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    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lori
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    03/24/2017
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    Dr. Teng
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    Default I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    I remember the days when I was on here ALL THE TIME, leading up to my surgery and being so anxious, worried, and hopeful, back in 2017. So much has changed in that time. I followed all the rules that I was supposed to, pre surgery and the diet I had to be on for insurance approval. I lost 43 pounds before surgery in just 3 months but it was difficult. I was used to eating everything and anything I wanted to... and relearning to eat healthy was hard. But I did it, and I continue eating healthy and smaller portions, today. Do I ever eat a cookie or a slice of pizza now? You bet. But I know HOW much to eat and when to STOP!

    I lost 130 pounds, 100 of it in 8 months time (including the 3 months pre-op dieting) and continued to drop excess weight. And with that excess weight, I had excess skin... stomach and arms. (Nothing like dancing around in Zumba with bingo arms going wild). I made the decision to have a tummy tuck and arms lift, this past summer. At the end of October 2020 I underwent the abdominoplasty and it was a hard recovery. Maybe my age (63) had something to do with that? I'm not sure. But it was painful and rough only in the beginning. Being sliced 24" across your pubic area into either side of your hips was not a pleasant feeling. I couldn't stand straight for weeks, and I had a hard time getting used to the total numbness of my new flattened stomach (which is STILL numb, but I am OK with that). But within 4 weeks I started feeling great and I could actually LOOK in the mirror without cringing at the incision. And I gotta say, my surgeon is a miracle worked! My Gosh the difference. It's unbelievable to me. Flat stomach, tight abs, at my thin high school weight I NEVER had this stomach.

    6 weeks after that, on December 7, I underwent the brachioplasty. This surgery, for me, has been 100x more painful during recovery, but once again, another miracle worker outcome from my surgeon. My arms are SO much smaller. No more bulk. My tops fit so much better, arms are leaner (I had worked out with weights for the last 4 years so they were very toned, and it helped a lot), and the scars ARE long, but they will fade in time. Again, I'm OK with that.

    I never thought I would undergo these two surgeries, in fact I recall telling myself 4 years ago "I'd be happy just to lose the weight, I won't care if I have a hanging gut", but being active and wearing tanks in the summer and camouflaging my stomach area, it annoyed me...So, I went for it.

    Having the VSG was the best thing I ever did for myself.
    If I can remember HOW, I will create some pictures to an album.Jan13th21SideDress.JPG

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
    Surgery date
    09/04/2017
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    Stephanie Ulmer
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    Well done you. It sounds as though you are really making the most of your surgery.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Lori
    Surgery date
    03/24/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr. Teng
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
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    04-22-2021 12:54 PM
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    Yes! I have to admit, I AM proud of myself. I know of a gal who had hers a few months before me, someone I met after I had mine, and she gained SO MUCH BACK! She ate what she wanted and all that hard work went down the tubes in one year's time. I know I worked SO HARD to get where I am now, and I can't even imagine doing it for nothing.
    I was determined, and I AM a determined person so that was an added plus!

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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    Gastric Sleeve Member kenson's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    01/13/2014
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    Dr. Karl Strom
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    Congratulations! You look awesome!!!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Lori
    Surgery date
    03/24/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr. Teng
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Last Activity
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    Thank You! I feel pretty darn good.

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Lori
    Surgery date
    03/24/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr. Teng
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Last Activity
    04-22-2021 12:54 PM
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
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    825
    Said "Thanks" 1,835 Times
    Was Thanked 699 Times in 431 Posts
    Said "Welcome to Gastric Sleeve" 197 Times
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    Thank You!

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Mosiur's Avatar
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    Default Re: I just underwent a Tummy Tuck and Arm lift

    You are cool. It sounds as though you are really making the most of your surgery.

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