29 Yo, No Kids, Buying the Butt the Gym Isn't Giving Me!!! - Houston, TX
I have lost 50 pounds by eating clean and...
I went with Dr. Erika Sato!
22 DAYS POST OP with Dr. Sato!!!
Office: The office is very nice, high in the sky in the heart of the Houston Medical Center (parking garage fees suck). They'll actually be moving locations soon to a free standing building just for their clinic that is currently under construction near Memorial City Mall, with free parking.
The staff: When I called for a consultation, the receptionist was very pleasant and had an opening within a few days. I was emailed a link to a website where I could fill out new patient paper work in advance. Upon arrival, the staff was very friendly, smiles on everyone's faces. My moral support buddy and I only spent a few minutes in the waiting room with a couple, but the receptionist still checked on us in that short time.
The consultation: Dr. Sato, or Erika as she introduced herself, personally greeted us and walked us to her office. We discussed my goals/expectations, her experience/qualifications, the BBL procedure, recovery, follow up care, etc. We even shared some little personal anecdotes. We moved over to an exam room where the medical assistant took my vitals. Dr. Sato took a look at my wish pics and at my body. What I appreciated the most was her clearly HONEST and KNOWLEDGEABLE insight on how she would help make me the best version of myself. The conversation had such an easy going flow that I didn't realize we had been with her for 45 minutes yall! I feel confident she'll give me the NATURAL looking results I'm looking for in my BBL and I feel SAFE in her care. The Patient Coordinator, Stephanie, who was super sweet, reviewed the itemized cost and scheduling with me after the consultation. She gave me her card and assured me she would be reachable by phone or email. I called Stephanie twice with scheduling questions after my consultation and both times she was available like to speak like she said she would be!
The cost: With the $1500 discount on BBL's Dr. Sato currently offers on RealSelf, my cost will be $8K. This includes...
- Lipo of upper and lower abdomen, waistline, love handles and back (up to 5 liters)
- Fat transfer to butt and hips (BBL)
- Mid thigh length girdle (faja)
- 4 lipo foam sheets
- Operating room fee (located at the office)
- All pre op and post op visits (up to 1 year post op, seen by Dr. Sato herself)
What's next: I was so blessed someone ended up rescheduling and an opening became available during a time that works for me! I wasn't home for a full hour before I called back and took the date Monday, May 23rd! I have a pre-op appointment in less than 3 weeks and the actual procedure in less than a month! With guidance from Dr. Sato and many of you dolls, I am already placing orders to build up my "surgery care kit".
Please stick with me on this journey. I could really use encouragement and any knowledge/insight you dolls have to offer! I plan on updating every step of the way throughout recovery as well.
Possible boppy pillow substitute?
BBL Walmart Haul & Selfies
My BBL Supply Must Haves & Splurges!
My doctor’s patient coordinator suggested: Kotex pads, gauze or tissue to keep the wounds clean/dry and a donut cushion for sitting.
Besides that, I’ll be given all the prescriptions I need at pre-op a week before. Sooo…anything extra you see on the list below is me over preparing, because I won’t have anyone to run to the store for me to buy things as they come up or me simply splurging.
If I’m missing anything you highly recommend, please let me know! Thanks!
