POD#1 - Revision Rt breast with implant exchange
- updated 2 months ago
Hello everyone! I'm so glad to have found this...
- 7 Mar 2013
Hello everyone! I'm so glad to have found this site as not many of my friends (even my bf) are not supportive of my plans in getting a BA. Since HS, I have always thought about BA and always have a love-hate relationship about getting it or not. I am currently an RN and works ED and ICU and always sees all these scary post-op complications from surgeries which made me hate going under the knife. But, I always yearned a nice size breast, admired it and tired of buying extra foams/ gels or whatever else you can put in a bra to make it look big.. because at the end of the day it is still small. Btw, I was a 34A, got pregnant and became 34C/D, lost the pregnancy weight and back to 34A/B. My weight has been a yo-yo because the more weight I have the bigger my breast size is which I liked but then I was fat.. My hesitancies of losing the weight was losing my breast (which goes away first more than anything). Back in 2008 I weighed almost 180lbs++ and I was a 36C.. But I was tired, obese (I'm 5'4") and my overall appearance was just big (sze 14!). I needed to lose the weight and this morning I just weighed myself (138.8lbs) but my breast is back to 34A/B.
After much consideration and that I wanted to lose more weight and not worry about my breast anymore, I have finally decided to get BA and for the last couple of wks I have been obsessing about it here in this website and all the plastic surgeon's website that came highly recommended-- I'm finally doing it and taking the first step... Consultation.
Last night, I barely slept (only 2.5hrs) as I am excited today -- 3 consultations booked with 3 highly recommended PS. Yes, I'm going to 3 of them as I took the first date available and it so happens that here in Chicago, most of the PS consult days are either Tues or Thurs.
My first one is at 0815 then 215 then 4pm. Hopefully, that's enough time between PS. Locations are almost not too far from each other lol...
I will keep my post updated. Hopefully, I will be able to get some support here as I mentioned earlier almost none of my "peeps" don't want me to get it... Thanks!
So... I finally went to my consulation"s" today.....
- 7 Mar 2013
PS1 - very nice and took the time to speak with me about everything.. The only thing that I did not like is when I asked him if he cuts the pectoral muscle for the submuscular incision and unfortunately he answered Yes... I was hoping for a NO. Although he explained to me why (Dual Plane incision), I have read articles about having the muscle cut that way.. but other than that everything went well... He became #2 on my list.
PS2 - Made me wait an hour from my appt time. Staff did not even bother to check on me while waiting at the room. PS did all the talking - blah blah blah... Did not even gave me the option of Unders. He said that because I have enough flesh for Overs then that is how we should go and he will make it perfect. Felt rushed coz he kept on geting overhead page by his staff... Nah, on to the next one.
PS3- Funny because after such a long day, I never wanted to go to this last one and wanted to cancel because I was already pooped out but because they held my credit card just in case I didn't showed up I went... Lo and behold! He was perfect for me! Explained everything, listened well, took the time! Did not made me wait long either! He had done BA on his staff as well so I was able to see first hand his work! Plus he met my price (although I was over $500 my budget) as the others where way higher... And, he is able to acomodate me next week!!!!!!
I made the decision there and then, booked the appointment and made a dp... Now, I'm home and I felt like did I made the decision too quick? I know that I have been wanting BA done and have been obsessing about it for so long now but now that I have a set date, next week already!!! I felt it is all too soon!!! OMG, I need to calm my nerves and really start getting my mind right for this... I just hope I made the right decision...
My pre-op is on March 15 and the procedure is March 17... Talk about buying some new breast!!! Looking forward to it though... Will post soon for updates..
Btw, I decided on silicone, unders, Rt 410cc Lt 390cc as I am asymmetric so hopefully this will be able to correct it a little... I hope I did not go too big though...
Pre-op (T -2days) So I have been losing sleep...
- 13 Mar 2013
So I have been losing sleep over these since last week (my consultation). Everything seems so fast yet so slow... I have been counting down on my surgery days but yet I still feel like I made a decision so quick... In any case this is it, I paid in full this morning, went for my pre-op and still undecided on the size but my patient coordinator told me that whatever my first instinct was --go for it...So I'm going for the mod prof, unders, Rt 410, Lt391 Allergan silicone (which was the first one that I like).. Was torn on going the high prof 425-450 but my PS said that since my breast diameter is 13.5 the mod prof is maxed out and would look great so I trust him, his nurse and his very wonderful patient coordinator Alyssa. It is so nice to talk to her (she had it done, same size with same MD) because she had first hand experience and results were amazing! Feel like I could talk to her for hours!!!
