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Melissa’s Blog: Choosing a Surgeon

September 30th, 2010

Research a doctor?  As I mentioned earlier, that along with my dream home, came a plastic surgeon in my neighborhood.  Everyone peppers him with questions about plastic surgery, so I’m not alone!  I must have left out that he also happens to be a prominent, Board Certified plastic surgeon, studying his specialty for over 15 years.  First of all, to become board certified, a physician must demonstrate exceptional expertise in a particular medical specialty.  Dr. Bashioum not only has expertise in plastic surgery, but he specializes in elective cosmetic surgery-or  nipntucks.

And so that is where my research ended.  I feel so honored and yet so lucky, lucky that I was dealt this hand.  I had two friends undergo breast augmentation this past month and fortunately I got to hear a little bit about the experience, starting with the list of doctors they were going to meet.  I had one girlfriend who met with five doctors and she chose one of the five.  And I had another girlfriend decide to go with the first doctor she met.  So everyone goes about things differently.  It comes down to qualifications and comfort level with the surgeon for me.

I chose to go with Dr. Bashioum because I feel most comfortable with him holding the scalpel.  Being neighbors, I’ve had many opportunities to approach him about questions related to my breast augmentation.  (Sorry about the time that you were really sick.  But it was my day to get educated on saline vs. silicone.)  Even with a scratchy sore throat and feverish chills, he still gave me solid and unbiased points about the two options.  So yes, I like the fact I have a bit of a connection with my doctor, more so than with others.  At the end of the night, I think about my chest and wanting nothing more than a flawless performance.  For this I turn to a board certified surgeon.  The question that remains now is saline or silicone?

Check back to see what I decide.

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Meliss’a Blog: Howdy Neighbor!

September 29th, 2010

The day we bought our house was the day that I became a very lucky girl, because along with my dream home, came a plastic surgeon right across the street.  I always told my friends, “One day I’m going to see that Doctor.  When, I didn’t know- but definitely after I get done having kids.  In the meantime, I’m going to work out this padded bra solution and my ever-so-reliable “chicken cutlets” that I bought, by the way for $65, and I am going to find me some cleavage!”

The cutlets, some refer to them as falsies, are instantaneous cleavage enhancers. They’re squishy, flesh colored inserts that I wore in my bra to give me the shape I needed in a second.  They gave me a fuller and very convincing look to perfectly compliment the shirt I was wearing.  But it was all just temporary, especially in the bedroom, where I absolutely wanted to feel my most sexy!  I’m a woman, just stepping into my 30’s, sexy is everything to me!  I’ve worn my enhancers for 5 years, not everyday, but let’s say more times than not.  And it wasn’t too long ago that I actually lost them, thanks to the help from my lovely children, who found excitement in playing with them.  I was totally bummed when I realized they got left behind at a hotel we were previously staying at.  Boy was I sad, I felt like I had lost a great friend.

This episode gave me a reason to pursue a more permanent solution, a breast augmentation.  My husband and I played around with the idea for 3 months, and just recently booked my consultation appointment with Dr. Bashioum.  I don’t often times play “tit for tat” (pun intended!) like I did with the new television, but actually, it illustrates a perfect analogy.  Just as much as you like watching a movie on a high def 52″ television, don’t forget the ultimate surround sound, I too, enjoy looking in the mirror at a young confident mother of 3 in Hi- Definition!  So it was decided that we would both get our cake and eat it too!  My views on breast augmentation have become more open and much more accepting.  I have even scheduled my surgery already and I am confident that I will be in good care with Dr. Bashioum and his staff.

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