BBL down (2/19/13) now for my tummy tuck March 2014

I want a more rounded butt and not sure if I have...

I want a more rounded butt and not sure if I have enough fat to graft. I have my heart set on DR Salama and viewed is website where he stated BBL is not intended for thin people. Rueben has emailed me back but gave me an estimate for the mommy makeover, which is not want I inquired about. I emailed him back along with some pics and still waiting to hear from him. They also stated they like the patient to gain weight if they are thin, I have been trying my while life (44). I am obsessed about getting this procedure. Is there any other great surgeons you would recommend?

I made a decision to go with Salama after...

I made a decision to go with Salama after communicating w/Ruben. The Dr said I am a good candidate because I have ft deposits on my abdomen and flanks. So exited!! I am scheduling for late in the year or early next year because I will be saving for this procedure, I don't really want to finance.

I'm sorry, the DR is located in Florida and I am...

I'm sorry, the DR is located in Florida and I am located in CT.
I feel as though you made a wise decision cause I've done my research since July of last year and I keep seeing drastic before and afters (THAT ARE AMAZING) w/Dr. Salama. He is the best, in my opinion and he is board certified. I am excited for you, when are you scheduled? Mine is 07/27.
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@Teresa, I just seriously made up my mine to do it (I have been researching some what since last year) so I'm planning for next year....need to save up my pennies. His before and afters is what got me too. July will be hear before you know, I'm excited for you too and good luck.
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I'm planning on the same time next year. Have you decided on a ps yet?
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Still getting prices and definitely want Dr Salama...

Still getting prices and definitely want Dr Salama because he's aggressive with the lipo and he makes sure he sculpts. I still have time before I do the procedure, sometime between Dec - Feb. BUT I think I'm sending in a deposit to DR S this month.
@CTHollywood.....wow thats great! Is that how much you wanted? I just sent him some pictures of me and Im waiting to see how much I can get but Im not trying to get it done until Sept some time so Im trying to gain more weight. OOh and as far as not so flattering pics.....well you should of seen mine then you would feel better. lol
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@Coco, LOL. I want to gain a few more pounds, which Rueben said would be fine, but Dr S quoted those cc's upon my pics. I have a small doughnut tire around my mid section.
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It's been awhile, not that I haven't been lurking....

It's been awhile, not that I haven't been lurking. I am still leaning towards Dr S, but I have been getting other quotes. I have gotten from Dr C and Dr C in MX.....and both suggested that I get a tummy tuck. I have alil extra weight around my belly, that's the only place I have fat but I didn't think I needed a tt. I find it strange that only the DR's in MX suggested a tt. I got laid off from my 2nd job so I have to put off longer while I save up :-( I have this obsession and this LONG time is gonna drive me crazy....ugh.
Oh ok, yea me too Im look up bbl reviews all day erry day and Im 7 months pregnant lol so even if I wanted to do it sooner I cant lol. Its driving me insane lol
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Hey ladies, i called dr salama monday and had my online consultation, i had to sent him pics of my body and dream pics, im just waiting for him to call me back to let me know how many ccs, im hoping to get 1400 or more BIGGER THE BETTER!!! ( a girl on this site she got 1800 and she has the same body as me whos knows 1800 would be crazy awesome )plus all the fat wont survive. Im thinking about booking my BBL the end of feb plane tickets are a lil cheaper ill be coming from NY. i saw few cheap hotels for 505 a week and 756 a week, i will be staying for 9 days. Is anyone having the same prob i am having, i try talking to my fam and friends about my surgery and they dont wanna listen cause nobody wants me to get a BBL, but its something that will change my life forever I HATE MY BOOTY/BODY. my man doesnt want me to get it done but hes going to be there for me by myself :) Ive already been buying stuff i need for my BBL. I cant wait!!!
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my side***
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Has any of you ladies been told that you need a...

