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Made my Consult Date! - Clarks Summit, PA

Well I finally decided to get over my fear and...

Well I finally decided to get over my fear and make my consult appt! I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I'm 5'3", at the beginning of September I weighed 200. I've cut down my portions and I'm currently at 192. I have 3 kids, my youngest is 7 months today, all were c sections, and I think I took 3 pain pills stronger than Tylenol between all kids, so I'm trying to stay pos. That I'll be able to handle everything ok. This last c section we were living in our new house instead of am apartment and was going up the stairs without a problem within 2 days of my giving birth. I have been reading stories for weeks, and I think I know what to expect, but seeing some of those fresh stitches make me a little more nervous. But I know this is what I want. My consult is scheduled for nov. 5th, I think I am going to discuss lipo on the flanks/hips/love handles the bra roll. My husband is the only one that knows what I'm doing, that's a big reason I'm on here. I know the rest of my family would be supportive, but they're very nosey and chaty, and I'm just not ready to talk about it yet. I know I'll have a great support system here, and a lot of knowledge and experience. Does anyone have any suggestions I'm questions I should ask at my consultation? I'll post some pics soon- Will update expected cost after consult

2 questions

I'm finding a lot of People have wish pics to show their ps of realistic goals they'd like to look like. What's the best way of finding pictures like this? I'm trying to find realistic pictures of curvy women ( I still want my hourglass figure) and I know I'll never be the size of a stick. I know it's harder because I don't have pics up yet. I'm currently in a size 16. In high school I was a size 10, not a stick, but curvy with a flatish belly. That was the smallest I've ever been. 2nd question!- is it normal to pay for Consults? The one I have set up right now charges 100, but if I have a surgery within 6 mo of that consult then it gets credited towards it.

before photos

I took some before photos this morning. Don't mind the stickers on them. Because of me deciding not to tell anyone I wanted to cover some of my pretty distinguishable tattoos. Depending on price I'm considering Lipo on my thighs also. If I can't afford it I'm just going to really really work on them a few months down the road so they can look as good as my new belly hopefully will! As stated in a previous post I am going to ask about Lipo on that back fat I've always battled, and I don't think my love handles are atrocious, but would like those done also.

horrible dream!

I just woke up from one of the most horrible dreams I could have right now, at least in my opinion. In my dream I went for my consultation and after doing next to nothing, asking me next to nothing, and barely looking at me, this team of 3 drs decided they didn't want to do the tt, and didn't even discuss any other options or extras! And even though it made me very nervous in the dream, at least the one Dr was quite attractive and I had something positive in it lol. At this point I'm getting really nervous even about the consultation. I want to work on getting a list ready of things to get and keep handy afterwards so I can work on getting that stuff, but I'm afraid the Dr is going to turn me away and say I'm not a good candidate. I know I really want to do this, but in my mind it sometimes feels like I'm trying to find reasons to back out of it. I want to aim for right after Christmas to have it done because there's nothing going on at that point in the family schedule. Up until then we've had the kids birthday parties, we have 3 different parties this weekend plus Halloween, a wedding in December, and Christmas. Honestly, not knowing how recovery will be, I don't want to do it before Christmas and not get things . Consider it my brand new start to a brand new year. Any suggestions on how to get ready for a consultation? Anything specific I should do or bring? I know it's a bit early, but did you get your own compression garments, or did your ps office order them for you?

