guagua wrote: amarantine wrote:
Somehow Dr Chi isn't as packed as Nara so it's relatively easy to get a slot. I'm pretty sure he'll have a slot for you if it's next month provided he's not out of town or anything like that (rumors on this forum are that he's moving to Phuket?)
Anyway I had alot of trouble getting email responses from Dr Chi as well, so I am guilty of calling the clinic and bombing the nurses several times :/
The nurses won't be able to answer your medical queries, but they can assist in scheduling and appointment for you.
Remind them that you've been trying to email Dr Chi to no avail and they'll convey the message to him. He'll reply after that
Can tell me more about buccal fat pad removal and lipo by dr chi?
For buccal fat, can you see the results straight away or it will it swell very badly ?Any sitches ? Pain factor out of 10?
For lipo did u keep discharging fluid out of the incision area like dr Nara's lipo?
For buccal fat, u won't see any results on the spot. In fact the swelling only gets worse and slowly starts subsiding day 4 onwards (of course that depends on individual - I stopped alcohol 3 days before, smoking 1 day before the op. Was also prepped with arnica before and bromelain after the op. Very strict diet of just fish/veg and minimal sodium). It is day 7 for me and I look like my normal self pre-op, believe the swelling will go down further as time passes.
Stitches will be intra-oral so you won't see anything externally. There's no pain at all, just major discomfort. If anything, the pain is when u attempt to open your mouth too widely or chew anything too solid. Both my friend and I survived on an almost liquid diet for the first 2 days at least, or very soft foods (horfun soup, porridge etc). Having said that, you should attempt to 'push it' within reasonable limits in terms of 'exercising' your mouth as I realized it helped improve my oral movements really significantly as compared to my friend who was too afraid to move her mouth much at all.
As for lipo, Dr Chi does it with closed incisions so there's no drainage at all. Not sure if he does open-drainage but you can check with him (I read online that open drainage helps u deswell faster but I've never tried so have no idea). At day 7, I've deswelled a little and look more or less like myself pre-op. Bruises are subsiding very quickly and are mostly just yellowish now with the exception of a few spots. However it still feels very sore at the lipo-ed parts especially when I don't move around much for the day or if I'm not in my compression garment.
If you're having multiple procedures like me (buccal removal + lipo of arms, lateral chest, inner thighs, upper abdomen, lower abdomen, love handles), my suggestion is to stay there for at least 5 days.
As I only stayed for 3 days, Dr Chi had to split all my areas into two sessions only (buccal, upper+lower abdomen, love handles for the first evening after consultation, and inner thigh, arms, lateral chest at 11am the next morning). With the max sedation he could give me, I still woke up midway during the surgery during both my ops.
Apparently I was crying and begging them to stop/put me back to sleep on the 1st day but I can't remember until the nurses told me the next day. I do remember however feeling intense pain back at the hotel and had to get out of my garment to even sleep.
During the 2nd session I woke again, this time I remembered not crying, but attempting to watch them lipo my arm but a nurse had to dedicate herself to pushing my face away while she went 'cannot see, cannot see!!'. I eventually got over freaking out and started chatting with Dr Chi as he finished up the lipo and was stitching me up.
If I could do it all over again, I'd opt to split the procedures up into 3 days instead, so the max sedation he cld give for the day wld go a longer way