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Scared of Making the Wrong Decision

I went for a consult with Dr. Aldea. After plenty...

I went for a consult with Dr. Aldea. After plenty of research and reading great reviews on this forum, I went in feeling like I made the right decision. Don't get me wrong, the consult was great. He was very informative and explained everything in detail. However, he explained that having just the procedure that I want is not enough to get my tummy flat. He recommended that I have a fleur de lis tummy tuck. This made me soooo sad and confused being that I've seen women way bigger than me get great results with a traditional tummy tuck. I do not want a vertical scar that will be visible as that will keep me in the box that I am in. If I wanted to continue to hide my stomach, then I may as well keep it as is. I'm skeptical now on what my results will be if I don't proceed with his recommendation. I've had a consult with another Dr that didn't seem as knowledgable and will NOT go back there, but am wondering if I should get more opinions....this is major to me and Im scared of making the wrong decision. Does anybody wave before and after pics of tummy tuck by Dr. Aldea? Please feel free to share!

Going back in....

I'm going back for another consult with the same Dr. After googling pictures, seeing results, and reading reviews, it seems like the fleur de lis tummy tuck would give me great results. I'm just worried what the vertical scar will look like on African American skin....decisions...decisions....


Ok...after careful review, I have opted to travel to Nashville to have my tt. I had a consult with Dr. Melinda Haws. She is awesome! Very knowledgable and her before and afters are amazing. My preop is at the end of May, and I'm super amped! Flat side here I come!!!!!!!!!!!

So here goes.....

It took some time for me to decide whether or not I was going to post pics of myself to such a public forum, but then I realized how much you guys have helped me by being open and willing to share. It's because if this forum that I found my doctor. You guys have afforded me the opportunity to experience the ups and downs of what to expect before my surgery day arrives. I am overwhelmed with happiness, and look forward to seeing my lower extremities very soon. No more flap!!! Lol!


So I've started my vitamins, and I must admit that I should have been taking at least a mutivitamin daily. I feel great! I amped and full of energy all day! I take women's one a day, and 2 chewable vitamin C tablets by Nature Made (500mg). I'm getting my exercise routine together so that I can get at least drop 30lbs before my surgery date. The countdown is near!!!!!
Dr. Melinda Haws/Nashville, TN

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Good luck honey! I was told a fleur de lis TT to get good results. I had put up with my saggy stomach for so long, but I did NOT want the scar down the middle! I prayed about it and went with my gut instincts and had the extended TT and I couldn't be happier! Check out my profile. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the very best of luck!
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Thanks Soon2be! I viewed your profile, and you do look great!!! I am going with my gut as well...no vertical scar for me! Im very excited with my decision and am looking forward to wearing a little black dress that hugs the right curves instead of the flap. HaHa!
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He also recommended that for me but I'm choosing not to have it done now and see what happens. Dr. Eby is actually who I am seeing but I met with Dr. Aldea since he will be helping her with my surgery and actually doing my tummy tuck. He said that I possibly could not be happy with my results without the fleur di lis because I might not be as flat as I would like to be but I'm going to wait and see. If I don't like it then I'll go back later and get it fixed but for now that's not the procedure for me. They are there to give u recommendations and facts but when u r working with the human body you never really know how it's going to turn out. Don't be discouraged because this is ultimately your decision and you have to pray about it and do what's best for you. I know you'll make the right choice.
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Thanks Bigdreams2014...you are so right. Everyone is different. After thinking on it more, I realized that I could in fact come out perfect, but because they didn't have many pics of before and afters, I still chose to do other consults to find the doc with the knowledge (which he definatly had) and the pics to meet my comfort levels. Although I know I can't compare myself to pictures, seeing my doctor's most recent work is a huge plus. God bless and happy healing!
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Hello i'm sorry to hear about this, but have u considered getting a tattoo to cover the scar?
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I have, but decided against it. I had another consult and I am very comfortable with my decision, so I will be using another doctor.
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Hello there. Keep going on consultations until you find the "right" doctor for you. You will know when you find him or her. If you aren't comfortable with a doctor then don't settle on them to do your surgery. I have read some women go on 5 or more consultations until they find the right one. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Thanks for the advice. I will keep you posted!
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Good luck on your journey ! Keep us posted =)
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Thanks, and I will.
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