After stalking this site for months I finally made...

After stalking this site for months I finally made an appointment for a consultation with Dr.Cortes. I am 5'2 and gained weight in the two weeks I waited for my appt. I walked in at 138 and felt like a total porker. I walked into the waiting room and was completely shocked. Besides a teenager who was there with her mom , I was the only one smaller than a size 6! I was still hopeful. I waited in the waiting room for about an hour. I was prepared because they called and asked me to come early because Dr.Cortes had to leave early. I figured a lot of people would be there at once and I was correct! I got tired of standing as all the seats were full and waited outside the office near the elevators. I actually struck up a conversation with a nice young lady. She already had a great body and told me she is an exotic dancer and wanted a bbl as well. I showed her how to "stalk" RealSelf and we exchanged numbers. When I finally got called back , my stomach flipped. I was excited and terrified at the same time. I got on the scale and was shocked to see that my cheap scale at home was correct. I was led to a room and instructed to undress and put on a robe. I played with the breast implants and listened to the other patients . Yes , you can hear every single word through the walls. Dr. Cortes came in and was very nice and down to earth. He grabbed my fat rolls and told me to turn around. Then came the bad news. He told me I am not a candidate. He said I need to gain 10-15 pounds to be considered. He explained to me about visceral fat and told me if he did the procedure now, I would be "pissed"! Those were his exact words ! He said eat , eat, and then eat some more and come back in about a month. I told him I had been eating like a hog and he said he said keep it up !on a side note: I work for a major airline And could fly to the Dominican Republic for less than $50. But I am a giant chicken and I know I would never be able to go by myself. I have flown to Santo Domingo about 25 times in the last 10 years. I am pretty familiar with the island. My Spanish is good but I am too chicken !! I am so impressed by the ladies who set their sx date , get their passports and fly to an island they have never been to ! You girls are soldiers ! Really brave. Great example : I am typing this from NicaraguA. . It's very safe ,but I only go outside to get food! I am a real baby ; ) . Ok back to Dr. Cortes ...He is honest and sincere and wants the patient to be satisfied. So I went to talk to Lucy, the coordinator. She was very informative and patient with me. She explained the cost and printed out a breakdown for me. I had a list of questions and a ton of pics on my iPad. We discussed what was realistic for my body and she told me about the results she has witnessed. I was very confident I had picked the right doctor. I paid my $500 and secured a tentative date of July 28. I told her my birthday is in August and I wanted to be able to at least go to dinner. She said if I had gained the weight and had paid in full there is always a possibility that something sooner will pop up. And I would be past the two week mark as far as recovery. As I understand it , people reschedule all the time. They either haven't gained or lost the weight they were supposed to. Or don't have their accounts paid in full. I am hopeful I can do both and get this show on the road! My husband was a little skeptical at first. But he sees that I mean business. I am a notorious shopaholic. So while we were shopping for the kids for Easter clothes, he kept asking when I was going to shop for myself. I told him I am not buying a single item for myself until I get these fat rolls relocated ! He thinks it is hilarious. I am planning to save $3000 a month to have this done. Which will be challenging as we have one child about to graduate and go off to college.And three more who think money grows on trees. However I am a great shopper. Everything has to be a great deal or I don't touch it. I even got a deal on our house ! Foreclosure / remodel ! I am going through a tiny bit of guilt right now. For one I have never really spent this type of money on myself and I keep thinking I could take the kids to Disney or something. My husband is saying I deserve to be happy and if this is what it takes to make me " myself" again he is on board ! I have been suiting up in my corset/ girdle/ waist cincher with a super tight spanx tank on top for years now. I have scars from the boning digging into my skin. I really would like to be more proportionate and feel good about my body again. I will update my journey as often as I can. Which will be a lot because I am obsessed with this site! Anyone who has questions about flying or traveling feel free to ask me. I have been a flight attendant for 17 years. I travel all over the world but mostly the shorter flights now that I have a whole soccer team of kids ! Good luck to everyone. ..
Good luck on your journey. I liked Dr. Cortes as well. Just haven't set my sx date yet.
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What are you waiting for Sandra ? are you afraid ? Or having second thoughts ? I think I may have talked myself out of it if I hadn't gone ahead and set it up. I just look in the mirror any time I have second thoughts and I am quickly brought back to #teamplastic!
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Two reasons. 1. Feeling a bit guilty. 2. I am saving. I don't want to charge that amount. But I'm looking forward to setting a date. And of course nervous. Lol
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Easter dinner= disaster !

