"4 Children and a Grand, It's Time."

I'm a mother of 4 children 20,20,15 and 11. 2...

I'm a mother of 4 children 20,20,15 and 11. 2 c-sections 1 vaginal delivery. My biggest concerns were my stomach area and thigh/hip section. I've researched TT for about 6 years and finally sought out to meet up with a couple of surgeons that I felt comfortable with.

Change is good....

I've recently went in for another consultation to finalize my decision that would benefit me....... I'm scheduled for February 18. A day before my birthday... Happy Birthday to me!

Like I said before....

Like I said before... Change is good. I've just been called by Dr. Bank's surgery scheduler / office assistant that my surgery that was scheduled for February 18, has been moved up to February 12. I don't really know how to feel. I thought I would have another week to have it to set in or the original date. Guess I have this week to do it... Lol!

When it rains, it pours.....PreOp Day

I went in to see Dr Banks this morning. I was extremely excited and ready to hear I'm moving straight ahead... WRONG, I was hit with a " We won't be able to do the Lipo!".... "What the Hell!" I was told that because of my anemia, I can't have it done until the levels come back up. I'm at a 6 and I need to be atleast 10. Geesh...... Now I have to schedule another Internal Medicine visit to try to complete my body.

I'm soooo late...

I'm sooooo late with this post. I'm not as strong as you other woman on this page. For starters, my surgery was at 7:30am on February 12. I couldn't wake up fast enough from the sedatives. I didn't leave the hospital until 2pm. (So I was told). I'm just being able to produce these pics until I feel better. Oh and by the way, this compression garment is uncomfortable. I feel like my legs are going knumb. Will hit y'all back in a little...

Post op visit.....

Ok I'm 3 days late from writing, but my post op appt was weird. My drains started to bleed out while I was in the waiting room. I notified the staff and was escorted into the room. Dr. Banks began to remove the bandages and clean my incisions. It's smelled like BLOOD, yuck! Anyway 1 of my drains were removed.. Let me tell you, IT HURTS LIKE HELL , while it's being removed! No1 told me that, so there you go. I have to return next week to have the 2nd drain removed. Can't wait....

No more drains....

I'm drain free... I took a pain pill as suggested by the Doc, and came out smiling. That really made my day. I'm starting to peel more, but alm I need to do is moisturize my skin. Will show pics soon.... Thanks REALSELF PEEPS!

Okay....

Here it is....

Okay....

More pics of side views....

Can you say SEROMA....

I just knew that I could have been one of those people who didn't have to return to the doctors office for anything extra.... Nope not me. I'm in here due to the back up of BLOOD ect. Luckily I have a wonderful new found friend who have been thru it all and had adviced me right... Here is the ugly before I was drained...

Not a happy camper! The worst FOLLOW UP visit ever!

It has been an entire 3 months since my TT and I would never have imagined that I would be so UNHAPPY with the RESULTS. My stomach is NOT FLAT. I have a lot of things going on with my skin. During my visit, I informed Dr. Banks that I wasn't happy and my concerns of my skin and FULLNESS of my stomach. I was told that it is FAT. I also was told that it NORMALLY happens to people after a TT and LIPO IS NEEDED, for a FEE, she could CORRECT the problem. WTF!!! A FEE!!! I told her that I just gave YOU $8000 for the surgery ( In return she say, "That was CHEAP") My stomach is looking like FRANKENSTEIN and I would have to pay and ADDITIONAL $3,000 for YOU to FIX IT...What happened to "I will make it completely flat" like you SOLD me at your SEMINAR last spring and CONSULTATION? Or perhaps, EMPATHY for her patients whom have to LIVE with HER WORK.
Washington Plastic Surgeon

