Sorry in advance if all of this is such a jumble. I didn't realize how much I had to say until I finally got around to coming out of my stealth-mode and spilling it all at once.
February 8th CANNOT come soon enough....I'm so excited for this procedure! I've been thinking about it for several years, and as last summer was winding down, I started doing research. Finding this site was amazing, and REALLY, THANK YOU to all the people who are giving detailed reviews, updating, and great before/after pics. It's so motivating, and such a comfort to have insight on what to expect.
I'm 28, 5'5", about 205 lbs. Several years ago I was even heavier, I got up to 285 :P I got to my present weight mostly with low-carb dieting (if any of you want coaching in regards to that, feel free to message me). 5'5"/205 doesn't sound so great, but I'm at a point where I'm at a stable weight, and I'm happy iwth my size and basic shape, I jusdt want some rolls to be smoothes out. I'll post before pics soon, I promise.
Seeing other girls who were a similar size as me going for the lipo and getting great results was my deciding factor, so Thanks again, RealSelf ppl :) I chose my Dr because there were a lot of girls my size who went to him, and had great results, great hourglass shapes.
Soooo I have offiially looked at EVERY SINGLE before and after Dr posted picture of lipo on RealSelf. Obsessed much?! I've even been checking out a bunch of BBL photos 1) because lipo is a part of that procedure and 2) because my Dr has preformed a lot of them, and I wanted to check out ALL of his work, and patient happiness levels.
As this process began, I went to a consult w/ a Manhattan Dr who was willing to do my back and inner knees, but wanted to give me a tummy tuck. I know that most Dr.s would want to do that, because on my lower tummy there is a fold of skin/fat....but I just can't bring myself to do it. I have no kids yet, I don't want that scar, I can't deal with that recovery time, I don't want a fake belly button, and the thought of that whole procedure being done to me jsut makes me cringe. No offense to any who have done it, I just CAN'T, call me a hypocrite. Oh yeah, and I can't afford it! In my opinion, most Dr.'s won't do the lipo on the abs when loose skin is present because they think the results won't be up to their standard. However, I used to be 80 pounds heavier, so the fact that I look the way I do NOW is great, I wouldn't mind a little more loose skin to look awesome in clothing.
Dr.'s in NY are also significantly more expensive than other parts of the country. So I started looking into other options, at which point I found, among others, Dr. Perry in Miami. Like I said, his before afters are awesome, and he doesn't just get out as much fat as he can, he smooths the bulges and the valleys to a nice final shape. I e-mailed (This was in early December) him with a bunch of photos of myself, explaining that I'd like to get my full back, a little of the abs, and maybe inner thighs/arms. He e-mailed me back later that day (!!!), or should I say later that night. He agreed with me on the areas to be lipo'd (which were more areas than the NY Dr.'s, and for a few thousand $$s less) and suggested we have a phone consultation. I hate to sound snotty, but his grammar wasn't great, and also he spelled "waist" wrong. I'm an editor, so it's my field and I notice these things...but I told myself to stop being an a****le, because, hey, I didn't go to med school, I'm not a board certified plastic surgeon. People have different weaknesses and strengths, and I'm not contacting him to give me grammar lessons!
He didn't actually set up an appt. per-se, he just said he'd call me ASAP. So a week later (I did e-mail him a few times to remind him, and he e-mailed me back apologizing for not calling yet. He's very prompt to resond to e-mails, which is AWESOME, and important to me) we talked on the phone, and he seemed very nice and personable, and knowledgeable. We agreed to leave my thighs alone for now, and we would concentrate on my back and flanks especially, and a little bit on my abdomen and arms. My flanks and back are really what bothers me, the back bulges (upper and lower bra), and right above my butt is this fatty area that makes my butt look flat and NOT SEXY, so I was extra happy to hear him voice my own opinion that this would be the most effective area to concentrate on. Also, that my stomach would be given SOME attention, because I would like to slim it down just a touch, but not so much that the skin is completely compromised. Thankfully, it's a pretty flat shape already, so I think concentrating on my abck will make my profile nicer. I wanted to do my arms as well, because I definetely have a "bat wing:" thing going on that I'd like to improve. My legs were not as important to me to have improved, they're actually pretty nice - chubby and a little cellulite, but I still rock a miniskirt and get checked out :) so I'm happy to leave them as-is.
