MADE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE..... SURGERY YESTERDAY

I am new to RS and currently seeking a PS either...

I am new to RS and currently seeking a PS either in Cali or Fla as I own a home in Cali and a condo in Miami. 37 yr old mother of two. (daughter 21) and (son 19). I have been wanting to have the BBL procedure for some time now and also like newbies on RS stalking this site like day and night. lol. I have narrowed down my choice of a PS to Salama and Jimerson. My actual consultation with Salama is Sept. 12. Spoke with Nomie (spellcheck), and she is such a sweetheart. Although I realize Salama is booked until May 2013, I am desperately looking to have my surgery sometime this year as I am too anxious to wait until 2013.

I have seen so many beautiful results from a lot of the PS and I must say that I am highly impressed. Thus the reason to so something about the way I look.

I have too many people telling me that I am in good shape to be a grandmother and mother of two adult children but as we all know as women, we are our very own worst critics especially when it comes to our bodies and shapes. I can honestly say that after having the procedure, I will be the happiest girl alive.

I also have realistic expectations. Nothing unusual and outlandish, Just want more bootay (as the girls say on here) lol and less waisteline.

I am just starting this journey but I feel like I...

I am just starting this journey but I feel like I have gained so much knowledge and insight from just reading all the RS reviews which really help me narrow down my my choices to three PS.

All three of my consultations are in September and I am so ready to begin.

Dr. Salzhauer Consultation Date: Sept 4
Dr. Salama Consultation Date: Sept. 12
Dr. Mendieta Consultation Date: Sept 20.

I love all of these PS reviews and before and after photos.
I think I have read so many reviews til my head hurts. I travel back and forth between California and Miami every month. Also I have family all over Ga thst I go and visit on a regular too. So Jimerson in Atlanta is on the list to get a consult but I dont know when I will be headed back to Atl.

Well, atleast I have it narrowed down and the more I think about it, the more I am sure I want this done this year. Only thing is Salama is booked well until May next year but I dont worry about that because after speaking to Noami at Dr. S office, I realize I stand just a good chance as anyone should someone cancel. I really want this done before my birthday (Dec 7) so yes, I am hopeful.

Oh... I forgot to add that I am 5'7....... 157lbs....

Oh... I forgot to add that I am 5'7....... 157lbs........ I think I have more than enough fat to transfer for my new bootie... Now that my (adult) kids are both grown and in college, I feel like now is the time and I am past ready. I have done enough research to know that this is something I really want and I am going to do it.....

Only thing I need to do now is choose a PS and stick with him. I'm like 50-50 on my decision but I guess it's better than being confused and frustrated over having too many to choose from...right?

Though I have not met or had an introduction to...

Though I have not met or had an introduction to anyone (so far only Nikki and Ruben,) I just wanted to thank EVERYONE here on RealSelf for sharing their journey whether good or bad because this alone has helped me a great deal and I am so grateful for you all.

After having Pnuemonia for a couple of weeks, I...

After having Pnuemonia for a couple of weeks, I started feeling better. Then I go in for a blood test at my Dr's request because I was always tired and irritated after, and the labs come back that I have an overactive thyroid!! I am like... This can't be happening to me!! Not ME, Not Now! So here I am in isolation from my family and friends because I just had the Radiation Iodine Therapy on Monday and all I have been able to do is sleep and eat. Not really concerned about gaining weight because I have never been able to gain any more than 10-15lbs at any one given time anyway. Besides, I'm actually trying to gain weight for this upcoming BBL. I am hoping that when I have to do my labs for this surgery, everything comes back normal and I can be on my way. It sucks going thru all of this at once but I am ok given all that's going on at once.

I have to admit that I was pretty undecided and...

I have to admit that I was pretty undecided and had three PS in mind for my BBL and now I am 100% TEAM SALAMA!!!! Just got off the phone with Dr.S and Ruben and I will be paying for my surgery in full as soon as I get this clearance from my Endo (after undergoing Radioactive Iodine Treatment on Monday.)

I was already sold after seeing Nini Fernandez and few more Salama results and now, I am just too excited!!! No matter what.... SALAMA is the man and his work speaks for itself. Will be updating soon on SD...

Hello Ladies! Hope today finds everyone doing well...

Hello Ladies! Hope today finds everyone doing well. All the ladies who recently made it to the other side, Happy Healing my BBL sisters and may you continue to move forward with those new booties.

(Changing subjects...)
I am hoping to do this surgery sooner than later, like in November or December. Does anyone have a date in either month and need to switch because I would really love to get this over with being that I have vacation coming up in January and will be going to Bora Bora. Please let me know ASAP. Thanks

Ok. So after much more research and comparison, I...

Ok. So after much more research and comparison, I have decided to go with Dr. Salzhauer at Bal Harbor Plastic Surgery. I had to think long and hard because Salama was my first choice and I really, really like the results he is producing, but the wait time to get this procedure done is just rediculous. August 2013. One of the BBl sisters commented and stated that she refused to believe that he and another PS were the only good ones producing great results and I, too in a sense kind of feel the same way but with explaination to say that I still like his results, just can't wait that long for my BBL.


