I have started on my journey.... I'm a 41 y.o. mommy of 4, and after turning 40, started on my journey. I have had a TT and BA, and am pleased with my results. However, I am ready to complete my journey to having the complete body and face that I have always desired. I am... "going all the way!" I look good in my clothes now, but I am looking forward to looking drop dead gorgeous totally naked. I love this site... All of you ladies are awesome! Never been so excited!
Going All The Way - Dominican Republic
I have started on my journey.... I'm a 41 y.o....
Contacted Dra. Yily... trying to get a...
Super excited... on the phone with Yily's office...
...on hold again... "un momento, por favor..." argh!
Ok... no outcome to this morning's call... still...
No response after speaking with 3 ppl today at Dra...
Ok so after a few drinks at the bar (we are out of...
Heart hascgrown dark. Can't wait to do this 4 me...
I can't sleep thinking about this surgery! OMG! I...
Yay... Quote received, date agreed. Making deposit...
Deposit made... Booking flight and accommodations...
Was nervous as hell... couldn't find my passport....
Just read a review and wow... she had me cracking...
I left Yily a message in Spanglish on her cell,...
Why is it that every booty themed song is my theme...
I may need to change my date to later... life is...
Ok, just when I started to feel crappy because of...
Just finished working out. Im 5'8, 175 lbs, trying...
Okay, so I am asking Yily about the Puffy Pee Pee...
Well, All... I am changing my date to mid-August....
On a serious note, I have been reading and reading and reading on RS, and it is extremely important that we allow for adequate recovery time following surgery. It appears as though some of us have been only allowing a couple of days for recovery. It is completely understandable that we have work and life demands. But if you are spending all of this time, energy and money on surgery, it is best to try to schedule it at a time when you can afford adequate recovery. Safety is key! I would hate to lose any of my BBL sisters due to self-negligence or have anyone report that they are dissatisfied with their results based on not allowing for adequate recovery time. I had BA and TT at a PS in California last year, Dr. Joseph Togba, and he did an excellent job on the BA and TT. I had silicone implants and my TT is awesome. However, I wish I had more aggressive lipo, AND, I wish that I had known more about recovery from lipo, as I may have been able to have a positive affect on my results by being more knowledgeable. That being said, I have learned a TON on this site since researching my next procedures, and I must say that I already feel 100% more prepared, not only based on my past experience, but also based on the knowledge that I have gained from all of you on this site.
Still waiting on date change confirmation... other...
I am still having trouble with my husband. He is the only family member that I told, and he is still being insensitive about the fact that this is for me, not for attention. I am 41 y.o., he is correct, but so what does age have to do with self-improvement. If I was still in my 20's, I'd be wasting my time, as I was still having kids. And he'd be trying to still get me pregnant, which would cause a whole other set of arguments and questions about why I didn't want more kids... so... someone on here told me to try to equate it to a nice car... men want nice cars, with the nice trim packages, all clean and shiny, so why wouldn't you want a wife that is the same? I am confused and sad and angry that he is not trying to understand... or that it seems that he is not. I am frustrated, but am not backing down...
Family member opinion and our decisions to make changes to our bodies: What questions do we ask ourselves to determine what the threshold is for criticism and when do we give or accept ultimatums?
So..... (drum roll please...) Yily has confirmed...
So, family matters... I am moving on into getting prepared for surgery. Putting my PTO request in and booking a flight soon.
Anyone going to Yily ~19 AUG, let me know.
++++++++PREPARATION IS KEY++++++++++++ So, of...
So, of course, I am an anxious as everyone else on RS to get this party started! I have, as everyone else on RS, been doing some research, making lists, gathering up supplies from around the house, etc. Here is what I have planned so far:
Flight scheduled to arrive in DR on Sunday, August 18 at 1:30pm and return to the US on Sunday, August 25, leaving DR at 11am. I am flying coach there and first class back home. There is NOTHING better, trust me, than flying first, as there are meals, wider, more comfortable seats, and you will not get the service and attention in coach. Your body will need it.
