One month Post Op Dra. Duran - Dominican Republic, DO

Hi everyone! So I've been on here for a while now,...

Hi everyone! So I've been on here for a while now, but this is my first post. I found Dra Duran through this site and have read pretty much everyone's experience with her. As my surgery date is almost a month away, I'm feeling extremely terrified. I feel like I'm either going to die or be burned. I am such a HUGE fan of Dra. Duran and follow all her posts on Instagram, but I can't help but be so scared. I've had my breasts done, but no lipo. I think what scares me is being out of the country and not having the proper care in a hospital if something goes wrong. I've searched for doctors all over the US and their work just doesn't compare to any one of the surgeons in the Dominican. I figure, if I'm going to be in so much pain then it better be worth it. Speaking of pain, I'm the type of person who HATES being uncomfortable and I know I'm going to endure months of this. I'm pretty good when it comes to pain tolerance, but I've been reading so many posts where even women with a high pain tolerance can't take the pain :( I'll be going with my bf who isn't very happy about me wanting to have this surgery, but is still doing everything to comfort me. I'm trying to raise my Hemo 2 level since it is currently at 10.7. The other week I had some injections inserted and the nurse commented "Wow, you have thin blood". I automatically thought, "Great, now I really feel like I'm going to bleed to death during surgery!". I keep psyching myself out and I don't want to feel this way anymore! I don't know what to do :(

FLIGHT and Airbnb BOOKED! Still looking for an RH.

Just wanted to give an update. I'm a little less than a month away from my surgery date with Duran. The BF and I just booked our flights. Fortunately, we managed to get the short flights and upgraded to first class coming back because lord knows I'm going to need the extra space. I'm all the way in Cali so it's going to be LONG! I'm dreading going through customs. It's going to take forever :( Anyway, the BF and I booked an Airbnb for the last four days of recovery so we can have complete privacy. It's an apartment across from the beach. There are bars and a casino there so at least my bf can be entertained those last four days lol. I'm still debating on an RH. I've contacted Princess Recovery who seem nice. I read they don't speak English, but I speak spanish and my BF is fluent in Spanish so no problem there. I've also been looking into Visage Retreat, but haven't seen many reviews. Any recommendations? Has anyone used Princess or Visage?

Hemo went from 10.7 to 12.4!!! So HAPPY! I'm ready for Dra Duran!

I had my hemo tested early October and it came back at 10.7 . I was worried because I honestly didn't even start taking any iron pills up until 2 weeks ago. I procrastinated so bad and thought my surgery was going to have to be postponed since my hemo wouldn't be high enough. I went in last week to get it tested again and it came back at 12.4!!! I couldn't believe it! I spent a few days crying and kicking myself in the a** for not starting my pills earlier. I can't believe this is happening. I'm about 2 weeks away. Still terrified of the pain I'm going to endure, but I know it's going to be worth it. I'll be posting before pics soon.

Final CBC Test! Went from 10.7 hemo to 13.1! Booty Pillow purchased!

Hey babes! When I originally got my hemo tested it came back 10.7 (this was in mid September). I didn't start taking my pills until the start of November. I was procrastinating I know, but I hate taking pills. I then got my hemo tested on 11/15 and it came back 12.4! I couldn't believe it. Then came my final test done on 11/29 which came back 13.1! I am so beyond ecstatic! The pills I've been taking are:

(Once a day) Folic Acid 800 mcg - 100 Tablets - Vitamin B9 Made in the USA to Support Health and Wellbeing - Premium Supplement You Can Trust - The Inner Health

(Three Pills, Three times day) Nature Made Iron 65mg, 180 Tablets

(Once a day) Now B-50 Complex 250 tabs

I also started getting B-12 shots 3 weeks ago. I go once a week. Another thing is I cut coffee out completely which was the hardest part. I've had a cup of coffee every morning for years. Fortunately, I did get any side affects, just miss it so much.

On to the booty pillow. I didn't even know these existed until it popped up on my IG feed. Thank God it did! I purchased from a newer company called Happy Booty Pillow. Theirs look much sturdier and the contours are more pronounced. It was expensive as heck, but since I leave in less than a week, that was the only place that would ship fast enough in order for me to get it in time. They're located in the county next to me. It was 89.99!

That's all for now babes!

