I love My Tummy Tuck With Muscle Repair, Mini BBL and Liposuction! See My Before and After Photos!
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Hi, I'm Kim and I am 32 years old. I had a tummy tuck with liposuction and a mini Brazilian butt lift. My surgeon was Dr. Tania Medina, who is located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
After gaining 40 lbs. over the past few years, no matter how healthy I ate or how many times I went to the gym, I could not seem to shed the excess weight I was carrying around. My battle with weight gain began to impact my self-confidence. I desperately wanted to lose the excess fat and loose skin and hated shopping because I could not fit into a lot of cute outfits. I was horrified by the way my body looked both in clothes and naked. I knew I had to do something about my unwanted fat and began seriously considering plastic surgery. I started researching plastic surgeons for the next two years. I set up multiple consultations with several plastic surgeons and ended up placing 3 deposits for surgery dates with 3 different surgeons. After all, this was an elective surgical procedure and I wanted to make absolutely certain I picked the right doctor. After further researching the doctors I had placed a deposit down with, I decided not to go with them. Their after pictures were not the results that I would want. So, I decided to go with Dr. Tania Medina, who had amazing after pictures and tremendous reviews. Many patients said she had excellent bedside manner and post op care. Between the pictures, bedside manner and post op care, I felt very comfortable with my decision to select her as my plastic surgeon.
From my first consultation to my post op care, Dr. Medina has always answered all of my questions in depth. She is truly amazing I am very glad I chose her as my surgeon. At my consultation, Dr. Medina told me I was a good candidate for multiple procedures. She told me my lower abdomen and abdominal muscles would benefit from a tummy tuck with muscle repair. She also told me that liposuction would benefit my love handles, back fat and outer and inner thighs. Liposuction is great for stubborn excess fat deposits that won't go away. I felt very comfortable with her recommendations and decided to book my surgery date.
As the date of my surgery neared, I began to get anxious. I was so nervous, that I contemplated not going through with it and canceling my surgery. As my surgery date got closer, Dr. Medina contacted me and told me 'It is normal to be afraid of something you have never done before, trust me you are in good hands.' It was so nice of her to reach out to me before surgery and it helped ease my nerves tremendously.
The night before surgery, I was so nervous I could not get any sleep. When I arrived at the surgery center, Dr. Medina came in gave me a hug, a kiss on the forehead and said 'you're in good hand my dear.' She then gave me a pill to help calm me down. That is the last thing I remember from my day of surgery. Supposedly, after I saw Dr. Medina, I was give an IV and wheeled in to the operating room. Once in the OR, I was administered general anesthesia through my IV and my procedures were performed. My procedure lasted several hours.
When I woke up in the post op recovery center, I did not feel any pain at all. I was happy to be surrounded by nurses, who were very attentive to my needs. Dr. Medina came in shortly after I woke up to check on me. She asked how I was feeling and told me my surgery went very well.
It's not been 19 days since I had my procedure and I could not be happier with the results. I've had the usual swelling and bruising that one would expect after having multiple surgical procedures, but my recovery has gone well. I have not needed much pain medication, as I have not had much pain. I have had some discomfort because I do have to be careful that I don't damage anything. My abdomen feels and looks much better now. It feels tight. Some of that is because of the compression garment I have been wearing, but it's also because my abdominal wall was tightened, so I don't have the muscle laxity I once did. The excess fat that used to hang down from my belly button is also gone (pannus).
I've attached before and after photos of my body. While looking at them, please remember that I'm only 19 days post op. All of my bruising and swelling will fade over the next few months and my body will become more contoured. You'll especially notice one of my outer thighs is especially bruised from liposuction, but that should go away. I can't wait to see my final results and good luck with your surgery!