43 Year Old, Time for a New Look - Got Hasanified, heading to Dr. Blinski for a TT!!!!
So, I have done all the extreme dieting and...
Just a few of my WISH pics!
This site is so addicting...
Nervous feelings all over the place....
Lymphatic massage Therapist in Atlanta, Ga??
Let the purchasing begin.....
With tumescent lipo, which massages is needed?
Hmmmm high clolesterol
I have changed my diet and trying to exercise more which are obvious factors to lowering high cholesterol but still wondering the affects of this. Thank you ladies for your feedback.
Which pillow, the BBL or the Booty Buddy?
Your opinion matters...
Foam Mattress Topper
Just remember though, if you're having your hips lipo'd, your hole must be cut large enough to not disturb them also; got to protect the butt and those hips.
Garments, garments, garments....
To wear or not to wear?
Liposuction: What you need to know
Liposuction or lipoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that uses gentle suction to remove fat deposits from different areas on the body. Some of the most common areas treated include the thighs, hips, buttocks, or abdomen. Patients who undergo liposuction find that they are able to achieve a more proportionate body contour by directly treating their problem areas, which cannot be accomplished with diet or exercise alone.
Are you a candidate for liposuction? You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you are:
Healthy and have no major medical issues.
Near your goal weight (less than 30 pounds overweight) but have specific areas you wish to target for fat removal.
Between the ages of 30 and 60, although liposuction has been successfully performed on both younger and older patients.
Have good skin elasticity, which helps the body to adapt to its changing contours quickly.
Informed about the benefits and risks.
Have realistic expectations
Liposuction can be performed on patients who are overweight but whose weight has been stable over the past several years.
You most likely are NOT a good candidate if you are:
In poor health, or have serious medical conditions.
Taking certain medications.
Planning to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight in near future.
When considering liposuction, it’s important to have realistic expectations. This procedure cannot make you look like a supermodel, and will not remove every ounce of fat from your body. Patients should not think of liposuction as a fast-track to weight loss, but as a way to create more aesthetically pleasing silhouette through removing five pounds or less of targeted fat.
Types of Liposuction:
There are many variations of liposuction, most of them designed to allow for easier or more precise fat removal. The following provides a brief overview of the different techniques used to remove fat deposits during liposuction surgery.
Before the fat is removed, wetting solutions containing saline and epinephrine are infused into the target areas. The purpose of this fluid is that it substantially minimizes blood loss and increases the safety of the procedure. It also distends the fat compartments which make it easier to suction out the fact. The following are the most common types of wetting solutions used:
“Wet” Technique: Infusion of 100 to 300 ml of fluid into each treatment site. With this approach, 20 to 25 % of whats is suction out is blood.
“Super-Wet” Technique: Infusion of fluid greater than the “wet” technique which results in less than 1% of what is suctioned out is blood.
Tumescent: Infusion of 3 to 6 times (greater than “super-wet”) as much fluid as volume of fat, fluid and blood to be removed. As a result, it swells the tissues making it easier to remove fat.
After the solutions are infused, the fat is vacuumed out using one of the below methods.
HOW IT WORKS PROS CONS:
Traditional Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL) A small tube (known as a cannula) is inserted under the skin into the fat layer.The surgeon moves the cannula back and forth to break up the fat layers, then suctions out the excess fat tissue. It is the standard method and most widely used technique. Ideal for targeting larger amounts of fat deposits.Can produce very dramatic results. Not ideal for delicate areas such as in the face, neck and chin. Requires larger incisions. In general, a longer recovery period compared to other techniques.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Brands: VASER Liposelection, UltraSculpt, etc. A special cannula that emits sound waves is used to break down the fatty tissue that is being targeted for removal. Technology breaks up fat for easier removal causing less bruising and swelling. Reduces the surgeon’s work effort so he/she can concentrate on smoothness of contour and finesse in results. A good option on more fibrous areas such as the upper back and male breasts. Increased cost because ultrasound introduces an additional step in the operation and increases the duration of the procedure by 25% or more. Since ultrasound uses high energy to melt the fat, it is possible to cause a burn of the skin or elsewhere.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) (This is the type of lipo Dr. Salama uses)
Brands: Tickle Lipo, MicoAire PAL LipoSculptor, etc. This technique uses a high-speed vibrating cannula to break up the fatty tissue which is then vacuumed out of the body. Similar to traditional UAL, but the surgeon does not need to make so many manual movements. Duration of the operation is shorter because the fat is suctioned more quickly by the powered cannula. Surgeon can focus more on the sculptural aspects of the procedure and less on having to extract the fat.
