21 month PO update

June 29, 2012: I'm totally freaking out... I...

June 29, 2012:

I'm totally freaking out... I just put the down payment and scheduled my surgery for November 19, 2012! I can't believe that I'm actually doing this, I'm excited but nervous!

I was referred to Dr. O by a friend who had surgery with him and was very satisfied with his work. I met with the doctor June 2, 2012 in regards to a mommy makeover and liked him almost immediately. He is very straightforward and confident, his confidence put me at ease. Now, I just have to wait, preOp was set for November 7, 2012. I'll keep you girls posted.

Thank you @ angiemcc, can't wait (:
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November will be here before you know it! Thanks for starting your story with us!

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July 2, 2012: I spoke Nicole (my patient...

July 2, 2012:

I spoke Nicole (my patient coordinator) and re-scheduled my preop for October 31, 2012. Nicole is a sweetheart and very honest; I had a minor concern and she addressed it immediately. It's a great feeling to feel like I made the right choice by choosing Dr. Anire Okpaku as my plastic surgeon. Really excited for November, in the meantime, I'm currently dieting and plan to start an excercise regimen soon. I want to be in good shape prior to surgery.
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Hi Sent, I'm having a MM (breast aug with lift and tummy tuck with muscle repair and lipo) on October 25. Great advice on eating clean. I eat clean 5 days and regular 2 days.

Ladies, be careful with your cucumber water. Remember cucumber is usually used as a supplement for Vitamin E as it is a huge source for Vitamin E.
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I didn't know that! Thanks for the info.
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I had to cancel my surgery date for financial...

I had to cancel my surgery date for financial reasons :-( Maybe spring of next year will be a better time,,,

I am so sorry. The same thing happened to me. My surgery was supposed to be June/July and I had to postpone it to October 25. Time will fly by and you will have your surgery before you know it.
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I am so sorry. But you will be getting eventually? :-/

 
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I had to cancel my surgery with Dr. O due to...

I had to cancel my surgery with Dr. O due to financial reasons. A couple of days later I was called from a different plastic surgeon's office that I had visited for a consultation over 2 years ago and was offered $8,000 for a breast lift with aug (silicone), tummy tuck and lipo however after further investigation I realized that the doctor that had seen me originally was no longer at that practice so I made an appointment to meet a new doctor. I was suppose to meet Dr. Marcelo Ghersi Sept 19th at 5:30 pm however his wife went into labor earlier that morning so I was unable to meet him and met Dr. Jonathan Fisher instead. Dr. Fisher made me feel so comfortable, he was very charismatic and made me feel at ease. I didn't feel rushed during the consultation even though he had done all his surgeries plus Dr. Ghersi's surgeries that day. I fell in love with him... I've seen many doctor's before but I felt most comfortable with him. My cousin is also interested in plastic surgery so I made a consultation for her with Dr. Marcelo Ghersi and I went with her so that I can meet him as well. Dr. Ghersi was very quick, straight to the point... I know that you shouldn't choose a doctor based on whether they are charismatic or not but you do want to feel comfortable with the surgeon you choose and my cousin and I both decided we will have our surgeries performed by Dr. Fisher. What I love most about this practice is that they make me come in once a month before surgery to weigh and measure me which I love because I feel pressured to lose the weight I need to lose before surgery.

Well my surgery is exactly 7 hours away and I...

Well my surgery is exactly 7 hours away and I can't sleep from the excitement. I am a little nervous but that's expected. I got 8 days off work; I know it's not enough but it's what I got and I have to make it work. At least I have a desk job, I just have to make the most of my off days and really rest. My mother in law will watch the kids over the weekend and my mother will be with me at home to care for me while my husband works. I must confess that I'm blessed after all ... I'll be updating my review on my time off and possibly posting some pics for you all to see.

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So, it's been 24 hours since my surgery.... I am...

So, it's been 24 hours since my surgery.... I am so much better today. The drains burn and so does my upper thigh ... my stomach feels rock solid, my boobs feel stiff but I can definitely see the difference swollen and all. I'm trying to walk as much as possible .. I can almost stand up straight ... I'm just hoping that the discomfort leaves sooner than later. I'm getting ready to go to my first post op appointment.

