Tummy Tuck: Picking A Surgeon

*  This is one in a series of posts about having a tummy tuck.  *

As most of you know, I was in a bad car accident and have gone through a lot of surgeries.

Deciding to go through an elective surgery was a very difficult decision after what I’ve gone through.

However, I also went into the process much more educated about doctors, surgery, recovery, etc. than a “normal” person.

That knowledge?

Well, it served me well.

I’ve had doctors screw-up on me … and I’ve gone through a lot I didn’t need to go through as a result.

There is absolutely no way I would consider going under the knife with a “good” plastic surgeon.

Nope, no way.

I wanted an excellent surgeon … or, no thanks, I’d skip the whole deal.

(Remember, plastic surgery is *elective* surgery.  You don’t *have to* have it, and you *can* save your money until you can afford to do it with the right doctor.)

That being said, I researched, and researched, and researched some more before picking my surgeon.

There was one name I’ve been hearing great things about for many years.

I wasn’t surprised when his name came up, time and time again, as I researched doctors.

But, I continued to do my research anyway.

(I was very surprised when I found out this very same doc was friends with Paul Newman, but their friendship was not a deciding factor for me.  It did, however, make me feel more confident about my decision to learn of their friendship.)

I looked at hundreds (thousands?) of before and after photos.

I read about complications.

I looked at post surgical scars.

I looked at rankings on yelp, google, real self, and every other website I could find.

I talked to doctors I know.

I talked to nurses I know.

(I know a lot of medical people and they were very helpful.)

In the end, it was a simple decision.

There’s no guarantee (ever!) of a good outcome, or a complication-free recovery.

You can, however, increase the odds substantially by picking the right surgeon.

You also need to think about those complications that-hopefully-won’t-occur,

And decide, ahead of time, if you’ve got the right doctor to handle them if something does go wrong.

(Trust me on this, after having multiple surgeries, I know things sometimes go wrong.)

I’d also like to point out it doesn’t matter how nice your surgeon is.

There are a lot of really nice, well-intentioned, average doctors in all specialties.

A tummy tuck is major surgery.

Do you want to potentially risk your life with someone who’s a really nice guy, but not an excellent surgeon?

A “good” surgeon will be a couple thousand dollars cheaper than an excellent doctor which makes it easy to convince yourself he’s the right one.

But …?

There’s a reason why the top surgeons *can* and *do* charge more.

I don’t begrudge them one penny of their income.

(After all, there’s *also* a reason why I’m an expensive photographer, isn’t there?)

If you can create demand by providing an excellent product or service – good for you.

Also?

Here’s something to think about …

The best surgeons?

They also have the best anesthesiologists.

That’s right, the person who is maintaining you in a near-death state during your surgery is super IMPORTANT.

Am I saying my doctor is the perfect doctor for you?

Yes, I am.  He’s awesome.  I’m proud of myself for picking him.

No, I’m not.

If you’re considering plastic surgery, you should do your own research and make your own decision.

I know, however, people will ask –

My surgeon for my tummy tuck was Dr. Sanjay Grover.

And yes, I highly recommend him.

And no, he’s not the cheapest doctor out there.

And, fair warning, he’s so good looking it almost hurts to look at him.

Get over it …

His real magic is in his skill.

My belly incision is (already at only one week post-op) a thing of beauty compared to the hundreds I’ve looked at online.

P.S.  To all the women traveling to third world countries to get “super cheap” plastic surgery?  You’re insane.  What in the world are you thinking?  The stories, and end results, are often horrific and scary.

Other Posts In This Series:

•  Tummy Tuck:  Making The Decision To Have Surgery

•  Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery Consultation

4 Responses to “Tummy Tuck: Picking A Surgeon”

  1. Erica

    Congratulations! I hope you are very happy with the results. The opportunity to regain adequate use of your core after having given birth sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Suzanne

      So far, so good.
      My one week post-op swollen belly looks better than my old belly.
      : )

  2. Erica

    I think you will see improvements in other areas over time. You probably use your arms for balance more than you think.

    • Suzanne

      It’s funny you comment on balance.
      I have TERRIBLE balance.
      I’ve been blaming it on the fact I don’t have normal use of both arms, but I bet part of it has been due to the separation of my stomach muscles. It will be interesting to see if my balance improves as I heal.

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