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I really just want my right waist back. I'm short...

I really just want my right waist back. I'm short and small. I only wear a size 6 in pants and a 4 in dress. I work a lot and with kids, husband and everything else I never have real time to work out the way I'd like. My husband finally agreed to plastic surgery. So here I am. Right now I have a quite from Dr. Leon. I am waiting on Dr. Medina and Dr. Duran. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for me? I'd really appreciate it. I'm so excited and nervous.

I received a phone call today....

Well, I am excited to say after receiving quotes from multiple doctors and a phone call from Dr. Leon; my husband has agreed that we should go with Dr. Leon. I am beyond excited!!!!! I have my tubiligation scheduled to be done in 2 weeks. I don't want anymore children; especially after all of this surgery. I can't wait! My husband and I are planning for February 2016. I will post pictures with my next update. Btw: after reviewing my pictures and me not wanting implants. My quote changed to $5,500 ????

Reality is setting in....

My tubal ligation is scheduled for next week. They have to put me under. Then I turn around and have to be put under again in February for plastic surgery. I am thinking of scheduling my plastic surgery in March to kind of space it out a little. Any thoughts? I find myself getting very nervous. Lol. I know it's probably normal, but still.

Countdown....

Here we go. I have booked my surgery and paid my down payment. I am booked with Dr. Jose Leon in DR the 2nd week of March, so I am pretty much down to 8 weeks. I am getting nervous though because after paying my down payment I haven't received anymore information. I am waiting to get information on the recovery house, what to bring and especially what to do before we head out there. I am touched by OCD, so I plan everything. Literally. This is really messing with me. But I am trying to stay calm. Anyone out there have any advice or suggestions? I plan to post some pics soon if I can get the real self app on my phone to work. I should probably look up some wish pics as well.

Wish Pics

Here are my wish pics.... I honestly don't think I need to have any other inspiration.

More wish pics

My husband and I purchased our tickets! Yay! I am so excited. My husband not so much. Anyway, we are staying at Dr. Leon's recovery house. Which I am excited about. I've heard great things. My mother in law will be there around the time I go so I'm hoping to be able to get my hair and nails done while I'm there. Maybe she can take me out to do that. Either way I will be posting my before pics when I post my after pics ;) until then here are some more wish pics. Btw: does anyone have suggestions of what to pack?

Shipment from Amazon

So in preparation for my surgery I ordered some items from Amazon that Dr. Leon recommended I bring with me. They are: underpads (to place on the bed to catch any leakage from sutures after surgery) , and lipo foam (This is on Amazon and they had the best price I could find. Apparently you can cut it and place in between your sutures and the faja to prevent chafing and irritation. I ordered 3 pieces. I hope that's enough). He also recommended I take vitamin C. More stuff to come in the next few days. I'll keep you posted. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Take care.

Another Amazon shipment....

I have received some pads that I'm thinking I can use around my sutures. I am really trying to take care of my skin. There are still some more items I am waiting on and others I have to buy. I am becoming extremely anxious for my surgery. I hear about the pain and I'm also worried about myself. Does anyone else get anxiety and if so; how do you deal with it?

My before pics.

I have decided to be brave and post my before pics. This is a big decision for me since I am so unhappy with my body. I cringed to send my pics for my quote. My body really took a hit with my last child. I had a rough pregnancy and was in and out of the hospital. I was mostly on bed rest. I don't think I ever fully recovered. Add me working and going to school for my masters and here we are. I'm blessed to have a husband that adores me although he is not happy about me having surgery. I am having a breast-lift (Dr. Leon doesn't feel I need implants), lipo front and back, tummy tuck and BBL) Anyway, this is my journey.....

More supplies....

Luckily for me I always buy stuff I see on sale or keep things that I receive in gift sets or what have you. So other than the items Dr. Leon told me to bring; I'm pretty good to go on my toiletries and whatever I think I'll need to keep me comfortable while I'm there. I'm really hoping my mother in law will take me to get my hair done and nails done while I'm there. (I know that sounds crazy. But my hair is long and so are my nails. And if I can get away with not having to worry about that while I'm there: that would be nice :) I'm thinking maybe closer to when I leave and hopefully feeling a little better. I am so nervous to leave my kids and my dog. I've never been away from my children that long. But so goes this journey. My anxiety is really bad. I really need to relax.

Some more supplies I have gathered up.....

Some more supplies I have gathered up for this trip and surgery. The days are going so quickly and my anxiety is high but that's to be expected. Especially since I'm touched by OCD. So I have 2 questions: if anyone can answer for me. 1) What is an epidural block exactly? And is that different than child birth epidural? My concern is that for the birth of my last child I was given an epidural and it didn't take. They had to give me 3 doses! That was for vaginal delivery. I am waiting for Dr. Leon to call me so I can ask. But wanted to see if someone here knew. 2) I have read somewhere (I can't remember where) about a pillow for your butt. Does anyone know the name so I can buy one? - Next I will list what is in this picture. Most I bought from my own preference and others I read we should bring. Here goes.... Brief panties (I bought a size up), men's tshirts, maxi pads, sleep aids, ibuprofen, laxative ( I like senna laxatives because they are gentler and do not have stimulants), stool softener, zquill (for sleeping), dove soap, razors, baby wipes, arnica gel, bromelain pills, dove spray dry deodorant, neutrogena face wipes, shower puffs,pajamas, snap front sports bras (a size up), mumus (I was told these are best for after surgery for easy access to sutures, faja, and drains). I still have some more stuff to get. But this is where I am at so far. I am praying for all of us!

