Need Your Input for a Future RealSelf Post: What Do You Wish You'd Known Before Your Breast Augmentation?

  • bethh
  • 11 months ago

Hello BA Community! We're putting together a post on all the things you wish someone would have shared with you before your surgery. So, if you've got a tip or two that would be helpful -- we'd love to hear it in the comments section below!  Thank you in advance!  

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A lifesaver for me was one of the backpack water pouches. You know, like the ones cyclists wear with the long straws? I never thought about how hard it would be to hold and reach for a cup! Drinking was so necessary to get the anesthesia out of my system!
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My best advice? Trust your ps with your life and find out the revision policy prior to having anything done.
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What do you mean by revision policy?! I am getting mine done in about 20 days! I appreciate the advice
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Revision policy means if u get a result u don't like or have a problem, will it be covered? Would u have to pay more?
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Get great pics of yourself, by yourself using the video feature on your iPad. This doesn't require awkward angles or holding the device just-so. Just find a place to prop up your iPad, and turn on the camera (front-facing), and start recording video. Stand in front of it and move into all the positions or angles you want to see and hold each for about 2 seconds. When you finish, play it back and use the screenshot feature to snap a still shot of the images you like as it plays through. Then you can delete the video, and have the pics you want. Use the edit feature when viewing photos to crop anything you don't want to see.
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1) Research well. I had 6 consultations before I decided, and each one armed me with more questions for the next, so in the end, I felt confident I was informed. 2) No one told me the nights would be so restless. Even with sleep medication, I only slept about 2 hours at a time. That made for long painful nights. 3) Ice packs are wonderful, keep multiples in your freezer so you're never waiting for one to re-freeze. 4) Keep a large cup with a lid and straw nearby. My meds left me with cotton-mouth, so I drank water all day long for two days. 5) Perspire heavily? Be prepared to sweat. Apparently mild fever can follow a BA. I was appalled at my own armpit odor by the end of the first day! I couldn't put on deodorant and the bandages were up to my pits. I did the best I could with a washcloth and soapy water, but I didn't like waking up, or rolling over, to sweaty armpits. No one warned me my body would react to the surgery with a mild fever that would keep me sweaty for 3 days! YUCK. 6) The first time you ride along as a passenger after the first 24 hours have passed, you will feel every bump, dip, line, bend, and uneven surface in the road. If you are like me, you'll be convinced you would do a much better job behind the wheel yourself. The first time you drive yourself somewhere, you will STILL feel all these things in the road, (smile), AND you'll realize how much motion is involved in steering, turning, reaching for the A/C button or the radio, etc. A word to the wise: do not put anything in the backseat or passenger side floors pace that you'll need to retrieve while driving. It will be impossibly outside of your range of motion.
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A primary consideration I WISH had been emphasized to me before deciding on size is standard fashion sizing measurements. I regret going as large as I did -- though proportionate to my height, I am tired of not fitting standard shirts, jackets and dresses. I had mine done in northern Virginia in 2006, and have wanted to go smaller ever since, but am afraid of spending a ton of money only to get disfiguring scarring, especially if I would require a lift with smaller implants.
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That's something I did not consider when I was younger. I loved having larger breasts but never thought about how much they would sag as i aged. If you get big ones you will most likely need a breast lift later on in life. That being said a faint white scar is better then nipples pointing south. That's this 60 year olds experience anyway.
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I 100% agree with you!!! Can't emphasize ENOUGH the importance of the right size implant for your frame!!! I told my PS I didn't want to be large, I just wanted clothes to fit better on my short-waisted frame. I am 5'2", medium build, 143lbs. and ideally I wanted to be a full 34B. I wear a 34D so I don't/can't wear fitted shirts b/c if they fit my chest, they're too large everywhere else. I understand what you're saying about further surgery and have been investigating my options. I also wish my PS would have discussed in greater detail the need for future surgery.
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Do lots of research when deciding to go over or under the muscle. Understand and ask your PS about muscle flex deformity especially if you are thin and work out a lot. It may or may not bother you but often women do not know this can be an issue and once you go under the muscle it's difficult to switch to over. Having said this going over the muscle has cons as well especially if you have thin skin. Know what your options are so you will not be disappointed.
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Seriously don't let your buddy leave you for longer than a couple minutes the first 3-4 days. My husband took our toddler to the mall while I "relaxed" and had some quiet time alone. I ended up stranded on my back on the bed like a turtle. High as a kite. Just sobbing. Tears filling up my ears. Hoping he would return soon to help me. It was a sad 45 minutes or so, but hilarious now thinking about it.
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Omg I don't mean to laugh but your description was hilarious!! That's great advice, my hubby is only taking the surgery day off so I better get a buddy to hang out with me the rest of the week! I guess you don't realize how much you use some of your muscles until you can't!
