Butt Impants in Tijuana- Day 6 and Recovering - Tijuana, Mexico
Hello all! This is only my 2nd review so I hope...
I've been wanting to get butt implants for many, many years. I've always been small but managed to gain almost 20 pounds a few years ago so that I could have it sucked out and put into my lateral gluteal depressions. I didn't have enough for a full BBL, and filling in my side butt dents was my main concern anyway. It looked great for a few years, but as I lost the weight and went back to my normal size, my fat was disappearing, also. I think about half reabsorbed. I don't regret that procedure, though, because it really helped with my shape. I tended to gain weight around my flanks, and that is where the fat was taken from. I don't gain weight there anymore so that's a plus, too! Anyway, I knew that I didn't want to try and gain weight again so I started researching butt implants, mainly on Real Self and on Make Me Heal. I heard a lot of negative comments from doctors and some negative from the reviewers, as well, but because of the fact that I'm in good health, don't smoke, and planned on following the doctor's orders to a "T," I decided to go for it.
I planned on doing it in the US at first because there are some girls on here that have gotten really good results from US doctors, however, after more research, I decided that I wanted to get it done out of the country so I could have the cohesive gel implants because they are softer (I actually got to feel both in my surgeon's office, and they are, indeed, quite a bit softer). I didn't go out of the country for a better price because with hotel/air travel it has definitely been more expensive for me to do it this way. I narrowed it down to Gongora, Gutierrez, and Cerpa. I chose Cerpa because he sent me the most detailed responses to my questions and the best photographs of his work. I was EXTREMELY nervous to come here (I'm still here in Tijuana in a hotel) and do this. Even though my consult with him the night before my surgery lasted THREE HOURS (due to all of my questions), I still almost chickened out. I literally almost just decided to not do it even though I came all this way. One thing that I decided to do was to go with a lot smaller of implant than I had originally chosen. He ordered 275 cc and 300 cc (I'm wanting to do this without a big change...just add a little more fullness and widen my hip area). When I saw how big they were, it just freaked me out. He ordered 200 cc and 250 cc oval shape (to widen the hip area, as I already had a little projection) that night. I went with the 200 cc so that they wouldn't be so obvious, although Dr. Cerpa said that the 250 cc would look better (which they probably would).The next day I spent even more time with him marking me up (literally like almost a half hour), and then I took a pill to relax me to give me the epidural. The surgery seriously took way over 6 hours, but I only was really awake during the last 2 hours of it, and I was watching concerts on an ipod! I think I remember Marc Anthony on one of them, as a matter of fact! My body was completely numb from the waist down, though, so I felt no pain. I'd never had an epidural so it was REALLY weird when they were moving my legs after surgery, like they weren't attached to my body...super freaky.
The recovery wasn't (isn't) bad. The first night was a breeze (granted, I have a really high pain tolerance). The next day I could not bend over or squat AT ALL. The short taxi to the hotel was not fun.
Now that I'm settled in, though, things are way better. The only thing painful to me are the drains. I'm ready to get them out but dreading it at the same time.
I'll be recovering at Hotel Real Del Rio for two weeks. Dr. Cerpa comes by everyday and drains my tubes and has even brought me really good food every night, too! I wasn't expecting that so it was a pleasant surprise. I'll continue this review later. Take care, girls! I'll add before/after photos at the end.
what the scars from the drains will look like
the actual scar not sealing completely before I leave
Yes, of course, I did choose too small of a size, but I knew if I accidentally went too big I would be completely depressed while I was here. I also seriously don't want anyone to know except my boyfriend (duh) and my best friend. The plus size to choosing a small size is that I doubt anyone will assume I went and did this, AND I don't have to get all new clothes. I have some really cute clothes that I'm excited that I will look a lot better in! Even my sweats that I'm wearing down here look a lot better! So far I'm still happy with my choice...just nervous about the above concerns.
By the way, a doctor cleaning, inspecting, and powdering your rear becomes "un-awkward" pretty quickly because of how much help you have to have the first couple of days. I came down here alone so they had to help me with EVERYTHING...putting on socks, garment, shoes, pants...yeah, you get to know each other at rapid speed! ha ha
Does anyone else find it extremely annoying that we can't go in and edit our posts? Maybe we can, and I just don't know how!
