Wow..it's been awhile & it's time to say goodbye..starting a new journey

I had my BBL today and am about 8 hours post op. I...

I had my BBL today and am about 8 hours post op. I couldn't wait to write this review as I spent hours reading helpful reviews of others for months prior to my procedure!! The overall surgical experience was amazing. Dr. K's staff was very kind and comforting.

I was never really nervous about the procedure itself, just about going under general anesthesia. It was the easiest most relaxing thing I've experienced. After arriving and talking to the nurses ( and meeting with members of my team individually) they started an IV for fluids, antibiotics, and nausea medication. The doctor came in and marked me up and then was taken into the OR. I was laid on a nice comfy surgical table with warm air and lots of war blankets while the nurses hooked me up to various monitors. I remember talking about my college major and being told I was being given anti-anxiety drugs. Then the nurse anesthetist told me I was going to be given oxygen. I remember breathing it in for about 3 seconds and the next thing I know I was waking up to the compression garment being put on me. It felt like I shut my eyes for a blink and was awake again!!

When I awoke at first, I had no pain. I was then wheeled back into the recovery room. After becoming more aware, by behind was hurting pretty bad but I couldn't even feel the areas that were liposuctioned. They asked me if I wanted tea and the nurse brought me some hot tea, which was amazing seeing as I was so cold. The nurse gave me some more pain medication in my IV and it helped to make me feel more comfortable. After about 15 mins I wanted to get up and use the bathroom. The easiest way I found to do this was stand facing the toilet, (yes like a guy) and squat a little bit while kind of opening the hole of the garment. After this, I did not want to lay back down because it felt better to be standing up.

The doctor came in and checked the garment and my pads and told me the procedure went great. I then got my IVs out, got dressed and was discharged with a set of detailed aftercare instructions.

I rode home in the car on my side and this was pretty pain free. After I got home I felt good enough to eat some beef broth with white rice and they laid on my stomach on the couch. I drifted off to sleep a little bit still feeling very minimal discomfort. They said that when I got home the lidocaine injected with the tumescent would continue to dull the pain. It's starting to wear off now and the pain is becoming more severe. It's much better to be standing up because it's hard to get into a laying down position when you can't lay on your bum and your abs feel like they are ripped from a very intense workout.

Seeing as I am only about 8 hours post-op, I am very swollen and continuing to become more so. My abdomen and butt are very tight but I can definitely tell that I have a new, curvier shape. (My boyfriend notices it too!). None of this is worrying me or making me disappointed because I did a lot of research so I would know exactly what to expect. You hear about people being upset and discouraged in the time after surgery because of the swelling, and to be honest, I look bigger than I did going in. I know this will all go away.

I had 4500cc's taken out of my upper/lower abdomen, inner thighs, posterior hips, and love handles. They then transferred 300cc's to each buttock cheek. I am so excited to see the final results and take this garment off in 3 days when I can shower.

I am probably missing some of the main answers people are looking for but my mind is a little bit cloudy. If anyone has any questions you are more than welcome to email me. I'll update again in a couple weeks when I have healed a bit :)

Soooo it has been almost 9 months since I had my...

Soooo it has been almost 9 months since I had my BBL. Sorry it has taken me so long to update.

It was a long road to being completely healed. Even months after surgery the lipo areas would get swollen in the humidity. The good news is that I am 100% happy that I went through with this surgery. I did not have much fat in terms of cc's injected into my butt, but there is a very noticeable difference in projection (I will post some before and after pictures after I take some today). People who I haven't seen since before surgery just comment of the amount of weight I've lost and how great I'm looking, but have no idea that I've had any "work" done. I do have some darkened hyper-pigmentation areas on the skin on my abdomen but they are not so noticeable to other people, only myself. It doesn't bother me because I feel like a new person and I knew that the results would not be perfect.

