost rapidly) wasn't good for my body at all. My doc recommended doing abs work outs to tighten the muscle he repaired. Whomp! Whomp! Who would've thought I needed ab exercises after a Tummy tuck. At the end of the day, no 2 people are the same. Everyone heals differently.

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I'm suppose to call to schedule an appt to fix the dog ear. (See pic)
My ps said my abdominal wall was 4 fingers wide seperated. He emphasized that it was larger than the norm. Do you I'll go through the same as you mentioned?
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I think mine was just about the same. Let's hope not though. I'm still happy I did it. I'm still under a yr post so I'm still hopeful. The work required after is something I can deal with. It beats having a saggy, stretchy tummy
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Hey - you really look amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I plan to use the same doctor. Did he fix the dog ear? And if so was there an extra charge to fix that?
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Dog ear appt

Today I scheduled an appt to correct the dog ear. The date I got was coincidentally the same day I have my 1 yr post op visit. I'm already thinking of a cover up tattoo for my sides where the scar shows when I'm in jeans. What the heck...maybe I'll cover the entire scar and start shopping for itsy bitsy bikinis for this summer :)
Despite my tummy not being super flat, I have never enjoyed my body this much. Only other thing I would change is......bigger boobs. Yup, I want them.
Nikki look up www.Pinterest.com they have nice ideas for tattoos tummy tuck scar cover up.
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I visited it just now and saw a few I liked. Thanks honey!
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Sure. :)
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I sneezed and it hurt

So...I'm home in bed watching tv and felt a sneeze coming and I thought nothing of it. Oh boy was I wrong! It hurt so bad. Made my eyes water and everything. From now on I'll be holding my tummy when I sneeze. I do not want to relive that. Kind of brings me back to the mths right after surgery. Not sure why it happened though because I haven't done any exercises for about a week. My intent is to have those washboard abs (well not really) lol. I do want it flat though. In terms of swelling, in still experiencing some. I can tell when my belly feels tight. Especially close to the scar. I still pay close attention to my belly though. Here are some pics of my scar

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I took these right after I was done doing abs.
u look great. is it normal to feel pain when sneezing 9 months after a tummy tuck? and would u consider asking ur surgeon to lower d sides of ur tummy tuck scar
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Thank you :) Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. It got better as time progressed but for some reason that one was bad. Usually, I would push on my belly button when I sneeze. I never considered asking him to. He told me why he it was that high though. It said something to the effect of closing the incision. My incision stops just before entering my back.
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Love your results
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pics of me in clothes post tt

you look amazing.
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U look great...what kind of cg do u wear at night
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dog ears removal

Hey tt sisters! Today I went and removed my dog ears. Yes...it was pain free. It was so weird being on the table wide awake and being cut open and stitched back up. It took about 30 mins and the whole time I was texting. Picture that! Lol Right now I am in some pain but nothing that some Tylenol can't handle...I think. I have a follow up in 2 wks. I'll keep u guys posted.
Nikki - thanks for the updates. I am almost 3 weeks po and still hunch over. Do you remember how long did that last for you?
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I remember when I went to my post op visits right after my ps would tell me to straighten up. It took a few wks to completely straighten out though. Around the 4th wk or so.
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That is absolutely amazing and thankyou for giving us a more up to date look of your procedure
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Tylenol did not work!

The first night after the dog ear removal was crazy. Tylenol did not help the pain. My eyes were watery and everything. Yup...I almost cried. Getting in and out the car kinda brought me back to the days and weeks right after my tt. Today makes 5 days since the removal and now I feel close enough to normal. I haven't seen it yet and I won't until the 14th. It has this clear plastic tape over the gauze which I'm told is to make me able to take a shower. I'm anxious to see it but I just have to be patient
Your stomach looks great very nice job. Nikki how was the pain post op?
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The pain wasn't as bad as one may expect considering what the surgery entailed. I had no pain near the incision which I guess was because that whole area was numb. Any pain I felt was my muscles feeling sore due to the repair. Coughing and sneezing was a no-no. Omg...that was horrible. The swelling contributed to a little discomfort because somedays I felt like I was gonna pop.
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Nikki was that the total cost of your surgery ?
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visit post dog ears removal

Had my visit yesterday and the gauze and tape were removed. It had been covered since the revision. I was advised to keep it moist. I put mederma on it as I did with my incision. I'll be doing it once a day. I have posted pics to show
Damn pop. Can I ask u a question how much did I pay because in in nyc and they r expensive. I was thinking about going to get the consult to see what they tell me and much it will cost then I wanted to start saving.
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Mine cost $8,300. Keep in mind that the prices vary tho. Choose a doc based on results...not price. I find that the most experienced docs charge more. I absolutely love mine. Try and schedule something with him and see.
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New York Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Morrison came highly recommended and I'm glad I decided to have him do my surgery. He listened to my concerns and outlined exactly what he was going to do which of course made me comfortable. His staff is amazing too. My entire experience was wonderful and my result is even greater. I would recommend him to anyone!

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