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Added more pics! Concerned about my "HUMP" lol!

Hi BBL sisters! I'm in love with this site and I...

Hi BBL sisters! I'm in love with this site and I Iiterally stalk it daily! I finally decided that this is something I want done but I can't find the right doctor. I see Jimerson and Salama results and they are fantastic but Jimerson is alittle on the pricey side and I dont want to wait a whole year for Salama! Since I will be paying cash (cant get approved for a loan) I want a doctor who is reasonable but does a great job. Most likely I will have to travel so that would be another expense. By the end of January is when I am looking to get the procedure done because I should have all the money I need by then. So ladies, if you know a doctor that has done you other than Jimerson or Salama please let me know, Thanks Ladies!

After weeks and weeks of research I do love the...

After weeks and weeks of research I do love the work of Jimerson and Salama, but I really don't want to travel. So I found 2 doctors in my home town that I'm considering. Dr.Stein and Dr. Weiner are two docs I am interested in and both are offering specials at the moment. I really want the Salama results so I really just got to tell these doctors EXACTLY what I want, even bring pics if I have to. I just feel if I'm paying cash, thousands of dollars, I should get what I want, right? So I have consultations with both of these doctors on October 24th so I will keep you ladies updated, especially the ladies who stay closer to Illinois than Florida!

Hi, BBL sisters! Even though I have 2...

Hi, BBL sisters! Even though I have 2 consultations with Chicago docs, I am still keeping my options open. I actually spoke to Dr. Afifi too because I had a phone consultation with her October 2nd but no one called. So thanks to a fellow BBL sister, I was able to get in contact with her and speak with her personally. And might I say, she is the sweetest person ever, and she kept calling me honey-bun! Even though I'm a Grown ''A'' woman she still made my day lol! But anyways she examined my pics and told me to send my wish pics and then we can move forward. She is very helpful and answered all my questions and was completely HONEST! She told me my stomach can get real flat BUT because I had a kid, I will have a little loose skin around my belly button but its fine because i wasn't planning on wearing belly tops 24/7! So these Chicago docs might have some competition, because if her price is right then i might have to make that flight! But I'm not giving up on my Chi Town docs yet......

Well ladies I am here for an update...I had called...

Well ladies I am here for an update...I had called both offices between Weiner and Stein and both doctors told me that based of the pics I sent them I'm looking to pay over $8500! So I'm going to save my gas money and not go to the face-to-face consultation just to here the same info. I'm paying cash so I just can't see myself paying that much when I can use that as a down payment for a house. Plus their work is GOOD but not Florida or Atlanta GREAT. Now thanks to a BBL sister @Redbonez I am considering Dr. Afifi. I was just quoted $6500 and if I paid all the money up front they would take $6000! Sounds great to me but I still have to get airfare and hotel together. Also I'm still waiting on my quote from Dr. Cardenas...I know I have been alittle skeptical about going to MX but her work is amazing and her prices are even better! So between these two ladies, I will be making my choice. I already have majority of the money saved, but my goal is still to have the surgery in January. Sorry my Chicago ladies but I just cant pay maximum for minimum! So for any ladies who had Afifi or Cardenas, please let me know your experiences, Thanks!

Ok ladies, I FINALLY got Cardenas quote for the...

Ok ladies, I FINALLY got Cardenas quote for the procedure! It actually was a great price for everything she has to do. She said I would need an extended tummy tuck with muscle repair, lipo to the flanks, upper back, lower back and waist for only $5900! I am ready to book my date but my only downfall is that she wants me to stay 14 days in MX! For some, it's not a problem but I have children and it will be so hard to find someone to watch them. I had a few family member that would have watched them for a week, but 2 weeks? I was also told that if I wanted to lock in my end of January date, I gotta make my first deposit by friday! Im so confused and this is what I really want and I know Im not taking them with me so pray that I can find someone who can watch them for me but so far, Cardenas is my doctor but still waiting on that quote from Campos...hopefully I hear from him by Friday before decide to make my deposit!

Oh yea the BBL is included in the price, so the...

Oh yea the BBL is included in the price, so the tummy tuck with all the lipo to the areas with fat grafting for $5900! Not too shabby!

