I started researching the Fat Transfer procedure...
I started researching the Fat Transfer procedure (Brazilian Butt Lift) in 2011. I created a profile and stayed on Real Self and Make Me Heal day and night. I set an initial goal to have surgery by the end of 2011. Then again in mid 2012. Again, by December of 2012. The last time I aimed for was, Summer 2013. Now, it's almost the end of 2013 and I still have not had the surgery. In each instance, the main issue was me affording the procedure. But truth be told, I could have afforded the surgery if I would have made it more of a goal.
I have had issues with my weight, especially over the past two years. I feel that has been the biggest thing stopping me. Also, being so stagnant with my life situation, I felt I wasn't achieving any of my goals.
I'm 5'5 and I now weight 189 pounds. My biggest weight has been 194 pounds and my smallest 135. So the first part of my review will be about me losing 40 pounds. My goal weight is anywhere from 125 - 135. So I want to be around 140 pre surgery.
I've started to make changes in my life. I moved to a new city. Since moving, I've already lost 5 pounds without changing much in my lifestyle. Now, I have a new perspective on life. I'm tired of my weight being an excuse so I see now as the perfect time to lose it.
So now, I am setting my goal for this surgery. I want this particular surgery because I want a shape which is something I've never had. I was slim before, but I had a straight body. I want that 8 figure.. that coke bottle shape. I am aiming to have the procedure February or March of 2014. I will pick the exact date soon. Once that date is chosen, I will not change it again.
I am back in the search of doctors. Previously, I was aiming for Pantoja. I wanted the fat transfer and breast reduction. I like him more for his breastwork but I was not 100% confident he would give the shape I want. I do want a butt, but I am chasing the shape overall. I looked at doctors in Miami as well including Salama, Salzhauer and Medentia. I also considered Campos and Cardenas in Mexico. I was not sold on Cardenas' work and Campos costs nearly as much as the doctors in the US now. Dr. J Curves in has been doing alot of patients lately and as nice as they turn out, I am not convinced on his work either. And the price doesn't help. I've always kept doctors in the Dominican Republic in the back of my mind but for some reason, I felt Mexico was safer than DR. Possibly because its so much closer to home. But in the words of Big Freedia "Go Duffy" - go hard or go home. So now, I am considering DR doctors. The doctors I am considering are Baez, Yily and Duran. I will not be considering Cabral. I love his work, but I don't think I would feel comfortable under his care and my life is far more important than an elective surgery. I know that things can happen with ANY doctor, but I have to go with my instinct.
I will be posting my quotes and what is included. Also my process with losing weight and where I am with my goals. I will be sharing my goal pics, as I have plenty. I won't be posting any before pictures until after I've lost the weight I want to lose.
That's all I have to say for now. Here is to all of us getting the bodies and confidence we all deserve!
Quote - Yily De Los Santos ($3,450)
I received my quote from Yily. She was pretty fast, it took less than hours. She suggests a tummy tuck, but my stomach appears alot bigger than what it is in pictures. I won't be getting a tummy tuck because I am not sure how that scar would heal. Plus, I have not had any children yet and I would hate to have kids and then have to repair my stomach again.
I was advised by some of you ladies already to not lose too much weight. I agree, I do want to have enough fat for the surgery. But I'm also tired of being the weight I am. So maybe 150 - 160 may be a better goal for me pre surgery, and then I'll lose more once I have healed. For now I'm taking everything one step at a time.
I like that Yily includes the garment, tests, and other fees. Alot of the other doctors wanted this done separately.
I can live with this price. This is actually a little bit cheaper than what I was quoted by Pantoja. Now I just have to wait to hear from Duran and submit my pics to Baez.
Getting in touch with Dr. Duran
Has anyone had an issue with contacting Dr. Duran? I sent my email for a quote and have not heard back yet. I got the email straight from her Instagram page so I'm hoping it's correct. Did anyone translate their email to spanish? I didn't. I'm going to do that and resend today.
I'm looking for a surgery buddy
I am wanting to have surgery in February or March of 2014. Preferably mid February/early March. I'm going to Vegas in 2014 for Memorial Day Weekend and I want to be somewhat healed by then so I can have fun with my new body!
Anyway, I'm located on the east coast so I'd love a surgery buddy (or a few) from that area so we can travel together.
I also believe that we could get a discount at one of the recovery houses if we go as a group. All of my reaserch on places have been in Mexico because thats where I was originally going. I don't know anything about the recovery houses in the DR so I'll have to hop on researching that soon.
If any of you ladies are interested, send me a PM so we can chat.
I found this thread on here. Anyone looking for a surgery buddy can connect with other users of the site:
Good Luck :)
Quote - Yily De Los Santos ($4,300)
So, also inquired about a tummy tuck with Yily. I, myself, don't believe I need one but I do want a tiny stomach. One of my concerns were having kids afterwards. I have not had any children yet and when I do I want to still be able to. Yily said I can have kids one year after the surgery. I have also seen a few ladies on here who have had the procedure and had kids so what I'm gathering is it depends on how fast our body snaps back as an individual, anyway.
So the quote is not that bad. My plan is to just bring more money than what I need and decide then and there all the procedures I would like to get done. I'm STILL waiting to hear from Duran. I want to have my breasts done and I prefer her breastwork over Yily's. I'm not sure if I would get a Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck and Fat Graft all at one time.
BBL Pre Op List
Found this on here...
