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Body Lift Did Not Provide the Bikini Body I Expected

I had a baby in my teens. I went from 115 lbs to...

I had a baby in my teens. I went from 115 lbs to 190 lbs on delivery day. I don't need to explain to you all what happens to anyone that expands that much in somewhat short period of time 9 mos. Needless to say, I was stunned that i could no longer get back to my old clothes after giving birth.

It somewhat got me started on my yo-yo dieting routine through my teens, twenties, and now thirties. I did a lot a damage to my body. I think i did more so from my eating habits than my pregnancy.

I was young, continuing with my education, first time mom and married. It was too much for a young person to handle all of it, but i managed to do so by not taking care of my eating habits.

My husband at time started to become abusive towards as a result of my increasingly weight gain. I was very young and very insecure... by the age of 21, I weighed about 175 lbs at 5'6. I was perhaps wearing a size 14. I then, added jogging/running every evening (5-7 miles per day) to my list of responsibilities. I lost 40 lbs within 5-6 mos time. Then, my husband started to feel insecure of my weight loss and started to be suspecious of me and accused me of being unfaithful. What the heck?

I had enough by young age of 23. I got divorced. I was for the first time in my life living on my own. Nobody controlled me or commented of my weight or eating habits. I continued with up and downs throughout the years.

Finally, at the age of 30 - i wanted to turn my lifestyle around and eat to be healthy. I was somewhat done punishing myself with over eating and beinging with food. I felt that i was worthy of being healthy, sexy and beautiful for the first time in my life.

I wanted to repair the damage. I had to get rid of the extra weight, first. I did it with HCG/Releana drops - it took me 6 mos to drop about 40+ lbs. Then, I was in the hunt for a plastic surgeon to finally give me the body - I wished to have for years.

Actually, two years prior to my last weight loss - I started fantasizing about wearing a bikini and running in the beaches of Coronado, CA. As I've witness others do without concern.

I did my homework - i somewhat interviewed a lot women that had undergone similar procedures. I took note of what i liked and disliked about their results.

I was absolutely certain this what i wanted to do based on conversations with over half dozen women from all ages. Mid-thirties to late fifties. The one thing these women shared was the boost of body image they experienced after their grueling undergoing.

Pain has never deterred me from taking on a challenge. I finally, had narrowed my surgeon down to candidates. One in San Diego and the other here in my hometown - about a mile away from my apartment.

I ultimately, based my final decision on the recovery (what if's) - I decided to stay close to home in case something happened - I drive to the surgeon office without having to catch a flight for follow up visits.

Now, all was going well. I was anticipating the big day. I bought a bikini to wear for the scar marking. I had everything figured out mentally. I had envisioned the procedure in my head and could almost visualize the outcome. I was in cloud nine.

Surgery Day
6 am get up, shower, and put on my comfy pre-surgery thongs and pajamas.

7:45 am - Doc is running a bit behind. As he is marking me up and informs me that he will not be placing my new breast bags under the muscle as we had discussed. He decided the night prior that based on my pre-existing space - it would be best to keep them over the muscle. I was a bit dissapointed because the reason - i had requested under the muscle was to keep my breast perkier for longer period of time. I had undergone a breast augmentation three years prior and it had significantly dropped within couple of years.

I had taken the printouts of what i had hopped to wake up and see after my eight hour procedure. He nearly glanced at my images and kept marking me up.

It somewhat disappointed me that he didn't seem to care of what i was wishing to get. He seemed anxious and rushed. I thought i was going to be spending about eight hours undergoing my body lift procedure. (breast lift, new bags, full tummy tuck, butt lift, lateral thigh lift and lipo (flanks, inner & outer thighs).

I originally wanted my breast lift, full tummy tuck and fat grafting to augment my buttocks. However, my surgeon and boyfriend agreed that a butt lift was perhaps best for my droopy rear. I'm of Mexican decent - I wanted curves and a round plump butt was of the essence. I had complete trust in my surgeon based on his post-op website pictures and his impressive bio.

Everyone else was great and patient. I felt at ease going under. I was ready.  It seemed like minutes that i was already at my recovery room. I vaguely recall waking up or noticing my boyfriend sitting by watching me recover.

