I am 5'6, 145 lb mother of 3 :) I am so excited...

I am 5'6, 145 lb mother of 3 :) I am so excited about having this done. I love the idea of a recovery house which will take a lot of stress off of my husband. It will also allow me to get through the worst of my recovery without overdoing it by chasing after my little ones. Out of all of this, being away from my babies is going to be the hardest part :(

It will be hard to be away from your babes, but it will be temporary! Have you chosen your recovery house yet? Please keep us updated on your journey. We're here for you.

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I got the all inclusive package so it's between relax recovery or virginia's recovery house. I'm leaning more towards Virginia though because I've heard such great things. Absolutely dreading being away from the babies :/
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deposit sent! date correction!

I'll actually be there the 6th, surgery on the 7th! Whoops! Looking up flights and vitamins :) also need to get my passport done!
A little background info :)
I'm 26 and this past year I have lost 70 lbs :D I nursed 2 of my 3 babies and now I just feel a bit flabby :/ its a real bummer when you work so hard to get in shape and you end up with a bunch of excess skin. My husband tells me he loves me either way (of course) but it makes me feel uncomfortable when he sees me like this. Definitely not how I used to feel. I am just ready to feel like my old self again!!!

just twiddling my thumbs

Flight booked, vitamins ordered, just have to get my passport... now its the waiting game. I'm so excited and ready! I'm going to try to lose about 10 more lbs before I go.
Hey habe you picked a recovery house?
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good luck
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I decided to go with Dra. Robles too her work talk itself.
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nerves kicked in

I have been nothing but excited about going to the Dominican Republic but I just started getting so anxious. I've lost over 70 lbs and was 10 lbs from my goal weight. Well between thanksgiving and Christmas I gained a whole 10 lbs :( I'm so upset with myself and I started getting scared that I wouldn't get the results I want. I'm just going to have to refocus and get this last 20 lbs off now.
Also, my periods are never EVER regular. Like aunt flo just pops in when she feels like it. I started my period today (last period was November 14th) so hopefully I'll have a period in mid February and won't have to deal with it while I'm in the DR. Blah...
I'm also really nervous about my breast implants. I know you can't tell in the picture since I blacked it out (sorry... The husband says no boob shots! Lol) but my books are still perky just empty since having kids. I'm a B/C depending on the bra and I really want to go up to a full D or double D. I have a big but so I want my boobies to match. My measurements right now are:
Hips (butt)- 42
wasit- 32
chest (over boobs)- 37
anyways...I think once I drop this holiday weight, I'll feel better!
Done rambling for now, hope everyone else is doing good!
Are u sure u need a tt lol? Maybe just lipo? U look great already! Robles is a great dr and Im sure ur gonna love ur results!
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Thank you! The picture isn't really that great but yes, definitely need a tummy tuck, if I bend over it looks like I have an utter, no fun to look at :/ I've lost a lot of weight and my skin did not bounce back!!
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I got the all inclusive package with Dr Robles and she has 2 recovery houses she uses. Hopefully I'll be in Virginia house :)
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support

I am so lucky to have such a great support system. The only people who know about my surgery is my husband, parents and two best friends (their spouses know too). They are all excited for me and understand why I want this surgery. They were all concerned about me going out of the country but they weren't negative about it. Just cautious. My dad was pretty funny/worried about it. He's convinced he'll get a call like on the movie Taken and have to set the whole island on fire. He's a bear of a man and a bit over dramatic ;) but a good daddy. He's thinking of sending my mom with me so that would be awesome! I haven't told my mother in law and I honestly don't know if I will. She can be very negative and I just don't want to deal with it until after because I know she'll make me second guess myself. Just reading all the other reviews about family not being supportive makes me sad :( I don't know if I could do this without the support I have so to the girls without support, I SUPPORT YOU!
I was gonna say the same, your skin looks tight enough, but honestly i do love the results from a tt better than just lipo. Plus you have kids so u may wanna get those muscles tightened so you can work on some nice abs. You dont have to change. You will look wonderful dont worry about the weight. Tt always give you a flat stomach... ( in most cases lol)
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The muscles definitely need to be tightened, I should really post another picture because that one doesn't show it very well. I know it's silly to stress over 10lbs. I'm over it now but I was just so disappointed that I took off all this weight just to start gaining it back. I refocused and I feel better now though :) Thank you!
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pictures

At least I was blessed with a good butt ;)
Your welcome hun.
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passport came in!

I'm so excited :) I applied at the post office December 23rd and it got here TODAY! I didn't pay for rush, just normal delivery time. I wasn't expecting it to be here for a whole month at least :))
Hey missy, to answer your question about the constipation, yes indeed! I am! Uuuggghh!....
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I started taking some laxatives and it has helped a bit!
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wishful

So I decided to upload a few wish boobies and a boobie massage pic collaboration. A lot of these were taken from other real selfers. Last night I stuffed a sports bra to give the hubby a visual of what I want and he's pretty excited. I'm just counting down the days. I even started packing my suitcase already. Lol!

playing around

These aren't the best shots but here's some comparisons. I haven't even had surgery yer and I already have book greed. I'm so scared that I'm going to wish I went bigger :/
Check your inbox r u flying from N.O are ATL
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New orleans!
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How much was it?
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exercise

So I periodically do flirty girl fitness and I run... light weights and elliptical. Nothing too crazy. Well my husband borrowed insanity from a friend and I agreed to do this with him until I leave for the DR. Tonight was the second night and I almost puked. Holy hell.
Are you still doing insanity? I have it too, but have never done it, I'm afraid I'd need resuscitation after! lol Do you do squats with weights or just body weight? I need to start squatting so bad. I lost the last 45 pounds last year and my butt is GONE!!! It's like it slid down into my thighs. :(
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I'm going at the end of February, flying out of Texas,, where ru staying?
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Probably at virginias!
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cbc soon!

1 month and 11 days... so sooo ready!
I am and it's getting a little easier each time. I started a squat challenge (check out punters for one) and when I completed it, I added weights and did it again. It's a slow process but it's worth it!
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Punters? Is that a website, or another rs? I'll try 'n find it. Thx!
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Pinterest!!! Lol auto correct kills me...
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packed!!!

I have everything ready to go! I took pictures of everything... If anyone sees that I'm missing something let me know! For those who have lost a lot of weight and need some summer dresses that fit try www.nomorerack.com I got a few dresses and post op bras from there and they were super cheap! My toothbrush, shoes and undies aren't pictured because I'll pack those last in my carryon with my laptop and passport!

flow woes :'( super stressed!

Now I am stressed to the max!! Usually my period is super chaotic. Last cycle was a month and a half apart which wasn't actually bad. Sometimes I'll go 4 months without one. Well my last period started January 2nd. Its February 2nd and i just started my period. I can't remember the last time my period was on tielme but knowing my luck it will be on time next month so I'll be on my period during my surgery :((( does anyone know how much that can affect my blood count?! I'm going this week to get my cbc so hopefully that will give me a better idea. I am so worried. Will she even do the surgery if I'm on my period?! I need to email Laura. I may cry :'(
Hey gulfcoastmom, last week I had to have a CBC done and my hgb came back at 14. I take three 1000mg of vit c at breakfast & lunch and take 1 FEOSOL Original 65mg per day at breakfast . My chiro suggested 6000-8000mg of vit c for bowel issues, he said you can't OD on vit c cuz it's water soluble. Not sure if that is why my hgb is high.
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Awesome! Thanks for the advice :)
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Excited for you! Looking forward to hearing about your journey. I'm scheduled for March 15th...
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exactly 4 weeks to go!!!

