Mrs D - GibraltarBackground:
I had my tummy operated on when I was 32 years old and I have never been happier.
I was physically fit, however after two pregnancies (weighing 9.6lbs and 8.5lbs) which were both being c-sections and an appendix operation when I was younger had left me with a very big scar, a big bulge of wobbly excess skin hanging down and not to mention the awful stretch marks!
As you can imagine my stomach was a mess.
I had tried everything: expensive diets, gym membership, even replacing all my knickers for the Bridget Jones style ones! I was losing weight around my body, however my belly kept sagging.
I started to think “this is my life now betterget used to it!”
I did everything possible to dodge photos as I felt like a lump. It wasn’t until I was looking at my Facebook photos at home one night, I noticed I had no photos with my children!
The following day I had a appointment with the dentist and in the waiting room I picked up a magazine which advertised free consultations with a surgeon who performed Tummy Tucks. I booked the appointment at the College Clinic, feeling a bit nervous... I was thinking I’m going to get “The Bulge” out in front of a man who isn’t my husband!
When I arrived I met his lovely Patient Coordinator Louise. She totally puts your mind at ease. I filled out the normal personal history forms then met Dr Vricella, who was very professional and explained everything to me, what he was able to do and not able to do.Procedure:
After leaving the consultation I made my mind up! I was having this procedure done. Dr Vricella informed me he only performed this operation in the cold months, due to having to wear a garment (like a old fashioned swim suit) for 6 weeks after the op. I booked my time off work.
I also decided to have some liposuction on my hips and thighs to improve the results even further; I thought I might as well, I'm on the table anyway!
I paid the deposit and booked 3 weeks off work. The day of the operation arrived and I booked into the HC International Hospital and they directed me to my private room with its own bathroom. I had previously requested that my husband could have a bed set up next to me, which was already there.
The nurses arrived and gave me the operation gown and surgical stockings and then I was wheeled down to Theatre. Dr Vricella arrived, which really put my mind at rest. He drew some lovely blue lines on my tummy and hips! I then met the Anaethetist and while I was chatting away to him I drifted off to sleep. The next thing I know, I’m awake in my room with my husband who was watching the football on the TV.
I was placed in a strange position on the bed, which in the end became very comfortable. I was given some great drugs which kept the pain away and the nursing staff checked on me regularly. The chef comes in and ask what food you would like! Anything you want, better food than some 5* hotels I’ve stayed in.Aftercare:
I was placed in a strange position on the bed, which in the end became very comfortable. I was given some great drugs which kept the pain away and the nursing staff checked on me regularly. Then the chef came in and ask what food you would like! I could order what I wanted - it was better food than some 5* hotels I’ve stayed in.
In all honesty it was the Liposuction which was the most uncomfortable. When you start walking around you can feel it a bit, but if you have had a c-section before this is a walk in the park. I had 2.6lbs of saggy skin removed from my tummy and a litre of fat from each hip.
I was home on sick leave for 2 weeks, bruised on the hip and upper thighs from the liposuction, but I was able to work from home at week 3 and back in the office at week 4, of course wearing the garment daily, which also becomes a comfort support for you which i actually missed when I didn't need it anymoreResults:
The scar is very low and I love being back in my miniskirts this summer. I even went to a nice lingerie shop and brought a few matching sets and new bikinis which I wear with confidence. I never realized how low my confidence was with my body until after this operation. My relationship with my husband is back to what it was when we first met, I go out with my friends more, and most importantly I’m posing in photos with my kids.
I show my operation scar to everyone, as I’m so proud of the results. Some people think I’m crazy for having it done, however the way I see it, if you have a problem/illness with your body then you would see a doctor to get it sorted. That’s what I did with my tummy tuck.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
Abdominoplasty; then Breast Augmentation & Uplift
I can't believe I waited so long to have the surgery, and would have no hesitation in recommending Aria and the team to anyone. The change in my life is incredible.
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.
Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty
‘It actually took a week before I could see the initial results. I had to wait for the plasters to be removed and the stitches taken out. I have to say the worse part of the procedure was my concern about the pain of having the stitches out! I was really worried about it.
‘Yet Tanya the nurse understood the concerns and really took it slowly so I didn’t have any pain.
‘Then she handed me a mirror so I could take a look, I just felt ‘wow’; it was fabulous, I was so happy with the results!
‘Then the scars were covered with healing tape for a few days. From then on I was able to wear light make-up and carry on as normal.
‘That first week or so after the surgery I was just SO excited, so happy that I had go ahead and finally done it. Finally after all these years I was without my eye bags. I couldn’t stop smiling, I felt like I was on a high!
‘This op was just so important for me. It was not about a superficial desire to be prettier. I just wanted to rid myself of those eye bags which I had lived with all my adult life.
Now, a few weeks later I think the results are amazing. The incision scar now is just a small, fine line which will reduce even more with time.
As a woman about to be 50 I think the result looks really natural, my face doesn’t looked fake. My eyes look the same, just my face looks healthier and not tired anymore.
So I have to say I am thrilled with the results.