24 Yo Mother of 1.TT and BA - Dominican Republic, DO

I'm 23 yo and really unhappy and insecure with my...

I'm 23 yo and really unhappy and insecure with my body. I am wayyy to young to feel like this. I was never really happy with my breast and after having my beautiful baby girl at 20 my body is completely horrible compared to before. Longing to feel sexy and attractive again. So I've been researching/stalking this website I've learnt a lot from ladies on here so I hope my journey would help someone as well. I am from the Caribbean, I even work in a private hospital that perform the exact same procedures I would like to do but I have no faith in them or doing anything here .Initially I liked Dr Mallol but some of his work concerned me and I believe safety and care is very important . I found Dr Gocio after deep research even checking his International Plastic Surgeon approval. I sent my email in and received a reply about 2 weeks later. He took his time to explain why he choose certain techniques and answered my concerns, all even before any money has been paid. His assistant Karel as well is really helpful and this shows that it's not just about the money. I haven't paid my deposit yet till I have had all my finances and my work situation in order. I'm really excited to be get this process started

Finally booked!

I've finally booked with Dr FG for the 8th of February and I've paid my deposit with Relax Recovery house. Also my mom is going with me for support (she refused to take no for an answer it being a different country and I don't speak english). It feels like I have so much to do in so little time. Everything feels so unreal at the moment idk when it will hit that I'm really doing this. I'm excited and nervous trying to mentally prepare for this. Right now I'm trying to figure out a list of supplies that I'll need post surgery. Oh I finally got courage to post my before pics

Almost there

So it's a few days away. I'm all packed and ready, I'm leaving for DR tomorrow and the nerves are finally setting in. I will update about the recovery home I choose and the pre op appointment on Tuesday. And I'll try my hardest to update yall after sx as soon as I can. I'm not sure 100 percent what to expect with recovery but I'm just taking it a day at a time.

I'm here

So I arrived after one and the Relax Recovery house had a driver greet us at the airport and drop us off to the house. Later on this morning the owner Soroya met with us to discuss the day's plan. She is really hands on and helpful she had already called for the nurse to come to the house and take my blood for the lab tests. We then had breakfast I'm not accustomed to eating so early so it was a lil struggle , I've attached pictures. I'm now back from my pre-op assessment. Went to a different clinic to do the chest xray. Then finally to Plastikmedic where I met Karel , she's just as lovely in person to when we constantly message her. The cardiologist  saw me and did his check as well as an echocardiogram. Had to wait for Dr FG to finish a surgery before I saw him. I love Dr FG he makes you feel comfortable answered everything we could think of. If I say everything he said this post would be way too long. He took his time to explain the procedure even the risks. We decided ok the breast augmentation with periareolar lift more on one side than the next, under the muscles and tummy tuck with small lipo .Apparently I have a small hernia nd muscle separation he said he'll fix both no problem. At this point my hemo is 13 less than before I arrived but it's satisfactory. It's a little difficult being in a country where they mainly speak Spanish when you meet someone who knows both it's a relief lol. The doctor speaks perfect English and understands everything.  The surgery is for 8 tomorrow but we have to be there for 6:45. Well I think that's everything for now.

Update time!!

Hey guys sorry for the late update. My surgery went amazing. I met with the dr before and he marked me up, I then met with the anesthesiologist who questioned me and gave me a pill to relax. After that it went pretty quick, before she wheeled me in she gave me the drugs and before I knew it I just went to sleep. I woke up up freezing and feeling like I was wrapped so tight ,thinking it was the garment but the doctor fixed me up do good it was just me. They tried to get me to walk ,I can't recall how long after, but I was soo weak and dizzy it had to be put off. The doctor instructed for my mom to rub my legs throughout the night to decrease clotting. It was hard the 1st two days of the recovery the anesthesia didn't agree with me so well ended up vomiting a little and coughing when I got back to the house(very painful). Even walking was hard at first and let me tell you walking and water intake is major important after surgery. This Recovery house is the best they care for you soo much, so concerned and loving for each patient. I also had my first two massages , it was not so much painful but just a little discomfort ,it really helps. Honestly I was regretting doing this at first because it was hard to cope with the pain and discomfort I was in but now I'm extremely happy with the results thus far Dr FG did his thing! His hands are really blessed will keep updating. Hopefully my drains get removed tomorrow

Update 6 weeks post op

Heyy sorry for the delayed update! Things have been great with Recovery just personal stuff at work has me stressed. I caught the stomach bug a couple times lost a whole bunch of weight big depressed feeling for me I get a lot of trouble to maintain or gain. Hard month after the surgery but no complications surgery wise. I love the results. I still contact Dr FG if I have little concerns he replies as quickly as before. I'm now wearing the faja 12 hrs a day hoping to resume working out I was advised by Dr FG to hold till10 weeks.
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon

Dr Luis Fernandez Goico is such an amazing doctor. He really takes his time to explain an discuss with you every step, every precaution and details of your procedure. He does not rush anything and that made me confident he wouldn't rush his job and leave me with a quick fix. I believe he takes the safety of the patient to heart so much that he wouldn't put you in danger. That's why I felt comfortable enough to literally trust him with my life. He and his team are very attentive and they pay attention to every detail they truly are the best. I know I made the best choice.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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