I have lost about 90 pounds in the last few years....

I have lost about 90 pounds in the last few years. I am not loving the extra skin. I decided to have a tummy tuck and thigh lift. I had a few consultations with Doctors in Boston but I could not get the photos and reviews from Dr Robles out of my mind. I believe she would be the best surgeon for me. I have a date and am getting my things together. I am staying 20 days at the recovery house. I don't want to deal with drains when I get back. I haven't been told what vitamins to take but I do take B12,I don't eat red meat or chicken, so I need that, vitamin D, doctor recommended. Unsure of what compression garments to get for a thigh lift and tummy tuck? I will be taking 6 weeks off at work.., Hoping that is enough. A thigh lift is suppose to be hard to heal from...if my thighs were not so bad, I would not do it..

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Yes it is. I just got a TT with lipo on 12/6 and my dr had me on a liquid diet. I lost over 10 lbs in a week.
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I was thinking of doing a juice fast but it is probably better to do a liquid with protein..thanks
Good luck on your journey !!!
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Glad I posted pics

I was goin back and forth on whether to post my pic.. I look soo bad..lol. Thanks everyone for the support. I would like to get in the 180s before surgery. I also need to start getting stuff for surgery. I am waiting for my credit union credit card to arrive to buy my ticket. I just want to put it all on one card..

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Good luck on your journey.
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Yes because you need that protein. U need to be healthy going into surgery. Not weak from under eating. He allowed activia yogurt too.

Dropping the thigh lift

I have decided to not do the thigh lift now.. I think the tummy tuck will be enough, I am a teacher and can do the thigh lift in the summer or over December vacation.. Too many stories dealing with pain.lol. I have not got any info on vitamins from dr Robles. I have been trying to increase iron and lose weight. I lost 90 pounds on a vegan/veggie diet. I don't eat breakfast because lunch is at 11 o'clock.. I drink herbal tea and dandelion coffee in the morning. Lunch is bean soup, dinner salad with chick peas and before I go to bed a vegan rice protein shake.. I am going to start snacking on pineapple. It is suppose to help healing? I should be able to lose 15 pounds by my surgery. I go to the gym 3 mornings for cardio and 2 evenings for weighs.

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My friend Metza went to the Dominican Republic and had a TT with Breast Lift after 185 lb. weight loss. She had her surgery with Dr. Australia Fragoso Baez. She did a fantastic job on both surgeries. I have photos of before and after, I wish I could post them to this comment. She told me that it's better to bring your own pain medications because what they have isn't strong enough. She also said that the flight back was horrible because she still had her drains in. Pack light, you don't want a bunch of heavy bags to lug around after surgery. Make sure you have a doctor in your home town to do follow up visits with. Once you leave the DO hospital, they won't return any of your emails or phone calls for follow up care. Good Luch! if you want to see photos of my friend her name on facebook is Madison Metza Ainsworth.
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I understand about the thigh lift. Im having tt in feb and was suppose to have a thigh lift too but ive chickened out. Think i will stick with the thigh lipo, tt and upper eye first and see how i go. Ive heard good stuff about eating pineapple too so im going to give it a go.
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Laura is wonderful

Laura is truly wonderful. She always gets back to me to answer my questions and I have asked a lot lol. I really don't want to spend a lot of money on stuff. I have two African style loose dresses. I am going to go to Savers to pick up 2 more. I will be goin on vacation for two weeks next week .(teacher). I don't shop at walmarts so will have to look elsewhere. Just found out I can use my ipad to call any iPhone for free.

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Diet is going well

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Diet

Diet is going well.. My period is on and I am down 5 pounds... I need to lose 10 more pounds in 5 weeks. I don't eat dairy which helps with the junk food. I try not to eat anything in a package.. Collard greens is high in iron and fish is high in protein. I also eat bean soup for lunch..I need to make sure I eat adequate protein before surgery.. I will be staying for 3 weeks, anyone know if I need to buy a recliner. I was thinking of getting one anyway.

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Great weight loss, you can do it!
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Good luck!
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Ticket purhased...

I purchased my ticket today... it was 451.00 so it wasn't that bad. I am now just waiting for the doctors note for my employer. I went out and got some sundresses and nightgowns. I also brought 2 pair of shoes. One slip on and one with out laces. I also ordered some sports type bras online from nomorerack.com.. They were 3 for 15.. I am trying to keep my cost down. I would like to get some wife beaters this week. I also ordered some iron because vitamin shoppe did not have that high of a dose of iron. I did get the b complex, vit. c and folic acid..People keep saying the pain med in DR is not that strong. I am going to see if my doctor will prescribe me some or at lease the liquid motrin. I am getting a little nervous as I get closer to the it. I am suppose to stay for about 3 weeks. I might just stay 2 at the recovery house and the last week at a hotel or resort.

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Thanks...nervous but excited at the same time..
Thank you
The thigh lift is scary...I want to lose so more weight anyway and work on toning more, although no amount of toning will help my thighs. I can do this down the road...

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My mother is now researching tummy tucks. I will not hear the end of it if she finds out I am going to DR. I will put the pictures back when I am done. lol, no one can guilt trip you like my mom..

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Good luck Pictures would be good to see we will all support you
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I definitely know that feeling

Put pis back up...

I took my pictures down because my mother was researching tummy tucks..She know I am getting on but doesn't know it is in DR. I just did not want to worry her or hear negative remarks, but if she can talk to me about having a tummy tuck at 72 years old and only get support from me, than I really don't care. If she find out than that is fine. My pictures I posted before was a few weeks ago, and taken with my ipad. I lost about 5 pounds since then. These pics don't look as bad..lol,

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You have come a long way so far and the best is to come
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Thank u
congrats on your weight loss!I too is struggling with weight loss.But i know we can do it!Best wishes to you!
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Ordered this online

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Time seems to be flying....

I am almost coming up on a month before surgery. I go my iron from amazon...I started taking it today. I am doing the protein shakes in the morning and afternoon. Fish and veggies for dinner. If I want another protein shake before bed than I will have one. I lost about 5 pounds already but really would like to be about 185 the day of surgery...Got a few things today at BJs...I forgot about them for wife beaters and supplies. I am pretty much done. I have just a few more things to get..Someone said the medical supply place is close and cheap...so i just might get gauze and other things from there. I will just pay and get my compression garment from Dr. Robles. I don't want to waste money and get the wrong size. I have 4 spanex's so can use that probably later.

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Go for it your doing so well
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Protein I use

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Staying Focused

I have been reading post... One women spent 20,000 and it looks like doctor did nothing. The doctor did tell her to lose some weight but there should be some difference with just the lipo.. I have a month to go, I am at 199... I need to lose at least 10 more pounds before my surgery. I am also thinking about have some fat put in my butt to round my cheeks out some...I don't want alot just a little...BBL all look big to me so I don't want to call it that. Found out if your waist was once little you an get a small waist again. My measurement in college were 34-27-40..I have always been pear shaped person. Is Bio oil worth the money and me ordering it? Silicon strips? Someone said that dried fruit and nuts are good for snacking...

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Congratulations on your weight loss! I know what you are feeling at this point. It looks like you are doing a great job preparing for surgery. I would not get the recliner (unless you wanted a new one anyway) if I were you since you are staying for 20 days. You will be moving around much better by then. I almost purchased one but instead I bought a zero gravity lawn chair for around $40 on eBay and it worked out fine. Also you definitely should get three or four wife beaters. (Try to get the smooth ones if you can find them) You will have to take a clean one to the follow up visit every 3 days. She is very particular about how you wear your garment and likes for everything to be smooth. Best wishes to you! You are going to be amazed at her work.
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Go girl!!!
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im curious, why D.R.???
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Getting supplies, not really hearing from Laura....

I know that the holiday season is busy...I have been kinda letting thing go. I haven't received anything from Laura about vitamins or test at my doctor. If it wasn't for the girls on this site, I would not know what to get or what I need. She did send me a email saying let her know when I receive the doctors note for work. Unsure if it was mailed? Haven't received it....I will call this week to see what is going on. Some ladies got information right after they paid for their deposit. But I am not trying to stress due to the holiday season. Anyway, I went to nomorerack and they have alot of good things. Got Ahh bras, like sports bras but even more comfortable, for 3 for 15.00. I ended up getting 3 more. Good for DR and to sleep in..I have been ordering alot of things on amazon got liquid iron, blood boaster and a tube of cream that someone said Dr. Robles will charge you for if you don't have it. If everything goes right I will be going back to DR for a thigh lift in June.. Since I am having lipo and do want enough fat to round out my butt, hopefully my iron will be high enough for it to be done. If I get the thigh lift know and lipo, I will not have enough fat this summer for a rounded out butt. I really don't want to go shopping in the stores. There is a medical supply store close to my house.. I need compression socks. I am going to pep boys for a funnel. I will go to ebay to get gauges and other things. I ended up getting a pair of croc sandals at zappos..Someone said that they give you sheets but not blanket so I have to pack one for DR. Air conditioning makes me cold, and bring socks.. I have a month but once I go back to work, I will not feel like getting my stuff. I want my bag packed by next Sunday ready to go...

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I was thinking about getting one before, but things are adding up quick. I should be ok without it. I have to get some pillows and that should be fine. Thanks, time is flying..
Thanks...
I'm going to try that. I haven't scheduled my surgery yet but I'm highly considering this Dr.

Worrying about iron

Read somewhere that laura suggest taking iron 4 times a day. I have upped my iron. I am taking 325 4 times a day. My blood buster and liquid iron is coming from amazon on Tuesday. Diet is going well. I am losing about 1/2 a pound a day. That should give me 3 pounds a week so hopefully, I will be at 187 or at least in the l80's when I have surgery. Still going back and forth on the butt. I am trying to drink alot of water which is hard now because it is freezing here. I am going to my Doctor on the 18.. I am just hoping he will give me a prescription for pain medication. If I don't get one, I guess I can grit and bear it.

