BBL with Dr. Salama: Almost 6 months post op- put some pics back up

I have my BBL scheduled for July 3 in Aventura FL!...

I have my BBL scheduled for July 3 in Aventura FL! I am so excited that its almost here. I chose Dr. Salama after reading his amazing reviews and after going on consultations here in NJ. Drs here were not trying to go the size I wanted and the cost was so high. I have everything all set, my labs and paperwork were all received and Dr. Salama's staff is so friendly and helpful. I can't wait to see the new me! I don't know what I would do without this site and the amazing women on here sharing their journeys! Any questions feel free to ask! I'll try to keep my blog updated as much as possible. Thanks for reading!

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY!! AHH lol I'm really...

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY!! AHH lol I'm really starting to get excited and nervous. I'm a little concerned about the compression garment. I did some research to see if "butt in" or "butt out" garments are better and I read that you need some type of compression to reduce swelling which could hinder fat survival but I dont want it to flatten out the new butt!! What do u ladies think? Is there a special garment anyone recommends for maybe after the initial 2 weeks? I'm starting to think about what to pack and bring with me. I have to find the post someone put with a great list. Also, any recommendations for the boppy type pillow for the plane ride back home? Its only a 3 hour flight but I doubt theyll let me stand the whole time lol I want something a little smaller than a boppy this way if I need to drive anywhere Ill be able to sit on that. I realllllyyy want to not sit for the first 3 weeks until those fat cells are good and strong lol

AHH 1 WEEK TO GO!!!! well ladies my 1 week...

AHH 1 WEEK TO GO!!!! well ladies my 1 week countdown has begun. After reading so many posts I decided to upgrade my hotel room to have a fridge and microwave. For an extra $10 a day its better to be safe than sorry! Ok so I went to walmart today to start stocking up for things. Groceries and all that I'll get when I'm down there but heres what I got so far for people (like me) researching what to pack. I know I forgot things so PLEASE let me know if you have any other suggestions as to what to pack.
-Long loofah (with the stick at the end)
-antibacterial body wash
-Arnica gel (I read that it really helped its a pain relief gel)
-wipes
-bath wipes (in case its realllyy hard to shower)
-neosporin
-gauze
-non stick medical tape
-funnel (gross but i heard its easier to pee with)
-vitamin e caplets (to break open and apply to scars)
-thermometer
-medical gloves (in case my friend has to help with anything)
-suction cups (to hang drains on in the shower)

I made a big list and checked off what I had already and then bought wat was left. I still need to get the boppy type pillow because mine isnt included in my package (but if i want i can add it for $40). Also of course maxi dresses, robe, loose shorts, comfy clothes, granny panties, slippers, regular packing stuff. If I missed antything please add to the list! Hope this helps and next week this time I'll have my new booty!

OMG so my flight is in the morning and im freaking...

OMG so my flight is in the morning and im freaking out!! I am soo nervous and to top it off I cant find my pain killers and antibiotics to pack! What am i gunna do?! i tore my apartment apart but if i cant find it i guess when i get there hopefully they can give me another script. ugh this is the last thing i need! I uploaded 2 more before pics just off what I had on the computer maybe when I get down there Ill take some more! I was starting to doubt if I should go thru with this but following all of you ladies reassured me that I'm making the right choice. so THANK YOU ALL!! Just seeing all of the support on here and knowing we're all going thru this makes me feel so much better. I'll update when I'm in FL and after my pre op with Dr. S tomm!

Quick update! At the airport waiting for Larry. He...

Quick update! At the airport waiting for Larry. He had a patient to transport. Wonder if it's someone on here! Whoever it is I hope her surgery went well! From here I'm going to meet with dr s. still didn't find my meds but I called and they said they'll give me a new script when I get there. I can't get over how great the staff is. I'll update after my Pre op consult ! Still soooo nervous !

Just finished my Pre op. kind of upset that I...

Just finished my Pre op. kind of upset that I didn't even meet dr salama. I don't think they can expect their patients to feel confident and not nervous when u don't get to meet the dr until the day of. Larry is super nice but we had to wait a half hour to get picked up from the airport and so fat it's another half hour we've been waiting at the office and he's still not here. Thinking maybe I should've rented the car instead! I purchased the arnica pills for 30 and also the medical insurance coverage for 200. For all you ladies with the new pricing it's included in yours already ! But since I got the old pricing it wasn't but I def think its good to have. I'll update more later. Surgery is at 11am Tomm!

Ok so my bbl is today at 11am. I am sooooo scared....

Ok so my bbl is today at 11am. I am sooooo scared. I hope I made the right decision. These past few days I've been really doubting why im doing it. We should all be happy with how we are already and we're all beautiful but still want to put ourselves thru this. My main concern is what if something goes wrong! Its not gunna be worth it. I know it's just my nerves talking I'm so scared and I know dr s is amazing but I didn't even meet him yet ! It's so overwhelming. Honestly I'm scared of the pain but more scared of something going wrong during the surgery. I know I'm
Not alone in this and everyone gets scared tho. U ladies have been so amazing thank u all for the support and prayers. I look forward to updating you and also wishing you well for your upcoming surgeries. Honestly knowing I'm not alone in this has helped me thru! Thank you everyone and keep me in your prayers and your all in mine!

Hey everyone ! I'm ok! Thank God. I only have 5%...

Hey everyone ! I'm ok! Thank God. I only have 5% battery left so I'll def post more later but omg right after sx the pain and nausea was intense! But now I feel so much better. Kind of like I got hit by a train lol 1200ccs per cheek! My upper back is the only part not covered by the garment and the bruising is sooooo intense and big. But it doesn't hurt. The drains are creepy and I hadda call dr a Bc 1 drain isn't filling and my entire garment is drenched. Not all blood but like cool aid. Im trying to walk and eat. Only 1 Percocet taken so far. I'm so relieved it's over. Thank you ALL for the support it truly means so much ! I'll prob update more when my phone is charged and when I can't sleep lol

I tried to post a pic from my iPhone and it won't...

