I had my consultation with Dr. Schulman and am...

I had my consultation with Dr. Schulman and am scheduled for surgery in mid-January. I am nervous and so excited at the same time! I can't wait to have a perky bottom!! LOL. I have always disliked the way my bottom looked. Even when I ran marathons and was a size zero, if I put a pencil at the base of my bum and top of my thigh it would stay! I am soooo looking forward to this!

Ok... I've gotten the scripts filled and got the...

Ok... I've gotten the scripts filled and got the OTC meds, the stage 2 garment, a friend to help me but I need to know... What are the pads that you're using? What are they fo and how long do you use them?

The anti inflammatory diet. http://www.drweil...

The anti inflammatory diet. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet Although I routinely follow this in a fundamental form of avoiding refined sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup) and bleached/ enriched flours, this website tells you what you should eat to help your body be the fine- tuned healing machine it was born to be! Even if you only follow the advice (or some) for your surgery timeframes, it will help your recovery immensely. If you have a sweet tooth that refuses to go away (like me :-) there are candies and chocolates that are less damning than others. I'd be happy to share...

OMG! 3 weeks to go! My balance is paid and the...

OMG! 3 weeks to go! My balance is paid and the bloodwork completed. Thank God Christmas, my birthday and New Year's will distract me from (completely) obsessing! I love seeing everyone's post-op updates! Please keep 'em coming!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Can't believe I've...

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Can't believe I've only got 2 more weeks and then it's bye-bye pancake!

Has anyone used the boppy pillow to drive? Did...

Has anyone used the boppy pillow to drive? Did you feel like you we're too high in the seat? My plan was to use my (already owned) yoga mat under my thighs and a small lumbar pillow behind my waist, but if any of you we're able to drive with the boppy, I may just look for one at Marshall's/ TJ Maxx rather than need to sew or pin a strap to a lumbar cushion (to hang it from the headrest). Any thoughts?

OMG! I can't believe my surgery is 5 days...

OMG! I can't believe my surgery is 5 days away!!!

I've been in bed for 3 straight days with the nasty flu that's going around. At least I'm getting some rest, but I hope it's completely gone by the 10th. I'm going to venture out tomorrow for foam. I love that cut-out idea so I can sleep on my back. Whoever came up with the idea is a genius!!

Thank you for the PMs and responses to my posts! Everyone's well wishes mean SO much!! This board is GREAT!

OMG! Surgery is 2 days away!!!

OMG! Surgery is 2 days away!!!

I forgot to mention that I'm almost 100% healthy...

I forgot to mention that I'm almost 100% healthy again. Minor residual cough that should be gone by the 10th. Thank you for all your "get healthy" thoughts!!!

I think the only thing keeping my nerves at bay is...

I think the only thing keeping my nerves at bay is the fact that I'm exhausted!!! LOL

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers!!! I...

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers!!! I have to be there at 11 and my surgery is at 1145. I'll send updates/ pics as soon as I am able..

I have so much padding in. I'm certain I'll be...

I have so much padding in. I'm certain I'll be thrilled with the results. Pain is uncomfortable but far from unbearable. The worst part of the experience is being so incredibly thirsty. I've been walking around a lot- from the get go (and taking the oxycodon- LOL)

I'm not allowed to shower til Monday. I'll def...

I'm not allowed to shower til Monday. I'll def post more pictures without all the padding. Thank you everyone for your positive thoughts and prayers. If made a difference! I'm moving around without much difficulty.

OMG! I love my shower!!! LOL. It's awful not to...

OMG! I love my shower!!! LOL. It's awful not to be able to take one!

I'm more bruised than I thought! Dr Schulman got fat from places I didn't even know there was much to be had! :-). I feel weird without the compression garment (It's in the wash). I I've the overall look and can't wait for the swelling to go down more.

Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pics. The room with the best mirror has the worst lighting. Sorry!

So I'm about to run a couple errands and its the...

So I'm about to run a couple errands and its the first day I'm not wearing a jacket that totally covers my backside... I'll try to post more pics when I get back- but I HAVE to get some firming lotion!! LOL

Hello Bootyfuls and soon-to-be Bootyfuls!!! I had...

