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Scheduled for TT 2/18/2011 - Marietta, GA

I have lost over 50lbs and my tummy is the only...

I have lost over 50lbs and my tummy is the only place I do not see improvement. I have had an issue with my overlaping stomach since the birth of my first child and it may have gone down, but it also hung lower...

Hey! i just wanted to let your know i had my sugery with dr. west on the 14 of jan not feb 2. i decided to not get the tummy tuck as i might have more kids later...not sure. BUT I did get a bilateral lift and implANT and he did the MOST AMAZING JOB! my husband went to medical school and its hard for him to be impressed with doctors ,,,really it hard. He has been so impressed. You are in good hands. I would pick him 100 times over for the job he did. He told me that he doesnt have to live with the scars and i do so he will do as little as he can. He is so wonderful. he did a great job i know he will do a great job for you!


Good luck,


Brooklyn
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Three years is a good long time to mull something over! I'm glad you're doing this for yourself and that you husband and siblings are so supportive. Will you have help with your children while you heal?

If you're interested, I've started a Facebook community called Moms Who Want Their Bodies Back where we have more discussion and some interesting/fun links.

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Yes, I will have plenty of help - plus my 10 yr old is more help than trouble so it will not as bad for me when it comes to caring for children for me. I also talked to her about it too and she just said it's going to hurt, but if it will make you happy be happy, but you can not wear a two piece... I just laughed.
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I go in for my pre op appointment of Friday. I am...

I go in for my pre op appointment of Friday. I am excited and nervous all together. I will be back to update on Friday...


Very exciting!!!
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Yes, Kimmers - Soon I will be flooding you guys with my ups and downs but I pray that I can remain as calm as I am now.
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Flood away..we are here and happy to help. 
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I had my pre-op this morning and went through the...

I had my pre-op this morning and went through the run down and asked my almost last set of questions. It appears that today's appointment has diminished some of the nervousness I was having. I can say that I am truly ready and if they would let me go in tomorrow I would be so ready to do that. I will be picking up my meds and other things on the docs list as well as some suggestions from all of you lovely people this weekend. What would I do with out you?

Pre Op pictures posted.

Pre Op pictures posted.
I am so very excited for you. You're going to be so glad you made the decision. I look forward to your after photos. Continue to take care of your health. The biggest thing I have to continue to remember is to stay vigilant on my exercise and eating routine to not mess up my results. Take care and be blessed.
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Congrats on losing 50 lbs! How exciting to b so close to getting the stomach u always wanted. What date r u scheduled? I am so excited 4 u. R bodies are very similar. I am 5/7 225 lbs. I am schedule for March 4 almost 3 weeks out. I will send u before pics. U will look geat!
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Yes, I am 5'5 and 195lbs.
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OK ladies, I'm down to my last two days with...

OK ladies, I'm down to my last two days with this unattractive stomach of mine. Friday this time I will be on my way to my new figure one I will be able to enjoy and maintain. The last time I had a flat stomach I can not even remember which must have been my teen years and at that time I'm sure it was not the one of the most important things to me. I promised myself that I will not take any part of this process for granted and will not look back.
Woo hoo ! I am so excited for you :-) Dont forget us and do show us the after pics and update too, eh?
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Hi! I am 58 years old and wonder if there is any problem with an older woman like me getting a tummy tuck. I have wanted one my entire adult life, but was always afraid of the scar.
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Hi ! As long as your in good health there shouldnt be any problem. Scar was never the problem for me . . actually I have NEVER had surgery before but the scary part for me is having an anesthetic. I say, go for it! You deserve it :-)
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OK. Tomorrow is the day!... I will take pics and...

OK. Tomorrow is the day!... I will take pics and upload as soon as I can with drains and all.
Hello, good luck with your surgery, i'm a african american woman and stomach pretty close to yours so i know how you feel. have not scheduled yet but plan on doing this year. please keep us posted.
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Alright girl tomorrow is the day to get your sexy back.... Just think after tomorrow you will be on your way to the body you so deserve. Not to mention to be able to have it done just in time for spring. You will do just fine and I will be praying for your speedy recovery.
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Yes, and this is a perfect birthday gift to myself... selfish and all!
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Ok ladies I'm up and dressed... A tad bit...

Ok ladies I'm up and dressed... A tad bit nervous, but ready. I can not tell you guys how many times I prayed between 3am and 7am...

Hello Everyone, I am home, I've been home...

