My Turn Is Next - Mexico, MX

Hi to all my lovely SisStars!. I am two weeks from...

Hi to all my lovely SisStars!. I am two weeks from my surgery and wanted to share my story hoping that it will inspire someone as so many have inspired me on this site. I am 43, years and have no children (all though getting the "mommy makeover"..lol) I had struggled with my weight all of my life and in 1995 my highest weight was 318lbs. I lost down to 190lbs on my own with diet and excercise (I am 5'9' tall) I maintained really well and yo-yoed a back and forth between 190-240 from 1995-2011 when I decided to go to TJ Mexico and have the VSG surgery. The day of surgery I was 240 and I am currently 170. So having that VSG surgery was a great and awesome experience. I am now ready to bring it all the way home by getting a tummy tuck, breast lift (no implants) lipo with fat transfer to butt. I have chosen to back to Mexico because I had such a great experience the first time. I have also opted (like many others) to have this surgery done all at once. I feel comfortable and know someone personally who has done it with no problems. I plan to go back 6 months later and get a thigh lift and that will be it. I can honestly say I am doing this for me. I wanted my outer body to match my inner confidence and love for myself. I am very excited and have many different emotions flowing through me as I count down to March 1st. I want to thank all those who have shared their stories unselfishly to help those of us on the brink. I will post pictures and keep everyone posted. Positive healing energy to all on this journey! We deserve to be the best "us" we can be!

Had to postphone surgery until breast biopsy...

Had to postphone surgery until breast biopsy results come back. Shooting for 3-15-13. Will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your positive energy. .healing to all on thi journey!

Had to wait for breast biopsy results before...

Had to wait for breast biopsy results before having breast lift. Non-cancerous very small (15cm) lump. I am having the small lump removed during my lift. Rescheduled for 3-20. Thank you for all the love from my surgery sisters! Peace and blessings to all on this journey. More to come!

Tomorrow is my surgery date 3-20. I have so many...

Tomorrow is my surgery date 3-20. I have so many mixed emotions but I am over all at peace. Did anybody out there ask themselves at the last minute "why am I about to spend this money on removing some skin" lol. I guess all of that is normal huh? Well ladies, I look forward to greeting you all on the "flat side" sending out healing energy to all on this journey and receiving it from you all!

"I'm on the flat side" I'm on the flat side" Well...

"I'm on the flat side" I'm on the flat side" Well surgery sisters, I did it. I got my tummy tuck, breast lift, tummy tuck and lipo with fat transfer to butt. I feel fine so far and this is about a few hours after surgery. I do feel sore but no pain per se. Haven't seen anything on my body yet. I'm very anxious of course. I will update very soon. Healing energy to all!

Hello...Surgery Sisters! Well I made it to the...

Hello...Surgery Sisters! Well I made it to the flat side...Yay, Ya y! It is so funny that when they came to get me from my room to go to the operating room that is when it all hit me. I started to get a little scared. I said myself "to hell with these saggy titties, I'm in Mexico so I have a Margarita instead of the surgery" lmbo. It is about maybes 4-6 hrs or so post up. Not really sure because they keeps you back in intensive care for a few hrs. Honesty lady I havent experienced any pain (I had a full tummy witj muscle repair, a breast lift without implants, and liposuction with fat transfer to butt. What I do feel is tightness all around my abdomen. I feel nothing in my breast. I haven't gotten up to walk yet though. Here they put a cathader in for urinating and put pumps on your legs that keep pumping them every 2-3 minutes or so. They don't me to walk until tomorrow. Honestly gas I feel fine. I'm up in the middle of the night dont feel drowsy at all. I'm wide awake and my mom who is here with me is like will you shut the hell up because I am sleepy (LMBO) so I decided to get on here and leave her be. The only on thing is I am thirstier than an escaped prisnor on the run or something (lol) they went let me drink until 6 am. Can't say anything about results obviously because overall seen nothing. I just wanted to let you ladies who where wondering. So far the pain is minimal to none and no there is no pain pump. I am still in the hospital. So I also like to encourage on the bench waiting for their time to go. A word of advice..think about only the results you wish to achieve. I wrote down everything that I desired to happen to me for this surgery ( like successful surgery without I incident, no to little pain, speedy recovery, etc) that is what I did. You can keep it, burn the piece of paper up or whatever your heart leads you and so far I haven't felt anything that I would even bother to take an advil for. Keep in mind I'm still in the hospital where they give you meds through your IV. But I dont get the next until 2am they give it every 6 hrs. Thanks for all positive energy from all this journey. Keep your head to the sky. More updates to come! MMMMUAH ????

