Orange County Plastic Surgery Patient Testimonial - Rhinoplasty
My name is Randi, and I'm 32. I had a rhinoplasty, breast implants, and liposuction. The reason I really, really wanted to have this done was because ever since I was little my nose ... I just felt like it was bigger than it should be, and I always was looking at everyone's nose around me. I was looking at the shape, and how it went up, and it was cute. I just felt like every picture that I ever looked at, it was so big, and didn't fit my face, and it just bothered me my entire life. I mean years and years went by and I just couldn't stop thinking about it. I was looking in the mirror all the time and every picture, and it was hard for me to smile. I never wanted to smile in any of my photos because I felt like when I smiled it made it get even bigger.
So I kind of battled because I felt like it was in my head, and so I would kind of beat myself up, and feel like, "Why don't I just feel happy? Why am I not okay with the way that God made me? I don't understand." As I got into high school, eventually it led into just such insecurities that I just stopped eating. I got very depressed, and I got so thin that I ended up hospitalized. From that point on, I began a whole recovery of me. When I was 20 I met my husband, and he really just was like my angel. He encouraged me every step of the way. From that point on, he helped me recover from an eating disorder, and helped me feel beautiful inside and out. The one thing about him was he never made me feel like I was wrong for having the feelings that I did, or feel like ... I don't know. He's my rock.
I decided that I wanted to make sure that I had kids first before I did anything, and make sure that we were in a financial position, so I made that commitment. I was fully recovered from my eating disorder before we ever decided to have kids. Then in 2008 I had my son, and in 2010 I had my daughter. Then we ended up losing our house when the economy took a crash, you know, when everyone was going through that. So we ended up just backtracking, and I thought, "Well, God it's hopeless. I'm never going to have this done." At that point, my focal point was my family and my kids, which as it should be. But it's still ... Again, I spent every, every second looking at pictures, or looking in the mirror, and just hating it, and hating me for feeling that way.
Then we ended up living with my in-laws for two years to recover, and so we came out of that bad time. Then from that point on I just decided, "I'm going to go and consult with a surgeon, and find out if this is something I should even look into doing, and what the steps are." So I went and I met Dr. Bunkis, and immediately he made me feel like, "You're not wrong. You're not silly." He goes, "Absolutely." He goes, "Your nose is just the size it should be like on your brother, and it just doesn't necessarily fit a female face." He goes, "Sure you've lived with it." But he goes, "I completely understand if it makes you feel that way."
So he just caught my attention immediately. I reviewed his background and everything, and I just was nervous. I don't think anyone ever wants to cut into their face because someone could completely change you, and then you'd be looking back, kicking yourself saying, "Why would I ever go and touch my face? I should have been happy the way it was." I consulted with him a couple of times, and then we went ahead and proceeded with the rhinoplasty. When I came out, I cried. I just absolutely was so relieved. It was like finally I could just not obsess over my nose. I just wanted it to be normal like everyone else's, so I could take pictures, and smile, and feel confident.
Then about a year later I decided that I wanted to go ahead and do my breasts. At this point, I mean I already had my kids. I was done breastfeeding. I was done with any portion of that in my life, and I felt like, "God. They're gone." They were fine. That was a part of me that I felt secure about. They were never big. They were just ... They fit me, and then all of a sudden after breastfeeding they just sucked dry. So I decided to go back in, and go ahead and have that done. Again coming out ecstatic about the results. So happy that I did it. I could wear a bathing suit again. No one even knows. My family doesn't even know that I did it because it just is right back to where it should be.
So I feel good that I did that. Then two weeks ago I went back in, and I asked Dr. Bunkis, I said, "I'm so happy about the results I've had, but my face looks tired." Again, with all the stress, and having kids, and everything I've been through in the last 10 years, I said, "Is there anything that I can do to help offset that?" He said that by going in and taking natural fat out of my legs, and just injecting just a small amount in each of my cheeks and in my lips, that it would help bring a little bit of a youth back in my face.
I'm still kind of swollen and bruised a little bit, but you can see ... I mean for having this done 14 days ago, the recovery is like that. It's so easy to be able to do, and not disrupt your daily life. My kids, I just told them, "Mommy got an owie." It did not do anything to hurt anyone around me. I don't feel guilty for doing it like I thought that I would, and I feel so good. I feel like I can finally move on, and just go live my life, and enjoy my family, and stop obsessing over my photos, so I'm very happy that I did it. I feel very fortunate.