After almost 2 years of wishing - 8 months post op - Aventura, FL

After almost 2 years of wishing and researching i...

After almost 2 years of wishing and researching i have decided to go ahead and book my BBL. I have always been disproportioned, and being a Puerto Rican female with no ass or hips has always been depressing to me. Since i can remember ive always been self consious about my body. I am top heavy and carry my weight around my mid section. Ive decided to do my surgery with Dr. Ruben Salama in Aventura, FL. So far all the reviews ive read are positive, and all the results ive seen on here are Amazing!!. Ive been in contact with him through email since i live in CT. Im waiting for his response to my latest email regarding his available dates.

Im in conflict trying to decide if i should do it in Nov 2012 or wait until Feb 2013. I am trying to pay for my procedure in cash and have the $$ for flight & hotel and by saving here and there, if i do it in Feb 2013 then i can, but if i do it in Nov 2012 i might have to finance a portion. My credit isnt so good and ive already been turned down by CareCredit :( im still waiting on the other two financing companies to get back to me. If i cant finance ill have to come up with the rest of the cash somehow. My sister tells me to do it in Feb'12 and she has valid points but i REALLY want to do it asap. Im stressing, should i think about the $$ or my happiness? Seems like an easy question but Aaaah!! i just wanna scream!! Lol.... any advise??

I also need advise on hotels in the area. Any "cheap but nice enough to stay for 10 days hotels"?? Thanks to whoever redponds, i really need the help :/ .............................. Dr. Salama has quoted me $5899 all inclusive. - surgical, anesthesia, & facilty fees. 2 custom compression garments, 2 post-op massages and transportation services. Lipo areas: abdomen,flanks, complete back, and outer thighs >>TO>>> Buttocks (800cc-1000cc)

Can someone please clarify to me why Dr. Salama...

Can someone please clarify to me why Dr. Salama has 2 different adresses? Im trying to find hotels around the facility. Are both places close in proximity?

Another thing, what airport is closer to his facility, Miami international or Ft. Lauterdale airport, i see they are both airports in the area.

I know the package includes transportation, does it matter how far the hotel is from the facilty?
Thanks for all the ideas on hotels, im currently budgeting $1500 for hotel and flight since my boyfriend wants to come, which means my 5 y/o would have to come too. I wanted to just go with my sister but he keeps insisting on going. Idk... ill figure it out, lol...

@atlbabymamma, thanks so much for the awesom ideas. As for my job situation i m good on that, i get 10 hrs sick and 8 hrs vacation a month to use. If i dont miss any days from here until November i can save all my hrs and use them towards the days i would be out.

@ barbz1 lol, wow i didnt even catch that...thanks
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Congrats!!! I chose Dr. Salama too and I'm also deciding on a date
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Im scheduled for march 28 with Dr. salama..his name is Moises..Ruben is his brother lol. Ive done a lot of research Ill probably be staying at the Best Western Plus in Dania because its brand new and offers complimentary breakfast everyday. The marbay one is very affordable but the reviews werent very good and I want to be comfortable where I stay. Good luck!
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I did it!! I booked my procedure for November 5,...

I did it!! I booked my procedure for November 5, 2012!!
My budget is streched out to the MAX!! Imma be living paycheck to pay check for the next 6-7 months trying to save $$ every month for my surgery, but it will be worth it...hopefully!!

Now to research and decide on the hotel & flight.

Aaaaaaaaah!!! Lol......im so excited, nervous, scared all at once.
Ur right. I was just thinking why some get to stay for only 6 days, but i am also having a ba so i thinks thats probably why, makes sence. ;)
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I completely understand where ur coming from. If Ruben said 8 days, then i would just follow what he says. I know after the surgery u have to see the doc one or two times, then get those massages they offer. So maybe thats why he says that long, thats the max i guess, i couldnt see why u would need to stay for more than 8 days...
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wannabutt220, that must be nice, enjoying miami for a few days before the surgery, wow! sweet!
well my procedure will be on a monday, so i have to get there sunday for my face to face consultation with salama. ruben said ill stay there 8 days after the procedure. my husband only has vacations from saturday, the day for we get to miami, and his vacations ends sunday , 6 days post-op so :S he will be missing the other 2 days, i dont know what he'll tell his boss for taking 2 extra days. i am hoping to fly back on sunday, but i dont think so. i need to be sure of the days because of the flight, i dont mind much of the hotel, but the flight is what worries me, i wanna buy our plane tickets asap, but i am afraid if i get clear earlier than the 8 days, or after, cuz u know how hard it is ( almost imposible) to change your flight at the last moment, so thats the only thing keeping me from buying them.
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Ok so does anyone know of a plastic surgery...

