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I am a 48 year old breast cancer survivor . Prior...

I am a 48 year old breast cancer survivor . Prior to my diagnosis I was going to consider a breast lift, cancer surprise and I had mastectomy and implants. I an feeling great and love my PS., now I am ready for a TT. I am a bit scared, but want to feel sexy and joythful. Currently scheduled for nov 7. Trying to cram on exercise and good nutrician in the next bee weeks. I am 5'2" and 140lbs. Will post pictures soon. You stories have all be so inspiring!!

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Welcome to RealSelf Buffy:)

Being a cancer survivor makes you a tough lady:)  I am so happy you are doing well and able to do this for yourself.  Nothing to be scared of my dear.  You got this and will come through with amazing results.  I am looking forward to following you through this journey.   

I am looking forward to seeing all of the before and after pictures:) We will all help you celebrate!

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Hi girls, tomorrow it is my turn, I am feeling...

Hi girls, tomorrow it is my turn, I am feeling like a 5 year old on christmas eve! Just took measurements and my pictures, will need to post them when my kids are available for tech help. I could be up all night looking at all the wonderful pictures you all have posted. More later, get the last of the laundry done.

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Hey hope all is going well. Wishing you the best.
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Glad that you made it through the surgery part of this journey. What a relief for you. I hope you have an uneventful and easy recovery. Can't wait to see your pictures. All the best to you.
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home from the hospital this afternoon, glad I spent the night, having a cathater sure made things easier, as I was pumping the water for hydration. I am taking one week of Lovenox (next step is getting my self talked into this shot), of all places it needs to go in my tummy. My PS tells me I am going to be pleased with the result, he even used the term "6 pack". I was told to bring a bathing suit bottom or underware for my markings. Told him my expectations was not to wear a bikini (I am 48), he told me I should be shopping for one it the spring. My surgery took approximately 4.5 hours (also had some lipo in the flank area, and fat grafting to breasts. I have some great pre op pictures, also picture of the skin removed, once I am out of the fog, I will post. My preop marked pictures look like a road map.
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Today is my 3rd day post op, saw the PS and he...

Today is my 3rd day post op, saw the PS and he removed the dressings, so just steri strips and of course the drains. My pain is minimal if I am sitting or lying down, walking is another story. I am so hunched over, and he wants me to stay that way until friday (my next appt). The compression garment is full length, bra to my knees, hot and itchy. Hope all are doing well.

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Hey there BuffyR, I totally get you about the swelling thing. I just posted a new pic, as you know, I am 10 days PO, and very bloated. My PS said it looks good, he's not worried, and said swelling is normal. I'm crazy because I see some of these women who are like 3 days PO and look so much flatter than me. I am wondering if recovery is different because of my age?
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I measured myself and now am 2 inches bigger than before the TT. My scar is nice and low, but the round tummy in the center looks like a baby bump, I am so frustrated.
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Still no BM, but I don't feel bad, should I be worried? this is day 4, I am passing some gas (sorry if that is TMI), taking collace, but afraid to take a laxitive. How is everyone else doing today? I am home alone today (usually work) and have no idea what I am going to do all day. Hopefully DH will bring me some lunch, my boys (teenagers) have been so sweet, helping me us, bringing me drinks, adjusting pillows, etc. I won't to post some photos, is there a place on the site to get directions to do this, I am computer illiterate.
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So today I am one week post op. Drain are out! I...

so today I am one week post op. Drain are out! I have a great deal of swelling (baby bump look), I did not look this way befor surgery and looked better when I had my appt on monday. My PS thinks I am not resting enough, this could be true (I am not good at sitting still). My PS knows me very well as he had done multiple breast procedures on me related to my cancer. I was planning on working some next week and looks like I will need to readjust my schedule. I am going to stay in bed as much as possible for the next few days and hope I start to look better. I am not having much discomfort, more back pain from walking hunched over. Wish I could get in my bath tub and soak (of course this is not an option). May go and get a massage of my arms, legs, neck and head. Feeling alittle grumpy, which is not like me, grrr.

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I'm so happy to hear that you are a (breast)cancer survivor, I can't wait to see pics of you results! Your results will get better day by day, happy healing;)
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Hi BuffyR, I have to say, I think my swelling is going down some, I do see a big difference from PO1 and today, PO11. I'm not where I want to be, but I think I will get ther with time. We just need to learn how to do the waiting game better, lol....
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You really need to rest and take this easy for first 4-6 weeks.  You are going to delay your healing process if you push too hard.  Your body will bite you back hard!!!

Please allow your body to properly heal so that you can have the best results ever.

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Ok, so I posted a few of my shoots from today, not...

