Lower Body Lift, Breast Lift Without Implants, and Side of Chest Lift -Houston, TX

I am scheduled for the first of two surgeries on...

I am scheduled for the first of two surgeries on January 7th, only two more weeks to go! I'm nervous as hell but excited also. This has been a very long journey for me. I have been obese most of my adult life. I had lap band surgery several years ago, lost a minimal amount of weight, and had a ton of problems with it. I had it removed January 3rd 2013 and lost a little over a hundred pounds in eight months!! I found THE surgeon who specializes in resolving the issues that happen with your body and skin when you go from being severely overweight to being at a healthy weight. I know I will be in the best hands possible and cannot wait!! The first surgery will be a breast lift, side of chest/upper back lift, tummy tuck, and buttocks lift with fat injected to fluff the cheeks back out. Then, hopefully about six months later I will have an arm lift, thigh lift, and neck lift (different surgeon for the neck lift), and POSSIBLY implants. The implants depend on how the girls end up size and shape wise after the lift.

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I forgot to add

I had gastric sleeve surgery when I had my lapband removed.

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Love my sleeve! Lots of band converted to sleeve success stories out there! Lamonaco is a specialist with "our kind", so sure you are in excellent hands! Post some pics if you are comfortable?
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I am planning on it, I'm having the hubs take some before pics for me this weekend and then I will post progress pics afterwards. I am so excited!

Before photos-Yikes!!

Ok, we are getting down to go time!! Only a week and a half to go!! I had the hubs take some before pics. Partially so I could post them here and partially so I have something to look at while I'm healing. I never thought I would post naked pics of myself online but if this helps someone else make the decision to go forward with getting the body they want, especially after being obese like I was, then it's worth the embarrassment, lol. I have my pre-op appointment in two days with Dr. Lomonaco, I can't wait!

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Thanks for the pics! I understand the "I cannot believe I'm posting my naked pictures online"....lol....but they are so helpful to others I think. Your date is coming up so very fast! Your helpful to others laxity is not that terrible. I debated so much btw just doing BL and BA/BL ...was that hard for you? I would just have very little left with BA only! I am definitely not set on needing big boobs ...just want them to look normal! Will be watching your journey!
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wishing you well, can't wait to hear all about it!!!

Had my pre-op today :)

I had my pre-op today. We did a medical history and went over what would happen the day of surgery. I was very relieved and impressed to find out how proactive Dr. Lomonaco and his team are in managing pain and post op nausea also. I have severe nausea issues after surgery and the last thing you want after getting your stomach cut and sewn back together is to dry heave. Dr Lomonaco impressed me yet again with how informative and reassuring he was while going over the surgery day. He also made it clear that my post op nutrition needed to be paid close attention to since I'm a bariatric patient. I think I will be adding three high protein and carb loaded snacks a day to my eating routine.

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Very cool on Dr. L laying out a nutritional regimen for you! If I am calculating correctly your Sx was yesterday? Waiting for update!
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Good luck next week. I have a friend, also MWL patient, who just had her surgery this week with Dr. L. I am anxiously waiting to hear from her!
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Hi great to read your story! I am 14 days post thigh lift but have had all the other surgeries lmao damn near so I can consider myself the surgery Pro now lol I too am Very sensitive to the anesthesia and the narcotics. So they give me a special pill that chemo patients get and day of a surgery I also get a patch for behind my ear. And girlfriend I do Not vomit anymore : ) , Can't remember name of the chemo pill, but it freakn works ! I'll be following your surgery and I wish you awesome results!!
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I made it!

