Dolores Catania shares details about her breast revision and why she’s open about cosmetic surgery
When you’re a star The Real Housewives franchise, you have to be prepared for even the most intimate parts of your life to be public knowledge. Dolores Catania, who joined the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey in the seventh season, has no problem being an open book, especially when he can help others. We chatted with her about her recent Sientra breast implants, why she talks so much about her cosmetic surgery, and her experience with New York plastic surgeon B. Aviva Preminger, MD.
When was the last time you had your boobs done? What made you decide to do them again?
“So I had my boobs done, I mean, about nine years ago I think. I wasn’t happy with how they looked. They weren’t sitting on me. They were sagging. Their appearance bothered me. And Teresa Guidice, who got Sientra implants and went to see Dr. Preminger, looked so amazing. It was on my mind to do it, and then once I saw it was well done, and I saw the doctor and went to Sientra, I decided to go ahead with the operation and have them redone.
Why Siena? What is the difference between Sientra and other implant brands?
“The most important thing, to me, is safety, because when you decide to have elective surgery, you have a responsibility to the people in your life and to yourself. Therefore the [great] thing about Sientra, there are so many different things, but first and foremost is their safety protocol – it’s amazing, bar none. They are so confident in their product that they give you a 20 year warranty where other companies give you 10. To me that means a lot.
Additionally, they only provide board-certified surgeons, so they personally monitor their patients. They check the doctor’s credentials, and that means a lot. It’s a real sign that they really care about their patients and customers. The other thing is that it’s a women-run business. Having lots of women working for them means they listen to women and what they think about things and what they are going through. They are big on philanthropy, and their philanthropy means so much to me. They have a fund where they pay for women who need reconstructive breast surgery after a mastectomy, and after going through breast cancer, who can’t afford the surgery. So that’s a big problem for me. I want to use a company that represents all that is so good.
How have these new implants changed the way you see yourself?
“Well, my clothes fit better. My biggest issue with my last implants was that they came in more to the side, and it was difficult for me to wear clothes. There were certain outfits that didn’t fit well. I didn’t like the way I looked at the camera and I was really hard on myself about it. So it changed me. I’m a lot more confident. They sit better. They’re better trained. Everything in my experience at Dr. Preminger’s office was amazing. Recovery was pretty quick.”
Your attitude and openness about cosmetic surgery is so refreshing. Why do you think you are so open about surgeries and your experiences? Did being friends with other women who had surgeries also help that?
“Well, I would like to say that I am the pioneer of my friends for what I do. I’m open about it because I’m just being honest. I think it’s fair to be honest when you have a platform with people watching you and you know what you signed up for. So I don’t want people thinking, ‘oh yeah, those are just my boobs’ or ‘that’s just my face’ or ‘that’s just my ass’. I mean, it’s just being honest with people who follow you and follow the show and contact you.
Also, a bigger reason is that when I do something, I research the doctor, I research the product that I put inside, and I want to share it when I have a good experience so people know where to go. So many people have botched surgeries because they don’t know the right doctor to go to. So when I go through something and I can tell them what I went through and how I went through it, I feel like the right thing to do is share it because in plastic surgery, you want everything done right the first time.
A review is very difficult. An overhaul is very expensive. A lot of doctors don’t want to do that because they don’t know what’s under that scar tissue, and that’s a big deal. So, of course, you don’t want to do more surgery than necessary. So the trick is when you’re dealing with plastic surgery, do it right the first time.
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