crushed

So the bad dreams I've been having came true. I had my consult today and the ps said that he won't do a tt on me because of my weight. He suggested finding my 'goal weight' and getting closer to it first. My true honest goal weight is around 170. I'm 190 now. He told me when I find my goal weight, and get to maybe around 150 and find that I'm happy there, then it's a better time to discuss it. That's 40 pounds! I just don'tthink I can lose that much. I'm so far beyond crushed. I've been trying since I had my first son 6 years ago to lose more weight but I can only get so far. In the past two months I've lost 10 pounds and plateaud. I've felt so great about those 10. I just want this damn pouch gone so I can see my crotch again! The way talked he felt that I was using this as some sort of weight loss procedure, I've done enough research and know what my expectations are. I'm not expecting weight loss, I just don't want to feel like a giant jello blob, instead I now feel worse. I'm really torn between do I just give up and deal with what I am, or do I use this to motivate me to lose even more. I cried my whole hours drive home. I wanted to stop and get a giant ice cream cone, but I didn't. I feel so lost right now. Been making lists if things I'll need, and I have a bed set upalready in an extra room downstairs with a stash of things on it, and now I feel like it's all been pointless. I guess since I've already started getting things I probably should push myself harder to at least get down 20 more pounds. I think I'm going to just let everything process for a few days.
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@punkeemomma ... I was where you are now just 8 years ago .. lost over 100 lbs and was 170, Dr. Krafchin told me that until I was 140 there was no use in trying to "fix my body". I am 5'0 and very active now. I went to two other PS in the Clarks Summit/Scranton area and ended up having a tuck, muscle repair and lipo with Dr. Scot McKenna, he has FANTASTIC !! He never once made me feel like I didn't deserve this or wouldn't have good results, he was honest and upfront about everything AND, AND he was about 1/2 the cost of Krafchin. I can happily say today I am 155 lbs and still look and feel great. Good Luck and go see Dr. Scot
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The ps said to me 'you MIGHT find another doctor to do it for you now, if that's what you really want, but you won't be satisfied with it' after just thinking about everything for a while I think I want to stay on track and do this, I'm just going to have to adjust my schedule a bit possibly. I'm just having a hard time finding someone in my area that doesn't have bad reviews in everything I've read online. Good news though, he looked at my c section scar and was amazed at how it looked. Said he almost couldn't see it, and I just had my last c section 7 months ago, so I'm Hoping my good healing power will work with this scar too
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I really think you need to consult with a few more doctors. I do believe there is another doctor who will do it.
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You just need to find a different doctor, I weighed 192 at 5"3 and my doc believes that you should be at a stable weight. If you crash diet before sx you have a good chance of ruining your result with weight gain. You can always lose after without compromising your result. Good luck love, your dream isnt shattered its just being altered.
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I consulted with 4 PS and went with the 3rd one I saw. He wasn't the least expensive of them all, but I felt he had the most experience and he just made me feel comfortable. One thing I didn't know was that some PS's use a board certified anesthesiologist (a MD), and other PS's use nurse anesthetist. That made a price difference when I compared. I've read different opinions on both of those, but decided to go with an anesthesiologist even though it cost more. However, that is a personal decision. Good luck with your consult!!! I'm also in a size 16 and am trying to have a realistic expectation of my results.
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Oh, forgot to mention that I consulted with doctors who offered free consults.
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My doc includes lipo on the flanks with his TTs and I then added lipo on my mid back ( bra roll ) as an extra bonus :-) Didn't want to get rid of the roll in the front but still have it in the back, lol
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I paid 105.00 for my consult but it gets applied toward the surgery cost since I decided to go with him
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Welcome to the site filled with wonderful, supportive, and encouraging women! Congrats on your decision to take the next step in getting a TT. I'm scheduled to get a drainless TT, muscle repair, lipo on the flanks and mid back, on February 21st....sooooo excited! Look forward to following your journey
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You guys have blown me away with the amount of comments so far for this being my first post :) The ps my consult is with is dr krafchin, and he is board certified. You guys are coming up with questions I wouldn't even dream of asking! Honestly the only thing keeping me from beingcompletelyterrified about the pain described in some off these posts is knowing that all of my c sections I was sore, but not ever in extreme pain. I think I took 2 pain pills actually for pain, and one just because I knew it would help me sleep (between all three sections). I did think about making a consult with dr. Scot mckenna too, I think he's down in dunmore.
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Where are you having your surgery done? I am just south of you in the LV. Please ready my blog! I highly recommend having more than one consult. I was dead set on going with my first doc, and I am so glad I went for that second consult- I got more than I bargained for at half the price and I am THRILLED with my results! Do your research. I was in the same boat as you- I didn't talk to anyone except my hubby and my mom. Now, 1 year later, I tell everyone! It was the BEST thing I could have ever done and I have ZERO regrets!
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OH and pain wise---- my c-section was more painful than my tucl/lower body lift.:( Just sayin!
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Congrats!! I asked about what my PS rules were regarding revisions. Does the PS perform the surgery in a hospital? Drains?
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Make sure Board Certified. Ask them to cut low as possible.
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