Location: Seattle, WA
Member since 2/21/2011


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Reviews & Stories

Love My Implants -- Having Revision for Contracture and Asymmetry - Seattle, WA

I got breast implants a year and a half ago. Click my profile to check out my original review! Silicone, under muscle, 400ccs. I love my implants, but from the beginning I knew the size was off. My doctor and I didn't account enough for the asymmetry I started with, and it's noticeable enough to me that I don't like to go braless (which is a shame, because they are perky enough to do so!).... READ MORE

Been Waiting 8 Years... Happy 25th to Me! - Seattle, WA

TLDR, or in Reddit terms, "too long didn't read." Here's a summary: 25 y/o, no kids. Did lots of research. 400cc silicone implants, under the muscle, nipple incision, received 72 hour pain pump. Painful right after surgery. Minimal discomfort through day 2. So very happy -- I cried trying on T-shirts today. Videos and pictures at bottom of post. I have a list of random tips to make recovery... READ MORE

Accutane is one of the best decisions I've made - Seattle, WA

This reviewer is affiliated with RealSelf. The views expressed here are their own and do not reflect the views of RealSelf, Inc. When I was 12 or 13 I started to get deep cystic acne on my back. It was horribly embarrassing, especially for a teenager. If I had to expose my back (tank tops or swimsuits), I would do my best to cover it with concealer or wear my long hair down. I tried every OTC... READ MORE

Questions from MakenzieR

Beauty Lift High Nose: Scam or Really Works?

I ran across an ad for a product called the “Beauty Lift High Nose.” They state that "If you dream of having a more beautiful and higher nose but are... READ MORE

Would You Broadcast a Live Cosmetic Surgery Procedure?

A clinic in China had a live web broadcast of a breast augmentation. The clinic director said "The live broadcast was an attempt to give the public a deeper, more rational... READ MORE

Where Does Donor Tissue Come From for Plastic Surgery?

After coming across an article on MMA fighters getting tissue implants from donors, I'm curious to know where the cadavers come from? Are they from any deceased organ... READ MORE

Is It Safe to Buy Accutane Online?

I've noticed a lot of sites like this being spammed out on Twitter. Is there any safe way to order Accutane online? Are these pills even real Accutane? If someone... READ MORE

Plastic Surgeon Ethics: Would You Go to Your Child's Career Day?

A plastic surgeon in Virginia attended his child's career day, and let kids feel some breast implants (just the implant, not in a patient :) ) They were 4-6th graders. A... READ MORE

Do You Use Medical Justice?

Curious how many of you use Medical Justice or other programs that create contracts limiting or prohibiting patient's ability to review your practice online? Whether... READ MORE

Is It Safe to Eat Marijuana Before or After Surgery?

There are a fair amount of questions about smoking/vaporizing marijuana both pre and post-op. It's clear that smoking anything can negatively affect surgery. But what about... READ MORE

Is There a Difference Between the Brazilian Butt Lift and Miami Thong Lift?

Recently heard about the Miami Thong Lift...sounds similar to a BBL but the scar is perfectly placed to hide under a thong. I can't find a ton of info on the web about MTL.... READ MORE

Will Implants Keep Perky Breasts Perky?

I've heard that breast implants will keep breasts perkier longer (breast-feeding not included). Is this true? If I am young and still have lifted, perky breasts, will... READ MORE

Does Botox Deaden Perception?

I read this article from USA Today about Botox deadening perception of others emotions. It says that because one can't mimic facial expressions when one has... READ MORE

Does Lipo Fat Really Return in Other Places?

The study released in the NY Times yesterday seems to indicate that there's a pretty good chance lipo fat will come back in other areas of the body after a year. Have... READ MORE

How Does Abdominal Etching Work?

I know ab etching involves lipo, but how does it differ from traditional liposuction? READ MORE

Does Nip+Fab Really Work?

Their "Frown Fix" has become quite the sensation in England... Daily Mail says it "contains Grant X, a natural alternative to Botox." Product site also... READ MORE

Is There Any Way Octomom Could Look Like This Without Surgery?

