08 Aug Real Patient Journeys: Bayla’s Breast Lift.
By Bayla, real patient.
In January of 2018, my daughter underwent a breast augmentation; little did I know this surgery would change my life almost as much as it did hers. When I saw her results for the first time, I was amazed, and admittedly, a little jealous. The size and shape of my breasts was something I had long struggled with, and seeing her take action and make a change really inspired me. That day, my daughter (who was, quite frankly, sick of hearing me complain), and I decided that it was time for me to take charge. That was the day I decided I wanted a breast lift.
Unlike a breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t involve the use of implants. Instead, the procedure would remove excess skin to tighten and reshape my breasts, and give me the “perky” breasts I’ve always wanted.
At the age of 14, I was already wearing a larger bra size than most adult women. My last bra before the surgery was a size 32F… and I’m only 5’2! Luckily, I never experienced any back pain, but I was constantly uncomfortable; my bra straps would dig into my shoulders, creating indents in my skin. It was so difficult to find a bra that was comfortable (I always had to shop at expensive specialty stores), but not wearing one certainly wasn’t an option (because of what I would regularly describe as my “eggplant-style” boobs), so needless to say I couldn’t wait to get home to take my bra off at the end of each day. I had to give careful consideration to every top I wore, for fear of exposing too much cleavage; I would even cut up my shirts to create more coverage!
Finally, enough was enough. Plastic surgery was something I had thought about my whole life, and now, at the age of 65, I decided “why not!” Many people would tell you that 65 is too old for a surgery like this, but I disagree! I still have a lot of good years left, and I want to be as comfortable and confident as possible.
Meeting Dr. Somogyi.
My daughter originally heard about Dr. Somogyi through a friend, and once I saw her results, I knew there was no other choice for me. The reputation of Toronto Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Mitchell Brown was well-known to me, and I was excited to get to know Dr. Somogyi too! As soon as I met him, I knew I had made the right decision; he was extremely polite, knowledgeable, and immediately put me at ease.
Great results were my number one priority (that and warm hands… an important asset for a surgeon), but it was also important that my surgeon be warm in addition to being professional. Plastic surgery is a vulnerable experience and I wanted to feel comfortable. Dr. Somogyi and his staff were extremely welcoming and accommodating throughout the entire surgical process.
When I made the decision to pursue plastic surgery, it was with two main goals in mind. I wanted to feel more comfortable, both physically, and in my own skin, and of course to look great! I asked Dr. Somogyi to reduce the size of my breasts while lifting them up. The final result was a D cup, which was the perfect size for my natural frame.
Prior to surgery, although I had the utmost confidence in Dr. Somogyi, I still had some fears that I think many patients share. Would surgery be painful? Would I wake up? I’m happy to report that these fears immediately dissipated as I arrived for my surgery on that June morning.
I had my surgery at The Cumberland Clinic in Yorkville. It was so lovely, and not the sterile space I had envisioned. The clinic was very clean and open, and the staff was wonderful. My husband and I sat in the waiting room for just a few moments before I was called into surgery. I met the anesthesiologist, who was great, and before I knew it I was waking up, and my surgery was over! I arrived at 7am, and was home on my sofa eating lunch by noon!
I felt better than expected post-surgery. I experienced no nausea, and very little pain. I was sent home with pain medication but I never felt the need for it, and only took Tylenol for pain management. Recovery was quite comfortable for me, but it was about a month before I felt “back to normal”. I was back in the gym, walking and working with my personal trainer about 6 weeks after my surgery, but I didn’t immediately go back to work, since I work with a dog groomer, which is a very physical job. If I was working in an office environment, I would have felt comfortable going back much earlier.
I’m not exaggerating when I say this surgery changed my life in many big and small ways. I feel more confident in my skin at age 65 than ever before. I’m comfortable, I can shop for bras at The Bay or Wal-Mart, and I absolutely love getting dressed every morning.
I’m beyond thrilled with my results. The only regret I have is not doing this sooner!
If you’re considering a breast lift with Dr. Somogyi, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.