Tubular Breast correction with Mentor Smooth Round moderate plus 800cc implants.
I am moving to Colombia this summer and want to...
Should I go C or D??
I have also lost 30 pounds and would like to lose 30 more before I have the breast augmentation surgery because more than likely I will want lipo too!
First Consultation in San Francisco
Consultation with Dr. James Romano
Everything has changed!
Feels really great to know who my surgeon is and that this is really happening. Kinda scary too!!!
Vitamins for surgery
Have my surgery date set
Happy Cows Come from California
Pro-op appointment today
I tried on 500cc and I thought they looked pretty big, but since I am a big girl and tuberous, Dr. Romano told me I could go bigger and still look very proportional. He also said with tuberous breasts bigger is better. So, tried on sizers all the way up to 750cc. 750cc is huge, even on me!!! I liked the 600cc the best. They look really big on me, but not overly so. The final say on my implant size won't be until the day of surgery. I could have anywhere from 550 to 700 depending on what the doctor thinks looks the best. I feel good about that. So, we will see.
He also told me to stop freaking out so much!! I will try. He did give some good advice which was not to look up every possible problem on the internet or I will go crazy worrying. He told me I need to just relax and trust that I am making a good decision. Good advice. Only 2 and a half weeks until surgery!! I wish I could get them tomorrow!!
1 week pre-op
Getting Ready for surgery Monday!
I think I am as ready for surgery as I can be. I'm bringing all my laundry with me so I can wash my clothes and my sheets. Want to get into nice clean sheets after surgery. I have ice packs and all my meds. I bought front closure sports bras and a button up shirt. I'm ready.
I do worry that I will miss my little boobies, but I just can't imagine I will miss them for very long.
Tomorrow is it!
I was supposed to take it easy today, but of course, had a ton of stuff to do. I'm not going to worry and just trust that the doctor has done this a thousand times. Even the nurse at the surgery center who took my medical history told me he is amazing. She said he is really is an artist, and I picked the best doctor around.
Here I go, tomorrow I will have the breasts I've wanted. Can't believe its,finally here! Yah!!
day1 and 2
I already love my boobs. Pretty unbelievable coming from me. I was so worried I'd hate them ands want to rip them out, but they are just there. I woke up around 330 took 1/2 a pain med with some Greek yogurt and,went back to sleep with ice. Feeling pretty good so far. Much better than expected. Especially because I had tuberous breasts and doc had to score tissue and detach from mucle wall then do implant. Surgery only took 2 ans half hours instead of 3 which is great. I have mentor smooth round moderate plus, not sure of size. But looks like ill be a C cup which isggood. Feeling a little boob greed already but who knows what my final size will be. I'll let you all know the CCs when I found out 2morrow. My guess is less than 700. The range was 475 to 800 depending on what he thought looked best during surgery. My guess is 600 bit just a guess. I cld b totally wrong. Why I didn't think to ask is beyond me.
I also found out that I have 800cc in each! I couldn't believe it. I don't feel like I look that big. He says I will be a D cup. I started as barely an A and the surgery took less time than he thought. 2 1/2 hours instead of the planned 3. I guess he told my dad today that my tuberous tissues were way easier to fix than he thought they would be. I can wear a regular shirt and pull it over my head and everything. One nipple is sort of numb but the other one is perfectly fine. I don't feel any of that sunburn feeling or nerve pain or anything. It does feel like my boobs ran a marathon every time I try to stand up or sit down, but otherwise pretty pain free.
I feel good. I went out to lunch at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park after my appointment. Beautiful and warm view of the ocean.
Just want my babies to settle down, round out, and heal. I can't wait to buy bras!!! Here is a day 3 pic of me laying in a recliner. Should take some standing up, but will do that tomorrow.
It is also a lot easier to get up and down. I just use my legs more and chest only hurts when I really have to use my arms to scoot myself in the car or on the couch. The recovery has been surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. Here is a day 4 pic. The bruising looks pretty bad, but doesn't feel that bad.
I wish I could wear the cute little sports bras that I bought, but just the strap for 2 more weeks.
Day 5 pic
I don't need any pain meds, but I still take the muscle relaxant at night. I have to wear the strap for another week with no bra or sprots bra. I just wear a loose fitting tank top under my shirt.