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Sounds Iike your as prepared as you can be...
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I hope that I am. Even though my surgery is in 3 months I have been trying to plan everything now. I want to be ready when it comes and I don't want to miss or forget anything :)
Totally understand. I feel the same, my turn is only 5weeks away

Supplies, Iron and more Iron

Got some supplies at family dollar. I am trying to save some money now. Everything is adding up. My suitcase is in the living room and I will be closing it on Sunday. My carry bag with have vitamins and passport and snacks. I have 27 more days and I am getting excited. I got my liquid iron and blood builder from amazon. Floradix is in a big bottle 17 oz. So, I am doing 2 doses of liquid and 2 pills each day. The last two weeks I will be adding the blood builder. I am going to get some blood work done 2 weeks before to see how much I need to pump up my iron. I want to also get VitaMedica Surgery Program Kit. I will start that two weeks before surgery and continue to take it 2 weeks after. Someone said bring a small blanket because the air conditioner can be cold and socks. I am always cold, why i am obsessing over the iron. My iron is usually in the 12 range but i know it better to be higher. I was out today so could not call laura, will be calling tomorrow.

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Going for the Thigh Lift

I am going to increase my iron and hope that she can do the thigh lift. I wanted to go this summer. I am going to be going to Europe and Africa for the month of July...I really don't have the time until next year to do it. I don't know if I can live with my thighs for that length of time. My iron regiment is; 2 doses of liquid, 2 iron pills and a blood builder at night. I ordered the vitamedia surgery pack and it should get here tomorrow. I am going to my doctor next week. If my iron is not at least in the 13 i will increase it. I went out last night and everyone could believe how much weight I lost. I have lost about 25 pounds since summer. I am going to do a countdown tracker on my computer. Time will fly by once I go back to work. I have a few more thing to get and order. Someone said to wear the style panties you will be wearing so that the doctor can see were to put your incision. Havent been able to talk to Laura...Just really want my Doctors note. Everything else I can handle when I get there... I asked for the Doctors note 2 weeks ago..Happy New Year everyone...

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did u get in touch w/laura? Try whatsup or her cell. One thing I love about Robles team they do get right back w/cha...
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I tried calling her number and the phone just rang and rang..
A lot of people flake and never show up for their surgery, so the Dr's in the Dominican Republic probably won't get back in touch with you until 1 week before your surgery. You should have 2 other surgeons picked out just in case something falls through. They don't even have your surgery scheduled until you have a face to face consultation the day you arrive or the day after. If for some reason you have a bad feeling about the Dr. you should have other options in mind. As long as you bring your blood test, you can see any surgeon and have the procedure done within 1 or 2 days of the consultation. That's just how they do business over there. First come, first serve.
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I did contact another doctor just in case.. I really want Robles but .....
Well I thought I had Yily,but she stop responding and her accounts are closed...lol..This is crazy...Here I am thinking Im set, glad I didn't go. Now I see why some girls just vanisssssh from R.S after they get there, to much damn confusion ...
RealllY??? Did u text her? She somet

I really need a thigh lift

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have u went to a doctor or somewhere to see what your iron maybe? just to have a good idea what it is
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I have an appointment this week. My numbers are usually around 12..
Well then your iron should be great with you taking the pills. And I guess you can eat more red meat and dark greens like spinach also. I'm sure everything will be great :)

muttering of today..

I finally got in contact with Laura, through a text message thanks to dukes217..I will text her again tomorrow. i am still on the iron train. I thought my doctors appointment was the 18 and when I called to cancel to move it up, I had one scheduled on the 9th. I go to the doctor every 4 months.. I am trying to get off my last low dose blood pressure pill. He had already given me a slip for blood work. I just have to go to the lab on Monday so he will have the results on my day of appointment. i have been ordering supplies off of amazon. It is snowing here and I just don't want to to to the store. Weight loss is going good. I am getting my period for the second time this month, I think...So i am up 3 pounds. I haven't really had an appetite so I know it has to be that..I have been eating cream of wheat in the morning. It is so cold that it is hard for me to drink the water but I am trying hard to get it all in. DR is 88 degrees today....and 90 tomorrow..

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Its so strange to hear your freezing when we are sweltering over here lol. Soups for you and salads for me...
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I will one day live in paradise....
Hi Sandra, I didn't get my doctor's note before leaving for DR (I went to YIly). I made sure my immediate boss and HR knew I would be gone for a month. In my case my medical leave started the day I had surgery (I used my vacation for travel to DR), so I collected the note when I got to DR and mailed it to my husband who faxed it to my work and the insurance company my office uses for short term disability. I think the fear is that some people will take the doctor's note and not show up for surgery. I hope that helps.

Started reaching out to another doctor..

I got to thinking if I am having this much difficulty in reaching Laura and I haven't paid my money, how hard will it be once I pay? I text her my concerns too. I would like to have Dr. Robles do my surgery but I can't continue with this. .... I will just eat my hundred dollar deposit..

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yea that is strange. I did get something from them saying that they are going to take longer getting to emails due to them being really busy. But I dont see why you wouldn't get a text message. man o man. I hope they get back to you because I don't want to have to find another dr.
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I have gotten really nothing from Laura since I paid my deposit. I did not get pre surgery info, doctor note. I am tried of being a detective and getting to get in contact with her. If I am having this much trouble..what will it be like if I need a reply after surgery to something. I love Dr. Robles work but I need a doctors note about 3 weeks ago...I haven't receive anything.. If you are this busy stop taking patients and service the ones you have now.
Should say I requested a doctor's note 3 weeks ago.. sorry just pissed...

Changing Doctors......Dr. Almonte

I am traveling to another country to have surgery and after seeing the work done in DR, I am not nervous about that part. I am nervous about lack of communication and not being able to reach my doctor when I need to, that is why i am staying 21 days.. Laura started off being available but now it is too hard to reach her. I know that Dr. Almonte and Dr. Robles work is similar and they sometimes work together. It is coming down to their team and how available they are.. I sent Dr. Almonte a request for surgery yesterday. They got back with me the same day.. I sent pics, she sent an email wanted to know the best time to reach me.. Lesley called and told me that a thigh lift with a tummy tuck and body sculp. is too much surgery. Doctor recommended tummy tuck, body sculp and bbl, just filling out my butt a little to make it more youthful ie, no projection or very little. She told me about vitamins and will be sending me information about what I need to do. Told me to call this number if I have any question. I got the package withing 2 hours. Tummy tuck, lipo sup, and bbl 4,900.. this includes 10 day in the recover house. I can also send my deposit to a bank of america account. Oh, she asked on the phone if I went to see a doctor yet. I go next week and she wants me to send the results. I am getting ready to fill out the the health questionnaire. Communication is key and I can't chase down information, I should not have to do it. I am just going to let my deposit go... and move on.

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Just got the Surgery package from Laura

Just got the surgery package from Laura, it only took her a month to send it..

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Got doctors note..wrong date and wrong person...lol

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I can laugh about it now....lol

I blurred out the name of the person. They must be real busy over there. Not only is it the wrong person but the wrong dates. I am feeling real good about switching right now. Just think if I didn't, I would have to go back and forth on this issue.

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sorry if im a little slow with the convo but what doctor did you switch to. and do they charge extra if you stay longer?
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I am switching to Dr. Almonte, she works with Dr. Robles sometimes and shares her office space. I will hopefully be paying the deposit on Monday..I will be charged more for staying past 10 days. Unsure if I want to stay in the recovery house after ten days if I don't need it. Might just go to hotel..Depends on how I feel and if drains are removed by then..
Hey ladies last night I got a couple emails from Laura, she said she was on vacation and asked if I could give her a day or two to get my quotes because she needed to get back with missed calls and messages. Hopefully she will get back with yu and reassure yu things are ok!
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Getting Ready to pay my Deposit

So I am getting ready to pay my deposit. I took the money out of the bank but, i want to call Lesley on Monday to double check everything. Deposit for Dr. Almonte is 350.00. I need to pay soon because she only does 3 surgeries a day and I want to make sure I lock in that date. I am weighing 198 so I lost 5 pounds. I haven't been trying lately. To cold for gym but I have been eating right. Dr. Almonte did not tell me to loose weight, but I want to get to 190 before surgery so only 8 more pounds. i finished buying all my stuff today and will take pictures soon. I have a few thing coming in from amazon, but I am done. Once I get back to work, time will fly and I will be there. I have 23 more days to go...

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Hey Sandra did you try talking to laura thru watsapp? She was on vacation for the holidays and she got backed up. Im not trying to change your mind if you're already set on switching but deposit for Robles is only 100.
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I paid the deposit and know I will lose it. I was going to do the 1,000.00 Christmas special, glad I didn't do that..I just don't want to deal with Laura..I am moving forward with dr. Almonte..I rather lose a 100 than continue chasing someone and not having my emails replied to. I know dr. Robles does good work. After the wrong name and date doctors note, hubby is weary of me doing in DR. He thinks I goin to be confused with some else. He wants to go..thanks
You should let him go with you. Its always nice to have someone who can speak up for you. Especially if you can't speak up for yourself

Ready to move forward

Hubby will be going to bank of america to pay the deposit for Dr. Almonte. I got an email today from lesley asking me what I needed. She said I would have it as soon as possible. I also got one for Laura asking me if I got the note. I told her it was the wrong name and date and be using another doctor. I smell like vitamins..lol, I am taking my vitamins. I think my iron is improving because it is freezing here and I am not really cold. The vitamins I got on amazon are at Whole Foods. The liquid iron which I am loving is 40.00 for 17 oz, it is about 37.00 on amazon. I need to get a box of disposable gloves.. I will make sure everyone who touches my wound gets gloves on. When I had a c section 23 years ago, I got pneumonia because I wasn't breathing deeply and clearing my lungs. i am going to order a spirometer to help me keep my lungs clear. Thanks everyone...I would suggest to anyone to have another doctor just in case you aren't feeling it with your first choice, you can move quick..

