I've wanted to have a tummy tuck for at least 10...

I've wanted to have a tummy tuck for at least 10 years...fear paralyzed me! My children are 8 years apart. I had my first Son at 22 he was 7lbs 14oz. Pretty much went back ok just a few stretch marks near the pubic hair line. I still had a killer body. I wore a bikini and had a tiny pouch that I could live with. My second Son I had at 29 & he was huge 10lbs 5oz. I noticed a fat roll and many many more stretch marks right away. This bothered me big time! I worked out daily, ate right, hired a trainer, tried every diet in history, paid $2300 for Zerona Lazor! They claim to be a non surgical alternative, what a crock...please DO NOT spend your hard earned money on this, it did nothing all except deduct $2300 from my checking account. After that I even injected myself with HCG and lost 12 lbs and kept it off but nothing worked for the ugly stretch marks and bulge! Thus bulge started to protrude more and more. I joined Pilates and started seeing results but not in the front belly area. I went to 4 consults I was scared to death I googled and fear just kept me from going thru with it. I really wanted a flat beautiful tummy soooo bad! I am now done having babies and it was important to me to finally do this surgery. I found Dr. Hochstein and he was the one! He spoke to me and understood what I wanted we agreed on expectations and results and I booked it. I had a few sleepless nights scared to death of many things that I signed up for. Scared of death that was #1 scared the incision would not be low enough to wear a bikini this was my #2 fear! And why because I googled and viewed some really awful photos. My last and final fear was pain how bad would it hurt OMG have I lost my mind booking this surgery? I feared horrible pain! so I shared my concerns with my surgeon at my 10 day pre op appt. Dr. Hochstein assured me that I would not die, that the incision would be as low as my pubic hair line and that I'd have a pain pump and would not feel terrible pain. I went home and trusted my surgeon so much & suddenly I was so excited and not afraid. I couldn't wait to do it. I filled my prescriptions and purchased all the vitamins and started doing everything I was told. The day of surgery my parents drove me. I checked in and put on a robe the surgeon marked me up and I went into the OR. I laid there excited and wondering what will I look like from this moment forward. The last thing I remembered was the anesthesiologist saying ok I'm going to start your first cocktail and I woke up in a wheel chair dressed in my pjs being put into my parents suv! The MA told me "everything went great! You're incision is very low and you're so tiny" Everything was on point,I didn't die,very low incision & the pain not bad at all! My family and friends could not believe how immediate you can see the results how I was not dying in pain and how mobile I was. Every hour I had to blow into a thing and every two hrs walk around the house. I was so dry and drinking tons of water I couldn't get enough! This also helped me keep moving because I had to keep using The bathroom! I slept in one of the 3 recliners in my sectional & used a walker. After 5 days the pain pump was removed. After 1 week 1 drain was removed and after two weeks and two day the other drain was ready to come out, this was also my first day back to work. I shared my story on face book with photos! A huge move but I figured I could not be the only woman with this problem. The response was overwhelming, lots of support and others sharing they want to do it as well. Helping others helped me as well ... this was a great move, I'm so glad I did it! I will up date soon and please feel free to ask me anything. Good luck to all xo

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I have the same concerns as you Prettyone34 I have a 2 yr old, 3 yr old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 11yr old and a 13 yr old also my husband is taking 4 weeks off work to look after me but I'm also worried about everyone I don't like the idea already of sitting about not doing anything :/
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6 kids wow girl are you finished having kids? The most difficult part is not being able to do things you normally do. Hire a cleaning lady so he house is nice and one less worry. Get help with the kids just for the first few days have them sleep over a family members house till you see how you are, it's not that bad but you need help. Good luck :)
My surgeon is Dr. Abid Rashid I really liked him when we met he had a lovely manner and was by no means pushy even tried to put me off surgery lol so he definitely was looking out for my best intentions instead of my money :D
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3 week update...feeling great!

