Having copious and large breasts is what most women desire. However, when you start suffering from back pain, shoulder grooves, bad posture, and neck pains, you wonder if the comfortable airbags are worth the pain. Ann (member name: bunbun31) had difficulties to run or even find clothes that fit properly. Instead of enjoying this important part of her body, she started to hate her breasts and felt miserable. Once she took her decision to have a breast reduction, Ann looked at many websites and was thrilled when she found Make Me Heal.
See Ann’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Soon, helped and encouraged by other fellow women (including members of Make Me Heal’s Plastic Surgery Message Boards), Ann scheduled with Dr. Konrad Dawson. She chose this doctor because he was highly recommended by her primary care physician and especially because he specializes in black women. With his recommendations, the only items she needed to buy were a good compression bra and some Neosporin cream. With the full support of her family and friends, Ann went under the knife and is now a happy and much perkier and pain-less 36C.
From the moment her decision was taken, Ann’s life has improved. She feels more confident physically and mentally and is ready to go on sexy top and shirt shopping sprees. She finds more bras in her size and feels great when she looks at her sexy breasts. Her biggest tip she would like to share with all of Make Me Heal’s readers is: “If you have any negative thoughts, put them out of your mind, and focus on the positives that will come from this procedure”.
Ann’s story is one of the best examples how plastic surgery can help improve one’s life from physical and emotional respects.
See Ann’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photos Album.
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Ann: Around 3 years ago.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?
Ann: I was suffering from back pain, shoulder grooves, bad posture, and neck pains. I couldn’t exercise the way I wanted to. It was hard to run and find clothes that fit properly. I had rashes from sweating. The list could go on.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Ann: I’ve always hated my breasts, so I just finally got fed up and wanted to do something about them. Once I made my mind up, the decision was fairly easy. The only reason I waited is because my career change wouldn’t allow me to get it done when I originally started thinking about it. Once I was stable in my job, I went for it.
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?
Ann: Everyone was very, very supportive; even the people at work.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Ann: I googled every possible breasts reduction website I could find. I came across Make Me Heal and it was wonderful and inspirational. I loved the idea of chatting with women that are in the same boat I’m in. It really eased the anxiety and enhanced the confidence to go through with the procedure. The before and after photos were a bonus, because it gave me a clear picture of how I wanted to look. I also purchased one of the recommended books on this web-site and read it until I couldn’t read it anymore.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources.
Ann: Once I found this website, I was addicted to the stories, the pictures, and just looked forward to hearing and learning more and more everyday. Therefore, I used a lot of the advice that the veterans of the board had to offer. The only products I used were the one’s my doctor recommended.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Ann: I had a consult with a doctor around 2 years ago, but got accepted into the police academy shortly after, so I had to stop the process. In March 07, the receptionist at my Primary Care office highly recommended Dr. Dawson, so I made an appointment with him. I chose him because, I learned that he specializes in black women and he works directly out of a very good hospital, so from there, I figured it couldn’t get any better than that. I only had 1 consult with him and I knew instantly that I didn’t want to search any further.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?
Ann: No, I just let the doctor do what he does best.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Ann: I didn’t do a lot of preparing, because I knew I would have support at home. I purchased 3 sports bras ahead of time and bought Neosporin ointment. That’s all I did.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Ann: Oh God. Words can’t explain how I felt. I thought I was going to pass out from anxiety. I was really nervous. I’ve read and seen pictures of infections and all sorts of complications, so I was scared that it could happen to me. I am very big on prayer, so I had to bring myself back to Christian mode and leave everything in God’s hands.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Ann: Recovery for me was very, very easy. I know that everyone heals differently, but after the surgery, I was shocked to hear quite a few women say that they were in so much pain and discomfort. I only took pain pills one day and that was the day after surgery. It wasn’t so much for pain; I was stiff from sleeping in one spot all night, so I need the percocet to “loosen me up.” Then, I took some that same night to help me sleep, again not for pain. The worse part of the recovery for me was the drains. I just didn’t like toting them around. My fiancé, son, and friends were very supportive and helped out a lot. I didn’t want for anything.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Ann: I had very little pain. The only uncomfortable part for me was sleeping on my back. I’m a stomach sleeper, so it took a lot of getting used to sleeping on my back.
Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects?
Ann: Because I researched this procedure so much, I was very aware of all the things that were expected afterwards and every thing that could possibly go wrong. Fortunately, I didn’t have any problems, but I was prepared for any, just in case.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Ann: Just don’t over do it. If you have people at home that could help you, let them. Follow your doctor’s orders and just be patient with the healing process
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?
Ann: Everyone at work knew I was getting the procedure and they were very supportive. I wasn’t ashamed of the decision I had made, so I was very open and honest about everything. I went back to work exactly one week after my surgery.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Ann: I am very happy. On a scale of 1-10, I’m at a 10.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Ann: Let’s just say, I’m ready to go on a shirt shopping spree. I am very comfortable with my appearance. No more rashes, no more back pains. I can find more bras in my size. I am very glad that I went through with this procedure and would recommend it to anyone that’s considering it.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Ann: No. I just would have gotten it done sooner.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Ann: All I can say is pray on it and don’t let anyone make the decision for you. Do it because YOU want too. If you have any negative thoughts, put them out of your mind, and focus on the positives that will come from this procedure.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Ann: Make Me Heal was the BEST benefit of my journey.
See Ann’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Tags: breast reduction, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery