February 22, 2008 in Personal Interviews by Makemeheal.com Staff | Leave a Comment
See Tara’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
With her 38DD breasts, Tara (username: Taratallen1975) found normal activities like exercising impossible. Through her two pregnancies, Tara‘s breasts grew larger and saggy and she found herself experiencing greater back, shoulder, and neck pain. As soon as her doctor mentioned the idea of a breast reduction, Tara knew that her 38DD breasts needed to be reduced. Tara googled until she found the Make Me Heal Message Boards where she found informative before and after pictures. In February of 2007, Tara scheduled a breast reduction with Dr. Kimberley Meathrell in Canada to transform her breasts into a smaller 36C. Today, Tara couldn’t be happier as she regained her confidence to become the athlete she always knew she could be.
Tara’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“I would say to go for it. It really changes your life for the better. Less back aches, nicer bras, fitted shirts. Seriously, they didn’t even look this good when I was fifteen!”
Please join us for an interview with the lovely Tara:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Tara: I first had the idea after having my kids and breastfeeding them. This caused my breasts to become larger and very saggy. I found it difficult to exercise (as in running or aerobics) even in a sports bra; I also found myself getting more upper back/shoulder/neck strain. I then talked to my doctor about it and she mentioned the possibility of a BR.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Tara: It was an easy decision to make. Because of my size and my subsequent problems from my heavy breasts it was determined that the procedure would be covered by my provincial health plan (I’m from Ontario, Canada).
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?
Tara: My family and friends were very supportive for this surgery. At first my best friend questioned my motives; was it for my overall health or for vanity purposes? I explained to her it was a bit of both. She did come around and became supportive. However, whether I had my friends and family’s approval or not I would have gone through with it.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Tara: I googled the procedure, lol. That’s how I found the MMH board and it was such a blessing. I was a more of a lurker but I gained tons of knowledge from the ladies on the board.. It was also helpful to actually see the befores and afters of the procedure so I kinda knew what the outcome would be like.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Tara: I didn’t choose her. My doctor referred me to her and I liked her on the spot. This was the only time I saw her before surgery. She told me of the different techniques of BR and gave me her opinion on what she thought was best but in the end let me have the final decision which of course I agreed with her!
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Tara: I didn’t really do much to prepare. I booked time off work and my husband booked time off to be able to help me and deal with the kids. I also rented a bunch of movies to keep me busy for the first couple of days.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Tara: I felt excited. I took some pictures the night before to remind myself of what was leaving. The hardest part was getting to sleep because I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see the new me.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Tara: I ended up being in the hospital for two nights instead of one because of a blood clot scare. It didn’t end up being a blood clot thankfully and on day three I went home. My husband stayed home for a week and helped me and by week two I was getting around a lot better by myself. The worst part of the recovery was definitely the first week. It got better each week thereafter.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Tara: I found my pain to be at its worst at nighttime. It was manageable though. I’d rather do the surgery again than give birth again! It was weird getting used to the numb feeling in my nipples (the feeling has since come back) and the deep itch I’d get in my breast that I just couldn’t itch, lol.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Tara: I’d say my best tip is to rest as much as you can the first week, keep up on your painkillers and keep up your liquids! Let others handle housework, laundry and kids.
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?
Tara: I took two weeks off from work and I told my co-workers the truth. A little awkward since I’m the only female there (there are six of us) but it saved me from having to go into too much detail too!
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Tara: I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I am seven months post surgery and I couldn’t be happier. My PS is a miracle worker I swear!
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Tara: Since the BR I feel happier. I can now buy shirts that fit both my waist and my chest and I can buy pretty bras! I also don’t have to spend a large amount per bra to fit properly. I feel the BR gave me more confidence. Because of the BR I am now an avid runner and do a lot of cardio.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Tara: I would say to go for it. It really changes your life for the better. Less back aches, nicer bras, fitted shirts. Seriously, they didn’t even look this good when I was fifteen!
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Tara: Absolutely. It allayed a lot of my fears and helped me be excited about my surgery.
See Tara’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Tags: Breast Reduction
, Plastic Surgery