Double bubble

So here it goes, I decided to go out of state...

So here it goes, I decided to go out of state because in NY BA go for at least $6500. I can think of a lot of other things to do with my money then spend it on boobs (no less the guilt id have for spending so much and having two kids). So i researched for the past two years and found Dr. Hedden, who has great reviews for his out of state BA. Even with travel costs its only $3800 all together or $4600 for silicone (and thats including hotel, car rental, two plane tickets for me and my bf). Only thing Im indecisive about now is silicone or saline, I only have 18 days so I better choose soon. I want the full look on top (high polar) and have seen saline creates this more but silicone is better on thin women like me. Plus its $800 more for silicone (I would never finance plastic sugery). I go for my CBC blood test on Thursday or Friday. They told me I cant take Tramadol pre-surgery that I take for neuropathy but That makes no sense, as a RN I know Tramadol has no bleeding factors involved

Thanks so much for starting your story on RealSelf. Here's some info about saline versus silicone.

Please keep us updated as your journey progresses!

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Good luck and please keep us posted!
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Congrats on your decision to get a BA!! I just had mine on 12/26 and I cannot be happier! It is certainly a personal decision saline vs. silicone .. I personally decided to splurge for the silicones and am super happy with the results. Since I was already spending the money and I was looking for the ultimate result, I decided to go for it. I went with 457ccs through the areola under the muscle. There is a part of me that wishes I went bigger .. hopefully they stay this big LOL! Some points to consider .. I took Arnica 5 pills under the tongue 3 times a day for the 3 days before my surgery and 3 pills, 3-4 times a day starting the day after my surgery. I also had drains in for 2 days which I think really helped with the swelling and pain. (Kind of gross, but I think made a huge difference.) I started massaging on day 2 and used Arnica gel/creme on my breasts (keeping it away from incisions) and then cocoa butter mixed into the equation about a week out. I hope you are planning on staying at the hotel for at least several days after your surgery .. you are not going to want to travel anywhere for a few days. ;) Good luck!!
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So almost 10 days left to the big day and 9 days...

So almost 10 days left to the big day and 9 days left until I get on my flight to Alabama. Just worried at this point about waking up after the twilight anestesia and how my body will react. I began thinking I want 400cc Saline but know I am leaning towards 475cc silicone, grrr so hard to decide lol
Good luck to you. Can't wait to see your transformation.
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Did you decide 400 or 475?! :)
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I can't figure out why they wouldn't let you take your Tramadol either. Maybe ask Dr H directly about this? I do know from other reviews and my consult that he tends, if anything, to write for most every anticipated issue that your could have post-op (pain, nausea, anxiety...) so maybe they just don't want you stacking them? Anyway I would definitely mention it! Good luck with everything!
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So I'm here in Alabama for my big day tomorrow....

So I'm here in Alabama for my big day tomorrow. Went for my consult today with Dr. Hedden and we decided on silicone 450cc's, biplanar augmentation under the breast incision. So excited! Have to be the tomorrow at 630am. Dr. Hedden was great and told me what was best for me with no added BS. Hope all goes well
Tomorrow is the day!!!
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So I am official on the other side now! Had to be...

So I am official on the other side now! Had to be at the surgery center at 6:30am. I was taken back by 7:15am. Meet with the nurse anesthetist Tara (Love her, she was awesome!) who asked some questions and started my IV. My boyfriend came in one last time. Dr. Hedden came in and drew on me, I asked if I could change from 450 to 475 and he said I have tubular breasts that hes correcting with a biplanar approach and didn't know if he could fit it in my breast tissue. :(. Tara came back and gave me some versed and I kissed my boyfriend goodbye. Next thing I know I am shaking violently and very sore, not going to lie but that stunk. Then the BP cuff kept going off every 30 seconds and it was making my arm numb. Thank fully the nurse took it off soon and gave me some Gatorade. Maybe 20 min later I was being wheeled out and saw my bf pacing back and forth, when he saw me he was very happy to see me smiling. I had no problem getting in the car. I got back tot the hotel and ate like I haven't ate in a year lol. Toook some pain meds and Valium and laid down. About two hours laters me and my bf walked around the hotel twice to get my blood moving. Dr. Hedden wAs great though and I am seeing him tomorrow before I head back to NY. I highly recommend him to anyone. Was honest and concerned about all my issues, not to mention efficient yet fast (love that). Very nervous about day 2, as it is the worse day. Oh and I went with silicone 475cc with an under breast incision
Congrats! So curious to know if your PS had to lower your natural crease line in order to fit the implant size selection? I am hoping for 475cc's and I get my surgery on the 29th ( real soon! )
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Just saw your pics too and they look great!
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He did what is called a biplanar implant, which gives the illusion of a lift. He had to bring out the implant more because my breasts were so narrow but he didn't do a lift. Good luck, where are you going? Def go for 475
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Day 2. Went for my post-op follow-up. I feel great...