So I have been constantly eating all sorts of ridiculous things. Drinking beer. Everything I can to gain weight. So at Easter dinner a few people commented that I looked a little heavier. I told them I need to gain weight to weigh 150 for a weight loss transformation. Which is true !!! So people started telling me I looked good with a little meat. My husband, who is the only one who knows the details of my "transformation" gets tipsy and starts yelling at me and saying why don't you tell everybody what you really want to do. Tell your little sister what you look at online all day! So my little sister who was visiting from out of town comes to my bedroom at midnight. And asks me what was he talking about earlier . Then she says it's ok if I've been looking at porn ! She has seen it too. I almost died laughing. She is 30 but it was so cute. I told her I've been looking at a website with women's bodies on it. She then told me it's ok if I like lesbian porn. And she always thought I may be a little bit lesbian! FYI our Easter Brunch included a lot of friends and family. Gay and straight. So maybe the whole lesbian thing was just on her mind. Anyway. I had a long talk with hubby and told him not to ever threaten to call me out again. I deserve to have this body put back together after giving him 1/2 a basketball team of kids. I reminded him how I had a 6 pack and 12 percent body fat in college. Now I am covered in stretch marks and squeezing into a girdle just to walk outside because my boys is such a mess. I also demanded that he tell me right now if he couldn't be supportive. No back and forth business. He said he was sorry and begged me to forgive him. I told him I will forgive him but he has to buy me extra foam and garments. He said whatever that means but ok. He said he doesn't even want to know what all these supplies are since I get a box from amazon every couple of days. Before I forget , Old Navy has little dresses for $8.00 today. I'm not sure of the quality because I don't really shop there for clothes , only swimwear for the kids. But for $8 I guess it would be comfy while we are recovering . And if it falls apart after a few washes it will have served a purpose. I am going to check them out this afternoon. I'll let you ladies know just how good / bad they are assembled.
On a different note I must say I am relieved to just eat any and everything. I am always very health conscious. So people are a little shocked to see me eating fried food and brisket and ice cream and baked potatoes and two cheeseburgers all within 3 hours. I also ate two breakfast tacos and two doughnuts when I normally would have eaten fruit and oatmeal. I also have been lazing around whenever possible to keep from burning off my precious fat. It's definitely working. I had to wear slacks to church because even my squeem and spanx tank top with control top pantyhose couldn't hold in my new fat rolls. I think I have crossed the threshold into borderline obesity. Remember I am only 5'1 so anything over 140 is showing up. I actually think my booty is starting to jiggle on its own ; ))
Omg your Easter story is hilarious!!!! The part with your sister.... I'm sure your husband really boiled your blood... But really is it porn or lesbian porn?? Lol!!! Sometimes I feel like all the lesbian in me comes out as a salivate over another woman's ass.... Smh,... This is a transformation for sure! Lol
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Yes I was indeed upset with him. His stomach is still ripped! He is 40 and has the body he had as a college athlete. I on the other hand am a MESS in a DreSS. I'm glad you enjoyed my Easter shenanigans. I'm sure I will have more to tell ...now stop looking at booties before someone accuses you of being bisexual ; )
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His stomach doesn't count!! How many babies did he have??? & it's so .. Hard... To pull... Awayyyyy from the BUTT .... Hehe ;)
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Putting on the pounds...

Just thought I would share a few things with the team (#teamplastic).
I have gone from 133 to 142lbs since April 2. So this info will be helpful for those needing to gain weight. And possibly those needing to lose weight as well. Just avoid these items ; ). For breakfast everyday I have been really going for it! Today I had a breakfast sand which , a breakfast taco , hash browns and French fries with gravy and a small Dr.Pepper. Soon after I scarfed down two chocolate eggs compliments of my kid's Easter baskets. For lunch a three meat plate from the bar-b-que place near my house. I had ribs/brisket/sausage with macaroni and cheese and fried okra. With a giant unsweetened tea. I also ate my roll and 1/2 of my husband's. I strolled out the door with a giant ice cream cone. I have made it a point to laze around whenever possible so I don't waste my precious calories. My husband is now calling me "thickness" . Normally on my days off I work in the yard , shop and cook. Now that I am saving money and calories I eat and stalk RealSelf. I had never tasted Dr. Pepper before today and I was surprised it wasn't what I expected at all. I also wanted to share with anyone who is feeling guilty or bad about this surgery how I am coping...
Just since deciding to have this surgery I have done numerous positive things for myself. I have planned and organized a huge garage sale for next month. I have gone through and eliminated all of the clothes I bought to hide my muffin top . Jeans I bought to hide how flat my butt is. Dresses that give the illusion of hips. And numerous spanx and girdles!! I have also received a copy of my credit report and fixed 3 majors errors that I wouldn't have even known were there if I hadn't checked to see if I could get a loan to pay for at least part of my "transformation"!
And since I am in "save mode " I am only buying the necessities which means a lot less clutter around my office and bedroom. I didn't even realize how much I shopped until one of the kids asked what happened to the bags? I said what bags ? They said when they get home , there are usually bags from stores!! That's a shame. So I guess I replaced my shopping addiction with an addiction to fixing myself up. All women deserve to get dressed each day and feel good about their appearance. I for one am sick of the boning in my girdle digging into my ribs. Or not feeling comfortable because I have on a tank top that is squeezing my gizzards out and afraid someone will see all of my armor I suit up in everyday. I am so happy for those who have taken even the tiniest step toward feeling pretty and confident. Good luck to all ...
Good luck on your journey I'll be right after you august 5th I also have to gain weight. But for me instead of gaining I'm losing weight. I guess I'll have to eat more.
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Can't wait to see your results. Great post.
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Love this post Ms. Thickness. LMAO!!! You're eating the way I dream I could. I love breakfast tacos!! So jealous. Thanks for your update on coping. You made my spirits soar. Such a sweetheart you are. And I think I will be having a garage sell myself to help finance. LOL Keep your posts coming. :-)
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Maternity!

