44 Year Old Mom of 2, Needed TT for ME! Champaign, IL

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I had been unhappy for years with the way I...

I had been unhappy for years with the way I looked, but I was never willing to work on my problems. I finally started a strict diet and exercise regimen, and I lost over 20 pounds. My clothes fit bitter and I was thinner, but still unhappy with the way I looked.

My husband, although he never told me that I needed any work done, understood my feelings and encouraged me to look into a tummy tuck. I did my homework and found a doctor that I wanted to speak with. Upon the first consult, I and my husband both felt comfortable with Dr. Kurley.

Dr. Kurley told me what I already knew from having done my research - I was NOT going to lose the 'pooch' in my belly without some sort of procedure to correct the problem. I'm only 4'11". I had two large children - the first just shy of 10 pounds and the second just shy of 9. I also had several years of invitro-fertilization, which includes tons of hormone shots and drugs that potentially caused weight gain. All of this to say that I gained a LOT of weight over the years before and during my pregnancies that just didn't want to go away. I was frustrated and depressed about the way I looked. Dr. Kurley only verified what I already knew - my muscles were shot and I wasn't going to be able to tone or lose that extra flab in the front.

I quickly decided that I liked Dr. Kurley and I was ready for this change. On March 16 (8 weeks ago), I went in for my TT. Although it was more painful than I thought it would be, I would do it all over again!! I am so happy with my results!! Two pant sizes smaller than what I was before the surgery, and even those pants have room in them!!! I haven't worn a size 8 since before kids! I'm so happy that I chose to do this for myself! It has given me confidence that I haven't had in years! It's also encouraged me to continue on the journey - I'm working on my buns and thighs to get those trim, too!

I've been so pleased with the results, that I'm also saving for a breast reduction and lift. That will be the final transformation to a whole new me!!
Champaign Plastic Surgeon

Although I was already certain that I wanted to have a TT, I wasn’t sure how to go about choosing a doctor. After researching several sites and reading several online reviews, I decided to speak with Dr. Kurley at Advanced Aesthetics. My plan was originally to talk to Dr. Kurley and then find a second doctor to visit so that I could try to gauge who I felt most comfortable with and who could do what I wanted, however, I never got to a second doctor. From the first meeting with Dr. Kurley, he put me and my husband both at ease. I appreciated that he didn’t make promises that weren’t true (no ‘I can make you look like a model’ type promises), but stated clearly the facts that we needed to know about the surgery itself, as well as the recovery. He patiently answered all of our questions and did not act rushed or hurried during the consult. He reiterated what I already knew from all of my reading (that no amount of exercise and diet was going to help me get rid of the belly that having large children had resulted in), and he also shared his qualifications and his years of practice doing these procedures with little to no complications from his patients. We also loved the fact that he had his own ‘in-house’ operating room because I did NOT want to go to a hospital and have the extra expense of a hospital stay (not to mention the fact that much preferred the idea of sleeping in my own bed after surgery), so having the operating room right in the office was a definite plus for me! Everything about my first visit with Dr. Kurley instilled confidence that my surgery would turn out well. The nurse was also excellent during the pre-op visit and before my surgery. During pre-op, she went over absolutely everything in a binder that was given to myself and my husband with questions and answers about expectations, the surgery and recovery. The day of the surgery, Dr. Kurley’s nurse helped to put me at ease and reassure me that all would be well. She explained everything thoroughly and made sure that I was comfortable. The anesthesiologist was also excellent (I have small veins and usually have trouble with IVs – he got it on the first try and it didn’t even hurt!!). In addition, the office staff has treated me with kindness and respect from day one. They are good about following up with reminders about appointments, and I’ve always felt welcomed during my visits. I had absolutely no complications whatsoever from my surgery. In follow-up appointments since, Dr. Kurley has been very good about making sure that he answered any questions I had, and he is great at putting me at ease with assurances that the things I was feeling were normal aches and pains that would eventually go away. I would highly recommend Dr. Kurley for this procedure, and as a matter of fact, I’m now saving for my next surgery – which will be a much needed breast reduction/lift. When I went in for my original consultation, I asked the Dr. about doing both the TT and breast reduction/lift at the same time because I saw that many doctors perform ‘mommy makeovers’ where they do all-in-one type surgeries. He suggested that it’s best to do them separately and that he would never perform both at the same time. While part of me would have loved having both done at the same time, after hearing the doctor’s reasoning, my husband and I both had to agree that having separate surgeries is the best choice from a health standpoint. They are both long surgeries, and he pointed out that being under anesthesia for too long is not good on a person. Also, having someone perform basically two such long operations at the same time makes for a tired surgeon, and you don’t want a tired surgeon working on your body! I appreciated the candor and matter-of-fact comments from Dr. Kurley rather than someone who would just try to take the money without any regard to my health. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Kurley and his office staff. They did a phenomenal job, and I’ve never felt better about myself!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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