11 months post op! New Pics! Had to get it from Salama bc I didn't get it from my mama!
- updated 4 months ago
Well, this is the first official step to my...
- 1 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
Well, this is the first official step to my journey to a better me. I am here to better the physical me. I personally feel very in touch with myself and have always, unfortunately, always felt that was just jipped genetically. Until, now...I just settled (very unlike me) with the fact that I was the way I was, and despite the fact that I've always been active would always feel this way about my body.
I've always been one to take initiative in changing things that I wasn't so previously happy with in every other aspect of my life...except when it came to the physical me, I had no choice...that is, until my discovery of BBL. I'm a young professional, am very detail oriented, and have always appreciated intricacies of the female body. I've been fortunate enough to have survived life's tribulations and turn my life around from some pretty unfortunate circumstances and have always felt that my body never matched my spirit. So now...this surgery gives me the opportunity to contribute to the process of bettering the physical me.
What I wish I knew beforehand???? IF....I'm actually going to be able to make it throughout the recovery period. You see, I am in sales...a road warrior...so do much of my business driving around in my car or sitting at my desk managing my administrative needs of my work. The recovery portion of the procedure worries me more than anything else. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain...so I've already accepted and am embracing the fact that there is no doubt I will undoubtedly experience being uncomfortable.
AND...my boyfriend is a med school grad. Not quite a practicing doctor...and loves me for who I am (or so he says), says he's supportive...but refuses to assist me in moving forward with this. I initially asked him to be a co-signer for my procedure since he would be a benefactor. He agreed he'd do it, but has been real shadey about moving ahead with this. What he doesn't realize, is that it has taken quite a bit of self pride to even share with him my true feelings about my body. I'm an extremely private person and quite frankly have become a bit sour at his lack of support. So...I've decided to leave him out of the process and will admit, that I am a bit sour about it..since I feel he is in his way trying to control what I want to do by not actually supporting me. Words are far more different than action.
Well...looks like the boyfriend has finally come...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
I'm still very excited! Scared indeed, but more excited. I also forgot to mention that I own a clothing boutique...and a majority of the stuff...I can't even wear...sexy, body hugging, feminine clothing...ironic huh? Well...I'm counting the days when that can happen...and I can actually model my own clothes!
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! I'm beyond...
- 8 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
I decided to add liposuction to my inner thighs. I'm sick of them rubbing together. I like my curves so I'll leave the outer thighs alone and leave for a more balanced voluptuous look. I took out the transportation ($225) since I believe we'll be renting a car. My boyfriend is coming with, so I know he'll probably want some freedom to roam around. My grand total with inner thigh lipo minus transportation = $8074!
OK...so, I'm booked and received all of my care...
- 16 Aug 2012
- 1 month pre
OK...so here I am...September...and April can't...
- 4 Sep 2012
- 24 days pre
Now I'm starting to shop around closer to home despite the non refundable deposit situation. Being home while I recover sounds more and more better each time I think about it. But then again...I know exactly what to expect from Salama...and it's exactly what I want.
Additionally...I am thinking of getting my chin lipoed as well. Its a problem area for me and one of the very first places I visually gain weigt :(
It's 2 days later, and I'm still feeling the same....
- 6 Sep 2012
- 22 days pre
I'm getting so impatient...don't know if I can wait all the way until April 2013 for this procedure with Salama...or if I want to have to travel all that way without any help and have to recover in a hotel and deal with comprimising the procedure results by getting on a plane that sits on the tarmac for a couple of hours (which for me never fails whenever I travel to FL.) looking for some insight ladies. Anyone in NJ have their BBL done by anyone and happy with the results the first time around?
Well...each day is a struggle to be patient. I'm...
- 7 Sep 2012
- 21 days pre
So all jokes aside. if you have an Oct/Nov/Dec date...and you want an extra $500. Let's talk.
Nancy is an absolute doll. Amazing in fact. I...
- 7 Sep 2012
- 21 days pre
OH...and for anyone curious...I got the call from...
- 8 Sep 2012
- 20 days pre
Wow! What a day! I just finished all my...
- 12 Sep 2012
- 16 days pre
I've figured out a way to suspend my butt in the air while driving too. I bought a high denisity foam roller off of amazon ($9) and grabbed a foam yoga block from marshalls for $5. I'm going to suspend the yoga block and use that as back support and strap it to my headrest with rope/ribbon...haven't quite done it yet. Then use the block to put under my thighs and lift my butt from the seat of the chair. I tried it out preliminarily and it seems to work so far!