I tried to post a pic from my iPhone and it won't let me. If any iPhone users knows how to post pics let me know. Honestly if I posted pics of my bruised upper back and bloody garment I might scare some ppl out of doing it. The pain is still bad just took my second perc. My friend who's helping me is so amazing. Plz do not even attempt to do it alone. It is impossible. I tries to owe without the funnel for 1 time. Big mistake I got it all over me. Larry is picking me to at 845 to go get my garment changed. I'm trying to eat and drink as much as I can. ESP with the pain meds you need to eat. I wanted to take a nausea pill but they're suppositories. Lol I can't do it and im putting my friend thru enough I refuse to ask her to do it lol but the nausea isn't bad. Eating a lot of wheat thins and drinking red Gatorade and water. Ate some pineapples in the natural juice not the syrup and some turkey on where bread. I'm going to get up every hour or so to walk around so I don't stiffen up. My butt hurts but kind of like I fell on it HARD. My stomach hurts bad but the bruises on my Back don't hurt they just look so bad. Maybe my body is just dramatic. Ladies it's very scary I almost cried b4 they put me to sleep I wanted to run. But then u wake up and it's over. The pain is bad but gets sooo much better after u get back rest and EAT. I feel 100x better than I did right after sx. I'm in pain but not nearly that same pain as right after. So let me know if I can post a pic from my phone and how to do it. My friend took 1 in my dress when u got back so it's not graphic and scary loll I'll update more Tomm !

Well ladies it's 3am and I threw up :( the pain...

Well ladies it's 3am and I threw up :( the pain started coming bak more so I decided to try to eat and take another perc but literally 5 seconds after I swallowed it everything came up. It wasn't as painful as u thought it would b but I guess my body was saying no more meds ! Loud and clear lol so I prob threw up the perc too but now I can't take another Bc there's nomore food left in my stomach. Hopefully I can fall asleep again :( I'm able to keep down wheat thins and ginger ale. I didn't want to do a lot of ginger ale just stick to water and Gatorade but its the only thing I can keep down.

Ok so I had my bbl yesterday around 1230. Recovery...

Ok so I had my bbl yesterday around 1230. Recovery has been tough ! Went to see dr s today to change dressings and see how I'm healing. Last night I threw up around 3am after taking a pain killer. Today after I met with dr s I guess from the car ride and him taking off my garment (bruises all over my body it was not pretty) I felt sick again. Thank God atlbabymamma was there to show me where the bathroom was or I would've threw up all over the lobby and would've tried to run (hobble) away. After that Larry took me and another girl grocery shopping (not sure if she's on realself but if she is hey girl!!) and then back to the hotel. I managed to take the perc half and then half and kept it down. About an hour ago I took my temp and it was 99.8. I took Tylenol and took my temp about a half hour later it was 100.4! On the paperwork it says call the dr for anything over 101. I have a cool rag on my neck and head and now it's down to 99.5. Did anyone else get a fever after surgery? If so what did u do? I'm just worried that fever means infection. I've been takin my antibiotics and there's no other discharge coming from the drains just the normal stuff but no smell. I'll keep monitoring it but if anyone has any suggestions let me know. Thanks so much !

Ok sorry it took so long but I added some pics...

Ok sorry it took so long but I added some pics finally. I had to wait until I washed my garment bc it was gross. Im 3 days post op, starting to think i was getting a lil depressed but im feeling a little better finally. All the girls on here have been great. Atlbabymamma if it wasnt for u idk how id get thru this! And meelee i was following u from the start and I'm so grateful for your advice. All the bblgirls who are about to get their surgery I hope I didnt scare u away from it. I just wish I knew what to expect ahead of time bc this was hard! But honestly it does get a lil better each day u just have to get thru it. I had 2 massages already from celia (nightmare). Shes a sweetheart but they are painful, but necessary. I'm going to buy 2 more (since the package comes with 2) and get 1 tomorrow and Monday. Tuesday the drain comes out and then i fly home (yay!) If anyone has any questions about anything def let me know! I'll try my best to answer the best I can. And Ill try to post better pics when I get home!

Hey guys. Sorry I haven't updated as much but I...

Hey guys. Sorry I haven't updated as much but I was getting a lil depressed from being away from home so I didn't wanna be a Debbie downer especially for ppl who are about to go thru this ! Yesterday was 1 week since my bbl. It was a LonG day. Check out was at 11 and Larry picked us up and took us to c dr salama and get my drains out. I was nervous but knew if feel so much better with it out (I only had 1 Bc the back drain didn't work so he took it out 1 day post op) I thought it was going to hurt but it didn't at all. But was kind of gross. A nurse took it out and dr s came in to c how everything was looking. I had some questions but kind of forgot them all (it's the anesthesia- I forget everything) overall he just said it looked good and to keep up with my massages. Ok so I left there and let me just suggest not getting ur drains out the day u leave. They only put s tiny piece of gauze and it still leaks. All thru the garment. It's gross! So that was quick then Larry took us to the airport. We were there sooo early and the flight wasn't til 545 (there at 1230!) I ate on my knees Idc who was watching and found seats that didn't seperate so I could lay down. Our flight got delayed til 634! That's so many hours at the airport! So I gave the lady at the counter my note and she was so rude! When I asked if I could board the plane a lil earlier to give myself more time she was so rude and nasty it wasn't even worth it. Ok so the flight. 3 hrs long. I sat on the boppy so leaned over that my seatbelt didn't go on. I didn't care. As soon as they said it was ok I was standing and on my knees on the seat. I'm short (5'0) so I was maneuvering all diff ways in that seat like u wouldn't believe. Ppl in front and back of me were prob talking about me bein on my knees and all in their business but I didn't care. Idk how I made it like that for 3 hrs. But I did lol my boyfriend was waiting at my house when I got home and I was sooo happy to c him. I also got to c my sisters and my niece so I immed felt better. I feel so much better to be home. Im only taking the Percs at night but it's hard for me to do much Bc my garment is really tight and the board on my stomach gets in the way of any kind of bending. I'm going to take my garment off and shower and put it back on with the pads by myself today. It's hard to do when it's so tight! I hope the days and next few wks go by fast. My friend got butt injections last night and it made me kind of sad Bc she went thru like 10 mins of pain and I'm like going thru hell. But I don't trust those injections I heard too many horror stories. I'll try to take some pics with the garment off I feel like my butt has gone down some and I'm not happy about that :( I hope the garment isn't making it go down. I'm going to order a new 1 soon. Any suggestions as to what kind?