Since surgery I have lost about 20 lbs on my own and I am feeling great! I have actually scheduled a touch-up with my surgeon to harvest some more fat and inject a little more into the cheek area of my butt. He got a new state-of-the-art fat harvesting machine and says that the "stick" rate is much better. Hopefully by the time December 15th comes I'll have some fat left!

I wanted to do this review because I totally recommend this surgery to anyone... not just for a butt augmentation but for the contouring you get as a result of the lipo. Like I said, my cheeks themselves are not all that much bigger but the projection in my side profile makes it look like I have a booty. My stomach is flatter and my back has that curve that most of us girls desire! My doctor was honest from pre-op and said that he liked to be conservative in the amount of fat that he was willing to inject because of the risk for fat embolism, but said that 6 mons later we could go back at no charge and add some more. I am perfectly fine with this!

I hope this helps anyone on the fence about this surgery...I feel like it was having a baby... The pain and recovery time at the moment is terrible and you swear off ever doing it again, but the next year you're pushing out the next one. Well look at that, I'm going back for round 2! hehe

So I am getting ready to head in for my touch up...

So I am getting ready to head in for my touch up this week, and I'm also having a breast lift and augmentation..

As you can probably guess, what is giving me the most anxiety is HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LAY DOWN AFTER SURGERY????!!!!! ..can't lay on my stomach or back for obvious reasons and being suspended in mid-air is not an option, although it would be nice.

So, after thinking and thinking, I came up with a solution that I think may help a lot of ladies going into this...I wish I would have known earlier because I didn't sleep for almost 6 weeks after surgery because I could not lay on my back and my sides were raw.

I went on Amazon and purchased a 6 inch extra firm twin size mattress topper. Its soft but not squishy so I can lay on it comfortably but it doesn't crush down. I laid on it and then cut a nice size hole for my bum to hang through when I lay on my back. It's really comfy and gives my butt 6 inches of free-space to be pressure free. There were thicker pads but I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars, this one was about $75. For you ladies that go really really big and think that your butt would still touch through the hole, I suggest just taking two rolled up towels or pillows and putting one under your thighs and one under your lower back..it'll prop you up more.

Making this makeshift pad has really eased a lot of anxiety for my this time around. I am not stressed about the surgery at all, last time it was a piece of cake, but this whole laying down thing has really been getting to me. I have posted a picture so you can get an idea of what I did...it's not too pretty but it'll work :)

Well tomorrow is the big day..I'll try and update...

Well tomorrow is the big day..I'll try and update tomorrow night :) Wish me luck!

Well today is the day! I'm so nervous, can't wait...

Well today is the day! I'm so nervous, can't wait to get it all over with :)

Hey girls... I did it.. I'm home. I'm still really...

Hey girls... I did it.. I'm home. I'm still really foggy but let me Say I am in love. He gave my butt more lateral fullness like I wanted and my boobs are already soft and not sitting too high up! I'll post in more detail tomorrow, I am soooo tired. Also, my homemade "booty bed" is friggin amazing.. This recovery will be a breeze :)

Okay here are some new pics. just had surgery...

Okay here are some new pics. just had surgery yesterday so I am still really swollen...didn't have much fat to add to my bum.. only another 140ccs each (I think, I was reallyyy out of it when my doc came into talk to me). Let me know what you think...When the swelling goes down I think I will have finally reached my goal :)

Oh and for some reason he said I dont need to wear...

oh and for some reason he said I dont need to wear a garment this time...i guess its bc i didn't have much taken out. i don't even feel like I need it, last time everything was all jiggly but not this time :)

So my doc said to be up walking every few hours......

So my doc said to be up walking every few hours... So I figured why not join my boyfriend at the gym :) it probably sounds crazy but I'm walking 1.5mph on the treadmill and doing my arm lifts. I heard walking helps rid the edema and swelling after surgery and I am determined not to have a hard recovery like last time. I'll probably regret it tomorrow, lol :)

Well i can shower today. cant wait to see...

