Things have seem to move so quickly these last few...
Only plan on getting an axillary incision and using silicone. From what I have researched over the past year, I'm sure you're saying "400cc using axillary?!" Well, I found an AWESOME MD that uses axillary incisions on over 80% of his BAs and he really "wrote the book" on using this procedure. He is world renowned and an expert on wound healing and scarring. So I definitely trust he will do a great job, plus all his reviews and patients have nothing but praise for him and love his work. So, back to my dilemma, the problem is that 1. I have asymmetry issues. My right breast is about 50cc smaller than the left. So, if I want 400cc I have to go at least 425cc on the right one. Problem 2. He has only done a few procedures using 400cc through an axillary incision (like 3). This concerns me. But, he says it shouldn't be a problem... Problem 3. What about the 425cc?! He said to me he can do it but I will have to have a longer incision in then arm pit. This I don't mind because he said normally it's about 2in long and he will have to go 2 1/2in.
(SMH) So, I am still torn on sizes mainly because he hasn't had much experience on the size I want (but I trust him!) and also, what I haven't mentioned, is that my body type may not go too well with a 400cc. I am 5'2" and weigh 108lbs. I am a runner too so THAT also worries me... But I KNOW I want some D's! : )
I have a few more days to decide, I would love some feedback... So happy I found this site. It's been a great resource.
I finally have settled on a size and am now...
Countdown is now at 9. I am really putting deep...
I would love any feedback you might have...
I have less than 7 days left until surgery day. I...
So far I haven’t started prepping. I really don’t have time to though and will probably do so the night before. I really want to get a body pillow.
In regards to settling on a size, I am completely happy with my decision. I am going with my gut and my initial feeling of getting the 400cc.
Boy I hope I can run with my new chest size! I think this is my biggest concern, I have to qualify for Boston! Today I am going to start working more on my back muscles and do some “superman” exercises. It’s going to be Jillian Michaels workout day today (I love her)!
Hope to update you with some new thoughts tomorrow :-)
Wow, what a mixed feeling of emotions I’ve been...
Today I have to run for at least 2 hours since it will be my last long run for a while. It’s going to be over 80 degrees outside today so wish me luck that I don’t pass out!
I will leave on a good note, I look forward to updating you after surgery on Thursday.
Tomorrow is the day! Oh boy! Don't exactly know...
I just confirmed that I will go ahead with MAC and the RN comforted me over the phone about it and assured me that I would be asleep. Also, they are going to put a topical numbing ointment before inserting my IV! That's a relief.
What sucks is that my OR time is set for 3 p.m. I am gng to be too anxious in the morning. Looking forward to tomorrow and updating everyone with my results.
Where to begin...
I arrived exactly at 1:30 p.m., with a growling stomach, and taken back right away to get my gown on. From there, I warned the RN about my severe anxiety with needles and she couldn't have been any sweeter about it. She didn't recommend I go with the topical ointment but rather a small injection into my vein that was a numbing agent. She said it would only feel like a small prick and that the needle was smaller than a baby needle. Se was right. I got through it! Next, the anesthesiologist came in, which the RN made happen since she wanted to ensure I only get pricked once and not feel anything, When the M.D. came in she comforted me, told me everything I needed to hear to ease my mind and POOF! The IV was inserted and I got through perfectly! I absolutely loved all the medical staff and doctors there :) next, my OR time was delayed a bit but when I finally had to be wheeled to the OR, I remember feeling the room was cold, I saw the bed they were going to transfer me to and then BAM... Lights went out and the next thing you know I woke up and the surgery was complete. It was great.
Overall, I felt pretty good, no nausea, no headache, as a matter of fact I was hungry! So far, I've been eating (rice, 1 twix, water and a sorbet smoothie). The meds have not made me nauseous so far and I feel as good as someone can be after this type surgery. My only pain is in my chest, it jus feels like a lot of pressure and my back is aching too. Nothing I can't handle.
I feel quite blessed so far with my recovery, I do feel a lot of this is because of my amazing surgeon. I do have a pain pum that I can press every 2 minutes so that really helps.
In regards to my new me look, I Love it! I will post pics now...
Thank you to everyone's well wishes btw :-)
Still Waiting to ...
Another downer, I get backaches at night when I lay down. I do elevate myself, so that may be a factor to it hurting so much. What I miss is sleeping on my stomach :-( This is my preferred way to sleep.
Any ideas to help me get de-bloated and go number #2, I'd greatly appreciate it :)
1 Week Post-OP!!
Sleeping, however, is right up there to being at par with my horrible constipation. I would cry, moan, and stress myself sleep every night. My back aches and continues to ache each night because I am just not used to sleeping on it. I am a stomach sleeper and did not see this coming. Also, my BF would have to help me up every night this past week because my chest muscles are not strong enough to get my body up from bed. I am obviously using my leg muscles a lot more and have become quite creative I doing different things, so that's been helpful :)
Today was my first full day back to work. I tried going back on day 4 PO, and boy, what a mistake that was! I was a zombie in the morning, got through giving a presentation, went to lunch and slept in my car and then got lightheaded and nauseated... So I left early, thank goodness.
