Tummy Tuck - So Happy! (Almost 4 Weeks)

No "dog ears" you read about on the net. No...

No "dog ears" you read about on the net. No off-center belly button (mine is so fricken cute!), no shaky, wobbly incision; instead very precise, clean and perfect. And to top it all off, Dr. Daniel has a warm, fun sense of humor to boot. :) I just had my surgery on March 22nd, so I am almost 2 weeks post-op. The first week was tough; I could barely move, needed help getting up, walked hunched like a little granny, and needed help to get up, etc. All normal. Week 2 is so much easier, but my energy is zapped so easily. Even now, just bathing makes me feel like I need to lay down and rest. Anyway, I love my results and will be posting my before-and-after photos shortly. Just waiting until I can stand up a bit straighter. =) (I love that I can't stand up straight yet; makes me feel like I really got my money's worth!) FYI...I had two other procedures done at the same time besides my tummy tuck, so maybe there was a price break for that...I'm sure pricing probably varies per situation and each person's body.

I see your review was posted...yeah! I love that I've met someone on here who has the same awesome Dr as me! :-) can't wait to see your pics! Happy healing...talk soon.
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Yeah! And surgeries done so close together! Okay, so I tried taking photos with my new Blackberry Bold but they keep coming out dark and grainy. I need to learn how to play with the settings. I can't imagine such an expensive phone having such a bad camera. So...I am going to Radio Shack (I live in Corvallis) to get a power cord for my Sony digital camera. That one will take a while to remember to use with all the settings, but it's a good camera. In fact, getting ready to head out now to get it. =)
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Posted some photos from my camera that I already had. Not the greatest, but it's something to start with. =)
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FYI...the $4,000 for the surgery did not include...

FYI...the $4,000 for the surgery did not include the cost of the surgery enter or the Anesthesiologist which were paid separately. The total cost was just under 8k...but I paid for a longer surgery time as I also had two other small surgeries done as well (facial scar revision and implant correction from a previous Dr.s job) that I had to pay for. The surgery center charges for every 15 minutes of time used.
Yeah, when I wrote the price on my review I added in the price of the surgery center and the anesthesiologist. I probably shouldn't have either because Dr Daniels has price was very fair, and it doesn't look that way by the way I wrote my review...I will change that.
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Actually, I should change mine instead. I got confused how to answer the question, and people will wonder why he seem so low compared to everyone else. They might think he's not as good, or something. I'll revise mine after I get some coffee in me.
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I just fixed mine. Now people won't wonder and think the wrong thing. =) I think you should keep yours the way you have it so people don't look at it and get the wrong idea about the cost, then show up to the consultation and wonder why their quote isn't nearly the same.
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I just changed my surgery cost to include the...

I just changed my surgery cost to include the surgery center and the Anesthesiologist. I should have done that in the first place. They just charged separately for each, so I got confused.
How are you feeling? I'm assuming you want to wait to go to lunch until you're, at least, upright? I was thinking..if you're feeling up to it next Monday, I can drive up to Corvallis. There are so many cute little shops that I've always wanted to walk around and see. What do you think? I was out walking on the beach by the 3rd week, but I was motivated...cabin fever was setting in. lol.
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That would be fun. Once I'm out of this binder and able to walk straight, absolutely. My binder prevents me from being able to wear pants because it makes it so I can button them. I've been stuck in lovely sweats for two solid weeks now. I had to take my 10-year-old downtown to her appointment and we were lost walking all around. I was so embarrassed that I can't stand all the way up. I definately need to give it a couple more weeks before I can feel good getting out without the "walking like a granny" embarrassment, and stuck having to wear sweats. Just over two weeks now, but time will go by fast! =) Enjoy the beach!
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Boy do I feel like an idiot! I just looked at the...

Boy do I feel like an idiot! I just looked at the calendar and now realize that I'm a week off in my recovery time! This past week I was telling people I was 2-weeks post op......holy cow! I'm 25 days post-op! How embarrassing!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I am not obsessive with how many day post-op I have been. Hence losing track. But my goodness! I'm really embarrassed. The only reason I can't stand up all the way (makes sense now) is because I've been babying my incision, purposely avoiding any tension in fear of separating my incision. Purposely not trying to push it and not trying to stand up all the way. I think it's time to relax a bit and start walking like a normal person! LOL

I give up trying to keep track of how far post-op...