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First you look great! I was hoping for no stretch marks but my kids were in gymnast while they in my belly!!! But im extremely happy! I have a question what is the stage two compression?
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Thank you today is 4 weeks. My surgeon gave me this white wrap type of garment after the surgery. It was tight at first and convenient while I had the drains in. As soon as the drain came out i was fit for a second stage compression garment. The one my surgeon recommends is called Marena comfort wear. Its a fully body suit with legs. It really holds everything nice a tight and helps my back as it supports the back. If you google Marena 2nd stage girdle with suspenders and mid thigh length, I'm in the FBT2. It feels great. I could not deal with those Fajas types but maybe down the road. Hope this helps.
Tanyadre I looked at your profile and pics. wow we had our surgerys 2 days apart, I had mine July 19th. You look absolutely amazing! Hot dam and the grocery store comment from your Husband is soooo funny! Work it girl!

4 weeks PO today!

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You look amazing, I would have never guessed 47! Ill be sure to let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. I'm so nervous because I've never had surgery before and have two small children so to hear you had such a good experience really puts my mind at ease!
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You look GORGEOUS! I had just sent in my pictures to Dr. Hochstein for a phone consultation. My stomach is a lot worse than yours was so I'll be thrilled if I can look half as good as you do now! Was the total price 6500 for everything?
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That's so great that he can do it by phone. I believe you have nothing that he's never seen before, I mean that he is the master! I'm serious this man is so talented. Every question you ask you know he's heard a million times before because he answers you with such confidence and he's always on point. His staff is also excellent...they know everything and are extremely well trained I was impressed by that.So many times you have a great doctor or dentist with an absolutely awful staff, not the case with Dr Hochstein. I had a full tummy tuck his charge for me was 6500 which included lipo of thr hips. There's other cost like prescriptions and pre op blood works. He also requested an EKG because of my age. I'm 47. He did more than I ever expected and no bruising. I hope my info helps. Good luck let me know how it goes.

Scar gel

This is what my PS recommends has anyone tried this?

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Would love to know if anyone tried scar gel $52 on Amazon. I'm considering http://www.newgelplus.com/testimonial because silicone strips worked great on my TT and this product comes in both strips and gel form. Are we allowed to post links?
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You have amazing results and look fantastic!!! You must be so happy!!!!
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Thanks so much. How are you 60? Wow you look great! good luck with your surgery

5 week update

5 weeks have passed an I'm feeling really great! I'm starting to see my belly button looking real nice. All the black things fell off between week 4 and 5. I've de leopard seroma so I had some fluid syringed out of the incision site. It didn't hurt my surgeon assured me that area is numb and will stay numb for a while so not to worry. I'm still loving the results so far even though in swollen and have seroma.

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Great Belly button, that has to be one of the best I have seen so far!!
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Hey there I was thinking of purchasing the skin medica scar gel? Do you think it is worth the cost? Do you notice a difference so far?
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Yes very much so. I had pleating on once side and has since disappeared I will post the pics of the dramatic difference in a few minutes. It's the only thing that I've used so far but I'm happy with how its fading my surgeon swears by it.

5 week update typo!

*Developed not de leopard..darn auto correct! Lol

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My incision scar progress

Here is the progress my incision scar using the skin medics scar revision gel.

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You look awesome!!! Thanks for sharing... Very nervous an haven't been sleeping good an I have a month to go.i have my scripts just waiting to get them fled in a week or so. Preop appt on the 5th of sept .. Keep us posted :-)
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Filled not fled
Thank you...This site must be great comfort for you. I didn't find it till after my tummy tuck while I was recovering and googling my little heart out. I know what you mean I had those same sleepless nights weighing this out in my mind. Now that I've gone thru the surgery I look back and this was a no brainier! Had to be fixed had to be done! I'm do happy

Front view of my incision

My incision is very low it couldn't be lower its actually in the hair line..hope you can see this clear. I also have the scar revision gel on and this is about at 2 weeks

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You look fantastic! :)
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you look awesome !
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Thank you Kathy you too!