1. Colombian post-surgery faja (http://www.amazon.com/Colombian-Post-Surgery-Postpartum-Shaper-Removable/dp/B00MI8Z002?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_3&smid=A2WZCXBMB0GK7L)
2. Abdominal Board for flattening/minimizing lumps and bumps on my tummy (http://www.amazon.com/Colombian-Post-Surgery-Postpartum-Shaper-Removable/dp/B00MI8Z002?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=A2WZCXBMB0GK7L)
3. pStyle Female Urinal for peeing while standing up (http://www.amazon.com/pStyle-Pink/dp/B002AA2LD2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_4&smid=A1BYUN7NX1PFJP)
4. Arnica Montana pellets for bruising, pain and muscle soreness, starting these two weeks pre-op (http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Montana-Tablets-Bruising-Soreness/dp/B001EPQ4Y6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
5. Half foam roller for sitting at home (http://www.amazon.com/CanDo-High-Density-Roller-Black/dp/B001FXX02Q?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
6. Donut cushion for sitting while driving (http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Fredericks-Original-Donut-Cushion/dp/B00SPE3JDI?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A2NFXBXJ5ESS0Q)
7. Backjoy kneeler for sitting, this will be an experiment since I haven’t seen anyone else try this (Walmart in store)
8. (2) Arnica Gel 2.6oz. for muscle pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising (Walmart in store)
9. Equate Gentle Relief Stool Softener to help with constipation from taking narcotic pain meds (Walmart in store)
10. Alcohol Prep Pads to keep wounds clean(Walmart in store)
11. Pet All Star Training Pads in case wounds leak while in bed(Walmart in store)
12. Compression Socks to help prevent blood clots in legs due to decreased activity after surgery(Walmart in store)
13. Assurance Premium Washcloths until you have the strength to take showers, which hopefully will be day two for me lol (Walmart in store)
14. Dial Antibacterial Body Wash for keeping body/wounds clean/bacteria free (Walmart in store)
15. Cute thongs & big panties (Walmart in store)
16. Spaghetti strap tops to wear under faja to avoid demarcations in skin (Walmart in store)
17. Liposuction Foam Compression Sheets for extra compression/flattening of inflamed skin post op (buying extra from doctor’s office)
18. Bathrobe & loose night gowns (Already own several)
Pre Op Appointment DONE! ONE WEEK OUT!
I was in the waiting room for maybe 5 minutes before nurse Katy brought me into the exam room. I was asked to get totally naked and put on the gown. Nurse Katy went over all of the electronic disclosure and consent forms with me. She approved my pre op medication regimen, which is a daily women's gummy multivitamin and Arnica 30X. She escorted me over to another room that was set up with lighting and a monitor where I could see the pre op photos live as they were being taken. She got EVERY ANGLE and it was scary to see myself in such a clear light. Nurse Katy was polite and encouraging though. She took me back over to the exam room and Dr. Sato came in shortly after.
Dr. Sato gave me the opportunity to get clarification on any questions. She looked over my body and we refreshed each other on exceptions. I am having my procedure done in the office operating room, which means the max fluid/fat she can remove is 5 liters. Any more than that would require doing it offsite in a special facility or hospital, which would come with it's own set of fees. In any case, she says I have at least 7 liters of fat, so I should be prepared for there to be some left over, but that I'll still look great. She will start the procedure working on my back, which is not traditional, but it's my main trouble area, so she was willing to do that for me. She says there could be about 2-3 liters from my back. They will then flip me over to do my stomach, then back over to round out my butt and hips. I appreciated her honesty, finesse and flexibility in explaining/planning things out.
I picked up my 5 prescriptions that same day. With my prescription insurance card, the total was only $11 at Walmart's pharmacy. I thought it would cost much more. If any of you don't have insurance, I recommend GoodRx.com for discounts on prescription meds. I included pics of my meds with this post if you're interested.
Ok I've been going on and on when I'm not even sure anyone is readying this stuff lol. I just want to be as detailed as possible for those who are interested. I'm officially less than one week out and getting nervous/excited. Let me know if yall have questions or advice at this stage in the game. Thanks!
Got the confirmation call! 3 DAYS UNTIL I'M SNATCHED!!!
My goal swimsuit 2 DAYS PRE OP!
POST OP DAY 1: BEAUTY IS PAIN?
Surgery Day & Day 1 Post Op recap
6 DAYS POST OP! Rollercoaster ride!
1 WEEK POST OP: I showered today!
I washed the faja that Dr Sato put me in on surgery day and it's currently air drying. In the meantime, I'm wearing one that I got off of Amazon. I attached a video to show you all the faja and my booty currently. Check out my Amazon shopping haul post if you want the link to the faja.