One more suggestion for you ladies...for the best...

One more suggestion for you ladies...for the best deals for flights, always check rates on a monday or tuesday. PRICELINE.com is the best site for the lowest rates with the name your own price deal. I was researching the price range for the flights around the time of my surgery and most of the sites were ranging about $353 and up for round trip. On Priceline, I named my own price and they gave me the lowest price they would accept and it was $294 for round trip! In my book, that's a huge savings! I didn't book anything yet at least until I get my surgery date but I will definitely be using priceline.com!

Hello Ladies I got my quote from Campos: Your...

Hello Ladies I got my quote from Campos:

Your Estimate will be as follows:

Extended Tummy Tuck 3000
Liposuction, lower back, and waist 1800
Fat grafting into the buttocks 600
Discount -900
S. Facility 1100
Anesthesia 500 (Epidural, Sedation)
Girdle 120
Post op medication 125
EKG 80
Total 6425 usd
Dr. Campos

That's a good price too but I think I will be sticking to Cardenas!#TeamCardenas!

After contemplating on which doctor I was gonna...

After contemplating on which doctor I was gonna choose...Dra Cardenas stood out the most! She has been very honest with me and gave me the best quote of all. Even though she is in MX and I was alittle worried about going there, I have spoke with females who are there or been there and had no problem. I changed from Jan to Feb because it is more convenient for me and for my children because I cant take them with. Plus it will give me a few more weeks to prepare and save. If only I can get in contact with Ronnie at beauty care then I will be good...I have sent emails and calls and still no response! So if any of you ladies know the average prices of a 10 night stay or 12-14 night stay please let me know because I want to start making payments on both, thanks!

Hi Ladies, I am stuck with yet another dilemma......

Hi Ladies, I am stuck with yet another dilemma....I have to have lab work done but most of the clinics I've called said I have to have doctors orders to get them done? But Im not sure if Dra Cardenas office will send out some type of orders to get them done or is there any other place that you dont need orders? This is what I need done (sent from email)....

Please have the following lab work performed 8 weeks before your
surgery and have the results faxed or emailed to our office: (1) CBC,
(2) Routine urinalysis, (3) H.I.V. (4) PT,PTT and INR, (5)Hepatitis B
and C, (6) Chem. Panel, (7) Pregnancy Test (8) EKG. We must have the results 8
weeks before your surgery.
It is very important to have your lab results as soon as possible,
that way we can be sure that you are in perfects conditions, otherwise
if there is something to improve we have time to do so.
If Lab results has not been sent and the day of the surgery when we
perform them here there is something that keeps you from having
surgery is under your responsibility and refund wont apply. If any of
the labs requested is missing, we will perform it here and the patient
will have to pay for it before the surgery.

But when I went to my usual doctor, he said I needed the doctor's orders to get it done so I'm confused! How am I supposed to get the labs done without the orders? Do I email Cardenas office and ask for them? Should I wait until I get to MX to have them done and pay extra for them? Fatimeh told me if I had them done out there and something wasn't right with the results then it would post pone my surgery 48 hours....so I need advice on any other BBL sister who has had there procedure done in MX and how did you get your lab work done, THANKS!

I would appreciate all feedback and advice!

I would appreciate all feedback and advice!

Well I been doing my research and I found over 5...

Well I been doing my research and I found over 5 hotels in the area close to Cardenas office that are nice and CHEAP! I literally can spend only $250 for 8 days compared to $1300. But are you required to stay at recovery house to get over the border? Or can a taxi take me over the border? I'm all about saving money but I dont wanna risk booking another hotel then have no way of getting to the doctor...need some advice please!

I was just checking out my pre surgery pics on...

I was just checking out my pre surgery pics on here and was wondering if I should lose about 10 pounds before surgery? I want the best results possible but I dont want to lose too much fat. I want that nice shape with the tiny waist but Im also getting a tummy tuck so wont that do the job itself? I havent gained any weight from my pics so ladies, what do you think, lose a few pounds or I should be fine?

Hey ladies, since I'm not scheduled until Feb, I...