Ok, so I posted a few of my shoots from today, not the best quality, from my lap top. I swear I am the most technical illiterate person in the whole world. My 14 year old son helped me, kind of awkward asking him. Anyhow, I will later post some pre ops, they are on my camera, so that will be a new challenge. The ugly sports bra is for the fat grafting I had to my breasts, which looks great, at least I am happy about that! I had a smaller midsection prior to my TT, maybe pulling the muscles together and swelling explain the bloated look? As my husband tells me, it is just 9 days, and I am not as young as some of the ladies here. I did put on some jeans to go out to breakfast this am and they zipped, so that is good. I will need to go to the office for a few hours in the morning tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. Must tell you I am so thankful for this site, comparing notes, talking each other off the ledge, etc., really helps.

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I think you look fantastic! I am happy to read you are a cancer survivor and you are not letting that take a hold of you! Keep your positive attitude it will take you far! Happy healing lady!
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Did you walk on a treadmill? Or just rd!!! Did u walk fast to get sweaty !! Pls take it easy I wouldn't exercise for 8 weeks they say you should be healed by the inside by then!!!
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You look fantastic! I wish I could say I was as flat as you are. Please let us know how your visit goes.
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Tomorrow is 4 weeks, still compressing and feel...

Tomorrow is 4 weeks, still compressing and feel like my tummy sticks out, but look down and it's fairly flat. I am back to gym, no cardio or core, just isolated arms and legs, thank God for my trainer. Back to ps on Monday.

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Looking great!
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Looking marvelous! Feel good!!! :)
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Thanks! Feeling good too! Hope you are doing well too.

PS was pleased with my progress , tells me it will...

PS was pleased with my progress , tells me it will take months for final results. I continue with CG and may gradually increase activity. I guess this is good, but surprised that long until next visit unless I have problems.

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You look really great!!!
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Thanks!!

I see slight improvement every day, crazy though,...

I see slight improvement every day, crazy though, but this time of the day I feel like I should look down and be 9 months pregnant, I guess it is the tightness. Still get up and takes a minute to straightness if I sit to long, I assume that is normal. Pictures today in the my old higher cut panties, maybe time for me to shop for some that are lower cut as my incision is at least 1-2 inches below on these! If I develop the same passion I have for shoe at VS, I may need to get a second job! Good luck to all you having surgery this month.

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You look great!
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Thanks, I am getting there
Oh yeah...much improvement! Time for sexy panties!!!!!
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So here I am at 6 weeks, just seems like no...

So here I am at 6 weeks, just seems like no difference since last picture. I thinking I am expecting too much. I need to remember I am older and final results make take months. Saw surgeon yesterday and he was pleased. Did yoga this am and felt ok. Merry Christmas to all.

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You look fabulous girl your scar also looks great
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You look great!!!
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Your scar looks great, I don't know what you are talking about it being uneven?? Oh, and don't worry 6 weeks is just a blah time, remember that is when I finally got my drain out, went running to gym, swelled like a water ballon, gained 5lbs from that, then I got smart, parked it, & by week 8 it was like a real turning point. You are almost there. Everything looks great!
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7 weeks yesterday, expecting to be flatter and...

7 weeks yesterday, expecting to be flatter and still feel tight and full (maybe to much fruitcake). PS is satisfied , see him back in 3 months for pictures. He says activity to tolerance? Still sore with trying a plank for 30 seconds. So not going to do core yet.

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Thank you all for cheering me up! I am laughing at...

Thank you all for cheering me up! I am laughing at myself, got to tell you what I just did. I am wearing a crotchless CG, today I had panties over (sometimes I go commando), went to bathroom and totally forgot I was wearing panties! Only I could pee my crotchless CG! Resting this afternoon and enjoying laziness!

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Just looked at your pics what r u talking about u look great girlie!!!!! Can't wait to see my results in 7 weeks.
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Lol too damn funny thank u and yes I will be shopping for a new 1. I'm excited and can't wait for the swelling to finish going down. I'm liking what I see though.
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i just love your flatness lol... but you really do look awesome
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Hello all of my favorite peeps in TT land! I am...

Hello all of my favorite peeps in TT land! I am now 8 weeks post op and feeling good, my latest pictures are in jeans, I wore these before surgery, by much happier with fit now. I need to shop for newer jeans, but have been so busy with work and holidays. I continue to lift weights, still not much intense cardio or core. Only pain is if I try to run or engage my core with lifting, thank goodness I have a great personal trainer who has accommodated my needs. I really think being fit prior to surgery has helped in my recovery. Advice to those considering a TT would be get in shape before surgery and realize surgeon is not a magician. More later.

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Also noticing more waist definition from immediate...

Also noticing more waist definition from immediate post op. still some swelling and feel bigger than I look at times, goal to lose 10 lbs in the next 3 months, I think that will get me there.

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You look great. Do you feel it took a good 8 weeks for the swelling to reduce? I'm just coming up to 4 weeks post op. I can't believe how much everything swells by the end of the day.
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Looking great in those jeans lady!
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You look awesome! Congrats on your results.
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Well it has taken me 2 months to stop the CG and...

