My breast augmentation story is nothing to exciting. In
searching for the right plastic surgeon to have the breast augmentation with, I
flew from the east coast to California to see Dr. Tom Pousti - November 2008. Dr. Pousti was wonderful - however due to my budget, I did not end up going with
him. The extra travel costs with the hotel was exceeding what I planned on
After coming home to the east coast, I found
another plastic surgeon in New Jersey I met who was very informative and his
work was exceptional. I went on several consult with this plastic surgeon and
decided to him perform my breast augmentation. I brought in pictures that
I liked and told him what I wanted - large and natural looking.
During my pre op appointment we both chose to go
with Mentor 650 Moderate Plus implants filled to 700ccs. It was pretty
simple and direct. My breast augmentation surgery was scheduled on the
15th of January, 2009.
The day of surgery my older son drove me to the
surgery center. I had to be there really early in the morning. My
surgery was originally scheduled for 7:00 AM but got pushed up an hour later.
I wasn't nervous at all. I filled out some paper work, then they
called my name and I went into the back room. I was greeted by a nurse who
went over my medical history and took my blood pressure, etc. I was told
to change into a hospital gown. The nurse returned to start my IV.
My plastic surgeon and his nurse came in and
smiled and asked me if I was excited, in which I said enthusiastically
"Yes"!! My plastic surgeon's nurse told me I was in good hands and was
told I would be seeing him shortly. The anesthesiologist came in and asked
me questions about my medical history and place the anti-nausea sticker behind
my ear. Soon after that, two other nurses came in and took me to the
operating room. The surgical room was so cold, I was freezing! The
anesthesiologist put some medication into my IV and that was the last thing I
remember before waking up in pain!
The surgery was done, but I had severe swelling
and burning pain on the right side of my breasts. The nurses ended up
calling my plastic surgeon to tell him I was in pain. I felt very drugged
from the medication, however; was still in severe pain. I noticed the
anesthesiologist and several nurses were discussing my chart - and soon after
that my plastic surgeon came over and said he had to have me go back into
surgery again. There was something seriously wrong with with right breast.
The nurse sat me up and told me I had to sign some papers - but was so drugged I
had no idea what I was signing at the time. The nurses told me that I had
to go back into surgery again, so I signed it reluctantly. My older son
who was waiting for me had to also sign the surgical papers.
After the second surgery, my plastic surgeon
asked me briefly how I was feeling after the procedure was complete. I was
feeling ever so much better - apparently he had to remove the implant on the one
side and replace it with another 650cc implant filled to 715cc. My plastic
surgeon irrigated the pockets with lots of antibiotics as well. This time
there was not so much pain as there was pressure. Shortly after that, I
was allowed to get dressed so I could go home. I was still very groggy
from the anesthesia.
There wasn't so much pain with this procedure as
there was pressure. My plastic surgeon prescribed me Percocet whenever I
felt pain. After I was home for a couple of hours, the surgical
center called me to check on my status, as well as my plastic surgeon. I
really felt fine, just felt like there was an elephant sitting on my chest.
I rested a lot during the couple of weeks for recovery.
My first post operative appointment was four days
after the surgery, then the following appointments were set for once a week for
a month. My breast implants did not appear beautiful at first, I truly had
"franken-boobs" for the first 2.5 months. The implants did finally dropped
and fluffed to a natural state after that time. They look fantastic,
however; a little bit too natural for my taste. I would love to have more
fullness on top - but overall the implants do look very good. Most
importantly, they are even and big! I wouldn't mind going to a larger size
implant one of these days. I would love to try 850cc.
I am very happy, as the implants look fantastic
in my Victoria Secret push up bra. It gives me that upper pole fullness
with great cleavage. My next procedure, I would like to have a full tummy
tuck and liposuction in the fall or winter. I realize my second surgery
was indeed an emergency type situation, but I didn't like having to sign papers
when I wasn't fully aware of what I was doing.
I am currently five months post op now and so far
everything is going smoothly. My next follow up with my plastic
surgeon is due at the end of this month.