I can already see the new me Dr Lomonaco created. We got to the hospital at six and I very impressed when they took me to preoperative and it was a private room. The anesthesiologist was very nice and made me feel very comfy. I again explained my nausea issues and she said not to worry. The last thing I remember is being wheeled into the operating room. It felt instantaneous. I had no nausea what so ever did not wake up in screaming pain as I feared. Dr Lomonaco and his staff kept all their promises to keep me comfy and nausea free

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Day one post op pics

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Congratulations, and welcome to the flat side! Glad all went well.....
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Glad you made it through! Will be waiting eagerly for pics of results :-)
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Awesome! You sound like you're doing great! Looking good already. Update us when you can. Some of us (lucky ones) have already walked where you've walked...others.. (like me) are waiting for our turn. Can't wait to follow your recovery!
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Day 3 post op

Well, I'm not in nearly as much pain as I thought I would be! It really only hurts getting up and down and even that isn't horrible. I know understand what everyone else was saying about the drains though, boy it smarts if you pull on them by accident. I cannot believe how perky my beautiful new boobies are and how flat my tummy is. He ended up not doing the side of chest lift, once he lifted the breasts a lot of that skin came forward. We still have our second surgery to do so I'm not worried about it. I will try to get some pics taken today and post them :)

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More post op pics!

I managed to snap a few this morning. I'm in love with my new boobies and flat tummy with a cute little bellybutton. I'm super swollen right now so I can't wait to see how it all looks once the swelling is gone. I also no longer have accordion skin on my butt! Dr Lomonaco is awesome. He came to see me several times at the hospital and has even called me today at home.

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Pics!

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My god I am ready for the drains to come out, they seem to hurt all the time now. I have my post op tomorrow, praying they come out then.
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Ugh hate drains. Have a post op tomorrow to! Hopefully my stitch that is left comes out...it hurts : ( Keep us posted! Looking good!!!
No implants? Wow!! Looking good. It's amazing what these doctors can do. I can't wait to get my BL and BA. I want to be on the flat side too but gotta work on the hubby! Keep us posted. You look great now! I can imagine after time passes!
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Butt pics :)

I was finally able to snap a few pics of the new booty. He smoothed it out considerably. I wish we could fill it out a bit more but like Dr Lomonaco says, there is only so much fat for him to harvest. He was able to get 200cc in each cheek.

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Well I wish I could say I was feeling better, and I am surgery wise, but now I have a massive head cold. Major sore throat, the works. God help me I just wanna feel normal again :(
You poor thing. Hoping for speedy healing. You look amazing! Your doc is really good. Wow! :-)
Thank you. I don't know if it's because I'm miserable or if this is normal but I cried like five times today from just looking at my body. They were happy tears :)

Free at last!!!

Lol, those god awful drains came out today! Wasn't really painful except on the outer area of skin that kept being hurt and irritated by them but didn't feel it inside at all. I felt so good I went to walmart, I lasted about 20 minutes and then had to go. I'm now officially in a 36C sports bra. I also found out he removed twelve pounds of skin!!!!!

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Walmart?! You are brave woman!! You're gonna look awesome!!
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Wow 12lbs that's amazing!!
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Swelling going down!

Just wanted to post an update pic. The swelling in my midsection is getting better and the girls swelling is better too.

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Great idea Brandy! And they are comfy! Get your rest when u can. You'll be healing for months to come ; )
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Thanks for all the compliments guys, I'm very unpatiently waiting for the swelling to go down. I go back to work next week and none of my work slacks will button so guess what I did lol. I bought freaking maternity slacks and they work great!
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Girl I HEAR YOU on the impatience thing! I feel like The pace car of the group right now as I have so much more laxity to overcome. :-/. I think u r gonna be super happy in a couple of months! When r u planning on retuning to work?

Went back to work!!

Still nursing a very nasty head cold that unfortunately my toddler and husband now have. I'm doing half days though so it's not bad. I really did not expect anyone to notice anything, at least those who did not know why I have been out the last couple of weeks :) I had several ask me if I'd suddenly dropped a lot of weight, lol. I had one guy ask me where my new hourglass figure came from hahaha. One of my close coworkers who knows what I had done told me she couldn't believe how well I was getting around and how amazing I looked. It was nice to hear it from someone other than my husband lol.

