I am new to realself and am just beginning my journey with plastic surgery. I am a mom of 3 and am looking to have a tummy tuck with liposculpture to the sides, back, inner &outer thighs and arms--- approximate date Late March 2014
I have decided to have my surgery in the Dominican Republic. I have always been afraid because of the horror stores of people going overseas and getting botched surgeries. But over the years I have met at least 8 women who have had work done in DR. All look fabulous by the way. Only one had a bad experience but I believe its because she did not follow doctors orders and returned to work wayyyyy to soon. Plus she always had keloid issues.
I am Dominican, my mother lives half the time in santiago so I am looking into 2 plastic surgeons in Stantiago, Dr. Yussef Serulle who operates out of Clinical Corominas and Dra. Jacqueline Miranda Pereyra who operates out of the the most modern hospital in santiago Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS). I have read a few reviews from Dr. Serulle and seen some before and afters. Dr Pereyra however I cannot find any reviews on; that worries me. I only know one person who had several procedures done with her she looks natural and great ... But I will still consult with her because I like the facility she operates in ... should anything go wrong I want the best available. Also I know the DON at HOMS santiago so I wld have someone kinda watching my back. In DR it ALLLL about connections and who you know in order to get great service. I plan to fly out 1st week in september ; Dr. Serulle has free consultation and Dr. Pereyra has a $50 USD consultation fee.
I also have planned to consult with 2 doctors in the capital, Santo Domingo.... Dr Walkiris Robles and Dra. Yily De Los Santos. From what I gather from the website they both have free consultations. These two doctors are very popular here on real self and i have seen lots and lots of reviews and pictures. I like Dra. Robles natural looking results ...the waist is not so super cinched and obviously done, however I'm not impressed with her work on breasts. I am CONSIDERING doing a BL/BA not sure yet but I want to keep that in mind when I choose my doctor. Dra. Delossantos does super liposculpture work...supercinch waste and great back work..... I just have to decide if I want cinched or natural.
So I hope to meet all the doctors before I choose, Bedside manner is important to me, and i wld like to get a vibe before i select. 1st week in september ......i will keep RS posted with info as i gather it----- Cost, date, pictures etc
Hello, I am new to realself and am just beginning...
Quote From Dra. Walkiris Robles
If I did decide to go with Dra. Robles I would definitely pick the all inclusive, because even though I have a lot of family out there, we all live 2 hours away from the doctors office, I'd rather be close and the price difference is not that much.
I have emailed today my info to Dra. Yily DelosSantos to get her opinion and quote.
My only concern is that there is no mention of arms. Last thing i want is this flat tiny waist and big wrestler arms ..... i dunno. I will try to post some pictures for u guys to see what i mean
PS. I.am very embarrassed to post these but since most everyone here has been brave enough to do it Im gonna YOLO it. Here gooooesssss
Decisionssss and Revisionssss
$4700 - Tummy tuck; Lipo waist and sides; Arms
I couldn't be happier that she agreed because she is the doctor I've been leaning toward this thus far.
As for Dr. Yily DelosSantos, I emailed her for a quote 5 days ago and I have not heard back
Another revision -- I have had to cancel my preview trip to DR in the 1st week of September to visit with the Santiago doctors, and have pushed up my surgery date to December 2nd. (Because I have extra vacation time now that I cant carry over for next year and now that the surgery is cheaper I will have the money sooner) I am waiting for confirmation on the date from Dr. Robles assistant.
Exciting stuff going on guys!!!!!
Quote from Dra. Yily De Los Santos and Nelson Rubio
I shopped around with other doctors in Santiago because that is where my mom lives and recovering at home is always nicer.- Dr. Nelson Rubio does incredible work..... for TT, Lipo of waist, flanks, axilla, back and arms he's charging 8000 dollars. He does surgeries out of HOMS the most modern hospital in DR and many carribean countries for that matter......I think that I'd be paying more because of that. I also reached out to Dr. Javier Baez at HOMS hospital, his work is not as impressive but to have somethng to compare it to. I'm waiting for a quote.
So far Walkiris seems to be my gal! Only prob with her is that she wont lipo my back, she says its too much surgery in one. But at least i feel like she's looking out for my best interest and not out to charge more money. I also like her and her assistant Laura's responsiveness. I just get a good vibe from them
I will be making my final decision by the end of this month when I either send a deposit or buy the plane ticket.
I'll update more soon.
PS isnt it nice that Dr. Javier Baez assistant replied with a Phone call??? Nice personal touch.
6 weeks to go
I decided on Dra. Walkiris Robles, I will be having a tummy tuck, lipo on the sides and lipo of the arms.
My surgery date is December 3rd. I officially sent my deposit today. My flight is purchased. Im starting to take the vitamins as ordered 325mg iron twice a day, 1000mg vitamin C daily, B-Complex daily, Im supposed to take 5mg folic acid daily but havent found it yet.
Side note.... in September I had a tubal ligation, just to make sure I wont have any unplanned pregnancies that may ruin the tummy tuck.
