About Time I Got ME Back!!! - Cypress, TX

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Upper & lower abdomen, love handles and the...

Upper & lower abdomen, love handles and the back under the bra line.
I went to 2 consultations. The 1st was a doctor that ONLY does fat reduction procedures. I figured if that's what he specializes in...well...that would be perfect.
My husband went with me to this appointment. The doctor said that basically if he took the fat from my abdomen area that I would probably still have a rounded belly because he could feel my muscle under that fat and it is protruding and that is from the visceral fat UNDER the muscle and around my organs and you can only get rid of that through diet and exercising. Which...if he would've looked at my arms, legs and butt he could have figured out that THAT is EXACTLY what I have been doing. I've been working out since I was 23 ( I'm 44 now) but my husband and I just 3 months started eating healthier. Ok..so everything else on my body was changing. Taking shape. EXCEPT my midsection..front and back! BUT, I humored him and said, "Well I have always had a rounded stomach (pooch) even as a little girl, WHO by the way was 15-20 lbs. lighter than everyone else....there's maybe 2" space between my ribs and hips...I am VERY short trunked. I figured I had the pooch because my GUTS have no other place to go...lol. Anyway, I let him know that that was OK for me because I just wanted that blubber GONE! I'm realistic! So he leaves so I can re-dress and his financial lady comes in with the price. He said he could only do the upper & lower and love handles in 1 appointment and the back at another time. My 1st appointment would be $6,500, that was WITH a $2,000 discount for getting 3 areas done in 1 appointment. And if I come back in 90 days of the 1st appointment they would take %25 off the next one and IT would be $3,500. That's $10,000!!!! Well my husband and I thanked them for there time and I went away a lil disappointed. The money and kinda the way he thought I wasn't doing my end of the fat loss. Now...understand...I my WEIGHT is NOT my issue. I am 5'2" & 127lbs. My weight is just fine. But that blubber wasn't! So I was gonna save up the rest of the money and have done in late fall or early winter. That appointment was on a Wednesday. That following Monday I went to my 2nd consultation with a different doctor.
2nd consultation! I LOOOOOVED her. I didn't even have to get undressed! Of course I pulled up my shirt and partially pulled my pants down. She said she could do ALL of it in 1 appointment and would take anywhere from 1 - 1.5 hours. My husband did not come to this one. I got home and told him all about her AND her price. I knew that I was letting her do it before I knew about the price. My husband said, "Great...can you do it tomorrow?" Ha! Well as it turned out, I had emailed them that night with some dates and one of them was that very Friday. I took it!!!

Day of surgery. Got there at 8:30 a.m. My appointment was at 10:00 got home about 2:30! (I live 2 hours away from the doctor)

I will tell you more later. I'm going to bed.

Day of surgery and there after. And pics

First and second day were hard but I had read a lot before the sugery so that had prepared me mentally for it. Tried not to stay laying down all the time. Kept getting up for 10-20 minutes every hour.
The day after surgery my husband helped me take a shower. I had already notice and BIG difference with just my garment on but for some reason I didn't think it would be THAT flat with no clothes. When we took the garment off....WOW....my stomach had never been that flat my WHOLE life. Even as a bean pole for MOST of my life...I had a pooch. Well..no more. We looked at each other in amazement! STUNNED! My husband said, "Well it looks like your exercising DID pay off after all." Cuz, you see... My stomach, supposedly, was still going to be rounded according to the 1st doctor, cuz he thought I wasn't doing enough or eating correctly...and to be honest...I agreed. I thought..you're just not pushing hard enough. WELL....APPARENTLY..I WAS!!! I've got ABS for the 1st time ever! They were there...I just couldn't see them below all that BLUBBER!!! I am so proud of myself and makes me want to work even harder at the gym and eat even BETTER!
It has been 24 days since my surgery. I am still tender, tight, swollen and a lil numb in some areas. Looking a lil lumpy but that was to be expected, for some reason i can't help but to keep reading and looking at pictures even 24 days after my surgery. Every time I read something it just reaffirms what I already know...which is...it takes 3-6 months for the full results. If done correctly the lil lumpiness will go away. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT!! I don't care if that lil bit of lumpiness stays cuz my midsection is 1,000 % better than it was!!! I'd do it all over again.
Speaking of lumpiness. I had my 1st lymphatic massage today. My dr. wanted me to wait 3 weeks before having one. IT MADE A DIFFERENCE. I am less lumpy. She did half of me so I could touch and feel the difference. WOW! That is some crazy stuff that our body does. I get more excited everyday!!!!!
Yesterday I tried on all my pants. I will NOT be throwing them out like I had planned, cuz I look FABULOUS in them. The only pants I have been comfortable in for the last 5 years were yoga or workout pants. Don't get me wrong..I love them..they make my booty look great. But it gets boring after a while when that's all you can wear. SUPER EXCITED!!!
Speaking of booties..I almost opted to have her transfer the fat to my butt, however my husband said my butt was perfect and not mess with it. And I was fine with that. That would have been a WORSE recovery.
I will take some pics this week for my 4th week POST OP update! I go see her next Monday for another post op visit and this time she will take her own pics.
Well, I'm tired. Check ya on the flip side!
Houston Physician

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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