Defeating My Demons: My Decision to Undergo Plastic Surgery
by Beauty Blogger Corey Harris
Growing up, I was just as awkward and uncomfortable going during puberty as the next girl. I would change in the stalls when during gym, wear baggy shirts and sweaters year-round, and I never ever went to my friends’ pool parties – all because of my ugly boobs. I always knew that my breasts were different, but I never knew why. Comparing myself to other girls, I noticed that my breasts were small and spaced far apart while theirs were round, perky and perfect. While I hoped this was something I could grow into, I never did. I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood fixated on my pointy boobs and absolutely hating them. I promised myself that one day, I would change them for good. Now, that day is finally here and I have absolutely no idea where to start. I have no friends or family who have undergone plastic surgery, so I don’t have anyone to give me advice. I decided to go online and tackle some questions that I had to put me on track to getting the breasts I’ve always wanted.
Do I Just Google “plastic surgeon”?
I had no idea where to even begin finding a doctor that was right for me. Whenever I need to know something, I’ve always been told just to “Google it”. Under normal circumstances, I would…but this was much more serious than just finding a yummy restaurant or an awesome shoe store. My research led me to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Here, you can learn all about all of the different cosmetic procedures, look at before and after photos of surgeries, and find board-certified plastic surgeons.
What about Other Patients?
I was curious about connecting with other patients who had gone through surgery. I wanted to be able to connect with others who had already experienced surgery first hand. Luckily, I found RealSelf, which is a community dedicated to everything cosmetic surgery: blogs, discussion forums, before and after galleries and even Q&A with surgeons. I couldn’t believe something like this even existed! I was able to find and directly communicate with a number of other women had been in shoes and were helpful in discussing their past procedural work. In addition, I could read reviews of the surgeons in my area and see what other local members were asking, discussing and engaging in. It seriously felt like a home away from home.
What Do I Look For?
Before I found a board-certified surgeon, I wanted to know what to look for in a website. After researching plastic surgery in Honolulu, I found a doctor who not only specialized in breast procedures in my area, but was scored high by reviewers on RealSelf. Dr. Shim Ching’s website includes a ton of information about his many procedures, several photo galleries of his past work, and even addresses myths about breast augmentation. To me, this was such a relief; I finally found a great resource for someone who was very curious about plastic surgery but still felt a little clueless.
If I learned one thing during this process, it’s that research is key for individuals who want to explore plastic surgery. I am planning on scheduling my consultation any day now, and am thankful that I was able to answer all of my surgery questions, locate a board-certified surgeon and research his past work without even leaving my own home.