Day 2. Went for my post-op follow-up. I feel great today. Went to sleep in the bed with 5 pillows then woke up with really bad pain, took a pain pill and slept in recliner for 3 hours very comfortably. Recliners are great! I might buy one for my home lol. Post-op went great, Dr. H said I'm ahead of the game and doing better then anyone else, not bad for a diabetic! Honestly, yesterday was much worse. Going to take my first shower
Looking great. Glad things are going well for you. Congrats
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Yup. Day two is not bad
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Can't wait for updated pics!! Bt, RealSelf will rotate your pics for you and I know they are working on a way for us to me able to rotate them ourselves. ;) xoxo
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Day 3. Starting to feel a bit of sharp pains only...

Day 3. Starting to feel a bit of sharp pains only when I cough. But otherwise, I have no bruising and just swelling. My boyfriend has been a gem to me. Right now I need to just take it easy because I pushed myself yesterday and today, now I am feeling it and am going to pamper myself tomorrow. All in all my experience has been a big pleasure. Thank god that god sent me to such a great dr. I bought an under armor zip up bra and felt it squeezed the hell out of my boobs and hurt my under breasts incisions. Back to the champion zip up, will use the under armor for working out in 3 weeks and order another champion. But I am ding very well and am feeling awesome. Anyone thinking twice, don't! If you have destroyed breasts from breastfeeding for babies for a couple months or years, you owe it to yourself to bring back that self esteem. Its a feeling I cant even explain. I feel high on my results

Congrats! So happy for you that all went so smoothly:) Glad you are taking the time to slow down a bit and heal up- keep us posted on how you are doing!
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Congrats! Glad everything went well. You look great! Happy healing
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Thanks. I am so happy and feel like I'm this new happy confident person already
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I returned to work yesterday and all went well....

I returned to work yesterday and all went well. Only discomfort is when I wake up but it goes away in 10 minutes. I can't believe how easy this whole process has been. I went shopping for new tips and I can't believe how hot they look on me now. Hello self esteem!
Did you have general anesthesia or twilight sedation?
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Twilight. No nausea at all!
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Were you awake for the whole thing? I don't know how it works .. Just curious :)
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I know its too early to get sized but I went with...

I know its too early to get sized but I went with a friend to VS and just gave it a shot. Well before BA I was a 32/ 34 A, I had 475cc put and she said I was a 36B. Im like "they are huge and fill up a 34D sports bra". Idk what t make of this
You look great! I'm so looking forward to meeting him in person!
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I promise you won't be disappointed. I loved the whole experience. Just went so smooth
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Don't you worry what the chick at VS says! I got sized there BEFORE my surgery and was told 32 D....um no, and STILL not after surgery, haha!! Go to Nordstrom and they'll do it right! Glad everything is going well for you otherwise!
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So an update on my sizing issue. Today I went to a...

So an update on my sizing issue. Today I went to a professional bra shop and got sized at 34 DD. I bought one in a D but said since my swelling is mostly gone the size won't change. I bought 2 in DD. should I call and complain to VS about the chick because I asked her to resize me and that I'm a wearing a D sports bra
Girlfriend .. I don't think you are done swelling yet. My PS said about 4 weeks post op my swelling should be done and that will be my size, the only thing is the shape will change as the move, settle, etc. I am a little over 5 weeks and still have not splurged on bras yet. ;-)
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I am still a bit swollen but more on the sides. Hey I'll be happy with a small D. I didn't splurge. I needed two supportive ones for next week but I can't wait for another month to or 6 weeks to splurge
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I think it's just how they are "trained", so calling may not make a difference. Until they are properly trained they will continue to measure how they have always been. BUT you never know, maybe if enough people call and complain it may help. At least you got measured properly and now know your size.
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How long did everyone's sutures take to dissolve?...

