Stage One Surgery: LBL, Armlift, Stomach Lipo, Lower Back Lipo, Lipo On Upper Sides, Thigh Lipo - San Antonio, TX

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I can't believe this is actually happening! I...

I can't believe this is actually happening! I have decided to go with Dr. Peter Fisher for my plastic surgery after massive weight loss. I had Gastric Bypass in August of 2011 and have lost about 110 lbs. I had my first consultation with Fisher in April of this year. In addition to him I consulted with two other surgeons specializing in MWL patients. I have a follow up appointment with Fisher at the end of this month and at that time I will schedule my first of two surgeries. My goal is to have my first surgery in July of this year which will include the LBL, armlift, and full thigh Lipo. I would like to have my second surgery in December of this year which will include a breast lift, and full thigh lift. I am so excited to put the final touches on my weight loss journey. I am so blessed to have found RS. This website has played an instrumental part in my decision making process. I have come into contact with such great people on RS and appreciate everyone's feedback. Trying to build up enough courage to post my before/after pics! I'll keep you guys posted!


In one week I will be having my follow up with Dr Fisher and setting my surgery date! I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!


Well, I have my follow up appointment with Fisher at 8 am tomorrow. I'm sure I won't get any sleep tonight! Keeping my fingers crossed he has an opening for surgery in early July. Gosh, I am experiencing so many emotions! After my appointment I will post exactly what will be done during my stage 1 surgery.

It's Official

My surgery will be on July 25th 2014! Just a few days before my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Dr. Fisher was great during my follow up appointment today. He took the time to answer all of my follow up questions. I really like his approach and he is very honest about the end result. No sugar coating! He is very caring and is truly passionate about helping MWL patients. I like his philosophy that every patient is not the same. He really takes the time to tailor every procedure to each patients specific needs and body type. I am really glad I chose Dr F. I really believe he will give me the best result possible. And yes, I will post some pics at some point. Still building the courage to "rip off the bandaid" .
So I will be getting a LBL, arm lift (without extended J), HEAVY Lipo to the thighs, Lipo to the stomach, Lipo to the lower back, and some Lipo to upper sides (underneath armpits and to the side of breasts area). He said my results should be very good and I should end up with a nice backside, since I have a large one to begin with. :)
So my goal now is to get my extra protein in, get some blood work done, and I would like to lose about 5 to 10 lbs before surgery.

Getting Excited

I'm so excited and nervous about my upcoming surgery. This is going to be a very busy few weeks for me. I have my Dr's appointment to get blood work and an EKG on July 16th. Slowly starting to buy everything I need for my at home recovery. I Will post items as I buy them.

1. Odered a lift chair for a month
2. Purchased a couple of night gowns that button all the way down the front

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3. Decided it would be a good idea to buy puppy pads. I am going to cover the lift chair with them. I have this fear I will be leaking everywhere and don't want to get it on the rental chair. Sounds like a logical game plan in my head....... we shall see how I works out.

4. Bought a pair of thick, high wasted, to the ankle, firm shapewear bottoms today at Wal-Mart. There is a pretty big difference in price between shapewear and compression garmets, so I asked the good Dr if they serve the same purpose. The answer is YES!

Side Note

It really drives me nuts that I can't edit a particular post, especially when I see spelling errors. Grrrrr

Dr Appointment

Got all my blood work and EKG done this morning. .. Hoping everything turns out ok so I can be cleared for surgery! They should have the results in by Friday.

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5. Miralax powder
6. Probiotic and Fiber gummies

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7. Ordered a full body compression garmet and arm compression garmet from EBAY.
8. Ordered silicone tape, and gelzone wrap from Amazon.
9. Ordered toilet seat riser from Wal-Mart.

Sounding Board

Feeling a lot of emotions today.... Second guessing myself a little bit. Wondering if it's crazy to be spending an obscene amount of money on these procedures. Having friends and family telling me I look fine and should not even consider getting this done. I know they love me and mean well, but I think if you have never been obese, then it is really hard for someone to relate to what I have gone through. Also, I'm so nervous about the outcome. I mean, I dare not dream of looking awesome, just normal.... But what if I end up Not liking the reflection in the mirror? And is my version of normal, really normal? I can only dream of wearing a tank top and a long pair of shorts. When all is said and done, what if I still can't bring myself to wear these things? I would then feel like the surgery was a waste.
My boyfriend is taking care of me and I am so nervous about him seeing me at my worst looking like a freak! I mean it's not like I prance around in front of him naked and now I just have to let it all hang out and give up control! He tells me I'm beautiful and he loves me no matter what, which I appreciate..... but that doesn't take away from the fact that I am freaking out inside!
Ok, I'm done..... just needed to vent and get it out. Lol

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10. Gauze
11. 2 Grabbers


So I'm thinking this is going to be a rough week. My nerves are really starting kick in. I didn't fall asleep until 6 am this morning! I was up all night thinking about the surgery. Hoping I can get in some sleep this week.....


