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Had the first out of two scheduled consultations...

Had the first out of two scheduled consultations with different plastic surgeons.

The quote is for full tummy tuck, lipo in full back, axilla, and chin. It also covers anesthesia and facility fees for 8 hours (yikes!), 5 syringes of lovenox, 2 comprehension garments, lab fee, and vitamins.

Walked inside P.S. office nervous but left with enough information and confident. However, I have never seen this surgeons work before and didn't get to see a picture because, according to doctor's nurse, the ones available were sent out for their web site update. Doctor is double board certified, though. Nurse, of course, spoke wonders of him and, well, he is booked until the end of August. Was informed that he ranks #3 nationwide in "boob" jobs performed; but, right now I am not messing with that :) I will be going back to meet with the doctor in June so I can ask questions personally and so he can evaluate my pix.

If I go for this PS, I will have to wait until December to have surgery and not June the way I want to. But, I'll keep you all posted.

I have been wanting this for the past five years...

I have been wanting this for the past five years and can't believe it is finally happening! June 28th is the big day! I am so motivated...thrilled! I almost had to wait for another year, because PS is booked for the rest of the summer. But, on my scheduled day, he is doing a breast reduction on a patient, and he accepted to treat me right after her. :)

My PS will be Dr. Avila. I had seen his work and was looking forward to see him and ask him lots of questions. I loved his bedside manner and all his recommendations. He was very patient listening and explaining. He also showed me pictures of what I can expect.

Although I wanted to practically redo my whole body (he-he); he recommended to leave the breasts, chin, and inner tighs for later. He will be doing a full tummy tuck and lipo on full trunk (back, sides, tummy). The procedure will be under general anesthesia, so I will be staying at the hospital overnight (He only performs surgery at the hospital, not at his private facility)

The price includes everything but lab work and prescription medication.

OMG! You won't believe how excited I am.

I'll be asking around how all those of you who...

I'll be asking around how all those of you who have had a tt are feeling around day 25 post-surgery. I hope everything comes out fine with my procedure because... call me crazy, it's okay... I am going on a seven night cruise 25 days after my tt. OMG hope I can do it.

Vacation had been plan since way before surgery. I spoke to hubby and he won't mind if we spend the time watchin tv

I am so sick and tired of wearing spanx under my...

I am so sick and tired of wearing spanx under my clothes! Can't wait for my procedure day to arrive.

I know that after procedure I'll be wearing a thick binder and it will probabily be worst for a few months but... oh, well.

Officially started my summer break yesterday. I...

Officially started my summer break yesterday. I called my PS office to let them know I'll be available if someone cancells or postpones surgery before my scheduled date (June 28th). Wish me luck. I really want to have as much time to recover as a I can... so, the sooner the better.

I am nervous or should I say I am scared... yes, I...

I am nervous or should I say I am scared... yes, I am! Sometimes I think that for having two kids I don't look that bad. I am 5'6, wear a size 8. Husband is still madly in love and in lust :) and I wonder if going under the knife is worth the risks... but then I pinch my flabby back and release my tummy which is sucked in 24/7 and the strenght to go through all this comes back. Reading about others that have gone through this experience is a good therapy. :)

Only 17 more days of flabbiness for me!

Only 17 more days of flabbiness for me!

15 more days! Funny that as soon as I open my...

15 more days! Funny that as soon as I open my eyes, I picture the calendar in my mind and begin counting the number of days before my surgery. I try to keep my mind away but is IMPOSSIBLE! I am anxious, wish the day was already here or maybe not? Oh, well Just took my pictures and here they are: before front, back, and side... plus they way my tummy looks sucked in... LOL

About what to wear post tummy tuck, I've...

About what to wear post tummy tuck, I've reading/recommeded to wear sweats; but, would you believe I don't own a single pair! I do have a couple of yoga pants (the stretchy kind that folds over the waist). Not sure that will work. I have to go shopping soon. I've already been told that I will have two drains for at least one week. The nurse also told me to get big safety pins to secure the drains. Don't know exactly what I will pin them to, the binder maybe?

Ladies, can you describe the binder you are sent...

Ladies, can you describe the binder you are sent home with right after lipo/tt? Is it only one of those velcro belt like? I know I will find out next Tuesday during my pre-op but I'm curious.

Hate to have hairy legs (and everything in between...

Hate to have hairy legs (and everything in between...he,he) so I wax the "between" every three weeks and shave full legs daily (obsessed, I know and I pay with painful ingrowns :)) to keep them smooth. More than likely I won't b able to keep up with this routine after tt, so I am letting hair grow so I can wax them legs as well. Problem is I keep on eyeing razor :( Wearing knee highs to avoid temptation!

Couldn't stand it anymore and shaved my legs...

