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greenblackpurple Cancun Mexico

Sharon from Realself found me because I had posted...

Sharon from Realself found me because I had posted on someone elses post. I've been asked to tell of my plastic surgery experience. It had been 5 weeks since my surgery date when these two after pictures where taken. I will be 62 years old in a couple of months and knew it was time to do something finally for me. A few days before you go in to have your surgeries you need to Buy from Super Supplements, Natra Bio Arnica Montana cream (in a tube) & start taking Arnica Montana in pill form, It helps with the pain and brusing and continue to take it atleast up to a week after the surgeries but start using the Arnica Cream on your Face and Neck bruises & continue until they go away. It has been 7 weeks now and I still use a thick white moisturizing cream 1 or 2 times a day and gently massage my face and neck due to the lumps, bumps and raised lines on both sides of my face. This will also help hematoma's in your face and neck area.

The surgeries I had were:

1. Face Lift
2. Neck lift
3. Blephoplasty (upper & lower)
4. Rhinoplasty
5. Tummy Tuck.

It was a lot of surgeries in 1 day but even at 61 I was in really good shape since I had been exercising for an enitire year before I scheduled for this. My nose had been broken 35 years earlier and this was the 1st time I had anyone look at it.

My body and face is still swollen & discolored and will be for months to come. My Tummy is still numb and swollen but due to having exercised for that full year before I went down, my stomach muscles even at my age, after some of this swelling went down, were pretty well defined, I had my Grandson take the pictures and he said "Gee, Grandma's got abs".

I know everything will continue to get better, well that's what I'm telling myself. Like I said my face and body is still pretty swollen in these 2 after pictures but I'm fairly pleased.

Dr.Rafael Velasco (Cancun, Mexico) did the surgeries and I scheduled my entire stay in Cancun through International Patients Facilitator's CEO Sheri Burke. I found & paid for my own flight but all 5 surgeries Cost me $10,500 which included, the Condo stay for 2 1/2 weeks, all the transportation, all my medication, post op garments, a life long friend from Texas that was my room mate, & thank god for a room mate, & of course Sheri Burke, her wonderful Husband Eric & their 2 children.

If your anything like me and buise easily & I didn't think I would bruise this bad, you better plan on taking make up because they don't have what you need in Cancun. The make up you will need is one that will cover Tatoo's. When I got home I ordered DermaBlend. You'll need the DermaBlend cover creme, leg & body cover creme corrective (in a tube) which I did use on my face, a transluscent powder to brush on to set the make up & they also carry a primer tatoo color stick but i didn't buy it because i am now broke.

It will take me a year to pay this off but then I'll be going back to Visit Sheri Burke and her family, stay at their Condo & get a few more things done.

I'll try and post more pictures in August 2012

Good Luck to everyone else

My Surgeries came in a package deal of $10,500 due...

My Surgeries came in a package deal of $10,500 due to me having a number of procedures. The Tummy Tuck was just one of them.

I am 61 years old & I had been tiny almost all my life, 106 to 110lbs. I wore that bikini top until I was almost 50 years old. I had always had a nice body until I was injured and put on steroids (prednisone). My body & face on that medication were so swollen up, like a Balloon / Marshmellow and I gained a ton of weight because of the prednisone. Then I just seemed to give up & not care anymore, gained more weight & went from 106 lbs. up to 213 lbs. I got tired of the way I was looking, started to exercise, & diet. I firmed up my core(abs), and lost 77lbs over 1 year & 3 months, scheduled my 5 surgeries & just went for it.

I had my surgeries April 17,2012, 8 weeks ago. Now because of the weight lose I now need my Inner Thighs, Arms, & Breast Lifted. Remember, You've come this far, Never let yourself go from this point on, because your worth it (that is if your done having babies).

I still tape my incision & wear my 2ND stage body suit. It's time to start massaging my Tummy Tuck scar. I am in desperate need of that breast, arm, & inner thigh lift due to the weight loss.

I think for 2 months out, my tummy is looking pretty darn good for a 61 year old & I'm actually LOVING IT. It's to bad I'm not in my 30's again, I would be going out to the beach this summer in my bikini. The bikini top I have on is the last one I ever wore, DAMN IT, atleast I kept it. After the weight gain, I just never got back out there, maybe someday (with more surgeries) but by then I'll be looking for a 90 year old man.

Well, better late than never. I had to tell my daughter not to worry, I won't be going out anywhere in my yoga out fit or in that bikini top. It's just that I got tired of holding those 2 big droopy tubers up, I call boobs, while taking pictures of my Tummy Tuck to post.

Let me know if you want to know where specifically I had this done & who to contact for information on this wonderful Surgeon & Patient Facilitaor in Mexico.
I have already written a list on the do's & don'ts, what to take & buy while out of the country having Plastic Surgery.
What an experience, you just never know until you go through it.

Take Care & Heal Well

I have posted Tummy Tuck pictures under...

I have posted Tummy Tuck pictures under greenblackpurple Tummy Tuck.

I was asked about hematoma's & the healing process...

I was asked about hematoma's & the healing process. Yes, I did have hematoma's in my neck & nose & they will slow up the healing process. It's been 5 months now & the stingling & hurt to the touch of my face has gone down to a tingling sensation at this point. That the Lumps, bumps, & bruisning will all smooth out. It just takes time. The healing process is long but worth it if it's done right the first time. If you're going out of the country to have this done I have a list of things to think about, how to heal quicker, what to buy while there, & how to save some money. Basically the DO'S & DON'Ts based on my mistakes & how I'd do it differently.
Dr. Rafael Velasco (Cancun, Mexico)

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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What are your do and don't that you mentioned? Thanks, liz
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Thank you very much for your latest update about the hematomas that you developed after surgery and also for writing a great review!