OH and PS...I just found out I need to hit the gym...
- 12 Sep 2012
- 16 days pre
Good morning all! So...I'm 15 days away....so...
- 13 Sep 2012
- 15 days pre
I'm in pretty good health, always have been...just always carried around my weight in my midsection despite how active I've been. I've never had any complications or major surgeries...ever...rarely even get sick...AND officially quite smoking! Please please please let me know if there is anything else that I need to do. I'm not that into all that extra homeopathic stuff...I'm somewhat of a naturalist...just eat clean and drink plenty of fluids kind of gal. To assist in digestion, I will just drink lots of ginger tea and another cleansing tea. Hopefully that will be all I need. AND btw...what is with people putting depends on their lists????? Do you lose control of your bladder or something post op??
"Sometimes when I say I'm okay...I just mean I...
- 14 Sep 2012
- 14 days pre
Man...this IS stressful. Very much a emotional rollercoaster that everyone says it is. I've got people trying to talk me out of it left and right. Even my own boyfriend. For the past week...Mr. "Supportive" apparently wants to be the "reason of voice" Listen....I don't need for anyone to be any reason of voice for me...this is a decision I've made on my own for myself pertaining to my body. I'm already stressed out as it is because anyone that I have mustered the courage up to asking to help me, has bailed. Story of my life, reason why i've lived solo since 16 and #diditbymydamnself.
I'm proud. to a flaw. and rarely does it ever occur, but when it does and I am humbled by a situation that is overbearing, set aside my pride and work up the courage to communicate openly and honestly and reach out a hand. life/or the people in mine anyway...never fail to let me down. But, I will make this happen. always have. It does hurt my feelings. I'm typically one of those super strong independant types that I feel most people take for granted. I'll bend over backwords for those I love and are close to me and more times than not are let down by those very same people. suppose my problem is that I expect the same from others as I dish out for them...setting myself up for disappointment. I'm sad today...just want the days to move forward so I can. Cheers to all ya'll. & happy Friday! At least 2 more fridays from now...I'll have the body I've always wanted :D
Regarding travel expenses so far: I initially...
- 14 Sep 2012
- 14 days pre
I initially had a place booked (actually still do) at the Hollywood beachside boutique for 775. 9 nights total. which isn't bad, close to the office, and close (20 steps from the beach)...but i found a better deal on hotwire!!!!! I opted for a 3 1/2 star deal...selected south ft.lauderdale/hollywood area...set a fare watcher for that search and got an email saying there was a "1 day sale"....for 9/28 - 10/6, I paid 667!!!!!!! $61/night...and guess where i'm staying?!?!? The Hilton garden in Dania Beach. I spoke with Nancy at the office and she said that Larry would drive there and that it wasn't too far :D So i WIN!!!!
Hotel (via Hotwire): 9/28 - 10/6 = $667
Airfare Spirit air = $193 RT
1 of: Natrol Quercetin 500mg Capsules, 50-Count $5.99
1 of: Botanic Choice Bromelain 500mg, 180-Count $10.93
1 of: Nature's Plus - Chewable Iron W/ Vit C, 90 chewable tablets $12.20
1 of: Emergen-C Super Orange, 30-count $11.50
FOR DRIVING PREPERATION (MIND YOU I DRIVE ALOT FOR WORK):
1 of: Black High Density Foam Rollers - Extra Firm - 6" x 12" Round $10.78
2 of: Black High Density Foam Rollers - Extra Firm - 6" x 12" HALF Round (Semi-Circle; "D" Shape) [Misc.] $16.28 (8.14/each)
MASSAGES2MASSAGES.COM - It's right in UNION CITY, NJ...it's a teeny tiny place across the street from Havanna Sandwhich Queen - Best cubanos in NOrthern NJ!!!!! The couple that own/run the place Jorge & Anida (Se habla Espagnol) are sweet. It's not a high end spot...but it's 20 steps from my front door and affordable!
$50/month membership - 1st 1hr service is free. Any 1hr service thereafter is $50. So technically for 8 massages, I am paying $400.
They do have a referral service available. Tell them The Wine girl sent you :D (I've agreed to cross promote them, and them me...we'll be doing Massages & Moscato Mondays soon :D)
If you do, they will waive your introductory fee ($50), allow you to try a 1 hour session for $50 +$10 intro fee ($60 total).
