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Crossed over to the flat side and recovering from seromas...Still no regrets!
- posted 6 months ago
- updated 2 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $6,200
- Walkiris Robles, MD (Dominican Republic, DO)
I am a 35 year old mother of 3 ages 5,11 and 17,...
- 7 Nov 2012
- 12 days pre
I am a 35 year old mother of 3 ages 5,11 and 17, two boys and my last is a girl. I was 30 when I had my daughter, and needless to say she tore me up. I gained 60 plus pounds weighing over 200 pounds. My birth weight for my first son was 150, with my second 180 and with the girl...off the scale.
This site has helped me do something I’ve been wanting to do for years. My family is against me traveling alone but I don’t care. As a mother I always put everyone ahead of my needs and wants but not this time. I’m finally doing something that is SELFISH and I deserve it. And after my surgery of over I’ll go back to putting myself on the back burner but until then…DR here I come.
I keep looking in the mirror wondering what it would be like to actually like what I see. And if I look as good as some of you guys that have had your surgery then it will be worth all the pain and suffering. I had lasik surgery and I felt like a new person… so if it feels anything like that…. I am so looking forward to it….that’s after the pain and swelling goes down.
My husband is against my PS and says “God made you this way”…and I respond by telling his ass…”NO you made me this way and I’m changing it back to what God intended me to look like!” My husband love me just the way I am but I can’t stand holding in my gut, not to mention I have too many clothes that I can wear but don’t wear because I don’t like my stomach. I work out all the time but my stomach just won’t go anywhere and it is so discouraging. But there are some things exercise just can’t fix and for all those other things there a person call DR. ROBLES…lol…
I’ve lost weight since the picture I posted and I am nervous as hell, I will be traveling alone but I’m looking forward to getting away from all my daily responsibilities…As a mom and wife it seems like our jobs never end so I’m looking forward to being away. Not looking forward to being swollen and hurt on Thanksgiving but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to take…
So if you’re active and go to the gym will this help with the recovery? I see some people recover a lot quicker than others…you know what side I praying that I fall in line with….lol…
So who else is going to be in DR during the week of Thanksgiving…I’ll be there on the 19th.
OK so the date is getting closer and closer. Since...
- 11 Nov 2012
- 9 days pre
I'm going to wait until the last minute to pack so I'l have plenty of distractions...This procedure is scheduled before Thanksgiving and I always have al least 20 family members come into town and I stay up for 2 days cooking...needless to say everyone was in shock when I said I won't be cooking this year...especially my father...lol...Yep I told his ass you on your own this year Dad..That could be one of the reasons he is giving me a hard time..lol...
I'm thinking I may need to put up the Christmas tree before I leave. It's a 9ft tree and it normally takes a few hours including standing on a ladder and reaching and now that I think about it will be a requirement before I leave...I'm sure there is no way I will be able to do it when I come back home. Needless to say it will probably be up until February depending on how I feel..My husband won't put it up but he will help take it down...
After looking a few of the ladies post on here I have increased my vitamin intake, I was taking the min which is:
Vit C 1000mg
Iron65 mg (equivalent to 325mg)
Vitamin B50 complex
I have added:
One a day vitamin (Walmart brand)
I take all these once a day at night, I can't take all those pills during the day and plus I am afraid I will forget, I have one of those pill dispensers that has the ways of the week on top...my husband refused to use it because he said it made him feel old...lol..It sure did come in handy for me. All are taken at night except for the B complex which is a metabolism.
I'm thinking about buying a compression garment, but I'm not sure what size. My current weight is 150 and my height is 5'4.5. Anyone have any suggestions on where to buy or should I just wait until after the surgery??? Thanks ladies!
OK...so the less family you tell the better...
- 14 Nov 2012
- 6 days pre
1. Find an affordable PS 2. Connect with actual women that have gone and come back safe 3. Educated myself on what to expect from you ladies on this site. He understands my perspective, he's still not happy about me going alone but like I told him...who is going to be able to leave work or their families and travel with me to DR when all I'm drugged up for most of the time. I wouldn't feel right asking anyone...plus I told my husband with him being home with the kids will give me a piece of mind while I am away healing.