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I spoke with Laura she stated she has over 3000 emails and to be patient with her. She asked me to let Rs know that...I did bring up your letter situation and she stated she did't know what I was talking about. I dont know all the details so I left it alone. I agree with having 2 ps over there. I mean, u never know. I wouldn't mind losing a 100.00 . Its sad but necessary..I had Yily, so I thought. Things went so south with that in a blink of an eye I w/out ps. So I do understand hun..Im like u sandra, I will not pay, hunt or stalk anyone to be my ps. If anything u should be glad that I wanna spend my money w/u, and u should hire adequate staff to see that my scheduling is superb and easy as 123...My foundation is good by me, ME! I really dont need to stalk anyone to do an easy job. I think I will be super easy for a ps to touch up, hell.I dont need much. Just mainly a lot of suctioning .....lol.....IJS.....LMAO!!
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Dukes, I am not going say,"I am an easy job," I want to be lipoed to the bone and pulled real tight.lol She has contacted me today (email), so maybe she knew what you were talking about.. I did not go there with her, I just said I am going somewhere else and will just leave it alone. If they are that busy, hire more staff or stop taking new clients and focus on the ones you have. Mistakes happen when you are overworked or your workload is heavy.. It is almost effortless dealing with Lesley..She gets back and answers my questions.

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Sis your on top it and you seem very focused. I would have changed the surgeon as well. God bless you and well wishes with your scheduled surgery...
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So glad its all working out for you now
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Supplies and other things..

I still have a bit still coming in from amazon. I am just going to order the rest. I went back to work today and just don't have the time or inclination to go out shopping. I paid my deposit for Dr. Almonte today.. I am 3 weeks away from my surgery date. I also went to give blood and will be seeing the doctor Thursday. I smell like iron pills...I ordered a Spirometer from amazon. I ended up getting pneumonia when I had a c sections years ago because I did not clear my lungs. I don't want to chance it. First day back at work and I am exhausted. This might be my last update this week. I will at least try to check in once a week.

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Good luck sandra! Ur so prepared. Are u gonna post your thigh lift review in the thigh lift forum?
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I am having the thigh lift in the next go around. Its too much surgery with a tummy tuck. I will post it, when I have it and if I have that I might as well go for the breast lift.
Ok. Ur in good hands with dra almonte

Hemoglobin 11.9

I am have been pushing the iron. I am always cold and just knew before I took the test that it was going to be low. I take 2 liquid doses, 2 pills and a blood builder. I am going to increase the liquid iron to 4 does and 2 pills and 2 blood builder, smooth move tea 2 times a day or as needed. I have an order of vitamedics coming from amazon, that I am going to start taking. I don't eat meat but have been eating collard greens and fish and beans. My period is coming on soon....I just sent the test results to Dr. Almonte. If my iron is too low hopefully I can do the iron drips before. I am going to be there for 20 days.

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Foods that you should avoid because they inhibit iron absorption are: Coffee, tea, dairy, soy, eggs and some vegetables. You should do a search online to get a complete list. Good Luck
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My iron is the same but I managed to get it up to 13.4 at surgery I take ferrous fumrate
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That is what I have been taking.. My iron must of been real low when I started. I am not as cold now so I think it kinda kicked it up. I only have about 2 weeks before surgery. Sometimes I smell like iron pills.lol thanks

Iron might not really be a problem...

I am upping my iron and know when I get to DR my period will be ending...I am staying for about 3 weeks. Lesley said I might be able to get iron iv before my surgery since I am stay longer. I booked 3 weeks because I through I was getting a thigh lift. That incision scares the bjesus out of me. I am not that stressed today. Work said to just email the note and pick up the original when I get there. I put my time in at work. Everything in is on the computer now. It was very easy. My suitcase is filling up and after my stuff comes in from amazon....I am done. I

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Dr. Robles have FB. Why don't you girls contact her to let her know the issues you are facing. She is very nice and very professional so I know she will do her best to fix those issues.
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I have just moved on....I just don't trust her assistant is going to be available. With language and another country, I don't want to take the chance.
Thanks, I will check..

On the Iron train.....choo..choo..lol

I have bee hitting the iron hard lately.. As you know my iron was 11.9 last week. I am trying to get it to 13...I would like to do it myself rather than pay for iron iv when I get there. I have also been packing my suitcase and getting my last packages from amazon. I do have to order a money belt today. I am carry cash to DR. I also heard a story about a girl having 400.00 taken from here at the recovery house when she was there. I am bring 750.00, I don't like using credit cards at strange places and I might need iron and the oxygen, I want to get as many messages I can when I a there, and maybe buy some more compression garments, who knows, best to have too much than not enough. That money belt will never come off...when I shower I will but it in a plastic bag and take it with me.lol I started the per surgery vitamedicia pills today.. Everything is running smoothly and hoping it will continue. I moved my England trip to April and I will do Africa before I have the thigh lift in July... I am just hoping 3 months is enough time to heal after the tummy tuck. Anyone who has had it, please let me know...I will be doing alot of walking..

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I am done shopping....

I just got the last of my stuff from amazon. Boppy pillow, bio oil, silicon strips, tsa lock for luggage and a money belt. I have to weigh my luggage. I think I can take 50 pounds. The only thing I want to put in may carry on is my ipad and clothes I am wearing after surgery..

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Good for you that you decided to move on and change docs... You have to be comfortable with the PS you choose... Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery and great results!!!
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Thank you...I keep thinking, "this sh*t is getting real" lol

Period is on mixed emotions on that

I am glad my period has come on now at not when I am in DR. That being said, the last time I had surgery my period came on 3 times especially with the hepa shots. I am just hoping it isn't heavy and doesn't plummet my iron.

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Is your hubby going? Do you have help with your bags? Even a bag on wheels will be too much for you to handle after surgery if you pack too much. Be careful.
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I will be there for three weeks..I will get some to help lift is I need it...I have a small bag and I have been rearranging and paring down. Thank, I will be very careful
Hey I'll be in DR on JAN. 28 for my surgery so excited!!! I'll be with Dra. Almonte what recovery house will you be!
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Exhaling about the Iron...

I was kinda worried about my iron level. I know they will not do your back lipo if your iron is too low. I need my back done and more than one area. I talked to lesley today. She assured me that it would not be an issue since I am stay 21 days. I will do iron transfusions if my iron does not go up and have my surgery a few days later.

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You are going to look amazing. Dr. Almonte is the best..
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Thank you....I am so ready for this

Time is Flying...

I put a time tracker on my ipad and I have 12 days left until I am on my way to DR. I took my letter for sick leave downtown today. I am so very ready for this. My vitamins might be paying off. I was so hot in bed last night.. I wear sock every night and I almost took them off. Underneath my eyes is very pink. I am sick of taking vitamins. It is hard to eat after I take them, I feel full, which is helping with the weight loss.. I am not going to weigh myself until the day I live for DR. I am eating right and exercising, I don't want to stress over it. I am also thinking about getting my teeth whitened while I am down there. I see dentist on this site so, why not..

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More stuff from amazon...

Did I get the right pillow? It is big...I think I will just use this at work when I go back.. Unsure if I will need it in dr...It came with a small Clifford dog and an extra cover.. I might stuff it in my suitcase

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I love amazon

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Good luck doll, I'll be following your journey.
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Thank you...:)

I need to get off RS before I buy more stuff.

I was reading through reviews and will be adding a few more thing on my list. The colegate wisps, ginger ale and saltine crackers, not salt. I also have to get pillow for when I come home. I will be taking care of all of this on Saturday. Period is on and I am feeling ran down. i did not go to the gym at all this week. I will start back up this weekend. My diet has been good. After I take my vitamins, it is hard to eat, I am full. I hope to be 195 on the day of surgery.

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I know every time i think ive got every thing some else makes another cool suggestion...
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I bet these last few days you'll feen on just about everything to make sure everything is right lol cnt wait till im at 11 days. Best of luck on your journey hun!
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Hi sandra, was wondering if ur tummy tuck will b low enough to lift any laxity in the front of ur thighs?
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Got my approval for sick leave....

I don't know why I was stressing over this but I was. Between getting the letter and taking it to human resources, I kept hearing this voice saying they are going to deny it. I am so glad...I am ready to go now. I am still doing the vitamins. It is getting a little easier. My period is not heavy which is good, just hope my levels don't plummet. I told everyone at work I was having a tummy tuck, I only told a few where. Most people think I don't need one. I wear the spanx and my stomach is pretty flat with that. My tracker is say 10 more days until DR...Time is flying now.

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I love the fact that you really went for a surgeon who actually responds quickly to your emails. I know that if my surgeon didn't respond for days...I would not be confident in him! Really thrilled to see toy progress....hoping to see you in the Dominican!
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Thank you..I am so happy about my choice to go somewhere else. I still think Dr. Robles is a good surgeon but Dr. Almonte will do a good job too. Happy healing to you too.
Good luck!
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Will be getting a pain prescription from my doctor..

I will be getting some pain medicine from my doctor. I keep hearing about the pain medicine in DR not being strong. I am just to nervous not to have pain medicine. I have been still taking the vitamins and my period is coming to an end. I have Monday off and then just 4 days of work this next week. I have to make a to do list also to make sure I don't forget something. I am going back and forth on carrying cash. I did get a money belt but I am still nervous about it. If I use a card and it doesn't work or the card number get stolen..? I am leaning toward paying cash and bringing an extra 700.00 just in case. Lesley said I could pay through bank of america before I come but if I can't get all my procedures done, I don't want to deal with getting money back.

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Im thinking of sending the money western union and not giving the tracking number till I get down there...
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What happens if u don't get all ur procedures? How do u get ur money back?
Mmm im having the same concerns with my own sx/travel
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Victoria Secret

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Last bit of shopping today..

I got 3 packs of the colegate wisps, plain saltine crackers, and mini cans of ginger ale and 3 pair of victoria secret thongs and a bra. I only needed one but the were on sale for 3 for something and of course I need a matching bra..lol, If my doctor can place the scare where it is not seen in a thong than I should be good for any underwear I might want to wear. Everyone has been so supportive. Thank you my RS sisters...I can't wait until I am in DR and can let everyone know what to expect when they get there. I will be taking lots of pics and updated every day, well maybe not after surgery for a day or two. I might be out of it. Happy healing and good luck to everyone...Buying the thongs make it really seem real today...j

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Good luck hun...
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Thanks :)
Wow great news on weight loss and I bet your soo excited chick! Are you getting thighs done?
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Will be sending money to Bank of America Account

My hubby has supported me through this journey. He hasn't had a problem with any of it except me carrying 6,000 dollar to DR. So, I am just going to pay it at the bank of america this week. My final cost is 5,375.00, this includes 11 extra days at the recovery house and minus my 350.00 deposit. I budgeted 6,000 for this so I am carrying 675.00 on me. I got a lock from amazon for my suitcase. I ordered another one for my carry on because the one I have is too flimsy. I started a facebook group so that my sister and other family could see how I am doing.. My daughter is in college close by so I will see her before I go, but my son is in the Marines so I will not be able to see him before I go..I don't know why am I sad about this but I am. I am spending the day looking at Dr. Almonte reviews and trying to get myself out of this funk... Once I I go back to school time will go by and I will not have a minute to second guess myself. Oh, I am sure my iron is up. I have been sleeping in socks for years winter and summer but last night my feet were so hot, I had to take them off. This time next week I will be heading to the airport..