In exactly 4 weeks I will be in the air on my way to the DR!!! Only 28 days... woohoo!
I took your advice and my bowel issues have been solved! Lol I'm getting my cbc Tuesday so hopefully my blood will come back good :) thanks for the advice!!
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Awesome! I'm so anxious for your results...I know we need vit c to absorb iron and wonder if taking a higher dose helps.
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Hopefully it does! I'm so anxious too, one day it feels like time is flying and the next day it feels like it is dragging. I feel like a kid waiting for someone to pull the bandaid off.
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dreams

I keep having weird dreams about my flight to the DR. I'm not nervous about flying, I've flown several times. The dreams always take place in Miami.
1) the plane breaks and we are stuck there for hours.
2) they make us get out own luggage and switch planes, my luggage gets lost.
3) I go to grab a bite to eat and use the restroom and I get locked in and miss my flight.
4) my first flight is late and I miss my second flight and have to stay overnight in Miami to take a flight the next day.
All dreams end the same- I'm too late and can't have my surgery.
Silly but annoying!
How much did you get a plane ticket for? thanks
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650
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I think I better start packing, like you! It'll be here before I know it.
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CBC results -_-

Well my hemo was 13.4 but my RDW was 16.3 which is pretty high. My doctor told me not to worry because I was on my period and have a super heavy flow :/ so that's why it was do high. Waiting to hear back from Laura now...
I was just wondering today if you got your results! 13.4 sounds pretty good for having a heavy flow, no?
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Oh yea definitely. It's the RDW I'm worried about. Normal is around 11.. He said it's probably high from my period though.
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I don't know anything about RDW. I'd follow your dr.'s lead and not worry...especially if you've been going to him for awhile and he's familiar with your health history. :)
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I leave in 3 weeks!!!

Still waiting to hear back from Laura about my CBC. I keep running over all the things I need. I'm looking forward to being comfortable! In clothes, naked, swimsuit, etc. Not worrying about leaning forward and my stomach spilling over or laying in bed on my side and all the excess skin spilling to one side and trying to hide it from my husband. I just can't wait to feel confident again!

19 days and I'll be in the DR!

Well Laura said my blood was good to go :) woohoo! This is all becoming a bit surreal. My besties and I are going out to eat before I leave. I'm so ready. I know Dra. Robles will work her magic on me and I just can't wait to strut my stuff in a BIKINI this summer. Woohoo!! I also took a picture of my vitamins. I had to get a weekly pill organizer because (omg) it's a lot to keep up with!
In anxious for your results !
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My surgery date is March 10 but Im arriving a day before by myself also.....hope to see you there
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I'm sure I will see you :) are you staying at Virginias?
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2 weeks!!!

Alright... here's some pictures. It's so embarrassing to post these. I emailed Laura last night to see if dra. Robles would consider doing an extended tummy tuck or a fat transfer to my butt along with everything else. We'll see what she says. Oh and I'm going to try to repost the picture of all my vitamins. Lol

woops

I meant to upload this one with the other pics
hello gulfcoastmom. I see in your review you are wanting some awesome tatas :) I wanted to share a bit of personal experience with you. we have the same stats, height weight...etc. my pre-op chest looked much like yours. I had breast aug in 2012 and got 450 mod profile under the muscle. they were ok, but not the WOWZA I was wanting. sooo...in 2013 I had them re-done. My second time I chose the 750 cc high profile, again under the muscle. My tatas turned out much like the girl in the instructional breast massage pics you posted...so if you are wanting that look I would recommend going big...way big for your implant size. silicone only goes up to 800 cc in the USA. Im not sure what the biggest cc volume is in DR but you may want to check on that. Just wanted to share!
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Thank you so much for the info!!! I definitely want some bodacious tatas ;)
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I was in class when i first saw your comment so i couldn't go look at your pictures. I just got to look at them and your boobs look great!
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9 days!!!

I'm down to single digits! Eek! My suitcase is packed and I am ready to GOGOGO! Can't wait to see the other ladies from RS who will be there!!!
Hey missy! I will post when i get there. Im leaving in the AM. Will you be staying at Virginia's?
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I am!!! Can't wait!!
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Good luck dooo!! I can't wait to see pics!! I'm excited for you!!!
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almost time!

I'm on pins and needles! I just can't wait :)
I'm starting to get really emotional about leaving my babies for 10 days...
worried my first flight will be delayed then I'll miss my second flight.
Siiiigh. Just ready to be there!
Hey gulf...did you ever hear back from Laura about an ETT or fat to your booty? What time does your flight leave? You're not getting a lift, right, just a BA?
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Almost there!!!! :)
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I know!!!
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sleep just ain't happening tonight!!!

My flight leaves in 6 1/2 hours! Cannot sleep. I am so anxious and worried about leaving my babies for 10 days. I haven't even left and I'm already ready to be home. Isn't that crazy?! Just gotta breath, it'll all be worth it!
Praying for your smooth transition to the flat side! Keep us posted.
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Yay! Best of luck! I'll be praying for you.
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SAFE TRAVEL...maybe you need to take some sleeping pills!
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ay yi yi!

Make sure you have some time between flights ladies!!! Literally ran through Miami airport. Just loaded and about to make the last leg of my journey to DR!!!
XOXOX
Where r ur after pix.....share them with us!!!!!
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@beauti, she hasn't had sx yet, tomorrow.
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Oh ok my badd....lol
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Just got here, waiting to do blood work :) everything is going good!!!

Hey everyone, if you layer because it's cold where you are, make sure you can peel all those clothes off because it is HOT here!!! Everything is going good so far xoxo
lol
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Virginias :)
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Ok please keep us updated and post lots of pics.... Please ;)
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irritated

I've been sitting in the lobby alone for 3 hours. Laura came to speak with me once. Still haven't met dra robles -_-
Best of luck honey
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Best of luck. Thinking of u all the way frm ireland xx. Im in for my op nxt week . Ull b glad wen all done. Keep us posted on ur recovery. Take care xx
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I'm mad at Laura right now! Can you tell that heifer to email me back! Lol sike jp...good luck doll prayers your way.
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woohoo! about to go to the recovery house, surgery in the am

I'll be getting 400cc hp, tummy tuck, liposuction of my back and a small fat transfer to my butt! Ready to go to sleep. I'm exhausted.
Sending you good luck vibes and prayers !!!!!!
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Those look like the gummy bear implants. ..I hope they are the gummy bear implants dont rupture as much as silicone does. Cant wait to see you on the flatside good luck!!
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So exciting!
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-_-

