I'm really excited about my upcoming surgery. For the past year I been so focused on getting a bbl and eventually getting a tummy tuck. But after reading many bbl profiles from women that actually went through with it, the results are disappointing. It's funny how all the best pre and post op pictures are on the doctor's website but after performing so many that the quality is no longer there. Plastic surgery aint cheap so um...I'll wait for consistent quality.
My tummy tuck surgery will be performed by Dr. Gary W. Cox at Associates in Plastic Surgery located in Baton Rouge, LA. You have no idea how relieved I was to see all their surgery prices listed on their website. It saves so much time! I was calling nearly every facility that does the surgery in Louisiana and 80% of them said prices will be discussed after consultation which ranged from $50-$100 a consult. I must admit that I'm low on funds and price was definitely a factor for me. I chose the center because there are 5 doctors that I can chose from.
Now let me be bluntly honest on my experience. My consultation was today. I drove 2 hours to get there. It lasted for about a hour. When I first walked through the doors two ladies were at the desk. I don't remember being greeted just basically a sign in here. Then they continued to have their private conversation. My appointment was at 2:30 but I arrived at 12. The purpose of that was to view before and after pics of all surgeons. I called two days ago and asked if I can do that and lady quickly said yes. But when I got there it was "you have to wait until you go to the back." Miraculously I was called to the back after completing all paper work which was around 12:40. I was shocked to see the doctor because he looks totally different from the pic they have online. In the picture he looks mid 30's but in person he looks late 60's. Big difference huh? Anyway he was straight to the point. He answered my few questions. I admired his honesty. He didn't assure me anything. He told me which portion he would cut off and which areas would be liposuctioned. He said he would try to get it flat but due to different genetics, I am naturally bigger at top abdomen area and unsure if that would get too flat and cant promise that I would go down a size. He basically was saying to not get my hopes too high. At first I was pissed but quickly realized that its best to stay realistic. I prefer that he said what he did instead of promising me a teenager belly. Its best to promise realistic results and over achieve than to promise the idle look and under achieve. That's the way I looked at it.
Quote for tummy tuck is $5,825 ($3,750 surgeon fee, $1,375 operating room, $700 anesthesia) but it is ($750 for optional lipo). Therefore my quote is $6,550 because I'm getting lipo.
The financial lady was also straight forward. I asked the nurse for before and after pics and she said the finance lady would let me see those. Then when I got to the finance lady she said "oh so they didn't show you that yet?" I viewed the pics and of course they were all great. The only thing I hate is the scar kind of extends beyond the panty line. Its not like I'm going to be wearing a two piece but um...you just never know. I then asked to see the other doctors before and after pics but it seemed like she was startled by my request. She asked which one. I said um anyone. She brought in Dr Dean pictures which looked similar to Dr Cox pictures. There is no deposit upon booking the surgery but the surgery must be paid in full 3 weeks before your surgery date.
All consultations are free and I'm not sure if they are used to people acquiring about the surgery but never book...only to have wasted their time. Because they were not very friendly. I didn't feel too welcomed with them. The entire staff just seemed... there. But either way I am still getting the surgery because Dr Cox does great work. He has 20years experience. Plus they are the cheapest. Everyone else in this state is $8k and up. I just want it over with. My pre op appointment is 5/20/14. Feel free to comment or inbox me anytime. Even if I'm not updating often I still check my messages. I notice there aren't really any reviews of this facility. So hopefully I can share my unbiased experience with them.