I am awaiting confirmation of JMSpa. Since I will only be there for a week, FOR NOW, I decided that I will stay there for my entire time in the DR. I will reassess this in a few weeks (right now I have the luxury of time).
I have looked around the house (always a great place to start), and have found the following supplies:
1) Dermablast spray - Ladies... I was introduced to this little blue aerosol can when I had my 3rd child... when I tell you that his big head came blasting out of there, no epidural, no incision, no grease... man oh man! I LOVE my son, but he has the biggest head IN THE WORLD, and he caused a lot of friction and a little tear (which I NEVER had before). The next morning, when I had to go to the bathroom, I felt like a dragon was blowing on my ass from inside the commode. The nurse handed me the magic blue aerosol can, and I sprayed everything in my vaginal and anal area - shit, I probably put a hole in the ozone layer myself! ... but voila! Like magic... all sensation went away! It was a miracle. No burning, no itching, no irritation, no pain, even after wiping. I spray it on every skin irritation and it works wonders! I am NOT leaving the US without it. It is an antiseptic spray, so it is safe for all wound types, and it works like lidocaine on the skin, and does not burn.
2) scissors - the cute little cheetah handled ones, with a 2.5 inch blade, just in case.
3) tegaderm - this bandage type is the best at keeping areas dry, so if you need to wash an area or cover an area, this works well, especially as to not get something dirty or have it rub (i.e., covering the area where the drain enters into the skin when needing to put on clothing). Used in hospitals over IV entry areas.
4) tylenol PM - eases me into a deep sleep, without me feeling groggy in the morning.
5) diurex - water pill (OTC)
6) children's benadryl liquid - I use it to wash down pain meds that I know will cause me to itch and avoid the reaction, especially the first couple days after surgery. That way, no additional pill to swallow and the dosage is easy to control. Also, not as much drowsiness for me as when I take benadryl pills in adult strength. Don't want to be comatose... not in another country and not when needing to assess pain levels.
7) alka seltzer - I, personally, am an alka seltzer junkie... It calms my stomach, especially when eating something that my stomach may not be accustomed to when traveling. It settles the extra stomach acid. And it travels easily... very easily.
8) halls cough drops - great to sooth throats after anesthesia, long periods of sleep, in drafty planes (even if you have a blanket on)
... MORE TO COME... (this is just what I found after a quick look around the house)
1) thin capri sweat suit bottoms with zip jacket (think: bebe summer sweats) - I keep seeing people put that they are taking over the head sweat shirts etc..... no, no, can't do that. First, it is going to be HOT, so I am not trying to wear any long thick pants. Capris will be long enough to go over my garment that includes legs due to having thigh lipo. Second, as far as the top, I could NOT have pulled anything over my head after I had my TT and BA. I am not getting those procedures again, of course, but with arm lipo and full back and stomach lipo, I am SURE that I am not going to be wanting to pull anything more than a sleeveless tee over my head. Zipping will be all of the arm exertion that I can take the first few days, I am sure.
2) maxi skirt - I am not going to want to pull a maxi DRESS on; again, nothing over my head. Also, this will be easier to take on and off. It is also easier for managing the hiding of drains, if needed, and keeping pressure off the skin.
3) stretchy tanks - will work fine to take off and put on. Different that wearing a maxi dress, as there is not all that added material to manage pulling over your head and the stretchiness makes it a manageable amount of work.
4) toe socks - I guess "to each, her own" but I don't like being in strange places without something on my feet. Now, I will certainly be wearing ted-hose (compression socks), but with the toes out. I like toe socks because they keep my toes from sweating, but also I can slide on flip flops easily. Loved these after my first PS.
... MORE TO COME...
Anyway, this is just a preview... I have also looked online (amazon.com) and found the p-style (my girlfriend had thigh lipo and she SWORE by it, as she could NOT squat), various faja's (not sure where to go with this yet), lipo foam, chin lipo compression garment, and chux pads. The vitamins are also there (pre-/post-surgical), but not sure of where the best deal is for those yet.
