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    Has anyone tried Ultherapy? Specifically on their neck. Some areas will have to be addressed with surgery. Period. But i am cautiously optimistic my neck area could be improved with Ultherapy. I’m trying to maximize my experience and minimize my cost, so I’m pondering which procedures would be best for me. And when. I’m not quite to goal and I carry most of my weight in my hips, thighs, and butt. I am most sensitive about my arms and thighs. Then my neck, stomach, and breasts.
  2. Has anyone had plastics with Dr. Duran? I am having a hard time finding reviews. Honest, candid experiences appreciated.
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    Dr. Hector Duran Experiences

    I am apart of this group, thank you. I received a much lower quote from Dr. Duran, and while I know price is not everything, I do want to explore him as well. I am not afraid to pay more if it makes sense. I chose Dr. Aceves as my VSG surgeon even though he was double the cost of many TJ surgeons.
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    MX Plastics

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that BP is doing plastics now. How do I get more info. I’m just about ready to take the plunge!
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    MX Plastics

    I sent a request to join the FB group, however, answering the questions here in this thread would be great too. So to allow for transparency and consistency.
  6. Weren’t you leaving? Good luck on your surgery. I hope it goes well and you are successful.
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    Too few calories=stall?

    Starvation mode is myth we like. "I'm not losing weight because I'm too good at not eating." It also proves that far too many think WLS is magic. It is not. I am almost 4 years out, not yet at goal, and fighting for every damned lb I lose on my way to goal. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    Too few calories=stall?

    Starvation mode is a myth. Our bodies resist change and strive for homeostasis. Do the best you can to get your Protein, nutrients, and fluids in. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  9. I'm sorry but we do not and don't plan on getting involved in plastics at this point. Let us know who you go with! What changed??? I've been planning and saving in anticipation of BP adding this option. I had my WLS in Mexico and it was hella stressful having to research and vet every single doctor only by patient experience. Trying to wade through the real people and the coordinators. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    I use Rainbow Light Women's with Probiotics. They are food based so they do not hurt my stomach. I buy them on Amazon. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    BariatricPal Policy Reminders – Everyone Please Read!

    Not much at all...............only that some of the folks that were honest with me.....gave me the jolts of truth and challenged me......helped direct me to change my thinking and behaviors..........helped me extend my life....which was soon to end....and now I feel like I'll live forever since taking their advice.........yeah...those people have been permanently banned. Not much has happened. Sadly.....the loss will impact the very newbies that are posting in this thread the most. I was one of them this time a year ago. I wish them well and hope that they can sift through the bs and find some real solid advice from some real solid veterans. There truly aren't many left and it is a poor reflection of what this place is becoming. I am confused about why advice givers are being banned... So are the mass lipstick profile pics for LipStickLady? Was she banned? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    I am almost 4 years post-op and drink occasionally. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    BariatricPal Policy Reminders – Everyone Please Read!

    So? What's new on BP? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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    Best Plastic Surgeons in Mexico?

    Alex, any timeframe on whether BariatricPal will partner with plastic surgeons in Mexico? I'll be needing plastics next summer. We're working on something interesting as I type this....I hope to have some news for you in a week or two. I am wondering where BariatricPal is with this venture? I am closing in on goal and saving accordingly. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  15. I am almost 3 years out from my sleeve surgery and down 130 lbs. My starting weight was 405 lbs. I consider my VSG to be a success, however, I have been gaining and losing the same 5-10 lbs for about a year. I am considering going back across the border to Mx for a revision. I would love to know what VSG to MGB patients have experienced. Especially if you chose Medical Tourism. Also - with the revision, how do they alter an already altered stomach?
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    Sleeve to MGB...

    Would you elaborate on the side effects?
  17. Hey there to all the previously sleeved... Would you be so kind as to touch base with us? When were you sleeved? Who sleeved you? How much success have you had? Any complications (sure hope not)? Would you do it again? Amanda Rae Ps: Remember, when you go on hiatus, we worry!
  18. I'm so sad that the reason I came back to MBP to post is due learning about the passing of my amazing surgeon, Dr. Aceves. He was such a nice man and a talented surgeon. I cannot speak on the relationships that those who do not do Medical Tourism build with their medical team locally but for many of us who venture away from our "home" it feels more personal. Dr. Aceves helped me to change my life and made a terrifying decision easy and comfortable, My sympathies to those who's lives are effected by this loss. Amanda Rae
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    Just Hiked my Butt Off!

    Just spent most of the day hiking with my family. Kids and I loved it. The hubby complained... Until we got to the waterfall!
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    I would not be so quick to call others a liar simply to justify your own "slip". I followed my postop diet to the letter.
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    Quest Bars are not what they say they are

    I can eat the Atkins bars like candy. I took my Atkins bars to work and have been sharing them... The Quest bars feel more like a meal. I've relied on them on occasion but I also go weeks or even months without buying them.
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    Thoroughly unscientific poll

    I struggle with a goal. I'm tall and carry my weight in the hips, thighs, and butt. I want to look and feel attractive. Healthy. I want to be fit. But will I know it when I reach it? I struggle with this because I see others who are "never satisfied" when they hit their *goal*. Who want to lose a bit more. Strive for "skinny" which translates into my mind as unhealthy. A long term side effect of this surgery that doesn't get nearly as much attention as leaks, PE, or bougie size are the eating disorders I believe people on here have developed. And the body dysmorphia I've seen posted. I struggle with goals because they scare me. I struggle with how I see my body. I struggle with my addiction.
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    I Lost ******* in 2013

    I lost 125 lbs and have that much to go to reach goal. Congrats to all on their awesome successes!
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    NYE is this week and I'd like to toast the New Year with champagne but I'm nervous about the bubbles upsetting my stomach. I know the only way to know is to try, but I am hoping for some preparatory feedback.
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    I'm going on 10 months postop. I thought of adding oj a la mimosa style,