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OMGEEE!!! I finally DID it! I FINALLY PUT A...

OMGEEE!!! I finally DID it! I FINALLY PUT A DEPOSIT ON MY MOMMY MAKE OVER!! This was a very strongly mind battling thing for me for about 8 or more years. Not to mention, I had baby fever up until this year. Keep in mind, my oldest is 20 and my youngest is 18. LOL! I just turned 38 and decided to get over that baby fever and start on with my new and improve life. I gained and lost weight after having both kids. However, that kangaroo pouch (stomach) just didn’t seem to want to go away. I wasn’t tripping about it because I was a fun size after having both boys so it didn’t bother me. It wasn’t until I moved from one state to another and got out of a miserable relationship, I became happy and went on an eating spree and put on 100 pds in one year. I went from 170 to 310 pds. For about 7 years I stayed in between 290 – 310pds. 2 years ago, I was disgusted not only with my weight but my body. Although the pounds didn’t show to everyone because of my height, I knew what I was and what I was used to. So I decided to do something about it and that was working out and eating right. I ended up losing about 80 pds and still losing. However, my stomach and boobs is just not working for me. SOOOO one night I was searching for some good plastic surgeons in Georgia and happened to stumble upon realself and I was in something like Heaven. And just reading some of the ladies life experience, journey and seeing before and after pics of their body and the doctor who did the surgery I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing and the prices that they paid blew my mind. However, it was one Doctor that just kept blowing my mind with his results and reviews. I was given many doctors to look up and I did. I read reviews, I looked at before and after pictures and most importantly for me (I am not racist) I needed to see a doctor that can work on African American ladies and this doctor just kept popping up. Well I finally made up my mind and put my deposit down today for Dr. Mel Ortega at Imagnes Plastic Surgery and the special I receive for the Mommy Makeover was a no brainer. Here were I live for the same procedures (and not so good results) they want close to $15,000. I am very excited but still nervous so I am going to on realself for motivation. Luckily for me, I am original from Miami and all my friends and family are there so I wouldn’t need to spend money on hotels, etc… I am just so excited I found this site.

Imagenes Plastic Surgery vs Spectrum - Dr. Ortega

I need some advice. Okay, I spoke with Liz at Spectrum and before I decided to put a deposit at Imagenes, I told her that they are giving me the Mommy Makeover for $6000 at Imagenes with the same Doctor (Dr. Ortega) can she give me the same price at Spectrum. She told me "no love, $7300 is the price." I said okay, thank you! I called Imagenes and put my deposit down and told Liz, Dr. Ortega will be doing my surgery at Imagenes for $6000. She just emailed me and said, if they gave me the same price, would I do it there? I know he is full-time at Spectrum and on call at Imagenes. However, the surgical coordinator at Imagenes has been nothing but professional and nice. So I don't know what to do at this point. How is both facilities and each facilities cons and pros? One of the pros for me at Spectrum is that he is there full-time.

My wish tummy pics

Customer Services is dead!

I mean what is going on with customer services today. I am trying to pay on my balance and have sent authorize form, call the account department to take the payment and it's like they don't want my money. I had to call them 3 times to take the payment. I mean I have read reviews about Spectrum and their customer service but I feel like I'm pushing something that shouldn't be push. I don't know. I'm thinking twice about this.

Recovery House

Soon I have been reading a ton of posts on RS and mainly about the recovery house. I'm originally from Miami, but live in Atlanta. So I'm driving down to have my sx. My entire family is in Miami and I know the can help me, but do you guys think it's best to go to the recovery house after my SX?

More wish pics

More wish pics

More wish pics

Looking for SX buddy

Anyone having surgery 07/31/2017? I'm schedule with Dr. Ortega. I changed my date 3 times due to my job, but I told them this is the last time. So I'm looking for a surgery buddy. I'm coming from ATL, GA.

109 days to go... I can't wait - Supplies needed

I'm have a breast reduction/Lift & Extended TT. What mandatory supplies do I need to make this a success?

More wish pics- MMO

These are Dr. Ortega work his self.

My future PS... Dr. Ortega

Can't wait to meet this artist.

More MMO wish pics of Dr. Ortega's work

This man is truly an artist.

Wish Pics- Mommy Makeover-

More of Dr. Ortega's work

More wish pics- How I want my breasts to look

The look I'm praying for or better...

More wish pics

I love how her line is cut.. Very clean and meat.

My coordinator

I must say my coordinator Liz has been extremely helpful and patience with me. Yes, she has provided me with info and has also make sure all emails and phone communication is answered..I hear a lot of ladies complain about not getting information but in all honesty most info is in your contract or pre-op ininstructions. I truly felt bad sending her an aggressive email (before rereading my contract) and after I sent her the email, I went to read my contract and pre-op instructions and most of the stuff I asked her was on it. Ladiex before you snap or day you not getting help from your coordinator, please read your contract and pre-op instructions. As we all want to be the only patient they talk too, we have to face reality that we are not and also have to take responsibility on our part to be alert, truthful and not hide anything from the coordinator or doctors... Just my 2 cents...

