46 Yrs Old, 3 Kids and Prior Tummy Tuck in November 2013 and BBL Soon - Miami, FL

Real Self, I am scheduled for a BBL with Dr....

Real Self, I am scheduled for a BBL with Dr. Ortega on 01/27/2015. I am so excited and ready for this makeover but super scared.

To give you a little background, I am a 46 year old mother of 3 with a prior TUMMY TUCK procedure which was done over a year ago. Measurements: 5'4 and currently weigh 185 ibs. I am not sure what to expect since i was totally disappointed with my TT. I choose a BBl because i have a completely flat butt and a lot of fat to play around with. Initially i had decided on doing a revised TT but decided against it because i felt cheated by my procedure. I am thinking that a BBL will at least give me the butt I never had.
I have been doing some background checks on my surgeon Dr Ortega in Miami and saw some good reviews and was very pleased with a video he had produced on himself and his journey into becoming a PS.
I would be happy to hear from some of you your experiences with him. I am really looking forward to my new journey and hope that this time i would be more than satisfied with my results.
I will post some before pics at my next update.

As promised, my before pics

8 DAYS to GO

I have been reviewing some of the comments that have been posted on BBL and the before and after pics. Some of which are unbelievable. However, I am getting cold feet since I am fearful of surgeries and hospitals. I will be going by myself and staying at a hotel. I wish I was staying at one of the aftercare places but I had already paid for my hotel and do not want to lose my money since it was non refundable.
I am more concerned about being alone on the night after my surgery. I have been trying to communicate with a contact that was given to me by Blanca (Kayla), but was unable to reach her.
I would love to hear from some of you with similar experiences of being alone in a hotel on the night after your surgery and onward.

My butt pic before surgery

I was looking at my butt and trying to imagine what it would like after surgery. I have always had a very flat butt.

2 weeks post op

Let me first apologize for the delay in updating on my surgery and results.
I arrived at the clinic much earlier than my appointment time. The ladies at the desk was indifferent towards my early arrival and gave me a series of forms to fill out. After filling out all of the forms, I did my review with a very warm and courteous young lady (I wish i could remember her name). She was amazing, made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. Photos were taken and blood was drawn and in less than 1 hour i was allowed to leave. That pleased me since I had extra time to go shopping which I did. After 5 pm the same evening they called me and informed about the time of my surgery which was 12 midday.
On the day of my surgery, I was requested to go to a room and change and wait for the Doctor. After 15 minutes, Dr. Ortega came and had a chat with me. I was very impressed by him and was even more convince that I had made the right choice regarding my surgeon. He too was amazingly polite and very knowledgeable. I was very impressed by the pride in which he took about what he does. I thanked God for him and for matching me up with him. I trusted him completely and knew all would be well. He marked the areas of interest to him and smiled before he walked out the door and I literally never saw him again. lol.
Next, my anaesthesiologist came in and explained everything to me, he was the most gentle of persons. He told me that he has to put on my IV and he will only stick me once without no pain. He promised to get it right the first time since it would hurt him more than it will hurt me if he has to do it again. He got it right and there was no pain just a very light pinch.
I had asked Dr. Ortega for music in the operating room to relax my nerves and when I walked in, there was music playing, one of his favourite songs. That totally relaxed me and when I lied down, in seconds, I was fast asleep. I woke up in the recovery room with Kayla at my side assisting me to get off the bed and took me to her car. Kayla was another god send person. A very caring and compassionate person. She had no room at her place for me but made arrangement for me to stay at her aunt’s.
Her aunt was so kind and motherly, she stayed up with me all night ensuring that I took my medication, assisting me to the bathroom, bringing water and whatever I needed at my bedside. She never slept that night. I was in a lot of pain and my body was sore. It was very different from my TT. I would prefer a TT over a BBL any day. Lying on my stomach meant pains in my back. The urge to sit is like the most natural thing but you cannot. Too much standing made me feel weak and lying down made my body ache. I was torn between a rock and a hard place. I was not prepared for it and for the first week I totally regretted doing the procedure.
By day 2, I was told that I had to shower. I almost fainted in the shower. But the Dr. had explained that I would experience this when I took off my garment. Nevertheless, I was frightened when it happened. I came out of the shower and put my wet body on the bed. As soon as I lie down the feeling went away.
Some of my greatest challenges were Lying on my stomach ONLY both on the bed and in the car, feeling weak and nausea all the time; I had no appetite; the garment were uncomfortable and difficult to manage on my own; NOT BEING ABLE TO SIT DOWN, I HATE IT.
The positive is that my results are amazing, I have hips, I have a waist and I have a big butt. I never asked for hips but he gave them to me and I LOVE IT… my shape is awesome and at 2 weeks I am turning heads. I cannot stop looking at my butt and I am always trying on fitting skirts to admire my hips. I look so sexy and I cannot get over it. My stomach is super flat and I am still swollen.
Would I do this again? Definitely NOT, no way no how not even if my butt got deflated to its original size… but thanks to Dr Mel Ortega, I will not have to do this again because he did an outstanding job on me. He is truly an artist who takes pride in what he delivers..
Would I do any other plastic surgery, DEFINITELY.. as long as Dr. Ortega is still around, just not my butt.
I have a deeper appreciation and respect for all you women who have done bbls in the past. Your journey was not an easy one and you can only experience it to know what it is like. As my journey continues I will keep you updated on my results. I have posted the only pic of me and it was taken out 5 days after my surgery, my waist look a lot smaller. Be assured that I will be posting a lot more pics since I look so sexy. But I am still recovering and just anxious to reach my 1 month.
At 2 weeks, my back still hurts a lot and it is very swollen, the centre of my back is very hard and stiff and I feel as if someone poured cement down my back. Some days I swell a lot more than some. I am not on any pain meds but I do get some pain. My recovery continues.
Miami Plastic Surgeon

I was very impressed by Dr. Mel Ortega and was even more convince after i met him that I had made the right choice regarding my surgeon. He was amazingly polite and very knowledgeable about all of the procedures (a jack of all cosmetics trade). I was very impressed by the pride in which he took about his job and the artistry of his execution. I thanked God for him and for matching me up with him. I trusted him completely and knew all would be well and all was well. He marked the areas of interest to him and smiled before he walked out the door and I literally never saw him again. I had no recollection of seeing him in the operating room. I did a BBL and my results were amazing, I have hips, I have a waist and I have a big butt. My shape is awesome and I cannot stop looking at my butt. I look so sexy and I cannot get over it. My stomach is super flat and I am still very swollen. Would I do this again? Definitely NOT, no way no how, not even if my butt got deflated to its original size… but thanks to Dr Mel Ortega, I will not have to because he did an outstanding job on me. He is truly an artist.. Would I do any other plastic surgery, DEFINITELY.. as long as Dr. Ortega is still around, just not my butt.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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