(Breast Lift W/ 325ccs)

AHHH Finally! I've wanted this procedure for what...

AHHH Finally! I've wanted this procedure for what seems like...well forever. I've been secretly (or not so secretly) stalking blogs on this site for months now so I've decided it was time. Today I had my pre op appointment and my surgery is set for 2 weeks from now. The waiting game begins...

Here are my stats, I am 5'10, 155lbs +/+ 3lbs. I am 25 years old and so embarrassed at the sight of my breast. Pretty much flat, saggy pancakes ...sexy!....Not. At a 34 DD (right now I'm probably a large C or small D) I workout a lot and lost a lot of breast tissue, body fat etc. So my full double D's have pretty much suffered at the expense of my fitness. I just want to fill out my DD's like I once did so I've decided to get a lift with saline implants under the muscle(do people still go over the muscle? If so why? just curious). I don't know what size the implants are; however, I told the PS I want to be a full D/DD so I'm putting my faith in him (scary I knoooow but I completely trust him). Hmmm...what else?
I initially was hesitant because of the scars because I didn't want the vertical scar. My PS said I will only need the periareolar incision; however, if he thinks I need the vertical he will do that. I'm crossing my fingers sooooo tight that I will only need the benelli bc I really don't want the vertical. I do scar easily and its terrifying to think of a scar there. Another thing that terrifies me is the possibility of being too big. Other than those two concerns I am sooooo excited and I don't know how I m going to last these 2 weeks just...waiting....

Any advice on anything (best scar creams, etc) please feel free to comment I need all that I can get!

P.S. I probably will add photos when I get closer to the Op date
Welcome. Thank you for sharing your story. You will find so much support and helpful info on RealSelf. I'm using skinMedica along with the newgelplus strips but they irritate my skin. I also use bio oil in between. Good luck with your upcoming surgery.
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Thank you so much! I will look into them. Bio oil sounds interesting!
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My PS does new gel silicone sheets to help the scar but that's after your sutures dissolve before u start that. Good luck and cant wait to see your pictures.
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How long were you stuck in bed?

So I took about 4 days off of work. I know everyone is diferent but how long were you stuck in bed or back to work, or just up & functioning again? Im hoping for a quick recovery ....we will see.
I think the hardest part about recovery with a lift is the waiting game. You know from the pics other ladies post on here that the scars will heal and fade but it's hard to wait for that. You want it instantly. I hope you end up with the donut lift since that is what you want but I think if you have to get the other lift it's more important to have the best shape possible if you're going to go forward with the BA. Good luck to you! What type of work do you do? I am a stay at home Mom and had to put my 10 month old in daycare for 2 weeks. If I had an office job I think I could have gone back to work fairly quickly. I think the only problem would have been the drowsiness from the pain meds.
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Yes, the wait is going to be the worst bc i am soo impaitient lol I actually have the worst job for recovery. I drive a golf cart. Ugh I might have to take a few more days off. But the thing is that no one knows im getting this done.
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Hey there! It is nice to see someone else going with the periareolar incision! I feel my breasts sag a lot More than most of the girls on here that have a full lift but My doc says pretty much the same as yours he didn't say he would do the lollipop lift he is just going to do what I want. He said longterm I would probably have a better results going with the full lift but I would have a good lift and results with the donut lift and implant. It is such a bug decision!! I fill like I would probably have a much better result with the full lift but I have fair skin and I feel the scars would show really bad and then I would have something else to be self conscious about!! Lol... Anyway, I would love to see your before pics to see how we compare!
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4 days!

Ah I'm so excited! Today I went and got a few things for Monday.

