Journey to a Much Needed Transformation, Tummy Tuck, BBL and Liposuction, Dr. Yager! - New York, NY

First I want to say how happy I am to have found...

First I want to say how happy I am to have found this website, and I want to thank all the brave sister that have had the courage to share their journey to allow us to make a much more informative decision in such a delicate matter. Am 36 years old, 5'7", 195 lbs, mother of 7 ( ages 15, 12, 9, 7, 5, 4, and 3) .

My journey......

After 8 pregnancies (7 live 1 twin still birth) I like many women , started to see my body like the aftermath of a natural disaster . Before babies I was never bigger than a size 6' and now I am close to a 14-16' I hate shopping for cloth , I look like am 5 months pregnant, it is starting to affect my self esteem so I decided to do something about it while am still in my 30's. I first consulted dr. Yager in 2002, I was very at ease with him, he was very professional and his staff was really attentive , he suggested a lipo of full back, fat transfer to the buttocks and a tummy tuck.... I agreed 100%, only the price was a little out of my reach then, (7000 abdominoplasty, 4000 lipo, 2500 fat transfer= 13,500 total), so I was sad I could not afforded then, but I decided to postpone it and start saving. Last Saturday feb 22, 2014 I saw him again and we decided to go ahead with the original plan. He explained that the full back includes the flanks and love handles, I asked him if we could lipo my upper abdomen too because I wanted better results with the tummy tuck and he told me not to worry that he would do it no extra charge, I was so happy!!!!!!, so I paid my deposit and we set the dates.... April 18 I'll get the lipo and buttocks , and may 2nd tummy tuck....

I can honestly say am not scare, I know I might seem odd, but am not afraid "yet", maybe is because I want this so bad, or maybe as time comes closer I will start to, but so far all I feel is a lot of anxiety , can't wait to be done.... I find myself thinking about it many times daily....I'll try upload some picture and keep this blog updated, please keep me in your prayers ....

The before

Before pics

Just a little correction...

Just a little correction I first met with dr. Yager in 2012, not 2002, am using my iPad, please forgive the typo. Thanks

1st pre-op today!

Today was my first pre-op, I saw the nurse and we took pictures, measurements for the garment, I was given the clearance papers for my physician to sign, she took my weight and blood pressure ..... Overall was smooth, I felt comfortable talking to her, she answered my questions to my satisfaction, she showed me the garment I'm going to get (I was very impressed to see they give you MARENA garments, in all my research they come with the highest ratings)... I also met with Lisa , I can not stress enough how kind and professional she is, she is also easy to reach, I don't know how she does it, always multitasking but always helpful....
I only have 2 more appointments before my surgery, one with dr yager and one with my physician for the clearance .... Am still anxious, not scared "YET"... I will try to keep posting, until then please keep me in your prayers...

SHOULD I BE WORRY THAT AM NOT WORRY?

A friend of mine who already had this surgery done told me I should se a psycologist only because I told her am not afraid of the surgery.... she looked at me like am a chicken with ears!! I asked her, are you trying to get me discourage? if you was able to get through it why you think i will not be able to?? she told me if she new how much pain she would endure she probably would not have done it.... so I ask, should I be worry that am not scared, ?? I know it will not be easy, but beauty hurts, and i feel the outcome will by far outweight the pain.... it has also help me the fact i trust the reputation of the doctor I've chosen.... I dont know if me feeling anxious, not scared, is a bad thing... what you guys think?

1 down 1 to go.

well my friends, ive completed the first part of my sx, am now back and chin fat free, and hopefully bootylicious, we'll see.... doctor told my he took 2500 ccs out my back an inyected 1 litter on each side, booty and hips...i woke up in a lot of pain (felt like i was wraped up in a bag an beetten with a aluminum bat) right away dr gave me iv meds, made it batter, of course didnt go away completely (maybe 3-10 pain scale), went home af ter an hour in recovery, trip wasnt so bad... ive been trying no to take tghe vicodin so far i've managed with 2 extra strenght tylenol, but still hurt, very sore, but i preffer it rather than narcotics... hopping tomorrow go by fast, maybe the soreness will go fast too....
for what i can see my doctor lipoed my whole back and sides to my breast , waist and love handles, he told me since am doing tummy tuck in to weeks he would be more agressivein those areas to avoid dog ears (at no estra charge, wich i apreciated it) .... i can already see a nice waist but i know after the tummy tuck will be even better... i can only imagine the pain of that since am told is worst than lipo... am still not able to take pictures, maybe tomorrow....thank you ladies for your payers and i keep posting the best i can....