Ok so does anyone know of a plastic surgery financing company that wont give me a deadline for using the $$ im approved for. I applied to one from dr.salama's website and i was approved but i had to use it before 60 days, which would be late april. I wish i could but i havent accumulated enough vacation and sick hours. The very earliest i could do is september. But i want to apply now, just to know for a fact im approved. Help??!!
Ok but if it is Chase look at their public website before you apply again and make sure your doctor take that insurance. I was on there and it was saying after sometime in April most of the providers were going to stop using them. So check and see if your doctor will take them when you are ready.
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Ok thanks, Im just worried about my credit. Did they say how much your score needed to be to get approved? I know I wont be getting my surgery done until February because starting a new job so I will need to build up my pto time.
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I don't know how good ur credit has to be. The rep explained that they take the application and send it to a whole bunch of banks to see who approves you, I was only approved by one bank. I have "bad" credit, between 590-602 and I was able to get approved, and now since I will be applying again and my credit score would be going up by then I hope more than one bank approves me. But good luck on your search, remember the 60 day rule though.
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So my surgery date feels so far away, maybe...

So my surgery date feels so far away, maybe because it is.. Lol... November cant come fast enough. I come on here every so often to read posts and look at pics because im just so anxious to do it already! I hate that I can't upload my before pics through my phone, I don't have a computer!! Grrrr! Anyways I measured my myself today and I am 39" up top...26" at my waist...and 39" hips/butt area.... Maybe that'll give you an idea of my body type. I weigh 163lb give or take a few and I'm 5'7 tall.

**** I put the wrong waist size!! I'm a 32" at the...

**** I put the wrong waist size!! I'm a 32" at the waist.... Shiiiiit I wish I was at 26"....
@bigbootyb His email is rubensalama@epsmiami.com
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DOES ANYONE HAVE RUBENS EMAIL FROM DR SALAMA OFFICE?
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I booked my surgery in February 2012 for November...

I booked my surgery in February 2012 for November 5, 2012 and it can't come soon enough! All I think about, talk about, dream about and research is my BBL and big butts! My Phone is filled with booty wish pics and I even downloaded a plastic surgery app to see what I would look like! Ive already been waiting 4 months, just another 4 to go! I haven't purchased my plane tickets yet or reserved my hotel (or vacation home I hope) yet. I'm waitin until September, I have to apply for financing in September and once they tell me how much I can get then I'll do all my reservations. I feel like once I buy the plane tickets and reserve my room it'll hit me! Im not nervous yet though just impatient. Any ladies going around 11/5 to Salama? Let's Get in touch, I wanna hear from you gals. I've started to gather info and making a list on all the things I have to do and buy before November, Im open to any suggestions. I will be uploading before pics in September.
November is creeping up for u! Congrats and good luck
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So I have 2 1/2 months left until my surgery! I...

So I have 2 1/2 months left until my surgery! I thought it would never come, I booked my surgery back in Feb and I felt like it was going to be forever. I still have not booked my flight and hotel, I'm waiting to to apply for financing and get approved first, just in case. Since my last post I have lost 13lb, I was 163 and now I'm 150.. In total I have lost almost 60lb!!!!! I started at 208 I had to send Dr.S some updated "before pics" to make sure I hadn't lost too much fat. Ruben wrote back by the next day which I appreciated, he asked my height and weight and told me I should be about 20lb more than my ideal weight. He also said it looked like I still had enough fat to use and that the dr could give me a beautiful shape. I stressed the fact that I want a really flat stomach and small waist an he said it most def. is possible. I have decided to maintain my weight at 150lb and one month before my surgery try and gain some fat. I honestly don't want to gain weight and go back to how I was, I was so self conscious. Im still trying to be more outgoing and stop being so self conscious but with my weight loss I feel like I'm holding my head a little higher and my shoulders back more. I'm happy about that, but my life will start after i get this surgery. My body doesn't match the person I really am inside and the person I should've been from the get go, and it this point in my life I want to "have a life". This is all I need. I can't wait for November 5th! I don't even are about the pain, seriously the pain will be worth it.... I still have to get to a computer to upload my pics so hopefully I can do it by by 2 month mark. I will update once I get approved for the financing and book my flight and hotel.... Thanks for reading....

