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Plastic Surgery, Confidence, and Leaning In

Just a few weeks ago, Lon, our chief operating officer, graduated with an Executive MBA from Sonoma State University. While working hard for Plastic Surgery Associates and Allegro MedSpa, she pushed herself and opened new horizons by tackling an advanced degree.

My good friend, Marcy Smothers, having had no previous experience as an author, just came out with a wonderful new book, Snacks. (Check it out at She pushed her own personal envelope and knocked it out of the park.

I am proud of Lon, Marcy, and other women like them who have broken out of their comfort zones to pursue their goals. According to Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, women are more likely than men to underestimate themselves. In her new book Lean In, she notes that women’s lower self-confidence inhibits them from embarking on difficult pursuits and taking on leadership positions; they pull back when they should be leaning in. Sandberg challenges women to ask themselves, “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” Then she urges, “Go do it.”

What does overcoming fear have to do with plastic surgery? Everything. While we love to see the physical transformations our patients undergo after they have a mommy makeover, a liquid lift, or a facelift, what we really love to hear is how those changes impact their lives. The most common comment we hear is, “This has done wonders for my self-esteem.” One of our patients said, “I was never lacking in confidence, but after my breast augmentation, I’m on fire. I say things at meetings I never would have had the guts to say before.”

In our experience, plastic surgery is rarely about simple vanity. Instead patients seek help for the distraction of self-consciousness, whether it’s from a large nose, a hanging neck, or deflated breasts. Surgery can relieve the back pain and headaches from heavy breasts and the discomfort of tucking in extra tummy skin, which drags down the spirit. In our experience we have found that plastic surgery, weight loss, and nonsurgical treatments like Botox can help boost confidence and liberate the bravery that many women never knew they had. Watch this short video clip in which two of our patients describe what surgery has done for them: If you’re interested in finding out more information, please contact us at

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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17 Responses to Plastic Surgery, Confidence, and Leaning In

  1. Mary Ellerson says:

    This is a great blog post. Thank you very much for the fantastic insight and we really appreciate the time you took to write this. Thanks again.

  2. Jill Jahelka says:

    I thought about making an appointment to find out about breast reduction for many years before I had the courage to actually do it. Now I am very happy that I did it and I am looking forward to my surgery date!

  3. Paula Kelley says:

    I just turned 56 years old and am really in the best shape I have been in 25 years. There are a few things I just do NOT like about getting older — my lips and “things” start sagging. So if I could do anything for myself as far as plastic surgery, it would have breast augmentation and then something done about those lines around my lips. They seriously have to go!

    • If you are interested in coming in for a consultation, please call our office. We’ll be happy to meet with you and discuss your interests. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Dr. F

  4. Laurel Holmquist says:

    I was extremely flat chested, so flat that when I was in my mid 20s with a short hair style a group of men (mean men) asked me if I was a boy or a girl. You can be sure after that comment I grew my hair out and wore more makeup. But the unwanted comment persisted in my mind and was re-enforced later by an unknowing boyfriend who teased me by telling me I had fatty armpits rather than breasts.
    Later in life I met a much younger man who I fell head over heels in love with. With that came the undermining feeling that I had two strikes against me: a flat chest and my age. I threw in the towel before I even gave him a chance. My mind told me that those things shouldn’t matter if it was “true love”(!). But how can true love exist when one person is too self-conscious to participate in the relationship.
    Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales resolved my issue i.e., my doubting mind about myself. With the breast augmentation and upper and lower eye lid work I was able to look back and kick myself for not having done something sooner! I no longer have doubts about who I am in my relationships.

  5. Michele R says:

    I’m pretty happy with myself other than the ugly, stretched out skin that comes from having a baby. I was one of the “unfortunate” women who got pretty bad ones! It doesn’t matter how much I weigh, the skin is always there, I hate it! I wish that I could get a tummy tuck to fix the problem. My daughter is now 19, I’ve spent the last 18 years focused on taking care of her, so I’m hoping that maybe now I can put my focus on me & making me feel better!

    • How pregnancy affects a woman’s body has a lot to do with genetics. A tummy tuck is a popular request from women whose skin didn’t bounce back after having kids, and it has a high satisfaction rate. Your daughter is lucky to have had you focused on her for 18 years! If and when you’re ready, we’re happy to see you for a consult.

      Dr. F

  6. Christie McLean says:

    There is nothing like the feeling of feeling beautiful and confident after walking out of the Allegro Med Spa. It takes so little to make such a difference in the way you feel. Everyone deserves to do a little something for themselves. Same goes for the procedure I had from Dr Canales. It made a world of difference.

  7. Renee Blair says:

    I have the courage now to stand up and say, I’m proud of my scars. They make me feel more beautiful because they represent the immense amount of strength I have. I tried real hard to get Dr. Canales to fix them for me. I’m so glad now that he showed me that what he could do for me would be even better than what I was originally asking for.

  8. Emily Parker says:

    I have been considering a mommy makeover since shortly after having my second son who was born weighing a whopping 9 lb 11 oz! After overcoming stage III thyroid cancer, I am very much looking forward to making improvements to my self and becoming a more confident person.

    • We’re glad to hear you bounced back after thyroid cancer! A mommy makeover really helps a lot of women bounce back from the changes their bodies undergo after pregnancy. If you are ready for a consultation, please give us a call. Our telephone number is (707) 537-2111.

  9. Judy Mesa says:

    I would like to have a face lift maybe some contouring to reduce muffin top, tummy and thighs. I have had botox, peel, eye lift and love the results. would so love to do more…..

  10. Angela Miller says:

    I had a breast reduction by Dr Furnas in 2002. Best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’d wanted to do it since I was 13 and a D cup. After 2 kids, and squishing out of a DD, I knew I had to do it. I’m small, 5’1″. Now I’m a small C cup and can wear small shirts without safety pins holding the gaps closed. Never question-go for it!

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