I have bought clothes and supplies and already started separating things in my suitcase. I'm very excited. My mother is accompanying me to the surgery and staying the 1st 3 days with me at Virginias recovery house.
I fly out on December 1st :-)
Tonight is the night
Going for 3 weeks. 1 week at Virginias and 2 weeks at my moms house. My.family.is.so nervous ut.excitef @ the.same time. Cant waitttt :-).... I may be a little to happy about.being.in pain
we'll See how happy i will b in 3 days.LOL.
today is the day
I am super excited and I will update after I finish the surgery when I feel. B good enough to post
See ya later!
4 days.post op
Recovery is.painfulllll, but my main idsue.is breathing. I get.short of breath n winded very easily due to theaspiration. I feel like an asthmatic. I am getting nebulizer treatments daily and doing breathing exercises which is helping ALOT. 1st day.at Virginias i thought i was.gonna.die w the staircase. Oh and u dont even want to imagine needing to cough up phlegm with a tummy tuck. I thought i wld pop a stitch! Day one was hell but now on day 4 i can see significant improvement. Im more.independent. I can handle.the stairs. Just wish rhis drain wld get outtt. But hes my neq Bff for at.least 10 days lol
Saw dra robles.yesterday,.she said.everything was healing reallybwell so.far.so.good. I see her afain in 2 days and then i go.to my.moms house in santiago.
Later that night it was bothering me, painful, burning cramping, it was moved during the visit and sort of mispositioned. I called Dr Robles in a panic telling her i wanted to take it out.....she called back on a Sunday evening mind u, i think it was nice of her to drop whatever she was doing on her day off to call me back, She instructed me on how to reposition in myself to avoid another long ass 2 hour trip back to see her. So i fixed it -- painfully --- and that was that
Ladies i must say that the hardest part of recover has been the emotional part of it. I was ready for the physical aspect of it. But emotionally it is so draining. On top of that i developed terrible anxiety at night, cldnt sleep and when i did i wld wake up having mini panic attacks.........who the hell knew that wld happen. The dr. gave me a sleeping pill (which was an antidepressant really), pain killers that made me drowsy and even with all that i cldnt sleep for like the 1st 2 weeks.........horrible.
Once i just stopped taking all that medication is when i FINALLY got a decent nights sleep. Crazy stuff
Day 15 Post OP -- Drain drain go away
This wld be my last visit with dra. Robles and of course i was still hopeful my drain wld be removed, but againnnnnn it was NOT, I was just like awww c'monnnnnn are you kidding me. 15 DAYSSSSS pple!!!! Dr. Robles said there was still to much fluid draining, but she removed the stitch that was holding the drain in place and instructed me to remove it in 2 days if it was 50 ccs or less of drainage in 24 hours...............17 days, overkill in my opinion. My body is fully capable of reabsorbing fluid, as long as the drain was in doing all the work my body wld not train itself to do its job, (my opinion). But i followed her instructions anyway, reluctantly. 2 more days with my BFF :-(
To remove the drain, i emptied and measured the 24 hour fluid amt. I had 64 ccs; not 50cc's that dr. robles wanted but close enough for me to remove the thing. So i pulled slowlyyyyyyy lttle by little and the drain came out painlessly and clean. Easy peasy, and then i slammed it in trash with such pleasure... AHHHHHH freedom, I cld wear pants again, I wldnt get stares, I cld move easier and finally feel semi normal againn YAYYYYYYY
Lymphatic Massages in Santiago - Dermocosmetica Integral
This is a small massage parlor that has super sweet staff, great atmosphere, and most importantly very competent massage therapists. My first massage was on day 9 post op, I just dropped in without an appt and was massaged by Rut, OMGGGGGG how soothing, light hands. After they set up a package of 5 lymphatic drainage massages, and 5 ultrasound massages 2 hour sessions daily for 5 days, for the equivalent of $20USD per hour. Awesome price. Here it wld be at least triple that amount. So anybody who is going to do this plsssss start your massages in the DR to save some mula.
My permanent massage therapist assigned was Leo, a funny petite lady who is very sweet, down to earth, and very knowledgeable. Her massages are so effective. I wld leave feeling so relaxed, stretched limber, and less swollen. She knew just how to smooth out the hard spots that develop from fluid buildup after lipo. I always told her she had Magic Hands lol!
I highly recommend this place, they are so nice and attentive. Brenda the secretary always offers you some tea of coffee and serve it to you so daintily on a tray with a doily and tiny little sugar spoon, so darn cute. They are a positive crew that always want to make their client feel better. They are effectively skilled in the massages,
I ended up getting the package plus paying for like an extra 5 massages to get them all in before i came home so I didn't have to pay the US price. I had a particularly hard spots at the love handle area because i started my massages late.(ur supposed to start at 6 days, i started at 9 days post op). But Leo got those love handles so much softer by the end.... I left and haven't needed massages ever since ..... Any body looking for a massage center in Santiago, Go to Dermocosmetica Integral I had a great experience.
