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Tummy Tuck and Lipo of the Love Handles- It is Life Changing - Santa Monica, CA
- posted 4 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $16,000
- Steven Teitelbaum, MD (Santa Monica, CA)
Hi there, I am 10 weeks post tummy tuck...
- 20 Jan 2013
I am 10 weeks post tummy tuck operation and I couldn't be happier with both the physical and emotional results! I am your average Jane who always worked out recreationally to stay fit but my mid-section has always been my problem area. I was able to manage it pre-babies with dieting (weight watchers) and exercise classes (spinning, pilates, etc).
After 2 wonderful 9lb 3 oz babies via c-section I ended up with an umbilical hernia and severe case of diastasis recti. Basically - even though I worked out and dieted after my 2nd baby, every part of my body went back to normal except my stomach. My abdominal walls had separated and my bowels were pushing forward out of my belly button. I was horiffied!
Anyways - I went to three doctors, a general surgeon, a well known female surgeon and Dr. Teitelbaum. I chose Dr. Teitalbaum and knew right when I met him that he would be able to help me. He has the "best" credentials, is well-respected in the industry, board certified, he listens to you and he will also tell you what can and can't be done. He is the expert and and I have to tell you that my stomach is completely transformed from all angles and positions. I am in awe in how he was able to take the before stomach and transform it into this amazing after flat tummy.
I used to only buy blouses that were loose around the waist, I almost talked myself into only purchasing tankinis, and I always had trouble with pants b/c of the muffin top and the protruding belly button. All of that is gone and then some! I need to get a whole new wardrobe that highlights my new flat tummy. There are times where I look at a new dress on me and I can't believe it is me in the dress! My stomach hasn't looked this great since my first year in college before the freshman 15. It is life changing and well worth it! I am your average normal Jane that never thought in a million years that I would really do this - I am still your average normal Jane that doesn't look perma-pregnant! I can't believe how happy I am with the results. I was asked 3 times in the prior two weeks to my surgery if I was pregnant! I know that none will ever ask me that question again! Thank you Dr. Teitelbaum for helping me look and feel like a normal person again!
My Doctor: Steven Teitelbaum, MD
I interviewed 3 different surgeons (general surgeon, female surgeon and Dr. Teitelbaum. I did a lot of research on all 3 and Dr. Teitelbaum had by far the best credentials. I was interested in interviewing a female surgeon since I support women in the medical field. Unfortunately the office nor the consult gave me a feeling of confidence or comfort. The doctor seemed scattered and a bit high strung. It made me feel even more stressed out than when I went in. I had the "opposite" experience when I went to my consultation with Dr. Teitelbaum. His staff was very friendly. Dr. Teitelbaum was very personable and listened intently to what my concerns were around my stomach and also my concerns around how another surgery would impact my family (I have two young kids) and me professionally ( I work full time). After he heard all my concerns and he asked me a lot of questions he gave me his recommendation on what I would need to do to meet my expectations. He told me the must do list, the let's wait and see until your body normalizes since I was still nursing and the can't do all at once list. His recommendation was definitely not cut and paste - in fact, quite the opposite. He wrote notes during the consult and at the end records verbally your personal situation, expectations and what was agreed upon together in terms of a solution. I was VERY impressed because he didn't just hear that I wanted a flat stomach, he heard why and what made my situation unique. I didn't get this at all in either consultation with the general surgeon and or the other plastic surgeon I had interviewed. Dr. Teitelbaum also said to call at any time with questions or come into his office at any time with questions. My 2nd consult was just as informative and professional and my husband who came with me definitely agreed that we couldn't have chosen a better surgeon. Dr. Teitelbaum was great about asking my husband if he had any questions regarding the procedure, the recovery or the results. Last but not least the surgery... The entire staff was more than excellent. The pre-op nurse was great about being available to answer any questions. I thought I was getting sick the week prior and she was great about informing me about the medications I could and could not take. The anesthesiologist called me the evening before to check in and make sure that I was doing okay. The operating nurse was so sweet and made me feel so comfortable. Everyone was great and Dr. Teitelbaum did an amazing job. He recommended that I stay at a recovery center for two days knowing that it would be hectic with two babies at home and the first two days are critical in terms of recovery. He visited me in the recovery center and was available for any questions. The recovery center was amazing - I didn't want to leave! My new tummy is life changing! I feel great in clothes and I just rocked a bikini for the first time. I am 10 weeks post op and every day gets better and better. It is still improving which I can't even believe! Dr. Teitelbaum and his staff are 5 stars across the board. You couldn't ask for a better doctor or staff.