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Why I Decided to Get Plastic Surgery

Why I Decided to Get Plastic Surgery

My Beauty Bunny Jen Plastic Surgery

About two months ago, I had plastic surgery done. Let me start by saying that I’m a real person, and I have feelings. I’m posting this to share my experience, but I hope that, even if you disagree with my decision, you’ll have the decency to be polite with your comments. It’s AMAZING what people will say while hiding behind the relative anonymity of the computer. I have had people say things to me in the past that they would NEVER say to my face! So please be kind. This is my journey and I’m not saying everyone should run out and get plastic surgery (it’s certainly not for everyone). Just sharing!

It’s actually surprising how many people have admitted that they’ve had something “done” since I’ve openly talked about my surgery. From nose jobs to breast lifts and reductions to lipo and many other things. It’s a lot more common these days – and a lot more SAFE if you choose an experienced, reputable surgeon.

So anyway…I’ve always been bothered by my “baby face.” Round cheeks and a weak chin, plus a fat pad under my chin that had grown into something of a double chin. At age 33, my baby face features had not gone away. As the president of a social media agency that serves the beauty and fashion industry, I felt that my face didn’t portray the strong, confident woman that I was (am). I wasn’t trying to look like someone else – just me, but better.

Some of you might think I didn’t need the surgery (fair enough), but unless you know me in person, you may not realize that I only share pictures of myself that are flattering. You’ve probably never, ever seen a pic of my profile/side view. And most of the time, I used certain angles or a large smile that made my chin look longer and more proportional.

After consulting with my good friend, Dr. Jon Perlman, MD, FACS, I decided to have fat removed from my neck, buccal fat pads removed from my cheeks and a chin implant added. Buccal fat pads are what give babies those huge, round cheeks. Very cute on babies, but not so much on full grown adults! The theory is that they are actually there to allow babies to breastfeed easily. The chin implant is made from hard silicone. Back when Marilyn Monroe had a chin implant, they used cartilage, which can degrade over time – yikes!

Well, I thought about it for a long time, did a lot of research, and decided I was ready. Dr. Perlman showed me pictures of his patients’ before and afters. He explained the procedure and recovery in depth. He answered all my questions. His friendly, calm demeanor and 30 years of experience put me at ease. I had some blood work done to be sure I was healthy enough for the procedure and everything was normal.

I was nervous about the surgery because I had never done anything like this before (except for wisdom teeth removal). I followed protocol by avoiding alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. for several weeks before the surgery. I starting taking bromelain, arnica and turmeric supplements before (and after) the surgery.

The night before the surgery, I didn’t eat or drink after midnight. Then I got up early for my 7:30 am appointment. My boyfriend drove me, and we were both pretty nervous. After getting into the gown and hairnet, Dr. Perlman marked up my face, and then I went to the operating room. The anesthesiologist put in my IV, and the nurse put compression massagers on my legs for circulation. They told me they were giving me something to help me relax and that’s all I remember. I woke up groggy and the nurse helped me to the restroom. After recovering for a bit, they let my boyfriend take me home.

I took antibiotics, pain killers for two weeks (I have a very low pain tolerance) and a sleeping aid at night. I stayed propped up at a 45 degree angle for about a week (these pillows helped SO much!), and I had to wear a very unsexy headband to keep pressure on my chin. I wasn’t able to eat solid foods for a couple weeks, so I had LOTS of protein smoothies. My amazing boyfriend waited on me hand and foot (thanks Gregg!).

There was one incision under my chin and one on the inside of each cheek. All stitches were dissolvable so I didn’t have to get them removed. I wore a piece of surgical tape (like a band aid) over the chin incision for 2-3 weeks. Most people didn’t even notice it was there. I had NO bruising – which is crazy, because I bruise when people look at me the wrong way! I was swollen like a chipmunk for 2-3 weeks, and the swelling gradually went down day after day. But after a week, I could have gone out and people who didn’t already know me wouldn’t have noticed. There were times when I was scared my face would always be wide and puffy, but every morning it got a little better. Now it’s been almost 3 months (will be 3 months at the end of January), and I’m so happy with the results! You can see how my chin is now in proportion to my nose (especially noticeable in the side view).My Plastic Surgery Story

My Beauty Bunny Jen Plastic Surgery

My Beauty Bunny Jen Plastic Surgery

One thing that REALLY helped my swelling and recovery was good ‘ole TURMERIC! I bought turmeric shots at the local health food store, Erewhon, and my boyfriend also made his own blend for me with manuka honey, aloe, turmeric and pineapple juice (which also has an enzyme called bromelain that helps swelling). Dr. Perlman was impressed with how quickly the swelling went down.

So, was the recovery easy? No. Was it tolerable? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely!

My mom wasn’t excited about the idea, but when she saw the “after” pictures, she said I looked more like her when she was young. She was blessed with a strong chin, and now I have one too!

