Best Mommy Makeover Experience - Orlando, FL

I decided to Look for another surgeron after my...

I decided to Look for another surgeron after my failed attempts to connect with Dr Choi in Orlando. I cannot tell you how much of a blessing it is that all those attempts fell through. All I will say is ladies (and gentlemen) please do A Lot of research on your PS before you make your decision. Some surgeons may say they are board certified when they really are not. I Cannot stress this enough.

I choose Dr. S who is located in central Florida, Dr.Phillips to be exact. The experience is professional from the minute the phone is answered. I was able to get a consult within 2 weeks. My husband went with me in case I got nervous and forgot all my questions. Amy and Megan greeted me upon arrival for my consult. They were extremely cheerful and polite. I waited a short time and was taken to an exam room. Dr. S came in shortly after and started to discuss what I was looking for. He was very specific and made me really think about what I wanted. I decided that a mommy make over was going to be best for me! We then me with Sarah (the patient coordinator). Who again, was extremely professional and very knowledgeable on all the procedures I was going to have preformed. She gave us our quote and the rest is history!

I scheduled my surgery for February 24th and today I'm 10 days post op.

A little history..... I've had 3 children (my 1st son passed away). My kids are almost 2 and 4. Pregnancy was not kind to my body. After 5 years of being pregnant ( off and on of course). I ended up 127,5'2 with the breasts of an 80 year old woman. It was a well known fact that I could carry almost anything under my breast. I think at one point I could carry a 3 pound weight under there! Ok enough about that, here is how it went!

I arrived the day of surgery STARVED and nervous. My mom and husband went with me. The only negative thing I have to say about my experience is that Dr. S was running behind that day. I was then last surgery since mine was a 5+ hour procedure. I had a tummy tuck with lipo,breast lift and small 250 cc silicone implant. The weird thing is Dr. S decides what size implant to put in during the procedure. I'm a control freak and wasn't sure what I thought about this but I knew I was in good hands so I just went with it. He asks that you bring in pictures of breasts that you like. Needless to say my husband was more than willing to help with that assignment! By the way I picked Brooklyn Decker.

Everything went extremely well during surgery. Dr. S has a surgical center which I really liked. I don't remember much except for people watching American Idol while I was in recovery. I stayed over night which in my opinion is a MUST. Holly the nurse stayed with me and got me up every few hours to take a loooong walk. I don't do well with anesthesia which caused a few problems for me. For those of you who have had c sections and thrown up afterwords..... It's worse after a tummy tuck! The next few days were a blur. My husband , mom, aunt, and mother-in-law are here to help THANK GOD! My husband kept me regulates with pain meds while others cooked and took care of my children.

The drains are pretty annoying and get in the way every time you go to the bathroom. You will really need a lot of help foe the first 3 days at least. My PS kept saying just get to day 5. Everything is better at day 5! My daughter even made me a paper chain to get to day 5! He was right everything got better. I finally pooped which I still think might be the worst part of this whole experience. Seriously, I thought I might have to go to the ER it was that bad. I'm spare everyone the details and accept email questions regarding that topic. I also had really bad heartburn. I could have been an extra in the movie how to train a dragon.

The binders are annoying....think Spanx on a fat day on top of stiches! I've been wearing a cami on underneath my garments since day 2 or 3. I got one of my drains out at one week. I wish someone would have told me what to expect. Think pulling a snake out of your stomach through your hip. That's the truth but in all seriousness it didn't hurt!

I love my new look and think it will be beautiful by summer! I really can't say enou wonderful things about Dr. S and his staff. You can't go wrong at this office! Please feel free to ask any questions! I'd love to be able to help someone out who is nervous or just has questions about Dr. S.


I'm 3 weeks post op and feeling GREAT! I want to...

I'm 3 weeks post op and feeling GREAT! I want to do so much more than my body will let me do. My 2nd drain cane out at 2 weeks. I still have a little swelling in my lower stomach. The doctor said that it was normal. I'm pretty tired of wearing the stomach garment. I dont mind the bra garment as much. If anyone is having second thoughts......please don't! This was worth it and I would do it all over again. The pain is minimal and the outcome is worth it.

