Full Abdominoplasty Scheduled for December 20th with Dr. Hochstein - Miami, FL

I'm schedule to have a Full Abdominoplasty on...

I'm schedule to have a Full Abdominoplasty on Friday, December 20th. My name is Christie and I'm the Office Manager for Dr. Leonard Hochstein in Miami, FL. A lot of you may know him from the Real Housewives of Miami or known as "The Boob God". I've been working for him for a little over 2 years now. I decided to do a review on my whole experience because I want to share my whole recovery to let everyone know what to expect after surgery.
Anyways I'm 26 years old and I weight 125lbs. After having my son 8 years ago I was left with an ugly scar above my belly button and also with what I call the "kangaroo pouch" which no matter how much you workout at the gym it will never go away because your muscles stretched during pregnancy. These where the 2 things that really concerned me and what opted me to go with a Full Tummy Tuck. I was of course a little hesitant with the scar at first but I know from working here so long that with proper after care the scar can pretty much diminish with the right scar treatment.
I'm not nervous at all... But I'm pretty sure as the day proceeds I will begin to become nervous. I will be posting my before photos very soon!
Feel free to ask any questions :)

Before Photos

My surgery day is fastly approaching!! I'm getting very anxious and excited at the same time. Here are some before photos. I will keep you all posted :)

Almost ready to go in!! :)

Patiently waiting to give transferred to the OR to begins surgery. Got my Dr. Hochstein cozy robe on. Surprisingly I'm not nervous; just a little anxious but also excited!!

1 Day Post-Op

I'm amazed!!! My tummy looks so flat!! My surgery went really good; it took about 2 hours. Even though I'm Dr. Hochstein's Office Manager he treated me just like any other patient. When doing my markings before going into surgery he gave me his opinion on what areas I wanted the Liposuction which I agreed with him (he's the expert). He also made sure to do my incision very low since I model I can't have any visible scars. Well other than that I feel great!! I must have a pretty high pain tolerance. Anyone having a Tummy Tuck I highly recommend that you rent a lift chair this thing is amazing!!! It only cost me $300 for the month (I may not need it that long but it was very affordable and worth it!) Here is my 1 day after surgery photo... Feel free to ask some questions :)

On my way to my 1st Post-Op Visit

This Pain Pump has been my bestfriend throughout these past 3 days... It's amazing!! You don't have to do absolutely anything to it. It basically administers the anesthesia to your tummy area every hour or so. 3 day Post-Op photos coming shortly ;)

3 days Post-Op

I'm feeling really good! I went into the office today to see Dr. H and I'm healing nicely. I have a lot of bruising and swelling which is completely normal. I highly recommend you start taking Arnika Forte immediately after your surgery for at least 7 days; it helps speed up your recovery process. I also switched out of my girdle to a faja (one piece spanks) which feels so much more comfortable. The drains are surprisingly very simple, I've been draining them every 2-4 hours. I've been sitting in my lift chair all day and taking 5 min walks around my house every 2-3 hours to maintain the blood circulation in my legs. I've been drinking homemade low sodium chicken soup; I don't recommend eating anything too greasy or high in salt (after all you do want to keep that nice figure lol). Feel free to asks any questions I really enjoy educating and updating you all thru my journey of recovery :)
Here are some pics ;)

My girdle

Here's a pic of my girdle since some of you have been wondering what it looks like :)


Ugh!!! 7 days Post Op

Just wanted to give you all a quick update. I went into the office today to see Dr. H and work (lol I'm a workaholic.) I'm recovery and healing very nicely. My drains are still in and I think I'll have them in for another 2 or 3 days. Now... The reason why I wrote "Ugh" on this title.... the constipation after surgery is horrible!! This has been the worst night for me throughout the entire surgery! Now I finally feel what patients call and complain to me all the time... I've taken 3 stool softeners and I just took some milk of magnesium. I also had to take a Xanax to calm my nerves (sitting on the toilet for 2 hrs with nothing but stomach pains gave me anxiety!) I'm calm now so I'm hoping the laxatives kick in so I can stop feeling this bad. Other than the whole constipation episode I'm looking good ;) Posting pics tomorrow... Sorry for the explicit information lol

Updated photos :)

Hi Everyone!!
Just wanted to give you some updated photos. I'm 9 days post op from my surgery and healing. My drains are still in and might come out tomorrow (I have my fingers crossed.) Here are some pics; feel free to ask any questions :)

10 Days and drains out!!

Hi everyone!!
I'm 10 days out today from my surgery and happy to say I got both drains removed today!! I was alittle nervous to remove them because I thought it would be painful but it wasn't at all; it was just all mental. Also Dr. H told me to start straightening out when I walk little by little. I'm also happy to say that I'm finally walker free!! No more looking like the Hunch Back of Norte Dam lol. I won't lie I walked to my mailbox all on my own today which is like 40 steps to and from my house and I felt exhausted when I made it to my recliner!! So I'm sure it's going to take some time to get back to my usual flow. I'm finally going to drive tomorrow so I'll let you know how that goes. I'm also going to try sleeping on my bed tonight with maybe 2/3 pillows behind my back to elevate me. Here are some new pics of my tummy but this was before Dr. H removed my drains; I'll post some more undated photos tomorrow. I love my belly button!! It looks so perfect; it's still healing though! (Sorry I'm obsessed lol!)