Has any of you ladies been told that you need a tummy tuck but still decided to go ahead with just the BBL? I have been told by the MX doctors that I need a tummy tuck and without will not give me the results I want. I would be left with lose saggy skin and not tapered and flat (in full detail by one doctor *hint *hint). I would like to hear about results without a tummy tuck, because now I'm getting a little concerned that my results will not be good and I will have wasted my money. My doctor has not suggested a tt and when asked and was told that the garment would help my skin snap back. I am 44 years old and have had two children, youngest being 18, but stomach has always been flat. I recently got a belly over the few years from constant trying to gain weight and probably a little middle age spread (ugh). I do trust my doctor but hearing the persistence that I should get a tummy tuck has me concerned. I have added new pictures to get your opinions.
@CTHolloywood......I'm Salama 2013 as well.........I am so excited for. I have made my deposit as well. I'm so excited and cant wait. But if you are intrested in gaining weight then you can try taking "MUTANT MASS". I ordered this off of amazon/ebay and so far I have gained 3lbs after taking it for one week. It seems to pack on the lbs pretty fast so you might want to start taking maybe a couple of months before.
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Yayyy CoCo, #2013TeamSalama. I will look into Mutant Mass, thanks.
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I am so jealous of all the new and improved...

I am so jealous of all the new and improved bodies, but in a good way. I am on RS everyday religiously and always checking out booties in my area. I think my head turns more than guys now....LOL. I love all the reviews that are getting me ready mentally. I don't feel like I'm going into this blind because of you lovely ladies. I just can't wait til I am a VET and help all the girls that will be after me...Feb 2013. #TeamSalama
Everyone says they received a responce form Reuben but I received a responce from Nancy Dubuque through email. Has anyone else heard of her??
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Did you email through there website consultation application?? I emailed two times through there website for information and noone has returned my emails. It's been a week. I haven't called because I'm still deciding on the BBL and my cell phone reception sometimes isn't that good. I took pictures to send but i'm waiting for them to ask me to send them. :)
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I finally received a responce and sent pictures for review. Soo excited!
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I don't mean to complain when I know some of you...

I don't mean to complain when I know some of you lovely ladies are trying to lose. I have always had a hard time gaining weight, but I'm not even trying to lose; I'm too tiny to begin with. I'm gonna chuck it up to it being summer and working 6 days a week. I recently returned to working in the club to save extra money for my special day.....and this would be the only reason that is good for losing. I wasn't comfortable dancing with a belly. I try not to eat too much on the days I work the bar so I won't look bloated (it's only two days but I guess this is contributing to me losing). I am liking that my belly is smaller but I need every little bit for surgery. I plan on going on periactin a few months before so I can gain. I have been on it before and it most definitely helps my appetite. I still have eight months before surgery and I know I shouldn't worry about my weight now, especially when it's only a few pounds and stays steady at my current weight. I get laid off from work in November (every year) so I can pig out while I'm home. Sorry for the vent from the skinny girl :-(
I totaly understand where Ur comin from. I'm n da same boat with u. Most r tryin to lose and we r tryin to gain. My surgery is in Dec of this yr with Dr. Jimerson in atl. But some advice is buy optimum pro weight gain. It's on bodybuilders.com. I'm drinking it and have gained 5 pounds in about a week.w/ eating. It is suppose to help athletes gain weight and muscle(if u work out). Without working out u just get the weight. It has 650 cal per scoop!!! With milk for me its about 1500 because i drink between 12 to 16 oz. But 6 to 8 oz its like 1100 cal. The smallest bag is $35. I got the $65 one . A Lil high but not as high as buying 6 ok of a 10 ensure plus. You'll get about 24 servings of ensure plus verses 28 servings with the weight gain shakes and about 700 mor cal per serving. Is that TMI? Just trying to help...lol
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I have been drinking ensure but only one at night, I have tried to drink during the day but I believe I have IBS and sometimes my stomach can't tolerate it. I have lost a few pounds and perhaps the ensure is keeping it stable and not letting me lose more.
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Hello I had my sx June Jus would like to ask if you tried protein drinks or ensure to maintain your weight
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I found out about Airbnb through realself and was...

I found out about Airbnb through realself and was wondering if anyone has experienced that site? Is it trusted........
I did some research too and decided to go with the apartment rather than a hotel.
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I heard from someone on here about it also. It seems ok from the reviews i've read. I think i'm going through them and i'm going with my boyfriend so I'll be safer. I'd rather have an entire apartment with privacy than a small hotel room. Good luck
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I want so bad to hurry up and be on the other side...

I want so bad to hurry up and be on the other side and maybe 5 mths post op. This obsession is driving me crazy.
Nancy is my coordinator too but thank u imma call her tomorrow bc the prices in March is to much for rentals n hotels so if i can change to Feb. It would be a blessing. Thanks again FingazX.
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goodluck!
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Hey Fingazx, u changed your date from March to Feb? My date is march 15th with Dr.S n i cant change my date so who did you talk to?
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Has there been a problem with realself? I use to...

