As most of you lovely ladies I also have been...
As most of you lovely ladies I also have been lurking this sight for quite some time. It wasn't until my cousin had several procedures done by Dra Cardenas that I became interested. I began researching more about Dra Cardenas and after hearing my cousins wonderful experience and seeing her great results I then decided I'd choose Dra Cardenas.
My surgery is scheduled for September 27th 2013 i will be getting liposuction to my abdomen, upper and lower back, flanks, waist and FG to my Butt and Hips. I payed my deposit a few moths ago but felt like now it's my turn to share my journey. Im 28 tears old weigh 112 lbs and a mother of a 3 year old little girl. My husband has been very supportive about the procedure even when I feel scared, nervous and unsure he always remains positive because he knows how much i want this surgery. Im only 8 weeks away from my surgery date... WOW time flys... I just got my lab work done yesterday that was requested by Dra Cardenas 8 weeks prior to surgery. My family doctor also prescribed me the antibiotics along with two other medications Dra Cardenas prescribes her patients. As part of my pre op preparations I also decided to go on a 5 year birth control plan since I hadn't been on any type of birth control for years.
Oh and I forgot to mention I also had my flight booked a while ago. I'm very very excited but like many women I get very nervous and scared at times.
Over all I've had a good experience communicating with Fatimeh, shes a sweetheart very friendly personable and always answers all my questions.
Is anyone else having surgery with Dra Cardenas around the same time I'am? I will be at the recovery home between September 26th and October 3rd?
The countdown begins.....
Only one month left till surgery, starting to get really nervous but looking forward to it. I just got back from vacation and gained like 3lbs I'm 115lbs I have one month to loose them and return tommy healthy eating habits. Fatimeh advise me to stay as close as possible to my ideal weight eat healthy and walk daily. I really need to buy my iron pills ASAP.... I bought my boppy pillow on Saturday and now shopping for something comfortable to wear when I fly back after surgery. Now I need to look for someone whom specializes in lymphatic massages in town. I don't know how many massages ill be able to get while at beauty care but I know I'll have to get a lot more when I come home.
17 days until my surgery!!!!!
I'm soooooo excited, I'm not going alone my cousin Will be joining me. She also will be getting lipo and fat transferred to her butt along with BA. Well I been taking my iron pills eating healthier than I had been, will see if I can loose at least 2lbs before surgery. I need to check what grocery store in town has the arnica plant, I'd like to make arnica tea when I come home from surgery. I added a photo of some of the things Ived purchased for after surgery :)
Only 2 days away from surgery....
I'm starting to get nervous but at the same time excited. I fly out to San Diego tomorrow (Thursday) and having surgery Friday morning. Ladies please say a little prayer for me. I will post an update after my surgery.
15 days post opp
I'm feeling soooo much better :) the first 3-4 days were the worst. It wasn't so much pain, it was discomfort. I couldn't get comfortable I had so much fluid and my tummy felt super weird. My belly felt like jelly and my faced swelled up so much it looked like a got in a bad accident lol. I stopped taking ibeprofein probably around day number 5. I'am now walking a little faster than the begging but I'm still not 100%. My swelling has gone down a lot but in I'm still very swollen. I've been drinking arnica tea ad taking arnica pellets. I startsrted with a size small garment and I'am now waring my xsmall, I feel like my extra small is getting big and I'm on my 3rd hook. I'm getting my small taken in I just hope it's small enough. Felling like I need more compression :/
As far as massages go I received 4 while at BCRH and I've gotten 2 since I've been back home. The first 4 massages I received were really creapy to me :/ I couldn't stand the way my abdomens felt while being touch or massaged but I dealt with it. In seriously such a baby I still don't know how I went thru with the surgery. I'm very thankful for all the wonderful nurses at the clinic and BCRH ( Carmelita my favorite, she's so cheerful lovable I looked forward seeing her every day. Carmelita was like my momma I felt so loved :) Susie I really liked her too she helped me shower and was very sweet. I don't remember the names of the nurse at the clinic but they were very comforting. The night nurse at the clinic was really sweet I felt like she was by my side at all times, my neck was sweating a lot throughout the night right after surgery and she rubbed my hair and adjusted the temperature.
Dra Cardenas is soooooooooo wonderful and just a beautiful person. She removed 6 liters of fat (yikes) and transferred 150 ccs to each hip 610 to one cheek and little more to the other cheek, I can't remember the exact amount. Dra Cardenas told me that I was a bleeder, she said had it not been because of my age and how good my hemoglobin was she would have stopped at my abdomen :/. My iron is now low but working on getting healthy again. I didn't know I was a bleeder although it makes sense now because hen i delivered my daughter I bled more than normal and ended up with anemia low iron. I didn't think anything of it because I thought it was normal to bleed like that or child birth, but now I know it's not normal and it's just the way my body reacts. Oh and I also bruised ALOT!!!!! My bruises are going away fairly fast which I'm happy about:) i also got to bags of iron pumped thru my IV the second day after surgery which I felt helped me a lot. Dra Cardenas checked up on me every day while at BCRH which I really liked.