Forgot to mention my updated measurements since my...

Forgot to mention my updated measurements since my weigh loss: 36" @ Bust....29" @ the small of my waist (where my curve is)....35.5" measured under my belly button...... 36.5" butt/hips.... My wish after surgery is to have 34-36" @ Bust... 24" @ my waist.... 38-40" Butt/Hips

hey girl,

Just dropping by to say the big day is almost here...
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Thx...Omg I know! It can't come soon enough!
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hi i just wanted to know if you were ready to go to aventura my date is oct.10. i would like to switch if you can. please hit me up thanx
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So I applied with a company and got denied! I need...

So I applied with a company and got denied! I need advice or info on any other companies that would approve low credit applicants!! Please!!!!!

I'm sooooo sad right now, I had to switch my date....

I'm sooooo sad right now, I had to switch my date. My car got totaled and the money I had saved has to be used to get a new car, I got denied financing by myself and needed a co
Signer and that didn't come thru. I'm happy I'm still gonna get it done, sad that it's gonna take more time but Atleast I'll be able to do it. So, another 5 months waiting. Thanks to Scargirl for the switch!
HI wannabutt220, i'll switch with you, you are an answer to my prayers!!!!! #crying
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check your inbox i sent you a message
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I'm so depressed, i know i HAD to change my date...

I'm so depressed, i know i HAD to change my date because of $$ issues but I was so ready for it. I booked my sx in Feb 2012 and after having waited 7 months already and only having 2 months left before my sx had me extatic! Then I got denied financing and I didn't have a cosigner, then the money I had saved had to go into getting a car because mine got totaled! Everyone keeps saying it "a sign"!!! Bullshit! This is what Ive wanted for a long time, I never do anything for myself or have anything for myself and this was the one thing I was hoping for! I AM GOING TO GET MY SX!! I keep telling my friends and family this even though they keep telling me to just forget about it! Ive been so stressed lately, all I keep thinking is if I could have just been able to get my sx in Nov like I had planned I would have to be hearing all histories shit talking! I don't know what to do!! I've been trying to stack $$ as best as I can so maybe, just maybe I can have my sx before march.... All I can do now Is work on my arms and legs so when the day comes I'll be in good enough shape, since I had stopped dieting b/c my surgery was coming up, uuuugh!! I'm going to stop
Coming on this site because it makes me more depressed knowing my day was almost here. I'll update intermittently, if anything changes.

Yay I can finally add before pics using my iPhone!...

Yay I can finally add before pics using my iPhone! Current weight: 150lb
That's what I'm talking bout, no matter what, u go get this sx..GL girlie, and I will continue to follow your journey:D
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Thanks girl! Very much appreciated...
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Het ladies theirs a girl in here that is schedule Feb 8 w salama .she wants an April date let me know if any is interested ♡
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Got approved for financing!

I got approved for the loan! But I applied too early :( I spoke to the loan company today and even though I applied a couple weeks too early the representative says that if I keep my credit score how it is now or improve it that I will def be approved again. The rates they gave me where perfect! so I just have to make sure not to apply for credit or make late payments on any of my bills so that my credit can stay the way it is or get higher. They are supposed to call me back in the beginning of June to confirm everything and release the funds to Dr. Salama.

It's starting to feel real!

My surgery is in less than 2 months, and from the looks of it I won't have to re schedule for any reason!!! I got approved for financing for almost my entire remaining balance, the other bit I am saving and should have it 2 weeks before the surgery. I will be booking my flight and hotel and possibly a rental car sometime this week! I have questions for those who have already gone through the surgery:

1. Did u really need all the "supplies" you bought? Which are the absolute necessity?

2. Did you use a rental car? Is it worth paying for one? Did you leave your hotel room at all that week?

3. Are there any additional charges they charged you when you got to your pre op consultation?

4. I might have to go alone, is this wise? I know I would have to her a nurse, for how many days and for how much?

I have sent Ruben an email asking the same things but he has yet to respond so I was hoping someone here could help me.
My date is the 22nd with Salama
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Have you chosen a hotel yet? I'm still waiting to see if I can get a good packaged deal.... Have you bought our supplies? I've found lists on here of the supplies people say you should bring but it seems like a very long list, I'm wondering if I really need all of that, or anything at all.
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Your**
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booking my hotel and flight

