New Pics-12 Weeks After I Took the Plunge on March 20th! - Encino, CA
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Nursing three children over the course of the last...
- 1 Apr 2012
Nursing three children over the course of the last 2 decades took a toll on my breasts. Sagging, stretch marks, other scars and what I would call "puckering" made me really self conscious of my breasts to the point that I concealed them during sex (forget leaving the lights on). And mind you I am a very sexual person.
I completely avoided certain types of tops and purchasing a flattering bathing suit was always a challenge. That said I stocked up on a lot of sexy lingerie. For the most part I have been a high B/Low C and at the height of nursing I got to even an E at one point (huge/engorged). More recently I was "folding" my breast tissue into a size 36C.
I had a full TT 4 years ago and while I contemplated having a BA at that time I still was not certain that it was right for me. After all, with the scars and generally bad skin I figured why would I want to stretch that out. Also, I was having an umbilical hernia fixed with the TT so I knew the recovery was going to be painful to say the least and could not imagine tacking the boobs on at the same time.
Fast forward to last year when my best friend of 36 years got her BA and could not be happier and then another friend of mine got one as part of a mommy makeover in December. I spoke to many of my co-workers (including my boss) that I found had BAs and were happy they had done it. While I received many recommendations and contemplated going back to the surgeon that did my TT (he is in Beverly Hills and I wanted to avoid going over the hill and BH prices), one of my co-workers highly recommended her surgeon, Dr. Saul Berger, in Encino.
I kept his information for some time before finally making an appt. to see him in February. Dr. Berger and his staff were so great from the beginning and his bedside manner, years of experience, ability to convey things in terms that I would understand (to include some great sketches), and his non-BS realistic approach and understanding of my desire to have as natural result as possible really won me over. Within a week from meeting him for the first time I was making my appt. to have surgery on March 20th (pre-op on March 9th).
The postings on this site really helped me prepare for my surgery and gave me a great idea of what to expect and the comfort of knowing that I was one of many who had made this decision in their late 30s. I will say that my teenage children and even my mother was not that supportive of my decision but only because they felt that I was fine just the way I was and imagined "fake". My husband has been SUPER supportive and even though he has always been more of a leg man (thankfully) he is now considering himself more of a boob man.
The kids and mom are coming around....she even took care of me day 2 and 3 (hubby had day 1). My boobs were borderline when it came to needing a lift. The surgeon felt he may be pleasantly surprised upon placing the implant so we knew it would be a game time decision on whether or not he would do a crescent lift (adjacent to the nipple) on both or just one of my breasts (given one sat slightly lower that the other...note that I also have scoliosis). I had seen the results of another crescent lift that I thought turned out really nice so I told him to do what he had to do. Given how I scar, he was trying to avoid any unnecessary incisions. He worked off of photos of what I wanted my outcome to be. I ended up with 425 CCs of cohesive gel implants (silicone) and a crescent on my left breast.
Day one was tolerable with the pain meds and all but day two was a killer with very intense pressure. Yes...like a rhino was sitting on my chest and as a side sleeper...sleeping on my back was no fun. I did not really have to replace my gauze as I did not have any bleeding and by day 3 I was able to take a shower. I will say that on day 2 I took my bra off to inspect the gauze and when I saw how high and big my breasts were I almost fainted and second guessed my decision to have had the surgery. I was thinking please tell me these things are going to settle down...please don't let them stay this way. I seriously got hot, sweaty and light headed.
It passed and I did some research and reminded myself that it was only day two. The thing that I was immediately happy with was how good my skin looked now that it was filled in. Gone was the puckering and even the stretch marks seemed to disappear. Things have settled down and I am wearing a strap to help even my boobs out (the right one is higher) since my first post-op on March 23rd.
My surgeon does not believe in massage which was a bit of a surprise to me as everyone kept asking me when I would start massaging and even offered to help (hehe). His explanation as to why he does not prescribe it made sense to me. I have my next post-op on April 9th. This week marks two weeks post the surgery and the boobs have been taking shape daily. I am hoping my end result will be no more than a D cup. Hope this helps as I really appreciated all of the stories that I read on this site. ;-)
I did not mention in my original post that the...
- 2 Apr 2012
So on day 14 my surgeon called to check in on me...
