I am currently 214 pounds at height 5'5
I am currently 214 pounds at height 5'5
I am scheduled to have Lipo and my butt reshaped on 1-3-2017 with Mannon. I'm hoping he doesn't make my butt to much bigger than what is already is. My main focus is to have my stomach and back fat gone.
I initially planned on going to Cabral but after I booked my recovery House stay and flight his ass emails me back saying he not available that day after he initially confirmed the date. But it's cool, cause I like mannon work just as much as I like Cabral's. Both them seem to do good on bigger women.
I have tried losing weight before this surgery but it's been so hard so if I can at least maintain then I'm good. I was discouraged when Mannon's assistant mentioned a tummy tuck to me. I told her I'm not open to it and it's not an option.
Thus far working with Rosa has been ok. I sometimes have a hard time understanding her response to my questions. RealSelf and finding other Mannon dolls on Instagram has helped me more than anything LITERALLY.
I have been preparing for this procedure for over a year now. And when I say preparing I mean mentally preparing. The closer it's getting the more excited I'm getting because I'm ready to gain my confidence back. I picked up 30 pounds I haven't been able to lose and let me tell you, excess weight that your not use to definitely puts a damper on your confidence. So I want to do something for me and something that will make me feel good. My goal is not too look like a wish pic so I won't be posting any of those, I want to be the best version of me.
I noticed that communicating all around the board has been the most frustrating thing in regards to over seas surgery. While Manon's assistant is good at responding in a timely manner it would be beneficial if she completely answered the questions. I assume this is due to their English barriers. So I am being patient.
I'm traveling with a friend who is seeing another doc but we both want to stay in the same recovery house. However both doctors have only offered us the price for an all inclusive package. So I have been communicating with his assistant for the last few days trying to figure out what the price will be for everything except the RH stay because I already have reservations at a recovery house. nevertheless the process has been so annoying and the questions are not being answered thoroughly.
For people who are new to this please ask for a all inclusive price and the price of just the surgery if you don't want the all inclusive package.
So my doctor is absolutely against me having surgery and has suggested I give phentermine a try before going over seas despite me telling her I have tried phentermine before and didn't like the side affects of it. Not for any health reasons but for her own personal reasons such as it being aggressive and expensive. Little does she know I got the money already.
I have not gotten my blood work done, an EKG and at this point given she is against it I know she won't prescribe me pain meds for my procedure post op.
Any suggestions on what I should do?
Im a little over 30 days away from my procedure. I'm super siked and ready for this transformation. I'm so ready to see a flat back and stomach. I Have all my supplies just still have to get a few miscellaneous items such as a heated blanket and long t shirts.
Communication with mannon and his assistant has just gotten worse and worse and to be honest I'm too close to my flying out date to even deal with this. They stopped answering my whatsapp and didn't even pick up my deposit. I'm taking this as a sign of this not being the right doctor choice for me. If it's like this now, I could only imagine what post op care will be like. I sent my deposit Monday, called western union Friday and my money was still there so I had them refund it back to my account and I'm going to find another doctor. I kinda really had my heart set on him but there are more good docs in the DR. I'm considering Dr. Mallol.
New doc, set date and deposit paid!
This has been a ride to say the least. After the hassle with Mannon's assistant and the half ass communication it really turned me off. I honestly feel as though she was turned off by the amount of questions I had and she just all of a sudden stopped responding. Even sent my deposit and she didn't even pick the money up???? (I guess I worked her nerves)
Nevertheless on to the next! I have paid my deposit with Mallol and set my date for 1-3-3017. I have a appointment with my primary next wk to get my test done and get my medications here so I won't have to spend the extra money down there.
I have been reading a lot of Mallol dolls reviews and have been pleased with what I have read. I really like the quality post op care he has provided previous dolls with.
Any previous Mallol dolls out there with any advice on pre/post op care would be great.
Expense Thus Far
Procedure (my price changed since I have a new doctor) $2,950
Tourist card $10
2nd Faja- TBD
Compression socks $30
Upon my return I plan to look into a chiropractor office to see if they offer lymphatic massages as then I can use my insurance versus paying out the pocket.
