NEW PHOTOS 3.5 WEEKS POST OP: tummy tuck & arm lift after April 25 breast lift/augmentation, lipo, and fat transfer to butt

APRIL 1 Although I have never had kids, my weight...

APRIL 1 Although I have never had kids, my weight gain and loss has given me loose, saggy, dimply skin. My breasts are also droopy. I contacted CosMed Clinic in Tijuana and have my surgery scheduled for April 25. My friend is joining me and getting a breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. Tomorrow I am going for my lab tests. Flights are booked, and I am really excited to get this finally done. My highest weight was 185 pounds in 2006 or so. I lost 35 pounds doing low fat/low carb and got down to 150, which steadily climbed to 165 by 2011. I did the Bernstein diet this past November/December and got down to 143. I am currently at 152. I know, I know, it's really pathetic. Anyway, I am hoping the upcoming surgery helps me.

wow youre doing all of that youre gonna come out looking like a BARBIE doll ,, awsome!!!!!!!!!!!
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You are really getting the works! Has your doctor explained how you're going to rest and heal having your tummy AND a BBL at the same time? I know women do it, I just don't understand how.

And you're not at all pathetic! You go up and down a little just like the rest of the world does. :0)

You might want to connect with Waiting to Exhale, who recently had a mommy makeover in Tijuana. Make sure your doctor is board certified and that the facility is very clean and up to date.

Please keep us posted.

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APRIL 5 Surgery is only 3 weeks away! Three weeks...

APRIL 5
Surgery is only 3 weeks away! Three weeks from today I will have had all my work done and will be recovering in Tijuana! How exciting. I hope I am not dying of pain three weeks from today.

At least I am 150 pounds now. If only I could lose 5 before surgery! I am working out almost daily, really getting my cardio fitness up because I want to be in good shape for surgery. :D
I just want you to know that I am having Pre-surgery jitters a well. I am excited but very ANXIOUS about pain and recovery. It's still what I want to do but I think it's jut natural to fear the unknown. We will make it through our surgeries and be back on here to tell it...all happy with our new bodies in no time!
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Thanks so much, the support REALLY helps. :D
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Deep breaths deep breaths. I know this is a scary time! We're here for you.

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Two days ago (April 17) I had to go in for a...

Two days ago (April 17) I had to go in for a laproscopic gallbladder surgery. Both the gallbladder surgeon and the plastic surgeon assured me that I was okay to have both surgeries within a week of each other, but I am not so sure! I am really bloated and swollen and sore and I only have four more days to recover before I hop on the plane!

Does anyone have any advice as to how to speed up healing? I imagine lots of sleep and not moving the sore parts too much? Every time I get up or move from lying down my stomach burns. I imagine next week's surgery is going to be so much WORSE! But at least I am a little bit prepared now! I keep icing my stomach and it seems to feel a little better as I am doing that.
Thanks Dream5! After having gone through gallbladder surgery this week, I feel slightly more prepared for all the surgery next week. My friend who has a boob job says I'll feel way worse with the plastic surgery, but that's okay. Pain sucks but it's more mental than anything, and I know I need to go through the plastic surgery in order to reach my goals of a way better body. It's going to be okay! :)

Oh and when I was on the gurney thing about to be wheeled into the OR on Wednesday, the one thing that calmed me down and cheered me up was thinking of all these surgeons and nurses and basically an entire hospital all studying and working and training all to help people like me. Everyone is on your side. Everyone - doctors, nurses, friends, family - all want you to feel good and be happy. That realization washed over me and soothed me. So think of that when you are about to go under!
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Feeling a lot better today. Every day does get...

Feeling a lot better today. Every day does get easier, so I am hoping it's the same with the plastic surgery too! Only my stomach muscles and belly button hurt (big incision there).

72 hours from now I'll be under the knife!!!

72 hours from now I'll be under the knife!!!
Good luck tomorrow!
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Hi Katie6030, I'm so excited for you and your surgeries. I had my boobs done in TJ a few times and never had any problems. I had reduction one time, went back for a lift and then some implants, once I got started, I WANTED MORE LMAO! I'm looking at your photo and can I just say your tummy so doesn't need a tuck! OMG, with the right amount of protein/ veggies/ carbs you'll have a tummy no tuck can EVER give to you. I know your surgery is on Thursday and I know your set on this but please go to BodyBuilding.com and check out the women who have had children and their stomaches are a mess and see how they transformed something they thought only surgery would help, believe me your tummy look nowhere near MOST of these women and they were able to do something with proper diet:) let me restate that the boobs are a given, no amount of diet and exercise will lift and fill out your boobies or anyones but the tummy is a different story and I think you have a a very nice tummy BETTER THEN MOST:D
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Drink lots of water, eat fresh pineapple and protien it helps in the healing. good to know this all went well and you'll do great with the next one too. Good luck with all of it!
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Surgery in 1 hour and 15 minutes! At Cosmed in...