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Congrats babe the date is getting closer and closer! I wish yu a safe travel and a happy healing!!
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Thanks, I just realized I can't drink on the plane... I fly but usually have a least two drinks to relax.. Flight is at night so maybe I will sleep...
Yea hopefully yu can sleep but if not I would have a drink in the concourse then hop on that plane and pass out lol

Recovery House

I am going to be staying at the Sorayas Relax Recovery House. Anyone know about that house. Hopefully it has an outdoor space.

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Question will the lipo rid u of all the dimples? I really can't wait to see your results, and what made u wait till u were 50? And do u plan on working out after sx
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I work out now and have been eating clean for the last 3 years, no dairy, meat and very little processed food. I am 34 dd up top and want to look better below..bbl will even out my butt and the tummy tuck will flatten my stomach. I have to think hard about the thigh lift... At 50 I I feel like a teenager, so why not
Love ur answer!

Life is Good!!

I decide to take off Friday.. I need to clean my house and stock up on stuff so when I come back it is there. There is suppose to be a snow day on Wednesday so just two days of work this week. I also have to get some trail mix. luvMinieto review has been helping me alot. She really breaks it down on what to do and how it is done in DR. You should look up her reveiw. I am also going to go for a lymphatic message on Saturday. Someone said it is suppose to help with the lipo. I need to get a place after I come back so, I will just try it out first. I am making my list and checking it over and over. I don't want to take a chance on leaving something I need. 6 more days until I am in DR...

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I know that's right!!
I hope so, I didn't wanna go around tax time thinking they will be over booked.

More supplies

Bio oil, hydrocodon, silicon tape

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More supplies still coming in...

I don't believe that i have anything else coming in. I got two bio oil. silicon tape and filled my prescriptions. I don't know how painful my doctor thinks a TT and BBL is but i filled one for 60 pills and there are two more refills for 60. Anyway time is flying and I have to get some wife beaters. i brought tee shirts and someone said i am going to wish I brought wife beaters. I am off from work tomorrow due to a snow day. I go back for one more day and will be off on Friday. I am going to go get a message on friday or saturday. I need to clean my house sometimes before I go.. I have been reading profile and trying not to forget anything. On Friday I will be closing my suitcase and not putting anything else in it. On sunday I will go to the gym to sauna and shave and shower. I am staying at Sorayas Relax recovery house. I just hope it has an outdoor space since I will be there for 3 weeks.

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hey sis its almost your time!Good luck with your surgery!Keep us posted!
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Thanks...I an nervous, happy, anxious and scared at the same time..lol
Thigh lift is so dangerous..I think you should do that as a separate procedure...but then again everything were having done is dangerous. GOOD LUCK!!
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Final Preparation in the making.

Ok, I decided to just go to DR with cash. I have a money belt, and locks on my luggage and carry on. I just can't pay for services before I get there. I got the wife beaters and Family dollar had tape and gauze and other thing on sale so I got some more of that too. I weighed my suitcase and it is 40 pounds. I put the things I am going to wear after surgery and my vitamins in my carry on bag. I am not bringing my laptop only my ipad. I have hula and netflicks. I also downloaded some books I want to read. I only thing I need is some extra strength tylenol. Tomorrow is my last day of work.. I am going to schedule a message for Saturday. OMG...I am soo close. I know some people don't want to go alone but I look forward to just being alone and having someone cook for me. I am going to lay around, read and watch videos. I just want to tune out and heal before I come home...and of course let you guys know what is going on...lol

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You are well prepared and ready to go. Good luck
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Keep us update & good luck, my prayers are w u hun
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I will..thanks

Pesos

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Lost 8 pounds

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Thanks :)

2 more day!!!

Ok, I went to the bank and got 6,000 out. I also was doing some running around by the airport so went in to get pesos. They had an American Express kiosks that exchanged all kinds of money. For each dollar, I got 42 pesos. I changed one hundred dollars. They charge to exchange was 7 dollars. If you get 500.00 us , it is free or if you have an american express card it is free. So I got 4, 000 pesos. They only had 500 peso bill. I also go the thing you hang keys around your next for put my drains on when I shower. I am going to download more trashy novels before I go, no intellectual reading,lol. I need to repack and check my suitcase one last time. I will be cleaning my house tomorrow.. The earphones I ordered from amazon just came in...that is my last item from amazon..I still want to go for a message on Saturday or Sunday...I have to call...I am almost there...

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excuse errors, I am rushing

around your neck to hang my drains...

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Can we bring food in the luggage?
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Yay! Your ready to go! I'm so excited for you!
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What type of clothes you're taking with you.? I bought some sweat pants and I was thinking to cut them off
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Drains

I saw this on another RA sisters page. Unsure who but a cheap way to hang drains during showers

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Unsure about perishable but yes package foods are ok
Thanks, I am cleaning my house today....

Last Instructions from Lesley....

I got a call from Lesley letting me know the address of the recovery house, phone number and giving my hubby her number to call on my day to see how I am doing. Instructions on what is going happen and my driver. Since I am staying 11 extra days, I need to pay 80 extra for the driving service to take me to post op visits. I don't have a problem with this, Lesley just forgot about it. I will be having my surgery around noon. I am hoping my iron is good. Going out for dinner tomorrow. My flight is 10:53 pm.. Get to DR at 3 something in the morning. I am hoping I can check in tomorrow before surgery to let you guys know what is going on. My bag is next to the door, house cleaned and ready to go. I am going to bed early and waking up late.

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You'll be on my mind and in my prayers. Traveling grace and healing hands sis!
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Thank you for your kind words...I am almost there..:)
Have a safe trip and please keep us posted! I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
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Hours until Boarding.....

I did not really sleep last night. I cleaned all day and forget to eat. I ate one meal so I was hungry but to lazy to get up for something to eat so I laid there and tossed and turned. I finally got up but it was hard to go to sleep. I am going out to dinner with tonight and then I will be leaving for the airport at 8. If I had to give advice about what to do so far, I would say start preparing when you know you are definitely going. Time will fly by so quick. Start taking your iron even when you are thinking about it. Have two surgeons lined up just in case something happens with one, especially if you are going out of the country. Find a RS sister with the same doctor and check her reviews. My number one is do a review and use your pictures, doesn't matter how big or how flat you are.. You will love the support and need it to help you get through... Thanks everyone, I couldn't of done this without you guys.. The next time I write, I will be on the flat side....

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Yay super excited for you god bless love
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God bless hun!
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I hope all is well!
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Just checking in

Just wanted everyone to know that I am doing well. Dr almonte and her team is wonderful..I am having minimum pain. I haven't had any issues..I am on my ipad and willl type more on my laptop later

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That's so good to hear!! Congrats and happy healing
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Happy healing doll Take care
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Wonderful, keep us updated hun!!
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Finally a minute to update

I am so surprised at the lack of pain.. I got in at about 4 am. Went to the hospital and took a shower. When I finally fell asleep it was time for test. Let me just say this technology has not caught up with the dominican republic, to put it bluntly. The chair and furniture in the room leave alot to be desired. Staff was nice but I have never seen a EKG machine like that. When they draw you blood the pull a syringe back to fill with blood and then fill it in the tube. I had a shot given, two, with a butterfly needle, so unsure why it wasn't used for blood. I wasn't that nervous because I was tired. Lesley and Dr. Amonte was wonderful. She came and drew me and I told her not a big but. I but kinda looks big and two people at the recover house said they wish there doctor would have given the a butt like mine. I got the blue pill and remember nothing after that.. I woke up in my bed and did not realize I had surgery. I had o fill my stomach. I do have some slight tingles in my back due to the lipo. Dr. Amonte took a picture of my stomach and it looks flate. After all the vitamins my hemoglobin was only 12.4. Dr. Almonte said I might need a blood transfusion after the surgery if my levels dip. I did not need on the levels stayed at around 12. I my pee was real dark so I had to get some shots and wait until it lightened up before I could go to the recovery hours. The dominican republican is noisy. Horns beeping, people yelling. Leslie has come to visit me. I am so glad I brought protein powder. That and a little soup is the only thing I feel like eating. The most annoying thing is the back drain or whole. It was gushing blood but know it has eased up some. Leslie only put in 10 days at the recovery house just in case I feel well enough to go home early which might be the case. I talk to Dr. Almonte about coming back for at thing lift and she said I need a breast lift..Unsure, a good bra takes care of the girls.. Bring cough drops, antacids, and protein powder. I am only two days out and getting up and down by myself and walking pretty good. I still need help for that room. Each hour is better than the last. Thanks everyone for the support.

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I am so glad to hear you are doing wonderful. I would love to see your pictures. I am 5'5 180lbs and I wanted to go to Dr. Almonte but not sure if she could give me what I want . I will be waiting to see your pictures........HAPPY HEALING AND THANKS FOR THE TIPS
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I am 5'9 and 195. Dr almonte snatched my waist. I am still swollen but my waist is small.
I asked Lesley about u she said u look so good...
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update

i had my first visit today with Dr Almonte. I can't way enough about her and her crew. When she took off my garment I just couldn't believe that was actually me. My waist and back are swollen but I look small. My butt has went down some which is a good thing because my but was looking big. Roxie is got here today and we are roomate. She is a real self sister. It is nice to have some here from real self. Two other girls here too. The nurse is a sweetheart. She is up and down with me last night. I am just starting to go to the bathroom by my self. The doctor took out my back drain. Rubbed some cream on my stomach. Gave me a firm talk about eating and drinking fluids. It is so hard to eat. I am trying to do better. Apple juice and 7 up mixed is helping. Hubby is worrying Dr. Almonte and her crew to death. The first thing they said was call your husband.lol Will try to take some pictures soon.