Also, I have my official in-office consult next week with Salzhuaer and surgery is will be scheduled within weeks. I am getting a breast augmentation combined with the BBL and am SUPER excited about that!!! My quote was $8000-$9500 for BBL and about $4500 for BA. Rebeccah saif not to worry about the pricing because I would definitely get a package deal by combining both procedures. I like that.

I was approved for $15,000 thru Care credit and only decided to do so because I also wanted to add the BA and my Fiance and I decided we could use the money was going to pay for my procedure to go shopping for new clothes after surgery. Still on a good roll. I am happy that I decided to go ahead and switch PS because now I can still get what I want, when I want it done, and be ready for traveling and vacationing summer next year instead of still waiting. I know every person is different and everyones results will be too so I am keeping an open mind about my new choice and hoping for the best. I wish every sister here going thru, getting ready to, and has been on this journey Happy Healings, Encouragement, and Blessings.

Time is creeping up on me and suprisingly, I am...

Time is creeping up on me and suprisingly, I am not even nervous, just ready to get this over with. Since I will be having multiple procedures combined, (breast & BBL) I was wondering how in the hell am I going to find a comfortable position to sleep or rest. That has been the only thing that worries me but I will cross that bridge when I get to to it, because I really dont want to obsess about it now. The only person I know that has had this done at once is BrickhouseNY and she seemed to have it made it to the other side ok. She was one of the girls I gained confidence from to have both procedures done at the same time. Also her results are stunning!! Another Salzhauer production.

I have a few more things that I need to grab before surgery. Nothing major but I want to be well prepared. I really like ForeverBootys' idea of the chair with the bottom cut out for sitting. Girl, you probably could have possibly patented that chair specifically for us ladies needing and wanting it. Excellent idea non-the-less. And thanks for all the info you provide here on RS. I started taking vitamins yesterday and I swear it reminds me of being prego and having to take prenatal. I am so NOT a fan.

Ok. Everything is fine with my grand father!! I am...

Ok. Everything is fine with my grand father!! I am all paid up and ready to go. The only thing left to do is my labs. I feel so good about this journey. Iam not nervous, just ready to get this over with. My only concern is getting the BBL and fat graft to my breast also and wondering how in the hell am I going to sleep at night. Bummer!!! but I am taking notes and implimented a few of my own ideas. So glad I found this site because all the BBL sisters have really made it a lot easier and less stressful to do what we do. I cannot begin to express my gratitude.

This rain from that hurricane is making me want to sleep all the time and even tho Fla has nice weather all year round, I can never get used to the sun being out one minute, and the next minute it is raining buckets of cats and dogs. I was raised here andstill don't get it but that's tropical weather for you.

SAD SAD UPDAYE: SO I GOTO SEE MYDR. TODAY FOR A...

SAD SAD UPDAYE: SO I GOTO SEE MYDR. TODAY FOR A FOLLOW-UP AFTER MY RADIATION TREATMENT FOR MY THYROID ISSUE. I get a call to come in and my Dr. tells me that I am going to have to start taking a new medication. It appears that my once overactive thryoid is now out of wack because of the radiation treatment Ihad Oct. 1. Today was my official in office consultation with Dr. Salzhauer and of course I had to go in to see my nuclear medicine team.
I don't know what or how to feel at this point. I do know that I have no room for questioning anything going on with my health so I take this information, hold my head up high, and not let this minor setback discourage me in any way. I am still having this surgery come hell or high waters.... lol. But for now, I have no other choice but to follow my Drs' orders if I want to put this behind me and get well.
As far as how I feel, I have ups and downs about having to go thru something like this but overall I am ok. Other than the symptoms that come along with having a wacky ass thyroid, (Heart palpitations; accelerated heart rate, Chest pain
A feeling of being too warm or too cold all the time, Nervousness and trembling, (which I have really bad in the mornings when I wake), Insomnia despite feeling exhausted, Breathlessness, Increased appetite (which I don't mind because I want all the fat I can get....lol), Light or absent menstrual periods (dont care for those anyway) Warm, moist skin and Heightened anxiety, irritability, moodiness or depression. This is just a half of them and lucky me, I get more than my share.
I am determined to get better because, even though I get these symptoms, I tell myself, "You've been thru worse, and you will get thru this"... end of story.
So now I am looking at having this surgery February 2013. I should be fine by then per my Drs' words... I cried and screamed and my Fiance just held me and told me that everything will be ok. I feel better now. Now all I can do is dream about my day.

Just wondering, when I do finally have my day on...

Just wondering, when I do finally have my day on the operating table, how in the heck am I going to sleep during recovery? Has any of the sisters on RS had these two procedures done at once? ANYONE??? I know some PS don't do multiple procedures at once, but I also know that some do. I'm guessing it is up to their own discretion. Now, when I saw BrickhouseNY results and how she had both procedures done at the same time, this gave me an idea, that I too should do the same and get them over with. Didn't give it much thought as to how I was going to deal with sleeping, resting, or relaxing with both my front and backside jacked up...
The more I read about how my BBL sistas are dealing with recovery with just a BBL, I started wondering if it's possible for me to do both. Of course it is saysmy stubborn ass brain and the fact that I do have a high tolerence to pain, I keep telling myself that I am not afraid and I am stronger than I think. BRING IT! We shall see on surgery day.

