Mrs. JCN - GibraltarBackground:
I’m a fit 50 year old; I exercise frequently and I am always active. Cycling and keeping fit are a part of my lifestyle, so I feel healthy. Yet over the years I had put on weight, lost it again and put it on again – really I guess part of the aging process.
Despite my active lifestyle and my ability to shift weight when I put it on, my body just didn’t make me feel good about myself. I had been meaning to have a tummy tuck about 10 years ago, and I wish I had done it then, but it was only now that I went for it.
My consultation was excellent. Dr. Marco Vricella discussed the options, risks and benefits. He suggested I also go ahead with a breast reduction and some liposuction, as he could understand that I wanted an overall a better look, and I might as well have the procedures done at the same time.
I have to say I didn’t think too much about the surgery; once I had decided to go ahead with it that was it. I had decided and didn’t want to think more about it or worry about it.
I waited a few months before going ahead with the operation as I needed to save more money, as of course having three procedures was more expensive. The day of the op went really well, although as always I was sick after the op due to my established reaction the anesthetic, but that was over quickly. I then remained at the HC Hospital for 3 nights in my private room. The hospital is lovely, so luxurious and more than anything the team there are lovely.
I wasn’t in any real pain afterwards. I’m not sure if I have a higher pain threshold than most, or if it was because I am fit, but really I wasn’t in pain. I was in some discomfort, but really I felt perfectly okay.
I took a few weeks off work, and then extended that by a further 2 weeks – I think I got back to my normal life too quickly so maybe I overdid it slightly, so I took the doctor’s advice and remained off work for a little longer.
Now, after few months I look and feel great – I have even been on an activity holiday. Shortly after the procedure I went back to Marbella to have the stitches out but thereafter, all my checkups and follow-ups were in Gibraltar which has been really convenient for me.Results:
Everyone can see the difference! I of course look slimmer and I can tell you, my husband is very happy! I’m telling my close friends about the cosmetic surgery – I am so proud of it! I can’t wait for summer – already buying new clothes!
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!
‘I am so happy with the results. I would say to any woman that is considering this procedure not to delay the decision!’
‘The results for me have been wonderful.’
‘Dr. Vricella is clearly more than just a talented surgeon, he really values aesthetics. The skill and care with which he performed my procedure is something my partner and I really value. My breasts look and feel great.’
‘My breast reduction is fantastic! I am so happy with it. I’ve retained complete sensitivity in my breasts and nipples and they look great. The lines from the incisions are so good that even now, so soon after surgery, they are hardly noticeable. I can’t wait for summer!’
‘My clothes fit so much better, and I am able to truly enjoy sport. What’s more the scars and grooves in my shoulders from years of wearing a heavy bra are already softening. I don’t feel any discomfort anymore in my back and neck and I don’t get migraines any more. I feel that this has been a real investment in my long term health and well-being. I think Marco is brilliant!’
Since my surgery, I have received great aftercare from Dr Vricella, Louise Truelove and the team. I couldn’t have wished for better results and this surgery has made me much more confident and less self-conscious about taking my shirt off. I highly recommend Dr Vricella and his well-experienced team.