I got my shopping done after. Groceries (lots of fresh fruits and veggies) --not looking forward for the constipation that will be brought about by the Vicodin (my prescribed narc). Picked up my meds (antibx: Keflex; Celebrex 3 pills 2 to take pre-op and 1 post-op; arnica Montana pill and gel; vit. E 32000IU oil for when the scar starts to heal). Brought my sportsbra (danskin) and one surgical bra online which is still to come and a bed with leg lounger as for sleeping on my back (I'm anticipating this would be hard for me to do as I am a side sleeper) and although expensive I hope it is worth it.... I need to sleep!!!!
I have been losing sleep for the last week, thinking and obsessing about this is it driving me "nuts"!!!
I have scheduled myself to be busy tomorrow the whole day so that I will not be obsessing again about my surgery on Friday and instead make it worthwhile. So tomorrow, I have school from 9a-2pm then I am working from 3pm-3am... That should take care of it (gosh I will be so tired day of surgery)... Hopefully its not too busy in the ER..
I'm third case on Friday 3/15 so I'm coming to the clinic at 9am, so I still have 6 hours in between... I'm thinking of working out prior but then again I can't drink water so that's out of the list... I'm hoping to take a quick nap in between those hours if my nerves don't get me lol...
So, countdown is getting near.... T-2days!!!! Will post pics post-op :)
*Frustrated* So... its 4am now and I'm so...
- 15 Mar 2013
So... its 4am now and I'm so frustrated with my schedule... I'm supposed to be at the clinic tomorrow at 1030am and this afternoon I was informed that I will be move to the last shift... my schedule is now at 730 AT NIGHT!!! Shut the front door!!! I'm so frustrated because I already made arrangements for my transportation, my daughter etc... In addition, I pulled an all-nighter today so that I am able to takeoff schedule later this morning and now they are going to tell me that mine will be the last schedule!!! I'm so frustrated and mad, now I could not even go to sleep more! What should I do? I'm afraid that being the last shift in the schedule the workmanship will not be optimum... I know from a fact working in the healthcare "arena" usually the last case is always "hurried".... I just emailed my patient coordinator and whined via the email... I should get compensated for being bumped to the last sched because of somebody else right? A discount maybe?? Gosh!!! Now I have to fast for the whole day which is hard compared to fasting while asleep.... I wass trying to bepositive and more optimistic about this BA but now with this it is just making it go south... Advice anyone?
*Pst surgery* Finally, the sisters were born! Or...
- 16 Mar 2013
Finally, the sisters were born! Or should I say placed lol. Have been really groggy, vomitted twice (tmi) as I never had this much narcs and sedation in my life but felt better afterwards.. and yes the ace wrap is indeed wrapping the crap out of my chest... posted fresh pics though... this is 7hrs post op as iave been dead asleep when I got home and my minas cloudy... will see PART this afternoon for ace wrap removal... sorry I'm all swollen includingb belly lol...
Correction for speeling- was initially doing it in...
- 16 Mar 2013
Will see PS this afternoon for ace wrap removal.... and my belly is super bloated lol!!!
*Pics Post-Op removal of ace bandage (Time since...
- 16 Mar 2013
Hello ladies! So here are my boobies... I think they are close together but my PS said that that is how mid range/mod + will look like but not to worry as I massage it -- it will look better... Sitting pretty high as it is only 1stday... Can't believe I actually am seeing this. So excited I had the nurse at the clinic take the pictures... There's bruising on the Lt incision... I kinda knew I was going to do that as I know that I bruise very easily. PS said not to worry and cont to take the arnica pills. The assymetry that I had before does not look too bad anymore... Let me know what you think!!! :)
Hey ladies! So day 1 post-op was not too bad. I...
- 17 Mar 2013
I was so afraid of getting severely constipated so...
- 18 Mar 2013
*My FTL just came in from the mail!!!* Woot woot!...