forgot to say..........

i was intubated with the anestesia, my throat hurtso much when i swallow my meds and food and i can still taste the anestesia....took some honey with lemon... hope it will help.

Hubby took some pics, he is not the best photographer but I have to take it, hopefully we can take better images tomorrow

Hubby took some pics, he is not the best photographer but I have to take it, hopefully we can take better images tomorrow

Day four...

I got to say day two was the worst, maybe seven on a ten scale, manageable only if I did not move, I even took the damn narcotics wich I was avoiding, and because of it of course I was nauseous and light headed all day, unable to keep even water down, dizzy, but no much pain...... Today I fee very good, only pain when touched, numbness also less, am very happy so far with the lipo, but am not impress with the bbl, since I had a booty to began with , dr told me he put a litter in each side so I think I would be able to see more projection by now, but, let's wait and see, am not worry, worst case scenario I'll get a revision, but I hope I won't need it....I'll keep posting as much as I can

Pics day four

Word of advice....

Just because you feel better don't over do it, I started playing a little with my toddler and now am out of breath , a little light headed, going to bed to nap now.... Uffff

Lumpy swell hell...OMG!!!

Today has not been a good day... Am sooooo hard and lumpy today, I know it is normal after lipo, and I need to be patient but my waist disappeared and I see my but is considerably smaller, after reading other post I understand I was going to go down a bit, and I like the shape hr Yager gave me, only I wish I had more volume and protection , I know is too soon to see the end result, but even if it doesn't shrink anymore, is still smaller then what I want it to be. I read that I may "fluff" but am not sure at this point, am afraid am going to need a revision ... Am just sad today.....

Made it to The flat side!

Made it to The flat side! Too hardware but am alive....thanks for your players....will port moré later.

Post op day 1

Super swelling upper and mid abs, loving my low scar, but since I can not take the narcs Tylenol isn't doing much. Feel like jello run over twice..//

Have a new found respect and admiration for my doctor...

Dr. Yager is an amazing doctor, am. So happy I decided to do my procedure with him. I have so much respect for his practice, his staff are so effective and in top of everything,. Four days Prost op I felt the binder was too tight and made me a little hard to breath, I call the office and mentioned the shortness of breath to the nurse and immediately dr Yager took over, I say I don't think I need to go to the hospital maybe just loosen the binder, but he explained that he did not want to take a chance with my life, he was concern of blood clot or other complications, asked me to call and ambulance, talked to the paramedics in person, gave them his cell phone number and took the information of the hospital I was taken to....by the time I got there he has already called and spoken to the doctors in there, what kind of test I needed done, while we water I was told he called twice to be on the same page as the doctors there and asked to be kept updated,,, he also called my house while I was in the hospital to tell my mother I was ok .... Now I don't now many doctors that gets so hands on and am forever gratefully he did, not another doctor that is just in for the money.... I will continue to go to him for any procedure, because I can se is not just the literature on the broshure.....happy customer am ok by the way

Thanks for the prayers my rs sisters!

am not going to lie, I've had seven children, three bad complicated pregnancy with bed rest... But this recovery has been by far the hardest thing I've ever done... I had a bad reaction to the narcs when I did the lipo, so am getting by with just Tylenol ES... Sleeping in a semi-sitting position on a recliner for days is not easy, the first 3 days I think I got by thanks to the power of Jesus Christ and lots of prayers.. Today is day 5 and I finally slept on my bed, I feel wayyyyy better, rested, although is still painful I think the worst is over... Thanks for writing.....
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Emotional!!!!

