I've always wanted breast implants, not to have...
Rice Test: how accurate is it?
Consultation: March 1, 2014
CONSULTATION: When I finally worked up the nerve to go through with the first consultation with a plastic surgeon, I called Dr. Kim's office a month in advance and scheduled a Saturday appointment. The Saturday appointment was a great option for us, since my fiance and I were traveling from out of town. Dr. Kim's office is located in a great part of Beverly Hills close to the infamous Rodeo Drive. Upon arriving at his office, there were a few options for parking: two hour street parking, a parking garage across the street, and a valet-only garage under the building. It was not a busy Saturday, so we found parking on the street. Dr.Kim's office is clean and well decorated, and the ladies up front were helpful and friendly. My fiance and I waited about 30 minutes before being placed in an exam room and then waited another 20 minutes before Dr. Kim came in. Dr. Kim is very professional and got right to the point. He asked what type of implant and what size I wanted. I told him I wanted a full C cup and silicone implants with a natural appearance. For a natural appearance, he recommended a Moderate Plus profile. He places all his implants submuscular. I asked him about the different incisions and this is what I learned. The axillary incision (arm pit) seems more visible and sometimes doesn't heal as well. Areolar (under the nipple) may cause a loss of sensation of the nipple and also cuts through more milk ducts. I told Dr. Kim that I haven't had any children yet, but I would like breastfeed in the future. Lastly, the submammory incision (under the breast) is of course visible with your shirt off but preserves milk ducts and has a less chance of numb nipples. Dr. Kim then left the room and had me change in an exam gown. He had me stand in front of the mirror and examined my breast tissue. He reconfirmed that a Moderate Plus implant would give me nice cleavage. I told him I wanted to avoid that weird boob gap some people with implants get. After that, I met with Christina in her office. She gave the pre- and post-op instructions and quoted me for $8,150 for silicone Naturell implants. This cost includes all surgical costs and follow-up care. Not included in the price: prescriptions. Also I asked Christina about a discount for paying in cash. She said with Dr. Kim's approval I could get 5% off. She also let me know, the next step would be to pay a $500 deposit to schedule the surgery date.
As easy as that! I felt really good after this consultation. All my questions were answered (with the exception of what exact size to get) and I think I made up my mind that I was going to go through with the surgery and Dr. Kim was going to be my plastic surgeon!
Scheduled my surgery for MAY 22, 2014!!!
I called Dr. Kim's office and was able to pick a surgery date within SIX WEEKS. So my surgery date is officially: MAY 22, 2014!!! EEEK so exciting, but so scary!!
I paid the $500 deposit with a credit card over the phone. I scheduled a pre-op appointment two weeks before the surgery date. Then I will pay the remaining amount in cash (with a 5% discount) at the pre-op appoitment.
This is when it hit me: IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING!!!
Pre-op Appointment: May 7, 2014
I checked in at the front desk, and they had me go a few doors down for my pre-op labs. They do a CBC (complete blood count), HBV, HCV, (Hepatitis B and C virus), HIV, and HCG (pregnancy) test. Then I returned to the office and filled out a TON of paperwork. The dr's office was really busy that day, I had to wait a while before being taken back to one of the ladies' offices. She reviewed all of the pre- and post-op instructions and reviewed my past medical history. She also took time to answer some more of my questions. I can't remember her name now, but she was very patient and honest when answering my questions. When she was all done, I waited in an exam room to meet with Dr. Kim.
I think I expected Dr. Kim to spend more time with me, reviewing the surgery and discussing my concerns about what size to go with. But he seemed very rushed and was very brief. I told him that I changed my mind about the full C, and thought it would be too big for my small frame, and that I would be more comfortable with a small or mid C cup. He said, "Are you sure? That small? I don't want you to regret going too small." I told him that I would rather regret going TOO SMALL rather than TOO BIG. The last thing I want is for the new boobs to be TOO BIG that they would restrict my current activities like running, playing tennis, and lifting weights. He seemed like he was running behind on appointments and trying to rush out of the room, but I showed him some wish pics I saved on my ipad and told him I'm worried about picking the right size. He just said to bring some pictures the day of surgery of what I wanted to look like.
The whole pre-op process took a couple of hours. I left this appointment feeling a little overwhelmed with all the information. I also felt a little unsatisfied because I still don't know what size to get. I know that I like how I look with a 295-300cc rice sizers in, but Dr. Kim said the test is unreliable, because the implant looks smaller under the muscle. Also I hope he understands that I don't want my results to be TOO BIG.
Question: How has breast implants affect you with pregnancy and breast feeding?
I don't plan on having kids for another 5 years or so, but when the time comes, breast feeding is very important to me.
