Lower Body Lift...

Never thought any of this was possible, I figured...

Never thought any of this was possible, I figured I was just too old and I have lived with a troubled bottom half my whole life, so just thought that was the way things had to be. Never in my adult life have I even worn shorts or a skirt above the knee. I have always had fat knees and fat legs and a flat saggy butt. It wasn't until I had my breast lift and my arm lift that my Plastic Surgeon said, I am sure you will want to come back to have a body lift so your bottom half will match your top half. Honestly I never even considered it since I have a flat stomach, flat with plenty of wrinkles that is...well he pulled up the sagging skin on my outer thighs to show me the difference it would make and OMG I become a new woman!!!

As far as being too old, well I could say that, maybe I should have done this earlier, but I am just finding out about it now so why not, I still have a few good years ahead of me. I thought body lifts were only for those who have those large aprons of skin hanging down. I had no idea it is really to help with all that has fallen south, south as down to the thighs and legs. I have a flat butt, but it's hard to tell where the butt stops and the legs begin...He wants to add fat to the butt for volume.

I most likely will return to my original plastic surgeon, Dr. Quiroz, as he did a wonderful job with my 3 other procedures. Last month while I was visiting LA, I did have a consult with an other Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Katzen, who is considered the tops in this field. I wanted to get his perspective on what I needed and see what type of cost would be involved. I absolutely loved him, if insurance would cover the surgery I would go to him in a heart beat. I have viewed his TLC special he did on this type of surgery several times just as a way to mentally prepare. If you want to find it just look up 360 body lift on the internet and you will find it.

As it turns out both Doctors were pretty much on the same page as to what I need none. Dr. Quiroz's prices are a lot less of course, which for me makes all the difference. And Dr Q will do a great job I am sure.

I had planned on having this done in the Spring, but now that my daughter is having a baby and I need to be there to help her I have postponed my surgery until the fall. Since I can't do it in the Spring and be healed in time for the baby, I have decided to take a month long cruise to Tahiti, of course this trip is so I can mentally prepare for the upcoming surgery. Only problem is I will now need to come up with the extra money for the surgery, but if there is a will, there will be a way.

One of the best ways to prepare is my following all the post op patients here. You all have been so inspiring, I can't wait to join you on the other side!!!

Here is a before picture

This is where it all began, 260 lbs!!! I went on to lose 100 lbs and started on fixing the body which was left after the big loss. You can see from the photo why the arms were my number one area to fix, now I am on to the lower half I will be taking and posting some pre photos of my stomach and saggy butt...just have to get the nerve up to take them!

before and afters

The good, the bad and the ugly...

When I started my Plastic surgery journey I really did not know about this site, so I went into it blind sorta speak. The good part was, I was unaware of the horror stories told my some. But also unaware of the great suggestions that come from those who have gone before me. And of course you can't talk about this site without mentioning the great support from other patients. This site has been a wealth of knowledge, some good, some bad, and yes some just plan ugly...I am even thankful for those who have shared some pretty gruesome pictures of just what can happen. It's all been an education, which helps in making informed decisions. My husband just today, said he wished we were staying home and focusing on my having surgery. Meaning my postponement from this spring to the fall. My daughter is having a baby so I thought it best to wait until after that happens in May. He would like me to have the surgery sometime in the summer rather than waiting any longer. I would be lying if I said a little bit of my rescheduling wasn't due to fear that has come from all this education on this site. but that's okay, with knowledge comes power, so I know I will make the best decisions when the time comes. I am very confident in my doctor, Dr. Quiroz, he is well trained in this area. After reading some of the reviews on just how they were treated by their plastic surgeon, I am so thankful I would such a caring doctor. I can not stress enough to do your own homework when it comes to choosing a doctor, don't just go by what you have read somewhere, go find out for yourself...I truly believe my surgeon's plan is to do the best job he ever has done before.....And I am moving ahead as my surgeon wanted me to have my veins fixed before my surgery and I am having those down in two weeks, so I am moving ahead!

wrinkly belly

Never would I ever think I would post pictures like these like these, but if someone is going to the extreme of having their body cut in two, they must have just cause...these photos speak for themselves... Sorry these are not for the faint of heart...

These are more of the berfore LBL pictures don't mind the bruising due to the vein treatment

Here is a good look at the back side looks like...in need of great help. bruising from vein treatment doesn't help but since I am posting I gotta post a back side photo from 3 years ago, taken on the day I decided to try the HCG diet...(what a life saver that was!!!)

Vein Treatment Done for now...