From all that I have read, I plan to do the following:
1) print out, bring receipts of all payments, including quote email, leave and bring copy of passport (recommended for all foreign travel), and flight information
2) complete payment of Yily prior to surgery via her chase account (only bring $$ for possible additional procedures, i.e., puff pastry and botox, and JMspa)
3) bring a plastic mattress cover and at least 1 personal pillow case
4) double check about calling to and from (within) the DR through your wireless carrier.
5) download a translation application to your phone, iPad, other device
There is more that I want to include, and will do so later... Have a great weekend ladies, and good luck to all going to surgery next week!
Yily set me an email this weekend, confirming my...
Changed date again...... AUG 27th
......PREPARING for PLASTIC SURGERY.....
I know that we all want to go from where we are right this minute, in terms of body weight, size, shape, and image, to that of "damn near" a (place whatever your ideal image holder's name here)-body look-alike. This world, in particular Westernized society, generally favors beautiful people, whether it be face, body, etc. And typically, only those "in favor" discredit this theory or believe/argue otherwise. (Note that money plays a huge part in being favored as well, but I am not focusing on that right now, as at the end of the day, the result of being "in favor" also leads to somehow attaining money...)
That being said, it is not that I am leading into stating that we should not be trying to become or seek whatever we feel that we lack or otherwise desire, as why else would I be here? And no, I am not here to say that we are all already beautiful the way we are so we should just be happy with what God gave us, or again, why would I be here? I am preparing for my transformation now...
But (there is always a "but"), I am hoping that we are being smart though. As we all know, instant gratification, although desired, is rare. It may seem as though it can happen, but typically unless we change something, we tend to fall back into whatever state we were in before hand.
What I am getting at is that we all have to make sure that we understand that surgery can be dangerous, no matter who performs it. We need to make sure we are preparing our bodies: that we are working on our health before hand. We need to be exercising so that our hearts and lungs are prepared... So that our muscles are prepared. I don't mean that we need to go in at marathon runner or Beyonce dancer health and fitness, but we need to get moving, break our unhealthy habits (we know which ones are contraindicated for surgery) and ensure that we are in a mindful state of health before surgery. That means not eating everything we see, drinking more water, taking the stairs at work or home, taking a walk around the block or the mall every day or every other day, doing those exercise tapes at least 20 min a day, playing dance dance revolution with the kids or your friends... Anything! Don't get discouraged, you don't necessarily have to lose 30-40 lbs to be healthy. Skinny or fat, bad health comes in all sizes and being small does not equate to being healthy.
Ladies, let's make sure we are going in it to win it...Meaning, let's make sure that we are in it for the long haul, setting ourselves up for success. We all know that there are inherent risks with surgery, but we can do our part to ensure that our bodies are ready to undergo these very rigorous and exhausting procedures.
I am a fan of Plastic Surgery! I think that the advancement of medicine and science, to this end, is fascinating! I can't wait to have my procedures done.... And I know that once I elect to have my procedures, I am putting my life at risk. I know hat I need to do everything I can to be prepared... Talking to you ladies and reading your stories, and understanding what ladies on here are experiencing, is part of that preparation. I appreciate you all. I just know that I want to do my part for my health going into it (because I do plan to get "the works" when I go!), and I don't want to lose any more of you...
Back on-track and moving quickly...
I have been away for a bit. For various reasons, I have had to postpone my surgery, but now am back with a vengeance, and scheduled for surgery on March 26th... I will keep you all updated, but as I just made my appointment, I now find myself a bit behind. I am going to be in the DR from the 24th through April 2nd. Who is going to be out there at that time and where are some of you staying? Any last minute recommendations? HELP!!
Oh... And going to Cabral...
Staying at Healing Haven
Yikes... so many changes... still not gone yet! On my way for surgery on June 26th with... Yily (back to her again)
I am super excited... trying not to be too anxious, and hoping that I have the support I need when I leave... but either way, I am out... gotta do this for me! Will update more as I move forward. Again, apologies for all of the switching around! Hate to disappoint you all that were waiting for a review of my experience and results, but I promise to update when it gets to that point, because I sure appreciate all of you that have provided your experiences and pictures to all of us still awaiting our turn to become a doll.