Does not use heat, so there are no concerns for the accidental burning that can occur with other techniques. Does not help tighten skin.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)
Brands: Smartlipo, SlimLipo, CoolLipo, etc. Involves the use of laser energy to liquify or “melt” the fat for easier removal. Less invasive than some other techniques. Reduced swelling and bruising resulting in faster recovery. Positive effect of tightening the skin. Less invasive and bloody procedure than the traditional liposuction If the temperature becomes too hot, it could cause burning and scarring of the skin. Unwanted fat cannot be used for fat transfer procedures. More costly because of the additional steps involved in the operation
Water-Assisted Liposuction (WAL)
Brands: Body-Jet, AquaLipo, etc. A large volume of water-based solution is used to loosen fat cells for easier removal. Removes fat more gently than some other techniques. Very little or no damage to surrounding tissues resulting in less bruising or swelling and shorter recovery period. If desired, fat cells can be saved and used to plump up other areas of the body. Not ideal for individuals with large amounts of body fat. Does not contour loose or hanging skin. Increased cost because of the additional steps involved.
During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will cover your medical history, areas of concern and skin quality (elasticity). Based on these results and other information discussed, your surgeon will recommend the best technique to meet your goals.
Risks & Complications
Liposuction is relatively safe however there are risks that you should be fully aware of before proceeding with surgery. Some possible risks include:
Adverse Reactions: Resulting from anesthesia or medications.
Scarring: This can occur from the incisions that are made from which the fat tissue is removed. These incisions are typically only 4 to 10 millimeters in length and oftentimes hidden within the natural creases within the skin. In most cases, the scars should fade away within a year’s time, leaving only a thin white line as a remnant. However its something that should be considered before undergoing surgery.
Bumpy or Uneven Results: These complications may detract from the desired appearance you were expecting to achieve as an outcome of the procedure. These imperfect results could be caused by a number of factors such as an inexperienced plastic surgeon, the uneven removal of fat, abnormal healing of the skin, or inadequate elasticity of the skin. These complications could be either temporary or permanent.
Infection: Caused by bacteria entering the incision.
Loose Skin: Older patients or people who have a relatively large amount of fat to remove are the ones who are most susceptible to this complication. This depends upon the elasticity of your particular skin. If this occurs, you may need to undergo a secondary surgery to remove the excess skin, known as a “body lift” operation.
Nerve Damage: Resulting from the insertion of the cannula, which is the metal tube used to suction the fat cells out of your body. This can cause numbness in the impacted area of the body, which could either be temporary, or in rare cases, permanent. On rare occasions, a cannula may be inserted too deep into the skin, to the point where it punctures a bodily organ, requiring emergency surgery to seal the puncture.
Fat Embolism: Resulting from the way the fat is suctioned out of the body. Minute particles of fat may end up being redirected into a blood vessel rather than exiting the body through the cannula. If this occurs, deposits of this fat could move through the blood into the lungs or the brain, a situation that constitutes a potentially life-threatening medical emergency.
Depending on the type of liposuction procedure, there may be other risks involved. To reduce the possibility of complications, it’s recommended that you choose your plastic surgeon carefully.
Time is drawing near!
Final Wish Pics
Post-Op is right around the corner: Oct 22nd
Sometimes you have to follow your heart - doctor change, I now will be Hasanified!!!
35 days away and kangaroo pouch has to GO!!!
Labs are in!