1 day post op surgery was 3-20-13. The nurses just...

1 day post op surgery was 3-20-13. The nurses just tried to get me up out of bed for a dressing change. .Wow, is all I can say. I was nervous to stand because while they were getting me out everything felt so stiff. So when I finally able to stand (very bended at the waist) they helped me raise up a little more. I felt like the tin man from the wizzard of oz..lol inching up a little at a time. That is when I started to feel really "wierd" I don't know if anyone has ever fainted in their lives, but it's a weird and scary feeling. I didn't actually faint but I was on the brink of it. I broke out in a sweat and was really disoriented. They had to sit me back down. Within 3 minutes I was fine. They decided to wait a few minutes and we will try again shortly. Did this happen to anybody? I'm so ready to walk now. I know what to expect so when they come back to lift me this time I'm ready. It's really true what everyone has said that when you're trying to stand straight up it's a weird sensation like your abdomen is literally stretching, but I know have work you're way to standing little by little daily. I am feeling my body slow come back to sensation. At first I could not feel anything in my breast, but now I feel a stiffness in my breast and more and more tingling sensations and tightness in my abdomen. When I stood up that was the first time that I feel the tightness in my behind. By the way they could only harvest 800 cc'd of fat from my back, love handles etc. hHedid not lipo my thighs for some reason ( I know he could have gotten plenty more there. .lol) I'm coming back for a fthigh lift in 6 months anyway so know bigge. So with the 800 cc's he could get from my back he put 4 in each cheek. I can live with that. So I will be attempting to stand and let the nurses change my bandages soon. I think I have it this time, I know what to expect. Looking forward to getting better each day. Oh, by the way, I had said I didn't have a pain pump & I don't but I did have a epidural in my spine that had medicine coming from a small "ball" that looks similar to a drain.Just wwalked but had to sit down again. Got really dizzy again. I feel fine once I sit back down. I got my dressings changed (pretty graphic with all the blood) the stiffness is something else. When trying to walk. From what I've seen of my breast I like the elevation. I'll post the pics now. Please keeps me in your positive thoughts and prayers. .love to all on this journey.

Well..I am two days PO and feeling actually well....

Well..I am two days PO and feeling actually well. I haven't felt any real intense pain just sore (like I was in a fight with Mike Tyson) but every second gets better. The roughest was night one after surgery. I almost fainted twice while trying to walk. I guess a lot of things could have contributed to it. I hadn't really eaten and just the impact of it all. Overall the experience hasn't been super bad. I haven't ever seen a bell button pulled in like mine. I know everybody shape and all is different but I haven't seen any that look how mine looks. Tomorrow at 3 days PO I will be putting on my garment. They have just had me tightly wrapped in bandages. Happy healing to all on this journey. It feels so good to be on the other side. More to come!

I had my garment put on today at 3days PO. It was...

I had my garment put on today at 3days PO. It was a little challenging to get on, but it actually feels good on. Feeling a lot better today. Every second gets easier. I'm just concentrating on healing, staying at peace, being patient and allowing nature to do what she does. Not giving in to fear or any sort of negative energy. Life is a journey not a destination. The hardest part so far for me is not being able to jump up move like i want to. I told myself that after I'm able to walk straight, I will never slouch again. Something as simple as walking upright is such a blessing. Healing energy to all on the path to a better you. I posted pics of me in compression garment.

5 days post op and feeling well. I walked to the...

5 days post op and feeling well. I walked to the restaurant today for breakfast & dinner. Just sticking to lean protein and veggies. Actually the pain is very minimal most coming from my back from walking slightly hunched. I am walking about 90% straight. Seen the Dr. today and he said everything is normal. Just a lot of swelling. The lipo is a beast my whole back was lipoed and man is it sore. I've taken two showers and had a BM yesterday Overall this procedure is very doable. I like to say "you have to go through it, to get to it Right now my journey is about patience. Can't wait to dance again...lol. Happy healing to all on this journey!

