I'm so glad I did!!! The first thing I did was go on here to peek at the reviews to see what others were saying. All good stuff, 5 stars. Next I went to his website to check out his before/after pics. Wow! Almost every pic had me like :D . Great work!
My only problem was, by this time, it was already 1 week until my desired surgery day (I took off 1 week of work for this, and it was the upcoming week!). I gave it a shot and called the office explaining, "I would like to have my surgery next week, is there any way we can do a consult first, then if it goes well and he has availability, get me for the procedure (again, next week)??" I was a little afraid and embarrassed to call and sound like I was rushing things, but the truth is it was either next week or I would have to wait a few months. Well...no need to be embarrassed, the woman on the phone was SO nice and helpful. Did not make me feel silly, she totally understood because she knows he's a great doctor and she wanted this to work for me! She actually had to see if she could move some things around to get this to work so she called the doctor for me to ask if he could! Then she called me back after a few minutes and said yes!! We scheduled the consult, which would also be my preop appointment if I wanted to move forward with him.
When I walked in for my appointment I noticed the facility is beautiful and the nurses at the front were so sweet and warm. All went well during the consult. Dr. Lombardo took his time, no rush, went back and forth trying on a few different size implants that I couldn't decide between. He explained everything to me, things I didn't even think to ask about even after all the research and other consults I had been on. He also explained to me that although I thought I would need a nipple lift on one breast, that it would be a bad idea, stretch out my aereola over time, make a scar, and I would not be happy in the long run. I love that he was so honest with me and after learning all that, I agreed with him.
Next I had a visit with the financial/scheduling woman who again, just like everyone else, was so nice and patient with me. We got everything set up for....the next day!!! I was so happy they could get me in!
Day of my procedure: Everything went very smooth. Nurses (who I had already met at my consult/preop) took care of a few things for me, they were both SO NICE again. Anesthesiologist came in and did a quick interview. I explained to her that I have a history of severe post-op nausea/vomiting and was very nervous about that happening. She assured me that she'd give me a few different meds and will do her best to make sure that it wouldn't happen. Next Dr. Lombardo came in, marked me up, and it was time to go!
It seemed like it all happened so fast. Before I knew it I was in recovery.
NO NAUSEA/NO VOMITING!!!!!! Wow! I was so happy about that. Whatever she did worked!
Ouch though. As soon as I was done I had a great deal of pain at my incision site. Of course my actual breasts were sore all over, but the incision site was at a 7/10 pain scale. They weren't able to give me any pain medication for that yet at that moment they said, but as soon as I got in the car and had a little to eat I could start taking my Rx pain meds.
So I did that, and shortly after, the incision site pain was completely gone and my breasts were just a little sore. I took a few naps and by the evening I was pretty much up walking around, chatting with family. I felt pretty normal, minimal pain, had to remind myself to take it easy! Dr.Lombardo had called me as well that evening to check up on me. I very much appreciated that. Everything was going so well I had no questions for him, but I'm glad to know he was there incase I did.
I have my (day-after) first post-op appointment today. Can't wait to see what they say about them! So far they look great to me! High up of course but I know they will soon drop of course.
It's still early, but so far I highly highly recommend Dr. Lombardo. He and his team made me feel so comfortable. No stuffy, overdressed, over plastic staff- just down to earth, sweet, patient women!
I will follow up after my appointment today and will also get some progress pics up!