I'm not trying to be negative or get discouraged but I'm really annoyed. Yesterday I was left in the lobby for over 3 hours. I fell asleep and woke up, texted Laura to see what's up and she responded with saying that she saw me sleeping and didn't want to bother me. Wtf do you think I'm bloody down here for?! Had to wait until 10 at night to finally get marked up. Was told to be here at 7am for surgery at 9am. WELL. I've been sitting here with Hazel1 who was supposed to have surgery at 5am. It's 9 am. No rooms. No iv. No blue pill. No word from laura. Not a damn thing. Dukes is running around doing her labs. Tired, stressed, scared and annoyed ... teetering on the verge of pissed. I am sweet as can be and it takes me a good while to get pissed but once I am, it's not pretty. They need to get off island time and start picking this shit up.
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Hope everything is going well. When u feel better can u tell me what type of bras are those? Post surgical? Just sports? Where did u get em from? And if they are sport what type of support and how did u determine size?? Can't wait to hear how everything went..even though it know ur frustrated now... I'm sure ull feel better when ur in the flat side....happy healing...:))
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I got some from www.nomorerack.com and the front closure from walmart. I got a size larger than what I would normally wear. I'm still waiting. It's the wait that is killing me :/
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I also got my dresses from www.nomorerack.com. super cheap summer dresses.
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marked up last night

Still waiting for surgery
happy healing hun, your gonna look great!!!!
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I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR/READ your distress...But, I am GLAD you are KEEPING it REAL for US!!! I heard/read a lot about this TIME OF YEAR in the DR...its STARTING to SOUND like some TRUTH to IT!!! PLEASE PRAY and TRY to REMAIN PATIENT...we don't want YOU TO BE RUSHED INTO SURGERY!!!! GOD BLESS!!!
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Good luck chica and happy healing!
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done!!

I made it. Hurting like he'll but I made it! Details later girls :) also, dukes is amazing!
Hey suga! My storage made me delete whatsapp! How you feeling? You made it! I was at the clinic yesturday when you was in surgery. Glad to see that your okay! Mwah! !!
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I think the waiting is the worst part because your anxiety builds up. .but mami you did it!!
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Thank god!!!!!! Hang in there!!!!!
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Omg I want to sit up so bad

So I dry heaved a bit through the night. That hurt like a mf. I want to sit up and readjust so bad but the nurses won't let me :/ I started my period. My pads are at virginias... told the nurse... All she said was good and left. Soooo I'm pretty gross right now to say the least. Dukes is like a mama bear though! Shw fixed my hair for me then later heard me yelp when the nurses were putting something in my iv and came running over. She is a trip! Can't wait to see hazel1. I have not slept very much at all :/

boob

Ooooh those boobies are looking good....;)))
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Boob! Thankfully your period came after! Did you get your booty done too? If so, how's that feeling?
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I'm doing about as good as can be expected. What about you? I read your review. Wtf is wrong with that girl?! Try to come to Virginias instead of leaving so soon!
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down and dirty details

K so i woke up from surgery completely alone and in excruciating pain. Couldn't find the call button so i literally had to yell for a nurse for like 10 minutes. The nurses are shit. I am not exaggerating. Just being honest. I would hit the call button, I could hear the damn bell going off and they would just turn it off and never show up. Pretty much every time it they had to put something in my iv, I yelped. I've had an IV quite a few times. It never hurt like this. All of a sudden it started hurting really bad. I rang the nurse, by the time she showed up my hand was hurting so bad that I was crying. She came over and patted my freaking hand and said "it ok" ... bitch, no it ain't. Wilson came in right after and I was sobbing. He had to go get a nurse totake the stupid thing out. I am bruised everywhere. At this moment, I'm completely regretting this. Virginia's house, hazel1 and her husband and dukes are my only saving grace. Sorry guys. I'm home sick and hurting.
Sounds like ur after care treatment was rubbish! ! U poor thing. The next few days will get easier. Hope u feel better. Can't wait to see your transformation
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Hopefully things will improve. Try to stay positive. Praying for a speedy recovery.
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Oh gosh, hopefully your recovery will get better
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Thank you!

Thank you everyone for sending me prayers and kind words. Things are slowly getting better. Other than my drain leaking 3 times today. Finally saw my boobs in all their glory, they look great. My biggest issue besides the pain and discomfort is having to haul this water jug up and down stairs. Getting your boobs and tummy and back/but done is no joke. I can hardly pull myself up because it hurts my chest. Would I do it all over again? No. I'd much rather be home, flabby and with my babies. I'm just not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yet.
aw girl, now I'm questioning my decisions...I want to get rid of my excess skin and get some breasts, but I'm happy this way too...I'm so thankful you met up with hazel & dukes. I hope the light at the end of the tunnel blinds you (in a nice way)...have patience...you're only 2 day po! xoxo
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wouderful out come the tt looks real good wow....
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Happy healing!
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Having a good day

I got a great night sleep, my back is draining great and I'm feeling a lot better today :) sorry for being such a stick in the mud guys. It is really rough the first couple of days. I really mean that. It's very easy to feel down about everything. Today, I'm not regretting this so much :) I love Virginia's house, it's so relaxing. I'm here with a great group of girls. We were all a little rough yesterday. I think it was just the mood and being sick of hurting. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little bit better :)
So glad you got some rest and are starting to see some light! I hope it gets better with each passing day gulf! Did you say if you went over/under muscle? Sorry if I missed it.
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I'm praying you continue to heal well and you keep your spirits up. You'll be home before you know it. Looking forward to hearing the rest!
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Waist is tiggggghhhhhttt!!! Luv it:-)
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day 4 -_-

I'm still in the damn band. Had to message Laura, which did not go well at first because she "can't work with my attitude"... well now she's sending dra. Lara who is dra. Robles assistant (Pretty sure she does the surgeries too) to put me in my faja. I'm completely regretting coming here to do this. I don't know if my implant went above or below the muscle. I don't even know what size I ended up in. All together I've probably spent 30 minutes with dra. Robles. Dr. Lara is supposed to also bring my implant card. I literally feel like a piece of meat to them. It is dirty, gross and no one gives a shit. The ONLY saving grace I'd Virginia's and the lovely ladies I met here. I don't care if my results come out amazing, this was a mistake.
I know babe. I ask for something total different than what I got. Yes I have Robles signature cut but my stomach looks ass if the left one of the twin midgets I was carrying ass behind. Baby bye. A big mistake coming this time of year. Recovery home and meetting yall were my only good experience
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Im sorry to hear your having a bad experience. Do you think the timing is bad due to the rush? O just plain neglect? Did they explain why ur not in a faja or did they not have any available? Im planning to go to Robles late next month/early May. I hope they not getting greedy overbooking and providing horrible service, say it aint so?! *Sending prayers your way*
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I don't know... Some girls had surgery the day before and they are ad good service. I think it was just neglect. They said I'm in the binder wrap thing so I won't burn from the lipo. Then I was told that I was in it because the faja will cause bad circulation which is total bills hit. A faja will help even the swelling out. This is causing the swell to go down and up. It's cutting me off in the middle. I just think they don't have the right Faja for me.
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day 5 ^_^

