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

  • bethh
  • 1 year 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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Make sure you have cups with kids with straws!! :) Sippy cups not the same. Schedule as early in the day as you can. Not eating really sucks!! Actually just have me more time to get nervous
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Cups with lids not kids lol!
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You should know if you have high tolerance for pain. As much as uncontrolled pain can be a major slip back for recovery the opposite is also true! I didn't need much medication for the pain and used my arms (pecks) almost right after my surgery. Swelling is what told me I had gone too far. Follow your surgeon's directives!
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This is a great list. I would encourage women to find a plastic surgeon who incorporates biodimensional planning principals to help determine the ideal size and placement of the breast implant. I was also surprised to learn about the descriptions about pain and discomfort. Recovery from breast augmentation (I place implants almost exclusively behind the pectorals major muscle) should not be this difficult. Ask your plastic surgeon about pain control and speak to former patients. Thank you all for generously sharing your suggestions.
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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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I'm so sorry you experienced this level of pain. This is HIGHLY unusual. I take a preemptive approve to pain control that consists of pre-operative non-narcotic oral medications and IV form of tylenol administered intraperatively and a long lasting local anesthetic agent called Exparel that is injected around the implant pocket prior to implant insertion, minimally traumatic surgical technique, and oral Celebrex for five days post-operatively. Patients managed this way do not require post operative narcotic medications and the reports from patients is they are very very comfortable. All out of town patients spend the night in our facility with round the clock care provided by Registered nurses. I'm sorry you had such a difficult time with your recovery. I hope you are very happy with the end result of your surgery.
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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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Thank you -- it helps to know I am not alone with this dilemma. I'm having yet another consult with a different surgeon next Friday to get another opinion about whether I can go smaller without too much sagging and hence need for a lift and the resulting vertical scarring.
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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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