Hey ladies, since I'm not scheduled until Feb, I had alot of time to think....I am considering NOT getting the TT with the BBL! Just the thought of the extensive surgery with the long cut is starting to make me reconsider. People know I have kids so if my stomach is alittle wrinkly from the loose skin, thats fine because I dont plan on parading my stomach out. Plus it would save me some extra money so I can spend for the holidays. But at the same time, I dont want to hate the fact I didnt get it...Any ladies who have kids who had the BBL without a TT please let me know how your result were and if you were satisfied. My hubby told me to just get the BBL and get a TT later because he plans on having another baby in a few years(easy for him to say,lol)! So confused but Im going to send Cardenas an email and hopefully she supports my decision and doesnt refuses to do my surgery but I need all advice and opinions and I will respect all opinions! Also check out the before pics to see what would you do in my situation....

OK BBL Sisters, I have my ticket booked, deposit...

OK BBL Sisters, I have my ticket booked, deposit paid, all my supplies and bag packed lol but I need to find a recovery house ASAP! I almost have all my money for the surgery (should be paid in full by end of January) but I need to start paying for the recovery house. I have heard all good with the recovery house "beauty care" but I would be paying over $1300 just for 8 days! My hubby is tripping saying I should not be paying that much for 8 days but I feel I wont have a choice because I will be alone. I wish I could have someone travel with me so I could just get a hotel but I dont. So if any ladies have any ideas to save me some money or any other recovery houses please let me know. I also heard about club med but I dont have much info about them...do they get you from the airport, have nurses, 3 meal, etc....please let me know ASAP ladies before I lose my mind lol!

Ugghhh I am so pissed to the core right now! My...

Ugghhh I am so pissed to the core right now! My Surgery is in exactly 8 weeks and I need to get my labs done but when I went to the hospital, they told me I needed orders from the doctor. The receptionist talked to Fatimeh or the receptionist (im not sure) and the said they were going to email them to her. I waited 20 minutes and the recptionist called me back and said they didnt send the right orders and they need one from the doc herself with a signature. Long story short, I couldn't get my labs done because I dont have any orders and I cant find a hospital near me that does the labs without them. I have insurance and I dont want to have to pay out of pocket and Im getting so frustrated to the point I just want to say fuck it. So this question is for the Cardenas patients, how did you get your labs done? Im so confused and I emailed Fatimeh so hopefully she emails back soon and I really want this done but Im also getting to that point that I want to just get my money back and forget it. Please help me out BBL sisters!

Well with everything going on, I am so paranoid...

Well with everything going on, I am so paranoid that my tax money wont come in time for the surgery! That is my BIGGEST fear right now! I talked to the Patient Coordinator for Dr. Cardenas and she said because of the taxes situation, they are giving females the option of paying cash the day of the surgery. Hopefully the money comes in time so I wont have to do that but that would be my last resort! I already invested everything into this surgery, my ticket is paid, recovery house, supplies, bags packed, childcare...and I just need the last few thousands to pay for the surgery. Pray ladies that everything works out with the crazy-ness of the tax season and I receive my refund before my surgery date!

I feared my taxes wouldn't come in time but they...

I feared my taxes wouldn't come in time but they came earlier than expected! So I will be paid in full on Monday! And before you gals start flooding me with messages I did my taxes with turbotax.com and I filed on the 26th of January! I am sooooo happy now and all I gotta do now is count down the days!

Hi ladies, well I inquired to Dra. Cardenas about...

Hi ladies, well I inquired to Dra. Cardenas about getting a breast lift at the same time as my procedure but she said it would be too much in one day. I just wanted to come off the table completely FAB without having to get another surgery. I wonder if there are doctors who would do everything at the same time. I know it is probably her own personally decision which I understand, I just really want my boobies done too lol! I love Dra. Cardenas and her work and its way too late to switch doc (I wouldnt anyways) but I wonder how much do other surgeons in MX charge for a Breast Lift. I am considering getting my breast done a few months after this just want to get an idea of how much its gonna run me...

Ok ladies, I am so ready for this now, I am paid...

