Having a Lipoabdominoplasty was something I had contemplated for many years, despite years of dieting and excess I could never get rid of my abdominal apron which I hated and affected my confidence and how I dressed on a daily basis.
I did not go into this lightly and Mr Mahajan was the second Doctor I consulted, he immediately put me at ease and instilled me with confidence. I had also researched his work and could see he was an expert in this field. I decided, therefore, to have this procedure done for my 60th birthday.
Following surgery, I received excellent Nursing care at Elland Spire and Mr Mahajan visited me on a regular basis (I often wondered if he ever went home).
I was discharged home after 5 days with 1 drain in situ which is a common occurrence and was doing well. Unfortunately, I developed an infection in my drain sight (I was aware that this can happen and just saw it as unfortunate), however, this meant readmission to Hospital with Intravenous antibiotics and a visit back to theatre for the drain site cleaning out. Once again I received excellent care and was discharged home after a week. I had regular follow-ups with Mr Mahajan to ensure I was continuing to heal well.
Personally, I felt my recovery was slow which I put down to the infection and my impatience as I am normally a very active person. Healing, however, was very good and slowly and steadily the swelling subsided and I made good progress.
Fast forward 6 months and I have now dropped 2 dress sizes; I have a much better contour; a flat tummy and my scar are hardly visible. I now wear shirts tucked in jeans; hugging fitted dresses and at last feel comfortable in a Bikini!
So; if you are considering this procedure my advice would be:
• Ensure you're prepared for surgery after all this is a major procedure
• Don’t expect too much of yourself particularly in the first few months post-op.
• Ensure you have a good support network and accept help when offered.
• Do your research.
Finally, I cannot recommend Mr Mahajan highly enough, he is clearly an expert in this procedure, a very skilled surgeon, is extremely caring and has a dry sense of humour, most of all he wants you to be satisfied with the outcome. I know I certainly am and I have absolutely no regrets.