The consultation with her went well. We discussed what I was interested in and disliked about stomach. The staff (Yvonne and Torrey) made me feel comfortable. At that particular time I was looking for a Reputable Plastic Surgeon, And the PS I had in mind was on vacation (Dr. Salman Ashfruf) that I felt would have been the surgeon for me. I agreed to have Dr Banks to do my surgery. Was told by the doctor herself that I would be Flat. The FEE was $8300, which I paid upfront. Three months into my post op, my stomach has started protruding (bulging, fat, becoming round) I informed Dr. Banks of my concerns and was told that it was FAT, and she could correct the problem with LIPO (for a FEE). That FEE being $3000 more. And my second complaint about the incisions, which feel like tiny balls under my skin, she said (IF) I elected to have her continue with the LIPO, that it would be some type of injection she would give me to thin them out. I don't feel comfortable with telling people that 3 months ago I underwent a tummy tuck. I feel like my time and pain was all about money. I left her office feeling EXTREMELY UNHAPPY and UNSATISFIED.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I understand ur disappointment. Who wants 2 pay a 2nd time + endure pain/recovery again. But wow Ur hemo was scary low. One time I was a 5, immediately hospitalized and given 3 blood transfusion. They say anything lower than a 8 is risky to ur overall health. So U blessed overall. Have U decided what U gone do?
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Hi, Im looking into seeing another surgeon.....thats all I can say right now.
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Wish you all the best!
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I'm sorry you're not happy. I was the absolute flattest at my 5 week mark. My waist was 26". Now it's 28". Things relaxed inside, and although I would love the 26" waist back, I am happy with it all. I did a post on my Review about 'why you're not flat as a board'. I also think that my stomach has always naturally stuck out more. I look at your before and after pictures, and WOW, what a difference! I know you're not happy, but I honestly think with more time, your belly will find its way to being happy :)
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Thx @AmyS33!
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:-)
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I also do not like your cut why she cut you almost up your side, she a damn mess
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The cut is AWLFUL. I can wear a bikini even if I wanted to. It's too high. And it's really clear that it's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. Customer satisfaction isn't on the list. That's why I should have never second guessed myself, I should have stuck with the other PS.
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Pray and hope for the best as the days go by..also let miss thang know that u are a member of this popular website for PS and ur review about her wiil be posted...as long as u decided ur done with her. Keep ur head up.
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Hi, So sorry to hear that things did not turn out the way you wanted, but I still feel you should give it some time, to continue healing because many ppl is still having swelling 3mths in. During my consultation and examine my PS indicated that he wanted me to lose some abdominal fat so I could get the best results possible. Did she give you any suggestions prior to the sx, so you can get optimal results? I also feel that is not worth $8000 she on some real BS. I pray everything turn out well.
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She never said anything as out FAT at not time except during this 3 month post op. And that was because I brought up some concerns of how my tummy was sooooo flat right after surgery and now it's not. All of a sudden it's FAT and I need an additional $3000 for lipo... Or the option to workout.... But never before the surgery...
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What is your PS revision policy? She sounds like she don't care about her patient results. I would get a second opinion with another board certified PS and see what he say about your TT & complications.. Please don't give up or let your PS determine your results. Stay blessed
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thank you......
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Are you waking up with this swollen look? Does it feel sore or hard? Maybe you are going through bad swelling. For almost 4 days in a row I was so swollen and puffy and my PS looked at me and told me it was fat! I was like WTF! But then it started going down, and i realized that this hard, tight, and painful feeling was swelling and not fat. Although i know i still have fat and will be getting more lipo next year. This TT recovery is a horrible time in my eyes. I hope your puffiness is mostly swelling.
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No, I'm like this all the time. I get pains here & there but when I went to see the PS because I was going thru a second round of Seroma, After waiting on her for 30 minutes, told it wasn't and she rushed out the room. I knew something was wrong , BUT my PS (whom opinion I valued) said it wasn't. And I was sick that day. I was bloated and knew what it was. But to answer your question.. No, something is WRONG!
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I'm so sorry for your disappointment. I was wondering, when the Dr. wouldn't do the lipo because of your anemia, did you pay less? I mean was $8,000 supposed to originally include lipo?
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The $8300 was for the TT and LIPO on my saddlebags....But I wasn't able to get my hips done because of the anemia. Now upon my consultation, I wasn't told that she wasn't going to do LIPO nor need to do it on my stomach. I would have taken care of that then. I was given $800 back from the "saddlebag lipo". So Anyone who would have elected to go with that price would assume, LIPO on the actual site would be included. $7500 to $8300 is a whole lot for a Tummy Tuck to look like this....And you want more money to CORRECT A PROBLEM YOU CREATED..
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**blank stare** I'm at a loss for words... WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? You looked so great immediately after surgery. I'm confused. The contours and ridges you have now doesn't make sense... YOU'RE ONLY 3 MONTHS OUT. You should be flat as a board right now. OMG, I'm so sorry...
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Thx... I'm extremely hurt n embarrassed. This site is the closet that I will even show. I was flat while I was bandaged but as soon as I started getting those Hematoma's/ Seromas this is what it's been looking like.. All that I have saved to have this done, gone , gone ,gone. I have to start ALL over and get it corrected.
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Sheesh! I developed seromas too, and had to be drained about four times I believe. I can't understand how your results would differ so drastically from mine, eapecially considering i'm significantly bigger than you in overall size. Also, I see the discoloration/marks on your skin... Were they from the binder or tape? The binder and tape really did a number on me and i'm STILL using the medication Dr. B. prescribed to fade them, its taking FOREVER. Did she prescribe you hydriquoinone as well?
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Yes, Im so glad you noticed the discoloration...and "NO!" I wasn't given anything for it. It looks really bad and its from the tape and binder. I didn't have any marks or scars on my stomach in the beginning. All i had was EXTRA SKIN from the c-sections. (and I was told that also in BOTH consultation) I was doing everything right, The last time I was in the office, After waiting for about 30minutes, I informed her about the second SEROMA and was told that it wasn't. And sent me home.....
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I don't know what to say... This is not good at all.
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It doesn't look good either.....I even referred people to her and I feel like a fool......
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I know your not happy and I can see why you are not but from an outside perspective can I just say compared to your before pics u still look awesome xx
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Thx for that, wish I really could be done with it. Not more money for something that I've read other surgeons do when a TT is performed.. That's what I get for assuming the best would have been performed.
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