 

Post-op Pics updated!

Hey guys. I'm almost at my 2 wk mark (tues). Not...

Hey guys. I'm almost at my 2 wk mark (tues). Not much new to report. My bruises are 95% gone. I'm feeling better. Still tender anf swollen on the lipo areas. Especially my stomach. I tried to attempt to drive today. Nightmare. I used the rolled up towel and my boppy pillow. I still felt like it was putting pressure on my butt no matter how I sat. So needless to say it didnt last long. Do any of u ladies have tips for when u started driving again ? Im not lookin to drive long distances but I'm getting severe cabin fever and it's making me depressed. Plus I hate asking for rides and depending on people. It sucks. Any tips would be greatly appreciated !

Hey guys. So I'm 2 weeks post op today. Came today...

Hey guys. So I'm 2 weeks post op today. Came today to book my massage appts here in jersey. And my stomach is so f'd up! The foams and board are leaving such bad lines in my skin. My stomach is still so hard. I had to book 10 sessions of using the heating pads/massages/ultrasounds. $400 that I'm not prepared for. And even after the 10 I may still need more. Has anyone's stomach felt and looked bad after 2 wks ? Did the lines go away? I'm so upset right now I feel like I messed my body up.

Thanks for all the support everyone. I am going to...

Thanks for all the support everyone. I am going to be paying 400 for 10 massage sessions. I also got a new garment that is tighter and I am going to wear the board but not the foam on the sides. Maybe Bc I'm short or my body is different but that's been greatly contributing to my stomach being messed up. I found a garment with the butt part cut out and only a thin piece of fabric covering the 2 cheek cut outs but it wasn't a great fit for me. So I went with the same type dr s used but shorter and even thinner material covering the butt part. I never thought I'd say this but honestly Idc about my butt going down right now. I just care about my stomach going back to normal. I am going to do what atlbabymama suggested and use the spanx for under the garment. Hopefully that'll give extra tightness and smooth everything out. I'm also going to start using the heating pad and look into my own ultrasound massager that sxwallex suggested. I had 5 massages in Miami and I'm going to have 10 here in nj. I pray that's enough. It's all I can afford. I know I may be overreacting but right now as I'm here in tears I wish I never did this to myself.

15 days post op- Hey ladies! Just wanted to give u...

15 days post op- Hey ladies! Just wanted to give u a quick update. Im 15 days post op and 1st I wanna start off by apologizing! This has been such a roller coaster ride for me. 1 day im loving my results and the next day I feel like I ruined my body. I see a major improvement from a few days ago. I had a massage yesterday and today and yesterday I got a new garment and starting placing my pads a lil different and already I'm seeing a change. The other day it looked like a crease under my belly button and was so nasty but now it's smoothing out. My stomach has also softened up (just a lil) but I'm hopeful that after these next 8 massages it'll look a lot better. I'm hoping Bc i can't afford another package lol the new garment I got has smaller straps and is shorter. It covers the butt but the material that covers it is very thin. I actually tried 1 on that had butt cutouts but with a thin cloth that goes on the holes to not leave any marks. The holes were actually big enough not like the lil butt cheek holes we see on the online garments lol I went to a Columbian store downtown from where my massage lady is. I don't speak Spanish so I went with 2 girls I met there and they helped me so much. They even showed me a tailor who takes em in for only $10 so I'll def be doing that instead of buying new ones. I didn't get the 1 with the butt cut out because it was very
Long and didn't fit as good as this one does. I hope it's not making my butt shrink because it def went down some :( I took some pics and am going to try to post them in the morning (realself can we pleaseee start posting from our phones?!!?). Thank u all sooo much who commented and messaged me when I was going thru that lil episode the other day. Hearing that I'm not the only 1 really helped a lot. U guys are so amazing!!!

Hey guys. Not much new to report. Tomm I'll be 3...

Hey guys. Not much new to report. Tomm I'll be 3 weeks post op yay ! I'll post pics Tomm or wed. I took my garment from dr s to the tailor. Since I butchered it with the scissors they are going to cut the whole butt out, put a thin material over it so that the thigh part doesn't pinch the back of my thighs. I was Going to cut the legs off but then it would roll up. I'm also getting it taken in. For 25 it's cheaper than getting another new garment. This new 1 isn't comfortable to sleep in so now I'll be able to rotate. Question though. I asked dr s when I could work out again and he said 3 weeks. Did anyone start that soon ? Also, did u wear the garment under your gym clothes? And when can I start sitting again? I googled it and most drs on realself said 3 weeks. I know with the boppy and all that but what about brief sitting like restaurants? And when did you start drinking again? I'm not a big drinker but I like a glass of wine here and there or a drink when I go out! Basically I want to know when I can start being normal again?! Any advice would be so helpful!

3 weeks today yay!! Last night i decided to try on...

3 weeks today yay!! Last night i decided to try on that thong garment i got 2 weeks ago that i couldnt get past my legs lol and it fits now! Only problem is its veryyy tight and uncomfortable and took me 20 min to get off lol so i think ill try again in a week or 2! I did take some pics though so I'm posting them for u guys. oh and in the thong garment u can tell that 1 butt cheek is higher than the other lol at this point all i can do is laugh bc I'm tired of being upset over this!!! 4 weeks til im in the clear for reabsorbtion. I cant find my tape measurer I need to take my measurements! Maybe ill go buy another today.

