Chantal - GibraltarBackground:
Chantal is in her early fifties. When looking back to before having her procedure a few months ago she says, ‘my tummy was in a big mess. I had a large, over-hanging flap from my rib area down to my bikini line. I have 5 children, and the pregnancies have taken their toll on my figure.
‘Despite always wanting the abdominoplasty procedure, I kept putting it off. I was concerned about having an operation. I love my children and just couldn’t justify to myself having surgery in case there were problems – I think it’s natural a mother always thinks of her children first
‘Well, last year I just knew it was my time. My children were older and I had also lost weight. Aria Medical Group and Dr. Marco Vricella came as a commendation from a friend, so I decided to confront my anxiety and concerns and go and have a private consultation’.
‘I have to say, once I had decided to have the consultation, I was very excited! I realised I had taken the first step and now it was going to happen! Before the consultation I had done my own research online, and read lots of other case studies from women who had gone ahead with the surgery and how happy they were afterwards.
‘I took those positive real life stories as inspiration to help cope with my concerns and kept thinking about the results.
Meeting Dr Vricella was a great experience. He is very methodical, and focused on discussing the procedure, and the results. He was very realistic about what my expectations should be, but didn’t really try and “sell” the procedure to me – he wanted me to be informed and be aware of all of the pros and cons concerned with surgery. It was up to me to feel right about proceeding - that is how it should be.
‘I shared my decision to go ahead with my husband and children. They supported me, as they knew I had always wanted this. Friends were excited for me too, but of course some shared ‘horror stories’ of surgeries that had resulted in complications.
‘So I also continued my own research and spoke with other patients who through friends and family I knew to have had the tummy tuck surgery. I asked about their experience. I wanted as much information as possible; and to understand the potential complications and how they would have to be managed. The process helped me become more determined to proceed.
‘Yet really my main concern was pain and two nights before the procedure I felt panic. I started to question my decision to go ahead. But I dealt with it just as one does with any anxiety attack – I focused on calming myself with breathing deeply. I kept thinking about the results and the feeling I would have after the op. That got me through my time of anxiety.’Procedure:
‘My op was scheduled for the afternoon, so I arrived in the morning. I was able to have a very early light breakfast and then it was a question of relaxing and waiting. The staff at HC Hospital are fantastic! They are really friendly; they made me feel relaxed before and after the op.
‘The surgery went well; in fact it felt as if it all happened really quickly. I woke up afterwards without any feeling of sickness. It may sound funny, but I would say the experience was a walk in the park for me.
‘I was in the hospital for two nights. I had the drip with the intravenous pain-killers and antibiotics and I didn’t feel any pain. I was checked by the nursing staff frequently, and I was fairly comfortable in the bed, with my legs and back elevated. I just couldn’t eat anything the evening after the op until the next morning, so that was a little frustrating, as I was thirsty. My husband stayed over with me, and then we continued to stay in Marbella for a few days until the first post-surgery check-up. This was a good decision as it meant no travel, no day-to-day distractions, just time to relax and recuperate.
I was feeling good - I now had a flat stomach!!
Although my biggest fear was pain, I have to say I didn’t feel any pain. I had a little discomfort and also a tight pulling sensation on my tummy, but I was able to walk without any problems. I was just so happy to see that my flap had gone! Aftercare has been great as all the subsequent check-ups have been in Gibraltar and I will continue to be seen for regular follows ups over the course of the first year.Results:
The tummy tuck from Aria has made a massive difference! I look and feel so different. I notice clothes fit so differently, and I can enjoy wearing so many more different styles of clothes. People comment positively on my figure too! I feel a different person. I am so happy that by the summer I will be completely healed and ready to enjoy wearing a bikini again!
Its sounds a cliché but I do wish I had done it years ago, when I was in my 30s or 40s! Thank you Aria.
Upper Blepharoplasty – upper eye lid surgery
By day 4 I could see the results! It was a fantastic feeling! I was overwhelmed by how good the results already were! I felt emotional, seeing how my face had changed, after all these years thinking about and waiting for a procedure.
Now, just few weeks after the op. I am enjoying putting on eye make-up again for the first time in years!
I feel great – so much more confident.
My advice to anyone thinking about a procedure like this, is to go for it. It’s remarkable how a change like this can make you feel so different.
The few friends who I have told about the op. are so happy for me!! They tell me I look much younger!
The funny thing is that although I am in the 50s, I didn’t want to have the procedure because I wanted to turn back the clock; I simply wanted to get rid of my droopy eye lids to allow me to have open eyes; to feel good about myself when I went out; to enjoy wearing eye make-up; and not be affected so much when I suffered allergies or sinus issues.
I see this positive reaction from other Aria clients. For example I was in the waiting room for an aftercare follow-up consultation and another client who had recently had a tummy tuck couldn’t help but show me their result and say just how happy they were to have had cosmetic surgery!
Like the other clients, my upper eye lid surgery has been a real success.
I am happy to recommend Dr. Marco Vricella and Aria Medical Group.
I am so pleased with the results and the service I received - and still am receiving - that I felt I had to let the staff at ARIA know. I love my new body and I have Dr Vricella, Louise and Damien to thank for that, so thanks guys!!
I just wanted to say how extremely happy I am after having an Upper Blepharoplasty. The procedure was done by Dr Marco Vricella at Marbella High Care hospital. I can’t praise him, Louise Truelove and Tanya Keble enough for their enormous love and care before and after my operation. I am over the moon with my results and I would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking about having this procedure done.
The professional work and care is second to none
Thank you guys for everything.