-Pain meds (Keflex, Vicodin, Zofran)
-New pillows (mine are flimsy and flat)
-pineapples (I heard this helps with healing?) IDK but it was an excuse for me to buy pineapples :)
-anti-bacterial soap
-Ehhh I cant remember anything else

What else do you guys recommend? I know I didn't get much but I plan to get back out. And were you guys completely immobile the next day? The girl in office was telling me make sure I set my room up where everything I need is close by. Guess ill just put all my school stuff...force myself to study.
And oh yes I was basically immobile the next day! Mainly because of the anesthesia not the pain. I was awake maybe 4 hours total the first two days.. Just was so sleepy and tired.
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Gauze, tape, and neospirin are some things I needed post op. Ummm stool softener for Sure!! Pain meds make you constipated. Think that's all your missing...
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A basket to put all the things that you want handy. Meds, tissues, phone, book, water, snacks etc... That way everything will be by your side and handy. I took arnica, bromelain and turmeric for bruising and swelling. Buy stuff to make smoothies. Put the fruit in serving size baggies and freeze ahead of time. Then add your greens, juice or yogurt for an easy nutritious snack. I'm so excited for you.
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OK I've waited long enough to post some pre-op photos

Here are a few. 2 more days!!!

I don't really have issues with how they look in bras or in swimsuits but without its another story!

p.s. Is anyone anemic? I ran out of my prescription last week and started taking regular iron supplements that I have. They are way lower in iron and all the other stuff (my vocabulary is amazing right now. Sorry its late) but I wasn't sure if this is something I should be concerned about.
So excited for you...it doesn't matter what your age, if you were not blessed with perfect boobs they don't get any better only worse, so better to fix them now rather than later, I now wish I had done this years ago, didn't realize how life changing it would be!
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Thank you! I agree I want to enjoy life now not wait til later after family and children (that just makes life even better!) But u am Happy with my decision! Just finished my op!
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So excited for you!
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DONE & DONE!

The girls are home yayyyyy! I feel great no pain just pressure. I went in this morning. They took a urine sample to make sure I wasn't preggers...negative. I got my surgical drawings then went in for anesthesia. i was put under general anesthesia, instead I was sedated. That is one reason why I feel so good right now (the other reason being my surgeon is amazing). Well, there was only an issue with finding a good vein in my hand so they ended up moving up to a bigger vein...good thing I'm a tough cookie when it comes to needles! After i woke up from what felt like a 30min nap. I was bright into another room to relax until I was ready. I literally walked out of there and my cousin drove me to chase. Hey I had to pay some bills! Lol i am home now and feel wonderful I made a smoothie. Now I'm just propped up on my bed doing some reading for school.
Overall my surgical experience was better than I could imagine. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR POSITIVE THOUGHTS/PRAYERS! XOXO

correction*

I wasn't put under general anesthesia, instead I was put under sedation.
Yay!! So happy everything went wonderful!!! So what kind of lift did you end up going with??
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I just realized I didn't say...i didn't find out until I got home and peeked! I ended up getting what I wanted Preareolar! =D
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Oh wow! youre looking great! and I cant believe how good youre feeling!!! I had a horrible day yesterday! Looking forward to seeing your progress xxx
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Feeling...

Feeling a bit more pressure on my upper chest and by my armpit area. My cousin had to do my hair for me. So hard for me to have others do things like that for me. Last night I woke up a couple times (around 4am, 6am, 7am). I ended up taking more pain meds at 4Am because the cocktail the anesthesiologist started wearing off.

Today I'm doing well actually just are iou d to my post op appt I will give updates afterwards!

P.s. I realized I didn't say which lift I ended up with...Benelli/preareolar! So happy
One more question ;) what kind of implant did you get and what size ??? Or did you get an implant... I wasn't sure if you were or not
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Yes I got 325cc's and a saline implant.I originally went in wanting silicone because I wanted them to feel and look as natural as possible. After hearing the benefits of both from my PS I realized saline was a better fit for me. Especially because I have so much breast tissue you wouldn't be able to distinguish which one was saline or silicone. I did know How much he was going to fill the implant with until I woke up but I'm so happy with the size so far lol
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Well they don't look too big. I think your breast were probably larger than mine before ... I don't want really large breast but he said he recommends 375 and he wouldn't want to do anything less than 350?? So maybe they won't be too big on me!Anyway, I wanted saline because I just felt safer with them, but my ps is all about silicone... I could tell he really pushed toward them I wasn't sure why but I keep thinking maybe I should do saline because you have to go in for yearly checkups with silicone to make sure they have not ruptured! and if he suspects they might have you have to have an MRI.... Just seems like a lot more of a hassle. But maybe I don't have as much breast tissue as you?? Also he is doing mine subfascial... Where was you implant placed? That might make a difference in the feel??
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post op appt went..

