Plastic surgery can help one’s body image and in Natasha’s (member name: Nat425) case, having body body image issues has been her daily struggle since she was a little kid. Looking at pictures of this 33-year old Asian beauty, one could hardly believe that she fell into a bulimia spiral for nearly a decade. Natasha was never fat or obese but had what she calls “chubby legs” and even though she was active, she could never fit properly in her clothing.
See Natasha’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
At age 13, Natasha became bulimic and it continued until her early 20’s. She would starve herself and take lots of speed hoping that one day she’d be thin and get rid of her thighs but it never happened. She got thinner, but no one would never ever think that she could possibly have an eating disorder. She also exercised through the majority of this time as well but being fit never did anything to rid her of the fat on her thighs and buttocks. The only thing she dreamt of since early age was to have some plastic surgery to rid her of problem areas. As she got older, Natasha stopped her self-destructing behavior and continued to exercise and eat a daily diet of 2-3 bagels, a lot of caffeine and a load of cigarettes.
After nearly 15 years of being dissatisfied with her body, she decided to let it go. Soon, Natasha ate anything she wanted, drank a lot of alcohol and ballooned up to a size 12. That lasted almost a year when she felt really depressed… and then she began the South Beach Diet. She lost 25 pounds and felt great. She quit smoking and started working out, but while she could build muscle in her legs, she still could not get rid of areas of fat.
Since going on her South Beach Diet, Natasha has been eating extremely healthy for years and takes a lot of supplements to keep her body in tip-top shape. For the last 5-6 years, Natasha has been a size 6.
Her decision to have liposuction was an easy one. She has been wanting the surgery since she was in her early 20′s, around the same time she stopped her bulimia journey. Now, at 33, Natasha is absolutely pleased. Her tumescent liposuction was performed by plastic surgeon Bruce White at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. She had 3950 cc’s removed from her hips, lower abs, buttocks, knees, inner/outer/anterior/thighs and is finally able to look at herself for the first time with complete joy. She can try on clothes and not have a breakdown because nothing fits. She feels that she is not just this “pretty in the face” girl with chubby legs anymore. She has never felt this good about herself or being alive and is deeply in love with her husband.
Another winner in this journey is Natasha’s husband Tazu who told Make Me Heal “I’m thrilled about it. Natasha looks HOT! The real reason I’m thrilled though is that liposuction has done wonders for her emotionally. Also, it has re-ignited her devotion to physical fitness. I’m sure you can imagine what happens to the sex life when the woman looks and feels sexy!“.
See Natasha’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Dr. Bruce White from St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery performed Natasha’s liposuction.
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Natasha: I began considering liposuction over twelve years ago and had my first consultation at that time.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?
Natasha: Throughout my life, I have always been active and have never been able to make a change in my shape of my thighs. Because I was fit and never looked it on my bottom half, liposuction was my only solution, physically. Emotionally, it is beyond frustrating not being able to fit into pants or dresses because your body is disproportionate. This is the first time in my life that I look like how I feel. I look more active because the fat is finally gone and no exercise or diet was helping me eliminate those extra layers.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Natasha: It took me a nanosecond to decide to have the surgery; the decision was extremely easy to make. My challenge was how and when it was going to fit into my schedule and pocketbook. It took twelve years to finally have the procedure and luckily, with time, comes advances in technology.
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?
Natasha: I did not consider anyone in my decision. I told a lot of people I was having it and I received 99% support and 1% opposition. Liposuction is a personal decision; no one knows how anyone else feels about his or her body.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Natasha: I had the opportunity to work closely with a plastic surgery practice several years ago and became very knowledgeable about the procedures and newest technologies. From the start, I knew that I would have tumescent liposuction. I researched the newer procedures on my own through websites and trade journals.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources.
Natasha: Make Me Heal has been such a phenomenal resource. I have spent and continue to spend time on the boards learning from other women’s experiences and their transition to their new bodies. It has also been a great single source for the entire process—from garments to emotional support.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Natasha: My first consultation was twelve years ago when I worked for Washington University Medical School. I consulted with the Chief of Plastic Surgery and I was ecstatic about the changes he could make in my figure. His intern, whom I had a semi-close working relationship with, came to my office and told me that I shouldn’t have the surgery because women were coming in, asking for body shapes similar to my own. I’m not sure if I was very serious in my decision making at that time because his comment came and went and I decided not to have the surgery. I believe that it had more to do with my budget; that was a large sum of money for a recent college graduate. For years, I regretted that I didn’t go through with it when I was just 21 years old.
