Thank you so much for the moral support! I had written a reply and sent it, but it never went through. Let me try again.
After I had written the first post to which you replied, I continued to research the surgeon I had consulted with. I have more reservations now than I did before, because his price seemed strangely low, considering what I was asking to have done; he didn't give me a lot of details about how he planned to achieve the things he was talking about; and I found a few mentions of him on this site that gave me some pause. He also had scheduled about 15 of us all for the same time. Is that normal? I found it a little disturbing, but I might be overly sensitive.
I'm originally from Southern California. I had a trip booked for next week to go visit my friends and family. I called Dr. Jay Calvert's office, and I have a consultation with him on Friday the 11th in Newport Beach. I'm excited to meet him and I'm hopeful. Since my whole family and my best friends still live in Orange County, I do have the OC and LA surgeons as options for me. I'd really like to meet
Drs. Solieman and Litner. My experience in researching these surgeons is that once you narrow down the list to the experts who are frequently talked about on this site, opinions are strong and vary greatly. I guess it really does all boil down to an individual rapport between patient and doctor.
If, though, there are any really awful doctors I should know about, please, please someone pm me so I don't end up getting butchered. Again.
Long story short, I appreciate the moral support. I'm scared to have the surgery and I'm a little depressed because it's going to take me forever to come up with the money. Am I correct that I am most likely looking at somewhere between 9- and $15,000? I just got married, so money is practically nonexistent right now. I have decent credit but don't know if I could get financing. Also, those surgery-financing companies seem shady to me, like Care Credit. If I'm wrong, please let me know.
If anyone has any advice or just has moral support to throw my way - it's been a pretty tough week - that would be awesome!