• Both Sides of the Scalpel: An Inside Look at Breast Augmentation

    by Dr. Semone Rochlin
    on Mar 23rd, 2017

If you’re looking into breast augmentation in Phoenix, Arizona, we have an insider’s look at the procedure and Dr. Rochlin. The writers at Team Rochlin had the opportunity to sit down with one of Dr. Rochlin’s patients, Deanna, to get her thoughts on breast augmentation and Dr. Rochlin’s approach in this exclusive interview.Deanna

Deanna had an inframammary (or under-breast) incision with a 255 LM+ memory-shaped silicone implant, placed sub-pectorally (partially under the muscle).

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She told us about her decision to have the surgery, her experience with Dr. Rochlin, her recovery, and her results. In addition to being a patient, she is also Dr. Rochlin’s medical assistant, and has been since prior to her procedure, giving her a unique perspective on the Phoenix breast augmentation scene.

Team Rochlin (TR): Let’s get a little background first. Tell us about yourself and about your decision to have a breast augmentation. Then I’d love to hear about your procedure and how you felt about it.

Deanna: I actually decided several years ago that I wanted to have the augmentation procedure. I am a 38-year-old mother of 4, and I’m fairly petite. After the ups and downs of pregnancy, and after childbirth and nursing, I just didn’t like the way my breasts looked. After my first child, I decided it was something that I wanted and was going to do. But I just kept putting it off, because, when you’re a mom, your kids always come first. 

When I started working here with Dr. Rochlin, I discussed with her at length how much I wanted to have this procedure done. She was very encouraging and said, “It’s pretty simple,” but she didn’t sugar-coat it. 

She didn’t gloss over the fact that I was going to be under complete sedation or the fact that it’s an invasive procedure. But, even so, she put me completely at ease and she made the whole process a piece of cake for me. I knew I was in good hands.

After 19 years of saying, “I’m going to do it,” I finally did it, and I am thrilled.

TR: Wow! How did the two of you come to a decision about what size and type of breast implant you ended up choosing? Tell us a little bit about that process.

D: I actually had been considering size for some time. Like I said, I’m pretty petite. Before I started having children, I was probably about 12 to 15 pounds smaller than I am now, and four kids later, I’m still barely over 100 pounds.

But my breasts, prior to kids, were a bit larger than I wanted them to be.  I wanted to make sure everything was proportionate. I didn’t want the change to be overwhelming for me or my loved ones. I didn’t want to do anything too extreme.

I wanted to be, as Dr. Rochlin calls it, “Subtly Sexy.”

As far as choosing the implant, I actually was Dr. Rochlin’s first patient to use the memory-shaped silicone implant. It was appealing because it has a more natural appearance with the teardrop shape. I also liked the fact that it was the silicone gel and that there would be a little less chance of rippling than a saline implant.

I have no problem telling people that I had breast augmentation, but I didn’t want people to be able to guess because they were huge or bouncing around. I’m almost 40… I want them to stay where they are when I move.

TR: How are they when you lay flat on your back? Do they look and feel natural?

D: They look and feel natural. Definitely.

TR: What’s been the best part about having the breast augmentation procedure done? What are you happiest with?

D: I think the best thing I’ve noticed is my confidence and how I feel about myself now.

My children can see how much happier I am with my overall appearance. I mentioned before that I’m raising four children. Three of my four are young ladies.

I have always told them to be happy with themselves, and not to be self-critical. So they didn’t like when I would complain about how my body looked. I explained to my girls that after having children sometimes your body changes and I just wanted my pre-baby body back.

My family loves the fact that I’m completely satisfied with how my breasts look now. I was fine with everything else, but I just wasn’t happy with the aesthetics of my breasts. Even my son, who is a 20-year-old young man, is happier knowing that I’m happy again.

I think the best part about it is being able to show my family that I’ve gained self-esteem and more confidence in my body. It was very empowering, and I’m glad that they can see that.

