Patient Stories

Liposuction / Liposculpture Story - submitted by Maribell D.

find out more about this procedure: tummy tuck

Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

For years I struggled with weight gain. I never realized how heavy I had gotten until my family started being concerned about my health. At my heaviest, I was about 320 lbs. I never saw myself being that heavy, and one day I decided I needed to change. I began to diet and exercise and in about 1 1/2 years I lost close to 100 lbs. Due to the fast weight loss, my skin especially in my abdominal area began to sag a lot. I was happy about my weight loss but at the same time I had low self-esteem because of the way my body looked. I wanted to feel good about myself and I knew if I had a tummy tuck I would feel a lot better about myself. I researched online about the procedure and looked into different surgeons. Finally I made my decision that I wanted to have the procedure done. Just thinking about what my results could be made me excited and happy. I knew I would gain my confidence back.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

At first they didn't agree to it. My parents thought I could keep working out and lose the loose skin. I explained to them that there was no way to get rid of that skin because when I gained all that weight my skin stretched extremely. I told them how I felt about myself, how I had low self-esteem and I knew having the procedure would make me feel good. After a few weeks of talking to them, they agreed that I should get the procedure.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

1800mySurgeon was the best. I had been looking into many different surgeons. After reviewing them all, I came down to 2 different surgeons. 1800mysurgeon sent me all the information I needed on both surgeons, everything from where they got their education, how long they've been in practice, awards they've gotten, etc. Once I compared their information I knew without a doubt which surgeon I wanted... Vladimir Grigoryants.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

The day of my surgery I was extremely excited. Everyone thought it was weird that I wasn't nervous. In my head I knew it would be painful but I thought it would be worth it. I had surgery on Feb. 4th at Verdugo Hills Hospital. My surgeon Dr. Grigoryants made me feel so comfortable, as did the rest of the team that assisted him. When I got out of surgery, I felt a bit disoriented, which is normal. I spent that night at the hospital. I couldn't sleep much because I'd keep coughing due to the flem that formed from the breathing tube that was put in the throat. It was quite painful to cough and I'd try to not cough at all. The next day the doctor came in to see me which was very nice. He told me all about the surgery and what to do at home. He was extremely nice. The 2 days after surgery were the worst. I had to take pain medicine every 4 hours. I kept wanting to cough and it would hurt. Getting in and out of bed was hard. The next 2 days after that I developed a lot of gas and that was very uncomfortable. But after that it was perfect. I stopped taking pain medicine after a week. I tried to walk around as much as I could. The pain was very minimal. I have been going back to see Dr. Grigoryants once a week, and I couldn't be happier. It has only been 20 days since my surgery and my results are already extremely good. Dr. Grigoryants says I still need about 6 more weeks for my results to be at their best and I cant wait!

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

I would advice them to do a lot of research. Get a lot of information on the procedure and research for the best surgeon. I'm extremely happy I chose Dr. Grigoryants. He has made this experience the best I could of imagined it to be. I will definitely be going back to him in the future for other procedures.

How do you feel about your result?

It has only been 20 days since my surgery and already my results are amazing. I see a different person in the mirror. My self-esteem is up, and I feel great. Dr. Grigoryants says my results will only get better within the next 6 weeks and I cant wait! I am so excited to look in the mirror every day and see my results. Having this procedure has been the best decision I've made in my life. I couldn't be happier!

find out more about this procedure: tummy tuck