Bobbie Jo Lindenberger isn’t ashamed to admit to having plastic surgery.
She’ll even tell you she wants more.
“I feel more like a female and I feel younger now,” said the 57-year-old Norwalk resident.
Lindenberger had a breast lift and then an augmentation procedure. She had lost weight and in doing so “didn’t have any breast left.”
“My self-esteem is so much better. When people see me now, they cannot believe the difference,” she said.
Lindenberger cannot say nice enough things about her surgeon, Teresa Ghazoul, who splits her time between The Bellevue Hospital and Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
The kind words are inspired, in part, by Ghazoul’s integrity,Lindenberger said. Ghazoul has denied performing the surgeryLindenberger wants the most, a tummy tuck, until she loses the right amount of weight. She still has to lose 20 pounds before Ghazoul will agree to the procedure.
“A lot of doctors, as far as I’mconcerned, would just do it,”Lindenberger said.
One hurtful misperception often perpetuated by the media is that plastic surgeons are greedy mercenaries who will do just about anything without thinking twice. Ghazoul refuses to do surgeries if the benefits of the operation are minimal or if the potential complications are severe.
“You don’t want to take them down a road and then have them say, ‘I wish I hadn’t done this,’” she said. “There are lots of people who think they should have a certain procedure and they don’t really have that significant of a problem and going through surgery is not worth it.”
No overnight fix
Don’t be fooled by television. The process of recovering from cosmetic surgery takes time, according to Ghazoul.
Because the majority of TV programming is limited to time slots shorter than an hour, cosmetic surgery shows