15 Days Post Op

Hope you all had a Happy New Year!! Sorry I haven't posted I have been really busy getting back to work. I'm practically walking completely straight which I'm finally happy about :)
My incision is healing very nicely with no issues and I feel pretty great. I'm no longer on any medications or pain killers. Only time I feel little pain is when I sneeze, laugh, or cough lol. I'm still wearing my girdle, I purchased 2 of them so I can be switching them. Showering is still not so easy; I'm just very cautious. I'm showering with an antibacterial soap and making sure I dry the incision area very well before I put my girdle back on. I'll be posting some pics shortly.
Let me know if you have any questions :)

15 days pic

Update!! :)

Hi there!! Just wanted to update everyone. My recovery is going great!! I'm finally back to work full time as of Monday. I'm almost 3 weeks post op on Friday!! Time flies!! I'm finally dropping weight and it's because the sweeling is finally starting to come down. I'm so happy with the outcome of my surgery. My insicison is so low!! Here are some new updated pictures. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Updated pics!!

Hi everyone!! I'm doing pretty great. Still healing... My incision is still very scabby and my skin is really dry since I haven't been able to use a moisturizer. Here are some new pics I'm around 25 days post op.


Hi.. It's been a while since I updated you all with some photos. Its been a month and 3 days since my surgery and I can't believe how quickly time flies!! I'm still patiently healing (its such a long process)... My tummy still feels very numb which is very normal. I'm alittle nervous now because it looks like I'm retaining fluid (seroma) between my belly buttom and TT Incision. This is very normal within 3-5 weeks after surgery. I'm just hoping to that my body absorbs the fluid or Dr. H will need to aspirate it with a syringe. I will keep you all posted!! Here are some pics :)

Just got aspirated!

Ok... So it wasn't that bad!! So Dr. H removed a little over 55cc's of fluid from my tummy. He told me to keep monitoring it and I might have to remove some more next week. But anyways my tummy is now flatter and doesn’t jiggle anymore lol (it kind of looked like flubber with all that fluid buildup.) Just a huge relief now that I got that removed (I was beginning to get nervous.)


Hi everyone!!!
I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to update you all; I've just been so busy!! But here are some new pics :)

Hi everyone!! :)

So I just wanted to give you all a quick update on my recovery/journey. I'm not going to lie but it has definitely been a process! I'm still very much body conscious because of my scar; my scar is currently at the stage where it doesn't look pretty at all!! It looks purplish/reddish and is very bumpy (usually the 10-12 week mark after surgery). I know it takes time to fully heal and start diminishing but I want it to disappear!! lol... I'm hoping that within the next couple months as I continue to take care of it and apply my Bio-Corneum scar recovery gel the scar will start diminishing (crossing my fingers). As for swelling I still have some swelling; some days I have more swelling than other days. For instance I decided to do a spring cleaning over the weekend and at the end of the night I was super swollen around the incision area. I'm still wearing my girdle daily; I feel like it provide nice support and especially the days I feel the swollen it helps alleviate my tummy from the swelling. I just recently started to work out; I haven't done any abs exercises since my tummy is still very numb and Dr. H suggested I wait a little longer since I still have fluid buildup in my mid-section area between my BB and TT Incision. So I've been sticking to cardio and Lower/Upper Body weights. I've still been needing to be aspirated every week or so from 20-50cc's in the same area. I'm hoping this week will be the end!
Well let me know if you have any questions... I'll post some more pics soon :)

1st time in a Bikini

Headed to the beach!! Can't wait to show off!! Lol

At last a flat tummy!!

I'll be 3 months out of surgery on March 20th I can't believe I'm finally in a bikini and in the beach!! I can't imagine how I will look at 6 months!! I'm honestly so happy with my results and I don't say this because I'm Dr. Hochstein's manager but because I can finally feel sexy in my own skin!! "Body by Hochstein" lol ;)

Wow 4 months already!!

I can't believe I'm almost 4 months post op. Time flies!! I've started to workout already almost on daily basis; I do 4-5 days a week. I have noticed a huge change in my core and that's without doing any ab exercises. My ab muscles still feel very tender so I haven't really worked out my abs. My scar is healing nicely; I apply Bio-corneum and SkinMedical Scar Recovery Gel everyday twice a day (morning and night). I've also continued doing Lymphatic Therapy Sessions once a week and once I became 3 months post op I was able to start the therapy on the actual scar to help break down any scar tissue that built up. I'm only by my 3rd session and I have seen a huge improvement on the scar; I need about 6 more sessions. Here are some updated photos. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Some more bikini updates!!

