I'm looking to get a TT in the next 2 months. I've had several consults with the PS in Fl. I'm looking at a few in particular. Dr. Thomas Fiala in Orlando, Dr. Michael Diaz in Melbourne, and Dr. Stanley Castor in Brandon. I also want a Breast lift and reduction but I'm not certain I'll be using the same Dr. for both procedures. Does anyone know anything about any of these Dr.s? I like their online references, they don't have negative reviews that concern me like so many others that I have actually went for consultations have. But I don't know which Dr.s are savvy at getting negative remarks removed from say sites like Vitals and RateMD and so forth. I really need some guidance, even any other Dr.s in Florida near Orlando area. If you want to write me privately you can too .
My Tummy Tuck story, Tampa Florida With Dr. Stanley Castor
Chose Dr. Castor in Tampa Florida
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21 Days after my Tummy Tuck with Dr. Stanley Castor in Tampa. Artisan Plastic Surgery Center
The first few days of the surgery were the worst. My pain meds weren't working and I was in a lot of pain. I wish Dr. Castor used the pain pumps. I finally got it under control by the 3 day. When Dr. Castor called the second day I was upset and at my wits end. He spoke to my mother and gave us good advice and we got it under control after that. Don't get me wrong, this for me was a very painful, NO JOKE surgery. I didn't realize how serious surgery this was, to be honest. I read and read and researched and researched for a year and I knew the risks but I really just thought this surgery was routine. I can't imagine if had something other than the normal surgery pains etc, go wrong while going through all the normal issues that go along with a TT surgery. All I could think about was "thank my lucky stars that I did not choose to go out of the country, or to another Dr." Before the surgery (about a week) I was hoping I chose the right Dr. for me and having doubts, but then I would go over all the reasons I chose my Dr. to realize I chose right, but once I had the surgery I never questioned that again. I was so thankful I got it right.
One of the worst parts of the surgery for me was the swelling. I didn't wait for weeks and then get swelling. I was swollen right away. It wasn't so much visual but it was very internal. It took about 4 days or so for me to catch a full breath. I felt very claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Every bathroom break, every shower was an accomplishment. I can not stress enough how miserable the swelling was in my case. I am still swollen 21 days out. In the morning I am much better but by bed time I am a tomato and I am back to hunched over and with difficulty sitting on my duff, due to the pushing up of my "guts". Today is really the fist day I can stand straight up without too much pulling and stretching. I was capable of light house work about 2 weeks after surgery. Very light for me, I can't even imagine how some people go back to work at 2 weeks, let alone 1 week. I was able to sleep in my bed by the 8th day, before that I was in my recovery chair. Thank my lucky stars for that recovery chair although now I can't even stand to look at it, LOL. Also after the first 2 weeks the pain of the stomach changed for me, now I was able to feel the internal bruises of the muscles and it was tender to the touch, as well as tenderness by the incision. Touching sensation was mostly back and I have just a very small area under the middle of my scar that is numb. Frankly I thought much more would be permanently numb. I credit this again to my Dr.
6 days after the surgery I got my drains out. That was a very odd sensation and some burning. But nothing in comparison. Pretty tolerable. By the 8th day I had a carpet on my tongue with a feeling like thrush due to the antibiotics. I was extremely dry mouthed the first week. The first couple of days my mouth couldn't muster an iota of liquid. I had to drink water just to soften the crackers. It wasn't fun.
I had depression from the meds for about 10 days. I was off the pain meds completely in about 12 days with the last 5 of those 12 being a lot less and tapered down. It's took a few days for me to get uplifted emotionally again. I didn't even, and still don't even take much ibuprofen because I have a lot of acid indigestion from the swelling and my stomach feels pushed up. It's hard to eat as much as I used to and when I eat I am very bloated up and uncomfortable, still now 21 days later. I felt very little nausea and I never threw up, and luckily I didn't sneeze once in the first 2 weeks but now seems like I'm sneezing all the time and it's not too fun. I can't wait for the swelling to remain down and my "innards" to settle in place. I was using the binder the Dr. gave me up until a couple of days ago when I bought a spanx type pantywaist. I wear that now all the time. It does help with the swelling a lot. I gained 10 pounds the first week and then I went back down to a gain of five for a week and now I am exactly back to what I was when I went in for surgery. That tells me I probably still have some swelling and also gained some weight in other parts of my body since the surgery. I can tell my muscles everywhere are weak and I'm tired a lot during the day. I'm losing muscle tone and feeling pale and flabby. But I'll be damned if I will do anything to ruin the job my Dr. did. He did his part and now I must do mine, so I'm staying out of the gym and the tanning bed as long as it takes to do it the right way. I lost the weight and toned up before and I can do it again, and with even more motivation that before.
Today my biggest complaint is the swelling, I no longer have the agony of back pain from bending over which was hell because I had to rest a lot with the back pain. I actually tried to prepare In the gym for that prior to surgery, but it didn't help. But now the biggest thing is the bulges here and there from the swelling. From the front view it's harder to see, from my view looking down it's clear. But I'm going to just "keep on keeping on" and eventually it will feel like my stomach and it belongs on my body. The sensation of sucking in my stomach is so bizarre but finally starting to feel a little more normal. Each day my stomach if feeling more and more like my own and I can see my waist coming into shape. I can't wait for 6 months from now to see my complete results. I'm still not motivated to shop for clothes because they are tighter than before even though its flat, the swelling is uncomfortable and I don't feel great. But I can't wait until I am ready to shop for new clothes.
Photos. 22 days after Tummy Tuck with Dr. Stanley Castor
24 days PO follow up with Dr. Stanley Castor of Tampa
8 Weeks Today. Jan 7/15. Dr. Stanely Castor Tampa
I am so thrilled that I did my research and chose the correct Dr. I can not even imagine a better outcome. Words like "Artist, Magician, Perfectionist" don't even do him justice. When it comes to the Tummy tuck Dr. Castor is a PRECISIONIST. I thank my lucky stars I landed on the decision to go to Dr. Castor. From the sculpting on my flanks, to my belly button, down to the placement and precision of my scar I couldn't ask for a better out come. The entire staff was wonderful. I will recommend Artisan Cosmetic Surgery Center with Dr. Castor to EVERYONE. Please read my story on Realself.com. Just put in Stanley Castor and all of his reviews, stories and comments will pop up.