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Like everyone else on this forum I am...

Like everyone else on this forum I am excited/nervous for the big day. Lot's of second guessing, but I am going to go through with it. I am 48 years old and I am sure I will wish I had done it sooner. I am also scheduled for hernia repair the same day - so double whammy. I have had surgery before so I generally know what to expect post-op. I have scheduled an entire week off from work. I just hope that will be enough. Thankfully I have a desk job and it is flexible. After reading other posts in the forum, I am concerned that I have only had one consultation, but I feel like the doctor and I were on the same page. Do you actually get any time with the doctor at the pre-op?

I appreciate all the helpful hints that people have shared. I am starting to get things organized around my house and purchasing all the necessary supplies. I ordered my bras last night. It wasn't as easy as I thought. There must be a lot of people having BA, because a lot of the places I checked (Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, JcPenney) were sold out of the type I wanted. I did end up ordering 2 from Walmart. They were pretty cheap, but I have seen numerous people recommend them (Fruit of the Loom - front closure sports bra). I ordered another on Amazon (Champion Zip Tech). Hopefully they will work out fine.

I started taking a multivitamin, vitamin C and will order Arnica and Bromelain based on posts I have seen by others. I bruise VERY easily, so hopefully this will help. My pre-op is on January 7th, so I hope they can finish answering any questions I may have. I have pretty much narrowed down my size to between 275 cc and 325 cc. Whenever I see 350 cc if just seems a little to big for my frame. That might change after my pre op appointment.

My other big concern is the inability to work out after my surgeries. I am very physically active and do a lot of weight lifting. Obviously, I won't be able to do this for a while and will have to start back slowly. That is actually making me more anxious than the surgery!

I will take some before pics soon so I can post with my after. Fingers crossed that this is everything I have been wanting.

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Oops! I posted in the comments section and not the update review. I still don't know how this works! I am reposting my comments below, but have no idea how to delete where I posted in the comments section. Sorry:)

I had my mammogram last Friday and got a call back on Monday for a repeat test. That's a little scary. I was able to get in today for a recheck on my left breast. Thankfully everything was fine and the radiologist came in and talked with me and eased my mind. Glad that is over. I bought a bra today so I can do the rice test. Do you know how hard it is to find in a 34 or 36 C without padding (without spending a fortune). Every bra I own is so heavily padded! I found one at Marshall's that should work and it only cost $5.99. I think I am going to tally up everything I am spending to get ready for the big day. All the miscellaneous stuff really starts to add up. I go on Monday for my pre-op. I'm hoping that clears up all the remaining questions I have. Things are finally starting to get real. Anyone else out there scheduled for January 21st?

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I am sooo excited for you redhead! I figured I lived the first half of my life with my god given breasts, and will now the last half with an enhanced pair! Might as well enjoy ourselves before we are old and grey! Sounds like you are taking the proper steps to getting ready and have really thought things through. I cant wait to see your pics! I am sure you will be fine with 1 week off of work and returning to a desk job, You might still tire easily at that point- that'll be the toughest part. If you dont already have ice packs, I would recommend those. I got two packs of therapearls and alternated with one of those icebags with a screw on cap. You can throw those back into the freezer when they melt too.Have you figured out what clothes you are wearing to the hospital?
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..oh and before I forget- if you hadnt already heard of these things... trashcan in the car in case you puke on the way home, something to drink in the car. Some want water, some like ginger ale. Make sure your house is clean before surgery and maybe make some foods ahead of time you can freeze or make easily after surgery like soup or whatnot., Opening pill bottles, can openers, etc. will be tough afterwards. Sorry if this is repeat for you, just thought I'd pass them on in case you hadnt heard about them.

Hey Redhead1. Congrats on your date. Please do keep a list of the costs and we can post for other members who are considering breast implants. Also, here's a surgery calendar that shows everybody who's scheduled on or around the date of your surgery. You have also been added to the calendar so you can find others who are going to be going through very similar experiences. Thanks for starting your story!

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I just got my reminder call for my pre-op appt on...

I just got my reminder call for my pre-op appt on Monday (like I could forget!) I was a little surprised when I asked her about sizing that she said the doctor went over that in my consult. Everyone else I read about says they tried on sizers. Hmmm...not what I was expecting. She did say we could go over sizes, but didn't sound too enthusiastic. I pretty much know what I want and I'm going to do the rice test tonight to be sure. I feel good about his before and after pictures. The ones I saw were proportionate to the body. I just wondered if this was normal-not to try on sizers? I'm just going to be sure I make my wishes very clear and take in pictures. This information does make me a little nervous though.

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...I just realized they were two size sizers in the pics. They will get a little smaller once you go under the muscle, so go between 25-50ccs bigger than you think you want. I like B, but A might look like B once in....oh the decisions! Depends on how boobilicious you want to be. =) A might look good too since it would sit in there better than that. How many cups of rice is that?
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I like "B" too. Of course, the rice test isn't very scientific and it is kind of lumpy! That was with 300, so I think he can go to 325 or 350 easily. That's what he recommended when I was in his office. 350 just feels big to me. My husband prefers the 300 too. On a funny note, my husband just came in and asked me what I was doing. I told him and he said "oh, you're on your booby blog!" As much as he likes boobs, I think he will be happy when this is over. I'm constantly pointing at other women and asking what he thinks or have him look at pictures. For some reason, he's not as obsessed with this as I am. Lol!
Yeah, I have seen too many different ways to measure with the rice. I used 2 cups of rice and it was a little smaller than the 397cc's I went with in the office. I brought my rice sizers in and laid it next to the sizer to compare. It was a little bigger, so I decided to go with it. When I tried my sizers on I was like "NO way in hell am I going with those, they look ridiculously big!" and I thought it made me look really  matronly. Well now that they are in, I think it looks much better than the actual sizer in the office did. So keep that in mind when considering the size. If you however want to err on the side of caution, go with the smaller one. =) Its easier to go bigger later than to go smaller. Surgery is much more complicated when trying to downsize. How did you make your sizer? DId you use ziploc bags?

I was thinking today how funny it is that I am not...

I was thinking today how funny it is that I am not obsessing about my femoral hernia repair that I am having the same day. I can't imagine it is any worse than a c-section or gallbladder removal (which I have had). I've haven't even heard from that surgeon's office except when it was first set up. I think I will call on Monday to see if there is anything they need me to do. I'm sure the pre-op labs, etc... for the BA will take care of that surgery too. This surgery had to be coordinated with 2 doctors and OR time. I just pray that no one messes it up. I have scheduled surgeries for physicians in the past and know it can get kind of crazy. I'm just imaging that some one screwed up the scheduling. Oh, what in the word would I worry about if it wasn't for this surgery?!!!

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I would insist on a sizing appointment. I did one during the consult and am having another one to be sure. It is much more accurate then the rice test, though that does give you a pretty good idea. I also am having my surgery on the 21st. I have my mammo on Tuesday, hoping it goes okay! I'm really stressing about it! I'm also having a tummy tuck, so I will be doing a double whammy too! I'm 44, 5'3" and about 149lbs.
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hi... i am struggling with size choice too. am thinking 300-350 ccs but it is such a gamble, you just don't know what they will look like once they are in. i am terrified about going too big as i am also active. my surgery is scheduled for next friday, 11th jan. my pre-op is on monday. we will go over sizes at the pre-op. my doctor gets them overnighted to his office. we are a similar size and age. i am 46, 5'5 and presently 123 lbs.
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Let me know how everything goes. I'm re-doing the rice test tonight. I will probably lean slightly bigger since everyone says you lose size when the swelling goes down and the implant goes under the muscle. My doctor is actually the one who recommended 275 to 325. I may see what he thinks 350 will look like on me. My pre-op is on Monday too. We will have to compare notes!