IF you like the massage and want to start services then you just sign a 12 month contract, pay $50 for membership per month (get your 1hr free service with monthly membership, then pay $50 for any other service you want. Please do remember to tell them I referred you...or you will have to pay $75/hr of service.
Hope that info helps!
11 days to sx date!!!!! I can't believe how...
- 17 Sep 2012
- 11 days pre
Hotel is booked, flights are booked, vitamins all sorted out in my weekly organizer :D, and currently debating on what garment to order or to use the ones that the doctor gives me. I know I'll need a cincher, but when is too soon to start wearing the squeem?? I've been researching alternative garments and I like the looks of the Salome faja ones....but they are pricey (eek).
I've taken 9/27 - 10/9 off from work. I hope that's enough time. I'm hoping for the best in recovery. I typically do bounce back relatively quickly. They say that the pain of liposuction feels like you've been hit by a truck...well...I have been and bounced back from that pretty quickly soooooo...I have my fingers crossed and am praying for the strength to do so. My job is pretty easy. I'm in sales, so most of it is management of relationships/talking/and driving. Upon my return I'll be training it to my markets so I don't have to drive :D
I also went to HEALING MASSAGES this past friday and had my pre op lymphatic draining massage. It's suppose to help prevent clotting with the post op drainage...idk if it's true...but...I'm willing to do whatever it takes...within reason of course...to maximize recovery.
I'm reconsidering inner thigh lipo. AND replacing it with upper back...but not sure if that is an area included in the procedure or even worth the hassle. always looking for insight vets! :D
Good morning ladies! 10 days to go!!! I've opted...
- 18 Sep 2012
- 10 days pre
I took my measurement yesterday....I'm 162lbs, 5'5", 36b, 33 (under my bra, 36 around the widest part of my stomach...and hips are 40 :( I'm an proportionate mess! I felt so dang weird last night. Couldn't sleep. Kept waking up thinking I've missed my flight or was late for my procedure. I guess I'm overly excited and anxious!
Feeling good today!!! didn't get so nauseous this...
- 19 Sep 2012
- 9 days pre
I miss shopping! I haven't bought anything (clotheswise) for myself in over a month! I'm waiting on post op to treat myself :D I'll also find out officially about my medical clearance today...fingers crossed all is well! I've always been in good health...so....I can't imagine anything otherwise! knock on wood tho.
Good morning ladies! and happy Friday! It's...
- 21 Sep 2012
- 7 days pre
Good luck to MissMiami today!!!!! It's almost your time lady!
I need suggestions on what type of compression...
- 22 Sep 2012
- 6 days pre
Well...the clock is officially ticking and I am...
- 24 Sep 2012
- 4 days pre
For the days leading up to this I've been readjusting my sleeping position to try and prepare for post op sleeping. So I will start off on my stomach, switch to my sides...but still end up on my back :( I'm considering purchasing a foam topper for the bed at the hotel. I have one on my bed at home and have grown accustomed to sleeping on it and want to be as comfortable as possible. I'm thinking of buying one of those camping cots and cutting out a hole for my butt...not sure if that'll work...but trying my best to prepare for this recovery post op.
Wow...and so the 3 day countdown begins to the new...
- 25 Sep 2012
- 3 days pre
So...1 day left for departure....and 2 days left...
- 26 Sep 2012
- 2 days pre
So.....I just finished filling out all that...
- 27 Sep 2012
- 1 day pre
Today is the day....less than 20 mins away. I'm...
- 28 Sep 2012
- Day of treatment
Hi BBL sisters! I made it to the other side!!! ...
