Still Not Sure Which Doctor to Pick - Asheville, NC

Growing up, I was always a large child and I...

Growing up, I was always a large child and I remember asking what those markings were on my thighs in 3rd grade. I found out they were stretch marks and from that day on, I have always been fat. Until I had my second child. At age 21, I weighed 212 pounds and 10 years later I am at 145 pounds. So now I am left with flabby skin and stretch marks. I also have diastasis which is where my abdomen muscles have separated right down the middle from my last pregnancy. There is literally a 2-3 inch gap in between my muscles. I have been eating super healthy for about 5 years and running, kickboxing, and doing spin classes 3 times a week. I just can't seem to lose any more flab on my stomach. I swear if the flabby skin was gone, you would see a six pack underneath! OK maybe a 3 pack. Anyway, so I have decided to get a tummy tuck and maybe a breast lift. My other problem is this doctor I am considering. He seems really great but a little on the old side. I was trying to watch his hands and they seemed a little shaky but couldn't tell. Anyone have this experience? He's been a plastic surgeon since this too old? Should I be worried or am I being paranoid?

Ok, I finally pick my doctor. And no, he is not...

Ok, I finally pick my doctor. And no, he is not the old doctor, he was just not for me. My date is set for Jan. 25th which is 3 weeks away! I am so excited. Every time I look in the mirror, it doesn't bother me anymore because I know my problem stomach will be gone soon.

Well, I finally did it! I am post TT 4 days now....

Well, I finally did it! I am post TT 4 days now. The pain is very unpredictable. I will be fine feeling like I could run a marathon (ok, I'm exaggerating a little), then 5 minutes later I will have a shooting pain going through my side. I have to say it has been more on the ok side of pain. I would say 90% of the time, my pain is minimal. But I also got the pain pump which I HIGHLY recommend using. It is worth the extra couple hundred bucks. I have been wearing the compression garment and wow does it compress. It is extremely uncomfortable to wear at night. But helps you get around better. I went on my first adventure out of the house today to Goodwill, yeah not very glamorous but I wanted to get some more zip up hoodies. They have become my friends because they are so easy to zip up and down when you are cleaning your drains and belly button. I figured that once this stage is over with, I won't need the hoodies anymore because I will be living in my bikini! So why buy new ones, right? The medication keeps me so drowsy that I have watched a dozen Grey's Anatomy shows on Netflix and only got through the first 5-10 minutes before I pass out. Its kind of annoying and I can guarantee I will not be watching anymore Grey's Anatomy once I'm up and running! I had my first bowel movement this morning and boy did it hurt! It was not a fun experience. Then I had another one in the afternoon. Huge Suggestion tons of fibrous foods 1-2 days before your surgery and you will feel so much better. Eat oatmeal and split pea soup. I was so constipated that it was hurting worse down there than my tummy muscles. Anyway, off to reheat my heating pad. I will post pics tonight or tomorrow.

Well I am post TT 7 months now and am not sure if...

Well I am post TT 7 months now and am not sure if it was worth the money. I feel swollen sometimes on and off. I have to eat 5 small meals per day of I will swell and get so tight that it is extremely uncomfortable. I am not sure why and the doctor doesn't seem to want to comment on this much. The other disappointment is my scar is so high up. It looks like a smiley face and goes really high. I can not wear pants, underwear, or anything that will cover it up unless I want to look like a grandma. Don't get me wrong, there are some good aspects, like my flabby skin doesn't hang out of my pants anymore. I had to get lipo a month ago because my doctor refused to do it with my TT. That also doesn't make sense to me. So now I am seeing better results as my love handles were always such a problem. But they are going down now. So....all in all, I am still undecided if this journey was worth it. Maybe if this swelling crap will stop, I could enjoy my tummy a little better. Maybe next summer, only time will tell

He is great and his nurses have had TT done by him so he has waking proof of his capabilities. Aug 2011 - I am updating this about my doctor. He does VERY high scars that look like a smiley face and go way too high up. I have found out recently that this is normal for him so BEWARE. He also would not do lipo on me which at first I thought that was normal until I saw that most women get lipo done at the same time so I had to go somewhere else to get it done.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 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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