Today is the three month mark of the best decision I made regarding my own personal health and emotional well being. I am 3 months post-op today having had breast reduction surgery by Dr. Ashley Gordon ... Show more
Today is the three month mark of the best decision I made regarding my own personal health and emotional well being. I am 3 months post-op today having had breast reduction surgery by Dr. Ashley Gordon of Restora Austin. Having researched this procedure for over 10 years, my expectations and fear levels were equally high. For years, I had suffered with pain in just about every area of my upper body-back, shoulders, neck, had deep grooves in my shoulders from the bra straps, couldn't find bras much less clothing to fit me..and forget bathing suits. And, of course, my self esteem was pretty poor. Since I had heard all the horror stories, saw all the awful pictures and even suffered through first hand a previous surgical experience that was far from pleasant, I lived with all of this pain and embarrassment for well over half of my adult life. It takes a lot of trust to put oneself into a surgeon's hands-to alter a part of the female body that is so very personal. For me, it would take a great deal of trust in my doctor. I knew I wanted a female surgeon-one who could understand why it is so important for me to 'look' natural-I had looked unnatural most of my adult life (26 years). I wanted to 'feel' confident about myself-not to be noticed for my breasts-I wanted to have the curves that are natural in a female body. I wanted an artist-a surgeon with an eye for natural beauty. When I first met Dr. Gordon, it was like a chat with a really good friend. A very casual and safe environment, never pushy, never a 'sales job'...always on my time table...when I was ready to move to the next level-they would be ready, too. Dr. Gordon has a unique communication style-straight forward, factual...but with a sense of genuine care, support and concern. I wasn't promised the moon-I was given all the information open and honestly. ALL my questions were answered-and I had many-some repetitive. There's a difference in answering questions-and supporting a patient's desired outcome in a realistic honest manner. In this, she is also gifted. But, all of this doesn't make a surgery experience positive. With the support of her own office team-all who share the same common philosophy of building trust, honoring my timeline, having my experience be a positive experience, the whole process was significantly enhanced. It is reassuring when, no matter who the question is asked of, the answers follow along the same philosophy of the doctor. Each team member in Dr. Gordon's office brings a unique talent to the process-each with their own unique ways of bringing comfort and confidence to a patient. Dr. Gordon aligns herself with the top notch surgery support team as well-from the surgical facility, the nurses, and the anesthesiologist-all top notch. There is a common thread that runs through the entire process-everyone is on the same page. Of course, the big question is how did my surgery turn out? EXCEPTIONAL. I knew what size I did not want to be...but trusted in Dr. Gordon's ability to choose the right size for my frame, height, weight, etc. There is definitely an 'art' to this procedure. I went from a size I to a full D. Over 2400 grams removed, over 5 pounds. My scarring is so minimal it's unreal. There is NO wide open scars-nothing like the horrible photos. I was not sick, did not have a sore throat from the breathing tube, and had no pain-slight discomfort-but no pain. I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED with the results. I'm happier, more confident-and definitely feel the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. Immediately, the pain I had experienced for so very long was gone. It's really nice when someone says to me that I've lost a lot of weight! Its amazing how this surgery has changed my physical appearance as well as my emotional well being. Of course, it is a two way partnership-the patient must follow the doctor's orders. Dr. Gordon recommends those little extras that make a huge difference. Listen to her-she knows her stuff! My best friend has already had two procedures with Dr. Gordon-both with exceptional outcomes. My mother-in-law (who I dearly love!) is scheduled for treatment as well. I will continue to recommend Dr. Gordon to everyone I can and would be happy to answer any of your questions. I found Dr. Gordon through this exact website-researching much like you are doing now. If I could change one thing it would be to have had this surgery with Dr. Gordon years earlier. I have not had one regret and without question, this has been the most positive experience.