Lab work is in, everything looks good, and I am cleared for surgery! ????

No Food!

So starting tomorrow I will be on a liquid diet until Friday. I'm sure I will be a blast in a glass for the next couple of days... ????

Can we say headache?!?!?

This liquid diet sucks!!!!! My head hurts so bad!!!! On a brighter note, I am excited for my markup at 2pm tomorrow. I'm sure it will be uncomfortable and emotional.

Big Day

So tomorrow is the big day!! Praying I am prepared and have everything I need. I have to be at the hospital at 530 am and go into surgery at 7 am. I had my markup appointment this afternoon and I was in awe of the skin that will be removed. It was very emotional realizing that huge chunks of my body will be removed. I was very impressed with the time Dr Fisher took to mark me up. He really takes pride in giving his patients the best result possible. I can tell he is very passionate about his craft. I'm sure I won't get any rest tonight, but I will have plenty of Time for that tomorrow during my 10 hour surgery. Yes, 10 hours!!! Wish me luck!!!


Surgery itself went well. I was in surgery for 10 hours. I believe he said 6 liters of Lipo and he showed me a pic of the huge chunk of stomach he removed. I have been in excruciating pain. More than I could have ever imagined. I got really upset with a couple of the nurses and the way they treated me. In fact I had one nurse tell me I needed to get up and get in bed by myself, so I basically lost it. I stayed an extra day at the hospital due to the pain and I spiked a fever at one point. Dr Fisher has been great and came to see me every day in the hospital and reassured me everything was ok, I was just experiencing more pain than normal. He said he had one other patient like me who had to stay in the hospital an extra day. He even came to see me at like 1 in the morning (I think, I was so high on painkillers) . Oh and the pain killers made me sick as hell and I sweated like a whore in church. Came home yesterday and don't know how I endured the ride home. Was painful and nauseous the whole way. Haven't taken a shower yet, might try it tomorrow. Been getting up as often as possible to walk around the house. I can't seem to get comfortable in my lift chair at all. So I haven't been getting much sleep because of comfort, a lot of pressure on my back incision. This has been very stressful and painful, been crying a lot..... hoping it will all be worth it in the end. My boyfriend has been great and just keeps telling me it takes time. I am becoming more mobile each day. Starting to go through the phase of why the hell did I do this to myself. Starting to experience some gas pain in tummy as I have not yet gone #2 so I am drinking Miralax. Just wanted to give a quick update....

1 week

1 week out and feeling better. This is a very slow process and it's driving me crazy. I can get in and out of my lift chair by myself. Still in a lot of pain. Lipo areas are swollen and Very sore. All incisions look good and I am draining very little. My first follow up is on Monday and I am hoping I get my Drains pulled!

Follow Up

Today was my first follow up visit since my surgery. The car ride was much better than the one coming home from the hospital! ! The good doc says everything looks great and he removed my drains!!! Yaaay, I feel like a whole new person! I had a little fluid in my left elbow area that he drained. Didn't hurt as I am still numb in that area. Now it's just time for compression and taking it easy.

3 week Update

So it's been 3 weeks and 2 days since my surgery. I am doing a lot better. I noticed the past few days I have been exhausted and sleeping A LOT. Guessing it's just my body going through the healing process. At this point I am pretty self sufficient, just very slow. I am still sleeping in my lift chair, which has been a lifesaver. I highly recommend patients to rent one for a month after surgery. So I have definitely been experiencing some depression, which I know is normal. Still pretty swollen, but I can tell it's going down slowly. My hips are driving me nuts! They are so swollen and when it comes to clothes, can't seem to get anything over them!! I have just been taking it easy and relaxing....


So I have started to get some very small openings around my lower body lift incision. I have about 5 VERY tiny openings and one larger one on my left hip where my drains were. The one on my hip is a little more scary, or at least I think it is. Its about an inch in length on the incision line, and a very deep hole about the size of an eraser on a pencil. I was thinking it was infected, but after sending pics and symptoms to the doc, he said it was all normal. Just a little frustrated that I now have to wait until all these little openings have to heal, and not to mention dressing them with gauze several times a day is annoying. I know that these are considered very minor complications, but still annoying. I am getting my energy back slowly but surely and continuing to try and take it easy. Need to make an appointment to see the doc as he wanted me to see him 3 weeks after I got my Drains pulled.