Anyone going to the DR for surgery June 25th - July 4th... want to possibly buddy up?
Dreaming about surgery... 24 days until I fly out
Going to tell my family that I am going on a me-cation
I hate having to do it this way and I hate feeling this way, but... he owes me and I deserve this and so damn much more...
Thanks, ladies, for letting me vent... Back to surgery discussion now...
So hard to not have anyone at home to share this journey with!
Ordered my arm compression garment and a chin compression garment
Does anyone know if the garment from Yily that is included is good for the first couple of weeks, or do you recommend getting a second one (next stage garment) right away?
TT scar - before pictures... gained some (unwanted) weight
Have all of my RH quotes, now just trying to choose one
Want vs have pics... side by side
21days to go... Just 3 weeks!
Adding more supplies every day...
In the teens regarding number of days pre-op... Countdown is real!
Not sure if I should order a faja. Yily will give me one, but I will need a second for when I am having mine washed. Not sure of what size, though. Don't want to waste any coins guessing. Oh well, guess I will just be out of garment while mine is getting washed or purchase a second one there??
Arm sleeves came in, and they seem like they fit fine now so I am wondering if they will be enough compression after surgery. May have to put pads in them to make them tighter. Also, chin compression garment came in (getting chin lipo as well)...
I am thinking while writing, and I may just spring for a second faja now, 1 size smaller than I measure per their sizing guidelines. Just don't want it to be too big.
Any advice, please comment. Thanks!
I'm so close to 2 weeks pre-... can't stand it! `
Ordered compression socks!!
Question: For you ladies carrying cash, where are you carrying it?
14 days until I am physically transformed is making me mentally transformed... AKA CRAZY!
And the dreams... OMG! I have had dreams about everything about this surgery, the best one of course is that I turn out absolutely PERFECT!! lol... I know, I have to have realistic expectations, but a girl can dream right? Anyway... gotta get back to work. Oh,and still planning to post a list ASAP.
Date changed (obviously). Going July 24th... Just anxious to get this done
New Flight Booked!
Less than 3 weeks away...
Packed in a carry-on sized roll-aboard suitcase... Even got a blanket in there! Here is what I packed:
-2 packs of Huggies wipes (natural care)
-28 Kotex maxi pads (overnights - old school thick pads)
-3 maxi skirts
-2 Capri length sweat pants
-2 thin zip up jackets
-1 pair spa shoes (rubber slippers)
-1 pair flip flops
-1 pair tennis shoes
-toothpaste/toothbrush/listerine/ deodorant/Vaseline/lotion (all travel-sized)
-compression calf covers (go from knee to ankle)
-Benadryl extra strength cream
-Neosporin +pain gel
-alcohol wipes/sterile gauze pads/waterproof tape
-trail mix/jelly belly tropical mix (these make me happy!)/fruit cups/granola bars
-bromelian and arnica (pills and gel)
-iron tabs and super B complex
-Clorox bleach wipes
-faja compression garment
-arm compression sleeves
-chin compression garment
-paperwork (quote and proof of deposit)
-short thin cotton robe
Working on getting antibiotics before going.
This list feels LONG, but it all fits in my small bag so... I'm going to re-evaluate in a week and update.
Traveling with Money
Massages on the weekends...
Leaving tomorrow... Surgery Thursday
At the airport... On my way
at CIPLA, waiting for surgery tomorrow... review of Day 1 in the DR...
