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I'm 5'7, 150lb.. I work out consistently (Even tho have failed miserably in the last 6 months) and try to eat as healthy as I can (candies and chocolate are my weakness) I have heard of all these great doctors here (Salama, Cortes, Jimerson, Hughes, Bruno etc..) However I'm not really willing to travel to the East Cost and suffer in a 5-6 hour flight, So my top 3 choices were Cortes (Texas is far but better than MIA), Hughes and Bruno from California (2 hours flight only, yay)
These were my experience with the 3:
Lucy, Dr Cortes' assistant, is absolutely adorable and made me feel comfortable while talking on the phone, however when it came down to the surgery she said I had 2 options: gain 9-10lbs and have implants to add projection, or gain 20lbs!! Damn! 20 m*therf*cking pounds.. I could already see my chubby bulldog face in the mirror lol.. well well
Hughes on the other hand was very quick and available on answering my e-mails, I liked him and he told me for what I wanted I didn't need to gain any extra fat and that I had enough, since I already have a lot of projection ( I think so too) and what I really want is only a thinner waist and round bubbly butt. But I was still afraid.. What if the results are too subtle and he can't get enough fat? I mean, I know he is a great surgeon, and I saw amazing results from him, so, I trust him, but I wanted more opinions since now I had a doctor askng me to gain 20lb (do not want implants!) and another one 0..
Then it comes down to Dr. Bruno, he also answered me fast and was very lovely, warm and professional in his reply. He told me for what I wanted 5-10lb would be more than enough and he would give me a very slim figure. He also adressed that since I'm an out of town patient his assistant Marisol would be able to help me with travel and hotel arrangements (extra points).
So check my pics and tell me what you girls think about me having enough fat.. I photoshopped my pictures (very poorly done lol) to show how I want to look like after.
What now? Still confused..
I don't know.. all of a sudden I felt I wasn't ready to make a decision, and with so many girls telling me that Dr Dass and Dr Hughes do better sculpting I get even more confused. BTW I haven't contacted Dr Dass yet, since he doesn't have an e-mail on his website, does anyone here have this info?
The issue with the weight gain still persists, and the main reason I worry about going with Dr. Hughes is that he told me I need no extra fat and he doesn't recommend weight gain that can't be maintained, why would that be? I'm afraid that I would not be able to get good results, or that they would be very subtle, but I also fear gaining too much weight and not being happy later if the liposucction doesn't clean all the extra gained fat out
You girls are AWESOME!
I'm telling you this site is worse than crack! I can't stop looking at all these gorgeous ladies here, and I swear I'm straight lol
I finally called Dr. Dass office and OMG by far the best treatment ever, not that the other doctors or assistants treated me badly, but Leslie made me feel like I already knew her for years. I just sent them my pics, so let's see what they say :D.. In the mean time I've been playing around with Photofiltre (the poor brother of Photoshop lol).. a girl can dream
I guess I found my doctor..
Dr Bruno is awesome too, I have no doubts, but being able to talk to Dr Dass on the phone just made all the difference for me.. since I will be probably be traveling right on the week of my surgery
By the way
Last night I could barely sleep from over thinking so much about it. I've had nightmares where my butt looked totally uneven and weird, and the lipo on my thighs made them look crooked and weird.. lol
I dunno I just felt like I needed to vent.