I have my pre-op tomorrow. I have read so much...

I have my pre-op tomorrow. I have read so much stuff my head is spinning. Like everyone else, I am so confused about size. Almost every post I read says they wish they had gone bigger. Ugh!!! Truthfully, I am not overly stressed about the surgery. I trust my doctor and one of my good friends is a OR nurse and she'll be in there with me. I'm just worried that I will be disappointed. Do you know how you get so excited about something that it could never possibly live up to your expectations? That's what I am afraid of happening.

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Yes, I know that feeling. Like you want something so bad, and then you get it......and it's like that's nice, now what. I do that a lot. :/
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Today was pre-op day. I went in prepared with a...

Today was pre-op day. I went in prepared with a list of questions. They were pretty simple, but included: Will I be wearing a bra home and do you provide it? Yes/ When do I come back for my 1st post-op appt? 1 week/ Are all post op visits included in the fee? Yes./ Do you recommend massage? If so, when do I start? Yes, and in one week./ Do you use dissolvable stitches? Yes. / When will I be able to shower? the next day./ Are the implants warranted? Yes, and for an additional $100 you can get a premier warranty. You have 45 days to decide./ What are my options if I am dissatisfied and want them changed? Unless it is an obvious problem with the surgery, I would be responsible for the cost of replacing them./ Do I have to remove my artificial nails for surgery? No./ Do you use disposable implant sizers in the OR (this allows them to try a variety of size on you before committing to the actual implant). Yes

The nurse went over a lot of other information such you must fast after midnight, shower with Dial soap, no jewelry, deodorant, meds and supplements to stop, etc... I got the ok to take Arnica and Bromelain prior to surgery (helps with bruising and inflammation). I also have to take a multivitamin and vitamin C twice a day. They gave me prescriptions for nausea meds, pain meds, antibiotics and a muscle relaxer. She took a bunch of before pictures. Yay...not! No lab work which I thought they would do. She did have me try on sizers, but quite honestly, it wasn't very helpful. I think the rice test is more helpful. The sizers in the office basically just sit on top of your breast and aren't really a good representation of what they are going to look like when they are implanted.

At this point it looks like I am getting Allergan, smooth, submuscular, high profile saline implant. The range is anywhere from 275 to 350. He is going to have 275, 300, 325 and 350 disposable sizers in the OR to try. I brought in pictures to show what I am hoping to achieve. What is helpful is to select women who are approximately your height and weight and have similar shaped breasts. I'm 5'4" and 124 lbs and barely a B cup now. It wouldn't make sense to bring in pictures of someone who is 5'10" and 170 lbs. What would fit on her frame, wouldn't look right on mine. I guess at some point, I just have to let go and trust that I picked a good surgeon who is going to do what is best for me.

Last, but not least, I had to pay them in full. Haven't heard from the hospital, but I'm sure they will be in touch to get their money too!. Yikes, this is finally starting to feel real!!!

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Sounds like you're getting your's done a week after mine! Rooting for you!
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Great questions. It's funny, but I was also concerned about my nails. :)
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So much information floating around in my head....

So much information floating around in my head. The BIG question that remains is size. I guess that's everyone's big dilemma. I read other people's posts about 400, 450, 500 cc silicone implants and I start questioning the size I have selected for my saline implants. Then I read that while saline and silicone measure the same, silicone actually looks smaller once implanted. It molds to the shape of the breast more and compresses. Therefore, 350 saline and 350 silicone are not equal. Interesting... I'm feeling a little better about my size choice. I also like the fact that saline size can be adjusted during surgery. All this second guessing can make you crazy.

I am dropping my 4 prescriptions off tomorrow to get filled. He gave me pain meds, antibiotics, muscle relaxers and nausea meds. I have a few more things to pick up this weekend (ice packs, a couple more blouses...). I'm going to clean the house this weekend and do a bunch of cooking next weekend, then I'm good to go. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Hello redhead, I think you have chosen the right size cc's .  250 -350 cc's will look good on you. I am 5"10 145# ,  have 304 cc's and currently fit into a full C cup.  SOOOOO glad I did not go bigger, I wanted to look  very "real" ( not like a fake plastic porn star. Lol)  Good luck sweetie!  I look forward to seeing the post op piks soon.
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Hi Redhead! When I did the rice test (well I actually used quinoa because its like rice but round and I thought it would be more comfortable). Anyway I felt what was equivalent to 300 cc was huge on me. However, went I went in for my officially pre-op appt and tried on the actual sizers, I felt that 350 looked the best. Knowing that you do lose a little going under the muscle, I gave my surgeon permission to go as big as 375 if he thought it would achieve the look I was going for. When I woke up in recovery, I actually found myself hoping that he went 375. He (thankfully) did. They really don't look or feel as big as you think they would!
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I have been reading that as far as volume size goes saline and silicone are the same, but silicone actually looks smaller once it is implanted because it molds to your tissue more. That's interesting because I am going with saline. I do need to call my doctor's office on Monday and I'm going to let him know I am leaning more toward the 350. He is going to use disposable sizers in the OR, so he will make the final decision on what looks best. I don't even have them yet and I have booby greed!

Being sick is really getting old. My surgery is in...

Being sick is really getting old. My surgery is in 8 days and I really have to be 100% by then. I have a cold/sinus problems that jut won't go away. I may break down and go the CVS Minute Clinic to get checked out. Maybe I do need to be on an antibiotic. Everyone in my house got sick over Christmas and New Years. I'm the only one who is still sick. There are so many meds my surgeon doesn't want me to take.

On another note, I have been busy cooking and cleaning. I'm going to freeze a bunch of food for next week. I have also been trying to educate my husband on what to expect without boring him to tears or causing him to tune me out. I have asked him to remind me around day 4 when I start getting depressed and upset with the initial results that I have to be patient. It takes months to see the final outcome. I think I have everything I need for after the surgery. Still really enjoying this website. So nice to see all the ladies helping one another out and supporting each other.

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Tomorrow will be a week! Ha the girls at work are getting tired of hearing me go on and on about them. I've l
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Just been going on an on....... Feel like a kid at Christmas. :)
I'm so thankful for my booby friends on RealSelf. I'm trying really hard not to go on and on with my husband. I don't really have anyone else to talk to here locally. I haven't told anyone I work with and only a couple of close friends. My best friend is not very supportive. She had breast reduction surgery and thinks this is completely unnecessary. I wish there wasn't such a stigma attached to cosmetic surgery. One more week!!! Yay! I'm fighting a sinus infection, but now I'm on antibiotics so I should be good to go by next Monday.

In 7 days l'll have boobs! I'm just a little...

