So far so good. I met Dr. Kasden for the first...
So far so good. I met Dr. Kasden for the first time on Jan 23rd 2014. I had been contemplating getting a tummy tuck for a few years but never had the nerve to check it out. So, I began searching in Dec, reading reviews and compiling a list of desired top Dr's. in the area. Dr. Kasden was always the # 1 choice on my list, so if course he was also the first of several consults I scheduled. From the moment he walked into the room and began talking I was sold. My husband and I really didn't know what to expect but Dr. Kasden took his time to explain the procedure, other options, and answered all of our questions. Our consultation took approximately 3 hrs. He provided so much education that I could have walked out of there an expert. Lol! Seriously though, he was humorous, professional, and you could really tell he cares about his patients, his craft and even non patients. I was up front with him and told him I had several other consultations to go to. So, he even advised me of questions to ask the other Dr's. that weren't a part of my long list of questions. Needless to say, I've since had the other consultations, but none impressed me as much as Dr. Kasden. Even after receiving quotes from the other Dr's. Dr Kasden ' s staff took the time to review his quote against others to compare pricing. Some of the other Dr's. listed separate charges for flank lipo (included in Dr. Kasden ' s surgeon fee), etc.
So almost 3 weeks and several consults later, I went with my first choice and scheduled my surgery for 3/25/2014. I'm so excited!
I've also began my diet and exercise regime to get closer to my target weight. 188 today and I hope to get between 165-170 pre surgery. I know that's aggressive for a month and a half. But that is my own decision. Unlike other Dr's. Dr. Kasden did not state i absolutely had to lose 20lbs to preform the surgery. He merely encouraged me to be at a steady weight that is comfortable to me because ultimately the results are going to be based on my effort and desired body type. Honestly, I don't desire to be skinny. My only desire is to shape that pouch that had existed on my tummy since I was 18 and had my first child.
Wish me luck guys! I'll keep you posted on my progress :-)
5 days to go... :)
It's after 12:00 a.m. so I guess it's okay to say that I have 5 days left until my surgery. I am extremely excited. I haven't made any updates because there was a snag involving one of my flex spending accounts that delayed payment causing me to reschedule my surgery to 4/17/14. Now that is all straightened out, I'm super excited and counting down the days!!
I had my pre-op yesterday and I'm glad to say it went well. Working from home makes it difficult to lose weight so my efforts to exercise and walk daily, i was unsuccessful in losing any pre surgery weight. Therefore, I pray the results are still going to be worth it. After reading so many reviews on here and viewing before and after pictures of women similar in size, shape and weight to myself, I remain encouraged that the results will be satisfactory if not better than expected.
recliner and prep
So, I've purchased my supplies and prescriptions and I'm almost ready. 4 days to go before surgery. One problem... I don't have a recliner and couldn't afford to buy one. I've seen where some patients rent a recliner but the rentals I've seen so far are expensive. $99 power week with a minimum rental requirement of 1 month. Luckily I'm resourceful :) I searched on Craigslist and found that used recliners ate plentiful. Some are even free. I wasn't quick enough to secure one of the free recliners but I did manage to find a great gently used recliner from a nice, clean home for $20.
2 days left
It's getting real. Tomorrow I start my pre surgery prep. Per my Dr. I am supposed to eat only meat and complex carbohydrates over the course of the day. I am also supposed to drink plenty of liquid. Here goes!
Finally on the flat side!
I had my surgery yesterday. So far so good. I can't wait to see the results. I have apologize, because I'm bit sore and in pain, I'm going to refrain from posting pics and my review until later. Right now it's 3:53 am :(
OK so the awe of surgery just wore off. I've been taking the laxatives, magnesium, citrucel, etc and instead of making me go to the bathroom all I feel is the discomfort of swelling
12 days post op swells
Swelling sucks. Every night my belly swells like a basketball, and my knees and ankles too. Honestly I looks like I have canckles. I've been to the ER, had a full workup, no blood clots, no infection but absolutely no answers as to why I'm bloated like a Thanksgiving parade balloon.
New pics 15 days post
Feeling great. My drains were so removed yesterday. So far so good. He also said I could start taking showers beginning today. That's a huge plus for me because I hated sponge bathing. It felt like heaven in the shower this morning.