I FLY OUT TODAY! It's hitting me hard!

I FLY OUT TODAY and it is hitting me hard. I'm so scared. Scared I might die and scared that the pain will be so unbearable. I've had a BA, but I know this doesn't compare so I'm really scared :( Last night before bed, my boyfriend squeezed me and started crying :*( He's so worried about me having this surgery out of the country. It made me feel so bad because I'm putting him through this :( He's not a fan of me getting this surgery, but has still been very supportive. Another thing that has me off is Surgicoordinator. They never told me what time I should arrive for tests and they have my appointment time for surgery listed at 3AM. It takes forever to get a response from them and when I do get a response they only answer one of my three questions. It's really annoying. I wouldn't recommend using them, but that's pretty much the only way you can get a date with Duran. I found all info about when to arrive from someone here (thanks girl!). Anyway, I leave to the airport at 7:00PM. My flight is at 11:30PM and I land at 2:04PM. I'm all packed and so is my boyfriend. I'll be taking before pics when I get to the hotel to post. That's it for now.

Surgery day tomorrow! Pre op appointment. Got stopped by police here

We landed in the DR and rented a car because my BF wanted a sure way of getting around since the first two nights we're in a hotel, then switching to recovery after surgery for 5 nights, then switching to a condo for the remainder of time. Well while we were driving to my pre-op appointment cops here pulled us over. Mind you, EVERYONE drives insane here and forget about staying in your lane. People drive in two lanes at a time. Anyway, the cop said when we made a right turn we turned to quickly into the second lane LOL. anyway, he said we needed to go to the station to pay the fine. But we both knew that meant "hey pay me now and I'll let you go". It's the same in Mexico, which we've done a few times. My boyfriend told him "Can you give me a break and I'll pay you instead?" The cop says okay and mentions to give it to him low. Cop leans over and subtly grabs the money. Needless to say, that just ruined my day and made me more ancy and nervous. I've been nervous about this whole thing and being here hasn't made me feel any better. Certain things have gone wrong and I just keep thinking "should I really do this?". I mean, I am going to go through with it but I hope I get through well. My post op appointment went well. Didn't meet Duran today and didn't get my lab results either. My appointment was at 10:30 and instead of me waiting, they said I could leave and they'll call me if any issues with my tests arise. I saw three women leaving from their overnight stay at CIPLA. Not sure who their surgeons were. well that's it for now. Posting my before pics right now.

Surgery day!! Pre op pics .I'm in my blue scrubs waiting to be called in!

Been here since 6:30 am. It is now 1:41pm. Waiting. I'm nervous as hell and scared of the pain I'm going to be in! Ahhhh! I was given the blue pill but was told not to take it until directed to. So now I wait...

1 day post op - This is HELL

I know everyone says it but the recovery is no joke. Yesterday I felt great but today I spent half the crying to my boyfriend about why the heck I did this. After I got my pain meds all is 90% better. The lipo does not hurt much but my butt is in so much pain. I nearly fainted when they put the faja on. There is no way I will ever in my like do this again! I don't get how some women do two or three rounds. Its like they're wishing death upon themselves lol. Anyway that's it for now. I've been feeling nauseous all day.

5 days Post Op!

Hey Ladies! So I survived the 5th day. This day had some tears shed. They put on my second faja which is right as hell. I was finally starting to feel okay in the first faja and then they go and do this. On top of that, I had my first massage today and I wanted to die. I regretted having this surgery and cried. It hurt so bad! This has been such a tough recovery. You do feel better after, but I'm still traumatized. I don't know how I'm going to get through it tomorrow. Anyway, I posted a pic of me in a dress. My faja is underneath. I need a booty pic, but I have pads covering my drain hole and it makes my butt look deformed.

I'm finally going home!!!

Today is the day I finally go home!!! Never again will I leave the country for surgery. I miss home and my family so much! I swear this feels like a dream and I'm going to wake up at any moment and still be stuck in the DR for another week LOL. I honestly don't know how people come out here on their own. Thank God I had my boyfriend here with me. Recovery was tough. I had a lot of inflammation and I still do, but it's gone down a good amount. I'm sure once I get home my body will be stress free and my swelling will go down fast. Whenever I vacation out of country, my legs and feet tend to swell for some reason so I think my body is doing the same thing. Massages were hell because of the inflammation but my last three weren't bad anymore which tells me my inflammation is going down. I swear I feel like a kid. I can't stop dancing because I'm going home. I just want to scream at the top of my lungs. Pretty sure I'm going to cry when were finally in Cali. Ahhhhhh! Thanks for all the continued support everyone. Love you!!

