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This forum helped me so much during my search for...

This forum helped me so much during my search for the right plastic surgeon, and more importantly, the right type of surgery for me....at the time, I was unsure whether I should attempt smart lipo....or vaser lipo. So now I would like to share my experience, which may help someone else. I initially set my mind on smart lipo because the low cost was so alluring.

Went for a free consultation with a Dr. on Fannin St., in the medical center {that only offers smart lipo} and was excited that the quote given was $3180 for upper & lower abs w/flanks under local anesthetic only [also included compression garment] but was disappointed that I couldn't meet the Dr. before the surgery date.

So, I then called a highly rated plastic surgeon located on Clear Lake City Blvd. and was given a quote over the phone of $2500-$4500 for total abdomen vaser lipo, and was assured that meant upper/lower abs and flanks. When I asked what would make the fee jump up $2000, she said it would be if ultrasound vaser was performed. Being that I didn't want to spend more than $5000, I was excited about this quote & made an appt for consultation.
I did get to meet the Dr. this time, but not only did he seem as though he didn't really have time to speak with me....I was given a quote of $6385 for entire ab/flank area, and then told if I wanted to put the surgery on a credit card I would be charged another 3% of the total fee for their trouble! I was so upset that I had been scammed to pay a $25 consultation fee for this kind of poor service!

Feeling rather despondent at this point, I figured I might as well call to get a consultation with the Dr. I REALLY wanted to go see in the first place, Dr. V I already assumed I could not possibly afford his services, but something told me to at least go meet him & see what advice he could give me on the type of surgery I should be considering. That consultation was the turning point in my search!

Dr. V was so personable, and understanding...but more importantly, so professional and up front about what I really needed. He must have been so frustrated with me when I said I knew I needed a tummy tuck, but really wanted to attempt smart lipo first. If he was frustrated, he never showed it...instead, he listened to my concerns, and worked WITH ME on a plan towards getting me started on my path towards a smaller tummy!

He explained I really needed traditional liposuction, and helped me stay within my budget of $5000 for total ab/flank area, even allowing me to schedule it in Memorial SE hospital day surgery unit, under general anesthesia! I couldn't believe this cost covered everything involved, including surgery pre-op costs, and compression garment I wore home.

It has been 3 weeks now since I had traditional liposuction, and I have felt terrific the entire time. That is not to say I didn't have moments where I felt like I had been roughed up a little...and for the first week, I was very bruised and sore...but never was in actual pain!

I will say I am still pretty swollen in my upper pubic area, and I know that is because the majority of the lipo was done in my extreme lower abdomen. I also have spots of lumps all throughout my upper & lower abs, where the fluid was placed during surgery. When I went for my one week follow-up, I was assured this would dissipate over the next couple of months.

What I want everyone to know is that I felt so very comfortable the entire time with the choice I made....and I feel it is to the credit of Dr, Vitenas, his staff, and the staff @ Memorial SE hospital. I would recommend him to anyone & everyone searching for a high quality surgeon that actually cares about his patients.

Will update with before/after photos once the swelling goes away.

Houston Plastic Surgeon

Dr. V and his staff were very professional, and caring with me....I couldn't have asked for more!

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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Hi Jess -- Thanks for writing such a helpful review! We'd love to see before and after photos too, if you feel comfortable posting them.

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