So I've never been a faja kind of girl. Im the type that pre-op wld put on a faja and go to the party then take it off in the bathroom and stick it in my purse. I HATE FAJASSSS lol
But when u do these procedures, fajas are a must for recovery, reduction in swelling, molding and seroma prevention. Sooooo I got a fajate (disenos d prada) from my massage Parlor on day 18 post op ($170 USD) after my drain was FINALLY removed.. Fajas are more expensive in DR. I suggest you buy it in the states. I clda gotten my faja for 30 bucks less. Leo my masseuse insisted i get a size small..... i was like whattttt maybe a medium. Nope a small, she convinced me.
OMG day one I cldnt breathe, my ribcage hurt and I was dyingggg, but i left it on. I took it off daily to "bathe" sponge bath, Leo wld always squeeze me back in it after the massages. Bless her soul; it was a workout to get me back in that thing.
After wearing it for about a week or so it sort of stretches a little and I'm able to put it on without assistance, and I can breathe now lol! But, its too tight to work in , I was just like i cannot work in this thing so I went to the Pink Room, in Elizabeth Nj for a lighter compression faja. I got a brand called "Reno Life by Annette" $126
Also for us girls with big thighs, I suggest you get the fajas with the shorts to the knee. It,s worth the extra money to not have anything cutting at your skin. Panty style and mid short styles rub, cut you at the seams. I don't recommend it. I tried some on at the pink room..... its a no no for me. And you're more likely to be compliant with wearing it if your "comfortable" And i don't like the corset only style bcause they cut and rub at my incision line. Just my opinion.
day 22 post.op pic
My solution, pineapple (natural anti=inflammatory) cucumber juice (natural diuretic), Bromelain tablets and Calendula tea........Can i tell you the difference!! By the next day I feel so much better, less swollen. My faja was easier to put on. I reccomend the above products post op
New years eve - exactly 4 weeks post op
accordinf to o dr. Robles I cannot pick up my children for 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery so I have at least two more weeks ago before I can do that and be more independent
so I figured I would recycle an outfit that I wore before the surgery so that I could see the difference of what I look like now in it. by the way I still fit into all of my clothes it's just their very loose at the waist and the jeans kinda have a space in the front.
so I really don't need to buy a whole new wardrobe its just that my clothes fit better and look better I went from a size 16 to 14. if I go shopping for new clothes because I want to wear tight shirts because before this I have a lot of loose shirt that kinda comes by my belly
1. KEEP THAT ANNOYING.DRAIN IN AS LONG AS NECESSARY
2. KEEP THE HIGH COMPREASION FAJA ON AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT.TAKE BREAKS FROM WEARING.IT LIKE ME
Im doing a lot better, I got my seromas drained for the second time maybe about 10 days ago or something, Instead of 30ccs this time the doctor only removed 15ccs and the color was not as weird. It was more like blood and fluid, not that thick fatty dark brown like the first time. Doctor Angela is the one who drained me at Golden Angel Spa in Manhattan ny and she said she doesn't think I'll need another aspiration (THANK GOD). They are great over there. I would keep getting massages over there but I can no longer afford it so I have not gone back. I went to my regular doctor today for a check up and he says the seromas are gone. No need for further aspiration!!! YESSSSSSSS!!!!
Since I discovered the seromas I've been wearing my faja 23/7...only remove it for showers and I use an ab board along with it. I like the ab board. Provides even compression and prevents pinching from the folding of the faja fabric. I have the octogan shaped one, cost 30. bucks
Swelling - Still an issue, lower belly swelling. Its discouraging cuz your like OMG All this pain and procedure and I'm ending up with a pouch NOOOOO. But according to my friend who did a TT recently, this supposedly goes down by month 4 -6. Patience is a virtue (sighhhh)
So also I've been paranoid about gaining my weight back b/c my appetite is still as it was before (EXTRA LARGE) lol but I"ve been trying to watch my portions. For the past week
I started the green smoothie craze from simplegreensmoothies.com and replace one or two of my meals with a green smoothie each day. Ive been given the ok to walk from dr. robles and I'm starting to do Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds at home because its FREEEEEZING here in new jersey and I wont walk outside. I will try the elliptical at the gym maybe in another week. Today when I went to the doctor I weighed 188lbs!!! I went into sugery at 205+; immediate after surgery I was 195; 3 weeks post I was 194; and today at about 2 months post 188. Thank goodness I'm on a downward trend, I would've been PISSED at myself if I gained weight LOl!
I will post pics in 3 days when I will be exactly 2 months post op. bye for now!!
8 months post
Dra. Robles is very sweet. She has a great bedside manner. She is extremely responsive via phone text or any method I have used. Her work is amazingggg I couldn't ask for a better job done to my body. She answers all question you may have and she really cares about her patients. She is very cautious and wants us her patients to be as well so that we can have the best recovery possible. I totally recommend anyone to use this Doctor not only for the results but for the type of person she is. Thank you Dra. Robles and staff for making the journey to a new me a pleasant experience.