Ok, so originally I was all set to go with Dr. Mendieta and he's a great doctor, but he was a bit expensive and I wasn't sure how or when I was going to get the money up for his 20% deposit (that cannot be financed), afford garments, time off, meds, pre-op, a place to stay and care, etc since his fee is only for the procedure, nothing else. So I kept searching here on RealSelf and found Dr. Salama's partner, Dr. Ghurani. His results were fabulous with nice hips, beautiful projection and just looked real! So after a little more research, I emailed Salama's office and got all the goods. Quick rundown:
Called Ghurani's office, was told someone would get back to me within 2 days. Got an email that same afternoon from Cynthia (TOTAL SWEETHEART!!) with the price of the surgery, which includes lipo on abdomen, flanks, & upper/lower back, 2 garments and 2 massages, and an opportunity for additional lipo areas. She asked me to send my photos in to get the dr's opinion and set up the procedure date and sign paperwork. I did, told her I was interested in Dr. Ghurani and she emailed me another (lower) price and some sx dates. One in October (about 3 weeks from the date of the email) and another in November. I already had CareCredit financing from when I was seriously considering Dr. Mendieta last year, so I told her and she said I could finance the ENTIRE surgery without having to pay a cash deposit of 10% (great for me...no $800 out of pocket up front!) I sent my photos and she got back to me the next day with Dr. Ghurani's opinion. He said I was a very good candidate with good fat deposits, he could aggressively lipo my flanks (where I'd see the biggest improvement), abdomen and back, giving me a great waist and better overall torso profile. All the fat grafted would be used in my butt to contour and get desired size and projection transferring a minimum of 1200cc's per side. Cynthia emailed me the opinion and also called me to let me know.
So, I went right ahead, let her run my CareCredit for the cost of the entire surgery ($7574), selected my date 11/19, got an email confirmation back with a receipt, all my info, staff info, and sx info. I thanked her for being such a sweetheart and scheduled a face-to-face consult with Dr. G. I think it was set for the next week. I was so excited.
I left early from work to go to the consult, and took my ex-boyfriend. (He's one of only 2 people that know I'm even having this surgery, and he's been supportive ever since last year when I first told him I wanted to have it done. Even tho we broke up early this year, he's still going to be my caretaker after my procedure). I have been doing EXTENSIVE research here and other places, so I was just ready for Dr. Ghurani to examine me in person and give me more info. The office is in a hospital/medical center I believe in a beautiful building. The waiting room was small like a regular dr's office. I signed it and there were about 4 ppl waiting. 1 girl was about 5 months post-op from a BBL and her mom was telling about how hard her recovery was, etc. I brought my laptop so my ex and I just talked, I looked up more wish pics, and just waited. Nomie called me back, gave me my scripts for meds, went over some medical questions, explained the procedure and aftercare, gave me a few papers and confirmed my sx date. Then she showed us the drains. THAT was a rude awakening for my ex. I think he thought this procedure was going to be a simple one...suck the fat from the belly and love handles, put it in the butt, rest a few days and then boom...sexy new ex-girlfriend. But as we spoke more and Nomie demonstrated where the drains go and how to empty them, etc, he was clearly uncomfortable. She also described how he would have to force me to eat and drink, keep up with my meds, and empty my drains and clean my garment, and remember things for me because after SX, most girls are forgetful. I think it was a RUDE awakening for him. I took that opportunity to show him so post SX pics from this site...bloody garments, bruising etc. and he was SHOCKED. I had to laugh.
Nomie was nice and informative. She has had the procedure done and she looks a little 'done' (if that makes sense) in my opinion but she looks good. After she gave me my boppy pillow (also included in sx cost!), she said Dr. G. was on his way in and for me to get undressed and put the little paper gown on. I did and about 15 mins later, he walks in.