Just wish I could connect with others who have been on "this" particular journey. Ladies, what do you all think? Am I being crazy for doing both procedures? Should I wait and have the BA after healing from BBL? Any and all thoughts, opinions, and comments are welcomed.

So... I have been gaining weight and I'm not even...

So... I have been gaining weight and I'm not even trying and not mad because I do want to gain a few extra pounds before surgery. All I care about right now is getting as much fat as possible without over doing it. I stannd 5'7, currently 161-2 lbs. Not sure if I should pull back from the table or set an ideal weight goal for this. I want lipo to my stomach, lower/upper back, flanks, and bra rolls. I just really hope to get a tiny waiste, hips, and heart-shaped butt, nothing too big but I do want some projection. I already have some BUTT, BUT I want a better shape. I swear I hate my body now that I have gained this weight because hardly any of my clothes fit anymore and all of my cute body tight t-shirts are pushed to the end of my closet out of sight. I'm praying for a miracle yall and hoping Dr Salzhauer gives me the perfect shape or I will cry bloody murder.... lol.
I miss my grand daughters, son and daughter. Every time I come back to Miami I miss California. Then when I am in Cali.... well you all get the point. I will be flying my grand babies and my son's girlfriend to Miami on Friday. Can't wait to see them.
Well ladies, I am going to finish cooking dinner while watching this Presidential Campaign Projection...
Have a great night and happy healings to the ladies pushing thru this journey.

After all this back and forth, switching, can't...

After all this back and forth, switching, can't make up my mind, settling just because....I have finally made up my mind to go with DR. RAMI GHURANI, (Dr. Salamas partner). I am so excited and in my heart, I really feel like I found the perfect PS for me. After talking with him and Nancy today, I feel so good and confident. I was dead set on Dr. Salzhauer because I knew I could get an earlier date and his work was good. I got frustrated with the fact that Salama was so booked and God knows I wanted to be a Salama Vixen buttttt, did not work out for me theway I planned.

I have cancelled my consult with Dr. Salzhauer and am boarding the Ghurani train. It is official and FINAL. There is no going back, no changing my mind, none of that. I feel it in my bones that this is man with a masterplan (when it comes to my body anyway.)

Yes, it has been a while since I have updated my...

Yes, it has been a while since I have updated my profile, but I have been on a few times to check my inbox and browse new info. Now normally, I wouldn't do this because I do not like drama, but it kind of had me a little confused and somewhat upset. Some of you WILL PROBABLY be upset, some of you may not like what I am about to say but I think that it is important to be truthful and honest when posting our personal journeys to this site.

i have seen a few girls on here use another girls post-op photos as wish pics. personally, i have always thought that her body was really nice and banging. but today........ i took a closer look at the same photos and well what'd ya know???.... some of the photos are, and im not saying "may be" they are definitely photo-shopped. a lot of us cannot see the imperfections because we are too busy admiring the shape of her body and wishing for results similar to hers, and tend to miss it. take another look. look really closely and most of you will see what i am talking about. i know a photoshopped photo when i see one. had to take graphics design course in college...

So now, you may ask, "who cares, or "what business of mine is it to call her out on it?"....
I for one had chosen her PS simply because of her results. I thought they were just stunning. And because of her results alone, I was on that bandwagon waiting my turrn on the table...No doubt, we can all see that she does have better results after her PS did the BBL surgery compared to before, but come on now, why mislead people and hide what your body may REALLY look like? I'm also quite sure A LOT of us jumped on her PS bandwagon after seeing her results and comments alone. In no way am I trying to start any chaos, not trying to be messy, or anything like that. I am simply upset because this is so unfair to future BBL sisters who are looking at results and reading journals to choose a PS. I for one, think that is is very dishonest and terribly misleading because maybe other BBL sisters are really hopeful they can obtain the same exact OR MAYBE similar results, when comparing body size and height to hers. Using her images as a wish pic and then get scolded for it when MOST are photoshopped is just downright wrong. I liked her, her blog SEEMED legit, and after contiplating whether I should write this made me sad. But I feel that everyone deserves honesty and IT IS NOT OK to mislead people and make your body APPEAR TO LOOK ONE WAY to a potential hopeful when you know it does not. I cannot stress it enough how much I really do not like dishonest people.
A lot of BBL sisters have great results from having surgery done by some of the PS on here and even those whom we may not have even heard of as of yet. For those who have honest reviews/blogs/photos, I applaud you. Thanks for the honesty, cannot speak for others but I am seriously grateful and YES, I have met and keep in touch with a few BBL sisters on RS, which I adore. Again, I thank you. I just felt the need to get that off my chest because it saddens me to think that someone would do such a thing to fool others in believing what is really not. Makes you wonder if she was paid, promised something, given incentives, or what?
Does't matter the reason why to be quite honest, what really matters is WHY?