I've read through your review twice and can't find any reference to how long your surgery was. How many hours did it take to do 5 surgeries at all once? Thanks again. :)
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There is so much suspicious activity associated with this place in Can Cun. I know that Sherie Burke, the facilitator fraudulently writes the reviews. It is found out that no one is getting anything more than an overpriced thread lift which will fail over time.
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Hi greenblackpurple - Oh no, I don't see your facelift pictures anymore. Is there a reason you removed them? I'm a little confused by location of your surgery at the top of your review. Did you have your surgery in Cancun or the USA?

I felt your pictures were extremely helpful as they revealed a detailed timeline of your experience and how much bruising/swelling/lumps you had during your recovery. I hope your add them back. Based on the degree of your bruising did you have any hematomas develop after your surgery?
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Not sure why you are questioning why she removed her photos? It seems you are not congratulating her on success . Its all about the bruising/swelling and lumps...
Seems you want to find out where she had her surgery? Is very important.
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Do yourself a favor and find another hobby. You're behaving like a horrible TROLL. I made it very clear in my comment why I thought her pictures were helpful and simply asked why she decided to remove them.

It's impossible to congratulate someone on their facelift 'success' when you have no idea what they look like. You need pictures for that, right?{eyeball roll}
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Believenow! I really wonder who you are? Are you S...e?
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I'm doing fine but how are you feeling? How did the tt go you said you've were dealing with Hematoma's etc. right? I hope you took progress pictures. I've been waiting to see. I'm 4 months out today. Still have tingling & some pain in my face & my tt scar is looking a little better. Still swollen & numb in the tummy but just not as much. Let me know how you're doing, waiting to hear.
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hello how u be doin
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No pictures yet, I didn't want to give a full review until I have healed up a bit. I am in Cancun right now at the condo. recovering everyday the bruises show up a little worse but the swelling is better I would be glad to email pictures to anyone.
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I'm here now and pretty bruised myself, Not quite as bad as you but running a close second. So funny what you said about the children at the clinic because when I was leaving a little girl was starring at me pretty wide eyed so I tried to calm her by saying hello and just made it worse. It was kinda funny, But wanted to thank you for your story it's quite encouraging and I needed that right about now. Your afters are fantastic.
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Thank you for commenting. Hope everything is going well for you. It's almost 2:30 am & I'm about ready to go to bed so I haven't had a chance to go through the site to look for your posts. Where did you have it done? Do you have any pictures posted?
Well I've got to work early in the morning, got to go before I fall over.
Take care & heal well
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yes i would agree with mich7 get that bikini on you look fabulous
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GBP..... Did you have scabs? And what looked like craters when they came off? I am two weeks in and encouraged by the transformation but dealing with sores from hematomas. I am 16 days post op.
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not certain why you would not wear a bikini you look fabulous well done
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Wow, I'm amazed how courageous you were to have that many surgeries one time. You look younger and in few weeks you will be able to see the new you. You look fantastic. I'm happy to hear you have had this great experience. I wish you will update your pics. I used to buy my DermaBlend from Macy's,now I'll check the Amazon. Thank you
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you look great i say in your 40s u should be happy i love 2 look like that at 61
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If you look at my photos. I am not being vain just so happy with the results. I look refreshed and much younger like I was in my 40;s. Remember I am 60 LOL
I am now almost 3 months and every week things changed. Less swelling, feeling coming back, internal bruising not so sensitive. This can up be up to a year and I am ok with that. I used Dermablend for bruising which I had on my neck and really worked. Took the edge off.
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Where do you buy Dermablend ? Until I read Real Self,I had no idea recovery would take
so long.how long before I look normal ? Thank you for taking the time to post a comment.
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I wonder if Dr.Burns did a neck lift on me as well,My neck is bruised and I have surgery
scars far down almost to my chest.My face looks good but my neck and chest look
terrible.
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You get dermablend at Shoppers Drug Mart. Here in Canada
Wonder why you have scars on your neck and chest? Usually they are hidden in the scalp and inside ear and behind the ear. I would call and ask him
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I didn't know about Realself until after my surgeries & I certainly didn't know about the true reality of the extent of bruising there could be & a very long recovery. It's now just sinking in. You can buy DemaBlend from Macy's BUT I bought mine from Amazon for 1/3 the price.
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Hi,
You're over a month out on me & I'm just hoping I continue to get better also. You continue to look younger as the time goes by. Your pictures look GREAT. Glad your happy
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I ask Dr.Burns and I did have a neck lift.Do doctors give you a lower face lift and a
neck lift as part of the surgery? are they just a normal surgery when you get a lower
face lift ? Dr Burns didn't charge me for the neck lift so that is why I wonder if they
always give you both ?
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Dr.Jay Burns in Dallas Texas did a lower facelift on me June5-12,I had a Brow lift last year
I am 50 and very pleased with both surgery's I have a lot of bruising on my neck.I go to
stores and people ask what happened to me.How long will it be before I look normal and
can wear makeup ? I was very pretty when I was young,Will the surgery make me look
like I did when I was young ? .
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