I need advice!! Is it worth renting a car???? Are there any hotels close enough to the surgery facility where i can walk to and from, or take a taxi that wont cost too much?? I have a certain budget for the flight, hotel & car but I cant find anything in my price range, so I'm thinking of scratching the rental car idea. Good or bad?? please help!
Congrats on your date! I'm going 7/26 and I'm super excited!!! Can you PM me with who you got financed with?? I'm still in the search if a finance company :-(
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The facility is of Hallandale beach exit and east of dixie highway right in front of a burlington coat factory, ross, winndixiew
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Thx
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Before pics- 5'7 164lb 1month 20 days before surgery

Congrats! I've done everything now except fill my prescriptions. I'm going to try and do that tomorrow but some people say that pharmacies don't want to fill out of state narcotics but I'm going to take all of my paperwork and provide them with the office number so they can call if they want. I shouldn't ave any problem because I haven't had any narcotics filled since I had my breast reduction in 2004. I hope to see you on the other side of big booty land. My date is July 22
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What type of clothes are you bringing? I was planning on just bringing wife beaters and sun dresses maybe some sweats or capris. Omg! We're so close! Good luck on your journey! See you there!
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I was thinking the same thing. I was going to bring leggings also but not to much! Time is going to fly by! Can't wait to see how great we will look. Blessings on your journey as well!
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It's really happening this time!

So I received my packet on Saturday and today I signed the financing paperwork! This is happening for real this time! After rescheduling twice before I didn't want to believe it would happen and it really is. The funds will be released about 2 weeks before the surgery date and I will then pay the remaining balance. I am starting to freak out but I'm so freaking excited and ready for this. I have been wanting this since I can remember and I'm finally doin something for me!
If you get the tank style maxi dresses without the racer back your good the garment will not show and get dark colors like black. Not white tan etc. I only wore black tank style and my garment didn't show.
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Thx!
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CONGRATZ!!! Who did you do your financing through?
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I can't believe it really happening!!!

After having rescheduled twice I didn't think I would ever have the surgery, I told myself "until it's paid for and I'm there I won't believe it". But OH $hittttttt! The day is almost here and from the looks of it it's gonna happen! I got the call today that the financing company will be finalizing and releasing the funds any day now. I still have to buy some more dresses and my waist cincher and a couple other things but in preety much all set. I'm freaking out about the pain but I'm strong mentally so hopefully I can take my mind off the pain after the procedure!
I had my labs back 2 wks ago and it showed high white cell count and high glucose I was depressed and lost my hope thinking I was diabetic, so got tested for diabetes and waited 3 long days for results which came back normal. I dont mean to bore u with my story but let u know that everything will be fine, those blood work are a little complicated sometimes hun, u'll be fine girl.
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No bore at all! I appreciate ur response to my question... I now have to wait till Monday to let the Dr know and see what they say... Ugh I hope the process doesn't take long since my surgery date is in 2 weeks!!
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Ok thanks can't wait to see your results.
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So nervous! Waiting for Monday!

I have to wait until Monday for Dr. Salama's office to open to talk to Nomie about my lab work. I was looking over my labs and noticed that my RBC was out of range and am very nervous about what it might mean for my surgery. I have booked my hotel an bought all my supplies, the financing company sent out the payment and now I'm just waiting for the office to recieve it so that I can pay the remaining balance. I'm soooo ready! Hopefully tomorrow I get good news or Atleast am told its an easy fix, especially since its 2 weeks away!!!
You will be fine, the folks at eps go out thier way to accomodate I sure you will be great get ready to join us in big booty land
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Thx! I can't wait!
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I'm on the same boat girl! Got my labs done but waiting for the okay from the office. Good luck!
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Cleared!

Finally got the clearance letter from my Dr and faxed it to Nomie!! She hasn't called me so from what she told me, if she doesn't call its a good sign. I am so ready for this to happen and be over with. I'm all set with supplies, clothes and medications. I will be paying my portion of the balance tomorrow and Cynthia spoke to my financing rep and they should be getting the money no later than Monday. I should be receiving my thong under garment on Friday, hopefully it will fit after surgery because I got a Medium. Since we're driving my own truck down I got an synthetic oil change, tire rotation and new wipers today to make sure nothing happens. I checked the weather and supposedly it will be raining while I'm down there, which I don't mind since it won't be as hot. I honestly can't believe it only 12 days away! I have been waiting for this moment my whole adult life and it's finally happening. I'm so proud of myself for finally doing something for me!