More b4 pics
Pix transformed into wish pix
Had my surgery today!!! :)
Dr Dass is absolutely amazing and attentive, he answered every single one of mt question with details, he was truly interested in finding ut what I wanted for my body, absolutely professional and respectable.. will conmtinue.. gotta go to the restroom
Dr Dass entered my room to do the marks and talk to me more, at no moment he rushed me, he is pretty much the most patient and calm person I've ever seen. He guaranteed me he would give his very best and would have me looking the way I wanted. He exhaled such confidence that instead of anxiety and fear I was excited and relaxed :)
Well, they took me to surgery room and I didnt even see at what time I fell asleep.. I just remember waking up and Dr Dass telling me everything went great and smooth and that I would look very good.. I was desperate to flip over and lay on my belly lol
When it was time to get in the car, the sweet nurse(se is absolutely adorable) said she would not let me go laing on my back because she was scared it was dangerous and put a pillow down so I could sit down. As soon as she closed the door and the car started moving I started crying A LOT ,just like a baby, saying I was gonna loose all my fat and didnt wanna sit on my butt rofl! Made my poor bf stop the car on the street right outside the parking lot and went laying down on the front sit :p
My butt doesnt hurt at all, what really kills me is under my belly button and my arms, the pain is HORRIBLE..whenever I have to stand up or lay down, or move to any direction..I cant wait until the first week passes by and the pain starts getting better!.. Oh another thing.. Im leaking a lotttttttt of the fluid doc applies.. I pretty much feel like a fountain ahhha, every time I move around a lot of liquid comes out,, kinda like when you have a super heavy period and feel that river coming down.. well, imagine that feeling coming from 13 holes around your body hahahaha
I survived the second day post op
I'm n a stae where I can stay awake if I want to, or sleep deeply if I choose to.. I think the meds are giving me this effect.. the good thing about sleeping is that time goes by faster.
Did I tell you that Dr Dass called me yeterday night just to know how everything was going? He also gave me his personal phone number and offered me his uber code so I can get $20 off t do my post op visit next Tuesday. He really is a hell of a Doctor :)
My swelling has gone down a lot and my butt is more shapely already.. my abs hurt like I got punched 100 times when I get in and out of bed lol
Im really jealous of you girls that didnt feel much pain/discomfort.. These last days I was going through hell, feeling very lightheaded, weak and in pain.. WEll, today I went to my post op and the doc drained a lot of fluid from my abs with a syringe. Ouch! It was great tho not only cause now my bumps on the lower abs are gone but now I feel much much better.. No more lightheaded, weak and the pain on my abs has decreased A LOT.. Im pretty sure that extra fluid is what was making my body uneasy :)
A lot of news gathered in one post
I have a plan of attack.. my belly is on the floor and exatly the same height of my storage bench (those long black ones with a fluffy coat over it) so I put it in front in front of my bed, rest my legs on it, my butt hanging in the air an my back on the bed.. so far it feels extremely comfortable and I have never been so happy in my life to be able to lay on my back.. the days in the hotel were a real HELL but I didnt wanna bitch here too much lol Lets hope that this way there wont be much friction on my belly and the fluid will be reabsorbed and stop showing up! *Praying*
My scars got very irritated because of my open garment touching it all the time up and down, then to make it worse I bought a soap that worsened it even more =/ Good thing I stopped using it the next day, but it was enough to make it look so terrible.. scared of getting ugly scars
I taped my seroma lol
Does anyone here feel their worst in the morning? I always wake up so sick and hurting so much.. my stomach feels sick and tight, my belly feels sore and upset..cant stand. You girls that get second rounds have guts and balls! Seriously, I admire your courage and strenght.. I feel like I dont ev err wanna have any surgery like this in my life again lol, even tho im happy with the results so far this recovery is no joke...
Oh I took some bikini pics with my new butt and taped stomach :) looking good
quick review.. my new bed
14 days post op :D
Abdomen Before: 34 - After: 31
Butt Before: 42 - After: 44,5'
According to my boyfriend my butt is not looking smaller after losing the swelling, its only my hips (I was looking very wide on the first week, and now I'm 100% BOOTYLICIOUS
First time in a thong :)
Massage with Arnica Oil and lots of compression...
Theres something I've noticed.. the little dent right over my seroma started showing up as my seroma started being absorbed, and if i feel with my finger its like the seroma has left a little "pool".. does it happen or am I crazy?
Have I told you guys how ridiculous it was trying to find a doctor to drain my seromas for me?
