See Laura’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
47 year old Laura (membername: laurap931) felt burdened by her large stomach. She wanted to raise her self-confidence by better fitting into clothes that didn’t have to camouflage her stomach. With the help of her loving husband and family, Laura starting researching tummy tucks on Make Me Heal‘s plastic surgery message boards and learning from the knowledgeable members. Laura entrusted her plastic surgeon and is thrilled with her Tummy Tuck results. Laura has also had a breast augmentation to transform her 38B breasts into 36Ds. She also had liposuction to her abdomen, flanks, and back to transform herself into her new slim self. Now, Laura wears a size 4-6 and feels beautiful everyday.
Laura’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“If you think you want to have a tummy tuck etc., research every doctor you can. Talk to other patients, join makemeheal.com, talk to your family, but most of all follow your heart. If it is something you really want to do, you will find a way to make it happen. I also recommend checking with your state medical licensing board to verify your doctor’s credentials and active license(s). You can also find out if they’ve ever been sued for malpractice. Much of this is public information and it gave me peace of mind knowing my doctor met the highest standards of care.”
Please join us for an interview with Laura:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Laura: I had been thinking about getting rid of my tummy for years, especially after the birth of my two daughters. My stomach was not in the best shape before pregnancy so each one made it worse. As I aged, the stomach and breasts headed south. Despite weight loss, I could never get my skin to bounce back nicely. Plus I had stubborn fat deposits that settled into my abdomen. I keep most of my weight in my mid section.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?
Laura: Physically, I wanted to be able to bend over without a large stomach in the way. Also, I thought it would help alleviate the strain on my lower back. Emotionally, I have noticed an improvement in my level of confidence. I did this for me and me alone. Also, I wanted to feel better in my clothes and to be able to buy clothes that didn’t have to camouflage my large stomach.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Laura: It was very hard to make this decision. It was a huge financial investment for me. Also, I think as women we want everyone else’s needs met before our own so I had to work through some guilt in spending this kind of money on myself. Fortunately, I have a wonderful supportive husband and family. They knew it was something I wanted and were with me all the way.
Make Me Heal: Did your family, friends, and any other people in your close circle give you support, opposition, or did you make this decision without considering them?
Laura: I was very lucky in that most everyone was very supportive. If they were not, they kept it to themselves.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Laura: I joined makemeheal.com a year before my surgery and lurked for awhile. I learned so much for other people’s experiences. It is so informative to be able to talk to other women and men who have been there, done that.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources such as the message boards, pictures library, doctor directory and doctor reviews, and any recovery and preparation products that you used.
Laura: I am addicted to the message boards especially the Tummy Tuck board. I have had such a positive experience. I’ve always said this is the best group of friends that I’ll probably never meet. I ordered and loved the Design Veronique compression bra set. They provided me with the best support after surgery.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Laura: I consulted with two other doctors before choosing the one that I did. His credentials are impeccable; he has a pleasant bedside manner, we communicate well and I felt he really understood what I was trying to achieve. Lastly, his office is close to my home so surgery and subsequent office visits are convenient.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?
Laura: Honestly, I never questioned his technique, placement etc. so I did not play a role in deciding what technique would be used or what type of implant would be used.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Laura: I bought some comfy sweats, lots of magazines, filled my prescriptions and prepared to recover. My husband took off the first week following surgery. It was a huge help. I will say that I also had an abdominal hysterectomy several years ago and that recovery was harder the tummy tuck, lipo, breast lift and implant surgery combined.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Laura: I was very frightened but resolved to not let fear stop me. I knew deep down I’d be ok, that I was in good hands and that I needed to follow through with this. The biggest regrets of my life have been not doing the things that I was too afraid to do. I did not want to regret NOT having this done. The forums on Make Me Heal were my lifeline. When I was feeling scared or nervous, I’d make a post about it and so many wonderful women would reply. It made me feel cared about and made me feel like I wasn’t alone in how I felt. I had surgery buddies … women who had surgery same day as me. On the morning of my surgery, I envisioned them headed to surgery and how they must be feeling. It helped calm my nerves for some reason.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Laura: My recovery was unremarkable. The lipo to my love handles was the hardest to recover from. I had this internal itching that I was not expecting. Breast pain was very minimal and th e tummy tuck was a piece of cake. I wont lie the first few days are hard getting around because you are sore and you are hunched over but you have to get up and walk around as much as possible. This really enabled me to recover quickly.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Laura: I took pain pills for two weeks.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Laura: Follow your doctor’s orders. Dont lose any paperwork the staff gives you. Also ask about his/her revision policy and get it in writing.
Make Me Heal: How long did you take off from work? What did you tell your co-workers about taking this time off? Did anyone notice your cosmetic procedures at work and what did you tell them if they asked about it?
Laura: I was off work for 2 weeks. The first few days back were a little tiring but nothing unbearable. A handful of people knew about my surger y. Two of my buddies met me at my desk on the day I returned and told me I looked different and how much my figure had changed. It was so nice to hear that on my first day back.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Laura: Thrilled! When I went in for my first post op appointment, I started to cry a little to myself. It was that emotional. I had never seen myself with a flat stomach. I am so glad I had this experience. I am thrilled. I have one minor issue with my left hip (I feel as though there is more skin there than on the right side) but my ps does not address revisions until nearly a year post op so I have to wait awhile.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Laura: I am a much happier person. Not because of appearances, but because I feel more comfortable with my body now. It has meant the world to me to have this done.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Laura: Yes, I would have had this done ten years ago.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Laura: If you think you want to have a tummy tuck etc., research every doctor you can. Talk to other patients, join makemeheal.com, talk to your family, but most of all follow your heart. If it is something you really want to do, you will find a way to make it happen. I also recommend checking with your state medical licensing board to verify your doctor’s credentials and active license(s). You can also find out if they’ve ever been sued for malpractice. Much of this is public information and it gave me peace of mind knowing my doctor met the highest standards of care.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Laura: Make Me Heal is the reason I was able to go through with my procedures. Honestly, it was so valuable in terms of information and support. I don’t know if I would have had such a positive experience if it were not for the many lovely people on t he message boards. My hats off to them. Now that I am on “the other side” I like being the one offering up the advice of a veteran.
See Laura’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Tags: Abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast implants, cosmetic surgery, Liposuction, plastic surgery, Tummy Tuck