Pre-op measurements

Hopefully I measured correctly...

25 y/o....5'7....160lb

40" bust
32" small of waist
36" under belly button
38.5" hips
23" left thigh
22.5" right thigh
We r here for you . Just had mine a week ago . Congrats . Good luck
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He girl we just got to Florida today! Your time will be here before you know it! Can't wait to see you results. Maybe you will see mine in the office :)
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Congrats on making it to ur day!!!! I can't wait to see the "Welcome to Florida" sign! Lol.... Yeah we will probably see each other! Good luck girl!
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Leaving tonight!

I can't believe this is really happening!!!!!! I rescheduled twice and finally my dream comes true! Surgery is paid, I got medical clearance, hotel is paid, car is serviced and checked, bags are packed and I'm on vacation from work! Everything is working out this time and I couldn't be any happier. I have a good feeling about my results, I'm scared of the pain but am hoping I can deal with it... Let's see... Omg!!! I'm so ready!
YaY U MaDe It 2 BoOtY LaNd!!! Wishing u happy healing a speedy, bootylicous recovery!
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congrats girl YOU MADE IT happy healing
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Drink lots lots of liquids , I couldn't pee the first few hours .. But is Coming
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2 days after procedure

I'm in pain but I can deal with it... I have my first massage tomorrow, kinda nervous! My butt looks bigger in person and I looooove my waist and stomach!

Vets: how long until I start to feel better with less pain??
Wow girl he gave you nice curves, you feel better by day 4 or 5 we salama booty sistas lol
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You look great!!! Happy healing!!!
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I'd say about day 3-4 should be feeling a lot better. Especially after you get to shower. You will be exhausted after that shower so be prepared to nap. I only experienced discomfort from day one. Everyone is different but about day 3-4 I felt a lot better. Happy recovery & welcome to the other side mama.
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First massage today

I got my first massage today and it wasn't so bad. I did get switched to a small garment without the butt out! I thought I couldn't breathe before with my large one but this one is out of control!!!! I can't breathe!! I feel like I'm going to pass out from lack of oxygen or die in the middle of the night!! I'm dealing with everything else but this garnet is toooooooooooooooooooo tight!!! Is this normal????
Your butt is not out ? How come u got that garment . First day I got my garment I couldn't do it . My vagina turned purple lol . I had to call Salama to find out if I could switch to my first garment if I put squeen on top . He said it was fine if squeen compress my abdomen . I was switch back to the small garment In few days n I been dealing with Percocet to help with psin . I hv to switch to x small by next week . Sighs. !!!
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I had the one with the butt out from Monday until today and got switched to the butt covered one with foams... I go back for another massage tomorrow since I'm leaving on Sunday and ill bring it up to them.
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No! It should be tight but not so tight that you can't breathe!
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Thx

Thx girls for all the responses and feedback, I wish I could answer each and every single one of them but I'm in so much pain from this stupid garment that I can only be on my phone for so long. I totally appreciate everyone's kind words, thx again!

Going to bed

I ended up taking the garment off to shower and couldn't put the damn foams back on right so I put the garment on without them, hopefully it doesn't mess anything up. I'm going to bed now and going to my appt tomorrow at 9 to voice my concerns, I really don't want my butt shrinking because of this tight garment!!
You look amazing
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Thank u!
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Congrads you look amazing
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Home sweet home!

Finally back home! The drive from FL to CT was a Biatch!! Lol but I managed to get home without sitting on my butt! I went back to my small garment and now am dealing with the pain but it's not as bad as before. Being home makes me feel more comfortable and in turn the pain is bearable. Once I take this front drain out (hopefully Friday) I know I'll be feeling way better, that's where most of my pain and discomfort is. I'm wondering if buying the arnica pills or gel is worth it? I know it's for the swelling and bruising but does it work? Where's the best place to buy it?

My spirits are high, my butt is dropping and my stomach is flattening! I couldn't be any happier at the moment.