Hello Everyone,

I am home, I've been home since 2pm. The PS and team said they wish all of their patients were like me. I was rocking and rolling along. Not nervous, woke up ready to go. I knew how to get out of the bed and have checked off all supplies required plus some - All thanks to you all that went before me. LOL The first pain I encounters was in my pelvic area and it felt like I was in my last month of pregnancy, you know the aching that has you walking like a penguin. They gave me percocet, muscle relaxer and nausea meds before leaving and look at me relaxing on the recliner not even sleepy. I pray that the Lord continues to see me through as he has always done. I was not able to see my stomach, but it is noticeable already in the binder already. My friend and daughter is like how cool is this. They seem to be more happier than I am. I already have to pee and have downed two bottles of water. I do have a pretty high tolerance for pain so praise the lord for that. Ladies and Gents... How happy am I tight now from a scale of one to ten.... I will rate it a 10 without seeing my results. I I can help it I will abadone the percocet by Monday and use extra strength tylenol with the muscle relaxer if needed. This was my first surgery ever and no problems with the anesthesia what so ever. I promise myself that I will not let myself go again.... I will remember this pain and discomfort and use it as my motivation.

I did not get charged for lipo according to my...

I did not get charged for lipo according to my paperwork, but my PS did lipo a little bit so I guess he does as needed and probably includes that in the addominoplasty price. I also wanted to mention that his office and the group of doctors that work there make it manditory to get Cosmet Insurance, I thought that was awesome - Since I work in the insurance industry I know that is important especially if you are having elective surgery. Who wants to be stuck with more med bills that your primary insurance will not cover if something goes wrong. Another plus is the practive is about 500 feet away from a full function hospital. I took everything into account - the good and the dad.
Glad all is going so well for you!! Take it easy and post pics when you can, we would love to see them!!
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I get to take a shower in 24 hours so I hope to take pics then.
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aaah a shower! no worries and don't rush on our behalf, when you are ready of course!! :)
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Posted more pics. Today im feeling drugged up and...

Posted more pics. Today im feeling drugged up and just dozing on and off so far today. I will take standing pics at shower time.
Wow you look fantastic! What an amazing transformation already! CONGRATS and keep us posted on the recovery!!
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Looking good girls. Keep your head up. You're a real trooper.
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WOW, it looks great, i'm so happy for you. does it hurt?
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I finally slept last night and am feeling a little...

I finally slept last night and am feeling a little week today,but am pushing through it. The shower was hard as I just couldn't stand that long so I just had to sit. I would recomment a shower seat for this reason. The water felt good and taking the garment off felt great. I've been passing gas so far so good. My tummy muscle burns like hell when I move the wrong way so be cautious. The doc cut me low and it feels like it;s on my pubic bone so I have to be careful the garment is not poking or too tight in that area. I've already switched to extra strength tylenol instead of the percocet because I don't like the way it makes me feel out of control. I've been up and down to the bathroom by myself since I came home. I don't do it everytime but I'm trying to practice as everyone is looking a bit tired now. I just want to be able to stand straight up and give my back mucsle a brake.
Thank you for the updates. I really appreciate reading what you have wrote. I am having surgery on THURSDAY! I love your pictures too. WOW! amazing results already :)
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Hello ladies,

I finally slept last night and am feeling a little week today,but am pushing through it. The shower was hard as I just couldn't stand that long so I just had to sit. I would recomment a shower seat for this reason. The water felt good and taking the garment off felt great. I've been passing gas so far so good. My tummy muscle burns like hell when I move the wrong way so be cautious. The doc cut me low and it feels like it;s on my pubic bone so I have to be careful the garment is not poking or too tight in that area. I've already switched to extra strength tylenol instead of the percocet because I don't like the way it makes me feel out of control. I've been up and down to the bathroom by myself since I came home. I don't do it everytime but I'm trying to practice as everyone is looking a bit tired now. I just want to be able to stand straight up and give my back mucsle a brake.
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aaaw u look great! Your waist is so small and your tummy looks geat!! It will be all over w/ before u know it. Congrats again!
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OK. Its day four and the only thing I can complain...

OK. Its day four and the only thing I can complain about is not being able to stand up straight enough to give my back a break.. Anyone have any suggestions?
Hi, ms banks hope all is going well for you, i was wondering did the doctor do lipo of the upper abdomen on you? what did he say about you being really flat. i had a consult the other day and he told me it would be best to loose a few pound first, about 15 or 20.
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Hello healing buddy, congrats on reaching day 4 :) hope you were able to do the streaching out exercises Kimmers posted for you so that they start to bring relief. Your pixs are beautiful!
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Hello Christi,

I hope you are feeling good today. I must have missed the stretch out excercises... I did not see those.
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Not much to update on today. I have my first post...

