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I'm a mom of 3, all c-sections. Consultations...

I'm a mom of 3, all c-sections. Consultations coming up.. Nervous but excited.. I for the first time in my life want a flat stomach.. Bikini here I come..I'm 5"3 135 pounds so I would like to lose about 5-10 pounds before surgery. I have was pretty heavy all my highschool years and finally about 5 years ago for the first time reached the 120's. But then I had a little girl, only gained 28 pounds lost it and 2 years later had my son who is 6 months old now. I'm having a little bit harder time getting back into the running like before. I'm hopeful that at my consultations they will be able to make my dream come true to have the flat stomach I so imagine. Of course my husband says I'm perfect thank goodness for him, but this is something I want really bad. I'm nervous about the surgery and recovery. A friend of mine just had her tummy tuck done no muscle repair and said it was the worst pain ever. Yikes! But her doc didn't do a pain pump so I'm hoping that will make a difference. My two consultations are coming up and I have a page of questions, hopefully they don't think I'm nuts lol.. Wish me luck..

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Awesome you have a ton of questions!! Let us know how the consultations go!
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I'm sure they'll expect a lot of questions and if they don't...well, you know they aren't the surgeon for you! Please let us know what happens!

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I wish mine was in 8 days but I'm having to wait a little while, I made three consultations and the last one is in September. My kids birthdays are October, December and January so part of me feels like I should get past there birthdays. I'm shooting for January 17th. Where do you live? I have my first consultation this week so I'm ready with my page of questions..
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Okay so I had my first consult. The doctor...

Okay so I had my first consult. The doctor explained the procedure told me that he would try his best to use the same scar as my c-section. He does do lipo but only on flank/hip area and said I might still have a little extra fat after tuck since the bulge above my belly isn't getting lipo, so I might have to go back which I wasn't thrilled about. He seemed nice but very old school. His price for the tummy tuck was over $7000, $3000 of the was the surgery center and anesthesia. My appt was at 1:00 and he didn't see me till 2:15. Not sure if them running late or not. I asked about lovenox to prevent blood clots, he said that he wasn't against using them but didnt feel comfortable prescribing he would want me to go see a hemotolgist to get there opinion. ( I have no history and no risk factors except the surgery) so it would only be for preventative measures. So I kinda felt weird about that. I did ask him about possibly getting larger implants total cost was over $14,000.. He seemed expensive. My fiend just had a mini tuck, lipo of flanks and silicone implants and her total was $9100 and she looks great. I seeing her surgeon in August..hope that goes better

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Okay ladies my consultation is coming up soon and...

Okay ladies my consultation is coming up soon and of course I seem to be nervous. My friend had a mini tuck and breat augmentation with the PS i'm seeing on August 6th, She has nothing but good things to say about him and Ive seen his work and she looks great. What impressed me even more was last week she was having this weird pain in her back, she wrote him an email within 30 minutes he wrote her back and they tried to call her on her cell phone (we work in a hospital so she wasnt getting reception). So she wrote him and gave him our work number and within 10 minutes he called her at work..while he was on vacation in California. That to me shows a lot about what kind of doctor he is.

There seems to be so many things running through my head, I'm taking off three weeks from work, and I should have help those whole three days. After that i plan on returning to work but my big concern is getting my 1 year old in and out of the car. I know he will be able to walk on his own by then (he's almost 7 months now) but on the days that my husband works (he's a firefighter so he works 24hrs) how I'm gonna get kids in the car to drop my oldest to school. My 3 year old can get in and out so it will only be my 1 year old that will be the issue.

Has anyone else have an issue with there inlaws knowing what there doing? They help out with the kids while there at work but I really dont want to sound selfish that I spent 7000.00 when we have three kids to put through college..Any advice??