12 Days Post Op - Back at work

Hey Dolls! So I'm 12 days post op, back at home and back at work. I am still very swollen! The inflammation has been hell. I arrived back at home on Sunday. The flight was pain in the ass. I didn't have any discomfort from swelling in my faja at all, but I had A LOT of swelling on my feet. My feet swell whenever I fly. And to make matter worse, we landed at 10:00PM but they didn't let us off until 11:00PM!! Apparently, there were some outages so planes were backed up and we didn't have a gate to exit. At that point, I thought I was going to bust a window open and jump out. My legs were in so much pain! Fortunately, the flight attendant from Delta kept checking in on me and giving me heated bottled water to run over my leg and that helped. There was also a very kind passenger that gave me a heat pack. I wouldn't have survived without those LOL. Once i got home, I CRIED! I laid down on my soft comfortable bed and cried because of how happy I was to be home! I never want to go back to the DR, ever lol. When I woke up the following day, I was so stiff and it was painful. I found someone to come over and give me a lymphatic massage. He was wonderful and really helped with the pain.

Today I am back at work. I was extremely worried because of the pain I was still in, but being here has actually made me feel better. My pain isn't bad and my mind has been so busy with work that time is flying by! I'm actually glad to be back at work. I haven't posted many post op pics because of how swollen I still am. It's making me very sad :( I know it's going to go down, but it's still making me very sad.

Well, that's it for now ladies. I need to get back to work!

Actual Details about what went down surgery day

Hey babes! I am now 2 and a half weeks post op. I wasn't getting too many details in on my posts because of how miserable I was filling in the DR. I'm back home now and at work so I have some time. Here are the details about surgery day and some things after...

SURGERY DAY:
Got to the CIPLA a little before 6:30AM. They tell everyone to get there at 6:30AM on your surgery day. There were 6 girls getting surgery that day with Duran. We didn't start actual tests until maybe about 7:30. They call girls in one by one. I was done with all my tests around 10:30AM. After testing, you wait upstairs until eventually all the women having surgery that day meet up with you. Some man began roll calling and then we were placed in our overnight rooms. There you are told to get into your surgery scrubs. You're given the blue pill, but told not to take it until they tell you so. I was a nervous wreck since they don't tell you what number you'll be for surgery. Duran explains earlier that she can't tell you which number you'll be in surgery because it all depends on when your tests are done and a couple of other things. I didn't go into surgery until 2:30PM so I believe I was probably the second or third person that day. They told me to take the pill and my boyfriend walked with me up until the surgery room door where he could not enter. We kissed and cried and I said my prayers. They took me into the room where the anesthesiologist because putting on my compression socks and asking me about myself. She asked if I was Mexican and I said yes. She knew I was nervous so she was making small talk to keep me calm. She was extremely nice. She started showing me a tattoo that she had on her back and cracking a couple of jokes. I loved her! The IV didn't hurt at all when she inserted it so I was pretty happy about that. Next, a male nurse came in asking how I was and he asked jokingly if I was Asian and the anesthesiologist shouted in Spanish that I was Mexican and I laughed then....BOOM I was out. That was the last I remembered.

ACTUAL SURGERY:
I woke up once which I expected. I've had two non cosmetic surgeries back home before and I woke up during those as well so I wasn't scared or shocked. I just remember feeling pressure NOT pain on my left side back shoulder (I was on my stomach). I told myself "move your head so they know you've woken up." I then moved my head to the right and I heard a male in Spanish say "She's waking up". Then BOOM....I was out again. It was really quick and I was back out. Like I said, I felt no pain, but I could feel where they were working. I was so happy they reacted quickly and put me out. Next thing, I woke up two hospital workers asking me to wake up and asking how I was feeling. I told them fine, then they placed me on those rolling bed things then rolled me back into my room where my honey was. He was so happy to see me and I was happy to see him. He was so worried and cried the night before because he was scared of me having surgery in a foreign country. Anyway, I felt no pain that whole night until about 4:00AM and that was because they laid me on my back and I'm not back sleeper at all so my lower back was in pain. The nurses at CIPLA were awesome though. They came in to check on me almost every hour and they gave me pain meds though out the night. Even when it was 4AM my boyfriend called for them to give me meds since my back was in pain. The nurse then came and gave me some. I knocked out. There was one nurse who was the sweetest thing ever! She brought me food and constantly check in on me and when her shift was over around 6AM, she came in to tell me bye and that she hopes I heal quickly. I had a great experience at CIPLA which I was not expecting since I read so many negative stories.