Rear view

Now I know I didn't pay for all this! Dr Hochstien did an awesome job sculpting my body he goes above and beyond! All I paid for was a tummy tuck my entire body is tinier and my butt even is a nicer shape! Amazed!

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My incision is in my hair line too the only hard part about is shaving in that area right now.
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Yes it really is! lol
Dare not wax it lol

My seroma

Today I went To my PS for weekly stringing and I asked how much fluid my PS got out & was told 80 cc last week it was 100 cc wowwwwwwww that's quite a bit. The good new is that it is subsiding. Tomorrow will be 6 weeks. This seroma started for me at 3 weeks ,so this was my 3 rd time. It doesn't hurt just a nuisance. I trust my PS he is amazing. I guess sometimes this happens.

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My seroma

*Syringing

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Do you feel different having had the needle aspiration? I can't wait to see my PS one week from today. My biggest concern was a seroma. I should have seen him yesterday but I have to wait an extra week because of our conflicting schedules. Did you feel less swollen when they got the first 100cc out of there? I can't imagine you felt any discomfort while he did it? I'm still so numb, he could use a turkey baster and I wouldn't feel a thing lol
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by the way, you do still have a killer body :)
Thank you :)

6 weeks Post tummy tuck with muscle repair & lipo

Today is 6 weeks. I feel great! I am now wearing an XS compression garment which feels amazing and I love that its an XS! So worth it

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You look fab!!
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You look awesome and I love how you took all your pics in the same bikini. You can really see every detail of difference! Congrats!!
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Thank you as of yesterday I'm 6 weeks po and i notice more definition in my abs when I woke up this morning. Still the swelling comes and goes but I understand that's all part of the healing process. I will post another picture update real soon.

6 week photo update

Feeling great ...starting to see some definition and I have my clearance to work out again yay!

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Love seeing your pix, looking good!
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3rd stage compression garment

This is an XS Marena comfort wear CG. I don't have to tell you ladies how happy I am to say this :) I bought a faja and I couldn't close it. They said to give it some time till my swelling goes down. It's amazing I will be even smaller than this.

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You look so tiny now!!! May I ask your size/weight prior to surgery? Also, how have they changed since the surgery?
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I'm 47 years old I'm 5'7 and was 154 going in and now 141 now but have seroma and swelling so they say ill be smaller come jan. My jeans and all my old clothes fit but looser. My PS said 6 months I will see my results. My back is the most noticeable it's sooo tiny way smaller than I was but interestingly enough not one single black and blue but I did have lipo and room arnica. Thank you
Took arnica! Auto correct! Lol

Scar progress highly recommend

Skinmedica Scar Recovery Gel healed me so nicely or should I say faded my scar. I use it twice a day and let it dry really well before putting my panties over it. I highly recommend this product. Everyday I can wait to look at it in the morning when I take of my CG!

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Wow! Impressive scar fading. I need some of that gel.
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Ur scar looks great!!! Wow congrats
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Thank you. The pharmacist at my locals pharmacy never heard of it what im using and googled it and said its from a plant. .. it's not silicone based & gave me a small piece of CICA-CARE adhesive gel sheet which are 100% silicone. He really recommends gels over strips. Has anyone heard of CICA-CARE?

CICA-CARE silicone gel sheets?

I'm trying a small area of my incision out with what my pharmacist recommends highly. Anyone heard of these?

