I took the earliest flight and arrived Medan at about 8 am. When I arrived at the clinic, dr. Arthur’s nurse greeted me. She is nice and friendly. The maid brought me to my room and showed me around the house. After that, I went down to see the nurse. She took my vitals and asked me all the standard questions about my health. She weighted and took my body measurements then she showed me to Dr. Arthur’s office, I went in and introduced myself. He was warm, friendly, informative and relaxed. I was asked to show him the areas I was concerned about. He took a look at my flanks, tummy then said what I need is a tummy tuck then lipo because apart from the excess fat and wrinkle skin/stretched marks, my muscles have also been weakened and have spread from the pregnancy. So with lipo only I will not be able to get rid of the excess skin and get a flat tummy. He asked me to think of it and let him know my decision later. He genuinely wanted what was best for me and no pressure to go for a tummy lipo. If I changed my mind and wanted to do tummy tuck, he would refer me to his colleague in Singapore.
My case is similar (or worse?) to the case studies no. 5,15 and 63 in dr. Arthur’s website. Lipo suction is to remove fat and shape body due to excess fat. What liposuction cannot do is to fix body shape problems caused by skin that is loose or hanging. If you have loose/wrinkle skin and double bubble tummy (like me) and you want to achieve a flat tummy what you need is a tummy tuck. I know this very well and I did not expect Dr. Arthur to perform magic and gave me a totally flat tummy. What I want is just a tummy with less fat as long as I look good in clothes. I am a realistic person never think I will come out with a 6 pack or a body like Yoona of Girls Generation. I know I will never again be 60 kg but I am happy as long as I can feel comfortable in my own skin.
I had my surgery same day, in the afternoon. The nurse took me to the operation room. Dr. Arthur came in, asked me again if I want to change my mind and have the tummy tuck instead. I declined, so he proceeded to mark my body and take pictures of me as reference for before and after pictures.
To be honest, I cannot remember much about the procedure, I can only remember the pain (I have low pain tolerance) and I was holding his nurse’s hand very tight. Dr. Arthur took out about 1.3L of fats from my tummy. I guess he didn’t want to extract too much otherwise I will have more loose skin.
Here is my before and after pictures :
And here is the images of me 6 weeks after surgery. The swelling has gone completely, my tummy looks smaller and my back looks so sculpted now. I still have the bulge when I sit down but it looks so much better now.
My tummy lipo was well worth the pain and discomfort during the first few day of healing process and I am very happy with the result.