Then during a long walk on the beach this past January , my husband asked me if I was happy with my breasts. I was at a loss for words for several minutes, until the floodgates opened up. What poured out was that I was nowhere in the vicinity of happy. There was nothing about these things in my chest that was right with me - not the size, the weight, the shape, the feel - absolutely nothing! I had sealed off this part of myself with the equivalent of impenetrable surgical tape, nothing in and nothing out. He told me that I needed to do whatever it took, including more surgery, if need be, to be happy. That conversation set me off on a mission to find happy again. I came across real self.com and a review on Dr. Lisa Cassileth, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. I could hardly contain myself waiting for my consultation. It was a completely different experience than the four prior consultations I had last year. Dr. Cassileth's friendliness and professionalism impressed me as she planted herself on her chair. Here was a surgeon who actually asked me what I wanted and listened - she wasn't there with one foot in the door and the other out - rushing to another patient. This hour and a half meeting was longer the previous four put together. Dr. Cassileth wanted all of my surgical records and a second consult to make a plan for my surgery. I walked out of her office literally floating on air - almost afraid to believe that I could be whole again, without breast implants, with my own body fat, and back to my real self. I called my husband and daughter and told them that I was so happy that I could hardly contain it. My case was pretty complex due to multiple surgeries, thinning of the lower pole of the breast and the repair of my pectoral muscles. On the day of my surgery, Dr. Cassileth met with me to mark me for surgery, but before that she spent time with me - again wanting to know if I had any other questions or any other concerns that we had not covered. I went into surgery with complete peace of mind that I was finally in the right place and in the right hands.
This was the quickest recovery of the four surgeries and other than the soreness from the lipo, which she told me to expect, I've been virtually pain-free. My breasts are small and perky and I love them! I am exactly 3 weeks out from surgery and have been walking, dancing and exercising within my short-term restrictions. I'm athletic and love to work out , so that is something I do with great respect for my body, and it has served me well. It is so good to be me again, I wake up smiling every day and I am so happy and grateful. I knew what I wanted last year from the beginning of this journey, as far as my breasts were concerned. Through it all, I have gained a greater self awareness, to be true and stay true to myself. But, we can't reconstruct ourselves, we have to rely upon physicians for that. Breast reconstruction is so complex, it takes a lot more skill, experience and finesse than breast augmentation. Dr. Cassileth isn't the best because she's a woman. She is a highly trained, gifted and engaged physician, whose practice is patient centered and driven. I am sharing my experience on real self, because so many other women have done so. If not for them, other women would not have the benefit of their experiences - I certainly would not have. This site led me to Dr. Cassileth and her great staff. Where's my big hat Pharrell? I need one for my happy dance!!!