So I knew from an early age that I wanted to get breast implants. I wasn't completely flat (32B-32C), but I always envisioned myself with fuller breasts. I felt uncomfortable when I wasn't wearing Bombshells. (those add 2 cup size bras from VS) When I turned 18 and had the money saved up I went for my first consultation with Dr. Bauer at the Swan Center. I worked at a lingerie store at the time and I always made a point to ask women where they'd gotten their breast done if they were very upfront or proud about getting them done. I soon learned Dr. Bauer is basically the "boob doctor" in Atlanta. I went for my consultation alone and he was very courteous and really eased my fears about the surgery. However, I felt the staff at Swan Center didn't take me seriously, most likely because of my age. When I learned the exact quote for the surgery I realized I'd have to finance about $1,000. His staff failed to even tell me there were even any financing options. Maybe they get a lot of people who don't necessarily intend on going through with the procedure. Either way, it rubbed me the wrong way so I decided to try a consultation somewhere else.
Another girl I'd fit for a bra recently told me how happy she was with her results and I was literally shocked that I couldn't tell she'd had hers done. At my job I fit women for bras all day. I consider myself somewhat of an expert at identifying real and fake breasts. She told me her surgeon was Dr. Ashraf, so the next week I made an appointment with her.
I felt this experience was much more personalized. Dr. Ashraf and her staff were extremely polite and took me very seriously from the start. She understood my desire for breasts that still looked natural above all else.
I had my surgery on June 29th, 2012 at Northside Hospital. When I woke up from the surgery I remember feeling so excited, even though they were majorly strapped down, that I FINALLY had boobs. I was pretty out of it on the ride back to my house. I remember when I started feeling the pain, which I would describe as an intense tightness, I took 2 of the pain medication I'd been prescribed. Dr. Ashraf had given me the ok before surgery to take 2 if I needed to.
BIG mistake. I guess it must have been a combo of the pain meds and the anesthesia, but I got extremely sick that night. I couldn't keep anything down. I was freaking out because I thought my stitches might burst from gagging so much. Anyway, so after that I didn't take any pain medication. Not surprisingly, the first few days were rough. The most difficult part is not being able to use your arms or sit yourself up on your own. I had my implants placed under the muscle and I was told because I was younger I would feel even more sore. The best way I can describe the pain is like an extreme tightness.
I think I waited 48 hours before I took a shower, and DAMN, my boobs looked crazy. Don't get me wrong, I loved the size, but they were crazy high up. I knew this was totally normal though.
I went back to work after 2 weeks and I was still a little sore.
I was so excited to buy all new bras, but ladies, PLEASE wait at least a month before investing in a whole new bra wardrobe. You'll go through 2 or more sizes while your breasts drop, so you'll definitely save money by waiting.
Also, when you feel up to it, massaging your breasts will help a TON with softening them up and getting them to drop sooner.
In June I'll be 2 years post op and I can't tell you how much I love my results. My favorite thing about my breasts is that they look AND feel natural. I went with 400cc and 425cc silicone implants under the muscle. If you go with the right surgeon, this procedure is 150% worth it.