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Our Journey

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Laura and Vanessa have been best friends for almost twenty years! They have gone through many experiences together during those years. They have been there for each other through successes, heartbreaks, marriages, and children; their bond has always been strong, even when they have lived miles away. Their latest shared experience was plastic surgery. Laura always struggled with her appearance, especially after becoming a mom. But, living in Colombia, she took advantage of being able to meet amazing doctors and met the one that changed her life. After seeing how successful the procedure was and how excellent the results were, she brought her best friend Vanessa on board. Just like Laura, Vanessa struggled with her appearance, and Laura wanted her best friend to feel as fabulous as she did for the first time in her life. Vanessa was not on board at first. She was scared, overweight, and didn't have the funds to pay for the procedure. So Laura coached her through the entire process, encouraging her to lose weight and save money. Then, when the time came, Laura booked the appointments and bought her medicine and garments. Laura knew how stressful the experience could be for Vanessa, so she ensured that everything was ready upon her arrival. Vanessa's surgery was also a success! Although the process was challenging, she had her best friend walking her through her journey. These surgeries changed their lives, inspired them to take action, and founded My Body by Design LLC. They want to be able to offer the gift of turning a scary and painful experience into the most pleasant, empowering, and life-changing journey for people from around the world. Their mission is to lead the way for people's body design processes and walk them through the exciting, sometimes painful, but primarily unforgettable moments of this journey like they were for each other.

Laura Caba

Certified Medical Interpreter with top-notch communication skills with years of experience in project management, client success and TESL education. She is skilled and passionate about client success & satisfaction.

Laura's Journey

I struggled with my weight my entire life. I was always going on crazy diets since I was a teenager to lose weight. I found shopping for clothes so horrifying; always wrestling into clothes. After three pregnancies, I was unhappy with my body, which often collided with my intimate life. I knew I didn't want this to affect my marriage and looked into getting plastic surgery. I had a few consultations and finally found the perfect doctor for me. He told me exactly what I needed to design my dream body and mentioned a tummy tuck. I admit I was frightened because I knew that is an extensive surgery and how invasive it would be. However, my doctor was extremely reassuring and made me feel comfortable. I couldn't believe this was happening; I was finally going to feel confident in my skin. My husband was very supportive, even though he didn't think I needed it, and he loved me the way I was. But I wasn't doing it for him; I was doing it for myself. When performing liposuction, doctors are only allowed to remove a certain amount of fat, and I wanted to get the best results, so I began to lose as much weight as possible. I put in the work, and the day came. The doctor and his crew were all very kind and helpful.

Once out of surgery, I was in awful pain, and the nurse was more than willing to give me pain medication to make me comfortable. Due to the pandemic, I had an overnight nurse who was extremely helpful. She helped me remove my garment so I could shower and helped me put it back on. I had my lymphatic massages scheduled perfectly, and she was also accommodating and dear. Nearly three months, and I was almost back to my usual self. It was an arduous process, and what needed a great deal of patience, I am now living my best life! I have never felt this confident and don't struggle in the dressing room!

Having Vanessa as my journal through this process, seeing the results, and how happy I was convinced her to change her life as I did. I wanted my best friend to feel what I feel, and seeing her excitement every step of the way, has made me the happiest I ever thought I would be. Helping her, watching her flourish and be her best self, has fulfilled me extraordinarily. I want to do the same for everyone willing to hold my hand and get through this together.

Vanessa Pecly

Seasoned bilingual professional with years of experience in sales, client success, business development and operations. She is skilled and passionate about Organizational Leadership & Development.

Vanessa's Journey

I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have struggled with eating disorders since I was a child. However, I had learned to live with it and didn't allow my weight to be an obstacle to being who I am. I always told myself, " I am who I am, and I am happy with the way I look; people still love me for me." And that was partially true, people did love me for who I was and how I looked, but I didn't. Only those of us who have been in that horrible cycle of depression and eating disorders, where you eat because you are depressed, but you are depressed because you are fat, know about the lonely hell I am talking about. I lived there for most of my life.

At 24, I reached my heaviest weight, 250 lbs. I had asthma, smoked, drank, and didn't take care of my body. Finally, I had reached rock bottom, and a health scare got me out of it. Ultimately, I got a personal trainer and lost weight through a low carb and CICO deficit diet. It took me about three years to lose weight about 100 lbs.

I married the love of my life and had two children with him, the best things in my life. However, staying motivated and maintaining a healthy weight after my pregnancies has been challenging. That changed in 2020 when the world changed, I lost a loved one, and I had another wake-up call to get my body and self-esteem together again. I was there for Laura throughout her plastic surgery journey, and she motivated and coached me through mine. It took me two years to lose 30 lbs and save the money to make my journey happen. The pain was excruciating and challenging, more painful than childbirth. But I look at the results daily: my body, soul, marriage, and mental and physical health. For me, this journey was worth every penny and tear! I promise you; it will be for you too.

So if you are at that point where you have done it all to feel confident and happy in your skin, and it has not worked, let us help you get there! It is never too late or soon to make your dream body happen.

If you're interested in medical tourism in Bogota, Colombia, consider My Body by Design. At My Body by Design, we specialize in providing medical tourism services in Colombia, with our most popular procedures being Gastric Sleeve, Dental Veneers, Gender Affirmation, and Tummy Tuck. Take advantage of the opportunity to save on medical procedures while receiving top-notch care. With our no-fee layaway and financing options, you can make your dream procedure a reality without breaking the bank.

We understand that you may have many questions and concerns about medical tourism, so we offer a FREE Q&A consultation to help you learn more and feel more comfortable with your decision. We have a team of experts dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your medical journey. If you are ready to take the next step towards a happier, healthier you, request a quote today!

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