I am 8 days PO and feeling great. The biggest...

I am 8 days PO and feeling great. The biggest complaint is not pain, but being stiff and sore from the lipo of my entire back. I am standing 90% up right and still sleeping propped up. I feel 100% better since I am home in my own bed and environment. I love the way my breast lift looks. I mean they look 30 years younger. Can't wait until the swelling goes down to see how everything really looks. With this journey patience and time is your friend. Happy healing to all on this journey. So far it is worth it to me. Go for it and do it for yourself.

12 days PO from mommy makeover on 3-20-13. I feel...

12 days PO from mommy makeover on 3-20-13. I feel great really good. To be honest the only "pain" is from my lower back. because I haven't been able to stand up straight yet. I am about 98% there but that 2% really aches when standing for a while. Other than that the breast lift has been the least painful of all the procedures. The incision from the tummy tuck itself is not painful. The lipo of my back is still extremely sore to touch and my tummy is very swollen. The bordem and not being able to get out and really enjoy the warm weather that is approaching is probably the worst of it all. My breast are the only things that I see "immediate" results on. OMG I have tried on several halter tops with out a bra and the girls are sitting up at attention (lol) I love that. The rest of me is so swollen that I don't even really look at it for now. This is such a blessing to be able to have this surgery as many only dream of this. I am humbled and grateful to have this experience and will be patient with my body as it heals itself. Happy healing to all on this beautiful journey back to ourselves!

Going into my 6wks post op. Very happy with...

