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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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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!

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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Excellent! Post some 2 year pictures?
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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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Amazing ....... you look stunning !! Definitely an inspiring story. Thanks for posting and keeping us updated. I am just over 2 weeks post op and looking to be as excited as you are about shopping and getting out and about :) Congrats
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Thank you Robyn. I am sure you will enjoy your results. Make sure you take it easy and let your body heal.
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You look fantastic!! So excited to see your results! Now I'm even more excited. Congrats to you on your amazing transformation!
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Thank you.
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Wow....You look great! Your results almost make me with I had used Dr. West instead of Dr. McNeal. Amazing!!!!
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Dr West did a great job considering what he was working with and can you believe I love my scar. It is so thin and already can not be felt by touch almost all the way around alread so it is fading great.
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Thank you Kimmers. I will try to keep everyone updated as much as I can. I have been diligently working on the weight loss to get to goal and I am so happy I decided to have the surgery when I did as it gave me the confidence needed and proved what I though all along. Since the surgery my weight has not changed but 15 pounds but I have lost so many inches in the other areas of my body that would have been overlooked if I still had that stomach buldge. I have lost 4 inches at my waist, 4 inches around my bust, and two inches around my thighs. I did not measure my arms, but I can see the difference and I actually have some muscle definition in my arms. I am so excited about life again.
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I am so happy to hear you are doing well!   Thank you for keeping us up to date and congratulations on your fabulous results.

 

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Thank you Kimmers. I will try to keep everyone updated as much as I can. I have been diligently working on the weight loss to get to goal and I am so happy I decided to have the surgery when I did as it gave me the confidence needed and proved what I though all along. Since the surgery my weight has not changed but 15 pounds but I have lost so many inches in the other areas of my body that would have been overlooked if I still had that stomach buldge. I have lost 4 inches at my waist, 4 inches around my bust, and two inches around my thighs. I did not measure my arms, but I can see the difference and I actually have some muscle definition in my arms. I am so excited about life again.
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OMG that is awesome...good job girlie!   Keep up the good work. 

 

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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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oh that's awsome, no more back pain yipee ! Your tummy looks so flat wow. what a difference, eh? !
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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 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 am very happy with my results even though I am very early with lots of swelling. I was realistic with myself as I wasn't going for perfect,but improvement. My look on it was I can improve the results as I lose more weight. My tummy was a hinderance to me moving while working out and it appeared after losing 50lbs I couldn't see results in my tummy so I did what I wanted weighing the good and the bad. To me my stomach is flat and I can see my curves again. They only removed 5lbs of skin and fat from my tummy I know the picture looks alot larger than that. lol I am so happy I did it while am I young and on the right lifestyle path to being healthy. I did not do it for a complete quick fix for weight loss. There are ladies on here that weighed nore than you and I and got great results. The key is to be realistic as to what to expect for yourself. If you want to attempt the weight loss I can recommend Dr. Ian Smith Extreme Weight loss book to jump start it. I know 20lbs sounds like a lot but it is not when you have the motivation and a prize ahead.
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I am very happy with my results even though I am very early with lots of swelling. I was realistic with myself as I wasn't going for perfect,but improvement. My look on it was I can improve the results as I lose more weight. My tummy was a hinderance to me moving while working out and it appeared after losing 50lbs I couldn't see results in my tummy so I did what I wanted weighing the good and the bad. To me my stomach is flat and I can see my curves again. They only removed 5lbs of skin and fat from my tummy I know the picture looks alot larger than that. lol I am so happy I did it while am I young and on the right lifestyle path to being healthy. I did not do it for a complete quick fix for weight loss. There are ladies on here that weighed nore than you and I and got great results. The key is to be realistic as to what to expect for yourself. If you want to attempt the weight loss I can recommend Dr. Ian Smith Extreme Weight loss book to jump start it. I know 20lbs sounds like a lot but it is not when you have the motivation and a prize ahead.
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Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, i really appreciate it, my email is moonpie1825@yahoo email me your email address and i can send u my pics of my jelly belly, i dont know how to upload them and i aint gonna ask my husband to do it lol. have you seen the ladymack videos on youtube her results are great and i think yours is beautiful as well i cant wait to see more pics, and i will check out the book, i have a son name Ian what a coincidence, thanks again
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Yes, I've seen all of her videos and her results were marvelous.
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