Back to work tomorrow, lets see how that works! I'll keep u guys posted, hopefully I can make it through the day! 7:30am-6:00pm! I'm crazy, but I gotta get this $$$!
Yes girl this surgery is life Changing and like any life changing event it can be an emotional roller coaster
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Wow.....what a drive....and back to work tomorrow....you are one tough Sista!
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1 week PO today

Today makes it a week since my surgery and even though I'm still in pain and am still swollen I feel good! After reading others reviews I've realized everyone has different results and recoveries. Some feel so bad the days after surgery that they can't eat or take any meds, not me; I was eating a full meal that same night (grilled chicken, rice & beans) and I've been able to take my antibiotics as prescribed and not really needing the nausea pills. I do however have to eat slower and get full faster since this garment is so tight, so sometimes I take it off to eat. I don't have tingling on the lipo areas as others have described, but when I stretch I do feel weird. The garment and the front drain is what's been the biggest annoyance yet, the garment is too right and the front drain hurts when I lay on it too long. In a couple of days I will be able to remove the front drain and be done with these damn drains forever! Lol... I tried waking up for work today but couldn't do it, the pain from my drain was unbearable so I had to take a perc. I've been trying to slow down on the percs because the first 4 days I was going in on the percs! Every 2 hrs I was taking one! Not good! Now I take it if I have to. I haven't really sat on my butt except one day I tried sitting on the boppy but it was for less than 10 min. My neck, shoulders and elbows hurt but I'm dealing with it. Once I heal better i will go get neck massages to help with that.

If u have questions of something I didn't mention feel free to ask. I will update as things change!
How was the intubation? This is one of my concerns...how did u feel about it before n did u have any issues?
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When I got there that morning (surgery was @ 8am) they sent me straight to the bathroom to change in to to gown, compression socks and hair net. I then met the doc in his office and he asked me all the questions he needed to ask and explained the procedure and risks. He then asked me to undress and started marking with his marker and telling me where and what he would lipo and where I would have the incisions. Then the anastegiologist came in and asked me all his questions, the whole Begining process was fast, about 30 min from changing to being walked in the operating room. I layed on the operating table and they put these compression things on my legs and it got tight, sort of like when a nurse takes your blood pressure. He put a needle in my left hand and an oxygen mask. We were joking and talking about my time so far here and how I wasnt able to drink liqour, he asked me what my favorite drink was and I said tequila. He then came with another bigger needle and said "here comes the tequila, enjoy it!" He mentioned it would burn some and it really did! The burning lasted about 20 seconds and as I was saying "it's not that baaa....." I felt really sleepy and my eyes were soooo heavy and next thing I know I'm being woken up by the nurse and the first thing I said was " Is my butt big??!!" Lol.... Don't worry, the suspense is what's worst! I felt the same way but when I got there that morning I was surprised that I was really calm and collected. Ull be fine girl! They don't intubate you until ur out cold an they take it out when u get up but before you can remember anything.
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Glad ur are doing so well hunny! Keep it up girl!
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Front drain removal

I am finally able to remove this drain that has been an annoyance from day one! I cut the stitch and let the air in just like Dr.S told me to but when I pull it doesn't budge. I called Nomie this a.m and she told me I have to pull harder and when I did it hurt so bad I had to stop. I think
I'm psyching myself out, it's going to hurt I know but the pain won't last longer than a couple of seconds. I know this but I still can't seem to go ahead and just pull it! I start to pull then I freak out, cry a whole bunch and then lay down and start all over again. I don't know why I'm freaking out so much! This was the day I was looking forward too!!!

Any girls remove their own drain? How did u do it? Did u just pull as hard as you could not caring about the pain?!

Help!??!!

I did it!

I exaggerated so much! I really almost had a panic attack for nothing! The pain was not bad, it was just an uncomfortable feeling for less than 15 sec... I laid on my back and my boyfriend pulled it for me... What a relief! I feel so much better now! I don't know why I ever doubted my strength! It got stuck halfway through and I just yelled "keep going".. It was out in less than 20 sec... On the pic, where my thumb is it's where the drain starts to go in...

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So I was looking at my butt and realized that its not as big as I thought it was going to be. But I'm not upset, I know I have to give my body time to do it's thing. I think I'm not that upset because I look waaay better than I did pre surgery, I love my new shape. I will give my body time to heal and after the 6-8 weeks I will determine how I feel about my results. I refuse to stress myself out about my results before I'm completely healed because I my do more damage to my body that way. People don't understand that stress during recovery can alter your results in many ways! At this moment I'm ok but there's no telling 2 months from now. I will keep everyone posted.

