The process was seamless. I was on a tight schedule and his staff worked with me very patiently to get me a time that worked. I'm a busy mom of 3, working full time, so their patience was appreciated.
On my consultation day, my husband and I went to Dr Vaths office in Cherry Creek. Asthetic appearances to office buildings don't do much for me but the office was gorgeous! Very clean and comfortable. When called back my husband and I first went to speak with Dr Vath privately in his office. He asked me about what my concerns were and what my expectations were. I described them to the best of my ability with my biggest concern being the outcome of my "new" belly button after surgery. After sifting through hundreds of before and after photos of tummy tuck patients, I rarely found a belly button that I thought looked "normal", not artificial. He acknowledged my concern, and said he agreed that the belly button is the most important part, as well as difficult, to make look natural. He explained his technique that he uses to create a "puckering" effect to create a natural look. Fast forward post surgery, I now know exactly what he meant by "puckering effect "!!!! My entire belly naturally curves into my belly button area allowing to show off my new abs, belly, and flanks. Needless to say, I was shocked at the results!! My new belly button looked better than my original one (pre-children) ever did!!! I didn't think that was possible.
During my consultation I opted to pay a little extra for a drug called Xparel. It's a long acting anesthetic that's injected into the sight during surgery. It gives you pain relief for up to 72 hours. This for me was a game changer! My recovery was seamless. I was given other pain meds to take anywhere from 4-6-8 hours but I ended up taking them as needed. Now don't get me wrong, I planned accordingly. I had someone to watch and take care of my kids for two weeks straight. Giving me ample time to properly recover. I didn't over exert myself and only did things that were necessary. With that being said, I was up and walking around day one with very minimal pain or pain meds. As the weeks continued I listened to my body and the Drs post recovery notes and the recovery went very smooth.
I'm now writing the review 6 weeks post surgery, on a plane heading to Hawaii. In stow I've bought two new bikinis and 3 new dresses. This surgery has given me back so much more than I bargained for. I do believe there is life after children and that we should all feel our best! If you decide that a tummy tuck is the route you'd like to take, I don't believe you can find better than Dr Vath!