Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hello m'dears...

117.3 today. I dosed. I must say though, this is getting REALLY old. I am so friggin' bored. My taste buds are gearing up for P3 in a big way.

My jeans are falling off me. My size 6 jeans. I cannot believe this! I am NOT complaining. This is incredible to me. I cannot believe I am back. I am BACK.

I spent much of the day researching plastic surgery. I think I may have found my surgeon. I'm thinking boobs first. Mine are gone. Between the breast feeding and the weight loss, they are gone, gone, gone. Thank goodness for really good bras.

So looking for a plastic surgeon in Utah is an interesting experience. The local dominate faith says no to tattoos and extra piercings, but is all for breast augmentation. I mean the clinics here are like the sex shops in Holland - on every corner it seems. So, I looked and looked, and then decided to look on facebook for kicks. I searched for Utah Plastic Surgeon. facebook grabbed people I had mutual friends with and I think I may have found my guy. He is in Park City and he is a friend of another friend of mine who I know from Quaker meeting. He's apparently a Quaker and completely on the same page as I am politically. Now of course, this wouldn't be enough for me and just looking at his webpage, I would have most likely skipped him altogether. No before or after pictures which I consider a must, and the website looks like he could have put it together and did so 15 years ago. Because he and I have a mutual friend and we're like minded people, I decided I had to investigate further and not dismiss him for lack of web advertising skills. His education and resume' are INCREDIBLE:


Dr. Leonard is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and has been in practice in Utah for the past twenty-five years. His areas of special interest are facial rejuvenation (including the forehead, eyes, cheeks and neck), skin resurfacing, smoothing the contours of the face with fat transfer, breast modification (both enlargement and reduction), tummy tuck, and suction fat removal. He also sees patients for reconstruction following the treatment of cancers, burns, and injuries.

High school:Highland Park High School, Dallas (1961)
Spring Branch High School (1962) and Memorial High School (1963), Houston
graduated, Edina-Morningside High School, Minneapolis (1964)Undergraduate:Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
graduated, Bachelor of Arts, 1968Medical School:Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
graduated, Doctor of Medicine, 1971General Surgery:straight surgery intern, University of Colorado Medical Center,
Denver 1971-2
general surgery resident, 1972-5, senior resident, 1974-5
program director: Thomas E. Starzl, M.D.Plastic Surgery:Johns Hopkins University, 1977-79.
program director: John E. Hoopes, M.D.Maxillo-facial Surgery:Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services, University of Maryland, 1979
program director: Paul M. Manson, M.D.Hand Surgery:Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center, Union Memorial Hospital, 1980
program directors: Raymond M. Curtis, M.D. and E. F. Shaw Wilgis, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1979-1981

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Utah, 1981-1983

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Utah 1983

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Utah, 1986 to present

Since 1986 Dr. Leonard has been a volunteer with Interplast, Inc., an organization of plastic surgeons from throughout the world based in Palo Alto, California, which sends teams on invitation to developing countries to perform reconstructive surgeries at no cost to patients in the host country. The majority of patients are children with problems including birth defects of the lip, palate and hand, and scars from burns and trauma. A team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, recovery and operating room nurses, a pediatrician, and one or two support persons (usually numbering around ten), spend two weeks in country working with local surgeons to treat between eight and one hundred twenty patients. The team takes all of its supplies, dressings, sutures, instruments, necessary machinery, like cautery, suction and an autoclave with it. Physicians pay all of their own travel and living expenses. The nurses expenses are paid through charitable contributions. Dr. Leonard has made fifteen trips to eight countries over the past thirteen years. The countries are Honduras, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Philippines, China, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Larry and June first met on Interplast trip to Shanghai in 1993 and try to do at least one trip together per year.

Dr. Leonard has practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery in Utah for twenty-eight years. He completed his residency training in plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he also attended college and medical school. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah in 1981 he taught plastic surgery at Hopkins for two years. Since entering private practice in 1986 he has worked principally at the LDS Hospital where he has served two terms as chief of plastic surgery. His areas of special interest are facial rejuvenation( including the forehead, eyes, cheeks, and neck), skin resurfacing, smoothing of the contours of the face with fat transfer, breast modification (both enlargement and reduction), tummy tuck, and suction fat removal. He also sees patients for reconstructive surgery following treatment for cancer, burns, and injury particularly using microsurgical techniques. He has offices in both Salt Lake City and Park City.