She claims to have achieved her new body through vigorous workouts alone, but the before picture makes that look almost impossible. Is she lying, or can a workout really do... READ MORE

Breast Pillow to Reduce Wrinkles?

I can see why this might provide comfort for pregnant/breastfeeding women or those who've had surgery, but could this pillow really help decrease chest wrinkles, as it claims? READ MORE

Do You Turn Down Requests for "Porn Star Boobs?"

From what I've read on RealSelf, it seems (board-certified) plastic surgeons generally try to convince women to choose moderate, natural-looking implants, and also design... READ MORE

Can a Collagen Drink Mix Improve Skin?

Can a collagen supplement actually reduce signs of aging? I came across Dr. Venessa's Collagen drink mix, and it just seems too good to be true. Here are a few of the... READ MORE

Fruit to Fix Scars?

I've heard some people talk about papaya and pineapple being helpful is healing scars (and other body abrasions). Is there any science behind this, or just old wives'... READ MORE

Is There a Surgery to Alter Sound of Your Voice?

Recently read about a woman who thought her voice aged her, regardless of all the other ways she managed to look young. She claims that in the US there is a fat injection... READ MORE

Does Position Matter For Botox Injection?

I've seen it advertised to have patients lie in the Trendelenburg position while administering Botox. Supposedly the blood flowing to the face which makes veins more... READ MORE

Vodka Rinse for Hair Growth?

I recently read that "Adding a splash of vodka to shampoo can help cleanse the scalp and stimulate hair growth." Is this true?? READ MORE

Is It Ok to Take Painkillers Before Waxing?

I've had some people tell me to take ibuprofin or acetomenphin before I get waxed.... but I've had other aestheticians tell me not to because I might bleed more... READ MORE

Do Breast Implants Expand with Air Pressure?

I saw this question on Twitter and had to know the answer: "If a woman has breast implants and climbs a high mountain do the implants expand due 2 lowered air... READ MORE

Foot Fillers to Make Heels More Comfortable?

I read this on another website: "Some surgeons inject silicone, an injectable filler or fat into the bottoms of the feet to create a sort of internal padded sole,... READ MORE

Why Wouldn't a Surgeon Get Board-certified in Plastic Surgery?

I was researching the docs from E's Dr. 90210, and the lead guy Dr. Roberto Rey does not seem to be board-certified. I read his entire resume and he has an impressive... READ MORE

Why Do "After" Photos of Breast Augmentation Always Have Tan Lines?

It seems like so many of the "after" photos of women with implants have the same pattern... a formerly pale lady now has really noticeable bikini tan lines! How common is this... READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Neck Lift and Lower Face Lift?

The pictures make the results look pretty similar. What are the differences in operation? READ MORE

What Kind of Music in the OR?

Loved this article by Dr. Tony Youn... What type of music do you listen to in the OR? Do you play music when the patient comes in? If so, do you change it once they're... READ MORE

Will Botox for Hyperhidrosis Cause Me to Sweat More in Other Areas?

If I get Botox for underarm sweating, will my body compensate by sweating more from other areas? READ MORE

Why is Silicone Safe in Breast Implants, Not Injections?

If so many doctors are against injecting silicone into other parts of the body, why are silicone breast implants considered safe? I've read that they are likely to leak... READ MORE

How Often Should a Doctor Perform my Procedure to Be Qualified?

How frequently should a doctor perform my chosen procedure in order to make them a good choice? Every week? Every month? READ MORE

How Do I Determine if my Doctor's Office is a Safe Facility?

What do I look for in terms of picking a doctor with a safe operating facility? What are the special accreditations a non-hospital facility needs? READ MORE

What Does It Mean to Be Board Certified in Dermatology?

If my doctor is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, what exactly does that mean? What procedures are they specially trained to do? READ MORE

What Does It Mean for a Doctor to Have Hospital Privileges for a Procedure?

I've heard that your plastic surgeon should have hospital privileges... What does this mean, exactly? How do they get them and why do they matter for my surgery? READ MORE

What is Cellulaze?