As far as my results, I love what I see so far and I'm still very swollen I can't imagine how much smaller ill get:) my waist is tiny I never knew I had that waist hiding beneath my fat lol I also love my hips. As far as my butt goes it's still swollen on top but I'm starting to see it round up. It's still not completely round but I do understand it's because of swelling.
As far as this surgery goes, I feel it requires a lot of patience. Your body changes every day. I've been taking it one day at time and it's been working. I'm normally not a patient person but I'm learning to be now. So far the hardest thing has been getting my garment on. I can't get my garment on on my own. It's difficult for me because it usually just my daughter and I. I either have my friend help me or my husband when he is home. One lady thing I wanted to add ... A very very special thank you to Asianxdoll2 she has been dry supportive answering all my emails and any questions I'ved had
Playing dress up:)
Im Now 23 days PO And Woke up feeling more mobile. I feel like I'm at 90% I do feel wearing the garment and epifoam makes it difficult but totally worth wearing both. I'm wearing my small compression garment I took to be taking in, well it's smaller than my extra small but now it's too big. I'm happy because that means my swelling is going down even more but tomorrow in definately taking my extra small to my seamstress so she can make it smaller :)
I was playing dress up today and tried on an outfit i luckily had a before picture to compare and WOW I had nooooo hips and now I LOVE how it looks my booty pops out too!!!! I'm so pleased with my results. The size of my hips and butt are perfect for me, I didn't want a ginormous booty or hips just a nice portioned size for my height and frame and Dra. Cardenas made it happen. My only consern now is I don't want too loose much more lol. When I return to the gym I plan on doing minimal cardio and focus more on weights toning and squat squat squat ;), I still have swelling in my abdomen sides and lower back but I've been patient with my healing process. It definately gets better every day. I still get a little weird wen I shower and touch my body tummy back and down stairs because the swelling makes it feel weird. I mean weird as in the sensation, some areas that are most swollen almost feel a little numb but definately feel my skin reattaching to my muscle. It doesn't feel remotely close to the creepy jello feeling I felt the first week after surgery. I couldnt stand that feeling, it was creepy, un confortable I can't even describe it.
Best wishes and happy healing to all you lovely lady's recovering.
31 days PO
Loving my new figure!!!! I'm very happy with my results and I can't wait wear my clothes without a garment. I can't believe how much fat Dra. Cardenas removed. I feel like my butt is getting smaller but my husband has reassured me it's still big lol I think I'm just getting use to it ;) I love trying on my fitted dresses and WOW I love the way my leggings fit now. I actually have a booty and no camel toe lol I no longer have to wear shirts that are long enough to cover my booty or camel toe. I started using menderma on my 4th week as advised by Cardenas. I still lay on my stomach and only sit if I have and Im still using my boppy. I still see some swollen areas ... Not sure how long it'll take for my swelling to go completely away but I'm being patient. Happy healing to all you lovely ladies =)
36 days PO
One more week and I can finally take my garment off!!!! I can't wait, I'm starting to get a little impatient. A few days ago I started to feel that mild burning sensation on some of the areas that got lipo. Not a good feeling at all :/ I can tolorate it just very uncomfortable. I also feel like the epifoam suctions my skin like a pulling sensation. When I go from a sitting position to up right position my abdomen area feels like the epifoam is stretching my skin apart. Maybe it's because my skin has retracted more idk it's just not confortable. I spoke to Fatimeh last week and she said after my sixth week I no longer had to wear my garment but she advised me to wear it for as long as possible eiether night time or day time but after the 6th week I didn't have to wear it 24-7. Fatimeh also told me that after my 6th week I didn't have to wear the epifoam :) I have 5 more days until my 6th week. I will begin to work out once I'm done with my garment, I can't wait!
Starting Saturday I will be at my 6 week mark which my epifoam os no longer required for me to wear. Also at the 6th week mark my garment is not required 24-7 but I was advice to wear it as long as possible either at night or during the day. It'll be nice to not have to wear my garment if I have an event or gathering to go :) and enjoy the clothes I'm wearing without having to wear clothes that don't show the garment.it gets difficult figuring what to wear when you have the epifoam and garment. I love the way clothes fit now ... We'll I am now having the problem where some close is too baggy and some store only carry smalls.
10 weeks post opp
WOW time flys ladies, it's already been 10 weeks since my surgery. I'm feeling and doing great. I'm sooo very happy I went thru with this surgery, beyond worth it. I still wear my garment but not like before 24-7 I have gone a few days without wearing it. The swelling hasn't gone away 100% i have notice what Many of You ladies have talked about, where the seelling comes and goes when I go without compression for a little while specially in my puvis area :/ I'll post some pictures along with this update. Hope all you lovely ladies are doing wonderful :)