Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,967
11/16/12 3:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is awesome information. Very detailed and helpful.

Thank you so much for providing it.

Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

Media
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-me
dia


Weight chart
tinyurl.com/4A-HEALTHY-BMI-graph

Blogs
tinyurl.com/4a-healthy-bmi-in
dex


Maintenance Info
tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

Goal 155 +/- 3%


245 Maintenance Weeks
 
0
65
130
195
260
PATAROONY's Photo PATAROONY Posts: 22
9/10/12 1:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
RE: Costa Rica, Central America: husband thought Costa Rica would be safer crime-wise than Mexico.

I found my doctor(s) on various rating sites but also confirmed with the recovery center, Che Tica Ranch, which lists doctors they commonly work with. Rosenstock Leiberman clinica was one.
1) http://www.accpre.com/directorio_medico.ht
ml is the website for doctors registered as plastic surgeons.

2) you can also go to medical tourism sites but beware of being charged a few thousand dollars for them to arrange things when you can just as easily go directly to the doctors' websites or recovery center websites.

3) Rosenstock lieberman clinica has 3 surgeons and I'm pretty sure 2 or 3 worked on me at once to get all my procedures done. Clinic has been in business for years.

4) send you 'before' pics to a variety of doctors and get their feedback on what they can do and costs (quoted in us dollars)...they are all quite up front about this. One doctor said I wasn't appropriate for lower body lift so I didn't go with him (likely doesn't do them so that's why he said it)

5) recovery centers generally provide dressing changes, help with bathing, meals, liasing with your doctor, and rides back and forth for surgery/follow-ups. I chose Che Tica Ranch because they have hospital beds and I knew I'd have trouble getting up/down due to lower body lift and arm lift in same surgery.

6) I stayed one month, with first surgery a few days after arrival and second surgery a week later. I've heard that if you have complications, they generally occur within the first 3 weeks so wanted to have that follow-up. They were conservative about how fast they remove the stitches. It was also easier to be in an environment where there's no pressure to do anything...once home, I felt compelled to tidy, wipe things, dust etc. which caused some delay in healing due to pulling on incisions.

7) Costa Rica is around low 80's all year long and cool at night, especially in central area of country near San jose - very comfortable for healing and wearing pressure garments.

Edited by: PATAROONY at: 9/10/2012 (13:35)
 current weight: 174.0 
 
233
204.75
176.5
148.25
120
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
9/10/12 12:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Can you talk a little more about your experience in Costa Rica? How did you find a surgeon, How long did you have to stay, How much was the arm surgery? You sound like you were very pleased with the results. Also the cost of the medial thigh lift...

Edited by: AEBROWNSON at: 9/10/2012 (12:06)
Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
PATAROONY's Photo PATAROONY Posts: 22
9/10/12 12:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
In the end, I did the following this August: body lift, arm lift, facelift, breast lift,lipo everywhere, medial thigh lift, eyelid lift, brow lift, lip augmentation, nose job, back lift and chemically peel.

I did all this to give myself a "do over" because I F'ed up my body in my 30's/40's and am giving myself a second chance with feeling terrific in clothes. The prices were less than half in Costa Rica and didn't want the expense and time off to come back later.

It involved 2 operations: Aug. 6 - all face stuff, arm lift, lower body lift.
Aug. 13 - breast lift, back lift, medial thigh lift.

I blogged it all on youtube "pconradpebbles". It was difficult to go through it all but relieved all is done.

 current weight: 174.0 
 
233
204.75
176.5
148.25
120
PATAROONY's Photo PATAROONY Posts: 22
9/10/12 11:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Now for facelift: I had some hanging skin on my neck and virtually no jaw line...I formerly had a very fat face and neck (16.5 " down to 13"). I went for the facelift even though the idea of cutting my face anywhere repulsed me. I tried not to think about Joan Rivers and from what I read, I knew procedures had changed from merely pulling the skin to actually tightening the face muscles ($3000)
Breast lift/implants: I was going to leave this for another time but decided that after the sleeve gastrectomy time off last year, I didn't want to take more time of in the future. My boobs were heavy, shapeless and pointed to center of the Earth. I elected for C cups to look youthful, avoid fitting problems and avoid boobs being heavy and sagging again. They are super looking now ($3200)

 current weight: 174.0 
 
233
204.75
176.5
148.25
120
PATAROONY's Photo PATAROONY Posts: 22
9/10/12 11:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Okay, so I'm continuing this discussion re: do or don't with plastic surgery.
I had a body lift (aka circumferential tummy tuck, 360). It's much more costly than the tummy tuck but it includes lifting the tissue on the outer thighs, lipo saddle bags, lifting ass to remove wrinkles and saggy butt etc. I decided to go for it because it really streamlines your figure and the results are dramatic. I now have a smooth line from waist through hips and my skin has no visible cellulite. This cost me $9500 in Costa Rica - they did a fantastic job.


 current weight: 174.0 
 
233
204.75
176.5
148.25
120
PATAROONY's Photo PATAROONY Posts: 22
9/10/12 11:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Ladies: I just had my plastic surgery in August (2012) in Costa Rica. The price allowed me to basically do any and all work that I wanted (plus cashing in RRSP and using some inheritance).
arms: I agonized about this because of unsightly arms but scar would be unsightly also. In the end, I went for it because having heavy arms limited my wardrobe choices (no blazers or set in sleeve blouses) as well as self conscious about revealing upper arms. I figured either way I'd end up wearing longer sleeves to hide loose skin or scar so opted for scar so that I could fit into clothes properly. My scars do not show generally with arms in neutral position so I'm very pleased.

 current weight: 174.0 
 
233
204.75
176.5
148.25
120
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
9/3/12 2:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yeah, love the blue paper panties...
Good luck with your cardiologist!