MORNING AFTER SURGERY:
So the time came to be discharged. One doctor came in to put on my faja and OMG! So she sat me up and I automatically starting feeling the pain. Then she got me up and I got a little light headed. Once she began wiping me and cleaning me and felt sick to my stomach. She started putting my faja on and that sh*t hurt SO BAD! I started tingling and they had to sit me down and fan me. I was going to faint. I immediately started telling myseld WTH did I do to myself!? It was such an awful feeling. She finally got the faja on and I began feeling even more pain. Then a gentleman can in with a wheel chair and they began wheeling me downstairs. Duran's assistant, Fania, saw me and another girl sitting in wheel chairs and she made us get up and scolded us for sitting down on our new butts haha! My right butt cheek had a really sharp pain though so I was kind of limping. Anyway, Nina from Princess recovery helped us out and we were off to the recovery house.

When we got the recovery house they went to get our meds. I then started feeling alot of pain in my butt. After an hour I broke down and started crying. The pain was sharp and I couldn't hold it in anymore. My BF then went downstairs and asked where the medication was at. They said it would be here in 5 minutes. Once the medication arrived, the nurses gave me all doses and I knocked out. That was the best sleep ever! The pain pills hardly work, but when you take all the medication together it makes you sleepy. I felt like I was on a cloud and I finally felt good.

NIGHT TIME:
I had to wake up every single hour to get up and walk because of the pressure I was putting on my chest and the stiffness you feel when you lay down too much. This continued for the first week then eventually I was able to sleep for two hours, then three, then four. I ended being VERY swollen so all the inflammation was painful and was causing me to wake up as well.

Well that was it for the first and following day. I have to get back to work so I'll get into more details about the days following.

19 days Post Op Pics

My swelling has only gone down an inch in almost 3 weeks. I'm going to be a slow healer :( My butt is healing great but my waist is still very swollen. My hips are 43" and my waist is currently 31". I'm assuming I should be going down to 25" which was my natural waist yeeaaarrsss ago. Crossing my fingers this inflammation goes down soon. It has been painful.

My waist is finally going down!

Hey ladies! Just wanted to give a little update. Today marks 5 weeks post op. My waist is finally starting to go down. I'm currently 29". I was stuck between 31-30" until I got fed up the other day and stuffed my lipo foam in. Results came in the following day at 29". It's been consistent now and I finally was able to go take my faja in since it was getting loose. My boobs look huge now which makes me happy. I'm still okay about my butt. I thought 145lbs would be enough fat, but I guess my post butt measurements are in the same range as others who were my size. My eyes also play tricks with me. I'll look in the mirror and think OMG my butt is getting even more flat! So I run to get a tape measure and nope it's still the same, thankfully. I know I'm still swollen and my butt will get smaller but I hope not that much smaller :( I definitely don't think all this pain was worth it. My recovery has been really slow. It's finally starting to feel a little better. The pain isn't as intense and I can sleep more comfortably, but some nights I'll need Benadryl to help knock me out. I hope my body will be ready for summer. I don't want to be lumpy for the summer!! Oh and I'm also getting the cellulite back on my booty which means it's softening. I know many women hate cellulite on the booty, but I love it! I feel like it looks more like a natural fat booty haha. Anyway, I'll take photos this weekend and post. Hope you dolls are doing great! My measurements are currently:

Chest: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips/butt: 43"

5 weeks post op PICS

I'm currently five weeks now. It's really annoying how swollen I still am. I've already seen 2 women who had surgery a week after me and their swelling is practically gone. My body is being so damn annoying. Here are some pics. My phone took some crappy photos. Sorry!
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