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We deal a lot with that group since I work in a local ER I have heard you either like then or not. Im getting excited about my upcoming appt but I realized I need to stop surfing the internet, reading the scary things that can happen is freakin me out.. Ugh if I like hall and I make my surgery date in January I'm gonna be a nervous wreck for the next 5 months.
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Funny enough, I saw Dr. Hodge. I was referred to him by a family doctor. I didn't see his portfolio; it slipped my mind to ask, but I've been told his work is amazing. As far as his bedside manner, it was unpleasant. I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my very first consultation, but the appointment felt rushed and for as many great things as I have heard about Monarch, the office was in need of an update (ex: the exam room carpet was visibly worn and stained-Northland location).

I like a doctor to be straight forward, which he was. And I certainly don't need coddling or handholding, but I think I was hoping for more of a connection. From other reviews I've read the person said they felt really comfortable with their chosen PS. Did I go in expecting too much? I guess at this point, I'm not ruling him out, but I am definitely looking forward to more consults.

On the bright side, he was really confident, knowledgable, and realistic, and the total approximate cost of a tummy tuck was about $7,800. I didn't ask about my breasts at this visit because I'm still breastfeeding and I'm not thinking about surgery until next spring. As off-putting as he was, I have feeling I'll go back for another visit at some point to get more information. I mean, if he's one of the best, I can overlook his condescension. I hope:)

Wow, 10-20K for a tuck is outrageous, but I have a friend who had her breast done there and love them. Ack. So many things to think about. Only a few more days until your appointment. Are you so excited? I can't wait to hear about it!
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welcome mamaoffour!! May be ask who you saw today? Finding a plastic surgeon is certainly not easy. Some people have told me Dr. Keith Hodge is excellent, of course I have been told Dr. Gary Hall is great, Dr. Bennett (although I called for prices and they told me a tummy tuck alone was 10,000-20,000 ouch). I guess I will have to wait till my appt (cant wait) and see what he says..maybe i should cut out a picture of Heidi Klums and say I want to look like this, can you make it happen..cause after three kids she looks amazing!!
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Okay ladies I had my consultation with Dr.H and I...

Okay ladies I had my consultation with Dr.H and I really liked him. He told me straight up what he could do, not only for my tummy tuck but my breasts as well.. I have saline now and have some rippling so silicone it is. My scar will be from hip to hip, he will contour my flanks and hips with lipo and even said he lipo a little bra fat yeah!! So I'm scheduled January 14th..7am..

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So now that Ive scheduled my surgery it all about...

So now that Ive scheduled my surgery it all about the sit and weight game.155 days to go.. Sounds so far away..I bought myself a bikini today and hung it up in the closet so when I get scared I can look at it and remind myself how I wish to look and what I would love to wear. My husband is supportive but at the same time hasent really asked any questions just said as long as I am okay he's okay. So for now I'm just sitting and waiting...

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I'm very excited but nervous. I was only going to to the tummy tuck and lipo but from breast feeding my boobs arent as full as I would like..my tummy tuck is a little over $6000, but with silicone implants its over $11,000 ouch..what are you going with silicone or saline? are you happy with your doctor choice? Nervous?
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Full tummy tuck with mr, lipo of flanks and hips, and I'm exchanging my implants for silicone.
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Nice! Are you so excited??

Well i still have over 140 days to go but I...

Well i still have over 140 days to go but I realize the more and more I think the more questions I have..lucky my PS is great and never makes me feel the "crazy lady" i'm sure I sound like. I was wondering if any of my fellow tummy tuckers are prescriped lovenox or had it with there past surgery..the question is according to lovenox the only approved place is belly..but Ive read others have done it in arm and thighs.. Was just wondering what anyone elses PS recommened. Otherwise just counting down the days I hope everyone is as excited as me..