Had my last and most intensive treatment yesterday...Ouch that one hurt, but my surgeon finished up all the sites that needed treatment, now I have three weeks for them to heal until I leave on my big trip. Would love to fit a lipo session in on my thighs to get rid of some of the fat so when I do the thigh lift they can make them even smaller, still waiting on the center to get me a date for that, hopefully earlier in May...
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I've lost 185 pounds and I'm about to schedule with Dr. Quiroz as well... I'm struggling with which procedures to do first. Arms, breasts, upper body lift first, or lower body lift, hips, and thighs first??? Would you mind sharing your opinion? :)
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Everything is up in the air right now...may be making a big change, going in the morning to have my blood work done to see what my hemoglobin is and then when I get back from the cruise at the end of April I may have some news...
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Lol.... The suspense! I'm hoping your blood work is great. Have a blast on the cruise!
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I am sure everything will be fine. I am keeping my fingers crossed!
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Did my labs this morning...3-5 business days for results....praying they are great!
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Thanks
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AZDee-somehow I missed the fact you are and hCG baby. Me too, only think that ever worked for me, I started 4 1/2 years ago because it was working well for friends. Lost 135 lbs in a total of 7 rounds, and was stable a couple years before my LBL on the 12th of March. I think you are right to treat yourself first, the surgery and recovery are not to be taken lightly, but the results are amazing. Enjoy life! The difference you have already achieved is amazing.
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It was the first thing ever to work for me...I was against it until my daughter and her husband used HCG to loose their baby weight, so out of frustration I told them to get me some just so I could show them that nothing worked for me...that was until I started losing a pound a day with the hcg...I became a believer!
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And them she converted me too!!
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Fun to know you are both here! I started when a friend had great results, then a second friend started the hcg just to prove to here that it did not work, and she too had great results. I didn't believe but there was no way they were leaving me behind. :) At one point between the 3 of us we had lost 285 lbs. For me, it has been a tremendous gift of freedom.
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You had your last vein treatment i guess? Best of luck healing! i don't have varicose veins per se, but i have some really HUGE prominent veins left over from being so overweight. the way i understand is that our veins enlarge permanently with the weight gain, so unfortunately, probably stuck with those ugly suckers :-(
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Those are the kinds that can be treated...I'm not so sure at this point though. It's one of those things where it has to get worse before it gets better. My veins look worse now, hopefully they will settle down and the bruising leaves before I do on my big trip!
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Hi there - We have similar looking back sides! I went in for a tummy tuck and some help with my booty and LBL was PS's suggestion. Glad to see your doc has suggested the same. So off the subject...is the "21 day round" that you are doing an HCG program? I am trying to shed 5-10 lbs before my surgery in April....
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Yes I am doing a HCG round that's how I lost the 102 lbs 3 years ago, I put on a few pounds after a resent couple of cruises...How exciting surgery in April...I am going on a long month long cruise in April, should be staying home and getting my surgery, but it's my treat before I suffer...haha Yeah I never thought I was a candidate since my problems were in the thigh and leg areas but then I learned that's what the lower lift if made for....
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I am so sorry about your dog been there and it is heart wrenching .
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Thanks,
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You are not too old I had a pbl 12 days ago had a face and neck lift ,implants and lipo as I will be 60 in about 6 weeks so wanted to face that decade looking good to compete at work with all younger. The lower body lift challenging but looks great . You will be great!
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I can't wait, I know it will help a lot, my biggest problem area is my thighs, not sure at this point if I have to have lipo and then wait 6 months to have them done.
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Oh wow your moving up your date for surgery ?
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I took off my date since I don't really have one or a doctor for that matter...I have not heard from Dr Quiroz's office so looks like I may need to check other options...
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Sad day today, got up early as i had to cater a funeral only to come down stairs and find that my little white bulldog Bella had just passed away in her sleep, she must have just passed when I found her she was still warm she looked like she was sleeping...it was a peaceful way to go...Yesterday I was outside in order to get better cell service, (talking with Beachgirl) and my Bella was right there with enjoying the sun light which she loved....So it was a nice way for her to spend her last day, she will be missed she was the last of our family dogs...we lost her companion Jake last fall....but on the positive side they live a couple years past the average age for a bulldog, but it's still sad. Hubby had to make the arraignments as i had to tun out to work, so I am sure it will hit me when I walk in the door and she's not there...
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Im so so sorry sweetie. I know how we felt when we lost our kitties. You brought tears to my eyes this morning. Im very glad u got to spend time with her yesterday. Good thing we had so much to talk about ; ) Big hugs to you and your hubby. Xoxox
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your little doggie :(
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Awwww, so sorry about Bella. I love my doggies and have had to say goodbye to a few. It is never easy. I am glad your last memory of her was a good one and that she went peacefully into the night.
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