My cousin is a godsend who sent me a full body compression garment today. I tried it on for the first time today and can I just day that whoever made that thing can go to hell! Lol. First let me say I see this type of garment on lots of real self members. How do you all do it? It literally took me an hour to get it on today. But baby! :) it works like a charm. It was the best feeling garment I've worn. I will definitely take the time every morning to get it on and I'll be ordering at least one more.
more before and after
Some before and after pics. I tried on a couple of dresses today. My favorite is the changes I see in the red dress.
22 days post op
Top of the morning. I was excited to see minimal swelling this morning so I decided to take a few pics.
I look and feel great. The swelling comes and goes. Usually in the morning I'm fine but by the afternoon after eating I swell a bit. One thingi can takecomfort in knowing is that it isn't fat. As each day goes by a little more of the expectations my ps described are starting to take place. He said the swelling will go down, and day by day i will begin to see the results. He wasn't lying, as I look at myself in the mirror now i can't hardly believe it's me! And to think this is only just the beginning!
One of my friends told me about the benefits of juicing, so for the past week I have been juicing it up in the morning. I'm not sure if it is contributing to the weight loss but I'm slowly losing weight with no exercise yet. This morning I weighted in at 175 :) Now you have to remember that 1 week before surgery I was a whopping 191. So 3 weeks later I can feel pretty good weighing in at 175. I can't wait to start exercising again!
Just posing 4 weeks po
18 May 2014
2 months post
I love taking pictures! Look at those curves! I have to tell you I'm feeling great. Although I did overdo it a little on Friday by wearing 6 inch heels to accompany the black dress.
I'm not to sure about the bulge in the bottom portion of my abdomen. I had so much post op coughing/sneezing on a daily basis that I wonder if I could have ruptured an internal suture. I see my ps in Thursday, so I'll ask him then. I keep reading questions and responses about this subject on this site and I must say the its not comforting.
24 May 2014
2 months post
It's been about 5 weeks po and I have to say, that each and every day I wake up and see myself in the mirror I become ecstatic about my surgery all over again. I still see my Dr. weekly as we've started scar therapy. I've had to purchase a silicone Scar kit in order to minimize the look of the Scar. My Dr wants me to use a cream sold at his office but I couldn't afford it. So for now I've begun using the Scar Away brand silicone strips. They're not bad. After 3 days of using them I do see a difference in the texture and color of my Scar.
I tried on my itty bitty, teeny weeny, bikini today! I love the fit. For some of you it may not look good but I'm overly satisfied. A year ago I wouldn't be caught dead wearing this because of the excess fat and apron of skin. But today I'm singing praises!
Thank you Lord for bringing this solution to me and making it possible for me to begin feeling happy with my body!
Yay, so... six weeks po and the dr has released me! I may now... drink wine, exercise (both cardio & weights), have sex ;) etc. I'm super excited and cannot wait to start shedding these pounds. Although it looks like more, the surgery actually only took off 6 lbs of weight. The remaining weight loss was a result of recovery after surgery. At this stage everything is feeling pretty much back to normal. Hardly any swelling daily, no pain and my Scar looks great. So, I want to maintain the results and continue to mold my body through exercise. Who knows, maybe in a few months I'll be down to 150lbs. I'm thankful to Dr. Kasden and his body sculpting genius because I'm finally motivated to keep this look up!
2 month post op update
20 Jun 2014
3 months post
I have to admit this entire ordeal has been a journey. I've now reached the 2 month mark and my waistline is noticeably smaller, defined, shapely and curvaceous. Last night my husband told me I was model like. I'm blushing, because it made me feel like a million bucks. I'm satisfied with the results. I haven't lost any weight. In fact I still wear the same dress size I did prior to sx, except now I no longer need to wear shapers to flatten out my rolls because I don't have any. Smiling
23 Jul 2014
4 months post
So I started working out with a fitness trainer 2 weeks ago to help remove syne of the weight u recently gained. In June I had several traumatic events that caused me to have travel, eat unhealthy and and gain weight. (Stress eating). As a result I gained back weight to equal my pre surgery weight. But the weird thing I noticed was that the weight wasn't going to my abs. So I didn't notice it at first. It wasn't until I stepped on the scale that I noticed the gain. I pin pointed the gain to my thighs, butt and back. All were areas that helped enhance the appearance of my new found curves. So, after 2 weeks I'm happy to say that I'm losing again. 11 lbs so far. Whoo hoo!
5 months post op
13 Sep 2014
6 months post
So, I haven't been successful with losing weight because I stopped working out with the trainer. In fact I've gained some weight since my initial post op weight of 170. I'm back up to 185, but i look great. I'm not sure how but the results of the tummy tuck make me look good no matter what the # on the scale says.