I started researching the Fat Transfer procedure...
I have had issues with my weight, especially over the past two years. I feel that has been the biggest thing stopping me. Also, being so stagnant with my life situation, I felt I wasn't achieving any of my goals.
I'm 5'5 and I now weight 189 pounds. My biggest weight has been 194 pounds and my smallest 135. So the first part of my review will be about me losing 40 pounds. My goal weight is anywhere from 125 - 135. So I want to be around 140 pre surgery.
I've started to make changes in my life. I moved to a new city. Since moving, I've already lost 5 pounds without changing much in my lifestyle. Now, I have a new perspective on life. I'm tired of my weight being an excuse so I see now as the perfect time to lose it.
So now, I am setting my goal for this surgery. I want this particular surgery because I want a shape which is something I've never had. I was slim before, but I had a straight body. I want that 8 figure.. that coke bottle shape. I am aiming to have the procedure February or March of 2014. I will pick the exact date soon. Once that date is chosen, I will not change it again.
I am back in the search of doctors. Previously, I was aiming for Pantoja. I wanted the fat transfer and breast reduction. I like him more for his breastwork but I was not 100% confident he would give the shape I want. I do want a butt, but I am chasing the shape overall. I looked at doctors in Miami as well including Salama, Salzhauer and Medentia. I also considered Campos and Cardenas in Mexico. I was not sold on Cardenas' work and Campos costs nearly as much as the doctors in the US now. Dr. J Curves in has been doing alot of patients lately and as nice as they turn out, I am not convinced on his work either. And the price doesn't help. I've always kept doctors in the Dominican Republic in the back of my mind but for some reason, I felt Mexico was safer than DR. Possibly because its so much closer to home. But in the words of Big Freedia "Go Duffy" - go hard or go home. So now, I am considering DR doctors. The doctors I am considering are Baez, Yily and Duran. I will not be considering Cabral. I love his work, but I don't think I would feel comfortable under his care and my life is far more important than an elective surgery. I know that things can happen with ANY doctor, but I have to go with my instinct.
I will be posting my quotes and what is included. Also my process with losing weight and where I am with my goals. I will be sharing my goal pics, as I have plenty. I won't be posting any before pictures until after I've lost the weight I want to lose.
That's all I have to say for now. Here is to all of us getting the bodies and confidence we all deserve!
Quote - Yily De Los Santos ($3,450)
I was advised by some of you ladies already to not lose too much weight. I agree, I do want to have enough fat for the surgery. But I'm also tired of being the weight I am. So maybe 150 - 160 may be a better goal for me pre surgery, and then I'll lose more once I have healed. For now I'm taking everything one step at a time.
I like that Yily includes the garment, tests, and other fees. Alot of the other doctors wanted this done separately.
I can live with this price. This is actually a little bit cheaper than what I was quoted by Pantoja. Now I just have to wait to hear from Duran and submit my pics to Baez.
Getting in touch with Dr. Duran
I'm looking for a surgery buddy
Anyway, I'm located on the east coast so I'd love a surgery buddy (or a few) from that area so we can travel together.
I also believe that we could get a discount at one of the recovery houses if we go as a group. All of my reaserch on places have been in Mexico because thats where I was originally going. I don't know anything about the recovery houses in the DR so I'll have to hop on researching that soon.
If any of you ladies are interested, send me a PM so we can chat.
Recovery Houses in the Dominican Republic
Listed below are the Recovery Houses in the Dominican Republic that I found via word of mouth, Realself.com, and searching the internet. Do your own due diligence when choosing a place. I linked the website and room rates.
They have different room set ups and the rates are pretty cheap. I notice under their additional services they offer the food, massages, airport transport and hospital transportation with costs. Is it safe to assume that this is an additional cost and not included with the stay? Other than the massages, airport transportation and food usually are inclusive. Can any one confirm or deny that they paid additional for these things with Happy Healing?