In my opinion, surgery is not something to be taken lightly, but if there’s something that has always made you feel insecure, or kept you from enjoying life to the fullest, I think it’s something to consider. Again, I’m not saying it’s for everyone. Certainly not. If you are an adult, and you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and want to do it, don’t cheap out. Go for the best surgeon you can find. I love Dr. Perlman because he’s very conservative and won’t make you look “done.” He’s very caring, and he even gives his patients his cell phone number so they can text or call him anytime during the process!

Bottom line is – I’m so happy I did it. I feel much more confident. And maybe I’ll start doing more beauty videos for you guys since I don’t hate seeing my face on camera anymore! :)

If you have any questions, let me know!

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About Jen Mathews

Jen Mathews is the Chief Bunny and social media maestro for My Beauty Bunny. She is also the President of Top Tier Media, a social media agency for beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle brands.
  • Lygophilia

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You look gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.tipsfornaturalbeauty.com/ Dima Al Mahsiri

    You have been so brave and open when you shared your experience with us. You look great before and after :)

  • beautybabbling

    Another comment to say that you for sharing. It can be really hard to sharing something like this on the internet, so I appreciate your openness.

  • http://www.dollyrouge.ie/ Kat (dollyrouge.ie)

    Jen just want to say congratulations and thank you for being so brave. I have a similar soft face and even though I’m only 29 I’m already worrying about the roundness becoming saggy neck and jowls as I get older. If you look at a photo of my face you would think that my body is much fatter than it actually is. I have a suspicion that I have mild cushings syndrome (one symptom is the “moon” face) as I’m easily stressed and suffer from clinical anxiety.

    I’ve been looking for information on procedures to help define my face better, but was worried I’d be laughed at by a surgeon for being too young. Thank you for dispelling my fears and for being so candid about your experience. Not that you weren’t beautiful before, but now your features are balanced nicely. And most importantly of all, you’re happier. And I’m so happy for you! x

  • whitenebula

    Thank you for sharing! There are a few things I’ve wanted done for a long time, mostly my hereditary undereye circles, but I haven’t seriously begun looking into it. You look great. :-)

  • Heather ツ

    Fabulous results, particularly the chin implant.

  • http://www.beyondbeautylounge.com/ Beyond Beauty Lounge

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Iv’e toyed with the idea of having a few minor things done myself. You look great, still like yourself.

  • http://www.KellsDIYnails.blogspot.com/ Kelly Tomlinson

    So cool to get an idea of what it would be like… I have wanted to get fat removed from my neck and under my chin for a very long time. After tax season I will probably call up Dr. Perlman to see about a consultation. ;)

  • http://margarita-bloom.com/ Margarita Bloom

    You look gorgeous Jen! Thank you for sharing!!

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Kat – have you gone to see a naturopathic doctor yet? I went to Dr Hirani in Culver City (LA) and she helped me figure out that I have a MTHFR gene defect that is causing a lot of problems (basically means I can’t convert folate and B12 into the right forms for my body to use). You can also get a genetic test for $100 at 23andme.com. Not saying genes are your issues, but it’s a place most doctors won’t look. Definitely get tested for Cushings and maybe have liver, thyroid and other hormones checked to be sure.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    The change is amazing! I love that your features are now more prominent. You look beautiful.

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Hi Kelly! I have a friend who asked about the under-neck fat removal only and Dr Perlman said it’s a lot cheaper if you do it under local (instead of general) anesthesia. Something to keep in mind! I had to do general because I had a lot more going on.

  • A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

    I think you look gorgeous. What’s funny is that you say you look like you had a baby face before…but your surgery actually made you look younger (in a not so baby way.) Wish I could be so brave – there’s so much I need done! xx

  • 15 Minute Beauty

    I think you’re so brave to share on the internet! It’s amazing the crap people will say on line that they would never, ever think of saying to you over the phone, in an email or especially in person!
    I think you look like a slightly more adult, but not older, version of yourself. You’re right, it’s amazing how much those buccal fat pads made a difference!

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    I know exactly what you mean Shannon and Christine! The droopiness made me look older, but the weak chin and full cheeks made me look younger. So now it’s all nice and balanced. :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Thanks Phyrra! :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Thank you everyone for the sweet comments!

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Awww Katie – that’s so sad. How old are you now? Obviously there are padded bras, but if you are still insecure, breast implants could be the way to go.

  • Lisa Kerr

    You look great!! I have a baby face to & at 46 Im considering having the same procedures that you had done, thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  • http://www.KellsDIYnails.blogspot.com/ Kelly Tomlinson

    Oh Snap! That’s awesome! All I gotta do is bust my booty this tax season and make some $$$!

    Seriously though, anyone in the IE (So Cal) looking for a tax pro look me up; I’m in Norco and you can find me in H&R Block’s Tax Pro Finder online. Free consultation and I can give you an estimate on your refund.

  • LilyBiscuit

    Such beautiful results!! You have inspired me! When the budget improves I need to consult with a doc too :) Thanks for posting!

  • Louise

    Looks amazing! Hard decision well made! xx

  • turboterp

    Thank you for sharing this very honest account of your procedure. Your results are stunning!