How long did everyone's sutures take to dissolve? Mine were placed under the breast and I had my BA almost 11 days ago, they are not even close to going away

Ugh I hate VS! Snootiest workers ever! I worked there for like two weeks when I was 19 and had to quit. Ain't nobody got time for that! You look great BTW!
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What profile did you get? Looks great!!! Mine are 5 days post op and still too hard to make cleavage...."patience", I tell myself ;)
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High profile, I really wanted the upper portion filled out. What did you get?
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So my swelling has gone down and I have dropped...

So my swelling has gone down and I have dropped significantly at 17 days post op. it feels so nice to be able to wear the playtex 18 hour bra or genie bra during the day then those tight sports bras. I'm still putting arnica on twice a day. They seem smaller now but fit into 34D or 34DD. Only problem is the straps are too long on some bras. Has anyone worried about getting the contraction after BA, it's a 7% risk and I keep making sure I don't have it

So my swelling has gone down and I have dropped...

So my swelling has gone down and I have dropped significantly at 17 days post op. it feels so nice to be able to wear the playtex 18 hour bra or genie bra during the day then those tight sports bras. I'm still putting arnica on twice a day. They seem smaller now but fit into 34D or 34DD. Only problem is the straps are too long on some bras. Has anyone worried about getting the contraction after BA, it's a 7% risk and I keep making sure I don't have it
You look awesome!!! Keep massaging girlfriend!
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Mine dissolved but I am not 100% sure when lol. I would say at 2-3 weeks they were pretty much gone. At 4 weeks a saw a stitch poking out and pulled it out with tweezers .. Probably not a good idea but I did it anyway lol
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I had a horrible experience at VS a few weeks ago ..
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4 weeks post op. my incisions are healing well but...

4 weeks post op. my incisions are healing well but I'm still freaked out that I have internal sutures from the crease lowering. You see them when I strech or lift my arm. It also hurts to go certain ways. I fit into a. 34DD and I guess that's the size I'm staying. Still wearing sports brAs because they give the best support except if I go out at night once a week ill wear my pretty bra I bought . It's funny but they don't seem that big to me but when I try on bras or bathing suits I pop out of larges and was an extra extra small before
How are you doing? Are your inner sutures feeling better? Mine feel MUCH better and I'm thinking in a couple more weeks I will be able to return to bootcamp. The inner sutures do really slow the healing process though eh?!
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5 months post ope

So I'm 5 months post op. all healed but still sore when I lift at gym. I have a bit of double bubble but doc says its because I haven't fully dropped. I'm a size 34 D/ DD, wish they were bigger but happy
Need some updated pics! ;)
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5 months post-op

34DD, can no longer fit on a small/ medium

Bit of double bubble. Hope it goes away by a year like I'm promised. But even if it doesn't its not that noticeable n is stil wa

Double bubble trouble

So I haven't been on here in a year as I had my BA 01/14/2013. But in the past year the double buble I have is not going away. It really bothers me even though it's not horrible. They still look great in a bathing suit and low shirts but when I'm naked you can see something is not right. So I'm going for a revision 04/10/2014 and flying back down to Alabama. He's going to try to help blend the previous breast crease with the implant by taking fat from my sides and removing scar tissue. A bit bummed I have to pay for the surgical costs and possibly other fees as it's a lot to travel from NYC but it's not horrible. I just hope it helps and I'm not crazy doing it
Hi. You look great. I was wondering how the revision went? I use Dr Hedden too. But, I live in Birmingham, so I didn't have to travel. Hope everything is good for you.
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Hi, I was just wondering if you had your revision last month?? I have slight double bubble but its only been a week. I hear the same thing as you, that as they settle and swelling goes down the double bubble will go away. I sure hope so!! But, your pictures do look great. YOu look fabulous in your bathing suit and it doesn't look bad. I hope your revision went well and everything turns out great for you!
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Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

He is worth the trip. I will be honest and say I came down here because I couldn't afford 9000 on Long Islnd for silicone but I couldn't have received better care anywhere. Between Heather the out of care coordinator (who even texted me an hour after I got back to the hotel to see how I am!) to the down to earth nurses, the awesome Nurse anesthetist Tara to Dr. Hedden addressing all my needs. I couldn't ask for more. Granted I am writing this on my surgery date 4 hours later but so good so far, no great. But I hope it will reflect the care I received so far in my recovery and outcome. No harsh wait times like I read. I mean yea my pre-consult I was there 1.5 hours but they did a lot that day and its a plastic surgeons office.Didnt feel anyone was too busy for me, I felt they stopped anything for me. Go to him, hes worth it!

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