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Yes i think it is nerve racking! I get a little sorry of breath when i think about picking the right one. Dr. Hall certainly seams great and i could not find any actions taken by the medical board against him...please let us know how you're next visit goes!
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okay ladies anyone find themselves extremely nervous even thought surgery is so far away?? I find myself searching the net and emailing the surgeons with questions i forgot to ask..I'm a ball of jitters already,..am I alone?
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Hi Girls I have been searching for Kansas City stories to glean from. There's just not a whole lot out there. So thanks for sharing the information. I had a consult last summer with Gary Hall, it went well. He was actually not feeling well that day but came in to work anyways. He seems very knowledgeable and capable. I forgot to look at his portfolio as well that day, I have only seen the photos online. I have been wanting to have a mommy makeover for a few years now. I had water-lipo and fat transfer 2 years ago by Dr. Gordon Clark in Shawnee Mission. He told me the lipo would tighten the fascia between my skin and abs and I would not need a TT and that the fat transfer would be a more natural alternative to breast implants. DON'T DO IT!! I fortunately had no bad physical results or injury. But I have no result! Stomach looks exactly the same and no increase in breast size. It is performed in his back office and seems very sketchy, I know I should have walked out when I was led down the hall to his office which had been draped and shuffled around to a make-shift surgery room, but I had already paid my $8100 and felt confident from all the info he had given me. I should have done my research more!!
So since this experience I am kinda skeptical of everyone and research extensively to find any bad info out there on a doctor. I found several law suits against Dr. Swanson as well as restrictions placed on him from the medical board. I did not have a consult with him. I plan on taking my husband back to Dr. Halls office for another consult. And scheduling one with Dr. Kofkoff in St. Louis. He comes with very high recommendation and reviews. His photos are amazing as well. Will let you know how that goes. My procedures (full TT and possibly BA) if done (I hope) will be in late Dec.
I hope all goes well with yours and please keep updating!
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Nothing really new to report, just counting down...

Nothing really new to report, just counting down the days. I find myself checking out real self almost once a week ready the stories. It's just gets you sucked in..lol. I have asked my surgeon so many questions that I think Ive tapped them out. I did ask him if I could revisit with him about a month before surgery to just go over and confirm what to expect and of course without hesitation he said he would love to see me again. I kind of want him to draw on me like he would the day of surgery so I could physically see what is going to be done..

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I scheduled my surgery date in April so I had 4 months until August 15. I didn't think too much about it until my pre op appointment, which was 10 days before. That's when I started to vasillate from nervous to excited to scared to ecstatic. My surgery on August 15 went perfectly - all 8.5 hours! - and I'm now 23 days post op and doing better everyday! I would say all your emotions are normal.
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Okay ladies I have a question, have any of you...

Okay ladies I have a question, have any of you other mommy makeovers either passed or coming had there surgery performed any other way except for general anesthesia?

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they say that being under general puts you at higher risk for clots, heart issues, that it is more invasive compared to doing IV sedation.
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The reason I was asking is I hate a plastic surgeon respond to a previous question and said that cutting out gas anesthesia cuts down risk.. Just wondering if anyone had the mommy makeovers any other way the gas (general)
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Risk of what exactly? I don't understand.

Hello ladies!!1 well Im still 104 days still my...

Hello ladies!!1 well Im still 104 days still my surgery but things are moving along. I was hoping to lose a couple of pounds before surgery but it looks like that might not happen. i was hoping to be 130 before surgery but the scale hates me and goes to 134,2 then the next day right back to 135.8..ugh! On another note I kinda have a dilema, I have implants that were done in novemeber of 2009, after I got them done I did have a child and breastfeed so they arent as "perky" as they were. I'm adding a picture for those of you willing to give me your opinion. I was thinking about replacing them so I had the fullness back. i was told I dont need another lift but I currently have 350cc saline. In order to get the fullness I would have to go to about 450-500cc and silicone. (i have some ripling you can feel but not see), I keep on changing my mind I mean do mine really look $4700 bad??? that's what it would cost to add it to my TT/MR and lipo of flanks. Im worried about what if I play with them and I have issues like capular contracture..I have no issues now should I play with it and get them redone or just leave them be..any opinions would be appreciated..

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93 days to my surgery, yes it still feels like far...

