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Finally Doing It - Just 4 Me -- TT, MR - Richmond, VA

Hello! I am so nervous about doing this, but I...

Hello! I am so nervous about doing this, but I have been visiting this site religiously for the last few months now, and I have been so encouraged and inspired by all of you lovely women, so I thought I would share my story, and hopefully give back some of what I have been given. I am 43 and I have 2 beautiful children. I am 5ft tall, and currently my weight fluctuates between 143 and 148. My goal weight is 135, which I am working on. When I became pregnant with my first child (at the age of 16), I was only 95lbs, and at the end of the 9 months I was 140. She was a big baby...8lbs/15oz, and boy did she do a bang-up job on my stomach. It has been a nightmare for me ever since. I call it the BEAST! The BEAST is mean and ugly and I hate her. It has controlled so many aspects of my life, and I am over it. I have taken back control, and the BEAST MUST GO!!! My oldest is all grown up now, and my youngest is in college. Now it is time to do something just for me, and I am sooooo excited! I have the full support of my children, and my long-term boyfriend of 12 years. Even though I am excited, I am very, VERY nervous, and I need your help. I keep going back and forth with myself...am I doing the right thing? should I really be spending this money? am I crazy for doing this?...and on, and on it goes. BUT, in my heart, I feel that this is so right for me, and I am NOT changing my mind. I met with a wonderful doctor and immediately felt comfortable with him and his staff. The hardest part now is waiting 90 more days!! I will post some before pics as soon as my daughter helps me load them...lol! Thanks for listening!

Let me introduce you to the 'Beast'

Hello ladies...I joined this site a little over a week ago, and have been really struggling with releasing the beast as I have been hiding her for the last 26 years. However, I feel it only fair that I share with all of you brave ladies, as I have been truly motivated by reading your stories. So here goes!! The first pic is just to show that I only buy and wear clothes that I feel will contain her.....I can't wait until I can actually wear a pair of jeans with my shirt tucked in and cute belt!! The Beast Must GO!!

60 DAYS AND COUNTING.....!!

HAPPY MONDAY MY TT SISTERS!! I just paid the surgeons fee...the surgical center fee was paid last month. I am THRILLED!! 60 days from today, I will be on the flat side. I pray for continued healing for all who have made it to the other side....I will see you there soon! Now its time for my workout! Gotta go... :-)

WOW!! THE CLOCK IS TICKING......

I can't believe I posted my first review 45 days ago stating how hard it was gonna be to wait '90' more days, and here I am with only 45 days to go!! I am preparing myself physically and mentally! You ladies continue to encourage me everyday, and I am glad to be sharing my journey with you all. To everyone who has already joined the flat side, I hope for continued healing and fabulous results. For those that are still waiting to join the flat side, get ready, because our time is fast approaching!

It's Time!!

I can't believe how fast time has gone! Today is the day that I join the flat side!! On my way to the surgery center!

On the flat side now!!

Surgery went really well. I'm now in full on recovery mode. I haven't seen my tummy yet, but I just know its great. Everyone at the surgical center was extremely nice and professional and thorough. I will post pics as soon as I can. Thank you Real and all you beautiful ladies for sharing your stories and for your encouragement! God bless!

3 Days Post Op....

.... and I'm doing surprisingly well. I have a really great support system and I'm taking full advantage of it. The pain is not as bad as I had expected, but I do feel sore. My stomach is very tight and I'm having some swelling. I started getting my appetite back yesterday, and I've been trying to eat healthy.....fruit, vegetables, protein. I took my first shower today and it felt great!! Even though my stomach is swollen, it looks great!! It's really surreal and I'm so grateful.

BYE BYE DRAINS!!

I had my post op today and my drains were removed!! Sooo happy about that. My doc is happy with my progress thus far and how everything is healing. I'm continuing to follow instructions and will not over do it. My pain is minimal.....mostly my back.

The New Me.....

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Don't know what happened....

I tried to upload a few pics but it didn't happen..... not sure why. I will try it again later.

A new me....take 2!

A few pics.... I'm overwhelming ecstatic!!

OMG!!! Is anyone else having issues....

.... loading pics? It says it's processing but the pics never load. Any suggestions?

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FINALLY.....

.....I was able to upload some pics!! It may not be evident in the photos, but I am still experiencing swelling. I am amazed at my results. I didn't go in it expecting perfection, because we are not meant to be perfect, but for me, what I see now when I look in the mirror is perfection!! This includes my scar and stretchmarks.....it's all perfect!! I LOVE what I see now when I look in the mirror.
Richmond Plastic Surgeon

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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