So ladies, I feel your pain but I must say it makes me mad as hell when I think of all the money my husband (and I but mostly him...lol) have blown or what we've spent on stupid stuff and you really have a problem with something that is going to make me feel better about myself...Now you want to say well he can pay bills or do something else with that money...UUUMMMM EXCUSE me there's a few thing that are guaranteed until we die and BILL is at the top of the list...so next...
MY VAJAJA is out of control...but I think I like...
- 14 Nov 2012
- 6 days pre
COUNT DOWN...so I only have a TWO days left. I...
- 17 Nov 2012
- 3 days pre
Has anyone else that has used Dr. Robles has some of the same concerns??? I ended up e-mailing Laura, telling her about my concerns and also stated that if needed I could postpone my surgery until we are all on the same page; Laura stated that all is well and all my surgeries will be included. BUT I'm still a bit pissed that Raquel was able to text me on a regular but soon as that confirmation was sent...it's like whatever...
Well everyone I went to Wal-mart with my list...I got everything except the chewable nausea tables and the compression socks, because I was not sure if I would actually need them...any advice would be great! I’ll put a list of everything packs and when I return I will list anything that I did not use…because it will be returned as soon as I get back…lol…Happy healing Ladies!
OK so I made it safe. I will tell anyone that you...
- 19 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
I think I'm in shock…I feel like I’m watching a movie…I’ve never traveled outside the country (other than by sea) let alone by myself…I still can’t believe that I am actually here in the DR about to get plastic surgery.
I had the hardest time contemplating on if I should get pesos or just use American money (not for surgery but while I'm here). I ended up not converting any American dollars I waited too late to do my homework. Oh guys when you get to the hospital make sure you are in a room that the wifi will work in…my first room had no signal plus all the channel on T.V are in Spanish...Lucky for me I love CNN…it is the only channel (111) that is in English.
So my surgery is tomorrow morning, I can’t sleep I’m gonna be up all night…Dr. Robles is suppose to come by tonight…not sure is she will actually come it’s almost 9p.m.
My flight was good no complaints as I got closer to DR I almost started having panic attacks…lol...It’s sooooo weird being here….I feel so out of place but everyone here is really nice…...so far so good!
Hello Ladies I made it...I'm in too much pain to...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
OK ladies so I have updated pics for you, to be...
- 23 Nov 2012
- 3 days post
I was not sure if I wanted implants or not, I know I listed it but once you get those papers and start to read all the complications associated with the implants I was like..Oh NO..lol...I kept going back and forth w/Dr. Robles because I was not sure. I was a DD then my breast deflated to a D, and I was not sure of the size after the lift, but I knew I would not be happy with a B cup...She helped me with a difficult decision...
She said she will do the lift first and it the breast are too small she will add a small implant...I was happy with that, I did end up adding 200CC or so.
YES I HAVE JOINED THE FLAT SIDE...lol...I'm still in shock that I am here in the DR but even with my feelings IT IS WORTH EVERY DIME!
Virginia is great and she takes such good care of us, she has a beautiful heart!
Hey Guys so everyday seems to be a little better....
- 24 Nov 2012
- 4 days post
Virginia told me today no sex for 2 months...I said to myself YEAH RIGHT...more like two days after I get home..I'm gonna try to act like I'm in pain but knowing my husband he'll just say "I'll just put the tip in"...LMAO...AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS...LMAO...Happy Healing Ladies...Nap time!
Hey guys I forgot to update you on my last...
- 25 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
I didn't know what to expect and only could rely on the post from the other girls on here. The CG was so tight around my sternum that it made is difficult to breath. The size of my CG was XXXXS, plus the bikini CG cuts around my pubic area. When I went for the appointment I asked for an CG that has the shorts instead of the bikini, she refused and said that it was a gift and said that the white binder is the basic binder that is given to patients. I was upset because if I pay for a CG I should be able to pick the one that I want especially if the CG is costing me $100.00.
So Before you purchase any airline tickets you need to make sure you have Laura (not Raquel) send you in writing what type of CG you are getting and it also needs to say that a bra will be supplied. I had to ask for the bra, one was not offered to me, I was asked if I brought a bra. When I questioned why they were asking me for a bra and told them I was suppose to be supplied with one then they said I will get one on the next visit which is tomorrow.
