** Today's and yesterday's posts were not sponsored by the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. However, they can easily bribe me in the future if they'd like to! **
Yesterday I wrote about the Plastic Surgery Party I attended at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Huntington Beach. The party was hosted by Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz who have offices in both Huntington and Newport Beach. I described the opulent food spread, the champagne, the raffles and the wonderful gift bags provided to each guest at the end of the event. If you haven't read that post yet, you can go here to do so.
Today I'd like to share with you pictures and stories of some of the people who attended the party. I went to the party expecting many opportunities for snarkiness. Instead, I met a lot of "real" people with great stories. Were there some bimbos there? Yes. I talked to some people who had undergone far too many surgeries from multiple doctors. Not everyone knows when to stop with the plastic surgery.
Everyone I asked did not agree to have their picture taken. I'd like to extend a huge thank you to those who were willing to let me take their photos and/or share their stories.
As I entered the party, I was followed by this group:
One thing I'd like to mention is the doctors can make improvements on someone's appearance but they can't make a butt-ugly person beautiful. Plastic surgery is not a magic wand. As Stephanie, the consultant at the center, told me … the results of each surgery are dependent on the original canvas.
This next picture is of Edna:
I believe Edna said she is 68 years old. Amazing! I think my jaw dropped to the floor when she told me her age. Edna and I didn't have a chance to discuss her complete plastic surgery history. She did tell me she'd had her eyes done "a few years ago" and more recently she underwent a Lite-Lift™. A Lite-Lift™ is a modified mini-facelift which can be done in the doctor's office with local anesthetic. The Lite-Lift™ improves aging/sagging skin around the neck, jawbone, and lower face.
Personally, I think Edna looks great.
My next photo is of Mary Lou.
I don't know how old Mary Lou is. She told me she wants to have her neck "done." In fact, Mary Lou really, really wants to have her neck worked on. She poured out her story to me. She married her high school sweetheart years ago. Eventually they divorced and they both remarried. Her second husband has since passed away. Her high school sweetheart has divorced his second wife. All these years, she's missed, loved, and longed for her first love. He has been the love of her life. She said they married young and he "wanted her to share him" when they were young. I guess that means he had trouble being monogamous in his youth.
In any case, after 38 years of being divorced Mary Lou and her first husband have reunited. She's giddy as a school girl. She's in the process of relocating right now to be with him. Whether or not she ever goes ahead with the plastic surgery she wants, remains to be seen. Hearing about her happiness, hearing about the love of her life, was heartwarming.
This next photo is of a woman who is seven weeks post-tummy tuck. She also had liposuction done on her stomach/hips/back.
She is still wearing an undergarment around her torso as she continues to heal from the surgery. She is euphoric over her new body. Euphoric! She had twins when she was only 17 years old. She is now 47. She said for thirty years she has had loose skin hanging down off her stomach and hated her own body. At the same time, she recounted a "brutal" first few weeks post-surgery. A tummy tuck is not something to be taken lightly. Her description of cleaning her surgery wounds and having drains in her body made me shudder.
She pulled up her shirt and showed me her flat as a board stomach. I admit, I felt jealous. My stomach *maybe* was that flat three babies ago. Her happiness, however, was contagious. This woman's self confidence is overflowing as a result of her surgery. She is so empowered by her new self. I'm really happy for her.
There were other touching and poignant stories also. There were stories of massive weight-loss patients (most frequently gastric bypass patients) who came to the center hoping for a new start after losing a lot of weight. They had skin hanging off their bodies and undergoing plastic surgery provided them with a new beginning to their lives.
In addition, there were women who had undergone masec
tomies due to breast cancer. The doctors performed breast reconstruction to help these brave survivors retain their sense of self. The doctors also work with trauma patients (car accidents and such) to help people return to their former lives.
As I talked with Dr. Nichter, a woman approached and patted her very extended stomach.
"This is not a baby," she said ruefully. "There is no baby in here."
She wanted his help. She wanted his opinion.
I moved away to allow them to talk in private. Later, when asked, he informed me he had told her to schedule a consultation. I suppose even the best surgeons can't perform fake baby removals in the middle of a party.
I have a few pictures of some of the staff members employed at the Pacific Center. I think it's safe to assume, they are all able to indulge in an occasional nip and tuck due to their jobs.
First, here's a picture of Suzanne. She's a nurse at the center. She has such a pretty name! Suzanne has a 23 (or is it 24?) year old kid. Who would be able to tell? She looks 23 herself. I know Suzanne and, in addition to being beautiful, she's a very nice person. Take a look at her long eyelashes courtesy of Latisse!
The next photo is of Eileen. Eileen is the office manager. I love Eileen. I instantly bonded with her when I became a patient. In this photo Eileen is working the raffle which took place at the end of the party. Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter are on either side of her.
I wish I had thought to take a picture of Stephanie but I didn't. Stephanie is 57 years old and absolutely gorgeous. She's a consultant for the doctors.
My last photo is of Pam. Pam is 67 years old. Can that possibly be correct? She's an esthetician.
I'd like to say thank you again to the doctors and all of the people who agreed to have their photos taken and/or their stories told. I'm sure many of the people featured today will be logging on to read today's post.
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