Maria's Recovery House
Her recovery house includes stay, transportation and food for $85 a night. Comparing this to Happy Healing, I see that Happy Healing could still be less expensive even though services are charged separately. For example: at Happy Healing meals are $7. $7 x 3 meals a day = $21. Then transportation to and from the airport $100 ($50 one way). Transportation to CIPLA $20 both ways = $40 (at least). Lastly, the cheapest room is $40 a night. Say you stay 10 nights your total would be $750 If you did the package at Maria's for 10 nights, it would be total $850. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Real Recovery Armonia
They are $85 a day for a private room and $75 a day for a shared room. I couldn't find other prices so I'll have to research that and share with you all later. But their food looks delicious and the house is very pretty. Going based off what I've seen so far, they have everything included. So an example for the cheapest room would be 10 nights = $750.
Angela's Recovery House
I could not find the website but I found an older thread on MakeMeHeal. Someone stated that she is $65 per night and $150 for transportation. The transportation cost is for the duration of the stay, not per night. You would have accommodation, care, meals, and transportation. An example of staying 10 nights would be $800.
Those are all of the recovery houses I found thus far. If you have any other information on recovery houses in the DR, feel free to leave a comment or PM me. I will make another post. My goal is to have an informative review to help others later.
Good Luck :)
Recovery Houses in the Dominican Republic
I found more recovery houses and wanted to add the information
Jacqueline Marrero Spa
I could not find her website but I did find her info in other online posts. $90 per day. If 2 people share a room the price would be $75 per person. It includes round-trip transportation to the airport, room with 2 beds, 3 meals, nurse 24 hours, security, access to internet WIFI, and transportation to surgery.
Upscale Recovery House
This recovery house opens in January 2014. I'm not sure if I will be staying here only because I don't like being the guinea pig. I need something with a track record - receipts. However, I don't doubt they will be a nice RH because at this point they are almost all the same. On the upside, because it is new, everything there should be nice. The cheapest room option is $75 but that is for 3 people in a room as opposed to 2. The deposit to save your date/place is only $100. That is good news for someone who doesn't have all of the money upfront and still wants to solidify their spot. I can see that deposit changing once they gain popularity though. There is a charge for the airport which is $50 for a round trip. They also have a promotion: for every 7 nights you stay, you get one free. So if you stay 10 nights at the cheapest price, your total comes to $725.
More RH's to come...
Quote - Yily De Los Santos ($4,300)
So the quote is not that bad. My plan is to just bring more money than what I need and decide then and there all the procedures I would like to get done. I'm STILL waiting to hear from Duran. I want to have my breasts done and I prefer her breastwork over Yily's. I'm not sure if I would get a Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck and Fat Graft all at one time.
BBL Pre Op List
Still Have Not Heard From Duran
Sx Buddy & Duran
As far as my doctor, I am STILL waiting to hear from Duran. I would love to have my breast lift and BBL done together and I like Duran's breast work over Yily's. But if I don't hear from her, I will be going to Yily for the BBL (and possibly tummy tuck) and then get my breast lift done in Miami at a later time.
Does anyone have any tips on getting in touch with Duran? I'm not on FaceBook and don't want to create a profile JUST to try to get a response from her. I've sent multiple emails and I've even tried calling. So now at this point I'm wondering if I should give up on her.
Anyway, feel free to msg me if you are looking for a surgery buddy in March. I am looking at staying at Armonia or Upscale recovery house.
F M L!
So I emailed her back IMMEDIATELY and included the pics thinking she would be able to respond. But, nope. I just hope I don't have to wait another 3 weeks.
I may have to use FaceBook.
Tummy Tuck Scar
My skin is more prone to getting keloids, or not healing smoothly. I've had surgeries (not plastic surgery) in the past and I still have those scars til this day. So I'm not sure how well the TT scar would heal. I don't want it to be obvious. And I also don't want to get an obnoxious tattoo to disguise it. People are catching on to women doing that anyway.
Do any of you women have skin similar to mine? If I do get this TT, I want to take any measure possible to have the scar heal completely.
Dra. Walkiris Robles
I still do want to go to Duran, so I'm going to try to reach her still. If not, I'm confident Yily will do an amazing job.
Anyway, how have you all been?
No Tummy Tuck