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“Fantastic Result”

Written on: 03/07/2013

I recently made a decision to opt for liposuction on my abdomen having spent almost five years trying to shed my post-baby body fat. Having achieved good overall results with a personal trainer, a lot of jogging, low fat diet etc I could not shift some stubborn fat from this area. I researched various techniques for eliminating small pockets of body fat and having read about micro-cannular using the 'wet' technique - (pioneered in America), went ahead with the procedure in the UK. [Name removed] has been personally trained by [name removed] in the States on this technique which requires only local anesthetic and very tiny 2-3mm cannulae to be used so no need for suturing. This results in minimum down time, tiny short-term scars as the holes made are miniscule and highly accurately targeted liposuction. I had a consultation with [name removed] who talked me through the entire procedure, including various alternative options, my expectations, post-surgery care and pain control. I was told to expect that it could take several months to see the final results and that I absolutely must wear post-surgical garments including an abdominal binder to really enhance the final look.

I received a pamphlet of pre-surgery advice along with a prescription for anti-biotics which I commenced the the day before my procedure. On the day I nervously arrived at the clinic to be welcomed by [name removed] who has the most wonderful inter-personal skills of any surgeon I have ever met (and I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years now). He was genuinely interested in my areas of concern - at that point they were mainly pain control, my nerves and how long it would be before I could play polo again.

I was carefully prepared for surgery and then had photographs taken of the area to be improved. He drew on my abdomen with a blue marker pen to ensure that he addressed the areas that I was concerned about. I was then injected with local anesthetic which I can honestly say I did not feel at all, before the area was then saturated with liquid containing local anesthetic (the 'wet' bit) and tunnels were made into the layers of fat. He chatted away with me throughout the entire procedure whilst we listened to music. We also discussed his recent appearance on 'Embarrassing Bodies' as a Consultant Surgeon where he performed facial surgery in front of the Channel 4 cameras. I felt as though I was amongst friends as the theatre staff talked with me about their cosmetic surgery experiences whilst waiting for the saturated area to become fully numb. I appreciated how much care and attention was paid to ensuring that I was fully anesthetized and pain free in preparation for the actual suction of the body fat.

The second and final part of the procedure involved the suction of the fat which was much more gentle than the suction I have seen on TV. I had expected it to be arduous for the surgeon with sweat on his brow, but in actual fact it was more like a gentle wrist action on his part as he pushed the cannulae in and out of the fatty area. I could hear a sucking sound and watched as the blood stained yellow fat was sucked up into a measuring jug on the stand next to me - almost 500ml in total. The area was then wiped dry and the tiny holes (just five in total) were dressed before I had help getting into my very tight post-surgery garment.

He was an absolute perfectionist throughout, always ensuring that I was his focus and comfortable. He has a rapport with his patients that leads to a feeling of complete trust and confidence in his abilities and that his priorities are patient safety, great aesthetic results and an overall positive experience. I would recommend him to anybody who is considering liposuction but can't take time off work or bear pain. I was told to avoid exercise for 7 days but I was easily well enough to go for a vigorous walk the following morning, do the school run, cook and do desk based work. I was back on my horse and getting ready for pre-season training within two days of my procedure I felt so well. My results have been super - I thoroughly enjoyed being able to wear a bikini with confidence again during our family holiday and look forward to many more as I have been assured that the fat cells sucked away that day will never reappear.

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