Swollen

I took my garment off this morning to let my body breathe, I've had it off a couple of hrs. I noticed I'm swollen around my waist and back, the pic i posted earlier kinda shows it. I can't wait for the swelling to go down indefinitely!
It's not hard to do. Clean around the drain site with hydrogen peroxide, cut the suture knot to release the suture from around the drain, Deflate the bulb, deep breath in, pull the drain and exhale...good luck!!!
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Good for you! I have not gotten the surgery, but I would be freaking out about pulling the drain out too! :0 but you did it! Good for you! I agree with you, don't stress out over your results now bc you are still early in recovery. You look great! Good luck!
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Thanks a lot. That was really helpful!!
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Didn't wear my garment

Omg! Big mistake!!!! I didn't wear my garment last night, over night or at work today and by mid day my stomach looked deformed!!!! It was hard, lumpy and swollen... Man I thought I would be good not wearing it to work but I guess not! I will wear this damn thing for my remaining 4 weeks and maybe go another 2 weeks after that just to make sure I get my optimal results... Smh, I thought I could get time away from this darn annoyance but I guess not... No pain no gain!

Board

Oh and on top of that, today is my first day wearing my board! My garment isn't as tight anymore so I will have to buy a girdle too...
Hey girl I think i meet you there did you go with Ur hubby, hope everything is going well for u, saludos mama.
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Yeah I went with my man, tall black dude lol.... Who were u with? Everything is going good for the most part, my butt went down a lot but I love my new shape so it kinda evens out. I just hope it doesn't go down anymore because if it does it would've been a waste of money. How are u doing? How's ur results?
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Yeah I was there with my sister I got sx few days after u, told u I'm from mass. As far as my results they improving compare to the beginning kinda boxy but I wanted them bigger so it could compensate for volume loss, but im in love with my shape can't deny.
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3 weeks post-op tomorrow

3 weeks post-op!! Already! These 3 weeks have been a rollercoaster. Pain, discomfort, annoyance is how I can describe it. Another 3 weeks and ill be able to sit and get rid of this garment and only have to wear my faja. I'm not gonna say I'm 100% satisfied with my results but I will admit my body now looks way better than what I had to deal with these last 25 yrs of my life. I see some imperfections but since these are not my FINAL results I won't over think it. My right butt cheek is slightly larger and my waist isn't the same on both sides. And lastly, my stomach isn't smooth evenly but that's what the board is for and I've been doing my part in wearing it. I will continue to do what I have to so that my final results are what I want and if by then I still have concerns I will decide my next steps. Pics attached...

3 week PO pics

How many cc?? U look nice!!
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Te vez bien :) ...cuanto cc ?? te hecho el Doctor..
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El doctor dijo 1300 cc's
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I have to buy a smaller garment or faja

I've been swollen these past couple of days and I thought it was the weather but I realized my small garment is too big, I need an x small. Any suggestions on a garment or faja?
I'm 6 months po and I must admit your body changes the entire 6 months and if you follow a good aftercare regimen it changes for the good compression compression compression is the key it takes at least 6 weeks for your stomach to START Smoothing out and could take the whole 6 months to get right the lipo areas take the longest to heal
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That's what I'm hoping, and that's why i haven't been so hard on myself, my final results aren't complete yet. Thanks for the encouraging words...
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Nice results hun... Looking good!!
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Possible abscess?

I'm scared! I think I have an abscess! I emailed Dr. Salama but he hasn't gotten back to me! Anyone experience this?
Hey hun. It may or may not be. I had an abscess last year ( not due to my BBL). It started out as a small mass like a mosquito bite but keep getting bigger and firmer. It had a small head and all around was hot to the touch. It grew to the size a litte larger than a baseball. It was like a solid mass or rock on my butt cheek. It extremely painful. I finally went to the ER and was told it was an abscess and had become extremely infected. The surgeon had to cut it open and pack it to drain. The wound was open for about a month while it drained but it felt better. I just said a mouthful. If it is warm or hot and extremely firm it may be an abscess but not worry to much. Wait for your doctor and then see what he says. If it is one, Iits still small so you will get treated and it willsoon go away. These things happen but don't get overwhelmed and worry. Your doctor will take care of it and keep in mind it may be nothing at all. Sorry for the excess info :)
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what r your symptoms I had one and mine is still leaki g and healing its very bothersome I had tenderness and burning and swellimg to the point I couldn't touch it n then it bysted and started leaki g and I went to my dr finallt don't wait long like me lol
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A big lump the size of a golf ball that's soft to the touch on my right butt cheek; no head. Around the lump it feels "normal"; by normal I mean it feels like my left cheek which i have no problem with. It doesn't hurt when I touch it but if I push in I feel some pain minutes later. Was yours big or small? Did it start from the inside out? Will u have a scar or indent?
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Not an abscess!