Surgery in 1 hour and 15 minutes! At Cosmed in Tijuana. Dr. Quiroz is amazing and I am scared of surgery but very excited to see what he can do for me! I will update as soon as I can after surgery. So nervous!
I hope everything went good!
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Really hoping all went well for you and your girlfriend too. we can't wait to see how it all turns out..get your rest and we will catch up soon. 
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YAY! It's KATIE day! Good luck lady. Thinking about you too! :)
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Thanks everyone! The only problem was Dr. Quiroz...

Thanks everyone! The only problem was Dr. Quiroz coudn't do the tummy tuck because of a wound I had from the gallbladder surgery the week before. I am a bit disappointed but it's okay. This is enough to recover from! Dr. Quiroz is amazing, I don't have enough nice things to say about him for both my procedures and my friend's. No doctor could have been kinder or made me feel better. He has visited us in our Recovery Boutique twice and we will be seeing him again tomorrow before we go back to San Diego.

I'll write more later. Still very sore and tired.
xoxoxxoxoxo
Your girls look great! Glad you are recovering ok. Healthy and happy healing.
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Thanks everyone for your support. I am still not feeling great. I added some photos and will update when I can!
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TWO WEEKS TOMORROW So I am going to see my GP...

TWO WEEKS TOMORROW

So I am going to see my GP tomorrow to get my stitches out and the tape off my nipples. I tried taking off a piece of tape myself and the first one went okay. Then I took the second one off and it looked like a chunk of my nipple went with it, so I panicked and put it back! I am scared for tomorrow.

I am thinking of re-booking the tummy tuck for early July. Going to call CosMed tomorrow and see if I can book. I spoke to surgeon yesterday and he said my swelling should be 60% gone by now. I am looking forward to the other 40% going away! I weigh the same as I did right before surgery. Oh well, I look better I think!
Looking great! so you got breat implants and lipo with brazilian butt? How much the price for that and how many cc are your implants?
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List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others
U need a passport right to go to Mexico? I'm thinking about doing this. How did ur nipple heal? U said something earlier about it looked like it was falling off. Is it better?
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Thanks so much. Yes, that is what I ended up getting. The total cost was $5500. My implants are 450CC I believe. :D
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I have called Cosmed to book the tummy tuck for...

I have called Cosmed to book the tummy tuck for end of August. Not looking forward to having to do this all over again!
Thanks! My own doc said the right one is more swollen than the left. It's only been 3.5 weeks, so I know it's very early.
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They do look even and look good. Healing will take awhile. Thanks for posting for us.
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Your breasts look awesome!
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I have scheduled the tummy tuck and an arm lift...

I have scheduled the tummy tuck and an arm lift for July 17. Woo hoo!

Tummy tuck and arm lift scheduled for July 17. So...

Tummy tuck and arm lift scheduled for July 17. So scared! But at least By September I'll be completely done all the hard part.

I don't know if there is liposuction involved and hope there isn't because it was the worst part of my last surgery, but I guess it's for the best if there is. My back is still sore from the lipo on April 25 - that was two months ago! Still a bit numb back there as well. Breasts have healed a lot.

I am looking forward to getting this DONE.
That's what I would like to have done. You look great! Last year I had a breast lift and was not pleased with the results. Would you please email me so we can have a private convo kford11@ivytech.edu thank you
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I laid in bed for a week or two.
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I wanted to do those 3 procedures, how did u sit?
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I forgot but I am also getting an arm lift on July 17.

I forgot but I am also getting an arm lift on July 17.
Haha, I did! Thanks, I feel better but of course need the tummy tuck and the arm lift too. Trust me, my stomach is a freak show! I am staying in Tijuana the minimum he is making me - I think it's one night, possibly two. Not looking forward to the recovery but excited for the results. It's so great that we can do this for ourselves! Thanks for the support. Let me know what Dr. Q recommends to you. Feel free to email me - katie.pearse@shaw.ca if you'd like to talk more. :)
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Vacation! Sounds like u had a great time! Lol.. I can FEEL ur excitement .. I envy you! Lol && WOW!! Thats a GREAT price! U LOOK really good.. From ur pics it doesnt even look like u need all that.. If you saw my tummy u would puke lol!! I want a BA & TT .. But a TT more than anything.. I'm hoping to speak with Dr Q tomorrow or Monday we'll see how it goes!!! How long will you be staying in TJ after your procedures?
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You look GREAT ALREADY! I cant imagine how much better your gonna look!! Do u mind me asking how much he quoted you for your TT? I had a consultation here in CA & the surgeon quoted me 8,000 ... I'm really hoping on getting both a TT & BA with that price lol.. Ur surgery is just around the corner!! Woot! Woot! Can't wait to see ur after pics and hear ur experience with this procedure! I'm hoping to have my TT in September or February. :D
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My friend who was supposed to come with me can't...