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Error because do ipad

I am tired and typing in the iPad...excuse errors

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Can't wait to see your pics. I will there with Almonte in 4days
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Please force yourself to eat something even if its just fruit we want you to heal fast...im praying for a speedy recovery for you. Cant wait to see pics. Have realself switch your doctor to Almonte. She doesnt have many reviews and I think your experience with her will help others
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Wishing you well, keep us updated.
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Pictures

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You look amazing!
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I read about it on Adamsmommy12 page. She has updated saying it's not true.
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Your results are great cant wait till all the swelling goes down. Did you here anything about yily s patients dieing? Im trying to confirm if its true or not
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Getting better day by day...

Lesley came out last night... She checked on me and roxy. She did tell me that my compression garment should be in hook 3 and not one. Last night it hurt so bad, I could take it and put it back in one. All day long it has been in two, but at night it will be one. I thought I was being cut in half. I know it is best to wear it tight but I count't bear it. Lesley has been by twice to check on us and answer any questions. We will going to Dr. Almonte on Monday for a check up. My tt drain is not draining much and I hope to have it removed. It is not bothering me so if it isn't removed than that is ok. I am looking to come home before my 21 days if everything is fine. I have been eating better and feel stronger. I knew my appetite would return so I did not worry about it. I sent Lesley a picture of my empty plate because they are aways asking me and others if I am eating. This has been a wonderful experience. You will be well taken care of if you go to Dr. Amonte.

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thank you

Leaving on the 6th

I am feeling so good that I changed my flight from the 15th to the 6th of this month. i will be going to see Dr. Almonte tomorrow,,, hopefully I can get my drain removed. My faja was cutting off my circulation for the last few nights. Roxy said when she laid flat on her back it helped. I tried it and it worked. I stopped feeling the pain in my back and was moving around. I just laid flat and it was wonderful. Tummy tuck has not been that bad. I have had minimum pain and did nt take any of my pain medicine not even tylenol. I can understand why people dont post much after surgery, you just are focused on healing and nothing else really. Happy healing everyone..

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WOWW SPEEDY RECORY, PLEASE UPLOAD MORE PICT
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Sandra361 thank you for sharing your journey to the flat side. Your results look amazing already. Keep us posted and happy healing!
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sandra361 how long will you be staying? My cousin and I will be there Tuesday i am scheduled for sx 12 noon with Almonte. Did she get all your back fat? Thats my concern i know her TT are awesome
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Home with drains.......?

Typing on iPad, please excuse errors. I have had two dr appt since my last post. The reason my faja was squeezing me at night was I had fluid on my back and mt tt drain was blocked. Dr. Used a needle and took the fluid out. I feel better now but have a burning sensation on my back and I am itching at night trying to get relief with arinca and Benadryl. I also got my stage two garment..170.00. I must admit it is worth every penny. Dr showed how to use a syringe to clear the drains, after care.. After our appointment we( sadroxy) went to the mall and ate at chillis..I am eating better but still not eating lot.. Our waitress insisted that we take another meal since I did not eat mine. I am going to have my first message tomorrow . Hopefully it will help on the plane ride home..I will post again when I get to boston.

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Everyone in Dr seems so nice..the waitress here would not care if you ate...but you know Hispanic love to fatten you lol
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@sandra361 you look awesome. I'm also considering Dr. Almonte. Keep us posted.
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Soo r u happy wit ur results I'm goin to her on the 18 r u happy wit the bbl did u tell u want It big did u have wish pics
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Home!!!!!!!!!!!

I am home now. I got in at 8 this morning. Dr. Almonte and her team were wonderful.... I will make a big update with pictures tomorrow, but wanted everyone to know I am back and in swell he'll..lol

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I'm so happy that you had a good experience. Going out of the country to have surgery can be very risky and takes a lot of courage. I think you had a better experience than I did at home. I didn't have anyone to take care of me and everyone in my family wanted me to do stuff around the house. I even cooked dinner on the 3rd night. I know the flight home must have been hard on you with swelling and being in that seat for so long. But I do think if I ever have another surgery, I'll save some money and go to the Dominican Republic.
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It was good to focus on the healing only.. I should have worn my garment on the second snap on plane. Toward the end it felt like I had nothing on, so I would recommend wearing ur garment as tight as possible on ur way home. I still have more healing to do.. Thanks
Ten days went fast!
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Pics 10 days out...

I love my scare but the swelling is unreal.... This is the same day I arrived home.. Left DR at 12:15 am and got to boston at 8, home by 10:00. I should have worn my garment tighter. I have it on real tight now..

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wow i love yout tt scar is tin
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And it is stabbing already..
Scrabbling

Hubby stretching my garment

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Congratulations on your transformation didn't get to meet you I guess you left the morning I came. I will be here at sorenya RH I met Roxy she was sweet! Just wanted to say you look great!! I know your glad to be home
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Thanks, I loved my time in DR but there is no place like home. Roxy is a sweetheart. We kept thinking you were coming. Happy healing
SHE FLATTENED YOUR TUMMY OUT.HAPPY HEALING!
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Wearing garment until Wednesday morning

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Update

I am now at two weeks post op.. I am feeling good but have started to get headaches. I take tylenol and Benadryl for the itch. I have also started to cough when I go to bed. I am not as swollen as I was after the plane ride, thank god... I have been wearing my garment as tight as I can stand it. Lesley would be so proud of me..lol. I took the drain off saturday night. It did not hurt. I did not feel a thing. I cleaned the hole and put gauze on it. I have to just keep my garment on for 3 days. I am scheduled to go for a massage on Wednesday morning so I will wash and take it off and put a fresh one on for my message. Since I have been through the experience and many of you are getting information, I am going to do a Q&A.
What is the hardest part about my surgery:: The back Lipo.... I had no pain what so ever around the tummy tuck. The back lipo burns and it did not stop until I had a massage. Dr. Almonte does not do a drain for the back it is just a tube that leaks..That can be kinda nasty when you have to go to the bathroom the first few days. She did take it off after the first visit.
How was the hospital? The hospital is not like the hospitals in the US> Get it out of your head if you are going to the DR. The furniture in you room is old, but clean. The equipment they use is old but functional. They took my blood by pulling back on a syringe, but gave me a shot with a butterfly needle that we use to get blood. The nurses were nice but did not speak english.
Get Pesos before you go:
I got pesos at the airport, american express kiosk.. It was 7,00 for up to 500 and free if you get 500, which you will not need. It is good to have pesco if you want to order out or want something special. They do have places once you are mobile that you exchange money. I tipped in us dollars and they seemed to be happy with it.
How is Dr. Almonte really? Dr. Almote is the nicest, kindest person you will ever meet. She is a little brutal with you body. I know it need a thigh lift later but she is talking breast lift and arm lift. lol, She spends time with you when you go for your visits. She wants to know what is happening at the recovery house. Her team is there answering questions. I had issue with eating and that called the recovery house to see if I ate. Lesley came by twice to check up on us. I had 3 visits with Dr. Almonte.
Flight home:
Wear your compression garment as tight as you can stand.. At the end of you trip you will feel like you have nothing on if it is too loose and you will swell like crazy..Get a wheelchair.. Do not wait in line to weigh your luggage. Go and sit down in the area for wheelchairs. If you have a wheelchair you do not have to wait in line for customs.
Things I wish I would have known.....
Your throat will be sore after surgery, have you cough drops ready so you can get them when needed. I brought on loose sundress.. You need to only bring loose sundresses. When you got out shopping or dr visit you need enough room in you dress to hang your drain. Don't over pack. We went shopping and I couldn't really buy stuff because I had not room in my suitcase. If you need something they have it in DR and it is cheaper. They had this Dominican hair conditioner I get at the dominican stores here for 2 dollars us.. I buy it here for 16.00..???I couldn't believe it. I am going back with an empty suitcase...

Recovery House
You need to be open and accepting of the language and culture. I did not speak any spanish but it did not really stress me. We got in a routine of sleeping in the morning and up in the evening. We had a button to press by our bed when we needed help. The food was good after they knew what I wanted. I don't eat dairy, meat. I know it was a challenge to cook for me but they tried hard and I was very pleased they made the effort. The recovery house I stayed at was in a city setting. There was building noises during the day and people yelling and carrying on during the evening. It did not bother me. We could walk to the malls and shops. After a while of being cooped up it was nice to go out. We went to dinner at chillis and ate out on the deck. It was beautiful.. The most annoying thing about the recovery house is taking your medication. They have your pills on a schedule and if you are sleep they will wake you up for your pill. I tipped everyone when I left.. Me and Roxy also took the cook and nurse out to chillis.
Things I am glad I brought
depends
wipes
chux
granny panties
soft comfortable bras
wife beaters
socks
antiacid
benadryl
cough drops
arnica
What you don't need in DR..
Gauze
vitamins
tape
bio oil
I was not ready for any scar care until I got home. I did not have room for my boppy pillow. I wish I would have take it and left all the other stuff home. I have been so comfortable with it. I will be taking it in july.
DO NOT BUY YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENT BEFORE YOU GO TO DR...IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO KNOW WHICH KIND TO TO AND WHAT SIZE. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY RESIST THE URGE!!

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Glad your home
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Thanks, I am enjoying being home. I am doing too much but feeling stronger each day.
Thanks for the tips very helpful
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Slowing Coming Out of Swell Hell

I checked my weight and i am 6 pounds down from yesterday. I have been drinking lots of water and ginger ale. I have been going to the bathroom alot. I never had any issue with constipation. I took two softners a day when I was doing the iron pills. I did not bring the to DR. I have been having a bowel movement every morning. I am not feeling as swollen. I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow. I paid 35.00 for a massage in DR and tomorrow I am paying 100.00. Anyone in the Boston area have a place for less, let me know. This place is 5 minutes away. I did change my garment last night. My drain hole was leaking and wet up my tee shirt and my compression garment. I washed and put a new one on. I spent extra for garments. I sew and can always run a seam up the side if they get too big. My navel is not rounding out. Does anyone know when I should start to use a marble? I might stop at the store after my massage to get some. Happy healing everyone....