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
THIGHMASTEROMG's Photo THIGHMASTEROMG SparkPoints: (7,044)
Fitness Minutes: (8,168)
Posts: 82
9/2/12 9:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I met with a plastic surgeon on Friday. I liked him and his PA very much and am excited about the prospect of going ahead with the procedure in 6-8 weeks. YEAH!

Have to get the blessing of my cardiologist, whom I'm seeing in about 10 days.

The worst part of the visit was actually showing the surgeon my body, having him grip my apron and flap it up and down, lol. Oh yeah, and having my picture taken wearing those awful blue paper panties!

I also inquired about a breast lift. He said my main problem was loss of volume, which would be better addressed by implants . . .so, anyone who's had this done, how do your breasts feel post-implant? Are they rocky? I'm concerned about them feeling "natural."



Edited by: THIGHMASTEROMG at: 9/3/2012 (04:24)
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have l


 Pounds lost: 70.0 
 
0
21
42
63
84
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
8/22/12 2:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I answered this very question under the topic "any regrets". I still have numbness from the abdominoplasty. It has improved a little bit, but is still significant. I didn't have a lot of nipple sensation BEFORE the surgery (often the case with large-breasted women) so it's about the same as it was.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
THIGHMASTEROMG's Photo THIGHMASTEROMG SparkPoints: (7,044)
Fitness Minutes: (8,168)
Posts: 82
8/21/12 5:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ann,

Well, I DO have questions, and I was looking forward to other members sharing some of their own experiences. You mentioned that you experienced loss of sensation following your abdominoplasty. Has that improved? Did you experience any loss of sensation in your nipples following the breast reduction? After I viewed a video on how they perform a breast lift (I don't know. . .I guess I just thought that they pulled everything up and made a seam at the shoulder like tailoring a dress, lol) and saw that it was very similar to the breast reduction procedure, where they essentially cut all the way around the areola, I have been fearful that I might lose sensation there, and that has me worried.

I know that the surgeon will tell me that it is a risk, part of every cya disclaimer, but I want to know how common loss of sensation truly is.



"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have l


 Pounds lost: 70.0 
 
0
21
42
63
84
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
8/21/12 1:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ThighmasterOMG...I'm sorry you haven't found the group helpful. I started the group because I had questions like you, and SparkPeople was strangely silent about body contouring surgery. I have posted a few articles, and tried to answer questions when I had answers, since I have had a breast reduction and abdominoplasty. If you find articles or have questions, please continue to contribute. I hope your consultation goes well!
Ann

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
THIGHMASTEROMG's Photo THIGHMASTEROMG SparkPoints: (7,044)
Fitness Minutes: (8,168)
Posts: 82
8/20/12 9:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Gee-Knee,

Thank you for your post. As far as I can tell, this group has not been active nor very helpful. I have an appointment this Friday for a consultation with a plastic surgeon to talk not only about a tummy tuck but the possibility of a breast lift as well.

I appreciated your post because it validates some of the same issues that I have. I have wanted to be a normal weight my entire life, and now that I am, I want to look as good as I possibly can. Having an "apron" of loose skin detracts from my good feelings about my weight loss.



"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have l


 Pounds lost: 70.0 
 
0
21
42
63
84
GEE-KNEE's Photo GEE-KNEE Posts: 1,126
8/20/12 7:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
After working really hard to lose 178 pounds, it was anti climatic to look down and see all my loose skin. My ribs and sternum were popping out, and you could see the ribs on my chest, but I still looked like I had a big tummy. I lost ALL the fatty tissue in my breasts too. I tucked my skin in my pants, so I didn't look like I had a muffin top. When I'd go into the plank position, I felt like it looked like I had udders... not attractive. I wasn't sure what was fat and what was skin (it was ALL skin according to my surgeon). I am 40 and I realized after about a year that my skin wasn't going to retract. I felt good health wise, and I felt attractive dressed, but... I wanted to feel good about myself, even naked... and it's was hard to feel done with all that skin.

 current weight: 179.0 
 
340
292.5
245
197.5
150
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
10/10/11 3:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome to the team! I'm not sure about your questions...seems these would be good to ask your doctor about.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
THIGHMASTEROMG's Photo THIGHMASTEROMG SparkPoints: (7,044)
Fitness Minutes: (8,168)
Posts: 82
10/10/11 12:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am new to this team and have been thinking about having a tummy tuck and possibly a breast lift. I have a couple of medical issues, however. One, I am on coumadin for life. I have had some post-op problems with bleeding, even though I was off coumadin at the time of surgery. I also form hypertrophic scars, which I find unsightly.

