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Looking Forward to a Nice Shape Again -Denver, CO

I finally made the decision a couple of months ago...

I finally made the decision a couple of months ago to reverse the gravity changes of my breast. I'm really excited and Thursday is the day! At first hubby did not want me to do this, but I think he has finally warmed up to the idea. It's not my size that bothers me as I am a full C cup, but it's that after kids and just life, they don't "hold up" to what they used to. The doctor told me I will be a solid D when all said and done. I just had lipo on my abs and flanks on 2/22, and I am very happy with that, so getting this done will complete the areas that have been bothering me.

My mom passed away at the age of 58 from breast cancer, and she had had saline implants at the age of 38. She was diagnosed when she was 48, but because of the implants the tumor was only suspected at age 43 and she never followed up until age 48 when it was found that she had cancer. I do believe she would still be alive today had she taken care of the tumor right away. I am 52 and in my early years I said I would never get implants because of what happened to my mom, but now a days many more pictures are taken if a woman has implants and I am very faithful about having mammograms every year.

My husband forbids me to post any pictures so I can’t show my before and after photos, but I’ll update this post the day after my surgery or later depending on how I feel to share my experience. :-)

Tomorrow is the day! I'm very excited to finally...

Tomorrow is the day! I'm very excited to finally have this done, but very nervous too. I'm trying to make sure everything is in order at home before I go in tomorrow at 11:00. My doctor is excellent and I do trust him, but having surgery is not fun. Thank you to everyone for their reviews because it gives me a guide to what to expect. My husband is extremely supportive now and he will be with me the whole time.

I am now one day post op. It hurt like hell right...

I am now one day post op. It hurt like hell right after, but already today I am feeling better--but still have a ways to go for sure. The doctor also did a lift at the same time and I am happy about that. I did a sneak peek and just unfolded the flaps to see them, and hey they look really really good. I need to be careful because especially on the right side the incision strings if I move in a certain position. This is exciting and the doctor said I could just take the flaps down from the sports bra temporally just to show my husband.
I just took 1-1/2 Vicodin so it's nap time once again for me.

Well, three days post op. Definitely feel better...

Well, three days post op. Definitely feel better than day on but still have a ways to go. At times I can feel the stinging sensation of the incisions especially on my right breast. If I move a certain way, it's ouch! The bra is already bugging me as it itches from time to time as well. I am only supposed to take a sponge bath, but this morning I was able to tilt the shower head down and to the side so I could at least shower the lower half of my body. The bra got a little damp but not so bad as I used the blow drier to dry it off. I'm looking forward to feeling 100% again soon.

I am feeling better overall but today emotionally...

I am feeling better overall but today emotionally was a tough day, not sure why. I still have the stinging sensation in my right breast in the incision area but I did talk to my PS and he assured me that this was all part of the healing process. I am finally attaching a picture which is 4 days post op. I am pleased with the results even this early. It seems I am only a bit bigger in size, probably a D now, but the shape is much better as I have upper breast tissue now and lifted up for sure. I have some bruising and swelling as you can see in the picture, but very pleased so far. :-)

Today, doing much better. I was really out of...

Today, doing much better. I was really out of sorts the other day and everything just hurt like hell. I had my follow up with the doc on Friday and he is very pleased and assured me everything is progressing as normal. I am happier today because I actually got some stuff done around the house.
Excuse my last dreary post. I guess I was just in a funk that day. Feeling much better overall. I finally got out of that surgical bra! Yay!!! Looks like I will be a 34-36 D to DD when all the swelling is down. They do look pretty darn nice, I have to say. Hubby is very happy as well. :-)

So I am just about 3 weeks post op and I am...

So I am just about 3 weeks post op and I am feeling better with less pain thankfully. I still have a ways to go though and joined a golf league that starts May 8th, however, I'll end up starting probably around the 22nd or so depending.
I am very happy with the aesthetic appearance of my breasts now. When they feel all the way up to par again, I'll even be happier. But as the saying goes, "no pain no gain!"

It's been about five weeks shy of two days since...

It's been about five weeks shy of two days since my BA. Finally the pain is almost gone. They do look great though, but it's like trying to get used to a new figure as some tops I had no longer fit up top. Interesting that my 34 DD bras still do though. I had a very small implant put in to mainly focus on the upper part of my breasts, and I guess that with the lift just pulled everything out and up front. :-)

I have a couple friends who have had implants and I can talk to them just fine about things, but one woman who used to be a really good friend will not talk with me about it even when I mention it in an email. I guess some people do not agree. My husband said I am too critical of every little facet of my body and that I wanted it so he went along with it. We got into a big fight over this last night because he said the lipo and this are really not that big of a deal to him. He said I was just fine before. Too me I wasn't and I did not like the way things looked.