I can't really complain about the overall experience because Dr. Robles work outweighs all the minor things that pissed me off and her work is off the charts, However if you can make minor adjustments to omit what I went through then you will be fine. Dr. Robles is a perfectionist when it comes to her work and her patients are her WORK. I do not regret my decision to come, just a little disappointed in the services with Dr. Robles after.
Also you need to bring about $150 just for medical expenses. I had to purchase four shots that helped increase my red blood cell count. So I would say you need about $300.00 for medical and if you plan on buying another CG which I would NOT...wait until you get home like PRK said, because your weight will go down and you want your CG comfortable for you since we will be wearing them for a while. Hopefully I will have more pictures to post tomorrow, Happy Healing!
Hello Ladies, we went to the doctor, my incision...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 7 days post
I have no pain just a feeling uncomfortable at times and I CAN"T STAND THE DAMN DRAIN...Dr. Robles said if all goes well it should be taken out on Thursday. My flight leaves early on Friday...to be honest I believe that no matter what she leaves in the drains the entire time of your stay. I have been drinking water 24/7 even through the night at times because I don't want to leave with this damn drain.
Hey Ladies someone posted a great question and I...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 7 days post
I have Verizon and I had them to disable my phone on a certain date because once you enter DR you will start roaming and the calls are $1.99 per minute, texts are .50 outgoing and .15 incoming. I didn't want to take any chances so I called Verizon and they disabled my internet and text. HOWEVER I can use my cell to make calls with google voice (just turn on your wifi...not mobile) make sure your mobile is always OFF. I have a google voice phone number so when I make calls the google voice number shows on the caller I.D. All this can be done before leaving out of the country no matter where you have surgery.
I have the Galaxy S3, also make sure to keep your phone in airplane mode unless you are using it to make calls, AND YOU CAN TEXT with google voice, I believe I can receive calls to but since I don't know for sure I don't answer I just call whomever is calling back! Till next time!
Hey guys sorry I've been MIA, it took me some time...
- 3 Dec 2012
- 13 days post
So Leo arrived to pick me up at 4:30a.m my flight departed at 7:00a.m. I arrived to the airport around 5a.m., Dr. Robles wrote a note in Spanish letting the airport staff know I would need assistance due to surgery. Also I did sign up for wheelchair service through the airlines. I must say that was the best decision that I made because I would have missed my connecting flight. When flying international with a connecting flight you must pick up your luggage and go through security all over again. It took me two hours to get my bags, go through immigration and check in with wheelchair assistance. I am not able to walk long distances so the wheelchair service was a life savor.
I got home around 11a.m and I really intended to leave in my drains, but I started to smell SO BAD (I had leakage a few day prior). I ended up having my husband take them out that afternoon. I took a 20 minute shower and a bath. My skin was so raw from the drains and the CG and shed so much skin it reminded me of a snake shedding, it was so nasty. I didn't post any pictures because my incisions are healing.
Dr. Robles said to be very careful because the incision can be easily opened. They look kinda nasty because I'm not able to really clean the area I just use a little liquid soap and gently massage the area. no scrubing, picking or rubbing. I don't want to do anything that may cause the incision to open. I clean the area add my scar away cream and keep the incision covered with gauze.
I do have bad news, since I took the drains out early I have seen a build up of fluid, I know I will eventually have to get the fluid removed, but honestly I knew that was a possibility when I decided to remove the drains. I took more pictures of the hospital that I will post in a day or two.
You not really aware of all the things you can't do until you get home. It's so hard sitting on my ass doing nothing, the first day I got home I did too much standing and walking and my feet swell up like ms piggy...lol...I had no ankles...
I plan on doing my research to see what type of specialist I need to see in order to have the fluid removed...I'm will post pictures as soon as I take more...happy healing and thanks for following my journey!
Hey Ladies, I ended up going to Walgreen and...
