Hi everyone! I am about 6 weeks from my scheduled...
Hi everyone! I am about 6 weeks from my scheduled surgery with Dr. Tania Medina in Dominican Republic. I am very petite - about 4"11. And I weigh about 125lbs. I decided on having lipo about 6 months ago. I am more interested in the liposculpture than the BBL because I have never been curvy. I'm looking to achieve more of an hourglass shape and BBL is just an added bonus :)
My family is from DR and my parents will be travelling with me. I will be staying at their apartment in Santo Domingo for 2 weeks.
I had a hard time finding reviews from women that are around my height/weight. I'm hoping this helps someone in their journey and decision-making :)
5 Weeks Post - Review of day before surgery and day of surgery
Review: I am about 5 weeks post surgery now. Everything went well during surgery and I had no complications. Dr. Medina and her team are well prepared and make the transition easy. My mom and I arrived to the clinic the day before my surgery at around 3:30pm. I was a little disappointed that I was not able to meet with the doctor that day, however I did meet with Loren - she went over everything with me and I paid her. I also met with the Psychologist. After I met with Loren I went down the hall to get my blood drawn. I didn't need a driver because my parents live in DR so after I got my blood drawn I had to drive about 10 minutes to another clinic to get my X-Rays done and pick up my prescription. I arrived to the clinic at around 6:30 am the next day and met with the Cardiologist (an older man - a little on the moody side). Then we waited about an hour to see the doctor, she marked me up and gave me the blue pill. I have to say this part felt a little rushed. I think she spent a total of 5 minutes with me marking me up and I asked her a couple of questions. I passed out in my room (my mom was with me and told me it was about another 45 minutes before they wheeled me out to the O.R.). I do remember waking up for like 3 seconds (not sure if it was after or during surgery) I didn't see any faces I just heard people talking and didn't feel any pain. I woke up from surgery back in my room - I wasn't in any pain. There are nurses that check up on you about every hour or so. I couldn't keep anything down that first day. Not even crackers. I got my first massage by Annie the day after surgery. She put me in my faja and I was discharged that morning.
Pros: Dr. Medina and her team know what they're doing. 98% of her patients are from out of the country so they have everything ready for you when you arrive and during your stay. I didn't use their driver and I didn't stay at a recovery house.
Cons: I was expecting better after-care attention. I had my surgery on Thursday and my first post-op appointment was on Tuesday. I didn't hear from the doctor in between that time. I guess I was expecting at least a text message asking me how I was doing. Something that I didn't appreciate was that Annie (the massage lady) removed my dressing/tape from my incision sites. I felt like that's something the doctor should've done. Also on Tuesday, the doctor came in to check me out real quick, told me I was doing fine and then left. It was so quick I thought she would return so I could ask her questions.. Nope.. I think the entire 2 weeks I was in DR I directly spoke to her for a total of 10-15 minutes. One last thing, patient privacy does not exist. I was standing in her office naked with three girls walking in and out of her office with people in the sitting area 5 feet from her office .. I'm not shy or anything but that's just something that does not happen in the U.S.
Massages - the first massage isn't painful at all. Annie is great at what she does. She has no mercy and doesn't waist time. I bought 8 massages and started to receive them the day I left the clinic. The massages are painful but doable... For some reason I had one small part on my stomach that hurt so bad when getting massaged. It felt like someone was pouring boiling water over an open wound under my skin. It was horrible. The rest of my stomach wasn't that bad. But I should mention I wasn't taking pain meds only Tylenol.