Finally Had the Guts (Mentally and Physically to Do It) - Paris, France

After an over 100lb weight loss through hard a$$...

After an over 100lb weight loss through hard a$$ work and not gastric bypass, then two pregnancies my tummy was a floppy mess of skin. Had full tummy tuck with muscle repair on Nov 7, 2012. Waiting for swelling to bugger off but happy thus far with how it all looks!!! Of course it hurt a bit but so did hating how I looked every single day!

November 29th -- 3 weeks and 1 day post-op. Other...

November 29th -- 3 weeks and 1 day post-op. Other than what I call my 'dough roll" above my incision (not seroma, just normal swelling) I am beyond thrilled. I have zero pain other than muscle soreness from time to time. My walking is incredibly slow which frustrates me but hey, I'll deal with it. Had a great post-op visit yesterday. Am bandage-free and incision-free and am allowed to ditch the awful compression garment next week. I have mixed feelings about that but I think that is pretty normal. My doc said I'm healing exactly as expected and she's happy with that. Yay!!

I have to also note that the aftercare doctor who works with Dr Bergeret-Galley is AMAZING (but in my brain fog, I can't remember his name). He's actually had a tummy tuck with muscle repair and total "gets"what you are going through physically and emotionally which is a huge help for me.

Have planned a beach vacation for May. Hoping my swelling is less substantial by then lol.

So tomorrow is 4 weeks post-op! Wow time flies...

So tomorrow is 4 weeks post-op! Wow time flies once the pain is gone. I'm still swollen and the lower belly above te incision is rock hard still. I can fit pre-op jeans but by late afternoon they start to hurt. I get scared sometimes because everything you do involves the ab muscles in some capacity. Getting in/out of the car, rolling over in my sleep, etc. Is this fear normal?!?

4.5 weeks post-op and still swelling but WAY more...

4.5 weeks post-op and still swelling but WAY more mobile and enjoying life more :-)

Omg how did I get to 2 months already!!!! Swelling...

Omg how did I get to 2 months already!!!! Swelling is MUCH better and I'm back to exercising. I feel somewhat normal again despite a few moments where I realize I still can't do things like Yoga with my girlfriends. I have no regrets anymore and everyday am happier with how I look.

Over a year...

And I want to say to all those out there *thinking* about doing this surgery DO NOT WAIT another day. It is the best decision I have ever made. I am more confident. Feel sexy again and love shopping. Any scars or pain I went through cannot hold a candle to how good I feel.
France Plastic Surgeon

In more ways than one, Dr Bergeret-Galley has set me down a path to starting my life over. I did most of the work but needed her to help me close the chapter on being depressed, self-conscious and insecure.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Congrats on your weight loss and welcome to the flat side! You look great!!
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looking good hun xx
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Thanks everyone!!! Yesterday was 3 weeks (already!?) and I feel great. Saw my Dr for a post-op visit and she confirmed everything is on target and healing beautifully. My scar is so good! Seriously, who would have ever thought I'd say that! HAHA :-) I'm so happy. Why did I wait!?!? After my appt my husband and I took a walk up the Champs-Elysees. I was still slow but it felt nice to be out and about. I also bought a new winter a SMALLER SIZE cuz it fit even with the swelling. YIPPEEEE!
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Congrats on going through all of that! I'm 6 days PO n feeling the swelling too. Can't wait to see how great it will look after!
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Awesome! So happy for you! My big day is November 30... Anxiously waiting. PS - I was in Paris for ten days in September.... Heaven! :)
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Welcome to the community.  What a great job with the weight loss.  You should be very proud:)

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Congrats on the weight loss. I know what hard work it takes to lose weight.
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Congratulations on your weight loss! No matter what the method, it's hard work losing that much weight, but you must feel so much better now!

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