The surgery center was the worst care - i had experienced ever. I didn't know where my nurse controls were, i had to reach over through my bed rods to try pull the television towards me, i felt anxious. Where were the nurses? I started to call out for one. I kept increasing my voice. I was shouting as loud as i could... nothing. I finally, whistled as loud as i could to get attention. Finally, someone walks in and asked if i had a problem. I explained that felt anxious that it seemed that like had awaken for a while and i had not seen anyone stop by to check on me.

I was informed that before i went home - i had to go to pee. for whatever reason, I couldn't. I was taken back to my bed... I was determined to get out as soon as possible. I mentally told myself to go - i personally got myself out of the leg pumps, moved my IV drip and got myself out of bed to go walk over to the restroom. I did it! I didn't flush - so the nurse could see that I had. I didn't feel any pain. I got myself back into bed, strapped my legs back on the pumps, placed the IV drip back in its place and waited for the nurse to return.

During that time, I had my blackberry and started taking pictures of my new breasts, tummy, and the room. I txt my boyfriend to bring bagels or donuts for the nurses. I was set to go home asap.

The doc stopped by to check on me and give his blessing on going home. My boyfriend arrived with the bagels and the ladies were happy.

I got home. I felt great. I couldn't believe that after all the stories i had heard about the pain - it seemed like a piece of cake to me.

I had one setback... I couldn't go to the restroom on my own and I was in pain. I had hired a nurse to take care of me during the first critical days of recovery. She suggested calling the surgeon for a checkup. Upon his recommendation, I was placed on foley.

After two days of private nurse care and $500 bill - I could no longer afford her services. I had to recover on my own, but I felt great and ready for the challenge. On the third day, I returned to the surgeon's office to have my pain pump removed. I was made aware that the doctor was going on vacation for the next two weeks.

My follow up were going to be with the new nurse. She seemed very young and nervous like. Besides her shy like demeanor she did well without causing me extreme pain.

After the pain pump was removed - i was in extreme pain. Everything was now a challenge and I no longer had that extra boost of energy to take on what i did on my 1st week of post-surgery. I started to walk slower. It was completely different.

I started to look up blogs on tummy tuck recovery to get tips on what was normal. I had done so much research on post-op results that I had neglected to educate myself on post-op care (eating, swelling, scar maintenance, bruise management, vitamin supplements to promote healing, etc.)

I left was in reactive mode. I need to find a way to improve my rapidly declining condition. Google was my savior... I lead me to so many different websites and blogs that had information of tried and true practices.

I took my overly fatigued and overly swollen body with my notes listing the vitamins i needed to help me get me back on track. It was a blessing!

After taking my vitamins and eating what was suggested - i quickly started to feel a lot better. I had the tool and knowledge i needed to keep my swelling down.

I also took the suggested from the nurse practitioner to seek lympathic therapy to help stimulate toxin discharge. 1st visit was free - the package for four additional visits was $500. I was skeptical of the new-age sounding procedure, but i did it anyway.

I don't know if it really helped me reduce my swelling - since i had started taking my vitamin supplements and eating foods that promote healing.

Nevertheless, it took me about two-in-half weeks to get back to the office. I had originally asked for only - one week off. Yea, right! I felt guilty, but I needed to rest and recover.

Vanity sets in...
I truly loved my breast lift (my new nipples were perfect), tummy tuck (my new belly button was exactly what i had envisioned and seen on his post-op pics) results... however, I was struggling with accepting my butt lift results. It looked awful to me. Not only that, it seemed like my rear was shorted not lifted. My butt seemed flatter and stumpy. The incision was lower than I anticipated. Although, the scar was almost perfectly aligned across my body.

Then, I started to inspect my body a lot closer and noticed that i had a lot of stretch marks still left behind all over my body. It's not what I had expected to see behind after the "Body Lift". My flanks, inner and outer thighs were still black, blue and purple hues from the bruising.

The stretch marks on my flanks were now a lot more apparent than they were pre-surgery. Apparently, because my body was pulled and tightened they now appeared wide and larger per the nurse practitioner. I wasn't happy with the explanation, but what could I do.

The doc was back in town and I had an appointment to see him... I needed answers.

My dissolvable stitches were break out from my incisions and it was painful. Was that normal? My breasts were not as big as i had envisioned them... Can I get them pumped up? I confessed that i was not happy with my butt results. I needed to hear a plan B to fix it.

