Had my BBL surgery yesterday morning and the pain was as bad as I imagined. I was hoping that it wouldn't be that painful because I stopped taking pain meds 2 days after my breast aug. You can't compare the pain!! So here is my experience: I got on the fast track list so my surgery could be scheduled anytime they had an opening. 2 days after paying, I received a call from Sarah to ask if I could make July 1st work, which gave me 10 days. I have so many things planned for the last few months of the year that I wanted to make sure I got through my 6 weeks recovery before September so I agreed. At this point, I hadn't even met or spoken to Dr J which made me feel uncomfortable so I asked Sarah to arrange for a Skype consultation so that we could 'meet' before the day of the procedure. Well, all I got was a 10min phone call which was rushed and he was talking to other people in his office during it because the whole practice was flying to Vegas for a week. Speaking to Dr J didn't alleviate any of my apprehension, in fact the lack of interest in the BIGGEST surgery of my life made me even more anxious. I understand that Dr J does these procedures every day, but I don't and I paid $15k to do something slightly different to most girls get so I had no idea if he understood or if it was even possible. I got off the phone and literally prayed to ask for protection and help during this very scary time which was getting scarier by the day. Then I went on Dr J's website to look at the pics of his work to calm myself down some more. So to add to the fact that I was going for surgery with a Dr who I had a very brief and distracted 10min conversation with, I was told that they will be returning on Sunday after a week of Vegas and my surgery was scheduled for Monday 9am. I prayed again, that they will not be hungover and mess my body up completely. At this point, I am sure most of you are wondering why I didn't back out...well, the timing couldn't be more perfect and I was hoping that his skills would more than over compensate for lack of bed-side-manners. My pre-op was also not going to be with Dr J because I needed to have it on Friday (for surgery on Monday) and he was still going to be in Vegas. I was told that I would have it with one of the nurses, out of the whole office only 3 people stayed behind to keep things running. OMG I thought this couldn't get worse but it does. I assumed since he was unable to see me at all before the day of surgery, he must have asked his righthand-nurse to stay behind and do the pre-op, boy was I wrong!:( The lady who I had the appointment with had only worked there for 6 months, she was also leaving this practice to work somewhere else and this was her last day and she wanted to be out of there at at 3pm (because that's what time they close) my appointment with her was at 2pm and she still had another lady to see after me...so needless to say, I got nothing out of the appointment except for signing a bunch of liability wavers so that their a$$ was covered, never mind mine:( When I walked out of the office, I sat in my car and cried! They also make you sign a ton of liability contracts that say that you can forfeit the whole payment if you cancel or reschedule last minute so what I decided to do is go in on Monday and if I wasn't comfortable, explain this whole situation to Dr J and ask for a refund or to reschedule for a time that they can actually treat me like a patient, instead of some nuisance. This gets worse, Monday comes and I arrive at the office at 8am as instructed and there is no one at reception, so I called the office line and told the gentleman who answered that I am here to have surgery and I'm standing at reception, he says hold on and hangs up on me. A few minutes later a temp nurse arrives at reception and asks if anyone is here because she is temping there today and this is her first day so someone needs to take her to the back, I told her that I called about 5 minutes ago and someone must be coming, although I am not certain of that because the guy just said hold on and hung up on me. We wait for 5 more minutes and she gets fed up and calls one of the nurses cellphone, that nurse answered and told her that she will be right there to get her. I thanked her and we both exchanged that look like 'what-on-earth-is-going-on-here?' When she came she gave me a cold/impatient look and told me that someone will attend to me soon. I thought that maybe she is just in a bad mood because she is tired or upset she was one of the three left behind so I try not take it personally. She then proceeds to greet the temp nurse with such warmth that I was dumbfounded, they walk away laughing and I sit down in shock!! In one of the contract's you sign they say that if you are 30min late they will charge an additional $500, it was not past 8:30am and I was still sitting in reception waiting...I was wondering if I should ask for the $500 discount since I was there on time and they were running late?? So finally the temp nurse comes to get me and takes me back, I was so happy to see her because she was the FIRST person who treated me feel like I was a person. The b**** nurse came to me and started asking me questions and when I answered and my answered were not what she wanted to her, like did I bring my meds, is someone coming to get me, what time etc, I said I didn't bring my meds, yes someone was coming but at 3pm she started scolding me like a kid and she was my teacher, saying that they cannot keep me there that long and didn't I read all the instructions that say clearly that I was supposed to do abc. I told her that I read all the instructions twice and I didn't see what she was referring to. I asked her to print them and show me because I always stand to be corrected, by as far as I know, the instructions didn't mention what she is referring to. She did and brought the page to me with such attitude that when she came back to speak to me, my voice was shaking because they had intimidated me so much. She wasn't just busy or bossy, she was rude!!! I was already so anxious and they were treating me like s***. Anyway, I showed her that the instructions weren't clear and I understood them to my best ability since no one had given me the time of day and even though I was in the operating gown, I still haven't even had my pre-op. She actually apologized and I could see that even she was shocked. The temp lady said it's good that I stood up for myself and she couldn't believe what I had just said. Sarah, my co-ordinator also never came to see me, not even once to say hi. I had a bunch of other nurses come to me to praise their practice and to tell me that I'm in good hands and that they treat their patients like family...I almost chocked when I heard that! At this point I was just waiting to speak Dr J. The aneista-nurse came and she was great, she actually made me feel like someone there cares. Then Dr J came and he was good too. Not great but good, especially after what I had experienced with his staff. Basically to cut a long story short, they all have such blown up egos that if you are prepared to go through being bullied, then go for it. If you don't have think skin, rather don't put yourself through that because the law of attraction works in mysterious ways, and you don't know what that kind of intimidation and stress could turn into. I personally didn't get everything I was hoping to get out of it because I forgot to mention some things because I was so scared.