4.8 from 206 verified reviews Go with him, you won’t be disappointedAnonymous, Manchester, 20 07 17
Breast Reduction+Lift, Very pleased....Settle down, this is going to be a long read….
I had wanted to have a breast reduction + lift (BRL) for as long as I could remember. I constantly hunched my shoulders, suffered from back, neck and shoulder pain, had to wear big loose size 16 tops to allow room (even though I am a size 12), could not wear button up blouses, and always had painful tender breasts. I knew I had to do something about my 32GG asymmetrical breasts – yeah, the left one was noticeably bigger than the right one.
MAKING A DECISION:
I went for a few consultations in the UK and the prices were exorbitant! (3 times more than what you would pay in Europe). I thought hard and long about it, there isn’t any difference in breast reduction/lift procedure in the UK and Europe, the only security I get by having the procedure done in the UK is the option to get emergency help if things go wrong? Perhaps? If they are more benefits I am not aware…also, just like anywhere else in Europe, I would still have to sign a waiver in the UK to say that I accept that the procedure comes with risks, and thereby waive my rights to claim damages should things go wrong. With all these thoughts in my head, I decided to have the BRL done in Europe. Poland to be precise.
I consulted a few surgeons in Poland - from a well-known reputable one in Wroclaw, to one in Poznan and Sczecin and Warsaw. All surgeons came with good reviews, and various but reasonable prices, but I didn’t go with these surgeons for various reasons ranging from long waiting times, or no direct flights.
I went to Realself a clinic I found on Whatclinic and after about 1 year of researching and reading reviews, I decided to go with Dr. Piotr Rataj in Wroclaw (pronounced “Vrot-suaf”) for my procedure. Many forums advised to wait to have children before having the BRL surgery, but as time went on, my breasts got heavier and denser and I couldn’t suffer anymore. I thought if I wait to have children before getting this procedure done I would be unable to stand by the time, lol!
I sent an email to Anna Malanda and thus began the communication process. I sent photos of my breasts and had the email consultation with Dr. Rataj who confirmed that I was a suitable candidate for a BRL. My surgery was booked for the 24th of April 2017 and I paid a deposit to secure my surgery date. I also paid for the assistance package (which I highly recommend) to save me the stress of having to arrange your own translation and transportation.
I opted to stay at the self-catering apartment at the Rynek (Market Square). Now, staying at the Rynek is a good option as it is very central, lots of sights to see, loads of options for food and drinks and walking distance to one of the shopping malls and a 15mins tram ride to the main shopping mall called Magnolia. However next time, I wouldn’t choose to stay at the self-catering apartment if I came back to Wroclaw. You see, the self-catering apartments although comfortable and affordable, is a no frills and fairly used space. So, if you like a bit of luxury/comfort, then choose a different accommodation within the Rynek e.g the Sofitel Hotel or Puro Hotel. If like I was, you are on a budget and don’t mind, then go for the self-catering apartment, it is a short stay anyway.
You pay upon arrival for the accommodation at the apartment reception desk, so obviously, this is separate arrangement from the procedure and assistance package. ARRIVAL AND PROCEDURE:
I Arrived on Saturday 22nd April, and Eveline came to pick me up from the airport. Ahhh! Eveline - Lovely, Beautiful, Friendly, Kind and very organised. She contacted me even before I arrived in Poland to say when she would be at the airport and was in contact often after that. Because I arrived on a Saturday I was the only one she picked up that day, but typically she picks up a few arrivals at a time and several per day and yet she amazingly and effortlessly juggles every one’s different schedules, knows the time and type of procedures, their arrival and departure dates and does it all with so much ease. Eveline, thank you and well done!
That same Saturday, Eveline took me straight to the lab (separate from the clinic), I had my blood tests done at no cost because the cost was part of the price I paid for the surgery. After my tests, Eveline took me to my apartment, told me the directions and tram numbers to the malls and left me to explore. I went shopping and eating on Saturday and Sunday. Eveline was back to pick me up on Monday Morning. She picked me up with two other patients and drove us to the hospital at about 9.00am. I was shown my hospital room (2 persons per room) and I must say that the hospital is very clean and spacious.
After I was shown my room, I had a physical consultation with Dr. Rataj with Eveline translating. Although I think Dr. Rataj doesn’t give himself enough credit when it comes to speaking English, in my opinion, he is able to communicate quite well in English, but I guess with his line of work he wants to make sure crucial information does not get lost in translation. Dr. Rataj is always smiling and friendly, he whistles and hums as he goes along, and I noticed he has ‘well-used’ hands, which for some unknown reason, helped to reassure me.
IMPRESSIONS AND OPINION:
During the consultation, Dr. Rataj made markings on my breasts with a marker and after about an hour, I was wheeled into in the theatre and put under General Anaesthesia. I woke up about 4 hours later in my hospital bed with my breasts in bandages and a surgical bra. That night was a little rough as I threw up due to my period arriving. Also, Dr. Rataj had done some lipo on the left (larger) breast and this bruised and hardened the breast and thus I needed a drain inserted. (The other breast was fine with no pains and no drains inserted). Dr. Rataj drove to the hospital at about 1 am that night to put a drain in for me because I was in pain and the nurse had phoned him to come. Thank you, Dr. Rataj!
Most Importantly, Dr. Rataj did a fantastic job, as my breasts don’t have that ‘square shape’ you typically see from a breast reduction. He made them rounded and perky. His stitching was very neat and precise and as I am a ‘woman of color’, I appreciate that, as it is helpful to minimize scarring and hyperpigmentation. He used dissolvable stitches by the way.
The nurse who looked after me that night was very kind and patient with me, I can’t remember her name, she had dark hair in a bun and a comforting motherly energy but I thank her. The Breast Reduction+Lift makes you constipated for days so be sure to take some Ducloease with you. With drains inserted and pain relievers, I slept most of the night.
The next day I was discharged, and Eveline drove me back to the apartment and thereafter drove me to the clinic every morning for the subsequent 4 days for post-surgery checkup with Dr. Rataj, although the check-ups were rushed because he had a lot of patients to see. I spent a total of 6 nights in Wroclaw and had no issues after that. I was asked to send progress pictures every two weeks after that, which I did.
I would like to advise that after the procedure, getting up and lying down needed some tact, and one has to be careful so that you don’t open pop the stitches. Although the stitches were sewn very neatly and tightly so this is unlikely, but you know what I mean – no unnecessary stress to that area.
I am writing this review in July, with smaller perky breasts, better posture, smarter blouses and a smile on my face. I highly recommend and happy I chose Dr. Piotr Rataj and his team!!! Go with him, you won’t be disappointed.