This is my first review. I have been a lurker for many years and have gleaned a lot of information from this forum for the various procedures I've had (breast implants, abdominal liposuction, buccal fat removal, fat transplant to nose, blepharoplasty, Botox, et cetera) and I thought maybe it's time to give back to the community.
After careful deliberation over the course of a several years, I finally decided to take the plunge to get butt implants as I really have very little body fat to compensate for BBL. Similarly, I wanted something permanent and implants seem to be the only sure way to go so I went for an consultation appointment with Dr Laith Barnouti ($200 for consultation) who was ever so kind and informative. I scheduled in the surgery for 24 May and that was that.
230cc, natural contour so on the smaller side of things but then I'm really very skinny (100lbs at 5'3"). Intramuscular implant. One incision about 7cm in length. Total cost around $18000 AUD, $1200 of which goes to the anaesthetist.
Prior to surgery, you're told not to take any blood thinners (watch out for vitamin E and garlic and strawberries!), no alcohol and no smoking (I don't do either but just a heads up for the people who do) and strictly no food for 8 hours to surgery (essentially you fast after your last dinner). After surgery, you're told not to shower for a week, and that the drains will be kept in for a minimum of 3 days.
On the day, as far as I remember, I arrived at the day surgery clinic at 7:15 I was told to get changed into the gown and cap, remove all jewellery, 7:30 the nurse cannulated me on my wrist and 7:45 the anaesthetist put me to sleep.
Before I knew it, it was 11:30 and I woke up in the most excruciating pain. Holy moly. This is no joke. It really hurts so very much. Your bum feels like it's been cut open and stuffed which is of course stating the obvious but because the area is so rich in nerves and the muscle is quite large, you feel it radiating and regardless of how much endone you're getting, it just does not seem enough and I'm not even a cry baby. Really. And the dizziness. Don't even get me started there.
The nurse, bless her heart, kept giving me juice boxes and what do you know, it actually made me feel a little bit better.
12:00pm my best friend came to pick me up in his car and they wheeled me out on a wheelchair. I think I was moaning and groaning the whole time. Got into the car and sat on the back end of my thighs because it hurt too much to lean back and got home.
Crap. My stairs. That was a task and a half! But I did it! With the help of my best friend, we got me and my newly bolted on ass cheeks up the stairs and into bed where I laid belly down for what felt like forever and trying to compensate for the pain with sleep, endone (oxycodone) and panadeine forte (paracetamol + codeine).
I was prescribed augmentin (amoxicillin) and meloxicam both of which I was to take twice a day with meals which I did.
POST-OP DAYS 1-4
As I wasn't given a compression garment (apparently some require it and some do not) I was just a vegetable in a robe with two drains coming out the side of my bum like little blood grenades. It was a sorry and funny sight. Really couldn't move much at all and had very little appetite, but managed to hold down a lot of 2% Fat Plain Greek yoghurt, bananas, blueberries and protein shakes beefed up with psyllium husks and chia seeds aiming for between 1300-1500 calories. That was basically my diet for the next five days too. I wanted it to be high in protein to make up for the tissue rebuilding process whilst being easy to digest and also maintain levels of calcium and potassium, vitamins, trace minerals, and probiotics which are necessary in healing. Similarly I supplemented my diet with zinc, omega 3, curcumin, more probiotics, magnesium, more vitamin C, GABA, garlic and horseradish.
In terms of mobility, I was in so much pain and I couldn't sit on the toilet so I hovered over the top of it. Clean up was just baby wipes. No bowel movements for the first four days.
POST-OP DAY 5-7
Diet was maintained and finally had a bowel movement on day 5. It was dry and hard and I felt like my butt was going to explode but I did it and thank god I did.
Pain management was still the same and no significant changes there.
On day 6 (Monday 30 May 2016) I had the drains taken out. Hurt a lot less than I thought it would -- hurrah! They were such a nuisance. Necessary, but nonetheless a nuisance. And I was glad to see them gone. Dr Barnouti said that everything was looking great. I was to keep the tapes on my wounds for a week more but I was free to shower after day 7. On this day I started introducing some chicken breast and some fish and eggs as well into my diet -- maintaining a high protein diet is of absolute importance when healing from surgery.
So day 7 comes rolling around and so does another bowel movement! This time it wasn't too bad and I my butt didn't feel like death after. Pain is still pretty awful so I am still on the endone and the panadeine forte but I started trying to wean myself off of them on this day.
Bad idea. Big bag of nopes. Shouldn't have done it. I was crying into my pillow so much so I took up taking them again and what do you know? I'm so much more mobile and functional with them. I even managed to do 2 lots of laundry! So it was decided that I should stay on the pain killers until I'm ready.
I was still a bit scared to take a full shower as I didn't want to catch an infection on my incision so I did my best to wash my hair whilst keeping the rest of me dry and just cleaning up with baby wipes. Oh my goodness. It is the best. My scalp felt so good. I felt so much more dignified! Then I caught myself in the mirror and checked out my new rear view.
Yes sir, I am derrière extraordinaire! Zero regrets! I am very, very happy with the results thus far.
So that night, I went to sleep very happy with myself and a lot less sore than when I woke up because painkillers are pretty necessary in this procedure.
POST-OP DAY 8-9
Yesterday was day 8 and yesterday I introduced tomatoes and lentils into my diet because I wanted to poop more and one thing about those life saving painkillers is they obliterate any chances of you pooping normally -- that's the catch I guess. In terms of pain, it's manageable but clearly I am still not ready to be taken off the meds. I am hoping it will be easier in the coming week as it is a soft tissue procedure and even bone takes 6 weeks to heal so this should be significantly faster.
Today is day 9. I'm really trying to move around more -- maybe walking around my apartment about an hour or two since day 7. There's a radiating pain that sometimes comes from my butt down my thigh and into my calf when I point my toes in a certain direction but I think that's just the implant pressing on a nerve or something and everything will work itself out in time.
As for how the butt looks -- well, I will attach before and after pics. I'm loving it. The curve is so natural and full and surprisingly it has augmented my hips as well. Maybe that was something I should have taken into consideration before surgery but wow, my shape is nothing short of terrific right now and I have my surgeon to thank for it. I still have a ways to go in terms of healing -- apparently another couple of weeks minimum, but I'm really happy with what I've got so far. I've been told also that the size will shrink by 5-10% due to swelling and whatnot. I don't mind this at all, either. In any case, I feel it will all hang well on my body and I look forward to the bootyful days ahead.
Will keep updating as I go on healing and I hope I was able to inform some of the ladies and gentlemen out here looking to get this procedure.