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10 Things I wish I'd known before Breast Augmentation

  • Walnut Creek
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • 3 years ago

Recently I had breast implant surgery (see my story). Here are 10 Things I wish I'd known before having it done. Hopefully they will help some of the women on RealSelf considering the same procedure!

1. Be prepared to have the doctor throw you a curveball. I did my homework, knew exactly what I wanted. I saw the doctor and he said "no, you cant go from 34A to 34B because your skin is too elastic and you need to go full C". I didn’t think I needed a lift either and he pointed out that one breast was way lower than the other so I ended up trusting him and am really glad I did. Just go in there with an open mind and be prepared to revise your original plan.

2. Get ready at home beforehand. a. Buy another bra (or 2)b. Wash all your laundry (have new sheets waiting for you!) c. Leave your house cleaned. If you are going to be home alone, have food and all medications handy so you don’t strain yourself. e. Buy larger clothes for work beforehand

3. Drugs are your friends. I went to a doctor that advertises no vicodin required, just ibuprofen. But ask for something strong just in case. I did and on day two I took vicodin. Xanax really helped as well. I took that the day I came home because I was freaking out. My breasts looked so huge and felt so hard and I really thought I made a huge mistake. I was shaking! I was so nervous for about a week after surgery. Ask for Xanax!

4. It doesn’t hurt to touch your breasts… So touch them. They feel weird, but start slowly and it helps with the pain. Massage them to help the pain go away with fewer meds.

5. Bowling Balls on your chest! That’s what it feels like at first. And a week later, it feels like your milk is coming in. If you've ever had babies, you know what I mean. Try to work out your back before surgery. I worked out for two months straight pre-op and I feel great at two weeks post op.

6. Go walking. I walked the day after surgery and everyday since. Very slow at first and never more than 30 minutes. I think the movement helps get the swelling go down. I always feel better afterwards.

7. You don’t have to share if you don’t want to. I haven’t told anyone about the surgery. So its great that it’s winter so I can camouflage my breasts. I also got eyelash extensions and did my hair differently. I feel so great right now, and its because I am finally pampering myself. But I didn’t feel the need to tell a soul.

8. Try to avoid driving for as long as possible. I still get sore if I drive for too long and I’m 14 days post op!

9. Be Still – Take it easy. I know its hard, but find movies you need to catch up on, books you've been hoping to read, and take it easy for the first two weeks. I was told not to overexert myself for at least six weeks after breast implant surgery.