Post open approach went well. It was quick. My PS changed my gauze and was super surprised at how competent I was with moving around and doing simple tasks. I also felt my nipples! Which is surprising because It's unusual to have feeling back so fast. I feel my right more than my left.

Other than the visit I haven't really been taking it easy. I need to rest because It's 6:30 pm now and I'm so tired from doing things today but I have a quiz and cannot miss it so I'm at school...I can't believe it. I think I'm going to try & leave early but I doubt it. My chest was killing me but I took my pain Med. and I'm feeling better. well gotta go to... ugh?I don't even want to say it. Ttyl! Xoxo

P.s. my boobs are a weird shaped right now ones boxy and idk what the other looks like I'm trying not to look at them in there raw form. I don't want to get grossed out lol i know there mine but still. I'll post pics later.
My boobs are also freaking me out. They look very strange. And I have complete feeling in left nipple but only sabout 50% right :-/
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Me too mine look so weird I'm trying not to look at them too much because I know this is not the shape. They will change try to stay positive and don't obsess about them too much....I'm definitely trying sooo hard not to obsess. My left nipple is not as sensational as my right its kinds weird.
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Yes I agree I would probably be good for a year to keep checking for hard areas on my breast but that wouldn't last forever I'm afraid. I am 5"4 135lbs... I wear a 36 C. I wouldn't like to be much bigger... A small/med D would be okay.
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UGH...

I've been doing good except for the fact that I am sooo uncomfortable sleeping like this! My butt hurts, my lower back hurts and the sides (and kind of towards the back)of my boobs are sore. Good thing I bought a neck pillow because my neck hurting would've been on that list too! Totally felt a little depressed today. I get like that when I stay inside all day though. Hopefully tomorrow will be better...No tomorrow WILL be better!

P.S. My PS said I could shower the day after but I'm so scared (lol) I will try in the AM.

Sorry for my mini rant ...

Hang in there...the post op blues will hopefully be brief! Many women find that a muscle relaxer offers help with overall muscle discomfort. My back and butt hurt worse than my boobs!

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Yeah I definitely felt like my back & butt hurt worse than my boobs too! The funny thing is I trained legs at the gym the week before and I will say I was wayyyy more sore than anything i feel now.
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If you are sleeping on your back..which I am sure you are..a pillow under the knees is helpful.
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Back to work & Post Op pics

I went back to work today! ok I know 3 days post-op whyyyyy did I go back to work?! I really didn't have the heart to take more days off I felt bad leaving my job S.O.L. Today was wayyy easier than I thought. I drive a golf cart too so I was worried I wouldn't be able to stir (takes way more chest muscles than you think) and also worried about the bumps I would feel around the course. Everything was great. I was only at work for 4 hours anyway so that was a plus. I'm usually there from 8am-6pm. I guess taking it super slow yesterday helped a lot too.

So here are some post-op photos. A lot of pleating and lumps, and the right has a boxy shape. One is a bit higher too. I know its only 3 days post so I'm staying optimistic that the shape will improve (they better!). I have in Mentor smooth round moderate profile saline implants, 325ccs. I was wearing the tight black top under my shirt today so there are some lines from that.

P.S. Has anyone experienced itching? My boobs and back are super itchy! I'm trying not to scratch because I feel like I will get stretch marks.
Oh yes and ditto on the itch. Im using a vitamin E oil on my skin. I think it just helps to make the skin supple and allows for some stretch :) Happy healing rs friend
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That's a good idea!
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I cant believe you are back at work so soon! Wow you really are brave. Im not nearly ready to go about my normal routine yet. I think your boobies are gonna look great! Soon as you can start massaging and all the steri strips come off you will see a mayor difference. I personally feel much bbetter now that my girls are out of their horrible bandages. Yay
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My second Post-Op appointment & My insane waterworks...

So yesterday I was a wreak! I was crying randomly for no reason & for reasons that were so insignificant. I think it was a mix of me being off my iron medication because my primary doctor took 3 weeks to call in my meds(I just got them today), my hormones from surgery, & my period! P.s. I've never experienced this affect from my period! I barely get bloated, never crave anything, and she only last 3 days anyways. My body was just physically exhausted, weak, & tired. I just wanted to sleep or lay down. Anyways on to the better news!

