'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Melissa Gorga: Lauren Manzo Looks 'Amazing' After Lap Band Surgery (EXCLUSIVE)

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Though the stars of the Real Housewives of New Jersey are more accustomed to baring their claws, Melissa Gorga is praising Lauren Manzo, who made headlines last month for losing 30 pounds after undergoing lap band surgery.

"I think it's amazing and she looks incredible," Gorga told Celebuzz. "She tried really hard to lose the weight naturally, but through genetics or whatever, it was difficult for her."

Gorga explained that the daughter of Caroline Manzo -- who once topped the scales at 185 pounds -- had a lot of support regarding the drastic weight-loss decision.

"Her family supported her and she did it," the housewife said. "She looks amazing. Good for her."

Lauren spoke exclusively to Celebuzz about how she has gained confidence because of her new bod. “I feel a little bit more comfortable now,” she dished, adding that she still wants to lose 30 to 35 more pounds.

“Prior to surgery, I’d never worn a two-piece in my life — I have now been wearing them, but I still keep my cover-up on.”

To see more of Lauren’s slimmed-down figure, click through the gallery — and tune into the Real Housewives of New Jersey every Sunday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

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  • Suzanne Fox
    Suzanne Fox

    I love the way you have beat this monster that has damaged your youth. I also suffered and had the surgery and now wish after losing 165 lbs to come up with a new look. It is very hard to do well because of several things that happen from having the surgery. From a girlfriend in my dreams listen to my advise. 1. eat extra protein for your hair.((hair becomes thin and breaks a lot) 2. check your blood and iron in your blood (I had a heart attack because I was not told this) 3. get B12 shot as often as possible because you become very tired and don't even know it. 4. Which your teeth and see the dentist every 3 or 4 months (because many of my teeth have become loose and caps have fallen out because of it.) 5.BOTTOM LINE IF IT CAME DOWN TO DOING IT AGAIN I WOULD BE THE FIRST IN LINE AT THE DOCTORS. IT GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK AND I WAS ABLE TO GROW UP WITH MY 3 CHILDREN. Stay strong pretty lady I would love to travel to North Jersey to see your store and buy some goodies. Suzanne Fox Marlton NJ

  • carlsxey

    wow... nice Photos clips...

  • Rose Scuorzo
    Rose Scuorzo

    Lauren, you look beautiful,but I always thought you were beautiful. So happy now that you feel great now. Rose N.J.


    LAUREN U LOOK NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terri

    Damn Debbie...you are one biatch. Melissa is kind and sweet to compliment Lauren. You don't like that! Shame on you. BTW...is your name Teresa Giudice???? BITCH!!!! Terri

  • Debbie

    Damn Melissa you are one brown nose

  • Diane

    Lauren, You look WONDERFUL, continued success for you but NEVER lose what's most important - your heart... Based on what is portrayed on tv - you have a GREAT personality, kind heart, that makes you even more BEAUTIFUL than what size you are. Love yourself

  • laura

    absolutely ridiculous that someone who needs to loose less that 40 pounds would chose this option...her doctor should have his license to practice medicine revoked...

  • RealJerseyGirl

    Please. She got a freaking LAP BAND. Big deal. Like these results were unexpected.

  • Jenn

    You can get LapBand if you are 185#? That seems a little extreme. Isn't it supposed to be for the severely obese?

  • Glenn

    Having fought my weight all of my life and never having the option of surgery I am happy for you that you were able to do the surgery. You look good Lauren, don't let anyone tell you differently or critize your decision

  • Shelly

    Lauren was always a pretty girl and now she looks amazing. Good for her!

  • Lisa M. Schanz
    Lisa M. Schanz

    Lauren, You look great! Keep up the good work! ... I know firsthand how hard it is ... I just lost 90 lbs and still have 70 lbs to go! You really are an inspiration to me! You go Girl! ~Lisa S. North Haledon, NJ