Has there been a problem with realself? I use to come on here everyday to try and catch up with all the updates but lately it seems no one is ever on here updating. It always says the most current updates where 3 or 4 days ago? IDK... but anywho, I have been getting a little concern about not having enough fat (I lost without trying) and about a square booty (results). I have tried protein shakes but my stomach can not tolerate it, also have been drinking ensure plus but only at night, if I drink one during the day I get an upset stomach ....I have always had a sensitive stomach (IBS). My other concern is, I love Salama's results, but worried about getting booty leakage from the garment and and looking square. I plan on purchasing a garment that does not have the holes for bathroom purposes for my stage 2 garment. I just really hope I do not hear any bad reviews about his booties.

I hit my 5 moth mark on the the 19th and I'm...

I hit my 5 moth mark on the the 19th and I'm ALREADY having dreams. One about having plane problems and not getting there on time and honestly I don't remember the other one. I'm trying my best not to think about it too much and get too worried. I just want to be beyond recovery already and on the other side with my booty. I have total confidence in Dr S, I have always been on the thin side so all I need to do is pig out before to get enough fat for the booty. I already have my accommodations and just need to pay off my sx balance. I started taking prenatal pills because they helped me in the past with anemia, but they have vitamin E so I plan on purchasing the make me heal pre/post op vitamins...anything to help with an easier recovery.
Hello, I was wondering about your date and if you would like to switch for March 18,2013. I have spring break in Canada in Feb and since i'll be coming all the way from there, this would be a really good rest period for me after the surgery. Please help me out if you can, I would really appreciate it:)
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I'm sorry I can not help. I scheduled my sx around the time I get laid off from work with enough time for recovery.
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hi ct! i havent made my accomadations yet. im probably going to do that in the coming months as well. i also have been feeling anxious and trying to keep my mind at ease. i woke up feeling like i better go get my flu shot because knowing my luck i will be the one to get sick the wk of my sx lol. but yea im doing a multivitamin and ensure diet to make sure im at my best health wise and whatever weight i do put on is healthy weight ( i actually struggle gaining weight). your hair must look great taking the prenatals though lol BONUS!!!
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I'm on the fence about purchasing the pre/post op...

I'm on the fence about purchasing the pre/post op vitamins. I want anything that will help with recovery, did anyone purchase and take them, were they beneficial? I have 79 more days and I have alil time to purchase them but as I get my items together I would like to know if I should add them to my list?
Its sooo cool we have the same date.. I haven't recieved my package yet, I'll be calling Nancy tomorrow!! lol
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I'm currently taking post op vits, i took pre op vits a week before my surgery, only because I received them a week before. I can't compare it to anything else as i haven't had surgery before but Im doing well right now. The only problem i had was the first night as expected. I hear so many people complaining about how bad it was after surgery but i'm doing just fine. Justrestricted because of this straight jacket faja :)
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Thanks for the feedback, I'm most deff going to get some but haven't decided if I should get the Vitamedica or Make me heal vitamins.
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Finally got my package yesterday and purchased my...

Finally got my package yesterday and purchased my tickets today. Going down a day earlier so I had to purchase one more day on apartment, thank GOD it was available.
I have been crying all day!!! :-((((((( my heart races and goes out to all those families that were destroyed today , poor babies i just cant imagine what monster could have taken those innocent sweet lives.... :*( it breaks my heart to a million pieces!!
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Did you end up getting vitamins? My doc's office (Schulman in NY) said I could continue with my regular multi. I asked b/c they do have vit E, but they said the multi is ok and to just ensure I don't take add'l E. I believe it's really important to eat for anti- inflammation (eg. no "crap carbs" like refined sugars, bleached flour corn syrup, etc). Don't get me wrong b/c I know I'll swell but just not as much as I would if I ate foods w those ingredients and other culprits. I can't wait to hear about your experience!!
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Hey Dasha, Yes my Dr's office specifically told me not to take Vit E, they also sent me a vit list to start taking 4 wks before my date.
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Does Salama manually extract the fat from our...

Does Salama manually extract the fat from our mid-section or does he use a high pressure machine?
Would anyone be interested in Jan 22 with Salama? I'm trying to help a friend. Her date is Jan 22 and if she can't switch to a date in February or March, she can't get the procedure done. She's been trying since October to switch with someone, and she still hasn't been able to... So if anyone who's scheduled with Salama in Feb or March is willing to switch, her name on here is almostgotit. Thanks!
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Oh, and i think I might have found a place in Hallandale too. I'm waiting for a response from the owner..
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Yayyy, that's great. What site?
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Time is finally approaching fast! Thanks to...