I'm a lot better today. Got put in a faja last night. Had a little tiff with Laura and now everything is resolved and she had been checking on me. I think me and 2 other girls just got the short end of the stick. Plus side, I'm finally draining good. I was hardly draining before and I knew it was because the faja was pushing everything up and down, my hips were like water balloons. Now the faja (kind that goes down your legs) is pushing the fluid from my hips and coming out! Finally. I have been chugging water like crazy too. I'm still disappointed with the hospital and the lack of time spent with dra. Robles but there's nothing I can do. I decided to come to a different county to get better results. So far, the results are good, I don't look like a board. I just can't wait for this swelling to go down. My biggest piece of advice for people coming down here, put your foot down.
Ok im in panic mode now WTF!!
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How is the recovery coming along? Please post pics him as soon as your feeling better of course ;)
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day 6 ( . )( . )

Doing good today, it's my birthday. Just hanging out around the recovery house. I'm draining a lot less today and still drinking tons of water. I had to take a water pill, I am so freaking swollen. I feel bigger than I was when I got here. Can't wait for it to go down.
A birthday to remember! What a way to start a new year!
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I know right?!
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Ill take a new body for my birthday! Happy Birthday Girlie!
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day 7 O.O

Virginia's is awesome, the girls here are great. That's it. Dra. Robles and her team are not. I don't care how good her results are or how well mine may or may not come out . There are 4 girls in the house that NEED to see dra. Robles. 3 are leaving. 2 have not seen her or had their dressings changed since SUNDAY. We have no idea when anyone is being seen. They are so chaotic it's insane. They have been calling and messaging since yesterday with no response. Even the nurses at the house have been calling and getting no response. This is complete bullshit. Utter and complete crap. We were told that this is the worst time to come. They run out of everything and are too busy. That's not our fault that they over booked. That is theirs. 100% their fault.
In other news, I drained less than 50cc in24 hours so hhopefully she'll take out my drain tomorrow. Leaving Sunday. I cannot wait to be home.
I'm sorry to hear your experiences mine was totally different, it is not excuse but just remember you are not in state and also is a lot cheaper that is why I didn't expect that much, however their exceeded my expectations. btw you look great hope you can enjoy your results.
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I've lived overseas. I knew things would be different and I was fine with that. This has been a nightmare. Check out dukes217 and hazel1. They overbooked, it's completely hectic.
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You tell it like it is sis. No our beds aren't bloody. No our r.h is't dirty But guess who is boo? Robles team is. Believe that!!!
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Day 4 and 6

oh!

I'm not sure if I mentioned this, I asked for 400cc, got my implant card 450. No explanation, nothing.
You look great
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Thank you :)
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We are soooo swollen because they ran out of faja's. OOH WAIT, THEY CHANGE THEIR TACTIC. POST OP'S PATEINT NOW GET BINDERS RIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!
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also

Wilson tried to get money from 2 girls for rides that were supposed to be covered in the packag. Asked for 40 from 1 and 100 from another. Dead serious -_- luckily they stood their ground and told dra. Robles who confirmed that they did not owe any money for the rides.
I am GLAD YOU ARE SPEAKING THE TRUTH about what YOU are going thru!
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You look AWESOME! I hope you go home drainless!
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blb
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Day 8 o.O/ <3

Well my journey in the Dominican Republic is almost over. Hallelujah. But I am legitimately sad about leaving behind these wonderful ladies I have met here. I have a big heart and each of them have a place in my heart now. We stayed up until 2am last night laughing our asses off waiting to say goodbye to of my yankees. They house was a little empty when they left. I moved to a single room downstairs and BLBblue moved in with Hazel1 since they will be leaving later. I leave the house around 2am tonight. I will miss Hazel1 the most. I do not think I could have gone through this without her by my side. She was a true companion. She watched out for me and endured my moaning and groaning. We shared life stories and bonded in a way. Kind of feel like she's my Yankee sister now ;)
other than that, I'm feeling good. Going for my last checkup today and packing up to go home. We are ordering out for food tonight. (Did I mention that these girls got me a cake on my birthday and sang me happy birthday? Yea, they are awesome) I can't stress enough what a fantastic group we had here. It was a full house and it was full of laughs and frustration at Robles team. They should have had reality cameras here. It was hilarious.
For my real self sisters that were at virginias, Hazel1, mzcokebottle2B, BLBblue, and the other girls, may there be many "Brazilian lift butts" and "bless your stupid little hearts" in the future ;) love you all.
I'll try to update after my appointment. Doubt my drains will come out but I'm OK with that. Rather safe than sorry.
Look beautiful
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you look amazing!!!!!
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aaaand

I forgot Dukes217. Girl, I wish you could have come to our house and even though we only met for a short period, you have a big place in my heart as well bae, love you!
How's your breast
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Great! I love them.
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Happy healing doll you look beautiful
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boobs

My experience may have been crap at the hospital and dealing with Laura but Robles does great boobs.
Looking great, sorry your experience has so terrible. Hopefully those boobs and tummy will be some consolation, you look great. I wish you the best on your healing journey.
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Do you had a Brest lift ? The look huge!!
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It goes down a lil everyday
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I will be changing my review

Quick update, about to go out to dinner with the girls for a farewell food fest. Talked to robles, she was extremely apologetic and pissed. I truly believe she was sincere. She is a good doctor but she needs better people. (Dr. Lara is great too, very sweet) Robles assured me that there WILL be changes. Pretty sure Laura was crying when I left. She knew she messed up. Dr. Robles said she was aware there have been problems these past few weeks and she is working on changing things to make it better. I really can't be mad at her. She put her trust in Laura and she failed her. I'll have more details later. Xoxo
I can't scream OMG loud enough! 0__0 I read your entire post. As I was reading the parts that detailed your experiences at the recovery house with the nurses ignoring you etc. I Became infuriated! Totally deplorable treatment that was unacceptable! I couldn't help but wonder what type of treatment do natives receive when they get their procedures done? Well thank God for the lovely ladies that you met along the way. It seems that you guys were one hell of a support team for each other ^_~. These people need to get their act together, because it seems like American dollars are what keep the DR doctors and recovery houses booming with business! Thank you for sharing your experience, and journey. Sorry that you had to endure all of this mess. It's stressful as it is getting these surgeries, less alone having to deal with the additional bull shit! I'm just glad you are alright. BTW, did you request a Operative Report?
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Ooops how I could I forget to mention YOUR BODY LOOKS FANTASTIC!
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The recovery house was AMAZING! It was the hospital that was horrible. I didn't even think to ask for that :/ I already left.
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traveling

Had to go in the interview room. It did not go well :'( they are not nice. Just saying. Waiting for my next flight now.
Girl they interigated me like hell. I was pissed! They tagg teamed me!!! What they think we are smuggling drugs or something?? They even asked who do i live with, what school.i go to, how did you pay for your procedure. THATS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS! !! Iwas pissed
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And thank you. It does scare me as well the type of care residents get if that is how they treat visitors. I was very disappointed with my experience at the hospital but the recovery house was stupendous. Virginia's is awesome. The girls I met were amazing.
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WTF??? 0_0..... THE HOSPITAL???
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a quick note about the recovery houses