And in closing, though her PS does produce good work, I would have to say that if you would go as far as to photoshop your already good results and post that fake mess on a blog, all the while MISLEADING (dang there's that word again) other BBL sisters, HOW GOOD IS IT REALLY? uuuuggghhhh. So disgusted right now...

I am back in Sunny Florida. I spent Thanksgiving,...

I am back in Sunny Florida. I spent Thanksgiving, my Birthday, Christmas, and New Years with my family and friends in California. It was cold and raining most of the time I was there and let me tell you, WAS I ever so ready to get back to my condo here in Miami. Glad to be back. My fiance was starting to get pissed and wanted me back home because we were only able to spend time together when he flew out to Cali for a few days for my birthday.

I haven't updated my blog as far as what is going on with me in a while, and since I found myself with a little extra time on my hands today, I would take this time to do it now. So, as some of you know, I had an issue with my thryoid and had to undergo radiation treatment for that on October 1. While waiting for all of the hoorah of that to die down, I was still researching and still switching from one Ps to the other what seemed like every other month. I took a look back at my blog and thought to myself, "THIS IS CRAZY!!" WHY oh WHY is it this hard to find a PS and stick with my choice. I must have nearly lost my mind doing this. I am sure this happens to other girls going through this journey as well. Even during recovery, I found myself on RS like every chance I got, sometimes 3 and 4 times a day. Rediculous, I know, and as soon as I would see/read someone's blog with good pics, good news/ bad pics, bad news, I was on the move again. Either jumping on or off of this or that bandwagon and it literally felt that way. Mentally exhausting to say the least. I am stable now. Although I have chosen a PS and it is set in stone, I will not be updating much on my blog until after my consult and my surgery date has been confirmed. I know some girls do not like reading blogs stating things like this but for me it is more frustrating to read a blog where someone can't make up their mind and choose a PS, than to start blogging about a positive/negative experience of a specifically chosen PS and able to give helpful and informative feedback. Also, this gives me assurance and makes things easier for me while documenting my journey. I have never had to deal with such a situation of uncertainty and going back and forth so many times it makes me loofy.

I have gotten a lot of PM's and I am not ignoring anyone, I'm just not on here as much as I once was. Promise to answer all PM's once I am done updating.

I will be updating and blogging again after my consult with Dr. Azurin and at my consult next week, I will be paying the $2000 deposit and scheduling a Surgery date for mid February. Fat grafting to the breast is out of the question. I have decided to go with implants, Lipo to the upper/lower back, Lipo to the upper/lower Abs, love handles, and inner knees and BBL.
I have gained a few more lbs and feel like a umpa lumpa. My Fiance, family, and friends all say I carry it well, and looks good on me, (such liars) but I still love them all anyways. LOL.

I read in another blog that being in really good shape going into surgery really makes a difference when it comes to recovery and I believe this much to be true. And here I am, sitting on my ass, gaining all this weight and stop hitting the gym because I was thinking I would need all the fat for my procedure. Not wanting to come up short on fat, I stop working out. I am mostly muscle still and we all know muscle weighs more than fat. But I was afraid I would be too tight or not have enough. So I've already started light weight training and conditioning so that I can reap more benefits than none for recovery.

To all my BBL sistas/guys who recently went thru and are about to go thru, Happy Healing and Blessings!!!

I recently updated my blog about one RS member who...

I recently updated my blog about one RS member who was obviously posting Photos of herself that were photo-shopped and passing them off as THE REAL DEAL results of her PS. I got a lot of msgs in my inbox about this but hardly anyone wanted to comment out on the open board, which was fine because as I stated in my blog, I am not one for drama. I do not want any drama with anyone either... This is just to inform and not start a riot ok. The reason I posted that blog was to simply inform other RS women and to be cautious about things like this.
Ok. Being that I am no different from anyone else going thru this journey, I too had to do tons of research, read blogs and looked at thousands of photos before making a decision. Suppose someone was dead set on going with a specific provider because of a certain individuals' blog and photos alone? Suppose they are the same height, weight, and body build, hoping for the same or similar results as the pretender who posted the photo-shopped photos? Suppose that person is just so impressed with the results, that they believe in all their heart that this is definitely the PS for them?
Surgery is done. Weeks and months go by and wait a minute....... Something just isn't right. This is not suppose to be that way, or why is this like this? OMG. Someone is freaking out right about now, right.... Sad and disappointed to say the least...

Now dont get me wrong. I know there are only a few people who actually do this and for the REAL women on RS who are genuine and have always kept it real, I salute each and every one of you whole-heartedly!!! Keep doing what you do. You are greatly appreciated.