TR: Now that we’ve covered your procedure, let’s talk about the aftermath. What was the hardest part of your recovery?

D: I had a really hard time taking a break from my day-to-day life. I’m a very active person and find it hard to sit still. When your surgeon is also your boss, you lose the should option. You kind of have to follow the doctor’s orders.

Dr. Rochlin told me not to come in to the office and work. I wasn’t able to follow my daily routine: coming in to see patients, being active with my kids, cleaning my house, doing my own laundry. That was the hardest part, really: forcing myself to slow down.

TRB: Did you have a particular strategy or do anything special to make it easier on yourself? We know sometimes people send younger children to relatives or have someone visit for a few days to take care of their day-to-day responsibilities. Did you do anything like that? 

D: My kids are older, everybody’s in double digits. Because they already do chores around the house, they all increased their work load. They’re very responsible and very caring. But they still had to make me sit still and say, “Mom, we got it, we’ll take care of it.” It was just hard for me to release that control, because I’m more of a “do-it-myself” kind of person.

TR: Understandable. So how long was your actual down-time, and how long was it before you resumed normal activities?

D: I went back to work and got back into most of my routine on the third day after my surgery.

Though Dr. Rochlin reminded me that I could not do any heavy lifting for several weeks. As for when things got back to normal, around the third week, post-op, I was feeling like myself again. 

TR: Was there anything that you were really worried about that turned out not to be a big deal after all? 

D: The scarring. I was concerned that I would have very noticeable scarring because I’m pretty fair-skinned. Honestly, though, it’s very minimal. You can barely see it and you have to look for it.

TR: That’s great! I know that’s a big concern for a lot of people. Is there anything you would change? If you were going to go back and do it again, would you do anything differently?

D: No. My main concern was whether or not I’d regret having the breast augmentation. It’s a big decision and I’d been weighing it for years. On top of that, I had purposely chosen a smaller implant and I was worried I might regret not going bigger. However, I think I would have been uncomfortable with the bigger implant. I haven’t had any regrets about the procedure at all. 

TR: We’re glad to hear that. Speaking of your scars, how long was it before they weren’t noticeable? 

DWell, using the inframmary incision (under the breast) it is really difficult to see the scar and mine faded pretty quickly.

TR: Is there anything else you’d want potential clients to know? 

D: I tell our patients all the time that Dr. Rochlin is a very down-to-earth, girlfriend, sister-type surgeon. 

She’s not aggressive, and she won’t push you in one direction or another unless she feels like it’s for your health or your benefit.

For example, she wouldn’t take someone at 100 pounds, like me, and say, “Hey, you really need an 800 CC implant,” just because that’s what she thinks would look good on them.

She looks at your history, your concerns, everything. Whether it’s breast implants, a tummy tuck or liposuction, Dr. Rochlin keeps your best interests in mind. She wants to match your ideas and goals of what you want for your body. She really sees her patients as an extension of her own family.

I think one of the most reassuring aspects as a patient, is knowing that Dr. Rochlin is committed to her patients well-being and wants them leaving her office feeling fabulous and confident.

TR: Do you feel like that’s more because she is a woman or because that’s just who she is? 

D: I really think it’s both. It’s 100% because she’s a woman, and 100% because that’s just who she is. Dr. Rochlin sees her patients as family, and considers all aspects of each procedure before moving forward.

She makes sure that she spends ample time in the consultation, via phone or text messages, addressing any questions and concerns that a patient may have. It doesn’t matter what the procedure is, from injectables all the way up to a mommy makeover. Everything is equally important in her eyes.

Still have more questions?

Dr. Rochlin views cosmetic surgery with a woman’s eye, and performs it with a woman’s touch. She treats her staff and her patients like friends and family, so much so that her medical assistant trusted her enough to perform her breast augmentation. Deanna was so pleased with her results and continues to work in Dr. Rochlin’s office.

If you are considering breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Rochlin for a free consultation.

Author Dr. Semone Rochlin Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a Board Certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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