Featuring Taffie James
March 2020 Issue
by Meredith M. Deal
Photography by Nancy J. Reynolds Photography
Taffie James finally has a happy ending to what seemed for her, a never-ending weight loss story. “I dieted all the time (it was horrible) for many years of my adult life. I was often bored and ate late at night; I became a snack-aholic. And, with added stress, I felt sluggish,” she said.
Taffie decided she’d had enough. “So, I went to Glow Georgia Coast Surgical Med Spa & More on a consult and had the Lap Band procedure the next week.” Taffie did research online and talked with a friend who recommended she see Dr. Harold Kent, practice owner and surgeon.
“As of today, I have lost 70 pounds and feel so much better. The staff at Georgia Coast Surgical are so great—Dr. Kent, Suzanne, Tammy. I’ve lost inches all over in my legs, arms, stomach, neck and face, too.”
Taffie says she can now shop right off the rack for her 5’1” body frame; she is now a size 8! Hailing from Jesup, Ga., Taffie is a 15-year career correctional officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections at Long Unit in Ludowici. Four years ago, she married Steve James and they reside in Waverly. Steve, who Taffie says loves her unconditionally, asked one time during her weight loss research, just when she might be ready for lap band surgery. Taffie’s reply was “Yesterday.”
Success and Follow Up:
“At Glow Coastal Georgia Med Spa & More we’re pleased to have our patient, Taffie James, profiled in this month’s Paisley makeover,” said Dr. Kent. “She was referred by one of our patients who had achieved success with their lap band. Taffie wanted to lose weight and came to us to schedule implant of a lap band. In 18 months Taffie has lost over 65 pounds, and with plenty of room in her lap band, we expect her to lose even more over the next year or two.
“We’re proud of her for committing to the lifestyle changes needed for success and for following up with us to ensure her band continues to be properly adjusted. Now that she’s lost weight and is feeling better about herself, Taffie is scheduling aesthetic treatments appointments in our med spa to help her achieve a more youthful appearance.”
Tammy Gault, practice aesthetic consultant, used the Exilis™ system with Taffie after her lap band surgery to firm and tighten her skin. “I used the small applicator to build collagen and elastin. It’s like a mini facelift with no down time. Her lower face and neck were treated over four sessions with great results. This treatment is good for anyone and is excellent for firming up after weight loss. It makes you look younger, too.”
Beauty for a Beauty:
After a seeing a recent photo of Taffie, co-owner Merrill Edens and sales staffer, Gail Stringer at Maggie’s Boutique, selected three casual ensembles to enhance her exciting smaller size. The Krazy Larry ankle pants in lime and tropical fish tunic by Karen Kane caught Taffie’s eye. Along with a black bead toggle clasp necklace, Meghan Browne cuff and hoop earrings, this refreshing spring ensemble made for a sensational look.
Amanda Kicklighter, master cosmetologist, provided a chic modern blow out for Taffie’s stacked bob hairstyle. Utilizing a hair dryer and round brush, Amanda gave Taffie new height with pizzazz. Next, Taffie and Amanda readied her makeup, cleansed her face and applied liquid foundation. Amanda and Taffie shared tips on eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara. A little brow color helped to enhance her facial expression, complemented by a brush of blush to her cheeks. Two blended lip colors in fig and cherry pink produced such pretty results!
How does Taffie truly feel about her new healthier lifestyle? “I feel fabulous! I recommend anyone, and especially women in similar situations, to do their research and give Dr. Kent a call. I really struggled to lose weight for decades. Now I’m lighter and seem to be dancing more. I feel better, sleep better and have a lot more energy. I can even breathe better!”
Harold L. Kent, MD, Glow Georgia Coast Surgical, Bariatric & General Surgery, and Med Spa: 3226-F Hampton Avenue, Brunswick, GA., Call 912-264-9724. Dr. Kent is Board-Certified with the American Board of Surgery. And ask for Tammy Gault regarding Exilis. Georgiacoastsurgical.com, Facebook: Georgia Coast Surgical & Med Spa.
Amanda Kicklighter, Master Stylist and hair-guru; Serendipity Spa-lon, 2485 Demere Rd., St. Simons Island, Ga. Call 912.269.8288 or 912.580.9854.
Maggie’s Boutique: Open six days a week at 10 a.m. – your women’s sportswear, shoes, gifts and accessories destination: 1616 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island: 912.638.3995.