Meryl had been refused three times by the NHS for reconstruction surgery after a severe fluctuating thyroid ruined her body. Due to the drastic weight swings, Meryl at the age of 28, has been left with large areas of excess skin on her stomach and breasts. She contacted our head surgeon, Mr. Aslam, seeking medical and financial help. Having heard about her journey, Mr. Aslam was willing to work with Meryl on a price, and she was able to raise the rest of the money through a Facebook campaign! We asked her to share her experience with us.
What was your consultation like?
“My consultation was nerve-wracking at first. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but all my worries and concerns were soon put to rest by the amazing staff and my surgeon, Mr. Aslam.”
What was different about this experience in comparison to previous consultations elsewhere?
“Mr. Aslam went into great detail about all aspects of the surgeries including my expectations, best options and all possible complications. I had previously had a consultation with a different clinic and felt very pressured by them and that they were trying to sell me perfection through surgery. Mr. Aslam was so different. He was completely honest about what I should expect from the surgery. After, the first consultation, I had every faith in him and his work.”
How did you feel in the weeks leading up to your surgery?
“I felt slightly nervous, but extremely excited. I decided to have the procedures done with local anesthetic and sedation. I was strangely excited about this knowing that Mr. Aslam will be able to talk me through my surgery as its being performed, not to mention not having any of the horrible after effects of having a general anesthetic.”
How did you hear about Linia? Why did you choose us?
Linia was recommended to me, and after doing some research, I knew that I needed to have a consultation with Mr. Aslam. The whole experience has been amazing. The whole staff are more like a family than a clinic, and I have always felt comfortable and cared for through the whole process. Mr. Aslam was always available to answer any of my questions, and my patient care coordinator, Claire, was in daily contact with me just to see how I was doing. I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more and would recommend Linia to anyone who is considering a cosmetic procedure.”
Describe what happened on the day of your surgery?
“On the morning of my surgery, I can honestly say I’d never been more excited in my life. I decided to travel with my mother, so my fiance could stay and look after our four beautiful children. I arrived at the clinic and felt like a celebrity; everyone was so excited and happy for me. My heart was racing as I walked into the operation theatre. For over ten years, I had been dreaming about this very moment. Mr. Aslam began to administer the local anaesthetic; I was so relaxed and didn’t feel a thing as the surgery went on. It was so nice to be able to chat to the nurses and Mr. Aslam about how it was going. Claire was with me the whole time, which was amazing; I never though I’d have a head massage while having surgery. I got to see my new body, once the surgery was completed, and it was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I will never be able to thank Mr. Aslam and Linia enough for giving me my life back and making my dreams come true.”
How did you feel after your surgery? Describe your recovery.
“Immediately after surgery, I felt fantastic. I wasn’t in any pain at all. Claire stayed with me and made me coffee and snacks. As I laid there, all I could think about was how much my life was going to change for the better. A few hours later, i was able to go back to my hotel, and apart from being stiff, I was really quite comfortable. There was no need for hefty painkillers, just plenty of rest. The first few days after surgery were hard with four children at home. Not being able to pick them up or cuddle them was frustrating, but they all wanted to look after me. The pain increased as the long lasting local anesthetic wore off, but I was never in agony, just uncomfortable. As the weeks went on, the recovery process became harder, not because of discomfort, but because of the physical limitations that you have to abide by. You go through such an emotional roller coaster when dealing with swelling, not being able to exercise, and being unsure what your end results will be, and I’m still recovering and getting to know my body; however, cosmetic surgery was still the best decision I ever made.”
Describe how you feel about your whole experience of cosmetic surgery.
“My experience with cosmetic surgery has been a very positive one. There are so many things that people should consider firstly finding the right surgeon and clinic for you, I am so glad I chose Linia. They have been there for me every step of the way, and I know that a lot of clinics don’t offer the kind of after-care Linia provides. Mentally, recovery has been exhausting, but once you get through the first eight weeks, things just get better and better. My self-esteem has greatly increased and continues to do so as I heal. My confidence is higher than ever in my life. I cannot explains how amazing it feels to not have to stuff my bra or tuck my loose skin into my knickers. The change it has made to my life is amazing.”