Couldn't stand it anymore and shaved my legs last night (and again a few hours ago). Guess I'll have to save the knee highs for after tt!

Here I am procastinating, procedure is in twelve days and I have not prepared anything. I need to at least hit the store and buy me a pair of flats for the post-op weeks. I am one of those that wears high-heals even to go to the front yard to pick up the newspaper in the morning. LOL. Well, it won't be tomorrow because I already planned my day with my girls. Trying to spend as much time with them as I can since vain mommy won't be able to play with them for a while after surgery :( God that gets me! Now I am in tears.

Just told my mom about the procedure and she was...

Just told my mom about the procedure and she was incredibly supportive and unexpectedly EXCITED! She was truly happy for me and offer to help in anyway she could. She immediately offer to take care of my girls so that my husband can focus on my needs. Will think about that. I din't see that one coming, guess she was opposed because as old as I am, I am still her baby girl, but now that is booked she is showing her support. I know I owe explantions to nobody but as close as I am to my mom, the fact that I was keeping this important event from her was bothering me. I feel so good. My husband, too since now I can talk about surgery with someone else, but him. LOL

Eight days to go. Still amazingly relaxed. Maybe...

Eight days to go. Still amazingly relaxed. Maybe because I've only paid the 10% down requested and I can still "walk out" LOL. Okay, I must admit that every now and then I do have my few meltdowns when I think about the "what if" possibilities but I pray and redirect my mind to something positive. God is with me. I've been planning for so many years. I know I really want this and it is now or never... I have to convince my doctor to prescribe the pain pump, though ;)

Finally the day for my pre-op arrived. Going to...

Finally the day for my pre-op arrived. Going to pay off my balance, ask my PS a whole bunch of questions, and maybe register at the hospital. Getting ready and still not nervous at all. I'm starting to think there's something wrong with me. Hello! Snap out of it! Major surgery is around the corner! Well, whatever it is hope anxiety doesn't kick-in on Tuesday, the day of the surgery. I may just end up heading out of town instead of to the hospital. LOL.

I pre-registered at the hospital yesterday, picked...

I pre-registered at the hospital yesterday, picked up arnica pills at PS office, and began gathering my shopping list items in preparation for procedure (about time!) and sure enough major nervous breakdowns came along. Thank God today is a new day. Tuesday is around the corner and there is no turning back.

My big day is tomorrow! I am excited and nervous....

My big day is tomorrow! I am excited and nervous. With God's help everything will be okay. Heading to hospital for blood work.

Surgery tomorrow! What am I doing? No, seriously.....

Surgery tomorrow! What am I doing? No, seriously... What am I doing to this body that has been so good to me? Why am I putting it through all this pain and suffering? Why am I being so ungrateful to it? Again, What am I doing? Okay, what I've been fricken asking for during the past five years: getting a flat tummy with a nice belly button and no back rolls. So, here I go nervous one second and excited the next one. Staring at the mirror holding my folds and thinking how they are about to be gone and staring at my girls crying my heart out because of the risks and how selfish I am being. I AM GOING NUTS! Yet, I want to do it! God help me.

Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. I can't sleep. Don't know how soon I'll post again, but I'll try to do it as soon as I am able to.

Ladies rocking this forum: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I made it! Day 2 post-op. I hadn't visited the...

I made it! Day 2 post-op. I hadn't visited the forum because my dear hubby didn't want me to "strain" or get emotional. I had a horrible panic attach yesterday morning at the hospital. I thought I was going to die cuz my throat completely closed and the oxygen tubes in my nostrils didn't seem to help. I got emotional needing so much help. I couldn't even lift my butt to scood over to middle of the bed and that triggered it. Silly!

My tummy is super flat! Dr Avila, my wonderful PS, just takes too much pride on his work. He said that after he finished the muscle plication I still had a little bulk so he used a mesh to make my tummy even flatter! I got to see it and I do love my results. Hubby says Dr. Avila gave me a nice shape. I haven't removed binder since, I don't know how my back looks yet. I am filling these drains like crazy, but don't know exactly how much because my man is taking care of measuring and recording, but he empties them several times a day.

Tomorrow is my first post-op appointments in the morning. I haven't been taking pain meds only my antibiotics. Have been drinking plenty of cold water and started eating a few pineapple chunks yesterday and added smashed squash today.

I do have swelling, no pain thank God, only discomfort. This hospital bed is sure helping a lot. I do feel light headed and I am also burping a lot. I do walk hunchbacked of course, but now I can manage to go to the restroom on my own and can wipe my lady business on my own, too :).

Soreness gets better by the minute. Thank you ladies for all your support. I am so glad I did this!

P.S. Will post pix when binder is removed.

Day 4 post-surgery Yesterday went to go see my...