Laura tells everyone they will go to virginia's because virginia's is the best. Hands down. I was so lucky to go there but there were many who were promised to go there who did not. They were highly pissed off.
Also, there was a girl at our recovery house who was nice, we talked to her but she treated the staff like slaves. It was disgusting. She acted like a child. You are not paying 300 a night to be catered to. You are paying way less and receiving way more. Do not disrespect the staff. At a certain point you have to do things more on your own. And respect the other people in the house. Do not lounge out and take a nap downstairs and snap at someone saying "don't you see I'm sleeping". Or sleep downstairs blaring the tv. Barking orders like you're the queen. Learn some manners. -_- THAT is my only complaint about virginia's.
I paid my deposit with Robles, but then changed to Dr. Fernandez Goico. After reading your review, I am so glad! This journey is stressful enough without the added issues! That being said, you look fantastic!! Thanks for the review.
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Good luck! Dr. Robles did seem sincere that she would be making changes but had I known this would have happened, I would have switched too. She is an absolute wonderful surgeon and she does put your health first. She just has no control over the nursing staff. There were a lot of girls who weren't able to get all their procedures done because she felt their health would be at risk. She did everything on me though but I am very healthy and had a high blood count.
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The unsanitary stuff freaks me the fuk out, that is how people get infection. I am also really mad they tried to interrogate you, what for? Why?
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Dra. Robles

Ok, here's my honest opinion. She is an amazing surgeon. She puts your health first. A lot of girls were not able to have every procedure done that they wanted because either their hemo was low or they were not in good physical health. I work out regularly and eat healthy and have been doing so for a long time. I hada high hemo and she was able to do everything I wanted. I felt better faster than other girls who had less done. So she knew what she was doing. She has no control over the nursing staff. She is extremely busy and put her trust in Laura who took advantage of her. She knows that now and she knows how it is negatively impacting her image. I do belive her apology was sincere and I do believe that she will be making drastic changes. I do not want to discourage anyone but I am not going to lie or sugar coat anything. For now on I will be contacting dra. Robles for any concerns I have.

packing

Medicines- at least 2 tubes of arnica gel/cream. Benedryl (itching). Hemorrhoid cream if you are prone to them. Pain medication. Sleeping medication (you are in a different country, in pain and alone- sleeping won't be easy. Luckily it got easier for me.
Clothes- 4 soft cotton tanks for under your garment. A size larger underwear. You will swell... A lot!
You can't shower so plan accordingly.
You will need extra money. I had 2 iron shots and purchased liotin, it was about 100 for that. They'll mix your liotin with arnica. Dunno the difference.
Head phones. Possibly an extension cord for your charger. Mine was short.
I did not bring snacks and I'm glad I didn't. I ate what the house provided. Don't be picky. If you absolutely do not eat something, they won't make you. Your in a new place, they will make their food. Try it. It's new and you may like it. I Know I'll be cooking a lot more plantains.
Pretty much everything else they tell you. I under packed and since I got my lower back and a transfer to my butt, cash ran out quicker than I expected. I had my card though so it was ok..
that's all I can really think of.
Love the boobs ;) ... So you only stayed out there 8 days?
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Yea, had to get home, class tonight :/
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day 10 measurements

Chest (over boobs) -40 (up 3 inches)
chest (under boobs)-34 (down 2 inches)
Waist- 32 (same, still swollen)
hips- 44 (up 4 inches o.O)
Congrats on your results, I really enjoyed your review, you look amazing already! You're so right being in good physical condition really helps speed up your recovery.. I had surgery here in S. Florida 3 1/2 weeks ago and took 1 pain pill the entire time and Surgeon said the same thing recovery makes a difference when you're ahead of things physically! Blessings to you and happy healing
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Thank you!!! Good luck on the healing :) I'm getting a little better each day but I wish it was a little bit more! Lol
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FIRST let me let youuuuuuuu KNIW Girrrrrrrrl.... you look freaking AMAZING!!!!!!!.... congrats! my question for you is..... how much did your whole sx come out to in 8ts entirety? And next is..... I know that robles states she doesn't too much at one time, but ive noticed you hsd you ba, tt, ,lipo & a bit of fat transfered. .. was that to your butt or hips? Reason Ii ask is because my hemo is at 13.6 before I even started my 325 mg of iron pills so god willing it will be raised a little more. Do you think she'll be willing to fill me in a little on my butt and hips if im having a tt, ba, and side lipo? I already have a big butt but I would live to fill in some dimples for a little extra volume and projection and a little rounding of my hips.
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Day 11 pics

Happy healing:-)
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Looking good
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Thx gulf! :)
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day 11 :)

Things are great, I've lost 12 lbs of fluid since I got home!!! Woohoo! I started taking 800mg ibuprofen and benadryl and I think it helped bring the swell down. Also soaked my feet in Epsom salt. I can finally see a little definition in my back. I am still not walking fully straight but it's close. My back was not draining on Saturday (day before Ieft) but it started draining again Sunday. A lot. (I don't have a drain, just a hole that you push the fluid out of. I'm getting 50 cc daily in my front drain and it's practically clear. Not sure if I should stop draining my back and see if it'll absorb on its own :/ I really don't want to get a seroma. Leaving in my front drain until it drains LESS than 50 cc for two days. Thank god it is still cold in the south so I can wear a hoodie to cover it. Every thing seems to be healing well :)) just ordered my stage 2 garment. Robles told me to order one that goes with my measurements. Do not order a size smaller. So that's what I did. Hopefully it will be right, I heard they run small. Missing the group at the recovery house but I am loving being home! Xoxo
I see you updated your review/rating - cool... You live in the south? Just curious, if you had gotten your surgery done in the US, who would've been at the top of your list?
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Dr. Wells in ocean springs Mississippi.
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Oh okay... Haven't heard of that doctor
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day 12. wtf -_-

I empty my drain every night at 8pm. Well there is absolutely nothing in my drain... because it's leaking. .. -_- I've tried repositioning it but it's not working. There is nothing even in the tubing. Wtf man. .
Maybe u can just take out the drain & just start ur massages ASAP.
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I took it out! I think it was in there too long though. It looked like my skin was trying to grow around it -_-
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Happy Healing!!! can you give me a rounded estimate of your total cost (surgery, flight, passport, meds, etc)? not your personal items you purchased...THANKS!!!!
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day 13 drain o.O

Took my drain out last night. It didn't go very smooth. I heal very fast. Like my boobs are almost completely healed andmy tummy tuck scar I the same. So I tried pulling the tubing out and it got stuck and HURT. then blood started coming out of the tube. I didn't say much about this before but I have a serious blood phobia. Hazel1 is a witness to that. It's bad. So I started getting nauseous and light headed. My husband called my friend who is a nurse and she rushed over. Had me lay down and take a deep breath and she got it out. She had to tug it pretty hard. It bled and I passed out. (Blood phobia... bad... embarrassing and bad) she got me awake and some orange juice *she was laughing at me... she was there in high school when I passed out at the blood drive and I wasn't even giving blood- it's that bad*. Took a zofran and I was good. Then she showed me the tubing. There was what looked like new skin growing into the holes. I am the amazing healing woman(lol). So basically she had to rip it out and the holes scraped along causing some bleeding. I had mild cramping after but I'm good today. No bleeding at all. So 3 other girls took theirs out yesterday and didn't have these issues. BLBblue had some cramping but that's it.
Like when I say that I heal fast, my tummy is already starting to get some sensation back. Craziness.