A lot of women come to REALSELF for help, ideas, support, and ultimately..... most choose their PS because of these same photos and reviews. Now, I don't know how some of you feel about this issue but it Pisses me off to the max because trickery is an undefined evil and to mislead someone into thinking they could get these same or close to results by using their PS is just not right and I swear, it makes my skin boil. No one wants to choose a PS based on lies and such only to be disappointed with their results because some fake ass decided she/he wanted to post photo-shopped images on their blog. Thus, making someone believe they could have this booty or that shape knowing all the while it is not what it seem. No matter how slightly adjusted, I will say it a 1000 times, IT IS WRONG!!!!!
Some of you may not like this or question why do I care or ask what business is it of mine anyway. Simply because I am a woman and I have used this blog to help me get where I am now. I do not like liars and people who will go to great lengths to try and fool and/or trick others into thinking one way when it is wrong. Some of you may want to know, well how does she really know they are photo-shopped and many will say, WELL,I cannot tell the difference...... That is the whole purpose, to many of you, it looks perfect. Let's just say this: Those college courses that I thought were useless and a waste of time, really were not.....

This whole research thing, going back and forth,...

This whole research thing, going back and forth, forth and back, has really been crazy and I finally figured it out. SO I decided to blog and hopefully this makes sense. I am not jumping on and off anyones BBL trains, tired of doing that.. I just want what I want.

I know exactly what I want and since I am NOT willing settle, price is not an issue for me, and I am not looking to do a round 2, I am looking for a PS who can give me:

1. A little more projection, (not rediculous projection, just fits my frame)
2. Aggressive Lipo to the Abs, Flanks, Upper/lower Back, and inner knees.
3. I want body sculpting for an hourglass figure with HIPS... Not lateral injections but the real deal. Period
4. Breast Augmentation and BBL combined but willing to wait for BA if necessary. Just want to hit 2 birds with one stone...
5. NO DRAINS. NO DRAINS. NO DRAINS......
6. Don't want to wait forever to get procedure(s) done.
7. A PS who will not be doing 44 procedures a day, makes his patients feel comfortable and at ease, and takes his time with his patients. Staff attitude and organization is very imporant also. Don't take my money, then I am unable to get feedback, a call back, etc, etc after the surgery.

In my opinion, that is not asking for much, tho it does seem like a lot. I think the hardest part of research is me being extra picky because although I am not looking for sheer perfection, I am not looking forward to being highly disappointed either. I can deal with some things a lot better than other things but to pay to look better and feel better only to end up dissatified with my results is not an option for me. No one wants to endure that kind of pain just because it wasn't done right the first time. I sure as hell don't. So, in a sense, I am ok with not having found the perfect PS for me, with all that has been going on and not only that, but I think the more research, the better you feel about your final decision. I want to be 100% sure about my PS and not having ill feelings towards him or her because I made a hasty decision based on hype and photos. I want to feel good about my decision. I want a PS who doesn't make me feel like I'm just another number or more money in his pocket. Which is another reason why my PS choices have changed numerous times also. Spending this kind of money, (for some) we ladies have a right to be picky and have certain expectations within limitations depending on your body type. I am not expecting to have a celebrity body when it's all said and done, I just want to improve on what I already have now. And again, that should be relatively easy. IMO...
As I stated in one of my earlier updates, I do have a consult with Azurin on next week and we shall see how it goes. If all goes well, I will be putting down my deposit and go from there. If not, Yily in DR it is. I want to stay local but if I have to travel to DR for Yily, then I will. Weighing all of my options, I would prefer to go with a PS here in the Miami area so I can recover in the comforts of my own home, which I believe plays a major role in the recovery process all together.
I said that I wouldn't be updating my blog until close to my surgery date but I think it is best to keep my blog updated and I know it will be a good for me to come back and reflect on this whole process from beginning to end.
I want to thank all the RS ladies/gents who shared their blogs (the good and the bad) because it does make a difference for a lot of us going thru this journey.

WOW..WOW..WOW... Bigbooty23 just joined as a new...

WOW..WOW..WOW... Bigbooty23 just joined as a new member JUST TODAY and decides to come on my blog and defend her supposed friend. Well. Well. Well....... this is very interesting, to say the least. You seem to be able to navigate your way around these blogs as if you have maybe, possibly, BEEN HERE BEFORE just joining today..... You gets no respect from me and YOU ARE THE ONE who had better think twice before doing what you just did. You cannot and I  repeat: you cannot and will not intimidate me whoever the hell you are. This is my blog, I will say whatever I feel and if you are feeling some kind of way and feel the need to defend the next broad, what does that say about your character?

First, let me start by apologizing to any and all...