More supplies and more anxiety....

Hi ladies! Here are some more supplies I've collected. Honestly this whole process is equivalent to a part time job. I am literally consumed. There are some more things I feel I need to get. Such as compression socks, a urinal, mederma, and a boppy. I've seen some ladies have nutritional drinks. Is anyone else taking nutritional drinks? Are they recommended and if so why? I don't want to pack half of Walmart with me if I don't have to. Lol. ~ I'm actually thinking of starting my own business helping women prepare for these trips. Maybe my OCD can help someone else too. Lol. No but seriously the preparing is what is mostly time consuming. I am also thinking of switching up my wish pics. We'll see. My anxiety is still creeping up at night. I'm trying to calm it down but I'm a worrier and a planner. Anyone else planning and preparing? Any tips?

Last update didn't upload my pic.

Real self app sucks!

Anyway, I chose to go with a boppy. It's way cheaper than the booty pillow and I found it for $27. I figure I'll only really need it when I'm at work since I have a desk job. Other than that I'm home running after my family. I also found some protein powered drinks to mix with water at gnc while I was there today. So overall I feel prepared for surgery. Anxiety is calm today; which is a good thing.

About 4 weeks to go....

About 4 more weeks to go! I am so excited! I don't want to hide from the mirror anymore. I've been trying to get a call from Dr. Leon but they say he's been really busy. So I guess this is a busy time for the doctors as I've been seeing that on real self lately. Well I appreciate everyone who has given me advice and such. I am adding some wish pics :)

Almost there....

I am almost there. After years of wishing and praying. We're going to finally do this. I pretty much have everything. I'm just waiting on my abdominal and back board from The Pink Room to be delivered and I'm good to go. It's exciting and nerve racking at the same time. I'm taking my vitamins as told by Dr. Leon. I'm praying for this to go as smoothly as possible.

The Pink Room....

Well I am about 3 weeks until surgery. Nervous! I received my abdominal and back board today from The Pink Room. I hope they show me how to use these in DR before I leave. Anyway, I measured myself today and my waist is 38 inches if I did it correctly :(

Almost there....

It's roughly about 2 1/2 weeks left and my anxiety is horrible. I also watched a YouTube video on lipo and tummy tuck. I shouldn't have did that.....

Almost there.....

Almost there. I went ahead and bought a small traveling safe for small things (So I officially have everything) I've been taking my supplements. My mother is here to stay with my kids and thankfully she's supportive of my choice for surgery. Anxiety hasn't been so bad. We'll see the closer we get. - Does anyone know if I should start taking the Bromelain pills now or can I wait until a few days before surgery? What's recommended? I also have arnica pills for after surgery. Not sure how soon after surgery I should start taking them. Any advice is appreciated.

Almost there!!!!

I received a call from Georgina (Dr. Leon's assistant) today and everything is confirmed for mine and my husbands arrival next week! We went over supplies to bring and I am good to go!!!! I'm feeling really good about all of the preparation and hard work that's gone into this. Praise God Almighty!

Just sharing some info....

I really liked this series of information that is posted. I thought I'd share.....
https://www.realself.com/forum/12-knew-before-surgery

In the DR...

My husband and I made it safely. So far it's been a smooth trip. We were picked up by Dr. Leon's driver at 3am and brought straight to the recovery house. I am meeting with Dr. Leon in a few hours. The recovery house is a beautiful older home in the capital. It's clean and the beds are comfortable.

Recovery house pics

Here are some pics of the recovery house I am staying at.

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This home is beautiful and very comfortable and safe.

Pics

No surgery.....

Well I had a tubal ligation 4 months ago and so decided to have plastic surgery. Got all the way here and find out I'm 3weeks pregnant. (I can't stand my sexy husband right now!) Lol. Now it's a question of whether the baby is in my uterus or in my tube due to the tubal ligation. Either way ladies. I can report that Dr. Leon is amazingly compassionate with his patients as well as Georgina. I got to see and meet some of his patients and they are doing great (some had surgery while I've been here). He does great work and is dedicated and passionate of his work. Blessings to all of you who choose him; you've made a good choice :)

Well here we are...

I ended up miscarrying after I returned home. My husband felt so bad he told me to go ahead and have my surgery. (He's going to get a vasectomy. Pregnancies are hard on my body which is why I had a tubal ligation) anyway, here I am again. Had surgery yesterday and I'm in a lot of pain but that's to be expected. Dr. Leon is amazing and so is Georgina.

In the flat side.

Some more pics

Day 2 after surgery....

Day 2 after surgery and I'm doing a lot better than yesterday and the night before. Phew!! Pain is manageable but it is not a joke. I hate these drains and I'm so ready to get back home to my husband and kids. Other than that I'm eating well and drinking well. No nausea thank god! Just annoying pain. I here every day it gets better and patience is a virtue so here we go....