-Plenty Baby Wipes
-A 45 pack of Maxi pads (the big ones)
-ibuprofen for headaches
-Dial hand-soap and a Dial bar of soap
-loose clothes and one hoodie
-small personal safe for my money and passport
-SS Tonic to raise hemo level
Post op preventative measures
I am on here reading about different dolls experience religiously. The reviews that catch my attention the most are the ones where dolls have had some sort of complication afterwards. My biggest fear is being burned and catching an infection.
with all the reading I've done some dont's that's I have ran across from reading to minimize the chances of catching an infection are:
Try to avoid showering while down there
Ask that your faja be washed separately
Take your post op meds
Get up and move around (but know your limits
Request that all nurses and assistants wash there hands and wear gloves before touching you
I read some women took Lysol wipes, spray and etc..
Hemo level at a 14!!!! WOOT WOOT. I fly out next week so I hope it stays this high..
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH FAJAS ARE FOR YOU? HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PICKING THE RIGHT ONE?
Pre op photos
I am less than 4 days away from my procedure. I have gained like 10 pounds within the last month or two with the holidays. Lord knows I didn't need to do that. My scale is reading at 221, I'm a bit nervous about my BMI being over but it appears Mallol is pretty forgiving in this area. I won't post again until I make it to the flat side. Good luck to all you future dolls out there :-)
I made it to the side, this shit is no joke. I hAted my overnight stay at the clinic. I just took a pain so I will update more tomorrow
I made it to the flat side on Monday! Recovery is not easy but it gets better as the days go by. I don't think I could of done this with any other doctor and I'm so happy I choose him. His nurses at the clinic are ok but he needs better ones to represent who he really is as a doctor and professional. I lost a lot of blood therefore needed a blood transfusion and afterwards I felt so much better.
Day before surgery
I was met at the airport by a man holding a sign with my name on it. Once i get in the car i call dr Mallol to inform him in in town. he was nice and thorough in his conversation with giving instructions on what to do. Because today was a holiday not much could be done.
I was informed not to eat or drink after 12am unless we have prescribed meds for high blood pressure or diabetes. I was instructed to wash with anti bacterial soap (Dial or Hibiclens) tonight and tomorrow morning before i head to the clinic. I was instructed to pay close attention on cleaning under my boobs and belly button. And arrive at the clinic by 7am
I get to serenity 2, which is super nice and clean. The rooms are live-able, there small compared to what you see on the internet though.
Today I was so tired from traveling all I wanted to do was get food and sleep so I ate dinner and to bed I went.
I was woke up at like 7pm by the house nurse saying the blood lady was here. I was not expecting that but because I was the first patient tomorrow I guess the doctor wanted to move the process along as much as possible. So she sits in my room and draws my blood. It took her awhile to find a vein but we got there. I did notice I had to instruct her to wear gloves. Luckily I have a whole box of my own but then the recovery house provided her with a pair. So she got the blood and left.
Day of surgery
the drivers arrive at 6:40 to pick me up as I had to be at the clinic by 7am. There is no wifi in the clinic so don't even think about using your phone. I can't recall the clinic name but this doc does not work out of cipla.
The room at the clinic was ok, not all that clean. (Everyone's definition of clean is different) The bathroom however is clean for the most part. You have to keep in mind you are out the country so do not expect the clinics to look like the ones in Beverly Hills or Miami. Even how they do things around here, it's kind of old school. So you will be highly upset if you expect anything else.
The nerving part is we were sent here with no one to translate. It would be helpful if they catered more to English speaking clients. Meaning having a English version of the paperwork and having someone available to translate. I couldn't understand half the shit they were saying. Just barely! And I'm the kind of person that wants to know everything.
I put a granola bar and water in my bag because before I left the recovery house and it came in handy.
The ladies keep telling me to relax! I'm actually fine just ready to get this show on the move. I told them y'all need to relax and have some patience. Your use to this, I'm not.
The waiting process is so nerving so u betta come with ur patience and lots of salavia in your mouth because you can't eat or drink anything and there's no wifi at the clinic.
