Breast Augmentation: StoriesWrite a Review
Got My Lady Lumps!!
- updated 9 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $5,700
- Thomas Fiala, MD (Altamonte Springs, FL)
Hello everyone! I am 5'4" 108lbs... and an A cup!...
- 26 May 2012
- 2 months pre
Hello everyone! I am 5'4" 108lbs... and an A cup! I have two boys (ages 1 and 2) whom I breastfed 5 months each. I have always been small in that area... but at least before kids, they were nice round and perky! Now, I have lost a lot of volume in the upper breast. My husband and I have decided that we're happy with a family of four... So it's finally time to do something for me!
I am an active mom. I love playing sports, the gym, etc... so I am looking for a conservative upgrade. I would like to be a full B or small C. I want silicone implants, under the muscle, with breast fold incision.
I have been to two different consultations. I was not thrilled with my first consultation. It was free, but I really thought I would have met with the doctor. Instead, I met with a nurse who did all of the measurements and what have you. I also got to try on sizers. The nurse was really nice, but she was trying to push the bigger sizes on me. She thought 370cc looked great but I, however, thought they were huge!! I'm not trying to compete with Dolly! I was quoted $8000 for the surgery, which in my opinion is crazzzzyy....
I enjoyed my second consultation a lot more. I met with the doctor. He went over every detail of the surgery with me... and discussed MY goals. The size / profile is ultimately up to the patient... although he does offer advice. I like that. Dr Fiala measured my BWD... 11.5 and explained the sizing chart. For the most natural look (based on my BWD) I should be somewhere around 250-300cc for a moderate profile... and 325-375cc for a high profile silicone implant. I am still undecided on profile. I keep reading that small framed girls should get the high profile... but I am thinking that's just if they want more cc's. I honestly liked the way the 250cc moderate profile implants looked. I am just hoping it will fill in the upper breast enough as I do have a little sag to my breasts. Anyone have any thoughts on this??
So overall, I loved Dr Fiala's office. I have booked a surgery date of July 27th!!! I have a pre-op appt on July 11th, which my husband will be going with me and helping me pick a final size. Of course his motto is "Go Big, or Go Home!" Boys! I have read a lot of reviews where women wish they would have gone a little bigger. I will keep that in mind when choosing.
I am so excited to get this done! I will keep everyone updated throughout my journey. I just hope my review is somewhat hekpful to others going through the same experience. And thank you to all of you who have shared you're story here on RealSelf!
Will post pictures soon :)
Well only 50 days left until the big day! That...
- 7 Jun 2012
- 1 month pre
I finally got my vacation time approved. I will be taking two weeks off of work to recover. I have a stand-up job working 8 to 12 hour days, so I'm thinking that will be enough time to get back to the norm. I'm more worried about taking care of my two little boys. They are total mama's boys and love to cuddle!
Well, will update more later. Pictures will come one of these days!
Well pics are posted. As I was told in high school...
- 8 Jun 2012
- 1 month pre
Rib Cage*** dang it
- 8 Jun 2012
- 1 month pre
The 30 day count down starts NOW!! Whooo Hoooo!!!!...
- 27 Jun 2012
- 30 days pre
I have done very little to prepare for recovery (probably because it still feels like an eternity before my surgery!) I have bought a couple zip-up bras from JC Penney and ordered a Marena zip-up bra from amazon.com. The Marena bra had very good reviews, and I also remember a realself member saying how comfortable it is. So, figured I'd give it a try. Next up, shopping for button-up PJs!
More before pics to come soon!
Pre-op still scheduled for July 11th. The big day to finalize an implant size! HALLELUJAH!
Had my pre-op appt today! Paid for the surgery in...
- 11 Jul 2012
- 16 days pre
And for the SIZE!! I have decided to go with Mentor 275cc mod+ silicone! I'm pretty confident this will get me where I want to be. I was debating on that or 325cc HP. My husband likes them both, but likes the 325cc HP more because it projects more. It was definitely a close toss-up for me. I still have a week or so if I want to change my mind, but for now I'm stoked with my choice. Anything is better than what I've got now. My husband took a few photos with the sizers, so I will post later. Input from you all will be much appreciated :)
Uploading some pics from my pre-op appt with...