So my neighbor across the street is having a garage sale. She rings my doorbell and hands me a pile of maternity dresses and shirts and tells me she wanted me to have these items and to let her know how I'm doing! I was totally shocked. I told her I am not preggers but I have put on a little weight and I really appreciate it. We chatted for a minute and I washed the clothes. Now I am sitting in my front yard watching the kids play ,eating my second burger with fries and a frosty and wearing a little maternity dress. I guess I better start posting some picks .I am so,so,so plump. But for some reason my hubby keeps grabbing me and chasing after me. Has anyone else found themselves checking out other women ? Oh me neither ...hahaha! I am looking at everybody's butt @@

Fat pics.

Pics

I'm schedule for July 29th with Dr Cortes around the same time you will be there. Keep in touch:)
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We must keep in touch E Houston. Have you already paid in full ? I am trying to spread it out over a few months. Just wondering how other people are getting it done .
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Girl, I've been making monthly payments since last year. But my flight and hotel is paid
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Eating

I have been reading tons and tons of reviews. I am starting to feel a little bit crazy for choosing to do this. It's like a dirty little secret . Does anyone else feel like this? And constantly trying to hide the real reason I am eating for two... Myself and my new booty !!
Your food looks delicious!!! We are the the nutty professor with hidden snickers bars and late night binge sessions..... But in a matter hours we will transform into goddesses!!!!!
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I sure hope you're right TenK. I sure ate an ice cream sundae and two bags of chips in honor of my "transformation"!
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Why did I buy a giant Reece's peanut butter egg ? On sale from leftover Easter candy for 75 cents. Ate the whole thing ! That's a shame. Please bring some boudin balls when you come . I still need more "fuel" for Cortes !!!
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What's up?

What is the deal with people posting "advertisements" on blogs for gurus and healers? Isn't that a violation of policy ? I think it's inappropriate and I wish they would cut it out. I personally don't want to hear about some witch doctor in another country. I want to read about protection , fluffing , and happy healing !! Thanks . Rant over

Correction

Projection not protection
I can't wait to see your amazing results after your surgery. Your gonna look awesome doll. How far are you from the hospital where Dr.Cortes does the surgeries?
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I am about 10-15 minutes from Houston Northwest hospital. I literally live on the same Main Road just on the other side of the freeway ! I can't wait !!!
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Wow you are so close. Maybe we can meet up while I am in Houston.
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Calories

For everyone trying to gain weight : I just saw on Good Morning America that an order of buffalo wings is the equivalent of 12 cheeseburgers and the Explosion Salad at chilis is the equivalent of 17 tacos as far as saturated fat. Saturated fat =Belly Fat ! I can't wait to eat both today. Yesterday I ate two burgers from Jack in the Box and an order of curly fries with an Oreo cookie shake. Then for lunch I ate an entire platter of sushi with a sugary frozen margarita. For dinner two baked potatoes from Wendy's with sour cream and extra butter and cheese. So it's official. I'm a baby piglet. Remember I am only 5'1/ maybe 5'2. So eating like a linebacker is reAlly not cute. My Daughter's prom date came by so I could meet him last night. I told her to call him and tell him to bring me a frosty from Wendy's for the "baby"! Haha. I also went to old navy and got two maxi dresses , two 4 packs of wife beaters, two pair of khakis for one of my boys , a pair of summery shoes for my youngest daughter , and two tank tops with built in bra for .... $54.83. Yes baby. The coupon queen reigns supreme. They even had to call the manager to override and give me my additional $15 off $50 for using my gap card. Which I didn't know I could do because I don't really shop at old navy. But I saw the sign and gave it a shot. It worked . Anyway, my husband is now calling me Big Biscuit and is constantly offering to go get ridiculous items for me. Chili cheese dogs, nachos, all sorts of deep fried disasters that I normally would never,ever put in my mouth. I have noticed that eating fast food is far cheaper than what we normally eat. I mean wayyyyyy cheaper. But I feel absolutely terrible. I always have gas and a little bit of a sore feeling in my tummy. My face is breaking out and I wake up a tad bit nauseous . Hopefully this will get better .

