This is why God created plastic surgeons! :)
When I was looking for a surgeon, I knew that low cost is not what to look for. I have had plastic surgery before, in 2011, when I had a neck lift/lipo, to remove the "turkey waddle" I had after losing my weight, as I always carried my weight from the hips up. I had read and heard good things about Dr. Diaz, so I decided to go in for a consult ($75, but the fee was waived for me due to a referral).
When Dr. Diaz came in, while I was still dressed, we discussed my past history, and what I was interested in having done. After we had discussed things, He had me change into a hospital gown and with an assistant in the room, he started to look me over. I have to admit it was a bit weird at first being here in an open hospital gown while Dr. Diaz poked around. Admittedly, I know very little about the intracacies of plastic surgery, so in my mind when I went into his office, I was there to see about how much a tummy tuck and breast lift with implants would be. I assumed I would need implants in order to give them the lift and perkiness I desired. I didn't want to increase my boob size, so implants weren't needed. What WAS needed is to have my left breast reduced as it is noticeably larger than my left (and has always been the bane of my existence) and then to have them both lifted.
When he was looking over my abdomen area, he presented me with two different options. If I was interested in a lower body lift that would be a good option, but it wasn't something I was interested in, plus, I wouldn't have been to take the amount of time off needed for my full recovery. I didn't have issues with my butt, hips or legs....it was my belly and my boobs.
When he suggested a Fluer De Lis Tummy Tuck, I have to admit, I had never heard of it before. He explained to me that with my body shape and my upper mid section loose skin and flab, if I just had a traditional lower tummy tuck, I would still be faced with the dreaded muffin top. He recommended the FDL tummy tuck with lipo of "the flanks" (makes me sound like a side of beef! LOL) and he told me how the procedure is done and what the scarring would be, in order to give me the full picture to determine if the scars would be worth my result.
Talk about a no brainer. An extra vertical star or a flat belly? Well let me tell you, at no point will this body EVER be in a 2 piece bathing suit, so what do I care if I have an inverted T scar? My c-section scar is virtually invisible, my 5 one inch Lap Band insisions are hardly noticable, so I just look at this as another battle scar. After explaining that he felt this would be the best surgery for me, I decided to trust in his expertise and go with the "Mommy Makeover", which is a combined surgery of a breast lift and tummy tuck done at the same time, which if done together is a discount of $2500, as opposed to doing them seperately.
For those of you interested in pricing in my area...
Breast Reduction & Lift $9000
Fluer De Lis TT with Liop on Flanks $9500
With the combined surgery discount, it lowered my price to $16K total if paying by cash or check. If financing using CareCredit, the price is higher at $18,400. This includes ther surgical facility fee, Dr. Diaz's fee, anesthesia cost, post and preop visits, pathology and lab expenses.
Am I nervous? Hell yes! After I had my neck lift, I swore to high heaven that I would NEVER, AS GOD AS MY WITNESS have plastic surgery again. How soon we forget when we see how great the results are :) I have been talking with a few of my close girlfriends who have had these surgeries and they have been giving me the whole rundown, tips, pointers, the whole 9 yards. I AM excited, but nervous at the same time.
I do want to ideally lose this last 10 lbs before my surgery on Nov. 19th and I need to FULLY quit smoking. I've got a recliner to sleep in and almost 3 weeks off work. Only 2 more months!!
Here are my "pre-pre" photos I had taken today. When i meet with my surgeon next month, I will up load those. I can't believe I am putting my fat ass body out on the internet like this, though. At least now you can see why I am in desperate need of the Fluer De Lis!