Well i can shower today. cant wait to see everything after the bandages are off!

Oh one more IMPORTANT thing I forgot to mention......

Oh one more IMPORTANT thing I forgot to mention... some doctors recommend taking arnica and bromelain pre and post surgery. the first time around I took arnica 10 days prior and really didn't see any results. I had bruising for literally 2 months or more... this time I bought (on Amazon for $42) the arnica/bromelain recovery pack by Vitamedica and have been taking it as directed since surgery...LET ME TELL YOU.....IT WORKS! I had bruising from the lipo on the day of surgery as you can see in my pics from the day of surgery now....I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NONE and almost NO SWELLING. I highly recommend this product, even if your doctor doesn't mention it, overall it has made recovery a lot faster. Maybe that's another reason why my boobs are not as swollen as people's usually are either... just a suggestion!! Hindsight is 20/20..if I had known all these things the first time around....I Wouldn't have lived in hell for two months haha

Hello ladies..it's been a long time. I loved the...

Hello ladies..it's been a long time. I loved the results my original doctor gave me...I made a mistake and let a lot of the weight come back and realized I wasn't very honest about what I wanted...which was a SKINNY waist...nice hips and a round upside down heart shaped butt. I have decided to travel to have another surgery and I have started another blog...looking at this one is painful for me now...I looked so amazing and now a lot of the fat has come back....so one last time I am going to put it to use. I am undergoing major surgery with a doctor I originally considered. I didn't use him because it was not feasible to travel....back then he was charging $3199......he's now charging $8499. He is amazing and I am very excited for my new journey.

For all you ladies that have followed me here and given me your encouragement and kind words, I appreciate all of you. I am now closing this chapter and moving on... My new name on RS is foundumissnewbooty. I hope some of you ladies I kept in touch with will meet up with me and leave some comments over there..especially JJ1970. Take care all of you...this has been a very emotional journey for me...xoxoxo
Tallahassee Plastic Surgeon

I really liked my doctor and his whole team. They made me feel very comfortable and he was very honest during the consultation. He told me his reservations about putting the fat too deep and told me that there is a chance a lot of it will not stick. I would recommend Dr. K to others just as he was recommended to me!! He is very kind and personable, which you don't find with a lot of doctors. After two invasive surgical procedures that came out exactly how I envisioned, I completely trust him and will never go to another surgeon.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 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 times
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Hi hun did you take bromelain before surgery?
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Wow, thank you so much for sharing your great invention. My surgery is next week and my foam mattress topper arrived today. I just cut a hole and I think it is going to work. Good luck on your next venture
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Hi MsChangy, thank you for all the wonderful information you offered on this post! Especially the memory foam mattress idea with the butt cut out so that we may be able to sleep comfortably. How did you cut it, with scissors? I saw your post a while back and then mentioned it in someone else's post that an RS BBL sister had this great idea about the foam memory bed.... I just didn't remember your name to give you proper credit. But you should definitely mention it on the title of your new blog so other BBL sisters would also benefit from your amazing idea. ForeverBooty came up with the idea of a fold out beach chair and cutting the seat part of it to conform to your shape and it has worked wonders for her and I am sure benefitted other BBL sisters that will be going through this surgery, myself included as I will be having a combo BBL and BA. Did your butt touch the hard mattress whatsoever? I know it's somewhat bittersweet for you to continue on this journey with a second round, but I am grateful that you will continue to share your journey with us, even under a different alias. Much love and looking forward to your response.
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Thank you that post was really sweet :) this is why I love rs :) and yes, I will definitely mention that in my blog.
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He really did do amazing work with the lipo and u have done so well at keeping it off!
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Hey how many cc's did u get?
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She mentioned 200 first and 300 2nd time
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Thank you for sharing !!!! You look amazing!!!
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you look amazing! I am getting my bbl on May 22 and I'm super scared of the recovery! My question to you is, at what point after your first surgery did you start to feel totally normal again? At what point could you just go about your day without worrying how much you were sitting down, etc? Than you so much :)
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Yu look incredible and thanks for the tips i mite just get the crib size six inc foam matress because i plan on gettin a mini tummy tuk breast lift and bbl i cant w8 thanks again
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Oh, I have another question. The arnica that you are talking about, what is it a pill? I looked on Amazon and there are several different kinds. Which did you get?
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Looks amazing!! I was just wondering, how is the scaring? Is it very noticible?
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Ms changy.....girl your new body is hot !!!!!!!! And you look so natural.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It's ladies like you that help ladies like myself make the right decision. I'll be planning my surgery in may or June with dr Salama. I'll make sure to keep you ladies posted. Oh and great idea on the bed. This is why I love this site :-)
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thank you sooo much! Good luck on your journey as well :) keep us updated
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Weird.. I sent it from my yahoo account .. Let me try again..
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JJ I responded in a private message to you! Did you get it?
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Thanks. I've sent them to you. Let me know what you think...
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i havent received them yet...hmmmm
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MsChangy Thank You for allthe great tips & u look soooo great! I have a question, I'm getting a BBL with lipo 2 inner & outer thighs & a breast augumentation. I know u said that u bought the mattress topper and it was great, but do u lay down flat on it being that u got ur breast done or do u prop yourself up a little so u can be sitting up a little? Cause I can't see being on my sides and having my breast leaning over :-) and did u get saline or silicone? And did he go ontop of the muscle or under? And last did he do under breast or around nipple? I figured around the nipple would be much more sore than under breast. Thank You
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Hello! The mattress topper is working great, I also prop my thighs and lower back up too so my butt doesn't get too much pressure. I kind of gave up on the not sitting thing though :/ my butt didn't get much bigger this time around, so I figure if I kill it oh well.... I did prop my upper body up though with tons of pillows..