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Dr. H did my surgeries 8 months ago. Very happy with my results. You look great and it will only get better.
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Your scar looks great! It's not pink at all in that close up pic! I've never heard of those silicone sheets, I use scar away sheets every night and kelo core gel during the day. I'm going go look up the gel you use.
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BTW, I did HCG and is one of the reasons that I rewarded myself with this surgery because I was all the way up to 176 beforehand and then lost 25 lbs and kept it off for the past 2 years. I got down to 138 with another round of HCG but was still unhappy because I couldn't get rid of my belly pooch and my thighs were not proportional. Taking are of my thighs in a little over a month and can't wait to see the results.
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7 week update

Ok ladies this is what you can expect by week 7. I'm feeling great today with no swelling. Had a birthday celebration weekend with the girls at the Hard Rock Hotel & let me tell you!!!!! I felt great strutting my stuff over to the tiki bar for the birthday shots in nothing but my bikini No cover up in fact bye bye cover up! Lol I will say this at first I still felt like I had my old body with the wrinkly stretch marks and bulge. When we started taking pics I was like that's me? Wow I look photo shopped! Lol but it's not this is how I really look now. I guess it takes some time to get used to. Very happy & feeling good. I can pretty much do anything now. Still very tight when getting up out of a chair or laying down. Wed I go to my PS for hopefully my last needle aspiration for my seroma, I do still feel a tiny bit but much much less!

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You look amazing!!! Happy dance for you
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Thank you :)
Looking good! Are you still using spanx or a CG garment? I finally stopped wearing one two days ago and it feels so weird! Lol. I figure if you lasted a day at the pool without it you are good to go :-)
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7 week update

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You look fabulous !
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absolutely AWESOME!! :)
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Thank you so much brand new

My Seroma 7 week update

Ok so I went to my PS on my lunch hour today and had my 5 needle aspiration. Today my PS aspirated 60cc's so it's less than last time which was 80cc's and 100cc's the time before. Patients is everything! Of course I don't want to go thru this but I trust my surgeon very much. Today after the needle aspiration I raced home after work let out to see if I could fit into the XS FAJA that I purchased. Last week it couldn't close with the help of two of the surgical assistance at my surgeons office. Today I could just feel all that fluid come out and I knew it would close! So excited never taking this thing off. Because I did it myself. As you can see in the photo there's
4 settings so as you get smaller you can adjust it. Feels great.. It's a Maria E Fajas highly recommend.

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Seroma

Forgot the pic here you go!

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Hey! I'd love to see a pic of your scar, mine is still pink at 11 months! So want it to disappear! You look fantastic too! What is your height/weight? I think I need to lose 10 pounds. I'm 5'7 1/2 and 145 right now...
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you look amazing girl :). Have you started to workout?
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Im planning to go back to the gym at 10 weeks I have To go back in two weeks to my surgeon to see if the seroma has really stopped fingers crossed. I was cleared to work out at 6 weeks but I still feel things healing and don't want to push myself.

Scar at 9 weeks

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Hey Lady, there wasn't any pics attached to your last post :'(
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You look beautiful! What website did you purchase your faja from? Ive been looking all around. Thanks and happy healing.
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Look on Amazon

Scar progression front view

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really?

9 week update

Feeling great! I can do everything now seroma had come to an end yay! Posted a few pics of the scar progression, hope my post help you.

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Your progression really helps to puts things in prospective as somehow I thought everyone's scar was great from day one lol hopefully mine will resemble yours at some point btw you look awesome!!!!!! xxx
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You look truly amazing!!! :-) And I really envy your BB ;-) Cross your fingers that mine will not be as big as it looks now. Good luck, girl!
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Wow! Your results are awesome! My TT is oct. 24. I hope mine turns out as great as yours. I'm really nervous about the the bb scar. Hoping its completely hidden in my bb! I'm def getting the scar cream you have been using. Thanks for posting!
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9 week official update!

Yesterday I celebrated 9 weeks since I had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and lip to the hips. I feel great and I'm back to doing pretty much everything if it feels like its pulling or hurting something I stop. My seroma has come to an end and now I think I will really start seeing more healing. Today was the flattest I've ever been in my life! I proudly posted a pic. I still don't believe that it's me! Love my results and my surgeon dr hochstein... who I thank every day for the work he did on me.