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So since I said my boobs are healing so nicely, he's some pics. Keep in mind there are some wrinkles because my sports bra is scrunchy in the middle but there's only one small spot on each boob that needs to heal. I had a small Cresent shaped incision on the bottom half of the areola. Yes i can still feel my nips. I was kind of hoping they'd be numb for a bit so I could get them re pierced.
Love the boobs! robles does do awesome boob jobs!
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Thank you!
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day 15! can't believe I missed my 2 week update!

Things are going great. I have a few odd issues. I still can't stand up straight without forcing myself. I seem to be a little shaky (my hands... I make cakes so having a steady hand while piping is a must) and I keep getting chills out if no where. Mainly in the areas that I had liposuction. Doesn't seem like my body is retaining heat well. Which is odd. I don't have a lot of pain (other than in my lower back from not walking straight and some random shooting pains) I just feel sore. Like I've done a major workout. My upper leg muscles are very sore, which I also find odd. Pretty good other than that. Back to school, making cakes and being mommy! I took an actual shower last night and my friend dried my hair for me. Felt. So. Good!
You look great love your results
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Thanks :)
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So this is your first shower since the procedure?
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day 16 with pictures :))

Got my new compression garment, it's comfy :) still healing well. I have a love/hate relationship with my hips and butt. They've always been big. Now they just seem huge! I know my butt is still swollen, I just wanted it restored to its former glory (pre kids)... not "bigger" just smoothed out. My hips, they are what they are. In the pictures, my finger is on my hip bone. They won't shrink. My husband loves it though and says I'm being over critical of myself. He's probably right. It just makes me feel fat :/ I know... I know... call me crazy. I'm just having a hard time NOT picturing my old body I guess. I'll get used to it. I think if my waist gets any smaller, it'll look really weird though o.O
also, I can't get a good picture of my boobs. They are not nearly as lopsided as they look in the pictures. At least not I the mirror. One just looks huge compared to the other in the pictures. Not like that in the real world! Lol
Looking gd
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Thank you :))
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Love your results.
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day 17

I'm exhausted. Just really tired. I've been going nonstop all week. So just letting everyone know, you will get tired really easily after surgery. And you will hate stairs. Just went up a flight of stairs and waiting for class to start and I'm breathing harder than a fat kid waiting for a piece of cake.
Siiiiigh
Wow u look awesome!!! Can u stand up straight? Im 2 wks post op and I cant stand up straight my back is still killing me
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It took me a little over 2 weeks to walk straight. I'm 3 weeks po and I still find myself leaning forward sometimes. You may be getting back spasms. Try sitting in a massage chair or something. If you don't have one, some places that do pedicures have massage chairs ;)
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My back is my main worry right now....im going to see robles today...when were u able to sleep normally...I still have to sleep sitting down. Sorry for all the questions.
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Yily Patient Died

I do not have all the information, losetowin has more. I just have screen shots from the girls sister. It is a horrible situation. I may be removing my pictures because I cannot encourage anyone to go down there. They tried to basically say that it was the girls own fault. Made her sign an autopsy waiver so her family wouldn't be charged 30 k. This could happen to anyone and I thank God it did not happen to me after being left for 24 hours after surgery bleeding on myself from starting my period and the nurses wouldn't clean me. I could have gotten
sepsis just like that girl. My prayers are with her and her family. Think long and hard about your decisions ladies. Is the pursuit if beauty worth your life? Like i said, I do not have all the details, losetowin has more.
So Dr Robles is at CIPLA too? What about Duran?
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No Robles is at CECLIP a different clinic
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Oh okay... How about Duran? Do you know?
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Bulls hit

Robles may act sweet and caring while your there but she hardly responds when you are gone. I have taken out several stitches because areas were not healing. Her Po instructions are ridiculous. She wants you to take a bird bath for 3 weeks. I looked up on real self where other doctors answered when it is OK to shower. They answered pretty much as soon as your drain comes out. I have a rash around my tummy tuck/breast/belly button incisions. I messaged robles yesterday and have yet to hear back. Even sent pictures. And my ass looks ridiculous. From the side, it looks like a triangle -_-
I do not encourage anyone to go to the DR. you need to have good follow up care and the only way to have that is to stay HOME! Oh and my boobs are lopsided. Hooray.

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Triangle fat ass. Lopsided tits. And sprinkle on an insanely itchy rash. Also, I'm super thick from the side. I could suck in before this and look thinner.

All the pics didn't upload -_-

Over this

seriously real self... your picture uploading sucks

Try again... to clarify, my butt... not what I wanted AT ALL. I had a big butt. I just wanted the cellulite filled in. Now I miss my old butt. Desperately. It's not worth it. Stay home where you will have a doctor that takes care of you.
Omg I just read ur review.....smh this tx is really ridiculous. Well once again ppl will eventually make their own choices. Proceed with caution.
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Thanks for the update. Your reviews are helpful! I probably won't be going to DR anymore. Do you have any pics of you bbl results?
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I'm sorry babe... I'm thinking about canceling my surgery. Ticket paid for but fuck it. I don't even care at this point.
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food for thought

I chose Robles because she was "safe" she won't do too much at once. Welp, I got the whole she-bang. Boobs, tummy, back, butt, sides. SHE ALSO TAKES PATIENTS YILY TURNS AWAY. It's only a matter of time when we'll all be talking about a Robles death. They are careless. If you can save up 6 grand to go there, you can wait and save more. I fully regret my decision. I would take the higher incision and less curves for good follow up and a safer procedure/environment. THE PURSUIT OF BEAUTY IS NOT WORTH RISKING YOUR LIFE . Do you really think Robles would respond any different to a patient of hers dying? According to losetowin, Robles and Yily are besties. Robles is yilys babies godmother. Birds of a feather flock together. Seriously reconsider your decision.
And im sorry your experience is so bad. Im not having to great of an experience either but I dont regret my decision. .yet anyway lets wait a few weeks and see how I feel with post op care
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Just because their friends doesn't mean they are the same. I have friends who smoke and I dont smoke. I have friends who are on welfare and im not. I have friends who go to church every Sunday and I don't go to church unless it's a holiday. So dont use the info in a negative way. Yes yily sends the big girls to robles because Robles does better tummy tucks and yily wont do them if there over 180. Robles works miracles on big girls trust me ive seen her post op big girls and they get snatched. Its disorganized yes but her work is undeniably magnificent. I hope no one dies on her table. And yes you got the whole cha bang but your an exception because there was a girl at my recovery house who wanted everything her hemo was a 13 and she was told no. So I dont know why she told you yes she should have said no because other ppl were turned down and thats not fair. But im sure she had her reasons
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I had surgery in July 2013. I completely agree with you on the post op care. I felt so lost, depressed and confused when I came back home.
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Sisterless.

