What motivated you to consider Weight Loss Surgery?
I was referred to consultant plastic surgeon Mr Amir Nakhdjevani for major revision surgery following three botched procedures performed by another UK-based plastic surgeon. I knew nothing about Amir when he was first recommended to me but I was most impressed by him at my first consultation.
My journey is a very long one as I had weight loss surgery (open gastric bypass) in 2007, followed by two further revision surgeries due to complications. Despite complications I lost over half my body weight, but the downside of my weight loss resulted in endless rolls of loose skin in several areas; notably my tummy, arms, thighs and my horrible saggy breasts.
Following extensive research I eventually settled on a reputable and well-known plastic surgery clinic and on a surgeon who had operated on several friends without issue. Sadly my choice of surgeon proved to be a bad one as having opted to have three procedures at the same time in October 2015 – a weight loss tummy tuck, arm lift and breast uplift – the outcome of all three surgeries fell well short of what I had expected. This was a very bitter and costly pill to swallow given the nearly £20,000 price tag.
My tummy tuck was an unmitigated disaster as I was left with ugly, crooked horizontal and vertical scars, a badly positioned tummy button, a very visible muffin top (despite being told this would go), and lumps on both hips just above the horizontal scar line. Even worse though was the huge bulge I was left with in my pubic area which was almost like having a third breast. Needless to say I was absolutely distraught with the results – I had paid nearly £20,000 to be butchered.
When I first met Amir, he advised that all three surgeries needed to be corrected, but we agreed the greatest priority was major revision to my abdominoplasty, as he had concerns about the integrity of my abdominal wall. Amir assured me that he could improve things considerably, although he was also careful to stress you can never guarantee the extent of the improvement until the patient is “on the table” due to revision surgery being more complex.
Why did you choose Bella Vou, and Amir Nakhdjevani?
Given my negative experience of plastic surgery before going to Amir at his Bella Vou clinic in Tunbridge Wells, I was understandably very nervous about undergoing further procedures. Thankfully, Amir was recommended as somebody who had the skill to perform the kind of complex revision surgery I needed.
I don’t deny it was a big decision to choose a surgeon whose name I did not know, but I am so glad I chose Amir. Amir exudes professionalism and complete integrity, and I am so very grateful he agreed to take on my case as I was desperate to improve my mangled figure. I am finally able to look in the mirror again without crying almost every day when confronted by the visible reminders of my first very negative experience of plastic surgery.
How did you find your pre-surgical experience?
The entire team at Bella Vou were all wonderful throughout my many pre and post-op visits to the clinic. As the lead surgeon, Amir has always been my main point of contact and I only have the most positive things to say about him, and the nurses and patient coordinators were always incredibly friendly and supportive.
Here's some photographs taken during my journey at Bella Vou...
Scroll down to see my amazing before and after transformations!
What was your experience, in surgery?
The results of the tummy tuck revision Amir performed are remarkable as thanks to his skills and abilities there is barely any evidence of the original surgery. After a year of terrible upset and disappointment Amir has restored my faith in the plastic surgery world and has given me hope that in time I can have a body that fits me again.
Has it been worth it, and how do you feel now?
Absolutely! Amir is an absolute genius and he is the only surgeon that will ever operate on me again. When I compare my new body to how I looked before Amir worked his magic the difference is like night and day. My biggest regret is that I wish I knew of him before I chose my original surgeon.
I’m delighted with my appearance now. Having lived with the results of the botched abdominoplasty in particular for nearly a year, there were times when I thought I would be unhappy with my body forever. I feel very fortunate that I am now able to move forward to the next chapter with a new-found confidence and that is all thanks to Amir and Bella Vou.
How do you look now?
Take a look at my before and after photos right here. Drag the slider left and right to see my amazing transformation!