- 18 Mar 2013
Woot woot! My FTL seamless wirefree front close bra (FT308) just came in just now and I am so excited to switched my Hanes Sports Bra that I have been wearing for the last two days. So glad it came as the Hanes band were caving in and the material were not friendly to the sutures -- I do not recommend them post-op. But this one... felt like heaven!! Material is so soft, band fits right (don't have to adjust it) and the support is so good compared to the Hanes racerback it was killing my shoulders and upper back! This one I definitely recommend at walmart for only $9.94. I got them in black sze 40 and beige sze 38 for when the swelling subsides. I'm glad I got the bigger sizes as I read from reviews that they ran pretty small and my band size is 30-32. These were perfect!! Just posted a pic wearing the black sze 40! :)
*Day 4* Hi Ladies, So Ijust left my PS clinic...
- 19 Mar 2013
Hi Ladies, So Ijust left my PS clinic today worried about stuff that I should not be worrying about.. The little white thing that I saw on my Lt breast beside the bruise was just a bubble under the steri strip so no infection there :) Got 2 tabs of flexeril for the just in case my muscle will start contracting the crap out of my silicone (mostly of the Rt breast). But because I have an oral case presentation this Thursday and I know that nerves+ increase heart rate= muscle spasm so I'm taking one prior to my presentation. I just hope that my mind will be focused once the meds kick in lol... I am returning the surgical bra from Marena as my PS said I do not need it (yay! saved $70) but I went to wholefoods and brought me another set of arnica cream and tabs as my PS said I still need to use it as I still have bruising.. and ended up buying other stuff which totaled $70... there goes the savings from the bra.. In any case, I ordered 3 more of the FTLbra FT308 this time large as my PS said that it supports me better than the XL, a little compressed but I'm just going to follow what he thinks is best..
What I have accomplished so far....
I can lift my arms now pass my head but I do not want to push it (just tried), a little pinch on the side but tolerable, can sleep with only 2 pillows now instead of the 4-5 (PS said I can sleep on my side now whichever is comfortable.. will see), feeling a little bit normal but not fully yet, 3lbs away from my initial weight pre-BA, been taking Tylenol only as needed now instead of round the clock every 4hrs assuming when the pain will come, has done some walking (around Whole Foods lol) and hoping to see my bf tonight and spend some quality time (thanks to jilly.bean for some moves *wink wink*) and hoping not to overdo or kill myself in the process lol :)
Day 5 -- ambivalence is setting in For the last 4...
- 20 Mar 2013
For the last 4 days I had been super happy about the decision I made on getting the BA. Last night I planned on spending time with my BF who was against it in the first place but was thinking that once it is there that he will try to understand.... I guess I thought so highly of him that I was wrong. Cried myself to sleep last night second guessing if what I have done was wrong. On my way to his place he called to stop me and told me to just stay at home as he is not ready to see me because of disappointment and wonder on how I could do such a thing. He even added that he is "so turned off" of me at this time, he does not understand why I had to do it. He starts throwing all the negative things that will happen once you get the BA and even threw in my face that I am an RN and should know better (he's an RN too). Further, he said that I did not took into consideration about how he feels about it when I knew that he was against it. The whole conversation was how he feels, the negatives of having BA (e.g. what if we are out and somebody grabs it?, makes a "negative comment", longterm complications? and if i'm trying to attract white guys (btw, he's black) etc. etc.".. First off, who grabs boobs in the street? I have not seen anybody do that in my lifetime (yet). Second, I'm thinking her is scarred from dating someone before with "humungous breast - DDD" and he always gets into fight as his ex-gf always get disrespected. But mine does not look anywhere to a DDD. I told him mine does not look like that if he would just take the time to see it. Third, I do understand long term complications and maintenance (he is thinking financially) and I am ready to face the consequences of my actions. Fourth, what the heck was attracting white men for? I did not get that... so I told him that I did this for me and not for anybody. Not for him nor for any other guys... This made him more mad saying that I'm making decisions that he's not included and if something happens I ask him for help... I think there is a point there but the rest of his thinking to me was just off.. I cried so hard because currently he does not want to see me. I told him I am the same person and my personality does not change with a new pair of boobs. He did not understand that as well. At this time, he refuses to understand why I had to do it and now he is asking for time so he can get a grip of the situation. He made me feel unwanted with my new breast stating that he love for what I have before and now I have done something gravely wrong. He said I am not the old me that he wanted.. like I'm something different.. Now, that I don't understand because my mind and my heart are still the same... I'm ambivalent at this time and that is why I did not took any pics of my boobs today... I'm getting depressed :( I hope in time he will realize why I did it... I do love him but at this time only time will tell for now when he can "forgive me and accept me" ... although I am not asking for forgiveness -- still I said sorry... :((
*Day 7 (1wk already OMG!) update--will post pics...
