So grateful to this site! Felt it only right to...
I've always been thin with few curves and would think how great it would be to have bigger boobs. I didn't seriously consider augmentation however until this past year. I've been married 18 years and my husband was never fond of the idea. The last couple of years I've worked really hard on getting in better shape (always thin but soft) and I have new tone, muscles and strength I've never had. Somewhere along the road I got more curves to my hips and butt (thanks to my 2 kids) but nothing up top to balance things out. I breast feed both kids a total of two years and was never more than a C cup even then. I'll be 40 soon and planning on looking better than I did in my 20's. (My husband says I already do). After talking to him about my desire to just 'fill up' my breasts some to complete my look he quickly got on board and is just as excited. In fact, I was loosely planning my surgery for early next year before my bday but he surprised me 3 weeks ago by depositing the $ for the BA into a separate acct and said go for it! He's the best.
So I made an appt with Dr. Chen who I'd researched extensively and has done several friends/coworkers of mine. After the consult I was completely sure of my decision and set the date. He recommended 250-300cc give me a 'modest' full C/small D although he stresses going for the look you want and not focusing on cup size and cc's. We decided on 300cc saline mod plus, inframammary crease, under muscle. I left knowing I had time to change my mind and do more research.
After my appt I spent the next 2 weeks obsessively on realself and trying on rice sizers to the point of exhaustion! I quickly realized 300 wasn't gonna do it. So I've set up another appt to discuss changing sizes. I really like the way the 350-400cc rice dozers look in a 36d bra. So, I'll have to update soon.
New boobs 3 weeks away!!
Second consult for size
*2 more weeks*
Anyway, I'm nervous but still excited. I'm confident my size choice is the right one. I haven't reconsidered at all since my last appt. I keep trying the 400cc rice sizers under different clothes and love the look.
I just didn't want the whole "so, did you see 'her' mom, she just got her boobs done". I really don't care that much for myself but don't want my daughter to have to deal with any talk.
I felt like such a teenager stuffing my bra, lol!
**one week 'till D day**
Now, as for planning ahead, I think I've got everything ready. I will have my husbands undivided attention for 5 days post op and he's being really supportive. My mom already has meals planned for the first two days, bless her. I'm grateful I already have a recliner. Got my RX's filled. Stopped my nightly glass of wine, sad face. Have a few comfy zip up or button up tops. Frozen peas, a must. Tylenol, really hoping to not need the narcotics more than two days. Colace and simethacone, to fight the post op GI issues, fun times I hear. Started using cocoa butter skin therapy oil (not really sure this is gonna do anything, but what the heck).
Also, I stopped my upper body strength/weight training a week ago. There's mixed opinions about this but I felt it makes sense to not go into surgery where the chest muscle is being manipulated with tight and possibly sore or over worked muscles. Instead I've been mostly running and doing yoga and really focusing on stretching those muscles instead of building them up. I've also dropped about 5 lbs as a preemptive strike against possible weight gain post op. I've been a little worried about being so inactive for a while after.
So, it seems my PS does things different than I see most of y'all doing. He insists on NO post op bra, bandage whatsoever. Gonna have to go completely a natural for 2 weeks. Going to have dissolvable sutures and steri strips then bandaids on incisions but that's it. He says he does this to allow them to drop naturally. Then after about two weeks I can wear very soft non-tight, no underwire bras like a Cobbie. Can't wear regular bras, with underwire until around 2 months.
Anyone else instructed to not wear anything for two weeks? I see so many with post op surgical bras or even front close sport bras. Guess all PS's have their own way. I trust he knows what's best for his patients. He's been doing this for over 20 years and i haven't seen any bad reviews. Plus I have seen his results in person and they all look amazing!
Ok, now I'm getting excited again!!
Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for letting me vent. I'll get some nude before pics up before my procedure for comparison.
Before pics...4days to go...
I also started taking vit c and zinc sups which I will continue until at least 2 weeks post op to aid in healing (recommended by some doc friends). I also went shopping and got a couple of bikini tops in large. Hope they fit, but since it's end of summer clearance they were each $5 so totally worth the risk and way too cute to pass up!
I'm still a little nervous but mostly excited. Here's some before pics as promised for comparison. I don't 'hate' them, they're just so small...
Less than 12 hrs away!
Day 2...loving them!
Happy healing ladies!
Taking shape, feeling great!
I really feel great. My husband and kids have really stepped it up around the house so I can rest. My neck and back are the only thing bothering me now. I think it has to do with how I've been sleeping and carrying myself. Now that the soreness isn't so bad I need to work on my posture (I've been a bit hunched). Also I'm a stomach sleeper so I can't get comfortable at all in bed. My husband massaged and rubbed tiger balm on me last night after I reclined in a shallow tub of hot water (avoided my incision). It actually feels better this morning. I do get an occasional twinge if I move the wrong way which can hurt.
I have my post op appt tomorrow. Looking forward to his next instructions.
In the mean time I'm still enjoying everyone's journey.
