9 day Post Op New Pics: Philly

I had a baby last year and my body has paid the...

I had a baby last year and my body has paid the price. I'm looking for a more curvier appearance and a more pronounced booty to go with my shape.

I had my consult with Dr. Gabay and I'm a little...

I had my consult with Dr. Gabay and I'm a little confused after reading all the other BBL reports. My concern was the fact that I can't sit on my booty and he swore up and down that I would be able to sit on it. Anyway, I would like more feedback from you sisters. Also, I went on craigslist and posted a help ad for a health aid to assist me while I'm at home recovering. I received a few good replies. The home attendant is going to help me, drive me around to run errands, cook, clean and help me with my one year old. Now all I need is to be clear on what garments I'm supposed to wear and get my supplements in order (bromelian, vit. c, etc.).

I'll post my before pics as the time gets closer.

Ok, so I went to see Dr. Gabay for my preop appt...

Ok, so I went to see Dr. Gabay for my preop appt before the surgery because I'll be out of town most of next week so when I return its surgery time. He took pics and answered all of my questions including what type of garment he uses and when I can get massages. I'm fortunate I have a membership with Massage Envy and they do lymphatic drainage massages (although Dr. Gabay doesn't think its necessary). I showed him my wish pics for booty and he just smiled. He said what I wanted was a round full booty! You got it doc!! Think J. Lo Not Kim K. or video booty. My video days are behind me and I don't feel like looking like a cartoon character whenever I go out.

I filled my scripts, brought gatorage, yoga mat and ensure. Now, I'm going to purchase the arnica and bromelian online. I was very serious about my garment and he surprisingly suggested I order one with the butt out and that's exactly what I'm going to do. I have my home health aid on standby (from craiglist) so I'm ready. All I have to do is update yall with before pics.

I'm 5'5, 165lbs. My regular weight is 140-145 so I can wait to get the curves I'm used to back with a plump booty. My measurements are 36DD, 32 and 41 hips.

I'm all set. My surgery is scheduled for 8:30am!!...

I'm all set. My surgery is scheduled for 8:30am!! I'm not even nervous yet. My main concern is how the hell I'm going to care for my active toddler. Thank god, I hired a home healthcare attendant to stay with me while I recover. Wish me luck ladies. I will post pics when I get home.

Sooooo, I was an hour late for my surgery and Dr....

Sooooo, I was an hour late for my surgery and Dr. Gabay's staff were so understanding. Anyway, they were ready as soon as I got there. Undressed, IV in arm, answered repetitve questions like do you drink/smoke, allergies, etc., then off to the operating room. Before I had a chance to get nervous, I was out like a light. All I remember is Dr. Gabay telling me I did really good and I have a nice projection back there. He used 2000 cc's. I go in tomorrow for my post op appointment. One of the nurses said to me I look really good and Dr. Gabay is aggressive with the lipo. I can tell through the garment that my butt is exactly they way I wanted it to look. He didn't alter my shape at all just made it more pronounced and fuller.

My pain is very managable!! It feels like I worked out a little too hard and I'm stiff. My butt is rock hard. I already set up my lymphatic massages with Massage Envy.

I'll post pics soon.

Here's some pics. I go in today for my post op...

Here's some pics. I go in today for my post op appointment.

My home health aide is the BOMB!! She's keeping me on schedule for my meds. There's so I have to take and its hard keeping track when you're on Percocet. lol Some you take with food and some without. She's running errands, and best of all, she takes care of my baby and she's a great cook. I'm so fortunate to find her on Craigslist.

TTYL

Had my preop appt and the doc gave me the ok to...

Had my preop appt and the doc gave me the ok to get massages. I start the first one on Saturday at Massage Envy. He said I looked great and for me to change my garment to one that doesn't compress the booty. I assumed he would have one in stock but instead he told me to go to Wyoming and 5th. My bbl sister Lily been told me to go there so I went and brought a garment specifically for BBL. The lady there was very helpful. It took me damn near 10 min to get in it but it actually feels better than the one I had on. I'm still draining from some of my open wounds and my feet are swollen. Doc Gabay told me to where the anti embollism socks for another week.

I forgot to mention that my period came a week...

I forgot to mention that my period came a week early. Thank god I use tampons. Going to the bathroom isn't that bad. I squat over the toilet like a dude and release. I don't get pee on anything because I have a wide stance over the toilet and the cutouts on the garment. I need to take a laxative tomorrow because I haven't done #2 since I had the surgery. I guess all of the meds and vitamins are binding me because Im eating salad and veggies every day.
I'm going to work tomorrow for a few hours. I have to train a new girl they hired. This should be interesting. I only take the percs at bedtime so I'm ok to drive.

First day back at work was a pain in the ass -...

First day back at work was a pain in the ass - literally. I found it very difficult to use the bathroom. You basically have to take one pants leg off to go without peeing all over yourself. My legs got real swollen from standing on my feet all day and I'm still draining. Instead of gauze I use a maxi pad over my drains and it absorbs a whole lot faster.

Today I go for my first massage and I'm dreading taking off this garment to get it done. Lol it takes me and my hha, at least 15 sweaty minutes to put it back on. It's no joke! I curse the lil columbian lady every time because I wanted a larger size but once I finally have it on it feels good. She knows what she's talking about so if you ladies stop by her shop to purchase your garment don't be tempted to buy a larger size because you really do need to compression to mold your sexy shape back.

My scars are so tiny, and I don't have that much bruising. It's a plus that my skin is a Lil darker too because the bruising that I do have is barely noticeable. I will post pics after my first week. Now I need to concentrate on making a bowel movement since I haven't gone in awhile. I have smooth move from Whole Foods but it's a herbal laxative so I don't think I'm supposed to be taking herbs after surgery. I'll check with a pharmacist for their recommendations in the morning.

I had my first massage today and it felt great....

I had my first massage today and it felt great. After my massage the swelling went down a lot because I was able to put my garment back on with no struggle. My hha actually made me secure it on the 2nd hook (there's 4 total). I go for my second massage today. I haven't lost any volume but it's starting to soften up nicely.

I had my second post op visit with Dr. Gabay today...

I had my second post op visit with Dr. Gabay today and he said even though I'm still swollen in certain areas, that I've healed really fast. He took out stitches he placed in my lower back (I didn't even know they were there until I started getting massages) and wants to see me in another month. He told me to continue the massages.

So far I've gotten 3 massages. The first 3 were great because I took percocets before the massage. The last one I recieved was tough. There's knots in certain areas and my skin feels raw and tingly. So all of that combined makes an uncomfortable massage but I grind through it because I know its the key to my healing.

BTW: if you are eating balanced meals and drinking lots of water, you will NOT need a laxative at all.
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Gabay is the best. He's very informative and straight to the point. His staff is thorough and professional. I highly recommend. I'm so glad I didn't have to travel to Miami.

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
3 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
2 out of 5 stars Wait times
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