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Re: Talking to those who've been there... Phillipa

Posted by confuzyq on January 26, 2008, at 12:44:56

In reply to Psychology of Surgery, posted by Phillipa on January 21, 2008, at 13:00:01

Hi Phillipa,

Sometimes nothing can beat being able to talk to others who've been through, or will be going through, the same things you are; and whose knowledge and research you can also get the benefit of. So I thought I'd post links to various pages at a plastic surgery message board network, where in my experience folks have mostly been very nice, helpful and informed.

These are actually all pages at the same message board network -- it all used to be owned by one woman, then it became very successful and she sold it to a commercial enterprise (which tosses in occasional pitches for itself and its services, such as financing and doc referral; but otherwise doesn't get in the way. Most posters have a game plan of their own and ignore the site's available services).

Anyway, as I was saying: Even though the specific boards have completely different web addresses, they all stem from the same network.

**** Forum for your specific procedure is:

**** Below is the heaviest-traffic of the boards. As such, occasionally people post about any procedure there, instead of just on the board devoted to their specific one. (Similar to how people here have a preference for posting on certain heavy-traffic babble boards, even if there is a more tailored designated one. Only with these, you won't get redirected! ;) Might be good to post your questions in both places.

**** Although a link to a list of all other specialty boards appears on most main pages, below is one place you can find the full list. (Yeah, silly name! It was the name of the original forum started by that one woman, Marianne someone-or-other.)

The board layouts are kinda similar to babble in some ways, so maybe that will help with navigation. *But* (unless this has changed since I was there last) one thing to always remember is that you can't count on getting notifications from threads you're on! To be sure you are aware of all new posts to it, you pretty much have to keep checking the thread itself. Only the person whose exact post was clicked on and replied from gets a notification.

So, also keep that in mind when you are replying *to* someone -- if you want to be sure they will be the one who gets a notification, reply from their post. That also makes your post appear right under theirs, so some threads end up out of order as far as dates (i.e., newest posts are not necessarily at the bottoms of threads).

Some great info can also be found by using each boards' search feature (entire site/network can't be searched at once), but unfortunately the date cutoff is pretty short, like six months or a year back. Again, unless that's changed since I was there last.

(Hope that all made sense. I'm not good at explaining such details, in less than 63,000 words anyway!)

**** Below is a different cosmetic forum that also seems to be very popular, and is often referred to on the above ones. This one is layed out in a more common message board format.

Good luck, and by the way, I fully believe in doing this kind of thing for oneself. What you have in mind is not overly indulgent or indicative of unrealistic expectations by any means. :o)




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