I'm 5'3, 144lbs and even though I'm having the...

I'm 5'3, 144lbs and even though I'm having the procedure commonly known as a "mommy makeover" I've not had children!!
20 months ago I weighed 236 lbs, so I'm close to losing 95lbs and my whole front from my breasts down to the pubic area is a saggy mess!
I'm getting really nervous.... But excited too... I've been reading a lot about the emotional roller coaster so I'm trying my best to be prepared for that. I sometimes think I must be out of my mind to put myself through this, but then I think of the reality that I could have non droopy breasts, I could potentially find bra shopping fun instead of a chore... And as for the belly... Well look at the pictures!! I can't ever remember having a tight belly, even as a teen and in my early 20's before any serious weight gain I always had rolls and puppy fat, so I can't even imagine what it's going to feel like, so I'm excited for that part.

I am trying to get my supplies and everything in order. I was thinking of renting a power recliner, and was quoted $325 for a month rental, but then I looked on Craigslist and somebody was selling N old one in perfect working order for $65, I feel like that was a great score...
I just bought some Manuka honey for wound healing, has anyone used it?

I had a great consult with Dr Stoker, he spent serious time with me well over an hour, and the nurses and coordinators are all great too, I feel really confident that he will do a great job, plus he was referred to me via a friend of a friend and she showed me her tummy tuck scar and her boobs, she looked great! He has a nice manner about him, made me feel very relaxed while standing there virtually naked, he told me he was going to make me look amazing... Fingers crossed xx

Well I will continue to update and post pictures as I continue my journey....

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Thank you so much for starting your story here in the mommy makeover community! Your little smiley faces on your pics are hilarious!

Congrats on your amazing weight loss. How did you do it?

Here's a list of supplies you might find helpful for recovery. Please keep us posted on how you're doing. We are here for you!

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Okay, I love your facial expressions. Very humorous. These are great before pictures and they will make the afters sooo relevant as you will really be able to see the difference. We are so excited to have you as part of the community and on your journey to feeling amazing in your pink bikini! And, here's a link to some of the board certified docs take on the menuka honey (note: the question is for healing on labiaplasty, but healing is topic. I don't think the location should make a difference. Keep us updated...you are almost there...

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Taurus66, I didn't know that about Dr Stoker until I went for the consult. It was great he has a book of his patients pictures that is directly related to weight loss, so I feel really assured I'm in great hands. Good luck to you too, I'm sure there are PS surgeons out there that have a lot of experience in dealing with lax skin issues, you just have to find the right one.
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Surgery in the morning...

I can't believe in less than 8 hours I'm going to be heading to the surgery center. I have been reading a few reviews from people who have had some painful recoveries, probably not the best idea at this point. No turning back, I am hopeful that my recovery won't be brutal, my surgeon is giving me Exparel, it's the drug that supposed to numb you for 3 days, fingers crossed xxx

Funnily I was more nervous 2 weeks ago, than I am now, I do have a sense of calm, I have bought a bunch of stuff, toilet riser, power recliner, hand grabber/reacher, got a little shelf unit and lamp area set up. I am glad I have booked myself into a recovery center for 3 nights, I'm really hoping I will be over the worst of it by the time I go home.

I hope I can sleep a little... Positive thoughts....

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Today is your day. Thinking positive thoughts for a quick and successful surgery as well as a speedy recovery! Give us a shout out once you've landed on the flat side.

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Few hours post-op...

I can't believe how good I have been feeling!
Surgery went very smoothly, it's been 8 hours since 10 hours since I left surgery, and the nurses said I should take a pain pill, just to be on the safe side, I am only slightly sore, but no pain! I ordered Exparel, the slow release drug that the surgeon injects into the abdomen/wound before he closes you up. It must be amazing because I've felt more soreness doing exercise. I am for sure more sore around my areola, but it's just slightly irritating, not painful. I am so relieved. However, I know not to jump the gun, and it could happen, and if it does I will let you know. Funny thing I was telling my nurse how good I was feeling... She put her finger to her lips, raised her eyebrow and said shssh (lol) read on....

