I never thought I would be interested in a breast augmentation. I
watched my mother go through one many years ago, and the troubles
she had with them throughout the years, ending with finally having
them removed…I vowed to never have an augmentation. Well at 42 years
old I began to rethink the augmentation option. I had a friend, who
in November 2005 received her augmentation. We had a long discussion
about the pros and cons, and placement of implants. My body was now
changing, and what once were full large breasts are now sagging
pears. I also noticed that if I had larger more fuller breasts it
would better proportion my body. So in September 2006 I began
extensive research. What once was an unperfected cosmetic surgery
was now perfected and more common than the years gone by since my
Thankfully I found this forum simply by a “Google” search. I found
many ladies who were a wealth of knowledge and experience. I also
researched the web for additional medical information. In light of
my research I decided I wanted an augmentation. At the time I made
the choice I was able to financially pay for it which was a huge
part in my decision. If it were today I would have to chose “no”,
not because I wouldn’t want the augmentation but due to finances.
Now for the hard part......finding a surgeon, figuring out what
placement and the most important issue – finding the right size
implant for my body. Well, the choice was made easily for me. A
Dr. Edward Bednar of Charlotte, North Carolina
board certified plastic surgeon and artist of painting and
sculpting. My husband and I attended one of his seminars and the
decision was made. I scheduled an appointment for a consultation.
Upon meeting with Dr. Bednar, in person, we decided on the
placement. I chose under the muscle.
The reasons for my decision in
this placement were twofold. One, better mammogram results, and two,
fully under the muscle provides additional support to the heaviness
of the new breast. I also made the decision for textured, round
implants. I chose textured basically for the convenience of no daily
massaging for eternity and round because the teardrop has a history
of “flipping” over as I found in my research. Doc said by just
gravity the round implant will “hang” teardrop shaped anyway….I also
chose the trans-ax incision site. Incision in the arm pit area. I
preferred not to have scaring on my breast except for the mini lift.
I also was advised to do a mini-lift, which I totally agreed with. I
decided to include a mini lift since I did have some sagging and the
incision for that would be around the areola which cannot be
detected today. I believe if I had the implants without the lift I
would have been unhappy.
So if you need a lift along with the
implant do it all at once. Dr. Bednar was very straight forward and
to the point. He is a conservative surgeon and would not give me
something “over the top” which I appreciated. I wanted something
complementary to my body size. I use to be about a 30D in my younger
years. I lost a bit of weight and the breasts as well. I did however
have a lot of breast tissue to fill which was to my advantage.
Surgery was scheduled for December 22, 2006. I perused the plethora
of photos of breast augmentations. How to decide on the size was
almost impossible. I did the bra stuffing thing, tried on different
shirts etc. to assimilate what the change would be like. I will tell
you now, nothing, and I do mean nothing will compare to receiving
the actual augmentation. If there were an easy way to know what you
would look like on the other side I didn’t find it! I must have
looked at over 2000 set of breasts. Finally I chose 3 photos to
share with my Doc.
Finally it was surgery day. I was nervous, excited and “whoo hoo”
all at once. I was in constant contact with my forum sisters and
they were a wonderful support group. Surgery went very well. I was
given proper pain management, antibiotics, anti nausea meds. Doc
also gave me Arnica for healing and I believe it helped immensely. I
had almost no bruising and this is almost impossible with
extensiveness for the under the muscle placement.
Once I began massaging (which you have to do for several weeks at
first for softness and dropping even with textured implants) I did
notice my left breast had an issue with dropping into the pocket. It
was addressed with my Doc several times before we decided at about 6
months it was not going to drop. He went back in the same incision
site to release the implant and it dropped right into the pocket
I am now a soft 32DD and almost at my two year mark and am happy with
I want to deeply express my thankfulness to Bailey who was always
there from the beginning and all the forum girls who not only
assisted with questions but also asked questions which in turned
gave me knowledge.
If you have any specific questions, Please contact me via the forum.
I am happy to assist where I can. My advice… I will tell you be sure
you want the surgery. Be prepared, you will never be perfect, this
is the only way to be happy with your results. If you are going for
perfection you will always find something you could change. Best of
luck to you ladies!