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Kelly's Breast Augmentation and Mini Tummy Tuck

"This is the best thing I have ever done for myself."

After her fourth child, Kelly vowed she'd get back in good shape. She promised herself that if she did, and kept it up for a year, she would seek cosmetic surgery to help her get her pre-mommy body back.

The mother of four children ranging in age from seven years to eighteen months, Kelly is in her late thirties. She has always taken good care of herself, but with each pregnancy she gained a little more weight, and with each childbirth she found her body just that much more out of shape. "It got harder and harder to take the weight off," she said.

What's worse, while her pre-pregnancy breasts were a full size C, Kelly said, "After my fourth child, there was just nothing left. I had almost no breast tissue at all. I wasn't even an A cup. I knew I wanted to fill them back up."

Kelly did what she set out to do: she lost the extra weight. A good diet and fitness routine did the trick for her, and she achieved her goal of keeping the weight off for a year. She began to plan a breast augmentation and decided to have a mini tummy tuck as well. "I am fortunate to have good skin tone," Kelly noted. "I don't have a single stretch mark." But even so, she had a belly pouch that "no amount of sit ups could fix." Kelly admitted she never had a perfectly flat stomach, even as a very young adult, and the idea of finally having a tight belly was exciting.

Kelly researched procedures and physicians in the usual ways: she spoke with other women and browsed Web sites. She first heard about Dr. Rios through some of his other patients, and she observed that all seemed happy with their results. Then, when she met him for the first time, Kelly said she "knew immediately I didn't have to look any further. I could tell he was the doctor for me."

According to Kelly, Dr. Rios has a great bedside manner. She describes him as warm and passionate about his work. "He has a wonderful sense of humor," she added. But what really told Kelly she had found the right surgeon was the time he took with her and the time he wanted her to take to be certain she should proceed. "He spent a huge amount of time with me on my first visit," she related. "He gave me all kinds of information and told me to go home and digest it for a week or so. He wanted me to be so sure that the surgery was for me. In fact, I had three visits with him before my procedure."

Recovery for Kelly was smooth. She really didn't stay in bed any more than usual, preferring to rest in a recliner for the better part of a few days. Her supportive husband cared for the children for four days, including the day of surgery, then went back to work. Kelly took pain medication on the day of surgery and just one dose the next day, then switched to ibuprofen. She felt mainly pressure and a stretching sensation in her breasts with light pain in her tummy that subsided quickly.

Along with being so pleased with Dr. Rios, Kelly was very happy with the facilities she visited. She explained that Dr. Rios' offices are not only beautiful, they're also unique in the way they're set up for privacy. "You leave via a different door than you came in," she said, "and they have a private counter where you pay for your services. It's all set up to be completely comfortable, discreet and confidential."

"This is the best thing I have ever done for myself."

Kelly was also delighted with the personal treatment she received from Dr. Rios' entire team. "His assistant is so nice and so professional." At the surgery center, Kelly said, "They treat you like a movie star." The anesthesiologist put Kelly at ease by describing everything she would do ahead of time. Dr. Rios himself was accessible and responsive as well. He called her more than once after surgery to see how she was doing. "I called with a question just before New Year's weekend and he called me right back. He explained he would be out of town but told me how I could get in touch with him and said he would be available to me if I had any concerns at all."

Kelly offers the following advice for others considering plastic surgery: don't wait. And don't second guess. "I am so pleased with the results," she says. Her new breasts, with their silicone gel implants, look and feel soft and natural. And she finally has the flat tummy she never had, even before pregnancy. "I look better than I did when I was 18!" she said. "When other women see me now, their reaction is always, 'Oh, my gosh!' And their husbands say, 'When can my wife get an appointment?'"

Kelly notes that plastic surgery can be a big self-esteem booster for lots of people. "We all feel good when we look our best, don't we?" Still, the decision was a very personal one for her. "I couldn't find clothes that fit well. I wasn't comfortable with me."

"I feel totally at ease with what Dr. Rios has done," Kelly said. "The results are beyond what I had expected. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself."

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1Joliet Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
1124 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 744-8554
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
2Lombard Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
2500 S Highland Ave #320
Lombard, IL 60148
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8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
3Bourbonnais Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
595 William R Latham Senior Dr
Bourbonnais, IL 60914 (815) 744-8554

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
4Frankfort Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
20646 Abbey Woods Court North #104
Frankfort, IL 60423 (815) 744-8554

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
5Ottawa Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
123 W Michigan St.
Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 744-8554

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed

6Valparaiso Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates
3501 Enterprise Ave
Valparaiso, IN 46383 (815) 744-8554

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: Closed