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OK so where do I begin.....How about the beginning...
- 20 Sep 2012
- 3 months pre
OK so where do I begin.....How about the beginning of the "Booty Stomach" (as I refer to it).
I am 35 years old with two wonderful children ages 15 and 10. Im weight 154 pounds and stand 5'3. With my first daughter I had to have an emergency C-Section and I received a diagonal incision. My second daughter was delivered by C- section as well and I received a vertical incision. And the rest is history. The baby weight that was never lost, the stretch marks and the diagonal incision created a make-shift wrinkly booty on my stomach. And to top it all off the diagonal incision became infected and left awful scarring , such an awful mess! For the last 15 years I have never worn any shirt that reveals my stomach and swim suites, well you can hang that up.
I did not think my stomach could ever be fixed until I stumble across a story online where a women had the same story as mine and after a TT her diagonal incision had been removed. I wasn't very familiar with a Tummy Tuck so I started goggling information, when I seen the scar the TT left I said " oh man look at that scar", then I looked down at my stomach and said " oh man look at that scar". So after 4 seconds of debating I decided a Tummy Tuck was for me. Because I am not overweight I was unsure if I even qualified for a TT, I started looking for doctors in my area. I ended up going to four doctors before I decided on one.
Doctor A: staff was very nice, wait time was about 10 mins, and there was no consultation fee. The doctor can in and said " lets see, your here to see about a TT, well you can certainly get one and lipo on your love handles". He stated he did not use drains, the procedure was done at the office, recommended at least a 10 days off. Shook my hand and he was gone. I went to speak to the lady who worked in the admin department, she told me it would be $8,700.00. I thought I would die right there in the chair ( that was the first time I had even heard how much the procedure cost) I became so excited after seeing the story online I never bother to look up the cost. LOL..
So I went home sad and defeated by the Booty Stomach, knowing I did not have that type of money just lying around. When I got home my oldest daughter said " so, when is the booty going to get cut off"? I told her how much it cost and her eyes almost popped out of her head. She said " just charge it to your credit card mom" it may take you a life time to pay it off, but at least the booty will be gone and you will be "sexy again". I said to myself, my credit limit is not that high, butttttttt I bet there is some type of credit care just for cosmetic surgeries. So I jumped on the computer and came across care credit. I apply and in seconds I was approved for $4000.00. I WAS BACK IN BUSINESS. I called a friend of my who has a security contract with a movie theater and I said "I need to work as many days as I can, I need to make a quick $4000.00 dollars". He said you "got it".
My dreams were back in effect " BOOTY STOMACH, you will not win after all" LOL
Doctor B: the staff was nice, the wait time was about 10 mins, no consult fee, the doctor came in and said " so lets see what we have here, ok you would make a great candidate for a TT" . He stated he does not do lipo with TT's because he doesn't believe it is safe, he said the surgery is done at his office and you would stay overnight in the recovery suite. After I took to the Dr I spoke with the admin staff and she gave me the price of $10,230.00, I went into minor shock .
Doctor C: the staff was nice, wait time was 45 mins, no consult fee. The doctors assistant came in and spoke to me briefly and informed me the DR speaks kinda of fast so if I need to just ask him to slow down. The doctor came in and said " wow, someone did a job on your stomach", I said yeah I know, he said oh yes, a TT would do you very nice and lipo of the love handles it will turn out very very nice. I will fix you right up. The procedure was done in the hospital and you go home afterwards. Afterwards, I was placed in another room to wait for the Dr again. The Dr came in and he was talking a mile a minute. I didn't have to ask him to slow down because I could keep up with him, but I'm sure some people would not be able to. Once the Dr left I waited another 20 mins I finally went to the front of the office and informed them I needed to go. I was given price with the total procedure priced at $7,5000.00.
Doctor C: staff was very very nice, wait time 5 mins, no consult fee, the Dr came in and talked about different things the weather, sports, ask about my job and final he said " ok, lets take a look, he said oh yes you would do well with a TT I can remove that scar with no issue". He said, I don't do lipo with TT but if you find you want it because you don't look like you should need it, you should do that afterwards. he stated the procedure was done in the hospital and I could stay overnight if I choose to . He shook my hand and made a little more short talk and left. His assistant came in the room and took pictures and stated the Dr scar placement is wonderful and she showed me where she had a TT by the Dr. Her scar was almost invisible. I meet with the admin assistant she gave me a price of $7,100.00.
And the Winner is (DRUM ROLL PLEASE).......... Dr. C.
I was the most comfortable with him and he made me feel at ease from the second I walked in his office.
So now I wait until my two week appointment which is on OCT 4th where everything will be discuss and I pay for the surgery. I am not really nervous, but I am sure that will change as the days pass by. I have had this BOOTY STOMACH for so long, I just want it gone. I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror and not frown up. I am going to Jamaica in May and I WILL be in a two piece that is the goal.
So it is a little less than a month to go and I am...
- 20 Sep 2012
- 3 months pre
I have been reading different things and it seems the raised toilet seat is a must have, has any other tummy tuckers used this?
So far I am not nervous and can not wait to go to the flat side. Just seems like I should be doing something else...... The wait is killing me.