Well it has taken me 2 months to stop the CG and binder! Did plates class last night and even some of the core moves. Today I am a little sore and stiff but ok. Hope to run tomorrow. I will also post new post op pictures in the am!

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Looking really good!! Feels good to ditch that CG and binder.. doesn't it?? :) liberation :)
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Yes, like Melissa said... Keep us updated on your exercise. I'm 4 weeks today and at week 11 I need to be conditioned to start playing soccer again!! I'm a bit worried I won't be as conditioned as I'd like...
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Wow you go girl! It must feel so good to get back at the work outs and to be binder free You look so amazing! Good luck on your run tomorrow. Keep us posted on your workouts. That's the next stage for me so I will really appreciate your input :)
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Well I am just over 9 weeks, and things are going...

Well I am just over 9 weeks, and things are going well! I added new pictures taken this am while dressing, I looked in mirror and was happy at the tummy looking back. Lets face it most of the time I am in clothing so how I look dressed is most important. I still have fullness and mild swelling late in the day but improving. Gained about 4 pounds since TT so need to get serious about a diet. Back to the gym and running, I do have some soreness/burning after activity but tolerable. I am not doing crunches, but planks and light core. Hope all are well!

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you look very fit, and very wonderful. I mean it.
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thanks, hope you are feeling better!
Buffy, you do look great! I will be 7 weeks PO Friday. I still have some swelling. What worries me most is that the skin on my upper abs (along the sides) sometimes appears loose and saggy. In my jeans my results appear similar to yours. I'm very happy until I move certain ways and see the less taut skin. Have you experienced this? Kelly

Hi girls! I am 12 weeks post op today. Feeling...

Hi girls! I am 12 weeks post op today. Feeling good about results, although it is easy to try and find minor imperfections. I am back to all my activity at the gym, including crunches with weight, etc. I feel tight and sore but in a good way. I have been over eating which is typical for me in the winter, trying hard to do better. My 49th bday is this weekend so I am sure I will overindulge. My waist is measuring abit smaller even with my weight up a few pounds, no loose skin and scar low, flat and thin. I have had no spitting stitches and really doing nothing for scar but lotion. Have a great weekend!

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Hi, I just wanted to say that you look absolutely fantastic. You have the figure and skin of a much younger lady and should be so proud of yourself. Well done you. You are an inspiration to all the other more "mature" ladies (like myself!!!).... who are about to get this op done. Best wishes. Continue to take real good care of yourself. Hugs Suzi x
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Thanks Suzi, your TT also looks great , too! not to be vain, but for being close to 50, we have results that rival those 20 years younger. I refuse to age gracefully, lol.
Lol, Buffy! I echo that. I too, at 53, REFUSE to age gracefully :)

So I am on vacation skiing this week and lots of...

So I am on vacation skiing this week and lots of swelling. No new pictures but you can see from my last I had very minimal swelling. I skied all day today and actually had abdominal discomfort, frustrating! I plan to ski thru Sunday, I hope my new ski pants will still button, grrrr.

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Hope u had a great time!!!
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Happy Birthday young lady!!
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Happy Birthday and have fun on the rest of your trip!
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Sharing a picture if my belly button, I love how I...

Sharing a picture if my belly button, I love how I hardly have a scar, perfect innie and perfectly centered! Oh it is the little things I love.

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Who was your PS?
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You look awesome! Isn't it great to know that at our age (I'm in my 40's too) we can survive all kinds of illnesses and surgeries and babies and still look HOT!!! I'm not out parading around without clothes all day but when I look in the mirror and notice "those little things I love" it makes me smile all day long!!!
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Wow you look fantastic! I'm 44 and I believe that age is just a number...looking at your results is so reassuring. I know that having a TT is the right thing.
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I am now over 4 months post TT. I am grumpy and...

I am now over 4 months post TT. I am grumpy and mad at myself. I have gained 9 pounds in the last few months! I am so mad at me, I need to get a grip and put down my fork, I see most of the change in my legs, but also full feeling upper tummy, certainly hope not to ruin my results. I was to see my ps next week, I am calling in the am and rescheduling for next month. I would be embarrassed to go back at this point.

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You look great! I hope you are doing well and no longer mad at yourself ;)
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Hey don't be so hard on yourself....you look fabulous!
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Oh Buffy!!!! You look absolutely amazing with such amazing results!!! You have an excellent PS!!!! The girls are beautiful and just the perfect size, and TT absolutely so impressive!!!!! Don't beat yourself up! After all you have been through you deserve to enjoy some good food ;-) I haven't weighed myself in soooooo many yrs and have threatened any dr who dare shout out my weight! It's just a number, and believe me I ate at least 9lbs worth of candy in the past week :-) Chin up, you look awesome!!!! You have made me feel better today after seeing your pics!!! Thank YOU!!!!
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Ok girls, I don't want to be left out. I am now...

