PLEASE, PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND GET AS MANY OPINIONS POSSIBLE!!! I had a Mini TT done this past July 2012 at the cost of $5000. I had the Mini TT because this is what my surgeon recommended. I am now lopsided and still lots of skin, wide scar. My surgeon has recommended we do more lipo. The doctors here on Real Self recommended I get a second opinion before I do anything. I actually got 7 other opinions and all surgeons agreed that I should have had a Full TT. I will be proceeding with a Full TT on February 4, 2013 with a new surgeon.
My original surgeon is willing to convert me to a Full TT at no cost for his service and I would only pay surgical center charges. I have decided to go with one of the surgeons that gave me another opinion even though I will be out $7500 instead of about $2000. This whole process has been very fustrating. The things I wish I would have known before hand are most people need Full TT. Have several consultations from as many surgeons that you can. Ask ALOT of questions. Let the surgeon know exactly what kind of results you are looking for.
Example if when you have on jeans and you sit down and your skin overlaps the top of your jeans and you want this gone show them what you are talking about. I was told when I had the Mini TT that I would have stomach contouring, lipo, and the love handle area greatly reduced. I still have the love handles, puffy stomach, loose skin and a wide scar. My original surgeon did not tell me a lot other than the Mini TT would do what I needed done, maybe I was unclear to him. The surgeon I have choosen to go with was very, very clear on what he would do, and asked me a ton of questions on what results I am wanting to achieve. Explained all the procedures that would take place and what I can expect. I will also send one night at the surgery center and will be place in a binder that more advanced and is very different from the one I had the first time. This has been very difficult since I could be to my original surgeon and save some money, but I do not feel I would get the best results if I go that route. My gut feeling is to go with the new surgeon since I feel so much more confident in the new surgeon. Again my advice is please do your homework it will help you in the long run and save you a lot of money. I consider this my $5000 mistake.
I have also found that the following items will be most helpful when you get home are a walker, a raised toilet seat and either a lift recliner or the contour body system cushions. I did not have these the first time around but I have them for the next time.
I will keep this updated as I get closer to my surgery date. I was not nervous at all the first time, but this time I am really nervous. I assume this is normal considering my circumstance.