I've been so stress about my MR that i have not taken any pics, am going to try to take some today. Last saturday I cough like twice and I felt this pull like sensation on the top of my MR, like right where the sutures starts, and its been sore and a bit unconfortable since, am afraid I might have pop a stitch. I also feel like this small bulge in top of it, am afraid may be fluid seroma and may have to be drained, but i would preffer it rather than my MR come undone. I have an appointment with Dr. Yager tomorrow, am hopping is nothing serious, cause right now am going through the roller coaster of emotions, sad that there might e complications, worry about not being satisfied with the en results, dealing with swell hell on both TT and lipo, the fat transfer gave my buttucks a nice shape, but i dont see a difference in projection and i see some dimples and flatness in the bottom...UGHHH the thought of having a revision just make me want to cry, cause this recovery is no joke... to have a revision means start all over again and i dont feel like going for it again... so... am going to pray is just paranoia...lets just wait I guess ... cause the dr will not even consider revision for at least another 6 months to a year time.....

Swell he'll with a vengeance

So I saw dr yager today, as always very professional , after the examination he took off the surgical tape that had fallen off on its own, he told me the bulge was just swelling , no seroma nor mi MR came undone, told me it was my body healing process, after I notice he looked at me proud, like thinking to himself "am GOOD" jejejeje ..... Still, was not enough to make my mind at ease, but is a waiting game I guess. I found some pictures I took the day of surgery and I just took some of the swelling, please excuse the poor quality, am just not feeling to photogenic lately. Happy healling!

Still swelling!

Just wanted to keep you posted, today is 6 weeks since my back lipo and bbl. am still lumpy on the flanks and sides, numb and swell in my waist and lower back, I feel some areas in my upper back still have fat deposits, like the bra line, my buttocks look the same as before, I don't think I retained much of the fat, maybe less than 25%, I keep hearing they will fluff but at this point even if they did I don't think ill end up with the volume I had hopped for! dr Yager said he put 1000 ccs on each side, some on the hips and I do see some shape, but definitely not projection or volume neither sideways or from the back.... Very sad, but I will not give up, I paid almost 15Gs for this procedure not to end up satisfied, even if that means I may need a revision. At this point I know the dr will not hear about it, but I'll bring it up next visit. Am planing on having my arms and inner tights lipo, am going to ask if he can use that fat for the bbl, am willing to pay for the lipo but not the fat transfer.... I hope he agrees to it.... As per my TT, am still very blown out, I know most of it is swelling, but also some is residual fat since I did not lipo the abdominal layer, doctor told me it was safer not to do it together because the risk of cutting blood circulation and I could always do it after I healed. At this point is a waiting game, am happy that the flap in not there and the overall shape of my abdomen has improve dramatically, am also aware I will never have a 100% flat stomach! let's face it! I have seven children and each of them had its toll in the ab muscle, so I am trying to be realistic and stay positive that the TT will give me an "Ok" result. I will post some pics next week, since now,is not much different than my last pictures... Stay safe rs sisters, happy healing...
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Dr. Yager is an amazing doctor, am. So happy I decided to do my procedure with him. I have so much respect for his practice, his staff are so effective and in top of everything,. Four days Post-op I felt the binder was too tight and made me a little hard to breath, I call the office and mentioned the shortness of breath to the nurse and immediately dr Yager took over, asked me to call and ambulance, talked to the paramedics personally over the phone, gave them his cell phone number and took the information of the hospital I was going to be taken to....by the time I got there he had already called and spoken to the doctors in the ER, what kind of test I needed done, while we waited I was told he called twice to be on the same page as the doctors there, and asked to be kept updated,,, he also called my house while I was in the hospital to tell my mother I was ok .... Now I don't know many doctors that gets so hands on and am forever gratefully he did, not another doctor that is just in for the money.... I will continue to go to him for any procedure, because I can see is not just the literature on the broshure.....happy customer

