I have been wanting to do the bbl for about 10...
Anyway, I'm currently trying to decide between Dr. Salzhauer, Dr. Hasan, and Dr. Fisher. It seems like Fisher and Hasan's prices are closer to my budget. I have seen that Hasan will make an obese woman's stomach look tiny-he's amazing! but I'm a little worried because Hasan is not board certified plastic surgeon although its legal for him to perform cosmetic surgery in Florida. All 3 doctors are amazing!
Coworkers . . . What will they think?
Was Dr. Fisher the right choice? may switch to Dr. Salzhauer
I'm calm now and feel that I made the right choice
Officially a Fisher Doll!
Oooo, Look at this body, I work out! LMFAO!
Beyonce VMAs-Girl got Hips for days!
Nervous and ecstatic at the same damn time!
Supplies so far
band-aids (assorted sizes)
Mederma night repair
Mederma scar gel
Medical tape for gauze
Brita portable wAter filter bottle
Vitamin C 500mg (2 pills per day)
I also bought these pills called "Legatrim PM", they were on sale at Walgreens. I did research and they are pain killers specifically for the lower body. I will still buy good ole Motrin or Advil pm just hoping to catch some sales lol. Walgreens also has a product named Dermend that has arnica in it and is made specifically for bruises. It's $30 though so I need to do more research to c if it's worth the investment.
I have a long way to go. I also bought some skirts for work for post bbl. I had surgery b4 so I expect my weight to go up by 5-10 lbs due to swelling and water retention. Also I anticipate that I might have a high booty during the first two weeks and I am only taking off one week so I need to cover up the high booty somewhat to its settles and looks more natural. Once my orders arrive, I will post pics.
Lia from Vanity
With this sx, you should do some research on your own and figure out what works for you. For instance, renting a condo vs. staying at a hotel, going alone vs bring someone vs. having a caretaker for several days. Make sure that you are somewhat armed with knowledge about the procedure. I feel like I'm running out of time because there is so much more research I need to find to prepare for my sx. This experience is pretty demanding but I believe it will be worth it in the end! :)
Good luck to you all with your research and all of ur individual journeys!
P.S. I have paid my entire balance and Vanity's customer service did not decline or stop after Vanity received my money.
So I went to the Gym yesterday . . .
More supplies, Xtra unforeseen expense lol!
Supplies that I bought this weekend:
-Men's "Wifebeater" tank tops in small (so they could fit snug; "wife-beaters", where the bleep did this name come from, lmfao! I guess men use to have them on when beating their wives?? dunno! anyways, will wear under my garment)
-Sports bra (3 pack for $12)
-2 Throw Pillows (for my office chair, will put under my legs along with boppy pillow)
-Cotton Balls (for belly button)
-headbands (to hold drains while showering, will cut at least two in half so I can use them to tie down the drains)
-Dermend (bruise cream)
-Roll on deodorant (still debating if I want to do arm lipo so just in case my arm area will be sore, need something that will glide on)
-baby wipes (180 count, hope this is enough)
Also I already bought maxi dresses for $3 each on sale, Yaasss, hunny, $3 in NYC! Summer is ending so they have to get rid of the summer stock now. of course I didnt go to a big name store, gotta go to those small stores or like charlotte russe. I just want to get one more from a certain store, but I'm waiting for the price to drop because it will since the season is changing.
What I will buy while in Miami before sx:
-shower slippers (may pick up before travel if find great deal)
-cleaning solution for wounds
-pads (still not sure why this is needed but several rs members say they use them for other than the obvious lol)
-Moo-Moo nightgown (ha-ha, Moo-moo! where did this name come from!)
-small bottle of detergent (or may bring some powdered detergent from home)
What I will most likely buy this week from online
Lipo foams (Vanity supplies this with recovery house pkg, but another member said they told her to buy xtras for her sides and I heard its more at vanity so just in case)
Arnica pills (I hope my liver and kidneys will be ok with all these pills, dont forget abt prescriptions)
Mederma STRETCH Mark formula (for new booty)
(still debating about silicone sheets because I hear they work, but u cant use any other product with them so not scar gels like mederma or neosporin, dunno yet)
btw, I typed "BBL Supplies" in the search bar and found a post that said to look at these two rs members blogs to see what supplies are needed. here are their names:
Foreverbooty Part 1
Foreverbooty Part 2
officially one month before surgery
1 day post op
I had arrived in Miami one day before sx on an early flight and I rented a car so that I can pick up food and other things that I didn't want to pack in my luggage. I have the recovery house package, but when I got it, I was supposed to b staying at the extended stay because there was some renovation or whatever at the house, but later was told that I would be staying at the recovery house. Well what had happened was a patient who was supposed to be checking out that day decided to stay longer so I ended up at the extended stay. The hotel is good and it has a refrigerator and freezer, microwave, stove top, but no oven. You can request pots, cutlery, cutting board, etc. from the front desk. There is a laundry room, but you of course must pay to use the machine and bring ur own detergent because it's not sold here. There are a few places that deliver food and if u have a car, many restaurants such as red lobster, tony Roma's, etc also Walmart is 5 mins away and it's located in a shopping for with tj maxx and other stores.