My second consultation wasn’t for another eight years. I spent nearly five years on the road for work and my career was my top priority. When I stopped traveling for work, I consulted the surgeon I worked with. I was very impressed by his skill, his staff and his bedside manner. I was set to have my surgery, however I suddenly had to move out of state—strike two!
My final consultation (three’s a kicker) was with Dr. Bruce White of St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. I spent months researching St. Louis physicians and I kept going back to his profile; his education, extensive experience and personal story stuck with me and I decided that I’d go to him for a consultation. I made my appointment for surgery a few weeks after meeting with him.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Natasha: I turned to the ladies on the Make Me Heal forum to help me with a shopping list for items I would need for surgery. The most important things that helped me in the first few days of recovery were
1. Disposable paper cups (tear the bottom out so you can use it as a funnel when you urinate).
2. Frozen veggies to put on my legs.
3. Foam wedges to keep my feet and legs elevated at all times.
In addition to these items, it was also helpful to have lots of water, lemon and light foods in the house. I also made a promise to myself that I would document my procedure. I began my blog, www.lipojourney.blogspot.com to provide others insight on my personal journey. This has become a very important process for me.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Natasha: I was so incredibly busy before surgery that I didn’t really have any time to think about it. This was twelve years of waiting, finally coming to fruition. I know I was excited beyond belief and at the same time, hoping that I’d be okay.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Natasha: The great thing about recovery is it gets better each day. I have a hard time with anesthesia and when I work up in the recovery room I was in and out for what felt like 15 minutes, but probably closer to three hours. I got sick, which is normal for me and somehow I made it out okay. The nurses were extremely attentive and never left my side.
The next morning and afternoon was amazing. I was attentive, full of energy and ready to take on the world, however things got a little rocky that evening and the next day. I had an adverse reaction to one of my medications and due to that, was taken off of all medications. After that, it was smooth sailing. I was sore, like the infamous saying “it feels like a hard workout”, but I managed and Tylenol was more than enough for the pain. The more I walked, the better I felt. I was only going at glacial speed, but my body was really tired and achy from so much sitting. My husband waited on me hand and foot the entire time; I couldn’t have asked for more.
I think the worst parts of my recovery were: First, the foam under my garment. It’s necessary to have, but it impeded my ability to walk normally; I kind of shuffled around until it was removed. Secondly, I’m a side sleeper and it was difficult for me to sleep on my back the entire night. This wasn’t too bad, but just out of the norm for me.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Natasha: The most painful area of my body was my lower back, just right above my buttocks. I originally thought that it was due to sleeping on my back, however I learned on my first post-op visit, that that area was liposuctioned. At that time, I wasn’t really putting two and two together. Knowing that made me feel a lot better.
I wasn’t in real pain; I’ve had worse headaches than what I felt with liposuction. It really is true that you feel like you had a “hard workout”.
Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects?
Natasha: I was as prepared as I could have been. I was and still am realistic in my recovery and results. I knew I would be sore, I knew I would be black and blue and swollen.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Natasha: Maintain a healthy diet and begin exercising when your surgeon gives you the thumbs up. Be patient; your body will transform with time. Remember, six months!
If you smoke, quit. Remain realistic about your procedure, recovery and results.
Swelling is completely normal and it goes away with time.
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?
Natasha: Six days, I had my surgery on Wednesday, April 25, and returned to work the following Tuesday. A few of my co-workers knew that I was having the procedure. I work mostly from home and I’m only in my office a few times a month and, other than those who knew, no one has really said anything. They’re not the type of people that would notice anyway. If they were to ask me if I had cosmetic surgery, I’d be honest and tell them, probably more than they would ever want to know, too.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Natasha: I’m beyond happy and I’m still healing. I look forward to all the small changes.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Natasha: It’s quite amazing how this has transformed my life; I certainly was not prepared for the overwhelming feelings that I’ve had since my surgery. I already was an outgoing person, but now I’m 100%. It’s hard to explain, but I’m more motivated and more connected with myself. My body finally matches how I feel I should have been looking my whole life. I don’t have anything getting in my way anymore and buying pants is so much easier!
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Natasha: Absolutely not.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Natasha: Be patient with your results; they will come!
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Natasha: Absolutely and I’ll remain part of the Make Me Heal community for a long, long time.
See Natasha’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
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