In 7 days l'll have boobs! I'm just a little excited! I think I'm as ready as I can be. Still fighting a sinus infection, but I'm finally on antibiotics so that should be resolved by next Monday. I'm a little nervous about the hernia surgery. I haven't really given it much thought until now. Oh well, that's what pain meds are for.

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Re: your Jan 11th update... Another thing to keep in mind about size is that with saline implants, doctors typically fill them with more cc's than the implant size number. There is a chart on Mentor's website addressing recommended fill volumes. In my case, I have 375cc saline implants filled to 450cc (left) and 475cc (right). It only comes down to a few ounces difference, but it might be worth asking your doc how much he typically "overfills".
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Thanks. Good question.
Same goes for me. I had 225 cc saline implants. Left side was filled to 225 cc. The right was filled to 250 cc. Good luck!

As I sit here reading various posts in this forum...

As I sit here reading various posts in this forum and others, I keep getting caught up in the whole size issue. I went into the doctor's office knowing what I wanted and then after looking at 1000's of breasts, it gets kind of fuzzy. I just finished reading a Q & A from a doctor on this page. It really helped me get back to my original reason for wanting BA. It wasn't because I wanted huge breasts. It was because I wanted to feel more balanced and look better in certain clothing without having to wear super padded bras or wear inserts. He doesn't call it breast enlargement, but instead breast enhancement. Now I remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. I will be thankful for my new breasts and not regret or second guess. I trust my surgeon to give me breasts that look just right for my frame. So what if people can't tell a difference. I will know the difference. That being said...only 5 more days!!!

P.S. - sorry I posted in the comments again!

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Trust your gut...and your doc! Everything will turn out great =)
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As I sit here reading various posts in this forum and others, I keep getting caught up in the whole size issue. I went into the doctor's office knowing what I wanted and then after looking at 1000's of breasts, it gets kind of fuzzy. I just finished reading a Q & A from a doctor on this page. It really helped me get back to my original reason for wanting BA. It wasn't because I wanted huge breasts. It was because I wanted to feel more balanced and look better in certain clothing without having to wear super padded bras or wear inserts. He doesn't call it breast enlargement, but instead breast enhancement. Now I remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. I will be thankful for my new breasts and not regret or second guess. I trust my surgeon to give me breasts that look just right for my frame. So what if people can't tell a difference. I will know the difference. That being said...only 5 more days!!!
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Well said!

So...the girls are paid for in full. I finally had...

So...the girls are paid for in full. I finally had to call the hospital since I never heard from them. I am so ready to get this over and done with. I started my Arnica and Bromelain today so hopefully that will help with bruising and inflammation. Thankfully I am almost completely over my sinus infection. I guess I will go on a cleaning frenzy this weekend and get some food in the house. Oh well, nothing interesting to report. Monday is the big day. I will try to post Monday evening after I get home. My surgery isn't scheduled until 1:30 pm. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Yay almost time! !!
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I love your Jan 16th post. Good luck!
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We are so close! This is the first time I have ever wished for a weekend to go fast! I go in the very early morning, I will be going into recovery when you go into surgery! I would say I will think about you, but I have a feeling that I won't be too lucid, so good luck to you and I hope we are both on here Monday night to report to each other!
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Well, I need to have surgery more often. My house...

Well, I need to have surgery more often. My house has never been cleaner, I have enough food cooked for an army, and all my bills are paid. I guess this is what you call "nesting". I feel like I'm as ready as I can be. My surgery isn't until 1:30 pm tomorrow, so I will try to update tomorrow night. Of course, I will get pictures too! Good luck to bjenkinsRN, dragonfly88 and QueenReesie. We all share the same boobie birthday!

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Hope you and the girls are doing well!!!
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Hope everything comes out great!
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I hope all goes well for you. Please update us on how u r feeling.
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I had my surgeries yesterday afternoon (BA &...

I had my surgeries yesterday afternoon (BA & Femoral Hernia repair. He ended up going with 320 on the left and 340 on on the right, The girls looked pretty good for one day PO. I will post pictures later tonight. or tomorrow. Right now I am in a fog from the anesthesia and pain meds. He gave me Nucynta for pain. I had never had it before. Last night was a little rough. It hurt every time I had to go to the bathroom. For you ladies wondering if you really need someone with you when you get home, I would say YES! The PS sent me home in a bra that has Velcro.in front. I had a lot of nausea last night, but I didn't want to take the Phenergan unless I was absolutely necessary

I did learn something yesterday that I didn't know. The fees that you pay the hospital is rough estimate I pad for an hour of OR time, but I think it ran longer - maybe 15 or 30 minutes. Well, I can barely keep my eyes open so it is time for a nap! Have a great day everyone!

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The girls are not looking their best today, but I...

The girls are not looking their best today, but I hope they will soon. As you can see, I have bruising and a lot of redness and irritation from tape and the bra he sent me home in. That thing was so uncomfortable. I switched over to my Danskin front zip sports bra and it is much better. You can't see it in the pic, but on my left side there is a large red raised area. I think it is just irritated from the bra rubbing and scratching me. With all the swelling, it was super tight. I'm still popping my pain pills and muscle relaxers. I will probably regret is when I can't poop! I also have a lot of bruising from my hernia repair incision. I have been taking Arnica and Bromelain. I can only imagine how bad it would be if I wasn't taking those supplements. Lefty looks a little lower to me (340 cc) than Righty (320 cc). Oh well, I probably was crooked to begin with and they still have a lot of settling to do.

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Yay congrats! ! The worst is over!
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Yay, welcome to the other side and the big boobie club! Lol =) Do they look as you imagined they would?
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They actually look bigger than I expected. I really hope a lot of this is swelling and they will decrease in size. They are so firm and swollen. I'm trying not to freak out, I know it took the PS a little longer b/c he said I had thick pec muscles from weightlifting.

Yesterday was kind of a blur. I took my pain meds...

Yesterday was kind of a blur. I took my pain meds and muscle relaxer around the clock. Today I'm trying to just take Motrin. I know I am only 2 days post op, but these babies are very firm.. It feels a lot like when I was engorged when I breastfed. When will they start to soften up? My PS isn't having me start massaging until Monday when I go in for my post op appt. Some of the swelling has gone down, but I really bruised a lot. I just feel so wiped out and all I want to do is sleep. I must say, my husband has been wonderful. He had to go out of town today, but I'm moving around a little better now. My biggest problem is I had the hernia repair done too and I have so much trouble trying to sit up. It hurts to use my breasts when I use my arms and my abdominal muscles hurt too.

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I am posting 2 new pictures of bruising that is...

I am posting 2 new pictures of bruising that is developing. I had my surgery on Monday. I should add that I bruise very easily. I get bruises just from being adjusted at the chiropractor. I just now noticed the side area when I went to change my bra. It is no more painful or hard than the other side. I do plan on calling my doctor first thing in the morning to try and be seen (my post op isn't scheduled until Monday). What are your thoughts ladies? Hematoma or simple bruising?