My friend who was supposed to come with me can't now, as she had a death in the family. So I will be going through this all alone! Sad and a little scared but oh well. One week from now I'll be finally getting my tummy tuck!

All right well 24 hours from now I will be going...

All right well 24 hours from now I will be going to bed and waking up super early to go to Tijuana!
Goooooood luck today!
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Good luck tomorrow!!! I'm going in on the 18th....we can recover together :)
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Best of lucky Katie!! I will keep you in my prayers for a safe,quick surgery && a rapid,smooth recovery! I cannot wait to see how fabulous your gonna look!!
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Did it. In hospital will add day 2 pics

Did it. In hospital will add day 2 pics
Good luck!!!!
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Day two post op. Not as painful as I'd expected...

Day two post op. Not as painful as I'd expected this time around, though can barely keep my eyes open for more than 5 mins at a time. Stomach looks ridiculous - all lumpy and bumpy, so impossible to imagine how it will look. Thanks for the support. I can barely type. Gotta lie down. Thanks. Posted new photos.
Glad it went well! I think your tummy looks great! Rest up and happy healing!
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I am so happy that you took the time to post and keep us updated. I look forward to your posts. I see you have a lot of bruising but it looks great!!!
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ouuu i will keep checking in on you. good luck! Praying for you.
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Back at home in San Diego, thank God. Extremely...

Back at home in San Diego, thank God. Extremely tired, worried that my drain is plugged, really sore hot knife feeling on my one right side that Dr. Quiroz said is likely a suture. Need to nap every 15 mins. I'm a big bore. A big bloody bore! :)
Hows it going?? I was thinking about u today
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Thank you! Today was awful (see up a couple posts) but I feel better with the percs. Thank you all for caring about me.
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Omg your alone!!? Stay strong! I'm glad to hear someone is going over to take care of you! So your arms hurt more that your tummy? Wow! I would think the tummy is more painful? Did u have ur muscles repaired as well??
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I am usually a happy, optimistic, positive,...

I am usually a happy, optimistic, positive, easygoing person. Seriously. But after waking up at 3 AM in the most pain I have EVER felt, nearly a week after surgery, I must say I feel completely depressed. I cried and cried, admonishing myself for being so vain. For putting myself through such torture. For basically being a completely vain MORON. I wouldn't mind dying in my sleep right now. Every nerve is on fire. I regret the whole thing and am furious at the doctor for zero follow-up calls, not sending me home with any prescription medication, and basically not giving a crap about me. It is NOT FAIR.
How r u feeling Katie.. I hope your doing better! Praying for you:)
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How are you feeling? I hope you were able to get your meds and some help.
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Was thinking about you. Hope everything is going better.
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Just wanted to let you all know that I have a...

Just wanted to let you all know that I have a serious infection from the tummy tuck as well as significant pain from the butt fat injections. I have been hospitalized since Thursday on IV antibiotics and painkillers and it's been a terrible ordeal. I've been very sick for a week now (that's about when the infection started, pain of course since surgery).

Complications can and do happen!
Oh gosh I'm so sad you had such a bad experience. Glad to hear you recovered.
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How are you doing?
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Sorry I haven't logged on in ages. I feel like I have PTSD from that whole experience, this is the first time I have been brave enough to come back to this site since September. I am much better but still numb and swollen. It pains me to reread my posts! Thanks for the support everyone. :D
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SO FAT AFTER SURGERY - 2 YEARS LATER

So I am now at 185 pounds and don't seem motivated to diet or anything. Still a size 10 or so, but getting worse. Has anyone else had this issue?! And my body is shaped differently so I definitely CARRY the weight better, but holy moly, get under control you fat cow! :(
I know how you feel. I am 165 and I was 149 when I had surgery almost a year and a half ago. It makes me sad. But I still exercise consistently and eat healthy but my weight has stayed the same for over a year now.
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Mexico Plastic Surgeon

Dr Quiroz is a good surgeon but he sent me home twice without any prescription pain medication and I suffered horribly. I had to pay $120 to go to an urgent care centre 6 days after my second surgery and get a prescription for percocets. I cried and cried due to pain and have no idea why he won't give his patients pain medication post-surgery. I finally got ahold of him THREE days later (on the 4th day) and he called in a prescription for vicodin to a pharmacy in SD. The doc in San Diego said, after I showed him my vicodin prescription, "Yeah this isn't going to do anything for you." and then I landed in the hospital and my team her says the antibiotics he gave me are useless. I am fighting a serious infection!

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