Day 4 post-surgery
Yesterday went to go see my PS who removed tt dressing and found everything okay. Told him about how I felt light headed but other than that okay. He prescribed iron pills twice a day along with a stool softener because iron will constipate me. Ouch! Scheduled appointment for next Friday, July 8th.

During consultation we spoke about what was done. I noticed some bruises in either side of my butt area, what happenned is that he kind of "rounded" my butt by taking fat off from the sides of it. I tell you Dr. Avila is too proud of his work and takes care of his rep. I had asked for fat transfer, which he disagreed on. We didn't discuss this "rounding" stuff, yet he did it because he noticed I needed it.

I am still too swollen and hunchbacked so I see no butt yet. It's just flat. OMG... where did my tushy go? Depressing :(

On a happpier note, I am making progress. Now, I am able to get up, lie down, sit up and walk to the restroom alone. I also can stand long enough to wash my face and brush my teeth with no help. I am walking all the way to the kitchen back and forth (pushing a foldable chair for support), and today I even had lunch at the dining table... all this with the help of no pain killers, but under close supervision from my man who fears I may fall and regress. I did take a Tylenol yesterday for a headache; however, that has been it.

No pain. I have to say is just the annoying heaviness that I feel on both hips that makes me hunchback. It is annoying. Other than that and the fact that I have been in bed for a record time laying/sitting down (and there is more to come) I am fine.

Husband just went to pick up our daughters at moms' so I got to stay alone like a BIG girl. Haven't seen them since Monday and I miss them so much! Had to make a promise that I won't get too emotional to avoid one of those horrible anxiety attacks.

It's been good just to relax and spend time with hubby, guess that has helped to make time pass by faster. Let me tell you that I had a couple of good laughs that made my abs hurt like a mother... and the worst part is that even though is hurting and you want to stop laughing is just not possible. Laughs make your new abs hurt just as much as crying, coughing, or sneezing. So, avoid it if you can.

Last Friday PM, I removed my binder to peek and I...

Last Friday PM, I removed my binder to peek and I noticed that my waist looked uneven, I figured I could have been the binder folding in, thus applying more pressure in one side; so I switched the velcro to the opposite side. I checked right now and my waist still looks uneven; the left hand side makes a sharp curve right under the rib cage to the hip and the right side transitions smoothly in a nice curve. I also look two sizes larger because I am super swollen.

I hope this uneven effect is the temporary result of the swelling and not something I will have to have revised later on. Will see my PS on Friday or sooner if they can sneek me in between appointments and will find out what's going on.

On a good note, other that discomfort every now and then, I have not felt any pain, yet on either tt incision, nor lipo areas.

Day 8 I can't believe it has been already a...

Day 8
I can't believe it has been already a week since I got rid of my extra skin. I am so glad I did it. The journey has not been painful and I could easily not even think about it if these annoying drains wouldn't remind me of it every second. I try to hide them inside my undies but still have to be moving them to the sides when I lay down, to the front when I sit down, to the... argh! It gets worst with them at night. I wake up with marks on my legs sometimes because I sleep on top of them.
I've tried using safety pins to pin them to my binder but then I have them just there in front of me... oh, what a beautiful panorama... two bulbs full of blood and yucky strings of ... don't want to know what weird stuff!
I am afraid one of this days I am just going to grab them, wrap them around my neck (wonder if they're long enough) and just choke myself... LOL

Well, will visit my PS this Friday and hopefully will get both drains removed. If not, what can I do but deal with them a little longer. Rather have all this liquid out of my body than accumulating somewhere in there.

Day 10 and doing awesome. Thank you Lord! I...

Day 10 and doing awesome. Thank you Lord!

I went to visit my PS this morning for my second post-op appointment and both of my drains came out! Yeah! One of the holes is still bleeding every few minutes so I am having to change gauze pad to keep it dry. Hope it stops soon. For all those of you that still have them in, I can tell you that you will even walk straighter once those pesky things come out. I feel free! Belly button stitches were also removed as well as the tape covering my scar and OMG am I delighted with how thin and low my incision is. Hope it stays that way. Thumbs up for MY PS Dr. Avila!

I feel so good that I may even take my girls to the movies tomorrow.

Now that my dressings and annoying drains are gone, I am having fun removing the surgical tape adhesive left on my legs and tummy. I am having a hard time, any tips? Not sure I want to get close to remove the adhesive that remained on top of my paper thin scar. I am afraid it will open.

I will post picture soon.

Day 10 - Pictures Okay ladies, here are my...

Day 10 - Pictures

Okay ladies, here are my pix just after removing drains, as promised. I am swelling a lot and have lots of bruises as you can tell, but I am very pleased with my results so far. :)

Day 12 I feel liberated now that the drains are...

