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Victoria ‘s story

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Victoria 's Story

Treatment(s): Mummy Makeover
Location: Exeter

“It’s hands down the best decision I have ever made. If I needed anything else done in future, I would always return to Bella Vou and Amir. ”

Victoria is a 32-year-old illustrator and beauty shop owner from Exeter. After having a baby, she worked hard to get back into a shape she felt happy with, but stubborn fat, excess skin and deflated breasts left her feeling ashamed of her body. In September 2018 she decided to have a full ‘Mummy Makeover’, which included a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift. Here she tells her story, including how she’s feeling two and a half years on.

After gaining six and a half stone in my pregnancy and having a 10lb baby, I completely lost all of my confidence. Through healthy eating, exercise and a lot of hard work I lost four and a half stone, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t tone the excess skin or get rid of the stubborn fat on my hips, and my breasts and stomach were deflated, sagging and horrible to look at. I was ashamed of my body and I desperately wanted to feel like myself again. I knew I had to go down the surgery route, so I started researching my options.

I researched for about a year to understand more about the processes and things to look for in a quality surgeon. I lived in Kent at the time, and I had several consultations in London and local areas. After my first meeting with Amir, I knew that I wanted to go with Bella Vou.

I was made to feel individual, important and in the best hands, and I am so happy I made the decision to trust Amir. We made the decision together to go for the full ‘Mummy Makeover’ to achieve the aesthetics I wanted: a full tummy tuck with muscle repair, liposuction and a breast lift with implants. Lots of options were discussed but these were the right ones for me.

I was ashamed of my body and I desperately wanted to feel like myself again. I knew I had to go down the surgery route, so I started researching my options.

I was never pressured to go for the full Mummy Makeover all at once, I knew I was able to have my breast lift and tummy tuck separately, but I chose to have everything done at once so that there was just one operation and one recovery. I’m a busy mum so I was conscious about needing to be mobile again as quickly as possible, especially after reading some horror stories online, but Amir reassured me that he’d have me standing up and moving as quickly as possible after surgery.

The hospital in East Grinstead was lovely, and I had a beautiful, big, private room. Amir met me in the morning to mark up and talk through any questions I had. His confidence and patience made me feel comforted and at ease.

Whilst in recovery and over the next few days in hospital, I was really well looked after, and Amir visited me regularly to check how I was and to check my progress. This was amazing and I feel like it’s something you wouldn’t get with other surgeons.

I bruised like a peach from the liposuction which was uncomfortable, but I barely felt any discomfort in my breasts and stomach and I was only on pain relief for a few days. I did have a small seroma following the surgery on my tummy, and small complications are understandable after such big surgery, but I was seen as many times as I wanted by Amir and he was always so detailed with his care. He worked his magic, had me standing up straight and moving from day one, and I recovered really quickly. The team at Bella Vou were in regular contact with me too, which was lovely.

Whilst in recovery and over the next few days in hospital, I was really well looked after, and Amir visited me regularly to check how I was and to check my progress. This was amazing and I feel like it’s something you wouldn’t get with other surgeons.

The overall healing process does take time, and is still taking place two and a half years on, so I’d urge you not to expect instant results. After major surgery, your body has to do a lot of adjustment, and of course I’ve had to continue exercising and eating healthily to maintain the results that I wanted. It’s totally worth it though.

It makes me tearful to think how much this surgery has changed my life and made me feel like me again. I had such a lack of body confidence and a poor mindset, but now I love my body again and go about my life without worrying about how I look. I feel confident in clothes and out of them now, which has improved my relationship and given me a new lease of life. The muscle repair helped me to be able to exercise better and I feel stronger too.

It’s hands down the best decision I have ever made. If I needed anything else done in future, I would always return to Bella Vou and Amir.

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