Lipo and Mini Tuck. So Far No Surprises. Lots of Advice - Virginia Beach

I had lipo to my upper and lower abdomen, hip...

I had lipo to my upper and lower abdomen, hip rolls and inner thighs as well as a mini tuck with no muscle tightening 2 days ago. I am giving a positive review now based on my experience and not really results since it is too soon to tell. If I can offer any advice to anyone considering this surgery it is to research your doc very carefully. I know for some of us, when we start going in for the consults and see the before and after pics of previous patients we start to get excited and just want to make the appointment. It is crucial that you kick that impulsive and impatient girl to the curb and find that pragmatic and logical girl that we can be. I am somewhat new to Virginia and did not have a large pool of people from whom I could get references. I ended up getting several from a specialty bra store that sees a lot of women with breast augmentation. They told me who to avoid and who seemed to have consistent results. Even though I was not having breast augmentation, I thought these were good places to start.

My final choice was made with my doctor based on several observations.

1. The facility is state of the art, spotless and very inviting. I think how a place makes you feel emotionally is important since you are going to be so nervous anyway.

2. The doctor was punctual and took his time to figure out what was best for me. We first met in his own office and discussed what my concerns were and what I thought I would like to have done. He asked me several questions about my lifestyle, my plans for the future, i.e. children, activity levels, clothing concerns, etc. He let me decide when that meeting was complete and I never felt rushed. I was then taken to the exam room where he always had a female nurse present. He looked at me body from several different angles, having me sit, stand, bend over, etc. He was very honest, meaning that he did not try and over sell me on procedures. He thought that I looked pretty good for my age and having had a child 18 months prior. He suggested that I would see improvement in the way my clothes fit with just lipo and I would see the most improved contouring with a tummy tuck. Because I was not overweight really and did not have lots of loose skin, he did tell me that I would most likely have a visible scar from moving the belly button if I had a tuck. He also told me that there would be a chance of some mild dimpling in the upper abdomen if I just had lipo alone. Even though I am pretty sure I won't have more children, my husband and I have not completely ruled it out. The doctor told me I should wait on the TT and maybe just do a mini tuck that would take care of some of the loose skin below my navel. I had a lot of stuff to think about so I left and talked it over with my hubby. I went back for another consult which the doctor was more than happy to do and this time I brought my husband with me. We spent probably close to 45 minutes asking more questions and going over my options. I had wanted to have the mini tuck with muscle tightening but the doctor was against it because he said it might look odd if my muscle above the navel were not tightened while the muscle below the navel was. In the end I decided to go with lipo to the inner thighs, abdomen and hip rolls with a mini tuck removing skin and correcting a pretty ugly c-section scar.

3. He was very honest about what to expect right after surgery and results down the line. I am always surprised when I read reviews of people who did not know they would have stitches or drains or be in so much pain. My doc told me where he would be putting stitches, where my scars would be and where I may have dimpling. He told me I would be very swollen and sore, and gave me about 5 pages of information that discussed time lines of recovery, lumps in certain areas and issues that might come up with the garment. I know this is kind of long winded but it is day 3 and I feel like I was totally prepared for where I am at now in my recovery. I don't know exactly how I will look but I know that I was fully informed and I don't foresee being blindsided.

Everything about the surgery went very well. I had a good consult with the anesthesia doc about how I get nausea and panic attacks when waking up from surgery and he made sure to adjust my meds so I woke up smoothly and comfortably, no nausea or anxiety at all. I tend to have an overactive bladder and I know from previous surgeries that I got anxious in recovery because I felt like I had to pee every 10 minutes from all the fluid they give you and you are so out of it that you don't want to have to keep getting up and haul your IV into the bathroom so I asked the doc to put in a catheter. It was the best decision. We hit traffic on the way home and I know it would have been a disaster had I not had one in. They showed my husband how to remove it so later when we got home and I felt comfortable enough, we just took it out. Really no biggie. I will post pics as soon as I can shower and get the garment off. Sorry if I have major typos...still on pain meds

Moved around quite a bit today and noticed more...

Moved around quite a bit today and noticed more fluid draining than yesterday. Maybe I did too much???? Took a shower which was nice and got to see myself without the garment on. I was surprised as to how little bruising I have, I thought it would be worse. My stomach looks flat but I can tell I am still really swollen. Was going to have husband take pic but he was watching the baby. Will try tomorrow. Hate taking the pain meds because they make you constipated but they really do help keep the pain to a minimum.

Thanks for your wonderfully comprehensive (and smart!) review. It's going to help so many people considering this procedure! And I second that we would love to see before and after pics when you're up to it.

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this posting was super helpful. so much great insight shared. thank you. would love to see before and after pics if you are comfortable posting
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I added some before and after photos. Although I...

I added some before and after photos. Although I am still very swollen, I can tell my stomach is flatter already. It is nice and taught but I am sure that is due to swelling. I get my drain and stitches out tomorrow and I can't wait. The drain is revolting. My bruising is starting to turn a little yellowish in some areas so I guess that is a good sign. I can move around fairly well but the garment is somewhat uncomfortable. Off pain meds completely as the amount of pain I am experiencing is not enough to feel loopy.


Nov. 11 update. I will post pics soon...just been...

Nov. 11 update. I will post pics soon...just been so busy lately.

I am pretty pleased with the results thus far and I am assuming that I am getting close to what the finished product will be. The first 2 months were a little discouraging because I actually felt fatter! The swelling and lumpiness were pretty bad and I really could not wear anything but loose fitting clothes. Thankfully it was the summertime and I could wear sundresses. About the end of September I started trying on jeans and noticed that my muffin top was not as bad. October I was able to actually get into a size 2 pair of jeans that I have not been able to wear for years (granted they are a large size 2) and not have the sides spilling over. Anyway I am back to a true size 4 and the thing I have noticed the most is that I don't have the uncomfortable belly pressing on my pants when I sit. I have been clothes shopping and not come home in tears.

The lumpiness is mostly gone and I still have some of the redness in areas but it is fading. Even though my new scare is much longer than my old c-section, I am very pleased. It is thin and flat! I still feel kind of flabby but I think I really need to just get back in the gym. There is some slight asymmetry in my inner things but I will wait a little longer to see if they settle in.

The other surprise benefit to all this was the improvement in my back pain. I have degenerative disc disorder in my lower back and up until recently my back problems were really nonexistent. I surmise that this is due to the swelling in my abdomen providing added stability. The doc did say that people who have a full tuck with abdominal tightening often report improved backs. My pain has started to come back as my swelling has gone done but it was great while it lasted!

Awesome review, I had a consult with him and really leaning towards going to him. Who did they tell you to avoid? Dr. Gaulembeck as well, I have heard bad things....any others you remember people saying not to go to? I am looking maybe doing a consult with The Careny Center before I make my final decision.
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Ok, I was told by two people to avoid Gaulembeck. I can't remember exactly why but one of the people was the woman who worked at the Full Cup in Virginia Beach and she said she has seen his work on some of her clients, mostly implants, and was not impressed. I just went for a follow up with Dr. Hubbard and he spent a lot of time with me going over my results and wanted my feedback. I can't remember the name of the other doctor I consulted with and there was nothing wrong with him but I got a better feel from Hubbard's office. I will look for his card and let you know. Definitely consult with as many doctors as you can just so you feel good about your final decision.
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Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon

Takes a lot of time for consults, encourages questions, fully informs patients about procedures, gives out home telephone number in case you need to ask questions after surgery and stands by his work.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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