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I would call your PS tomorrow if your appt isn't until Monday, I'm a redhead too & I bruised really badly, but they weren't quite that bad. The one in between my breasts is gone now, but the sides of both are still bruised. I bruise when ever I bump anything, I hate it! I'm sure it will be fine, but it doesn't hurt to check, you don't want to worry all weekend. Hope you're doing better soon!
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I know how you must feel with your two procedures. Not fun! I had a mini TT and of course the BA simultaneously and needed help for a couple of days getting up because I couldn't use my core or my arms. I felt like a helpless turtle. My husband would put his arms behind my back and lift me (thank god he is as strong as an ox). But it passed quickly and by Day 8 PO I was on my own at both my kids soccer games, grocery shopping, and chauffering as per usual. I would definitely want to have the bruising on the side of your breast looked at just to be on the safe side but I should mention that that's where I bruised as well. Maybe you can email your doc the pic? I'm still a little bruised today on Day 12 PO but getting better every day. As I recall, a hematoma is very similar to a bruise but instead of being beneath the skin is deeper. (I was hit by a car whilst cycling last year and had several, one was even a long, hard lump - it looked like I had a hotdog in my leg. There was nothing I could do but wait for them to go away.) Hope you feel better! :-)
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I had my surgery last Monday and Thursday a gross bruise showed up in the valley of my breasts. I have a picture of it up. Mine was just from surgery, but it doesn't hurt to check.
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I have an appointment at noon today to see the PS....

I have an appointment at noon today to see the PS. When I woke up this morning it looked like some of the swelling and bruising had diminished. For my own peace of mind I would rather get seen today than to have to go all weekend worrying. I'm sure everything is ok, but better safe than sorry. This will be my first attempt at driving. I haven't taken any pain meds or muscle relaxers so I won't be loopy! I will give an update when I get back.

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All is well according to the PS. I do have more...

All is well according to the PS. I do have more bruising that most women have, but I do bruise very easily. He is not concerned that it is a hematoma or that he needs to drain it. Ice, rest and meds is what he recommends. I did learn something very important today. Driving is a lot harder than you would imagine after BA. I really questioned whether or not I should have driven myself there. Oh well, I made it there and back safely. I'm taking my meds and taking a nap now.

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Wow, that is some serious bruising! So he said it is NOT a hematoma?
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No, just bad bruising. It is actually better today. I think it was a combination of things. I used my left arm too much to get out of bed since I couldn't use my abdominal muscles and the bra he gave was too snug. I switched bras and iced the area and it looks better today. Honestly, I don't know anyone who bruises as easily as me. It did freak me out last night. I started reading about hematomas and freaked out even more. I go back to see him on Monday and that's when they will have me start my massaging.
Glad you are ok! Rest up and no more driving! ;)
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Today is Day 5 and I still don't feel like I am...

Today is Day 5 and I still don't feel like I am bonding with the new girls. I am jealous when I read other posts from women who say they were out shopping on day 2 or back to work on day 4. I'm still sitting her in my pjs feeling like crap. I have tried to stop taking the muscle relaxers or pain meds, but then it hurts too much. I have had several surgeries in the past and I would have said I have a high tolerance for pain. I wish I could be excited about this process, but it hasn't happened yet.

On a side note, I apologize for repeating myself in multiple posts. I looked back and realized I had done that numerous times. Apparently these pain meds also cause amnesia! I hope everyone is recuperating nicely. I know things are going to get better and I can't wait to turn that corner. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Cheer up sweetheart. I think it's that way for most of us in the beginning. It takes awhile to accept them. And so many things change. You will learn to love them and they won't feel so foreign. Try to think of summer time and all the awesome summer dresses, tops, and bikinis you are going to look awesome in. Hang in there.
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A friend of mine told me it takes time to accept them as a part of you rather than a foreign object. You've had a rough go with the added hernia surgery. Don't rush it...think of the big picture - i.e. how awesome we're all going to look this spring!
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Take it easy on yourself, everybody recovers at their own pace! You also had the hernia repaircwhich is bound to make it a little harder. I didn't have to take my pain meeds that long, but I wasn't up & out of the house for sure! The first time I went out alone without someone driving me was at 13 days, I got a mani/pedi & picked up a few things for my son's bday & I was so tired! My hubby wanted to know if I wanted to go to the casino this weekend, something I never say no to, and I told him there was no way I was ready for that, I would be too tired. Plus the auto show is in Detroit it will be so crowded! And I'm 16 days out now. It will definitely get better!
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Yesterday I was kind of feeling sorry for myself....

Yesterday I was kind of feeling sorry for myself. I think a lot of that had to do with the pain meds/muscle relaxers and going stir crazy in my house. I haven't taken any prescription pain meds for 2 days and my head feels clearer and I actually feel better. I am just taking Ibuprofen and that seems to be enough for now. I still have the tightness, but no real pain (unless I move funny). My husband took me out today and it was so nice to get out of the house, I was ready to come home after a few hours, but the change of scenery did wonders for my mental state. My bruising is resolving. It's now just a lovely shade of purple and yellow. I did take the Arnica and Bromelain, so I can only imagine what it would have looked like if I hadn't. The girls are starting to soften up a little. Righty has been cooperating from day one. Lefty is starting to get with the program.

I don't regret my decision at all. If everything goes the way it should, 5 weeks from now, the girls and I should be old friends! 6 weeks seems to be the magic number for most women. I am still sleeping on my back and I am so ready to be able to sleep on my side. I go back on Monday for my post op and I will learn how to massage and find out what else I can do for now. Of course, I had the hernia repair too, so that makes moving a little more difficult. I am thankful I never had a problem with constipation. I have been drinking A LOT of water, taking Colace daily and drinking Smooth Move tea every other night. That seems to be working fine for me. One more day to rest and relax. Back to work on Monday. Boo:(

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Girl me too, I was getting depressed and crying a lot. My husband made me get out the house today. Went and bought a new Bali zip front bra and a couple cute Camis :) just the fresh air and bein out the house made me feel worlds better! Glad your feeling better too!
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So glad you are feeling better. You look great! It'll keep getting easier. I'm on day 9 and slept a little on my side last night which was great.
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Hi sweetie, I call those pitty parties. Everyone should have one. I'm glad your spirits are up again. I love this roller coaster ride. My ride begins on Feb the 6th. Arms up everyone! :)
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It will be a week tomorrow that I had surgery and...

It will be a week tomorrow that I had surgery and I am headed back to work. Thankfully I don't have a physically demanding job. I find that I still get tired pretty easily, but I did make myself go for a walk today. I'm going to start doing that everyday that I can. It's funny, I am very physically active and just taking a walk tired me out! It's probably because I haven't done anything besides sit on my butt all week!!!

The girls are looking pretty good (besides the bruising). I go for my post op tomorrow, so I will hear what his thoughts are. On a side note, I decided to take my measurements and see what size I would be using a bra size calculator. I tried 3 different ones and they all came up with the same result 32DD. Funny thing is, I don't feel like I am a DD. I realize they are going to change over the next few months, but I was just curious. I've been telling people I was probably a full C cup. If they stay this size, I can live with it. They are already starting to change and soften up a bit.

Hope everyone has a great week! For those of you getting your boobies this week, Good Luck! If you got them recently, Happy Healing!

