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  • Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Before, After

    See Sandi’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    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 Reston, VA, who performed her daughter’s tummy tuck as well as her best friend’s facelift, Sandi made a decision within hours of her consultation. Now in 2008, a year after her full tummy tuck and liposuction of her abdomen, flanks, love handles, upper back, Sandi has slimmed down from a size 12-14 to a size 8. She recovered beautifully through the support of her loving family, friends on the Make Me Heal Message Boards, and through the words of her 18 year old granddaughter: “Gram, you’ve got a young person’s body!!!”

    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?

    Sandi: I originally made an appointment for a consultation regarding having a breast reduction. TT was not really on my mind at the time. Then I thought I could do them both.

    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?

    Sandi: I made up my mind to have the surgery within hours of my consultation. I was offered a nice discount if I scheduled the operation within the week. I couldn’t believe how easy the decision was for me. After speaking with the doctor and his staff, I was put totally at ease and went ahead with it.

    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?

    Sandi: My family was very supportive and since my daughter had done the procedure done with much success, I knew it was the right thing for me to do.

    Make Me Heal:How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?

    Sandi: I used the Internet to do most of my research and information gathering, and of course, since I was the caretaker after my daughter’s surgery, I had direct knowledge of what to expect, both in results and recovery. I used the MMH message boards, and pictures mostly. I already had my doctor and was extremely confident in my choice.

    Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?

    Sandi: Dr. Weston had done a full face lift on my best friend and a TT with lipo on my daughter. I knew he had great skill and a wonderful bedside manner so I had no interest in any other practitioner.

    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?

    Sandi: I made arrangements to stay at my daughter’s house post-surgery for as long as it took for me to feel comfortable enough to return to my house. I only purchased the required drugs, pre-op and post-op. My doctor supplied me with the post-op support garments.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Sandi: I was excited along with feelings of apprehension. I did not have any trouble sleeping the night before my surgery, which surprised me. I generally practice affirmative prayer and visualization so doing my normal practices really helped me deal with the small levels of anxiety I might have had. I was more worried about sleeping on my back post-op than anything else.

    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?

    Sandi: My recovery process was so much better than I had anticipated. From the first moment I got up out of the wheel chair to get into the car after surgery, I was quite pleased at the fact that I was not all bent over as my daughter had been right after her surgery. I was able to stand up and walk pretty straight from the get-go. I was, of course, a bit groggy, but was not “out of it” due to the fact that I did not have general anesthesia but instead had an IV sedative during the procedure. This method of anesthesia works better for me. My daughter took care of me during the first week of recovery. What a blessing she was. She knew just what to do since she herself had gone through the same thing the previous year.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?

    Sandi: The drugs worked very well and because I had a pain pump operating for the first 4-5 days, there was little if any difficult pain experience. The worst part of my recovery was a side effect of the pain medication (narcotic) I was taking………constipation. Even though I had taken the stool softener as directed by the doctor and on the 3rd post-op day started with a laxative, the constipation became a real issue. I was not aware that the pain drug was the culprit until it was too late, otherwise, I would not have taken that particular drug type. I would have opted for a lesser drug and added a med for sleeping instead. If only I had known.

    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?

    Sandi: Extremely happy and I am so glad I decided to do this. I did go back to the surgeon for a belly-button revision and another small round of liposuction to even out the waistline. This was done about 3 months out. The belly-button had not healed as round as I’d like so a little touch-up helped make it perfect.

    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?

    Sandi: Probably not.

    Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?

    Sandi: 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.

    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.

    See Sandi’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.


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