Can I get some feedback on where to go from here? Revision on breast and tummy? (Photo)
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The problem here is not just inadequate surgery, it's unmet expectations.
This is not to say that you have unreasonable requests, but that the surgeon you chose did not have the capability to achieve your goals. You may have been better off if you had been honestly told that you needed to lose more intra-abdominal weight before a tummy tuck would give a flat belly, or that even a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty would not achieve a flat abdomen. Looking at your photos, and without measurements of sternal notch-to-nipple distance, I think your breasts could/should have been lifted higher. Now that the inframammary crease (scar) position is "set," revision is still possible but may be constrained a bit.
For your tummy, only further tightening (after weight loss, if that is applicable) and scar revision can improve that area. I'd have done the initial surgery for substantially less than $35,000, yet revision is going to be costly, even with your original surgeon, whom I sense you are frustrated and "done with."
Certainly you DO have the option to "be happy" and accept the outcome you have. Or not, and that requires cost, surgery, risk, recovery, and time to get back to your life. Your results are not negligent or malpractice in any way--you know that. But you sound so darn unhappy. I'd consider more in-person consultations with ABPS-certified plastic surgeons and see what it would take and how much it would cost to redo your areas of greatest concern. At least then you will know, rather than try to go forward without knowing. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Need pre op pictures and more info
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