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@sandra361? Put a piece of round cotton in your belly button prior to putting on your faja. God luck:- )
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Ok round cotton, I will give it a try. thanks

Less swelling

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Looking good!! :) Just curious...how are your thighs looking? Are you still considering a thigh lift?
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I am planning on going this summer..I don't really see any improvement in my thighs.
Fabulous
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Swelling is continuing to go down...

I am feeling so much better with the swelling. I checked my weight this morning and i am 8 pound down. I was up peeing all night. I think I got up about 6 times. I can see the change in my body. I am going for a massage today at 12. I might stop by the store and go out for lunch depending on how i am feeling. I have been cooped up in the house and really would like to go out. Happy healing everyone.

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You look amazing sweetie
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Thanks girl, I was a little concerned about the rolls still on my back but they are going down. I am drinking water, green tea and ginger ale. It seems to be doing the trick.
Great that's my main area of concern as well the doctor told me she can remove a big amount of fat but it depends on my hemo so I hope it's high enough so I can be done with the fat rolls

Pic in clothes

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Wow.... Sandra catching up on my emails and see ur latest pix...wow u look beautiful. ..
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Ms Sandra I'm truly happy for you!! Dra Almonte really transformed you!
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You look good!
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Bad Massage for $100.00

I tried to the give it the benefit of the doubt, so I waited a little to give it a chance. When I was in the DR the massage was 35.00 and I immediately felt the benefits after. I felt so good that I was able to travel from Dr at 12 am to 8 am. This massage was not focused on my back and stomach. She did my neck, thighs, arms to open up the lymphatic system she said. She did a little on my back and had me to breathing for stomach. Her touch was too light. I am going to let my hubby continue to massage my back. I am thinking of getting a messager. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend the money anyway. I am going back in July and need to save some money. Happy Healing everyone

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Wut R u getting done in July
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Thigh Lift....Maybe a breast lift too... Can't wait for the thigh lift, I always wanted one...
Dr. Almonte gave us a serious hourglass... I know you are looking good and hubby can't wait...lol

BBL Pic

Unsure of this BBL.....I like the shape but it just looks big too me. I have to get use to it...The jury is out... I have had no problems with pain or anything with the bbl. It is like I never had one..

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New clothes??

The grey pants did not fit before surgery. My tops are way to big. I have to go and buy some new things for school before I go back. I am wearing my garment and will be wearing it for a while yet. I don't feel good without it on.

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I think it fits u sis.
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Thanks duke, hubby is lovin it,, you are almost up....good luck
I want a bl to I don't understand when people say a thigh lift wuts goin on ur legs look fine

Happy V Day!!!

My daughter came home from college.. she is only 20 minutes away but it is good to see her when I wake up. I told my mother I went to DR for surgery. I wasn't sure how negative she would be or supportive, worried so i just did not tell her. She loves what the doctor did. She has always wanted a breast lift and maybe a tummy tuck. She is 72 but in great health. If it makes her feel good than why not. I told her she should go for it. Some people might feel at 51 I am too old for the work I got done but who cares as long as it makes me feel good. Age is just a number. I told her I was going back in July and she thinks she wants to go too. Unsure if she will follow through on it. She has never been out of the country and I think she would not be accepting of the lack of technology in DR. We will see. My swelling is going down. Got on the scale and am 5 pounds away from my weight when I had surgery. My hubby has been massaging my back. I am going to just continue with him doing it. I was too disappointed with the one I got for 100.00. My drain hole is scabbing. I would like to take a shower tonight.. I don't want to push it so if it is not fully scabbed I am just going to wait. I am having tingling feelings in my stomach and back. It doesn't hurt just sometimes surprising. This is my last week of recovery.... Next week I want to get back in my routine. I am still off work but I want to start driving, go shopping and put clothes on during the day. Staying in the house is starting to get old. I haven't experienced constipation. I am more regular now than I was before. I am going at least twice a day. I will start taking iron on March 1... That will give me 5 months to get my iron up. Hopefully I will be in the 13 range. I brought 1 loose sundress so I will be looking in the thrift stores for 3 more before I go back...I got some silicon tape for my tt incision... My tt is scabbing and falling off. I can use the tape on my incision after the scabs come off? I can start usingmederma cream with the tape? Anyone who has use the tape, please let me know.. I spray alcohol on my belly button and tt incision, then I us rose oil spray, the I put some neosporin and a thin layer of gauze. I have been doing this daily. My scar looks good. i want to concentrate on fading it once the scab is all off. I am going to take a picture to post later before I take my shower (crossing fingers)....Happy Healing

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I have always wanted my legs done,,, big thighs seem t be in for the moment, but they are flabby.. Due to weight loss I have a lot of extra skin.
Oo ook got it we'll u look Gud gurly

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you look real good hope all continues to go well seems to me you have had a great journey so far LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK LUCK
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Thanks, I have been blessed on this journey. Some people talk about negative comments from other but I have only gotten support. Surgery was also a breeze. The back lipo just was a reminder I had something done..lol

TT scar and drain hole

My TT incision is scrabbling and falling off. I have also started putting cotton in my navel. I had a previous surgery so have an old incision line in the middle of my stomach.. My drain hole had a scab on it but stuck to the gauze. I took a shower last night. Hubby gave me a massage and I put a new garment on...I am 15 pounds down from my flight 9 days ago. I am 1 pound away from my pre surgery weight. I still have swelling on my back and lower stomach. I am still itching on my back. Headaches and coughing went away. I feel 80 % myself..

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Good to hear you are doing so well you really look great! Your scar is also looking good and I like how low it is. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
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Ur welcome...the lack of pain from the Tt was a surprise.. The pain burning pain from back lipo was also a surprise but past quickly. Dr Almonte did a wonderful job on my scar placement. My body is getting better each day. I am so happy I did this and went to DR. :)
Thank you for sharing, I loved reading your review.
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I think I am coming out of "Swell Hell"

I took a shower last night. I sprayed my incision with alcohol, used bio oil and neosporin. I put a light layer of gauze on it. My hubby gave me a massage. He uses shea butter and rubs the hard spots. After he finished he was able to snap my garment in the last hook, hook 3. It is not that tight. I am going to get my sewing machine out and run a seam by the hooks. I spent enough on garment and and will not buy another one.. The site for my garment is www.fajate.com.co But I would not recommend buying one before. Wait to after if you need a second one. Today is the last day of me sitting in my nightclothes watching tv. I am feeling 90% so I am getting dressed tomorrow. Going out shopping and getting back in my routine before I go back to work on the 24.. I am getting use to my butt and loving the changes in my body due to the swelling going down. I am 1 pound less than I was the day of my surgery. I can't believe it is Day 20 post op. If you are nervous about going to DR, don't be....get the right doctor for you and you will be fine...Happy Healing everyone...

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You are coming along nicely, did she do any lipo to your thighs , they already look improved In photo
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No she didn't do thigh lipo..I am going back for the thighs..they don't look as bad but still need some work. My scar is low so mAybe that helped. Thanks
great review! very informative and thorough. You look great. the dr. did an excellent job!
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Seroma??????

I think I have fluid in my stomach. It is moving and i can feel it. I wanted to go shopping in New York this week anyway. So, I contacted Jessica Spa, one that Dr. Almonte recommended about an appointment tomorrow. I will get there have it taken care of and get an ultra sound lym. message and go shopping and dinner later. I also went shopping today with my daughter. This is just a hiccup in my road. Hubby can get me to new york in 2 and half/ 3 hours. I will let everyone know how it goes..

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Full body pics..3 weeks

I still have swelling on my lower back..I am loosing 1 to 1.5 everyday. I am also 2 pounds lower than the day I had surgery.

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Looking super
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Thank you. :)
Omg Sandra I love it
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On my way to New York

On my

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In car typing on ipad lol

Again on my way to New York. It's snowing so we will be taking it easy.. We should be there by ten. I am numb so not worried about the needle. Dr. Almonte took fluid out of my back before I left. This is my excuse to buy some more boots lol. I am lovin what Dr. Almonte did to my butt. At first I wasn't sure but now I like it. I am going to have to wear sweaters to school for the first few weeks...I teach 6 year olds and I know one of my girls will say.. Mrs.... Ur butt got big...lol

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Wow, you look so good!
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You're looking better every day!!
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Thank u Hun...I can't believe how nervous I was before. I had cramps worst than surgery...

Not a Seroma

I guess it good new that I did not have a seroma. It is just inflammation and swelling. Jessica of Jessica spas in New york stuck me about ten times. I did not feel a thing because I have no feeling in my lower stomach. She said I need a massage. I can find a place here that does massages like they do in DR. I scheduled a appointment for Saturday if I can't fin somewhere here. Lesley is going to help me look for a place closer. Jessica's Spa was great. I did the Sauna first and she tried to get checked my stomach and there was not fluid. Than I had a massage. She took at least 90 minutes massaging me. It was the best massage I ever had. I felts so good. I might have to take up my compression garment today. I don't like the feel of a towel. So if you live in New York Jessica Spa can't be beat. Just wanted to do a quick update...

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What kind of message? I'm one month post and have not gotten a message
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Lymphatic ultrasound massage
Thanks Sandra! I'll check it out

Update***

I have not found a place closer to Boston...I will be traveling to New York tomorrow to Jessica Spa. I really dont want to do the drive but I don't have any choice. I have been clothes shopping. I am going to London in April. My friend said I need at least 4 party dresses. I went to the store and the size 14 fit me like they were made for me. Not the flowing but on your bootie dresses. I got 3. I have been walking and out for the last few days. I feel tired at night and my back is kinda tight so I know I need to take it easy today. I look forward to the massage tomorrow. Shout out to Superthickrissy who is coming up to her surgery date and feeling nervous...and like most moms do when they spend money on themselves, selfish, I feel like this when I spend money on myself, I am going to spend it anyway, so why not on me.. Instead of upkeep on your home it is upkeep on you. You will do good girl, step up...it is your time!!! Peace and Blessing Everyone....Happy Healing

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Clothes No Garment

I can still wear my clothes but the waist is big. I am still swollen but I look so much better in my clothes. The lipo on my flanks made a huge difference..