I have been feeling a little wishy/washy about my Dr. Obviously a lot of people go through this since I read everyday about Realself members changing doctors. I just want to make sure I don't have any regrets. $10,000 is not pocket change. And I keep seeing how cheap other doctors are and these ladies are coming back with phenomenal results. I keep telling myself it's worth it to be able to recover in my own bed and not have to travel while I'm in pain . But is it worth 3 or 4 thousand dollars? Can I really justify spending $10 k on something that I could get for $5k with a little inconvenience . My husband is not very good at helping me figure this out. He is constantly cracking jokes and not taking me serious. He says I can't always get a deal /bargain on everything. And I should be happy that I live so close to Dr. Cortes . But it's really bugging me that I could potentially get this done for 1/2 the price...

This looks realistic

As you try to rationalize spending 10K on yourself just remember you bargain shop, and look for deals when you are purchasing groceries and clothes, NOT your body! Sure you can get it cheaper out of the country, but IF something goes wrong you may end up spending more in travel & procedural costs. Worst case scenario you may not make it back home alive! Now that's a high price to pay... Rest in knowing that your doctor is only a phone call away, and easily accessible. He's AWESOME! ;-) YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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I agree! I haven't had the surgery but for what Ive seen your money will be well spent..... and I truly believe your paying for expertise and peace of mind!
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Yeahhhsss! Exactly my sentiments. Look at what our sis Dukes217 experienced in the D.R.! Paid for nurse care in a recovery house, and the patients ended up having to rely on each other to care for themselves! Even Dr. Robles was inaccessible :(
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This may help...

Girl you deserve it....I've finally convinced myself that I'm worth the money and this is something that will me me happy. I want to fell confident with or without wearing clothes. Having this surgery will give me what I want so very much.
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Thanks guys. It's means a lot . I think we all deserve to turn a few heads !!
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I just read your review I hope I have info fat. I think I'm mostly muscle:(
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$19 per night in Dominican Republic

Check out the email I got!! It's $38 per night for two people. May be helpful if anyone is taking a husband or boyfriend for support.
I also considered going to DR last year but as soon as I saw Dr.Cortes' s patient pics on RS I was sold. He is very good at giving amazing hips on women and his lipo techniques are pretty good too. It's not worth your life travelling outside the US and not knowing if you'll be going back home alive. I have read some very nasty stories from girls who have gone to DR for their surgeries.
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I agree. My husband keeps telling me how I won't eat mcdonalds even though it's cheaper and I'm trying to gain weight. So don't try to cut corners /cost with my health. I have been to the Dominican Republic too many times to count. I think I will just stay here.
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That is a very wise choice hun. You will love your results with the one and only Dr.Wilberto Cortes. You must be getting so excited about your surgery. it will be here before you know it :-)
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Walnut shake ...

So I have been eating everything in sight. Drinking all sorts of crazy crap. Putting gravy on fries...Today I went to Dr.Cortes' office to make my 30 percent payment. I told them I've been eating like crazy and would it be ok to hAve someone weigh me. Deanna comes and puts me on the scale and I weigh exactly the same. I am so disappointed. My stomach is huge. My pants are tight. My face is fat. And I think I may have a cavity from eating cake and ice cream. My hubby says it's probably because muscle weighs more than fat and I am converting all muscle to fat by laying around and stuffing my face. I think he was trying to help by making me laugh but I am super pissed. I was so certain they would say " you've gained enough. Let's just do your procedure tomorrow !" Wishful. I definitly did not expect this. Deanna gave me a recipe for a walnut shake. It has almost 2000 calories. I was instructed to start with one a day and then go up to two if I still didn't gain any weight. I am seriously running out of time and patience. I don't want to spend the whole summer looking like a rolypoly. On a good note I told my hubby I needed his debit card to make a $2007.00 payment. He handed it over and said he can't afford to feed me AND make my payments! So I promised to buy him a taco and margarita for cinco de mayo.
I was going to ask you hun what all goes in this walnut shake?? I need to gain weight too for my bbl so I need some help. How much do you weigh now hun?
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Still 138 pounds. I was literally crushed. I am so short and I have the tiniest arms and legs. I feel like I am about to pop sometimes . I will post the recipe for the walnut shake for you. Hopefully it will work ; )
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So when is your surgery? Have you ever thought of taking weight gainer? it might work for you. Yes doll please send me that recipe, i will certainly give it a try.
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Walnut shake recipe for weight gain

2052 calories!!
2 1/2 c whole milk 375 calories
1 c walnuts. 785 calories
1 c almonds. 532 calories
1/4 c honey 285 calories
1 banana. 75 calories
Mix in blender and drink right before bed. Good luck everyone. And to my sisters trying to lose weight , avoid all of this stuff !!
Oh Wow doll, thank you for posting it up. I will try this tomorrow. I might use 2% milk instead, I can't tolerate too much milk or i might use soya milk or almond milk. No Kidding!! LOL Do not drink this stuff to lose weight. Holy shit I hope i can drink all this down, sounds like a lot but i will try and let you know how i did. Let me know once you try yours. Thanks again hun :-)
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Hubby officially not on board

