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 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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My wife had breast augmentation with dr scott turner(dee why). BIG MISTAKE. Be careful who does this procedure for you.
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So sorry to hear that... Do you mind me asking what went wrong?
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I did my research and feel very blessed with out come-Sorry about your wife.What happened?
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Dr Shahriar Mabourakh did an absolutely stunning breast augmentation on me.Now eight days post op.No drains.He wants me to take vitamin E, use bioCorneum scar supervision cream,and keep breasts creamed(I use Eucerin) after my six day follow up.He was adamant about a loose post surgery bra for plenty of healthy blood flow-no compression bra,or no bra.I also found a heating pad on pillow for my back helps with breast pain.
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I had surgery Friday went back Monday. Im a transcriptionist sit all day but after working all day pain was almost nonexistent that night.
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Hello. I am having surgery on a Friday and plan to work on Monday. I am a teacher, so we have meetings all that week. I am hoping that this will be doable.
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I had surgery on Friday and went back to work Monday. Im a transcriptionist..sit all day. Felt bad beginning of day but after working all day pain was almost nonexistent that night.
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Hi, I am having surgery on a Friday and am going to work on Monday. I am a teacher, so we have meetings all that first week. I am hoping this is doable.
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Hopefully you are one that has an easy recovery! Took me almost a week to get out of the house ! When I did, I lasted about 4 hours. Good luck with your surgery.
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Everything is doable. .but as my dr said. .if it hurts. Stop. You shouldn't be doing that. As long as students aren't there the first few days you will do fine. Don't not take your pain meds though. Thry give them to you for a reason. But I took my . Last ones on Monday. Ibuprofen after has worked fine.
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Pain meds definitely help.It helps your body to relax,sleep and recover For some reason my pectoral muscles kept cramping so muscle relaxants helped.Also heated rice pad for back helped as well to relax.
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I had my surgery yesterday, and today I feel worlds better. For me personally the day of surgery (surgery was at 10am and home by 12:00) was the worst. I slept awesome, but my husband kept ice packs on me and woke me up to take my pain meds. Take IB profen inbetween your pain meds this helps so much. I used to teach before I had 2 kiddos and I def think you will be just fine going back to work with meetings etc. Good luck!
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I had my surgery yesterday and today I feel worlds better. Here is how it went for me... Surgery at 10am (Aug 5) and home by 12:00. I was majorly out of it, but my husband took great care of me. Keep ice packs on they help with swelling and pain so much. I took Advil inbetween pain meds. Take your pain med and muscle relaxer before bed it helped me sleep like a baby last night. My hubby woke me up to take pain meds throughout the night. This morning I feel great - sore, but got out and ran some errands (didn't drive). I was a teacher before I had 2 kiddos and def think you should be a-ok to return to work and sit in those dreaded meetings. Just take your meds, drink LOTS of water and walk around if you feel like that helps. Good luck girl!
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Personally,I think that is to soon and you need to give yourself time.Be very careful lifting.I know six days out I could not even lift my purse,or open my slider door,lift a gallon of milk.Its a lot of money invested in you,healing is important.Your body will tell you,I know mine did.If it hurts,don't lift it.
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I couldn't do it it's been about 6 days and I finally am getting around good but still need times to rest and my breasts are still really sore sometimes
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your breast are going to be sore. That is all part of it. :-) I'm starting week 4 and last night I was having muscle spasms again. Everyone is different. If you still need rest, rest. But I had surgery on Friday, the post op visit was the next Thursday-day 6. he is 2 hours away and I drove myself no problem. He offered more pain meds but I told him I still had 1/2 a bottle, stopped taking on day 4. he told me to stop wearing my bra at home so gravity could help them drop. They are changing day by day (i can tell, my husband and daughter can't). We never realized the time it takes to get what you want. I always thought, you go in, get your boobs and come out and a couple of weeks later you have what you want. i wish I would have read more. Now, when I look i see everyone says 6 months, 9 months to a year later. i can't believe it takes so long. My husband hates my boobs right now and he didn't have a problem with them small. I can't believe we have to wait so long to see if he is even going to like them. I did it mainly for me, but I gotta be with him forever. I don't want him to NOT like them. Enough for today. Good luck. You will get better with time.
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Agree ,I am at the two week mark and still having muscle spasms as well.My husband loves my new breasts and has been so supportive.That helps me heal.
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