The day of my surgery, I was so excited. I was not nervous even a little bit. My time had come for me to get the surgery that I had thought about some time. Main factor was to choose the right clinic for myself, and when I found that my husband got a job in Korea, I decided it is a sign to do it in Seoul vs Germany, since it is a Mecca of plastic surgeries. Now, the most important part was to choose the right place, and my criteria was to "feel" my doctor during consultation. I wanted him to be experience, confident, and exited for the best result for me.
I found my doctor in Grand Plastic Surgery Hospital, and immediately scheduled the surgeries. I decided to do two main procedures at once to avoid going under general anaesthesia twice. From my previous experience, I remember how long it took for me to recover from anaesthesia's side effects. Now the day has come! I thought that I was both mentally and physically prepared. Looking back, I was both prepared as well as not prepared. I arrived, and everything went like clockwork with the staff at the Grand Plastic. I was prepped and taken in for surgery. In total, it took around six hours. After my procedures were done, I awoke to being in pain; of course, this I expected. Unfortunately, I have a low threshold for pain; just meditation, positive thoughts, and a final image of my improved self helped me to be strong during most critical first twenty-four hours. For some reason, a tremendous source of the pain was coming from the cartridge of my right ear where I believe the bandage was the cause; it wasn't a surgical site. I asked to stay overnight in Grand Plastic since I knew my pain would be enormous, and I hoped in a hospital I would get better care during first hours of recovery vs at home. After surgery, I was moved to a single person room; nice room, and the privacy was much enjoyed by that time of the day. I found it difficult to sleep, but I was expecting this. It is hard to find a comfortable position after what my body was just put through. The bright spot for me was knowing that each day after, I would feel a little bit better until the pain was just a memory. Another good thing about the private room was that I did not keep anybody else awake. I couldn't have predicted what issues I might have in the first night after my surgery, but I had a positive attitude about having my procedures done and knew that I was getting the best results at the end of this journey with Grand Plastic Surgery. I could see through all this bruising and swelling and see a beautiful ‘Cinderella' on the other end. If there was one thing that I had wished I had the first night was a large box of fruit popsicles to help with how tender my throat was after the tube that was placed in for the surgery, and lower my fever. Morning came, and like the sun rising, my mood did as well. I was look forward to my first treatment. The nurse was a very caring person. I am so thankful to her. She did try to be as soft as she could to minimize my pain during the changing of all the dressings. Day shift of caregivers were very helpful. They were able to provide a thermometer to confirm what I already knew; I was running a fever, along with some much appreciated ice packs to help cool me. Even small stuff as a smile from them or any positive words were appreciated. Morning also brought the return of my English-speaking consultants/interpreters. They had been fantastic through all of my getting prepared for surgery. From my very first visit, they presented themselves in such a professional (yet personal) manner and helpful role, I can't say enough good things about my interactions with them. Just wonderful people who like their job and truly care for the best of the patient's needs. Despite my being short on patience and feeling very irritable from the pain, they were still there and literally held my hand the day following my surgery and had the patience to keep answer all my questions again and again without once showing me that they could be irritated by it. They also kept my family updated on my status since I did not have any contact with them, and when finally I got my wallet, they ordered and brought me my lunch. I know that I made the right choice going with Grand Plastic Surgery. All of my research ensured that I had picked the top choice in this part of the world to use for my procedures. I'm home now and feeling better each day, especially since I could control pain and fever better. Even so, my weakness and fever is still here, but I am confident that, like the pain, it will pass as well, day after day. Now I am concentrating on the best recovery and follow all doctor's guidances to the letter. No regrets having my surgeries on face and breast lifting. Cinderella story on the way to a happy end! One month later: Today marks the four weeks after my surgery. Minus all the bandaging, itchiness, not being able to take showers and occasional feverish/cold feelings, I look great! My face has a youthful glow that I recall from my college years, and I love having it again. I got a facelift, fat injections, and removed the bags under my eyes and breast lift. At first, I thought it is too much to get it all done at once. However, I am so happy that I listened to the doctor and chose to go with Grand. I expected great things, and yet this has surpassed my expectations. I still have the tape on my incisions that is now skin tone and can hardly be seen, but will help to minimize the visual scarring. Most of the 'scars' are really just faint lines on my skin. After the breast lift, my breasts are now even perkier than when I was a teenager. Needless to say, they have gotten my husband's full attention. I can totally rock a T-shirt braless; I can't wait to visit the beach next month. It is a shame that I can't post pictures of the before and after of my breast due to privacy requirements. Trust me, they are truly remarkable! Doctor told me to still be careful, but I cannot wait to get out in the sun and by the beach to enjoy my new younger look and body. I will keep you posted about my recovery progress. It is a great place!