Joanne’s (member name: xojoanox) life got a boost in late 2006 when she decided to undergo a plastic surgery that she has contemplated for nearly two decades. Having 44F breasts has been a major burden to Joanne in her life and ever since her early 20’s she thought about getting a breast reduction. The motivations for having the surgery included having physical discomfort including rashes under her breasts, emotional pain, and embarrasment. But once Joanne overcame the personal reasons she had against having the surgery, she never looked back.
See Joanne’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photos Album.
In November of 2006, Joanne underwent a breast reduction that reduced her bust to a 42DD and set her on the road to freedom. Gone are the hangups and the physical handicaps. The procedure was done by plastic surgeon Dr. Gordon Mitts in Bakersfield, California.
When it comes to recovery, Joanne believed that the physical pain was bearable, whereas the emotional issues were tougher to bear.
“Recovery wise I wasn’t really prepared for the emotional side of it. I didn’t realize how much of my identity was in my breasts,“ says Joanne.
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
JoAnne: I had thought about it off and on since I was in my early 20′s.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?
JoAnne: The rash that stayed underneath my breasts was one and a couple of humiliating experiences while out with my husband and kids with men pointing at me.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
JoAnne: I found it a hard decision to make because I was changing what God gave me and I knew once I changed it there wouldn’t be any going back for me.
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?
JoAnne: My family was a huge support I was actually surprised at how happy they were for me but even if they hadn’t been I still would have done it.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
JoAnne: The research I did was online I looked at all sorts of pictures so I knew going in to my PS what scarring I would have.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources.
JoAnne: The Make Me Heal message boards were a huge source of
emotional support for me and still are! I still read daily.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
JoAnne: Back in April 2006 I went to my hair dresser who had just had an augmentation so we had this conversation because we had talked about me wanting a BR at least a 100 times over the 10 years or more she had been doing my hair and she said ‘I was in pain the first 2 weeks but now that I’m healed I’d say do it you wont regret it’. I asked her the name of her PS and here I am.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?
JoAnne: I trusted my PS’ judgement on that.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
JoAnne: I was a nervous wreck the night before luckily my PS gave me a
medication for anxiety to take the night before which I did use. The morning of surgery I was very relaxed and ready to go.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
JoAnne: I found the recovery process to be very trying on ones patience. At about 3 weeks out when you start getting your strength back is the worst you tend to want to return your life back to normal but it’s at that time that you become vulnerable to incisions opening up and infections setting in. My hubby was the biggest help in my recovery he refused to let me even carry groceries in for months afterwards.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
JoAnne: The pain was nothing that the vicoden wouldn’t take away.
Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects?
JoAnne: Recovery wise I wasn’t really prepared for the emotional side of it. I
didn’t realize how much of my identity was in my breasts.
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?
JoAnne: I took 2 weeks off work. My first week back was a little trying I
wished that I had gone back half days that first week back but I survived. I was very open about my procedure to my coworkers. They were all shocked when they first saw me at how different I looked. I’m still more than happy to talk about it’s not something I’m private about.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
JoAnne: I’m very happy!
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
JoAnne: It’s done wonders for my self-esteem!
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
JoAnne: I would have worked out before my surgery to try to get rid of the belly that I didn’t realize was under there.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
JoAnne: Finding the right PS for you is very important and having patience
during your healing process.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
JoAnne: Make me Heal was a huge emotional support during my recovery. Just to know that you’re not alone in your journey and that what you’re experiencing is normal is priceless.
See Joanne’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photos Album.
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