This is now the moment, when I can go home and begin packing. Everything paid, surgery, hotel, flights, rental, massages and caregiver. 27 days to go....thank you again ladies for your continued support and to all future and post Hasan Dolls, THANK YOU for being the extended family we all don't know about but love!
The week has finally arrived - Hasanified, here I come.
Lastly, I could not have done this without many of you Real Self sisters, so many to name so I say this to you all: The most invaluable asset I have is gift of your REAL SELF friendship. Your friendship has rewarded me with love, understanding and support; thank you.....
Preparing to fly out - Miami, here I come!!!
Accomplished my Vanity visit....
Next stop now is lunch and grocery shopping, will update you dolls on the next step - awaiting my call from Vanity on surgery time tomorrow.
Faja at Vanity
It's show time ladies...
Made it ladies...
This is no walk in the park....
Surgery Day Friday - Arrived at 7:30a, surgery started at 9:30. Hasan came in, had a nice conversation about politics, while he marked up my body. Advised me that I had bad skin (stretch marks), of course you know this going in, so my response was I know you can't make me beautiful, just make me better. He smiled. Anesthesia was inserted and I was walked away to the surgery room. Bathed down with iodine and laid on table, lights out. Didn't wake up shivering, woke up to Amy my caregiver being present assisting me to our vehicle. Arrived at hotel and was nauseous for 24 hrs, thus meaning a week first day.
Day 2 Saturday - Had my post op that morning with Kayla, was cleared to bath & massage. Went to first massage with Marian on day 2, was very weak to complete first hour, therapy reduced to 30 minutes. Arrived back at hotel, Amy cooked lunch and dinner for hubby and I and we rested for the day 2. Still very weak but Amy is amazing and diligent with doing vital rounds and baths etc so there is no in between with recovery, Ensures you drink, Pineapple juice you drink, Liquid iron you drink, meds you take, meals you eat etc, Amy misses no beat.
Day 3 Sunday, repeat of above, massages etc. No nausea, still weak but Amy assisted me with walking with a walker - strength regained through course of day.
Day 4 Monday, repeat of above, massages at Marian's and because I was flying out the next day, I wanted to ensure more massages were done, so I paid for a different massage therapist to visit with me that evening - she was the BOMB - dimmed lights and started with neck, toes - you name it! Only caveat with Marian is your therapy is dependent on how long you can stretch them out to be over 10 days, so I honestly don't think I was getting the full workouts but she is good at her work, so needless to say, I paid for the other non related therapist to Marian's office to do my therapy on day 5 simply because I knew it would be in depth.
Day 5 Tuesday, visited Vanity for release, Hasan was in surgery so I was cleared by an assistant, no draining recommended and I was out in a hour. Had final massage and was again extremely happy - please ask Amy for name, or inbox me for privacy reasons. Departed to Ft. Lauderdale airport, had wheelchair assistance but omg, ab board stopped me like a terrorist. Had to get out wheel chair and enter TSA private area and unzip garment to reveal nothing explosive was under an board. Ladies were nice though but protocol. Plane ride was ok, 1.5 hrs, sat on boppy pillow and bbl in 1st class with hubby, had a lot of space and no complaints as far as pain. Do not feel the pillows affected my butt, lol. Just landed back in Atl just now and will resume massages tomorrow. I will post more pictures after my evening shower for you ladies.
We stayed at the Residence Miami Airport, had a free breakfast buffet so Amy prepared my breakfast there (oatmeal and eggs) and evening happy hour through the week so if you're taking anyone with you, this will offer something for them to do. I will take measurements once my swelling is down some but thus far, a lot of bruising and swelling. I'm wearing foam and ab board and using arnica gel and oil like there's no tomorrow. Hasan needed no wish pick, he gives what's ideal for you but my advice ladies is plz do not take him wish picks if they are not equivalent to your frame, he shared his thoughts about that and he doesn't want girls having false hopes of what will not work on their frame. Vanity was very busy at each visit but no bad customer service while there. I think this sums it up for my recovery and surgical experience - feel free to ask more questions dolls!!! Thank you again, your prayers worked.