I had tuberous boobs so they were super pointy before hand. The doctor scored the top and bottom (released the tissue from the muscle) and pretty much cut up my tissue and then put in the implant. Needless to say, I still have some bruising from that, but itsn't too sore anymore. But, my boobs are still a bit pointy and I can totally see where my old fold and old boobs were. I know the strap is supposed to help and after everything settles the old boob should (I call it double bubble) fade away and the bottom should fill out. Actually, everyday, the bottom is filling out little by little. I read another review that said it is like watching a glacier move and she's right. It is so slow. I just want round perky boobs so badly!! I hope that one day I will wake-up and my boobs will be full and round and pointiness will be a thing of the distant past.
Yesterday I went to Macys and spent 2 hours looking through clothes. I took half a pain pill and looking through the racks was fine. I tried not to look to much or carry more than a couple pieces of clothes at a time. I didn't try on too much, but my ribs on the left got really sore. I guess I over did it.
Today, my aunt came over and did my laundry which was a great help. Now, I can just relax. Not going to work tomorrow as I'm not supposed to drive, but could go if I got a ride. But, hey, why go if I don't have too??
My pics are looking better from day 1 but the progress is sooooo slooowwww!!! Can't wait to have round, full perky boobies!! Oh, and because I am a bigger girl I am so glad the doc gave me 800cc's. I was shocked at first because they are so big outside of the body, but they are perfect for me. THey don't look that big on me and don't feel too heavy. I found out they weigh 3.75 pounds altogether. Not too bad. I don't feel a difference at all, but wonder if that is why my ribs started to hurt at the store yesterday???? Hmm???
over a week!
I'm totally off all pain meds and muscle relaxants. Feel pretty good. They only bother me if I forget and push off with my arms and to bend over at the waist to pick something off the floor. I have to bend my knees and use correct form to pick things up.
My boyfriend won't touch them. I think he is afraid. He won't even lay a finger on them to see how they feel. He's scared of them. He thinks I look good and says he will like them after they heal. It's kind of funny.
I have to wear the strap 24 hours a day to help them drop and no bra or sports bra or anything tight at all. It isn't that attractive yet. Otherwise, I'm doing pretty good and very happy I did this. If I would have known how easy the recovery would be and how much I like having boobs, I would have done this 10 years ago!
before and after pics
I want to wear cute bras so bad, but just have to wait.
Back Ache/Weight loss
After I have the OK to exercise again, I will definitely need to strengthen my back muscles and get right back into pilates.
I also weighed myself and weigh exactly the same this morning as I did on the day of my surgery. My new boobs weigh 3.75 pounds so that means I've lost 3.75 pounds since surgery. I hear a lot of girls talk of gaining weight, but I haven't! I really believe it is the low carb diet (and supplements) the doctor put me on. I even cheated and had ice cream one day and pizza a different day. I never had any bloating or swelling like other girls have talked about. I'm pretty happy about that!!
I'm a little obsessed
The strap is getting on my nerves too. I'm supposed to wear it 24 hours a day and I have been, but not sure how much longer I can wear it. The first week it didn't bother me at all and I know I need it. But, today the strap is enough. Hopefully, when I go to the doc tomorrow he will tell me that I don't need it anymore, but if he thinks it will help the bottom round out and my little double bubble to go away, then I will tough it out and keep wearing it. Yuck.
Otherwise, I think week 2 has shown some major improvements, thank god!
Old neck surgery scar and BA scars
It is called hypertrophic scar which is different than a keloid. A hypertrophic scar stays with in the original boundaries of the scar and a keloid spreads and grows erratically.
3 weeks today!
Still wearing strap 24/7 but more like 21/7. I really feel over the whole strap thing. They look low enough to me, but strap will make bottom round out. I,need that because they still look pointy to me.
My right boob has all feeling, neverrally lost any. TjThe nipple is super sensitive to touch and the cold. Theleft one is still numb underneath my nipp le, but nipple is regaining feeling. It's not back to normal, but I cam tell I have one now!
Love them! All my clothes look better on me and I can wear shirts and dresses that I could never wear before.
Last night I felt a little down,about how much money they cost and was this really going to change my life? Was it worth it? I decided that ,no, I'm still me, my life is not changed, but when you look good, you feel good! It was totally worth it!
It's motivating me to stay on my diet and get to my goal weight too which is a great side effect.
Anyway, I love them!
I changed my sheets all by myself this morning and that was not exactly easy. I can finally do cleaning by myself!! Yah!!! Vacuuming was irritating too, but doable. Cleaning wasn't painful, but didn't feel good either. I'm just glad I can do it all on my own now. I haven't tried scrubbing the tub (had to ask my sis to do that) but I think this week I will be able too. Worst chore ever so haven't tried to do it this week yet.