- 22 Mar 2013
I can't believe it is already 1wk since I had my BA... Time flies when your having fun (mini- staycation lol)... So yesterday I went to school and did my oral case presentation on a patient... I thought my silicones were going to fly right off my chest together with my heart beating so fast during my presentation lol (not fun though).. I'm just glad that was over with.. Then I had to walk 3 blocks to work because I have a computer training for 3 hrs.. The walk probably killed me because it was too cold (Chicago weather) and my pecs continued to contract because of the cold... Then the shooting pain on my Lt side started like someone keeps on stabbing the same side.... Funny when I sit down and take a rest it goes away but everytime I tried to walk yesterday it started... Like my breast was telling me "You better take a sit and relax now or I will stab you in pain harharhar!!!"... Tylenol took care of it though...
So today, I'm supposed be of until next Friday but I got a call from the hospital to do the most easiest job in my whole RN career and still get paid!!! I went in because the job only entails watching a patient on the cardiac monitor.. I thought I was stepping in for somebody in the tele room but no! Literally, one patient, one monitor and I just monitor the monitor as she has an assigned RN to do all the rest (meds, moving etc)-- Sweet!!! So I signed up again for another 12 tomorrow to watch the monitor lol!!!
By the way, I would like to thank everyone again today to those who have been so supportive for the last couple of days because of my emotional drama.. I am not going to spend anymore time emotionally draining myself about my BA and questioning my actions because I am loving them!!! As for him, he just have to deal with it... I'm feeling so much better this morning (more energy and positivity) about myself and the strong women in this online community! You-- We all rock!!! \"/
*Beyoncé background -- who ran this world? GIRLS!*
I'm going to post week one pics soon... As soon as I get off my scrubs lol :)
So... here are the pics for week 1. Sorry about...
- 22 Mar 2013
*Wk 9 Never been happier and excited shopping for...
- 24 Mar 2013
Hey ladies! I know it is too early to go shopping for some bra and bikinis but I saw a lot of good sale today and it is so hard to pass considering that I have been "changed"!!! So I first went to Nordstrom to get a professional fitter to size me... since I am still swollen with my steri strips on I was initially feeling embarrassed when she was placing the tape measure but Gina (the sales rep) was so very nice and accommodating she didn't made me feel any less of a person (unlike my stupid d!cky bf)! She didn't seem to be surprised about my BA (I guess a lot of post BA women come to Nordstrom for a formal professional fitting lol!) So... currently I am a 32DD wowwowow!!! I know it is going to be different once it settles as I have mentioned I am still swollen so I am hoping for a 32D (instead of the C that I initially wanted haha)... In any case, the browsing started... Attached are "some" of the pics that I took while at the dressing rooms... I never felt so happy having to fill them out without worrying what to put in it (silicone inserts and chicken cutlets) without slipping out once I brought them!! I have never felt more confident and more "sexier" in my entire life and for the first time I was strutting to the hall (well not exactly as I still have steri strips on haha)... OMG!!!! the feeling of being a full bodied woman!! So ready for the summer time (although my belly is still all over the place -- its all good lol)
Some of the pics are from aerie, black and white store, charlotte russe... :)
Damn I am loving my boobies!!!! xoxoxoxox
*Day 15* busy, busy, busy I can't believe that 2...
- 30 Mar 2013
I can't believe that 2 weeks and 1 day had already passed since my BA. It still feels surreal that this had already happened and whenever I see my body -- esp my breast... how I'm loving it!! Been so busy with school and work (now that I am back to work after a long staycation) I can barely catch up with realself lol... So I just took a picture this morning for my wk 2 progress. Took the steri strips off already and since I am a bad scar former (based on my past bruises and scratches) I started putting on scarguard. Will take a picture of the scar sometime. In any case it seems like my Rt breast is still high and the left has dropped really well... Any suggestions on these???
Hello everyone! So to update my 3rd week I am...