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WOW! You look great doll, can't wait until my turn, i got 1.5 weeks to go.
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Thanks, my body is getting better day by day..in wasn't sure about my butt but it is lookin so natural..dr. Almonte will hook u up too. Good luck.. One word of advise.. Put cough groups were u can reach then after surgery...lol
Sandra very well written, a mom absolutely needs to invest in herself because honestly we barely due.
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1 month picture update...

It was my first day back at work. I made it but I started to have a backache around 11. I have tons of things to do but wanted to post pic.

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Woow San, u are lookin good trust me Almonte hooked u up, it's only gettin better, I can't wait until my turn!!
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Update...

Swelling is easing up some. I still have it at my lower stomach and back. I think my back will be smooth once all the swelling is gone. Jessica's Spa in New York is great. I can't say enough of them. I have been wearing my compression garment all day and night. I only take it off to shower. My scar is completely scabbed so I have been using tape and mederima. I also sometimes use shea butter. I will take a picture of it soon. The scar placement is wonderful. I am still losing weight. I eat a very good diet. I don't sit on a pillow, I am still sleeping with my feet elevated and my back up in bed. I just hope that the swelling is down before I go to England. I am still trying to walk hunched over. I can't go to the gym for another month. Happy Healing everyone..

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Get it Gurl!!!!! lol Show out why dont ya....lol...Looking fab Ms. Lady...
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Thank you Dukes, I am surprised at how much I am like Dr. Almonte's bbl...:)
OMG Sandra you look video vixen AMAZING! !
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Felt Great this Morning...

I have to start going to bed at 8:30..I went to bed at that time last night and felt wonderful when I got up at 6. I ended up with 9 hours of sleep. I was able to clean my house and put things in order before I left at 7:45 for school. I have let the house go and now I feel like tackling it at little at a time. Hubby is away. My son is home from the Marines for 2 weeks and daughter moved back home from her off campus apartment. Stuff is everywhere. I do take 2 tylenol before school. I can walk straight but I am still trying to bend when I walk. I am going to do a 3 or 5 day juice fast this Monday. I have done 14 day juice fast. I am doing this to help with the swelling. When I juice fast, I do the green juice which is spinach, cucumber, pineapple, green apples, lemon and ginger, celery...

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You go girl!!! Wish I could have seen your hubby's reaction to the picture you sent! Congrats on looking so great!
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Thanks, he is begging for more pictures.. :)
I need a microscope t see that scar ...lol
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Massage today

It is 4:30 am..I am gettin up at 5 to juice and get ready to drive to New York. Hubby is away so I will be makin the drive myself. I have been going to bed at 8:30.. I have been putting my house in order and cooking. I am feeling 90%. It is just sometimes my back will hurt.i still take two Tylenol in the morning.. I have been drinking pineapple juice. Swelling is down but not gone.

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Congrats!!! You look wonderful...
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My Dr. told me the swelling will go away after 4 months. I think you look fantastic, don't worry about the swelling :)
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4MONTHS!!!! Omg.. The swelling at the bottom of my stomach is annoying.. Thanks

New York

I can't say enough good things about Jessica's Spa. Carmen is the one that works on me. She is the kindest, sweetest, gentle person you will ever meet. Jessica the owner is very nice too. My treatment starts at 11 and I usually get out around 2. I do the sauna, and some cuff things that stimulate your body. She did some needles with air coming out yesterday. It burned and I had flashbacks of the back lipo..lol, She just kept saying it is is good for you. I trust her completely. I always feels so good after I leave there. My friend called me and wanted to go out to a Jazz club. I went back and forth on the dress and wore one I just got for my london trip. My girlfriend was soo surprised at how it fit. I was complaining to her about swelling but with my garment on I was ok. After driving to New York, I used my Boppy Pillow and put the ring around my waist, I was so tired last night. The male attention was a little annoying and something at 51 I am not use too. This one guy came up and was young, I thought he was one of my former students. I see former student everywhere.lol

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Juice fast...

I just juiced for breakfast and lunch and had a chip pea wrap (falafaI) and bean soup for dinner, also drank lots of water. Got on the scale and weigh 1.5 pounds less..I am going to continue this for the week to see about the swelling.

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Ms Sandra what machine do you use for juicing. Im going to get the vitamix today and start juicing with hubby. Of course im researching but are u only have 1glass at each setting and do u get hungry in between?
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I have a vitamix too. That is used for smothies. It blends everything so you get pulp and fiber. My juicer just seperates the juice. I will post a picture. If you are juice fasting you don't want to drink the fiber. You want your digestions to rest and in turn it will give you energy. When I juice fast, I drank as much juice as I wanted..You want to make sure you are not hungry.. You get head hunger..Day 3 is tough and if people are eating around you than it can be tough. I am just doing breakfast and lunch. I don't want to drop weight that quick. I have been losing pretty steady with out it. Good Luck. Try the mean green juice, do a search..
What a wonderful transformation. Congrats!
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I have that exact Breville juicer and love it. Tried my vitamix love it too. Made soup with it and it was delicious. Those drink containers look pretty handy. Headed to Amazon now...btw I havent start to write my review but its coming I wanted to work top to bottom. However my chin issue is too Damn complicated so im moving on to my breast gut and butt. Thanks you for responses you truly inspire me
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Amazing! Look great!
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Hey there!!!You go ma! You look fabulous....I can totally see someone mistaking you for oh, lets say....25 27 years old with a shape like that!!! LMBO! Enjoy the attention....You deserve it!!!
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5 week pics..

I woke up and am down another pound. The green juice is taking off the water. My back and ankle and bottom stomach are less swollen. I ate veggie hot dogs and salad for my one meal last night. This is the junkey food I eat. Do well everyone, and happy healing..

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and may i ask, how much you weight before surgery and how much you weight now?
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I weighted 198. Got back and weighed 214.. Now I weigh 192..
you look great!! my family knows dra almonte well, i will be going to her april 7, Happy healing :)
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6 week update

Hopefully I will have time to write tomorrow or sometimes this week.. I have been crazy busy..

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Wow you look beautiful. Thank you for all of the great information. Can you tell me who did your massages in DR. Thank you
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I don't know who it was...your recovery house or surgeon should be able to give you a few name...I could have also went for my massages at the hospital. Thanks I am glad it helps..
First, you look incredible especially your tummy and butt, major transformation. I want to thank you for your blog, so helpful to me, I am 49 and have a lot of the same feelings as you. I am not to old to do this for me and yes the money would just be spent on our house. The money for payment thing how you carry it etc. has been really holding me back from going to DR. You have helped me tremendously. I am still on the fence about going to DR and I cannot get any pain meds prescribed to me here. I am going to try at another Dr. to get a pain med RX. I have 2 DR. In the DR I am considering. I am trying to go when I make up my mind. I am wanting TT, BL and lipo, cannot decide if I want all of it and I am trying to go to a few more local docs. I live in Idaho. I do not speak Spanish either.
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6 week reveiw

It has been a busy week...I am committed to updating at least every week. I know it is going to be hard to find the time on Monday so today is the day. I have been juicing for breakfast and lunch, it has really helped my swelling. I no longer have the pocket of fluid in my lower stomach. The lower stomach is firm and my back and and lower back is going down. I am now at 192 but my period came on today. I should be in the 180 next week. Have not been that weight since I got married. I am not juicing this week. I want the weight lost to slow down some. I want to go to the gym so I can tone up. I will not be able to go to the gym until April 1. The recipe I used for juicing is 10 celery stalk, 3 cucumbers, 4 handfulls of spinach, 3 lemons, thumb size ginger, 4 green apples and I have the small cans of 100% pineapple juice I add maybe 2, handful of cilantro. This makes enough for 2 days ( breakfast and lunch) for me.. I eat one meal in the evening...I rarely snack.. If I do, hummus and pita chips or nuts...I did not go for my massage today in New York. I don't think it need it. I did schedule for next week..it is a 3 day weekend for so this will my last one. I spend in gas and tolls about 200.00 so it is not something I want to do but if I have do than fine. I had a wonderful experience in DR but not everyone is suited for DR. Know yourself, and research, research, research...if your doctor doesn't get back to you than chose another one. Don't go during tax season. Know that they will squeeze you in a tight, tight compression garment. The weight on my was 140 something....I weighed close to 200 pounds. You get use to it...now I sleep in my stage 1 and wear my stage 2 during the day. I only take them off to shower...I do this because I am less swollen in the morning and my stage 2 is harder to get into..hubby is traveling so I am on my own...I don't mind if you inbox with any questions... happy healing everyone and it does get better...

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Happy healing sweety, my experience with dr.almonte is positive. Rachel and Leslie are very sweet. I have no complaints. I wish speedy recovery.
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Was wondering if u have decided on the type of thigh lift ur gettin
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Thigh lift is scary....lol...I am still thinking it over but if I do it than the one with the incision in the groin area

No more New York...yay!

The swelling has really come down..I have been sleeping in my garment plus a waist clincher..it has helped alot

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You look great! I'm counting down my days until my makeover with Dr. Almonte!
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Thanks, u will do great...
You look great but you are still swollen on your back. I will be a month tomorrow and I'm still in pain on my back and sides. She did an aggressive lipo on my back that I only feel my rib cage. It hurts mind you I go for massage twice a week.
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7 week update

I am heading into 7 week since surgery this Monday...I can't wait to get to 8 weeks so I can go back to the gym.. I never thought I would miss it so much. I did not go for my massage and will not be going back. I have had burning in my lower back..Not as bad as when I had surgery but still burning. When I take my garment off, I don't feel as unstable as I use too.. I am now at 188 pounds..I would like to lose about 10 more but will wait until I go to the gym...I am still going to bed at 8 so my body must need the rest. Happy Healing everyone.

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Ur transformation so far is really gd congrats again:-)
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You are looking fab!! I love the definition in your and wow great
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You look great congrats! The pic of your husband stretching the garment is hilarious I thought someone got stuck!
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Before/After pics

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Your results are great. Did you get a note from her for work? Im happy the original note said hernia repair so the work people arent in your business. How much is jessica spa?
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How do we get rid of the crease on our back
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They are not 100 percent gone, but I rub shea butter on my scar and sides..I think this has helped some. Also, when the swelling went down it helped so I am unsure of which really did it..