More pics

3 days post op...

I'm still very swollen. My caretaker is washing my faja. I am doing a lot better today. Praise God! I keep telling myself "one day at a time". Right now I want these drains gone! They're painful and a b*tch!!! I also have an incision under my breasts; not sure from what. I absolutely love Dr. Leon and Georgina.

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This app sucks

This app sucks

First Post op appt and first massage.

So today was my first massage. It hurt mostly because of these drains that I hate! Did anyone else hear fluid in their chest cavity as the women were massaging? My massagers were actually moving the massage in the direction of the drains to watch them drain. They said it was normal. But I have OCD and worry about everything. Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you! XOXO

Going home!

Yessss! Today Dr. Leon and I broke up. Hahahaha!!!! Which means he took my drains out and said I can go home! I am so happy right now! This has been a journey and a learning experience for me. Dr. Leon is an amazing surgeon! I thank God for him because I am not an easy patient. (I am a spoiled cry baby) He has been absolutely great with me and patient. So far I am loving my results and I followed his instructions and everything was manageable. Of course every patient and situation is different. But I am grateful for coming through with my experience. I even managed to get to the salon for a color and blowout and mani/pedi today. I can't wait to get home. I will update this periodically. Blessings to everyone!

5 weeks post op

I haven't really updated. It's been a roller coaster of healing and emotions for me. But praise God Almighty I am starting to feel good. I even bought some cute clothes recently. So here goes.... First I want to say that Dr. Leon is an amazing and wonderful physician and man. I have felt completely confident in his work and his bedside manner since day one. He has endured my cry baby antics like a champ. Something usually reserved for my husband. Lol. But hey, for this Dr. Leon is in my prayers forever along with his assistant Georgina and my caretaker Anna Maria who I love dearly. Now to my recovery: I am still swollen. And whoa is all I can say about the swelling. I think I have swelled so much because #1 the compression garment was giving me so many issues I couldn't wear it too tight. My biggest issue is that I have short torso. #2 I might've went back too early. My job although it's a desk job is very demanding. #3 my incision and back drain site took a little longer than expected to fully heal which caused me stress because I'm a hypochondriac. But now that that's on its way to healing I am pleased. My incision is low although it's long. From hip to hip. But a small price to pay in my opinion. I have finally mastered sleeping on my side. Which is a huge triumph for me since I am not a back sleeper. I can see my shape coming through; some days it's more pronounced than others. Just depends on my swelling. Swell Hell is real! Don't let anyone tell you it isn't. Anyway I am posting a bunch of pics. I want you to see before and after. And keep in mind I've had 2 big babies, I'm 39 and I'm only 5 weeks post op. XOXO to everyone!

Incision and back drain site

Well let me start by saying that true love is when your husband can help you clean your incision, back drain site and help you get into your new compression garment and kiss you afterwards. God bless him. Anyway, so glad that today my incision looks to be almost healed! I had 2 small pieces of dissolvable stitches sticking out on both ends of my incision and today they popped right out while we cleaned my incision. I had another dissolvable stitch sticking out right above my butt (I'm guessing from the bbl) that popped right out also! Yesss!!!!! Then we checked the back drain site and that is healed! My scarring is minimal! Which is a huge plus for me. I saw my massage therapists yesterday and she says she has seen a huge improvement in my swelling. Which is great to hear! She's even said she's impressed with Dr. Leon's work. Which is also great to hear! Swelling continues to plague me. By 3pm I can feel it creeping up. Mostly on my work days. Watching what I eat and my activity level is a must. I do hope to get in the gym in the next few weeks. Well that's all for now. Blessings to all.

Updated pics

Swelling has gone down tremendously! I can't wait to get back in the gym and also do some hiking with my husband. I am really happy seeing my results coming through! My belly button is still swollen. I might try the marble trick. Not sure yet. SN: I am down a shirt size and pant size! I love it! Yesssss!!!!! (I only have to manage my butt. I need pants that are smaller waist but go over my butt. It's not as big as some might ask for but I didn't ask necessarily for a big butt just rounder and lifted; esp after 2 kids and age. I am really small framed. Barely over 5 ft. So I am happy to see he gave me what I wanted. )

Feeling good

Almost 3 months post op. Feeling good. Cute bikini. I'm not trying to expose my scar to the sun.

Body changes....

Soooo my swelling has improved dramatically. It's crazy. I've also noticed my bloating is at an all time high for about 7 days right before my cycle comes on which makes my swelling increase and hurt. I'm about 3 months post op. My body is changing right before my eyes. I've noticed my bras were fitting differently so I went to VS to get re-measured since I've been a 36c forever. I expected to go to a 34d since that's the sister size. Well apparently they measured me at 34ddd??? I'm so confused. I'm going to a different VS today and Nordstroms to be measured because I'm in denial about that being my new size. If that's the case; I'm prob going to get my boobs done next year. My scar is not so hot right now and I still have some tape scars. But the tape scars are improving. If anyone is looking for a great skin lightener; Divine Derrier is awesome :)
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon

Jose Leon, MD

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