Ladies...he INSTANTLY made me feel at home. He's GOOD LOOKING, tall, great smile, etc. Funny and full of info. He sat, went over some more med history questions, and then got into the procedure explanation. He explained EVERYTHING. Why we carry fat in certain places, how genetics, culture, etc determine our vision of beauty and what we want from our bodies, how fat works, just EVERYTHING. Then he began to draw on the paper lining the table I was sitting on of how he sculpted the body, what he wanted it to look like ultimately, etc. Then he made me drop the gown and then started poking and pointing out things on my body. He knew EXACTLY the stuff I hated, but he was very impressed with my body. He said I was built athletically, had excellent skin, excellent fat and that I would heal nicely and he could shape me beautifully but that I had slight scoliosis that he was sure I probably never was aware of and that was why I held weight more on one side of my butt than the other and why I had weird bulges/dents on my butt/hips (always HATED that and never knew why!). He said with lipo alone, I'd probably love my body without the BBL, but WITH it, I'd probably want to marry him...lol. He said he doesn't tell you CC's or take CC requested because the skin and fat tells him what he can do, but that he knows I'd be happy. He also said he hates the fake Nicki Minaj type booties but lots of girls want that so he does it. I told him I wanted a 'spanish girl' butt, upside down heart with nice curve and small waist and HIPS. Just an hour glass figure. He agreed and said he could make me as close to perfect as he possibly could. I showed him a few wish photos and he said I picked perfect ones for my height and body type (25 years old, african american, 5'3", about 150lbs). He asked if I wanted inner thigh lipo (without me even having to mention it) and said he would do it after he did the other stuff and that it might not make a HUGE difference but if wanted it, he would do it. After that, he wrapped up (it had been close to 2 hours!!) and said he couldn't wait to see me for sx.
Whew! So I got dressed and the young lady from the lobby was about to be seen. She let me touch her butt and ask her questions. She looked great, very natural, booty was nice and soft, natural feeling (my ex wanted to touch too but I told him to f**k off!) and she looked VERY happy. So we left. My ex was VERY concerned about the sx at this point. He didn't understand that its a MAJOR SURGERY with a hard recovery. So he started to get annoying because he started to question why I wanted it and if I really wanted to go for it. I'm worried that he won't have the stomach to help me after SX but he promises he's still behind me with it. We'll see.
I've called the office about 100 times since then with questions and I'm always answered pretty promptly. I THINK Cynthia is pregnant so she's out a little bit (I think it's her...not 100% sure but one of the girls I saw in the office is very pregnant and her voice sounded familiar) so my emails take a couple days, but calling is MUCH prompter. Nomie responds very quickly tho via email.
So now, I'm taking Iron, Vitamin C, B Complex and a multivitamin, but after a week I started getting headaches like never before, so I stopped for 2 days and they went away. Idk what it is but I know I have to keep taking them...
Anyway...I went and got all my med yesterday from Walgreens. Cost me about $30 with insurance. I'm scheduled to do my post-op blood work at Dr. G's office on 11/11 (a week from now) since I'm off work that day. That is costing me $160 that they added into my financing...score again! No money out of pocket since I don't think my insurance would cover it since my PCP didn't order it PLUS they have the results right there and don't have to stress about your PCP or lab sending them results on time, etc). Fingers crossed that I have no issues...I'm sure I don't but still.
I'm very nervous and feel like this is unreal that I'm going to have this procedure in just 2 weeks! But I NEED A PLACE TO STAY! I live in south Florida but about an hour away and I need to stay close to the Dr's office for at least 6 days. FInding a nice vacation rental or extended stay has been almost IMPOSSIBLE since I only want to spend about $350 AND I have to pay for a caretaker after the 1st day since my Ex can't take that many days off...just the actual sx day. Ugh...this is the only part that is coming out of my pocket and I'm trying to keep costs down. Any of you girls can help? Ugh! This is the only snag I've hit. Oh and info on garments..help me out you guys!
Ok. I think I've covered EVERYTHING so far. I'm going to try to upload some photos and wish pics and keep you all posted on the next steps!