My Journey!!!!- Troy, MI
Went into this wanting a tummy tuck?? Through...
Plus size finding PS!!! Tummy tuck
I am a plus size and been doing alot of research so I think I will schedule for January. I want to lose 15-25 more pounds before the surgery. Plus I start vein removal surgery on both next week with 12 procedures totals, twice a week so I wanna completely separate the 2. My PS says it should be fine even if I do them together but..... Nope!!!
I love everything about Harake besides him making me feel like "lets go, lets do this now" Even sounded a little disappointed when he realized I was firm with January. I can I should upload pictures huh!
3rd consult with same doctor( finally pictures)
He's always available, my first consult I cancelled through his after hour automatic service and he called me right back (8-9 o'clock at night) I really didn't know if that was good or bad. I was thinking first he was a concerned doctor then had thoughts that he was desperate for patients. After my first consult which was only for a BBL he told me about how great his sculpting skills were and said I'll be a great candidate but might have loose skin but he thought I would still love my results.
After consulting with other doctors I felt that I needed a tummy tuck!
After consulting with 6 other doctors I still loved the shape and curves of Dr.Harake:)
This will be my final consult with him to cross all my T's and dot all my I's.
Today may be the day I make my deposit.
Deposit paid... officially booked!!
I am a mother of 3 beautiful children ages 4 and a set of 3 year old twins which I had all in the time frame of 15 months. My twins were born at 23 weeks via c-section and stayed in the NICU over 4 months. The back to back pregnancies and the stress of the twins being so sick and me completely focusing on them, my body became a after thought. Now that they are healthy, even about to start school in 6 more days, IT'S MOMMY TIME!!! I've been contemplating for about a year and the time is now!!!!! No more running to the hospital and thoughts of being unsure, I'm about to get this body together and run around and enjoy life with my beautiful, NOW HEALTHY children!
When you can finally see your weight loss results!!! Down 17 pounds!
No waist trainer!!!!!!!!
Exactly 4 months to go!
I realized this center specialized in vein removal.
No go for Ty procedure but I took him up on the vein removal!!!
Taking the good with the bad:):(
Tummy Tuck, Lipo with Transfer.
So my procedure is not until January. I have seen Dr. Harake 3 times. I knew he would be my PS the first visit I just had to ensure myself that I was making the right decision, after seeing a few more PS and seeing Dr. Harake again I made my decision. I think my only hesitation with him was I got the vibe he was a fairly new doctor on his own. He has over a decade of experience but not a lot of pictures so that's why I made this assumption. His confidence in his work is through the roof and the few pictures I did see were amazing, but I'm sure he can sell someone of confidence and knowledge alone. I googled and researched almost everything on TT and BBL's and I my concerns and thoughts about this process was mentioned by Dr. Harake so I knew his was on his game!!! I'm so excited to get this thing going. I would have booked earlier but I'm having varicose vein treatment done on both my legs and that's gonna take me into early November. I wanted to separate the 2 procedures by at least 6-8 weeks so January it is. If you want a confident doctors who's not in rush, willing to see and answer every question you need then Dr. Harake is the man. Looking forward to my Harake body!!!
Price breakdown. $6500.00 Tummy tuck & lipo with tranfer (on special) regular price $7500 $3300.00 operating room fee, This is a option if you qualify for in-office procedure. $900.00 Sedation $300.00 hospital stay (also not needed for in-office procedure.
Guess who's down 21 pounds????????
Weight is melting!!!! From 265 to 240!!!! Can't believe I'm down 25 whole pounds! New goal 215:):):):) 25 more to go!!!!!!!!! Be
Please share any tips on sleeping and recovering!!
Just love my doctor??
3 months pre
Wonder if I should be doing or preparing for anything??
