So Happy I Found the Best Dr on the East Coast! -Chevy Chase, MD
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I started off January 2012 at 219lbs and had lost...
- 31 Mar 2013
- 2 months post
I started off January 2012 at 219lbs and had lost down to 181 when I went for my initial consultation with Dr. Khalifeh. I really didn't think I would actually go through with any procedures but I was fascinated with the laser liposuction and Dr K's patient reviews, there wasn't 1 negative comment. Although it was a 3 hour drive to his office, I knew IF I did it, I only wanted the best because it would be altering my body forever! I called and spoke with Georgette and was immediately at ease. She was so patient with me and answered all of my questions thoroughly and didn't talk down to me given that I knew nothing about plastic surgery. I was embarrassed because I didn't want to be turned away because I wasn't a size 4 and I know some Drs consider that the ideal size before they will even speak to you. I was very pleased with my weight loss and my ideal goal was always to be a size 10 anyway. I love curves and didn't want to lose though, I just wanted to get rid of the excess skin and see what options were out there for me. Georgette must have spent 45 minutes on the phone with me answering my questions and then when I said I just didn't know when I could get in given my busy schedule, she told me they could see me that Saturday! This was a Thursday, I jumped and set the appointment.
I came home and talked to my husband about the procedures I was considering, figuring he would think I was insane. He was very impressed with what he saw and told me he would like to speak to the Dr as well about his stomach, love handles and chin! What a supportive husband I have!
I was immediately at ease when I got to the office that Saturday. Beautiful furniture, friendly staff and Dr Khalifeh couldn't have been nicer. He did our consultations and recommended I get a tummy tuck and laser lipo on my sides, lower back, legs and arms. He said he would be treating me as a major weight loss patient and I had a lot of skin all over that could be treated. I wasn't quite planning on a major surgery like a tummy tuck, needing time off from work, being put to sleep and of course, the cost. I asked him what type of results I could expect if I did all that and he asked me what size I was. I told him a 14 and he said by the time we were done, I would either be a size 10 or maybe even an 8! SOLD!! Sign me up! :-) (My husband decided to do his too but he will have to tell you his story!)
We decided for simplicity, we would split the procedures into 4 different dates. Inner thigh laser lipo Nov 2012, sides and lower back Dec 2012, Tummy Tuck Jan 2013 and arms Feb 2013. I was able to do all the procedures in the office and didn't have to be hospitalized for any of them! I continued to work on my weight loss before any of them were done and was at 171 when I got the first procedure done. The laser lipo was amazing, I have extreme cellulite and although it didn't "cure" it, it was a drastic improvement and my results aren't final yet. The back and sides was somewhat painful during the procedure but oh my goodness what a difference! Over 50lbs lost and that's when most people noticed my weight loss! I started getting comments about my curves and was able to wear more fitting clothing. The arms was a huge improvement immediately and the procedure didn't hurt at all. I remember telling him I didn't even need a break because it felt fine! I had the dreaded "batwing" look and it drove me crazy. I could never get clothing to fit because if it fit in the waist, it was too tight on my arms and if it fit in the arms, it looked like a sack on my body. Dr K fixed that for me!!
The Tummy Tuck. WOW. I am absolutely shocked at my results. I can't believe it's my body and although I have told quite a few people, there are many that don't know because I didn't want them to think that's how I lost the weight. I keep getting the comment "AMAZING" when people see my updated pics online. And it is AMAZING....I can't thank Dr Khalifeh enough for working with me on this. He has such a gift....this profession requires an artistic eye and patience to get it right. He is also quite generous and I would consider him a perfectionist for sure. He doesn't do anything halfway, he wants it right. And really worked with me on the pricing because I believe he could see how important this was to me and that I wasn't going to be able to afford some insane amount of money to do this. He has a heart of gold and I am forever grateful. I have struggled with my weight my entire life and to finally have a meal plan that is healthy and balanced and a body I am proud of means the world to me!!! I am proud to say I am a size 8P in work clothes!! I wear a 10P in jeans and I am only 2 1/2 mos in after my TT procedure. I now weigh 156 as a result of continued focus and discipline with my eating habits.
Side note, I want to thank everyone at his office for their patience with me. Georgette, without her this never would have happened. Tu, he was there for my first procedure and he held my hand, put my mind at ease and made me laugh. This was all foreign to me and as soon as he entered the room, I immediately felt comfortable. Ayana was there for just about every surgery and explained everything thoroughly to me and made sure I was well taken care of. Adrienne was very patient with me, filling out paperwork, setting appointments and filling prescriptions. Everything went very smoothly and I would do it again in a heart beat!!!! I have never been happier and can't believe the change in my body!!!
I forgot to add something interesting. I hace...
- 7 Apr 2013
- 3 months post
I forgot to add something interesting. I have...
- 7 Apr 2013
- 3 months post
September 2013, 8 mos post op. Still can't believe this is MY tummy!! :-)
- 20 Sep 2013
- 8 months post
Pre-Op Photos Nov 2012&Pre-Op Oct 2013 for Touch-up on inner thighs
- 26 Oct 2013
- 9 months post