Hey ladies! Well on Tuesday I'll be 4 weeks post...

Hey ladies! Well on Tuesday I'll be 4 weeks post op. my stomach is still tender but it is looking better. I wear my garment everyday but I have to be honest I did go out without it for a few hours on Friday. It's so hard to wear things over it. I noticed I did swell without it but putting it back on after a few hrs by the next morning it was fine. I think I'm going to try Epsom salt baths to help with the stomach. I have 6 more massages to go (I'm dping 2 a week) and then hopefully I'll be ok without them. They still hurt a lot. :( of and I guess I'm dead wrong in thinking my butt isn't that big. On Friday night I seen a lot of ppl I knew and 2 of my guy friends asked if I got my butt done. Umm rudeee!! I laughed it off and blamed the leggings but my butt is still so hard ! It's softening up lil by lil but it's taking forever !! I'm feeling better except for my stomach still being tender and sensitive from the lipo. I'm still not sitting but I have been kind of leaning when I'm on the couch or if I try to sit with the pressure on my thighs. I know it's important not to sit so I don't a lot but it's so f'in hard not to ! Everywhere I read says 2-3 wks no sitting so even tho I'm still bring careful I'm hoping im out of the real danger zone. I'm just being honest and realistic lol a girl needs to sit down sometimes loll I'm about to upload another pic too and I'll take more soon!

Hey guys! Finally hit four weeks today yay! I'm a...

Hey guys! Finally hit four weeks today yay! I'm a lil worried about something though. On the upper right side of my butt cheek now I have this red almost looks like a bug bite but it's not kind of bump. It's hot when I touch it and painful. I noticed the pain a few days ago but finally looked to see what it was yesterday. Last night I put neosporin on it and today. I know I'm still in the healing process but should I call the office? Or maybe email them with a pic and see if I should be worried? I know it's not gunna be permanent but what I'm worried about is possible infection ? Has this happened to anyone else who had the procedure ? If so what was it?! Any advice would be great im gunna try to take a pic of it to post.

Ok so I emailed the office with a picture about 3...

Ok so I emailed the office with a picture about 3 hours ago. Never got a response. Called the office. Told them the whole situation. Said I emailed jennefer and haven't gotten a response and I'm worried it could be an infection. Not sure who I spoke to but all she said was "ok ill talk to her and we'll call u back" and hung up on me as I was talking asking if they even have my number to call back Bc she didn't even confirm my name or anything. I am in ShOCK over the lack of follow up courtesy dr. Salamas staff has. They'll be so nice before you give them your money but once they have it they can give a shit less. The way I was treated after surgery by the staff and now with this makes me wish I chose another dr. If no one calls me back over what can be a potentially serious issue then hell will be raised. You don't treat patients like that.

Nomie emailed me and said they sent the pic to dr...

Nomie emailed me and said they sent the pic to dr s and he called me right away. He said it looks like it can be an infection. I have to go to the ER to get it looked at and maybe cultured or lanced and then probably get antibiotics. I don't have insurance so I'm glad I got the insurance plan they offer for any post surgical complications. I'll keep everyone posted. Pray for me that it's not serious :(

Ok so dr s recommended I go get it looked at and...

Ok so dr s recommended I go get it looked at and since no other plastic surgeon will look at or mess with someone else's work I went to the ER. They wanted to talk to dr s b4 they did anything but he was in surgery when they called. He answered when I called and everytime after that thank God. They did an ultrasound on the bump and seen there was fluid in it. They numbed it and aspirated but instead of fluid it was a lot of pus! Gross. So they had to cut the abscess and squeeze all the pus out. It didn't hurt when they cut it but it hurt soo bad when he was squeezing it out. It was so much. I heard him telling another dr it would've equaled to around 30ccs of pus. It wasn't just the abscess it was like pockets of pus around the whole area. He didn't close it up but put some type of thing in it to keep it opened so the rest of the pus comes out. Kind of like if it was a cyst. Its not just gauze it's actually something inside. And then gauze over it. Thank God my best friend is a nurse and was with me the whole time and she'll be changing it for me. Its weird Bc remember how I said it looks like 1 side is bigger and harder than the other? I think that could be the cause. A couple people ppl asked me how it happened I honestly have no clue! I'm almost a month post op!! I'm so glad I took out the insurance thru the office. I guess when I get the ER bill I gotta figure out where to send it to. Also, I'm gunna start 10 days of antibiotics so I hope that kills the infection. It's weird Bc it's not even on an incision site. It's just random on my upper cheek and only looked a lil worse than a bug bite. Thank u everyone who told me not to wait and get right to the ER to get it looked at. I'll def keep everything posted. Oh and I didn't tell dr s about the incident with his office. I wanted to but as soon as he mentioned hospital and infection I freaked out. Nomi emailed me and said they sent the pic to dr s and then he called me right away. And was also very helpful when I called him from the hospital. I'll stand by saying dr s is amazing. His staff not so much and I got a couple messages from realself users who feel the same way so at least I'm
Not alone. I just hope everything else goes well and I can get over this hurdle and continue on with my recovery. It sucks Bc as soon as I started finally feeling better now this had to happen!! Ugh!!

Ok so this morning I read thru the cosmetassure...

Ok so this morning I read thru the cosmetassure brochure and it's only valid for 30 days after surgery. And my 30 days is Tomm. Talk about good timing oh man! I didn't even know it was only covered for that short a time. I emailed Nomi to make sure that the followups will be covered as well because that'll be over 30 days. She told me she forwarded my question to Ruben and he got back to me and said since the orig claim is within 30 days all followups will be covered. What a relief! It goes without saying but if you think something is wrong don't wait too long! I wish I went a few days ago then maybe the infection wouldntve been as bad. It's so hard to tell what's normal and what's not in the healing process. Thanks to all u ladies who told me to get my butt to the dr ASAP lol when I get more info on the insurance I'll let u guys know.