Well I posted some more pics of the booty stomach. Man I can't wait for this thing to go away. 28 days and counting.
Correction to initial post: Sorry just notice...
- 20 Sep 2012
- 3 months pre
OK...... so I am officially addicted to viewing...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 3 months pre
I want Oct 19 th to come right now. I am going to be standing at my PS office hours before my schedule time tapping on the door saying " OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN" (like that old ROSS commercial). LOL
I think I am getting concerns about the scar. Although nothing can be worse then the BOOTY SCAR lol. Has anyone found anything they think is the best for scar healing?
I am starting my list of questions for my Dr on Oct 4th. I have the basic questions about: dawg ears, recovery, the binder, surgery questions, going back to work, drains, swellings, diet after the surgery, scar healing, scar placement, things needed after surgery, walking around after surgery, signs I should look for to be concerned about. Heck all these questions I might as well ask my DR his blood type and driving record ( hehehe).
Have I covered everything? Are there any questions ladies that I am missing that you asked during your pre op visit?
My younger daughter just told my older daughter she wasn't allowed to ask me for a IPAD because that would mess up the TT fund. My older daughter said to my younger daughter "dang this TT is going to cause us to be living in a box". I told both of them " you know they have some really stylist boxes these days". LMBO. Nothing will stop the TT, not even the two innocence looking children smiling with big brown eyes. BOOTY STOMACH YOU WILL NOT WIN!!! (hahaha, evil laugh).
Well gotta go run errands, so I have to go find a shirt that holds down the Booty Stomach. Until next time......
Is it October yet? I mean what is the hold up?...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 3 months pre
So I have been reading allot of post from ladies who are now on the flat side (yahhhhh) and I am starting to think 2 weeks is not going to be enough time to go back to work. How much time do the PO ladies think is enough time off of work? Just in case I need to request more time.
Well I guess I will review more stories from ladies who made it to the flat side.
This wait time is killing me slowing. Trying to remember why I set my appt for Oct 19th instead of today......Hmmmmm oh yeah, I had a lot of training I had to complete for work. Dang it, I guess being a responsible adult comes first ( crossing arms, bottom lip poked out).
Ta Ta for now....
Oh yeah, not that I am going to miss the booty stomach at ALL, but it does make an excellent lab top table. Hahaha...
So it is finally October and I was sooo looking...
- 2 Oct 2012
- 2 months pre
Now my biggest concern is swelling. I have been reading and swell hell is nothing to play around it. How long does the swelling actual last? If anyone has any advice or information on swell I would love to hear from you.
But I would not care if I swell up as big as the Good Year Blimp and floated away as long as the Booty stomach is gone, I can deal with Swell Hell.
Well bye for now, I must go look at more post pics and be jealous...Flat side here I come, oh don't run...I'm coming.. LOL
Ok, so I have not been here in a while as I...
- 21 Dec 2012
- Day of treatment
SO this is what the flat side looks like and feels...
- 22 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
I am still taking my pain meds and hopefully looking to let them go shortly but as of right now they are my best friend. I have not been able to get a good look at the incision but I did unwrap my garment and could tell it was a BIG BIG DIFFERENCE. I can not say I enjoy these shots I have to give myslef but if it avoids getting a blood clot, i am all for it. My doctor said he was able to get rid of the entire old vertical scar which is wonderful. I cant wait to have the banages removed. I only have one drain, not for sure why but it doesnt seem so bad.
I have a couple of pics to post.
Day two is much better than day one. I am still in...
- 23 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
So far if the question was ask would I do it again my question would be " sure would" although I have not seen my full self yet without the dressing I think its going to be good (Crossing fingers). If I don't know on thing I know the BOOTY STOMACH IS NO MORE.
Day 5 is much better. I am still hunch over and...
- 26 Dec 2012
- 5 days post
So its day 8 and I finally showered and let me...
- 29 Dec 2012
- 8 days post
HAPPY HEALING ALL
DAY 9 I am still walking hunched over and this...
- 30 Dec 2012
- 9 days post
DAY 20. I AM FEELING SO MUCH BETTER. I went to see...
- 10 Jan 2013
- 20 days post
Well its back to work for me tommorrow.... oh yeah...
- 13 Jan 2013
- 23 days post
Well I added a few new pics. Wish me luck TT ladies tommorrow, I know I am going to need it. And if all else fails me and mr swell are coming home early. LOL
Happy Healing All
I have been bac to work for three days now and it...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 27 days post
Hope everyone is healing well amd loving the flatside.
It have been a little over a month and I am...
- 26 Jan 2013
- 1 month post
I havent posted in a while so to catch up. I am...
- 18 Feb 2013
- 2 months post
OK, so here are some new pics I added. Notice the...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 2 months post
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I selected my PS after reading a review on realself. I was impressed with what I read so I made an appointment. This was the best decision ever. Dr. Nakano is very experienced in what he does and his approach is great. He makes you feel very comfortable and never rushed. He does not tell you things that you want to hear but want is right for your case. He returns his own post op calls. His staff is absolutely wonderful always smiling always eager to help. I don't think I have ever waited longer then 15 MINS in his office. The office is equip with updated technology throughout the waiting area along with a spa center. Hands down Dr. Nakano is one of the best PS by far.
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