Sisterless is the sister of the Yily patient that died a horrible painful death. There is no reason to sugar coat it. Her sister has stated on losetowin's review that the cause of death is sepsis and liposuction. Yily has yet to release her medical report. Yily is not out of the woods on this yet she is STILL preforming surgery. She has been cold and callous. Casting blame on the VICTIM and recovery house. If sepsis was caused by her "not wiping well" then I am shocked I did not contract sepsis while being left laying in my own menstruation for almost 24 hours directly after surgery. No one would help me. This was caused by DIRTY medical instruments. Lack of care and overzealous liposuction. She was so bloated with fluid they had to get a larger casket. My heart aches for this woman whom I do not know. She left her babies motherless. I have 3. Thinking of this puts the weight of an elephant on my chest. I admire sisterless for finding people who are going down there and warning them. She is fighting a hard battle and needs our love, prayers and support. Think long and hard about your decision. Strip yourselves of whatever justification you are using. Are you that desperate for whatever society deems "beauty" that you would risk your life. But who am I to say all this. I am a complete hypocrite and I acknowledge that. I got "the works" so to speak. I had a bad experience so you can say that I'm biased as well. BUT I have been completely transparent with my experience. As I said before and I'll say again, the pursuit of beauty is not worth you life. If you can save up 6 grand to go down there, I implore you, wait, save more, stay close to home. Have your procedures one at a time. Be safe.
You can ignore this, scoff, keep scrolling but if you do one thing, look at your babies and ask if this is worth it.
I think you look fantastic! I look at your before and after and I wonder if my results will be that good. Definitely get the rash/redness thing checked out, but you are healing nicely otherwise. I haven't had my surgery yet, so I can't speak from experience, but bad things happen all the time, no matter the location. What happened to Yily's patient was heart-wrenching, but it happens here, too. We just need to make this decision knowing the risks, with eyes wide open.
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I'm glad you don't regret it, but I fully do, I just don't think it is worth it. I wish I had stayed home. I would take the higher incision and less curves in a heartbeat for better care and a safer environment.
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EXACTLY...same here...I have a friend that is having an affair and its been years...I tried to talk to her but she's a grown ass woman...all I can do to PRAY for her (my friend)...with that being stated I don't think its fair to but Robles in that category when she aint in it...yeah she over books...yeah she has too many patients...and, people like ourselves go or plan to go cause of funds...ALL we can do IT make OUR own DECISION based on our OWN RESEARCH...but, I will not TALK about Robles cause her bf is Yily...
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heard back from Robles about rash.

She told me not to put neosporin on it -_-
CIPLA put in place a BMI limit that is slightly lower than CECIP around sept last year. That's y Yily is sendin some over d limit girls to Robles. Early last year B4 Cipla put in place d BMI limit yily was operatin on girls who were up to 300lbs.
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Ok, so cipla, who has a bad name, set a stricter code for their patients. Yet cecip didn't? I think that is playing with fire. Cipla probably placed that limit due to deaths and complications. Now they are being sent to Cecip which will probably lead to deaths and complications.
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Ypu are so right about bad things happens...I PRAY for all whom has GONE and going to DR...
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OK -_-

I get it. I'm blunt. I ruffle feathers, that's cool. But you can ask anyone who was down there with me, I did not start off this way. It took A LOT to piss me off. Just because I am pissed about the lack of after care and follow through from my doctor does not mean I am bashing people who choose to go to her or people who had food experiences. Please get that straight. There is obvious risk going down there and people should be aware of it. The point of real self is to share the good and bad. Period.
Thank you for your updates and your opinion! You do have every right to post your thoughts about your situation here. I'm sorry you're unhappy with your care and results. :( Please PM me if you need assistance uploading photos or even if you'd like to describe why it's difficult to upload them. We are always trying to improve the site!

Hang in there!
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Thank you :) I'm typically on my phone while on real self and uploading multiple photos is a bit of a pain. I'll have them all up and ready to go, hit post then later see that all or some of the photos didn't upload. It's not the end of the world by any means though!
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thanks so much ladies.....for sharing ur story with us and I am .....sorry u had this terrible experience........but wish everyone of you a speedy recovery........i'll will not be going to robles anymore... ........thx again ladies xoxo
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rash

I am fortunate enough to have a great relationship with my regular doctor and several friends who are nurses (1 surgical nurse, 2 ER nurses and 1 who actually works with my doctor) my friends have been helping me a lot and my doctor had no issues seeing me. When I called, he insisted to see me. Asap. I went in at 6 this morning (his office opens at 630 on mondays) they took blood, got a full examination, made a couple of notes and he looked over my instruction sheet from Robles. He gave me a hefty lecture which I took with grace. Fortunately it appears the rash is due to too much moisture plus heat. He wants me to air it out. He snatched out a few more stitches (I was shocked there were more, a week ago, my friend pulled 10-15 and I've pulled at least 5 since). My hip (side that had drain) does have some discoloration and he is worried that i may have an infection from having my drain in too long -_- so back on antibiotics (just got over a gnarly yeast infection too, blah). The Po instructions said not to shower for 3 weeks, he gagged. He said the only reason you shouldn't shower is if your drain is still in or yyou have a gaping wound. He said, which is what I suspected, he thinks doctors down there keep the drain in so long is to avoid blame if the patient gets a stroma but they run a higher risk of getting an infection keeping it in. He was shocked at the conditions (I told him everything, no need to be ashamed, he already scolded me) and appalled by the nurses. I did tell him that I was lucky enough to be in the best recovery house down there. He said people who have tummy tucks are encouraged to stand straight fairly quickly after surgery. Not doing so can cause serious back spasms.He was also shocked at the fact II had so much done and was given such a low dose in pain medicine. He said tthat being in that much pain can put the body under more stress. There was a lot more and I'll update more later. I had to rush from there to take my 4 and 3 year old to have their tonsils out. It has been a fun day to say the least.
Oh, he also works with a plastic surgeon along with being a regular doctor, he helps with follow up appointments and things like that. That's how he knows all this, oh and common sense. He also told me tgthat there is no reason to wear a compression garment anymore. I still am though just because i feel comfortable with it and he said that's fine.
Busy day. I'm exhausted and watching my babies rest. Going to get off here before they wake back up.
I sincerely thank you for your honest review. I have been going back and forth with this, and the more I hear people being honest. The more I'm leery.
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Go with your heart and an open mind. Good luck with your decision! I had a bad experience but others have had good experiences. I know while I was there, everyone was pretty ticked off BUT I have heard that during the "off" season, it's a lot better. If I could do it all over again, I would have stayed home.
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Wow Im nearly crying reading your review. I too am a hypocrit I guess. I suppose we are naive and dont think it can happen to us. I feel bad moaning about problem that really aren't problems at all. Im sorry u haven't had a good experience. for what it's worth you really do look amazing. I hope you are ok. Thinking of you and commend your honesty. Im in Ireland but and it would have been half the price to go abroad but I would encourage people to save and go with what you are most comfortable with x
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4 weeks