Ok ladies, I am so ready for this now, I am paid in full, bags are still packed lol, and my flight is set. All I have to do is finish paying for the recovery house and I am good to go! I am still nervous about surgery but its too late to turn back now. Im just hoping she gives me the body that I want. I know she is the bomb.com when it comes to TT but can she give me my Donkey Booty lol. But if any of you BBL vets have any advice for me like what is a must to bring, what to expect, anything that will be beneficial to me, please let me know!

Flight leaves at 12:09 pm and I am so ready to get...

Flight leaves at 12:09 pm and I am so ready to get this done! I will post as much as I can and Post pics as soon as I can Ladies, so please keep me in you prayers!

No doubt about it ladies if you are having surgery...

No doubt about it ladies if you are having surgery in MX, CLUB MED is the place to be! The view of the ocean is incredible, and the staff is AMAZING! The food is pretty delicious too and they instantly connect with you as soon as you arrive! Surgery is in the morning so ladies, continue to pray for me :-)

Hi Ladies, today is my 2nd day post op and I am...

Hi Ladies, today is my 2nd day post op and I am super stiff! The pain comes and goes but overall i am really tight from the TT! I did have some fat grafting to the hips and butt, not alot like i wanted it. I have been sitting and sleeping on my butt since day 1 so it is what it is. Overall everything looks great from wat i saw so far and i cant wait for the swelling to go down and now i see why women go through the emotional roller coaster. One day u feel fine, then the next day u have regrets. All the girls says its worth it afterwards but i just dont like this feeling so far. I do have a tiny waist now and an hour glass shape with the swelling so i know ima be good in a few weeks. I am trying to post some pics but its not letting me do it out here but i will post pics as soon as i can! keep me in your prayers ladies!

Hey Ladies, sorry it took me sooo long to post, I...

Hey Ladies, sorry it took me sooo long to post, I haven't had much time since I got back home. My kids went crazy when I got back but I was in so much pain and discomfort from my flight I couldn't interact with them. Well I can do the day by day like most women, but I can sum up my experience alittle.

-Surgery went well, all I remember is that I went into the operating room, layed on the table, woke up for 3 mins during the surgery, went back to sleep, then woke up in recovery. All I can say is for those ladies who are getting TT with their BBL, be prepared! Having a TT feels like wearing an extra tight corset that you cant remove. And the first 4 days are the roughest! I didnt have any nausea at all which was good, but everything from my arms to ass was stiff and achy. Also, I highly recommend you staying at club medical, because they took care of me like a newborn! All of the nurses are super nice and helpful, and Marvin and Susanna are the BEST! And the food is so delicious and good, every meal I ate there was amazing!
-Getting back on track lol Dr.Cardenas did an amazing job on me. She took off 5 pounds of skin, lipo'd the heck out of my whole back, flanks, and bra rolls, and made my scar as low as possible. she did put fat in my hips and some in my butt, but not alot. She said I had a booty already so she just filled out the dents alittle. Plus I knew I wouldn't get a donk anyways because I have been sitting on my ass since day 1. When you get a TT you really cant help it. So ladies who want a donk with a TT, be prepared for a round 2 because you will be sitting alot. You might get a booty still, but it wont be a donk. I am 12 day PO now and feeling so much better...I am walking around more and my swelling went down some, but I am still in swell hell lol! Also, I took my drains out on PO day 10 because my hip drain wasnt draining much and my front drain had gotten alittle infected and my body was sucking in the stitches from the drain. My hubby had to pull out the drain like 1 1/2 inches just to cut the stitch. The drains did not hurt when they were pulled out, at least to me! My incision is healing with no problem but they are starting to itch alittle. I am still swollen but you can now see my banging shape tho lol! Even with the swelling my body look amazing! Well I gotta go for now but if you ladies have any further questions, please feel free to send me a personal message and I will answer them the best that I can. I also added a few pics and will post more when I can!

Hi ladies, Im 13 days PO today and feeling pretty...

