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Under the knife: Local woman feels more confident post-surgery

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December 31, 2009 | 04:08 PM
Julie Stein said she never enjoyed shopping for clothes. The Alpharetta mother of two said she was very self conscious about not being able to fit into dresses and shirts.

“I always kept waiting to hit puberty and it never seemed to happen,” said Stein.

At 5-foot 3-inches tall and 105 pounds, Stein was small-framed. She wore a size AA bra and wanted to feel more feminine.

“This is a part of my body that I’m sensitive about…it’s a womanly thing,” said Stein, 40.

She started researching breast augmentation surgery – the good, the bad and everything in between. She began researching doctors, as well.

A co-worker of Stein’s couldn’t stop talking about a tummy-tuck procedure she underwent with Dr. Andrew Jimerson at Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions in Suwanee.

“After she recommended Dr. Jimerson, I went for a consultation and learned about his background,” said Stein. “I was really impressed. He really does aim to please the patient.”

Stein went under the knife in December 2007 for breast augmentation surgery, increasing her breast size to a B-cup.

“I didn’t want melons,” she laughed. “I didn’t want to look top-heavy. Dr. Jimerson took my needs into consideration and knew that I wanted a subtle, but noticeable change.”

The outpatient breast augmentation was Stein’s first cosmetic procedure.

“I was a little nervous,” she said. “I researched a lot of information – all about what can happen, the good, the bad and the after effects of surgery. But (Dr. Jimerson) assured me of the chances of something (bad) happening was very, very low.”

Stein opted for silicone breast implants, which cost about $5,000.

“They’re more of a natural feel,” she said. “They’re soft and about as natural as you can get.”

Post-surgery, Stein said she felt pain and engorged. But with proper pain medication and a specialty post-surgical bra, she said her recovery was quick.

“I saw results pretty quickly, too,” said Stein. “Within a couple of weeks I felt much better.”

Two years after surgery, Stein said she couldn’t be happier.

“The best part was shopping for a dress for a black tie affair that I attended about a month after my surgery,” said Stein. “I wasn’t limited to what I could try on and I fit into all kinds of dresses. And, anyone that doesn’t know couldn’t guess that I’ve had surgery.”

Stein said she recommends that women who are interested in having cosmetic procedures should do their research and consult with a physician.

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