So that being said, I wonder why I even bothered and should have just left well enough alone. I have to say it does hurt because besides the cost, its painful and uncomfortable for quite a while. At least it has been for me. And then I think, wow, I'm older and I should just be who I am and leave my vanity aside for good. Overall, I am happy that I did it, I just can't talk to some friends about it because they'll think I am acting like a teenager getting this stuff done. Oh we'll, what's done is done. No turning back now. It's nice to not have to wear a bra around the house if I don't want to and to fit in a swim suit better, and to not have that little belly I was adopting. So yeah, I guess still worth it. Writing this on this forum is therapy for me today. I need it right now.
Avanti

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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What was the downtime for your lipo? And how was it? By the way you look Amazing! Love the results:))
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Hi - I tried to reply yesterday but webpage kept stalling. Thank you by the way! I'm feeling better but I would say the lip as far as downtime is about one week off of work give or take a day or two depending on how you feel. I had mine done on 2/22, and still feel the numbness and little sharp brief pains every now and then, but overall it's not bad at this point at all. For me, it was until about 4 weeks where most of the irritating effects from the surgery were gone and now all that is left is what I mentioned above. The BA was a more intense pain wise though, but should not be as long as a recovery as the lipo Good luck to you on your upcoming BA in July!
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So today I am over a week post op now. But things still hurt and I see the doctor today and I doubt he will let me stop wearing the uncomfortable, yet supportive bra. My nipple areas hurt, especially my right breast. I'm a little discouraged because I thought I would be feeling better by now and not have to wear the bra 24/7, but last night I wore a sports bra to bed and woke up even hurting more this morning. The bra is irritating my skin around my arm pit areas. I'll what my doctor says today. I literally cried this morning doing my hair because I am sick of being out of commission and have this constant dull ache in my right breast. I hope it is not infected or something like that because then I would be way worse off than I was before my surgery.
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You look great! Happy that you are pleased with your results so far! It gets easier everyday so hang it there! I used arnica gel for my bruising and swelling, it works wonders!
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Thank you! Can't wait to get this uncomfortable bra off, least for a shower. I'm down to just taking Advil and maybe a pain pill before bed so that is progress. I feel swelled up today, and sore from where the back of the bra is digging into my skin. I put some Neosporin and paper towels back there in between and it seems to help a bit. Today I am working from home because we have a pretty good amount of snow here in CO, but tomorrow I'll be back in the office. You're pretty new bra looks great on you! Just reading your posts keeps me positive right now because I am still uncomfortable. But you are right, it does get better everyday. I think I am just being a baby and need to suck it up! :-)
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Your not being a baby, it's a tough road but worth it in the end! Sorry your bra is causing such issues! Is it your surgical one from Dr? Can you not switch to a supportive sports bra? Take it easy, I over did it a few times..... Remember those pain killers are your friend! I'm here for you! I'll be glad to help anyway I can :)
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Yes, it's the surgical bra and the doc said that I cannot take it off until he sees me on Friday. I have a sneaky way of taking a sponge bath thank goodness though. One of my showers is long and has a seat in it at the other end of the facet. So I at least can shower my whole lower body the "proper" way. Then I sponge bath the upper body with a wash cloth. Maybe the doc will let me change bras on Friday or at least wash this thing. :-) Thank you for your support! It's great to have others to talk to about this.
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A nice comfy sports bra is the champion line from target, and it won't break your bank account! Hopefully you can get the darn thing off soon! I didn't have the surgical bra so I didn't realize how uncomfortable they were... I wore an ace bandage wrap for three days. Glad you have a sneaky way to bathe! I secretly made hubby unwrap me to I could wash off a little...
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Hmm, I will look into the sports bra after I see the doc. Yes, I noticed that you were not wearing one of these things. I think it's because I had the lift along with the augmentation. I needed the lift though and I am so happy they are up where they are supposed to be now. I'm working from home right now and I am feeling okay with just Advil so far. I will take a pain med if I start feeling more pain though...
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It's a big boost in conference! I just wish I would have done it sooner!
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Glad to hear you are doing a little bit better every day. That stinging sensation can hang on for quite a while...just not as intense over time. Be sure to take something to counteract the constipating effects of any pains meds!

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Oh gosh, I hear you on that! Thankfully I did that last night and feel better in that department today. Yes, the stinging is off and on and it actually is a bit better today. :-)
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Phew!  :)

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Thank you for sharing your personal story on RealSelf. So sorry to hear about your mom, but I'm happy to hear you are able to move forward with your goals. As a daughter of a breast cancer survivor mother, I can relate to your concern about implants. Staying on top of my annual mammograms with my implants, gives me the confidence to not worry. Looking forward to hearing the details of your pre op appt!

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Hi Beth, yes both my sister and I have always been wary of the implants, but you are right, staying on top of the mammograms is very important. I had my pre op today. The doctor was a bit rushed and was backed up so not his normal self, but he did tell me that I will be given either a 170-190 cm moderate profile implant. I basically just want to be fuller on the top and rounded out a little as I am already a full C cup. It's exciting but I am nervous at the same time. Three more days till Thursday!
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Please keep us upated
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How exciting for you! How many ccs are you getting and what type of implant?
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I do not even know. I have my pre-op appt. tomorrow and I will ask my doctor. I never thought to even ask. :-)
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