Overweight Irish woman says plastic surgery changed her life
Duff, who runs a pub in Bailieborough with her husband, spent five weeks in total in New York last spring. Although she was released the day of the surgery she spent an additional two weeks recovering in her sister’s home in New York.
“Between the consultation and the surgery and recovery time I was in New York for five weeks in total,” said Duff.
The Cavan woman was excited to go back to Ireland and flaunt her new body.
“I was so much more confident when I arrived home with my new look. I had a completely different body,” she said.
Duff was welcomed home with open arms and several compliments by her husband and family.
“The reactions were unbelievable, people couldn’t believe the difference the surgery made. Some people didn’t even believe I was the same person,” she said.
As the time went on, Duff thought more about getting the other areas of her body worked on. She made another appointment with Brauman for this past February.
This time, Duff underwent surgery on her inner thighs, her arms, buttocks and lower back.
“This was a pretty big operation. I was under the knife for about five and a half hours while the doctor worked on everything at the same time,” explained Duff.
“Again, the results were unreal. Even more dramatic than the first time. I couldn’t believe it.”
Duff admits when Brauman told her he was going to give her a bum lift she was slightly apprehensive.
“I didn’t want to have a J Lo bum,” she laughs. “But it turned out fabulous, just perfect.”
This time, Duff only spent three weeks in New York. Her recovery time was much shorter.
“Would you believe two days after the surgery I was out shoveling snow with my nephew in New York,” she laughs.
Duff, who would not reveal the cost of the operations, said she would recommend the surgeries to people who have lost a lot of weight but can’t shed the excess skin.
“I would totally recommend it. You put all that work in to lose the weight and the plastic surgery will get rid of the excess skin that you can’t get rid of yourself,” she said.
Although aware of the horror stories associated with plastic surgery and in full knowledge of the Irish woman, Kay Creegan, from County Limerick who traveled to the U.S. in 2004 to have a face-lift and subsequently died as a result of complications associated with the procedure, Duff said she was totally confident and comfortable with her decision.
“My only worry was the recovery time, and that wasn’t an issue at all. I was ready to come back to work after a week the first time and quicker even the second,” she said.
Duff said her experience has been nothing but positive.
“Dr. Brauman and his staff are excellent. They don’t just take your money and run. They keep in touch with me all the time. The personal touch is important. We are not just clients to them, we are friends and that is lovely,” she says.