Today I had an appt. with the PS. Everything went well he said my right boobie is healing faster than my left because It's taking on It's shape faster. the left is still kind of boxy. He took of the strips which freaked me out a little because i realllly did not want to see my stitches. It didn't hurt, it just felt weird. It wasn't too bad to look at. I really have to thank you guys because I feel like you all who posted your journey have prepared me very well. Because of you guys I knew what to expect. I know the scars puckering etc. will get better. I asked the PS what he recommended for scar creams and he said to use a cream like mederma, and i forgot the name if the other one (scarguard?) but it is applied like a brush. He sells a really good one in his office which is very pricey but I will only have to use one tube of it 3x a day for 6months i don't need much of it because its a good quality cream. Were as I'd probably have to use more of something like mederma and end up spending the same amount. So I made the investment. He also said i can start working out again! I'm soooo happy because ive been waiting for those beautiful words! I actually asked if It's OK for me to leg press and train legs again because everyday is leg day for me. its quite an obsession. He said as long as I don't tense my upper body It's OK. No bouncy exercises though. I'm a cardio freak too but at least i have my legs for now. Weee I'm going in the morning! Anyways my class ran super late tonight, i'm so tired so I'm going to get ready for bed. I hope you all are doing great! I'm so happy I have you guys to share my journey with. :)

P.s. sorry for my grammatical errors I'm updating this from my new phone. Trying to get use to it.
Wow I'm sorry for the bad day :( those hormones can do crazy things!! I hope you feel better soon. At any rate your breast look AWESOME!!!! I love the shape. Thank you for posting you've been a great help! In about 4 hrs I should be all done
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OMG yes I am much better but yay! I know your so excited. good luck today. cant wait to hear how it went.
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Oh you poor thing! I just don't think you have rested enough after this procedure. You sound like you are the "go" all the time. Is there anyway you could have some " down-time"? Being low on iron can really make a person very, very tired and having your period at the same time..wow! That is a lot to handle.
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Side by side laying down

My boobs would always fall to the sides when I would lay down because of the loose skin. You could also see my sternum in my chest poking out.

Id just like to point out that...

...HOT FLORIDA WEATHER AND VITAMIN E on ze boobied DON'T NOT GO TOGETHER... JULY NOT PI SWEAT! hahaha
How are you feeling? Are you happy with your result? Is there something you would change? I think you look fabulous. Happy Healing☺️
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Hey, I am feeling great. Very happy with the results although there are like 2 things I have a concern for. Like I notice ripples on the bottom of my breast, you an see it more when I bend over. I wonder if its because my skin is thinger under there? idk. I also wish they were more toward the center instead of off to the sides. I don't know if you can tell or not but these are minor things im picking at. Thank you so much!
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thinner**
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Sorry Ive been ....

M.I.A. for a while. School and work are kicking my butt! I am actually suppose to be studying for an exam but thought of you guys so im doing a quick update. Ill be up for a while so I might do another later tonight! haha
Well the girls are doing great. I love them I even wore a cute halter leotard (WITH NOOOO BRA) on Halloween. I wore the same halter for my birthday 2 years ago and had to wear one of those breast lift tapes so they didn't look saggy. The shape is much better than the initial but they are still off to the sides but I hope somehow they transform towards the front center instead of by my arms. I have little pleating (one major one still on my right boobie). I bought the cutest bras! so excited I actually just remembered so I will try to post those with this :)

Also, I have not been sleeping up on pillows...its been 4 weeks. Should I still be doing this? I sleep on my side and back but I slept over my friends house last week and she has the most AMAZING temper-pedic mattress & I slept on my boobs! Idk if this was a bad decision but it was the most comfortable ive felt sleeping since the op! Hmm... I cant think of anything else....OH! I saw my doc this past week and he said I can do any activity id like! well except for vigorous upper body (which I am OK with since I hate upper body)

Well that's all for now kiddos! I need to catch up with a few of you but I hope everyone is doing amazing!!! xoxo
Your boobs are healing beautifully. I can see a major difference in the scars. Are they getting soft? My right is a bit harder than left. I think that might be cause its my dominant hand? Anyway. Glad your doing well xxx
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Omg mine too! must be that plus when went back to work after I tried to pull this door that was jammed and felt like I pulled my boob! Idk but hasn't felt the same since. :/
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HI! Just checking in! Your looking amazing. :)
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So its been about a month....

