MOTIVATION: I lost about 65lbs of fat more than 10 years ago! Yep. I walked around with all of the loose skin and rolls you see for 10 years! The weight loss left me with a lot of loose skin, stretch marks, stomach lines (from where my bigger fat rolls used to live) and some stubborn fat that exercise just wouldn't combat. Since the initial weight loss I got into strength training, kick boxing, etc and really worked on my upper body. However, I continued to be frustrated that my efforts didn't match my entire body. There was no way I was getting rid of the jelly rolls (quite literally as I am still convinced there were still some donuts from 10 years ago stuck in there! ha) of skin and stubborn fat. So after thinking about it for 10 years I decided I had enough and took the steps to say goodbye to the jelly. Plus I like the tight shirts that show off my upper body and while I looked good up top, if I didn't chose the right shirt I looked like a wrapped up Christmas ham below my pecs! Merry Christmas world!
Spectrum Aesthetics Review: I am not from Miami but I liked the work of Dr. Mel Ortega. I agree with others' assessment of the disorganization of the office but I was always treated with respect and courtesy while I was there. Also, if you are someone who constantly needs to be reassured or have a ton of questions or are overly nervous Spectrum may not be for you because you will be waiting to talk to someone, to hear back, etc. It didn't bother me that much. My attitude was that after waiting 10 years to get this done I can spare some minutes and hours for an office that is conducting a lot of business. It's no excuse but I decided after reading other reviews I wasn't going to change their office procedures!! Overall, I was satisfied with my treatment by staff and management and Dr. Ortega was upfront, honest, and professional.
RECOVERY: I am 3 1/2 weeks post op and the recovery process has been up and down. I stayed in Miami for 2 1/2 weeks and then flew back to my home state after my drains were taken out. I stayed at a Recovery House for 4 days and then moved to a rented condo/timeshare type property for a week and a half. I have the same issues most everyone else has. This is not an easy procedure to have. One thing that helped is that I have great upper body strength. It helped me significantly. Anything that required using my core wasn't happening, lol.
Ok that is enough for now. I am still swollen, sore, and puffy like everyone else. I think the lipo is worse than the tummy tuck! I'm wearing binders and compression garments (annoying!) and of I am sleeping on my couch that reclines back like a recliner chair. I think that will be my home for a few more weeks. Nobody prepares you for the emotional aspects of this procedure. I thought, oh I'm a dude, maybe these ladies are just sensitive. Nope. Sorry ladies, forgive me for thinking like a jerkster. You all are inspiring and wonderful. I learned its a human thing, not a gender one and this procedure surely does mess with your head. My emotions are everywhere with it, but although it's a little early to say, I am very happy I did it and wished I would have done it 10 years ago! I feel like I wasted my 20s living with that darn jelly!! :) I will update with pics periodically. Started Scar treatment a week ago. Looking forward to the swelling and bruising to go down. Patience!