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Hi, I'm checking in. I am so glad your seroma is gone. My hematoma is too. I think it must have been time and aggressive massage of my belly. You look great! Hot, hot, hot. Do you have to have a scrip for the scar gel you are using? Do you also us it on your belly button?
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Omg... You look fabulous
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Thanks Hun! I'm going to check out your review now.

Biorcorneum scar cream! Day 5

Working great!

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Thanks phamrsales! I just ordered your faja, but in a small.
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Your looking beautiful more n more everyday!!!! Scar an BB look awesome girl!!!
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Thanks new going to check on you now!

10 week update

I mowed the lawn today! It felt great. Going to start working out again. Happy healing to all xo

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Just curious if they told you how much they removed with lipo? You keep looking better and better every time you update.
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Yes I asked they said about 300 ccs from each hip. I didn't have one single black and blue , I know he did it because im smaller and I do have two tiny holes on each butt cheek.
Wow! Super hot girl!
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10 weeks jeans feel good again!

I wore jeans tonight to the movies and they felt much better than the few times I attempted it. so there is hope ladies...We heal! I'm also feeling my energy level is back watch out world!

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Hey well i finally chose dr hochstein form my surgery im so excitedd i was wondering did u tell him how u wanted ur belly button or scar or he just worked his magic? Just curious on if im supposed to tell him how id like my bb or scar to be?
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Congratulations! You made a great choice and you will not be sorry... You should tell him what you like. I basically said I don't want one of those stamp on looking belly buttons and he said I make beautiful belly buttons and he uses inside stitches so that it looks very natural. I'm getting a ton of compliments on my BB and placemat of my scar. His scars really disappear so I think you will be super happy. Please keep in touch and I will continue to follow you.
My surgeon is going to give me a pain pump. Does it feel weird?!
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10 plus weeks started to exercise again & it feels great!

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You are so flat and your waist is so tiny! You look awesome!
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My faja is too small :( I ordered the small, & it's not even close to closing ! Wah! Maybe next month , but I'm not hopeful . I may need a medium or large!?? Girl you must be teeny!
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11 weeks today

So my seroma isn't completely gone but only 10cc were aspirated this week. I feel great and I'm exercising daily. I'm feeling. Lots of twinges and tingles...could this be the numbness wearing off?

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Did you have lipo on your legs? Or just your hips and back? I talked to my husband about seeing your doctor in Miami and he was pretty cool with the idea... I went to his website this weekend and I have to say his tummy tuck after pics look awesome compared to the majority I've seen! I'm going to send him some photos and see what he says.
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You are looking fantastic! I can't wait til I'm 11 weeks in. By Christmas I'll be 3 months post op! I had both of my kids in my early 30s and never did anything bounce back. It just kept getting worse n worse. LOL
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You look AWESOME!!
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11 weeks fun In the sun

Got a cute belly button comment this weekend! lol

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Looking great!!!
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wow- you look fantastic!!! It was sooo totally worth the money and the pain, right??? I know I'd do it all again if I had too!!!
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Wow, how I feel right now, I can't imagine wanting to hang in the sun in a couple of months. Mind you it will be the dead of winter here by then, but still. You look fab!!
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Fun in the sun

11 weeks

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Love love your reviews dear!!! You look so amazing an beautiful!!! Trying my new CG out an my next one might try the one u had if I can find with out the capris... I will burn up if all that is under my clothes ... This already makes me over heat hehe
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Lol they are very light and the material breathes how are you feeling
My surgery is next week and I ordered a Marena xs garment similar to yours. Wow, it is super duper tight I will be a little smaller I'm guessing after surgery but with swelling will I be able to get this thing on? I'm 109 lbs. What week did you wear yours? I was just told I would be in a binder for 1-2 weeks then could wear a spanx/flexee but I want more compression.
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13 fabulous weeks!