This morning he tells me how selfish I am for wanting to do this. How much stress it's going to be on him. This is money that could be spent elsewhere. Who am I trying to impress? I'm going to look like I belong in King magazine and what about my job. On and on and on. Obviously I am looking to have something more conservative because of my job. And the fact that my frame is way too small to be walking around with a giant butt . We have discussed this numerous times. Why is he being such a jerk? It all started when I ordered two monster breakfast biscuits from carls jr. And a large hash brown. He started saying how ridiculous I have become since wanting to do this. And its putting pressure on him to lie for me when people ask what is going on. I am so mad. I told him I will hire a nurse and he can go stay with one of his friends and come home when I'm recovered. Someone who has been through this please advise me. I feel absolutely terrible. And completely alone at this point
Ha:) I love your review....i have to gain weight too so I'm going to try the walnut shake thanks for posting...as for your husband I wish I could give you advice on how to handle but I haven't even told my boyfriend that I was going to do it yet lol....for what I've been reading on other ladies reviews the guys always start to get a lil insecure because they KNOW how much attention your going to receive afterwards...anyway doll keep your head up!
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The walnut shake will make your tummy turn a few flips if you aren't used to ice cream or a lot of dairy. Let me know if you find Any other high calorie options
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Thanks. I'll try
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Fat!!

I am turning into a ball. Literally. I am so fat it's ridiculous. The problem is the scale is lying. I am only 139 lbs. according to the scale. But my clothes are so tight and I can only wear dresses. Has anyone else experienced this ? I am really tired of eating like a pregnant woman. I feel out of breath and tired all the time. My face is breaking out ! I really want to get this procedure done and over with. But I know I need to have enough fat. I am willing to try anything at this point. All suggestions welcome.
I know how you feel I'm at 198lb. I am way over my ideal weight which is 165 standing at 5' 7 I just hope I don't need all of the fat that dr. Cortes will full out. Since I've gained weight I've gains weight in my butt it's just not round like I want it we will see.
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I noticed my butt is getting pretty plump too. But the matching stomach is so ridiculous. Are you getting your chin done too ? I am considering it but I don't know about having a scar on my face !
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Yes I'm having the fat sucked out of my chin to. Since I've gained all of this weight I've also gained a double chin. Not cute not cute.
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Anyone needing to gain weight ???

I just ordered a 16 pack of chocolate ensure 350 calories per serving on amazon for $17. I have been drinking 2 per day and am finally putting on the pounds. I have 5 weeks to go and I have noticed my butt is actually getting bigger on its own. Unfortunately so is my stomach. I am so uncomfortable I don't really want anyone to see me. On my days off I lay in bed all day on realself. When I have to work , I work a flight , go to the hotel and immediately get on realself. Sometimes I look up and realize I have been reading/stalking for hours. I want to thank everyone who gives real , true accounts of their experiences . It helps a lot. Even reviews of different weights, doctors, ethnicities . I learn a little bit from each and every one. I also applaud those who spread good vibes and positive energy. To the ladies who just crossed over , happy healing girls. Post pics when you can ; )
Haven't heard from u in a while. I am tired of eating! 18 more days to go hun. I have been gaining the weight just by eating constantly. I love food but tired if eating so much of it few times a day. Everyday I have a routine where I make sure I stop at Starbucks and order myself a grande cappuccino and 2 macadamian nut cookies. Im going to miss these special days after my surgery.
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Sorry redgoddess. I am just having a hard time gaining the weight. I rarely update my post anymore. Nothing is new. I'm fat. The scale doesn't show it but my clothes do ! Thanks for all of your encouraging words. I will pm you my number so you can call me when you are on your way. I have a lot of time off in July so we can do something when you arrive ! Maybe we can go eat an entire cake or pie or something !
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Hi Copper123, I did get your msg and i just inbox you now. It could be your clothes are not fitting due to fat and water as well. When we eat lots of junk food we tend to get bloated due to the sodium intake. I am pretty sure that is what's going on with us. Hey I luv cheesecake doll mmmm
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Tracking Calories... It's working !!

