kisten1210

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About kisten1210

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 12/10/1979

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Minneapolis
  • Age
    38

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Drew
  • Hospital
    Ridgeview
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    269
  • Current Weight
    170
  • Goal Weight
    170
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    28
  • Surgery Date
    02/04/2015
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    I did exercise a lot before surgery, I love exercise! Where are you having your surgery through? I lived in lularoe pants and tank tops/sweat shirts ... in the recovery hotel I lived in a nightgown and rob! I was there 11 days post op ... and didn’t realize I could have laundry done on site ... so I had a lot of clothes. If I would have known, I would have only packed 3 outfits. I took magazines, modeling clay, crocheting stuff, laptop, soduku, crayons and coloring books. I slept a lot!!! i ended up taking about $100 in 5’s & 1’s and I used my debit card for everything. Take about 2 bottles of dial liquid antibacterial soap with you (gold stuff) and good thick lotion. Wash before surgery and EVERY shower after .... it was so hard to find it there and I was so glad I did bring it! Through ALM it would be normal busy (not a Mexican holiday). So I’m sure you’ll have company! Awesome! Request me as a friend and I’ll add you to the group!!
  2. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    I’m not sure who that surgeon is, must be another company. ALM Plastics only has 2 plastic surgeons, Castillo & Lazos. I did not tip at the recovery center but I bought them coffee if I went, or treats if I went etc. I did take arnica tabs - not gel, because you don’t want to put any on your incisions Keep them dry! i did bring my fire stick with movies on it as well as Hulu and Netflix. You cannot pass over the border with narcotics. With or without a prescription they are illegal there. I recommend when you go to the pharmacy, get a bottle of their strongest pain meds the pharmacist has that you’re not allergic to! I only needed pain meds for about 3-4 days plus travel day! Tylenol even ... its not that bad ...just day 2 & 3! i did all of my pre-op physical stuff with my primary doc - I also saw her the day I got home so she could care for me. She took off my tape. She was very impressed! if you find me on Facebook (kisten Kirsch) I can add you to my private plastics page that has my entire journey and all the photos!
  3. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    I did exercise a lot before surgery, I love exercise! Where are you having your surgery through? I lived in lularoe pants and tank tops/sweat shirts ... in the recovery hotel I lived in a nightgown and rob! I was there 11 days post op ... and didn’t realize I could have laundry done on site ... so I had a lot of clothes. If I would have known, I would have only packed 3 outfits. I took magazines, modeling clay, crocheting stuff, laptop, soduku, crayons and coloring books. I slept a lot!!! i ended up taking about $100 in 5’s & 1’s and I used my debit card for everything. Take about 2 bottles of dial liquid antibacterial soap with you (gold stuff) and good thick lotion. Wash before surgery and EVERY shower after .... it was so hard to find it there and I was so glad I did bring it! Through ALM it would be normal busy (not a Mexican holiday). So I’m sure you’ll have company!
  4. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    I’m doing great! Things are fantastic! It was the most amazing experience ever! These were my most recent photos that I posted in the ALM Plastics page. Let me know if you have questions!! You can barely see my incisions. Ab muscles are just about stronger than they ever were ... I’m a yoga junky {JUNKY} now (going in 11 months now). I exercise a lot and have lost 20# since surgery [as you can see from the bottom photos, I have ribs!]
  5. No, I did not have a lower body lift (FDL) - just a tummy tuck, and not even an extended. The lines on my back side are the markings of where he did the liposculpture.
  6. So today is 6 months PO! I almost feel like I need another TT! Because of how much more active I’ve been post op and how much more I do now - it’s amazing! I only weigh 11 lbs less than I did prior to surgery, but muscle changes EVERYTHING! I’ve been doing hot flow yoga 4-6 times a week, I’m rebuilding my core strength big time! Loving it, too! I’ll post pictures tonight!
  7. Did you find and complete this? And how far south?
  8. @Aussie H I always said I would never do it - but I couldn’t take the skin flap anymore; especially with exercise! The major way I actually picked my doctor when I was researching online - as I was narrowing - DRAIN FREE ... I was not going to anyone that used drains! Ish! I got over the naked thing!
  9. I’ll post photos this week! Tuesday is 21 weeks! ALREADY!
  10. I can’t wait to hear from her tomorrow!! It’s only bad on day 2 - then the sun rises on day 3 ... and everything is tolerable! It’s weird! I was totally off pain meds by day 5!
  11. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    Diane - there were like 8 Diane’s with name! If you want to find me - Kisten Kirsch (I’m The one) I actually have a private FB group for my plastics journey down to Mexico! It was amazing! I went through A Lighter Me. Dr Rodolfo Castillo. He’s an amazing guy and surgeon! Huge price difference! I paid $9800 for a full TT with muscle repair, liposculpture & Breast with 2 week stay with care! Amazing! I loved it! I’m just over 20 weeks PO! Great place!
  12. kisten1210

    Mexico...Seriously!

    Lol! Huge price difference! Wish I was able to get in a suit while I was there!! I pause $9800 for a full TT with muscle repair, liposculpture & Breast with 2 week stay with care! Amazing! I loved it! I’m just over 20 weeks PO! i went through A Lighter Me! Great place!
  13. @Losinit67 - it’s an amazing experience! I have a great friend there RIGHT now having a fleur de lis (FDL) & Belt Lapectompy in the am tomorrow am!!! She’s so excited!!
  14. @gtalan thanks! It's been a fun journey! @Carina, I always said that I would never do it, I would never care. I couldn't handle the constant skin slapping when I was simply walking up/down stairs. I couldn't get my compression shirts tight enough anymore. I cant believe how much better my hips feel!
  15. @CurvyMermaid - there are a couple things to remember for plastics! The better physical shape you're in (fitness wise) the faster you're going to bounce back! Also, the lower your BMI! I was in top physical shape for me! I was dodging cars to cross the road for Starbucks by day 3 ... some women didn't even leave the hotel at all until they kicked them out for their flights! I was also off pain meds completely by day 4. Back to work when you get home depends on your work! Desk job ... sure! I teach swimming, gymnastics and kickboxing. I was just able to take a bath at week 8 (last week) even though the entire wound was closed. Also, cannot chance getting kicked in the abdominal muscles. Other thing to remember - energy is JUST NOW returning to normal!! Just lifted weights for the first time yesterday! It is a long process! I had my Primary Care Doctor do all of my pre op physicals and post op stuff - I wanted to have someone in my side JUST IN CASE - this isn't required. They do it all down there! It was all for me and my husbands sanity! Here is a picture of me...post-op day 3, I ran across the street, my surgery buddies who were having surgery the next day wouldn't even run across! lol!