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Glad to hear your ps says no worries about your girls. That was scary bruising. I went back to work on day 8 which was a Friday and I was exhausted. I have a desk job and not physically demanding at all but it was a long day. By that Monday I was 10x better. My energy level was totally back to normal. I too thought it was from sitting around all week and I'm sure that played a small role but the doc said it takes that much time for your body to get rid of the effects of anesthesia. Good luck on your day tomorrow :)
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I know the bruising freaked me out. I really think it was the post op surgical bra they put on me that caused most of it. It got so tight when I swelled and I didn't realize it because I was so out of it and asleep. You can actually see the lines from the band that are still white and the other areas turned purple. Needless to say, I'm not wearing that one anymore. Glad to hear you are doing better too. I'm ready to get out of this house. All I done that last couple of days is eat!!!
Congrats...welcome to the other side. Make sure to get plenty of rest, sleep is your healing friend!!!!
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I went in for my one week post op appointment. He...

I went in for my one week post op appointment. He is pleased with everything so far. The bruising is resolving, but he doesn't want me to start massaging just yet. I was really banged up. They are getting softer on their own and falling into place nicely. I go back next Monday and if things look good, I will start massaging. I can start sleeping flat on my back. I'm going to give it a try tonight. Still no exercise other than walking. Truthfully, I get so tired, I don't think I could do much anyway. I really think the anesthesia takes a while to get out of my system. I am still in a fog. I had a hard time today remembering co-workers names today and I have worked with them for 7 years!

I went back to work today and it went pretty good. I don't have a physically demanding job or I probably would have needed more time. I can't wait to be able to go out and show off the girls. So far I have tried to hide them! I am happy with my results and don't wish I went bigger or smaller. I think they are just right. Hope everyone has a great week!

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You look great! I too have tons of bruising. The side bruising is from lipo I had but the front I think is from the bra they have me wearing. I can feel it digging into me. And yeah, it's from the swelling. Glad you had a good day at work. Every day is a milestone!
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Glad you had a pretty good day at work. They look great!
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My PS and General Surgeon (who did my hernia...

My PS and General Surgeon (who did my hernia repair) cleared me to walk, so I went to the gym tonight. I walked an hour on the treadmill, but I tried not to push myself too hard. The PS said not to do anything that would raise my blood pressure. The boobies feel great, but I did feel all kinds of swishing and gurgling. The biggest problem is with my hernia repair. That area swelled up a little and is hurting. I guess I will take something for the pain and swelling and just put my feet up and chill out tonight. I really felt good on the treadmill. It wasn't until I got off that I started to hurt. I will try to listen to my body, but it is so hard when I am used to working out 6 nights a week. I will post some new pics soon. Everything is settling nicely and the swelling is going down. I have able to sleep flat the last 2 nights. Morning boob is resolving. I'm tight a little bit when I wake up, but then it goes away.

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I've been cleared for the gym too, but haven't been brave enough to go. Going to try on Monday. My PS says 1 mile per hour per week post op, so I can go 2 mph, but I just want to get back into doing something! You look great! They look really natural. Mine are itching like crazy, but I had the implants through the nipple, so that is healing. Blah! My TT incision is itching too! I'm thinking if I'm doing something to get back into a routine, I won't think about it as much! LOL!
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You look great what size and type did you get?
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Thanks. Saline, unders. Natrelle 68HP, 340 right, 320 left. I'm very happy so far even though I am only 1 1/2 weeks post op.

Everything is going great. The girls still feel a...

Everything is going great. The girls still feel a little foreign, but it gets better every day. I have been cleared to resume exercise by PS, but I am still restricted because of my hernia surgery. I don't have to wear a bra all the time anymore. Yay!!! He also said I could sleep on my side, but it's still not comfortable. The only massage I have to do is push them together. They are dropping beautifully. So glad I did this finally. Hope everyone has a great week,

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Glad things are continuing to go well! And I know what you mean about sleeping on your side! That's how I'm usually most comfy, but I can only go about 1/4 turn to my side & I have to stickba pillow there so my breast has something to lay against! I'm still just not very comfortable at night! I don't sleep well on my back! I'm dying to get a massage, I can't wait to be able to lay on my belly long enough for that! You're looking great!
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So happy your check up went great!!! Hugs :)
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Wow you are looking GRRREAT!!
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This is more of a vent than anything, but maybe...

This is more of a vent than anything, but maybe some of you can help me out. I am only 2 1/2 weeks post op and all of a sudden I have noticeable asymmetry (to me anyway!). I know that there is swelling & each breast reacts and heals differently. If this happened to you, when did things start to balance out? Patience is not my strong suit!

P.S. - I finally experienced booby greed. I liked my swollen boobies better!!! Oh well, they are still sooooo much better than what I had, so I should just be happy.

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I am 6 weeks post op and my boobs are not the same either. They were far from perfect to begin with so now I just basically made my non perfect boobs bigger. ;) If it really bothers you after 6-9 months then you can talk to your PS. I would also bring it up the next time you have an appointment just to plant the seeds in case you do want a revision and it won't be a total shocker to your PS (in other words - discount). My next appt with my PS is on the 18th and I'm going to talk to him about adjusting the top of my areolas (making them look more even) and I don't want to go through spending the money and having a few weeks of downtime but if in a year I am still feeling like I do now, I'm going bigger and getting a higher profile and making sure they are perfect LOL. We all need to have patience .. it is just tough seeing the results of women who look spectacular 2 weeks post op - even nipples, boob size, etc. Hang in there!! Oh and yes, I totally had boob greed!!! SO wish I went bigger! xoxo
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I feel like mine are different sizes also. I know that my implants haven't dropped completely. Well, the left I one hasn't as far as the right one. I think you look awesome. Give it time. I think we are the same as far as wanting immediate results. But we both know that it isn't going to happen. Keep your spirits up! You look fabulous!
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Assymetry at this stage is normal. Just let the time do its thing. I am 7 weeks and mine are not even still, but I see that they are beginning to even out.
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Do any of you ladies go back and read your first...

Do any of you ladies go back and read your first post immediately post op? I read mine and I was all over the place! My punctuation was terrible too. I was high as a kite. Lol!!! Good times! Not a whole lot new to report except I can finally sleep all night on my side. I'm about 2 1/2 weeks post op. Also, my doc doesn't require me to wear a bra 24/7. It feels so good to let the girls breath!

I've been reading up on asymmetry. Apparently it's very common, especially on the dominant side. There is usually more swelling and that breast doesn't drop as fast. That made me feel good. The left one has really dropped. They are both getting softer everyday. I massage them several times a day. Well, I really just squish them together because that's what I was told to do. I don't have to push down, because they never really sat too high.

I'm dying to go out and buy bras. I'm really tired of these granny bras! I may go out to Kohl's tomorrow and check out the clearance rack. I know my size is going to change, so I don't want to invest a lot of money right now.

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. If you just had your BA, I wish you a speedy recovery, good pain meds, and even better laxative!

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So happy to hear you are doing great!!! I look foward to hopefully saying that one day and not getting them out.....good luck with the bras, and have fun with it :) :)
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Haha, I haven't went back and read mine. My dominant side (right) is still a little behind as well. Glad everything is going well. Let us know why you find when you go bra shopping.
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My sister said it took a full year to really settle in. She did hers 7 years ago and is a 36DD now. Give it time.

Ouch....hurt my boobies! I went to the gym tonight...

