I'm Smileysjs and I'm a mom of 5 kids. I recently...
I'm Smileysjs and I'm a mom of 5 kids. I recently lost close to 60 pounds. I'm 5'3 and now weigh 136. Even though I lost a good amount of weight I still have this wrinkly pooch on my stomach and my poor breasts look sad and deflated. I figured that I might as well get the fat put in my butt while I'm at it.
I chose Dr Cardenas because her prices were great and because her and her staff are sweet, god-fearing and compassionate. This is her message to me about the tummy tuck "This procedure will help me to remove all of the saggy skin above and below the belly button but mainly to do a tight muscle repair to get a totally flat abdomen and tapered waist. I am aggressive on muscle repair, always monitoring the oxygen levels while I am doing it just to stick on the safest way. I have done 8 inches muscle repair but I can envision for you a good 5-6 inches. This will really make a major difference on your abdomen and waist.
Also I would recommend a thorough liposuction to your upper and lower back, flanks, waist and a bit to inner thighs to prevent them to sag. Definitely I would recommend a nice volume fat grafting to your butt and a bit to your hips to create a better and curvier body shape, something fine and elegant. As for breasts, I'm probably in a size A and want to be a full C.
I feel very confident with my decision. I will be going alone and plan to stay at her recovery house for two weeks. I love it because their will be nurses on call 24 hrs a day!
I haven't done any other planning/packing yet. I'm just trying to save up as much money as possible for this trip.
So now that my review has published, I can finally...
So now that my review has published, I can finally add some pre-op pictures. I've emailed my family doctor to see if he can do my labs for me (no response yet). I get days where I feel like this money could go to better use. It's a lot of money. I have cut down on a lot of expenses, even sold my cell phone to come up with this money. A few years ago I was going to get a breast augmentation. But in the end, I ended up taking the kids to Disney World. When I was heavier, I didn't feel like going out of my house. When my kids had activities I would sit in the car or go home. I never felt good about myself. Since losing the weight, I feel like I've shed my cocoon and am ready to fly! I look much much better. I'm in a single digit size! I doubt I'll tell anyone about the surgery. I'd rather no one know and my results be natural. I will eventually have to let one family member know so that hopefully she can help watch my children while I'm gone. My son says that he sees nothing wrong with me and that I don't need the surgery. My oldest two are worried about me.
So for different reasons I had to reschedule my...
So for different reasons I had to reschedule my surgery for August 15th. Which is great for me..it means my surgery will be sooner! But I was told by the surgeon that I needed to get labs done 2 months before leaving. I've looked all online and when I add up the different tests it comes out to over $300! My family dr charged $200 for only 3 out of 7 of the tests. Dr Cardenas does offer labs there the day before surgery but if something were wrong with me; I might have to reschedule my surgery and I'd lose $$. I have to get these tests done: CBC, Chem Panel, PT &PTT INR, HIV, Hep C, HEP B, PREGNANCY TEST
Anyone out there know of a good cheap places to get your labs done?
I also realized that because I have to get my blood tests done in June that means I have to wean my youngest now. :( I hadn't thought about it too much; thinking that I'd wait till the very last minute.
Anyone used the Vitamedica pre and post op vitamins?
Well, I've decided to go to Dr Pantoja in Tijuana....
Well, I've decided to go to Dr Pantoja in Tijuana. I was able to get the same date for my surgery and I don't need to worry about my labs because I can get them done in Tijuana. I ordered some folic acid and floradix to use because I'm pretty sure I need it. I also changed the recovery house I'm going to. I'm going to Grace Recovery House. Lana, the owner is American and a sweet southern Christian lady. I did want to say that if you're looking to get labs done here in the US mdlabtests are the cheapest I've found and even have discount codes online. You order the tests, pay for them, and then show up at a labcorp or similar and get the tests done.
Anyway, I'm really excited. Things are getting closer now. Just 2 months 1 week left!
I took my measurements just now and they are:...
I took my measurements just now and they are: breasts 31 inches..I read that that converts to 34 A..? I wear a 34 b because that's all I have and I definitely can't fill the cup.
I can wear size 6-8 in everything. I did purchase a few things from Ann Taylor Loft and I can wear a 4 in that brand.
I found a good site that explains how to find your...
I found a good site that explains how to find your bra size. If I go by breakoutbras instructions then I'm a 32 A. I think that is right as 34 is too big. Anyway, I have about 4 weeks and a few days left! yay I have booked a flight, bought vitamins, silicone areola circles, epifoam, pj's, socks, toiletries,etc. I've also started thinking more on breast size. I definitely want to be at least a D or DD. I read of so many women wishing they had gone bigger and I don't want to make a mistake.