Going into my 6wks post op. Very happy with results so far. Although I am still very swollen, I have been fitting into all of my clothes since 3wks post op. This is definitely worth it to me. Can't wait to see how everything looks at 3 months. I am pretty much back to normal. I am walking for exercise and pretty much doing everything I was before surgery. I haven't done any heavy lifting or ab work etc. But feeling very good and positive about my early results. Would definitely do it again. I have posted updated pics.
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You look amazing , divine1 ! I also want to go to Dr. Ramirez for a surgical procedure, I was wondering if you had your surgery with him at a hospital, or if his office is equipped for surgical procedures?
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Hey nice lift and tt. do you have any pics of your BBL? Great results. congratulations!
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Please post more pictures
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Would love to see some updated pictures. PLEASE*POST*PICTURES.
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So happy your doing great ! I want to make sure you used Dr. Victor Ramirez - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, are you happy overall? I may use him in December and want to know a little more about your overall experience. Thanks
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Hi divine1, hope your healing well... Do you have any updates? I'm 1 week PO from surgery with Dr. Ramirez and I think I have fluid on my lower back. Did you go through this? I believe it's because the drains were removed 2days PO. hope to hear from you!
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All is excellent and well with me. I couldn't be happier with my results. If you are only a week PO, it's probably just swelling. Everything goes back into place day by day and week by week. Drink plenty of water and move around as much as you can and you will be fine. I am going into my 10 week PO and I'm totally back to normal. I am still a little swollen but from every thing I have read swelling could last from 6months to a year. Just be patient. Take care!
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Looking awesome!
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Almost to your 4 week post op. I hope all is well. I'm counting down the days at this point. I'm scheduled for May 24th. Anything i should bring up to the doctor that you wished you had mentioned?
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What doctor are you using ?
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I'm using Dr. Ramirez as well.
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My gosh! You look great! Thanks for sharing your "just after surgery" pics. OK, I apologize! I didn't even see all your comments on my page. This site is a tad confusing to me. I copied and pasted your questions but you've already had your surgery so not sure it any answers will help. Congratulations on your weight loss! You are looking great! What is the fat transfer like for you? Is it painful? Can you sit? Do you feel the you needed the lower body lift? YES! When I look back on my pictures I can see that even the skin just under my hip bones was sagging a lot. I am curious as to why you picked that instead of just a tummy tuck? I think that if I'd only done a TT then it would have left my stomach nice and tight but all the way around would have still been saggy. Where you expecting more of a butt lift? This is one of the issues that I feel wasn't addressed enough pre-surgery. When he pulled my skin up I could tell that everything was tighter but I didn't turn around and look at my butt! That sounds so bad and I am embarrassed about that. To fix it, although as time goes on it doesn't seem as bad, my PS said I'd need an implant b/c there wasn't enough fat to transfer. I really wish I'd talked about it more before surgery. I looked at so many before/after pictures and saw other people's journals but I never saw that the flat butt was an issue! Also, did you get any outer/inner thigh lift from you lower body (if it was prior to your thigh lift) I did have some lift to my outer thigh. Lastly, with your thigh lift (that one I really would like to have) I don't know if what I had can be called a thigh lift. There is another procedure that is done in the crook of the thigh. I had skin removed. How was the recovery? The recover has been VERY easy. I am so surprised how easy it's been. Is the scar a good trade off? And could you if you wanted to comfortably where a mini skirt without stockings and not see the thigh lift scars? So far I have only worn a mini with tights or panty hose. Mostly because I live in IL and it's still cold. The shorts I have are longer but those are from before. I am 53 so I won't wear super short skirts anyway but my PS was very careful of the placement of the scar and me wearing skirts. Reply divine1 17 Jan 2013 Sorry...me again. Wow. You have quite a lift to your inner and outer thighs? I was under the impression that the lower body lift wouldn't effect the inner thigh but it looks as if it did in your case, is that true for you? I think that removing the saggy skin did the trick. Reply divine1 17 Jan 2013 Hi, I am thinking of getting this done after over 100lb weight loss and was concerned about the flattening of the butt. My butt is already somewhat flat hence the reason for wanting the lower body lift. Did you feel your butt was flat before the surgery and has the LBL improved your overall butt shape and "roundness" I was thinking of getting fat transfer to butt while getting my lower body lift to address the possible flat look that may come with the lower body lift. What are your thoughts from your experience? Thank you for sharing your journey.
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Well, I tried to separate all the questions and it didn't when I submitted. Sorry...hope it is not too confusing.
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Looking great!
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So happy your doing great and look great !! Would you do it all over and with dr Ramirez or would you go to another doctor? I'm having a hard time picking a doctor . I need lots of help driving myself crazy .
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If you can do it with a local Dr. rather than traveling, that is always going to be a little more comfortable. The reason being your at home in your own familiar area and can go back and forth for follow up if needed. I had a good experience with Dr. Ramirez. If he could have been in my home state for the same price, that would have made it even better. Just follow your heart and trust your spirit. All will be well.
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Thank you so much ! Take care of you .
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SORRY just noticed your doc's name on your pre op pics :-)
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I read your review but you didn't mention your Doctor's name...are you choosing not to share his name or did I miss it in your review? THANKS!
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Hi thanks for your well wishes. I did mention my Dr's name. It is even on my photos in the caption's. His name is Dr. Victor Dr. Ramirez out of Mexicalli, Mexico. Also, I presented this question of the belly button to the Dr. Ramirez as well as other Dr's here on RealSelf and they all said my belly button is normal. It is just tacked down and the swelling is all around it. As the swelling goes down the belly button will come forth. I am very happy with everything so far. This journey is really about patience. I am only 9 days PO and changing every day. Best wishes to you also.
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thanks for sharing your journey! did you belly button change? I haven't seen a belly button like yours...I am hoping it change for you!
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I LOVE your outlook on your recovery-- "my journey is about patience." I think that perspective helps immensely; when you focus on your recovery and not your results in the first days and weeks after your surgery, it makes for a much more peaceful recovery.
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Congrats! How are you today? I'm scheduled for surgery with Dr. Ramirez this Friday. Were you working with Alex Gaitan? Anything I should know before I go? I'm really nervous.
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Hey girl...yes I worked with Alex and with Aljendra. Both of them are very sweet and caring. I am 8 days PO and overall I must say this experience hasn't been bad. Dr. Rameriez doesn't speak that much English but is a nice Dr. Just be patient with yourself. I wasn't ever in a lot of "pain" just super uncomfortable and sore from the lipo. What are you getting done? Feel free to contact me with any specific questions. You will be fine sweetie, just keep your eye on the prize. I have posted updated pics.
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The updated photos look great! I'm having a tummy tuck, breast lift/augmentation, and full-body lipo. I had three kids by c-section in fairly short order (my kids are 23 months apart from the next) and I'm ready to finally undo the damage. Because I've had c-sections I feel like I know what I'm getting into with the tuck, but expect to feel like I've been hit by a truck. I'm most anxious about the anesthesia...being awake through the procedure. What was it like?
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