10. Call your doctor with every question you have. You paid them, so make sure you get all your questions answered.

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I will add: - Don't focus on cup size. There is no such thing as a "standard" B or C cup - even bras of the same size fit differently. Focus on the LOOK you want and you can even bring pictures in to your surgeon to communicate the shape and look you're going for. Sometimes it'll end up being bigger or smaller than the actual cup size you thought you wanted. Implant size is determined by the measurements of your body; communicate with your surgeon and let him/her guide you to the size that would fill out your chest in the best way. - It will take months for your breasts to be fully soft, fluffy and bouncy. Don't expect ready-to-wear breasts after surgery. More often than not (especially with unders), they are high, tight, square-ish, firm and uncomfortable for weeks and take up to a full year to be completely boob-like. - Take before and after pictures. If and when you stress out that they're not big enough or that the shape isn't what you wanted, it helps to be able to look back to your starting point. You'll immediately see how big they actually are compared to what you started with, and seeing your original boobs will help remind you that you essentially end up with a bigger version of your starting point. There is no sense in getting frustrated with something that was there before your surgery but is now amplified because everything is bigger. After 3 surgeries, I could go on and on :) Great list though, I agree!!
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Everything you've said is sooooo right on point!! I had mine on April 3rd 2014! So I know all of these feelings!
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When does the chance of bleeding minimize? I just got my Silicone implants yesterday (4-16-14) Leave the tape on till it falls off correct? And I am such a nervous person. :) so just wondering. I woke up this morning in a lot of pain. But I also didnt wake up in the middle of the night for pain pills. My own fault!
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Actually my dr took off the tape like a week after, I had changed just the top cover (gauze) but left the strips. Hope this helps also my pain was gone within a week, so hang in there
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Let the tape fall off by itself. It can take up to 3 weeks. Your surgeon will remove it sooner if he wants to. They will be more sore in the morning for several weeks. Some people call it "morning boob." Just massage them lightly and when you get up and move around, they'll loosen up a bit. Stay on top of your pain meds and hopefully you won't need them any more in a day or two and can switch to tylenol :) congrats!!
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Thanks! This morning was so much easier to get up. So I believe it when they say the 2nd day is the worst! It might just be in my head but I think they are even softer then yesterday.
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Hi, thanks so much! This will come in very handy! I am going in for my lift and implants on 29 April 2014 and I am super exited about it!!
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I will be making note of this for sure...thank you so much for posting.....I'm just starting the process...I booked my first consult (I was super nervous) but it's a long ways away (June 10 seems so far away)....but now I need to book with another ps....I'd like to have a 2nd opinion just in case....thanks
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Great idea to get a second opinion. Each surgeon is likely to have a different approach and perhaps a different recommendation for you - it wouldn't hurt to see 3 surgeons just so you get a feel for all your options and so you find a surgeon who makes you feel like you're in the best of hands. How exciting!!
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These are great tips! I added some in my review too, but additional ones that helped me a lot were to pre op strengthen lower abs to help sit up, wash your hands with bars soap or liquid soap in a dish (it's harder than you realize to push that dispenser!) and keep things within close reach (food, bowls on low counter, toilet paper in your lap). I keep thinking of many more little things now, but I'll just add them to my review for anyone interested.
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Oh lord! So true about the and I thought I was going to die trying to sit up lol
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Also set an alarm and take your pain meds 10 minutes before the scheduled time so you are always ahead of the pain.
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Be prepared for constipation with a lot of high fiber foods and over the counter remedies - just in case.
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stay way from dairy......
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April 7 is 3 months. Pain has subsided alot. They have dropped alot but are still a little high. 500cc ... I love them :) they
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To make your breasts look bigger, stuff boob pop it's really great work.
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I had my first implants put in in 2004 then in 2010 one ruptured and I had both redone. Now the same implant has ruptured again, went today for my doctors visit to schedule an appointment. They are replacing just one next week. When I first got implants I thought the warranty the implant company gives covered everything. I wish I had read the warranty information better, it covers cost of replacement implant only. Once again I have to pay the cost of the operating room, OR staff, etc. The implant company pays $1200.00 and I'm left to pay $1800.00. Can't afford to do this every couple of years. They said it is highly unlikely to happen again but that's what they told me the first time they ruptured. My sister had implants put in around the same time I did in 2004 within a month of mine rupturing in 2010 her's did too. Just wanted others to be aware that the implant warranty doesn't cover everything and if, by chance, you have problems like I've had it gets very expensive.
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If you have Mentor implants, I believe (not sure if they still offer it) you can buy an extended warranty for $100 (within 45 days of your surgery) that will cover up to $2400. Might be worth it just in case. I have a friend who had 2 ruptures just like you. The 3rd time was a charm :) fingers crossed for you!
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Excellent suggestions. I can tell you put a lot of thought into it. Thanks
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my ba resulted in a scar underneath my breasts that go from my chest to my nipple and all the way around the nipple (like a lollipop). Is this how it was for you guys? I hate the scars!
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Did you have a lift along with your BA?
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yes i did
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I'm very concerned...my doctor put in my implant by cutting around my nipple and on my breast from my nipple to my chest. I don't see anyone else with a scar like mine and it's really upsetting. Has anyone else had theirs done this way?
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I can't say from experience as I did not have a lift, but from a lot of the pics I saw when researching pre-op, I think that's a pretty common lift incision.
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Really? ok, that makes me feel better. I guess not everyone gets a lift and that must be the difference. Thank you so much for responding to me. It really helped.
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