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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drugs are NOT your friend. i was ready to jump off the balcony by day 9 because of the pain killers and muscle relaxers. if i knew then what i know now, i would have waited until i felt the pain before taking any meds. i was so hopped up on pain killers that i didn't chill out for the first week. i worked (from home), stayed up late watching movies, drank coffee. i treated my recovery time like a giant slumber party. NOT A GOOD IDEA. the slumber party turned into the biggest depression of my life, as the pain meds built up in my system. the surgeon seemed completely oblivious to the possible side effects of the drugs when i told her what i was experiencing. OBLIVIOUS. thank God for google and the many other women who have shared their TRUE stories. DO NOT RELY ON YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE. they're selling you something; always get a second opinion from someone who has actually gone through the experience (the nurses at your surgeon's office don't count).
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I wish I knew more about the necessary aftercare, how to care for my breasts the right way! Recently I have experienced a lot of pain lying on my front, so when I discovered there is a product like mammagard out there I was thrilled. I can now lie on my front again!! Wohooo, so happy! Ask you doctor or surgeon about it and have a look at www.mammagard.com.
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Thank you will look that up.My consult is in one week so have time to check out all the great advice
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I think a lot of getting used to laying on your stomach is simply getting used to it. My PS' postop protocol included me having to lay on my belly 15min every night, starting the night of surgery. It sucked balls like nothing I'd ever done before (and I seriously would've been stuck on my stomach forever and ever if my hubs hadn't been there to help me get up!! LOL), but within a few weeks I was even able to sleep on my stomach without difficulty. Yes, I can still feel them when I do that, but it's not uncomfortable - just different.
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Going in to talk to Dr Shahriar Mabourakh in week and 1/2 and will get a surgery date from there if all goes well.Will post before and after pics.
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I had my BA 20 days ago, 400cc smooth round, moderate under muscle, love them so far! But if I were to do it again... I would get it done in the early spring or during the winter. Why? Heat! IMy incisions are in the breast fold and my PA has me wear the death strap under the breasts to avoid bottoming. And i get to wear the strap for the whole 6weeks. When you have boobs and a fold under them you sweat there! On a healing incision it sucks big time.
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The not share part will be true for me.I will not tell my family because I will never hear the end of it.My husband said say nothing.Funny thing is my hairdresser,nail lady are very supportive.Hair lady had 4,yes four bad boob jobs by same guy surgeon,and said she will live with it,but is in tears
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And why did she keep going back to the same guy?
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Another surgeon in the same town said she should give him a chance to fix the problem.She went for another opinion.I think she should have left the area so possible friendships between surgeons is not an issue.
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Would be my thought too. I believe in second chances...but not 4 of them!
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I'm 3 days post op today (surgery was the 19th). I was worried for nothing! They were amazing and took good care of me. My husband - I can't even put words to how amazing he has been for me. Truly amazing. Boobs are still SUPER high on my chest, but I know they'll drop. Only pain meds for today have been extra strength tylenol and one valium/percoset combo at 7:50 this morning. Back pain from my sleeping position has been way worse that breast pain. Can't wait to sleep normal again. Bottom "teardrop" portion of my breast and my nipples have no sensation, but I suspect that will start to come back over the next few weeks. Went and bought better sports bras today. Gonna have to find a specialty store for that I think. A 38DD is too small with the swelling as it is. Not sure that will change much - implants are 800cc silicone. Anyway, feeling LOADS better today for sure!
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I also had my surgery on June 19th! My breasts are still soar and high. I have 4 school classes a wk n the driving is uncomfortable. My fiancé has been truly supportive n love him dearly. Implants are 550cc. I only told my bff and my friend who had her breasts done by the same surgeon a few years ago.
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Did you have drains,if not were you o k with that?How long were you in recovery room after surgery before you were released?Saw surgeons in Sacramento want you gone after one hour,that scares me to bits
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I did not have drains. Some surgeons like them, some don't. Mine was a "don't" and it didn't/doesn't bother me at all. You might honestly be able to leave fairly quickly after you're out of surgery. I was fine and ready to go within a couple of hours. The girl in the room next to me was having a tough time recovering. They weren't forcing her out. They want to make sure you're stable before they release you.
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I have not picked a surgeon but feel I am in the drivers seat and will have him do what makes me at ease.I can not believe how many fluid build up stories are in Real Self.Would drains have helped ,I personally think so.
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They tell me I WILL have drains with the anatomical textured gummy bears. Helps them to stick faster and lowers the rate of capsular contraction. Because mine will be shaped, it is imperative that they stick under the muscle and do not rotate!
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No drains and I stayed a couple hours from when I woke up. I was nauseated and dry heaved up some water after. They kept me until I felt better. Mine was done in a hospital that my surgeon uses-I had a private room which was nice. Did not need pain meds past the first day either. Great experience for me!
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I've was in for four days, my surgeon did not want to releas me any sooner, because of major complications that could happen once home and specially unsupervised. It could depends on the type of procedure, but also for a revision surgery I had two month ago the same surgeon in the same hospital made me stay in two days. My be a good idea to ask and stay in a lil longer, overnight or even more. Perhaps talk to another one. It freaks me out too know Im about to have an invasive surgery and that Ill be home one hpur later. I would press him to let me stay longer.
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That helps me in making health choices, thank you
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I had mine done yesterday im just over 24 hours post op. The entire experience was very positive. Doc and nurses were great. I had absolutely no post anaesthesia problems. They gave me the IV anti nausea and the little patch behind my ear. Sent me home with pills too but havent needed them. I had plenty of energy after i awoke and ate like a horse most of the night. When i fell asleep last night my pain level was about a 2. I got high profile salines, 770cc each side. Today the pain is back up to about a 4 or 5 and they feel engorged and stretched. Im only taking ibuprofen which is helping a lot. The narcs dont work for me. I cant wait to see what they look like in a couple of months after they settle. So far so good. Now i just really want a shower.
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I had my breast augmentation done 5 days ago. Today is the best I have fealt. Up until today has been a rollercoaster with pain, it is good and then bad. Today I haven't needed any pain killers and went for a walk. I was a deflated D cup after breast feeding two children. I wanted fuller, rounder breasts. I had 425cc Extra High Profile Round, Brazilian Implants. My procedure was done by Dr Ces Colagrande here on the Gold Coast, Australia - I highly recommend him. I really can't wait until the swelling goes down so I can see the final result of my breasts, I anticipate I will be an E cup. This was a great article to read, thank you!
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For those of you who have breast augmentation done, how long was your recovery? How many days off you need from work?
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Today is my 5th day and I could have worked today at a desk...
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Mine was about a week and I had the whole thing a lift and implants
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I'm doing lift and implants too.
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