I still have morning boob. It isn't too bad anymore, but still there. I hope that part goes away because it makes waking up not so fun. I am also so tired of wearing this strap that I take it off in my sleep. Clothes look funny with it under there and well, I hate the strap. A month of wearing it is just, so, old. I hope Dr. will tell me I don't need it anymore tomorrow.
I have to take BART to San Francisco and then walk 1 and 1/2 miles to his office and the strap feels like it is suffocating me when I walk. Then, after appt. I have to walk back. Yuck. Not looking forward to it. But, if I drove it would cost $6 to cross the bridge and $20 to park the car. Hmm... I will suffer and walk.
My boobies are finally starting to look good. The double bubble is gone ( so happy about that) and they are really softening up. I still feel the muscle do funny things sometimes and my boobs will feel really soft and then get hard again. I guess the muscle is still not used to them. Mostly, they have really softened up. I hope they will soften more and not go back and forth? Has that happened to anyone?? I will ask if that is normal, but assuming it is.
I can't wait until I am allowed to go bra shopping and don't have to worry about this strap under my clothes.
1 month po appt.
They also gave me some exercises to do with a foam roller that look painful!! I guess I have to go get a foam roller. I want to do exactly as they say, these things cost too much money to mess up!!
Anyway, here are the before and after pics from the doc today. He said I'm not done rounding out yet, but hopefully by July, I will look pretty good. It's hard to believe my breasts looked that bad in my before pics. (I've lost like 15 pounds since the before pics were taken, but I don't look like I lost anything. Kinda disappointing. Oh well)
My aunt said to me (a few weeks before surgery when I was going back and forth whether or not to get this done) that this boob job is a need not a want. And, after seeing these before pics, she was right! I'm glad she told me I should just go for it.
I still get a little bit of morning boob but not too bad. Sometimes I get some aching in my breast on the right side. Comes and goes. My incisions mildly hurt if they get irritated, but I feel almost normal now.
I am moving this month so have started to lift things eventhough I'm not supposed to lift over 10 pounds. I really have no choice. I had a garage sale and I feel good. I didn't liftanything over my head. I did feel a tearing pain in my chest if I tried to lift something heavy and then I would stop. Im not sore or anything. I think what i did was fine. I also get tightness under my breasts if I do too much or try to
Use my chest mumuscles. They tighten up when that happens and harden up. If I lay still and massage for a minute it goes away.
So happy to be almost done moving and so happy to have beautiful breasts. They look great and look better and better every week. I wish they were softer, but I think they are softening ore and more as time goes by.
The best part is looking and feeling good in clothes. I've gotten so many compliments from friends who were against me doing this and that's great too. After seeing my before and after pics, how could anyone not think I look great.
Oh and I got officially sized and a cpl weeks ago, but just bought my 2 everyday type of bras. For the plus size girls like me Avenue has grear braS that aren't too pricey. I'm a 42D! Happy with that size and if I lose another 40 pounds I will just be a Double D!
Men never complained about my breasts (well, not to my face). In fact, everyone man I talked to, told me not to get a boob job. My boyfriend said it was a waste, my friends' husbands said I was nuts (although they never saw me with out clothes) even my ex boyfriend, who loves big boobs told me I didn't need them. But, women, all of them, told me to go for it. It was really interesting. I have also noticed that women look at me differently now, but I don't really feel that men do. Just an observation.
Anyway, I feel so much better about myself now. I didn't realize how having little pointy boobs really affected me. I love having normal boobs!! I look so much better in clothes and when I wake up in the morning I feel great. It is surreal to me that I wake up with D cup boobs. It is amazing how changing the shape and size of my breasts has made me feel so much better about myself. I really did think I was the only one that had small breasts and was also plus sized. I never understood why I could be over weight and have no chest. Now I know there is a name for what I have and I'm not the only one. I love this website for that.
Anyway, I was a 42A which doesn't even exist as a bra size. It was really disheartening, almost demeaning, to not be able to find bras. I had little meltdowns sometimes and I would cry because my bra size doesn't exist. It was horrible to not be able to find a bra. It made me feel like less of a woman. I didn't feel feminine and I do now! I really didn't think having boobs would make me feel better about myself like it has.
My life isn't changed forever and I don't all of a sudden love myself more than I did before. I still have the same boring life I've always had, but I really did get a confidence boost. And, I just look so much more proportional. My ex-boyfriend ran into me and said I didn't even look like the same person. I was so much more proportional now. He said I looked really amazing (I think he wished he didn't break-up with me. haha)
Now, I am slightly obsessed with my new boobies. I love them and think they look amazingly natural now.