First I started by calling regular non plastic surgeon doctors, and the receptionists would not even know what I was talking about (I would ay "seroma build up after lipo" and "drainage with a serynge"), and some right after I said I had lipo would just tell me to go back to my doctor or that they didnt do it there.. wtf? Seriously ANY NURSE can do this shiet -___- I think I could do it myself to be honest, I just dont have the balls cause it hurts.. lol
One of the clinics said I must go to the ER!!!!!!!!!!!! ER???????? ROFL... feeww
After that one I decided calling the plastic surgeons nearby.. Most would say they "don't touch post op patients of other docs", and other that accepted doing it said I would have to pay 100 for the consultation (?) and then an "extra fee" for the dreinage that might vary from 50 to 120 depending on how the seroma is...
Did I smell some ..cough.. RIP OFF..?
Well whatever.. apparently my seroma is going away by itself.. but I did get very pissed about all this fuss these people make for a freaking serynge seroma dainage.. it was retarded
sorry for the rant.. well, before I was mad, but now I just laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation.
I will be searching for a masseuse today :)
hip area (where the dent we all hate is: 42.5 / 41
butt: 46 / 44
In two days my 4th week starts and I so hope my butt stays as is... one more thing to keep in mind is that this is my body 100per cent out of shape.. and when I used to work out from my 18 until 23 yeyars old ( just turned 25) my butt used to be muuuch bigger and rounder than right before surgery.. so lets see
Please Please Please butt, don't get any smaller.. I love you as is.. lol
4 weeks completed today! :)
Im happy to say that since 8 days ago my measurements have remained pretty much the same at:
Waist: 26 (lost half inch)
Top Butt dent area: 41,3
Butt: varies from 44/44,5 depending on the day... and yes I measure everyday lol..
Everyday my bf has been massaging me watching youtube massage videos for post lipo and everyday I notice improvement of the bumps.. belly is almost looking normal.
Bad news: from sleeping so much on my belly ive noticed my boobs are getting very irritated and a shit load of stretch marks showed up! They feel droopier too and im so not happy about it :(.. im trying to sleep with 2 big pillows under my belly and head, leaving room for my boobs to hang freely.. it has helped..
By now I can already walk like a normal person, but feels soft and not numb anymore.. only a bit numb in the top sides a bit. I feel no lumps or pain on my butt at all, feels great and I guess its how it should feel. Girls, if you feel bad pain or nodules you really need to talk to your doc.
forgot the pics
And the ones that used to make my butt look "pointy" or shapeless now lok amazing... the one im wearing in the pic is one of them
man I wish..
But then I just realized I still don't feel comfortable to sit down.. I'm tooo protective of my butt and I really don't want it to reduce anymore..
One thing I want to tell you ladies: I remember from the beginning I had seem or felt no difference at all on my arm lipo.. they looked exactly the same but sore.. it didn't bother me because they were ok looking in my book, I just did them to get more fat for the bbl. However since last week I've noticed my skin tightening more and more, and now my arms are starting to look AMAZING! I can see a fine muscle line and they feel firm, shapely, fit and nice.. not squishy anymore..this was a good surprise :)
My belly was making me cry from the lumps (they werent terrible, but still.. I always had a smooth belly) but about 3 days ago I woke up and they were about 85% smaller... doctor guaranteed me it's just swelling and my belly will flatten out.
My booty is about the same size as before.. only the lower part of my butt reduced half an inch, but the top part where they applied the fat is still the same measurements as week 4!
My waist however is now a 25! :) Hoping to get at least a 24
And of course, since it's the 6th week I will post many pictures showing my progression :)
Pics Part 1
Incisions improvement (pardon my bathroom mirror.. it's dirty and I had just taken a shower)
Last but not least.. my arms :)
Dr Dass was the best choice I've ever made.. Amazing doctor, great staff and clinic. Im on my first post op day and already feel so happy :) Check out my diary by clicking on my name for full review and pictures!!