Now the one momentarily bad part. I've had slightly low blood pressure since I got released from the surgery center, not too bad, but the nurses have been trying to get it up. I'm in a recovery center and after 6 hours they said you need to take a few steps, which I was really nervous about. The nurse got me to swing my feet over the edge of the bed, then she held out her hand and together I pulled my self into a sitting position, she supported a pulled slightly, but for the most part I did that mostly myself. She put a walker in front of me and very gingerly I managed to get myself in a standing position. I was shaken and nervous, and started to feel nauseous, it was getting worse, I managed to shuffle myself towards a chair about 3 feet away, at this point the nausea was getting real bad. I managed to lower myself down, and I told the nurse seriously, I'm going to vomit... The ringing in my ears started, i said, i think im going to faint... next thing I'm waking up, I did faint, only for a few seconds. Apparently my blood pressure took a nose dive, causing me to faint. I will say though I do tend to faint pretty easily. They got me sorted straight away, got me some OJ, got a foot stool for me to elevate. I will say though, I wasn't in any pain, I think it was just caused by my BP. I will add, I'm now nervous to move from the chair, LOL... At some point I have to make it back to the bed, eeek.

The one thing I was feeling when I stood up, was the tightness of my skin especially over my hips, again not unbearable, just similar to a Chinese wrist burn before you say "I Quit"

Oh also be prepared for a NUMB BUTT!! I eventually, about an hour ago got the nurse to alter my position because my bum was just so unbearable putting added pressure on my Butt. I'm now in a full upright sitting position in the chair, with my feet on the floor. Awesome!

Loving the catheter... Loving how hydrated they are keeping me, I normally have such a hard time keeping myself hydrated generally, I love this... I should think about investing in a IV, for home, (kidding) but still I love it!

One note I should add: I can for sure contribute my ease of pain in particular, to NO muscle repair, my surgeon joked that I have better abs than him! I've had no children, and I just needed my flabby belly, and loose skin dealt with. So if my first few hours differ wildly from yours that may be the reason. However folks ask for the "Exparel" it's worth every penny!!

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Thanks Alicia, I'm doing great so far, and have just updated my review.
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Dealing with low blood pressure

Today was a little more challenging. The nurses were trying to get my BP up and it was difficult, they were at one point taking my BP every 10 minutes. I had my first full dose of Percocet at 4.45am, which was great, my body reacts very well to it, however after that my surgeon took me off all narcotics because of my BP. Let me tell you nothing stronger than extra strength Tylenol 1 day after surgery is not fun! Tylenol didn't really cut it!
Getting in and out of bed is the most painful, they want me to walk more, but also they realize its more difficult when your pain meds have been suspended until further notice... Also I had to undo my binder, to see if the release of pressure was contributing to my low BP.
My surgeon also wanted the nurses to be aggressive with pushing IV fluids, I was having a liter pushed through me every 2 hours, Dr Stoker thinks I was pretty dehydrated, not surprising as I do generally have a hard time getting fluids in me. I apparently have small veins, and am difficult to stick, and they have had to redo it twice because my veins collapsed, jeeze... I was supposed to go see my surgeon tomorrow morning at his office, which I was dreading, getting in and out of a car, I can't imagine the effort that would take, however he decided to come and check on me around 8pm, so now I don't have to go, phew...
I got my first peek at my tummy and boobs, it seems like he has done an amazing job. I can't barely believe it, I got a friend to take a picture, I keep staring at it in disbelief! I'm kinda awe struck... Dr Stoker is amazing, he's an artist, my scars seem so thin... Unbelievable!
Day 2 tomorrow, I am staying positive, and giving my body a chance to heal. Thank god for the after care center, I can't say enough good things about these ladies, so warm, kind and gentle, I surely don't know how people get through this with staying in an after care facility. My hats off to you if you went home!

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You look amazing welcome, I'm at day 6 and feeling pretty well using Tylenol too.
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Thanks Jo, I can now have Percocet again, which is a relief. I'm at this point willing myself better... Can't wait for the next few days to pass.