Basically, I was told that I needed to buy new bras that fit. He didn't think i needed more fluid. Secondly, the dissolvable stitches is not fool proof... I just need to cut or place hot presses on the blister like lesion on my incisions areas and squeeze them out like pimples. Yuck & Ouch! Lastly, addressing my butt... he apologized, if i was having buyers remorse but I needed to be patient and find a way to fix it when he returns from another week of vacation. However, I don't have enough fat in my body to remove at this time to transfer to my buttocks. Secondly, I shot down the suggestion of having butt implants. I've only hear and read about unhappy results of the procedure and outcome.

He then got short with me and said I needed to slow down and be happy with my new body. I needed to be patient and come back after his vacation to revisit my results. Nevertheless, he didn't guarantee that he could fix it anytime soon... he only asked that I worked with him.

I have mixed emotions... He's seemed overbooked, overworked, running behind 1hr plus, tired looking and he just came back from vacation.

I paid him a lot a money in cash and trusted him to execute my dreams... during my two pre-op consults he never gave me the indication or feeling that he couldn't give me the results i was seeking. Why, should've I doubted with such an impressive bio and post-op images on his website.

From this long-long story... I hope to get your honest feedback on my results. I wanted be able to print them before my next doctor post-op visit.

Seriously, I'm now more obsessed with my body and perhaps I will not relent until I get a decent hispanic butt.

Yea, those dreams of walking out of the surgy-center with my two piece bikini headed to the beach was totally a crude dream of mine.

I don't regret my procedures... I only wished I had stuck with what I wanted to pay with my money and body. I took recommendations on what others thought would be best for me instead listening to my gut.

This is a raw unedited draft of my story. I hope it makes sense, if not i'm sure you'll let me know.

 Hi Ladies- I'm four in half months post-op -...

 Hi Ladies- I'm four in half months post-op - i've been through a lot. I'm having my buttocks redone... as you can see, they look worse than before. The scar will be moved upwards to give my rear more shaped look and add fat to my fat area to balance it out. I can't wait to be done with this ordeal. Dr L said to me on my last visit that perhaps if i lost weight - I would be happy with my current results. Wow, I was so shocked by his comment... Nonetheless, I need to get my butt fixed! I'll be keeping you guys posted. 

Dr. Leber

He seems to be overbooked and overworked to dedicate one-on-one time (mentally & physically) to his patients needs and wants.