Well I'm now 13 weeks po, I feel Great now really great! I still have Seroma & it's winding down. My last extraction was only 7ccs and I go back in 3 weeks. I do have that weird feeling like a numb belt wrapped around my lower tummy I hope that goes away. I'm trying my hardest to be patient. I also feel real tight and find with stretching and yoga it really aggravates the situation and I swell so much more than I've ever experienced so far so I think my body doesn't want to stretch right now. Listening to your body is so important. It kinda makes me wonder if I ever will be normal again. The swelling and seroma make my tummy really rock hard at times not all the time. The other day my friends daughter felt my tummy and said "are you having a baby?" Not what I was wanting to hear after all that I've been thru but she is 5 and must have felt that it was so hard. It was distended but not much just the normal swell hell that everyone talks about. The very next morning I was flat as ever! So unpredictable. Here is an update of what I'm not looking like in clothes. It's incredible to see myself looking so perfect these day and my clothes are starting to get loose! I'm down to 140ish I dont recommend weighing your self every day because it's extremely Inconsistent but reasonably within 1-5 lbs . I'm guessing the swelling andnseroma are why this is happening although I really want to see 130,s even if it's just 139..I'm 5'7 . Hope this helps you happy healing to everyone xo

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So I've had difficulty losing weight before the surgery and hoping I lose it after! Is that what happened for you?!
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Yes omg loss of appetite is a side effect from tightening the muscles I lost 17 so far. Probably that problem area is what you can't shake! Imnsho happy all that I hates is gone all that I loved is even better!
You are looking great and hot in your clothes . I think might have develop a seroma by my BB I think I took off my CG to soon. I'm the telling people to wear their . I'm hoping it will go away on it own.
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13 week up date

I'm seeing a flatter tummy now! I'm able to sleep on my tummy now too wow did not see that coming last night I just rolled over as if I forgot I had a TT and it worked didn't feel very pulled and I comfortably fell asleep and wokebto my alarm !!! That's what i'm talking about :) feeling much more well rested now makes a huge difference. Not sure if anyone else was experiencing waking every hr but it was super annoying ..if so know that it goes away yay. Added some photos ..I'm seeing more definition I'm happy about that and I'm pretty tiny too. So under all the swell hell and Seroma I want you ladies to know that there is a beautifully sculpted body! Patience & Amen

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More belly button close ups

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Looking awesome!!!
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Wow wow wow
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Oh my goodness ! You look great !! Which scar cream did you like best then skinmedica or the bio cream? I am 5 weeks today and can start it , your scar looks amazing !
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14 weeks scar up close

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Hey. I re-read ur posts about CG's because I'm having issues with mine. One issue is that the one my PS gave me is like a torture chamber and the other being I've developed like a "jock itch" like fungus in between my groin and girlie parts. I thought I was being super careful with the bathroom thing but I guess not. The combination of heat and moisture and whatever else must have created a Ryle environment. So now I'm in a real dilemma. I'm two weeks po and I had to stop wearing it. Truth be told I stopped a couple days ago cuz I was too uncomfortable. I know u once said one of ur CG's was too uncomfortable as well. At what point in ur recovery was that? Also, when did u first start wearing yours? I'm just worried about sabotaging my results since I have to without til I clear up my jock itch issue.
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Should say ripe environment not "Ryle"
You look amazing!!! What scar cream do u prefer?
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15 weeks Halloween party

Everyone was so disappointed I didn't show my abs..that's funny! Well I do have the occasional swell hell you can see it in some of the pictures I just posted. I promised to post more next week of the incision.

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Looking really good girl
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You look amazing!!!!!
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You look better and better each time I see you, so happy for you :)
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Before and after photos

I took my before and after photos today. Seroma is gone so no needle yayyyy! They took my 3 month after photos & they do it again at 6 . I should see a significant different from 3-6 months. I'm still pretty swollen but the difference is incredible!

