Julie, a young mom, shares her recent experience of having a breast augmentation. Her twin sister Judy had the procedure with Dr. Silberblatt several years ago. Judy says that she is proud to tell everyone of her experience whenever she can. Most of our patients come to us because of a previous patient’s experience and results. Dr. Silberblatt performs breast augmentation and other plastic procedures such as laser liposuction, face lifts, tummy tucks, and eyelid surgeries in his accredited surgery center.
1. How has having breast augmentation affected your life?
I have gained an enormous amount of confidence. I feel like I carry myself differently which others may notice. I am comfortable with my body now.
2. Did a friend or celebrity having this procedure motivate or inspire you?
My sister had the procedure about 6 years ago. She was my inspiration. The confidence that she gained afterward was infectious.
3. When did you first start thinking about plastic surgery? Can you describe the moment you decided your were going to have this procedure?
I first considered the procedure after my sister was recovered. My family situation at the time kept me from going ahead with it, because I had a small child who still needed to be carried a lot.
Several years later, and after having my second child, I decided to schedule a consultation. I had been reading a series of books about women who did not care what others thought of them, and who said if you need to be “spruced up” go ahead and do it! It was kind of my epiphany. I was done having babies, and now it was time to get my body back.
4. Did you go through a lot of before/after pictures?
No, not at all. I try not to live in the past. I have learned a lot from it, but I like to deal with what I look like today.
5. What was the most difficult part of your recovery? Did anything help ease the pain?
The most difficult part of my recovery was having others help me. I was not in a lot of pain, but just uncomfortable. My family would have to help with reaching and lifting that I was not able to do. I have a hard time asking for help, especially when I chose to have this done to myself.
6. How long until you felt better?
I was feeling better 2 weeks after surgery, but after 1 month post-op, I was back to normal.
7. Describe one experience since your surgery when you looked and yourself and just said, “Wow!”
Bathing suit season! I am not able to express the excitement I had when I put on a bathing suit for the first time. There was no padding, underwire, or adjustments to be made!
8. Having already gone through this process, what is single move important thing you learned? What would you say to anyone currently considering this procedure? What is your advice?
I learned that we need to do what makes us happy. This procedure was very important to me. It has made me happy to be me.
To anyone considering this procedure, I would advise that you take a look at your life and make sure that you are at a time where you will be able to let yourself heal. Give yourself time without commitments to fulfill in which to recuperate correctly. If you can devote this time, then you are ready to have the procedure.
9. Are you going to tell all of your friends and family that you had a procedure or let them wonder?
I had told many before the procedure. There were a few who questioned my decision, but I was not doing it to please them. I was having the procedure to please myself. My current size is not too much larger than the padded bras that I used to wear. I did not want to change too drastically.
10. If your plastic surgeon were here right now, what would you say?
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!
In fact, I did see him out the other day….and I hugged him!