I've been craigslist shopping for an electric recliner, I was gonna rent one but the price was about the same as buying an used one. This is a better option for me anyways, I don't wanna damage the rented one and be stuck with it. My PS said no to a walker, he don't want be to get dependent to the hunch and want me to straighten up as soon as possible. He also was oppose to to arnica pills and gels?? No study behind it and he says my CG will be my best friend. 23/, yup only off one hour a day for 2 months straight. The hospital will supply my first CG, I will only wear this if the CG my PS is ordering from his office is too big or too small but he's really hoping it fit because the hospital one isn't that good. He suggest a 1X, I hope it fits. I might just order a size up or down to make sure. They cost around $150.00 out of pocket so I'll see! My butt pillow is $99.00 and I'm for sure getting that!!!! These were some of my high price items, the little things will follow!!!
Gonna start my ordering process in another week or two, wanna miss the holiday shipping and shopping traffic. 3 MONTHS TO GO!!!!!!!
Officially on the move!
I went to see Dr. Harake yesterday:):):):):) We talked about my weight loss first since it's becoming noticeable:) He didn't suggest I lose any weight at my first consultation and still was confident in me having good results. Mind you I was 262 at this time, only 3 pounds down from my highest weight. Now he so much more confident in me loving my results with the weight loss. That left me feeling a little "uppidy,downy" I felt uplifted because I was excited and proud about me deciding to lose weight on my own and I was down because I was thinking " if I was to have better results from weight loss why wasn't I advice to lose weight" ? My mind was quickly off of that when we went right into my smaller tiny waist.:) Smallest waist possible is the goal:):) I will have lipo on my upper and lower back, top of vagina(just found this out) will mention more later;), flanks/love handles and he wanted to do my hips but I said no, (I love my hips). He said he will examine my buttock after the lipo and tuck and may only need to feel in dents and cellulite since the lipo alone with the smaller waist will give me projection and he don't think I will need much to give me the results I'm looking for. Guess we will discuss more later. Now about that vagina???? I will be getting a vagina lift????????? IKR, well Dr. Harake use this technique in all his tummy tucks and after researching I see a lot of PS do as well. It has nothing to do with the vagina itself, it's just when the pubic area gets lipo and when it's pulled and stitched back with the stomach, it gives the public area a better flush look to the stomach, instead of a flat stomach and a larger more extended pubic area. I sent a few wish pics( mostly DR results, super flat tummy and big juicy butts) and he replied to them by saying " You will love your results, but these girls have had more than 1 round" My wish pics are possible but I will have to come for a second round of lipo where he can focus on the part of the stomach he won't be able to lipo with a TT. I loved his honesty:) I'll add the wish pics I sent to my next post. I made another 2K payment leaving my procedure balance at $1500. The $5500 I'm paying for the hospital operating room, overnight stay and anesthesia can be paid the day of surgery. Since I will be getting over 5 liters liposuction it has to been done at the hospital verses the Columbia medical center. Don't get me wrong I love the idea of me feeling safe in a hospital facility and enjoying to be able to stay overnight for up to 3 days but aiming for 1. I just wish it didn't cost $5500, that's only $1000 cheaper than my procedure:(
Here's a few pics of my updated weight loss. Today I weigh in at 234.4!!!!!!! 31 pounds down 19 plus more to go!!!
First 3 items purchased:)
Power lift recliner was more than expected but got it new so I can utilize it in basement or keep it in den(where I'll be)for a comfy movie night. Hoping the pee urinal come in handy to avoid pain while going to tinkle. My PS said my call to the arnica gel and pills but really no study to say they work. He do think the gel is affective for face procedures so why not try the gel!!!
#77 days to go #ITHINK
PRE-OP appointment has been scheduled for 12-6-2016!!!!! OMG, Things are getting real!!!!!!
My PS orders my CG which cost almost $300:( he says it's the best and totally worth it. He will order a 1X and I hope it fits as I wanna be compressed ASAP! I also order the one in the picture just in case. I found it just searching and it was 45% off with code. I hope it comes before my pre-op so I can saw Dr. Harake. Down to 230 pounds!!!!! #BOYAHHHH!!!