I downloaded the LiveStrong app a few years ago just to keep track of what I was eating because I thought I had developed a new food allergy. It asks if you want to lose/gain/maintain weight. Since I've been struggling to put on weight my husband suggested I use the app. So I put in that I wanted to gain 2 pounds per week. The app suggests I consume almost 3000 calories per day. It has been hard. When I come up short I add a few ensure plus drinks . It's a great app to see what you are actually eating each day. And for those of you trying to lose weight it will tell you how many calories you should have based on your height and current weight. As of now I am 144 pounds. I have an appointment with Dr.Cortes on Monday and I want him to be proud of me. So I am hoping to be at least 146 which is only two pounds shy of the 10 he told me I had to gain. I am just so sick of eating. I feel like I am literally going to pop. I forced down a happy meal last night. Just because I needed 600 calories before bed. I had the worst night. It's like my body is fighting all of the fattening crap I've been forcing down. TenK and RedGoddess have helped me in my quest for plumpness. Thanks ladies. And everyone else who has offered a kind word of support or encouragement. Not only to me but to each other as well. Good luck to those looking for a surgeon, saving money , starving, scrambling for passports , recovering , itching , draining , and all the rest
i have heard of that app among other ones too. I used to flow strict bodybuilding diets so i used these types of apps for years and they are great. I hope this app helps you out hun. Let us know what Dr.Cortes tells you next Monday. I have just 1 more week to gain the weight. I think i have gained enough though. I am here if you need me :-)
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We are definitely going to the Cheesecake Factory girl ! We will help you pack on those last few ounces ! Can't wait to see you. I'm so excited ! We will have a lot to talk about ! See you in a few days ; )
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Sounds like fun! Do you have a car to get around? I will be carless :-( If you don't we can eat out some place else. I am very excited doll to come out there and get this shit done! I hope I am not gaining too much weight. I pray Cortes sucks out all of this fat out of me, I'm so worried lol….
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3 days to go ....

I am really starting to freak out now. I have finally gained enough weight but I am still considered small. Dr. Cortes says I'm tiny. But I have enough to go forward. I can't sleep. I am obsessed now because Dr. Cortes told me at my last appt to choose between hips and projection. I think once my waist is smaller it will give the illusion of hips. But then I start looking at pics and I really want the hourglass. But I don't want to be too wide. I'm going crazy. At least I have all of my supplies. And the house is ready. My husband has thoroughly bleached every toilet , floor , shower and counter top. He is convinced the kids are bringing in germs ! I'm so glad he got on board . We definitely had our ups and downs. For now all I can do is wait.
Beauty2Bee went in today and she is a real trooper. Keeps me laughing and somewhat calm. There's nothing like a girl who keeps it "real". Lets send her some positive energy , prayers , and hugs .
2 more to go
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Don't remind me ! The clock is ticking ! And I'm about to lose my mind !
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I can't wait to see your results he's the man....good luck doll
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Botched!

Has anyone seen the show Botched? It's about plastic surgery gone wrong. Do not watch this before your procedure. I am less than 48 hours away and decided to watch it. Of course the girl with the butt implants that fold over ,from the internet , is on there. I am not getting implants. But it's still scary.
good luck
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Wahooo!!! Almost that time can't wait to see your results :)
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Thanks. I think I'll show him your pics to remind him what I need ; ). Everybody else is wayyyy taller than us : ((
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FINALLY

I am hours away. I am all packed and ready to go. I will keep you ladies posted. when I went to my initial consultation in April I couldn't imagine July 28 th coming so fast. I am so grateful to all of you who went before me and gave such valuable information . I feel prepared ,anxious,excited, all at the same time .
Espero que la cirugia salio bien. Te mando saludos y mucho dencanso. Cuidate
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Gracias muneca
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Did u take any pics yet?
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Pics

So far so good. My waist is very small. It doesn't look like it. But it is.
Looking good girl - I see you did not get your inner thighs done :) healing will be much better minus the legs xx
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I did get my inner thighs done. But they don't hurt at all. My arms and chin are barely sore at all. But my butt! This girl is on fire !! Feels like bricks back there! Thank you for checking on me
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Mines were not sore at all just like umy thighs dididn't hurt
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Days 1,2,3

Sorry I haven't been able to type much because I am so stiff and uncomfortable. I promise to give a detailed account soon. I am so grateful to those who document their journey. It really does help. Especially when you think something is strange or unusual. I'm glad I don't have to call the Dr 15 times a day to ask minor things. The answers are all on Realself. Of course I would call if there was a major issue.
I will try to give as many pointers as possible to help the next doll.
Thanku so much for ur most helpful info! I'm scheduled for my BBL on da 28th which means I have less than 30 days left. I'm tryn not to b super excited so I won't spazz out! Lol.
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Glad to help. If you have any questions let me know.
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Happy healing!
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Short version

