I did lots of online research about breast augmentation, the
risks, and various doctors, prior to getting up the nerve to "go
see" if it was for me or not. I even made appointments then canceled
them at the last minute because I chickened out earlier this year.
Then around springtime 2008, I made (and kept) all the appointments
I made with the Plastic Surgeons I wanted to see for consults. Some
turned out to be way too expensive, while others I just did not like
their attitude -- we didn’t get along so why in the world would I
want them cutting me open? I needed a Plastic Surgeon I had faith
in and also of course one that was qualified. I wanted to feel
comfortable telling him how I wanted to "change" my body. I wanted
to also see photos of his work of how he's done successful work on
other patients too.
Finally, I made my choice after going on a few consults -- and
decided on a surgeon out of state in Florida. It was a little bit
more convoluted due to the travel, but hopefully it would be worth
the trip. Also, the price quotes are vastly different depending on
the state you are in also I found out, I could not afford some of
the ones saying $9K for a Breast Augmentation -- what? Are they
I went in April 2008 to get it done. I did not tell anyone. Not even
my immediate family -- no one except my fiancÚ knows I had it done.
When I returned now friends just think I have a really amazing
Victoria Secret bra on. I have not really worn any tight
clothes yet, I think I'm still adjusting. I had to throw all my bras
and tops out - that was one thing I did not think of (or plan out
for!) I couldn’t fit into my tops for work anymore. So now I am
wearing 2-3 tops that I hurried at buying, which has depressed me.
Unfortunately, when I do go to shop, I cannot fit into any tops! I
try the large, I can not fit into it ...I try XL ...it barely fits!
...and often there's not XXL! It is much harder for me to shop for
My fiancÚ reluctantly took care of me. He said I was fine the way I
was and didn’t really need a breast augmentation. He did however;
take me to my surgery and pre-op/post-op appointments but that was
I ended up choosing Mentor Mod Plus 500ccs, and during surgery he
filled them to 580ccs. The surgery went very well; I do not remember
anything really other than being on the operating table. Next
they gave me anti-nausea meds in my IV, then something else to help
me relax in my IV, and then I was out cold. I woke up with new
implants, and a breast lift with tape on the incisions, and I
remember it hurt very badly! It felt like four cement blocks
had fallen onto my chest and no one was helping to remove them or
help me upright! The nurses wheeled me out to my fiancÚ in a
wheelchair, and we exited the office thru this side door.
Someone ended up going and getting the car for us, in which I got in
finally. I remember it felt like someone had tossed me in!
Arriving back at the hotel, the recovery at first was horrible. I
would sleep between 4-6 hours and then woke up just to take my pain
medication. One thing I want to stress is to make sure you
take Milk of Magnesia or some other stool softener as the pain
medication or Vicodin can constipate you. Someone else told me
that little hint before my surgery and it helped me out a lot.
Also make sure you drink lots of water.
It was difficult to get
up to go to the restroom without assistance. For the next 4
nights, I had to wake up my fiancÚ in the middle of the night to
help me, and this didn’t make him very happy at all.
Unfortunately, he also smoked at the time, and would not stop
smoking around me. I do believe that this contributed to my
slow healing time. I had a lot of stress going through my
recovery period, and this did not make my plastic surgeon happy
I unfortunately have a low pain threshold, so I was in more pain
than a lot of other women. This pain continued for two weeks
following surgery. The pain medication was not working, so I
ended up having to get another type to help with the pain. The
recovery the lift and augmentation took me over a month to feel
better; I was in bed for a week (in Florida no less ...that was no
I was a saggy 36B starting out – and it was recommended that I get
a slight lift with this augmentation. One bright note is that I
hardly have any scars at all. I am very happy about that. I
was worried as I have darker skin and that is always a risk with
hypertrophic or keloid scars. I ended up using Bio Oil every day on
the scars after my Steri-Strips came off. I believe that helped me
tremendously with healing with the scars.
My breast appearance: I am much happier with the appearance of my
breasts in bras now. However, if they NOT in a bra - and I am naked
I do not like my appearance because they are still too loose. I
thought once I got my breast lift and implants they would not be
hanging however unfortunately they still are.
I probably should
have gotten a more invasive lift. I want the breast to be UP and
perky, and it bothers me that they are still not that way. For
example, if I lay down flat on the bed my breasts will fall over
into my armpit. I HATE that. I feel like WHY did I pay all this
money for implants and lift if they are still in my armpits? It did
that before! I may have to do a revision one day and get a more
invasive lift. I would also like to get silicone next time
rather than the saline I have now.
My advice for others:
make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified.
NO STRESS -
it does affect healing -- it affected mine.
Steri-strips on as long as possible; then use Bio Oil on your
scars after you get the okay from your plastic surgeon. It does
wonders for fading the scars.
controls your body decisions except for YOU.