After an 80lb weight loss I was in need of an abdominoplasty which I had done at the same time as FTM double mastectomy. I went to Dr Kuzon in Ann Arbor MI at U of M because I knew of their gender program and was hoping to get top surgery covered by my insurance.
I live in Grand Rapids which makes Ann Arbor almost a two hour drive away. My first appointment with Kuzon was in February '15. My waiting time for him(my appointment was roughly around 2-3 o'clock in the afternoon) was close to two hours and this was me sitting in the exam room.
The first person I met with was a resident(or assistant, I can't remember). Being a modest and shy person, I was very weary about this person, who was not the doctor, coming in and poking and prodding at me. After the basic health questions, I was left alone in the freezing exam room. (Seemed to be a thing with U of M and cold exam rooms) After my two hour wait(not exaggerating) Kuzon finally came in. He pulled his seat up so he was seated directly in front of me and literally between my knees and proceeded to talk to me at this close range.
He checked me over and after told me my stomach could be taken care of with a fleur de lis incision and that my top surgery would be done with double incisions with a nipple graph. After the exam I left and went home.
I'll fast forward to after surgery. When I was out of surgery I had fully expected to be wearing a surgical binder since that's what I was accustomed to seeing. This wasn't the case. I had my incisions covered with pads and tape and was always hyper aware that the middle of my stomach was protruding out more than before the surgery. I had remembered hearing the recovery nurse telling my mom that it was just swelling and it would go down(my mom was kind of shocked at the sight I guess). When I went for my post op and drain removal I couldn't even rejoice in the fact that I'd finally had top surgery because my upper "stomach pooch" was all I could focus on. When the drains were out I was instructed that I could wear my binder now but I still had stitches along my pubic area and up and around my belly button and stomach.
I had to wait another week or so before the stitches would come out by this time they were getting kind of gross and would make a mess on the inside of my binder. Now I'm not sure why this happened but a few days after the stitches were removed the incision started ripping open around my belly button. First under my belly button and when that healed, above my belly button would start tearing open. Once that would heal, under my bb would start to open again. This happened a total of four times, twice above my bb and twice below. I was still wearing my binder, even to bed because I wasn't instructed otherwise. When I woke in the morning the fabric of my binder would be stuck to my wounds and it was a great deal of pain trying to pull it off. My bb also ended up very dilated because of this(you can see in the closeup pic) and there is heavy scarring and numbness all around it. As for my stomach pooch, I was told it could have been fluid and one of Kuzon's assistants/residents ended up sticking me with a huge syringe to see if it was fluid. Turns out it wasn't.
After a few more months of waiting, just this past April '16 I was told that Kuzon's office would offer to fix my bb scars and my pooch in office for free. As tempting as this offer was, I can no longer deal with them. His fix was to make another horizontal incision across my stomach, basically just trimming the skin off. I don't even remember how he said he would fix my bb though.
Where I stand now: I went for a consult with Dr Dodde in Holland MI and just dealing with him and his staff is like a breath of fresh air. He says he can fix my pooch the right way and even do a pubic lift(which was one of my concerns before but was difficult to bring up to Kuzon).
(I will make a new review about my experiences with Dr Dodde)