I've changed my date yet again. This time my...
I've changed my date yet again. This time my surgery will be done on this Thursday August 9. I fly in on Wednesday. I've been taking pre-op vitamins from makemeheal and also iron and folic acid. I can't sleep at night. I'm excited and anxious. I still need to find a cheap boppy pillow. I really don't want to pay $50 for it. I think I pretty much have everything else.
I got here in Tijuana last night. I've had my...
9 Aug 2012
Day of treatment
I got here in Tijuana last night. I've had my blood taken and EKG done. Iron level was 13.4. Everything is perfect. I've been marked up and they haven taken pictures of me. Dr says 495cc should give me the look I want. Dr Pantoja's staff have been warm and friendly. I'm not nervous at all and I thought I would be. I'm the only surgery he has. He is doing a consultation and then we'll be good to go. I just wanted to update before I go back. Grace recovery is very nice. It's in a gated community. I'm the only person staying and they said they'll be spoiling me. Everyone I've spoken to here speaks English. I miss my kids. I've talked to them with FaceTime which is a God send!
I'm 1 day post op and I feel pretty good. Granted,...
I'm 1 day post op and I feel pretty good. Granted, I do feel like I've done a million sit ups but other than that I'm good. I had 600 cc put in each butt cheek and 495 cc silicone breast implant. That compression garment sucks big time. Its so tight! The Dr seemed surprised at how well I'm feeling. Forgot to take a picture of my butt. That will have to come later. I'm not exactly speedy gonzales right now. I would say lol but it really hurts to laugh or sneeze or cough.
I had a follow up appt with Dr Pantoja. He says...
I had a follow up appt with Dr Pantoja. He says I'm doing really good. I came in walking about 90% straight and he said I should hunch over a little more. I was able to change my faja for the next size up and that is so much better..wow. I'll probably stretch it out but I really don't care. Good news is he says I'll probably be able to take the drain and stitches out at my next appt on Saturday. I really didn't want to take it home with me. I also had my first lymphatic drain massage. It did hurt in some areas but she was able to get a ton of fluid out. Next time I'm taking a pain pill before starting. Its really boring here but what else can I do but watch tv or read. I miss my babies like crazy. I bought epifoam and brought it here with me only to find out that they won't let me use it. That's a bummer. So I suggest asking if its ok with your doctor before purchasing. That thing cost me $40. :( My bra they gave me is a 38C. I was hoping for D cup. I guess I need to wait a while before getting professionally sized though. The ladies here at Grace Recovery are so sweet. Margarita is one in a million. Its definitely more than a job to her.
I am 2 weeks 1 day post op. I'm feeling really...
I am 2 weeks 1 day post op. I'm feeling really good. I'm at home and my kids are keeping me busy. They started school on Wednesday. I've been picking them up from school. I've also done the deed already! Didn't hurt at all. I also had to pick up my 19 month old a few times already. I've had to clean and cook and I've been grocery shopping. I'm sleeping semi flat too. I just try not to overdo it. Or if I get tired, I try to slow down. I measured myself.
Breast: 32 DD!! WOOOOHOOOO!
Waist: 29 in I still have a lot of swelling; especially on my back.
Hip: 38.. no change at all there. I'm not sure if it takes a while to see the results. Dr Pantoja puts the fat under the muscle. I have been sitting on it all this time. He may not have put enough fat.. I dunno.
I'm really happy though. I'm blessed to have made it through such an extreme amount of surgery. I really feel like eating healthy and taking all my pre-op and post-op vitamins have helped me recover so quickly.
Officially one month post op yesterday. I'm...
Officially one month post op yesterday. I'm feeling pretty good. I was able to take my first real bath which was nice. Dr said I had to wait till all of the incisions were completely closed. I'm in 28 skinny jeans. I was doing a happy dance! My boobs are still the same size. One thing that sucks is that the nipples don't have any sensation. My lower back and stomach feel numb still but I read that it could be like that for months and months. I walked to my child's school and back and it took me close to 40 mins. It felt like I was wearing a corset when I got back home. I'm still swollen. All in all I'm still really happy and it was so worth it. I'll update with some scar pics later.
Its been 6 months! My tummy is still numb. I can...
Its been 6 months! My tummy is still numb. I can feel just a tiny bit in my nipple area. Mostly when its tugged on. Anyway I feel great. I'm still very happy that I got the surgery done. My measurements haven't really changed. I do have some bumps on my scar. I've read that that's normal and that eventually go away. I'm just trying to use scar gel more often and massage.
Seriously no problems whatsoever. ::knocks on wood:: Dr Pantoja is professional, funny, and caring.