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You look great!!! The healing looks like it's really coming along. Thanks for the photos, they really help as I prepare for my LBL later on this year...
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Congrats! When is your surgery?
You look great!!
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Feeling good!

Well, I'm still swollen but those work pants I couldn't button a week and a half ago are now loose! I was in a twelve prior to surgery and I'm now in a ten. I cannot believe it!

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Wow! From a 12 to a 10 in two weeks is great! Hold on, you are about to get a lot smaller. It took me three and a half months but I went from a 14 to an 8 after my TT. After my second stage surgery I quickly went to a 4. Amazing stuff! I did not have my surgery with Dr. Lomonaco but I think he is one of the very few really good plastic surgeons for body contouring after weight loss. I did consider him but went with Dr. Capella. I love my body!!!
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Holy crap you guys I can't even imagine being smaller than a ten lol. I'm six foot one so a ten is pretty small for my height. You guys all look amazing. Once I get past surgery number two I wanna start doing weights and tone up since my muscles will actually have a chance of showing now lol.
Yes. It is nice to workout now. No skin slapping on my thighs or abdo!!!

Really?????

Ok, really bad day at work today, and not because I'm in pain or anything. I had two different women that I work with tell me I'm too skinny today. The first one is not someone I'm chummy with but we work in the same group. She looked me up and down with a disgusted look on her face and told me I was getting too skinny. She is very overweight like I used to be and has always almost made it a point to NOT say anything when others would tell me how great I was doing after my sleeve surgery. The coworker she said this in front of chewed her ass for being rude later when I was gone. The second lady is a friend of mine and said it in a nice way but was like you really need to gain about ten pounds. I don't understand why people think it's ok to tell someone they are too skinny. Also, I'm NOT!!!! I'm six foot one and I weigh 165. Good lord! It really upset me, it's like I can't win.

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I've gained and lost weight for most of my life - always getting to within a few pounds of my goals (at my height, a few pounds can make a difference) and then bouncing back up. The time previous to this last (and God help me... THE last) weight loss go round, I'd actually gotten to within 3 lbs of a goal I set at the age of 16 (which I'd look freakishly skinny at now). The comments I got - especially those from long-time friends and close family members- were incredibly insensitive and hurtful. A BIL actually said I looked like a 'tweaker'... not exactly a compliment. A sister said I was thin...... but looked 'so old'. There were others, but those two stood out as they'd come from FAMILY. Ironically enough, during same trip, an older woman friend of our mother's mistook me for my younger sister of 9 years. lol. So much for looking so 'old'. People can be cruel and highly critical and yet, on some level, I don't think they always mean to be such. I think it comes out that way sometimes and yes, unfortunately, it can also be a product of jealousy. Why is it so damn hard to just be happy for someone else's success??
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I know, we all have had comments made, I think people who knew us fat, think of us as that and when we change, they have a hard time excepting us differently, as if they don't like change...that's the nice version, then there are those that are just plain out and out jealous, sometimes it comes from other "fatties", who secretly wish it was them making the changes, and then I have found the meanest comments have come from the "skinnies" (as if they don't like us taking some of their territory) Comments, like "Wow, good for you, you haven't gained the weight back" What kind of a complement is that??? I love those people who feel they must tell us to stop losing weight since we all know we just don't know when to stop...LOL
I think jealousy is a big component unfortunately :(

One month pics

Well the swelling has gone down but there is still some there, especially in the lower tummy mons area, I'm sure in time it will go away. My boobs are still a bit sore but still healing well and I'm still in love with them lol. My butt thankfully has seemed to have fluffed out a tad too.

