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Helen's Story

Age: 58
Location: Surrey
Treatment(s): Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Hernia repair

“If you’re considering having a Tummy Tuck then I definitely recommend Bella Vou and Amir Sadr - he was absolutely fantastic and the whole team were so supportive.”

Helen before Helen After

Helen, aged 58 from Surrey, had a lot of loose skin after going through menopause. In April 2021, she had a Tummy Tuck with four sites of Liposuction and Hernia repair. Here she shares her experience, plus tips on how to prepare for and recover from surgery.

When you go through menopause, your skin loses elasticity. Although I didn’t have much fat around my stomach, my skin was so loose and my muscles had separated, and it was clear that no amount of gymming was ever going to get my body back to how it was.

I didn’t feel good when I put clothes on, I just felt really frumpy, which wasn’t something I was used to having always been slim. I started to buy baggier clothes and I didn’t feel like myself - I desperately wanted my clothes to fit better. That’s what inspired me to undergo surgery.

I chose Bella Vou and Amir Sadr because of Amir’s brilliant reputation, and I wasn’t disappointed. Amir and the medical staff were great. I had my initial consultation in person, and Amir was very informative and put me at ease. He never made me feel rushed - he’d have been happy to go through all of my questions 10 times if needs be! He was very patient, and I felt really comfortable with him.

I chose Bella Vou and Amir Sadr because of Amir’s brilliant reputation, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Before going into surgery, I think it’s really important to prepare yourself mentally and physically. Eating healthily and getting fit is a big part of that, you really need to look after yourself - I made sure I got as fit as I could before I went ahead with the operation.

On the day of my Tummy Tuck, I was looked after by Joy and Scott, and I couldn't have asked for better care. They explained everything to me really well and made me feel as relaxed as possible. The anaesthetist was fabulous too. After the surgery, the team encouraged me to drink lots of water and to get up and move as quickly as possible. If you follow their advice, there isn’t a great deal of pain - in fact, I barely remember being in any pain after the surgery.

Everything went smoothly, I stayed overnight in the room overlooking the Pantiles, and I felt really comfortable and relaxed there.

Everything went smoothly, I stayed overnight in the room overlooking the Pantiles, and I felt really comfortable and relaxed there.

I had a one week follow up, a six week follow up and I’ve just had my six month follow up. I’ve had the chance to ask lots of questions along the way, and there’s a 24-hour telephone number that you can call anytime.

It’s really important to look after yourself in the first six weeks - drinking lots of water, eating healthily, wearing your garment and taking short walks - gradually building up your steps. At four weeks I was doing 8,000 steps a day, and by 6 weeks I was back up to my usual 10,000 steps. It’s good to keep moving as it reduces puffiness and helps with the healing, but you have to do it sensibly and not push yourself too much. The recovery can be quite tiring, and you shouldn’t expect too much too soon.

Six months down the line, I definitely feel like I’m getting my strength back. I have far better core strength now that my muscles have been stitched back together and my hernia has been repaired, which means that my posture is better. I’m back at the gym now too, and I’ve even started lifting weights.

I have far better core strength now that my muscles have been stitched back together and my hernia has been repaired, which means that my posture is better. I’m back at the gym now too, and I’ve even started lifting weights.

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I still have some swelling and numbness, and the scars are still very red, but I’ve been reassured that this will all improve over the next few months. My tummy feels tighter though and clothes fit and feel so much better without all the loose skin there. It has made me feel a lot more confident in my clothes, and I generally feel a lot better about myself.

If you’re considering having a Tummy Tuck then I definitely recommend Bella Vou and Amir Sadr - he was absolutely fantastic and the whole team were so supportive.

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