First, let me start by apologizing to any and all of my BBL sisters for the drama that has brewed because of the photo-shopping updates in my blog. Please keep in mind that I DID NOT update with this information to cause any drama or confusion. I was simply stating how I felt about photo-shopping and how misleading and unfair this is to us doing research on results and PS. Now.... for some reason, because I pointed a certain individual by RS name, a few have gotten quite offended and even wanted to challenge my character while defending a no-brainer situation. I am not here for the drama but I also refuse to back down in what I believe in. All I have to say is this? If this does not pertain to YOU personally and I have NOT called YOU out, why get so offended, mad,and all there is to know when it comes to me making an important life-changing decision? Why TRY and make me look like I am the bad guy for speaking the truth? And yes, I stand by my update. Yet, I am over this and if anyone ACTUALLY TOOK THE TIME to read my updates, people will see that I really am not about the drama, but certain individuals vowed to take it there which, in turn, had nothing to do with them.... OR DID IT?. I do not feel bad for "calling out" what I see is wrong and if these certain individulas want to continue to make themselves look OBVIOUS, then go ahead, it makes me no difference. I just wanted my sister BBL sisters to be aware that everything is not always what it seems. Sorry in advance for those who don't get it.

Surgery Date: Jan. 9th with CAMPOS

It has been quite a while since I last posted to my blog. I stated months ago, I would not be posting again until I get closer to my date of surgery. Well, I am back as promised. I have a lot to spill about what happened with me during my absence and will definitely update real soon. Just wanted to say hello, add more pre-op pics, and make mention of my date with Campos. Yes, I have FINALLY chosen my PS and I couldnt be more sure.

AUGUST 16TH and it's FINAL

Ok. So it has been a long time coming and FINALLY I decided enough is enough. I'm going to do this now or never. I recently moved to Las VEGAS and found a PS that I like. Wanted to stay local. I didn't want to travel so.... here I am. My sister just had her surgery (tummy tuck) with Dr. Samir Pancholi and SHE LOOKS AWESOME!! Now I will tell you ladies how it all went down.
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Pancholi and everything went really well. I am getting a Brazilian butt lift and labiaplasty. After my consultation,I signed all of my paper work, I paid my balance in full, got my prescriptions, my surgery packet, and went shopping. The next day, I went and had my labs done. I went to Clinical Pathology Labs her in Las Vegas. I paid $45 for everything. My insurance was not accepted here. I got my prescriptions filled, bought ALL of my supplies I will need, and some body pillows along with my folding chair that is super comfy. Plan to cut the hole in it after surgery to make sure it is a good fit. Initially I was thinking, WOW, I really just did that. I'm excited but yet nervous. August 16th will be here before you know it.

I'm just taking care of my sister for now and passing the time away. She is doing really good too. Pancholi did his thing on her!! I went to the surgery center where he does his surgeries to pick her up and the nurses there take really good care of you. I can't wait until it's my turn. Counting down the days.

I forgot to add that I have gained about 40 lbs. (201lbs... 5'7). But to my surprise, Pancholi said that's fine. He will still give me the hourglass shape I want. I bought in wish pics and he said he can give me want I want. I am beyond stoked. I went off the grid and left Realself for a few yrs but I'm back to document this journey and hopefully I'll be putting Dr Pancholi on the map... I am confident that I will be happy with my results. I just keep thinking that after all this time, I finally made up my mind and booked my procedures.

I am a bit nervous because I know I have to sleep on my tummy for a while but with the labiaplasty combined, what do I do?. I read it is best to sleep on your back with legs slightly elevated and apart. Hmmmmm. Not sure what to do there but we will see.

I will update with new pics as soon as I take more. I am not much bigger than my pics on here now because I am mostly muscle and I do carry my weight well. It's more of my tummy that is where I put on more weight but not too bad. Pancholi said I will be flat when he is done. That makes me happy.

SURGERY TOMORROW MORNING WITH DR. PANCHOLI IN LAS VEGAS

Here we go. On the 24 hr count down. Surgery is tomorrow and I am beyond excited. Not really nervous or anything. Just ready to get this done and over with. I am the first surgery of the day. I have to be at the surgery center at 6am. My sister and brother in law are going with me and will be picking me up afterwards.

I have EVERYTHING I need as far as supplies, prescriptions, and even some stuff I probably won't even need or use.

I will definitely post pics and keep everyone updated throughout. Good luck to those going in and hoping those who have already gone in a speedy recovery. I have read some reviews where the recovery is a B*tch and I have also read some say it was not bad at all. My doc prescribed Vocodin for pain. But I also purchased Tylenol extra strength and Tylenol PM. If that doesn't work (should I need anything for pain) I also have muscle relaxers from a few months ago.

My neice will be staying with me for 2 wks helping me with the recovery. My sister just had her surgery with Dr. Pancholi so she is not able to. Besides, I stay in an upstairs condo and that's another thing I am a little concerned about. Will I be able to handle going up and down the stairs? Would I be confined to just staying inside? I hope not bit we shall see.

I plan to take my goose down comforter off of my bed and putting it in the back seat of my car along with a really soft body pillow that I purchased for the ride home after surgery. Hope this works. I will update again after surgery.

More pics after weight gain. The ugly truth

Here are a few pics of me as of rt now. I am 5'7 and 199 lbs. It really doesn't look like I weigh that much but I do. I gained a total of 40 lbs over a 2 yr period.

MADE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE

I will definitely update you dolls later. I am feeling ok but it's kinda hard typing on cell phone lying on stomach. Here are a few pics.