Time is finally approaching fast! Thanks to MsHoneyBunz I have my ideal wish pic that is realistic for my size. I love her results too.

What was the latest you got your medical...

What was the latest you got your medical clearance? Salama's office wants it a month in advance but I haven't had my appointment yet.
he needs it within that month. you should be fine if you try and get it done next wk because results take a few days to come back. also it gives your doc enough time to adjust you level if need be prior to sx to prepare you. (i.e hemoglobin, hormons etc). goodluck sweetie!
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Oh, I sure hope so. I'm not stressing about the actual procedure (yet), I'm stressing about getting the clearance on time and also my refund! xx fingers crossed. Oh, wait is that your RS name? Then you're my good luck charm.
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lol yea im not even sure about the whole refund thung because we cant even file til the 30th. it usually comes in about a wk for me because i efile but i think it might take a little longer im hoping not
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My time has finally got here. I am not nervous...

My time has finally got here. I am not nervous (as of yet). My main stress was just making sure I get my refund on time and now it's this freaking snow. 3' of snow, streets still not plowed, it's ridiculous here. Now more snow coming Saturday and Sunday and I leave Sunday so now that's on mind.
I'm schedule for mid July, but I keep flip flopping doctors. Can't wait to hear about your surgery! Hope all is well
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Dont worry babe you will catch that flight and we will eventually get dug out lol im snowed in too! Lol but regardless goodluck sweetiie!
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Thank you Fingaz and Neishia. This snow is ridiculous.
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I'm home!!! Made it to the other side. The first...

I'm home!!! Made it to the other side. The first three days was the worst due to the residual affects of anesthesia and I didn't agree with the antibiotics (had to get new rx). Wasn't really in pain just discomfort. Now that I'm home (with one drain) I do feel better but the butt out thong part seems to be making my booty numb. Ruben said that numb feeling is part of the healing process. Only took one pain killer pill and then tylenol for the massages...no help OUCH. The massage was worst than the procedure, of course because I was sleep for the procedure ;-) I am happy with my results and I am aware that the booty will go down. 26 waist 42 booty
Happy healing
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Thank U
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So glad your home safe/sound and that your happy with your results! Did Dr. S have any concerns with your age adversely impacting your results or did he indicate your age was not an issue?
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I have no complaints except for the area above my...

I have no complaints except for the area above my belly button not reattching as quickly.
Wow.... You look great mommi dam I have hope....Lol... How much did you weight before to get this result ...or did you hafa gain weight ...
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i have to know how many cc;s you got you look great
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Thank you. I was only able to get 900 cc's in each cheek. I just had 2.5 liters of fat.
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Been awhile.....8.5 months PO

It has been along time since I have updated. I am very happy with my booty and also seen that I am a wish pick *blush*...makes me feel good. I love my new shape but Dr Salama could have done better on my stomach. I have one small indentation and a long indentation going across my belly on top of my belly button and it appears he took more fat out on one side than the other. I am not bashing him just being honest. Did I say I love my booty...lol. I have a lovely upside down heart/bubble. I wish it was bigger but he only took out 2.5 liters cuz I most definitely didn't have alot. I have some loose skin on my belly also and spoke with the DR and said I can do a revision or a tummy tuck. Not sure what I am going to do at this time. I already purchased a corset and waiting on my wraps and skin tightening cream, lets see how that goes before I even thin about R2 which was never in my plan. I just feel as small as I was I should have came out perfect especially with the money I spent.
look nice!!!
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Thank you
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Thank you ladies
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Why should I have to pay for a revision? Pics incl