My pain is very minimal today, mostly just discomfort from the tight fajas. I only needed to pop one hydrocodone today instead of one every 3 hours like a few days ago. I have been drinking lemon water and it has made a huge difference in reducing inflammation. Google the benefits of lemon water and see if you might be interested in incorporating it in your everyday life, even outside of recovering from surgery. I was able to go to lunch with some friends today. They drove and I laid in the back seat lol. I sat down on my Kneel Joy at the restaurant. It was comfortable and inconspicuous. Check out my post on the Kneel Joy for details if you're interested.
Okay ladies I return to work tomorrow night. I work overnight and my first lymphatic massage is Wednesday morning when I leave work. Of course I'll check back in to let you all know how that goes. Happy researching, happy healing and thanks so much for yall's support!
12 DAYS POST OP BBL: Massages galore!
3 weeks post BBL!!!
She suggested that if I continue to use the Lipo foam that I move it 1/2 inch up or down each time I wear it to avoid making indentions on my body. I have decided to only wear the triangular piece of lipo foam that goes right above my butt crack while I'm sleeping. When I'm awake, it's nothing but my garment.
She said that my surgery garment was still fitting pretty snug at week two. However now at week three, I can feel that it's significantly more comfortable for me, which is a No-No LOL. Compression is so important throughout the healing process. I'll be ordering a new smaller garment this weekend. If you ladies recommend any particular brand, please let me know.
Fluid & swelling
A lot of the fluid retention has gone down, because pre op I was 200 pounds. Immediately post op I was 213 pounds. At 3 weeks post-op now, I'm back at 200 pounds. I haven't had any alcohol for a month out of fear of swelling up LOL. I still have some tenderness to touch and swelling on my back, which is understandable because she did aggressive lipo and that area. I only take the bromelain supplement pill when my swelling is particularly bothersome, not taking it every single day anymore as of last week.
Diet & exercise
I have been eating clean. I can't wait to get back into the gym, but Dr. Sato says I have to wait 4 to 6 weeks. I am going to email her right at week 4 next week and ask if I can head back to the gym and how hard I can go.
Bye bye lumps & bumps
I have been sleeping with a Ab board I believe it's called. Here's the link to it: https://www.amazon.com/Tabla-Abdominal-Liposuction-Compression-Garments/dp/B00PG4PK0U
I do think it's been contributing to helping keep my stomach flat, lump and bump free. That, along with my personal massages. I have a deep tissue massage scheduled at Massage Heights this week, so I'm looking forward to a professional being able to reach all the spots I can't myself.
Really no other updates ladies. Just back at work, back sitting on my butt, although not as much. In fact, I have been making it a point to stand up A LOT more at work, because I work a desk job, like standing probably 90% of my 8 hour shift! Coworkers and friends who know nothing about the surgery have been complimenting me on my weight loss and my shape. Besides that, I'm living my life like it's golden LOL. My next appointment with Dr. Sato is at post op week 5, which is in 2 weeks. I'll update you ladies anything interesting happens before then. Thanks for the support dolls!
Before & After 4 months post
Almost 8 months post op & still loving my butt!
Dr. Sato is AMAZING, so skilled, knowledgeable and personable. She took her time with me during our consultation, answering every question I had and more. I came to her with realistic expectations and she gave me impressive results. People have complimented me on my figure and my butt since my surgery. I love that it looks so natural on my frame that I can actually get away with saying it's squats to those who I don't want all in my business lol. I don't like a whole lot of attention, but when I go out, I feel the eyes following me. Even now, nearly 8 months post op, I'll occasionally text message Dr. Sato pictures of me. She responds and knows exactly who I am. That means a lot to me that I'm not just another booty to her lol. Her staff is so sweet and accommodating too. I'll be going back to her to get my arms taken care of pretty soon. I have also referred two friends, one who came with me to the consultation and one who came with me to a post op. They love her too and are considering taking the leap themselves. With all the horror stories and disappointments I've heard of, I feel so blessed to have found Dr. Sato and her team!