Patient Focus Interviews / This is the story of real patients, real outcomes.
1. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE SURGERY, AND HOW LONG WERE YOU CONSIDERING IT?
I chose to have my surgeries because I lost an extreme amount of weight. I was left with a lot of loose skin. I was unable to see my full potential after all this work I had put to get healthier. I had been thinking about getting something done for about a year, and after I got to the number I was happy with on the scale – I decided it was time.
2. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DR. PLANT AS YOUR SURGEON?
I had seen his results numerous times with different people. Some of my friends had gotten work done with Dr. Plant, and I was very happy with what his outcomes were with him. I was also very impressed with the clinic he was attached with (Clinic360).
3. HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW THAT YOU HAVE HAD SURGERY?
I feel amazing, and I have now had a number of surgeries with Dr. Plant now. After I had the first surgery it gave me more confidence – actually a lot more confidence. It gave me a better perspective about what I had actually done and accomplished and how I actually look.
4. WHAT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE?
I was very pleasantly surprised about how well everything went. Dr. Plant and his team were always ready to see me, they were on top of my concerns and saw me every week, allowing me to come in to address any issues until I was comfortable. They never made me feel like I was overreacting or that I was imagining it. They thoroughly went through any problems I had. They were a phone call away if I ever needed an answer. During my visits he never once looked at his watch and said he had to go to his next patient. Dr. Plant made me feel like I was his only patient for the day, and he was there for me. I never felt like when my time was done – I was done.
5. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RECOVERY?
He prepared me for everything. He was very honest about everything that would happen, that could happen and the potential risks that could be involved.
I have to say that Chris is amazing as well, I feel like they are the dream team.
I have had other procedures done by other doctors, this was not the same experience at all. They (Dr. Plant and Clinic 360 staff) met with me every week, the Clinic followed up with me to make sure I was doing okay.
When I did have an issue, which I am sure they see all the time, they did not make me feel like I was freaking out for no reason.
It was just beyond customer service; I don’t even know how to explain it other than to say it is just amazing treatment. I have had other surgeries with other surgeons before and I have never received this level of care or treatment.
6. WHAT HAS CHANGED THE MOST SINCE YOUR SURGERY?
My confidence. With people who have lost a lot of weight and are doing surgeries – it is hard to get rid of that full-body dysmorphia and really see the true finish-line. He helped me get to that point, and I see that I am almost there, and my confidence level is so much higher than it was before I had these surgeries with him.
It’s good that you talked to me now, because just last weekend I went to a waterpark and I went out in a bikini, and I have never done that before – ever. I still felt like I wanted to cover up because sometimes I still think of myself as that bigger person with loose skin. I looked down and I was like “hold on a second, that loose skin is gone!”
I looked in the mirror and realized I can do this! Dr. Plant did that for me.
7. HOW DOES WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR BEFORE COMPARE WITH WHAT YOU SEE NOW?
I see a completely new person – I don’t know how else to put into words. It’s a night and day difference. He gave me so much that I just cannot put into words.
I don’t see the same person I saw two years ago -or even six months ago. Sometimes I have to take a kind of extra look at things – especially when I put on certain items of clothing, I have to readjust my brain to really understand what I am seeing.
I see me but better. My inner self has started to match my outside.
8. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS CONSIDERING HAVING THE SAME PROCEDURE AS YOU?
Honestly, first and foremost: consult, consult, consult.
Find a surgeon that you are comfortable with and really wants to spend that time answering your questions. One that makes you feel like you are not just another dollar sign. I would ask him if something could be or should be done – like when I asked about liposuction and he immediately told me: “No, you don’t need that – what you have is extra skin.”
Find a surgeon that really knows what you want, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Just do it. If it is something that makes you happy, and something that you want, seriously just do it.
9. ANY PARTING THOUGHTS?
I started my journey a long time ago because I was quite overweight – and then my husband got very sick. I came to realize my son can’t have one parent – especially if I am unhealthy and continue at this weight – I mean I might not even be here today if I hadn’t lost that weight. So I began to lose the weight, and after that the extra skin still made me feel heavy. It also reduced my ability to run around with my son.
Having that extra skin made me feel like everything was still there, like I had not accomplished my goal.
But now, after the skin removal with Dr. Plant, I just feel freer.
Last week I was able to go to a water park, walk around in a bikini – and I was more than okay. I actually took a picture that I was able to post on Instagram: “Me in a bathing suit.” I know that three months ago I would not have been able to do this.