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You look great! I am 4-mos post op and still swell.
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I guess by the time the swelling goes away it will be time for surgery number two anyway lol. This is gonna be a looooooong journey dang it.
Looking awesome there my Amazonian buddy! I am still swelling too, so don't fret on that.....your boobs look awesome...you have every right to be "in love" ;-) I am very jealous you "got away with" a lift only ;-) That is awesome!
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Had my one year follow up with my bariatric surgeon yesterday

It was more like a year and a month lol. I felt very emotional driving up to the hospital, my dr moved his practice inside the hospital and it was the first time I had been back since the day of my sleeve surgery. I cried walking in and had to duck into the bathroom. All those emotions I felt the morning of my surgery came flooding back. I was so scared I would die on the table or have a major complication later and leave my toddler without a mother. She was the reason I was doing it though. I wanted to be around as long as possible for her, I wanted to be able to play with her, I wanted to enjoy life with her. It's silly, but I also didn't want to be the fat mom she would be embarrassed of as she got older. I felt so much of all those feelings it was so overwhelming. I checked in and got weighed. Dr Marvin came in and said I looked great, asked if I was having any trouble eating lol! I looked at him like he was crazy and he told me I was on the low end of the Range for my height but still a good weight. It's unusual for us bariatric patients to get there apparently. He also asked if I would be interested in being interviewed by a TV crew about my experience going from a lap band to a sleeve, I was like hell yeah. I think it's for the videos he shows in his office. I wonder if they will actually call me!

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That sounds great! I hope you get called for the video!
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That's pretty much what happened to me! I had my second surgery at 6-mos post op. The swelling wasn't as bad the second time, though. I hope the same for you!
Hi Brandy! When are you planning on Round #2? I am currently looking @ early July for mine.

Surgery number two scheduled!

Well my dear friends, June 10th I will be letting Dr Lomonaco finish the job! I will be having an arm lift, thigh lift, and side of chest lift. I am so excited!

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Heeeeeey.....your beating me or R2! I seriously wanted to schedule June 9th but my PS is on vacay (sheesh, these guys think they get time off or something...) Then hubby wants to go away for July 4th....darn!
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Lol I was toying with waiting till next year but I have literally had a cold since my last surgery, for two freaking months. I decided no more surgery during cold and flu season. June 9th is my daughters third birthday and I wanted to get past that before, so the 10th it is :)
yeah truth be told I am toying with waiting until the new year as well - not sure how it "looks" to take another six weeks off from work for another vague "surgery" - LOL - plus compression in San Antonio and Atlanta in July as well?? NOT FUN.....how is your swelling?

Two month pics!

Very pleased with swelling, mostly in mons area now.

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Here we go again !!!

I am three weeks away from my thigh, arm, and side of chest lift! I will creat another review when I get some time. For all my peeps, did you use any kind of compression sleeve after your arm lift?

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Brandy, since you are so far out now, can you post a few pictures of your LBL scars? I would love to see how they look so far out now...You look fabulous by the way...
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Great journey and a big 'low-brow' to your unkind co-workers commenting on you being "too skinny". I wonder what their reference point is...?! Anyway...as disheartening as it is to hear narky comments...we all know to focus on those of all this WONDERFUL SELF LOVE! You've cared and loved yourself enough to take fantastic care right through to the end. I'd love to hear an update on your recent surgeries. I'll be posting soon....I had a brachiaplasty on Friday and am due for an outer thigh lift in 3 months time! Congratulations on your success xxx
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Congratulations, you look so good! Can you please post some close up pics of your scar lines on the tummy, bb and all around? Thanks and best of luck for the next phase.
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Dr. Lomonaco is amazing. He listens to you when you meet with him and he's great at empathizing with the issues, physical and emotional, that you go thru from having been obese. His staff has been great about handling everything that needed to get set up prior to my surgery. I cannot wait to see the results he gives me! Updated five days postoperative: Dr Lomonaco has been wonderful. He came to check on me several times in the hospital, as well as his staff. The level of attention and care you get from him never wanes. The results of the lower body lift and breast lift already look amazing and I still have a lot of healing to do so it's just going to keep getting better. If you are considering surgery, he is definitely the surgeon you want changing your body!

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