Dr Oz: Mommy Makeover Left Woman With Hole In Stomach
Plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry and the “mommy makeover” seems to be leading the way. The idea is a combination of body contouring procedures designed to reverse the effects of weight gained during pregnancy. Because so many celebrities are losing baby weight at record speeds, the number of breast lifts has increase 70% in the last decade. The number of tummy tucks has gone up 85% and liposuction was performed almost 400,000 times in 2015. Because so many women are hoping to use plastic surgery to get their body back after baby, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported an increase in botched surgeries.
Ingrid spent years trying to get her pre-baby body back. For her 40th birthday, she decided to treat herself to a tummy tuck and liposuction but instead, ended up with a gaping hole in her belly. Ingrid sat down with Dr Oz, explaining that she wanted to look and feel better. She went to see a doctor and signed a bunch of papers, not truly paying attention to what she was signing.
Dr Oz: Botched Plastic Surgery
She went in for surgery and it all seemed to go well, until her second doctor visit when she was told she had necrosis, which meant her skin was dying. She was told it was caused by poor circulation and asked if she smoked or drank (she doesn’t). She was told that it can happen to people with poor circulation. She was told to use a nonstick pad with triple antibiotic and put it on the area. She did that but on the second day she could see a hole where the stitches were coming apart.
When she called the emergency line, she was instructed to come in so they could “clean it up.” Even after they “cleaned” it, the hole was the size of a softball. She then went to see another plastic surgeon who was absolutely appalled at Ingrid’s case.
Dr Oz: Gaping Wound After Tummy Tuck
Ingrid saw Dr Alberto Gallerani as soon as she possibly could, because he was horrified upon seeing the images. He explained that an infection can progress quickly and cause devastating consequences including death. The tissue around the area seemed to die just a week after her surgery. She told Dr Gallerani that she actually underwent an appendectomy just a month before her tummy tuck, explaining that her surgeon told her they don’t go that deep into the tissue so she would be fine.
When Dr Gallerani looked at Ingrid’s belly, he was still concerned, so he ran a few more tests. After hearing that her life was put at risk, Ingrid advised other women to do as much homework as possible. She also wanted to know exactly why it happened, and why she felt like it was her body’s fault.
Dr Oz: Plastic Surgery Red Flags
Dr Oz wanted to share a few plastic surgery red flags you should be aware of before going under the knife. First, is if the doctor minimizes the risk. Dr Tracy Pfeifer explained that if the doctor doesn’t want to discuss the risks with you or makes you feel bad about asking, those are red flags as well.
Another red flag is the pressured sales pitch, which can sometimes include incentives that would expire 24 hours later. Also be aware if you’re being offered two or more large procedures at the same time, especially if they say the recovery will be quicker and easier.