Whoa! Are you so happy. Scars do look thin...how long are you planning to stay at the after care center?

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Aiming to be more mobile today

So I'm 3 days post surgery day. I FINALLY just had my IV and catheter removed, yay, even that makes me feel better. I immediately took my mobility walker for a hobble around the recovery center....lol
It makes a difference not having all the tubes hanging out of you. I had a more "spirited hobble" the hardest thing has been getting in and out of bed, I think my recovery in terms of mobility has been slow due to my low BP and fainting, the nurses haven't pushed me to be super mobile, but my aim for today is to walk more. I underestimated how long I would need to spend in the recovery center, I thought 3 nights would have been sufficient, but seeing I live alone and have no one to help, I have decided to stay 2 more nights, frankly I am still having some help getting out of bed, so I can't imagine going home right now.
I am still in really good spirits, ALL my nurses have been so kind, really helpful and I am so grateful to them.
(I have writing this review all morning) so since the last paragraph I have managed to get in and out of bed twice, and have done 2 good pee's, yay! I was worried since I have had the catheter in for 3 days. I feel like I'm turning a corner... For sure the hardest movement is any type of twisting or turning, the sensation is so weird, the skin on my left side seems so tight, and like everyone else has said, the pressure on my back, can get intense if standing or walking for more than a couple minutes.
All in all, I'm pleased with my progress... Can't wait to get a proper look at my body, I may be having a nurse assisted shower later, so hopefully I'll get to take more than a quick peek ;-)

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First shower

Had my first shower and hair wash. The shower room had a bench attached to the wall to sit on, and the water was so warm, after having my binder off it felt like bliss. I had the nurse give me a back rub, I was so itchy. It was the first time I was able to have a good look, I am very round and swollen, but that's to be expected. I am thrilled with my perky boobs, love them! It's definitely been my most active day. I'm feeling a little wiped out, looking forward to being able to rest up this evening....

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I coughed

Do all u can to avoid this, it hurts, like really bad.

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okay, I cannot believe your boobs! No implants...just a lift. How are they so full? You are recovering amazingly.

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I know I can't believe it either, apparently it my surgeon has a specific technique??? All the nurses keep saying that out of all the surgeons work they see, he is among the best! And they keep telling me I have teenage boobs... Love!!

This is motivating me to push our content team to do a breast lift guide on before and afters...just goes to show there are so many options for people to feel confident. It's just about finding the one that's right for you.

Day 4 emotional roller coaster

I had my first tough day yesterday, a roller-coaster of emotions.
I ended up staying in the recovery center for 2 more nights, i have no one at at home to help, and i just knew i wasnt mobile enough to be independent.
My nurses changed this morning and for the first time they didn't introduce themselves, I guess they had patients checking out so I was left alone for a few hours... They popped in briefly to say my surgeon had ordered a laxative, and asked if I'd like a shower. They left the room and they didn't come back, I was left wondering when this stuff was going to happen.
Then I realized I'm going home tomorrow, & I haven't been able to walk without a walker, so I asked a friend to look for one, she found various ones advertised locally for cheap on Craig's list, but then told me she couldn't pick it up until "sometime over the weekend". I guess she didn't quite get that I needed it for when I got home.

My ride home hadn't been confirmed, I called my friend and said I was having a few coordination issues and could she call me. As soon as I heard her voice I started sobbing uncontrollably... I think I had some anxiety issues,
So she got everything sorted out... Like my own mini superwoman...
The nurses came in my room and found me crying...
So they then felt bad... Up until that point I had had a super happy upbeat disposition so then they were super attentive. I even told them through my tears I didn't know their names (lord thinking about it now, poor girls...)
Anyway I had the suppository and that was so hard, I was cramping, but couldn't push... Once it happened I got dizzy and faint, again my BP went down, I was sat on the toilet trying not to faint, they were putting wet wash cloths over me by the end I was totally wiped out...I took a pain med, and went back to bed and took a deep breath. I just got overwhelmed, I think I have some anxiety about being at home with no one to look after me.
But I am definitely more mobile, and I have my room and bathroom set up to make life easier...
Feeling much calmer now. I figured everyone goes thru a roller coaster of emotions... the funny part is that it's not related to pain, which was my worse fear... Lol

Again I loved the shower, I could have sat there with the warm water running over me fo an hour, it was bliss!!

