After viewing many
cosmetic surgery and makeover programs on cable stations, I made the decision to
have the surgery in 2003. However, the driving force was the untold sadness
after my dear mother was killed suddenly in an automobile accident.
I hope you can understand
when I say I had to change myself in order to cope with such a tragedy. That
being said, one day my sisters and I were watching one of the cosmetic surgery
makeover programs, and my son happened to be present. When I expressed
interest, he became upset and begged me to never, ever do anything like that to
myself. He also said he thinks women should just age gracefully. I knew then
that I would never tell him I'd already made the decision to do so.
So, after three years of
intensive research I made an appointment with a plastic surgeon in San Jose,
Costa Rica. My reasons for the choice included being able to get silicone
implants and I was able to met one of his patients – who happened to look
fabulous. Another reason is that the cost was negligible. I would still come
out on top financially despite airfare plus bringing my husband with me and
recovery center costs.
My intention was to get a
total makeover in one fell swoop. However, I had not lost sufficient weight for
an attractive outcome of my abdominoplasty. The plastic surgeon suggested I get a lipoplasty,
along with the scheduled Benelli lift (mastopexy) and platysmaplasty (Neck
He removed 6,200 ccs of
adipose tissue from my torso, inner thighs and neck area. I instantly had
beautiful full breasts, and a tiny waist like I hadn't had since I was in my
early twenties! Also my face was thinner, and the saggy neck was tightened. I
was absolutely ecstatic. I could fit into clothes I hadn't worn in years. Some
I had never donned because I outgrew them before ever getting to wear them.
This surgery was 3 November 2006.
On 5 November 2007, I
returned to San Jose, Costa Rica for a revision on my left areola, which has
stretched to pre-surgery dimensions, along with a labiaplasty and my
long-awaited abdominoplasty. This time my husband was not able to accompany
me. That was okay because I knew the doctor and felt totally comfortable with
him and his staff.
However, because of the
labiaplasty I was not able to wear a compression suit. Ergo the result of my
abdominoplasty was compromised, in my opinion. The results from the abdominoplasty does not look bad, as I am a full 4 inches smaller in the waist. Yet, my abdomen is not completely flat like I'd hoped for. They gave me a waist
cincher like before, but because I am petite (short-waisted) it would slide up
and bunch together in the middle. After my lipoplasty the previous year, I wore
both and the cincher adhered to the compression suit wonderfully.
Part of the problem may
also have been that I was so surgery-weary, as I ended up having hip replacement
in between the two plastic surgeries (7 April 2007).
The recovery center was
beautiful, and I had every comfort I could have hoped for. The food was
delicious, prepared from scratch, and designed to assist with healing. I just
really missed my husband and family.
When I was ready to return
home my husband flew down to meet me so that I would not lift any luggage
whatsoever. He's such a Sweetie.
Photos of Breast Augmentation
and Benelli Lift - 500ccs Silicone Implants