I have comprised a list of "hiccups" to help you guys avoid any issues.
If you have the money , pay your hospital fees in advance and just take your receipts with you the day of your procedure. I spent almost 30 minutes with the front desk trying to get my debit card to go through. During an already stressful time you do not want any delays!i was rushed through everything else. My only comfort came when Dr.Cortes came in smiling. The anesthesiologist and nurses were all very nice and reassuring . Dr.C marked me up ,my husband came in and took a few pics and the rest is a blur.
I woke up face down with my husband talking to me. My butt felt like someone drove an 18 wheeler full of bricks ,with razor blade tires over it ! A deep agonizing ache with a burning/stinging sensation. I immediately cried. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I made it through. Maybe because I was relieved it was finally over. Maybe because my ass was on fire ! I was starving but I was afraid I would be nauseous so I waited a while then ate a few bites of my husband's food. My mom showed up a few minutes later. As you know I have been super secretive about this whole ordeal. But Sunday ,the day before surgery my youngest daughter was sitting in my lap. I thought about how I still sit in my mom's lap and she still calls me darling. I thought about how crushed she would be if anything happened to me. I also considered how I would feel if one of my girls were having a procedure and didn't tell me about it. So I called her and told her I had a big secret and she should pack a bag and come spend the night so I could share it with her. She Immediately started asking if I was pregnant / getting a divorce/lost my job/going to prison etc. I told her she would find out when she got here. She said she couldn't spend the night but dye would call me back. About 30 minutes later she comes strolling in with a bottle of champagne demanding I "tell it !" My husband iced down the champagne and made her a margarita while they waited for it to chill. I declined both of course since my surgery was 14 hours away ! So the three of us just sat there. I tried to get my husband to tell. He said no way. We went back and forth. He finally blurted out ,"she's having a procedure ". When we told her it was the next day she was upset. She said I should have told her. But I just didn't want to hear anything about it . My mind was made up and I didn't need any stress of trying to defend my decision. She agreed to spend the night. My husband rented a few movies and she decided to braid my hair so I could look somewhat presentable after surgery. We went through my giant Tupperware container of supplies together and washed all the linens. In the end I was relieved to have come clean. And it was great having her here to support me . She watched Dr.cortes video on you tube very intently and asked me throughout the night what she could do to help. I must take a little break at this point. It's 2 am! I have to walk and drink a bottle of water. More in depth reporting soon ...
This surgery wasnt that bad for me. Ihope you start feeling better real soon hun.
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Thanks redgoddess. Everyday is better than the previous day.
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Yep same here just about. I am still bleeding mind you and its been 3 weeks now.
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A few helpful tips

I thought I would add these items before I forget.
1.when getting ready to lie down , on your tummy of course, place your blanket or sheet around your shoulders like a cape. This will help you avoid getting tangled and possibly yanking on your drain.
2. Have a set of white towels for after you shower. Bleach them and have them separate from regular family linens .
3. Before you start any task I.E. Changing bandages, emptying drain,taking a shower,etc . Make sure you have everything you need. Leave your towels within reach so you don't risk slipping trying to "waddle"across a slick floor with wet feet.
4. Make a chart and write down all medications you are taking and what time you took them. During the first week you will be dealing with a lot and it's easy to get confused and forget. Try to take the antibiotic at a 12 hour intervals. For example noon and midnite. That way you won't accidentally skip a dose. Also if you have a bad reaction to one of the medications it will be easier to find the culprit.
5.keep several bottles of water near by and plan to drink a full bottle each time you take your meds. I also aim to drink one bottle every hour. Yes it will make you pee a lot . But it will help you avoid constipation. And give you a reason to move around.
6. Before you are discharged make sure you get thorough instructions. I specifically asked for the tubing to attach my drain while I shower. I never received it. So I improvised with a shoelace tied loosely around my neck. Make sure to keep the drain bulb below your waist when emptying the bulb. This will eliminate the possibility of the contents going back into your body. Clean the tip of the bulb with alcohol. Luckily I had the instructions provided by Dr. Cortes as none of this was explained at the hospital. You should receive a plastic tube to help with your respiratory system immediately after surgery. It is yours to take home. Make sure you get it.
7. If you don't have a grabber , make one from a wire hanger. This can be used to pick up dropped items . You can also use it to pull up your panties if you choose to wear panties .
8. When you shower, wash your dirty garment and hang it to dry. It dries really fast. And you won't have to spend a lot of time out of your garment. This can make you swell.
9. Eat even if you aren't hungry. You need food. With the large amount of drugs in your system you need to evacuate (poop). If you don't eat , you don't poop. Trust me , I hAd my first bm today. After two suppositories , a bag of prunes, and finally an enema. I went almost a full week . It was a huge relief !
That's all I can think of for now. I have included some photos of my contraptions. Remember: Everyone has their own technique. . This is just whAt has worked for me. I hope it helps someone.

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Following your progress... I am a bit down though. Really want the BBL with Dr.Cortes but am 5'2 and weigh 127... I'm discouraged because I don't want to make consult and travel 5 hours for him to just say I am not good candidate .
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My normal weight is120-125. I actually gained a bit before my consultation . He still told me to gAin more. I recommend you start with the ensure plus 3 or 4 x per day. They don't taste that good. But you'll get used to it. Make sure you get the Plus. They are 350 calories each. I really started packing on the pounds .you can buy the store brands too. Walmart ,Kroger, Walgreens,and target all have their own version. They all taste equally as bad!! Good luck. Msg me if you have any questions
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Thanks so much! You are looking great !
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Post op 7 days...pics!

