sorry in advance about this post. I need to say things out loud (or type them) to talk myself through it and come to a decision.
I had my consultation with Dr P today. First off, I've been researching BBL for two years now, and I thought I knew what to expect. I knew all Drs have their own opinions and own ways of doing things but Dr P's answers kinda threw me for a loop so I need to decide if they're good or bad.
I emailed two days ago (Tuesday) to setup an appointment. His surgery coordinator emailed me last night in response and when I told her I wanted their first available appointment she set me up for today. Good turn around, I'd say.
Let me point out that I've read every review on this site about Dr Pelayo. I've read many negative comments about his staff. He has his own office AND he practices at a facility called the Vanidides (?). I went to his office and his staff was amazing. Apparently the problems come from the other facility. If those are the comments that turned you off of him... then go to his personal office.
Also, I read a comment from one of his patients saying that when she showed up on her surgery day he handed her off to another Dr. I asked him about this because it concerned me. I want my surgery to be done by the Dr that I've met with and paid for. The one that understands what I want and the one that I've researched. He claimed that this patient had only done an email consultation and that she looked different in her pics than in person. He said after examining her in person he wasn't comfortable doing the surgery because with her weight and skin problems she woulnd't get good results. He said he then advised her to use another surgeon on the facility. I'd be pretty upset about that too... but I understand him not wanting to tarnish his reputation with a patient he knew he couldn't get good results with. I heard both sides of the story and whichever way it happened... he said he's confident doing my surgery so I'm not worried.
Ok so, at the consultation.. the office is in Hialeah.. which is pretty ghetto. I wasn't impressed with his office. It was an old house converted into a medical office.. with bars on the windows and all. Creepy, lol. He brought one of his nurses in with him, which I'm not sure if it was because he wanted a woman in the room for liability reasons, or if he did it because he has a heavy accent and I dont speak Spanish. She came in handy many times when either of us needed to clarify a point. I feel like the entire time his attitude was basically "Im the best at liposuction and you just need to believe that, and I don't need to explain myself to you..." Which was annoying, but I'd rather have a good doctor with good results than a nice one with bad results. Between him and his nurse, all my questions were answered. I showed him some of my wish pics, which clearly annoyed him... because every body is different and there's no way to know what your body will look like after surgery. I know all of this, I just wanted to give him an idea because some girls just want a little volume and some want a DONK. I wanted him to understand my general expectations, even if I can't get exactly like the pictures. He told me he will suck out ALL my fat.. and transfer as much fat as my body can take.. unless I ask otherwise. This is what I want, because I know I will lose some through re absorption and weight loss afterwards.
Basically, he told me between my stomach and my back I will reach the legal limit of liposuction. Which is NOT what I wanted to hear... but I'm glad he was honest. I've seen so many pics of girls who only get a little bit of lipo on each area they paid for. I want ALL my fat gone in those areas.. which is what he does. He told me if I lose 15-20 pounds he MAY be able to also lipo my arms, otherwise I need to come back a month later and get my extra lipo. This was odd to me.. but the more I think about it the more I realize that I want the best results possible, not just the quick fix. Also, it's only an extra $400 to do them separately. And this saves me the worry of "will he be able to do it??" Because if I go a second round of lipo.. he can do ANOTHER 4 liters, Instead of just the first set. If I go a second round I can also get my thighs done. I feel like I should lose about 10 pounds before surgery either way, though, since he said I'm already at the limit. I want to make sure he doesn't have to leave anything behind.
The prices they gave me include the lab work (done at their office), one garment, lipo, and transfer to butt. The garment pads are extra and that massages need to be done through a different place.
Full stomach, side, and back lipo with BBL: $3,300
Arms and inner thigh lipo (second round): $1500
All areas (minus inner thigh, which I added after the quote) with BBL: $3,900
His prices are awesome, which I guess shows why his office is in the ghetto lol. The nurse told me the down payment is $300, which is due when I get the labs done.
Another thing to mention is that he does the BBL under local anesthesia, not general. Which means you will be awake the entire time. This freaked me out at first, but I'm starting to believe it's better. For one, local is cheaper... which means his prices are better because he doesnt have to add $1200 for an anesthesiologist, not because his work is lacking. Also, is safer... because there's no chance of "not waking up." He also said it causes an easier healing process, AND it makes the surgery better because you are easier to move and flip over when you're awake. In the end, it's supposed to give better results.
To sum it up...
-good price (which is not my main concern, just a bonus)
-local, so no need to get a hotel or flight
-BEST lipo I've seen
-honest and realistic
-available whenever I want the surgery
-office in the ghetto
-not getting promises that I want
-having to go through two surgeries to get the results I want
Oh, and my tentative surgery date is Sep 21st, which is a saturday!! I've never heard of surgeries being done on the weekend, but that's amazing for me. That means I don't have to take that day off of work and neither does whoever will be driving me... which means it'll be easier to find someone lol.
Thank goodness I'm dating a personal trainer. He's going to give me a diet plan to lose the excess weight before surgery and get me in PERFECT shape afterwards. No sense in sucking all the fat out if you don't have toned muscle underneath.
At the point, I'm pretty sure I'm going to use Dr P... just need to settle me few hesitations first.