I showered this morning. The gases suck but I sort...

I showered this morning. The gases suck but I sort of managed to do #2 and it wasnt as painful as I thought it would be. Sleeping is tough, my lower back kills me!

I had a good night sleep; woke up around 5 am used...

I had a good night sleep; woke up around 5 am used the restroom and walked around a bit before laying back on the recliner. My back starts to hurt a lot when I am up for to long time but at the same time I heard that the best thing I can do for my recovery is walk as much as I possibly can. My breast are so sore and tender and I feel a burning sensation where the drains are at ... can't wait to get them out! I'm starting to get real anxious at the fact that I can't do anything; I want to cook and clean, play with my kids and I can't. I think this is the hardest part ... do nothing. I kind of feel guilty.
How are you feeling??!
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Right now I feel very suffocated, tight and annoyed :-( I am in such a bitchy mood .. I feel like I cant breathe and I like to be naked so this CG and bra makes me feel like a prisoner.
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Oh no!! I have had Lipo before I couldn't imagine doing it all at once .. Hang in there!!! Meds, rest, repeat!
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Today has been a good day .... I woke up and...

Today has been a good day .... I woke up and showered and put my bra and compression garment to wash and dry so I was bra and compression garment free for like an hour and it felt soooo good. That was the highlight of my day :-) I feel so much better, im not even taking Tylenol so day 4 is definitely an awesome day. Im not draining a lot from my left side ... ive pumped it and unclogged to make sure but in 12 hrs Im only draining 5 average. The right side is more active. Im a little annoyed by the swelling I do hope that it goes down in due time.
Day 4 was my best day too!:)
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Lucky # 4 :-P
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It's the little things! HAHA! Glad you're feeling good today! It just gets better!
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Morning girls! Day 5 ... I barely slept. I was hot...

Morning girls! Day 5 ... I barely slept. I was hot as hell and didnt want to lower the a/c because my kids were coughing really bad and I had run out of Delsym for them so I sweated a lot last night. I woke up, picked up a little, cooked myself breakfast, showered and now Im just here updating my review. Girls, I'm so fustrated with the swelling!!!! It doesnt look real bad in pictures but looking at it in person bums me out... I have to constantly need to be reminding myself to be patient .. Im only 5 days post op and have to give my body time.
I am post op day 4 and I have very similar complaints as you:-( unfortunately I have to keep my drains until next Monday! Can't wait to get the out. I did too much this morning and I was super swollen all day, very frustrating! Good luck and take it easy.
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The drains are so annoying and uncomfortable !!!!! Hope the days go by fast for you :-)
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The drains make such a big difference though as nasty as they may seem - good luck ladies!!! xoxo
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Yesterday I broke down crying ... I was alone all...

Yesterday I broke down crying ... I was alone all day and I don't do well behind 4 walls so my mom is treating me to a mani and pedi today and I am in heaven ? This morning I had a follow up with my doctor .. drains will be in for 5 more days (top)... BTW, I pulled on one of my drainage hoses while sleeping last night ... OUCH! Besides that, all is good return to work tomorrow :-)
Would love more pics when you are up for it. When drains are in that long, your body kind of thinks they are supposed to be there and will sometimes start 'growing' around them - make sure your doc gives you some Valium or something before he removes them. Just my 2 cents. Hope you are feeling better!! ;o) xoxo
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Thanks doll, Monday makes 12 days ... Dr said they would definitely be out by Monday. My tummy tuck incision is sensitive and the rubbing from the CG makes it hurt. :-( Besidesthat I am fine. I will definitely post up more pics :-)
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Ok! xoxo
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Well I'm 10 days post op and I still have my...

Well I'm 10 days post op and I still have my drains in. Things are not looking good down there; for starters, my va jay jay is super swollen which I know is normal but what is not normal is that I have red stretchmark looking lumps on it. First off, I didn't have stretchmarks on it to begin with. My va jay jay is inflamed, tender to touch and sore. Secondly, im expelling a lot of lymphatic fluid from my left drain. The fluid is coming out of the actual skin and its yellowish and goey :-( I have to wait until Monday to be seen at the Dr's office. In the meantime, doctor called my local pharmacy for some more antibiotics. Monday can't come any sooner ..