Do's and Dont's by Spectrum

So Liz is getting me. Lol! She sent this to me back in October and showing me where I signed. Lol! She says everyone that is doing cosmetic surgery should have gotten this and signed it at Spectrum. I reread it and saw what i need to take to keep my hemoglobin level up. Mind you i have been stressing myself out trying to find things to make sure my hemoglobin will be good for surgery and it was right in my face all this time...

Count down begins

B4 pics

I'm a very private person. I won't be posting pics of me before in after. I can message them to you but my husband would kill me (not literally) if he saw my naked bod on the internet.

My supplies list

So below is my supplies list I gathered just from seeing on here what other ladies have in there list. Since I'm have Breast Reduction/lift, TT, MR and Lipo, I want to make sure I have everything I need. Somethings on the list I may need or may not need or haven't add to my list. Ladies this is where I look for you to say, yay or nah....

1. Abisolm- Sleeping pills
2. Multivatimins
3. Butterfly Closure Bandage
4. Triple Antibotic Ointment
5. Non- latex gloves
6. First aid tape
7. Adult Wash clothes most wipes
8. chic
9. dulcolax laxative suppositories
10. Muscle relaxer pills
11. Muscle pain & stiffness relief gel
12. heating pad - a little scared about this
13. large gauze pads
14. 3 maxi dresses
15. Bromelain
16. Ear Plugs
17. abdominal support flattening Lipo board
18. Manuka oil
19. Palmer formula skin therapy oil
20. scar away treatment strips
21. Hibiclens
22. Arnica gel
23. Arnica 30c pills

Anxiety attack

So I'm at this stage where nerves are quicking it. At first I was super excited and nervous! Now I'm feeling nervous.. I'm not going to back out but i am feeling nervous because of the pain. I'm going to be slice and lipo top to bottom. Lol! Although, I am reading a ton of these ladies reviews on how pain or their comfort level, I must say we are some strong humans!!

I got 99 problems and losing weight is 1

When I paid my deposit back last year all I needed to lose was 30 pounds to be at the right bmi for Dr. Ortega. I went to the weightlosd doctor Saturday to get phentermine pills and b12 shot just to find out I GAIN 30 extra pounds. I wanted to cry! So now I have 99 days to lose 60 damn pounds and I'm stressing out on how I'm going to accomplish that in a healthy manner.... Any suggestions ladies will be greatly appreciated. I don't want to change my surgery date...

Liquid Diet

So last Saturday I went to the weight loss doctor just to find out I gained 20 pounds in 2 months. I ended up being 287. I got so damn down, nervous, anxious all of the above. My surgery is schedule in 93 days and I need to be below 230pds. I was reading online about this liquid diet that doctors have the sleeve patients do for 2 weeks prior to their surgery. I decided to try it and I must say the first 3 days were HELL but i pushed it through. I took multivitamins to keep me energitic and I walked 2 miles daily. Well I went to the weighloss clinic to weight in just to find out I was 272. I lost 14 pounds in 6 days. I'm going to start it again today, but this time, I will add lean meats and veggies and continue the routine. I'm excited to see what I lose next Saturday.

Decided to upload some b4 pics

I finally build the courage to upload some b4 pics. I truly hate my stomach and boobs. My self-esteem is through the roof but I still hate the way my body looks and it is screaming for a re-model.


I have been trying to lose these darn pounds for a month now and I have been stuck at 272 for 3 weeks now. I am drinking about 90 oz of water a day. Walking 45 mins every day 4 days straight WITH Sauna suit on and the weight won't move. I'm eating right and no sugar. I'm afraid I may have to change my surgery date which I didnt want tho cause I'm not at the bmi requested. I dont know what to do. To make matter worst, I'm not moving bowel like I should. I'm super constipated. I'm just frustrated. Not discourage, just frustrated.

Hemoglobin App

I'm not sure how real this app is, buttttt It said mines 13.166. Lol!

Wish pics


I went to my doctor for my yearly annual/CBC on May 15. I started Aprl 8 at 287. To-date I'm 265. My hemo is 13.6. My bpm was 122/98. Today I took my bpm again and it's 105/57. I'm doing good. I just hope I'm at my bmi status come surgery date.

SX date changed

I had to change my date solely because I will not be at the required BMI by July 18. I am killing myself and stuck at 266. I'm suppose to be at 230 but I'm still going hard but not going to kill myself. Its bitter sweet.
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Haven't met him yet, but his work looks remarkable and I have been researching him alot. Um, I'm just going to leave it like that about the staff...

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