I must say Andrea has been my savior, bless her heart, but a couple days ago she started to feel sick, sore throat, so she hasn't dared come visit the last 2 days, and she feels so bad...But I've had other visitors I told her its fine, but she wants to be here to look after me...A new day today, and I'm sure all will be fine!!l
Although I have loved being here looked after 24/7 I think it will be nice to be finally home, & real recovery can begin!

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Woohoo! Congrats! Keep compressing n eating right.....
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Came Home

After spending 5 nights in the Recovery Center I finally had to leave today. Part of me was a little sad, the nurses were all so wonderful, and you get taken such good care of, and you really don't have to think of anything, they made my first few days pass with relative ease. Unfortunately because I live alone, my choices were limited, but being at Serenity in Santa Monica has made my journey SO much easier. I had my first "stand-up shower, to be honest it is still more comfortable to sit, I'm not sure how to deal with this when I get home, my shower is in the tub, so just unsure if getting a stool will even work....

My lovely friend Andrea came and picked me up, it felt good to be back out in the sunshine, I managed to get in and out of her car, gingerly, and once we arrived at my apartment I had a set of stairs to climb, there is a good hand rail, and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't painful, and did it with relative ease. I really think the hardest thing is simply standing, like when I'm washing my hands, or brushing my teeth, everything else seems easier in comparison.
I got my couch all set up with pillows, I'm all cozy in my reclining chair with pillows and a comforter, surrounded by Gatorade, water, snacks, medication etc. I had a friend bring over dinner. So far a happy peaceful transition home.

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Great results! I bet you gotta love your new boobs! :0)
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Thanks, I've just got a binder currently, I think I'm getting compression garments when I see my Surgeon on Monday!!

New pictures: First few days at Home

So now I am just trying to get into a routine, I seem to still have some trouble sleeping, I tend to go to bed around midnight, I just can't seem to settle any earlier, and I'm consistently waking about 5.30am, needing to pee, sometimes I go back to sleep, sometimes no. It's a bit frustrating, and I'm still "More" comfortable in the recliner than in bed, I seem to slide down more in the bed, and its much harder to get out of...
I'm walking around quite a bit, like everybody else the strain on my back can be a killer. I notice standing to wash my hands, brush my teeth etc hurts more than just moving around.
I went to the Dr and thankfully my drainage was low, so he took them out, (Yay) I am so thankful, it immediately felt like I could stand a few inches straighter. It felt so weird, the initial pulling, loosening of the drain stitch stung a little, but I can be a bit of a baby... Then it was a weird pulling sensation within my tummy, it was over momentarily which was good.
The big issue I am having right now is constipation, I am taking benifiber, stool softener and eating prunes, I am delaying taking an actual laxative because I had such an awful experience in the recovery center, I might increase the dosage of the stool softener and take more fiber and increase my fluid intake and see what happens...
I took my first shower at home, I was nervous, but it felt good, and I was steady on my feet, getting in and out of the tub was a non issue, drying my hair after, I had to keep sitting down.... As I said, standing is a chore!
I took my first at home pics, I'm really amazed at the difference already, I am completely swollen, so I can't wait to see the transformation over the coming few weeks, I'm really getting excited now that I can compare the before and after pics. It's funny though when I look at my body, it doesn't feel like mine yet, I'm not used to it I guess, it's a strange feeling looking at your naked body and not feel like Its a part of you... I also think its connected to my lack of fluid mobility, and as that increases and I start going back to my regular activities that will change.

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Each and every day it seems like it is getting easier....just take your time and do what feels right :0)
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I love your emoticons!! LOL! I've chuckled with each one - really perfect! You look great!!!!
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U look great!
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Acupuncture & Recovering fast....