- 6 Apr 2013
So I went to see my PS yesterday because of the...
- 10 Apr 2013
Hello Ladies, I hope everyone is doing great......
- 18 Apr 2013
I hope everyone is doing great... I'm still holding off on the pics until my week6 when I see my PS to see if the asymmetry/lopsidedness had resolved with this stupid bandeau that I want to burn (like right now)... In any case, caution to everyone who wants to attempt doing jumping jacks and steps class... I'm paying the price today as I went all out with working out yesterday (at least 60% of how I work out) as I feel like my muscles has been wasting as I haven't had a good workout done in the last 5 weeks and yesterday I felt better... but since last night it hurts so bad... I was wearing a high performance sports bra and I thought it worked but last night it was terrible. I had to take Alleve+Advil and 2.5mgs Flexeril just to calm my Lt breast down (was feeling worse than the Rt). This morning, they felt like rocks just like the first week OMG.... So ladies, do not do jumping jacks too soon or do more than the boards (no risers) in step class if you do not want to suffer like I did (or maybe you're body will respond differently?). Too much going on this week (my Finals exam) and the girls aren't helping :-(
Hello Ladies! I am entering my almost 6wk post op...
- 23 Apr 2013
I dreaded CC and I honestly believe that this is stage I and I think that he just does not want me to worry about it but I already researched about CC and I definitely look an early one... In any case I will take the meds and hope to see some improvement in the next 2 mos *super crossing my fingers*
Has anyone took Accolate before for CC? I have read in another website about it and they mentioned improvement in 3 mos.... How about here?
*3mos and 2wks update with PICS* -- 32DDD/32F!!!
- 25 Jun 2013
Oh and yeah... I couldn't believe it but I'm measured 32DDD (Victoria Secret and Nordstrom) and 32F (Intimacy) which are sister sizes. I initially wanted a C pre-op and then hoped for a D after the procedure (because of boob envy) but ended up D3!!! It's funny they don't look huge but like I mentioned earlier it can look huge depending on what I wear and still can hide it if I need to ;-) soooo happy!!!
So that's it so far. Feel free to comment and compare if my Rt is definitely dropping from the last few months. Hope the rest of you ladies are healing well and for those who are contemplating BA, good luck!! :-)
Anybody doing any pull-ups???
- 10 Jul 2013
So I rode the roller coasters.. 4 months post op
- 31 Jul 2013
Post-op 5 mos - PS recommends CAPSULOTOMY ;-(
- 15 Aug 2013
POD#1 Revision Rt breast --- back to counting 1
- 3 Oct 2013
The surgery - it was not as bad as the first one few hours post op as I wasn't heavily vomiting and nauseated when I woke up. I informed the anaesthesiologist of how "lightweight" I am when it comes to narcs and to take it easy so I do not have too much side effects. His plan was to continuously medicate with me Zofran throughout the procedure while still keeping me painless and he did! Also, I was glad that my procedure was early at 9am instead of the last time 9pm so I didn't have to fast for soooo long so maybe that helped too. As soon as I got home I was feeling awesome and didn't feel a thing and maybe I overdid...
First day post op- I have been awake since 3am as my stitches hurt more than my boob. I guess I am not feeling the "morning boob" yet as I am heavily compressed with the band which will be taken off today at lunch time (going back to the office) but my incision site is a combination of "burn, pull, sharp.. aaarrhh". the vicodin would help but only to make me fall asleep. I wonder what did Dr. Horn ended up doing as I search in youtube (and caution on that as watching the surgery might have triggered something psychological in me) and saw the manipulation if it was a capsulectomy etc... plus I did went a size bigger although not too big I'm wondering if that is was causing the pull as well... I will definitely find out later and update you guys of the post op pic removal of the bandages.
Happy healing to those who are on the other side of the boobie fence and good luck to those who are about too!!! Later :-)
Pic for breast revision first 24 hrs...
- 3 Oct 2013
Bandage removal POD #1
- 3 Oct 2013
Wk#1 post capsulectomy and implant exchange Rt
- 10 Oct 2013
So, in the pics, the Rt still looks high and swollen... I am hoping that it will descend in time as Dr. Horn did open up a little more pocket for descent although it is 20 more cc from the last implant. But if it does not then, I will just take this as it is but crossing my fingers... massage, massage, massage.