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Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation with Dra. Robles - Dominican Republic, DO
I came across this site in my search for plastic...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 2 months pre
I came across this site in my search for plastic surgeons and have found it to be such a great help! I swore that I would let others follow my journey so that I may help others as well. Just to give a brief background, I'm 24 years old and I have struggled with weight problems since I was in elementary school. Although I was active, I have always been over the recommended weight for my age. By high school I started skipping meals and trying to not eat for weeks. This devastatingly resulted in more weight gain. When I started college I weighed the most I ever had, 230 lbs. Once I was out of my family home and on my own, I had control over my own food and had easy access to a gym. In the last six years food my life I have lost 90 lbs. Although I'm very happy with my progress, Im left with a hideous stomach and breasts two sizes smaller than originally. I finally decided that I need to do this for me and for the husband that I can't even let see me naked! I have scheduled my surgery for march 8 in Dominican republic. I chose Dr. Robles based on the reviews, certifications, and pictures I've seen. I am so excited and nervous. Does anyone have any tips, suggestions for things to bring or any pre surgery advice? Thank you!!
A little over a month left and I'm still not...
- 24 Jan 2013
- 2 months pre
So my blood work came back great(yay) and I'm...
- 2 Feb 2013
- 1 month pre
Oh man, about a week until I depart for Dominican...
- 27 Feb 2013
- 8 days pre
Okay ladies, I am three days post op so I wanted...
- 11 Mar 2013
- 3 days post
PO day 4! I just wanted to clear up a few things....
- 12 Mar 2013
- 4 days post
Secondly, after speaking with Laura yesterday regarding my experience at the clinic she has informed me that there will be a meeting with the administration and that the nurses that were around the week I was there will be fired. Apparently I was not the only complaint (I know from speaking with other patients) and most of the nurses from this night were new. Please do not let my experience at this clinic hurt the reputation, as I do think they have been attentive thus far.
As for my recovery, I am on day 4 post op and I am going to be buying compression socks today and seeing the doctor again just to check my drain, there is some bleeding at the site. I am slowly getting better but the swelling has not been reduced yet. Slowly but surely, I hope!
PO Day 10! Oh my gosh, it does get better! I...
- 18 Mar 2013
- 10 days post
Oh my gosh, it does get better! I cannot believe I finally made it through this past week. I have definitely had my share of ups (okay not many ups) and downs but today I sent my before/after picture to my husband (the first time he has EVER seen me naked!) and he said he was sooo sooo happy for me and that I looked really REALLY good :-D I teared up, truthfully. All of the meltdowns, the worry, the money, it will be worth it. I am still going to do my best to prepare any of you ladies for 1. tummy tuck surgery 2. surgery in the DR.
Since my last post I have been just hanging out at the recovery house. As you may know, I am not at Virginia's house. I do like Angela's house but there are some down sides to not being at Virginia's. First, Angela has not worked with Dra. Robles before and therefore does not know how she performs. I had a drain in my lower back and I didn't know I had it or its purpose. The first night I was bleeding (draining) all over and she was more scared than I was! That does not put your mind at ease, I tell you! She had to call the dr and the dr explained to her that it was all normal. The next day I had crazy swelling, more than any of the other girls in the house and she kept telling me that it was not good, and I was scared again! I had quite a few drain problems and she did not know how to deal with them, as the doctor she worked with previously took the drains out after 5 days. She kept saying that the drain was finished when I know that it was not. Thankfully the dr took me everytime and fixed the issue promptly! I saw Dra. Robles I believe 5 times during my stay! (I would like to note she is so helpful and makes sure to put your mind at ease. ) Also, Angela does not have the hospital beds, so pillows pillows pillows and NEVER being comfortable. She makes delicious food but I don't consider it "healing food" just really good Dominican food. It was often fried and had quite a bit of salt, which really negatively affects me. Also, only some of the rooms in her home have AC so I would get hot often. Basically, I liked her hospitality and her demeanor but I think she needs to work with Robles before she is ready to take on some of her patients. I know there are so many ladies these past few weeks with really really bad reviews, I would consider myself one of them, but I want to tell you that I think Dr. Robles is still an excellent doctor. I really do trust her! My last appointment was today and her, Laura and I sat down to talk about what is going on. They asked my full opinion about the situation and how they can be better. Girls, I told them my feedback and yours! I told them that girls are scared about waking up during surgery and that they need to provide information PRIOR to surgery about this. I also told them that they CANNOT put girls in other recovery houses unless Dra. Robles specifically works with the people first and trains them! I told them about the crappy (or just not healthy) food that a lot of the recovery houses are providing. I tried to explain to them that we are coming from far away, we are scared anyway and then we are not comforted at all by the lack of help and knowledge of our caretakers! I really think that Dra. Robles listened and understood. She told me personally that she is looking for english-speaking nurses to take care of only her clients in the clinic and in recovery houses. They want to only use Virginia and maybe one other recovery house in the future and they are going to explore all of the issues I brought up. I do not know if you are comforted by this but I did feel it was genuine. Laura took notes the entire time and even went over everything I said.