I would just say to any woman with tuberous breasts, that if you think having "normal breasts" will give you more confidence and make you feel better about yourself, you should just go for it. It was totally worth it and I wish I would have had the confidence to have this done 10 years ago. I was so worried about people talking about me, talking about how I have fake boobs, but who cares??!!! Let them talk. I love my boobies!! So much so that I am going to post some gratuitous boob shots!!
Small Concerns (but I know it's normal):
I thought I was totally back to normal, but boy was I wrong. I went swimming yesterday and I couldn't swim!! It hurt my chest to move my arms back and forth to keep myself afloat. Dog paddling was impossible and I didn't even try to do real swimming. I just floated around in the pool using my legs. Maybe hurt is the wrong word to use. It was just impossible. My chest muscles would just tighten up, almost like the feeling you have right before you get a charlie horse. When the doctor told me he didn't want me to use my arms to do anything until my 10 week check-up, he wasn't kidding. I also can't do a push-up or even a plank. No pilates either and now I understand why.
Otherwise, I feel like myself. I can lift heavy bags of groceries, I moved out of my apartment, I drove 3 hours out of town and back in a weekend. None of that bothers me anymore.
I also still get some pain in my mid back from the weight of my new boobies. I really need to strengthen my back muscles. It only happens if I walk a long way, so not bad.
The last thing is that they are not as soft as I wish they were. I think they are getting softer and softer every week, but they are still firm.
Pluses to my boob job:
I look hoottt!!! That is really the best plus. I fill out my clothes, I look proportionate, my self-esteem is just a little bit better because I look better in my clothes (and out). Of course, this just makes it all worth it. I love the way I look!! Love it!!!! Here are some 8 week boobie pics!!!
I'm also allowed to do Pilates again which makes me very happy. He said if it hurts stop. Good advice.
Otherwise, they are really softening up over the last week. I'm happy about that. He told me to keep massaging and come see them again when i visit for Xmas.
I love my boobies!
I'm able to sleep on my side now bit not my stomach. Theyve rounded out nicely. I'm still numb on the underside of both but have been getting little boutof sharp pain which is the nerves coming alive again. Still get a little mid back pain from the weight of these 800cc (3.75 lb) boobies. I really need to get right back into my exercises now that I'm released to do what ever I want again. Yah!! for boobies. Dr. Romano pulled up my before pic on his huge screen and had me compare, its really unbelievable that those little pointy boobies were ever mine. I don't ever want to go back. Having big pretty boobie isawesome.
More boobie pics 9 weeks
About 3 months/moved to Colombia
I made it to Colombia and it is so beautiful. Unbelievably so. I am doing so much walking (in the altitude and there are a tons of hills everywhere!!) here that I am bound to lose a ton of weight with out even going to the gym, but I get my membership next week. If I do lose another 40 pounds like I would like, my boobs are going to be huge on me. BUt, that's ok!! I'm so pleased with the outcome and I would do it all over again. Of course, I know my doc is a huge part of that. He did such a great job. I love him!!
I'll post a pic of the coffee finca I went to and an updated boobie pic, but I pretty much look the same.
3 month boobie pics
About 5 months
About 10 Months Post
I still have a little numbness and desensitivity on my left nipple and the other breast still has a little tiny part that is numb. I feel it changing and gaining feeling back still to this day, but if it never comes back I'm ok with it. I have boobs and nice ones!!!
Otherwise, my scars are almost invisible. i look so much nicer in clothes, and I feel better when I get dressed in the morning. I feel like these boobs area the boobs I should have been born with. I don't know why I wasn't.
Sometimes if I try to use my chest muscles in a weird way I feel a weird thing going on in there but can't explain it. I had trouble swimming for a while, but it isn't a problem anymore.
I'm really glad I did it and and I think if it is something you really want, you should just do it.
My boobs are perfect, but who cares!! They look a million times better now than they did before!! I couldn't have asked for more from my doc. He really did a great job!!!
So far he has been great. The consultation was very informative and his staff is very courteous and prompt. Inga always calls me back quickly and answers all my questions. She's great. I'll add more after surgery! Surgery went well. The staff at the surgical center were great. Everyone made me feel very comfortable and at ease. Surgery took 2.5 hours instead of 3 which is great. My follow-up appointment went well. Dr. Romano said I am healing quickly and answered all my questions. He and his staff are very professional. I am more than happy with my surgery and the professionalism of him and his staff. I would recommend him to all my friends and family and if I ever need (want) another surgery I would definitely see Dr. Romano again. I also wanted to add that Kathryn, the nurse, is awesome too. She called me back on a Friday night when I was worried about my stitches and always reassures me that I'm healing well. I'm really happy that I went to see Dr. Romano. He's worth every penny!!