This was my original goal weight and since I reached it with time to go, I will continue to lose as much before surgery but no more than another 20 pounds. I wanna keep my thickness:)
Getting so excited and hoping I'm doing everything to ensure a speedy recovery with great results! I am now switching from a low-cal diet to a low carb diet to decrease as much visceral fat as possible since this area can't have liposuction ( center/middle belly) with a TT.
My PS also have a new consultant which I love, she called and gave me her personal number just in case I needed anything:) Now for the hardest:( 11-1-16 (yesterday) was my last day smoking marijuana:(:(:(:( I plan to do everything to ensure success! Even though I'm a patient. Lol ????
Talk to you guys later!
The last picture will be my new wardrobe piece once I recover!!
Exactly 2 months to go!!!!
My pro-op appointment is 12-6. At this time I will ask any question I have, Angela ordered my compression garment size 1X and I will have to pay for a smaller size later, but I might just get it taken it (they $300.00). My truck went to the shop Tuesday and gonna cost me $1500.00 to get out (blahhhhh). I still have to pay for operation room, etc. so I made a comment to other half that I might have to push my surgery back. He responding by saying "i don't want you to do that, I was looking forward to the new booty" lol. It always excite me that he's so supportive of my surgery but I wish he could have said here go $1500.00 (blahhh)(long story). Dr. Harake is out of the state taking his boards, I'm wishing him all the luck but I already have all the confident in the world in his skills. Also wishing him safe travels home so he can get me together. lol
I'm so excited, nervous, and anxious.
I'll be off work for 11 days and I hope its enough.
I haven't lost any weight since my last post. Things are really beginning to get loose and sag:( for the last 2 weeks I have only been doing strength and toning exercises and I actually gained 1.5 pounds but I think it's all muscle. I hope!!!!
Ttyl ladies and gents!
Things to look back on......
I don't wanna be too small, but do plan on losing another 15 pounds before surgery. My body is for sure starting to show the 35 pound weight loss and my skin is beginning to get loose and I don't want my legs and arms to start sagging more than they already are. I love my legs and thighs and really starting to see my muscles push through the fat:):):) I bought these new workout clothes and noticed I'm also losing my azz:(:(:( I hate that I lose weight in my butt, so I'm in search of the right exercise to keep this tummy flat and this azz fat afterwards:):)
Supplies rolling in:):):) Its getting REAL!
59 days to go!!!!!!
Just wanna be ready!!!!
#drain sponges, haven't seen these on here as yet. These sponges already have hole for drain:)
Newsfeed link???? Where is it?
I'm missing out on all the ladies I was following.
Just wanted to share a little goodness. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle has to stay persistent even after surgery. So I have learned. I found these 2 new items that are great items especially for those like me who don't mind snacking on a bag of chips. These have only 100 calories and 2 net carbs and don't taste that bad of you can get pass the bake taste. Considering I haven't had a regular chip in almost 4 months, they were delicious:) I haven't had the protein shake yet, but it says it can be added to fruit and ice or just milk! I also added a work out plan!
Check em out!
Down 10 more pounds!
Ladies I'm getting so anxious, I just want to start healing... lol
Patients is a virtue:):):)
???...Should I see my primary care doctor before surgery, my PS said no need and everything important will be covered at my Pre-op which is 12-6.
Days are getting shorter, just gotta grab some tanks!
So I contacted the hospital where my surgery will be to see if I can start making payments for operation room, anesthesia and overnight stay but again was told I will be billed after my surgery is done. Did anyone experience this? Once your billed, is it all due at once?
Just a little vent!!
Anywho, I'm starting to feel how can I move in these directions if my better half is just standing still and not moving at all:( He's 10 years older than me so you would think I wouldn't have to deal with someone who's not as motivated as me. I know I will need a lot of help/assistance during my procedure but really starting to feel like I want to tell him our time has ended. On another hand I don't want him to feel like I'm doing this now because I'm about to be hottttt because I'm not, I just want him to be the man I know he can be! I also don't want to make this big transition right before my surgery and it affects my healing in anyway.
Please somebody talk to me:(
Feeling like this is not the right time for surgery due to this part of my life falling apart.