Ok girls, I don't want to be left out. I am now just over 5 months. Can't believe I just stopped everything to take pictures of my tummy sitting, lol. There is a reason none of the post op pictures our docs take are sitting, that skin must bunch up, and not so flattering. My butt and thighs also expand, yikes ! I am feeling good about things, finally back on diet track and have dropped a few pounds, but soo hard, best to you all!

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Looking great!!!!!!! Hugs!!!!!
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HiBuffy! You look and sound fantastic! I am also a breast cancer survivor, (May 2010) double mastectomy, expanders and then implants, tattooed nipples ~ and then the TT on 3/18! I love this site, talking to all of us that have been through these things, relating perfectly to all the ups and downs, sharing our lives. No one better to understand than those that have walked in our shoes. Congrats on being a sister survivor, and con rats on your Beautiflat (my own word) body! You look gorgeous!
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Con rats? Really? CONGRATS! Silly auto correct :)

Ok, now almost 6 months post op. feeling better,...

Ok, now almost 6 months post op. feeling better, back in control of my diet. I go back to the ps later this week. I feel like I eventually could use some lipo of my love handles, but don't want any loose skin. I still have a lot of tightness in my upper ab area centrally at mr, pulling sensation with weights doing incline crunches, etc. anyone else with tight feeling this far out? I am heading to the beach in a few weeks with moms group. I am thinking I might try a modest bikini top and board shorts, hoping I won't chicken out...

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You look awesome! Thanks for posting the sitting pic, I had always wondered what it would look like.
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Thanks for posting sitting down pics! One of my reasons for doing this is to get rid of the overhang of nasty flesh. So, you can sit with no muffin top? You look fantastic!
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You look fantastic Buffy! I am going through the same feeling...broad hips but a flat ass tummy! But I am only 5 weeks PO. I have the patience. Starting my "diet" on tuesday. I want to start my workouts so bad, but the ps said to wait for the 6 wk mark. Take care!
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8 months post op, very happy, small revision in am.

So I am now 8 months post op...very pleased with results (I will post pictures tomorrow). I am having a very small dog ear removed tomorrow, I could live with it, but ps wants to remove and no cost to me. I have been to the shore several weeks and loving my almost 50 yo body in a 2 piece! Best to all, pictures this weekend pre and post dog ear!

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Can't wait to see ur new pics. I'm so glad u wore a bikini, u deserve it!!!
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Good luck! I have a small dog ear too. It will be removed soon. Let me know how it goes :)
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You look amazing, looking forward to seeing new photos. Good luck tomorrow!
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Puppy ear is gone!

Had my small revision this am, watched the entire thing! I have posted a picture of the preop marking picture. No drain and just left side. Will post more in am! Have a great weekend my TT friends!

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Looks like my 4yr old drew all over you! LOL! Haha, sorry couldn't resist. :P
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Oh gosh I didn't even notice a dog ear on ya. Revision seems to be the update word for those of us who had our surgeries in the winter. Looking awesome btw
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Melissa, it was small and certainly I could have been just fine with it, ps was much more concerned than me. No charge and easy recovery, so what the heck. I have not slept very well tonight (2:30am), just got an ice pack, sore, more than I expected . How are you?? Have not seen a recent update.

Pictures post minor revision, 2 days post op.

Revision on Friday. Slight soreness yesterday. Saw the PA and new dressing, looks great (remembering it was not a very big dog ear to start). I can take a real shower in the am!

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You look absolutely amazing! So happy you had such wonderful results!!
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Gorgeous and shapely :) You look FAB :) X
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Wow you look great! Your stomach looks so natural and defined! You must be sooo happy!
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Wearing my 2 piece, now 8+ months post op.

I am now over 8 months post op, had small dog ear removed in office 3 weeks ago. Very pleased with my tummy, I am still curvy, but for 2 kids and almost 50, I think looking just fine.

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Great results!
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Congrats on being a survivor.... Your pictures are great Quite the journey Thanks for sharing! I'm two weeks post-op I'm 60 years old I'm living the dream.... I love my new belly.... I'm on the flat side of Oz It's our new reality... (Hugs) LiveLoveBelieve
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Thanks!

15 months post TT with muscle repair, no lipo, still happy, scar is fading.

So I am now about 15 months post op, still very happy with results. I have gained a few pounds this winter and ready to shake them off. Just turned fifty !

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Not sure if you are still checking this Site seeing as how you look SO Amazing and all. I read your post with great interest and was encouraged by your progress. I know every body is different but I'm hoping my final results are in line with yours. A girl can hope! =)
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Just checked in, still happy with results, hope you are doing well?
You make 50 look great! Congratulations.
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