Recovery so far

For the most part, I am ok. The only thing that bothers me is getting up and laying back down in the bed. Other than that, as long as I am being still in one place or up walking, I am pretty much pain free. I have a normal appetite but the only thing I'm eating is jello, soup, crackers, pineapples, and pudding. Lots and lots of water, pineapple juice, and Powerade. I have been getting up almost every hr on the hr to use the restroom. I went to CVS this morning and got some Depends. I just stand and go. I got labiaplasty also, it doesn't burn or sting. I for now I am just swollen. I also had fat transferred to my sweetie and she is just gorgeous. I'm posting pics now. I have a lot to update and I will as soon as I FEEL up to it. THIS typing while laying down is the pits.

Pics of labiaplasty

I took these pics myself standing up. But as you can see she is less than 24 hrs old and looking much better than what I had before. I also had fat transferred there.

UPDATE: 6 DAYS POST OP

So today is day six since I had my surgery and I'm feeling a bit better to update. After surgery, I walked to my car and laid down on the back seat, and went home. I felt fine. I felt stiff and the only pain I felt was in my abdomen. Tolerable. I took three Vicodin since surgery for day one and two but that's it. I started taking regular Tylenol on day 2. The pain is not bad at all UNTIL I get ready to pick myself up off the bed is when I really feel the tightness. I have been wearing my garment at all times except to shower. It is pretty easy to take off and put back on. I do this by myself except sometimes I need help getting my feet in it and from there I do everything by myself. I have been walking every two hrs and then some. It's is so uncomfortable laying on my stomach all the time but I manage by laying on my sides while watching tv on the couch. Switching sides from time to time. My hips have went down bc of this I'm sure. I can tell but I'm not seriously worried bc I am planning a round 2 in January. I don't think my PS gave me the hips I asked for to begin with so yeah. I can see a difference in my shape bc i had zero hips to begin with. He did contour my body but to me it wasn't what I asked for. Thus the round 2. I know it's too early to tell what my final results will be but I do know that I wanted more hips and they seem to be disappearing over night. Could be bc I'm laying on them, not sure. But I use my goose down comforter and a really soft body pillow which seems to not put much pressure on my sides when I do lay on my sides. I have only done this like 3 or 4 times and not for long periods of time.

I also had labiaplasty with fat transfer to my lips. It looks awesome. I added pics to show the difference and what a good job my PS did in that area. So even if after all the swelling has gone down and I see my results are just mediocre, I am very pleased with my labiaplasty. My labia lips were all wrinkly and ugly and I feel the doc did a fantastic job on me. And for that I am happy.
I have to take my daily hand full of pills, Arnica, Vitamedica morning formula and evening formula, antibiotics, Bromelaine, and Heparin shots. My surgeons office provided my Arnica and Vitamedica supplements pack which I thought was cool. Didn't have to go out and buy all that stuff. Saved money. All of my prescriptions came to a total of $620 but with a prescription card I got from my PS office, I only paid $58 and some change. I'm winning, right? Lol.

As far as my pain threshold, I would rate it at a 4 OR 5 right now. As long as I am completely still or up walking around, I am ok. Like I said, the pain doesn't come until it's time to get up or pay down. On day 3 I felt good and was able to go in the kitchen and cook a 4 course meal. After that I was a little tired but felt fine.

I drink plenty of water, prune juice, pineapple juice. I have been to the stores a few times. My son drives me around. I just take my body pillow and ride backwards on my tummy laying on my pillow in the front seat. Works for me.

I didn't have a BM for five days following surgery so yesterday morning around 4am I took 3 laxatives and boy was I on the toilet all day yesterday and this morning. I FEEL soooooo much better today. I have been eating very lightly and lots of fresh pineapple which I am going to the store today to get more.

Oh and for the ladies that have recently had their BBL BBQ and to future candidates, I must share this with you. If you are one of the ones who hate to have to take that CG off every time you have to go pee, I suggest getting some depends, (YES, ADULT DIAPERS)..... When I have to go, I just put one on over my compression garment and spread my legs and go. It has been a life saver for me. I did not like sqatting over the toilet because I would always get my garment set and urine would sometimes get on my floor. Yeah gross I know but this is what I did to avoid that dreadful squatting.

Also, my PS gave me an extra garment because they accidentally overcharged me for everything. I also have a Faja Salome size Medium that I purchased online and a large waiste trainer and one medium one that I am dying to wear after all of this swelling goes down. The large waiste trainer cost me about $120 and it compresses really well. When I wore it before surgery it made me look awesome. Kinda too tight then but it made me look like I had curve for days. So as you can see I can't wait to be able to get in it. I do plan on wearing my CG's beyond 3 months. It makes me feel secure. I FEEL weird with out it.

I know I'm just rambling on but it wanted to try and update as much as possible before I got tired. Well ladies, if you have any questions for me, ask away. I am on here at least twice a day. Lol.

