Back Lipo: 37 Years Old, 2 Kids, Has Lost over 80 Lbs. - Austell, GA

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I went to Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive...

I went to Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Austell, GA. to have liposuction of my back (bra roll, flanks, love handles). I chose Georgia Plastic because of the stellar credentials and awards of the chief doctor, Dr. Stanley Okoro that were detailed on their website. However, I ended up consulting with and having my procedure done by the other doctor who practice there. Her name is Dr. Ruth Celestin. I figured by association, she would be just as good as him. THE PROCEDURE: The procedure its self turned out to be ------- THE ABSOLUTE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!! ------I was supposed to be sedated by I.V. Anesthesia. It was on my paperwork and thoroughly discussed with me. However, due to an office "miscommunication" on their part, I was only given a much milder anesthetic consisting of a few pills (oral sedation) which did not work at ALL. I was told I woudn't feel or remember the procedure. ON THE CONTRARY I remembered and felt everything. I felt her making incisions with the scalpel, and the tortuous painful motions of the cannula moving and jabbing across me. recounting the experience exhausts me, but it has kept me up many nights since then. I've been waking up wet (from cold sweat and night terrors). And all damn day my mind is flooded with instant replays of the experience. I wanted to make a formal complaint of medical negligence. They all met with me to discuss and help resolve my grievance and offered me a FREE REVISION as long as I paid the $1500 for the anesthesia doctor.
----- As far as results go, I can see a difference but not nearly as significant as I expected or could have been done. But due to my feeling every move she made-- Dr. Celestin chose at one point not to suction any more because she knew she was torturing me. I LATER ASKED why 700cc's was removed from one side but only 700cc's from my other side. She said, "Well, no body is really symmetric anyway." My BEFORE pics will show that my back was Symmetric, whereas now there is a noticeable difference in my left and right sides. I trust as they told me that after swelling decreases we should see what the true results are about 3 months post-op. Yes, I am still seeing her for my post-op care but I have to admit I'm angry that after signing nearly 40 pages of paperwork that THEY gave me the wrong type of anesthesia -- which turned out to be as effective as NO ANESTHESIA.

Back fat update

I am one month and 5 days post-op. My flabby back looks better. You can see in my pics that the lower back/love handles are much smaller. Before the Smart Lipo I could hide a finger inside a fold of skin, but now I can not do that. So in other words the folds are still there, but not as deep and thick as before. I have a lot of "pins and needles" going on all over my back lately and it is soooo irritating and painful.
I actually go in this week for SmoothShapes procedure which is included with my procedure and to meet with Dr. Celestin and Dr. Okoro too. I'll update again after that stuff is over.

Back Lipo: 37 yrs old, 2 kids, lost over 80lbs

Im about 6 weeks post op and I am very good about my results. I had my first SmoothShapes done and it was Sooo relaxing. I LOVED IT! It was basically a lymphatic type massage that is suposed to help reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. Ask your PS about it.
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Celestin was very personable, took the time to answer my questions, and give me realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. I always felt well informed and was sent lots of paperwork about what to expect, informed consent, and the before and after mechanics of having Smart Lipo done. I felt like I was in good hands and literally had no nervousness whatsoever. AFTER my procedure all my concerns were IMMEDIATELY addressed.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
2 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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