I give up trying to keep track of how far post-op I am. I was right in the first place. Tomorrow will be my three week mark. I thought I wasn't accurate in my post-op when I looked at the calendar on my Blackberry. Turns out I was couningt the first week of April twice. That explains why I'm not walking all the way. I will take a rest from this messaging here and come back when I've made more progress. I'm too post-op to be have anything new to post other than what I've already posted. =)
Hi Trina! Thinking of you. Hope all is going well! :)
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Awe...thank you! =) That put a smile on my face.
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I think I accidentally said thank you to someone's comment to you thinking it was for me. I get my messages on my Blackberry, and am noticing I really need to pay attention to who the comment is for...not necessarily for me. Funny. Hey, did Dr. Daniel, Amy, or Sabrina happen to mention how long we have to wait to soak in the tub? I miss taking baths. Getting closer to wanting to go out for lunch! When I can button my pants again you'll be the first to know! =)
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I am posting a new photo of me at 3 weeks post op....

I am posting a new photo of me at 3 weeks post op. I struggle with doing that. Scars are ugly, so what am I showing off? An ugly scar. But...then I realize we are not here participating in a beauty contest. We are here to share our experiences, our healing processes, and to be open to what we all experience. Also, that our photos offer insight to what a patient goes through after surgery. =)
Trina, you look great! Congrats to the beautiful new you! :)
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Thank you!!!
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Your tummy is so pretty now! You are just a couple weeks ahead of me in the healing process. Your surgeon did a great job with your incision. Very even, symmetrical, etc.
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I'll be so happy when my swelling finally subsides...

I'll be so happy when my swelling finally subsides. I know there is definately swelling because my upper and lower abs feel very tender to the touc, and they are hard as a rock due to being engorged. I've been feeling a bit depressed lately. I love my results, so that's not why. Maybe part of me feels like my life has been put on hold. I feel like a prisoner to the waiting game. I'm also bummed that I can't wear the same jeans I wore before my surgery. I'm so sick of my sweats. I feel so unattractive and blah right now. I can't even exercise to begin to get back into shape...not for 3 more weeks. And going for a walk? I'm almost walking up straight. But then that means walking in ugly sweats. I should have invested in cute ones. I didn't have sweats before surgery, so I bought some just before surgery that were too large intentionally as to have room around the tummy after surgery. Go walking in those? They look dorky...two sizes too big. Oh...and to top it all off, we are down to one car because mine was stolen, so my car/FREEDOM/fresh air time is limited these days. I'm just feeling like a huge big baby and a huge complainer. My husband is on a business trip with the one car, so that's even worse. Ok...pity party is over. I need to stop feeling sorry for myself! LOL
You look great!
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Awe...thank you!
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You look. Your before picture looked really great too.
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Last night I felt so miserable, lonely, and...

Last night I felt so miserable, lonely, and depressed. Several of you swept in to my rescue and made me feel so supported. Please know that I appreciated it very much.
is it so difficult to just excerise???? if u don't know what to do with your money just give it to me!!!! of course it is a qiuck way out of your 'not so great figure' but come on... you can achive it, if you want, with juat a little bit of diet and moving your 'ass'...
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I'm taking your last pic to my consults. I love how precise and clean your incision looks. And I agree - your BB is cute!
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oh my gosh, Trina....I just read your last 2 posts! :-( I can't believe I didn't read them. I didn't see the update in my email box...I, so, would have said something! you look absolutely fabulous! we look around the same size and I have some Nike sweatsuits that are cute and comfortable. you can borrow them??? I can't believe your car was stolen...omg! keep smiling. I think this up and down business is all part of our amazing journey. This too shall pass, even though it sucks in the interim. xoxo Heather
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Eugene Plastic Surgeon

Word of mouth....I've heard nothing but good things about him. I absolutely LOVE Dr. Daniel and his staff. From the warm and welcoming greetings and interactions to the fantastic bedside manner of Dr. Daniel himself, I immediately felt comfortable putting my surgeries in his hands. Dr. Daniel has an eye for detail; he's more than another surgeon trained in cosmetic and plastic surgery. He has an artful and precise eye, and I now have an amazingly beautiful tummy!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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