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

  • bethh
  • 8 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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How the doctors technique has a lot to do with how good or bad your recovery could be. I've been pain free, minimal swelling and my placement is perfect. I don't need a bra or band. I have not even iced. My doctor was devine. You must trust your choice in your Doc then trust their skill and judgement.
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Oh I'm five days post op.
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I wish I'd have spent longer with my surgeon expressing my expectations and making sure he understood the result I wanted.
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Woe! Where is the happiness here? This is the first time I've seen such negativity toward breast augmentation. I totally 100% understand that implants just are not for some people, but neither are small breast, it makes us woman feel like we are missing that true femininity that a woman should have, we are missing the completion to our body. Please please please ladies make sure you do your research on your PS! I have four consultations in line just to be sure! Any of them that make me feel uncomfortable or seem to be careless of my health and happiness are going to get tossed! I think that's the number one mistake woman make! You HAVE to do your research! I think it's great that you're helping us consider wht we are doing, it helped really convince me not to do the originally 400cc I wanted, that's for sure, but please don't keep the fearful comments going. Us ladies who are coming here are looking for support! Xoxo ladies!
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all the water weight gain and puffiness. when will it go down? I'm downing potassium like candy. lol. I'm only 4 days post op, rest and rest! Don't reach for anything. Wait for the swelling to subside.
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So excited and nervous for my BA that's happening in 5 days (jan 31 2014). Exclusively breastfed both my babies over a yr and this is long over due!
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I'm very happy with the silicone so far but then it is just 5 weeks in... my Doctor strongly recommended.
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The first week is the hardest! I had a rough first week but at the start of the second week, things felt better. The "boobie blues" are REAL. I think the pain meds also contribute greatly to feeling depressed. Once I got off them I felt so much better. The fact that you lose your independence for a good 2 weeks is also depressing. You will also feel like you made a mistake and regret getting them during this depression. I cried several times and even while I was recovering in the PACU. The PACU nurse had informed my BF that this would happen so he was very understanding when I was telling him "I shouldn't have done it!". I was finally able to shower by myself at day 10-11. Before then my beautiful mother was doing all that for me, including washing hair and shaving arm pits. I was so relieved and excited when I was able to do it myself! Be sure to know and understand what you are getting into. Good luck with your decision!
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I agree the first week can be challenging and then you're hit with post op blues. It's nice to know that your feelings are normal but it's hard to realize that at the moment when you're feeling bummed out. Thanks for your down to earth feedback!
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To those ladies who love your implants..i say more power to you and Rock on!
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Make sure you realize ,that if you are a very active person,that on some people ,having implants detract from your functioning ability,they are like weights ,dragging you down,making you less aerodynamic,affecting balance and gracefulness,at least for me. Bike riding,swimming,ballroom dancing,aerial acrobatics,yoga ,walking .... I stopped enjoying all eventually Another reviewer mentioned people being negative here, And she was right, breast implants to some of us, who have carried them around for several years have nothing good to say ,some individuals are very sensitive to toxic materials ,more than others. For me i am delighted to have finally removed the implants . I made a mistake ,i admit it,but all that matters is right now and right now i feel and look a whole lot better than i did before.
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I think this depends on what one decides when selecting a size. My choice certainly does not impact my balance, grace or make me look inappropriate in any way. Curious what size you had. I chose 375 cc under the muscle. I hope that I am not sorry later right now Ive never been happier and wish I had done this 10 years ago. My doc was pretty firm on selection for my wishes and body type and max. that my body would accept and he would even do.
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I agree almosttime, I have 375cc unders as well and i feel great, i look great and i have had no issue what so ever with balance, grace or looking inappropriate... i would imagine that MichelleM399 your implants would have to have been huge to have affected your balance.. wow... but glad you are doing well now that you have had them removed.
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Implants are definitely not for everyone. Glad you feel at peace with your decision!
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I had mine removed and feel so much better. They were to large for my body frame ,making me look matronly and heavy set. Cute attractive tops that once looked sweet know looked vulgar and tasteless. I trusted my doctor,and i do look like i did before,and did not realize just how much i so love them. Men look at me very much now,in a very nice way ,i feel like a different person, I stand tall,walk strong and my balance is not off anymore. I know do yoga without literally being smothered by breasts toppling onto my face. My sons though older now cuddle with me and randomly hug me, I feel light and quick again,i look thinner,clothes fit and look so much better, i can also wear pretty bras! I am SO happy and so thankful i finally did it .
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That I am soooo happy I did this. Seems to be so many negative people on here. Get a good doctor, trust and listen. I am very, happy feel much better about myself and had a very easy surgery and recovery. 5 weeks post today.
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I wish I had a better idea of size and didnt relie so much on my PS. I didnt want to be too small as it would have looked really odd on my body type, I let me PS decide and ended up a bit too large for my taste. it was a hard to adjustment
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How long have you had the implants? I too trusted my PS too much. I wanted a mid to full B cup range and ended up a DD. I am so disappointed. My PS stated I have healed to my final size but basically refused to discuss revision stating, "they look fine for my frame." Obviously, he did not listen to my thoughts during either the consultation or sizing appointment and placed what he thought would look "fine". Do your research on the style, sizing options girls! Don't put all your faith in your PS like I did!
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There have many type of Material in my opinion i prefer Gummy Bear Implant because easily in shape and no leak even it break and FDA approved read more www.gummybearimplants.info
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To know how thickly wrapped I was going to be no ice packs are not working I'm so thickly wrapped
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I wish i new that it would steal more than two years of my life,with illness, To not be able to hug my children,to wear sweaters in the summer ,that the bigger size bras are unattractive,that the big boobs would actually detract from me and not add anything except shame ,and misery.
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That, so far, and I was today, my fears were more stress that the operation. I have large size frozen veggies in bag. perfect icepack. Straws are good to have. Get a front close bra now, hard to find at this time of year in Buffalo, but Walmart does have and only $9. Have to see if it fits today at Post OP. Have a little pad or paper s you will need to write down when you take meds... thought I could easily remember but you doze on and off and mix up times.
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My recovery has been harder than I expected. My doctor didn't mislead me or anything, I just thought I was tougher and I would be able to do more than I can. I had my surgery five days ago and I'm still struggling to do basic things for myself like washing and dressing myself. My husband had to shower me last night and wash my hair and I was crying (he didn't see) while he was doing it because I think I was a bit overwhelmed and felt completely useless. I just wanted to be able to wash my own hair! He did it all wrong (bless him)! Feeling better as each day goes on but very tight in the chest first thing in the morning.
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My partner had to do the same for me ! Don't worry about it ! It wasn't untill about day 11 I was able to do stuff like this for myself ! I'm three weeks post op and I still can't do everything bit I'm more or less back to normal xx
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