My Brazilian Butt Lift Journey - Miami, FL

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After much research, I feel that Dr. Mendieta is...

After much research, I feel that Dr. Mendieta is the one for me. I have always wanted to butt and a smaller waist. I only started seriously considering the procedure since April. That is when I started my research. I recommend watching some of the videos Dr. M has out there, reading reviews and comparing doctors until you feel comfortable.

The day is getting closer. I have been busy with...

The day is getting closer. I have been busy with doctor's appointments, lab work, chest x-ray, ekg. I got my primary doctor's medical clearance yesterday. I've been reading my packet to make sure I am following all the instructions and preparations. I started taking vitamin C and Iron last week. I have my pre-op appointment at Dr. Mendieta's office tomorrow morning. I should have more updates then. I am feeling some anxiety but not too bad.

I had my Pre-Op appointment with Andrea. She was...

I had my Pre-Op appointment with Andrea. She was great. She took all the time I needed to answer ALL my questions and I had many. I got all my prescriptions and I will be picking everything up tomorrow. I have a long list of things I need to have before Wednesday. I will try to update again before the big day and then I will update as soon as I feel well enough to turn on my computer.

I have a lot to update. I had my procedure done...

I have a lot to update. I had my procedure done yesterday but I will go back a little further.

I had a few questions after my Pre-Op and called the office a bunch of times. The staff was very helpful in getting my questions answered. By that time most of my questions were directed to Andrea. Two days before they called me to go over last minute things. I started taking Tentral on Monday. That is the circulation pill. The day before they called me to give me the exact time I needed to be there. That night I had my last meal at about 7:30 PM. I was not planing on taking the Valium b/c I was feeling pretty calm but I knew if I was going to take it I had to do it by 8:00 or 9:00 and in the pressured time to decide, I went ahead and took it. I think it was a good decision b/c it definitely helped me sleep. I woke up around 4:00 in the morning so I was not knocked out when we had to get up to go. I took my last Tentral at about 11:00 PM with a small cup of milk.

My scheduled time to be there was 6:30 AM. I asked to be first and they said if they could they would do that for me. I will keep posting later with the rest. I need to take a little break now.

I apologize for taking long to update but I will...

I apologize for taking long to update but I will tell you that you do need your recovery time and turning on the computer has not been first on my list these days. I have been allowing myself to be pampered and taking as much time to relax as needed. So getting back to where I left off. I'll back track a little to summarize.

After debating I decided to take the valium the night before which after all I do think it was helpful but that is up to each individual.

Now the morning of the surgery. When I got there, I was greeted and asked to wait a few minutes. I got there a little early. My husband and mother in law went with me. The waiting area is very small so by 9:00 AM, it is a good idea for whoever goes with you to wait in the office right across the way where they have more couches and coffee, juices, etc... My mother in law stayed most of the time in the small waiting area b/c she kept knocking to get updates on me.

So they took me in, I changed into the gown. They covered my hair and put on some surgical shoes on me. The nurses were truly awesome. Doctor Mendieta got there and I was escorted to another room where he took pictures of me and made drawings on me. You should make sure to tell him any last minute things at that point b/c soon after you will be out.

I asked if he could go meet with my husband for a minute and he asked the nurse to bring my husband in. That was nice b/c I did not expect to see him until I was done. Doctor Mendieta was his usual charming self and gave my husband all the confidence that I was in the best hands.

Then came the anesthesiologist. He put the IV on me and explained everything he was doing. He asked if I had any questions about the anesthesia or any concerns. I did have some questions but after talking to him I was completely at ease.

I was now ready to go to the surgery room. They walked me over. I was cleaned there, then sat down on a comfortable table where they put cut pieces of cloths on my legs and arms to keep me warm. Next I was laid down and asked if I felt any of the anesthesia b/c I would be out soon. I said not yet but by the time I was done with that sentence I said "ok, now I feel it a little" and that was the last thing I remember until I woke up in the recovery room.

I remember being in and out of it for some time. I was told that the first words that came out of my mouth was asking for my husband and two children by name.

Now I was ready to go home. The back seat of our truck was prepared with a large heavy duty plastic garbage bag and a towel over it. The height of the truck and the height of the side walk was perfect so I did not have to strain much to get in. The ride home was ok. I was still a bit out of it.

Once I got home, I felt like I wanted to walk rather than lay down so I did. I figured I was still feeling no pain b/c of the anesthesia and I should definitely take advantage of that and walk as much as possible.

Ok another break here...I'll come back with more. At least I got through the whole procedure part of the story :) I truly hope my posts help others.

I've tried 3 times to post an update and I keep...

I've tried 3 times to post an update and I keep getting interrupted. I am sorry again for the delay.
Back to where I left off. Day 1 when I got home I wanted to walk rather than lay down but I did feel a little faint so I did need to rest. I was afraid to lay down b/c of the drainage but the garment kept them in place. It was more discomfort than anything else. Just the idea that I had something sticking out of me made me uncomfortable. However, to this day I can not say I have felt pain. I know that is unusual so I can't promise that will be your experience. I do have a high tolerance for pain and I have to say I had a lot of people praying for me as well. I took Percocet the first 3 days. I took them as prescribed so I did not wait to feel pain to take them. I took them Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. By Saturday I had stopped them.
I was very good with my medicine. Mainly the one for circulation and the antibiotic.
The second day I had to go back to the office. The nurse took out the catheter, cleaned me up and said I was doing great. The ride was fine. I laid in the backseat of the truck. The waiting time in the office was nothing. I appreciated how quick they attended to me.I followed directions and had a high protein breakfast even though I was not too hungry. Following directions is key.
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Mendieta was actually recommended to me by one of the Plastic Surgeons I went to. When I asked him if he did fat transfer to the butt, he told me if I wanted a butt, Mendieta was "the" guy.

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