Wow I can't believe how fast this healing process is... I feel very lucky because I know it can be different for everybody, and some people struggle with the healing process. I'm still a little and tender and sore, but I am feeling pretty good in general. I did do acupuncture before surgery to make sure my central nervous system was healthy in order to promote healing. I went to the Dr and had my surgical tape removed 2 days ago, that stuff sticks on, fortunately they used something that looked like "goo-be-gone" to make the tape come off easily. I went back to the acupuncturist today again to promote healing especially with regard to my scars. I am driving again now, and able to get out and about, go to the movies or out for dinner. I am adding a few new photos to show my scars without the tape, pretty pleased with the size and look of them seeing as they are only 2 & a half weeks old.

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You look fantastic! Great results!
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Very nice dear
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Hun also how much was the breast lift alone

6 weeks post-op, Sensational Results so far...

So it's been a while since I updated. I honestly think this has been one of the best decisions I ever made. The results are so rewarding, and I still have swelling so I know it's only going to get better.

I had another wonderful post-op visit with Dr Stoker at 4 weeks, he is very impressed with my recovery, and thinks I look amazing, after he had checked out the scars and we were sat talking, I was telling him what a life changing and rewarding positive journey this has been for me, he laughed and said "let me take another look" he was so seriously impressed with his own work... Lol! He said it was ok for me to exercise gently but no core work, I said I was for the first time looking forward to Doing abdominal exercises, he laughed and said "that's because you now want a 6 pack don't you?" of course I do... He said that I was going to make him look "REALLY GOOD"! I feel so blessed to have found Dr Stoker, he has such a warm and funny personality, its always a pleasure to go see him.

I work I post partum infant care, and I work nights, sleep deprivation is part of my life, so I have only just gone back to work 5 nights ago, I feel fortunate to have been able to take 5 & a half weeks off, it really helped with my recovery getting a full night of sleep every night. However now I am back at work, I have for sure noticed I am getting more swollen as the night goes on, I figured its just a process, and the swelling will go as my body continues to heal itself.

I have started my scar treatment, Dr Stoker wants me to use Biocorneum, he said its one of the best scar treatments on the market (should be too, its $$) Last week just before bed I was putting it on underneath my left breast and I felt a tugging sensation, and for a few weeks I had a prickly spot, so I called the office the next morning, and they had me go in, turns out a stitch had popped through the skin, and had irritated the area, so Dr Stoker pierced it, and told me it was common, and no big deal, and if it happens again, just pop in and he will deal with it. I have to say aside from that, my scars are amazing, so fine and thin, I imagine they are going to be barely detectable by the time I am a year out...
I feel so happy and so appreciate my life right now, I would urge anyone to do this for themselves, it's the greatest gift you can give yourself, the physical change perpetuates an emotional change and all I can say is its totally awesome!

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More photos

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Did your Dr say when you can start doing core work?
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No he didn't, but I go back at 12 weeks, so I imagine if I'm up to it maybe at that point.... I figured patience is my friend.
You look wonderful! I bet your scar will fade before you know it.
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Feel like life is just beginning...

I have had an interesting few days... Twice this week I went out to do errands, and on both days I was approached by 2 different guys and asked out! Now for me this is HUGE, after being overweight almost my entire life, hiding my body became an art form. Now I've started wearing more figure hugging clothes, I'm definitely getting noticed and complimented which is wonderful. It makes me feel that my body transformation is more than just that.... It feels like I'm on the cusp of an entirely new life and that fills me with excitement! Okay off to the car wash in a bikini, lol... (Kidding, but tempting ;-)

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You look totally awesome so happy for you!
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Thank you, this has been an amazing journey, it feels so good!
Oh, you look amazing!! Congratulations!
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Where has the time gone?

I can't believe I am 9 weeks post-op today! It seems like yesterday that I was being marked up and walking into the operating room, it's crazy how fast time flies.

The one thing that seemed to take the longest to feel better, in terms of reminding me that I had just had major surgery, was sneezing, finally by around week 6-7 I could sneeze again without having to hold on to my tummy or brace myself for it.

