OK for those of you in a hurry, the punchline- At my 2 month post review, I expressed concern that my pelvic and groin scars seemed out of place. He told me well only my husband was going to see it. What about bathing suits? Wear boy shorts.
I went home and cried, feeling very bereft, lied to, betrayed, let down in every possible way.
The detailed version; I showed up my my appointment and Elsa, his girl everything asked me how everything was and I said the healing was coming along nice but that I thought my pelvic scars were wide as in not in the crease bu on my thigh, and the groin incision from the medial thigh lift were low. When I did see Dr. Guitierrez he immediately launched into this lecture that I could not complain for 6 months after the surgery.
Then he asked me to disrobe so he could see and as he poked around and I indicated that I thought the lines were out of place, that is when he said, "Only your husband is going to see that". I wish I were kidding, but sadly this guy in the aesthetic business is not getting it.And I also mentioned that I thought my vaginal lips were pulling open a bit, to which he made no comment or acknowledgement.
He proceeded to poke me and asked me to lie on the floor and moved my legs around and when the scar lines seemed more in place he said "see, they are ok" and I responded that I do not spend my life lying on the floor. Sorry, cheeky I know but I am angry and humiliated. He had spent so much time criticizing other people's work that that I had thought he would be concerned. I was perplexed and really disappointed when he was defensive, tried to excuse things away and saying some really thoughtless things. The soave Dr. I met before was gone and replace by a guy who had no grace and no plan for how to approach a repair. I told him that I thought part of the pelvic issue was the lax skin from NOT DOING the TT that I was marked up for and instead doing lipo. It took him a while to grasp that and after tugging on my skin he saw how that could be true and agreed a tummy tuck would move those into proper position. I asked about the low groin scar and he said he could re-cut, but I asked how that would solve the problem when it was pulling the vaginal lips apart already. He has no response. I found out that he did no undermining on my leg lift, not the medial lift or the belt lift, so all that tissue is anchored down and pulling down so my medial lift produced ZERO results and the rest of it did improve my butt but NOT my THIGH whatsoever, no the font, not the side, not the back. AAACKKKK! what did I do this for? I still have the same lumps and bumps and saddle bags, now that the swelling is down. He did no lipo on my legs. Before surgery he said I did not need it. He could do everything without lipo on the legs. I was doubtful. He grabbed my thighs with his hands and pulled up and said he would do that in surgery and he did not need to do lipo. I said even the saddle bag area and he said yes even there is was just sagging skin. So why do I still have it? NOW he says that he wont do lipo on the legs, no no no. There is a big difference between saying you don't need it and saying you wont do it, whether it is needed or not. What a betrayal. And of course he says, now, "Oh, We couldn't get that in one surgery, you need another lift." WTF@%&*)^&*K?!
One of my driving reasons for going was an old injury on the back of one thigh, right at the base of the butt. over time this has created a big ripple that is visible in all clothing. I wanted this, more than anything, smoothed out. Before surgery DR. G said it was simple, just some lipo. No Big Deal. so Imagine my surpise when it is still there after surgery. Right after surgery he said he could not do it because of where it was located next to the incision. Still in the after surgery honeymoon, I let that excuse go. Now he says, he said he would have don it it he had time. That is so not true. Never did he say that, I would have gone to someone else for sure, if that had been his attitude.
Lastly, as I mentioned he did lipo on my stomach instead of the Tummy tuck that I was marked up and scheduled for. Post op he said I did not need the TT. HOWEVER, his lipo work is uneven and he left a sizeable donut of fat around my belly button. I mentioned it before leaving after recovery, although pretty swollen at the time, and again at this 2 month post-op and he said he left it on purpose so the skin wouldn't be saggy except that now I have a pronounced donut in the center of my belly that I cannot get rid of on my own. Why don't I have a flat belly if I had lipo.
Lied about need for lipo in legs
Did not tell me that he does not/ wont do lipo in legs at all, preferring to tell people they don't need it.
Agreed to and marked me up for a TT he did not perform
Did not address my thigh ripple and passed it off as
Did not produce any results in medial thigh lift except a sagging scar
Did not produce any result in thigh lift
Produced irregular results and intentionally left sizable pocket of fat on tummy and also uneven hips.
So after the physical review, we talked and he stipulated that after the 3 month mark we could do a scar revision and the TT and he told me he would take care of everything but the cost of the suite at somewhere between $500 and $1000. 3 months put us into the Holiday season so I told him I would get in touch with him in January to schedule. He told me that he would fix it that he "Had my back".
In mid January, I emailed to say I was ready to schedule and Elsa and I went back and forth on some dates. A few weeks before the date and she says we need to discuss what was being done and the cost. I said, well Dr. G is supposed to do scar revision on the pelvic and groins area and do the TT and he told me he would do it for $500. She comes back to me with he will do the scar revisions for $1500 but the TT is a whole new surgery at that would be $4500. This is not what we talked about, I even went back over it with my husband. I said, well I was supposed to the get the TT in the first place, and somehow they come up with that I didn't pay for it so there you go. My original email quote did not have the tt is had full torso lipo, then when I saw him for the in person consult, he wanted to do the TT instead for an added 1k. I said I could not do it, and he agreed to do the TT for the original quote price. When I got to the surgery center for pre-op, he wrote down that I was getting medial thigh lift, butt/thigh lift and a TT. So yes it was negotiated into my price.
Anyway, betrayed again. meanwhile they keep trying to sell me on a boob job.
SO I am done, and I can't in good conscience give him a pass, pretend everything is great and not warn other people. Yes he does a nice job on the cut and sew, my scars look pretty good. But I now have even more pronounced saddlebags (saddlebags are not hips) and a donut hanging off my stomach instead of a flat tummy and no results in the thigh lift- all for over 12K.
There are others who have had similar results in their lower body lift and either buy into his excuses or just don't want to admit he failed them, and I wont out them, they can do it when they are are ready. But if real reviews by the community are what we truly have to make decision on then this is my real review. I had to wait several months to do it because I was so emotional about it. But it has been weighing on my mind for a while that I needed to do this, part catharsis and part public service.
I think that is all the details and story to tell. When I feel I can, I will get some recent pics.