I've heard of a cellulite treatment called Cellulaze. What exactly is it, and does it work? READ MORE

What Happens to Implants when You Die?

Do they decompose? Or does your body decompose and the implants are just...there? It is different for saline vs. silicone implants even though they are both in a silicone... READ MORE

Chest Exercise After Reconstruction?

I've found a lot of information on this site about how it's ok to do upper body exercise with under-the-muscle breast implants, you'll just have a different... READ MORE

Can Botox Extend the Life of Fillers?

I saw somewhere that Botox will make fillers last longer. Is there any truth to this? If so, how does it work? READ MORE

Are Reconstructed Nipples Always Hard?

When a nipple is reconstructed after mastectomy, will it always have the hard look? Ie, will they always look like they're "nippin' out"? READ MORE

Could Laser Eye Color Surgery Work?

I saw this on around the net -- a dr in LA says he's developed a laser to permanently turn brown eyes blue. Based on your experience with eyes, is this truly possible? Is... READ MORE

Are Silicone Implants Heavier Than Saline?

I'm curious if there's a weight difference between silicone and saline breast implants. READ MORE

Does the "Wart Stick" Work to Remove Warts?

Hi I'm curious if this Wart Stick could actually work at removing warts? Here's what the website says: "contains a high concentration of 40% Salicylic Acid to... READ MORE

Can Your Body "Swallow" a Breast Implant During Exercise?

This story from FOX news is freaking me out about implants. A woman was doing Pilates when one of her implants was "swallowed" into her ribcage. She was a cancer... READ MORE

Do Breast Implants and Chicken Nuggets Share Ingredients?

I saw a string of retweets on Twitter about Chicken McNuggets and breast implants containing the same ingredient -- Polydimethylsiloxane, also referred to as... READ MORE

Is It Appropriate for my Doctor to Pray with Me?

My doctor offered to pray with me before my surgery. I was quite taken aback, as I do not pray regularly even though I'm a spiritual person. Honestly it made me slightly... READ MORE

Can I Drink Before my Breast Augmentation?

I am getting breast implants in two weeks and have a girls night out planned the weekend before. I'm not a big drinker, but is it ok if I have one or two cocktails a few... READ MORE

Should I Quit Caffeine Post-surgery Like Alcohol?

I had a breast augmentation 3 days ago. Yesterday I had a MASSIVE headache, and realized it was because of my lack of caffeine (I'm a two cans of Diet Coke a day type girl... READ MORE

Will Cellulaze Really Work?

I saw a cellulite treatment called Cellulaze on The Doctors last week. It sounds really promising, but so does every other cellulite treatment. From what I've found on... READ MORE

What is a Deep Peel?

I have seen some photos and reviews of a "deep peel," but I don't understand what it is. How is it different than a regular chemical or maybe laser peel? READ MORE

Can the Tummy Tuck Belt Really Work?

I've been considering lipo, and last night I saw an infomercial last night for the Tummy Tuck Belt -- it's a system that involves putting on a "thermal accelerator" cream,... READ MORE

How Can I Get Dimples?

I have always loved people with adorable cheek dimples, and wished I had them myself. I'm wondering if there is anyway to create dimples via injections or surgery? READ MORE

What is a Dermaceutic Peel?

I read somewhere about a new kind of peel called a "dermaceutic peel" (sp?) that has been popular in Europe. What makes this peel different from a regular chemical... READ MORE

Is LumiSlim Like CoolSculpting?

I came across a fat reduction device in Australia called LumiSlim. I've done a lot of research on CoolSculpting and I'm wondering if this is similar? "LumiSlim... READ MORE

Will Botox Between the Brows Cause Bunny Lines?

I've read in celebrity gossip mags that really visible bunny lines can be a result of Botox between the eyebrows. Best example is Nicole Kidman. Is this really true? Do... READ MORE

Are Strawberries a Natural Teeth Whitener?

I heard on TV that strawberries can whiten your teeth, naturally. I think they said to mush them up and brush with them. Is this at all true? How drastic would the results be... READ MORE

Should I Get a Base Tan Before Vacation?