5 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
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi! Just wondering how you have progressed in the past couple months?
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How are you doing sweetie? You had a lot done so your body is working overtime in getting you healed. Hang in there you will be surprised how much your body changes as time goes by.
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I really hope you are right, am trying to stay positive, but am somewhat discouraged, your results are amazing!
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I know the feeling mommy of seven. I am 5'6 weighed 135 at the time of my surgery and had full back flank lipo and I feel like I'm still not going to be completely flat like he told me. He even said he didn't think I need lipo on flanks or back but if I wanted it he would do it. So I went through with it. Let's see I'm only 12dpo
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You look great. I too have been frustrated with DR. Yager and his results but everyday gets better. Stay positive!!
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Am trying to! Did you have a procedure with dr. Yager too? If so, when? What did you get done? How do you feel now? Are you satisfied? Do you have any pictures? Story fir all the questions but I don't see any in your profile. Thanks for writing..
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Oh I was holding off on my review because I don't want to base it on a couple of days. Yes my surgery was with DR. Yager. Maybe I can send you pics through a private message
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I had lipo of full back which I wanted specifically for the bra area but I feel like I still have fat there the flanks and tummy tuck with muscle repair . I paid 11,500.
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How are you doing? Update with pictures!!! I hope you are doing much better!
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hi newbeequeen, I've been so stress about my MR that i have not taken any pics, am going to try to take some today. Last saturday I cough like twice and I felt this pull like sensation on the top of my MR, like right where the sutures starts, and its been sore and a bit unconfortable since, am afraid I might have pop a stitch. I also feel like this small bulge in top of it, am afraid may be fluid seroma and may have to be drained, but i would preffer it rather than my MR come undone. I have an appointment with Dr. Yager tomorrow, am hopping is nothing serious, cause right now am going through the roller coaster of emotions, sad that there might e complications, worry about not being satisfied with the en results, dealing with swell hell on both TT and lipo, the fat transfer gave my buttucks a nice shape, but i dont see a difference in projection and i see some dimples and flatness in the bottom...UGHHH the thought of having a revision just make me want to cry, cause this recovery is no joke... to have a revision means start all over again and i dont feel like going for it again... so... am going to pray is just paranoia...lets just wait I guess ... cause the dr will not even consider revision for at least another 6 months to a year time.....
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Have you tried Ibuprofen for the pain? I know after my CSections I took it and it didn't effect me like the narcotics but did dull the pain.
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Dr said no ibuprofen because I thins the blood...
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You did it. How do you feel. Your second day how did you feel. You look great. You will be in my prayers
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Hi dr7423, am not going to lie, I've had seven children, three bad complicated pregnancy with bed rest... But this recovery has been by far the hardest thing I've ever done... I had a bad reaction to the narcs when I did the lipo, so am getting by with just Tylenol ES... Sleeping in a semi-sitting position on a recliner for days is not easy, the first 3 days I think I go by thanks to the power of Jesus Christ and lots of prayers.. Today is day 5 and I finally slept on my bed, I feel wayyyyy better, rested, although is still painful I think the worst is over... Thanks for writing.....
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Awwwwl sending my prayers your way boo!!! Hope all is well!!! =)
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BTW- so far everything looking great...cannot for your swelling to subside... =)
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thank you!!!!!!!!!!
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Looking good! I'll be following to see how it looks after the dressing comes off!
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thank you!!!!!!!!!!
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Ufff girl congrats! Few hard nights coming your way! But it will be worth it! Stay strong & Happy Healing!!! xoxo
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Good luck tomorrow missy!
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Hi Mommyofseven, I'm so sorry you are feeling that way, I understand you 100%. Tomorrow I will post my frustrations. It's frustrating having go thru a lot and not feeling fully satisfied :/....but the only thing that's true is that is very soon to see the final results, try to relax and give it time. That's what I'm doing. Hope you feel better soon
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Thanks newbeequeen I know, I need to be patient, is just that my booty was a big part of me making this decision and even now with all the swelling is not the volume I hoped to get, but we'll see, like I said before worse case scenario I'll get a revision.... But enough about me, how you feeling? When you gonna post new pics? Hope you are happy!
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Good luck with your tummy tuck, he is a great surgeon; he did mine 7 months already and I Can't tell you how happy I am!! Good luck honey!
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thank you novprinces! I saw your profile and it helped me decide to do it with him, you look great!! then again you did even before sx.... i hope my results are as good as yours!!
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