---- About Me ----
Late-20s, no children, no prior surgery, 150 lbs, 5'3", no health issues.
Pre-surgical measurements: Waist: ~29 inch / Butt: ~40 inch.
Naturally heavy in the behind, thighs, and calves.
What I hope to achieve through surgery: I have some extra fat to spare, so I'd like my curves to be enhanced through liposuction. A nice bubble butt would be perfect- I don't want anything outlandishly big, but I definitely want the size and shape of it to be enhanced.
---- Costs, Travel, and Preparation ----
I understood that the cost for having a BBL wouldn't stop at just the surgical procedure alone, but I had no idea just how expensive it could get. Taking time off from work can be a hassle for some people, and depending on the kind of work you do, it could really impact your job performance even after returning to work. This list probably isn't going to be all-inclusive, but here are some things to take in account for budgeting (particularly so as an out-of-town patient):
1. Surgery - I suggest exploring package deal options, because some quotes don't include labs, garments, medication, etc. If you're traveling alone, look for caregiver options in the area (Carelinx seems to be pretty useful).
2. Lodging - For those of us who need to travel for surgery, this can definitely add up. I suggest booking as soon as you have officially locked in your surgery date and time off of work. Pay attention to how accessible your rental is, since it'll be hard to maneuver up and down stairs after surgery- does it have a kitchen, elevator, etc? Are there weekly rates, a security deposit, additional hosting taxes? Do check-in/check-out times coincide with your flight?
3. Transportation - The flight is most important (check passport expiration date, if applicable), but consider transportation after you've landed. A rental car might work if you have someone coming with you, but you can also consider the cost of using Uber, shuttles, taxis, etc.
WARNING: Many Uber/taxi drivers will REFUSE to transport you post surgery due to the bleeding.
4. Diet - Meal prep in order to save money. It's less expensive and you can control your sodium intake (important because salt isn't good for the swelling). Drink plenty of water, eat pineapples, and try to consume fresh fruit.
5. Supplies - Garments, linens, loose clothing, etc. The Realself Community has a BBL Supplies List that a lot of members use, so I highly suggest taking a look at it. Some of these items can be purchased after landing, like baby wipes, so you can save some luggage space if you wait to buy them.
6. Post-surgical costs: Lymphatic massages, new garments, waist trainers, new clothes, vitamins, etc.
---- Advice ----
No matter how skilled a doctor might be, everyone's body is different and can react differently after invasive surgery. I researched complications (preventable and not), so that I could begin to mentally prepare myself in case something did go wrong. Burns, scarring, infection, and other adverse reactions can occur, so just keep that in mind.
Please, please, please take the time to walk yourself through your expected surgical journey so that you can ask your physician appropriate questions. Research is so important! I kept track of everything in Microsoft OneNote Online- it's still free, if I'm not mistaken.
Comment or message any questions! I really don't mind, and if I come across new information for this section, I'll add it in a comment below instead of creating an entirely separate update.
P.S: I bookmarked Hazani Dolls with 'before' and 'after' pictures, so if anyone needs them they can just let me know.