Rachel Roth (member name: so_ready) is a happy mom who was hoping to regain her youthful figure after the birth of her fourth child. No matter how many diets she tried or how much she worked out, she could not achieve the body shape she desired and deserved. That’s when she knew that plastic surgery would have to figure into her makeover.
Rachel underwent a breast augmentation with a breast lift and a full tummy tuck on April 12, 2007. With her husband’s help and resources on Make Me Heal such as the Plastic Surgery Message Boards, Rachel wears proudly a size 4 Dress and 2 beautiful sexy buddies. If you consider plastic surgery, Rachel’s recommends you to remember that “a big part of being satisfied with your results is having realistic expectations going in.”
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure(s)?
Rachel: I first began to consider the procedures after the birth of my 3rd child. I began to meet with surgeons and actively plan after the birth of my 4th child.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Rachel: My motivations were physical and emotional. Despite working out 5-6 times per week I could not get rid of the excess skin on my tummy. I also couldn’t repair my breasts with diet and exercise. After nursing 4 children my breasts had lost volume and were saggy. Emotionally I felt that I would feel better about myself if I repaired the parts of my body that I’d been unable to repair with diet and exercise. No matter how good my diet was or how much I worked out, I was not happy with my body’s shape.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Rachel: Please explain why it was easy or difficult: The decision to have the surgery was very easy. It was something that I wanted for a long time. The hard part was choosing a surgeon who would meet my needs. For me this included the after-care received as well as the surgery itself.
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?
Rachel: My friends and family were very supportive. My husband took a month off of work to ensure that I had time to heal after the surgery.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure(s) and come to decide on this particular procedure(s)?
Rachel: I did months of research online and met with doctors on both coasts. I wanted to be sure that I was receiving the best care possible and that the procedures I was requesting were appropriate for me. In total I researched for more than a year. I met with some of the post-op patients of the surgeon I chose to view their results and discuss their experiences. This was quite helpful.
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.
Rachel: I utilized the Make Me Heal message boards as a source of information when I first came upon it in July of 2006. I viewed many albums in the picture library and asked questions in the BA and TT forums.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor? Please mention how many consultations you had with different doctors before making your decision.
Rachel: I met with 3 doctors on the East coast and 1 doctor on the West coast. I chose my doctor for two reasons: I was very impressed with the results of his previous patients and I felt very comfortable with him and his staff. They took time to answer my questions when other doctors had quickly pushed me through the consultation process. It was important for me to feel that I was in good hands and that I would receive excellent after-care after the procedures were complete. Of the doctors I met with, Dr. Pousti was the only one that I felt totally at ease with. My husband shared these feelings.
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.:
Rachel: The decisions made as far as anesthesia type, incision placements, etc. were the standard techniques used in the procedures I had done. I did choose the implant type and gave the doctor an idea of what I’d like my result to look like based on pictures I brought him. The doctor suggested the full anchor lift because of the result I was hoping for and I agreed based on my own research. I was aware going in that I would need a full lift and was totally ok with the scars that would be left by this type of lift.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Rachel: I bought comfortable, stretchy clothes because I knew that I would have swelling from the TT. I also purchased Bromelain and Arnica
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Rachel: I was very nervous the night before surgery, more so than I had been previously. Dr. Pousti called and spoke with my husband that night to ease any fears and assured him that he would take very good care of me. Underneath the anxiety I was extremely excited. I hardly slept at all and was ready to go first thing in the morning. I was a little teary when I said goodbye to my kids but was extremely excited otherwise.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?
Rachel: I think my recovery was a bit slower than average. I took it very easy for the first 4-5 weeks. It took about 6 weeks for me to be able to stand completely upright. One section of my TT incision healed slowly but it did heal as expected. The only unpleasant side effects immediately following the surgery were due to the anesthesia. I was nauseous and very sleep for the first 24 hours after surgery. I stayed in an after-care center for the first 24 hours and was glad that I had the round the clock care from the nurses on-site.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery.
Rachel: I had little to no discomfort during recovery. My abdominal muscles were sore from the muscle repair and my breasts felt very heavy for several days but that was the extent of my discomfort. I did take the pain meds prescribed around the clock for the first 5 days in order to stay ahead of any possible pain. I believe this helped greatly.
Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects? Did you do any research to make your recovery smoother? What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Rachel: I was pretty well prepared for the various aspects of recovery. Even so, post-op depression does creep up on you! It’s hard not to feel like yourself for several weeks. Even knowing this ahead of time I still had some tearful moments. I think it’s just as important for plastic surgery patients make themselves aware of the emotional and mental recovery as well as the physical recovery. I think doing so only benefits the patient. I honestly can’t imagine dealing with some of the emotions that come up after surgery had I not known I was probably going to feel that way.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Rachel: I’m extremely happy with my results. I was hoping to regain my youthful figure and I have! I think a big part of being satisfied with your results is having realistic expectations going in.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects? Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Rachel: My self-esteem and self confidence has improved since the surgery. I’m finally happy with the areas of my body that I was unable to change myself through diet and exercise. Given another chance I wouldn’t do anything differently.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure(s) you had? Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Rachel: My advice to those considering the procedures I had done is to research, research, research. Research the procedures, research your options, and, most importantly, research doctors. When looking for a plastic surgeon it’s very important that one only considers those that are board certified in Plastic Surgery. I also highly recommend talking with patients who are at different stages post-op. This will give someone a good idea of what to expect and the different possibilities during the healing process. It also helps to know people that are in the same stage of healing that you are so that you can compare and/or commiserate depending on how you’re feeling from day to day. Make Me Heal definitely provided that type of interaction for me and I feel that I benefited greatly. Thank you for providing this service!
See Rachel’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Dr Pousti’s website: www.poustiplasticsurgery.com
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