I first started thinking about lipo three years ago to get rid of all my torso/ab fat. I never followed through and a month ago, I stumble on the BBL site on RS. I've been a lurker ever since! Wow, I could not believe the transformations! I knew right away that this was the procedure I needed, even if it meant traveling to Miami. Within a month, my flights to Miami were booked and my deposit for Dr. Ortega is down - there's no going back now :).
Thank you so much to all the supportive BBL ladies on here who share their stories, pics and advice. The pics are so helpful as we newbies try to make decisions. I have learned so much and know that I'm going to need you as my date gets closer. A little bit about me - Asian, 5'3", 34C, 29 waist and 36 hips, 120 lbs. I blame my top heavy, lots of fat in stomach and back, no butt on my mom, lol...she had the exact same body! I really don't know about wish measurements because I can't even fathom what having a butt would look/be like...but maybe this - 34C, 27, 41?? My goal is a nice hourglass shape for my frame with a big bubble, round butt and S curve that is natural looking (but without a shelf).
I contemplated several Dr's who were in my price range since I would be traveling and this would add to the cost - Fisher, Hasan and Ortega. I knew I wanted to stay in the US. In the end, I went with Dr. Ortega. I did a lot of research on the Dr.'s, looked at their before and after and talked with staff. Vanity emailed me once but then never replied to my 2nd email and was short with me over the phone, so I knew that I was not going to be comfortable with going with them. I'm sorry but I am a detailed planner - I need answers before I can just drop $2000 on travel expenses! I have been talking with Vivian, who has been very patient with answering my questions, and she even arranged a phone consult with Dr. Ortega as requested. I am comfortable with them - and Vivian told me that if I am not happy with the results, and need a touch up - I will only be charged Anesthesia fees. Dr. Ortega wants his patients to be happy. No one wants a revision but knowing that gives me a sense of security.
Dr told me I will need a tummy tuck afterwards due to my protruding stomach due to my "separated muscles". I was in shock, this scared me and of course I googled it, lol. Good to know it is normal during pregnancy. This is my ultimate hope - that my stomach pooch is due to mostly fat and I will have a flat stomach after BBL. The reason is this - because when I squeeze my stomach, it is very soft, like fat is, and when I lose weight, my stomach does go down. I'm hoping this was hard for him to tell from pics, but that on the day of sx, it will be a different story and when he touches it, he will say "yes, most of my stomach is fat and it will be lipod out." In my pics, I look 5 months preggo. I just want the fat gone, I don't care to show my stomach or wear a bikini so the loose skin won't bother me too much. I don't plan on having a tummy tuck - personally, it's just too invasive for me and the healing time is too long. Did that happen to anyone- Dr thought you would need tt, but afterwards your stomach went down pretty good?
Dr Ortega addressed all my concerns - burns, hips, bubble butt, and he will lipo 80% of my fat in my entire torso. I am fine with 80%, I don't want agressive lipo and riskIng burns. That fat was put there for a reason in the first place, right? He had a special for $5000 for BBL, lipo of 12 areas, 2 massages and a garment! With the 12 areas, I could add in my arms or inner thighs if I want - haven't made my mind up about that yet. Anyone do arms have an opinion? I am thinking about arms because I want them to match my body.
My hubby is going with me to take care of me. We are staying on Miami Beach and "trying" to make a vacation out of it. He is very excited by the way! :) I also just found out that Dr. O's office will transport me for free to and from! So happy about that because I was kind of stressing about renting a car or finding a driver. They normally have a van for transporting within a 10 mile radius but because I didn't know this when I booked my hotel, they are willing to come get me. YAY!! One less thing to worry about now, things are falling into place for sure.
We booked a condo on Miami beach because we love to vacation on the beach (coming where we get snow for 5 months) and our condo has a patio that has beach access...I figure if I have to walk around, I might as well try to avoid people, lobbies, elevators, etc because I will probably be in pain and I don't do good with pain and I won't be at my prettiest, that's for sure.