Hi ladies, Im 13 days PO today and feeling pretty good. Swelling is a big fat B*tCh but overall, im good! I noticed today that I have a "hump" on my right side next to my waist. I dont know if it is just swelling or could it be fluid built up. It is hard and tender so it might be swelling but Im not sure, I need advice. And even with me sitting on my ass since day 1, I still have some roundness and projection! Also, make bromelain and arnica your best friend! I feel it has helped significantly with my swelling. Other than the "hump" near my waist, my swelling has decreased about 30% since last week. Oh yea, I took out my drains on PO day 10 because my hip drain wasnt draining much and my front drain was getting sucked in by my body and it was looking nasty! So far so good, and the "hump" was there before I took out the drains. Body is still sore, Im walking 95% straight and my pain level is like a 2. Please feel free to ask questions or give me advice through my private message especially and the "hump" lol!
Dra Cardenas

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I just had my surgery with Dr. Cardenas and I have that same hump. Did you use the arnica tablets or the creams?
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I'd say that fluid.
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it was swelling, but its gone now:-)
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you look so good, how are you feeling?
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Hey girl you look great!! Today I'm 10 days post op and I think I'm gonna take my drains out tomorrow. I think I'm getting a little infection on the one on my hip too. So yeah thats coming out. I'm also thinking of having a breast aug. My waist is so tiny now my tig ol bitties don't go with my body! lol
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Yea u dont wanna take chances with an infection! I love that I have a tiny waist too but I cant stop eating lol! I gotta control myself before I lose it!
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In reference to the hump: Are you wearing your compression garment? If not, you need to continue to wear it up until the 6th week. It is very helpful....I learned the hard way. At almost 3 months I get small lumps like that depending on how I sit or how tight my jeans are around my waist from wearing a belt. Something is causing that.
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U look great!!
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She really dont give big butts so prepare to go to another doc but her sculpting is amazing...im waiting till im 6 wks to post. Overall she did a great job on me but wish my butt would have been bigger..
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Good luck with your continued journey girl! Im done for now, my butt is fine for now I might get a Breast Augmentation in the near future, then thats it for me! I hate being in pain lol!
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I had humps like that on each side of my waist... to help with them i massage them withmy heated massager, it helps break up the hardness...
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thanks! ima have to get one of those this weekend, hope it helps me:-)
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First off u look great!! Ur results are very natural and curvy!! I do think u should keep an eye on that hump... it does look like fluid building up. I would call a dr for advice. Good luck with the remainder of ur journey!
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I was thinking that too, I've been trying to massage it and push hard on it but nuthin happened...if it doesn't change by sunday, ima go to the ER and see what they say! Thanks!
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I hope your recovery goes well :) I'm booked with cardenas on May 30th and Ive been trying to book my stay at BCRH but haven't been successful at contacting them... Do you know if their quote includes the transportation fee of $120? Can't wait to see your results.. I'm sure you look fab :)
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Hey, sorry for butting in but with BCRH I believe you get free transportation if you stay longer than 5 nights. I just got all the forms from Ronnie so its fresh in my mind. Lol anything shorter than 5 days you have to pay the fee. Hope that helps!
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Oh hey! Thanks :) it helps tons. I'll be staying a total of 5 nights at BCRH including 1 free night before my surgery and the overnighter at the clinic post surgery so I'm guessing the transportation fee will be comped??? Lol I'll take the extra $120 juuuust in case ;) lol thanks again @Bessleal. I hope all is going well for you. Ill be going to Cardenas may 30th. :)
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Go to Club Med if you can, their quote includes all transportation! I stayed for about 7-8 days and paid $925 with transportation included and it is so nice there. You wont regret it!
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i am glad your surgery went well :) good luck on recovery!
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Have a great recovery!
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does your doctor except care credit or any credit card payments?
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As far as I know, she doesn't take financing...im not sure about credit cards but she takes cash, paypal, and making deposits
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This healing process is a bitch girl!!!
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LOL I know! Im 9 days PO and still feeling pain and stiffness but it gets better daily!
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God is w u Hunnie! U came back to us:) n soon u will b happy once the pain is gone:) Hunnie in my opinion if u keep sitting u will kill ur fat cells, is ur dr saying its ok to sit? Anyway Hunnie God bless u n hope u have a speedy recovery!
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