I was googling abdominalplasty surgeons and came across Dr. Chen’s website. I liked the fact that Dr. Chen is also a reconstruction plastic surgeon and works with babies who have cleft palate issues. For me that was the reason I chose to have a consultation with her and not some cosmetic doctor advertising for really cheap. My consultation went great and we were both on the same page as far as me having a diastasis and would need something more than just liposuction and a BBL. Although I really only wanted my muscle repaired and was not sure about having my skin removed too. Dr. Chen assured me that a tummy tuck was the way to go, since down the road after muscle repair, I would then have even more extra skin that would then need to be removed.
So I scheduled my surgery date 5 months down the road, since I had just started a new job and wanted to accrue time off. Dr. Chen told me that her patients usually only take 9-10 days off work for a tummy tuck. And over the 5 months I started to wonder if that would be enough time, since my co-worker had to take 4 weeks off for the same procedure minus the BBL that I also had done. I decided to use a recovery house for 2 nights, due to the fact my kids worked and wanted someone to look after me the first 48 hours. To my surprise, my recovery actually went very quick. By the second day I was down to 1 pain pill every 6 hours, and I was completely off them by day 5. The 3rd day after I came home, I was walking around on my own, making sandwiches and even washed my hair. I was even driving by the 7th day after surgery. My drains were already out by then too.
I would definitely recommend Dr. Chen to my friends and family!! She is just amazing and really does care about her patients! Dr. Chen even called me the first day after surgery to check in and see how I was doing!