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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Hi ladies, I am feeling sooo much better and LOVE my new boobs. The meds was the worst of my recovery LOL.. When can I start sleeping on my side? How long before you ladies did? I hope you are all well and smiling :)
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Congrats! Glad you're feeling better. You should ask your surgeon when you can sleep on your side - they each have a different recommendation based on the surgical technique they used. For me it was 3 months, because my surgeon wanted the implant pockets to heal completely before I laid on my side and allowed the implants to put pressure on them (which can overstretch the pockets and create complications). Give his or her office a call and hopefully they'll tell you right away!
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I don't even know what that stands for.pinkqueen.com
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I'm on day 4, and they seem more swollen and tight. I'm only taking Tylenol now, so the pain isn't bad. I'm wondering if I should ice, even though the Dr said no when I asked. Why wouldn't you ice? They seem huge and boxy. Maybe I went too big? 500cc hi profile mentor. (I think) Does anyone know where the size is on the implant card they give you? Thr drugs I've been taking gave muddled my mind. Lol.
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The reason one does not use ice is it constricts or brings down blood flow.My advice is get a micro wave heating pad and put it on pillow that your back only is resting on.The heat will help open up blood vessels-Not so hot that it is uncomfortable-Remember blood flow is everything
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Thanks, greengoddess. I will use a heating pad on low. Good idea. There are so many on here that are icing and massaging! I'm afraid I'm not doing something I should be, even though I'm following my Dr's instructions. Probably need to stop obsessing. Lol. Just don't want complications!
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My Dr. did not tell me to use ice so, I did not do it. I took the muscle relaxer and half of a pain pill. On my card it doesn't give the cc. You can email or call your dr. and ask I did. I used cocoa butter for my tight skin (gentle circular motions) after bath well, really when every I felt like it. I went through an emotional time after my surgery (you can read my story). You and your body are going through a big change....please keep your mind busy and rest. Try not to judge your girls they are healing. You like me finally was able to do something for you...enjoy it. Bond with the girls...they take some getting use to. Sending you a big arm hug NO SQWEEZE.
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Thank you clippinchick! I appreciate your encouragement and support! I guess I keep thinking I'm going to wake up to less swelling every morning, but it's not the case. I am putting a little almond oil on the tops. I have incisions around my areola, so I'm afraid to get too close. I also had a lower blepharoplasty at the same time, so there's that too. I thought it would save a little $ and since I had to take time off anyway, why not. I think I will do one at a time from now on. Lol
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I am now 5 weeks post op and am on track on healing.I
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Sorry it posted before I could finish-Just wanted to say in the beginning one must watch for any signs of necrosis or a to tight post surgery bras.My left breast nipple 4 days post op half turned black.It scared me,but just listened to my inner self.Lay-ed on my back with pillows to support head took off my bra used the rice micro heating pad-back only .Propped up my breast for gentle support with blanket at night.Could not believe the progress and how fast it healed.At 5 weeks post op they look beautiful!Just my experience,God Bless:)
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Oh my goodness! My nipples are covered in steristrips so I can't even really see them. I better take a look! I'm so glad at 5 weeks you are beautiful! Congrats and I am going to hope for the same. I had lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) at the same time, and my right eye is drooping. I pray once the swelling goes down and the muscles/nerves recuperate, it will be ok. I see my Dr tomorrow. I've been icing it like no tomorrow. Maybe my breasts will be so awesome people won't notice my eyes.....lol
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Greengoddess, did you have a circumareolar lift, too? Or were your nipples involved in the augmentation?
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Nancy- Yes had nipple lifted in breast aug.The Plastic surgeon said nipple necrosis was a possibility though remote since this was my third implant over the last 40 years-Must say I am not diabetic nor do I smoke and am in very good health.I think I just got lucky and caught it in time
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Wow. Good job. I looked at mine and they seem ok. Except for the stitches and strips, that is.
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There is no need to ice once you're past the initial 48-72 hours after surgery. Ice doens't do anything any more after that. Some surgeons have you avoid ice because as was previously stated, it can restrict blood flow and since your nerves and nipples may be numb already, you wouldn't necessarily feel it if you gave yourself frost bite. Just tough it out - it'll be over soon! Make sure any heat you apply is ON YOUR BACK ONLY. Do not apply ANY heat to your boobs!! This will increase swelling and run the risk of internal bleeding if the blood flow increases too quickly before the blood vessels are healed.
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Applying ice helps with selling But can slow the healing process. Your better off wearing a firm elasticated crop top it bra. No underwriters
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Swelling not selling lol
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anyone know if i'm still supposed to have stitches? surgery was may 10. there seems to be one stitch that just won't go away. tried pulling it out with tweezers, but it broke off. suggestions?
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All my stitches are dissolvable. I'm on Day 12 and all my stitches are still taped with steristrios.
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Braless I jut updated my profile and I just had a stitch knot come out and Its almost 6 weeks for me. I posted some pics
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thanks! will they not dissolve outside of the skin?
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Wow. Thanks! I will check that out. I'm on day 18 now and they are still swollen and tight. The upper pole is a little softer, but all the volume us still in upper pole above my nipples :(. I had an areolar lift, but my nipples still seem too low. I'm hoping this will resolve when my breasts "drop and fluff." IF they D and F, that is. Everything crossed.lol
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