Dr. Salama told me it wasn't an abscess, he had to lift my skin because that cheek wasn't taking all the fat which I knew but I was worried because it was too soft; but he says it's normal. I don't have fevers and its not red so I'm good..
The cheek that wouldn't take enough fat is the smaller one I'm assuming? It's hard to tell from your pics
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That one's actually the bigger one... I'll put pics up soon...
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I'm glad your Ok, you hae to wear your garment all the time and keep tight compression all the time
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6 weeks!

I'm finall 6 weeks post op! No more restrictions! I've started sitting but I have to sit with the boppy because my butt starts to hurt otherwise.... I stopped wearing my garment and bought a waist cincher but bought it too small so I have to buy another one this weekend... I will post pics up soon.

6 weeks p.o pics

Don't mind the newer pics, my phone's camera broke and I had to use my boyfriend's crappy iPhone 4 camera...

I lost some volume as u can see, and one cheek is bigger than the other. I'm trying not to pay it too much mind because I know it's nor my final results. My hips went down too :( significantly, to me that is; my man still thinks my hips look mostly the same as weeks 1-3. I'm going to start going to the gym slowly, I want some abs! I still get swollen but that's to be expected, I have to get a new waist cincher to control the swelling.

I feel so much more confident in clothes, I don't have to worry about my butt pads being noticable anymore or having to put them on all together! I can wear alot more things now! I haven't gone shopping yet, gotta get my bills on track but I can't wait until I do!

Hopefully my results get better in time, I'm happy where I'm at but could be happier. I can't wait until the 6 month mark!

Will update if anything changes...

Pics

You look great! Thanks so much for the updated pics. I was worried about the results I could get with my lower pooch. You are literally my tummy double and you just gave me so much hope!!!
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Np! I'm glad I could help...
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Hip hip hurray to no more padded undies!!
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Almost 4 months post op....

Hello everyone, I am currently almost 4 months post op and I can truly say I don't regret this surgery at all. It has given me a boost of confidence and had allowed for me to feel free with my body. I'm not gonna lie, I am thinking of going back for a touch up. Even though I'm happy with my results I'm not completely satisfied. I want it a Lil bit bigger and rounder and I have gained some extra fat in certain places I wanna get rid of too. I figure I didn't have a lot of fat to begin with so what I have now is Def an improvement. The last couple of months have been good, no real complications. I have noticed that one but cheek is still smaller than the other one but it's not noticeable to others. The color of my skin where he lipo'd is still not back to normal either. Other than that everything seems to be going well. I look 100 times beget in clothes and catch myself wanting to try new styles because my body looks amazing in them. Since surgery I Have not worked out and noticed my waist is not as small as it was, that changes now. .I am working with a personal trainer to tone me up and help me shrink my waist. I've added some pics just so you can see the difference between me before and now; Even though it's not as big as I would like it to be.

4 months po

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How were your hips before love! Did they got bigger after surgery or you had them to begin with ?
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I had no hips what so ever... Lol
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U look great sis :) beautiful transformation
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8 month review!

Hello all, it's been almost 8 months and I feel great. My butt hasn't lost any volume since the last time I updated, I stopped working out for a while so I did gain some tummy fat but I still have my hourglass shape! Will be working on that before the summer hits... Other than that nothing much has changed, my clothes fit way better and my pants fill out way better. The only thing is the SCARS! I can see every scar I got from the surgery, soo obvious! Anyone have remedies for scars???

adding pics?

Can I no longer add pics through my cell?

8 months p.o pics

more pics... 8 months p.o

You got a pretty booty......your measurements pre are mines now and I'm you height as all...thanks fit shading your review bc now I know salama is going to make me look waaaayyy better than now
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wow ive never seen you on here before but you look really nice, you seem very honest in your review also
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Your results are great!! How do u feel ?
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Miami Plastic Surgeon

Will review after 6 weeks

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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