Anyone have any experience with either of these issues?

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have l


 Pounds lost: 70.0 
 
0
21
42
63
84
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
10/6/11 12:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I know what you mean. With my tummy tuck, I am still numb 5 months later...and may never get feeling back. This was one thing that I wasn't prepared for.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
REDSHOES2011's Photo REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
Fitness Minutes: (66,181)
Posts: 7,159
10/6/11 12:34 P

Send Private Message
Reply
The plastic surgeon told me the tummy tuck was vital to avoid skin infections and gangrene from skin not being able to breath- the tucking of skin fold into pants is unsafe practice.. My boobs shrinked and didn't need anything done to them..
The problem with plastic surgery is nerves get damaged- they sometimes don't find each other so we loss the alarm bell for pain and sometimes skin temperature regulation.. I have had plastic surgery to the side of my face- my skin gets burnt in hot and cold weather...

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 10/6/2011 (12:36)
Fitness is a battle, welcome to the frontline.
Suit up and fight for your life. War is war, no matter what front your fighting..
www.flickr.com/photos/6688543
5@N08/6853461474/in/photostream


394 Maintenance Weeks
 
0
100
200
300
400
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
7/19/11 12:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The other big problem with plastic surgery is that hardly any of it is paid for by insurance, and it's EXPENSIVE! I went to the medical school hospital for both my breast reduction (which was paid for by insurance) and the tummy tuck (which was not paid by insurance), and that is what is holding me back from additional surgery on my upper arms and thighs. ($13,000!)
You talk about needing to buy pants a size larger to tuck your tummy in...I really get that! I took a before picture of my tummy, and happened to look at it last night...What a difference!

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
DAWNINCASPER's Photo DAWNINCASPER Posts: 250
7/17/11 1:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ya know, I've thought about this as well. I think for me personally part of it is vanity. I've never had a decent looking body as an adult. I mean, I'm sure as a kid or even teen it was ok, but I want to experience life with a "normal" body, and boobs that hang that I can't even wear a shelf bra top with, and a tummy with so much extra skin I have to buy pants at least a size larger than I need in order to tuck my tummy in, is not normal in my eyes. The arms bug me, and I'd love to not be embarrassed to wear a tank top in public, but sleeves will work for now. I don't know how I will feel for sure about my thighs. Some of it will be helped with the tummy tuck, but whether or not it will be enough I can't say. I'm 48 so I really don't need to be wearing anything that short anyway, and my legs are fine from about 6 inches above my knee down. There is always the issue of bathing suits, though. I just completed my Masters for Counseling and I believe there is a lot to be said for how one feels about one's body. There are people who are overweight and are completely comfortable with it. I wasn't one of those people. The perception one has regarding the appearance has an impact on mental and emotional comfort, in my opinion. It is totally a personal choice, again in my opinion. I guess if having surgery puts financial strain on a person such that quality of life is compromised, then maybe it is something to think about. I don't know....just some thoughts!


RNY - 10/06/08
Pre-op weight - 279
GW - 135. . .?


 current weight: 151.0 
 
279
243
207
171
135
DAWNINCASPER's Photo DAWNINCASPER Posts: 250
7/17/11 1:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
technical malfunction apparently. :)

Edited by: DAWNINCASPER at: 7/17/2011 (01:11)

RNY - 10/06/08
Pre-op weight - 279
GW - 135. . .?


 current weight: 151.0 
 
279
243
207
171
135
DAWNINCASPER's Photo DAWNINCASPER Posts: 250
7/17/11 1:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
no idea why it posted 3 times!! :)

Edited by: DAWNINCASPER at: 7/17/2011 (01:10)

RNY - 10/06/08
Pre-op weight - 279
GW - 135. . .?


 current weight: 151.0 
 
279
243
207
171
135
AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
6/22/11 2:14 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So if I have plastic surgery, is it just vanity, or are there reasons of psychological and/or physical health involved? I've had two plastic surgeries (breast reduction and min-abdominoplasty) and am considering having surgery on my thighs and upper arms. The question I ask myself (a LOT) is why I want to do this. The breast reduction was easy...definitely physical health. The heavy breasts were KILLING my shoulders and back. The tummy tuck...well, it wasn't probably for physical health, but having it has sure improved my mental outlook. My clothes fit better, I look more fit. But is having more surgery going too far?

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who have supported me through this journey to health!


 current weight: 205.0 
 
208
193.5
179
164.5
150
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Plastic Surgery after major weight loss General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
weight gain after surgery 7/16/2013 10:02:42 AM
SP_COACH_TANYA wants input about loose skin. 3/5/2014 7:22:00 AM
recent surgeries? 12/15/2013 11:09:05 AM
weightgain after surgery 12/15/2013 11:18:17 AM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x51351x42578180

Review our Community Guidelines