Ok so im uploading a pic of what the bump looked...

Ok so im uploading a pic of what the bump looked like at first. the other pic is from today when I took the antiseptic gauze out and before i put a new one in. Its pretty deep. its going to stay opened for a few days to drain and then Ill be seeing a plastic surgeon affiliated with the hospital to close it back up. They drew around the original bump so u can see in the open hole pic the swelling and redness really went down after they drained all that stuff out. I hope its not too graphic but a couple people asked what it looked like so they can make sure to be able to spot a possible sign of an infection. The other 2 pics are from the other day!

Hey guys. So I called the ER yday to get the...

Hey guys. So I called the ER yday to get the results of the culture and they added cipro on top of the Bactrim I started taking on Tuesday. They told me the name of the bacteria and I googled it and it's mostly common to be picked up in hospitals or following surgery Bc ur immune system is weak. Hopefully the antibiotics knock it out and then I'll be good. I was going to post a video of my girl packing the hole but it's too gross and all you'll hear is "omg Ewww" lol so I prob shouldn't. Oh and question. Does anyone know where I can order a new board from? Mine started bending and when I tried to bend it the other way I cracked it lol I still use it though but would rather order a new 1!

Hey ladies! So today makes 5 weeks post op yay!!...

Hey ladies! So today makes 5 weeks post op yay!! I'm still taking my antibiotics for the infection and changing/packing the abscess daily but its not really draining anymore so I hope thats a good sign. I go to see a surgeon here in NJ on Friday and then he'll decide if I need stitches or if it'll close on its own. Its been improving and healing on the inside more and more so I hope he'll let it close on its own. The left side has been softening up nicely but the right side where the infection is and under the abscess is still hard, im hoping that softens up soon. I'm scared if its fat necrosis that the area will stay hard but i'm hoping for the best. I have 3 more massages to go and then that might be it for me since financially its getting very expensive. Last week was such a scary time for me but I'm starting to finally feel like its going to be OK! I absolutely love my results. Last update I asked about ordering a new board because mine broke and Ruben left a comment saying to call the office and theyll send me another 1 so that was so helpful since I couldnt find any online! After all this recovery and hospital mess the staff really has been helpful with everything and they are going to work with me in filing the cosmetassure claim. Maybe I was wrong about them or spoke too soon. Thanks again guys!

More pics soon!

Hey everyone. Had my follow up yesterday to get...

Hey everyone. Had my follow up yesterday to get the abscess/infection looked at. The dr said it looks good and that I don't need to get it stitched closed. I'll keep packing it until the inside heals more then let it close on its own. I asked if I should get it recultured for infection and he didn't recommend it and said theres no need. I'm so glad I caught it early enough. I'll have a lil scar when it closes but that's a small price to pay for my results which I love! Plus my scars from dr S are so small and not noticeable in the least! So I'll take it lol. He also said it should soften up like the other side over time, and Nomi said the same so I'm not too worried. My opinion about the staff at EPS has changed a lot over these last 2 weeks and they have been fabulous! Answering all my questions, working with the insurance co. about the claim so that I'm covered and checking up to make sure I'm healing. And they're sending me a new board because mine broke so they really have been great. Thank you everyone who's been commenting and messaging making sure I'm ok! I'll be 6 weeks post op on Tuesday and I'll try to get some more pics before then!

Hey Hey!! Sorry I've been MIA things have been...

Hey Hey!! Sorry I've been MIA things have been crazy. This is crunch time for us teachers especially teaching at a new school and new grade! Everything has been going great! My infection is gone the hole is closed and that side is finally softening lil by lil (the left side is fully soft). I have lost some volume. A couple ladies asked about my pre and post op measurements. I never took them lol even now I have no idea! It wouldve been a good idea because the I'd be able to monitor it but it is what it is lol no sense stressing over it though .My boo is still loving the resullts and the attention is at an all time high so even with some volume loss it must not be so bad. I'm not loving my stomach. Altogether I had 15 massages. My stomach is softer but still looks like theres some waves in it. I wear my garment at night with the board (the broken 1 since even after I called and they said they were sending out a new 1 it never came) During the day I wear a body shaper. Honestly not everyday so I guess its my own fault why my stomach isn't perfect. Once school starts I'll be in the gym again and getting alot of exercise chasing around my lil 1s so I'm not too worried. I'll be taking alot of pics this weekend going on a lil getaway with my boo so I wont forget about u guys and I'll post some more pics! I still read my email updates and comments from other blogs so Im still keeping up with you ladies. Oh yea my only visible scar is where the front drain was. The lipo scars and scars on my butt are so tiny and not noticeable so thats great! Overall veryyy happy with my results. Even if i wasnt theres no chance in hell i'd do a revision and go thru that again !! I'll be 2 months post op on Sept 3. I hope it stays this size and doesnt get any smaller. Talk to u guys soon!!

Hey ladies! I hit 2 months post op on sept 3rd. I...

Hey ladies! I hit 2 months post op on sept 3rd. I feel great. Im not in love with my stomach it still gets swollen and hard at times and looks wavy. I got my other board (thanks Ruben!) because my orig 1 broke so I started wearing that at night again. I also started with the heating pad again and its been helping. Im about 80% satisfied with my butt. I'm hoping that "fluff" happens because i lost a lot of volume but that was to be expected. My left side has been completely soft for some time now but because of the infection my right side has a hard spot in it and a dent I'm hoping that when it softens the dent will go away because the hard spot is flat from not being soft so thats why its dented. it is obvious with and without clothes on. But im hoping it softens up. I'm going to respond to as many comments and questions as i can! I still get updates and for the ladies on the journey best of luck to u all and you'll all look fabulous! I know you guys asked for diff pics in diff clothes. I got the leggings up there I'll take some in jeans and a maxi soon i promise!

