So I had BBL this morning! The facility at Staten...
3 Jan 2012
Day of treatment
So I had BBL this morning! The facility at Staten Island was very nice and clean. The intake nurses and anesthesiologist could not have been nicer. They were very kind and professional. I met with Dr. Heller just prior to surgery and he spent time with me explaining exactly what he was going to do. Unfortunately, I don't so much have fat as just kind of loose flabby skin! However, I see that my love handles are gone and my butt looks big right now, although that is with a thick dressing on it. I woke up in the recovery room, amazed that I was all finished. I felt great, pretty much able to dress myself and stand around talking on the phone until my ride arrived. Very slight soreness in abdomen and butt. I have been warned that tomorrow could be quite uncomfortable but I am not worried at this point.
The doc only injected 300 ccs into each cheek of my flat little butt, but apparently has some of my fat frozen if I want to add more during an office visit with local anesthesia.
As a bonus, and at no extra cost, he was kind enough to inject a little into my laughlines on my face, which I really like so far. There is no bruising, just a little red dot at the injection sites.
I think as long as I can keep what I have, I will be very happy with my results!
I will post a couple pics tomorrow...
I still feel surgery was very worth it. I wish I...
I still feel surgery was very worth it. I wish I had more ccs injected. I'm not sure why Dr. Heller is so conservative. I have appt scheduled in April for him to shoot some more of my fat into my butt.
I went to see Dr. Heller this evening in his newly...
21 Mar 2012
2 months post
I went to see Dr. Heller this evening in his newly relocated Manhattan office, very clean and pleasant, on the ground floor. There was no waiting, and he and his staff were very gracious and pleasant. He showed me my before pictures, and I must say, I am SO HAPPY with my results! Nonetheless, I felt a little more volume would be nice. He was able to inject 120 ccs into each cheek with very little discomfort, using fat obtained during my original surgery in January. I know 120 ccs doesn't sound like much, but my butt looks and feels much bigger, and more important to me, shapelier. I am wearing my garment, not sure how long, I forgot to ask, but he said it is okay to sit down. I am planning to make an effort NOT to sit as much as I can, but I did sit in the car on the way home..surprisingly, I am not in pain. I will post a picture or two tomorrow!
a few ladies msg'd me as they are planning bbl by heller. Nearly 18 mos later and i am still MUCH happier with my body. I am still disappointed about not getting enough ccs to round my butt, still looks a little flat in jeans. I highly recommend heller as i appreciate more and more what a difference in my figure just from the lipo. i appreciated the excellent staff, cleanliness, and was not ill at all from anesthesia. My recovery seems very mild, just bruising and soreness. No drains, genital swelling, burning sensation or infection. Good surgeon and the price is right. Take the plunge. You are in good hands and it will change your life. I am a 48 yo granny of 2 boys and i continue to get compliments on how i look. Nobody suspects i had bbl, just think i workout or whatever for these youthful curves. I am curious if the ladies who get way more ccs still got it a year or 2 down the line. Heller said only so much fat will actually take and that is why he is more conservative. Try to get him to pump up the volume if in fact you can show him conflicting evidence. To that end. Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.
So it's been 2 years! I can't say I regret having BBL. My results were less than spectacular and in retrospect, I wish I had chosen Dr. Saluma (sp?) in Miami or the now deceased Dr. Hegg in the SF area, both of whom I had consultations with. For convenience, I chose Dr. Heller. I felt they were all comparable in the aspects that mattered to me: cost, expertise and experience, cleanliness and safety. I am not obsessed with having a huge butt. However, I have always had a fairly small butt and in my forties, especially due to gaining and then losing about 15 lbs rather quickly, my butt pretty much became non-existent. It was ridiculous! My pants wouldn't stay up, they were unattractive baggy in the seat, and skirts didn't do anything for me either. BBL was a perfect solution since the lipo also contributed greatly to the more feminine shape I wanted. My only regret is that I settled for a doctor who was unwilling to inject more ccs, even though he had enough of my fat. His standing argument is that injecting more than 300-400 ccs at one time is ineffectual, anything more just would not be able to survive and flourish. Even when he injected 100 or so ccs more in a later office visit (which seems to be his standard routine), that still did not give me the fullness I wanted. As you can see from my after pics, I am more shapely. The problem is that I am still very flat on the sides and lower areas of my butt. Probably 300 to 400 more in each cheek would have given me the roundness I am lacking. In May 2013, I had back surgery, which limited my mobility and restricted my movement. As a result, my belly got flabby and my butt also lost some shape. I am confident that now that I can exercise again, I will be able to tighten it up. For now, I am not happy once again, with how my pants fit! In fact, I am wearing lightly padded panties to compensate, which really sucks, having invested in BBL like I did. My advice is definitely have this surgery, just know that 300 or 400 ccs is not going to cut it. For my 5'6" 150 lb body, 700 to 800 would have given me an average, natural looking butt. If you want to get an idea of how many ccs you need, a squished up pair of nylons is about what 300 ccs looks like. Put on some bikini panties and stuff some nylons or a beanbag or something in them, pull on your jeans and there's your visual. Good luck to everyone! Thank you very much Real Self!