Here I am now at 10 months PO and my belly has indents/lumps. Too much fat taken out on the left side. I remember when they first took off my garment and said I had a seroma when it was actually fat! No they did not admit it but you can clearly see it is fat....in person. My stomach looks decent in pictures but in person I feel like I look deformed, more fat left above my belly button. Being a part time dancer I have to wear one pieces now. SMH! My true profession is an office manager for construction and if our customer has a problem with the job we performed we return to fix at no cost to the customer. Why doesn't plastic surgery have some type of warranty? It is our bodies and life we are risking. I don't think that it should cover revisions for people who are just not satisfied but a doctor should stand by his/her work.
CTHollywood, Exactly! You're 100% right on that. I think the same thing but I wouldn't want surgery from the same doc that did the first one wrong which is why i'm going to a more experienced surgeon when I save enough for a revision. I have the same issue with little lumps and more fat taken out on my left side, weird. You can see it a lot in person just like my indents/dimples on my butt. I hate them so much I don't like walking around in underwear in front of my BF and can't wear bikini bottoms because the dimples show a lot, ugly. I know how you feel. It sucks! I heard they ask you to pay 800-1000 for revision but I never heard back from them month's ago when I contacted them so, i'm done with them. Good luck! let me know what you decide. TTYL
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Have you decided on who you might go to? Yes he quoted me $1000 for the revision and did state he can not guarentee I will be happy with a revision. Smh. It took me awhile to hear back also it took me texting Salama. Even tho its just $1000...I still still would have to get med clearance, air, hotel and meds.....too much to pay for someone else's boo boo.
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CTHollywood, I don't understand why they take so long to respond but pre-op they responded quickly, isn't that funny. I haven't decided who i'm going to because i'm waiting until I have the money could take years cause I have a hefty school loan that I have to worry about. When I do choose it will be someone experienced in revisions hopefully someone closer to my home. TTYL
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Going on 11 mths (w/pic)

So I will be 11 months 1/19/14 and my stomach has improved just alil (not enough for me), I still will not expose my stomach....as a dancer I may remind you. I still get all the extra attention because of the booty but I do love the shape Salama gave me and would like to be able to walk proudly in the club in just a thong with my head up high. I still only wear one pieces. There are days I get upset and think damn I need another sx to fix my first sx, then I other days I don't want to go through another sx and can spend the money elsewhere, after I have to save it all again. I look at all of Salama's patients with nice belly's and still don't know why I as a petite slim woman came out with a lumpy stomach and extra skin. When I massage my upper belly I can feel the grooves where the candula was and it goes only in one direction....hmmmm? Why wasn't fat taken out from the left incision to make it even? I am not the surgeon and do not now how to perform this sx but I would think to evenly extract fat you would go in both directions. Again no bashing just being honest.
man I totally understand hiding more than before geez rx can be so stressful I've been tryna hide this ass since I've gotten it. but for your stomach and the revision I'd go for it it all looks like minor things and I hear revisions aren't as bad
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I know I ask myself similar questions all the time. It's weird because it seems like careless mistakes. I don't get it either. I don't like showing my butt because of the dents/dimples also which is messed up since the reason I got the surgery is to be more comfortable showing my booty. Also, there are no guarantees for a second expensive painful round either.
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I know what you mean....I couldn't wait to show off my stomach at my second job but know I'm hiding it more than before.
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11.5 months with pic

I will be scheduling a consult with local surgeon about my lumpy lipo. I will update on what was said and recommended.
I know you've expressed a little disappointment with your belly but I think honestly it just makes you look more natural. Your body looks amazing!!
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Thank you soooo much.
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Can't wait to here from you after the consult. Good luck!
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Going for a tt in March 2015

I went to see a local surgeon and he said I should not get any type of lipo revision due to laxity in my skin (why did I discover a bbl so late in life). He said a tt would help even out the unevenness and I should be able to get away with a scar the size of a mini tt...I sure hope so. I will not be going to him ($9,300) I will return to Salama.
I probably need a mini TT also but again, the money situation isn't good. I'd have to save a lot because I need a revision on my booty. You're the one that has to be happy after all the money you spent. I can see what you mean about your belly though. Good luck.TTYL
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Thank you Nargas. I just couldn't walk around with my stomach like this. I want to wear mid drifs and a two piece, plus as a dancer I have to wear a one piece. I look at my belly everyday and it bothers me every time I look in the mirror so I made the decision to put all dancing money away for it. Thank God I have a full time, good paying job to take care of my bills. I hope things work out for you too.
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I here you. I want to wear thongs and bikinis also but I can't with these insecurities. I'm the same way, I look at my booty everyday to see if it looks good with thongs or when sitting but it is still the same. Its not just me either my BF say's i'm right about the dents/dimples, he says it lookslike there are areas where fat wasn't injected but I tell him it could be that the fat died in those areas. Either way i'm not happy and I hope I can get a full time good paying job soon because I've been looking for almost a yr interview after interview and nothing. Hopefully this yr. Good luck. TTYL
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tummy tuck march 10, 2015

I can't wait for my day. I am so sick of this uneveness and hardness on my belly.
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