Hey ladiesss. Added 3 new pic from a lil shopping...

Hey ladiesss. Added 3 new pic from a lil shopping trip today. I remember someone asking for jeans and someone for a maxi dress pic and i couldnt resist the orange dress it made my booty pop like BAMM! hah nothing new to update just wanted to add some pics for u guys i told u i wouldnt forget!

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have...

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have been crazy for me. Especially dealing with the hurricane and how bad it hit jersey. But I didn't forget about u guys and wanted to give u an update! To sum it up, I had my BBL with dr salama on July 3. I'm about 4 1/2 months post op. I got 1200ccs each cheek and im 5'0. I didn't take measurements before or after so I really cant help anyone with that :( . I still love my results. My only complaint is that because of the infection, my right cheek had hard lumps on it and looks dented. It has to be a result of the infection because the other side is fine. The left side seemed to have shrunk more than the right, again not sure if its because of the infection but I'm guessing it is. I do notice an improvement when i massage the hard areas but I have to step it up on massaging more. I'm about 80% happy with the way my stomach looks. I dont wear my garment anymore or any type of compression. i was really just over it (dont follow my lead) lol. I'm probably going to wait until 1 year post op to see if the hard lumps go away and if they dont then what the next step might be. I cant afford a revision and i wouldnt put myseld thru that again. So I gotta be happy with what I got. In the pics the dent might not seem that noticeable but in leggings and tight pants its VERY noticeable. I'm gunna try to get a pic of it up so u know what i mean. But heres some pics of where I am in regards to volume. I def lost alot but again im still happy with my results (minus the hard spots/dent). Any questions let me know. And to all the ladies going thru this now Good luck to you all !! You're in my thoughts and prayers and even though its hard at first you'll make it thru and look amazing!

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have...

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have been crazy for me. Especially dealing with the hurricane and how bad it hit jersey. But I didn't forget about u guys and wanted to give u an update! To sum it up, I had my BBL with dr salama on July 3. I'm about 4 1/2 months post op. I got 1200ccs each cheek and im 5'0. I didn't take measurements before or after so I really cant help anyone with that :( . I still love my results. My only complaint is that because of the infection, my right cheek had hard lumps on it and looks dented. It has to be a result of the infection because the other side is fine. The left side seemed to have shrunk more than the right, again not sure if its because of the infection but I'm guessing it is. I do notice an improvement when i massage the hard areas but I have to step it up on massaging more. I'm about 80% happy with the way my stomach looks. I dont wear my garment anymore or any type of compression. i was really just over it (dont follow my lead) lol. I'm probably going to wait until 1 year post op to see if the hard lumps go away and if they dont then what the next step might be. I cant afford a revision and i wouldnt put myseld thru that again. So I gotta be happy with what I got. In the pics the dent might not seem that noticeable but in leggings and tight pants its VERY noticeable. I'm gunna try to get a pic of it up so u know what i mean. But heres some pics of where I am in regards to volume. I def lost alot but again im still happy with my results (minus the hard spots/dent). Any questions let me know. And to all the ladies going thru this now Good luck to you all !! You're in my thoughts and prayers and even though its hard at first you'll make it thru and look amazing!

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have...

Hey guys. Sorry its been so long but things have been crazy for me. Especially dealing with the hurricane and how bad it hit jersey. But I didn't forget about u guys and wanted to give u an update! To sum it up, I had my BBL with dr salama on July 3. I'm about 4 1/2 months post op. I got 1200ccs each cheek and im 5'0. I didn't take measurements before or after so I really cant help anyone with that :( . I still love my results. My only complaint is that because of the infection, my right cheek had hard lumps on it and looks dented. It has to be a result of the infection because the other side is fine. The left side seemed to have shrunk more than the right, again not sure if its because of the infection but I'm guessing it is. I do notice an improvement when i massage the hard areas but I have to step it up on massaging more. I'm about 80% happy with the way my stomach looks. I dont wear my garment anymore or any type of compression. i was really just over it (dont follow my lead) lol. I'm probably going to wait until 1 year post op to see if the hard lumps go away and if they dont then what the next step might be. I cant afford a revision and i wouldnt put myseld thru that again. So I gotta be happy with what I got. In the pics the dent might not seem that noticeable but in leggings and tight pants its VERY noticeable. I'm gunna try to get a pic of it up so u know what i mean. But heres some pics of where I am in regards to volume. I def lost alot but again im still happy with my results (minus the hard spots/dent). Any questions let me know. And to all the ladies going thru this now Good luck to you all !! You're in my thoughts and prayers and even though its hard at first you'll make it thru and look amazing!

Hey guys. I know i did a 4 month update and was...

Hey guys. I know i did a 4 month update and was still complaining about the hard spot on my right side (the side that was infected), but now I think its infected again. In the same place the scar was, it hurts really really bad. And feels like if i push down on it theres fluid underneath. The pain started on Thursday. I called the office on Fri morning (7am) and they don't open til 9. I texted Dr. S and he called me within 15 mins. I was very happy about that (thanks Dr. S). He didn't recommend going to the ER but to the surgeon who followed up with me after the ER from the last infection. Well when I called they said hes in France learning a new procedure and wanted to get me in on the 30th. Noway. So they scheduled me today to see another dr. in the practice. Well they called me a half hour b4 my appt and said I needed to get there NOW or that the dr had to reschecule bc he had to leave. I'm sorry I lost it and ripped tha lady. How you gunna call someone 25 mins b4 their appt and they work 40 mins away from the office? it makes no sense. She fit me in tomorrow at 5 so ill see then whats going on. The last time it was bright red like a welt and hurt but not that much, this time its not red like that but hurts alot. I can barely sit or lay on that side. Im just over this. Again its not dr. S' fault but infection is a potential risk and since I had a breast aug I thought my body was good at handling surgeries. I took all my antibiotics and packed the opened incision to let it drain so i dont know why it would be back. and i dont even know if cosmetassure is going to cover this. It is the same condition as my orig 1 but they only allow up to a certain amount in follow up care. Dr. S recommended the surgeon drain it with a needle and see if any fluids or pus comes out, and if it does then cut open the absess to let it all come out and then keep it open and start on antibiotics. I just hope this isnt a reoccuring thing every few months. Its scary to even think. Ill keep u guys updated and let u know what happens. Pray for me :(

Ok so went to a dr today to see if I have another...