The doctor came in my room and took his time talking with me about my health history. He noticed I gained some weight and that my BMI was over, I asked him was it a bad thing and he didn't say much besides just shrugging his shoulders and said yea it's a little high. He asked me what I wanted and marked me up. I told him to focus on my back and stomach and to contour my butt. I also showed him a few pictures of other dolls from realself he had done to give him an idea of what I was looking for.
My nerves so bad I kept pooping while I was waiting, which I guess wasn't the worst thing...idk! It actually made me feel better.
The nurses are just walking around talking in Spanish and talking to u as if you understand what their saying and I'm just here nodding my damn head to everything. The doctor speaks good English and being he's the most important player on this team we're good.
While having nothing but time on my hands to examine the room I noticed there were specs of what looked to be dried up blood on the wall by my bed. I asked the doctor to have the room sanitized and he had the ladies put me in a different room which was better I guess. It had a window so I didn't feel like I was sitting in a dungeon. LADIES bring ur own Lysol spray to spray down the rooms. This I do regret not doing.
Day after surgery
The day after was hell and I hated my stay at the clinic. I spent the entire day at the clinic because I needed a blood transfusion. I went in with my hemo being a 13.9 and it dropped to an 8 so I needed 2 transfusions.
His team of nurses suck ass. I couldn't get up because everytime I attempted to I became dizzy and my vision was blurrred. So I spent from the time after my procedure to late wed night laying on my stomach. I was so stiff and uncomfortable. This doctor needs a better team of ppl because they are not a good representation of him. By mid day I was cussing they ass out. They barely fed me and I was starving the next day.
At one time I attempted to get up and i noticed the tied my IV around the bed to prevent me from getting up.
Don't be alarmed if you hear gun shots too while in the clinic from what I've heard ppl say it's common.
The surgical procedure room wasn't that scary for me. I was woke my entire procedure and called the doctor name several times and he was peak behind the sheet to confirm his presence. There was another doctor in there that held my hand and rubbed my hand during the procedure.
I didn't take the blue bill, I had epidural and general anesthesia
Here are some tips
Don't be afraid to tell them to put on gloves.
Keep in mind u know your body more than anyone so if something don't feel right say it
Drink tons of water once u make it to the flat side
Bring ur own pain meds from the states
Bring plenty baby wipes
The urinal cup is heaven sent
5 days since my surgery
So today is day 5 since my surgery date, i have no pain but I'm stiff. You have to move around. My appetite has def changed because I can eat like 2 grown men and I'm barely eating anything. I am however eating lots of fruit and drinking lots of fluid, I find myself being hungry during the we hours like between 12am-4am and by breakfast I'm starving.
This recovery process has been a roller coaster ride. I actually cried a little bit today.
All I keep saying is why didnt ppl talk about this part instead of posting those nice ass photos once there 3-4-5 days post op.
I have a drain going around my waist line that has been killing me to the point it hurts to move and walk at times. It also makes the massages hard to get through. This drain should be removed no later than Monday or Tuesday before I head home. The drain has also prevented me from wearing my faja consistently because the added pressure causes my drain to burn and it hurts LIKE HELL!!!
The fact u can't lay on ur back is a nightmare definitely when I'm not a stomach sleeper. A body pillow to lay down on would of been perfect to bring.
Oh for ppl who are curious the blood transfusions are $130 a piece. Bring extra money u never know what you will need. Do not compare your journey to anyone else's. I have a few friends who have done this and all of our stories are different.
I noticed the massages are helping my stomach to look better. And the reality is you will get better as the days go on.
I will post pics soon ladies! Am I happy with my procedure yes I am, he flatted my stomach and back fat like I wanted. He also lifted my butt I kinda think it looks too big but we will see once the swelling leaves because I am very swollen still.
12 days post op
So It's been 12 days since my surgery. I returned home Tuesday the 10th. It was so nice to get home and shower. My body was so dirty from not being able to properly clean myself.