I picked up my rental from the airport and drove straight to vanity. Btw, the rh coordinator told me that sometimes the decision to put a patient in the hotel or house may depends on ur pre sx appt. for instance, if u go to ur pre sx appt and ur lab results shows something that will caused u to postpone ur sx, such as low iron, etc., u likely will stay in the hotel while u wait for whatever to improve. Anyway, I went straight to vanity and, filled out my paperwork. I didn't see dr. Fisher because he was in sx and I didn't want to wait 2 hours so i headed to Walmart. The things that I bought that I found to be most helpful was an extra firm pillow, 2 dark towels, and of course food lol. I bought flexible straws and paper cups while at home and I found these to be the most helpful so far. I cooked curry chicken the night before sx, later to find out that my food was too spicy and that I should eat grilled chicken, soup, etc immediately after sx :(
On sx day, I met dr. Fisher who is really funny, nice, and honest. His staff including the anesthesiologist were really cool.
I woke up from my sx laying on my butt/back pretty much gasping for air bcuz I felt like I couldn't breath. I told the nurse and she told me I was ok and I realized that I was hooked up to a machine so I knew she was monitoring me and that she was right. I just started breathing deeply like someone dropped me in the mid of the ocean, I literally felt like I was gasping for air. Ladies if this happens to u, try to remain calm and breath deeply even if u have to be loud. I also was in so much pain esp bcuz I was on my butt. I asked the nurse to turn me around, she put on my garment and I flipped over. I'm not gonna lie, the pain is excruciating! I'm sure u have heard this already but if I knew it was that painful, I wouldn't have had the sx. I asked the nurse for pain mess and she said she already gave me some, I laughed out loud bcuz I was amazed that I could b in so much pain and have received meds. I found that another patient who was hollering abt her pain got extra pain meds, I kinda wish that I did that so I could get a higher dosage of meds lol. I noticed that my breathing got better when I laid on my stomach. Eventually my breathing got better, but I was shivering from being cold. The nurse gave me a blanket but it did nothing. So she put a"warmer" as she called it on me, and it blew hot air on me. It made things so much better even tho it took me abt an hour under the warmer to completely stop shivering. Also, the clinic bed is really uncomfortable.
I was lightheaded when I stood up but kept my head downward and it made it feel better. I was driven back to the hotel, laying on my stomach in the backseat. The driver was nice and drove slowly so I didn't feel pain going over bumps in the road. Got back to hotel and the caregiver was waiting for me outside. She was really sweet, but she only spoke Spanish. At first, communication was difficult but I googled "English to Spanish translation paragraph" and found a site that translates paragraphs rather than sentences only. The nurse came by and she spoke English so things got better.
I took my pain meds at home. It felt much better taking my meds and I still wonder if the nurse forgot to give me meds bcuz I would think the clinic meds would be stronger than the prescription.
I ate and drank lots of Gatorade and water. I used medium size paper cups to pee in like I'm taking a lab test and to empty my drain. I rather paper cups than bending bcuz it's painful to bend. I put my pillow under my belly and it's very comfortable. The hardest thing is getting in and out of bed because even tho I use my arms to lift up, my abs and back are engaged, and these areas are so sore. Every hour, I get up to walk around my room for 10 mins. I will post pics in the next post
The nurse left at 6am, and although the nurse and caretaker were very helpful, I feel comfortable being alone. I had my first massage today and I have so much fluid in my abdomen area.
I hear that the pain gets better after day 3-4 so I'm hoping that it will improve.
Some post op pics
finally took off the garment
Vets, please help!
While visiting vanity one day before sx and after sx, I haven't had any issues with wait times. Also, vanity staff have been good with contacting me after sx to make sure I know about and make my appointments. Staff members have even called me to see how I'm doing post op.