Body Lift and Other Procedures - Columbus, OH

I had a belt lipectomy done (360 circumferential...

I had a belt lipectomy done (360 circumferential with a butt lift, mastopexy with gel implants and extended lateral chest excision. It was a lot of surgery for an outpatient procedure, and not without risks, but as a medical professional, I knew this was the right decision for me.

The procedure was 6 hours and another 3 before I was able to go home. At the 24 hour mark it was WTF was I thinking when I signed up for this! As 24 was nearing 36 hours, everything really started to turn around. I didn't have a morphine pump, but did have higher dose oxy- and hydroxycodone but only needed those for the first 3 days.

My first follow-up was yesterday (day 3) and going out in public wasn't great, but it showed me that I was really capable of doing so. Today I took a shower (mostly unassisted) and feel fine. Dr. Heck is going to send me pictures of the actual skin removal--there was a lot, plus my abdominal muscles looked like they were shredded so he had a tremendous amount of work to do there. There was also 1000 cc of liposuction. I'm still pretty swollen with 5 drains, but 3 of them should come out Monday. The other 2 may be with me a couple more weeks. My breasts are swollen but looking less so every day. I chose the 300 cc moderate plus gel implants and think I'm going to be really pleased.

My sister-in-laws and husband really came through the day of surgery. Its not easy for me to ask for help, but they could see how much I needed. My daughter is a nurse and stepped in when my husband went back to work today. Don't underestimate how much help you will need!! I had rotator cuff surgery and although it hurt for longer, the pain wasn't as fast or intense as this was those first couple days. Be prepared!
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Heck and his staff have been wonderful. Always available with a quick response to questions. He was pretty laid back but matter-of-fact, which I really appreciate. I like that he really took the time to mark me with my husband there so he could see how much of an insult this was going to be on my body. My incisions look amazing already and I couldn't be happier.

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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