I didn't go big enough (this was a given, and I figured I would do this).
When I bend over really far there is a dent above the implant. I actually couldn't even sleep last night because it was worrying me so much. I'm afraid I didn't have enough fat to cover this implant. I researched and researched about it last night but couldn't find much information as to why it looks like this.
My incision is still not completely closed. He said I was actually at about 5 cm deep. I thought it had closed and was just draining some fluid, but this appears to not be the case. I will have to clean and care for this wound on my own over the next month. I hope I don't get an infection. If anyone has any insight on this please let me know!!! I will ask the doctor when he comes to clean my incision tonight about the implant being visible.
14 day update
Today, believe it or not, was my first venture out of my room besides walking down to the lobby to pay 2 times and once to switch rooms because my heater wouldn't work (it was actually in the 40s at night, and I just dealt with it because I didn't want to move my body). I saw the daylight! I tried to walk to a store to get yogurt, which will help put the good bacteria back in my tummy since all the antibiotics have depleted them. I got around the corner and realized I had no idea where I was going and also didn't want to run across the traffic with a traumatized rear end so I came straight back to the room. I'll attempt again tomorrow.
just to clarify
Getting back into the swing of things
Things are not going well.
Question for any chica/gal/lassie that might be reading this
While I'm here updating I'll give you a rundown of some costs. Some people will be different if you need more medications, a different size garment, need to stay longer at the clinic, etc. This is just what I paid. Yours might be different.
$4,800 surgery/anesthesia/24 hour nurse/implants/supplies/clinic stay with food and drinks
$390 plane ticket
$140 Transport roundtrip to/from San Diego airport
$200 antibiotics/anti inflammatories/Debrisan(if wound opens)/antiseptics
$1,500 Hotel stay (I stayed a few days extra)
$5 taxi after surgery (you can walk to the clinic. It's so close, but you need to take one from the clinic after your stay there)
I can't think of anything else right now. About hotels: I stayed at the Hacienda Del Rio the night before surgery. It was really nice, and the room service was good (didn't want to get out at night by myself), but for a Wednesday night, it was LOUD until very late. I was right on the street, though, so if you move around back I think you'll be okay. It would be a good choice, and it has free breakfast, good WiFi, big beds, clean. I went to the Hotel Real Del Rio for the rest of my stay, although, if I didn't have tubes hanging out of my body I probably would have moved back to the first one just to save a few bucks (not really enough to matter. It's a really good hotel, and it has higher level rooms so it can be quieter, but it, too, has a club across the street and loud music on the weekends and some other nights. The beds were comfy, the room service was really good (although don't order salads if you want to have dressing on the side because they'll have no clue what the heck you're talking about. I finally gave up after receiving a salad with no dressing at all, a salad with no cheese, and a salad that had so much dressing on it that it was like soup..no joke), and the WiFi works. The only issue I had was the fact that my king bed room when I got there had no a/c or heat (it was cold at night), and I was uncomfortable because of that but too lazy to move because I had gotten all of my junk unpacked before i realized no one was going to fix it (or could fix it ...or knew what I was saying...not sure which). I moved a few days in to a different room with two beds. It works out better that way because the doctor can clean you on one, and you can sleep on the other (Hacienda has double beds, too, and they're bigger).
So far, I have been really extremely impressed with Dr. Cerpa. He answers every question that I have and is very attentive. He's also very nice and easy to talk to. He seems to really care about his patients and their outcomes. I had read some bad reviews on him (which, quite frankly, scared the piss out of me) that almost made me change my mind several times about choosing him as my surgeon. I'm SO, SO glad that I decided to make my own judgement on him! He's gone over and above what I expected of him several times over. Hopefully it will let me update this section so I can cover the whole 2 week interaction with him. Day 12: I think Dr. Cerpa is one of the most knowledgeable doctors I've ever been to. I really think he is a very skilled surgeon.