When I started this Journey, I thought things were really changing and we were on the right track, but again it was just all talk and I really think I'm done:(
Today is PRE-OP DAY!!!!!! 37 DAYS TO GO!!!
Any must ask pre-op questions or questions you wish you ask at pre-op.
Appointment at 4:00:)))))
Update after pre-op!
1. I will need 2 rounds???
2.He will do lipo to my thighs.
Neither of these were never discussed so I left the office feeling a little in easy.
I called the next day because I completely trust my surgeon, but I just needed a better understanding. Sooooo, he stated the 2 rounds are based off my wish pictures I provided and I now see that they all had 2-3 rounds. He ensured me that I would be happy with just one round but if I wanted wish pics results (delicious) I would need 2 rounds. I guess the thigh lipo was always a part of the plan since no price increase and he stated think of it as being chiseled to complement the rest of my body. I'm still on the fence with this, I love my big thighs and what little hips I have and I just don't think the lipo would tone it more so make them sag.( thoughts)..... Any who I go to the hospital tomorrow where I'll get labs done, 4 test in total!
I got my scripts and registration called today to register me at the hospital. My excitement have officially turned into anxiety!!!!!
I go to the clinic at 6pm the day before procedure to get markings, so I guess I'll have a whole night to look at my body and see what's what. The hospital will also call me this day with arrival time!!!! I plan on losing another 10 pounds and picked up some fiber gummies , cutting carbs have made my bowels irregular and I wanna get that back a flow. I also started another bottle of GNC women's vitamins that I will stop taking 2 weeks before surgery. My doc said no to the pain pump, so Narco it is!
Updates, see you laters!
Today I met 2 milestones. I'm down 50 pounds(goal) and I'm one month Pre-op!!!
I'll be taking a a social media/RS break until markings which is a day before surgery.
Thanks for all the advice, well wishes to those in their journey and happy healing to those who have made it to the flat side:))))
I'll be here until I fall asleep tonight.. lol
Then after I'll be mentally getting prepared for my big day!! 1-12-17
Couldn't stay away!!!
Tried to give myself a break to clear my mind before surgery but I got some news that got me so excited and I'm ready to go under now!!!
If you've followed my surgery in the beginning I was torn between the DR and a surgeon here in the states that was only board qualified/eligible. I decided to stay here in the states and put my trust into Dr. Harake even though he was not board certified...... Look at the inbox I got!!!!!!
My PS is officially certified!!
2 WEEKS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CAN'T BELIEVE THE BIG DAY IS IN 2 WEEKS!
I THINK I'M READY:)
CARDIOLOGIST RESULTS 1-3-2017
HOPING MY HEMOGLOBIN IS UP... FINGERS CROSSED! I'M SURE IT IS:)
All marked up & All packed up!
Surgery start at 10:15
Attached is also a pic of Faja:)))
Surgery Rescheduled to 2-10-17
Question: What was the last time you ate?
Question:What's the last thing you drank?
Answers: Ensure at 6:00a.m
Nurse: OMG, don't tell me that!!!!!! You should not have drunk that, let me go get the anesthesiologist!!!!
Sooooooooo my dumb azz should not have drank an ensure since theirs fat in it. Anesthesia said I would have to wait 8 hours for it to pass through or it could put me in danger. Increase risk of throwing up and fluid going in my lungs:(
8 hours from this time means surgery pushed back to 2 p.m????????????????
My surgeon arrives to tell me that there's just no staff to accommodate this time seeing that my procedure is scheduled for 6 hours and it just wouldn't be staff available.
I could not feel so much more disappointed in myself and cried the entire ride home:(
But today is a new day and I feel soooooo much better!!
My new date was set to 1-30-17 but unfortunately that wouldn't be good for my work schedule seeing that I'm in property management and the first week of the month is really hard to take off!!! So the next date available that worked for me was 2-10-17.
I feel so much better today, Gods delay does not mean Gods denial!! I've waited this long, I can wait 28 more days!