- 13 Jul 2012
- 14 days pre
Well ladies... the time has come! I have less than...
- 25 Jul 2012
- 2 days pre
I talked with my doctor's office yesterday. I have decided to stick with my initial size... 275cc Mod+ silicone implants under the muscle. After days of going back and forth on size... I finally remembered why I am doing thing. It's not to get huge boobs and gain attention. I'd prefer that no one can tell that I've got implants. I was always fine with my small, round perky boobs... especially with an athletic type figure. After having kids, I am just looking to get the fullness back from what they sucked out of me during breastfeeding! I am 100% confident that I will be completely happy with this size for my lifestyle.
Surgery is at 9:30am Friday morning. I am to arrive at the doctor's office at 8:30am. Fasting starts at 12am the night before. I have started taking the pre/post-op vitamins. Yesterday I started taking the bromelain for swelling and bruising. I am to continue that for 7-10 days or until swelling is gone. Immediately after surgery, I am to start the Arnica 30X.
I had the day off yesterday. Spent majority of the day picking up little odds and ends for surgery, I picked up my prescriptions... they were a whopping $10.57 for all five! Cannot complain there! Also bought a button-up shirt for the days following surgery. I have a few camis already... I figured I could just step into those and pull them up as opposed to putting them on over my head. We will see! I also picked up some Vitamin E 400IU. Doctor recommends taking it starting two weeks after surgery to prevent CC.
Everything seems to be coming together! I can't believe my day is almost here... Feels like I've been waiting forever for this!
Last but not least... I would love to thank everyone for all of your thoughts and support... I have really met some great people off of this community.
On my way! My surgery was originally scheduled for...
- 27 Jul 2012
- Day of treatment
Will see you on the other side! Cheers to new tatas!!!
Well I made it! I am alive. I arrived at the...
- 27 Jul 2012
- Day of treatment
He took measurements onace again, and agreed the 275cc mod + would be a great choice for me :)
There was a young nurse there ( I think she was a nurse ). She was very sweet and accomodating. She told me that Dr Fiala had done her breast aug, and insisted that I was in good hands. That calmed me down a little... as I was sweating so much! (Was not allowed to put deodorant on this morning!) She gave some anti-inflammatories and a muscle relaxant right before surgery... and poked me in the hand for my IV. After that, we were ready to rock and roll! She helped me to the operating room and up on the bed I went. Warm blankets were placed on me. The anesthesiologist came in and started a conversation. It really took my mind of things, thank God. He asked what kind of work I do and a few other questions. I explained that I am a pharmacist... and was mentioning about getting robbed at the pharmacy a few months ago... and that was it! I don't remember a darn thing after that!
I woke up in recovery and didn't know where I was at first. I looked down at my chest... I was wrapped in an ace bandage. I snuck a peek and realized I had tatas! It was all over before I knew it! I happily closed my eyes and went back to bed. Later on, my husband came in. The nurse was explaining all of the post-op procedures: Rest,rest, rest. I am to wear this ace bandage until next Thursday (6 days!) No showers until then. After that, I will be able to wear a supprtive sports bra for 4 weeks. Multiple vitamins are to be continued tomorrow. I also start my antibiotic and Singulair tomorrow, as well.
I was wheeled out of the recovery room at 10:30 and made it home by 11:30am. I felt great. I was able to get out of the car on my own and walk. So far I have had no real pain... just discomfort. I took a Percocet at 12:30 and it put me to sleep. It is now 5:30 and I feel amazing. I have been able to do quite a bit with no pain. I can open my pill bottles and water bottles with no problem (I read other ladies had trouble with that... maybe that's day 2??) I feel a little pressure when lying down... but nothing unbearable. I really expected a lot worse. So far it's been a piece of cake. (I hope it continues like that)
My breast are numb. They are a little bigger than I expected. I know that will go down as there is a little swelling. I have been taking the Arnica 30X today and will resume the Bromelain tomorrow to help with swelling. I just started doing the ice packs. It really feels good. I would recommend that to anyone!!
