Russell B. Stokes, MD
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5 out of 5 stars HydraSolve
Hello all. This is going to be a drawn out explanation or story as it were. I've wanted this procedure done for acouple of years and I had talked to many different doctors who recommended many options. Some the same and some different. This is the story of the one I choose to go with and why. It was a serious decision and it took a lot of time and confidence to finally due it and it is just as hard telling you the readers my story because it's personal and exposes vulnerability to my pride an ego which can be be two major downfalls of being a guy. I'm hoping the story will "ALL" the details will help someone else on their journey and choice for their final decision. I'm addding info and eventually pics as time permits so bare with me. I recently had this procedure done at Pinehurst Sugical Center in the Pinehurst NC. The Surgical Center is across from Moore Regional Hospital as well as many other health and specialty clinic cases for all aliments and ages. Just being in the area gives you the confidence of being in the Chapel Hill area (The Medical Authority of NC as I've heard it called.) The staff at the Centers reception desk were prompt, polite, and walked me through the buildings massive lobby to the reception area for Pinehurst Plastic Surgery. The receptionist at the front desk was cheerful and polite and I told her that I was there because I had an interest in pursuing medical assistance with and issue I couldn't seem to handle any longer on my own as I rubbed my belly. She politely smiled and said "Well hopefully we can help you with your problem." My family physician is in the same area of the Surgery Center so when I had discussed my interest in pursuing Liposuction he pointed me in the right direction and recommended a surgeon he knew who had an excellent reputation and an extensive history in plastic surgery aswell as an excellent bedside manor and willingness to answer all questions, point out all options and suggest the best procedure that would benefit me and not the one that would cost me the most money. His recommendation was Russell B. Stokes, MD. After about five minutes I was greeted by one of the RN's by the name of Tina who led me back to a very nice and comfortable consultantation room where we discussed my reason for being there, what procedure I was looking to have done and what my final expectations were. I told Tina that it seemed there was so many different types of Lipo procedures... Vaso,Smart,HiDef,Tumescent,Ultrasound,Laser etc etc and that other than supposedly getting rid of fat I had no real idea of what the differences were with any of them. Tina told me the types that were available at their location and told me that Dr. Stokes would review them with me. I filled out some intial paperwork and told her that I was interested in having work done to my abdomen and flanks. She took a few pictures for my file and I figured that would probably be it for this visit. She stepped out for about 2-3 minutes and returned with Dr. Stokes. I admit I wasn't expecting to meet him yet as I figured he would probably review my case file before scheduling a meeting but that wasn't the case. He introduced himself and said Tina had given him a brief overview but wanted to be there for my peace of mind in reference to all of my concerns and reservations a basic total ignorance as to what I was getting into. He explained all the different liposuction procedures that were currently being used in the field and not just the ones that himself and the other surgeons at Pinehurst Surgical were capable of performing. He asked me to stand up and remove my shirt. He did alittle pinching and poking and explained what he was doing and why. Things like how the fat cells are intermingled with muscles and blood vessels, what fatty deposits were viable for removal or reduction. He dumbed it down "Professionally" for my deer in the headlight blank stare. After about 10 minutes of discussion he said in his opinion Tumescent Lipo seemed like the best bet. Then he paused, and said "I think there might be something that would be even better for you called HydraSolve Lipoplasty." I said "Umm..... ok, what's that. (I'll spare you all the details bit feel free to look it up) He told me it's a procedure that puts less stress on the body (brusing/scarring) with good results and less discomfort during recovery times. I told him good results and less pain is a win win for me. So we opted for that procedure and set a date. The surgery went well. I had my sutures taken out a few days ago and will have my next follow up in about a month.
5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck
Dr. Stokes and his staff have been professional from consultation to after surgery and I highly recommend him. He is board certified with numerous attributes and you can tell right away he is very skilled in his profession. He and his nurses said more than once that the full abdominoplasty is his favorite surgery. He doesn't over-promise, gives all the information in a way that is easy to understand and shows great competence. His nurse Tina is awesome! She gives you her personal cell phone number after surgery and quickly responds to emails and texts. The entire staff at Pinehurst Surgical Center Plastic Surgery is friendly, reassuring, and helpful. I have had nothing but a positive experience and can definitely say this surgery was worth every penny.
Hello, Realself! :) I have been researching breast implants for a couple years now but recently it has become all I read and think about. I absolutely can't wait to one day have implants of my own instead of drooling over everyone else's who has got them done! I have done research on plastic surgeons in my area and found a couple that I will consider doing a consultation with when the time...
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
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Undergraduate & Medical SchoolUndergraduate: BS, Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Medical: MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1991
Post-Medical School TrainingResidencies:
General Surgery, University of California, Davis
Plastic Surgery, University of California, Davis
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