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Your breast are defiantly large enough. They look great. Any bigger and buying clothes will become an issue. Your butt could benefit from more of a lift to reduce the lines underneath. It does look a bit like mine and I too am older than you at 48 & I am googling now to find out all I can in prep for my own butt lift. After another lift and a maginal flattening, then consider the options of making it fuller. I have had a number of procedures done and I recommend giving the surgeon one job at a time. It is more expensive but it is the best way to get what you want. Also if the surgeon chgs his/ her mind at the last minute cancel there and then. You have the right. We tend to let doctors take control over us and we should no better. After all we scrutinise every inch of our bodies and we know what we like. I refused to let a surgeon continue on me once and I was on the surgical table. Because he was playing a crossword while the nurses (always great people) were preparing me. I know it's all in a days work to him, but pretending to give a shit has got to be a prerequisite for actually giving one. If he can't be bothered to pretend then clearly my feeling and opinion is not important to him. And to me ( the one paying for the surgery) it us only my opinion that is important! He was shocked. His expression remains clear in my mind today (10 years on) & it still amuses me too. One of the nurses actually laughed, she seemed delighted and later slipped me a ph number if another surgeon who I did go to. Thanks for sharing with us all. I really hope you get want you want in the end. X
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Your ass did look better before the lift. Now it is flat on the bottom, which is what an old lady's ass looks like (this is what my ass looks like and I am 49yo). The assman is Dr. Constatine Mendieta in Miami. Watch the videos on his site. He has a specific surgery to fix the flat line that you have across the bottom of your ass. Good luck, sweetie!
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Your butt is not that bad. However you should look into going to Dominican Republic Dr. Duran or Dr. Yily for round 2 butt lift and waist lipo. That will finish your product.
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I am so sorry! Your breasts do look great, I can't believe this doctor, when I had my rhinoplasty a wierd indent formed and he redid it for free, this doctor should do the same.
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I agree that your boobs look beautiful, but your butt looked better before surgery. That stinks. He SHOULD give you a portion of your money back. With that money, book a trip to DR and have Dra Duran fix your butt. Seriously, that is what I would do.
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I agree. I'd love to see how you're feeling. I thought your scar looking like it was healing nicely. Hope you're well.
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Update please, would love to know how you are doing.
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Jesus. Yes, please update. Hope things are better.
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Hi i know it's been a few years but did your ever get your but redone? I just feel so bad for you.
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Hi I was wondering about some of these supplements you have taken. What is the bromelein for? I seem to sweat alot at night. I wake up stinky and wet. It is disgusting and funny at the same time. I thought it was from the tumeric. Doesn't tumeric help with inflammation? How much do you take. I take 1 teaspoon a day.
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Hi Nureal- I bought capsules... however, the best all in one supplement for inflammation is the German (Wobenzym) capsules.
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Lisa- My visit was horrible. I left the office in tears. Leber is telling me that - i'm unhappy with my results because i've gained weight. He asked when will i start working out again. I was devastated. I gained about five pounds more or less since my surgery. I do have 101 excuses for it. However, I wasn't concerned about it because i was anticipating a second round of lipo done to place it in my buttocks. However, I think he kept pushing the weight issue to shame me - and deflect from the real problem the ugly butt lift. I told him that regardless of my weight - fat or skinny it would not make my scar or butt any better. Nonetheless, I was unconsolable and had a huge meltdown at his office. He was telling me that if i couldn't work with him as a patient - there was no purpose in trying to continue our relationship. Hello, I just want my butt fixed not marry the dude! Now, i'm trying to find a date that will fit with my working schedule and surgery/recovery time between or after the holidays. It never ends! Regarding your question - sorry, but i dont seem to have a solid hard part/area in or around my navel. I have been told by many that part of our surgery regions we will not have any feeling or it will be hard as a rock for up to two years or more. Have you asked Nachbar? What did he say? Are you getting botox or any other fillers? I want to get the bags under my eyes filled with my fat. I dont have much - but in the morning when i awake it puffy for about an hour and it annoys me. btw, how old are you? i'm 37 and turning 38 in april.
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Im 42. i have bags but learned to live with them lol. i just realized something, maybe my vertical scar has something to do with the fact i had no drains, so i have an extra scar? i have not asked him about it. never really worried about it till i felt it all hard last week. it must have something to do with the fact it was a "no drain" tummy tuck. id rather be hard then fat and lumpy so i can live with it ha ha. that really sucks about your Dr Visit. i would have had a huge melt down. you should try Dr Nachbar in the future if you do decide to have other things done. i have not one bad thing to say about him. Hes a total sweetheart. i would like to get my nose done next. Ive always wanted a nose job, but not sure im up for any more pain just yet. perhaps next year ;)
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I love Dr Nachbar in AZ- he is my doc! sooooooooooooooooooo through!
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Hey, how did it go on your on november 5th? any updates? OK, i have a question for you. you know under your neval and above your pubic scar on the tummy tuck, there is that little verticle scar that is about 3 inches going down from your nevel? that little short one. now that my swelling is down, its HARD as a rock all around that scar, under the skin. i mean hard. is that going to last forever and is there a way to get rid of it? its really weird and i hate it. is this normal?