Do the benefits of getting a base tan (via tanning bed) before a sun-filled vacation outweigh the general risks of tanning? READ MORE

What Makes the Ouchless Needle Pain-free?

I heard about an "ouchless needle" for Botox injections. How is it pain free if I'm still being poked with a needle? READ MORE

Is the Brava Required Before Fat Transfer to the Breasts?

I am considering fat transfer breast augmentation because I don't want to be too much bigger, and do not want implants.I've read that the Brava system does not work for breast... READ MORE

Is It Better to Have Fillers Injected with a Microcannula?

I was told that I'll have less bruising if fillers are injected with a microcannula vs. sharp needle. Is this true? Do all doctors use these? READ MORE

Will Wearing a Compression Band for One Breast Implant Make Both Move Down?

I am 4 months post-op, under muscle silicone implants. One has settled perfectly with a very natural slope. The other is still riding high and has very early signs of capsular... READ MORE

How Do I Speak to my Kids About my Surgery?

I am a mother of 2, about to have a mommy makeover. My son is 6 and my daughter is 10. I don't know how to tell them about my procedure. My daughter is old enough to... READ MORE

Who is Legally Allowed to Buy Botox?

I have seen on this site that so many types of medical practitioners can inject Botox...dentists, psychiatrists, etc. I also know many women who go to Botox parties at... READ MORE

What is Venus Freeze?

I saw something about the Venus Freeze being a liposuction alternative. Is it like CoolSculpting? Would it work on belly fat and how many doctors have it?  READ MORE

Does Nerium Skincare Actually Work?

My friend recently started selling NeriumAD skincare. I'm usually skeptical of "miracle" products, especially home business types, but the results look really promising as a... READ MORE

Is it safe to dye eyelashes before LASIK?

I'm 10 days out from getting LASIK. Is it safe to dye my lashes in the next few days (so I vainly don't have to worry about being mascara free after surgery)? READ MORE

Discussions started by MakenzieR

Do you have trouble finding bras after implants?

Our blog has a new post about Alexis Smith Bras, designed specifically to be sexy and supportive for women with implants.  The designer discovered it was hard to find... READ MORE

Has Botox affected your emotions?

A new post in the RealSelf blog discusses a study that claims Botox can decrease emotional sensitivity. Has anyone actually felt this? What do you think, just hype? READ MORE

Is Fake Really Better?

Ladies, I strongly encourage you to check out this article I was sent via The Good Men Project. It's very thorough and he gets a lot of opinions. Plus there is a heated... READ MORE

Can a nose job melt? 5 Truths about rhinoplasty

#1 Fact or Fiction: Rhinoplasty could affect your voice. Fact. "Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and Sinus surgery can all potentially affect the quality of your... READ MORE

What's the best recovery bra?

I'm trying to find a zip-front sports bra for after my surgery, but haven't come across too many results. So far the best option I've seen is the Moving Comfort Women's... READ MORE

Do mental health issues drive women to cosmetic surgery?

I read this article about how breast implants are just one big science experiment on female bodies. What really got me though, was this statement: As the researchers... READ MORE

Ladies with asymmetry - which side was bigger?

I was slightly asymmetrical before surgery, and still am after. The left was a little fuller and lower than the right, and now the right implant sits a little higher (see my... READ MORE

How long was your revision recovery?

I have to have a capsulectomy for my right breast, 5 mos post-op. I'm going to replace both implants and go slightly bigger. My doctor says the recovery won't be nearly as... READ MORE

Recent comments from MakenzieR

Hey Scrappy! It's up and updated. I'm at the end of day 3 and feeling pretty good :) READ COMMENT

I can only assume that someone going to her knows what they're getting his/herself into, so I don't really see an issue with what she does. I do think what Dr. Pearlman says is worth noting, though. She may not be recommending the best... READ COMMENT

Yeah, they sit a little too high and don't have enough fullness underneath. Hopefully I'll be able to schedule my correction surgery in the next few months. :/   READ COMMENT