I decided to go for it after the first consultation, which was Jan 6th, 2015. I already knew I would, but it was nice to talk with him and bounce ideas off of him. All of the things I had read online seemed to be true. He is very young and charismatic, knows what he can do and only promises the same. I knew that he also has a reputation for going a big above and beyond with a lot of his patients, which was a big plus for me as well. During the consult I went over how I wanted more in the hip than anything else, and he immediately asked me to point to where I thought the hip was. I pointed somewhere around the saddlebag area, which he very quickly corrected me and pointed to the divot in the side of my butt, kind of on the back side of it.
The rest of the consult went well, and he told me he thought he could get about 700-800 total cc of augmentation per side. I liked those numbers (I have a smaller frame and not much fat to work with). I was confident that no other doctor would be able to get that much fat.
Being a trans woman, my main concern was hips, then buttock. I tried explaining this to him but I feared I was not getting through to him so I emailed him a few times going back over the hip stuff. At the consult he had said he could do about 250 in the hip and 400-500 in each side of the butt, but I wanted those numbers reversed. He said if that is what I really wanted, he could try to do that. He said that would be "really stuffing it in there" and that is pretty much exactly what I wanted/needed to hear from him.
Come the day of the surgery (2 days ago) I again went over my desires with him during the final consultation just before the operation. By this time I had developed what seemed like a great demeanor with him, we were laughing and joking about the placement of the fat. I still wanted him to inject some into my saddlebag area, and he told me this would make me look like a "super pear" as well as potentially increase the small amount of dimpling I already had in that area. He insisted to make the best use of the fat, he would inject into the divot in the side of the butt and then fill the rest in the buttock. Still, the emphasis would be placed on the hip divot. I obliged, but said please can you try to do a little in the saddlebag area below the divot? Kind of like a mix between what I wanted and what he wanted. He obliged and we were off.
Day 0 - waking up
I woke up in the waiting room, hearing one of the nurses talk to my friend who was picking me up there, he was basically already there. I was sooooo loopy. Ugh. Very uncomfortable. My friend came in the room to help me up along with the nurse, and he said "wow you look like crap!" I glared at him thinking "thaaaaanks". Lol. I climbed into the back of a suv filled with pillows and rode on my stomach to my home. The ride was NOT FUN! When I got home I was still very loopy and uncomfortable. I could not seem to get in a good position in my bed. After what seemed like 10 minutes of frustrated shuffling of my long body pillows, drinking tons of water along with a percocet and antibiotic, I finally found a pillow arrangement that suited me sleeping on my stomach (I am not a stomach sleeper at all). Upon waking up, I felt much better and drank some more water, but felt a little queasy. I took another short 20min nap before waking up uncomfortable again and vomited most of the water I had drank. I felt a lot better after that. I think it was due to the mixture of the anesthesia and percocet.
I started slowly drinking more water, knowing that I had to take it easy if I was to keep anything down. I had very little discomfort overall, barely any pain. Just kinda tight feeling. I dropped down for a few hours (getting better at arranging pillows for stomach sleeping) and when I woke up felt like a million dollars :) I kept going back and forth between napping and being on my feet / gently walking around. I live with several roommates and they were all wonderful to me. They noticed how happy I was and that I was in very good spirits. I felt great!
I decided to change my paper towel thing under my compression garment before going to bed overnight, so I got to see the full effect and took some photos. WOW! I could not believe it! Dr. Hughes nailed it bigtime! Hips, booty projection, I am in heaven. Totally incredible what he did with the small amount of fat that I had. I nearly burst into tears.
Redressing the garment was a bit tricky but I quickly got the hang of it with some help from a friend. I then passed out and slept pretty well.
Felt great all day, drinking so much water that I think I had to pee every 15-20 minutes. Changed the paper towel in the garment again and noticed that I had very little bruising. The butt was still there! I took some more pics.
The rest of the day I just did my thing and alternated between napping and walking around the house. I just moved along with a bunch of people so a lot of people are still setting things up (I did a rush job to get my room done quickly in time for recovery). I still enjoyed going around and helping where I could by making suggestions. And also showing people my new curves ;) The response has been incredible, people can't believe the change. I began eating food in the morning and continued eating good stuff from then on, trying to keep my calories up.
This whole time, I had not taken any more percocets except for the one right when I got home from surgery (at the direction of Olga). I can't help but wonder if that's why I felt so great the whole time. Also around midday/evening I had an easy BM, probably also made easier by the lack of opiates/pain pills. Kinda on this kick of no pain pills and loving it!
As the day wore on, I noticed I was getting a little flushed in the face. I may have been on my feet a little bit too much or something, I dunno. I felt okay, just a slight headache and hot feeling. I checked my temp and I had 99.2, so I drank a bunch of water, had some soup, and laid down. I took my temp waking up from the nap and back to 97.8 which is my usual baseline using the thermometer that I have. I still had a bit of a headache, so I took a 500mg tylenol and passed right out again.
I also want to note about the pain/discomfort. I dunno if going through gender transition has made me much more tolerant of pain, but really this whole thing has been pretty much a breeze. However towards the end of day 1, I felt that the muscle tightness was catching up with me a bit, however just barely.
Day 2 (this morning!)
I had a hard time getting more than 3 hours of sleep in at a time last night- I couldn't seem to get my pillows arranged properly again. Luckily though I still have very little pain. I am still drinking tons of water and going to the bathroom so frequently it is kinda crazy. I know it is good though!
I looked at my butt this morning and I barely have any bruising, I am pretty amazed. Must have to do with all the flushing out with water. Going to take a pic right now with the compression garment on.
I AM JUST SO HAPPY WITH THESE CURVES! Every time I have briefly taken off the compression garment I get a tingle down my spine. Mostly because of the hips. Dr. Hughes nailed it so hard. I still cannot believe it! I hope everything stays very close to the way it is now!