Back Triangle....omg, excruciating pain at night!
Back at work today...
10 days post op pics
Developed a seroma...ugh!!!
Faja for thick thighs???
Day 16 of my journey...
Guess it's time to learn to pee the other direction...a little humor for you dolls
My nosey business manager entered while I was facing the toilet urinating and said, "Girl, what kind of surgery you had again"; then to top it off the urine was already hitting the toilet water hard as if I was a guy....lmao.
I'd just like to leave it like that with you ladies and hope you find the humor in this as I did - after the fact. Hope you are having a happy hump day, love you all...kisses!
New garment arrived...vets, I have a question.
Thoughts before I freak out, lol.
Foams, how long did you wear them?
Lawd help me...my hubby will never let me out the house this summer!
Which firming gel do you like better?
Found the right garment for thick thighs...update from prior post
Hope this helps, it did for me. Love you dolls, all vets and future She-ro's...until next time...
RealSelf now has an app!
Back pain in the mornings...ugh
Lumpy stomach concerns
I'm wearing my ab board at least 19-20 hrs out of the day, foam still in faja 24 hrs a day and faja is altered for fit so there's no looseness there. I have attached progress pictures for you dolls also (sorry none include my butt, lol - will update that soon).
Here she is....6 weeks post op
Happy New Year
I am not waist training yet, plan to after month 3 (maybe before), just not right now since my stomach and back are still pretty tender. I'm still loving my garment, had it altered only once thus far and it's snugging the body really nicely. I am no longer wearing my 4 foams, only 1 in the front along with my ab board. My plan is to continue garment and ab board for 5 months 24/7, then only at night afterwards where then I may transition into a Leonisa soft compression garment. I'll start back at the gym also during month 3 as well but for now, I'm walking 1.5 miles (entire subdivision with my dog) every day. I haven't began to purchase any new pants yet but by next month, I will do so. I began sitting on my boppy pillow this week, before I was either sitting on neck roll or bbl pillow. I'm hoping to start naturally sitting in another week - just letting the other 15% of my butt soften first.
Well dolls, this is all I can think of at the moment so feel free to ask any questions vets and to our future sx sistas...get ready, use this time to not just get ready for the day after your surgery but please read our posts to prepare for the weeks after your surgery - these weeks are where your emotions will get the best of you. Good luck and again Happy New Booty Year to us all....xoxo!
Lumps in the stomach...little advice
Either you can perform your own deep massage by hand which will take some time, you can purchase a massage device that can help break down the tissue much quicker or you can visit a therapist that specializes in deep tissue massage so that they can also do various massage techniques on you BUT if you are like me and have spent a ton of money already, I plan to purchase a body massager from Walmart tonight. I have included a picture of one for you – but make sure you have a massaging head that works to break down this tissue (one to include the 4 prong device shown in the center of this picture and one that smoothes over the skin after using the prong to break down the tissue) – can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Walgreens...just make sure you are twisting the prong over the scar tissue breaking it down just like you mashing potatoes. etc. (see YouTube for actual videos also on how to break down scar tissue).
Good luck dolls and happy healing and to all future surgery dolls, this is just some advice for you. XoXo
Massaging - video
8 weeks today.....
Discomfort: Still have numbness in my back but good news, I'm starting to itch so that's a sign that my nerves are finally waking back up. Only pain is when I lay down for a period of time and attempt to get up, the stiffness is still real but once you're up, the stiffness goes away. Stomach is coming along, attending my massage therapy every Saturday, no longer doing lymphatics, I've started Endermologie, working on my cellulite and firming my stomach, then I'll hit the gym at month 3 since Dr. Hasan advised me to. My Wahl body massager is great, love it thus far, too early to tell results as I just started using it this week but it's giving comfort to this aching body that's for sure.
