I'm so glad I came across this site and finally am ready to share my own story. Pre-baby I weighed 135 lbs. I got pregnant at 17, gave birth one month after I turned 18, then had another baby at age 19 and had my third child at age 20. All three were breast feed for about 3 months. After my third baby I weighed around 160-165 lbs, then through bad eat habits, lack of exercise and birth control, I blew up to 243 lbs. I was very insecure about my weight, I was depressed all the time and felt ugly but didn't have the urge or will power to try to lose weight. I knew someone that recently had Gastric Bypass Surgery and lost so much weight through it that I started looking into it also. I spoke to my insurance company to see if they can cover any part of it, spoke to by primary doctor and family about it and everyone all had the same answer...try to lose weight first on your own, and if it doesn't work, then I can try to get the surgery. I really doubted myself and never imagined that I could ever lose a lot of weight and keep consistent with diet and exercising since I never went on a real diet. I wanted to skip the diet and go on with the surgery, I found 'Weight Loss Agents' online that does the surgery for the lowest cost I found anywhere else (in Mexico), had several conversations with them and was ready to pay a down payment and book a date (this was March 2013). Right before I was ready to pay, I watched a Documentary on Netflix call "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" which CHANGED MY LIFE! I was then ready to begin my weight loss Journey on my own, without surgery and lost 70 pounds in about 6-7 months with clean eating and exercising.
Having 3 kids back-to-back, all breastfed, and that much weight loss my body can definitely use some repairs. My skin hangs really low from my stomach, my breast are deflated and I literally feel like my body looks like a 90 year old woman even though I'm still in my 20s. So I decided to use the money I planned on using from Weight Loss Surgery for the Mommy Makeover. My husband agrees that it is well earned and is so proud of my progress :). After months of research outside of the US and in, I found Dr. Mel Ortega from Miami Fl. I feel much safer having my surgery in the states, with a board certified plastic surgeon who has more than 25 years of experience, excellent reviews, and well known for his work. I discovered him while googling the lowest rates for this makeover in the US and came across CG cosmetics. I did learn about a bad incident with a girl ending up in a coma after having a procedure with Dr. Freiman so I researched the other doctors and felt that Dr. Ortega is the one. My coordinator is Blanca, she has been so great to deal with and is on top of everything. My down payment was $1000 and I will be putting down another down payment and financing the rest.
I am leaving to Miami tomorrow night, have a consultation Monday morning and am scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. I am required to stay in Miami for 10 days after surgery but Blanca insisted that I stay for 1 more day just in case, so my return flight is on the 24th of May. I am so excited, I have collected tons of wish pics. The part I am dreading is having to say bye to my husband and 3 kids since I am going alone :(. Which reminds me, I will be staying the 13 nights with one of the nurses Blanca told me about. The nurse will pick me up from the airport, she has a patient room in her home with a bathroom, she will bring me to and from all my appointments, take care of me while I heel and then bring me back to the airport when I leave. She charges $100 a night. Food is included. I will try my best to update my make over journey daily.