MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
Monday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Our Patient Care Coordinator’s Surgical Journey

Have you ever looked in the mirror wondering what you would look like if your breasts looked exactly the way you have always wanted them to? Well, you are not alone. Many women struggle with the idea of how their breasts may look due to genetics or just simply altering and changing over the years.

At MidAmerica Plastic Surgery our patient care coordinator, Katie, was able to give us some insight of her experience with ultimately making the decision to receive a breast augmentation.

Many woman may seek out a breast augmentation for various reasons; enhance the appearance of breasts if they are much smaller than they prefer, adjust breasts after pregnancy, correct uneven breasts, and overall to improve self-confidence.

Katie received her breast augmentation approximately 5 years ago with our very own Dr. Diederich of MidAmerica Plastic Surgery. “I was never entirely satisfied with my chest size, ever since high school I felt like I lacked something that every other girl had at my age” Katie stated.

Many woman just like Katie seek out a breast augmentation for the same reason, not to necessarily just look amazing on the outside, but to also feel amazing on the inside. Katie claimed, “I just felt more feminine afterwards. Swimsuits and clothes seemed to fit so much better and it was just such a great feeling”.

“How long is recovery?”

One of the most common fears women have regarding a breast augmentation is the recovery and downtime afterwards. Recovery is a very patient dependent process. Soreness and bruising is quite common for a few weeks after a breast augmentation.

Katie expressed her concern with recovery and how it would affect her kids. “I was nervous I wasn’t going to be able to be there for my kids for a long period of time after the procedure but that wasn’t the case at all, I was back to my mom duties within a week after minimal downtime”.

“What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about getting a breast augmentation? “

When thinking about getting any major surgical procedure done, it is always helpful to gather as much information as you can to better prepare and ensure the procedure is exactly what you want. Katie was able to offer some great advice to anyone considering a breast augmentation. “My advice to anyone considering a breast augmentation would be to first gather a list of questions before the consultation to ask. Something else I found useful in my own experience was to really think about your goals regarding the procedure; what do you hope to achieve through getting a breast augmentation”.

Katie also expressed the importance of not only choosing the right surgeon but the practice as a whole. “To better help someone feel at ease through their breast augmentation journey, it is important to not only feel comfortable with just a surgeon but the entire practice.” The trust between a patient and surgeon is essentially the most important part of any surgical procedure, making sure you can communicate all worries and fears to your surgeon and the individuals apart of their practice.

If you are someone who is unsure about a breast augmentation, it is something you have thought about but you maybe don’t have all the information you need regarding the procedure; Katie highly recommends coming into MidAmerica Plastic Surgery for a 90-minute consultation to ask any questions you may have along with the risks and benefits of a breast augmentation.

Katie’s surgical experience can serve as guide to many women thinking about a breast augmentation, “I definitely would do it again” Katie stated. Five years later and Katie is still satisfied with the overall results of her breast augmentation and experience at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery. Take the first step towards your breast augmentation journey today and call MidAmerica Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation!


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