  • Tory

    You were beautiful before but your after photos certainly are fabulous! I can’t imagine having surgery, but I understand many who do. My sister had some stuff done, but she really suffered. Much more intensive work and I’m not sure she had the best doctor. I know it’s very personal, but would you mind sharing approximately how much the whole process cost? Did insurance cover anything?

  • http://beautybyarielle.blogspot.com/ Beauty by Arielle

    You look great. The doc did awesome!

  • FashionbyCristy .

    You look beautiful!! I support PS! I will get a nose job as soon as I have the $$ resources…

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    The transformation is amazing! High fives for double bravery. One for going through the procedure and two, for sharing online! You are a beautiful woman in many, many ways!

  • http://www.jigandjog.com/ Catherine Knight

    You have always looked great, but I’m so happy you’re feeling more confident! I agree with Kimberly, high fives for bravery!! I love that you were willing to share this journey here as well. :)

  • marciaf

    I love the sophistication I see in your face now, especially your profile. Dr. Perlman did a fabulous job since you still look like Jen and not a stranger you wouldn’t recognize.

  • Jean Clark Lynd

    Looks great. My bff wants this exact thing done.

  • polarbelle

    It’s amazing Jennifer. It must be so freeing and fulfilling. I wish I could do it, but all the other surgeries I’m having make me afraid to think further ahead to fix my several times over busted nose and face. Anyway, you look amazing…more confident and there is more symmetry. I’m so happy for you. Enjoy the heck out of it, girl!! You deserve it!!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    You look amazing! I want so much done to myself but I’m absolutely terrified lol Plus the expense isn’t do-able =( Your story will at least give me a “before you call a dr” plan so I can at least have all of my research in order for when I’m absolutely ready =)

  • http://polishinsomniac.blogspot.com jbrobeck

    I am in awe! You look absolutely wonderful. I think it is incredibly brave for you to put everything out there for the world to see. I think people should do whatever they need to make themselves feel better. Not to look like carbon copies of a Barbie doll, but to look like themselves, only better. Which is definitely what happened here!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    You look great! Thank you for sharibg your story. I’ve considered getting my nose done and a breastcredyction and lift.

  • Desiree Craig

    Old chin/new chin you’re beautiful inside and out, Jen! I say do what makes you feel best. Congrats on being brave enough to do it and share it! xo

  • http://www.logicalharmony.net/ Tashina

    I think that you look amazing! We’ve talked about this before and, like I said then, once you get to a certain age and still feel insecure about something on your body… It’s perfectly fine to change it! You need to do what makes you happy and what will make you happy with yourself. Modifications can be in any form – tattoos, piercings, surgery, hair dye, and self tanner. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to love yourself and making some tweaks to get there! :)

  • http://www.dollyrouge.ie/ Kat (dollyrouge.ie)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to get back to me Jen! I’m in Ireland, so we don’t really have a diverse healthcare system, but I’m going to scout around and see if I can find someone who specialises in these issues. That’s very interesting about the genetic link! I’ve been interested in getting a genetic profile done for a while, but they were much more expensive when I last checked. Thanks again here’s hoping we have a great healthy future :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Thanks Desiree! :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Oh somehow I didn’t scroll down enough to read all of your comment – doh! So glad you feel more confident now!! :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Hahaha I think so ! Now I have to go check!

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  • Zadidoll

    What do you mean by “turmeric shots”?

  • http://collegebeautybuff.blogspot.com/ Sammi Penni

    You look beautiful! I didn’t see anything wrong with you before, but I do love how the results came out after one you! I, too, have a week chin (that kind of passes for a double chin, unfairly) and a baby face. Although the recovery time sounds like a hassle, it’s only a few weeks compared to the rest of your life. Do you know if you have to get it touched up at all after a certain amount of time? I know breast surgery and some other things require another appointment every ten years or so. Also, sorry if this is too much to ask, but how much did the whole procedure cost you? Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Hi Sammi – no I shouldn’t need it touched up or anything unless someone punches me really hard in the jaw – LOL! The cost was around $10K.

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    My boyfriend and made a mixture of turmeric, aloe, manuka honey and pineapple juice, and I drank them like “shots” – out of shot glasses – so about 2 oz a day.

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Thanks Vanessa :)

  • http://www.alwaysyouthful.com/ Alina Mark

    Cosmetic surgery aims to improve the aesthetic appearance of a person,
    while plastic surgery may include this, or just the reconstruction
    (reconstructive surgery).

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Thank you Gigi! :)

  • Hillary Stan

    There was a time when even i was skeptical about going for nose job. But when it comes to plastic surgery, it all boils down to your surgeon. Fortunately, my surgeon was someone as experienced and skilled as Dr Barnouti who helped me get a nose of my dreams. Your post was truly amazing. Well done!

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    BEST thing I ever did – I’m so happy with my new, improved face! :)

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Wow – let me know how it turns out! Good luck to you!