93 days to my surgery, yes it still feels like far far away. It must be getting closer because today in the mail I got the bill for the surgery center $1350, and the anesethsia bill $950.00. I will be paying the surgeon for it all and they will be paying it out but still made my heart sink a little, figured they must give the 90 day notice to come up with the cash. I think there are times when I drive my plastic surgeon crazy, I'm still on the fence about how big is too big when it comes to implants. I have 350cc saline and am definitly swicthing to silicone, but I was concered when he said my pocket is larger cause of beast feeling and he would like to put in 450-500cc to fill it and make it full again..any other ladies out there go holy geez that sounds huge!! but another girl that i work with had surgery last week with him and she's pretty much my size, before i asked her cc's I just asked to see her, they looked amazing. But then I said I think I want mine just a tad bigger, she said really? I said yeah maybe why how big are your..550CC she said. Soooo l guess my ps was right never go with cc's just go with what size you want to be..and for me a full D is what I'm hoping for. So I'm going ahead with the replacement of the implants and i will let him decide how many cc;s, takes alot of stress away from me I guess. I was hoping to loose about 5 pounds before the surgery but apparently my scale only like to tell me the same numbers 135.6 to 136.8 i think it hates me lol. My recliner is being delivered on tuesday, I did see alot of people renting them but when I called it was $27 per week without tax..kinda seemed silly when I could buy one for $200. I'm getting really siked, I even started looking at fredricks of hollywood today to imagine what i would look like in one of those sexy getups for my hubby, it is so hard to imagine not having this flap of skin...like my friend says..maybe after this I'll stop dressing like a mom..lol

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Sounds like all is going well. Glad you have decided on a breast size so you don't have to stress about that anymore. I think you will find that the recliner becomes your best friend....
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Hello ladies well according to my calendar...

Hello ladies well according to my calendar countdown i'm now at 76 days to go, yes I know it still a while away but it's getting closer. Seems like I'm trying to just ignore my fears for the moment. When I stop and think I get scared and then there comes the pros and cons..am I selfish,.is it really that bad..oh my god some people say the pain is horrible..am I strong enough to do this. It seems easier for me to just kind of put it all in the back of my head..atleast till after christmas..I do have an appt (just to confirm) what's being done in November. My friend who is getting the same surgery but December 11th, is coming with me. I'm hoping he calms our fears and it will be a smooth ride till January.

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I have TT & BA scheduled with Dr. Quinn in OP on Dec. 26th. I really liked him, and his staff, and he was priced about what I had expected. January will be here before you know it! At least you can relax a bit through the holidays. Not sure what I was thinking scheduling the day after Christmas! lol. But works well with school break and time off from work. Good luck on your upcoming date!
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Hi! I hope all is going good! I'm getting excited for you..How did the visit go in Nov? Is your friend that is having the same thing done on here as well? I'd love to follow her story as well, as I am having a second consult with DrH soon. So if not please update us after the 11th when she is out and doing well:) I cant wait to see how it goes for you guys and to see your great results! Thanks again and keep us posted.
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Thank you for sharing your story with us. I have my mommy makeover scheduled on Jan 16, 2 days after you and am extremely excited. Like you, I hope my PS doesn't think in crazy but I'm pretty sure they're used to it by now, lol. If you don't mind, I'd love to continue to follow your experience since our surgeries are so close and I'm not letting anyone around me know. It would be nice to compare experiences.
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Okay so it's been a little while but I have 12...

Okay so it's been a little while but I have 12 days to go and I feel like my stomach is in knots. I'm nervous about the surgery itself the outcome not making it..ugh the list goes on. I have to go pay my bill tomorrow, I'm afraid I might throw up on the receptionist lol. I see all this pictures and I can't wait to look and feel like these other women but the waiting is torture. I could use any words of encouragement cause accidentally I was looking up supplies and food for afterwards and I came across this site that talked about the risk of dying from a tummy tuck was 1/600.. What??? God I wish I would have never seen that..

