See Mia’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.
After having her twin girls in 2003, 29 year old Mia (friendname: bellydancingmama) knew that she would get a tummy tuck in the future. After her son in 2006, Mia started seriously considering a tummy tuck by checking out books on plastic surgery from her local library and researching online on Make Me Heal’s message boards. After two consults, Mia chose Dr. Rifai from Southfield, Michigan for his great bedside manner and friendly staff. With the support of her loving husband, family, and her co-workers, Mia had a full tummy tuck on 6/6/08. Although Mia has found it hard to slow down during the recovery process and had to stop exercising to allow her body to heal, she has no regrets about the surgery. Mia is currently in “swell hell,” but she is “very very happy” with her results.
Mia’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery:
“Do your research! Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up. This is your body and your money. Your doctor is working for you!”
Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure(s)?
Mia: After I had my twin girl in 2003 I knew eventually I would want to have a tummy tuck done. I had my son in November 2006 and shortly after began thinking seriously about having a tummy tuck.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations (physical, emotional, social, etc.) behind your decision to have the procedure(s)?
Mia: My motivation was I just did not like the way my stomach looked. I had a very supportive husband so I never dealt with any body images from him. He loved me the way I was and in the beginning didn’t understand why I wanted to have a tummy tuck. I had to explain to him it wasn’t for him it was for myself.
Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?
Mia: I had two consultations. The first dr I went to made me feel terrible about myself. Pointed out all my flaws and told me “I can do a tummy tuck for you but for the full package you need this and this and this…..” Her office was very pushy. When I had my second consultation with Dr. Rifai I knew from the instant I met his staff and him that that was where I wanted to be.
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?
Mia: Yes everyone was pretty supportive. Again in the beginning my husband was a bit standoffish about the whole idea but after having a serious talk with him he was fine. My best friend actually had a tummy tuck done too a week ahead of me with Dr. Rifai. So we have traveled this journey together only a week apart from each other.
Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?
Mia: I am a research queen! I researched everything on tummy tucks. Having three little ones under the age of 5 I had to know what I was getting myself into recovery wise. I went to my local library and checked out books on plastic surgery. I then started to look for message boards on plastic surgery which brought me to the make me heal site.
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.
Mia: I LOVE the make me heal site. I couldn’t believe when I stumbled across it how many threads there were! And they were current. Some of the other sites I had visited where old and stale and not much new advice. The MMH site was ongoing and current. So yes I used the message boards, the photo albums and doctor directory. I LOVE the photo albums. I like how you can search by a person’s height and weight. That gave me somewhat of a indication of what I *could* look like.
Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?
Mia: I just knew in my heart he was the one. The staff was very very friendly and not pushy at all. Dr. Rifai made me feel very comfortable and non-invasive. As mentioned above I had a consultation with another doctor who I just did not care for her bedside manners at all.
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.
Mia: I asked tons of questions about the procedure and the anesthesia because with my c-section I did get nauseous and was worried about nausea. The nurse anesthetist addressed the issue prior to my surgery.
Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?
Mia: To prepare for the surgery I had to talk to my boss. I only work part-time in retail. She was super supportive. I also had to make sure my husband could take some time off of work as well. My mom helped out with the kids too. The week leading up to the surgery I went grocery shopping and purchased items that I thought would be beneficial to have in the house after my surgery. I also bought a ton of green tea as I had read that would help with the swelling.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Mia: The night before the surgery I did not sleep a wink! I was really really nervous. I kept thinking if I die on the table was it worth it. Am I really being fair to my children to run a risk. I just tossed and turned all night long.
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?
Mia: The recovery process has not been too terrible. The worst part was when I was coming off of the percocet’s and had a major major headache. The worst ever! I only used my pain med’s for three days and then switched to tylenol per my doctor’s approval. My cTylenoln was a lot worse pain wise then the tummy tuck has been.
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?
Mia: The drains were pretty uncomfortable. To have to milk them was pretty gross. I was not able to shower for about a week and a half while I had the drains in so that was hard as well. I sponged bathed and washed my hair in the sink.
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?
Mia: You know the hardest part is not being able to take my kid’s to the park. Not being able to do things for fear of “ruining” my progress. I am a very on the go type of person and so that has been hard to deal with. I also had to quit working out cold turkey which has been very very hard.
Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?
Mia: Be prepared to do NOTHING. Listen to your body. I know immediately when I am overdoing it and have got to slow down immediately. You can do it with small kids. Just have help in the beginning and it does get better. Take your vitamins!! I met with a guy who was specialized in vitamins and he told me exactly what I should be taking to expedite the healing process. I felt likexpediteon bucks when I began taking my vitamins! I noticed a HUGE difference right away.
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?
Mia: I had 3 week off of work and told my boss. They were all super supportive.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Mia: I am still in the “swell hell” but am very very happy thus far!
Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?
Mia: I have always been very confident but having a tummy tuck has made me less self conscious of my stomach.
Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?
Mia: Nothing really
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure(s) you had?
Mia: Do your research! Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up. This is your body and your money. Your doctor is working for you!
Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?
Mia: Oh my goodness totally! I have received so much information and support from the message boards. The ladies there have been fantastic. I highly recommend this site to anyone who are just starting their journey or in the middle of it. It is wonderful.
See Mia’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.none