140 Pounds Gone - So is the Tummy Skin!

Five years ago, I lost 140 pounds. I had become a...

Five years ago, I lost 140 pounds. I had become a Personal Trainer specializing in helping people who had big numbers to lose like I once did, and I was in the best shape of my LIFE. However, I had excess skin on my tummy, and my breasts.

A friend of my family referred me to Dr Jose Rodriguez-Feliz of Miami Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL. I live 5 hours north, but I grew up in Miami, so I didn't mind going to visit and meet him. Before I made the trip, he called me. We spoke for 30 minutes. He answered my many, many questions and did not rush me at all. I spoke with his lovely booking assistant Desiree and made an appointment for Botox as well ;-)

When I met Dr Rod, I liked him instantly. He was confident without being cocky, and I trusted him immediately. I knew I would be in good hands.

The entire Miami Plastic Surgery Team: The amazing Desiree, his incredible nurse Janette (who can do a procedure on you and it’s over before you know it), their sweet home care nurse Grace and the team at the Surgery Center is not only Ultra Professional, but incredibly kind and caring. They are always available for you, from before the procedure until now, 12 weeks after.

The morning of the surgery, I wasn’t even nervous. Again, I knew I was in very good hands. I met my surgical team, and then Dr Rod came in and drew all over me and I laughed!

I ended up with an extended tummy tuck, no liposuction. My goal was to wear a bikini, so he did not want to leave me with a fleur de lis scar. Yay! I have a little skin above my belly button but it is not a big deal to me - I would rather have that than a scar - that is just my personal choice.

My surgery was outpatient at Baptist Hospital, and MPS sends you home with a nurse for the first night. I was staying at a hotel, and my nurse was the wonderful Grace. She lived up to her name. I hired Grace and Dolly to stay with me around the clock for the first few days to help out my husband. They were lovely.

I saw Dr Rod the next morning and it was the first time I saw my new tummy. Even with the swelling I could see my beautiful new shape. Curvy new waist, super flat tummy. Beautiful! My scar was super low and so thin! He worked with my body's natural flow and I was finally seeing the real me underneath all that old skin. I felt victory and joy and gratitude!

The photos I posted are at 8 weeks. I am very pale so the scar looks dark in the photo. It's lighter. I will post more as time goes by, especially on my personal blog. I didn't edit the photos at all - you can see my stretch marks, etc. I wanted you to know these are my real results at only 8 weeks.

I am so happy I did this procedure. NO MORE SPANX! I am so much more confident and comfortable in my clothes. I love this man's work!
Go see him!

I cannot say enough good about Dr. Rodriguez-Feliz and his team. He is so kind, and answers all of your questions seriously. (But he does have a good sense of humor) He understands that this is a big deal to you. He makes himself always available to you after the surgery. Once you meet him, you will feel just as I did - confident. Everyone who has had plastic surgery, or is in medical and has seen my tummy and my scar has basically told me this and my breasts are practically a work of art. This review asks you to lists the Pros and Cons. To me, this experience with Dr Rod was all Pros. No Cons. It is worth the travel to go to this man. And if you are in the Miami area, what are you waiting for? :-)

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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