Tummy Tuck Revision...breast Lift W/o Implants...brachioplasty...lipo to Flanks and Thighs W/fat Transfer to Hips - Houston, TX

I've been heavy practically all my life with my...

I've been heavy practically all my life with my highest weight being 300 lbs. I've been at a stable weight for 2 years now...but so many years of yoyo dieting have taken their toll on this 42 yr old body...2 1/2 years ago I went in for my first tt to rid myself of excess skin on my abdomen. Overall I was pleased with the results..especially compared to what I looked like before...my only real issue is that I have a slight bulge in my lower abdomen....still some looseness upper abdominal area and I feel like I have no waist...too boxy looking in general.

After findind this site and researching several doctors...I came to the conclusion that Dr.Cortes with his exceptional results,based on his photos and reviews, could give me the hourglass figure I want with lipo and bbl. I also wanted a brachioplasty and breast lift with implants to correct the excess sagging in my arms and breasts.

My consultation was October 12,2013..Love the fact that they see pts on Saturdays! When I arrived the waiting room was already full...very busy practice...wait time was not bad at all. Was taken back right on time...wait time in the treatment room was a little longer.

Dr.Cortes came in he was very friendly and knowledgable. I explained to him what I want to achieve and he pretty much surprised me by saying if I chose to revise the original tummy tuck and augment my hips I could get the look I want. I was a little disappointed when I found out I wasn't a good candidate for implants due to my thin skin from all the yoyo dieting...results will not be optimal as I run the risk of sagging again. Also was disappointed to find out bbl can't be combined with other procedures..too much surgery at once. I totally understand the rationale...it's just once I make up my mind I want to see results right away...ugh..lol

I did however shut down once he said overnight stay and general anesthesia. My original tt was done under IV sedation.
At this point he asks if I have anymore questions but I'm not even focused. He leaves and some time later Lucy comes in and presents my treatment plan.I was a little dismayed to see a not everything the doctor discussed with me was on there...to her credit..Lucy fixed it right away! I left my consultation feeling confused ..overwhelmed and unsure if I wanted to schedule.

After doing a little more research..I realized that Dr.Cortes is the person for me...I just need to realize that this is a process and I have to slow down and take these procedures a few at a time.
So today I called and spoke to Lucy again I was very happy that she answered all my questions and set my mind at ease.
My surgery is scheduled for March 18, 2014...

Will update and post photos as needed!! :)

Pre op pics

So this is me now.....let's see it I can finally get the hourglass figure I want.Original tt was done May 2011..

Did not have surgery with Dr.Cortes

It's been ages since I've been on here....but I just wanted everyone to know that I did not have surgery with Dr.Cortes.
My original surgery was scheduled for March 2014....the original paperwork that I received during my consultation stated that I needed to pay a 500 deposit to secure the surgery date and the remaining balance was due 3 weeks before the surgery....so when Lucy called a few days later to see if I still wanted the surgery ..I paid my deposit with Carecredit over the phone in October 2013..at the time I was told the deposit was nonrefundable but I was also told that if for some reason I needed to postpone or reschedule the date I would be able to do so without losing my deposit.
Fast forward to the first week of December 2013....I was in the process of trying to buy a house and was told by my mortgage broker that I couldn't make any big purchases with credit or I may not be able to get a house. I call lucy and explain to her that I want to reschedule the surgery from March 2014 until summer 2014 because I was planning on paying for the surgery completely with carecredit and i told her what the mortgage broker said. She explained to me that she would cancel the surgery but in order for me to reschedule it I would have to pay 30% of the surgery cost. I was very upset because I told her that she never told me that when I paid my deposit. She told me that 30% of the fees are due 30 days after the initial deposit is made....I was livid and told her that my paperwork didn't say that and neither did she when I made the deposit.....she apologized and said that she would give me til the end of the month to come up with the money to reschedule the surgery or I would lose my deposit.
I never did pay the fee to reschedule the surgery because I didn't like the way I was treated and then I kept seeing more and more negative reviews on Dr.Cortes's work so I wasn't even sure I wanted to have the surgery with him anymore. I did however call carecredit to explain what happened and dispute the deposit ...after a few months I got my money back. I am by no means knocking Dr.Cortes's work...I just think I should have followed my gut instinct when I went for my consultation and felt uneasy.
I am happy to announce that now I will be having my surgeries done in steps with Dr. lomonaco...first phase will be arm lift...side of chest lift and breast lift with implants. My surgery is scheduled for March 18, 2015. He and his staff are a wonderful group of people and have made this an enjoyable process .
Houston Plastic Surgeon

Good bedside manner....very knowledgable!

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