On a lighter note, I bought a casual dress to wear until my drains are pulled out on Monday and my boobs look great in the dress so does my swollen flat tummy.... cant wait to go shopping! :-)
Is your Dr. the same Jonathan G. Fisher that's an ear, nose and throat doctor? I was looking for a website or information on him. Thanks! You look great.
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Thank you and yes, he was first board certified in ear, nose and throat. In Nov 09 he became board certified in plastic surgery.
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So today is post op day 12 ... Friday night my...

So today is post op day 12 ... Friday night my mons pubis was inflamed, tender to touch and sore the following morning I had lymphatic fluid coming out the drain incision and it was yellowish and goey. Well today I went to the Doctor and they confirmed that I have an infection. I feel and look like a muffin and I want to cry as I type this ... Dr. told me not to wear CG because the pressure makes the infection spread and what we want to do is isolate the infection. My stomach is so swollen and red :-( I know this is just a minor setback but it's only normal for me to feel fustrated so I turn to my RS family for a little venting. I hope everybody else healing well ...
I hope you feel better soon Hun!!! That would be rough!
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Thanks sweetie, feeling so much better!!
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Aw honey sorry to hear about this!! Are you now on antibiotics?? It should clear it right up. Praying for you! Hugs!!!
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Ok, things are starting to look better down there!...

Ok, things are starting to look better down there! So happy to announce that the redness and additional swelling from the Cellulitis looks like its officially gone regardless I'm still on antibiotics until next Wednesday. I haven't been using my CG since Monday but the Dr. gave me the go ahead to start wearing again and I'm honestly excited to because the swelling makes me feel fat lol... I'm on the flatside but inside I feel like Ms. Puff lol Well, I put up my 15 day post op ... a lot of swelling happening but you know what? I don't care! It's part of the process and three months from now I am going to look fabulous in my bikini!!!
So glad you are on the mend!!!
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So on the 6th of Feb I saw my doctor I had been on...

So on the 6th of Feb I saw my doctor I had been on antibiotics for 10 days .. Everything looked great. Unfortunately the following day the redness came back, I didn't call my doctor that Thursday I waited until Friday I wanted to see if the redness will go away but it didn't. The doctor prescribed me bactrim ... I started the Bactrim that Friday night and by Saturday at 3:00 pm I started with headaches, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I just started feeling better today a little after 6 pm. I called the doctor in the morning and he told me to discontinue the bactrim ... I had a horrible weekend but at least now I feel better THANK GOD!
Glad to know you're on the mend. Happy and stress free healing from now on!
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Not yet, I still have to take 10 days worth of antibiotics hopefully this round of antibiotics kills my infection and not me!
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OMGoodness! What a journey you have had! I sure hope that things start looking up and you start to mend properly. Happy and Healthy Healing to ou and keep us posted!
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All I can say is that I don't regret having this...

All I can say is that I don't regret having this surgery done. I am beyond happy and I recommend Dr. Fisher to anyone. Just look at my latest picture .. words cannot describe my joy.

Hi hun, did you get a BBL? I am looking for doctors currently between the Dominican and Miami. Still deciding. I received a few quotes. He doesn't have a lot of pics posted. Your results look so good.
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Hi! I loved my results he did a great job. I did not get a bbl ... take your time meet with doctors, you'll know when you have found the right one FOR YOU.
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HELLO HON..GLAD SOMEONE FINALLY POSTED HIS PRE OP WORK! GLAD UR DOING SO MUCH BETTER..YOU LOOK AMAZING! QUESTION: IN DR THEY SAY YOU NEED LYMPATIC MASSAGES..DID YOU HAVE THOSE? DID YOU GET A BBL? AND WHERE DID YOU STAY? IM FROM OHIO
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11 months and 9 days post op

Hey girls, must say this was the BEST decision EVER! Ive gained so much confidence!! After surgery I lost 26 lbs 10 of which I have gained since Thanksgiving but new year is around the corner and ill be returning to my health grind soon. I just got a tattoo to cover up my tummy tuck scar
Nice results
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I wish you would update love your results
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I love everything about this! Congrats :)
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Suture Granuloma 19 months Post Op