2 month....finally

I am so happy to be at 2 months. I went back to the gym this morning. It was nice to go back and sweat a bit. I only did 10 minutes techno gym and 20 minutes bike. I did do light weights and some leg and arm machines. I sauna and steamed too. It was kinda weird not being in my compression garment at first but after a while I got use to it. I did put it on when I came home. I don't feel like I swelled anymore with me not wearing it. At 2 months, I am still getting tired. Before surgery I never took a nap now I take one whenever I feel like it. I still got to bed about abut 8 or 9 and get up at about 6..My back has come down a lot and I have been having burning sensations now and then, nothing like right after surgery but I think it is kinda weird. Happy Healing everyone

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I did get a note for work. Jessica is 70.00 for a lymphatic message..they do a great job.. It takes about 2 hours..

Update

I am at 9 weeks... I went to the gym 4 days this week and it felt so good. At first not having the compression garment on bothered me but now I finally feel normal with out it. I still have very little swelling..I go in the sauna and steam room... I am doing more weights but not anything for the stomach. My back is still burning sometimes at night but it is not bad. I went without a compression garment for the first time today. I will be wearing one at night. I will post pics later.. Happy Healing everyone...

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Hi Sandra!!! I'm glad you doing fine. I'm 9 weeks post sx feeling ok but I feel the burning sensation on my back still and it burns when I lay down on my back. I noticed my belly is. either swollen or I have belly left. I don't know
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I think it is swelling at the bottom... My back can be on fire now but I have very little swelling left in the lower back..that is the part that burns at night... I still sleep in the same after surgery position with my boppy pillow...
i was considering going to Robles but I too had the communication issue. Also with other busy high demand Drs. I love her work but I also want my answers when i want them. So now I am doing my research on Almonte and her reviews are amazing. I am looking for more sculpting though. I want to be a brick house coming out of surgery. I hope that is something she can do. But you are looking better and better as the days go buy. Glad you are feelin good.
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10 Week reveiw...

I am still having some lower back burning at night. One night I did take tylenol..It doesn't happen every night but is surprising. My measurement are 34, 28, 43... I am going to london at the beginning of May and was looking for pants. No such luck..If it fit in the waist it did not fit the butt/hips. I know how to sew so might end up taking stuff in but really don't want to do it. Dresses and skirts look good on me. I am wearing a 12 booty hugging dresses..lol.. 14 pants, small and medium tops..My weight is 186 and I am 5'9.. I love the scar placement...and it healed well

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Pics in clothes...no garment

I just wear my garment at night. I first it felt funny but now I am use to it. I started ab work at the gym this week, I was very careful..

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Looking gd
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Thank you...
You look great! Have fun in London :)
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11 week update..jeans that kinda fit...

I have been looking for jean or even pants, caprice that fit.. I found some Jones of New york Secret slimming, Lexington Straight jeans. They are still too big in the waist but not so much that I couldn't take in. I brought blue and white jeans. I got them at macy's... I am having less burning at night. My period is still coming whenever it wants to. I am going to make my yearly gyn appt. and talk to her about it. I have been eating alot of beans and I am still losing weight.. I am making myself eat more so that it has slowed down. I want to firm up with the weight loss. Nothing is really happening. I am preparing to go to london in about 2 weeks...I am going away next week also.. So this is the last update before I come back from London. I am going to wear my compression garment on the plane, I don't want to take a chance on swelling. I am also not going to eating as clean as I do at home so I just might wear it more...Happy healing everyone...good luck to those going for surgery..Talk to you after I come back...

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11 week pic update..

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11 front forgot

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You look great!! Thank you for sharing! Its very informative and eases my nerves about the surgery! Too bad there isnt a closer spa to Boston. I will search for one bc I dont want to travel to NY lol
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I know....I thought I could find a place but they do lymphatic massages without the machine, which is a waste. After the massages, I felt wonderful. See how many you can get in DR. Good luck..
Thanks!

13 week reveiw...

I have been busy shopping and getting ready to travel to London. Pants have been the hardest thing to get but I have been taking in the waist. i am down about 1.5 since my last post. I haven't really had a appetite.. The back burning is slowing way down. It doesnt happen every night. I drove 7 hours to visit my parent and was ok... I did wear my stage 2 compression garment and slept in my stage 1 garment. I will be wearing it to london on the plane..If I am walking alot I will have to wear it because I sometimes get lower back aches if i don't have on my garment and I am walking alot. Happy healing everyone. I wanted to take a pic of my scare but forgot, will do it when I post again in two weeks..

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You're looking better as weeks go by:-) def a Happy and Sexy Doll:-) Ty for sharing...
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Great updates and great results. You look amazing.
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Amazing and sexy results! !! Thank you so much for your review!!!!!
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15 week reveiw....

I am back from London and what I time I had. People in London are so warm and friendly...Going out to pubs and partying..I did see some historic sites but not many.. I was worried about food since I don't eat meat or diary. There were tons of little resturants.. We at indian most nights. I ended up losing a pound. I have lost another pound this week. I don't mind losing a pound here and there. I just don't want to lose it too quick. I think mybutt has fluffed.. I haven't had back burning since before england. My swelling is down and almost gone. I still drink pineapple juice every day and lots of water. Still thinking about the thigh lift. Just wanted to get on so you guys know I am still around...Will post more on my next update..

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clothes with spanx on

12.95 dress from h and m ..size medium

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Fantastic! You are doing it lady! Love the dress and now wishing I had gotten the BBL. LOL. Continue to enjoy you.
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I really did not want the bbl but didnot want to regret it later. I am so glad I did it..Thanks
You look really great. Nice dress. What size are you wearing now?
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Update

I am doing well. I still sleep in my compression garments at night. I just like too for some strange reason. I have sleep a few night without it on. I am still drinking pineapple juice. I have almost no swelling. I will take some pics this week in bra and panties so you guys can see my back. I am at 182..I am 5"9. I haven't really been trying to lose weight it is just happening on its own. I measured my butt and I am still at 43 so that is good. I don't want to lose any of it if I can help it. I am still thinking about going to dr. almonte for a thigh lift. I know..one minute I want it the next I feel they aren't really that bad.. I am also wearing a size 10 dress. I wear dresses in the summer so I don't have to worry much about the waist of pants. Life is good and I am going to Atlantic City for Memorial Day weekend. I am planning a trip to vegas in July.. I am not feeling Africa at the moment so that trip is on hold.. I pockets are getting low... Take care.. Happy healing everyone. Those of you thinking about having surgery...just do it..

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Your results look great. Thanks for all the updates. Wish I could do as much traveling as you do lol! Does Dr. Alamonte speak English or does she use a translator to assist.
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Update .

Unsure how many weeks, I lost count. I had a wonderful time in New Jersey... I am trying to go to vegas this summer...lol, I am still wearing my compression garment at night. I just like to wear it.. I have not been much 1 or 2 times a week.. This is the last month of school and I am so busy and tired that the gym slips. I am starting a 7 day juice fast tomorrow. I feel I need to cleanse my system. I kinda like juicing... I don't have to think about what to eat. I am still thinking about a thigh lift but having it done here. Unsure....I don't think I have any swelling left. I do have maybe fat in the bottom of my stomach but that is ok. I pretty much tell everyone and anyone who ask me about my body, that i had a tummy tuck and other things.. If they question me more than i tell them who and where. Just losing weight would have never given me a shape like this and it is hard to spot reduce so why not let other know. I eat two meals a day and one is usually soup or salad. I don't count calories but I try not to eat much..Take care everyone. Hope everyone is doing well... If I can swing the cost, which is a big if , i am going for the thigh lift...

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U look great!
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I agree, u look awesome!!! im thinking about choosing my doc too ..not sure yet, but im glad u had a good experience.
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Wow what a difference your before and after pics. You look great and Must feel like a new woman....so happy for you.
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It's been a minute.lol

I have been busy living life...school is out and I have been cleaning and relaxing. I have been going to the gym and continue to eat a veganish diet. I eat when I am hungry which means most days two meals a day. I continue to be in awe of Dr Almonte work..I do weight and cardiovascular at the gym but she gave me a body I don't think I would have with diet alone..my legs are looking better and I have let go of having then done. I sometimes wear a waist clicker on the weekend..my stomach is still kinds numb..anyone who is thinking about doing this in DR..I had a wonderful experience..I would highly recommend DR ALMONTE..peace and Blessings everyone

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Your story was very detailed. Thank you, I loved reading every bit of it. You look amazing and I will be having sx with Almonte next spring. Also, thank you for continuing to update us on your healing. Blessings & Happy Healings to you!
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I try to check in from time to time because I can remember hunting to information when i was thinking about doing this. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. Good luck...Dr. Almonte is amazing...
Kudos:-)
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7 months tummy tuck scar pictures

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Update.

I got lazy and stopped doing scare treatment a while ago...I love where my scare is...I can wear a tiny thong and it is covered. It is fading well. I stomach is still numb so I go at belly button peircing. I do ab and butt and thing weights at the gym..I go every other day. Someone asked about my diet...I get up and eat pink grapefruit, when I first get up and tea...Iunch is usually the biggest meal, fish, greens, beans, sometime seafood pasta,
dinner is usually salad with avocado with schrimp or beans, veggie burger, veggie hot dogs.. i dont usually snack.. I do like pringles /doritos and get then sometimes... Fruit in the morning and after 8pm... I like my curves and dont really want to lose weight I just want to firm up...I like being thick..

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Hi Sandra361 I just read your journey. I like the way you explained everything along the way for those of us that have not had sx yet. I appreciate that...BTW you look great especially your weight loss, you should be proud. Keep up the good work and continue to post your pic to keep us updated on how great you're looking. I'll be going to the DR in Jan 2015 to be become a beautiful Duran Doll...Hope to see other dolls while I'm there in the DR *Boss Lady*
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I just read your story, you look great! I am going November 11th to DR.
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U look absolutely amazing ♡♡♡♡
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Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Almonte is a wonderful doctor. She listens to what you want. She takes the time to deal with with issues during you visit. She does not rush you out the door. Her team, Lesley and Rachel are wonderful. I had a wonderful experience in DR and will be going back in July. If you are considering surgeons you can't select a better one than Dr. Almonte. If you are nervous about going to DR or communication, Lesley will ease your nerves. I am still a little swollen but I love my body and my flat stomach.

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