Hello Bootyfuls and soon-to-be Bootyfuls!!! I had a post-op visit with Dr Schulman yesterday and he said I'm healing nicely. He is very easy to talk to and expresses feedback in a manner that is easily understandable. I have another follow up visit in a few weeks.

My swelling is going down every day- except maybe last night. I ate a snack called Pirate Booty and just realized right now that it's kind of funny, or at least ironic! LOL. There's a lot of sodium in it which won't help at all with swelling/ inflammation! Oops!

Driving (really just getting in and out of the car) is finally getting easier. I was feeling like I was 90! Today, maybe a "spring chicken" of 70. :-) Picking stuff up from the floor is still difficult. (It's hard to bend over with a full trunk! I feel a little silly today... Hope everyone is doing great!!!! Muah!!!

I bought a heated throw and have also put those...

I bought a heated throw and have also put those thermacare heating pads on my bruises, under the garment and it seems to be speeding up their healing...

I bought a heated throw and have also put those...

I bought a heated throw and have also put those thermacare heating pads on my bruises, under the garment and it seems to be speeding up their healing...

I bought a heated throw and have also put those...

I bought a heated throw and have also put those thermacare heating pads on my bruises, under the garment and it seems to be speeding up their healing...

Did anyone else's swelling go decrease unevenly? ...

Did anyone else's swelling go decrease unevenly? I so hope this is normal! My recovery has, otherwise, been so manageable.

Still sleeping on my stomach and recently added...

Still sleeping on my stomach and recently added sleeping on my side (although leaning forward, using my top leg like a kick stand). I think I've gotten used to it! Dr. Schulman told me i could sit (where my weight is mostly supported by my thighs- think nothing reclining! :-( I'm really happy so far. Much of my swelling has subsided and I am so pleased with my shape!

Items to try to incorporate every meal (not all 10...

Items to try to incorporate every meal (not all 10 every meal, of course :-)

***Top 10 ANTI-Inflammatory Foods***

1. Wild Alaskan Salmon
2. Kelp
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oul
4. Cruciferous Veg (broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, cauliflower
5. Blueberries
6. Turmeric (found in curry)
7. Ginger
8. Garlic
9. Green tea
10. Sweet Potato

Items to try to avoid every day, ALL THE TIME!!!!

Inflammation increases belly fat

***Top 10 inflammatory foods***

1. sugar (use stevia, honey or blackstrap molasses as sweeteners)
2. common cooking oils (use macadamia or extra-virgin)
3.trans fats
4.dairy (use kefir or unsweetened yogurt ,if not allergic to milk)
5. meat that is NOT organic and free-range
6. red and processed meats. Red meats include beef, lamb and pork. Avoid processed meats all together. (Limit red to 1x/ wk, if at all)
7. alcohol
8. refined grains (Carefully check labels on bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits and pastries). Look for grains closest to their natural state ie. whole grain, etc
9. artificial food additives. Found only in packaged foods and Chinese take out. (ie aspartame & MSG are common ones- omit completely!)
10. any foods to which you're sensitive, allergic or intolerant

I still have considerable swelling on my backside-...

I still have considerable swelling on my backside- especially the flank area! The uneven swelling on my hips seems to be evening out a little although I wish it were happening faster!!! I hate being patient!

Yesterday (March 7) was my 2 month anniversary. I...

Yesterday (March 7) was my 2 month anniversary. I can now go garment free (although I will likely wear it if I notice an increase in inflammation). I feel pretty good and am very pleased with my results.

7 months post-op

I'm still sooo happy with booty!!! Not so much with the 10/ish pounds I've gained since last winter, but some exercise should take are of that... I don't have much to add but wanted to upload some pics because I know there aren't a whole lot of post-op pics months later

9 1/2 months

I am still loving my results (although to be honest, I should exercise and haven't at all (hanging head in shame!)). Hope everyone is doing well and best of luck to those going in!
New York Plastic Surgeon

I hope I can add stars for "after care" after some time. Seriously? How can I rate this immediately following surgery? I found Dr. Schulman on Real Self and liked everything I found there. When I researched even further, I was more impressed with the awards and accolades that have been bestowed upon him.

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
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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