Hi everyone!!
Just wanted to update you all with some photos. I just got back from Puerto Rico and felt amazing in my bikini. My tummy is looking so amazing!!
My scar is healing very nicely. I've actually have continued doing Lumphatic Therapy on my tummy since I still have some swelling. I even started doing the treatment on the actual scar. I'm by my 4th session and some areas of my scar are completely flat!!! What the therapy does is that it helps break down any scar tissue developed around the scar. I'm thinking I may need another 4 to 5 more sessions. I'll keep you all posted ;)

Pics didn't post :)

My abs!!

My abs are looking amazing and I've barely starting working them out! I've just began working them out very lightly. I'm so excited for bikini season!! Here's an updated pic after my workout today :)


Today was my 5th Lymphatic Therapy Session to continue breaking down the scar tissue around my incision. My scar is nearly almost completely flat! It's amazing!! Each and every day when I look at myself in the mirror it just gets better and better lol. I've been working out 4-5 days a week and on a strict diet. I want to make this whole experience worth it. My tummy is looking amazing but I can't wait for it to look even more amazing!! FYI I had a lot of people comment on the size of my implants; I currently have 550cc's which according to Victoria Secret that's a 34DD on my chest frame. What I like is that even though I have a rather large size implant; the way Dr. H positions and creates the pockets makes my breast look very natural and not give me that "pornstar" look lol. Let me know if you have any questions.. Here is a photo I just took :)

6 Month Update!!

Hi Ladies!
Here are my 6 month update photos of my tummy which I'm LOVING!!! I couldn't be any happier with my results and I know if I continue with exercising and dieting it will only get better. I went ahead and attached a pic from my weekend vacation to the Bahamas. I was strutting around in my little 2 piece bikini and no one would ever think by looking at me that I had a Tummy Tuck lol. Let me know if you have any questions... Happy Healing to everyone who recently had surgery!! :)

Hard work pays off!!

Almost 8 Months Post-Op and I feel great!! I joined a very intense kickboxing class which I take 3 times a week... I didn't think I could pull it off but thank god I'm almost back to 100% when it comes to fitness. I remember before doing my TT I would kill myself at the gym and not see any results in my core!! Since my surgery I have not done not one single crunch or sit up and my abs look very defined. It's incredible!! Here I posted a follow pic of me before my kickboxing class... Let me know you have any questions!! ;)
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Hi Christie, what's the brand and style of the girdle you wore immediately after surgery? Do you recommend it? It looks super secure and comfy!
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You look perfect!
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He made you look just like a barbie doll :-) I am 100% sure I am going with your Dr. I just need to recuperate from my surgery that i just had almost 5 weeks ago. I will email you in a few weeks from now for a consultation.
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Question.... I am 8 days post op,,. Drains are still in, I'm constipated, still wearing my tight girdle..... But none of that bothers me like my back pain..... Did you experience this and if so what did u do? Thanks
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Gorgeousness! See you in a couple of weeks. xoxo
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Is the Dr very experienced with face lifts and does he do chin implants too? I'm highly thinking of calling your office.
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Yes Dr. H specialized in Face/Neck Lifts as well as Chin Implants. If your interested in meeting with him you can either schedule an in office consult or phone consultation. Let me know if you have any additional questions :)
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Te vez super hermosa me encanta la cirugía excelente médico por lo visto espero quedar también como tu! En. Futuro
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Muchas Gracias!! :)
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Your tummy tuck is one of the best I have seen! You look fabulous!!!
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Thanks so much!! I really appreciate it! It was definitely worth it ;)
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I'm in the process of researching doctors for a TT and I plan on doing it in FL. You look incredible. Your doctor does a excellent job. I love the BB and that your cut is low and thin. I saw another girl results from the doctor and her results was amazing also. I will definitely schedule a consultation when I am in FL next time. Thanks for sharing
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Thanks!! Any questions you have or when your ready your schedule your consult feel free to email me at christie@lhochsteinmd.com or contact the office at (305)931-3338. Xoxo :)
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I will. I want to do my surgery at the end of June 2015. I will be in florida during April so I will call and schedule my consultation during that time. Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for doctors and I LOVE his cut.
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You look STUNNING. Your tummy and breasts are banging. Thanks for the update.
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Hi Christie, Hope your healing great you look amazing! Today is one year since my tummy tuck. I will post some pics later. My belly button is so nice! I'll come is soon. I'm so happy with everything and feel great! XO
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Well CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to see your photos. Keep me posted and make sure to swing by my office the next time you come around here ;) XOXO
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You look great! I desperately need a tummy tuck. How much for the procedure? I would definitely like to schedule a consultation. Do you offer financing plans?
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Hi Sorry for the late response. It’s sometimes better that you directly message me. A Tummy Tuck can really range in price. It can go anywhere from $6500 to $7800. I would recommend either coming in for a complimentary consultation or setting up a phone consultation. We do work with a couple different financing companies that can try to get you financing depending on your credit. Feel free to email me at my personal work email at christie@lhochsteinmd.com Thanks!!
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