So, this is how the day went... I arrived in Santo Domingo. The customs process was not unlike the process in other countries. Right away, when looking at the line for Dominican nationals, first thing I noticed is that most of the women look snatched... it could have been my imagination, but I don't think so. They must run around here like "oh, I am going to run some errands, go to the grocery store, stop to get some ($7/gallon!!-yes, it is!!) gas, and oh, grab some plastic surgery while I am out... " I mean, really! We are so fat and out of shape in the US... so anyway... then I went to get my bag at baggage claim... was paranoid when my bag was taking FOREVER to come out. I was really going to be tripping then! So, Jose Brito was outside, as promised, sign in hand! That was a real relief! We drove to CIPLA, and it was a really busy place. There is a lot going on here... but in Cabral's office... serenity! He has a really nice office. I went to the counter and received my orders for blood work, cardiology exams, and xrays... overall, the process was smooth. Jose walked me all around, and helped me get through the process. I was also impressed by how thorough the cardiology exam was. The equipment was all electronic and state-of-the-art, but the cardiologist was thorough. Could barely speak English, so we spoke Spanglish together... ha ha! He was very accommodating, but once he found out that I could speak a little, he starting going in on me so I had to just nod and say gracias and call it a day... With that paperwork, the x-ray, and having had my blood drawn, I was back up to see Cabral. He only took about 5 minutes to come into the reception area, and he called me into his office. Beautiful office... very very nice! He checked my email, we discussed the particulars, and then he gave me a quick once over. I asked for very little ass, just enough to fill in some unevenness that I feel that I have, and we were done. He said "I am going to make you beautiful! Small waist, very beautiful!" and that was that. I paid for the surgery, paid for my extras (faja, arm sleeves, and chin strap, and was taken down to admitting to pay for my first night's stay (before surgery). As I waited upstairs for my room, I met a really nice girl that came here to the DR with her friend for vacation. Her friend told her this morning that she wanted her to run an errand with her to see about a doctor she heard about, came to CIPLA at 6:30am, ran into Duran, got fit in for consultation, and then had surgery!! Her friend didn't even know she was coming for that. More soon...
More Day 1
Anyway, I am all marked up. Oh, forgot to mention, hemoglobin was 13.6!! whoohoo!
So anyway, I wish I would have showered before he came in. Didn't know he was coming, but he said he wanted to do mine early. Good...
So, where was I? Oh yeah, so once I got my room (took about 30 minutes), I headed out to eat with Jose and Angie. Had some really good grilled shrimp and vegetables... drank bottled water. My commemorative last drink was the night before I left home. So, I found out a LOT of interesting fun facts: 1) you can drink and drive here (;-/) 2) you can drive on the wrong side of the street 3) there is no right of way... you go when you want at the intersections without lights...
After an early dinner, we went to Angie's so that I could check it out. I think it looks great. The girls there look comfortable, she has 2 nurses there, everything is clean, and the view from her balcony and the room windows is awesome... Jose brought me back, and once back at CIPLA, that's when I got marked up. I also went down to the nurses station to get weighed, bp taken, and to do the pre-op questionnaire... I am going first at 0700... (thank you, Dr. Cabral!) Going to snack a bit on some trail mix and drink some water until 9pm (that's when I have to stop eating and drinking), then I'm going to try to go to sleep... without a pillow, mind you! Oh, going to take a bitch bath too (for those as old as me... that is a splash around in the sink). Feel gross not having showered before being marked up. Ok, update you more after I get to the other side...
I am really nervous this morning. Had trouble sleeping.... probably mostly because I NEVER GOT A PILLOW and because I NEVER GOT THE AIR ON... I cracked the window and made a pillow from the extra blanket I got. I was hoping that having the window open didn't make me stuffy, but if I would have laid in here and sweated to death, I would have felt miserable this morning before surgery.
I will take some pictures today to post during my follow-up review.
Again, thank you ladies for the support.
I'm ok still... Just ok
So much to update, but...
Arms are still draining. Had my first massage yesterday. Close to fainting again... Probably because my blood count is so low still. Taking the vitamins and everything, but still the same. The masseuse said that I have some fluid on my back, but not much. Lots of fluid on my arms and sides and thighs. I feel bloated. She was great... 1300 pesos (~$30) and did lymphatic and ultrasonic massage. More later....
At home and doing good
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I do appreciate it very much. I was really scared for a little bit, and had to really rely on faith to see me through. Thank you again. More later...