2 Months

Today marks two months since my surgery! I have had a lot of ups and downs, but I am happy I went through with it. It is amazing watching my body change as the swelling continuously goes down. I still have some openings in my LBL incision and a couple on my arms, so I have not yet started any scar management. I have been taking Iron for the past few days or so since my hemoglobin is low, and I am starting to feel a slight increase in my energy level. About a week ago I started sleeping in my bed again. I know it takes time, but I cant wait to feel 100% normal again.

Getting ready for round 2

Ok, so I am meeting with Dr. Fisher on 1/22/16 to discuss my second surgery. I am planning to have my surgery the first week in June. I am So excited and So ready for the next surgery. It has probably been almost a year since I have seen him. He probably thought I forgot about him!! LOL. I have been loving life and my results. I am planning on getting some things fixed from my previous surgery (which I consider to be minor), as well as, more lipo in my thights, a thigh lift, and a breast lift.
Ok so minor things to be tweaked from first surgery that I will have him look at will be... my right arm has always been slightly bigger than the other. Also I have a tiny skin flap by my right armpit. Also in the same area it seems like it is pulling under my skin. It might be a suture, not sure. It tends to get irritated from time to time. My left arm scar is a lot wider than the other. I had problems with it healing. He may decide just to leave it, which I wouldn't have a problem with. The thing that bothers me the most is my saddle bag area. Since surgery my left side has always been bigger and very noticable. Both sides are actually large and I want to see if he can reduce both. I love my hips and butt! The contours are great!!! The LBL incision is super low and I love it!
Now for my second surgery.... Decided to just do a lift without implants. I know Dr F will be thrilled I am not getting implants :). I am too scared to have something foreign put in my body. I feel like I had a very difficult time healing from my first surgery and I don't want any added stress/complications. So happy to get these boobies off the floor and I honestly don't care what size the end result will be. We had discussed waiting on doing the extended J incision, but unfortunately I think I am going to need it. I have loose skin near the armpit and breast tissue that has migrated near the armpit. I also have some loose skin located in the sides of my breasts. I'm thinking the lift might correct some of that, not sure. And I am so excited for the thight lift!!!!! These bad boys look horrible since I have had the lipo, but I know it's part of the process. I know he will have to lipo them again.
One thing I want to ask him about is the upper stomach. I noticed that it is a little loose. I have noticed that to be the norm in most body lifts, but would like to see if there are any options to tighten other than a vertical incision.
I will keep you guys posted after my next consultation! I am so excited to be meeting with Dr F again to complete my journey. I still stand behind my statement that he is an amazing surgeon!! He is so passionate about what he does and I can't wait to see the end result. I am blessed to have him as my Surgeon!!!

June 16th!

I have have officially scheduled my date for June 16th for my second round with Dr F! Very excited!

Game Plan

Met with Dr F today! Was very excited to see him again and come up with a game plan for my second surgery. I loved the fact that we were both on the same page as far as tweaks from the first surgery and expectations for the new procedures! Just trying to mentally prepare myself for this next surgery scheduled for June 16th. I'm so curious to see how my legs will turn out. I'm definitely not looking for perfect thighs, but am praying for a huge improvement.


So tomorrow I get my markup done by Dr. F, for my surgery on 7/14/16. I'm nervous and excited. Not looking forward to the recovery, but ready to see the results. Curious how many drains I will have and where they will be placed. I know the good doc will take great take care of me and give me amazing results!!!


Getting excited for my surgery on 7/14/16!!! Looking at all the markings on my body and can't wait to see how everything turns out!

After surgery

And the healing begins..... I had a full thigh lift (with more lipo), breast lift, Lipo near armpit area and sides of breasts, and had my hips re opened and pulled tighter on July 14th. I'm no longer taking pain meds, and just waiting for this massive thigh swelling to go down. I am liking what I see so far! I have a couple of minor concerns, but it is too early to tell. Everything may work itself out with healing. I know my body will go through major changes over the next 6 months or so. So thankful I have Dr F as my surgeon!! He is amazing!! I had a very different experience at the hospital this time around. All of my nurses were AMAZING!!!! Words can not express how thankful I am for the aftercare I received!!

Follow up

Had my three week follow up with Dr. F. He is really liking the results and said I am healing well. He showed me my before pics and I almost fell out of my seat. He is amazing and I am loving my results even only at 3 weeks out. My swelling from Lipo continues to go down daily. I have lost 10 lbs since my surgery date of July 14th. I know my body will go through many more changes over the next 6 months or so, but I am def happy so far!
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