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My surgery date was 6.26.09. It's been a long haul for me. I've been trough a lot. I love my new tummy - it makes me feel awesome. My butt still kills me of anger to be honest. My boobs are a perfect size - if they were ‘Under the Muscle’ as I requested. Over the muscle, they look enormous and they seem to start dropping a bit too. However, my new breasts are a tad smaller than before (believe or not) I got them lifted so they look bigger but actually they are not. My old bras are still a bit bigger. My size now is 34DD-36D. Two weeks ago, i contracted a staph infection - I don't know from what. The infection area ran across my entire backside surgery area (from Hip to Hip, mid lower back to mid butt areas) and along my entire scar. It was bad and serious! I ended up going to the emergency room to get an immediate antibiotic shot… In total, I got three strong antibiotic shots to control the infection in two weeks. Check this out, throughout the various doctors looking at my body they were all taken aback from my hideous butt lift! The five (ER) physicians asked me if my butt was a botched... they urged me to have Dr Leber fix it. The ER Docs & My Personal Doc feel that perhaps the sutures that are still implanted under my skin and trying to come out could’ve caused the infection. The sutures trying to burst out of my skin are quite noticeable - they look like purple blisters and they hurt when I sit and go to bed. Anyways, that's one of the many different theories that the physician’s think could’ve initiated the outbreak. They just informed me to have my surgeon remove them or do something about it. I return to revisit Dr Leber on Nov 5 to discuss next steps on my rear and I’m prepared to inform him of the painful and embarrassing conversations that I’ve had with several medical professionals. I feel humiliated and extremely disappointed with my results. Definitely not – “The 90210- Beverly Hills” results he claims to produce on his website!
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thank you for sharing your story with us. i think the front view looks fantastic at five weeks, but your rear looks the same, you just have less in the flanks now. was he supposed to make it plumper or smaller? it looks smaller and flatter to me. how far post op are you now? im about 6 wks post op now from a full tummy tuck, and finally starting to see my swelling go down. did you happen to be at Greenbaum Surgery Center in Scotsdale? Thats were i was for my recovery. I have implants from 6 years ago, but wish i would have had mine made bigger when i got my tummy done :) im not sure why your Dr put such large implants over instead of under, but that is what i would be most upset about. It makes no sence, and its not really what you had agreed to either! im guessing i will be going back in the near future to get some new implants. mine are fine but not nearly big enough. im looking for DD next time around. im really pleased with Dr Nachbar, and the work he did on my tummy. he is fantastic! i had my implants done in FL 6 years ago, i think i need a tune up ;)
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Hi Marisabella, how many weeks post op are you? 16 weeks? if so I think it is too early to see your final results. For tummy tuck surgery it takes 3,6,12months to see results but with all the procedures you have done it might take longer your body is in shock!!,inflammed, swollen, it will take time for your body to get back to where you want it to be..Hang in there!!!you looked really good before, and it looks like your final results are on its way..your boobs are looking nice at 4 weeks, scar is very minimal, and your tummy is getting flatter also..goodluck..
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Wow U have a roller coaster ride, I see what u mean about ur butt. It looks the same just now there is a line across it.Who knows maybe it will get better?
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I totally agree. I also take lots of vitamins that help reduce inflammation. Please go to your nearest Whole Foods or Natural Food grocery store for organic products. Additionally, I live in Arizona and I have since found out that the summer was not the best time of the year to have major surgery done. Stay out of the heat and keep cool. Don't over do it. People tell me all the time that I baby myself and that i should be more aggressive in doing more... it's not their body and they don't my aches and pains - so it goes from one ear and out the other. This in only body and i will do what ever it takes to take care of it.
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I started working out for the 1st time after my TT/Body Lift... I used Wii Active - Low Impact workout. I first tied myself with the thick bandaid wrap that was used to secure my breasts after my surgery. I instead used it around my tummy to hold my muscles in place when bouncing around. It worked! I was somewhat worried about doing the lunges and then jumping up 5-6 times in a row, but i did better than expected. I did feel some odd tugs in my belly but they were minor. I so excited about my progress in my seventh week that when my boyfriend called to ask about my day - i couldnt wait to tell all about it. He wasnt as excited about the news. He was worried about doing too much too soon. He was primary after-care nurse post-op - so he's a little protective. For the first time after my surgery and through the help of my vitamins, care, water and taking it easy - I'm once again feeling like my old self. No more swelling, aching to get out of bed, taking a shower without seeing or feeling the sting sensation on my incisions areas, etc. I'll keep my fingers crossed that my swelleing does not return due to my workouts.
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Wobenzym N (awesome product ) immediate swelling relief! Trameel(trauma agent) Turmeric (combat infections) Glutamine Glucosamine (cell repair) Vitamin B12 (energy) Bromelain (you can get it from eating pinnapple) good luck!
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Hi, I was reading about the supplements you took for healing. question : did you start before the surgury or after. I bruise easy and any advise helpful. Thanks
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Hi! I would love to know exactly what supplemental vitamins you used and what foods helped you with your healing.
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