35 Year Mommy of 3 Who Didn't Want A Tummy Tuck - Lilburn, GA

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I have had a tummy pouch since my first child. The...

I have had a tummy pouch since my first child. The loose skin pouch grew with each child. I also had rolls on my back that showed through in everything that I wore. I had a breast reduction with another doctor (Dr. Abell) in 2014 and I ended up with internal bleeding. In October 2015 I had a revision of the breast reduction with the same doctor. This time things were worse and I got a breast infection. After these experiences I was afraid of being cut and afraid of any invasive procedures. I found out about Smart Lipo and Dr. Boutte on RealSelf. She had good reviews and was in my area.
In December 2015 I had a consultation with Crystal Johnson, the office manager. She was very patient and very nice. Mrs. Johnson suggested that I should have a tummy tuck because of my loose skin pouch. I explained my concerns and told her that I would be back for Smart Lipo only. I was given the promotion for bra roll, love handles, lower back, upper and lower abdomen. When I came back to schedule my appointment the following month I learned the area below my breast would be an additional fee of $1800. It seemed as though this is where the money is really made because everything was an additional 1800.
On the morning of my procedure, at 8am, the nurse, Ms. Natasha, prepped me. Ms. Natasha is so nice and welcoming. Afterwards Dr. Remy, an assistant, started the procedure. I was dissapointed because I did not meet Dr.Boutte prior to the beginning of the procedure. I felt every patient should feel worthy of speaking to the doctor they are paying, prior to a procedure. I am only sure Dr. Boutte was there because as I was coming to at the end of the procedure I heard a female voice say, "Should have gotten a tummy tuck." I responded "huh?" Then the other nurse, Ms. Lee (also very kind) said that is Dr. Boutte talking. I went back to sleep and was awoken at 4pm, dressed and quickly pushed out to my sister's car.
I am now 4 days post and am still sore and have some burn marks. Maybe from the skin heating that goes with the Smart Lipo process. I am dripping and draining from everywhere. But I am feeling better everyday. Crossing my fingers on these results.

7 Days Post

Work in process. I am going to continue to go down. I am dealing with a 2 seromas (1 in front and one in the back) and a few burns (you can see them on my sides clearly) which make compression even more difficult because I am still very sore. I did get prescription for the burns from Dr. Boutte's office and am using lipo foam for the seromas. I am going to schedule some lymphatic massages next week.

12 Days. Seromas still here.

I told Nurse Lee about my seromas (large pockets of fluid) last week and I was directed to wear lipofoam. I had already been wearing the lipo foam and compression board prior to the advice. Several days later, the seromas are just becoming more painful. Between them and my still healing burns, wearing my compression is difficult. (I had to stop the prescription burn medicine because it was giving me a very bad reaction. It was making my skin burn and causing me headaches. The medicine is actually used for heart issues. Scary. ) Nurse Lee has now given me an appointment to get the seroma drained.

14 Day Update Manual Draining

I had a lymphatic drainage massage with Garrett's Healing Hands yesterday and it was great. Today I went in to see Nurse Lee (such a nice lady) and got some remaining fluid drained. She used the largest needle and syringe I have ever seen to take out the fluid from my lower abdomen. (I had about 2 syringes full.) It actually didn't hurt too much. Nurse Lee was gentle. She told me the swelling in my abdomen is just inflation and not a seroma so there was no fluid to take from there.
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon

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3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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