I had been turned away by cowardly doctors telling me "your request is unrealistic" and "If you don't like the shape of your breast I can't change that for you, I can only make them bigger" When I met with Dr. Joe he did not evade the true nature of my tuberous breast. He called it like it was and he told me I was a difficult case. This was not what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear.
In a cloud of doubt, I asked him if he thought it would be possible to transform my breast to resemble my 'ideal breast' picture, he asked me to bring in (which was a after pic of one of his patients) He calmly said "Yes. I will try my best." My inner monologue was "What? He just said yes? He's not lecturing me in shame for asking too much? So why is he so confident?"
I went home and researched tuberous breast and the different approaches surgeons use to fix them. The options out there were looking very invasive and costly with very undesirable after photos. Dr. Joe had suggested preforming a Dual Plane Augmentation (like an internal lift) to correct the tuberous shape of my breasts. It seemed too simple to work so I asked him to E-mail me before and after pictures of similar cases to mine to see how they turned out. I received the email within a couple of hours. He attached two cases of before and after pics, one of which more severe than my own. That was the proof I needed! To see that he was realistically capable of taking a deformed breast and transforming it into a beautiful, natural, angelic looking breast.
I am now one month post op and I am mesmerized by what I see in the mirror. I never, never thought I would be saying this! I was prepared to accept an improvement, but not perfection. I was prepared for a painful recovery but I've only experienced mild discomfort. I'm talking a 2 out of 10. I thought other girls might have an easier time but not me. At first I wasn't thrilled to have my incision site right under my breast (A necessary with dual augmentation) but after having my stiches taken out only a razor thin red line can be seen which I am confident will fade to be undetectable. My breast have gone from a feature I wanted to constantly conceal to one of my most beautiful assets. Bra shopping is my new hobby when before I would leave in tears.
From my first consultation through my post op appointments Doctor Joe and his staff have been excellent listeners while I've had to discuss some deep fears with them; they met those fears with answers. Right before surgery I even had an anxiety attack, I told the nurse "Maybe my breast are just too weird to be beautiful." she told me "Dr. Joe can handle weird." Even in that moment Dr. Joe patiently asked me "Are you having second thoughts?" "Do you still want to do this?" I realized what a strong hold my lack of confidence in my breast had on me and he was there to help change that.