After giving birth to my second child I gained an...
After giving birth to my second child I gained an impressive 50lbs (and that's after giving birth!) My body was no longer "my body". After defeating a scary post part depression time, I snapped out of it (Thank God) and got my 210lb behind to the gym. I have now lost those 50lbs! And am motivated to continue on to lose another 20. The more I lose the more I see my stomach "wrinkle" around all my tiger stripes (stretch marks) and came to the realization my body will never bounce back to where it was before the babies. My boobs are no longer boobs lol I was a large B, small C size before my babies... I haven't even shopped for new bras after the babies and know my bras are way too big for me now. My initial want was a breast augmentation upon reaching my goal weight. But upon looking at all the amazing transformations for mommy makeovers I thought "What the hell, if I'm going to go for the BA, then might as well go big or go home and go for a mommy makeover"
I scheduled a consultation to see Dr Lehocky in Bakersfield, CA. and was ready to seriously consider this surgery. They set me up with Stephanie who recited several scripts about the procedures but was very nice overall. To make a long story short, after a 3 hour long consultation (yes I had that many questions) I agreed to leave a deposit for the procedures: full tummy tuck, silicone breast augmentation, and liposuction of my lower back. All for a WHOPPING $12,750! They did discount $500 for leaving a deposit at my consultation, and a $250 discount because I will not be financing the amount. So that leaves me at $12,000. She allowed me to leave the date open until I'm ready to commit to a specific date however it MUST be scheduled within 1 yr of leaving my deposit or else I forfeit my $3,000 deposit. Pretty harsh huh?
It's time to set a date!
I went into this procedure without setting an exact surgery date. The downside to this is I never really gave it much thought for the past couple of months and just had a "holy sh*t" moment when I realized I have to have this surgery in less than 6 months (I'm required to set a date within 1 year of my consultation date). My strict weight loss regimen hasn't been as strict lately so this is a pretty good wakeup call to get my ass back on that treadmill. My main goal with these updates from here on forward is to ensure I give an honest and realistic experience with Beautologie and Dr. Lehocky. I plan on requesting a 2nd consultation before my surgery date so I could revisit all of my questions and concerns with him now that I'm going to go through with it for sure. Stephanie has been super nice when I do speak to her on the phone, however to get a hold of her is a whole other story. The first incident, I can take some blame for because I never left a voicemail message, but when I attempted to reach out to her again, I made sure to leave a voicemail (I left two), also left alternate callback numbers, and asked the receptionist to pass on the message. I hope these have only been a result of bad timing.
Back on track, its game time
I am a little over 2 months away from surgery date. I scheduled it for April and am super nervous, happy, excited, scared, proud, anxious, and a million other words that I could probably add in there too. I was able to speak to Stephanie today and had some questions over preparing for surgery. I read that high protein diets will help with recovery and see lots of other PS recommend vitamins/supplements but in reality, whats the science behind it? She offered to have a nurse call me back to answer any questions I might have around nutrition which I really appreciated. I'm back to my gym routine, I've lost some more weight and hope to be pretty close to my goal weight. I scheduled another consultation with Dr. Lehocky before the surgery. I want to kick myself in the face for this but there are so many questions that I now have that weren't asked at my initial consultation. Like, what's his revision procedure? Who pays what? What if I'm not happy? I know what ifs are what ifs.. but hey anything can happen! I'd rather be aware than to find out the hard way. I now have another concern.... Dr. Lehocky seems to specialize in facial PS... not tummy tucks. Does he do them? yes? But is he an expert and performs several tummy tucks a month? Don't know.... see what I mean about wanting to kick myself in the face now? Anyone thats had any experience with Dr. Lehocky please enlighten me. I tend to seek blogs and reviews to research and I am planning on being 100% honest with this review as well. I'm hoping for a good experience with him.