I had planned for several years to have a breast lift/excess skin removed-tummy tuck upon losing 100 pounds but wasn't sure I would be able to do so because of a blood clotting disorder called "Factor V". I visited a few P/S over the last two years but didn't really feel confident with any of them and a couple of them told me they wouldn't "risk it" because of the already existing clotting risk in such a major surgery. I consulted with my blood specialist and she was confident that with my situation that surgery would not be an issue with proper planning. I continued to research P/S and remembered a "friend of a friend" mentioning Dr. Cash about a year ago. She received a tummy tuck and was beyond happy with the results. I set up an appointment (actually she see's people on Wednesday's for consultations but she made an exception for me due to my work schedule- which was awesome!).
When I walked into the office I instantly felt at ease. Everyone was pleasant and very nice. I went in and spoke with Dr. Cash and she REALLY took her time with me. I discussed my situation, weight loss, etc... I NEVER felt rushed and actually was impressed at the amount of time and attention she gave me directly (on a Friday and it ran past their closing time). I was sold when I saw the before and after's of other patients and because of the time she spent with me explaining options. It doesn't hurt that she is DOUBLE board certified (only female in TX) and her list of credentials are beyond impressive. We started this discussion in September 2014 and I knew that I wanted the surgery in December of 2014 so everything was about timing. We originally discussed/decided on a tummy tuck and breast lift WITH implants (the tear drop shaped ones that look most natural). I visited a cardiologist for clearance that my heart was strong and he deemed me "low risk" for complications, and then worked with my hematologist to discuss my preparations since I am on a blood thinner called "Xarelto" for my Factor V. She put me on self injections of lovanox beginning 7 days before the surgery and to continue 5 days after the surgery. This plan was shared with Dr. Cash and her team so everyone was on the same page.
The closer the date approached the more nervous and excited I became about the surgery. Dr. Cash's team made themselves available via email all day everyday! I know because I spoke to the Office Manager Debbie several times a day leading up to the surgery- asking questions, expressing concerns etc..! Eventually, I spoke to Dr. Cash and together we decided to alter the procedure I was going to receive- I decided not to have the implants and just do the lift and tummy tuck. She was confident that I could still accomplish a nice fully breast with the existing breast mass/tissue (I use to be a 38 H bra at 255lbs and 5'5). Prior to the surgery I was at 162 lbs and wore bras that were 34 DD and kind of molded my breast into them. She told me the finish product would be about a large to medium "C- cup".
The surgery date arrived- I was scared out my mind but the team was great. I actually met them all the week prior to surgery. They made me feel at ease, and when Dr. Cash arrived I asked any last min questions and she did the drawings on me (and noticed I even lost a few pounds) and then it was off to the OR. All I remember in the OR is moving from one table to the other and without any notice I was given the anesthesia and next thing I know I was waking up because It was over. - Best experience ever- I am so glad I didn't have to count- I think I was so worked up that counting would have made me more freaked out because I would have known it (anesthesia) was coming.
Recovery was at the West Side Surgical Hospital- they were top of the line with my care. I spent one night there in a private room. I had to have assistance with getting up and going to the restroom because of my clotting risk it was decided that the more movement the better so I didn't get the luxury of having one of those things in you that allow you to just stay in bed and go.
Let me just add- DO NOT WATCH VIDEOS online from other people prior to surgery. It will mess your world up. Everyone has a different experience and everyone's body reacts differently! I worked myself up so badly before surgery that I almost cancelled a few times because of the awful stories I saw online. Just note- people are quick to report the negative over the positive (we do it all the time when we receive bad service at a restaurant or other services). It was pretty much the same thing with surgery- people upset because they didn't receive the results they expected because maybe they weren't realistic with their expectations.
In saying all of this- she did a WONDERFUL job with my breast lift. It was a very emotional moment for me to see my breasts sitting up and positioned in the correct place on my body. The nipple almost hit my belly button because they were so long saggy before the surgery. I believe they are about a C-cup maybe even a D-cup. I am three weeks post op and can't wear "real" bras yet but I did place an older bra over my breasts to try and gauge the size.
Tummy Tuck Results- everything is still swollen but I do see some flatness. Much of the fluids is settling in my lower ab. I do get frustrated and impatient because I didn't expect a lot of swelling afterwards. I thought I would just be flat and ready for swimsuits. I have to tell myself daily to be patient- so I give the same advice if you are considering a tummy tuck. The results don't really kick in until the 6-8 week mark and then over the course of a couple months its suppose to get better. I hope this is the case- because I am ready to run around half naked ASAP.
Lastly- (sorry for the long review)- I suggest you already be someone that is physically active if you are considering this (or any surgery). I have been working out for 12 years and it took about 2-3 to lose the 100 pounds with diet and exercise and then I kept it off for 10 years and this was my reward. I am still not at a "perfect weight" however, I do think that my recover has been easier than most because I was already physically active and hit the gym 4-5 days a week. I only had pain the first week but it wasn't bad pain- the meds worked great. I didn't have lipo or muscle tightening because I was already in pretty good shape- no kids so muscle repair wasn't necessary for me. She only had to remove the excess skin and sow me up (in a nut shell).
I highly recommend Dr. Cash- I will suggest her to anyone considering surgery and even though I have NO intentions of under going any other cosmetic surgeries such as this- I would still go to her and her staff for simpler procedures like for the skin or the tri-pollar to tighten my thighs (with no down time).
Good Luck to you if you choose to do the surgery! I had a great experience and you will too if you choose Dr. Cash.