Dr. Leonard is a native of South Carolina, as are his parents, his brother, and most of his relatives as far back as seven generations. He grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended high schools in Dallas, Houston, and Minneapolis. He obtained his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and remained at Hopkins for medical school, graduating in 1971. He then completed a general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver and has obtained board certification in general surgery. He served two years as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corp as a general surgeon stationed in Northern California before returning to Johns Hopkins for plastic surgery residency, which he completely in 1979. He remained in Baltimore for addition subspecialty training in surgery of the hand and a maxillofacial trauma fellowship. In 1980-81 he served as chief of plastic surgery at Baltimore City Hospital (now Bayview Medical Center) and full time faculty at Hopkins. During the same year he completed certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery In 1981 he joined the full time faculty at the University of Utah where he introduced microsurgical procedures not previously performed in the intermountain area. In 1986 he left the university to enter private practice in Salt Lake City, working principally at LDS Hospital, Primary Children's Medical Center, and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center . He passed the examinations for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand in 1990, the first year that the exam was offered to plastic surgeons.


WOW. This totally makes up for not having before and after pictures.

I am thinking my next closing will go towards breast augmentation. I also want to do smart-lipo and if I'm not totally satisfied, either a mini-tummy tuck or a full one. With all the weightloss, I think a mini may do it.

In any case, one boob for Christmas and one for my husband's birthday (Dec 21). Heee! :P

8 comments:

Christy in Seattle said...

Wow! Have you decided what size you want? Wouldn't it be great if we get them w/pumps to have different sizes for different outfits? :)

lavenderdiva said...

I'm so jealous! Your potential doctor has some wonderful credentials, and I'm sure his work speaks for itself. Try calling him and see if he will give you some references of women on whom he has done their boobs.

Like you, I want to get my boobs done too. But I want the reverse! I've had implants for almost 20 years, and after gaining all this weight, they are probably 48Longs, not 48EE. I would like to have a breast lift and have my implants removed. I would love to wear some things that I just can't now because of how my boobs blew up by gaining this weight. I'm going to wait until I lose all the weight I want to lose, before I see what needs to be done, and how I can get it done.

You're already looking pretty darned good- You'll be GORGEOUS with your new bod!

helderheid said...

Christy, I was sure I wanted to be a C cup, but I'm not sure! I may want to be a D. I'll need to really think about it. Being 5' tall, I don't want to be so big that I look ridiculous!

Lavenderdiva, I am calling him tomorrow! I'll ask for a consultation and I want to see his work. I also want references. His experience is mind blowing though so I feel I'd be in good hands - now I just need to make sure his artistic vision and mine match!

48 Longs... I damned near spit my coffee all over the keyboard! :D I hope you can get what you need done when you're ready for it. Lord knows after all the hard work we're doing we deserve it!!

helderheid said...

Christy, I meant to say I was sure but I'm no longer sure. I need more coffee! :P

Christy in Seattle said...

I'd recommend buying both a C and D bra and filling them up with bean bags. Wear them around the house for a while, and do it while exercising. I loved my breasts at a 34C. In my humble opinion, and it IS just my opinion, clothes are NOT designed for D-cupped women. I almost NEVER found a button-up shirt that didn't gap on me as a D. Forget it as a DD!

I'm sure you'll make a good decision. There ARE drawbacks to large breasts, though!

lavenderdiva said...

if I may add my 2cents, having started out as a 34B and having implants to make me a 36C. C cup is big enough. Keep in mind you have a small frame, and what Christy says is true. You aren't going to find a lot of clothes to fit a D cup, and you still want to be proportional to your frame. You'll be surprised at the C's. Christy had a good idea: get a C cup bra & some silicone inserts that they sell at in the lingerie section, and wear them around. See how you feel, see how your clothes fit, and how others are reacting to you.

lavenderdiva said...

if I may add my 2cents, having started out as a 34B and having implants to make me a 36C. C cup is big enough. Keep in mind you have a small frame, and what Christy says is true. You aren't going to find a lot of clothes to fit a D cup, and you still want to be proportional to your frame. You'll be surprised at the C's. Christy had a good idea: get a C cup bra & some silicone inserts that they sell at in the lingerie section, and wear them around. See how you feel, see how your clothes fit, and how others are reacting to you.

lavenderdiva said...

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to post twice...