- 4 Dec 2012
- 14 days post
I may use the scar away for theTT incision and order the Oleeva for my breast which is still $100, which is still high. I do think they work, I am also using a cream called Contractubex, I was able to purchase it while in the DR for $20.00 ( I purchased 2). The cream was recommended by GoingtoDR, she said is works great so no questions asked I bought two and I do like it. BUT ladies just be aware that if you already have stretch marks you may develop more...you can't see on the photo I posted but I have horrible stretch marks on both my sides, I'm trying to be positive and pray that after the swelling goes down they will to but I can't describe how they look....it's just that BAD, but I'm going to continue to use my creams and pray for the best.
I consider myself to be very strong minded but PLEASE prepare yourself mentally YOU WILL REGRET having the surgery and ask yourself WHY you decided to have PS... I'm told it will pass...but I'm in the WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING stage...I'll let you know when it passes...I do like looking at myself with clothes on however naked is another story...but I'm only 2 weeks post op! Happy healing ladies...pray for me...lol....
FYI I almost forgot, Ladies Dr. Robles does put...
- 4 Dec 2012
- 14 days post
Well you know how you go to wipe then wipe to hard...Well the next day I had an appointment with Dr. Robles who uses Alcohol Spay to clean your incision..all I can say is " A Bit%% was on FIRE...I was like: I'm burning.... I'm burning....poor Dr. Robles I kept getting louder and louder (remember their English is not so good) she finally caught on after 2-3 times then ran to get solution to spray in my vagina area...as I type I'm LOL so hard.... but let me tell you.... I was on fire...lol...Dr. Robles and Raquel were spraying and fanning and we all were lol...(that's after I stopped burning)...lol...
Hey Ladies sorry I've been MIA...I have a bit of...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 19 days post
I just want to be clear that Dr. Robles told me to leave in the drains but I couldn't take it anymore....I removed them when I got home at 10 days post op...My surgery was a success, Dr. Robles is a perfectionist and any blames is on myself for not leaving in the drains. Soon as the seromas are drained I will add more pictures, I am still swollen which is normal, aside from the seromas my surgery would have been perfect. I can't complain I am healthy and I am still taking my vitamins and plan to do so for a while. I have been using silicone strips on my tt incision (not on my breast) and it has sped up the healing process. My tt incision is healing so fast but my breast incisions are healing slowly, even though they were done at the same time, my tt incisions are far more advanced in the healing.
I keep on my CG but with the seromas it's difficult to wear but I also have a binder that I wear on a regular. Luckily I don't go back to work for a few more weeks, but I am glad to be home and I love that my tummy is somewhat flat and my breast have started to soften up and fall just a little which is normal...Happy healing ladies!
First I just want to say thanks for your post and...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 21 days post
During the beginning of the year I started buying lounge wear from Victoria Secrete like the panties and small-medium shirts to get ready for the new me after the surgery. I use to buy size large to hide the rolls and my stomach but no more... I just took down a box invoice dated 5/2012 of pretty panties and shirts that I purchased because I was determined to have my surgery, so even though I had no date I was saving and I was determined to do something about what I hated the most about my body.
I'm really glad i'm on the healing side, I know I keep repeating myself but those damn drains were the worst...lol...I was talking to GoingtoDR and she only had her drains in for 2 days. I was so jealous...but I guess it's proof that there is more than one way to complete a tummy tuck. Dr. Robles did such good job I really have no complaints plus she did things that I didn't pay for..which will never happen in the states...lol...
As soon as I find out more and have my procedure I will follow up with pictures. I'm not sure if I will post any with the seromas. If I do if will have to be the day that they are removed...I really hate looking at them...thanks again ladies for the post and happy healing...my swelling is going down a lot. I have been able to stand straight for a while and I can bend over...I try NOT to bend but I as able to do so without any discomfort. Today I am 3 weeks post-op today...Happy healing ladies!
Hello Ladies, today I am four weeks post op, Bad...