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Wow! You've great results! Where did you find the bicornium? And did you find it to be beneficial? I'm having pretty good luck with the bio oil. Can't beat the results for the price.
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Omg your results are amazing!! I've literally never seen such incredible results from a tummy tuck! You have a great PS! You stomach even looks super toned :) congrats girl! You're a hottie :)!
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Thank you ! For years since my last baby in 1995 I worked hard always in the gym had trainers and I felt the pain but didn't see results but now do thanks to Dr H!

15 weeks

The scar is healing so nicely for such a short time .. Biocorneum

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Love it! I just started using biocorneum.
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Try the Biocorneum it's really powerful stuff I bought it at my PS office .. I also use the bio oil all over to keep my skin nice
Lol thanks I'm 47

15 weeks today no regrets luv my new body!

Feeling great more flexible!

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You are looking great, Phamsales! Thanks for keeping up on your journey. I've been absent for a few weeks with travel but need to post some new pictures on my blog. Thank you again for sharing about the Biorcorneum cream; i just ran out and need to buy more. My scar is fading slowly but this stuff works great and doesn't cause me to itch like the scar strips.
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Love Love Love your story...You are looking great!...I hope I can get results that make me this happy...I am nervous but excited for my day to look great to get here...keep up the posting your awesome!...Dang you are hott, I keep looking thru your pics ;) Congrats on your new look!!
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16 weeks

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16 weeks

This is my 3 rd time out in a bikini. I use 70 plus block and the scar isn't getting dark. I Re apply every 15 -30 min. The sun is a huge no no so be careful.

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16 weeks

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You are so beautiful! Thanks for your story! God Bless
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thank you so much
Hey how are you? You're looking amazing well done... I too think I'm swollen and it may be seroma, I feel swallow most days. Just wondering those tight shorts you are wearing what are they called? X
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19 week update

So im not going to my ps on a weekly or bi weekly basis anymore because my seroma has come to an end several weeks ago yay! So i ran out of the Biocorneum and i purchased some kelacote silicone gel at Walgreens for $30.00 and also purchased some scar away silicone scar sheets they are on me like glue! I cant wait to see the results i have a good feeling about this. Here's a picture of what they look like on. I have also noticed a tremendous difference in my abs.. Wayyyyy flatter still i have that tiny mound about the pubic area and lower tummy. Im contoured like a body builder this is wonderful! I have hip bones too ! I feel very good at this point i can move normal again and my tummy feels normal as well and is less numb which is a great thing! I sneezed today & no pain! Hope this update helps you happy healing

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You're really coming along great! When did you start the scar creams? Your scar is doing awesome.
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Looking great! I can't wait to heal. I hope time starts to fly by.
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You look fabulous!! Thank you for checking out my blog.
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23 weeks...woot woot!

Hello everyone sorry i havent updated my profile in a few weeks, ive been so busy with the holidays. So im approaching the 6 month marker Jan 19. I feel excellent as far as flexibility and movement. My energy level is thru the roof.. Making up for lost time i suppose lol! I can actually work my abs now and the numbness is going away. Sometimes i do feel a deep pain right in the veyr low center part of my abs thats also the area thats still swollen so i guess the pain comes from healing alot of healing ia goinf on in that area. It seems to be much more isolated now. The upper center i see great contours as if ibwere a body builder LUV that definition. Dr Hochstein really knows how to sculpt a woman and he gave me the nicest belly button. It doesn't look artificial to me. I think that i lucked out! Drinking lots of water seems to help with the swelling. Ive ditched all compression garment at this stage. You think you will never get there but you do patients my dear.. Hope this review has helped you. I included a photo of my scar which is fading so soo nicely. Happy healing to all xo

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can we see update pics please, tt and scar? thanks
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Thank you. I have the 6 month before and after photos will post tomorrow.
U look amazing
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6 month update before & after photos

I had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo of my hips on July 19th, its now 6 months and I'm very pleased with everything. Im feeling amazing & my body is back, im flexible and feeling great. There is nothing that I cant do now at this point. The numb feeling is subsiding yayy! The scar looks amazing & will update soon. If you're thinking of having a tummy tuck or have recently had this surgery you should let the 6 month point be a good goal for feeling normal again. Please feel free to ask me anything at all and happy healing :) xoxo

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6 months before and after photos

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Scar photo coming soon promise :)
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6 month update

Feeling great!

