See Rebecca’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Rebecca (username: RebeccaDownunder) has always been the “skinny” girl who never had to worry about dieting or exercising. After gaining 60 lbs during her first pregnancy in 1998, Rebecca felt she lost a part of herself as her self-esteem plummeted and she didn’t recognize herself in the mirror. Googling on the internet, Rebecca started her research on liposuction and held a “Plastic Surgeon conference” with her-coworkers to find out about their experiences with plastic surgery. During her research online and talking with her friends, Dr. Bruce Fox’s name kept coming up so Rebecca immediately knew who her plastics surgeon was going to be. Rebecca found the Make Me Heal message boards a few months before her surgery and immediately befriended the members in the liposuction boards. She was happy to find such a positive community with members who gave honest and caring advice with a realistic approach to recovery. On July 2nd, 2007 Rebecca had tumescent liposuction of the upper/lower abs, flanks, bra roll, inner/outer thighs, knees, and a touch under her buttocks area, removing approximately 5000 ccs. She has found the recovery process to be easier than expected with more soreness than pain. With the support of her loving family and her friends on the Make Me Heal Liposuction Board, Rebecca has gone through the “Swell Hell” with a positive outlook and can’t wait to fit into smaller clothes.
Rebecca’s advice fr anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“Do it, do it, do it!!!! Choose your surgeon wisely, get a support group around you whether it’s family, friends or online. Education is a vital tool for anything you do. The more informed you are the happier you will be.”
Please Join us below for an interview with Rebecca:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Rebecca: Not long after I had my first baby in 1998. I was horrified with the after effects of pregnancy and pre-eclampsia. I gained around 60 lbs which was a lot for my 130lb pre baby body.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Rebecca: All my life I was the “skinny girl” who stayed skinny regardless of diet and exercise. In the space of a few short months, I lost part of my identity. I didn’t recognize the image in the mirror. I hated what I saw, what I felt and how it changed my self confidence in so many ways. I hated that I was filled with negativity.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Rebecca: Easy! For me it was never something I agonized over doing. For me it was agonizing over whether I would be able to afford it and making sure I was happy that my family was complete. I fall pregnant easily and in spite of birth control, so made sure hubby’s tadpole tank got a permanent lock first Then I got an unexpected bonus with my tax return and I made the two fastest phone calls in history! The first was to double check the bonus was correct and the second was to book a consultation!
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?
Rebecca: Hubby has known for years about my desire for lipo. I was sneaky though and said I might use the money for new boobs! His eyes lit up and said “whatever makes you happy” so I then said “well, in that case I will get lipo instead as that will truly make me happy”!!!! When he dropped me off at the hospital, I wanted to go in alone so he dropped me at the curb yelling out “you don’t have to do this”. But he has been supportive from the word go. My mum was worried about the cost and the fact that I was undergoing surgery. She was a little judgmental at first but I told her if she was going to act like Mrs Judgmental then I would start calling her Mrs Judgmental and would shorten it to Mrs Mental, lol. But she is totally on board now and very encouraging as she sees me slowly change. I only told 3 friends. 2 were awesome and supportive all the way. One was a pain in the proverbial but only I feel through jealousy. Deep down she would like it done but is not likely to be in a position to do it.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Rebecca: Google is your friend!!!! I searched online for years. I bought magazines on surgery. Years ago I organized a Plastic Surgeon conference and got a lot of info from girls I worked with who had procedures done. I narrowed my search over the years to a handful of surgeons and over the past few years, one name kept coming up for all the right reasons. I liked everything I had read and heard about him. To be honest, meeting him was merely a formality as I trusted my research.
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.
Rebecca: I didn’t find MMH until a couple of months before my procedure. I found the lipo message board and just jumped in with both feet!!! Found a wonderful bunch of supportive ladies who just make my day! So much experience and a wealth of knowledge can be found on the message boards. Honestly, I would be a jibbering mess convinced I was deformed if it wasn’t for the lipo board, lol. Lipo is kind of like having a baby! You get all caught up in the wonderful glow of the idea of lipo that you forget all the tears and frustration that go hand in hand with the recovery. You read up on everything but nothing really prepares you for when you get home from the hospital! To me, the lipo board has been what my mother’s group was after I had my baby. A group who are going through what you are going through, who support you, laugh with you , cry with you, empathize with you. I look at the picture gallery all the time. It reassures me to look at someone’s 6 months pics, especially when I am in the middle of swell hell! I didn’t use the doctor directory and related info as I am in
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Rebecca: As I mentioned earlier, I had been researching for years and years. After meeting the surgeon of my choice, it was a done deal. I had no desire to consult with anyone else.
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.
