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Worth It but Really Needed a Tummy Tuck - Silver Spring, MD

I used a groupon, $1,000 per area. Normal price...

I used a groupon, $1,000 per area. Normal price would have been $5,200 I got smart lipo on me upper and lower abomen. I am 39 years old. I weigh 180 and I am 5'7''. I had twins two years ago. I have diastasis recti along with loose skin. I knew smart lipo alone would not fix everything but I couldn't afford the long recovery time. I am trying to close the separation of my stomach muscle with exercise. The surgery was a breeze almost painless. But the aftermath was a little uncomfortable. A lot of swelling, soreness, numbness, lumpinest and itching I am two month in and I still have a few areas that are hard and the skin is sensitive and numb. Also I have an outtie now for a belly button. All and all I am still happy with the results despite the fact that I will not have a flat stomach because of the diastasis recti but at least I dont have to wear a girdle everyday and people are not asking me if I am pregnant everywhere I go.

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Dr Benjamin Gonzales/ Atlantis Medical Wellness Center

My doctor had an excellent bedside manner but I question some of his recomendations. He wanted me to take vitamins two months before and two months after the surgery. $70 a month and it was autoshipped to me. I am sure he gets a commision. When I cut off the autoship I was immediately called the next day saying it was essential for quick recovery. They sold me $40 massage gel and recommended I buy a massage machine. Everytime I went there for a follow up they were recommending some vitamin to autoship me. When he got my blood test back he said I was low in vitamin D. He gave me a prescription but also had a third party company call me to send me vitamin D. Not sure if this is normal but I do feel like he did a great job on my stomach.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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You are looking great. The fact that you still have hardness etc... means that you are still healing and will still shrink even more (I saw this on a youtube video). It was encouraging to me to see your two week pictures compared to your two month pictures as I am a little more than two weeks out and am feeling discouraged with all this swelling. The doctor pushing you to buys those vitamins and other items is very strange. I haven't heard of that before. I've heard of doctors recommending patients to take a multivitamin or iron supplements but leaving the choice of vitamins or supplements up to the patient.
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Thanks I am happy with the results. he still suggest that I continue taking them but its a little to expensive for me.
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Just wondering how you are doing a few months later? Do you notice it is hard to keep weight off or keep the results? Ive heard some people complain that the weight goes elsewhere? Thanks
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