See Heather’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photo Album.
After the C-section birth and breastfeeding of her daughter, Heather (friendname: scarlettsmama), realized that even after losing 60 pounds, her body would never return to it’s pre-preganacy state without the help of a tummy tuck and breast surgery. With the support of her husband, Heather decided that her breasts just needed a lift, and not implants, and that a tummy tuck would be best for the extra skin she had from her pregnancy. While preparing for her procedures, Heather used the Make Me Heal message boards for support, the doctor directory to find more out about her physician from other patients, and even the Make Me Heal store to purchase the healing products she needed. Though recovery was uncomfortable, she had her husband by her side to help her, and when everything was all said and done, she finally has her pre-baby body back in tact.
Heather’s words of advice to anyone considering surgery are:
“If it will help your self-esteem and doesn’t burden you financially: DO IT!!!! Just really do your homework and find a reputable surgeon.”
Please join us for an interview with Heather:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure(s)?
Heather: I had wanted to have the procedures after healing from a c-section and realizing no matter how much excercise I did I would always have a small pannis without surgical intervention.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Heather: My motivation was that I just wanted my body to be as close to pre-pregnancy as possible.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Heather: It took me almost 2 years to make a decision. I would complain to my husband about the excess skin and sagging breast after breastfeeding and he asked me to get a consultation if I was unhappy and look into it. When I finally met with a few Plastic Surgeons the decision became easy for me. The cost was substantial, but do-able and I was ready for transformation.
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?
Heather: My husband was extremely supportive as were my friends. My mother didn’t understand at first, but was still there for me.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Heather: I researched mostly online. I went to numerous message boards and asked many people who’d already experienced different procedures what there takes were. I had initially along with the TT wanted a breast augmentation and after learning more decided to go with a breast lift. I wanted my breast “perkier”, but not necessarily bigger and was put off knowing that in ten years or left I would have to have new implants put in.
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.
Heather: I used all of Make Me Heal’s resources. People are very honest and friendly/eager to share info. on the site. The picture library really helps you to see results of not just a completely healed person, but all different phases of healing and not just result a Dr. wants you to see, but shows great work and not so good. I checked the Dr. directory/reviews and even met a woman on the site who was undergoing one of the procedures I was having by the same doctor. That was immensely helpful to me. Finally, I was able to order a wedge pillow and a few more products that were in my opinion a complete necessity to aid my healing.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Heather: I chose the doctor, because I felt he was the most confident, had the finest facility and was one of the few clinical trial implant doctors in the country. I had seen two other doctors.
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.
Heather: I didn’t have any role in decision. My doctor was very good, but also a bit arrogant/headstrong about what should be done. I understand since it is ultimately his reputation on the line and he just wants to do his best work.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Heather: You can discuss everything from products you purchased, home preparations, and preparations involving your family and work. If you purchased any products featured on the Makemeheal.com site, please specify them. I prepared for the surgery by ordering the 12″ wedge pillow from Make Me Heal as well as Oleeva silicone strips and Scar Esthetique Cream. I also purchased gauze, hydrogen peroxide, and bacitration.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Heather: The night before surgery I was completely calm…it was the night before that which I was feeling really anxious and fearful. I said a little prayer asking to not be alone during my procedures and for the doctor to be healthy on that day and surrendered to the process.
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?
Heather: During the recovery process I was very uncomfortable especially during the first couple of days. The pain medication (Oxycontin) just took the edge off, but hardly subsided the pain for me. It thankfully allowed me to sleep and that is what I did a lot of. Luckily I didn’t have any drains to worry about, but I was very swollen and the worst part for me was having to get up to go to the bathroom. My husband was fantastic helping me walk and fetching me things I asked him for. I didn’t have any side effects, but I wore a nausea patch for 3 days and it saved me from feeling ill due to the pain meds.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Heather: With a TT I was hunched over for awhile. Occasionally I felt shooting pains and while the tape is starting to come off the itching is almost unbearable.
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?
Heather: I feel I was really prepared for all the emotional and physical hardships that come along with surgery. I remain in good spirits and realized from others that it is a slow healing process and results are not always seen right away. I was mostly discouraged by how long it takes to fit back into my usual jeans comfortably.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Heather: SLEEP!!! If having a tummy tuck: Get the 12″ WEDGE PILLOW.-I don’t think I could have slept or gotten up without it. Have things to occupy you by your bed…ie. crossword puzzles, books etc. Hydrate even if you don’t want to.
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?
Heather: I took 2 weeks off. I hunch a bit at the end of a day, but people just tink I hurt my back or something. My procedures are not fully noticeable since I am clothed and was pretty good about hiding my tummy in the first place.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Heather: I am happy with the results. I may need a revision on one of my breasts as it seems larger than the other and the nipple a bit lower (not happy about having to pay again) All in all I think the work looks very good.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Heather: I buy bikini’s now! I look forward to toning the rest of my body up through hard work at the gym.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Heather: No. I don’t believe I would.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Heather: OH, YES!!! Every bit of this fantastic site was extremely helpful to me.
See Heather’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Photo Album.none