Post op appt
Now if I can get my husband to understand the 'look don't touch yet' thing right now, lol!
Work in progress
Still need the bottoms to fill out more.
I continue to feel more myself every day but still having a hard time sleeping. I'm so uncomfortable on my back or lying too flat. Then I'll wake up feeling shooting pains or sore spots. Ugh! Anyone else have a hard time sleeping a week post op? I ended up taking a Vicodin before bed the last two nights just to try and sleep.
BTW, I've come up with a better sleeping arrangement and I'm doing much better. It also helps that I can sleep a little more on my side. Such a relief.
Got a first look at incisions. Not too bad. I'm really happy they're so nicely placed in the crease. I was worried about that.
Then, Friday I noticed my rib was really sore under my left breast and yesterday was rubbing it and felt a slight long skinny bump. Mondors cord, ugh. It's so small it's not visible enough to take a pic but I can feel it. I had already (exhaustedly) researched potential complication before my BA so I wasn't too freaked out. It's completely benign and goes away on its own. I talked to my PS's assistant today and she confirmed what I already started, ibuprofen and warm compresses. I just hope the soreness goes away soon. It's worse when I arch my back or stretch my arms out or up. I really noticed it doing yoga last night so I took it easy. I go back to work in 3 days, sad face, so I plan on taking it easy until then. Kids are at school and husbands away for business so I can be lazy if I want to, lol.
**2 weeks post-op**
I probably won't update for a while unless something comes up.
Thanks so much to all you ladies for helping me get through these first couple of weeks. Y'all are the best!!!!
My incisions are healing nicely but really bumpy. I've been really massaging them to break up and smoothe that scar tissue. I know everyone has their own ways of treating scars but i wanted to share what Ive learned and am doing now. I've been reading results of research studies in medical journals (I know, exciting right) about scar treatment and results. The consensus is that keeping them moist is the key and no particular ingredient or special cream was more effective. All scars will heal given time and your genetics play a role in tissue integrity. So for me, I'm using cocoa butter skin therapy oil twice a day, only because I like the feel and it's helpful with massage. Then every several hours I apply a thin layer of lanolin or petroleum jelly over the scar to keep it moist.
I've started sleeping on my side a little at night and I'm sleeping much better now. I'm still going braless at home but wear braletts or camisole like bras out. Under clothes. I haven't noticed any big changes in how they look but they're definitely getting softer.
Everyone around me has been so supportive. And I've gotten so many compliments. Everyone can't believe how natural they look. And when my husband and I went out this weekend I wore a fitted low cut black dress that looked amazing! Not gonna lie, I loved the looks I was getting ;)
I'm still only doing some yoga and light lower body workouts. The only thing driving me crazy now is not being able to run! The weather has been perfect and I'm dying to get out there. My dr. said I could run and start upper body around 3-4 weeks.i don't think I'm ready yet. I'm just going to play it by ear. I dont want to rush anything and cause any problems. Even if it takes me till 6 weeks Ill do it. I may get a little soft but atleast it won't be bikini season any time soon, lol.
More Pics :)
Also, I just realized this morning where boob greed comes from. I was looking in the mirror and thought, they're not really that big and then I did some before/after photos collages and realized I've just gotten used to them this size. Because damn, they're huge! And I think I'd feel uncomfortable if they were any bigger. But I am glad I went up from 300 to 400, best decision I made!
Happy healing ladies!!
Recap current stats:
Rib cage 29''
Under arms, above bust 34''
Pre BA 34b
Post BA 34dd :)
400cc moderate plus Mentor saline smooth round behind muscle with crease incision.
I'm also looking for advice on scars. My left is so much darker. They both feel the same and are softening well. I'm using scar oil twice a day and lanolin (nipple cream) several times a day to keep them moist. I massage each time. I'm not really wanting to do silicone sheets because my skin is really sensitive, especially to adhesives.
Thanks for any feedback
**5 weeks** 2nd post op appt
I'm so happy with how soft and squishy they are at this point. My husband says they're almost completely natural feeling. (Glad I didn't overfill the 400's). I'm just ready for the numbness to be completely gone, which it has improved significantly.
And what a difference a week makes. I've been wearing regular bras and they feel totally normal now. I also did quite a bit of shopping and found tops that are very flattering to my new figure. Thank goodness, that was driving me crazy. As for scars, still using scar therapy oil with vitamin e (vigorous massage) and lanolin and they are completely smooth! No bumps/scar tissue felt at all!! They are still quite red though, the left more so than the right. But I have sensitive and very fair skin so I'll just have to wait for them to fade. I think they're just about done dropping and they're so much softer and squishier than I was expecting. According to hubby and a few friends they really feel natural.
Extremely happy with Dr. Chen. Very professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. And the results speak for them self. My results are exactly what I expected and wanted. During first consult Dr. Chen spent nearly an hour discussing everything imaginable related to BA. All my questions answered thoroughly, concerns addressed. His experience was obvious. Procedure went off without a hitch and my post op experience was smooth and uneventful. Very grateful to friends who recommended Dr Chen.