Daily life: Started sitting on my boppy pillow this week, no longer using my neck roll or bbl pillow. I've sat on my butt at least 2 hours of every work day this week, so I'm weaning myself off of the boppy. Sitting is weird, feels like I'm sitting on a water balloon. My hips feel the same as well - like a balloon, Hasan molded my hips with fat also so I've not started laying on them either, still sleeping on my stomach in which I'm ok with, trained myself to be a stomach sleeper 6 months before surgery. I've always had a thigh gap, so no ladies, he didn't create that. The stares are real from both guys and gals so I just hold my head high as if I woke up like this (quoted by Beyoncé), lol. Only 1 person at work has mentioned that I look like I've lost weight but he's one of my field employees (I'm HR), so I'm sure he wanted to ask about my butt BUT he knew not too or anyone else, lol...you're fired (quoted from Donald Trump). I haven't purchased any new clothes as of yet, plan to do so next month.
I guess this is it my sistas, so as always please ask me any questions. To my vets, I hope you dolls are doing well, loving your new you or preparing for your round 2's, to my future sx dolls, it's your year, your time is here. Love you gals to pieces.....XoXo
Faja for Sale...
Not about me today, its all about YOU!
Not one time do I sit here and say, I am so thankful I did this when I did, you all are my sisters and when one member of the family is affected, we all are – and I am sure I am speaking for all VETS!
12 weeks today
Ladies, this journey is definitely an emotional one, I have come to learn that there are good days and bad days, still even at 12 weeks, when I remove my garment for more than a few hours, the swelling reappears BUT I do also know that the recovery period is 3-12 months and that my body is different from everyone else, some dolls can recover more quickly than myself; which means I may require more of a recovery time frame, so I am accepting of that.
I can say that I have made great progress as I look back from where I began. All of my pants are bigger in the waist, so now that I am finally 12 weeks, I plan to have my pants altered and also begin hitting the gym in an attempt to start toning and locking things in place. The surgery was the first step, healthier eating is the second step an gym/exercise is the last piece of the puzzle to maintain this body. Here are a few pics taken last night, now let me caution you, that I do not plan to wear that dress out anywhere, I know hubby would be stuck to me like glue, hell, I'd be stuck to me like glue if I saw it, lol.
I have posted a few pics for you dolls, so you can see my progress. You can slightly see the lump on the left side of my stomach (its where my middle and ring finger rests). I will continue to update you on my body transformation, but as always, I welcome all questions and comments. I hope all of my surgery sistas are happily recovering and for those that are preparing for your special day, I am wishing you all the best of luck, prayers to you; again, this is your moment, it is almost show time......XoXo
Post surgery (12 weeks): 36dd-27-46
*Note, I already had a butt prior to my bbl, Dr. Hasan just blew it up and gave it life, basically, he filled it in*
15 Weeks Post Op
Now enough about me, how are my dolls doing. For those that are still faced with having to choose a new doctor due to the untimely issues of your preferred surgeon, please keep your head up and don't let this deter you from your dream body. In life, we have to sometimes be prepared for plan B, C & D. There are great doctors out there, some that aren't getting the accolades as others, just take your time and look for him/her. I hope you all are doing well and still preparing your lives for this journey, your time is still coming.
For my dolls that are recovering, I hope all is doing well with you. This journey is not an easy one but each day, life gets better. Just remember the magic number 3, tight compression for at least 3 months are more, no waist training for 3 months - you don't want to cause anymore trauma under your skin, no gym or strenuous exercises for 3 months or more, watch what you are eating for 3 months and maintain your pre-surgery weight for 3 months, it'll all go directly to your butt if you are not careful, lol.
Well dolls - just checking in with you all, please ask any questions that you have and as always I am here for you. Much love from Atlanta, GA......xoxo!
20 weeks today!!!
My butt is still holding up, little cellulite under my cheeks, I guess no big deal because it's not stopping heads from turning, lol...but I do feel I need to start toning because we must keep these butts strong and standing in attention.
I'm so happy to still read that you dolls are still progressing with your surgeries, although you've made surgeon switching due to unforeseen circumstances, keep your heads up dolls, still chase your dreams. To the vets, hope you girls are doing your thang and WERKing those butts into existence. I've made a lot of really cool associations through this journey and I'm so happy to be apart of so many of your lives. You dolls know I'm here for you and to those that continue to follow my journey, much love....NO ROUND 2's here, EVER - NEVER, lol!!