More about my time in the DR
Overall, CIPLA was not at all what I would have hoped for with the complications that I encountered. Everyday that I went to Cabral for follow-up, I fainted when his nurses were trying to drain me. My first time was the day after surgery when they attempted to wipe me down and put my faja on. Come to find out, my 13.6 Hgb was down at 7.8. They do not give blood unless you are under 7. So, when cabral came to see me, he told me that I needed to stay at CIPLA for 2 more nights and that if be getting "vitamins" via IV. I ended up getting the standard saline solution, IV iron, IV potassium. The potassium prevents heart attack. I left CIPLA on Day 3 following surgery, and on that day, when Cabral's nurses came to change my dressings, I fainted again. Day 4, when I went to CIPLA to get drained, I fainted again. Cabral asked that I stay in the DR for at least another 4-7 days at the RH. At this point, I really wanted to go home. The next day, I came back to be drained and fainted again. That's when he admitted me to CIPLA again and when I received 2 units of blood. I was alone and very very afraid. I have a medical background, so I know all of the transfusion reactions that can happen, and what made me even more worries was that I would be receiving blood without being monitored with the standard equipment that they use here (3-lead vital sign monitor that is at every hospital bedside in the US and without a call light). I cried like a baby and the driver from the RH came and sat there with me. Although odd, I found it more comforting than being alone.
After the blood, I went back to the RH. The next day, I started to feel hot and cold, and shaky, so the RH owner called the clinic and Cabral told her to bring me in.... To be continued... (Sorry, gotta run...)
Last Day in DR
What I got done...
Leaving the DR... And how it has been at home
Plane ride/ First couple of days at home
Getting home felt great. I think that I instantly felt in better spirits. My body was still very swollen, and I thought I hated my results at first and felt some regret, but every day my results are improving. I feel like I am leaning against or sleeping on rocks, and my arms are very very sore, even to touch. I am in a large faja, and I ordered a medium that should arrive tomorrow. I had my first at home massage on Thursday, so 6 days after getting home. I found a private masseuse on Craigslist and she was great. She will come back on Monday. I am paying $90 for 90 minutes, way more than in the DR, but I am so so happy with how I felt after her massage. I plan to have massages 3 times a week for the next 3 weeks and then maybe 2 per week for the next month, then once a month.... Forever (lol). It's going to be expensive, but I feel like it is worth it. I really want to make sure that I pamper this new body, as I feel like I risked my life to get it. I am also going to start yoga and Pilates. Anyway, about the massage, it did hurt a little (I took 1/2 a Vicodin and a Benadryl capsule 1/2 hour before she came), but I feel like once she was done, it was the first time that I got a peek at what my results would look like and let me tell you... Cabral did his thing!!! I neglected to take a picture, but will on Monday when she is done.
I think the most irritating things have been the constant itching, mostly on my back and sides, and the tightness in my groin area every time I rise from a sitting position. It's like I'm stuck in that bent position and have a hard time straightening up at first. I am using a lot if Benadryl. Also, my chin is tight. I am at my son's basketball game, and a lady that I know walked by and said hi and then Said "you look so beautiful!" Omg, that was the first time someone just came out and said that to me (besides my husband and niggas tryin to holla)... I have to say that my chin is smooth, he took the "double" out and the fat he put in my cheeks does make me look younger and make my cheeks more round and pronounced, but that was sweet...
Last, my husband, who is still struggling with this daily, said that I should have just went ahead and got my ass done too since I went ahead and did what I wanted to anyway... Lol.... Now he tells me! :-(... Oh well.
Back is not uneven, I have a bandage on it...
I still haven't put on my medium faja. I will after my massage tomorrow. I will shower tonight for the first time.bim nervous about that. Wish me luck!
Medium faja and first shower
More DR pics and mark up
Anyway, here are some various pics...
But I have to say...
I think I'm getting sick
One more thing
I hope I did not offend anyone. These are just my thoughts. I do like Dr. Cabral and am do far pleased with my results, just worried about my general health and well-being.
