My pre-op with Dr. Pousti and his staff was easy, extremely informative, and made me even more excited for the procedure. Big shoutout to Helen who helped book my consultation and answered my myriads of questions on the phone (she was so kind and patient, and I'm sure I was annoying), Dee who helped check me in and whose personality made me feel right at home when I walked in the door, Patty and Hailey who brought me back into the room and calmed my nerves before my consultation with their polite demeanors, Vanessa who walked me through my consultation and made me feel like I've known her for years (this girl has such a fun personality!), Emily who helped me with the Vectra imaging and made me feel less awkward by the minute with her quick wits, and the wonderful Daisy who helped me throughout my pre-op and answered all my silly yet nerve-racking questions. I'm not even kidding, I don't know where Dr. Pousti found his employees but all of these girls fit so well as a team I seriously cannot imagine a more perfectly curated staff!
Flash forward to Monday, September 19th, 2016 - my surgery date. I was met in the lobby of the surgery center by a very kind and gentle woman (I'm so sorry I forgot her name!) and was brought back to begin my pre-op. She asked various questions regarding my health and past experiences with anesthesia, the norm whenever you're about to have surgery. Next I changed into a gown, put on some surgical stockings and those comfy slipper socks with the grips on the bottoms, and finished with a cap over my hair. I took another pregnancy test (negative, woohoo!) and was brought back into the pre-op room to have my IV administered. They placed the IV on the top part of your arm (for positioning purposes during surgery) and this made me feel a little uneasy. After some brief lightheadedness, quickly followed by two girls joining us in the room to remove my cap, fan me down, and calm me with their words, I had liquid flowing into my veins and felt like this was really happening! A gal named Erica came in to go over my goals with me and calm me even more with her sweet compliments (she asked if I was wearing eyelash extensions!) and reassuring demeanor.
Next Dr. Pousti came in to do the markings. This was the part that felt the most surreal. I honestly did not understand what each marking meant, but I knew that he is the master at his craft and each piece of the puzzle ensured he was going to do a tremendous job. Lastly the anesthesiologist came in to ask and answer some last minute questions, and I was off to the operating room!
The last time I had surgery, appendectomy in 2008, I cried before we even began the pre-op. I shed not one single tear the entire time I was at the surgery center. I knew I was in the best of hands. Not even 5 minutes after laying down on the operating table, I was out! No pain, no jitters, and Dr. Pousti and Erica each held one of my hands as I quickly fell into slumber.
I'll spare you all the details of my post-op care. Not that it was bad, but to be honest I just don't quite remember much of it. The anesthesia did a number on me, along with the much needed pain meds I was prescribed. Here I am, almost one week later, and I am seriously so in love with the way I look. I may get in trouble for not wearing my surgical bra in one of the photos, but I had to take it off to wash it and put on a camisole to aid with support while not wearing it. I'll be continuing to share photos along my journey, and please feel free to ask me any questions! I was in your shoes once, and am so happy to be where I am now. Thank you Dr. Pousti and staff, thank you surgery center team, and thank you RealSelf! I feel like a new woman and cannot explain how this transformation has helped my confidence. :)