Hi everyone. I'm new to this and I guess I want to start blogging my process. I'm 31, I've always been athletic build the majority of my life but after having my son back in 2005 my belly stretched out too far and after I gave birth I had saggy skin and a little bulge. I didn't get any work done then because I was only 24 & eventually wanted to have at least one more child. So in 2011 I had my daughter and I guess that pregnancy finished ruining my belly. With the pregnancy of my daughter I ended up developing an umbilical hernia and I lost all my baby weight but I still look like I'm 3 months pregnant due to the bulge and the hernia. I returned back to me size 5 jeans but I often get asked how far along am I. Not exactly how I want to feel considering that I was always thin build my whole life.
So I've been contemplating for a few years in getting the works done. I even went thru the process and had a tubal ligation (Tied my tubes) done on October 3rd, 2012 just to ensure that I will not be having anymore children. I did some research here in New York and I saw a few doctors charging CRAZY expensive prices. One doctor in Manhattan, really amazing work, top of the line quoted $18,000 for the Mommy Makeover plus I had to pay a non refundable $150. just for the consultation regardless if I was going to have him preform the surgery, so I took a loss of $150. Then I went to a general surgeon because I figured that I might was well take care of my umbilical hernia because my insurance covers it & he referred me to a plastic surgeon that he's worked with. The surgeon was very nice but he quoted me $8000. just for a tummy tuck alone.
My last and final attempt was with a plastic surgeon that my manager had her tummy tuck done with but he quoted my $16,000 for the Mommy Makeover so I decided to find out about plastic surgery in Dominican Republic. I inquired with a few friends & it happens that I met quite a few people that had work done. One of my friends has a relative that went & had the Mommy Makeover done by Dr. Cabral a few years back but after doing research & the drama behind with him & mal practice, he's crossed off the list. I've had a few other friends that have gotten work done by other doctors but the surgeries weren't impressive so i got onto RealSelf & after reading a few blogs I kinda narrowed it down. One of my friends is going to DR in April 2013 to have her tummy tuck done also by Dr. Serulle but I can't find any of his work nor any testimonies. I'm deciding between Dr. Nelson Rubio & Dr. Walkiris Robles. I like both surgeons work but I'm scared. The most I'm anticipating spending is $8000., which Dr. Rubio quoted me $7900. for the Mommy Makeover & Dr. Robles quoted me $6300. I'm not trying to cut corners just because of the money but I want an amazing result without any fatality. The bonus of Dr. Robles is that she offers a package deal including the recovery house. I'm kind of looking for some more I guess testimonies or feedback so I could finalize my decision would be so great. For sure I'm going to have my surgery done in DR, in April just haven't decided with who. I will be blogging my journey till the end result. *Wish Me Luck*