I must say, it is so important to have someone who can be there for you and that person for me has been my BF. I am so grateful to have him and he has been amazing. I can't stress this enough, I couldn't have done this without him. So, I'm currently thinking of some ideas to surprise him with! I have told him everyday how much he means to me and how thankful I am but I want to do or get him something... Any ideas are welcome!
Well, that's all for now my BA friends. Be sure to take your meds on time, find what works for you, be prepared to sleep uncomfortably (maybe?), and work through the constipation... Eventually it will ALL get better, for me it took 7 days and I couldn't be happier. The girls are looking great too, btw!
Day 9 Post OP Update
My chest looks great and I can feel how the tissue is healing itself a little each day as well. They are slowly feeling less and less tight and I'd say the left is dropping faster than the right. Having my ace bandage on makes me feel good, somehow the pressure feels good on my chest, so I will continue to wear it when I can.
So many things to say, where do I even begin?!
What a rough month of recovery it has been for me! I am feeling great now and have crossed this rough patch in my recovery process. In short, the larger implant put in my right side has caused me to have to deal with quite a bit of painful, weird, and uncommon issues. Here's what's happened;
To begin, my right arm became useless. At about 2 weeks post op, I noticed that I was unable to extend my arm fully. It only went to a 100 degree angle. I then began to experience awful pain on my right forearm and in the right armpit area going towards my back. Anytime someone touched my arm, I wanted cry my eyes out. My PS explained to me that due to the larger implant and having a larger incision for it, caused this to occur. He said this is usually seen with Breast CA patients who undergo reconstructive surgery and very rarely is this seen in regular BA patients. He told me not to worry and that they would help me get back to normal. He made himself available to me, which was so nice and awesome, anytime. I practically have been seeing him every week and he gave me massaging techniques and exercises to do. Since this issue came up, he has always given me the option of seeing a physical therapist but I have not wanted to go there yet. He told me, so long as I keep seeing positive progression and feeling better and being able to move it, then I really don't have to see a PT if I don't want to. But if I hit the wall or could not physically do the exercises on my own, then I need to go see them.
I would do some massaging and exercises when I could, but honestly, I did not do them as much as I should of because I was so scared and in so much pain. My lymphatic vessel in my arm felt like it was going to burst through my arm... That's how much it hurt. Every time I would do my extension exercises, you could practically see the entire vessel punch through my skin! I could run my fingers all along the vessel and feel it from my wrist to my armpit! This is quite a phenomenon, my PS has said that the lymphatic vessels are kind of like women's stockings... What happens when you tear or snag a pair? You get a run, right?! Yes, indeed you do. That's exactly what happened here, my arm looked like it had a run in it. There were weird lumps and dents along this vessel that go down my entire arm.
Anywho, to make such a long story short, I am back to feeling normal, and all these things cleared up for the most part. I still have some healing to do but the 34Ds looks great! And they feel and look so good too! I love them and love, love, love my PS for doing such an amazing and extraordinary job. They're honestly the most perfect boobies, in my opinion :-)
I decided to add a video so you can see how soft and movable they've become!
Week 9 ~ New Pix
Week 9 ~ New Pix
Month 3 Update
Physically, I feel back to normal and nothing feels weird or uncomfortable. I am proud to show off my chest (in a modest way) and wish I would've done it sooner.
Honestly, I do feel I could've gone a bit bigger but either way, I am satisfied. If I ever need to get them redone, then I surely will have no qualms in going BIGGER :-)
4 Month Post Op Pictures
Almost 5 Months now
6 Month Post Update
Please let me know if thee is anything else I can share with my Realself Friends! Cheers!
7 Month Update
I have yet to see my MD for a check up, we both have conflicting schedules :-/ hopefully I will soon and I will give an update on what his thoughts are on my progress.
Anywho, I hope you all enjoy the new pix!
Cute Bra for 34Ds!
Dr. Schierle has been absolutely amazing. From the moment I met him, he made me feel so comfortable and I felt that he was truly an honest person. He gave me relatively conservative suggestions that would definitely enhance my chest in a natural way, as well as sizes that would be on the larger end of the scale for my size. Since I told him I knew I wanted to be on the larger size, he warned me that it could look unnatural but still beautiful and made sure that this would be something I could not only handle but be happy with. As far as being available to answer all of my questions and concerns, he did so in a very timely manner. I could easily email him and he would get back to me practically within the next hour. His staff was amazing and extraordinarily helpful. Dr. Schierle's bedside manners were also great. He did an excellent job explaining everything to me and made me feel quite positive and eased my mind, knowing how anxious and nervous I was. I truly believe that I found the BEST Chicago plastic surgeon (I certainly did some heavy research among many other PS's) and am so happy with the outstanding results. His work is flawless and I can easily say that Dr. Schierle is brilliant and the quality of his work is phenomenal. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!