3 DAYS 'TIL SURGERY!
Currently I'm going through waves of extreme nervousness and then excitement. I'm nervous about the actual surgical procedure. I'm a surgical nurse, so I know how things SHOULD be done and how things can go wrong. I can't image how anxious I will be the day of. I just can't wait to wake up from surgery and have it all done!
Then I get really excited looked at Dr. Kim's 'after' pictures and thinking "That's going to be ME soon". I'm so looking forward to going shopping after the healing process.
I'm also nervous about my recovery time. I have two week off work. I work 12 hour LONG, BUSY shifts and not sure how I will feel going back. Also I have a Bachelorette party in Vegas three weeks post-op. I'm not sure how I will look and feel after three weeks. THEN... I'm in a wedding 6 weeks post-op. :/
I'm feeling more confident about my size selection. I printed out 5 wish pictures, per the dr's request. I want to be a Small to Mid-C Cup (300-375cc??). Everyone says go with the bigger size. BUT I really do not want to be TOO big. I'm trusting my dr to pick the appropriate size for my body and go for the look in my 'Wish Pictures'.
T-MINUS TWO DAYS!
SURGERY ALL DONE!!
Post-Op Day 1
I went in for my post-op appointment with Dr. Kim to have my surgical dressing removed. Thankfully the dr's office accommodated me and squeezed me in for an 11:30am appointment (otherwise I would have had to wait until after 5pm to see Dr. Kim). After he removed the dressings, the first thing I said was "How weird!". From always looking down and being flat to BAM! BOOBS! Crazy! Then I got to see myself in the mirror for the first time and I told him, "They're perfect!" I was expecting more of a wide, high, square 'Fraken-boob' appearance ( like the nurse warned me), but I was pleasantly surprised to see two beautiful round perky boobs! I LOVE THEM! They are of course swollen and way perky, but if they look this great after one day, I can't wait until they drop!
Post-Op Day 2
Post-Op Day 5 &6 Progress Pictures
Post-Op Day 11
So far the reaction from my family and friends has been great. They are all pleasantly surprised how NOT obvious it is. Like I was meant to have this size! I think a lot of the people closest to me feared me going TOO big. In clothes, my breasts feel just right (no one at work will notice for sure), but in bathing suits and naked they feel big to me! And I love the cleavage I get, even wearing no bra:).
If I'm being picky and if I could do it all over again, I would have gone slightly larger, like a full C cup. From the very beginning, I wanted a full C, but everyone around me warned me to go smaller, especially my fiancé. He was very supportive of me getting breast implants, but honestly he is a "Butt Guy", and is really not into HUGE boobs. Maybe it's because I'm just wearing a tight sports bra all the time, but I wanted it to look slightly larger is clothes. Or maybe it's just 'boob greed', no matter what you get, you always want bigger? I'm still young and haven't had any kids yet, so there's always time in the future if I need a little lift or bigger implants.
Overall, I'm VERY happy with my results so far! I'm so glad I went with Dr. Kim! My boobs look amazing! I go in for my first post-op appointment Wednesday. Hopefully he will remove the last bit of Steri-Strips so I can see my incisions.
Thanks everyone for the kind words and support:)
Most of the pain has gone away. I do start feel my breast get firm and uncomfortable if I go a while without massaging them. Even though they are tender when I first massage them, I feel much better afterwards. Also my nipple are hypersensitive.
5 Weeks + Post-op Appointment
Dr. Kim said everything looked fine. I need to keep massaging my breasts. My right breast is slightly higher and could soften up and drop more with massage. Dr also said my incisions looked a little pink and could be lighter. (I'm pretty fair skinned and my cuts/scars always stay pink a while before fading). But he said to take 1000mg of Vitamin E daily and these all natural "Scar Pellets" that he sells in his office to aid the scar healing process. Overall, I'm really happy and have of received so much positive feedback from family and friends =)
2 months + Post-Op
I feel totally normal! No pain at all. I have returned to my normal exercise routine: running, lifting weights, and kickboxing (still no chest exercises). My breasts look and feel better and better over time. They continue to feel softer and softer and continue to drop. I fit into a 32C normal VS bra and a 32D strapless VS bra. I am still doing a lot of massaging (very important!). I also still put on the Bio-corneum scar cream twice a day and take 1000mg of Vitamin E once a day.
I'm still very happy with my whole experience! Now I love wearing bathing suits! This summer has been so fun! I plan to see Dr. Kim in another 2 months. :)
While researching plastic surgeons online in the LA area, Dr. David E. Kim's name kept popping up. Review after review, people said Dr. Kim's work was art. His results are flawless, symmetrical, and more natural looking. I only scheduled one consultation and after meeting Dr. Kim and his staff, I knew he was the plastic surgeon for me. He was very informative, professional, straightforward, and honest. He listened to my concerns and answered my list of questions. I left his office with my mind made up that I was going to finally get breast implants!