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We are surgery buddies! I'm having my mommy makeover on the 14th as well! I also have 3 kiddos ( youngest is 15 mths) so I'm right there with ya:). Lets keep in touch through this! I'm waaaayyy nervous!!
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Hi, I just came across your profile and wanted to wish you the best of luck in your journey to a new you and prayers be with you on your surgery day. As for you seeing the site of 1/600 die. The surgery itself is not what people die from, its afterwards of surgery(any type) the one that surgeons worry about is the blood clots forming in legs. Keep busy and focus on the positive , how good you will feel and look after this is all said and done. I know easier said than done, cuz when its your time for surgery its nerves nerves. You will be fine, you have been cleared for surgery so theres medically no reason for you to die during surgery, after surgery they have you walk around and some places put the massaging leg equipment on the legs to help prevent blood clots. Hope this helps and cant wait to see the new you.
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Kansas, I went w 450cc hp silicone thru armpit incision. I just posted day 6 pics of my new boobs! Still sore and settling. I waffled hard for at least a month. Trusted that ps said its perfect size for my chest measurements and proportionate for my height weight. I'm really pleased with them so far! No regrets on size. Of course he says "beautiful!" when he saw them Monday
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Well ladies, I had to postpone my surgery because...

Well ladies, I had to postpone my surgery because the week before my eye started to twitch and I got a bad sinus headache which lead to a bad cold. I went to the pharmacy to get a decongestant and the pharmacist said to call my PS first to make sure they were okay to take, I spoke to his nurse and she said yes they were fine so I feel better and ready for surgery but a little freaked out because some of you lovely ladies say that your PS said no to decongestants, I'm freaking that when I get there on Wednesday morning the anesthesiologist will tell me I have to reschedule..ugh!!! I'm assuming my surgeons nurse knows what she's doing and saying she's been with him for 15 years...anyone have an encouraging words?

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I was ok'd to take sudafed (the real stuff) the week before surgery. As long as no NSAID's (ibuprofen, aleve) or aspirin were in it. I'm sure the nurse knows what he says is ok. :)
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I had a mid face and neck lift a week ago. I had to stop aspirina, herbal vitamins and nasal and sinus decongestants a month before my surgery .. You should check with your doctor.. I got all the instructions in writing and by email (PDF) in case I had a question during my work trips.
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I work in an office with 3 different docs, and if there is one thing that I can guarantee you is that each one is different in their choices and opinions on everything! If your Nurse has been with him for 15 years she knows his beliefs, I have been with all 3 of mine for 5 and I know them all and what their opinions are regarding their practices, so you should be able o trust her fully. Good luck with your surgery, I look forward to hearing and seeing your results!
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I had my mommy makeover done on Wednesday the 23rd...

I had my mommy makeover done on Wednesday the 23rd of January. My pain is minimal, I have been taking one pain pill every 6 hours and one muscle relaxed every 6 and I feel like I'm able to get up and down no problems. My surgery was 3.5 hours and I can tell I look great...so worth it!!!!

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Congrats on your makeover! You have that classic hourglass shape. Don't worry about the swelling. Its a part of recovery and be sure to get as much rest as you can. Your results will be beautiful!
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I am 3 weeks out and still get swelling. Everyone does. You look great! Please don't worry yourself about the swelling right now. Or anytime soon! This is such a loooooong process and the swelling is completely normal, albeit frustrating and depressing! Hang in there! It WILL get better!!! (((Hugs)))
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I'm 2 weeks today, and feeling just like you. I almost have a shelf of a belly above my incision. I think we're both worrying too early, I think you look great, actually! You are rocking that dang bikini! But I also think you've got some swelling and will be even hotter!
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Where did u rent your recliner? Thanks
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Hi, I decided to go for dr hall in 3weeks. How is your result? Did they use a pain pump? Did u do blood test before the surgery? Is your tummy very straight flat?
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Hi, I'm going to have a consult with Dr Hall this week and saw your profile. I've seen Dr Quinn and Dr Hall will be my second consult. I've heard great things about both, so I'll have to decide between them! I'm getting a mommy makeover, but I'm nervous about the TT, since I'm in between needing a mini and a full. dr Quinn said I might need a small vertical scar as well. I have no boobs to speak of, so I'm super stoked about the BA!
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Kansas City Plastic Surgeon

He did an amazing job, I couldn't be happier. I habe a flat tummy for the first time in years. My pain is minimal. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. I'm so happy..

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