Day 12
I feel liberated now that the drains are gone. I am recovering my strength, now I can carry the gallon of milk! I can also sleep on my side for a couple of hours, walk at a normal pace and stand straighter, take a shower with no help and not only wash my hair but style it! I can last through a least a whole hour of play (tea party, puzzle, board game)with my little ones without falling asleep, I can stretch my legs while laying or sitting down and do a couple of butt squeezes to strenghten it... God I am so grateful that everything is getting better. Even laughing doesn't hurt as much, so I am doing it more often.

Day 15 Yesterday was my first official day out....

Day 15
Yesterday was my first official day out. Went for dinner and a movie with the girls and hubby. I had a great time, but did get a little tired by the end. My belly felt very heavy while walking and by the time we got home I had a big lump, about half size of a baseball on top of my belly button. It felt weird. PS saw me today to check it and it was a seroma. He extracted a full BIG syringe of fluid and it was incredible how the swelling went down in that area. I have an appointment to see him again next week, but now that I am home again I think there is at least another full syringe to be extracted from the same spot. Will call again.

I am glad to report that I am walking straight now. Yes! Might be just a little hunched but not noticeable. I was even able to wear my 5” strappy wedges yesterday and got many compliments on my old dress. It just looked so much better in my new body shape. Love the front and back view but not the side! My butt is slowly coming back, I can see a couple of inches sticking out and tummy is not completely flat from the side view due to the swelling. Also, a funny thing is that only one side of my vajayjay is swollen, so it looks out of this world, literally. We finally got “frisky” if you know what I mean ;) and I couldn’t help but notice. Hubby doesn’t mind at all… LOL.

Bruises have not gone away and bb still not fully healed. Will post new pictures as soon as I see change.

Day 18 (AM) Woke up and, as every morning,...

Day 18 (AM)

Woke up and, as every morning, first thing I did was to touch my tummy to make sure the flabbiness had not returned... it's like natural instinct now. LOL

I finally stopped using the hospital bed; so, I am back to my comfy spot sharing the bed with my papito rico. ;)

Yesterday, my mom asked to have the girls over, so I dropped them off (started driving since yesterday) and used the kid-free time to pamper myself a little bit. I spent the morning getting a much needed pedicure, manicure, and a new set of nails. I also colored and styled my hair and finally had my eyebrows shaped. What a difference! I really needed the works. Went to see my PS and he drained 30 cc more from the same spot he had extracted a full syringe of fluid last Tuesday. I went back because I felt some liquid had been left behind and sure enough. Picked up my girls, got home at 4 and took a long nap as soon as my husband got back from work 30 minutes later.

Later, we went to my brother's birthday party. I had a great time even though we were there for about two hours. My tummy felt so stretched out and heavy that I just had to whisper in my gorgeous husband ear that we had to leave before I lost the glamour walking hunched over in my stilettos! So we took off before Cinderella turned into Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I must have been exhausted because I was able to sleep eight hours straight for the first time since surgery.

Day 22 (3 Weeks Post-op) I tell you guys this...

Day 22 (3 Weeks Post-op)

I tell you guys this is a curse! I wake up skinny and curvy and go to bed bloated and curveless. Not funny at all.

Hubby jokes around saying that I am very low maintenance since I only need three things: the keys to my vehicle, the i-phone, and the ATM card. Well, this low maintenance girl began began driving since last Thursday and you know nothing can keep you at home after being able to get a hold of your vehicle key... nothing but the horrible swelling, I have learned.

I was out and about for four days in a row but had to stay home for the last couple of days because I was back to walking slow and hunched. Not as bad as the first days, but definetly not a healthy, forget about sexy, image.

Yesterday, I was so bloated I looked like a big round grape. I took a couple of Diurex capsules, I think it made the trick. Swelling is less today, but I've seen skinnier days :(

Anyway, since I can fit in my shorts again, Idon't have to stay home. Getting my girl ready and... where is the world did I leave that phone?

Day 23 Went for a follow-up visit yesterday to...

Day 23
Went for a follow-up visit yesterday to check on seroma. I was poked three times but no liquid came out. Luckily, it seems to be gone Doctor will check me again next week, when I come back from vacation.

Speaking of vacation, It took me forever since I am so slow and weak; but, I am almost done packing... just need my stuff! In hopes of losing a few more grams and/or millimiters around this bloaded new body (sights), I am waiting till tomorrow to go shopping for a few cute things... now that is what my mom calls optimism!

My bb has not healed yet, so I won't be wearing a bikini... well, it'll be next time. :( However, if I get a flat tummy by December, I'll go show up my stomach at South Padre Island, our closest beach, even if it's freezing! >:)
Harlingen Plastic Surgeon

Will give final details and WORTH IT rating at the end of the second month post op. So far, it has been worth it. :)

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
4 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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