I did not go to the doctor this morning, as I woke up feeling fine. I had noticeable lumps and fluid pockets from not having the faja on. My masseuse came by at 10am and gave me a massage. She could tell that I didn't sleep in my garment, I had a few fluid pockets and one in particular at the base of my spine and it is warm. The massage hurt a lot more than normal. I felt ok right after the massage and put my medium faja back on. Now, I have the chills again.... Ugh!
3 1/2 weeks post-op
I am back in my large faja. With my fever, I felt like the medium was so tight that it was making me feel sick. I feel like my large does not have enough compression. I put a stitch up each side and the back, and am using lipo foam on my flanks (where I got my bra rolls lipoed) and my ab board in the front. That has helped, but it is not really tight. I am ordering a medium squeem vest, and am going to also order an extender for my medium faja. Hopefully that will give me a way to transition to my medium faja more comfortably, as I am like an extra medium... Lol... In my upper ribs and hips.
My arms are really painful, as is my lower back. I am hoping my massage therapist can do something about my arms...
Right alarm vs left arm and lumps on L arm
Back to Work... Wearing My Arm Compression Garments
I have been wearing my arm compression garments and I think this is helping with my lumps and soreness... My massage therapist was sick this morning, so I get a massage tomorrow... too many days have passed. I feel like I have built up fluid a lot.
Back in my M faja... tight, but bearable. I think I needed more compression than my L could give me. I am hoping this helps with my swelling.
If anyone knows what will help with the marks from the faja and to make getting back to working out more comfortable, please respond... Thanks!
Omg!!! I just realized yesterday was the 10th...
When am I...
Down to the last row on M faja
Pics of M faja on last row and back shot
No faja last night... a little back swelling resulted
Pics with ab board and waist looks smaller
Swell hell and faja-related stomach lines
Its officially time...
Pics with M faja and M waist cincher
Update on how I feel: 9/10/14 will be 2 months exactly!
I also have not started exercising. I had a long walk this morning that went really well. Other than that, I have not been exercising at all. I really need to exercise! I think that some of my stiffness will go away, and I will get the complete feeling back in my skin quicker. It actually felt ok to sweat, and I did not get itchy, which I thought would happen.
Itching is getting better (somewhat). I still feel odd when I try to sleep without my garment on (to my husband's chagrin). My arms are the worst, still very lumpy and hard, but you can't see it really, just feel the lumps. They are smaller though, and no longer flabby at all. It hurts when anyone taps on them to get my attention, grabs my arm, etc. I hope that goes away soon.
My thighs are still a little flabby to me, but not in the garment. Out of the garment, I feel that they could use some support. Maybe working out will help to build the muscle and that will help.
The skin burning sensation has not gone away. I still feel like it is burning or ripping when I move around in bed without my garment on, or when my husband hugs me too hard (for lack of a better way to describe it). I really hope that goes away soon, as it is really painful and irritating.
I have not had a massage in 2 weeks. I will schedule one for next week, hopefully... ;-( That, I truly miss and think it has helped me thus far. I think it really helped with the fluid build up in my back especially. I may just order the personal heat or ultrasonic massage unit online instead.
I have included specifics throughout my reviews above, but overall Dr. Cabral did a really thorough job on my surgery, and I got what I expected as a result. He was very attentive the entire time I was at CIPLA and throughout my follow-up period in the DR, and he provided the care that I expected. He accommodated me at short notice, I moved my date up, and going through the pre-op testing was surprisingly smooth. I did not wait exceptionally long to see him, and the evening of my pre-op appointment with him, I stayed at CIPLA, where he came to my room in the evening to mark me up for early morning surgery. I do not feel as though I got great instruction as to what to expect the next day, but I did not ask a lot of questions of him either. The fat in my cheeks has absorbed, but I do not feel like that had anything to do with him or technique... it's just the chance I took. I would recommend him to others, but feel as though they need a registered nurse with them to ensure that they get complete and proper follow-up. He does a good job, but it is really not an ideal situation to be alone in the DR without someone to advocate for you when you are ill. He is a great PS, but his forte is not internal medicine (medical follow-up). He is fine with PS follow-up. My surgical sites are even, I don't have lumps, and I feel good except that my skin is still pretty sensitive. That should improve with time.