Jane's New Outlook
Jane eagerly plays the role of grandmother for her young grandson. But, at only 38, she didn't want to look the part. Frustrated with having the body proportions of a much older woman, she turned to Dr. Ellen Mahony for body contouring surgery that included a tummy tuck and liposuction at the plastic surgeon's Westport, CT practice.
"I always knew I wanted to do something involving cosmetic surgery," says Jane, "but it just didn't happen. Then, one day my husband said, 'I'll go with you for a consultation.' That did it. I began researching plastic surgeons in the Fairfield, Connecticut area, found Dr. Mahony, and that was that."
Jane says she and her husband reviewed the page of testimonials from real patients on Dr. Mahony's website and connected to the stories they read. They talked not just about great results, but also a great experience with Dr. Mahony and her office and medical staff.
"I was looking for a doctor who was compassionate, in addition to being experienced and skilled," she says. "And that's what I found."
Jane's story begins when she was 24 and underwent a hysterectomy following the birth of her only child. As with many new moms, pregnancy caused a lot of lasting changes to her body. Undergoing surgery complicated her attempts to stay in shape, and Jane grew increasingly frustrated with her body.
"I couldn't find flattering clothes that would fit, and it became harder and harder to lead the kind of active lifestyle I envisioned," Jane says. "I'm still young, yet I was living the life of someone much older."
That all changed after arriving for her first consultation with Dr. Mahony.
"The minute I met Dr. Mahony," she says, "I knew I was in good hands. And her staff is second to none."
Jane recalls that first meeting exceeding her expectations. She and her husband arrived with tons of questions, and they left with answers to them all and a wealth of additional information. She says the consultation never felt rushed and that it lasted much longer than she expected.
Initially, she planned to have only a tummy tuck. She returned for a second consultation after reading about others' bad experiences on other websites. When she came back to Dr. Mahony for a second pre-op meeting, she ended up adding liposuction for her hips, legs, and thighs to the procedure.
"I'm so glad I did that," Jane says.
She says the December 2013 surgery went extremely well and that the entire O.R. staff treated her with respect. Jane was a little wobbly the first few days after the surgery, but it was nothing that she didn't expect.
"The results," Jane says now, "are better than imaginable. Just amazing."
Jane says her waist is 3 inches smaller and she also lost 2 inches from her hips, and she says she now wears clothes 2 sizes smaller than before the procedure.
Anyone considering cosmetic plastic surgery should make sure they have a good support system at home to help them through those first few days of recovery, she says, adding that the best healing aid she had was her husband. She also says most people probably wait too long to go through with plastic surgery.
"Just do it."