I recently had a tummy tuck done 10 weeks ago. When I went into the doctors office for my consultation, I discussed with the Cosmetic Surgeon (he stated himself as) the procedure I wanted performed. Which included removal of tummy and waist flab. He explained to me that by the looks of my abdominal area and flanks, that I wouldn't need a full tummy tuck and that a mini tummy tuck would be just fine. He also explained to me that if after my surgery anything wasn't to my satisfaction, he would revised it for no cost.
Now this was my second time visiting being seen about having a tummy tuck done. The first PS explained that all of my abdominal area (full tummy tuck) and waist flab would be removed, And he could revised my lower bra flab as well, all for a set cost. I wasn't certain on if I wanted to pay the price I was given and also commute as far from home with a procedure as this. Therefore I searched for a closer PS.
After explaining and receiving feedback from the CS (2nd surgeon) for about an hour long, I decided that I was going to get it done with him because he was closer to home and wanted less of a cost. On the day of my surgery, I was nervous and anxious. The CS prepped me and gave me ProMethazine and Bactrim. During surgery he gave my Anesthesia. Somehow I still felt the tubes as he was inserting them into my tummy and back area. He told me that it was normal because he wanted me to be able to move on my own if necessary.
After surgery he placed me in the recovering area where I was still a bit under sedation and placed a garment on me. As I followed up with him, a week from surgery, He gave me a bio-serum cream for speedy healing. At 2 weeks he told me, I was healing great and that the stitches would come out on their or he would take them out. He ended up taking out several from my belly button at that time. He explained that if my stitches form my incision didn't dissolve 2wks from removing those from my belly button, He would take them out which he didn't have to.
At 5 wks I explained to him of the pain and lumps in my upper abdominal area and also the dog flaps(he called them) on my waist. At this time he examined my belly and explained that the lumps and swelling areas should be gone by 6-8wks and that the dog flaps could be removed at no cost.
At 9wks I went back for a follow up and explained to him about the non-swelling areas on my waist area that were still flabby and that I could tell the difference from my upper and lower abdominal still being swollen. He told me that its normal for a tummy tuck and if i wanted more work performed that he would revise it for an extra cost. Now I was really shocked that he would charged me more for work that he agreed to. He told me that he did a great job and nothing was wrong. He also told me to get a second opinion from another PS.
Therefore I did and the board certified PS (over 17yrs experienced) told me that my belly button was extremely to small, that I had a lot of lipo incisions for my waist and under my bra area to still be flabby(6 incision). He told me that my incision healed well and that I will need more work in the future definitely on my waist and if my swollen lumps on my front lower abdominal area which bulged out didn't go away.
The surgery who did my tummy tuck was not a board certified plastic surgeon but had previous training, only performed one tummy tuck before mines and just opened in December of 2011.
I still have pain all over and swelling in my upper and lower abdominal area. My abdominal area is flat on my left side( center lower abdominal) and bulge out on my right side. My belly button is so small that a q-tip can barely fit inside of it. I try not to worry and stress myself but I no other choice. This is my appearance after getting a tummy tummy which I felt would solve my flabby waist and tummy. Now I'm stuck with this. I spoke to a lawyer about it but he said he couldn't assist me because its not considered malpractice. Any advice is greatly appreciated.