- 29 Sep 2012
- 1 day post
So physically, how do I feel? I feel good considering the trauma my body has gone through. The doctor ended up giving me 900CCs in each cheek...which is what I honestly thought would be appropriate for my body. I wasn't going for huge...just full and balanced :D My only real challenge has been with the bleeding from the incisions. The fluid soaked my garment in the public area, but Iput on a pair of loose fitting panties and lined the hips and undercarriage with maxi ipads to absorb the liquid. Since my garment got nasty real quick, I ended up taking a wash clothe and soaking it with hot water and washing away the leakage on my garment while it was still on me and then used the blow dryer to get rid of the moisture. I have no vaginal swelling (yet) and no signs of yeast infection (yet) but use the blowdryer on my vag everytime i use the bathroom to avoid having too much moisture in that area. Moist environments are breeding grounds for bacteria growth and infection. I have had my wonderful boyfriend here helping me in and out of bed which at first was difficult but after a little practice got the hang of it. Instead of putting hands flat to push myself up....i form fists with my hands and use my entire upper body to push me up on my knees (less pain on the abdomen this way) when i was using flat hands, i was straining my ab muscles and it felt like pulling and hurt quite a bit. As for using the bathroom, no urinal for me. I tried to just straddle the toilet and soaked my garment, so I've found that the paper cup method works the best. Make sure its a big one though...i've been rehydrating like crazy and so i've been peeing like crazy too. I have been using a starbucks venti (20 oz) size cup...it has the perfect size opening and is easier to pee in. Anything smaller gets full too fast and gets your garment soaked. Sleeping: I've been using the boppy pillow to prop my head into the center so that my spine is aligned while on my stomach to avoid uncomfort. My neck was being strained when just laying on a pillow before. I also ended up bringing my 6" half circle high density foam roller with me as well. I put that on the bed with a pillow over it and laid on that so that my ass was elevated and all the fluids would drain downward. As for protecting the bed, while still in recovery...I asked Yuneilas for extra bed pads pillow cases and hospital bed covering and she gave some to me, so that's what I've been using. Its the same stuff they line the gurneys with in the recovery room. One last thanks to my girl Fabnewme....I appreciate all your support post op and so doesn't my boyfriend. The advice was helpful and put us at ease and for that we're very greatful. All my other bbl sisters, thank you for all the positive energy...the positivity has been crucial to my recovery. Strong mind strong body girls. Iwas surprisingly super calm the day of the procedure....and Sergio was my anesthesiologist. As they were giving my my "cocktail" I asked where the music was. Said it must be happy hour...and if it was needed my music and they much obliged. Next thing I knew I was awake and in recovery.
Food consumption post op: when i first woke up my first complaint was...."I'm hungry" lol. When we got back to the hotel I drank 2 gatorades and 2 meal replacement shakes to get some calories in me asap. Took my antibotics and arnica bromelain. Took a nap and woke up. When i did, I munched on some pre prepped chicken (perdue grilled chicken packages $4.99) and a cheese stick, had another meal replacement drink and took another nap. After waking up downed tons of water and did about 15-20 of walking. When i first came back to the hotel Ifelt alot of throbbing in my ass kinda like it was going to explode...but after i ate and walked around i found comfort in standing and that throbbing subsided. Now it just feels like my ass cheeks are really full. OH how I miss sitting already! I slept ok...my arms kept falling asleep, but i feel like the key to my comfort was elevating the butt and making sure my neck was aligned with my spine that was you dont get tired from the strain. I woke up about 6 times to go pee and then finally woke at about 8:15 this morning and have been kneeling, standing, and walking ever since. I'm not scheduled to go into the office until tomorrow, Sunday @ 11am for garment change. Hope that was enough detail for you ladies. It is what you make it out to be. I really believe that. Prepare yourself mentally and brace yourself with positivity and THAT will give you the strength to make it through.
I can't remember if i mentioned it earlier....but I have managed NOT to take any pain meds. All is well this way so far! TTYS BBL sisters :D
So...I just finished my first massage...which for...
- 1 Oct 2012
- 3 days post
Ugh....today is the worst....I feel awful today....
- 2 Oct 2012
- 4 days post
Hi ladies....im day 6 post op....had to give up...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 6 days post
Omg. I am on constant swo! Everything is swollen...
- 4 Oct 2012
- 6 days post
Hello BBL sistahs!!!! It's been awhile since...
- 10 Oct 2012
- 12 days post
Well...well well well well. It's been quite awhile...
- 27 Nov 2012
- 2 months post
We ALL get caught up in the hype of the before an after...WE ALL DO...and Real Self plays a big role in that. So this site has its pros and cons. But I can not stress enough how important it is that you be prepared, make sure you have the proper support network, finances, and time off work in place to help make your recovery as less stressful as possible. Because it WILL stress every other part of your life. Make every effort to plan as much as you can. As I mentioned earlier. I grossly underestimated the recovery process. Thought it would be easy breezy and back to work on the 12th day, but boy was I out of my damn mind. 14 days came around, and I still was not about it. Thank goodness my boss was flexible and my job is too, I was able to work light duty from home (barely). working from home entails me on the computer and the phone. however, during recovery...you can't comfortably be on the computer. Well I couldn't anyway. You try laying on your stomach and working on your computer comfortably. lol. Your neck gets strained and then your eyes do too from looking upwards. I actually started to sit...on my thighs around wk 3 (cpl hours at a time on padded chairs)...I had no choice :( I had a dinner to host for work and couldn't cancel or eat standing up without being too obvious.