- 8 Apr 2012
On Day 15 I called my surgeon's office to talk ask about the scar cream as the glue started to come of the incision under my right breast the night prior and there was now less area with glue than without on that breast. The nurse consulted the Dr. but told me not to worry as long as the incision was closed and that he would go over his recommendation at my next post-op. The incision is actually looking good in my opinion. I can tell that the rest of the glue is going to start falling off soon on my other breast. Although I think most of it will still be on for my upcoming post-op. I am feeling a lot better these days but still need to remind my self that I am still recovering from surgery and in healing mode (whenever I get a twinge of pain). I did take some ibuprofen within the last week for discomfort with my right breast and my back (still sleeping with my head slightly propped and on my back).
Tomorrow is my post-op at 20 days....looking forward to getting his reaction to my healing and how things are settling and will ask when I can get back to the gym....I am getting soft in all the wrong places. ;-) I have posted a couple pictures of the new bra (so comfy) and a picture in an old button down and sweater...I need to go shopping!
Just had another post-op visit on this 20th day...
- 9 Apr 2012
So this weekend was interesting. I decided to go...
- 16 Apr 2012
Well I am 33 days out now and things seem to be...
- 22 Apr 2012
Hooray...it's their 5 week birthday!! So a friend...
- 24 Apr 2012
Wow...this coming Tuesday marks 7 weeks post-op. ...
- 6 May 2012
I have been lazy about getting back to the gym regularly (I have only been twice since surgery). I have a post-op appt. on May 11th so I should get the all clear to get back to some weights and machines and working out my obliques and more of my upper body (that may be more motivating). I will be asking my PS if he thinks I should go with a crescent on my right breast so the nipples match better as far as how they are positioned.
Today I cleared out my bra drawer....22 bras gone just like that (some really nice ones too). It's going to take some time to rebuild my inventory. Next I am going to clear out my button down shirts that now open up too much around the chest or I can't even button them in that area. I tried on some stretch lace lingerie that I purchased pre-surgery and wow...I fill them in so much better now. More like the girls in the catalogs LOL.
I am making a trip to New York with my best friend in less than two weeks and am so excited....watch out Big Apple, here come the big peaches!!
So to sum it up.....I am so happy I did this! :-)
It's been a while since I posted an update so...
- 14 Jun 2012
I asked him if things were pretty much settled at this point as far as size was concerned and if I should expect them to drop any further (I did not want them to as they were just where they needed to be at the close to 8 week mark). He said they were pretty much where they would end up and said I could start wearing an underwire bra more regularly and that higher end bras could actually help "shape" the breasts nicely. I also asked him if I should still wear the sports type bra at night and he said it was not necessary and that I should be able to enjoy my BA without feeling constricted at that point. That said, if I wanted to continue wearing it that would be fine (I have opted to continue wearing it and I thing it has contributed to a nice recovery/outcome).
I did tell him that I sometimes second guess whether I should have gone with a lollipop lift but he reassured me that we went with the best most natural approach that minimized scaring (I usually scar pretty badly but the crescent scar he gave me is healing so nicely). I also asked him about the three knots I feel under my breast fold when I am applying the scar serum and he told me that they are the knots from the stitches from when they back out of the incisions and those take the longest to dissolve because the stitches are actually tied at that point. Makes sense to me....I think the whole process of closing you up is amazing when you think about it.
He could not stress enough the importance of sunscreen on the scars. Even if wearing a bathing suit the sun can do damage and darken your scars so he recommended even putting a bandage on my crescent scar when wearing a bathing suit. I think that is how my tummy tuck scar got so dark...the direct exposure to the sun the first time I sunned myself (lowering my bikini bottom) thinking it would be less noticeable with a tan...duh!! He did say that scars usually look better at fist and then they look wider and darker before they start fading and looking narrower.
I have purchased a few more bras..still 34DD (at least in VS bras). I have invested in a couple new dresses that really show off the girls and I'm loving how I fill everything out. Although it can be a little bit harder to find a dress that fits you on top without being too big on the lower half. My teen daughters have given me a hard time here and there for showing off more cleavage than they have ever been accustomed to. On the other hand the hubby can't get enough of them. It has really turned things up in the bedroom. Hehe!
I do still get twinges of pain/discomfort here and there but nothing too bad. I guess it is just my body getting accustomed to the new additions.
I am adding a few new photos. I guess we'll see what happens (regarding the need for a crescent lift on the right) in September when I am 6 months out and turn 40. Bottom line...I am so happy I took the plunge and Dr. Berger did an amazing job!
The Dr. and his staff have been great. They made me feel really comfortable which was very important as I was so self conscious about revealing my breasts to others. His office was in a great location and the fact that the surgery center was on the premises was a big plus. Dr. Berger really listened to me and the follow up from his staff has been really good.