Rebecca: My surgeon is one of the most experienced in
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Rebecca: Basically, I felt the best preparation I could do was choose the best surgeon for me and follow his advice. He provided a garment that was specifically made for me. He also provided prednisolone which is a steroid that is effective for inflammation when given as a short, sharp dose. I took arnica afterwards but don’t feel it was of much help. I was able to stay overnight at the hospital which I thoroughly recommend. Nothing like having good drugs and a pampering nurse only a buzzer push away, lol! I had foam padding and no drains so didn’t really have to worry about making a mess. I did notice I leaked a little on my sheets so I would recommend those plastic sheets they have in hospital. We call them kylie pads here but not sure what you call them in the
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Rebecca: Oh the nerves!!!!! And the endless what if’s?!!!!!! What if I die, why am I doing this, am I being too vain, am I wasting money and on and on it went until around 3am when I finally dropped off to sleep! I was awake again at 4am and just resigned myself to the inevitable – I was a nervous wreck who wasn’t going to get sleep to just suck it up!!! I ended up taking a long bath and then got ready. I had to be at the hospital at 6.30am so that was a good thing. My kids had an overnight stay at my mum’s house so I just focussed on me, making sure I had what I needed. I also kept up an endless stream of inane chatter in the car with hubby! When I got to the hospital, they checked me in and put me in a hospital gown and put me to bed to keep me warm and relaxed. I was ok once I got there. I became filled with anticipation more than anything. I watched tv for a little while and then my surgeon came to chat to me and to mark me for surgery. At that stage I was feeling excited with a few butterflies.
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?
Rebecca: When I first woke up I was really bummed as I could see a bright light and assumed it was the white light of heaven beckoning!!!!! What a drama queen!!
I then threw up and started shaking violently. I had nausea meds pumped into my iv and a heat blanket put on me. After an hour or so I was fine and taken back to my room where I was staying for the night. I was given morphine for pain although it really wasn’t too awful as long as I didn’t move, lol. I got up later that day to go to the toilet and was very stiff and sore. I made a very undignified attempt at going to the toilet due to being unable to bend much and pee’d all over the floor!!! The nurses decided to bring me a bedpan after that but then I couldn’t maneuver myself properly and ended up peeing the bed too!!!! The next day I was much better! Still stiff and sore but able to go to the toilet like an adult instead of a toddler! I was swollen and bruised and it hurt to lie on the incision wounds but apart from that it was much better than I anticipated. I was kind to my body though and made sure that I got plenty of rest. I stayed in bed for a few days and got up every hour or so just to move the body. I managed without pain pills after a week. I am still early on in the recovery process at 5 weeks and still have major swelling. I exercised a little yesterday and feel like I am day 2 or 3 post-op. The most help I get now with recovery is from the lipo board. Knowing exactly what will and can happen makes the recovery process a whole lot easier. It takes away your stress and gives you that feeling of kinship.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Rebecca: It was actually less than I anticipated. I have been hit by a car, had 2 c-sections and a tonsillectomy as an adult so I assumed it was something that would fit into that category I have for major pain! I would have to say that the pain fit in to the stiff and sore category after a couple of days.
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?
Rebecca: I learned mostly from the MMH lipo board. Especially the lipo recovery guide. I know exactly what to expect with my recovery and as a result am not freaking out at every little bump on the road to recovery!
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Rebecca: Patience patience patience! I have to admit that I detest that word and it’s become a swear word in my house but it’s true! Be kind to your body and appreciate that you have put it through a lot of trauma. Trust your body to react to that trauma and then go about healing it. Do what you can to help your body. Read the lipo recovery guide on the lipo message board and accept that the info in there does relate to you, that you are not super human and everything is normal!
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?
Rebecca: I am a stay at home mum. Nobody saw me for a couple of weeks that I usually see on a regular basis (such as mum’s at school) so I had no explaining to do! I did contemplate telling people I had vain surgery and let them assume I meant vein!!!
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Rebecca: So far so good. I am very ,very swollen being only 5 weeks PO, the bruises have gone and the incisions are healing nicely.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Rebecca: I guess I am still just focussing on recovering well and assuming that everything will fall into place when the recovery process is finished. I am starting to fit into clothes better and hubby notices a difference in my shape. I guess, at this stage, I am filled with excited anticipation thanks to the wonderful girls on the lipo board.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Rebecca: No, I am happy with all my preparation, my choice of surgeon and my timing of the surgery. About the only thing different I would have done is to do a BA at the same time!!! Unfortunately $$$$$$ dictated one or the other!!!!
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Rebecca: Do it, do it, do it!!!! Choose your surgeon wisely, get a support group around you whether it’s family, friends or online. Education is a vital tool for anything you do. The more informed you are the happier you will be.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Rebecca: Absolutely! The girls on the lipo board have been crucial in my recovery. Where else are you going to find a group of buddies who “get it” when you talk about peeing through a crotch hole!!!! You need to be informed and have support when you do such a life changing thing and I am getting that each day on the MMH lipo board.
See Rebecca’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
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