Ouch....hurt my boobies! I went to the gym tonight and was just doing cardio. I was on the stair stepper and went to stop it but missed the button. I was still holding on to the handrails and I jerked my arms so hard when it didn't stop. I hope I didn't do any harm. I've really been trying not to do too much. I've been cleared to workout. I'm not even lifting weights (well, 5 lbs. but that doesn't even count.) Righty is still really swollen. I guess I need to really take it easy for the next few days. Drinking a glass of wine right now and trying to chill out. It was that or a muscle relaxer. The wine won out! I will try icing them too. Maybe that will help.

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Red, how do you know if you are swollen? I can't tell. My skin isn't super tight and its not sensitive to the touch. :)
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I am 3 weeks post op and I can tell there is a size difference between the 2 breasts. They are beginning to equalize, but the right one was sitting higher and is visibly slightly more swollen on the side. They were tender until just recently.
The swelling is starting to go down in the right breast. The right one has started to drop, but there is still some swelling on the outer side that needs to go down. I'm happy with the progress. Today was the 1st day I wasn't constantly aware of them.That tells me that I am getting used to them and I am healing up nicely. Yay for me!
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Today was my first official day lifting weights. I...

Today was my first official day lifting weights. I picked up a couple of weights at 2 weeks, but didn't do much because it felt so weird. My doctors (PS and general surgeon who did hernia repair) both cleared me as long as I ease back into it. I think I did that today. I lifted about 1/2 my normal weight. The only thing that felt weird was the lat pulldown. I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow, but I feel good right now. I decided not to do any cardio, because I didn't want to push my luck.

I'm healing up nicely. They are starting to soften up. The left one is a little ahead of the right one, but I'm sure it will even out. The right one is a little higher and appears a little larger. Everything I read says asymmetry is very normal at this point. I must be getting used to them because I don't think about them 24/7 anymore!

Other than a couple of moments of boobie greed, I have been extremely happy with my size. I still worry about things like CC and the other potential complications, but I try not to obsess about it. I'm so very happy I decided to do this. If anyone is on the fence about having it done, especially you ladies 40+, I say go for it. It does amazing things for your self-esteem. Yes it is has risk. Yes it is painful (for a little while). Yes it is expensive. All that said, it is so worth it! Have a great weekend:)

P.S. - I'll post new pics this weekend. My day one post op are scary!

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Hey there.....that is great that all is well with you. The weight lifting and workouts take a little time getting use to based on the weights you were lifting beforehand. There are a few things I just will to do anymore because it feels awkward and I dont really need to do it....my boobs are there. Im 10 weeks post op today and had a really good workout twice this week that was close to what I use to do as far as doing upper and lower. I was doign lower only for the first 6 weeks and then injured my leg so then I swittched to upper only. I have resumed both now and feeling really good. I was working out 4-5 times a week before my BA and I am back to 4 times a week now. Good luck and just take it slow. Modify certain workouts when you can.
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Glad your doing well!
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Today one of my co-workers asked me if I had my...

Today one of my co-workers asked me if I had my boobs done. She had her's done years ago. It kind of caught me off guard. I have only told one co-worker. I ended up lying because she is a bit of a gossip. I hate telling lies because it is so hard to remember what you said. I guess they are bigger than I thought.

On another note, I am happy with them for the most part. There is still some asymmetry, but my husband says its only obvious to me! It's too early yet to be worried. I go back to the PS in a couple of weeks so I'll see what he has to say. I'm about 90% back to normal. There are a few exercises I am not doing and I'm not lifting as heavy just yet. Other than that I feel great. I'm wearing a 34 C right now. It's hard to find 32DD to see if that is a better fit. Coming from an A/B cup I am pleased with my size. They are very proportionate to my frame. I had my one month Anniversary yesterday!

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those look amazing, congrats.
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I hear you re: people noticing. I have 5 siblings (3 sisters and 2 brothers) and haven't spoken to 3 of them in 7 years. The one sister I do talk to told one of the other ones and she blurted it out to my whole family on a private group on FB. I'm not in the group, but I can log in as my dad and see their posts. I was LIVID that the one sister I thought had my back divulged my secret to the venonous sister and now my whole "family" knows. I did this for ver personal reasons and now I feel violotated in their knowing. It was so hurtful. That was yesterday, so I'm still reeling in it. BUT, at the end of the day, I look great, so like they say - living well is the best revenge.
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very - not ver!

I got a call today that totally caught me off...

I got a call today that totally caught me off guard. It was from the anesthesia group asking me how I wanted to pay my $2,500 balance. Ummm..what? I explained I had 2 procedures - one covered by insurance and the other was the BA. He said "No, this was for your cosmetic procedure." He was very nice and offered to work out a payment plan. Needless to say I called the PS office immediately. I was quoted $4,275 for the entire procedure which has been paid in full (PS, hospital fees, anesthesia, and implants). The office manager said that there is no way I owe $2,500. She has been doing this for years, so I hope she is right. I absolutely would not have had this done right now if I knew the cost was going to be significantly higher. Unfortunately I didn't get the call until late in the day, so I probably won't hear anything until tomorrow. I dread telling my husband if I do indeed owe more money. Just needed to vent. I'm not saying anything to him until I hear back from the PS office. No need to get him worked up.

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Big prayers that its all a mistake :) there's no way they can come after this far along and do that...did you do it in an outpatient facility, because I know normally they won't let you even do the surgery until you are paid in full, so if that's the case I wouldn't worry.
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I'm praying there was some kind of mistake. The fee for anesthesia for the hernia repair was only $1890 & that surgery went 1st. I cannot imagine what would cost an additional $2500.
Did you use the arnica cream/gel or tablets?
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So it has taken a few phone calls, but hopefully I...

So it has taken a few phone calls, but hopefully I am getting that bill for $2500 worked out. I paid the hospital for the anesthesia services, but they haven't forwarded the payment to the anesthesia group. Apparently if you pay in advance they give you a significant discount, $380 as opposed to $2,500 if they have to bill you after surgery. That's just crazy! Thankfully I have my receipt showing I paid in full. Now I just need them to update my account showing that my only balance is from my hernia surgery. Fingers crossed I can get this resolved without too much more trouble.

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Whew! Thank goodness! I'm glad you got it figured out!
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Thank God you have your receipts! Hopefully hey get everything straightened out quickly so you can have peace of mind.
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Well, the good news is I have dropped as far as I...

Well, the good news is I have dropped as far as I will drop. The bad news is I have a slight double bubble in the left breast & there is some asymmetry. I saw the PS today for my 6 week follow up. He doesn't think the double bubble will get any worse. I kind of envisioned having perfect breasts, but I guess it's not going to happen. They are still much better than what I had. I go back in 5 weeks for a recheck. I still haven't heard back about the bill I received from the anesthesia group. They are still researching the matter. Have a good week everyone!

