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Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Plastic Surgery Stories From Northern Virginia

Our interview today reveals plastic surgery stories following successful patient outcomes. Plastic surgery testimonials come in many forms, from letters of appreciation, fruit trees and even body art! Follow our blog for weekly insights and feel free to suggest topics or questions you would like answered.

Q: When do you normally see a patient for follow up?

Just after having the surgery, the patient stays in the recovery room for about an hour, then they go home. I call them at home that same night to make sure everything is all right and to answer any questions they might have.  Then, as a rule, every patient comes back in the very next day. I see them that following day to make sure there are no complications and that everything is going according to plan.  I change the dressing and again, answer any questions that may have come up.

Q: Do you have additional follow up after that?

I keep following up.  After the first follow-up visit, I will see them again after three or four days, then in another three or four days, and then in a week. We have another visit a month later, then three months after that.  That’s typically the end of the follow-up.  After that time, the patient can always call if anything comes up, or if they want to pursue another procedure, which is very common in my practice. When they see the power of change and are happy, they often want to do something else.

Q: Do you have any stories that stand out for you about patients who have come back to give you positive feedback?

One of the funniest stories was of a patient who lost a tremendous amount of weight.  She had come in initially for abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, and then later came in to do a breast lift with implants because, after the significant weight loss, her breasts had lost volume.  So I did the surgery on her and after the healing process she was so happy that she took a topless picture of herself and wrote across her breasts on the photo, “Thank you, Dr. Widder!”  I still have that picture of her with the writing on the wall, so to speak.  It was especially funny because this was a very serious woman with a distinguished occupation.  It was great that she had the humor to do something like that because she was so happy.

thankyou breast note

Another patient who had a tummy tuck lost 44 pounds after the procedure. She came in a year later and nobody recognized her.  We thought she was someone coming in for a new consultation. She had lost such a huge amount of weight just from the tummy tuck and was quite pleased.

Q: Would you like to share any more success stories?

I once had a male patient who, when he first came in, looked like he could have been seven or eight months pregnant.  I did a tummy tuck on him.  I also told him about learning a new nutritional approach through the Sugar Busters book, so we approached his weight loss from both the chemical and the mechanical angles.  He lost 30 pounds in one month.  Another patient whose story is similar has a wife who says she can’t stand him anymore!  Apparently, he has a new habit of standing in front of the mirror admiring himself all day long.

I also did a butt augmentation recently on a woman in her sixties.  Now she’s dating a guy in his forties.  He doesn’t know that she had the butt augmentation, and he thinks she’s got the sexiest butt in town.

Many patients have gotten in touch to show and tell their success stories like these. It’s common that a patient will write a letter or send a gift.  Last week I did a butt augmentation for a patient who’d had fat injection previously that didn’t work.  She was so happy.  She knows that I’m a vegan so she sent me a huge fruit tree with cantaloupe, strawberries, and all kinds of other fruits.  It was a very nice token of appreciation.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.