I originally had my first BBL in July 2012 with Dr. Salama. Let me just say that experience was definitely a crazy ride for me, emotionally and physically! I was completely dreading the touch up and even considered cancelling at the last minute, but I am very happy I didn't. The touch up was NOTHING compared to the first time, very simple and relatively painless! If you are considering a touch up due to some minor issues with round 1, please know that it is nothing like the first time...however, you are still stuck in that damn garment and you have to get massages. I didn't have any drains though. I'm not sure if this is typical or not but I was sooooo happy to not have to drag those things around lol.
So after my first BBL I noticed some assymetry at around 3 weeks. I wasn't really concerned about it because I know that it takes time for everything to settle. But as time went on it seemed like that side (the left side) was shrinking much more than the other. It was a different shape too. Pretty soon I started to get very self conscious about it but it was very obvious in clothing that one side was bigger than the other. I also had a dent in the shelf area and as the swelling in the tummy went down, one side of my stomach had a pocket of fat that looked really weird, like one side of my stomach was bloated and the other wasn't. I was really unhappy with it at times but I started losing some weight and it got better. I lost about 15 pounds total and it looked pretty good but I still wanted to fix it since it was still pretty obvious.
I scheduled my touch up in November 2012 for August. They were booked many months in advance so if you want a certain date, you definitely need to set it up as quickly as possible. As the time went on, I was getting more and more nervous. I didn't want to have to go through that again, the first time took several months for me to feel even remotely normal again. The weeks prior I felt like there wasn't a lot of communication between me and the ofice...I remember the first time, I got a package in the mail giving me instructions and information in April when my surgery was in July. This time, I didn't get anything and I had to request all the prescriptions and instructions last minute, it seemed..and they just emailed it to me. I know the office is busy but it kind of felt like they forgot about me, so that made me even more nervous.
I went to the office on the day of my surgery to sign paperwork and I didn't recognize anyone but Nomie, so they must have changed their staff...however, everyone was very polite and helpful. I signed the paperwork and went to the surgical center and talked to Dr. S...I was very surprised because he remembered me right away and even called me his favorite patient lol. I said "What no way!" lol, he said I was one of the nicer ones. I'm sure he has had to deal with many angry or unhappy patients before lol. He took a look at me and he saw everything I was talking about without me even needing to point it out really. Because I didn't have that much fat he took some from the bra strap area in the back too. He was really nice and the procedure was very quick. I definitely have to shout out the anesthesiologist because he was extremely nice too. The first time I had the surgery, I woke up being stuffed inside my garment in the surgery room, before I was even in the recovery room. I was in sooooo much pain and discomfort. This time, I woke up in the recovery room and it was much, much better. So it was not bad at all.
After surgery, Dr. S was very quick to answer any questions I had through text message...within 5 minutes I would get a response and he would also text just to see how I was doing, which was very nice of him. As far as the touch up, he fixed the dent and my stomach looks awesome, even with the swelling. He put 500 ccs into the left side only where it was messed up. I think it looks better, it is still a little lopsided and differently shaped but it has only been a week so I won't know what it will look like in the long run for a few more weeks. Also, nobody is perfect...those cheeks probably wasn't shaped the same before surgery anyway so of course they will look different after. All in all, I am very happy I did the touch up and hopefully I won't have any problems in the healing process :)
This procedure can be emotionally and physically draining. That being said, I recommend finding a doctor you are comfortable with, researching every aspect of it, including what can go wrong, and being as prepared mentally and physically as possible. I had seem some amazing outcomes and I have seen some not so amazing...attitude has a big effect on your recovery. So try to stay positive and realistic and you will more than likely be very happy with your results!
Message me for any questions, I don't come on here regularly so I will try to answer them if I can.