Life Changing! - Southfield, MI

My name is Nicole R and I am a 37 year old African...

My name is Nicole R and I am a 37 year old African American female. Throughout my life I struggled with constant weight changes as a result of poor eating habits resulting in a severe loss of muscle tone in my abdomen. In late 2011 I decided to seek professional assistance with weight loss and joined a local medical weight loss program which assisted me in losing 45 lbs. Afterwich, I began having severe yeast infections and pain in my sides and back and therefore began consulting with local surgeons to have the skin removed.

After meeting with a couple of surgeons and being discouraged after being told that I was not the ideal weight to have the procedure, a family member recommended that I consult with Dr Bryan. While meeting with Dr Bryan she advised me of my options and gave me a realistic idea of what to expect after the procedure. She took pictures, and estimated that she could removed about 15 pounds of excess skin from my abdomen. I was advised to give her staff about 6 weeks to get a response from my insurance company.

Within 3 weeks I received a call from Dr Bryan's staff advising that the procedure had been approved and we scheduled a surgery date for January 14, 2013. During the pre-op appointment Dr Bryan and her staff instructed on how to care for the JP Drains and gave me pain medication prescriptions to fill prior to being released from the hospital.

I am currently 8 weeks post-op and I am loving my new body! I never knew that I had curves hiding under all that hanging skin. Dr Bryan removed a total of 18 pounds during the surgery. Like many of the reviews that I read I too have had an infection, most likely due to being a type 2 diabetic, which has slowed down my healing process. I am very happy with my results and most importantly, I could'nt have been blessed with a better Doctor. Dr Bryan treats each patient like a family member. She visited each day that I was in the hospital and is always accessible, patient and reassuring no matter what time I call her. Dr Bryan has even met with me after hours and on the weekends when I had concerns.

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Just had mine on the 28 of march
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss, that's a huge achievement! If you don't mind me asking, did you have weight loss surgery, or were you just guided by a weight loss doctor?

I'm so glad you're feeling well after your surgery and enjoying your results! We'd love to see a before/after photo, if you have any you feel comfortable sharing!

 

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Thanks for asking. I did not have weight loss surgery rather I joined a local physician guided weight loss program where I was placed on a high protein low carb diet and shown how to properly plan and prepare healthy, fresh, preservative free meals.

Post op and I can't seem to stay offline shopping!...

Post op and I can't seem to stay offline shopping! I don't have to shop at Lane Bryant anymore!!!!! I have a newfound love for Gap and The Limited!!

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You look great... I can't wait for mine in May although I am nervous looking at your results has hyped me up. lol
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Looks awesome congrats!!
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Looking great!
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Hello Ladies, thanks for checking me out. I added...

Hello Ladies, thanks for checking me out. I added a new pic today and I realized today that I am VERY HAPPY!! I noticed that some swelling has subsided because I was able to put on a pair of cotton khakis with no stretch. I mean I actuallly got them past these thighs, buttoned and zipped!! Yay!

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You look AMAZING!!!!! I had my surgery on May 7, 2013 and I can not wait to see the end result. I lost 97 lbs and I had 3 lbs of extra skin removed off my stomach.
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You look great!!!! I am so happy for you...and honey you doing the dam thing in them white pants. I have mine done June 7th. Wish me luck!!!! Keep up the good work!
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OMG you look great!!!!! My body is very similar o yours and I'm scheduled May 3rd and I can't wait. I'm scheduled for panniculectomy/abnoplasty lipo hip and waist and a but lift.... The new me is on the way...... You look awesome... Congrats and keep posting... Please provide any pointers!,,,,,,
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New Life

I am so pleased with the results from my surgery!! I have been looking for form fitting dresses to wear to my class reunion as well as my Family Reunion. I still have some swelling in my upper abdomen which I massage daily and I've began using the scar cream to help with the itching and to fade the scar.

I have uploaded a pic of me in my new underwear!! so happy

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Go girl! Looking good. How are u doing now?
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Thank you! I am doing well. A lot of the swelling has subsided
Ur welcome. That's great, are u going to post recent pics?

Update

9 months post-op! in July I had to get a dog ear removed and later a keloid from the same site. I am recovering well, although I still find it hard to sit for long periods of time or move as fast as I used to. My stomach is still hard at the top and I have to remember to massage it, which I sometimes forget. Overall, this was the best thing that I've ever done! I am so happy with my new figure, I am confident, secure and bold.

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Hello, you look amazing. Congrats on your weightloss! I wanted to ask if you just had a panniculectomy or a full Tummy Tuck. I am waiting for approval for the panniculectomy and is nervous that I will not be satisfied with the results. You have the best I've seen so far. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for checking out my profile, I had a full tuck.
You look awesome. How are you?
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Almost A Year

This has definitely been a journey and next week will be one year post-op! I am so happy that I've done this, I feel more confident. My Dr also told me that people would treat me better, it's true! Smh at our society.

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Wow you look amazing congrats!!
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So your insurance did pay? Can I ask what insurance you have? I'm actually in Royal Oak and looking for a surgeon!
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Lauran Bryan

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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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