After having two children I was left with sagging skin and stretch marks. At first I believed that a tummy tuck was the only answer even though I didn't have a lot of extra loose skin but I had a lot of stretch marks a frowny belly button. I knew that liposuction or any other suction would be a waste of time because I would still be left with stretch marks.
I've been to two doctors for consultation for a traditional tummy tuck in the past 6 years, but I changed my mind both times because I couldn't get a quote that was reasonable plus the fact that I would have drains and be put under was not that exciting to me either.
After doing more research I found out about Dr. S who is known for creating a procedure called CombiTuck. A Combituck requires NO general anesthetic, just mild sedation. LESS surgical risk of blood clots, infection, skin ulceration. NO drains. MINIMAL discomfort. Back to work in one weekend ( average is 4 days ). Tight skin. Rarely any permanent numbness. Cute belly button. Removal of an average of 5 pounds of fat and skin. (Sometimes up to 12 pounds.) Cost is less than the standard abdominoplasty by $500 to $2500.
I thought wow this is too good to be true plus I haven't heard a lot about this procedure. After doing more research I decided to schedule an consultation with Dr. S. I had my first consultation on 7/11/11. Dr. S was very nice and he answered all of my questions. I decide to go ahead and have the surgery in February 2012. I chose February because that will give me sometime to get to my target goal weight of 176 lbs right now I weight 195 lbs.
The cost of the procedure if I were to have it done next week would be a total of 7,100 if I pay in cash I could receive a discount and it would be 6,900 for a full Combituck. Once you get a Combituck it is very imperative that your diet be changed to a more healthy diet and exercise often, if not the fat can come back ,but it would be distributed to another part of the body.
I decided that I want to do a whole transformation I want to eat, healthy and exercise for the remainder of my life in order to stay fit and healthy so Dr. S and I came up with a target weight goal of 176 lbs which will bring my BMI down from a 29 to a 25 and the best part DR. S is very supportive of the approach he even takes $100 of the procedure for every 6lbs that is lost.
Dr. S likes to says that this procedure is more than cosmetic surgery it is more like a transformation. Which is exactly what I was looking to do transform body to a more shapely healthy body. If I loose the weight with the help of diet and exercise I should not need a full combituck which consist of the abdomen, waist and back I can just get the front done which will make the price of the procedure $5,400 instead!
What a dream come true. I will post updates very often so I can share my weight lost story with everyone as well as the before and after PICS of the procedure. Wish me luck :)