On a small and personal side note......I'm also very swollen in other areas "think lady parts". Has anyone else had this problem? TMI I know...sorry. The crazy thing is I knew it was swollen but I was intimate with my husband and he made mention of how swollen my inside was as well. I kinda hope it stays that way because I could definitely tell a difference in the final outcome. Much more intense. I'd like to ask my PS about it but it's kind of an embarrassing question.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon

Dr S trained at the best medical schools and has wonderful credentials. He was very informative and helped me with any concerns I had. He even answered after hours on a Saturday when I had pain concerns. His attention to detail is superb. His office is welcoming and beautiful!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 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
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I am on day 4 post-op. I've noticed and my hubby has noticed that I am swollen down "there". Its hard fro me to see with the garment, but I am also sensitive there and my legs. Are you still wearing your belly binder? I was wondering how long I would have to wear it.
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I was just wondering if you were planning on posting pictures? I would love to see your before and after. I am always excited to Dr. S. work.
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A clogged drain sounds horrible. I pray that I have nothing like that. However, it that is the worse complication to deal with, than I won't complain. I wish I was in your position- already done with it. This surgery is all I think about, and it is still 3 months away :(. I feel that time is not going quickly enough for me. I just can't wait. Thanks for the info. Keep me updated on your recovery.
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Yes sponge baths and my mom washes my hair! My surgery was scheduled to start at 12 and it started at 1:30! The wait was terrible! I spent the night since I had so many things done and because I was under for over 5 hours. I really lime staying there. They had special compression wraps on my leg all night to help prevent blood clots. I just felt safe.

My primary drain ( on my left side) was clogged. It did not drain the first week. Here I thought that was a good thing and that they would take that out on my first visit back. I was wrong. The one on the left is actually more important. It's been draining since she unclogged it last week. My 2 nd follow up is in 2 days. While I'm excited, I'm also dreading the removal. It's just the weirdest feeling you could imagine!

I'm sure they won't have to reschedule your surgery. I will say that they did change the time of my surgery without letting me know. I've had that happen twice with miscommunication during scheduling.
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Congrats on the successful surgery.
How have you dealt without a shower, are you taking sponge baths? I hate not having my hair washed. We have a handheld shower head, so I am hoping that I can sit in the shower, hunched over and have my mom wash my hair.

How come you spent the night after your surgery? I was told that I most likely wouldn't spend the night. What time was your surgery scheduled. Mine is scheduled for 10am on a Monday. I worry about my surgery being canceled or delayed too. If you read my previous post- I had been rescheduled for just my consult 3 times. :(

However, I want Dr. S. to do my surgery. I am confident he is the one. You mentioned only getting one drain out, when will your other drain come out?
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Dear Ms G,

First, you remind me of myself 2 weeks ago. I felt like I was nesting all over again! So here goes.....yes, I get around great and have actually been doing too much! My mind says go go go and my body is saying whoa whoa whoa! On day 7 I dropped my daughter off at school (stayed in car). And road to the airport. I was really car sick by the time we got back! The next day I went to get frozen yogurt. Over the weekend on went to the bookstore for singing time. Which again I was on my feet waaaaay too long.

My PS will not let me shower since o still have my drains in. He said that is an opening in your body and you don't want any type of infection. That could travel straight to the imants and cause a huge mess. So I've just listened to him....so I can't answer the shower question. I will on Wednesday after I get this last drain out.

I'm not putting anything on my scar they are actually still covered in the steri strips. My PS wants me to let them heal on their own and then he does laser scar therapy if needed.

I'm still off and on with pain meds. I stepped down to ultracet from vicoden. I take a 1/2 of an oxy every now and then mostly to help me sleep. The pain is very manageable. Mostly I'm just uncomfortable and site not pain.

I'm still sleeping in a recliner. I tried to get in bed but it just didn't work. I am however able to get in and out of the recliner. I'm sure it's not pretty!

I agree, the last week before my surgery was Hell. The anticipation was horrible. I kept playing every scenario over in my head. I spent a lot of time on here and in prayer. It really helped put me at ease. Now look at me! I'm 10 days out! Yipee. I just keep unwrapping myself to make sure this isn't a dream!

I just took my 1/2 of Oxy and am going to rest! Please don't be nervous. All you have to do is show up on Wednesday! They will do the rest!!! Good luck and please let me know if I can help you with anything else!

Megan

Yes, I'm taking care of the drains by myself and yes , I'm back to eating normal!
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Thanks Megan...you were very informative. I'm pretty sure I will be asking more questions after Wednesday.

Get some rest.
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Hello, Let me start by saying im sorry about your first son passing away.

Im glad to hear your surgery turned out good. You said you are 10 days postop...so are you able to walk aroung better now? Is it easier to take a shower? Do you still need help in the shower? Are you putting any type of lotion on your scar? Are you still taking the prescribe meds or just tylenol? Are you able to sleep in your bed or a recliner?...LOL im sorry i have alot of questions! Im having BA and TT and my hernia repaired in 2 days...Wednesday the 9. Im so snxious i just want to do it already. This last week I have been cleaning the house like crazy. I cant sleep at night. I got everything i will need...I THINK! Were you cleaning your drains yourself? Are you back to eating normal?
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