Finally 4 weeks PO. I have cut off communication with Dr. Robles and using my regular doctor. There is not much she can do for me over the phone and honestly, I'm a bit bitter over the whole experience. Here's some background information on me. I spent half my life overseas, my mother in law is from Honduras, I KNEW conditions at the hospital were not going to be up to par. What I expected was to be treated as so many others were during their trips. I was sorely disappointed. I vented a lot on real self because I'm an open person. It took a lot for me to get so upset. When the nurses refused to clean me up and help me after I started my period and I was left there bleeding on myself for almost 24 hours, that is when I snapped. Nobody should have to feel the way I felt. I felt disgusting, stupid, alone and scared. I was brushed off and literally ignored. I could hear the music start when I hit the call button and they would turn it off and never show up. When I woke up, I had to scream for them because I was alone and couldn't find a call button. I was terrified. Others had a nurse sitting with them, I did not. Then Laura began ignoring everyone at virginia's, including the staff. It was a clusterfuck. Po appointments were hell for some of the girls. We wouldn't know when our appointments were and we would be there for hours, missing meals and our scheduled medications. That was a bit absurd BUT I probably wouldn't have been that upset if the experience at the hospital wasn't so bad. When I talked to Dr Robles about all this, she did seem to genuinely care less but I am skeptical over all of them at this point. I went down there with an open mind. If you asked any of the girls, I am pretty damn easy going. I was upset when I asked a direct question and Laura did not respond or when she did, she avoided the question. There is a house full of girls who read all of the messages. After hearing of the Yily patient who passed away, I just cannot support anyone going down there. Yes, she was at a different hospital, yes, she had a different doctor. I do not think doctors down there are equipped to handle emergency situations and try to cover their own as before taking care of the patient. Is Robles different, I don't know. I think she puts too much faith in Laura despite multiple people telling her that she is crap. That says a lot to me. This is my opinion and yes, I am biased. I know others who do not know me may try to cast an unfair judgment to justify their feelings, I really don't care. Would I recommend any of my family or friends or my worst enemy to go down there? Not no but hell no. If they had a bad experience, I would never forgive myself. That is MY opinion based on MY experience. If you had a wonderful experience and you would go back, I am genuinely happy for you. I went down there because of all the good experiences I read aabout . Don't cast judgements on me because I had a bad experience and I regret it. I do not like admitting that I regret it. Admitting that I regret it is admitting that I made a mistake. That's not an easy thing for someone to admit. I had to tell my husband, family, friends and doctors that I made a mistake. I had to listen to the "I told you so's" and face the looks on their faces. I handled it with dignity and grace. Above all else, I am honest, I will not lie to save face. Please, respect that at least.

Now, how am I feeling? Pretty good. Lots of random sharp pains but I'm alright. I'm finally down to my surgery day weight and I can button my pants again. I do like the way I look but i don't know if I'll post pictures because i just can't encourage anyone to go down there. If you choose to go, I wish you the best of luck and urge you to go during "off season". Live a healthy lifestyle before you go. I am extremely healthy. I was down to my "goal" weight for 9 months before my surgery. I exercise daily and take care of myself. This is why I believe Robles was able to do everything I wanted done. That being said, it was a lot harder of a recovery than I thought it would be. I would not do as many procedures at once. I suggest that if you know that you do not live a healthy lifestyle, don't go.

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Not care less, Robles seemed to genuinely care**
I am very happy you made it back home safely. I was worried while you were out there. I'm glad there were ladies who were able to help you communicate with them. It was frustrating to be so far & not be able to help. Hugs to you & happy continued healing!
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Sorry you had a bad experience...God Bless!
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Exactly! Your experience, your opinion! And no one has the right to tell you how you should feel about it! I'm sorry you had such a bad experience! Thank you for sharing and being REAL!
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1 Months (pics)

Well, I promised to stay honest so that's what I'm going to do. Even though i had a bad experience, my results are great.
Still swelling in my back and lower abdomen. I am doing light cardio, light muscle training and yoga. Massages are pretty good. I'm 2 lbs under my surgery weight. Drinking lots of water and eating fairly well. I have a stitch dimple under my breast and my love handles are still swollen but tthat's about it!

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I admire your honesty and willingness to share your story. I thank you for that. I have friends that went to DR with mixed results. One ended up in the hospital here in MA. With a big hole in the stomach that took months to heal. The infection was so big she almost didn't make it. Her stomach is deformed now. Another came and basically looks like she didn't get nothing done (she looks square) others had the breast incision open up and so on. But you know what, they don't like to talk about it to others for fear of the " I told you so"...only the closest friends know about the their complications. Also they had never heard about Realself cause up here is word of mouth. I met one doc that came up for consults as he knew people up here. I myself wanted to go at one point. Working in the medical field (I knew better) but the low cost surgery makes it easy for people to not think. Of many that say they happy with the results, there is a few that are willing to admit they had any type of complications for fear of what people will say. You got your pants in the right place girl. Yes, I have to wait longer to save my money and get it done in U.S. But you know what, if there is a complication I have a better chance and family that can rush to my side quicker. I wouldn't mind going on vacation up there but that's about it. I have a Dominican friend that was upset and worried when I mentioned once going to DR. She herself had her tt in the US...she was happy when I decided to go to a teaching hospital. No, the results are not as DR (with tiny) waist, but, had no complications from extreme lipo practices that can send a body into shock. Hopefully things change for the better and these doctors improve their services and care..glad your results are great and you do look fantastic. Take care xoxoxo
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Thank you for sharing! !! I did catch some grief for my review but I am sticking to it!
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You look great and happy healing
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Tomorrow is my 2 month anniversary

I still feel the same about my trip to DR, the doctor and the staff. Still not happy with my experience.
I am still itching like crazy. Some pains but nothing major. Swelling isn't so bad. I eat well. So I think that helps. Also, I started light stretching as soon as I got home. Progressed rather quickly to yoga, then added in light cardio and light weight training by my one month anniversary. I am now walking/jogging/running 3 miles about 3-5 times a week (depending on weather). I am almost back to my regular yoga routine (some positions cause some pain in my tt incisions) and still light weight training. My weight is 160 and stays right there. I think that may be from building muscle.
Although I am not pleased with my experience, I am happy with my results. My stomach is flat and my breasts are lovely. My butt looks great.
My biggest issue is, surprisingly, clothes shopping. My measurements are 40/26/40. It's hard to find things that fit properly without looking slutty. Just being honest. Welp, that's about it! Going to upload some pictures.
Best and most honest review I've read...thank you.
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So sorry to hear about your bad experience, however, you really do look great. What time would you consider to be an off - peak season?
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You look FANTASTIC!!!
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Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon

Laura responds well before you get here, while your here its like pulling teeth to get a response. The hospital was hectic and I was basically left to fend for myself. The nurses would turn off the call button and not come. I started my period right after surgery and was left there over night bleeding on myself. They would come in and just throw a sheet at me which had basic translations and I would point to the one that closely described what I needed and they would brush me off. The recovery house and the amazing girls I met here was the only good. I don't care how well my results may turn out. This is not worth it. I should have saved for another year and had it in the states. Yes, other women had amazing experiences, which is why I chose her. I know that I and at least 7 other girls have had a horrible experience. Good luck ladies!

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