Let's see, as far as advice with DR, I really can't put it in words like LuvMiento, I really encourage you to go read her review! In the hospital, make sure you have your phone right next to your bed!! There is often no hot water but try to run it for 10 min and you might get warm. The driving is crazy, so pray and hold on. I do like both of the drivers, Leo and Wilson. Don't bring too many panties or clothes in general, you will not wear most of them. Short dresses and long large t-shirts for sleeping are ideal for the drain. I didn't bring compression socks, mistake for me, I did need them! guaze is probably also good to bring and even surgical tape, you are going to start getting creative with that leaky drain! Drink water water water water and some juice. And to be honest, if you can, bring someone. I can't explain how lonely I felt down here by myself. My husband could not join me, he is in the military and is not allowed to go to DR, but going through something this life changing alone is not fun. I am so independent and things like this are usually a breeze for me, but I did not do well with being alone here. Make sure before you leave that you get ALL of your questions answered by the doctor (I went in with pen and paper), ask for copies of all of your medical records, and get a note from Laura authorizing you to leave the country after surgery. I also requested wheelchair service in the airport so Laura is arranging that for me.
Tummy Tuck in general (the things I wish people had told me!!!)
This surgery is no joke. I knew I hated my stomach, I knew I wanted a new one, I thought I did enough research to mentally prepare myself but I was SO wrong. The few days after surgery are going to suck. You may get sick from the anethesia (I did!!). You will be completely drained and you will probably sleep a lot! You will be in pain, specifically if you have lipo. You will not be able to get comfortable at night, ever. You are going to be in a love/hate relationship with your garmet. It is NOT comfortable but it's helping you to drain so you know that you need it. You will probably have to purchase a smaller one at some point because you need to always make sure it is snug! Try to request the crotchless garmet, otherwise you will be struggling with a snap on/off panty-type garmet! That is NOT fun when you have to pee all the time! You won't be able to shower for almost a month straight, yep you will feel disgusting. You will not be able to have sex for a while, you will have to wear the garmet for AT LEAST two months straight. Exercise is limited for up to 6 months (OH MY GOSH!). You have a lot of aftercare instructions and limitations. And the hardest part for me-- You will go into this thinking that after a few days you will be smaller than before surgery...WRONG! You will be bigger, in my case, much bigger! Don't even bother brining jeans, that will depress you when you cannot fit into them. Every single person is different and so your healing will be different from someone else. This is a very involved surgery and you are basically shutting down your lymphatic system and recovering from it can take over a year. Yes, it's the truth. You may be swelling off and on for a whole year. Your face, your feet, your arms, legs, butt, belly, back, everything will probably be swollen and it will go down (varies on a person by person basis). You will probably get depressed and regret your decision at some point during your recovery. I DEFINITELY have... I know that I will again in the upcoming months. This will not be easy, I promise you that, but if you read my review and you still think to yourself, I NEED this surgery, it will be worth it. Today is the first day that I thought it was worth it. If any of you have questions, please PM me, I want to help you ladies go into this much more prepared than I was! Good luck :) I'll be posting before/after pics as soon as I can!
I am now 17 days post op and I haven't updated...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 17 days post
Well tomorrow is 3 weeks and let me tell you that...
- 28 Mar 2013
- 20 days post
Hey ladies, I need your help please! It is quite...
- 2 Apr 2013
- 25 days post
So 4 weeks today! I'm going to try to post some...
- 5 Apr 2013
- 28 days post
How do I feel? I have ups and downs. The main pain I have is back pain from the bent over position and how I sleep. Now that I have a pain pill for night though I have hardly any pain. My right breast gets sharp pains when i lay down sometimes as well. Now I do have a ton of discomfort, which I suppose is from the garment. Yes I know it needs to be tight but does the material have to be itchy and does it have to squeeze into my skin?! My gosh! By night I want to become the hulk and rip that thing off my body. The good thing is once I'm cleared to be out of the garment I told my husband I'm walking around naked every day! Ha ha I can't believe that I am that comfortable now! Baby steps...
Finally an update! Well I don't have too much to...
- 18 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
I do want to add something about my experience- I went with my husband on my birthday to try on lingerie for the first time ever!! I felt so sexy and excited that soon enough I will have a good enough body for myself :) I then tried on some dresses and I cried! I cried with happiness because I liked how I looked in a dress and didn't have to worry about skin bulging out of the dress! It was one of the most amazing feelings I've ever had:-)
So frustrated right now. I'm almost 8 weeks and I...
- 29 Apr 2013
- 1 month post
3 Months PO
- 29 May 2013
- 2 months post
My Doctor: Walkiris Robles, MD
I chose this doctor because of her tummy tuck pictures! I've never seen better work. It's also affordable and I have been offered great help from her assistant.
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