Cool sculpting has been recommended!
I'll continue to keep you dolls updated and if anyone has any recommendations or advice on the cool sculpting or other treatments/therapies, feel free to share, cost is $700, not what I wanted to put out but I've budgeted for it because I know how important this journey is for me.
Stats today are: 36DD-26-46. I'll caution you that my butt looks huge because the video was filmed up close, lol. Butt before sx was 45" with no volume/projection. I'm also still living in my garment 23/7, stomach slightly swells without it - indication to me, I still need it.
Thank you dolls that are still continuing to follow my journey and to those that are still in this journey, whether past or future, this is your journey, keep waking it. Much love....
Tummy tuck has been recommended...
Looking for Amy
Thank you all so much and hope you all are doing well in what ever phase you are in of your journey...xoxo!!!
Floating Tummy Tuck with Dr. Ortega
Oh yeah, quoted price for the floating tummy tuck is $3500
Real Self quoted definition: Floating TT uses a small incision in the lower abdomen to allow for the tummy to be tightened and shaped. No incision around the belly button is needed. Through the incision, excess skin is removed and muscles can be tightened. The belly button is temporarily detached during the surgery to allow for this. You experience muscle tightening from sternum to pubic area. After the belly button is reattached (and moved down if necessary) the incisions are sutured. Liposuction can be performed if necessary to eliminate excess fat.
Surgery coming soon....
I'm very excited to cure my excess fat issue, I am not saddened at my results because Dr. Hasan did everything he was suppose to do, he sucked my fat completely out however, my skin being 44 and having had 1 child, my stomach just couldn't retract so TT, here I come, lol.
Hope you dolls are doing well, I've met some lovely ladies through this journey and am still here 8 months later supporting you continuously, this journey is one that support is number 1....kisses to you all xoxo!!!
Surgery procedure and new surgeon update ladies....
So basically, I am having a full abdomen muscle repair and skin only tummy tuck (no lipo since Dr. Hasan removed all the fat during my bbl/lipo last November). After speaking to Dr. Blinski and reading that he visits his patients at the recovery homes/hotels if there are any concerns, completely won me over. Just the thought that I would not have been possibly satisfied after going through this again, 1 year later and more money spent would have been devastating, so I am forever grateful that I chose Dr. Blinski.
Ladies, do your research and make sure you are choosing the best surgeon/dr for your issue that your body needs, not the best surgeon/dr just for the wants, this is our body and we should want it to be right. Anyways, just wanted to update you ladies, I promised I'd stay connected with you through my journey and yours. Good luck to all of you future surgery dolls and happy healing to all of those that are recovering, kisses always....now I have to run and start buying supplies.
Recovery House (Miami Escape) booked, resort lodging booked for transition after the RH, flight purchased for hubby & I, SUV rental reserved; surgery sister (Azzzzfor2015), here we go:) xoxo
Derrière update with video
This butt is still turning heads here in Atlanta, compliments from both men and women. Ladies for those that are entering into this journey, get ready for your life altering event, lol.
Just passing through to post, wishing you all a happy Sunday. Kisses to you all.
Dr. Hasan, in just a few words…..he has a very special gift. He is very passionate about his job and takes the time to listen to you. He can identify how you should look without a wish pic and will go the extreme in contouring your body all while giving you your dream body. He is very down to earth about everything, and willing to go that extra mile to please his patients! He was very honest about my body and ensured me that I would have a nice frame after surgery and with exercise and healthy eating, ultimately a nice body. He made my post op experience a very calming one, going into surgery, I trusted him with my life. I knew he was the one when I after we did our post-op, the anesthesia was being started, he returned back into my waiting room area and said, I got you, I know what to give you. I just nodded my head and winked. I encountered no bad experiences with Dr. Hasan nor with Vanity. Very excited I gave them the opportunity to care for me. Both gets a 10 star rating.