See Liz’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Since she was a teenager, 26-year-old Liz (friendname: lizNher2sisters) knew she would eventually get breast augmentation, but it wasn’t until 2 years ago that she started saving and researching for the procedure. After having trouble choosing her implant size, she finally chose 400cc Mentor silicone implants for her June 19th surgery with Dr. Mark Zilmer in Washington. Additionally, she used the Make Me Heal Message Boards to connect with others having the same procedure for support and advice. Though she experienced a lot of pain right after the procedure, she was back to work after only 5 days. Now, at 4 months post op, she loves her new womanly figure but is experiencing a bit of “boob greed” and wishes she would have gone a bit bigger.
Liz’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“Do what makes YOU happy and don’t listen to others. If you do it to give you self esteem, you won’t find it. Do it to help bring out what you know is inside of you. It is an enhancement of the beautiful person you already are.”
Please join us for an interview with Liz:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure(s)?
Liz: In my teenage years I knew I would eventually do it, but seriously began the research and saving about 2 years prior.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Liz: Physically I felt inadequate and wanted to fill out a pretty lacy bra or bathing suit WITHOUT using inserts or push ups! Wanted my tall athletic frame to be more proportional.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Liz: Having the surgery was an easy choice. However, choosing the size was extremely stressful. I feared going too big for what was recommended but I wanted bigger than suggested by my first pre op PS. So I looked at many pictures and debated for over a month. Even still I wish I would’ve had more time and made a better decision as I would have chosen 450-475cc’s.
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?
Liz: This decision was for ME 100%. My mother opposed it, my significant other supported me. However, I told them plain and simple that I was going to do it no matter what. At that point, the support was there from all areas.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Liz: I went on line and read a lot of facts and myths and looked at pictures constantly. I asked those I knew who had done it and posted on MMH for a month beforehand. I still wish i would’ve taken a little more time on MMH before the surgery but I was too excited that I didn’t plan it accordingly. Still no regrets on the surgery itself. Just size.
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.
Liz: I took full advantage of the message boards and pictures to help make my decisions and help me in my recovery. It was an extreme help.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Liz: My doctor was the 2nd PS I met. The practice I chose was recommended by a friend. I was comfortable with my PS’s support and ease. He made me feel like this surgery was natural and normal, and whatever I wanted within reason he could make happen. That helped me push the CC’s slightly larger than recommended size my first consult PS recommended for my BWD. Glad I did.
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.
Liz: No my practice typically does one certain types of incisions and anesthesia. However due to my lack of tissue, the placement was recommended and I agreed.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Liz: I purchased comfortable clothing for the first post op days. Easy to eat foods. The prescribed meds and vitamins to help for a speedy recovery. Took them for 2 weeks prior and a few weeks after to help with healing. Did not engage in any alcoholic beverages or blood thinning agents listed in the paperwork provided by my Ps. Took 5 days off from work and prepared my team for my return and inability to lift or do excess activity. Purchased button front sports bras. Had plans for where my 4 year old would be taken care of in order for optimal outcomes for all involved.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Liz: I experienced doubts and fear and insecurities of my decision. Did I go too big, will it look too small? Will I still feel my nipples? Will the scars be too big with silicone…should I change to saline? How will people react to them, will they even notice? Will I just look fat? Will they feel real or fake? Will they ripple because I have little tissue, or will I get CC? All these thoughts ran through my mind plus many more. I was VERY nervous the morning of. It was surreal and was excited to wake up and feel like a woman!
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?
Liz: Morning boob was HORRIBLE. I honestly felt it was worse than childbirth. I expected it to be much easier, but I was wrong. I have a high tolerance for pain but my pain meds seemed to simply put me to sleep rather then kill any pain. My boyfriend helped me for 3 days non stop. It was a nice help, but still very stressful as we both did not know what to expect.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Liz: Very painful to move. Painful To get up or down from the 45 degree angle in bed. I feared moving and it took much courage and determination to do it on my own. Even with help I cried in pain.
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?
Liz: I relied mostly on the MMH boards. They were VERY helpful with all the weird feelings or sounds my new implants made or caused. However I was not prepared enough for the pain or decision of what size I should go.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Liz: Stay on top of your pain meds!! Give it time before you start to worry! Two different breasts, two different recoveries.
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?
Liz: 5 days off from work and all of my employees knew what I was doing for the most part and I would be limited on my activity when returning. They hardly noticed since I wore a lot of padded push ups prior.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Liz: 1 to 5 … I would say I am a 4. Wish they were a tad larger, otherwise they look amazingly perfect!
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Liz: My personal life is much better as I more comfortable in the nude and confident showing myself. Socially I carry myself with my chin a little higher as i am proud that its ALL ME and no longer just a great bra. Career has not changed and I didn’t expect it to.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Liz: Gone with more CC’s. More research would have gotten me to where I needed to be to be happier.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Liz: It has been a tremendous help. I can share my crazy thoughts and worries that everyone else wouldn’t even begin to understand. I can see others progress and know it is different with everyone and I am NOT alone.
See Liz’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.