The only thing that makes me nervous about not doing my legs is that I'm not telling anyone at work that I'm getting this done, and I'm a little nervous that it'll be weird if I slim down my entire torso, but my legs stay exactly the same. I'm hoping that the entire silhouette being improved will just distract everybody lol!
Annnnyway, at this point I became a serious RealSelf stalker. I researched all of Dr. Perry's (and many other Dr.'s) "Dr. Answers", looked at ALL of his before/afters, read every review that even mentioned his name. I had a lot of mixed emotions about the whole thing for the entire month of December. I would be incredibly excited, the next day (or hour even!) I'd get nervous and second-guess. What if my skin looks weird, what if it doesn't feel as soft, what if I get the ropes/lumps in my final result, what if my shape is changed in a way I don't like, WHAT IF I DON'T WAKE UP?!?!!, what if what if what if. I was still convinced I was going to do it, but definetely more apprehension began creeping in. And then of course other times I'd be incredibly excited, trying on clothes I own that are a little tight, or don't fit quite the way I want them to, looking at myself in the mirror, covering various places to see what it would look like if they weren't there. As I've read on many reviews, this is very much an emotional roller coaster.
Norma, Dr. Perry's assistant called me about a week after the phone consultation. She gave me the exact address, explained that she would need lab tests from a doc in NY no more than 20 days before the Sx. I would also have to fly in the day before surgery for a pre-op appt. I would have to get several "massages" (These dreadful things that I've read about from oh-so-many Perry reviews...literal HORROR STORIES - this is one of the aspects of recovery I'm most scared of), and have someone with me the first few days. She also gave me available dates (AAAAHHHHH!!!) and I chose Februaty 8th. I was so happy I'd only have to wait a month and a half!
After speaking with her, I e-mailed Dr P to let him know, and that I was happy and excited for February to come. Once again he promptly e-mailed me back saying he was happy for me, and looked forward to meeting me. I REALLY like his quick and courteous answering of e-mails.
The past few weeks - The more I looked at before/aftersand reviews of girls my size, and especially his patients, the more I feel as if I will be happy with the procedure. I'm getting more excited and happy and less anxious each day! I'm taking 12 days off of work (2 of which will be spent flying to and from Florida) so I hope that's enough. As I said, I've been reading reviews like a madwoman, and I began to have a LOT of q's for Dr P to answer.
On Jan 16th, I wrote him an e-mail with a ton of questions about areas being lipo's, amount being lipo'd, a few wish pictures, anesthesiests, garment use, what kind of clothing, follow-up appointments and massages, travelling, a few of my "what-if" questions....He again answered less than 12 hrs later....skirted some questions, but really, considering the essay I wrote him, pretty thorough :)
I have to say that the returning e-mail I got from him really set my mind at ease. So ladies, if you have questions or concerns, VOICE THEM, because I felt sooo much better afterwards, so much more confident in my decision to have the procedure done, and done by him.
Bump in the plans came a week ago though - Feb 4th father is having hernia Sx and my mom is going to have a hard time getting off work, so I think I may be staying with Dr. P's recommended nurse, Miriam. I def. need someone there, and this might be for the best anyway, as that way I don't have to travel for massage the first few days. Also, massage and meals are covered in her fee. I'm a little nervous about it anyway, as I just read a reveiw which mentioned ehr house as being....not an ideal living situation. However, I don't know if I'll have another choice. I'll be staying at a hotel from the 13th and the 18th. I'm undecided as to whether I should rent a car, or just take cabs around during the hotel portion. What do you guys think?
Girls, any advice as to little things I should have on hand for recovery in FL that you don't think of until you need them...arnica gel/tablets? Heating pad? Tampax pads for absorption? I don't know, I think I have BASICS covered, but any input would help.
Sorry if I dumped it all out at once - now I see why girls start theirs as soon as they talk to a Dr. I was going to wait until the day before Sx when I arrived in FL! Glad I finally sat down and did the damn thing TODAY!
Okay, well, I'm spent. I'll update with before pics soon. Again, ANY advice, comments, warnings are welcome!