I have laid on my sides like twice and it hurts and first but if you kind of prop your breasts up so that they lay on your arms the pain goes away. I got saline 325cc unders through the nipple. Actually my nipples don't hurt at all and I haven't lost sensation. I think the crease incision would hurt more because it would stretch every time you moved your arms....your nipples aren't really in a position that moves with your arms haha. My right nipple has been having burning only because I had an accident the other night :( I tripped over my own feet (like always, I guess painkillers don't make me any more dainty) and I grabbed the door jam with my right arm to try and stop my fall...well it didn't stop the fall and it ripped my pec muscle, implant pocket, and pulled on the nipple. The doctor said no serious permanent damage was done but god DOES IT HURT.

Anyway I hope everything goes well for you, keep us updated on your journey!!

Oh yeah, I didn't have outer thigh lipo but inner thigh is NO JOKE. I had black bruising and swelling all the way to my CANKLES for a good six weeks, I definitely recommend getting the arnica/bromelain recovery kit from vitamedica...If i had it the first time I would have healed muchhhh faster!
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Thanks Ms Changy for all the info. i will look into the arncia/bromelain kit im gonna need every bit of help. so are u a size c cup now ? well thank you for all your help & happy healing. my time is coming soon & i will keep everyone updated!
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Hi Mschangy! I'm so happy to see you are doing so well. Your body is already looking amazing and you've just had your surgery! I'm once again in need of your advice. It's now been 8 weeks since my sx and I don't know... I expected to be looking better by now.. I don't know if I'm still swollen, to me I just look fat still.. and my butt is not as big as I wanted either. Do you remember what you looked like after 8 weeks the first time around? Also what's PCOS?
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hey JJ, at 8 weeks I went on a cruise but was still swollen....if you want to email me before and after pics I can tell you: mec06d@fsu.edu. And PCOS is polycystic ovarian syndrome :/
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oh shit your so clever lov the pad you made !!!!
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great ideas... I love it! Thank you. I'm going to order along with the arnica/bromelain recovery pack by Vitamedica.
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