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Hey Redhead! Looking good! I say its better to have double bubble than some of the other complications. I am curious, did your doc not discuss fixing the double bubble?
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Not yet, but it's only been 6 weeks. It's too soon to start thinking about another surgery. It is very slight, but of course it's the first thing I see when I look in the mirror. He wants to check me again in about 5 or 6 weeks. There's really no where else for them to go. They have dropped as far as they can possibly drop which is a good thing. Truthfully, the asymmetry (which also isn't obvious to anyone but me) bothers me more than the double bubble. I really like my right breast. The left is being my problem child! Trying to keep a positive attitude and not obsess (which isn't easy!).
Funny, I didn't notice anything wrong with your left other than the slight DB. Well just remember that we are improved from our "before's" and focus on that idea rather than having perfection. I ended up with CC, but I still think I look better than before BA, so I try to enjoy that part instead of being upset that I have CC. Another bright side is that you can hide the slight imperfection, whereas I cant. =) Hopefully it will all resolve itself as you are right, you are only 6 weeks. So much can change. I have heard of double bubble disappearing too. Chin up girlie! Enjoy the new additions and the lack of any real complication. Hugs!

I went in for my routine follow up today. I knew I...

I went in for my routine follow up today. I knew I was having issues, but just waited until it was time for a check up to address those issues. I mentioned previously that I have slight double bubble and asymmetry. The bigger problem is actually I have pretty bad flex distortion in my left breast. The good news is that most of it can be fixed easily. Who knew he could just add more saline to the left implant to make them more symmetrical? Yay! He will also have to cut a muscle to correct the flex distortion. The double bubble is not bad enough to worry about right now. He says my downtime should only be a few days and he will not charge me for his services. I will have to pay the surgery center and for anesthesia which will total about $1000. Bummer! I will probably wait until August to get this done. I need to save up for it and I don't want to deal with it during the early summer months. I'll check back in later. Don't let this discourage those of you still on the fence about having BA. It is still worth it!

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I'm glad it's easily fixable at least! I hope you're doing well! Hopefully You can just enjoy a little bit of summer & then do it :)
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Praying for you, I may be in the same boat :(.... Not looking fwd to finding out
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Sorry to hear about the complications but glad that it can be fixed. Your size looks great. Good luck!
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Long time, no update

I just realized I haven't posted anything since April. There hasn't been much to share. I am happy with my size (had boobie greed early on). They fit my frame comfortably. I have decided to go ahead and get the revision done for the flex distortion. He is going to also add a little saline to that implant to fix the asymmetry. My surgery is scheduled for Friday, September 13th. I go in for my pre-op next week. Fingers crossed that this doesn't make the double bubble worse. I don't think it is bad enough to undergo another major surgery. The revision for the distortion should only take 30 minutes and recovery will be pretty quick. I'll post again after the surgery. Good luck to all of you who are scheduled for surgery. I still think it was worth it even though I have to have a revision.

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I hope this revision does the trick! I'm glad that you are still happy with the decision and with getting them. I love mine! Wish I had done it years ago! But it is what it is and I'm enjoying them now! Good luck with the revision and I look forward to hearing how it goes! Stay positive!
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Pre-op for revision today

I had my BA in January and have had some problems ever since. I have pretty bad animation distortion (aka flex distortion) and double bubble (mostly left breast). Originally my PS said it would be an easy fix, but after my pre-op today things got more complicated. He is now suggesting we completely remove the submuscular implants and place them subfacially. This should completely take care of the distortion problem. He would also place internal stitches to correct the double bubble. My dilemma is a) hubby has been out of work for 5 months & starts a new job out of town next month b) the cost will probably be substantially higher (originally he was going to waive his fees, don't know if that is still the case), c) recovery time will be greater which means more time off of work d) longer surgery which increases risk. To top it off, my husband's job is going to keep him out of town for 2 - 2 1/2 years (thankfully it is driving distance).

So I have to decide if I go ahead with the surgery which I scheduled for next month or live with the boobs the way they are. I feel very selfish spending more money on myself, but my husband says it's my decision. I waited so long to have this done (I'm 48). I just want to love my boobs. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them and after seeing my pre-op pictures today, I know how much better they are now. Any unbiased input would be greatly appreciated.

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Oh sweetie! I'm so sorry! My advice as far as getting it done would be to find out the cost first, that would help me in the ultimate decision. Even with recovery, you've been through it once, you know what to expect, I think it would be somewhat easier the second time around. I know you are sort of like me and I'm sure it's driving you crazy having the double bubble and distortion and it will make you feel better and more confident once things are fixed. I wish you the best of luck and no matter what you decide, we are all here for you!
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Hi Redhead, sorry to hear you are going through this and the anxiety of trying to make the best decision! I've been there and can totally sympathize. Here are my thoughts. With sub-pectoral, distortions are common when flexing. I have the issue but it is not so awful that I want to fix it, so you will have to decide what you want in that regard. I would suggest that you keep in mind though that with overs, you are more likely to sag or to sag faster, mammograms are more difficult, and if you have little body fat rippling will likely be an issue especially if you have saline. So you see, you trade one problem for potential others. As far as internal stitches to fix double bubble, I thought double bubble was a dissection issue and would require further dissection of the muscle- not stitches?? I would suggest posting your pic to the docs here on RS and see what they all say. Better to delay a little bit and find out for sure than get the surgery and find your doc didn't have the proper solution. I would look for the "common" answer among those docs as you may hear different things and some docs don't know what the hell they are talking about. (One doc suggested I needed a lift. I was sooo glad he wasnt my doc!) Good luck hun!!
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I stand corrected. I guess one cause is the fold may be over dissected. But that is still an error on your docs part IMO. You could also look for questions posted to docs about double bubble here on RS. For example, here is a link to check out. http://www.realself.com/question/double-bubble1

Some good news

I heard back from the office manager and the PS is waiving all his fees even for the more involved surgery. I still have to pay the surgery center and anesthesia. I am going to post a question/pics for the PS on this site to see if they agree with the recommendations. I do feel comfortable with my PS doing the revision. I decided that as long as I waited to have boobs I shouldn't settle. I'll keep you all posted.

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I think that is great news for you!! Hope everything goes well for you and your able to feel 100 percent happy with your results!!! I myself need revision for bottom out on the left side :( had procedure done in feb 2013, I had serious complications on the right side which required emergency surgery and after all that the left side decided to cause some issues ugh! Lol but I'm scheduled for sept 24,2013... Again hope it works out well!!! Good luck:)
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I'm sorry to hear about your problems. I hope everything is ok. My problems are certainly not serious. It's just something that bothers me. I hope all goes well with your surgery on 9/24/13.
Yay, glad to hear it! Good luck!
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Submuscular to Subfascial Placement

Has anyone here gone from submuscular placement to subfascial placement? If so, how was the recovery process and are you happy with the results? I've already read all the pros and cons of the different placements. I want 1st hand reports from women who have gone through the process.

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Flex Distortion

Sorry this pic isn't the clearest, but it does show the animation distortion aka flex distortion.

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First hurdle done, at least you know that most of the cost is covered. I'm so sorry you have the distortion, but I'm so happy you are going to get it fixed! I think you should feel completely awesome about your body! Keeping you in my thoughts!
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Thanks. It will all work out. After reading stories from some ladies, I know it could be worse.
Oh Redhead1....I'm so sorry you are having to go through a revision. It will be okay in the end. Thank goodness your PS is waiving his fees. I wish you no more complications. Xoxo
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Tomorrow is revision day!