I do have an appetite already. On the way home from surgery, we ordered Panera and took it home. I had a turkey sandwich and soup. I have been staying hydrated with plenty of water.
My doctor's office exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Dr Fiala to anyone looking to improve their image
I think that's it for now. Sorry for the long post... but hopefully it will help others who are about to go under! I will try to post pics soon. But I am just in my ugly ace bandage so not much to see and gawk over ;)
Once again, I appreciate all of the support I have gotten from RealSelf. You all are wonderful!
Woke up this morning in a little bit more...
- 28 Jul 2012
- 1 day post
I posted some pics today. Don't tell my surgeon I pulled the ace bandage down for a total of 3 minutes! Hope he doesnt visit RealSelf often. The suspense was absolutely killing me. I had to take a peak and flaunt around in a bikini top. Overall, I love them. Still some swelling and lots of dropping to do. I think I will be pleased with the outcome.
Still icing on and off every couple of hours. No funky weird stuff going on yet. No complaints what so ever.
Next anticipated milestone is 5 days away... taking a shower. Thank goodness I have baby wipes around the house. Will update more tomorrow. Not much has changed from yesterday.
Well... Yesterday was Day 3. Both my kids had the...
- 30 Jul 2012
- 3 days post
Today is Day 4. I havent taken any pain pills (not even Tylenol) since early morning of day 2!! I am feeling almost back to normal. I took a bath today and washed my hair in the faucet. Was able to comb and blow dry it with no problems. Still have my ace bandage on. It is probably the most annoying thing of my recovery... It will be burned by the time Thursday comes around when I get the okay to switch to a sports bra!!
I did try on a sports bra today, I bought it a month ago from JC Penney. I bought a 34B... the darn thing was too tight!! I drove myself back to JC Penney today (no discomfort) and picked up a 34C. So much better. The ladies are able to breathe. But it was short-lived, as I had to put the old bandage back on.
Today has been a very relaxing day. Kids are at daycare... Hubby is at work. Peace and quiet. My breasts are still numb. My incisions are a little itchy. Every once in a while I feel a twinge run down my right breast. All part of the healing process. I really think the vitamins, arnica, and bromelain had a key role in my excellent recovery... either that, or I have high tolerance to pain.
And the old pipes are working fine... was able to use the bathroom yesterday ;)
Ahh... Sorry I have not updated in a...
- 13 Aug 2012
- 17 days post
It's been a little over two weeks since I had my BA! I am loving the new me!! I have gone to the beach a few times now. Man, it feels good having SOMETHING up top! Per doctor's orders, I am not allowed to go swimming in a pool or at the beach until the 3 week mark. So I've just been working on my Florida tan :)
I had my 2 week follow-up this past Thursday. Got the remainder of my sutures taking out. Got to see my incision scars.... they look great! The nurse went over massaging techniques with me. I am to do the breast massages twice daily for 5 minutes on each side. I wouldn't really call it a massage... it's more like displacing the implant up into your collar bone! It's a bit weird looking / feeling. Massages are to be done for as long as I have the implants in! Along with breast massages, I am to massage my scars to break up any scar tissue. The nurse said to do it kind of rough... and I will here crunching and crackling.. UGH! So gross, lol.
I am not in any pain. I was a little sore last week, but I think it's over now. My swelling is gone. I still have another two weeks of wearing a sports bra. Then I finally get to sexy bras! Whoo hoo! I think I might still continue to wear a sports bra at night for a while. I just feel so supportive in that thing.
I am still taking Singulair at night to prevent capsular contracture. I am to continue this until I hit 3 months. I have also started taking Vitamin E 400IU once daily. My doctor advised to take the Vitamin E for as long as I have the implants.
My doctor did mention that I cannot ever to push-ups or other chest work-outs again. I was a little bummed by that. I like doing P90X and other workout routines... Guess I will have to find something else to replace those workouts.
Other than that... I am super happy I did this. I am very pleased with the size!
My Doctor: Thomas Fiala, MD
Have not had surgery yet, but so far so good!