I have just started laser hair removal at my surgeons office, I've wanted to do it for so long, but would typically end up not having the patience of waiting out the period of time needed to start laser without waxing, fortunately after having the TT the last thing I even wanted to do was to get waxed, so laser it is! Just after I had my first session I was leaving the office, and the nurse told Dr Stoker I was there, and he called me back because he wanted to say hi... (Did I mention he is charming?) lol... As he approached me he started grinning and was like wow... I told him a disclaimer needed to come with his work, i mentioned how in 1 week 2 guys had asked me out, and another had told me I was beautiful, I swear he couldn't keep grinning, he asked if that had not happened in the 2 weeks leading up to surgery?, I told not in the 10 years before surgery!! I think he was patting his own back in terms of a job well done, & I can't say I disagree.
At 4 weeks he gave me the OK for "gentle" exercise, he has now cleared me for all exercise including core work. I have run a couple times, it kinda feels weird, like a run/walk, and when I stop I get this tingly feeling in my tummy, it doesn't hurt or feel uncomfortable, just weird... I started back at my spin class today, it felt good, I was surprised how comfortable it felt, and actually easier now I don't have the loose skin and extra flab attached to me, and felt like a skinny flat tummy(ed) girl in class yay! Just need to build up and work on my stamina now!

I've lost 10lbs now since surgery, and have gone down a clothes size, in some brands 2, I've had to take a bunch of clothes to the tailors and have them altered so they fit me more snugly, suddenly I'm a fan of figure hugging clothes... it simply just feels so good to have this lovely flat tummy, and I'm still in awe of it, and between you girls and I, I'm spending a little too much time admiring myself in the mirror, lol....

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Forgot to add photos...

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Wow! Thank you so much for posting. Haven't had much luck finding ladies with breast lift and no implants. I think your breasts look great. Mine are VERY similar to yours before due to a 40# weight loss. Congrats on your weight loss and the new you!! You look fantastic!
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Yes it's difficult finding just breast lift reviews/pictures. My Dr performed a "laser Breast Lift" where he uses your natural breast tissue to create an "internal Bra" which gives the look of a small implant rather than just discarding and removing excess tissue. Here is a link where he discusses the procedure on the TV show "The Doctors" http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KxS1ZxYIioc
Oh WOW !!! You look AMAZING !!!
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Big Milestone Today

Just a quickie: I got on the scale this morning and it took 22 months, but I have officially lost 100lbs as of today! Woo Hoo!

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you look amazing, congrats!
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Woohoo, congrats hon!
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Thanks for the info! That link is no good btw, but I did find info on his site. Congrats on the full 100 loss! Enjoy.

Kicking up the exercise, 3 months post op.

Yet again I can't believe how fast this time has gone, I still can't believe how easy and flawless my recovery has been (I know I'm one of the lucky ones) never any significant pain!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been starting to exercise more, with more intensity, and I am loving it. I've done a few intense uphill hikes, I'm back at spin class, and it just did a SPX Power Pilates class, which is so intense, it kicks butt! I have an overwhelming feeling that I'm going to be stronger and fitter than I have ever been, to think 22 months ago I weighed 236lbs and walking up 1 set of stairs had me out of breath, now I'm hiking gigantic hills and pushing my body to another level, I feel incredible!!

I still get some swelling, usually in the evening, but it's not particularly significant, and even when I'm swollen my tummy still looks awesome. I am loving my breasts even more as time goes by, they have relaxed and have more movement now, and I can totally rock a wonder bra!

I went out publicly in a bikini for the first time, I felt a little self conscious, but fabulous at the same time.

Today I have been thinking about a friend who is having Surgery with Dr. Stoker as I write this, I can't wait to see her, and I hope her recovery is as easy and flawless as mine, you know who you are, love and hugs xxx

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Wow!! You look incredible and you should be so proud of your new body! I'm so happy for you!!! Rock on girl friend!!
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What a difference 10 Months makes.

