Sandi (username: SexySenior) is no stranger to plastic surgery as she helped her daughter recover after her tummy tuck in 2005. At 67, Sandi was inspired by her daughter’s amazing results and knew that it was time for her own tummy tuck. Impressed with the skill and bedside manner of Dr. Weston in
Sandi’s Advice for anyone who is thinking about plastic surgery is:
“The most important advice I can give is to make certain you choose a highly-skilled, and experienced surgeon who has received accolades from not only his patients but also his colleagues. Check the surgeon’s credentials carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions of him/her and the staff. There is no such thing as a dumb question. The more knowledge and confidence you have, the more at-ease you will be when you have the surgery. Also, be sure you have a good support system, both emotionally and physically. My family and friends (especially my daughter) sure helped me breeze through this major change in my life.”
Please join us for an interview with Sandi:
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Sandi: After much discussion with the doctor, I decided to hold off on the breast reduction and go ahead with a tummy tuck instead. My daughter had her TT the previous year and had excellent results and that was very inspiring and motivational for me. I was 67 at the time of my TT and did not in anyway feel my age…..only when I looked in the mirror at my body, was I alerted to the fact that I wasn’t 40 anymore. Bummer !
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
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?
Make Me Heal:How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
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.
Sandi: Everything was discussed with me prior to surgery and there was nothing I felt needed changing in regard to what the staff told me was standard practice.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
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?
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
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?
Sandi: I was very prepared for the recovery and did not have any negative physical, emotional, or mental experience except for the constipation issue.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Sandi: Be patient with yourself. Everyone has a different experience during recovery. Each body is different and with patience, your recovery will go smoothly. Also, discuss with your doctor the drugs and their side effects and keep in mind that you might be able to manage with a lesser pain med and a sleeping drug than opt for a strong pain med and no sleep drug. I wish I had known that before my operation. If there is anything that concerns you during your recovery, don’t hesitate to call your doctor’s office to discuss it. You’ll find that this will help allieve any worry or anxiety over things that are more than likely considered 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?
Sandi: I am retired so this was not an issue at all.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Sandi: It’s given me a new confidence level and also a much better self-image. My looks are now more in line with the way I feel about myself. My granddaughter who is 18, said when she first saw me post-op, “Gram, you’ve got a young person’s body”!!! Now that made it all worthwhile.
Make Me Heal:Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Sandi: Absolutely. I was on this website before the operation and everyday after. I also found lots of information and got lots of support from all the members of the message board. A great community indeed.
Tags: Abdominoplasty, Before 038 After Photos, Liposuction, Plastic Surgery, Tummy Tuck