- 18 Dec 2012
- 28 days post
Now check this out for all of you who are using RAQUEL...she sucks...no contact after my surgery and SHE NEVER TOLD ME ABOUT THE INSURANCE...yes.. Dr., Robles offers insurance that is only $150.00 extra in case you have complications, it will cover you up to $1500.00 but you have to pay for your flight.. Not only do I have to pay for a flight I have to pay for the hospital stay. It's still WAY cheaper than the states but it's gonna cost me about $1100.00 to go back. I did contact other PS in Atlanta and they were gonna see me but it was going to cost $500-700 just to drain for one office visit.
I told Dr. Robles if I came back she would have to drain and INSERT another drain...it's pointless to go back just for a draining and then I develop more seromas...so this time I don't care if I have to leave them in for a year they are staying in...Seromas are no joke and I'm already paranoid..it' looks like a tumor...plus I have fluid draining from my belly button (so gross).
Dr. Robles is a perfectionist and I know she really doesn't want to open me back up because my incision is perfect but I begged her and said I had to have her word before I booked the flight..and she agreed! I makes me mad because I'm sure if I were in a REAL city like Atlanta or Virginia another PS would have no problem but since I'm in Pensacola where the population is 5...the doctors here SUCKFACE...or they try to get over on you because let's face it.... Who really comes to PENSACOLA, FL to have PS...uuummmm NOBODY!
So when I go see Dr. Robles she has agreed to:
Drain the fluid
Insert drains and fix my belly button issue all for under $600.00
Just to be clear Dr. Robles is not charging me, but I have to pay for the hospital stay, procedure and transportation (trans is $100)
I posted pic I didn't want to but I did...happy healing ladies!
Also ladies I do still have a great deal of...
- 18 Dec 2012
- 28 days post
OK so after looking at a post from Joy202 I...
- 19 Dec 2012
- 29 days post
Hello Ladies sorry it took so long to respond, I...
- 30 Dec 2012
- 1 month post
I was never in any pain but I knew something was wrong which is why I went to see all the doctors but no one would help locally. But luckily I found Dr. Petrosky with The Plastic Surgery Center in Marietta GA. As soon the doctor came in the room he was SO POLITE and he went to work…It didn’t matter where I had my surgery to him, within 5-10 minutes of him coming in the room he was draining me.
Dr. Petrosky was a bit unsure about the large lump under my breast and he did say that it was unusual. When he started to drain the lump, the blood was dark red. Dr. Petrosky said not to worry the color indicated that it was just a build up and there was no current bleeding. He said if the blood was bright red then he would have been concerned, it was a hematoma.
My tummy is still numb so when the needle was inserted I didn’t feel anything. Only when he applied pressure to get all the fluid is when I was able to feel the needle. The pain was bearable I was so glad I was getting the medical help I didn’t care and told him to do whatever necessary to get everything out. After he was done I was immediately back on the flat side. I asked about getting lymphatic massages but the doctor said no, he only wanted me to continue to wear my CG all day everyday unless I am showering. I scheduled a follow up appointment with him on the 7th. It’s been a few days since I was drained, I do feel a little bit of fluid that is in both areas that were drained but I’m not sure if is was left over from the drain or if I’m still draining. BUT nothing like what I had before.
I also asked if he though I should get another drain and the doctor said there was no need. Also I asked about putting a stitch in my belly button because of the leaking. The doctor explained that once he drained the fluid the BB would heal on it’s own and just to add ointment and keep it covered…I can already see a difference in my BB and it has begun to heal on it’s own.
I plan to make another page for this story alone so that ladies can use Dr. Petrosky if they have complications and they don’t like too far from Georgia. I ended up spending less money by going to Georgia than paying for another ticket to see Dr. Robles. And that’s with GOING BACK TWICE…including the gas and office visit. The first office visit was $250 the next visit will run $60-125 plus I don’t have to travel out of the country…so it was so worth it!
I'm waiting to post pictures..I used a lot of creams to help with my stretch marks and I'm peeling really bad on my tummy area so I didn't want to add any pictures until the area has healed...I plan to post more pictures after my appointment on the 7th, also I'm going to see if I can get Dr. Petrosky to register on realself...Happy healing ladies!
OK ladies, I'm here in Atlanta... tomorrow is day...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 2 months post
Hello ladies, I had my second draining, but I can...
