Angela L. on Insider Pages
4 years ago
11/02/2018, 01:40 AM
I no longer dread wearing a swimsuit
Nine months ago, I had a tummy tuck and nipple reduction surgery. I am extremely happy with the results and the care from Dr. Decherd and his staff. I was almost 42 years old at the time of surgery and had loose skin and separated abdominal muscles from my 5 pregnancies. I had nursed my babies for a combined total of 7 years. This left me with long, droopy nipples.
There was a two month wait to see Dr. Decherd for a consult when I initially contacted his office. I met with him and Heather (one of his RN's). I was probably with them for an hour or more. They were very thorough in answering questions and explaining everything. I had been on one other consult, with another surgeon previously, and wasn't comfortable with the staff. Everyone on Dr. Decherd's staff is kind, competent and easy to talk to. It took a long time to get a consult, but following my surgery, it was always easy to get an appointment. They took excellent care of me.
I spent a lot of time in online forums (for tummy tucks) before my surgery and saw many posts from unhappy people. I feel fortunate to have found a highly skilled and experienced surgeon who pays attention to every detail of a tummy tuck. So many surgeons don't get things quite right in the operating room or the recovery. When doing a tummy tuck, Dr. Decherd lifts the mons, makes a low incision (which is important if you want to wear a bikini), does lipo in the area near the incision, repairs the separated abdominal muscles and makes a fantastic looking belly button. He uses Exparel, which controls pain in the early days following surgery. The tape he uses on the incision stays on for about 3 weeks.......I'm glad that I didn't have to see my incision initially. When the tape did come off, the scar was thin and flat.
I had sciatic nerve pain in my left hip for over 8 years (since my 4th pregnancy). It went away completely after the tummy tuck. I'm guessing that fixing the separated abdominal muscles is the reason for that. What a pleasant surprise!
I'm very happy with my results. I had spent over a decade wearing tight camisoles under my clothing to hold in my loose skin. Now I can wear a bikini with confidence....I have the mid section of a teenager. Before surgery, my nipples folded over when I put on a bra. I was disgusted by the sight of them. Dr. Decherd made them normal again and I have no loss of sensation.
I would recommend Dr. Decherd for anyone who is interested in plastic surgery on their body.