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Wholly! Okay, I think I need me one of these! You look amazing. I just saw the pics with you in the dresses. This holiday season is going to be so much fun to shop for dresses. Congrats to you and your continued progress.

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So worth it, I am thrilled I did it.. Not sure my closet can handle any more clothes shopping... Well maybe 1 or 2 new party dresses wouldn't hurt, ;-) lol...
I giggled at the smilies you put over your face haha but amazing results!! Huge change! Congrats on your new look!!
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3 month follow up.

I saw my Dr this week, he is thrilled as I am with my results, my scars are looking great, no dog ears, bumps just nice fine flat scars. I thought that this was the point he may take after pictures but he didn't, I am still a little pink in the scar area, I wonder how long it will stay pink? I am pretty patient with it, I know in the long term most likely it will be really faded. It seems in one sense just yesterday I was getting this procedure, and in another it seems like a long time ago. Just this week I was wearing a pair of skinny jeans and I put my hands in my pockets and I was momentarily shocked when my hands slid in over my hips and didn't hit my fleshy bulge where my loose skin and tummy fat used to be, it goes to show that sometimes I am still shocked at this new tummy of mine, but also it is becoming a fading memory, it takes a while to believe that the new tummy is your own, in my case it still sometimes feels too good to be true.

I am still so pleased with my results, I took Dr Stoker a mug that said Surgeon & Superhero on it, he laughed when he saw it, it's pretty cute! It was my way of showing him how much I appreciation I have fir the great job he did.

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You look fantastic so happy for you! Love the faces you put on your posts and the mug was cute!!
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I'm happy your pleasd he did an excellent job can you post additional pics
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I will shortly.

Great scar healing.

It's now almost 4 months since surgery. I thought I'd upload a couple new pics. I'm still so happy I did this. I am feeling great, I'm back exercising 100%, working out with a trainer! and doing spin class and hiking. I think my tummy looks great, I still swell at the end of the day but not much.

Getting ready for my second procedure in 2 weeks, face and neck lift to get rid of my excess skin in that area. Am hoping my results and recovery from that is as easy and flawless as this one.

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OH MY LORD!!! You look amazing, he is incredible!!! Your scar is so thin, semetrical, unbelievable.
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Thanks, I'm thrilled with the results. He has a serious set of surgical skills!!
can you tell me what your pre-op bra size was and did you just have a lift or augmentation as well?
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10 months, New Pics!

So it's been 10 months since my tummy tuck and breast lift. I have to say it has been totally life changing, just in the way I feel about myself and my body, this surgery has been so rewarding and gratifying, I can barely articulate how it has made me feel.
I LOVE that when I go clothes shopping, I'm often in a size small, generally size 6-8, be warned, when you feel this good about your body you tend to become a bit of a clothes whore!
I'm really pleased with how well my scars are doing, they are fading nicely. As I've said before Dr. Stoker did an amazing job! I'm going to upload some photos so you can see.

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I've come so far...

When I look at these pre weight loss photos, I just don't recognize myself. I'm so amazed at how far I've come, and how amazing I feel, and have such inner peace now with who I have become.

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You look great! Love your detail of the journey.
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Thanks, I found it helpful to document this not only for others considering this route, but for me, so I can always remember how it made me feel.
Wow you look great! I weighed in at 299 3 years ago, but have gotten down to 135 through exercise...and I'm considering getting a tummy tuck. I can't tell from the pics, but how did your stretch marks (if you had any) turn out? I've heard the ones below belly button are removed and the ones above belly button are stretched so that they seem lighter. I worry that even with a tummy tuck my stretch marks (which extend from below my BB to about an inch above the BB) will still be bad/very noticeable. Again you look awesome, thanks for sharing!
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Scar seriously fading....