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Beautiful!!!! Love ur 6 month pics!!!!
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Thank you :)
Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for sharing your experience on here. I am sure that you have helped so many people through their plastic surgery journey!! Your before and afters look great!
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7 months update

Feeling great started pilates again & my body feels so good. I can do everything my instructor dishes out on those transponders! Im in defintion mode eating clean and lean and pushing myself to the next lever of hotness! My scar is just dissapearing im so happy about that! I use sun screen 70 by nutragena every single day under my clothes to prevent darkening. I have a few spots of my insicion that you can't really see a scar and a few parts that are raised and red...guess it doesnt all heal and fade evenly but im confident it will look great in a year or two. The feeling is coming back and less numb which is the best!

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You have the most amazing belly! I have a cruise in April and really would like to tan beforehand. I'm huning Neutrogena 70spf asap. I forgot what a great moisturizer sunscreen can be in addition to protecting it. I was thinking about hitting the tanning bed as its still freezing here. You have any other tanning tips/ products? My scar seems to be fading in blotches too. But only I can see it from certain angles.
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Um hello, you look amazing!!! Time really flies doesn't it? I am just curious to know what you weigh now?
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I was 156 before & 139 after when I wasn't eating and now my appetite is back in full force and i'm also working out and gaining muscle. I'm 144 & my height is 5'7.

Standing at 7 months

I see lots of definition from my pilates work outs. I go tue thur and sun so i to it. Working my abs now hurts like a mother! No pain No gain ladies!and Showing you a difference from my earlier post. Still getting used to comments from men I've never heard before like great abs and wow god really blessed you...haa haa really it was Dr Hochstein but thats our little secret!

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Your results are absolutely beautiful!!! Amazing work...congrats to you. I can't wait to get to the flat side!! Thanks for all the great info in your bio!
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Hi! I send you a PM with some questions. Did you see it?
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I Love that pink poka dot bikinis. I have been buying two pieces for the summer but I love that one and its a string bikini. Not sure if I am that brave but you look great! Awesome! so encouraging to see ppl happy with their tummy tuck. I love mine. Happy Healing!
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8 month update

All I can say is that in time you will feel great again, like your old self. I've been working really hard to tone this body now that I feel I am able to work it hard. Im seeing great definition in my abs and love love love love love my surgeon every single day that i look at my body. I'm so thankful that I chose dr hochstein! I'm still swelling here and there its so unpredictable and sometimes it is extremely uncomfortable and causes back pain. I've learned to stay away from sushi because you always dip them into the soy sauce and I seriously looked like i was expecting afterwards. I think salt is just a killer for me for the time being and everyone is different. Drinking lots of water 100 oz daily and eating super clean like celery, apples, cucumbers, almonds Yogurt and oatmeal are my favorites. I juice with protein added and I'm taking DHEA, vit A, vit C, probiotic, iron, a mulit and a hair,skin and nail chewy vite. I feel so great! Sooo much energy that im as alive as I've ever felt in my entire life. I purchased a tred climber and use it every morning and night and also go to pilates. Im about to start Orange Therapy.. google it so interesting.. Hope I can keep up! These photos are from this weekend.

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Thank you, thank you for your detailed review and pics. I'm very excited to have Dr. H perform my MM before end of year. I'll be travelling to Miami. You look amazing! Great job!
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You're by far the best TT I've ever seen.What did your PS do different that your belly button like so natural? I've looked at other pedofiles who did a TT with your save PS and their BB don't look natural. Their tummies also look stretched.
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Omgeez sorry my phone auto corrected!!!!
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Amazzzzzzzzzing! Truly an artist with such a great bed side manner. You always feel safe and in excellent hands! God bless Dr. Hochstein!

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