My Surgery Journey (Breast Aug, Rhinoplasty) - Calgary, AB
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I am writing this because I know I read a million...
- 29 Mar 2012
I am writing this because I know I read a million reviews, watched a million you tube experiences and no matter what if I can help someone else thats all that matters. I dont think the more I read or researched or millions of boobie pics I looked at still didnt make me more sure or less nervous! Its a very personal decision and journey and it helps if you can find someone with similar stats/age but other than that every body is dif and every surgeon is dif. I have always had small breasts an A-B but were always nice and perky. I had a son and breast fed and not only did I loose some breast tissue but he favoured one side over another and caused some asymmetry. I always kinda wanted bigger breasts but they were nice although small (before bf!) I however always wanted a rhinoplasty and have always had a lot of self esteem issues because of it. Kids can be so mean growing up! So when I decided I was going to fix my breasts I figured mineswell do both at once and save myself more pain more surgery and more recovery....my breasts were a given because I told my husband "whatever having your son wrecks your paying to fix!" Haha! So he knew I hated my nose and was very supportive of my decision to do both. I am a very nervous person by nature and hate not being in control so you can imagine how much I loved the thought of one person holding my whole appearance and life in his hands...umm not so much!
I went to 3 consults and decided on my plastic surgeon not only because he had digital imaging which was fabulous but I liked him from the very start! I read so many reviews where ppl said he was rude and had no bed side manner...honestly they must have seen someone else because I went for my initial consultation which is a 3 hour drive from my city. I paid $110. I was expecting to be rushed around like ive read on rating sites but he was the complete opposite. I came in and I was so sure I wanted 300cc tear drop implants. he first told me he didnt want to do the teardrop because my chest was so small and I could see the ridge of the implant on the side, not to mention they all take that shape once in the body and also he pointed out the risks of the teardrop turning. He said he personally didnt like them. I have a good friend who got 300 cc silicone teardrop implants and I have seen the ridge of hers when she has changed in front of me so I agreed to go round. I sat in his office heeming and hawwing over the size. He told me to go 350 I was set on 300 because my friend had 300 and they were big enough. I wanted to have a nice large C but something that would look natural. Im 5'7 110lbs and he was saying I could carry even up to 400cc. I thought he was crazy then but now I see what he meant.
I am currently 8 days post op and decided to go with 325cc HP round silicone gels. Back to when I was in the consult room..he had many other patients kept coming in the room and saying what do you think? I kept saying ummm i dont know!! So he would say take your time leave go see someone else and come back in. He never once rushed me, and honestly if I was him I would have told me to get the F out at that point! HAHA! So after that consult and looking at the digital imaging of the nose and boobs I knew he was the one and should have booked my appt then but didnt because I was so nervous!
A month went by and I was talking to my friend and she said "what are you waiting for?!?" I didnt know..I just figured Id ignore it and one day it would miraculously happen..haha..ya right!! She told me if i dont book it now I never will and dont I want to be all healed for summer and cute clothes?! She was right and I called and booked my appt. It was 6 weeks away and the next week I had to go back down there 3 hrs away to pay for it and have one more talk because even after all that I still was unsure what size I wanted. So the next week when I went in he was just as patient and just as nice and made me feel so comfortable and was so positive about my outcome. I told him at that appt I still was sure I wanted 300 he told me no way id regret it and I should go at least 325-350. Now I know he was right! I went home and made rice nylon bags and wore them around...I still couldnt decide so they ordered both sizes...I literally told them the day I was having my surgery! The nurse was putting in my Iv and I saw the 4 boxes on the counter 325, 350cc. She said did you decide? I said ya 325. Even then I wasnt sure..haha! I am the MOST indecisive person in the world!! Haha!
So after I booked my date and paid for the surgery I instantly got so much anxiety and had nightmares for the next week!! I then started looking up everything and pictures, blogs, video blogs. I dont know if stuff like that helped someone as nervous as me. Id like to think it did. Either way I was a lot more informed! I think I looked at 10000 pictures of breasts and before and afters of 300cc vs 325 vs 350. My advice on that is DONT DO IT! Its wayyy to hard to judge what you will look like with a certain style and size of implant all because every body is different every person has different breasts to start thats size and shape not to mention the length of the chest cavity length and depth. It will only confuse you more!! I think your best bet is to make the rice sizers with nylon stockings (thats if you cant decide within the doctors office) and wear them at home and decide that way.
The morning of my surgery I was met by Carolyn one of the nurses I spent the most time with, talked to (harassed) the most...hey she never should have said call me if you have ANY questions!! She has really been such a pleasure and helped make my whole experience as wonderful as it has been! They took me into the back where they passed me onto a dif nurse i never met before, her name was Royal, she was an angel. So sweet, caring and amazing from the moment i came in so nervous to the moment I left the facility. She gave me a robe to change into and I got into bed she asked me a lot of questions and what size i decided on..haha..325cc I told her. I told her I was really nervous and she talked to me the whole time and kept me very comfortable. Soon I was in the O.R. and then the recovery rm with my angel Royal helping me and asking if I needed more heat or more drugs. She made my brief recovery time there very comfortable physically and mentally.
I had hear so many stories about when you wake up it feels like a ton of bricks is on your chest and you cant breathe, I was expecting the worst but I didnt feel that way at all. Uncomfortable yes, my nose was the most uncomfortable not even for pain but just that I couldnt breathe out of it and the bleeding out the front and down my throat. After I woke up I was a bit uncomfortable and she gave me more pain meds and I honestly felt fine. I watched so many you tube videos of ppl the day of their surgery and they are sooo out of it but I was so coherent and felt good, almost too good. I went back to my hotel and kinda overdid things because I wasnt feeling much pain. Well I sure felt it that night and the next day for sure! I am on day 8 now and they are still sore! Every day it gets a little bit better. All I can say is thank goodness for good pain pills!
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The Dr and his staff was more than wonderful! They were all so warm and caring! They made my whole experience so wonderful! Thank you to the team at The Plastic Surgery Centre Calgary!