The plane ride home was miserable. My body swelled up so bad, my stomach and vagina were so SWOLL! It felt like Someone had blew air inside of me and I was about to pop. I was so swoll I was scared to eat or drink anything. Wheel chair service SAVED MY LIFE! Do no chance being in the airport trying to do it on your own. I did however walk through the airport in the DR which was fine because its small even though I did get a bit winded. Going through customs and all of that was easy!
since being home my body has been soooooo stiff.. again its no pain just lots of discomfort. I can't really bend and when I lay for too long my body begins to feel weird. I sometimes get these sharp pains and my stomach and back tend to feel hard at times.
I have a burn on my stomach, the doctor says it's from the faja I believe it's from the Lipo because the day of surgery after I was put in the bed I felt my stomach burning in the exact area the burn is in. I'm trying to just nurse the burn as much as possible and not worry about it too much because the thought of it stresses me out. My biggest fear was getting an infection or getting burned. but these are the risk we take with our lives when under-going surgery.
My emotions have been all over the place. Do I regret the surgery, NO. Will I do it again, HELL NO! This shit for the birds. My body so stiff I can barely wipe my own ass. I thought recovery was gone be a cake walk. The surgery part was easy, it's recovery that's a bitch.
Yesterday I went and got my first massage since I got home and it felt good and there was a noticeable difference in my body. For you ladies who have health insurance find a massage therapist located in a chiropractic office so that your insurance can cover the massages.
I still pretty swoll but the swelling is leaving slowly but surely. I Am also still Taking my vitamin C, folic acid, iron and pills prescribed by the doctor.
There is still lots of fluid on my stomach and I'm not sure what to do about that. Any suggestions will help! There's actually just this pouch of fluid on the side of my stomach, I'm going to see if my primary will drain it for me on Monday when I see her. If not I'm not sure what else I will do.
My faja is getting smaller, I came out of surgery in a 2x but it's definitely ready to be taken in. I hear the compression is good for the swelling and fluids also.
Welp ladies that's it for now! Just wanted to check in.
Picture of burns
Here are 2 photos of the burns I suffered as a result of the Lipo. Currently I have been treating them with Neosporin and keeping the bigger one covered. Though it's ugly it's healing ok for the most part. I'm scheduled to see my primary tomorrow and I'm curious to see what she will say. Any suggestions from ladies who have suffered from Lipo burns on how to treat this will be great.
17 days post op
Here are a few pics that were taken this morning without my faja on. I am still very wide and swollen. Given my faja is too big it's serving me no purpose at this point. After surgery I was put in a 2x faja, but it's too big so I will be looking to have it taken in this week/weekend. I have a pocket of fluid on the right side of my stomach and I will be seeing a surgeon in the states next week to have it removed. I was eager to step on the scale even though they say not too for the first 3 months due to the swelling and fluid But I have already dropped 9 pounds since surgery.
22 days post op
Hey ladies just checking in and providing you guys with an update. My burn is healing well. I have been using Manuka Honey and Neosporin. It's looking better by the day, once it heals I will be using Mederma for the scaring. As you can see my swelling is going down a lot. I contacted Mallol yesterday about purchasing a smaller faja because the 2x is way to big and he suggested I not go smaller until the burn heals, however I feel differently given the burn is not giving me any issues and I'm not getting the compression I need on any part of my body. So I ordered an XL faja off amazon last night. If you ladies know of any good places to order faja's please let me know.
Recovery is getting better by the day, I still have some stiffness and given the burn I haven't been able to nurture my stomach how I want too. Last week during my massage it hurted like hell when it got massaged. My back feels pretty much back to normal, besides the swelling I get. But my stomach is super sensitive and somewhat sore to the touch.
I have been experiencing sharp pains, itching, swelling and it's still super uncomfortable to sleep on my butt and side. I'm hoping this goes away within the next 2weeks. Other than that I been fine, drinking tons of fluids and still taking my vitamins. I'm actually planning to get back in the gym come February.
2 months post op
I am feeling great, I have started back working out. I am still wearing my faja which is so annoying I'm just ready to not have to wear it anymore. Despite the few mishaps I ran into I am pleased with my results and if I ever wanted a second round I would go with Mallol again.