I had two PS consultations this past week and they were VERY different. First was with Dr. Chapin in Doylestown, PA. He said he would do lower body lift, BL/BA, thigh lift, and arm lift. The only surgery he would combine was BL/BA and arm lift and for both of those, I would have to pay the full fees (no reduction for the fact that I was already there and under anesthesia!). It would end up costing $34,000!!! The second consultation was with Dr. Lam of Newtown, PA. He recommended doing the tummy tuck separate from the butt/outer thigh lift. He felt that he could do a tighter tummy tuck with better recovery for me by doing it that way. Also, if he did the tummy tuck separately, he could add BL and arm lift at the same time. He said that he would NOT charge the full surgery rate since, "you're already there and I'm already there." He also advised me against implants because, as he pointed out, my tissue (as is the tissue of many people who have lose a lot of weight) is very thin and, combined with gravity, I would likely go south faster than I would without them. He felt I had enough tissue that he could work with to give me a good shape. To do TT, BL and arm lift, he would charge $17,000. Then, I would do the inner thigh and lower body lift probably one year later.
I was really impressed with Dr. Lam, and so far, he's the front-runner for me. I appreicated his honesty when he said his limit for surgery time was 6 hours because he felt that fatigue starts to set in after that, and he doesn't want to rush anything just to get finished. I did an e-mail consult with Dr. Sauceda in Mexico, and he quoted $16,000 for the whole thing, so I'm still considering this, but would feel better about having the surgery closer to home since I have two little ones that would struggle with me being away for 2+ weeks.
I'm also doing an e-mail consultation with Dr. Hurwitz in Pittsburgh. He's known for pioneering the Full Body Lift after weight loss. Depending on the case and health of the patient, he can/has done all procedures at once. He's about a five hour drive from me, so not quite as far as Mexico, but could still get everything done at once. I'm curious to see what his price is. I was very surprised to get a phone follow-up from him after I sent an e-mail. He called me at 8:30 at night! We discussed my case and he explained his process. I like that he's driving distance so I can have a face-to-face pre-op and follow-up. He also has you stay in a hotel near his clinic for two weeks where you receive daily visits from a nurse who is trained in lymphatic massage.
So much to consider, but I fortunately have until June to make my final decision.
Plastics with Dr. Sauceda 6/8/12!! - LBL, BL/BA, Arm Lift & Medial Thigh Lift