I went yesterday and got my drain removed. The girls in the office are always very kind and Lucy did a wonderful job . I didn't shed a single tear. This new garment is the worst. I can't believe I am still alive after wearing it for 24 hours. It was okay at first but as time passed it got tighter and more uncomfortable. I went shopping immediately after leaving the office. Tried on so many dresses like I usually do. Big big difference. Everything looked great. My butt is still a little too big for my taste but I felt sexy and curvy in everything I tried on. I used to try on a ton of clothes and felt dumpy and squarish and would leave the dressing room disappointed. Now the problem is trying to decide which items to get and which to leave behind! Here are a few pics!!

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Thank you for sharing your story
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You r killn that red dress gurl. And I need that black ruched dress. I cant wait to go to my Ross up here and when we get better im comin back up there and we gonna hav a ladies weekend out. Me, you, and our booties!!
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You're a mess. I'll be ready though.
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11days post op....I have CURVES

happy healing Copper!! You look beautiful
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Thanks honey. I feel great
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Your looking good mah
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I'm back and I'm HOT!!

Sorry I've been M.I.A. For a while. I have been such a baby through the healing process. I am now in a small garment and it must have been handmade by the devil. It's the absolute worst. However it makes me look so so fine ! My waist is now a 26 . So my measurements are 36-26-41. I am only 5'1/5'2 . I was a bit concerned the first two weeks because my butt was enormous. I am naturally thin so it looked like I had on a giant diaper under my clothes. The ladies in Dr.cortes' office were very supportive and reassured me that I would love it once the swelling went down. I absolutely love the way my clothes fit now. I have tried on every single item of clothing in my closet. My husband says I am having a continuous fashion show. HisTrophy wife probably has her phone overloaded with pics of me in everything. I talk to her and iwantabigbooty and ehouston often. I think it's very importAnt to reach out and find a few people you can relate to before your procedure. It really helps when I'm having a painful or emotional day and HisTrophyWife will call or text out of the blue and make me laugh. Iwantabigbooty is a lot younger than me so when she calls I have to be the grown up instead of the crybaby I usually am. It's wonderful to have friends and family around who support you. But to have another woman who knows exactly what you are experiencing is priceless. My husband has been phenomenal. But he just doesn't understand when I am telling him how far the thong part of my garment had wedged itself into my crack ! Only another patient can relate.
Now on a not so pleasant note I must reveal the reason I stayed away from Realself for weeks. The negativity was at an all time high. Especially towards my doctor and any prospective patients. I made it a point to reach out to anyone considering Dr.Cortes to share my journey. I even went as so far as to send personal pictures to a young lady who seemed absolutely terrified. I have had zero issues with Dr.Cortes . He has always been professional with me and my husband. Any questions I have asked have been answered in a timely manner. And even when I have a zillion +1 questions , Dr.Cortes and his staff are still friendly. No one has ever given me attitude or incorrect information. I have no burns and my stomach actually looks like I have a six pack in the making. My scars are not bad. I believe with proper care they will blend in. I wish I had done this ages ago. I am a month post op and I couldn't be happier. I have never seen a dress on a mannequin and tried it on and actually looked better than the mannequin.Dr.cortes listened to what I wanted and gave me exactly what I asked for. Perfect for my little frame. Round and plump like a little peach.
So to anyone considering this procedure I would recommend Dr.Cortes. I have already referred my mother for a breast reduction.
I think it's important to look through reviews and compare. There will never be a doctor with zero complaints. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of patients Dr. cortes sees there are always going to be a few who are unhappy or unsatisfied. I am not trying to discredit anyone's personal pain or experience. I can only share my own journey.

Forgot the most important part ! Pics

Thank you for sharing your story because I'm 5'2 as well and I'm now weighing in at 147lbs and was told thru my pics I need to gain 10lbs....I feel so fat eating this much. But you look super good! Go girl!
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Thanks for talking about the garment riding up the crack of you ass. That thing is the worst if it wasn't for that I would be good. That garment is terrible!
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Wow I love your review!! You look amazing!! I am so confused because Dr. Cortes has very good reviews and then very bad ones. :/ I am undecided on who to go with. My desired procedure are butt implants with a fat transfer to the hips. Thank you for your review!! It is very informative!
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Houston Plastic Surgeon

My only regret is that I didn't find Dr.Cortes years ago ! I am so happy with my figure. I told Dr.Cortes how I wanted to look and he gave me exactly what I asked for. His team is friendly and professional and will do what they can to make your procedure as pleasant as possible. I would recommend Dr.Cortes to any friend or family member who desired a Brazilian Butt Lift.

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