For some, the phrase "cosmetic surgery" can conjure up images of celebrities with outlandish curves. But reality show stars don't represent the reality of plastic surgery. Think instead about a Saratoga Springs resident like Sue. She enjoys baking, does yoga, and volunteers weekly at the local history museum. She has played in the annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. She and her husband adopted a daughter from China.
"I go to PTA. I go to church," Sue says. "I'm really not a 'look at me' kind of person."
But 10 years ago when she was about 40, having breastfed 4 children, Sue started considering breast augmentation to regain the volume she had lost. Like many other women who have raised children, Sue simply wanted to feel confident again about her body.
"I'm very conscientious about taking care of myself," she says. "I go to the gym, I don't smoke, I watch what I eat, and I don't lay out in the sun. But I still felt self-conscious about my body."
That's because 4 pregnancies and breastfeeding each of her sons, who are now grown, took a toll on her body that no amount of exercise or dieting could reverse.
"I just wanted to feel good about going shopping for bras," she says.
So, in 2007, she decided to get breast implants. Before going to Albany, New York, to meet with Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore, Sue consulted with another plastic surgeon.
"He turned me off immediately," she says of the first surgeon. "Something didn't feel quite right."
A friend who is an esthetician recommended Dr. Rockmore. Sue says her friend constantly referred Dr. Rockmore to other people, and after meeting him, Sue understood why.
"He has a way of looking you in the eye and asking questions about your goals and why you want plastic surgery that makes you feel comfortable."
After the consultation, Sue decided to combine her breast augmentation with a breast lift. After surgery, she returned home the same day, and by the next day she was making dinner.
"My surgery and post-op care time wrapped up in less than 3 hours and I was home," she says. "At no time was I ever in pain, and I stopped taking prescription pain medication on Day 2. I honestly wish I had the surgery years earlier. My clothes fit beautifully and my scars have healed to a faint sliver."
Sue got her silicone implants in 2007 shortly after the FDA reapproved them for use in breast augmentation, and the dental hygienist agreed to be part of a clinical study involving Mentor® implants. Her results have been carefully documented in the years since her surgery, and she has absolutely no complaints.
"You really can't tell by looking at me that I have breast implants," she says. "They are perfectly symmetrical, and I've always been very happy with the outcome."
Sue was so happy with the results that 5 years later, in 2012, she made the decision to get a tummy tuck. The procedure removed excess skin and gave her a flatter midsection, so she felt comfortable wearing a bikini. She has continued to return to Dr. Rockmore in Albany for injectable treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.
"I feel like cosmetic surgery is just another way of taking care of yourself. I was always active, and I'm now more active than ever before. I feel healthy."
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and individual results may vary.