Update of labiaplasty PICS

Here are the after photos of my labiaplast with fat transfer. She looks much happier. I just hope the fat remains

Labiaplasty after pics

Pics of labiaplasty

DAMN SEROMA

Today makes 1 week PO and today I FEEL a whole lot better than yesterday. I walked A LOT and by the time I got home, I was swollen beyond bursting out of my garment. I was in so much pain from the swelling going on in my abs and lower back that as soon as I got out of the shower, I made up my mind that for the first time since surgery I WAS NOT going to put that DAMN CG back on and I slept without it. When I woke up, I looked in the mirror and noticed that I had two seromas and wasn't really concerned because I had a follow up appt this morning and knew my doc would drain the seromas or else. I didn't call, I kept calm and went to my appt at 11am. Once the doc came in the room, he removed my sutures and began to drain the seromas. He aspirated 500ccs of light red fluid from the two seromas alone!!!! I was so glad that was over and while I was at my doc appt I called Massage Envy and booked and appt for 1pm. Got to Massage Envy and got my lymph drainage MASSAGE. It didn't really hurt, it was just very uncomfortable. But I felt so much better afterwards. I got home, took another shower and put the CG back on and slowly started feeling like myself again.

So far, the recovery has been ok. I won't complain. Although I could but the pain and discomfort was to be expected as I did do research and I probably read over 1000 reviews before taking the plunge myself.

Oh, I drove for the first time today with just one of my soft pillows I took from my bed. I actually had to drive myself to both of my appts today because I had no one to take me. Oh well, that's neither here nor there. I made it there and back to both places. A bit uncomfortable getting in and out of my car but I did it.

On to other news. I have to go back on in 3 days to get drained again because doc said they have a tendency to come right back. Sometimes as soon as the very same night from being drained. Not feeling that at all.

MINOR UPDATE

It is now 4:39am and I am up. I pretty much slept thru the night and I feel ok. I decided last night that I wasn't going to wear my CG that I got from my PS anymore. It makes me feel tired and achy, especially around my lower back and upper buttocks region. So I put on my medium waiste trainer and I feel 10 times better. It is definitely a lot more tighter than the 2x CG I have been wearing but it works. I read somewhere that the more compression, the less room for seromas to build fluid and accumulate. I have the notches on the first row and plan to get to that third row by in a few weeks.

I had previously mentioned that I am definitely going for a round 2 because I did not get the hips I wanted. Everyone around me keeps saying how big my butt is, but I just don't see it. They keep calling my butt NIKKI. lol. I can tell there is more projection but that is about it. I don't even want more butt, just more hips. Is that too much to ask. I am definitely going to Dr. Dass in Beverly Hills as soon as I get the clearance to to a round 2. My mind is made up.

As far as my labiaplasty, she is still holding strong. I have lost some volume where the fat was transferred but that's ok too. She looks waaaaaaay better than she did before. She's happy. I'm happy. If you look at my before pics, she looked so sad and depressed.... lol. But NOW, she looks alive. Big difference I'd say. I will update later. I'm going for my morning walk.

Update

Today I am 10 days post op and I am feeling a lot better. The only thing that is still bothering me is the swelling and these damn seromas. I noticed that after I was drained yesterday, I took a shower last night and the two seromas were back. Not sure how much more of this draining isshhhh I can take but what had to be done just has to be done. I had them drained on Thursday and my doc told me to come back on Monday to get drained AGAIN. I am thinking that this is crazy. I also think that because my drain spots in front closed up too soon and I stopped draining on day 3, is why I am getting them. Well besides the fact that my doc did not use drains at all on me. Oh well. Other than that I am doing good. I have no pain unless I try to bend down. Then it feels like my skin is stretching and pulling on my lower back. I still can't not bend down and pick anything up off the floor. I have to drop down to my knees. I managed to clean my room and bathroom this morning. Yay Me!! It wasn't bad, just some picking up and reorganizing things I left laying around.
Well, as far as my BBL goes, I have been sitting since day 6 or 7 on a very soft pillow, no boppy for me. Not for long periods but it does not hurt. I am driving also. Doesn't hurt. Just mildly uncomfortable. I know I am not suppose to but I haven't lost any volume since surgery. I will update later. Going to try and post pics now. Until next time, happy healing and blessings to all.

1 month post op....

I am 1 day shy of being 1 month post op. I feel ok but yesterday I had surgery to put in drain tubes because of the seromas I mentioned before. The right drain sight, I do not feel anything. The left drain sight hurts like a bitch. It kept me up almost all night. I did sleep some but I am up again and tired. I am draining which is good but I think the doc said I have to keep them in for 2 wks? Hell I was pretty much drugged up but I think that's what he said. I was woke during the whole procedure and I begged them to put me to sleep. They wouldnt. I talked to the nurses and the doc the whole time. Asking a million questions. Lol. They were probably wishing they had put me to sleep.

Everything is going good other than this swelling and tightness going on in my abs and lowered back. I haven't felt any stinging or burning. My stomach by my navel is still pretty hard and my sides. Haven't had a massage in 2 weeks. I moved back to cali at 3 wks post op. Drove 8 hrs. I know I should not have done that but I had to. Haven't lost any volume. I will take some pics and upload later today.
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