Ok so went to a dr today to see if I have another infection. Let me start off by saying now I know why I went to Miami for my surgery. This dr here in NJ sucked big time balls. Rushed me out didnt drain or even look at the infected area. Just so he can run out early. All he did was put me on the same antibiotics (which I had to tell him the kinds I was taking last time) and said oh they'll drain it next time when it's not infected anymore. Bullshit. Waited over and hr to be seen for 2 1/2 mins when he could've just said that over the phone. So I left pissed off and confused so I got in my car and called Dr. S' cell. I expected to leave a voicemail but he picked up so I was really happy about that. He explained it more in detail and I'm going to take the antibiotics and see if it gets worse over the next few days. I have to say, I know some of my posts a few months back might've been negative about dr s being too busy for his patients, but being 4 months post op and still being able to call or text him anytime is great. So he does care about his patients no matter how busy he is. If it wasn't for the infection and dent due to the infection id be 100% satisfied. I lost volume and sometimes I think my butt is small but it's huge seriously. I was very realistic going in and developing an infection was always a risk, a rare 1 but it happened so now I'm just rolling with it taking things 1 day at a time. If the dent for some reason stays permanently and down the line I need to get it fixed I will go back to Dr Salama. I've had my ups and downs but I couldn't ask for better communication going thru a hard time like this. Until next time guys..

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the...

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the same spot. Well since that nj doc screwed me I couldn't get an appt until Tomm. The abscess grew and grew and became soo painful. I was taking the antibiotics and didht have a fever so dr s (and I) thought it could wait til Tomm. Let me tell u! This morning I get out of the shower. It looked shiny like it was wet (kind if like a pimple that's about to pop) I dabbed it to dry it and it BuRST. I'm not even exaggerating. It shot everywhere poured out of me. I didn't know what to do so I jumped back in the shower to get out what I can. I wasn't that grossed out Bc it happened b4 already but it was nasty. Covered my shower floor. I texted dr s (even sent him a pic of the floor) gross I'm sorry lol he called in a rx for me for this cream. Right after work (after it leaked everywhere) I got in the shower again and got the rest out I think. I put the cream on and gauzed it up again. But I must say. The pain is GONE. The hotness of the area is gone and also remember the dent I keep complaining about? GONE. That side never softened up fully and now it feels like 60% softer than how it did b4. I thought I was Guna be stuck wit a hard cheek and dented forever. I'm hoping it keeps getting better and better and that this is the end. I go to the dr Tomm. Those assholes wouldn't even see me today. (Dr. Rose and co. In Shrewsbury NJ I will be writing a review on the lack of care they offer patients) making me wait in pain for a wk only to let it burst open and STiLL not see me b4 Tomm. Dr S again has been great and and answered right away. And if I had to go thru this to soften up and get that dent out then hey I'm glad. Ill keep u guys posted on what they say Tomm.

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the...

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the same spot. Well since that nj doc screwed me I couldn't get an appt until Tomm. The abscess grew and grew and became soo painful. I was taking the antibiotics and didht have a fever so dr s (and I) thought it could wait til Tomm. Let me tell u! This morning I get out of the shower. It looked shiny like it was wet (kind if like a pimple that's about to pop) I dabbed it to dry it and it BuRST. I'm not even exaggerating. It shot everywhere poured out of me. I didn't know what to do so I jumped back in the shower to get out what I can. I wasn't that grossed out Bc it happened b4 already but it was nasty. Covered my shower floor. I texted dr s (even sent him a pic of the floor) gross I'm sorry lol he called in a rx for me for this cream. Right after work (after it leaked everywhere) I got in the shower again and got the rest out I think. I put the cream on and gauzed it up again. But I must say. The pain is GONE. The hotness of the area is gone and also remember the dent I keep complaining about? GONE. That side never softened up fully and now it feels like 60% softer than how it did b4. I thought I was Guna be stuck wit a hard cheek and dented forever. I'm hoping it keeps getting better and better and that this is the end. I go to the dr Tomm. Those assholes wouldn't even see me today. (Dr. Rose and co. In Shrewsbury NJ I will be writing a review on the lack of care they offer patients) making me wait in pain for a wk only to let it burst open and STiLL not see me b4 Tomm. Dr S again has been great and and answered right away. And if I had to go thru this to soften up and get that dent out then hey I'm glad. Ill keep u guys posted on what they say Tomm.

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the...

Ok so as u know I had that 2nd infection in the same spot. Well since that nj doc screwed me I couldn't get an appt until Tomm. The abscess grew and grew and became soo painful. I was taking the antibiotics and didht have a fever so dr s (and I) thought it could wait til Tomm. Let me tell u! This morning I get out of the shower. It looked shiny like it was wet (kind if like a pimple that's about to pop) I dabbed it to dry it and it BuRST. I'm not even exaggerating. It shot everywhere poured out of me. I didn't know what to do so I jumped back in the shower to get out what I can. I wasn't that grossed out Bc it happened b4 already but it was nasty. Covered my shower floor. I texted dr s (even sent him a pic of the floor) gross I'm sorry lol he called in a rx for me for this cream. Right after work (after it leaked everywhere) I got in the shower again and got the rest out I think. I put the cream on and gauzed it up again. But I must say. The pain is GONE. The hotness of the area is gone and also remember the dent I keep complaining about? GONE. That side never softened up fully and now it feels like 60% softer than how it did b4. I thought I was Guna be stuck wit a hard cheek and dented forever. I'm hoping it keeps getting better and better and that this is the end. I go to the dr Tomm. Those assholes wouldn't even see me today. (Dr. Rose and co. In Shrewsbury NJ I will be writing a review on the lack of care they offer patients) making me wait in pain for a wk only to let it burst open and STiLL not see me b4 Tomm. Dr S again has been great and and answered right away. And if I had to go thru this to soften up and get that dent out then hey I'm glad. Ill keep u guys posted on what they say Tomm.