Still Have Not Heard From Duran
It's been almost two weeks since I've sent her two emails. I'm staring to get annoyed.
Sx Buddy & Duran
Ok, quick little update. I have confirmed that I will be able to afford to get the procedure in March. I just don't know the exact date. I DO know that I plan to stay 7 to 8 days (including the day before and of the surgery). So I am looking for a surgery buddy who is going in March. I will be coming from the DC area so anyone near there would be ideal.
As far as my doctor, I am STILL waiting to hear from Duran. I would love to have my breast lift and BBL done together and I like Duran's breast work over Yily's. But if I don't hear from her, I will be going to Yily for the BBL (and possibly tummy tuck) and then get my breast lift done in Miami at a later time.
Does anyone have any tips on getting in touch with Duran? I'm not on FaceBook and don't want to create a profile JUST to try to get a response from her. I've sent multiple emails and I've even tried calling. So now at this point I'm wondering if I should give up on her.
Anyway, feel free to msg me if you are looking for a surgery buddy in March. I am looking at staying at Armonia or Upscale recovery house.
So like I stated previously, I emailed Duran a few times. The last few times, I just forwarded the same exact email. So last night, Duran FINALLY writes back to one of the forwarded emails and said she can't open the photos.
F M L!
So I emailed her back IMMEDIATELY and included the pics thinking she would be able to respond. But, nope. I just hope I don't have to wait another 3 weeks.
I may have to use FaceBook.
Tummy Tuck Scar
So, I'm still waiting for Yily to email me back her available dates. I'm also still waiting for Duran to give me a quote, period. In the meantime, Yily told me she really thinks I should get a tummy tuck. Even when I lose the weight I want to, there will be loose skin. So I'm really starting to consider it. My only thing is the TT scar.
My skin is more prone to getting keloids, or not healing smoothly. I've had surgeries (not plastic surgery) in the past and I still have those scars til this day. So I'm not sure how well the TT scar would heal. I don't want it to be obvious. And I also don't want to get an obnoxious tattoo to disguise it. People are catching on to women doing that anyway.
Do any of you women have skin similar to mine? If I do get this TT, I want to take any measure possible to have the scar heal completely.
Dra. Walkiris Robles
Has anyone seen Dra. Walkiris Roble's breast work? Her breast lifts more specifically? I'm considering her now as well. I've sent her an email for a quote.
So I got my date from Yily. I'm going April 3, 2014. Yily said I need to send in my flight info, so as soon as I book it, I'm going to to email her the info.
I still do want to go to Duran, so I'm going to try to reach her still. If not, I'm confident Yily will do an amazing job.
13 Aug 2014
4 months post
So I've taken a long break. Haven't been on here since December of last year. So much has happened since then. I did not get the procedure, however I did lose weight. In december, I reached my highest weight ever at 194 pounds. From February - April I lost 30 pounds. I now weigh 164. I currently fluctuate a few pounds above or below that weight. My ultimate goal is to weigh about 125 pounds. Prior to surgery, I'd like to be 135 - 145 pounds. I am now aiming to have surgery in October. I would love to go to Duran still, but I am researching more doctors as I see there are "new" doctors in DR. I do need to take new pictures to receive a quote. However, I'm not sure if I should wait until I lose the other 20 pounds.
Anyway, how have you all been?
No Tummy Tuck
13 Aug 2014
4 months post
Being that I lost weight and see how much smaller my waist and stomach are, I've decided not to get a Tummy Tuck. I'm now confident that I'd have good results without one. Plus, that's less money I'd have to put out.
13 Aug 2014
4 months post
I am looking for a surgery buddy. I want to go to DR anywhere from mid October - early November. I made a post in the surgery buddy thread on here as well as sent out a few PMs. If anyone is interested, please PM me.
Changed my date..
Pushed my date back to the 3rd week in December. Is anyone else going around that time?
I've Changed My Date and Doctor
So, I've changed my date yet again. But I will definitely be going in the Spring of 2015. I am aiming to go in March, everything be willing. I have reached out to doctors for new quotes. I received a quote from Yily for $3500 for fat graft to the hips and buttocks. From Baez, I was quoted $3000 just the fat gratf but $4600 for fat graft and breast lift. I think I'm going to just opt for the fat graft itsself this go round. So I'm just waiting for Baez to let me know if I should lose anymore weight before the procedure, or nah. I'm excited to finally be getting this done. I recently got a Walmart credit card so I'll be using that to get most of my items for surgery to cut down on costs since I can pay it off over time. I now need to get my passport asap so I can have it to travel. I plan on purchasing my flight in January.
That's all of the update I have for now. But I think Baez will be a good choice. She only does one patient a day so that makes me feel more safe. I feel like she can take her time and really sculpt the shape I am looking for. Plus, I have heard that she gives great aftercare. I love her boob jobs. If I run into some extra money, I may make an impromptu decision to get them done while there. Otherwise, I'm ready to be a Baez Butt Barbie :)
6 Months Later...
And I still have not had the procedure. So now I'm considering going to Colombia. I know I want to go in December of this year. I also think I'll be working with BellaVita Consultants because they seem so resourceful. I know surgery, especially outside of the country is risky and I should do all of the research possible but I've been preparing for this for 4 years now. I'm just ready to get this over with. I'm considering Henao if I do go to Colombia. But I'm still feigning over Duran! Ugh