SOOOO, I've finally decided to take the plunge and...
I went on three different consultations. I decided to go with Dr. Davis-Boutte based on her awesome track record here on RealSelf. I am praying that I made the right decision. I have yet to meet her, but my interactions with Crystal have been great. She's very patient, as I like to think through every little decision I have to make and I have to understand the ramifications of each document I sign. She wrote pages over when I changed my mind and did not complain about my indecisiveness - at least outwardly ;-)
I have had my Pre-Op appointment wherein I signed lots of documents, went over financial stuff, and went over the procedures and instructions for before and after the surgery. I also had my blood-pressure and labs taken. So far everything is normal (for the most part), however there are two test that I must still await results on. I am praying that everything comes back normal so that I can go forward with the surgery.
Financially, the costs of my surgery fall in the middle of the quotes I was given. One doctor was charging 7800 for all of the areas I wanted done, including IV Sedation. However, I just wasn't confident in her ability to obtain the best results possible. The other doctor wanted 9K for just my upper/lower abs, flanks and bra roll. I feel like I'm spending lots of money, but I feel like I'm investing in myself at the same time, so I am internally trying to convince myself it's okay.
The only thing that worries me now is that I take lots of medication for another medical condition I have - Bipolar Disorder. I hope that I can talk with Dr. Davis-Boutte within the next few weeks in order to discuss my medications and her recommendation on whether I need to discontinue those medications for a couple of weeks. I would hate for one of my medications to interact with the anesthesia and I die (okay, that's extreme....but not impossible). I will request a consult with her concerning my medications just so I feel comfortable going into the procedure.
I will keep everyone updated on my journey. I will definitely provide pictures when that time comes.
Thanks for reading!
Less than two weeks away!
Now my only concern is whether I have made the right decision with getting IV sedation rather than just local anesthesia. I was watching some videos where doctors were performing liposuction with the patients awake and able to move around. The doctor said he was able to achieve better results because patients can turn themselves on the side. Sigh. I will try to speak with Dr. Boutte about that during the week and let you guys know what she says.
Anywho, here's my before pictures. So embarrassing. I have really let myself go. Every time I try on something that I used to easily fit in, I get so upset. But here's to new beginnings. I am going to start exercising this week so that exercising can be regularly apart of my routine after I get my surgery. BefoI hope by exercising my results will be better.
I have not met Dr. Davis-Boutte as of yet. As noted above, I will request to at least talk with her by phone before the surgery in order to go over the medications that I currently take and their possible interactions with the anesthesia. Otherwise, I hear she's really nice and down to earth. I will update when I do get to speak with her.