Not much to update on today. I have my first post op appt and I left with my drain still in. The doctor and nurses said I was doing better than they thought I would and I'm healing great. He wants to leave the drain in until it gets under 30cc in a 24hr period for a few days. I will post more pics when the drain is gone. I'm 7 days post op and am at 90% standing straight, no more back pain.
oh that's awsome, no more back pain yipee ! Your tummy looks so flat wow. what a difference, eh? !
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Hello Chinadoll,

My ps did not tell me I needed to lose more weight - he just talked to me and explained that the surgery was not a way to lose weight and I would still need to continue my weight lose to goal and it would improve on my results. Again every person is differend. I have about 25lbs to go to get to goal and I am sure not having the extra in my midsection will help the process as I will be able to get through most exercises better. He was confident that he could make it work as long as I help up my end and he did not elude me to any non realistic dreams. I am also heavy chested and have always been so my body shape is not and really never was extremely unproportianate. If you can lose more before surgery it's a great thing.
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I was just wondering? I am about 180 pounds and 5'5 and i have big breast as well most of my weight carries up top. I was just asking because he told me that i may not get that flat and my belly is a little smaller than yours was. and he said that its best if im going to loose the weight to do it before because if i do it after it may alter the results. I personaly think anything would be an improvement compared to what i have now. I know every doctor is different and everyone has a different philosophy just comparing information because i have not made my down payment and want to be more than sure that he is the one. Do you feel you are as flat as you would like? are you happy with ur results? one of the things i asked the doctor im thinking about is realistic expectations, is it like you expected it would be. Sorry about all the questions but u did say feel free to ask LOL, thank you
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I had my drain removed yesterday day 18 post op. I...

I had my drain removed yesterday day 18 post op. I am back at work today and boy, the swelling at this moment is killing me, I'm barely upright at 2pm. Not having the drain to bug me makes it better. I miss my recliner. I will try to post pics this week.

Uploaded pictures from last week. They were taken...

Uploaded pictures from last week. They were taken at the end of the day so it was very swollen as it was my first week back to work. These are three weeks post op.
My stomach looks exactly like your did before your tt, and I was considering getting one. The difference is I haven't had any kids!!! I lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago, and was left with a 'double gut'. I've searched and searched for before and after pics, (I was mainly concerned about my upper stretch marks) but you wonderful result just had me call and schedule a consult!!! Thanks!!!
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I am glad my experience can help others. If you have stretch marks on the upper part you will still have some, but the stretch marks are nothing to me. Not having all that extra has improved my ability to do many things.
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Your results are AMAZING.... you look great girl. I'm so happy for you. I know you're happy too. Woohoo.
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I am 5 months out and I still have some swelling...

I am 5 months out and I still have some swelling off and on, but I can tell when it is swelling and that helps knowing. I am doing all activities better than before surgery. I am currently still losing weight and am loving my new package. Shopping and dressing up is so much fun... This surgery has helped improved my quality of life. Pictures coming soon!

You don't know how much your progress is an inspiration to me. Seriously! My stomach looked just like yours before, we kind of have the same figure, I just don't have any TaTa's...I'm about 7 weeks post op, and looking at your pics makes me soooo anxious to get to where you are! You look AMAZING!!! My hips are butt are more defined, how I imagined, but I'm still swollen and cannot wait! Please take a peek at my review, and see if you agree...:)
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Holy smokes...your shape is totally beautiful and stunning.  

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Thank you
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It has been 8 months now and I must say that I am...

It has been 8 months now and I must say that I am still happy I did this for myself. I'm finally doing things that I would not have done before, like running and it's not as difficult as it use to be with the tummy hanging in the way. My scar looks fabulous to me and all I used on it was Mederma and Bio-oil on my scar and stretch marks....

Almost a full 2yrs out and I am still feeling and...

Almost a full 2yrs out and I am still feeling and looking good!
Excellent! Post some 2 year pictures?
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3Yr Surgiversary

Wow, I can't believe it has been three years already. I can say that I do not have any regrets. My tummy tuck has had a way of keeping me on track with my healthy lifestyle because after three years that's what it is huh...
Marietta Plastic Surgeon

Dr. West and his team especially the anesthesiologist where always professional and sincere. They took extra precautions letting you know that they value your life. For instance I have astma and although I did not have an attack in many many years they made sure I brought my inhaler in and the took my shellfish allergy seriously. They made me feel very comfortable! They drilled the post-op instructions into me and my care provider and even gave us a mini quiz. LOL As soon as I walked in the door they were ready to go. Very punctual and that is an extra plus for me.

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
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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