Hi girls, it's been a while. So I'm 17 months post up and in late April of this year I got what I thought was a hernia in my belly button. It was red, hot, tender to touch ... I visited my PCP and he had me do an abdominal US and CT scan and everything was fine. After a month of going back and forth he finally told me that it was nothing and I just had to wait it out. Obviously, that didn't sit well with me and the following day the cyst burst and started bleeding so I was like, "The hell with this I'm calling my plastic surgeon!" Unfortunately, Dr. Fisher was no longer at the clinic and so I said another doctor and that's when he told me that I had a suture granuloma aka "spitting suture." I went to the office 2-4 times the month of June in hopes they could remove the suture but I was finally told that they will need to make a small incision in order to pull it out and that they would need to administer local anesthesia. Dr. Fisher said he would be on vacation for the whole month of July and that in August he will pull out the suture. I'm still awaiting and it's freaking annoying because I have this sticky, bad smelling abscess coming out of my belly button and I can't wear any crop tops and the clothes I do wear gets dirty. I'm actually a bit irritated by the whole situation .. I've been dealing w/ this for 4 months now. I've attached the picture so you can see it and let's hope that this gets resolved sooner than later. I'll keep you guys posted.
BOOOO. That is awful that after 17 months you've got a split stitch! I've got some very noticeable stitches under my breasts (I'm 3.5 months PO) and my doctor has assured me several times now that they will dissolve. Your BB healed up so nicely so I hope once they get that stitch removed for you it returns to looking pretty again so you can go back to crop tops and bikinis!
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If your doctor told you that than it must be true ... in the case of tummy tuck, the stitches they use to tighten the abdominal wall are not dissolvable however they are meant to stay in your body nonetheless it's still a "foreign" object. In regards to my BB, I KNOW!! My belly button was so ugly before the surgery and I was totally loving after the surgery and now I'm just praying it heals well (keeping fingers crossed) ...
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That's crazy that d suture lay dormant all this time! And y hasn't he contacted u 4 d removal? You must b so uncomfortable!
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It could it be my stitch will finally be removed??

So here I am sitting in the waiting room waiting to be seen Dr. Mel Ortega since Dr Fisher has not coordinated a date with my patient coordinator to remove this stitch. I know a lot of people who have nothing but great things to say about Ortega so I'm happy he's helping me when it should be Fisher. Keeping my fingers crossed!! Wish me luck !!
Hope everything works out for you girl
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Simple and no...

So Dr. Ortega said that he recommends for the stitch to be removed under general anesthesia and not local because local anesthesia is not very effective when the tissue is inflamed. He says that he would need to explore for the stitch and he doesn't know how much I would be able to take under local anesthesia. He also commented that even though permanent sutures is a common practice that he personally doesn't use them because from personal experience he has witnessed issues with them. The things you wish you'd know but what's important now is that I get this handled. The only thing that sucks is that I have to pay $1000 for the anesthesia and that was an unexpected expenses. I'll keep you guys posted.

Suture Granuloma

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Stitch finally removed!

To be honest, I was very upset with Fisher because I felt that i dealt with that annoying stitch for too long but I cannot lie... I still trust Fisher and feel comfortable with him as my doctor. I'm very glad he was able to finally remove that annoying stitch from inside of me. Maybe in the future when he's no longer at Vanity Cosmetics I will consider doing my BBL with him but for now I'll just focus on my healing, fitness and nutrition. If you're considering Fisher as your Doctor, rest assure your in good hands.
I'm glad to hear it has been resolved. Whew! Take it easy and continue to heal well. Thank you SO much for updating 1 year post :)
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1 day PO Spitting Suture Removal

Praying my belly button looks good after it finishes healing ... It looked nice after surgery before the spitting suture. Crossing my fingers!
Hello, hope all is well! I was wondering if you are still in love with your results? Also, I want to thank you beyond measure for updating your review for the past year or so. I really appreciate that. I have 28 days until SX and I can not wait! Take care and post some new pics. pleaseeeeee :)
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So glad you had that taken care of. Hopefully it will heal quickly. May I ask who ended up fixing your bb? Fisher or Ortega?
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Fisher
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Miami Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Fisher is a great doctor. He has always made me feel comfortable and he gave me the natural results that I wanted. I would consider him for future procedures.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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