I had my BA on Thursday, 27 February with Dr Val at The Cosmetic Institute.
I am a Brisbane girl so I flew down on Wednesday morning with my Mum and had my consult on Wednesday morning. Dr Val immediately relaxed me and my Mum (a hard task!) and I left there feeling excited, confident and very ready for my surgery. Dr Val is highly professional, passionate and listens intently to what his patients wish to achieve. I am thrilled with my choice of surgeon and would highly recommend him.
The surgery itself was a breeze. I was admitted at 8:30am and put into my gown and booties and sexy hair net and sat on a beautiful hot blanket next to another lovely girl from Tasmania who was having her surgery that morning. The anaesthetist inserted a canular into my arm and talked to me about what to expect, then Dr Val took some photos, did some drawings and we had a final chat about sizing and placement.
I was walked into the operating room, laid on the bed, I told the nurse I was nervous and then goodnight nurse! That is the last thing I remember before waking up in the recovery room feeling a little drowsy but otherwise great.
The nurse sat me up and helped me get dressed, walked me to a recliner and gave me water and biscuits. I felt amazing! Bright and chirpy and pain free, the only noticeable change was a tight feeling in my chest. My mum was then brought in to see me – so good to have a familiar face! The nurse then gave us both a post-care briefing and called me a taxi. I spent the remainder of the day in my apartment relaxing and watching a movie. I felt incredibly normal other than a tight feeling in my chest.
I have used Panadol forte previously for back pain and found it provided me little relief so I skipped that and started straight on endone. I can honestly tell you that I did not, and have not, felt a single ounce of pain from my BA by using endone every four hours for the first 4 days. Hot tip – set your alarm for 4 hours after you have gone to sleep to make sure you stay on top of the pain. Don’t wait until you’re waking up uncomfortable or in pain to take your next tablet.
I flew home to Brisbane on Saturday afternoon and Saturday was probably my toughest day, I felt tired and was just eager to get home. Unfortunately we had a 5pm flight but had to check out of the room at midday which meant a bit of stuffing around, the pouring rain didn’t help!
I had my 1 week post-op check-up last night with my local GP and amazingly the incisions have healed incredibly well. They are SO small (about an inch long) and very faint. I had absolutely no bruising at any stage following my surgery, the worst part was swelling on the sides of my rib cage near my underarms, the majority of that has now subsided completely. I returned to work on Wednesday, 5 March exactly 1 week post op and this was adequate time for recovery.
For anyone travelling to TCI for the BA or any other surgery, I stayed at Fiori apartments for the sole reason of price and space. I paid about $560 for a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment which meant we had a full kitchen and me and mum weren’t on top of each other. It isn’t fancy and yes there are finger prints on the glass and a few marks on the walls , but the linen and bathrooms are clean and the rooms are quiet so it was perfect for us. The convenience store directly downstairs is a bonus too. I was perfectly happy with staying here, especially the very short walk to TCI, the train station and Westfield.
I have had a fabulous experience with TCI and my BA and 1 week and 1 day post op I am 100% pain and medication free and looking forward to life with my new assets. I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr Val and if you’re unsure about which surgeon to go with, he is your man!