I can't believe it's been over a year... Where has the time gone? On the other hand this past year, I've never felt the joy in my body like I have since I had this surgery, I walk around feeling like hot stuff, lol.... I texted my surgeon on the day that marked one year since my surgery, and told him that I still wake up thrilled and mesmerized every day by how the surgery has made me feel. He calked me at 7am on his way to work, saying it was the sweetest text, and how great it made him feel, and got him fired up for the surgery he was about to perform, and how great it's been for him having me talk to some of his patients about the impact the surgery has had on me, and he's grateful that I'm part of his practice!!! Now how many surgeons take the time to do that, he's the best!!
As for scars, they just keep getting better and better, meaning lighter and lighter, there are some patches where you can barely see the incision line anymore. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't hesitate to do this again in heartbeat!!

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Hi ! Your story was truly amazing and your result are fantastic! I had a consult with Dr. stoker about 2 years ago but went with another dr because I wanted fat transfer to my butt and he specialized in that.... My lipo didn't go so well and I have a lot of loose skin.... Now I am thinking of doing a TT with Dr stoker. He's the best for that it seems like. Thanks for your pics and all your info. Helps me make my decision easier :)
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Thanks for your comment. It's funny I am about 2 months away from having my final surgery with Dr. Stoker, and part of that procedure is have a fat transfer to my buttocks!! I'll start a new review for that once the time gets closer! But yes, he is one of those rare surgeons in my opinion that is exceptionally good all around. Good luck in making your decision and let me know if you have any particular questions.
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Simply put Dr Stoker is the BEST! I had a tummy tuck and laser breast lift with Dr Stoker in July 2013. From my consult to my procedure, and my still ongoing post op recovery he has proved himself to be a step above the rest. I knew when I was deciding upon choosing a plastic surgeon there were several criteria I needed to be met: firstly my safety was important, I needed a safety conscious doctor, I asked many questions about his plastic surgery training, he went to the best schools and his education & training is impeccable, he surrounds himself with a great support team from the anesthesiologist to other Doctors and nurses in the operating room. Secondly I wanted someone who is highly skilled who has performed my procedure 100's of times, I wanted a doctor who takes pride in achieving the best possible results for his patients. and I wanted a kind caring surgeon that is compassionate and listens and works with you, Dr Stoker more than exceeded all of my expectations. My initial consult was simply amazing, he has a beautiful office and surgery center in Marina Del Rey, on the 10th floor, with stunning views of the Marina. Dr Stoker spent almost 3 hours with me answering my (4pages) of questions, going through the procedure, what I could expect in terms of results. I was unsure if I wanted implants, he told me I could have them if I wanted them, but I didn't need them, I'm glad I listened to his advice and I'm more than happy with my beautiful natural perky breasts! He is affiliated with Serenity post surgical care in Santa Monica and he has a ambulance transport you on a gurney, unlike other plastic surgeons who will sit you up and put you in a car... Dr Stoker is a surgeon whom is not only dedicated to his skill but his patients too, I believe he goes above and beyond for his patients, even coming to check on me in the recovery center the next day when my blood pressure had dropped. As for my results...I had lost almost 100 lbs, and had some serious loose skin, and a little extra remaining abdominal fat that wasn't going anywhere. What can I say, Wow, Holy Cow! I have the most amazing, stunning transformation, words can't describe what Dr Stoker was able to achieve, I have the belly and boobs of a teenager, even the nurses at the recovery center were impressed, and they also hold Dr Stoker in very high regard, and would say to me he is one of the best in LA (& they see a lot of plastic surgeons results) believe me Dr Stoker delivers fantastic results! So far I am 6 weeks into my recovery, my scars are so fine and thin, it seems almost impossible that he used a scalpel, his skill is phenomenal, truly impressive. Dr Stokers post op care of me has been wonderful, I have seen him at least 4 times since surgery, he obviously takes great pride in every aspect of his work including keeping a close eye on your recovery, which in my case has been flawless. I tell everyone I could not believe that I literally had NO PAIN, which goes to show the consummate skill of Dr Stoker. Also I want to mention his staff, all whom are wonderful too, Christina, Wendy and Bree are all a credit to his practice. Ultimately I would never go to anyone else, if you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, and looking for a Dr whom is friendly, kind and cares... look no further, you have found him!!

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