Ever since Stephanie (member name: cuesgirl) was a freshman in high school, she dreamed of having a proportional upper and lower body. Tired of avoiding bathing suits in public and the desire to hide her saddlebags from the world, Stephanie resorted to exercising and battled with anorexia in college. Stephanie had always thought about liposuction and at age 32, she knew that getting plastic surgery would help raise her self-esteem.
See Stephanie’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
With the full support of her loving husband and mother, Stephanie met with Dr. Alan Bittner in Beverly Hills, California on July 2007 to get liposculpture, another term for liposuction. With the help of her knowledgeable friends on the Make Me Heal plastic surgery message boards, Stephanie is on the road to recovery with a self-confidence that has soared.
Stephanie’s advice to anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“If it is something you have wanted to get done for a long time but are scared I would just say do it. I wish I would have got the nerve to do it sooner. Make sure you do you research before on your doctor. Also, make sure you use the message boards on this site. They really help!”
Please join us for an interview with Stephanie:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Stephanie: I have wanted to have it done since I was a freshman in High School. I was always a very thin girl but all my life I never wanted to wear bathing suits in public since I had horrible saddle bags. I felt so different because no one my age had them. I would always wear shorts over my bathing suit when I would go to the beach or avoid pool parties. In college it lead me to Anorexia and compulsive exercising and it still didn’t help. No matter how small I got or how much I worked out I still had them.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?
Stephanie: I was so tired of having low self esteem that I knew I needed to do something about it. When I have children I want to be a good role model and I was afraid that feeling like this about myself would rub off on them. I also was sick of never being able to find pants that fit. Here I was wearing a size small top and size 8 pants. The waist of my pants was always too big and I just looked sloppy.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Stephanie: It was very easy. I have been talking about it for years and decided that the time was right. I knew I wanted to have it done but I just wanted to make sure I picked the right doctor 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?
Stephanie: My Husband was 100% supportive. He has been there on vacations that I felt uncomfortable in a bathing suit. He has also seen me in tears on shopping trips when I couldn’t find a pair or jeans that fit me. My mother was also very supportive because she grew up with the same problem. My brother on the other hand was very upset that I was having it done. He just couldn’t understand. I think he was more worried about me than anything.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Stephanie: I have a low tolerance for pain so I was really scared to have Liposculpture done. I had seen it on TV and it looked horrible so I looked at other options like Lipodissolve and the new Accent Laser. I did a lot of research and went to a couple of consults and heard mixed reviews. I wanted something that I knew would work and I wasn’t 100% sure I would get those results with Lipoodissove. Plus, I heard it was really painful. So I decided to do Liposculpture because I knew the fat would be gone.
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.
Stephanie: I used all of the resources on the make Me Heal website. The message boards are the best. I knew exactly what to expect after the procedure. Any questions were answered really quickly.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Stephanie: I had two consultations here in Phoenix before I decided to go with Dr. Bittner in Beverly Hills. By that time I knew what parts of my body I really wanted to have done and Dr. Bittners website was very informative. Any questions I had were on that website. I liked the fact that his prices were all inclusive and all you had to do is show up. They had everything for you. I didn’t need to go out and buy and padding, meds or garmets. The main reason I made the trip was that he specilized in Liposculpture. That is all that the staff does everyday.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?
Stephanie: No. Dr. Bittner made all the decisions.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Stephanie: After reading your message boards I went out and purchased Bromelaine for the swelling. I can say that it has helped a lot.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Stephanie: I was really excited but very scared. I knew I would be fine but I was mostly scared at the fact that I would be awake during the procedure. It turns out that it was really easy and seemed like it only took 15 minutes.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Stephanie: The recovery was really easy. I had it done on a Thursday night. I was staying at a hotel in Beverly Hills and woke up around 3:00 a.m. needing my pain meds. That as the only time I needed to take them. The next day we drove 5 hours back to Phoenix and I was fine. Just a little stiff and sore. I did get a little light headed when I was changing my bandages. I had a ton of leaking and it kind of grossed me out. The leaking stopped by that night and the incision sites were closed by the next day. I went back to work on Tuesday. I do outside sales so I was able to walk around fine. Just slow and sore.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Stephanie: I was really sore for the first 3 weeks. I’m at the one month mark now and I’m still a little sore but able to work out.
Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects?
Stephanie: My recovery was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. The worst part was wearing the darn garment and the itching.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Stephanie: Make sure you wear the garment. You will hate it but it really helps with the swelling a long with the Bromelain. Take it easy. Don’t expect to lose 2 dresses right away. It takes time for the results to show up.
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?
Stephanie: I work from home so I don’t have co-workers. I had it done on a Thursday night and was back to work in my home office on Monday. I was out making calls in offices on Tuesday. No one noticed. I was walking a little slow, but I just told them I worked out hard.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Stephanie: So far I’m very happy. I would say a 8 on a scale of 1-10. As the swelling goes down I’m sure I will be at a 10!
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Stephanie: I look so much better in my clothes now. It has given me so much more confidence.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Stephanie: I’m actually going to go back to get my calves and ankles done. I wish I would have had it done all at the same time.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Stephanie: If it is something you have wanted to get done for a long time but are scared I would just say do it. I wish I would have got the nerve to do it sooner. Make sure you do you research before on your doctor. Also, make sure you use the message boards on this site. They really help!
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Stephanie: Very. I eased my mind that things I was going through were normal.
See Stephanie’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Tags: Cosmetic Surgery, Liposuction, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Message Boards