Not Happy with Tummy Tuck & Breast Augmentation - Minneapolis, MN

One of the big influences in choosing Dr. Tholen...

One of the big influences in choosing Dr. Tholen were the positive reviews I found here. Unfortunately, I did not share in the same type of positive experiences described in the RealSelf reviews. I decided to wait a full year before writing this review, so I could be less emotional and see my long term results. Overall, I am very disappointed. First, my tummy tuck was not effective, I still have the "mommy pouch." Several months after the procedure, I went in to get looked at as my stomach which had started out flat, was now pouching out and seemed very swollen. I was told that it was swelling and would reside over time. I recently went back and when I was evaluated by Dr. Tholen, was told that my stomach had just stretched out again, and although this was very rare and unfortunate, is a result of my body make-up.

I also had breast augmentation, and wanted to go from a 34A to a full B or small C - essentially the breasts that I had prior to nursing my two children. I started the sizing exercise out with 300 cc's - which is ultimately where I desperately wish I would have stayed. But at the strong urging of the nurses and Dr. was told that 450cc's was a better fit for my body type, and would result in the look I wanted. I should have done more research on what size breasts 450cc's would result in, because it is certainly not a full B or even a C. I was recently fitted for a new bra and was put in a 32DD - which was a huge shock for me. This is not at all what I wanted. Not only are they too big for me and making me self-conscience, but they are also resulting in severe neck and back pain.

Needless to say, it is very disappointing to spend so much time, money, and energy to undergo a major surgery and not have the desired outcome. I would recommend to those considering the Mommy Makeover procedure, to make sure you fully understand the risks. I had no idea going into the tummy tuck surgery that there was a potential that it would not work for me, nor did I consider the serious effects of breast implants that are too large for my body.

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
2 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Eden, I wish your outcome was better and wish you well.
I think you did the right thing by waiting at least 6 months (for you a full year) before posting your full evaluation of your experience and results.

My wife had a seroma develop and it was under-treated. She has had further abdominal sagging happen because of that swelling - which will be revised as the surgeon closes the incision while removing what is left of the seroma (bursa.) I understand that abdominal seromas happen in less than 10% of tummy tucks and follow up exams are important. Proper compression garments should help, but not in my wife's case.
(Sorry for my rambling, I realize you said you did not have a seroma, but the topic of un-flat tummy tuck results made me do it. :-)
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Thanks for your sharing your experience. I'm 5 weeks post op and still question myself becausecI didn't get the perfect results I expected. It's good for everyone to know that it's a possibility. I'm told I'll need a revision but I'm not sure I want to try again. Did your dr. offer a revision? Would you do it? I look slightly better than before but not as good as I was realistically expecting. It's frustrating.
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He did say that he would do the surgery again with the surgeon fees, but would still have to pay for the operating room, anesthesia, etc. No, I wouldn't do it again, the recovery the first time was difficult, especially with 2 small children. Just not prepared to go through that a second time.

Why do you need a revision?

It is frustrating, a lot of time, money and energy goes into these decisions and to have it not turn out as expected is difficult.
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Yes, the recovery was hard and it took me over 2 hours to come out of anestesia. Sp?? Anyway, one implant is much higher and not going to drop and my tummy tuck got a weird center vertical fold and my new bb is freakishly small and so it looks wrong. I need to update my pictures but it's not pretty so I haven't taken the time to do it yet. $ is now an issue for us so I may not be able to afford a revision even if the doctors fees are waived. Still have to pay nurses, supplies, etc.
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Eden, Were you diagnosed and treated for an abdominal seroma during your recovery?
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No, I did go in a couple of times to have my tummy looked at due to what I thought was swelling, but was told it was not a seroma.
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I'm sorry you're unhappy with your results, but I appreciate you sharing your experience. Any chance you'll go in for a revision?

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