I'm now 8 weeks post op. I don't wear my garment any more unless I have a day where I'm really swollen. I'll wear my VEDETTE 136 boyshort garment with board. My stomach is still CRAZY WAVY!!!!!! It's definitely not swimsuit ready and NOT smooth. It's scary to me bc I hope my stomach doesn't end up looking like this forever, but I try to hold out hope that time will soften up the hard spots and that it will smooth out. Am I happy with my butt? For the most part yes. I'm 90% positive that I'll be going in for a round 2 with Dr. Salama. I'm not mad at him or disappointed with my experience because I'm a realist. I'm human and so isn't Dr. Salama. We can all be trained to learn a specific trade but none of us are perfect. I'm happy with my results thus far and know that in order to achieve my desired results I will more than likely have to go in for the second round. I like the overall shape of my body that he's given me however I do have cellulite like dimples on the surface of my butt cheeks that I would like to have taken care of. I also feel as if there was some cellulite left on the right flank and that the left side appears to be more carved because of that. Before scheduling my round 2, I will wait. Since I am NOT a doctor and NOT fully recovered as of yet, I am holding out hope that maybe the fattiness on my right flank is still SWELLING. The doctor did say it would be about 6 months to a year for FULL recovery. Other than that...I'm grateful for what the doctor has done for me. I have a new found confidence when wearing clothes and fit the clothes that I had even better!!!!!!!
That's the best part! I told the doctor I wanted balance, not a video vixen booty. I am afterall a professional and don't want to have too distracting of a derrier, ya'll dig? lol. I want people to listen to what I have to say and not be all up in the booty. lol. HE took what I said and gave me just that. I unlike most girls....can still fit into my clothes....so I didn't have to go out immediately and spend crazy amounts of money on an entire wardrobe. Not something that I really wanted to do knowing I've got this booty and the massages post op to pay for. and btw...I've been having massages twice a week since post op...and still am having them currently...and still the crazy wavy belly :(
Hopefully this was informative...and resonates with some of you. Put some real thought into what you're about to do...and do it for you. Just be prepared. I'm the "not a sissy, on my business, strong chick" that took this head on and was real humbled by this whole experience. I am extremely pleased with Dr. Salama and his staff...and thankful for my family, Mister & BBL sisters that were there for support throughout. Ill post more pics soon :D
11 months post op! New Pics! Had to get it from Salama bc I didn't get it from my mama!
- 12 Aug 2013
- 11 months post
I am still extremely pleased with the fact that I did this. The recovery period, in the grand scheme of things is just a blip in my past now that I'm here...a year out...and loving the new body and how I feel about myself. I finally get to do...carelessly....fearlessly...all the things that I've always wanted to do...hence being a better version of me than I was back then.
We are women. Emotional creatures. How we feel about ourselves directly correlates to how we interact with others around us. I always felt like there was something...not exactly sure what it was at the time...but something...that I still needed to feel before I settled down. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite sure what it was back then and am big enough to say that this lack of "something" may have very easily been the downfall of many of my relationships in the past. But, I am glad to now say...that I no longer lack anything. I feel like I've fully blossomed into the person that I have always saw myself as....inside and out. Everyone has their own reasons for modifying their bodies through plastic surgery...and this was mine.
REGARDING MY IMPERFECTIONS: I still have dimpling on the surface of my butt cheeks (both). But as time progresses...I've grown more comfortable with them. Imperfections almost lend to people shying away from thinking your new bodacious booty is fake. I still have a wrinkle on my abs and some fatty pockets in the upper portion, but I've been extremely active, been slimming down, and have noticed a positive change. The change, although miniscule...is what will keep me motivated to continue working hard and see if I can correct the imperfections on my own...thru a good diet and active lifestyle. (which is FREE btw). I'm trying to maximize the results of my procedure as much as possible. This decision was way more than just a decision concerning my vanity. It was an investment in making a better me...inside and out. Good luck ladies!
Upon reviewing all of the results on the BBL forum in real self, I decided that based on asthetics of results, personal experiences, and value he would be the doctor to go with. Dr, S offers results that give a true hourglass shape. He focuses on achieving an asthetic balance, projection, hip/waist ratio, and aggressive lipo.