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Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby cv6300 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:00 am

Hey yall,

I know I definetley need an LBL. I have a consult scheduled with Dr Cardenas next week and wanted to explore other options. I am terrified of having an incision that goes all the way around my body. I was going to ask her if it was possible and beneficial to do a TT, MR, BA/BL this time around and come back for the butt lift, fat grafting, lipo. I have 3 girls....2 yr old twins and an 8 yr old so recovery time is my biggest concern. What do you ladies think would be the pros and cons of split it up like this....

Thanks

I'll post some pics so u guys can get an idea of the damage lol
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby mrsamywright » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:27 am

Yes, you can definitely to it in stages. I am sure opinions vary, but I would think one plus would be healing time. With your family, it might be easier to have a shorter recovery and then go back later to finish.

Another plus to consider is revisions. Sometimes we need little tweaks after surgery, but these tweaks can't be determined until we have had at least a few months to heal and let swelling subside some. If you need any revisions, they could be down when you go to have the 2nd half of the LBL.

The downside (to some) might be that you will have to undergo surgery again and go through recovery again. Some people just like to get it done and be done. Doing all that at once though will most likely increase your recovery time.

I do think you are looking at a good amount of surgical time (just an LBL (with no butt aug/breast work/lipo) can take hours), and it could be your doctor won't want to put you under for long enough to do the procedures in one shot, so it may be the doctor will want to split things up anyway.

You might want to send JuliaChloe a PM (she posts a lot on the tummy tuck board). She had an LBL done recently, so she might be able to give you some good advice. :)
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby cv6300 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:35 pm

Thanks a bunch for ur feedback!!!
I will definitely message her :)
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby shamr0ck » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:15 pm

You can definitely do it in stages, since what is referred to as a "lower body lift" is just a combination of tummy tuck w/ MR, medial thigh lift, and buttock lift. So really, you'd be getting the separate operations as you were ready for them.

I just had the LBL, i'll be three weeks post on wednesday. The recovery has definitely been a rough one - the first week being the toughest. If i had done it in stages, i don't know that i would want to go back for more. In fact, i was originally planning on doing a BL and augmentation in July, and now i'm thinking i may wait a year, just because i don't like the idea of being down again so soon.

My surgeon did not want to do my boobs at the same time as the LBL, as he allows 6 hours for the lower body, and doesn't like his patients to be under for more than 7-8 total. It's a good thing, because i had a complication (lymph node removal) that wound up keeping me in the OR for a couple of extra hours, and we would not have been able to complete everything in the amount of time he is comfortable with.

Talk to your doc and your family, and i'm sure you can work out the solution that will work best for you.
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby cv6300 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:48 pm

shamr0ck wrote:You can definitely do it in stages, since what is referred to as a "lower body lift" is just a combination of tummy tuck w/ MR, medial thigh lift, and buttock lift. So really, you'd be getting the separate operations as you were ready for them.

I just had the LBL, i'll be three weeks post on wednesday. The recovery has definitely been a rough one - the first week being the toughest. If i had done it in stages, i don't know that i would want to go back for more. In fact, i was originally planning on doing a BL and augmentation in July, and now i'm thinking i may wait a year, just because i don't like the idea of being down again so soon.

My surgeon did not want to do my boobs at the same time as the LBL, as he allows 6 hours for the lower body, and doesn't like his patients to be under for more than 7-8 total. It's a good thing, because i had a complication (lymph node removal) that wound up keeping me in the OR for a couple of extra hours, and we would not have been able to complete everything in the amount of time he is comfortable with.

Talk to your doc and your family, and i'm sure you can work out the solution that will work best for you.



Thank you for your input. Super helpful. I think my biggest question to the doc will be, how much of a difference in healing time will I have if I opt to do TT/MR/BL/BA instead of the LBL. I heard the MR is the worst part...
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby mrsamywright » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:52 pm

Just curious how your consult went. :)
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby cv6300 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:03 pm

mrsamywright wrote:Just curious how your consult went. :)

My consult went great! I am very pleased in my choice of surgeon. I opted for an extended TT with fat grafting, MR, lipo sculpting, and breast augmentation (no lift). I think the most exciting part for me was when the Dr told me she would b able to do the BA along with the other procedures! It was a little weird at first. I'm not used to the level of service you get in Mexico. Drs really go out of their way to be nice. Dr Cardenas' patient coordinator drove us around all afternoon showing us the clinic, recovery house, and even lunch. Not ur typical sign in, go in for ten minutes, and go home which is what I'm used to. Lol. The level of service is just beyond wonderful :)
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Re: Does LBL have to be done all at once???

Postby mrsamywright » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:41 pm

Sorry I didn't see this sooner. Very happy for you!!!!! :)
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