See Stephanie’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
38-year-old Stephanie (username: StephB) knew that she wanted a breast reduction for over ten years. After getting out of a relationship with someone who had been adamantly opposed to plastic surgery, deciding to have a breast reduction was an easy choice for Stephanie to make. She researched the procedure through the worldwide web and looking at before and after pictures of women on the Make Me Heal message boards. Since Stephanie used to work at a hospital, she asked her peers for recommendations and was directed to a doctor at the Renaissance Plastic Surgery Center in Macon, GA. She chose Dr. Paul Syribeys because he was covered under her insurance plan and because she was impressed during the consult. On December 27, 2007, Stephanie’s 36DD left and 36DDD right breasts were reduced into perfect 36Cs. Stephanie is still recovering after her surgery but couldn’t be happier with her results.
Stephanie’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:
“Prepare yourself as much as you can. Look at tons of pictures (Make Me Heal is an excellent site!) Have all of your questions ready and get all the answers you can to ANY and EVERY question you may have.”
Please join us for an interview with Stephanie:
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Stephanie: Physical and social.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Stephanie: It was initially a difficult decision because I was with a partner that was very much against it. When I broke up with this partner it was an easy decision. I’ve wanted it done for at least 10 years.
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?
Stephanie: I was questioned by many in my circle regarding why I wanted the breast reduction, but mostly they were supportive. My former boyfriend was very much against it.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Stephanie: I searched on line for before and after pictures then I asked around to people who had been to plastic surgeons.
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.
Stephanie: I found Make Me Heal and Breast Reduction 4 You and I posted on the BR4Y boards for about 6 weeks prior to having the procedure done.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Stephanie: I was working in a hospital at the time and I asked around to many people as to who was good in town. I was given the name of one of the surgeons in the Renaissance group but when I made the appointment he was not on my insurance, another one in the group was. I ended up having one consultation with him and I liked him so I went ahead and let him submit the paperwork to my insurance co. I went ahead and scheduled it when I got the approval. I didn’t go to any other plastic surgeons.
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.
Stephanie: I was told that he wanted to do the lollipop procedure. I stressed that I had heard that many lollipop girls felt as thought they were too large after surgery. I stressed that if he couldn’t make me into what looked like a ‘C’ using the lollipop procedure then I wanted to have the anchor procedure. When I woke up I had the anchor. He said he did need to do the anchor in order to get me to the size I desired.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Stephanie: I read the message boards and got my house prepared for post op. I made sure all of the laundry was done, the house was clean and everything was where I could reach it. I bought post op sports bras that opened in the front. I had crackers for nausea and pineapple juice for swelling. I got all of my RX’s filled.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Stephanie: I felt excited and scared. I wanted to wake up. That was my greatest prayer was that I’d wake up after the surgery and not have any life threatening complications. I also didn’t want to wake up and find that my breasts were still huge.
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?
Stephanie: I am still recovering. I had tremendous nausea after surgery and a phenomenally dry mouth!! I wasn’t in too much pain. I was extremely constipated in the days following despite all of the precautions I took and my urine came out very slowly. I used the narcotic pain meds for about a week or less. The pain was more discomfort than anything. I mostly only took the narcotic meds at night to help me sleep. I am still sleeping on my back. It is very uncomfortable any other way right now. I’m sleeping propped on pillows with one under my knees. I had a bout of depression a few days after surgery. It only lasted a day or so. I started taking Arnica Montana and Bromelain at about 9 days post op to help with the swelling. It seems to have really helped. Many started prior to surgery but I didn’t. If I had it to do over again I probably would have started sooner. My top tips for other patients would be to read up as much as possible and ask many many questions!!
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?
Stephanie: I only took 1 day off. Let me explain. I am a teacher so I had it done during the Christmas/New Years break. I took one day off after the break and I went back to work on post op day 11. That was fine for me. Others had to take off much longer. I went back without any problems. Maybe fatigue, but no real problems. I didn’t have to tell anyone about it but I told a few people. Most people don’t notice because I did such a good job hiding my breasts before.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Stephanie: I am extremely happy with the results.
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Stephanie: feel much more confident and motivated to get into shape. My breasts are beautiful. Otherwise, the procedure hasn’t affected much else.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Stephanie: Probably not.
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Stephanie: Prepare yourself as much as you can. Look at tons of pictures (Make Me Heal is an excellent site!) Have all of your questions ready and get all the answers you can to ANY and EVERY question you may have.
See Stephanie’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
Tags: Before and After Pictures, Breast Reduction, Plastic Surgery