I go in for my revision for flex distortion and double bubble tomorrow. I have to be at the surgery center at 6:15 am. I am so hopeful that this surgery will resolve the issues I have encountered. So many women who have had revisions are very happy with the outcome. I hope I am one of them! My PS is switching me from submuscular to subfascial. After reading about subfacials, I don't understand with PS don't use this approach all the time. You have the benefits of unders without the potential complications of overs. However, from what I have read it is a more involved surgery and it is expected to take from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Not to be a downer, but I encourage all women who have not yet had surgery to really think long and hard about how they would handle complications. Thankfully mine are not serious, but it is still a another risk and added expense that I was not contemplating. In my mind complications happened to other people and wouldn't happen to me. With all that being said, I still do not regret having the surgery. I really has helped my confidences and body image.

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You'll be in our thoughts! Stay positive, as you have throughout this whole process! You will do great! I'm wishing you have a speedy recovery!
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* why PS don't use this approach all the time (not with).
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Home from surgery and feeling great!

My revision surgery went really well this morning. I have very little pain right now. It should be easier since I am already stretched from the 1st surgery. He was able to successfully place them subfascially. Of course I have no idea how they turned out, but I am hopeful that they are beautiful! I will post pictures in the near future.

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I sm glad you made it through your survery safely! I hope the boobs are everything you wished for
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Thank you! I can't wait for the big reveal:)

Revision: Post Op Day 2

Yesterday I felt great. Today, not so much! Just general malaise and low grade fever. I know it's normal to run a low grade fever after surgery, but I will be keeping an eye on it. The incisions look fine, so hopefully it will run its course and be gone soon. So far, the BA looks great. Of course I have a lot of swelling, but when I flex my pecs I don't have any distortion. Yay!!! I still see a very slight double bubble, but I can live with that. It's not something everyone can see like the distortion.

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How are you feeling today? I had my surgery in Thu. I am 45, 5'7,138 lbs and had 250-275 silicone. My dominant breast is more swollen today (much more swollen). Feeling like I am weaning and engorged. Loved reading your story. Hope you are feeling good today and taking it easy.
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Each day gets better. Having a revision is slightly easier than the original BA. My skin is already stretched. I do have bruising and swelling, but no morning boob! At about the 2 week mark you should feel much better. Some women feel great right off the bat. I'm always amazed when I read about women who are out shopping the day after their BA! Happy healing!
I would have been out buying bras in my 20's...maybe the younger you are the faster you bounce back . What is morning boob? The longer I stretch out my meds the harder and more swollen my breasts seem to be. I feel like they keep switching sides. This a.m. My right was high, had and swollen..not ny right is high, hard and swollen. Also i have the chills a bit and a head ache...oh well day by day.

Feeling Good!

I'm amazed at how different a revision is from the original surgery. I am feeling great. The only discomfort I have is at the incisions (from the bra rubbing) and my lower back. I finally gave up trying to sleep on my back last night. I turned on my side and got a half way decent nights sleep. I got up this morning and went for a 3 mile walk. I know I can't do anything that would raise my blood pressure, but it felt good to get outside and do something physical. I may walk again tonight. I go back to work tomorrow, but this time I actually feel ready to go. I will post pictures soon. They are still kind of bruised, so I'm going to wait another day or two. So far I am thrilled with the results.

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Thanks for the thorough post. I noticed a smallish flex/raised arm shadow yesterday under my right-breast (dominant hand). I am 3 months post-op Submuscular 350 cc silicone implant. Can you tell me when you noticed the distortion? I have been pretty careful about lifting REAL heavy, but I do perform isolated arm exercises and ride a mountain bike (feel the muscle contract with both). It appears my right breast sits higher, perhaps because it hasn't dropped fully. Some info that you have would be appreciated.
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I noticed the double bubble within the 1st three weeks. That was apparent as a shadow and delineated a drop off when I raised my arms. I doubt I would have had surgery just to correct that problem. It was not apparent to anyone except me. I probably noticed the flex distortion around the 2nd month. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do or not do to prevent flex distortion (if you are going to get it). It's all about the placement (submuscular) and how the muscle attaches to the capsule. Some women get a mild case of FD and decide not to do anything about it. For me, it was obvious every time I went to the gym or wore a low cut top. Follow up with your PS to get his/her thoughts. Good luck!

One Week Post Revision Follow Up

Saw the PS for my one week follow up. Everything is shaping up nicely. This is so different than my original surgery. It's been less painful and much less bruising. Right off the bat I am happy with the shape and placement. The are darned near perfect! I asked him to try to give me a little cleavage if at all possible. Most women talk about how many fingers their gap is. I could fit my entire fist before! Now I look down and I have a little cleavage even without a bra. That is so awesome!!! I'm still not cleared to do anything besides walk at this time. That's ok. I'm going to follow doctor's orders this time! For anyone considering a revision, I want to say it's worth it. I finally have the boobs I always wanted. I'm glad I didn't settle for what I had

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I am so happy for you. I have the same flex distortion and also am bottoming out. I am due to see my Dr at the 6th month mark in April. It would be great if you can post new pictures of revision and give us an update on how things are feeling and going. My dr has implied internal stitches to fix bottoming out but I am concerned it will not fix the flex issue.
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Will you please post photos of your revision surgery? I'm anxious to see your results :) I hope you are doing well :)
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Do you have photos of your revision? I'd be interested to see the difference in placement. I'm sure it would help some of us girls decide where to place the implants before we even have surgery! Thanks for sharing your journey!
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More (minor) complications

I guess I'm not destined to have near perfect breasts. One month ago everything was looking great, then BAM! I developed rippling in my right breast. I looks like a big dent. I saw my PS and he doesn't think it will get any worse. I had my placement changed to subfascial because of flex distortion. That resolved after my revision, but now this happened. There's really not much I can do about it. This one is already overfilled. I have no desire to have another surgery. I'm not going back to submuscular. That was much worse than this complication. Still generally satisfied with the results. In clothing no one can tell I have the rippling. It doesn't show (yet) in a bathing suit. That's the latest. Wish I had better news to share.

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I am sorry to hear about this rippling you have now. Is it one breast or both? It would be great to see a picture. I am sure it's not too bad and that you still look really good. Well done for being strong and determined to stay with this and not rushing into more surgery. It is very difficult to know if one has a good enough reason for a revision or if it's just chasing the impossible dream! That is the question I am asking myself now. Glad to hear the revision was easier to recover from than the first op. Did you have drains with your revision and if so were they painful to remove? Is it worth putting on a little bit of weight if that would hide the ripple? Thank you for sharing your story.
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So far it is just in my right breast (which previously was my good one!). I don't regret having the revision. The previous complication was much more unsightly and could be seen when I wore workout top. The 2nd surgery was pretty easy. I had the surgery on a Wed and was back to work the following Monday. I didn't have any drains either time. I'm sure one of these days I'll be ready to put on some weight, but I am actually bodybuilding, so low body fat is the goal. I'm disappointed, but it is what it is. I think we do chase perfection, which doesn't really exist anyway. The only way I would have another surgery is if one of these deflate. I'm not having lopsided boobs! Good luck with your decision.
I also have flex distortion. The left boob is fine, but my right one nearly hits my collar bone! My PS offered to move them over muscle for free. So, I'm tentatively booked for October 17. I'm still unsure I want to go through surgery and recovery again. I healed fast initially, I just hate the time out of the gym. I've been following your story. Thank you so much for sharing. Can you please post updated photos of your revision?
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