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Take a lot of pics from different angles the first few days. 2 or 3 weeks later, you will be glad you did. You can look back and see just how much progress you have made. They change so much the first 2 weeks or so. It's easy to get discouraged though because you are looking at them every day, you might not realize how much they are changing. If you have day 1 and 2 photos to look at, you will feel so much better.
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This is sooooo true. Looking at myself day-to-day, I don't notice a lot of difference (it's only Day 11), but when I look back at my photos on the first two days after the bandages came off, I get excited about the changes. Another thing to track is your own flexibility and range of motion. It's a great boost to realize I can lift my hands higher, or turn and look behind me, or spread my arms wider, and reach farther. Little things count!
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A PS featured in some vid here also made one for arm exercises rigth after surgery and it has been so beneficial to me.. I strained one of my pectorals making some movement and the arm exercises have been a life saver.. Had I done them since day 1 maybe I wouldnt have strained my right pec. http://youtu.be/lJs9tr75b70
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Arm exercises for the pectorals!! I wish I had known about them sooner!! They help relax the pecs and arms a lot!!! Sooo helpful!!
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like what? push ups?
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If you are allergic to latex do not wear the surgical bra. The band had latex in it and caused a horrible rash that spread all under my arms.
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Girls I'm Just 2 days post op But I definitely recommend to buy a "wedge" Pillow it helps sooo muchh!! Buy macadamia cream For the swelling...they will be so Tight and like rocks on you...heavy...you will need help getting up From bed...vitamin c to help with recuperating...start massaging those boobies so that they will Feel Better...and try to walk around little by little...
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How did you massage the days after post op? Im one day post op but all the massaging videos are wayyy to advanced for Me!
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You need to wait for the OK from your PS. They usually start you at the 1 week mark. But they are all so different who knows what yours might say. I wouldn't start anything without checking first.
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I am 15 days post op and couldn't be happier. My recommendations for those who are having surgery soon are to follow your pain med instructions. Wear your post op bra as much as possible when at home. Go to Walmart and get the Danskin Now bras to wear with clothing when you need to go out. They are actually more comfortable than the Coobie that everyone talks about. Relax and enjoy the experience as this is most always a voluntary choice. Expect 2-3 days with lots of sleep and very little else. Don't worry about the initial results because everything will change over the first weeks and months as your muscles relax. Look for your ideal pictures of before and after and take them to your surgeon to help him see your expectations and then trust him. I am so happy that I did this.
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Just wanted to recommend surgical bra brands Lipoelastic and Amoena. You will want the support and the comfort.
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I'm only going to talk about post operative care- not long term life with them as I've only recently had my BA surgery. 1. How sensitive my stomach would be the week after. I felt nauseous for much of it. All my carefully cooked pre frozen meals were useless. All I could tolerate was fresh tomato, toast (with vegemite- I'm Australian), fresh fruit- oranges and watermelon was a winner- bland cereal like weetbix or cornflakes. No heavy meals or rich food! 2) Sleep would be a challenge- need an incline! Sleeping in bed was impossible for the first week. I'd wake up feeling like bricks were grinding into my chest. I ended up sleeping on my couch, propped up by pillows (those large European ones), or in a slouchy chair with my legs propped up on a chair. Have pillows to prop you up! Lying flat hurts! 3. Throw vanity and a social life out the door for the first few weeks. I wasn't permitted to move much or lift anything for the first few weeks so exercise is out and some weight gain is inevitable. Short term gain for, well, long term gain! I lived like a hermit. Stock up on good television shows and films to watch so you don't go crazy. 4. Buy a comfy dress to hide your shape. I lived in a loose grey dress for the first few weeks to conceal my swollen girls and not draw attention to myself. They looked cartoonish and huge due to swelling. 5. In terms of choosing a surgeon, try to get the advice of those in the plastics industry. They know who to recommend. I was lucky enough to have someone who worked in the industry recommend the "best" surgeon. They'd never worked with my surgeon, but by reputation knew he was the best and the "only" person they would recommend. Getting my bra fitted pre-surgery, the woman commented I'd selected the "best surgeon" there was. She said her daughter was considering BA and he was the only surgeon she would want her to see. So far, they've been proven right- he's worked miracles. 6. Buy a proper surgical bra and wear it night and day (except when showering). Front hooks, supportive and comfortable. 7. If you do want to go to the shops in those first weeks, buy a "granny" shopping trolley. I live alone and it meant I could shop while still not over exerting myself.
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You make some excellent points...thank you for your sharing. I have heard many other women mention that their precooked frozen meals were not appealing, however, they were helpful to women with larger families. Thanks for the great surgical bra tips too!
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