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'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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Hey all , I'm totally new to this.... At present bottle feeding my 3 month old and looking forward to my surgery booked in for 27th nov.....exactly 6 months post birth ha ha, I have been wanting this since my daughter was born 4.5 yrs ago! Pregnancy has ruined my once wonderful breastical area ha ha.. I wasn't aware of the feelings I may be faced with after though a couple of friends have mentioned the slight sense of guilt and regret but I didn't realise this was so common....guess when you've wanted something for so long the actual event can be an anti climax, coupled with meds too...like Christmas morning I suppose. Picking the correct size is such a huge decision! I just don't want any regrets!
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Hey anyone heard much about the heightened risk of ALCL, not sure if I'm over reading into everything!
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I don't even know what that stands for.
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It's a type of lymphoma (cancer) and there have been more cases in recent years where the start of this is around the implant and possible scar tissue....see I'm over reading into it now! Still very few cases to the amount of surgeries but the FDA is stating there is a possible link.
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I just had my consult and surgery is scheduled for Oct 16. My main concern is that health insurance might not cover breast cancer if I develop it down the road. Has anyone researched how common this is? I haven't called my carrier yet, but I'm young and by the time I develop cancer I might not have the same insurance. My other debate is how many ccs to go. I am a C in one breast and B in the other. I don't want to be too large but nice and full. Any suggestions?
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I am 4 days post op and hold a lot of guilt and regret my decision!! Anybody else ever experience this?
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Why do you regret your decision? If you give some details maybe someone else can give you tips. So sorry you feel bad.
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yes, most of us feel what you are feeling at some point--4 days, 4 months and even years later. you are not alone. how to get through it easier: pay attention to your moods in relation to pain med schedule. some of us get really depressed from pain pills. reduce use and ask for a different brand. fill your body with antioxidants--fruits, vegetables, smoothies, raw juices. then get started on the stages of grief. accept that your old body is gone. it takes time. my mental healing moved forward fastest when an ex died and i realized the similar feelings: even though i didnt want that anymore, the sudden change was still a shock. and when a part of us dies, it makes us rethink everything! keep sharing here. we are all in this together and will help each other out! (-: hugs!!!
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Hi ladies, Thank you for your replies! I regret my decision for several reasons.. Which could all be boiled down to meds. I feel like they are too big right now, but I know it's a lot of swelling. I did not want to go big. After 2 kids and several miscarriages , I barely filled an A 30. I got 285 CC ultra high profile and not sure I like the profile. I have taken myself off of my pain meds (percacette) and am only using Alieve. The pain is not bad, but I feel like I cannot even join in with my girls and be a mom right now :( I have been in a depressive state since I got them in on Aug 19. It's kinda scary actually, since I was so excited to get them done.
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285 is not that big. The swelling is the biggest part. Im not sure about the profile though. I got saline under the muscle on july 18 and I still think mine are too high and swelling has gone down. Ive been told now that it sometimes takes a year to get the full effect. You may be like me. I thought it was more go in and get out with results and its just not that way. Good job coming off pain meds but don't turn away from your girls. Everything will be okay!
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I will never turn away from my girls, it's just the guilt I hold from being out of full commission to them. The meds really hurt me I think and is causing some mental breakdown. Hopefully after they are out of my system I will appreciate what I did. Thank you for responding, need people to talk to that have experienced this type of thing. I hope your happier with your results as well
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Yes, treat this time like the ultimate PMS episode: don't make any big decisions, watch fun chic flicks, read a good book, chat on the phone with friends. It may be hard to be around people you know right now, but human contact is very helpful for mental breakdowns! Go to a Starbucks with a book just to be around people. Try to smile; it's contagious! I'm feeling happier and happier every day with my results. I'm 3 months out. :)
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Yes I did! At my first check up one week post op I broke down in front of consultant and said I regretted it. Luckily the feeling subsided once my body was free of the effects of the anaesthetic and other drugs and I started to love them. I just think its part and parcel of having 2 ops in one if you like, and they are quite big ops too, you're bound to be a bit emotional I think it's common. Now 9 months later I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever just wish I'd done it years ago. X
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