- 8 Jan 2013
- 2 months post
Hey ladies sorry it took me so long to respond the...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 3 months post
Great News I found another doctor closer and cheaper in Fairhope, Alabama (50 miles from me), his names is Dr. Staggers. He is very good and they only charged me $60.00 for the 3rd drain, which was on 1/22 (he drained about 10-12cc’s). I had an ultrasound done to help Dr. Staggers monitor the fluid build up. I noticed that the fluid was no longer yellow but bloody.
I believe at that time I had no more seroma and now have hematomas. The doctor explained that if they are treated and drained I’m fine it’s when they are not treated and grow, then it will sometimes require them to be physically removed. My hematomas are not large but they are uncomfortable. It feels like when you are pregnant and the baby sticks his/her foot in your side…yep that’s the feeling…lol.. the good thing about being preg is you can poke the baby’s foot and they will move it…but not with hematomas.
Dr. Staggers said to come back in a few weeks and then he will either insert a small drain, or there is another procedure where he will inject something to help close the hollow area. Dr. Staggers stated that the body is making fluid to fill up the hollow areas from surgery, which I was able to understand. He said that normally the body will reabsorbed and heal on it’s own and this side affect is common nothing to be alarmed about, this visit only cost me $60.00, he said if he has to insert a drain the entire procedure will cost $150.00 which isn’t bad considering in Pcola they wanted to charge me over $2000.00.
Shortly after that appointment it took no time to feel the fluid coming back. So I knew the doctor would more than likely put in the drain. I had my primary care order another ultrasound in hopes that it would help the doctor with inserting the tube.
On 2/13 I went for my appointment with Dr. Staggers and surprisingly he only drained 2cc, But I thought it was more there. Dr. Staggers said that it is scar tissue and it will take a while 6-12 months for is to reabsorb back into the body because it is small. He did say that it was okay for me to go to the gym, he said not to do any straining ab exercise for now. I was relieved of not having to have a drain inserted. With all the fluid and going back and forth to the doctor I can still say that my surgery was worth it, and even with the extra expenses It was still much cheaper than having is done here in the U.S. No PS would have done all the extra things that Dr. Robles did to me without charging me.
I will say that you go through phases of depression if you have any complications but it all will eventually pass and you body will get back to normal if you listen to your body and get the medical care that you need after, I’m sure If I would have not gotten drained I could have had some serious problems…The first draining I had around 80cc and today it’s down to 2cc, and I thank God that I was able to find two great doctors to help me with this minor set back. Considering that fact that I had NO infections I call it minor…but even with it being minor it could have been much worse…but not because of anything that Dr. Robles did…some patience develop seromas and hematoma and unfortunately I was one of them. I do believe that it I would have left my drains in longer I would not have gone this long with fluid…but hey we live and learn.
Now that I can start back going to the gym I’m going to be better at updating my profile, I was depressed because I was gaining weight from being home (I’m not currently working). But after my visit today I feel much better and I plan to get back to the gym asap!
Hey it is me or does everyone feel like you ass...
- 13 Feb 2013
- 3 months post
Hello Ladies I’m almost 4 months post op and I...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 4 months post
I’ve started back going to the gym; which is really helping me tone up. I do have some scare tissue left over from the seroma (upper part of my stomach)….I can’t believe that I’m about to say this but……. later on in the year I may go back and have Dr. Robles do some lipo on my stomach to remove the scar tissue. It’s not noticeable but I’m sure after it’s gone my stomach will be flatter. I do wear my CG everyday and especially when I go to the gym, it gives me the support that I need and it also keeps me from eating too much…lol…Happy healing ladies
My Doctor: Walkiris Robles, MD
I've been doing research for years but the cost of the surgery was out of my price range, until a few years ago when I saw the special on CNN about people that go overseas to have cosmetic surgery. Then I found this site and it was all that I needed. I originally planned to go with Dr. Hernandez but his prices were too expensive and it did not include the recovery house. I also contacted Dr. Hungria whose work and prices are really good (5K). But I ended up going with Dr. Robles, because Raquel is very good about communication and she keeps in contact with me answering all of my questions. Plus I was able to see and talk with women on here that actually had their surgery with Dr. Robles and her work in my opinion is perfect!