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Tomorrow will be my two year anniversary of my VSG. I'm still doing very well but have gained a few pounds back from snacking on candy. I'm working on getting that under control.

I will be having plastic surgery on Feb 1st. I'm pretty nervous but excited too.

I'll be having a Tummy Tuck, arm lift and breast lift with augmentation.

I'll post before and after pictures once I've recovered some.

Best wishing to all on this journey!

Barb

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Congrats! Barb, would it be considered rude if I asked you the cost of the surgery? I am considering plastics also. ;)

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Barb....where are you having your surgery?? I doubt that any of this is covered by insurance so would be interested in the cost of each seperate procedure if you are willing to share.

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Not rude to ask at all. I had two different consults with two different docs.

If you do more than one procedure, they will ususally give discounts.

My first consult was:

Breast Augmentation $4500. (would give 15% off with multiple surgeries) $3825.

inplants $1750.

Tummy Tuck $6750

arm lift $3750. (would give 15% off with multiple surgeries) $3187.

This included Anesthesa and surgery room. So first consult total was $ 15,512

Second consult (This is the doc I chose)

Tummy Tuck $5600.

breast lift with Augmentation $ 5500 (would give 20% disc w/multiple) $ 4400.

Breast Inplants $ 1850.

Arm Lift $ 4300. (would give 20% disc w/multiple) $3440.

Anesthesa Fees $ 1650.00

Operating room fee: $ 3735.00

Total for all my surgery will be $ 20, 835.00

It's not cheap.

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I had my VSG in Mexico with Dr. Aceves (Fanstastic doc)

I'm having my plastics In Denver. I considered having plastics in Mexico, but was uncomfortable with having to remove my own drains and such. I prefer to have a plastic surgeon closer.

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None of the plastic are covered by insurance either. bummer

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Congrats Barb!!

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Good for you! Can't wait to see the pictures.

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Congrats ... Very jealous!!! ;0)

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Hi Mini!!!! Wow, so good to see one of my old time sleeve buddies. Looks like you are doing great!

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How exciting!!!! OK so let me ask you, did you notice the skin rebounding back somewhat on it's own??? I'm 17 months out and notice some skin is getting better, on it's own...can't wait to see your pics :)

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Thank you so much for sharing that information. I'm getting close to goal, but money isn't there even if I wanted to do plastics now. I also know I should wait awhile to be sure my weight has stabilized before doing plastics.

I do have a question though for you. I have seen one Plastics Dr. and asked her what I could expect in terms of things being firm or taunt say from a breast lift (don't need augmentation) or a Tummy Tuck. Her answer was rather vague and said she wouldn't really know until after she got in there to do the surgery. That didn't seem like a good answer to me. If I'm going to be spending thousands of dollars, I want to know what I can expect. It's great to see pics of other people, but I want to knwo what I can expect for my body. I'm not after trying to be some beauty queen, far from it- but I have a friend who had a tummy tuck and I wasn't overly impressed with the results. Yes, her tummy was flatter, but had pretty good muffin roles going on. She had gotten to goal, but don't know if she could have lost a little more weight if that would have helped.

I've noticed that my belly "overhang" gets a little less the closer I get to my final goal but I know I will still have some or maybe a lot- just don't know yet. I'm just curious if your surgery doc was able to tell you what to expect in terms of firmness of the skin where he or she is doing the surgery.

Not rude to ask at all. I had two different consults with two different docs.

If you do more than one procedure, they will ususally give discounts.

My first consult was:

Breast Augmentation $4500. (would give 15% off with multiple surgeries) $3825.

inplants $1750.

Tummy Tuck $6750

arm lift $3750. (would give 15% off with multiple surgeries) $3187.

This included Anesthesa and surgery room. So first consult total was $ 15,512

Second consult (This is the doc I chose)

Tummy Tuck $5600.

Breast lift with Augmentation $ 5500 (would give 20% disc w/multiple) $ 4400.

Breast Inplants $ 1850.

Arm Lift $ 4300. (would give 20% disc w/multiple) $3440.

Anesthesa Fees $ 1650.00

Operating room fee: $ 3735.00

Total for all my surgery will be $ 20, 835.00

It's not cheap.

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How exciting!!!! OK so let me ask you, did you notice the skin rebounding back somewhat on it's own??? I'm 17 months out and notice some skin is getting better, on it's own...can't wait to see your pics :smile1:

Some areas did bounce back a little, but it really varies from person to person. It depends on your age (I'm 54) and your genetics. My arms are terrible. I have about 4 inches of hanging skin under my arms. If you look at my pictures you will see that my arms were really huge before my vsg, so I think it would have been impossible for it to bounce back.

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Thank you so much for sharing that information. I'm getting close to goal, but money isn't there even if I wanted to do plastics now. I also know I should wait awhile to be sure my weight has stabilized before doing plastics.

I do have a question though for you. I have seen one Plastics Dr. and asked her what I could expect in terms of things being firm or taunt say from a breast lift (don't need augmentation) or a Tummy Tuck. Her answer was rather vague and said she wouldn't really know until after she got in there to do the surgery. That didn't seem like a good answer to me. If I'm going to be spending thousands of dollars, I want to know what I can expect. It's great to see pics of other people, but I want to knwo what I can expect for my body. I'm not after trying to be some beauty queen, far from it- but I have a friend who had a tummy tuck and I wasn't overly impressed with the results. Yes, her tummy was flatter, but had pretty good muffin roles going on. She had gotten to goal, but don't know if she could have lost a little more weight if that would have helped.

I've noticed that my belly "overhang" gets a little less the closer I get to my final goal but I know I will still have some or maybe a lot- just don't know yet. I'm just curious if your surgery doc was able to tell you what to expect in terms of firmness of the skin where he or she is doing the surgery.

My plastic surgeon did explain what I can expect and not expect. There is only so much they can do. Age has a lot to do with your skin condition as well. Being I'm older, my skin has already lost elasticity. If you don't feel totally comfortable with the surgeon you spoke to, I would not use them. Do lots of research. Look at pictures of their patients so that you can see what kind of work they do. He assured me that my stomach will be very firm and flat. I will definitely post pictures of before and after so maybe that will help some. Best wishes to you on your journey.

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Congratulations on your upcoming surgery! I just had all of my plastics done in Mexico and I couldn't be happier. I did have some stitches left in my groin after two weeks that I had a doctor friend remove at home. The others were all removed at the 12 days mark while in Mexico. 9 of my drains were removed and I easily pulled out the last two myself, but I can certainly understand not wanting to deal with them!

You're going to be so thrilled with your results.

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