Hey guys. Well I'm almost at my 6 month mark. Hard...

Hey guys. Well I'm almost at my 6 month mark. Hard to believe! I put a couple pics back up. I orig took them down for privacy reasons but wanted to get some back up. My infection hopefully is all cleared up. I still have a dent on the right side (much smaller than what it was) but kind of makes that side look a little squareish. Other than that and the scar I have from the abscess bursting (which I hope heals) I'm definitely happy with my results. Ladies it's a long road to recovery lol but in the end to me it was definitely worth it. The dr. I went to see in NJ charged me $770 for draining my abscess (when they never did bc it burst at home) and also for 2 visits at $225 each even though one of the visits he didn't do anything barely looked at it. I got them to take off those 2 charges and I am only going to be responsible for one office exam. I also got a $400 bill from the hospital from August. I think for the labs. Once I get the revised statement I have to resubmit this to Cosmetassure because I shouldn;t be responsible for these charges since I took out the insurance coverage when I got my BBL. I spoke to Ruben about this and he told me to send the bills all out to the rep for cosmetassure and then to go from there. I really hope I'm not going to be responsible for these charges because the insurance plan is supp to cover all of this. Anyway just wanted to keep u guys updated because I like to stay on top of these things and it's more that I have to deal with. Good luck to all you ladies going thru this. I still get email alerts for some pages Ive commented on so I stop by here and there and check up. Any questions let me know! except about measurements bc I never took any lol

1 year 5 months PO !

Hey everyone. Sorry for not updating as much as I wanted to. It's been a year and 5 months since my bbl. besides some weight gain (that I'm working losing) I am still so happy with my results. I still have 2 small indents and scars from where the infection was and feel like my right side is larger than the left (maybe bc the infection was on the right side). My stomach I'm not 100% happy with but I feel like I will be once I start working out again. Ill try to update more and add more pics. Here's a couple though ! Hope everyone is doing well!

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Amazing surgeon. I'm 4 months post op and even with how busy he is, he still called me back at 7am to talk about my possible infection. He really cares about his patients!

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Omg I wish I would have been around to see your pics.....you look amazing in the nude and black dresss....hope he's able to make me look great
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I'm thinking about going with Dr. Salama and i was wondering, did you get an automatic quote of like $8999??
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Looks really good.how many cc's did u get?
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800..and 300 in each hip
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You look great! I like the tan bandage dress.
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Over a year and some months...That booty still holding weight! Something great to look forward to! U look AMAZING!
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Love your results!!! Sorry about everything you went through but glad you laid it all out an we're honest about it so that future patients like myself can see that things can happen. Hope all is well
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You look great! Thanks for your review and keeping it updated as long as you have
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You Look great hun Thanks for the update that ass us phat I'm 9 months po and love it
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I am sorry I discovered you late so I missed your other pics but you look great. I am 5'1 1/4 Lol. I am hoping for results like yours (sans the complications) ;0)!
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I missed youuuuuu, had to come on to check on you! Lol
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Hey hun!!!! I miss u tooo!! Thanks for comin to check on me! Nothing really new that dumb abscess thing decides to pop back up randomly but other than that everything's great! How are u? I'm abouta check out ur updates and c how ur recovery and everything has been! It's been awhile I'm glad we're wayy past our time lol
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Awwww, it needs to leave you alone!I haven't ben able t upload pictures, so I'm going to message you my number. :-)
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Still looking good!! Do u have other pics? ;)
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U look great ! Can u post a b4 pic and an updated pic ? Thanks girl !
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Damn your booty is like POW! I'm short too only 5'2 and would lovvve results like that. Thanks for sharing your journey even the ups and downs and being real. How much did you weigh before surgery? if you don't mind me asking.
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Hey thanks for updating!! Gurllll u Still Looking great! I wanted to ask u when did u start wearing jeans? I'm so ready and wore a pair today at 2 months ... I felt some tingling tho... But it Could be my mind! Also where did u get the green jeans... Having a hard time with finding good ones or designer ones that fit.. And I'm not feeling the Colombian ones :/
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Hey girl thanks! Jeans took me a lil while. When ur still stuff it's hard to squeeze into nice 1s lol the blue/greenish 1s I got at Marshall's. lol super cheap. American apparel has some nice stretchy high waisted 1s in different colors I lovee them. I'm not a big fan of Columbian 1s either I felt like i needed them pre op Bc they made my butt look bigger lol jeans are so hard try h&m they got some good 1s. I don't like the super stretchy Columbian 1s but I don't like stiff hard 1s either so they have some softer relaxed denim that fits really good! Good luck let me know!
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Hey Girl! Thx for the suggestions... I'm gonna check them out ;)
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Just wondering how everything is going for u. I hope your abcess is gone and fixed. Either way you look really nice. Hope you're doing well :) Keep in touch!
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Hey! Sorry it took me a lil to respond I get alotta updates still so I miss done stuff lol I hafta start updating again everything is going good the abscess finally closed and now the mark is getting lighter so I hope it goes all the way away lol and thanks ! I still have a lil dent but I'm hoping when everything is all cleared with the abscess 100% that it'll b even less noticeable
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Soo Happy for you hun.. Definitely keep us posted on the insurance!!
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