I am 32 years old and have been married to my husband for 9 years. We have three children. I am 5'7" tall, and have a medium build, weighing 125 pounds. I am a current state pageant titleholder, and recently competed in a national pageant.
I am very active, healthy, and work out with an excellent fitness trainer. However, I often wished that I was less pear-shaped. When I was younger, I was much more self-conscience of my proportions. In my mind, I felt that my upper body and lower body were mismatched.
I come from a close-knit family. Spending time with my family over the years helped me to see that there is a genetic code that I have inherited. Mostly strong, healthy women of average build-all pear shaped! Still, I longed for the shape that would suit my personality. As the youngest of three siblings, I was the performer. Always active in sports, modeling, acting, and pageants, presenting myself on stage came naturally to me. All of these experiences helped me to become a more confident individual. I did not feel that I needed a certain body type to fit a particular "mold", nor did I feel that I needed a title to feel that I was significant. Performing was simply something that I took great pleasure in.
My husband has always made me feel beautiful at every stage, whether nine months pregnant (my babies were each nine and ten pounds) or in the best shape of my life. After three pregnancies and nursing all three of my children for almost one year each, I had learned to appreciate my new full "C" cup. I felt feminine, well-proportioned, and best of all-no padded bras for several years!
When I finished nursing my third child, I could see how much the pregnancies and nursing took a toll on my body. I was not happy with the shape or size of my breasts. Bra shopping was quite discouraging. I would joke with my husband that I was going in for my set of "twins" and a tummy tuck. Eventually my joking with him and a few close friends evolved into a personal decision. Not something for my husband, or for anyone else. It was a decision to do something for myself, so that I could wake up every day feeling great in my body.
I researched the procedures and I made phone calls to schedule consultations with several different surgeons. I scheduled my first consultation with Dr. Richard Baxter, of Mountlake Terrace, WA. Following my research, Dr. Baxter was my first choice. The consultation at his office confirmed why I initially felt that he would be the right surgeon for me. Not only does he have amazing credentials, but he put me at ease with his professional and caring demeanor. I was very impressed with his attention to detail. Dr. Baxter is also an artist, and his artistic skills compliment his surgical talents.
I scheduled the tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Baxter shortly after winning my state pageant title. I had been looking forward to having both procedures done for some time, but the national pageant was even more motivation for me to have it done! I was looking forward to the experience of competing in a national pageant-- a dream of mine since childhood-- and feeling like I was in the best shape of my life. Finally, no more padding in the evening gown and swimsuit!
After trying several different implant sizes in a bra, I decided on 425cc hp saline implants. Dr. Baxter suggested a "crescent lift" on one of my nipples, as it was lower than the other. He also recommended a nipple reduction, to bring them back to their smaller size, previous to nursing.
I had never undergone surgery until this time; Needless to say, I was nervous the morning of my surgery. What initially brought me to Dr. Baxter's office is what gave me courage that day…his skill, experience, and excellent care. I was also reassured by the encouragement and professionalism of his nursing staff, and the very experienced nurse anesthetist that works with Dr. Baxter. They were all wonderful-I knew I was in great hands.
Immediately after the surgery, I remember waking to hear the nurse say that everything went well-- I made a great choice on the size of implant, and that I had a cute new belly-button. It seemed as though I had a short nap, and woke up with breasts!
Our kids were staying with their grandma and grandpa for the weekend so that my husband could help me with recovery. I didn't notice too much pain in my chest, probably because it was overshadowed by the more intense abdominal pain. The first week was difficult, but it gradually improved after that. I will never forget the first time I was able to see my new figure in the mirror. I was thrilled! There were moments that I would just stare at it, in disbelief. Was that really me in the reflection? I was very impressed with Dr. Baxter's attention to detail. He was very skilled at creating much more attractive and symmetrical breasts, not just bigger ones! It was a great feeling to throw away the old size 34A bras and shop for 34D's.
Two months following the surgery, I started to work with my personal trainer in preparation for the national competition. We started slow, but my recovery was going well. It felt so great to be in this new body of mine.
The pageant was an amazing experience-- one that will always bring back wonderful memories and serve as an accomplishment to be proud of. Many of the contestants there had augments as well, but commented on how natural mine looked. When I look at the pageant photos, I am so glad I chose to have the surgery. Rather than continually wishing I had a better appearance, I did something about it. It gave me greater confidence at a very meaningful and exciting time in my life.
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