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  • Breast Reduction, Plastic Surgery

    See Katy’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photo Album

    After years of contemplating a breast reduction, Katy (friendname: lilkt ), finally decided to go through with the procedure. With a lot of help from her family, friends, and Make Me Heal, Katy’s procedure was a great success. While preparing for her procedures, Katy used the Make Me Heal message boards for support.

    Katy’s words of advice to anyone considering surgery are:

    “Do it, seriously. The benefits outway any possible risks. It’s changed my life and made me such a more confident person.”

    Please join us for an interview with Katy:

    Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure(s)?

    Katy: I always had the thought of having a reduction ever since i ‘sprouted’ when i was 14, i was very unhappy with my shape and often felt depressed. The idea first became reality when i came into a bit of money in october 2007 and realised it is a serious possibility.

    Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?

    Katy: Physical: my constant backpain, red ‘welts’ on shoulders and toughness of exercising. Emotional: having a lack of self confidence which wasn’t helping by that feeling of being fat every time i looked in the mirror.

    Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?

    Katy: It was a very easy choice for me because i’d wanted it for 6 years and had done lots of research so i felt prepared and ready. I had got to a point where i hated looking in mirrors and was desperate to look ‘normal’ and not be ‘that girl with big boobs’.

    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?

    Katy: My mum also has large boobs so she understood why i wanted to do it. The rest of my family and my close friends totally supported my desicison as well.

    Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?

    Katy: The first thing I did was to type ‘breast reduction’ into google and just read tons and tons of webpages absorbing as much information as i could.

    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.

    Katy: I’m a member of the message board since december 2007. I joined right after i had my initial consulation.

    Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?

    Katy: I was given a number of different surgeons through the Harley Medical Group, with whom i chose to have my surgery with. In the end i felt comfortable with the surgeon that was avaliable at the time i wanted my surgery because i was confident with the company and their reputation.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor, incision placements, implant brand, anesthesia type, etc.

    Katy: I didn’t really have a role, i chose what size i wanted to go down to but the rest of it was predetermined which i was fine about.

    Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?

    Katy: I took a lot of advice from the lovely ladies from the makemeheal.com message boards about what to do/what not to do post surgery. I managed to get leave from my work and moved back home so that my family could be there for me.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Katy: I was very excited night before, the nerves didn’t really hit me till the nurse came to fetch me from my hospital room. I remember walking down the thinking ‘this is start of the rest of my life!’

    Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process? Please discuss what side effects you experienced. What were the worse parts of the recovery? Did anyone help you during the recovery?

    Katy: So far, i’ve had quite a good recovery period, bar a few cases of randomly falling asleep in the first few days without warning. I think i’ve had such a good recovery because of the advice given to me by others. I followed what my doctor and fellow girls have said and so far everything is ok!

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?

    Katy: I’ve experienced what is known as ‘zingers’ which is the nerves reconnecting which have often been quite painful but i’ve always remembered these are signs that everything is healing. To be honest though it’s not been as bad as i had expected.

    Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects? Did you do any research (i.e. online, books, message boards, etc.) to make your recovery smoother?

    Katy: I think i was as prepared as i could have been. I was prepared to slow everything down and not try and push myself physically until i am ready.

    Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?

    Katy: Stock up on dvds, books and magazines and let people do things for you, however trivial those things might be. It’s better to be doing less than you want to be doing than slightly more and damaging your recovery.

    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?

    Katy: I managed to get a 2 and half month break from my part time job so i could go home over my summer university break and rest. I told all the people in my team and my boss was very understanding.

    Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?

    Katy: So far yes, although it’s only been just over a week. It’s great to wearing my old post-op clothes and feeling so different and confident….i looked myself in the mirror today in an old top and for the first time, felt good looking at myself.

    Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?

    Katy: My life will be so much better. I’ll be able to exercise without two massive boobs bouncing around everywhere, i’ll be able to walk down the street without people staring and i’ll have so much confidence!

    Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

    Katy: No, no, no!

    Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure(s) you had?

    Katy: Do it, seriously. The benefits outway any possible risks. It’s changed my life and made me such a more confident person.

    Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?

    Katy: The message board has been a sanctuary for me in the past few months…i’ve spent my time counting down the days and the girls on the board have been amazing…it’s been great having people to talk to who know what i’m going through.



    2 Comments so far

    1. Lois W. Stern on September 6, 2008 4:06 am

      We read so many stories about extremes in cosmetic surgery. I am a big believer in “everything in moderation”, and sometimes feel saddened by the fanatic surge in cosmetic surgery when getting something else fixed year after year becomes routine. I do wish those people would work more on their self image from the inside out, as something is definitely amiss in their psyche. That said, I am a great supporter of cosmetic surgery, when done for the right reasons with the right choice of surgeon. I sometimes receive e-mail from my readers and recently received one from a woman with a story similar to Katy’s. I found both of their stories heartwarming. The technology is all out there so we no longer need to suffer in silence. If you can get something fixed that continually undermines your self-confidence, I think that is just great. Go for it! But first be sure you are a good candidate for surgery.

      Have a beautiful life,

      Lois W. Stern

    2. Maureen on June 23, 2009 1:57 pm

      I am in the process of getting a reduction I am waiting for my insurance to go through and to schedule my date of surgery. I am a 40 L and have had large breast since I was 9 years old I am having trouble picturing what I will look like and what size would be fitting to my body type I am a thicker girl not to big but not skinny and I wondered how you chose your size and what where your before/after sizes?
      Thank you for sharing your story!

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