Here are some before and after photos
Beautiful!!!
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You look amazing. Congratulations!!
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Thx!
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long time no....

...Update!
So I've been gone for awhile. I wanted to give a 6 month post update. Let me tell you what i'm feeling...I am not happy with my areola size at all. I feel like they got too large. I also feel like I'm dropping wayyyy too much. Someone on here told mentioned this to me (I forgot who) but it's happening! Ugh. I don't know what to do. I need to upload some updated photos so I can get your opinions. I will when i get home since i'm at work. How is everyone doing? I need to catch up : )
You look awesome, thank you for sharing your experience. I am in the fence with my lift because of scars and healing but your post was so positive :) Thanks again!
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thanks! I'm glad to help!
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I'm sorry your not happy! As you know I felt the exact same way. Please upload photos I will give you my honest opinion. However, as you know I have had the areolar reduction again, I am ok with them as of now but I can honestly say they have stretched again some since I had it done and I'm only like 2 months out :/ So I can't tell you what there gonna be like at 6 months!
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Finally adding...

...the updated pics. I hate how my areolas pop out of everyyyy....Every bra I wear! Including low cut dresses or tops. And don't like the size of the areola or how low the beast are hanging. ????
Your results look amazing! Did you go with moderate or high profile?
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Thank you. I went with moderate. I shouldve done HP bc I don't think I have any profile.
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Thank you. I went with moderate. I shouldve done HP bc I don't think I have any profile.
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revision

Revision time! I'm reducing the size of my areolas. They are seriously almost the size of my fist (maybe an exaggeration but almost) He said he could reduce the areolas but they way my implant pulls on the breast it will cause it to stretch again. So suggested doing a vertical incision which will change the shape of the breast which I would love! They are settled towards the outsides by my arms which i dont like. I don't want the vertical scar!!! I already set a date and everytHong but I might change my mind about the vertical scar and just do the areolas. Another thing is that he's going to fill me up a bit more to give me more of a higher profile. After sleeping on it I realized I don't want to be any bigger. Any opinions? I need help making this decision. Ahhh
WOW what the heck did he do to your areolas!? I'm glad he's doing a revision, but I agree about the vertical scar - I will be avoiding that by going to Dr. Horndeski. I have VERY large breasts - and thus areolas and mine aren't as big as yours! So - even though I'm not a specialist in it - it sounds like a bit of an excuse to say they are totally from your implant - as you aren't that big & thus heavier. Good luck ALWAYS go with your gut!
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omg I know!! but thank you! I needed the advice. I am going in today for he revision. as of now I do not want the vertical but we will see ahhh
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I'm not sure I would add more size. Expecially if you are on the fence about it. Good luck with your revision.
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It's time forrr

Revision :)
Hope your healing well.
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Thank you, my vertical scars are still healing. I need to up date asap!
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I'm so glad you got the lollipop lift and not just the areola one (forgot the technical name) since, you're completely right, you would've ended up in the same position. Sending you positive healing vibes your way:)
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update on my areolar reduction & vertical

So these are the most updated photos I have. I do need to take some updated ones bc a lot has change but im in bed already. lol. My areolar reduction is still smaller than those monsters before the revision so thats good. I dont know if its just me but I still think im sagging too much. What do you honestly think? (Another reason I need more current photos). Also im dealthy afraid that my vertical scar isnt going to heal. Literally have nightmares. PLEASE what is the best scar cream/strips/miracle worker? I really need to get something else I dont like how im healing. Also has anyone ever had an issue with your sutures or w.e. its called not dissolving? I have a couple that wont dissolve and heal. One that literally pokes me through my skin its so painful & has left a scar in my right breast fold. I will post a pic soon. Im open to advice. Thanks guys!

P.s. I just moved so thats why ive been M.I.A. :/
I think your new boobies look great! Perfect size! Thats great that you got to go back to working out fairly quickly as that is what I'm afraid of if I do this surgery, don't want to miss too much gym time!! LOL
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I too, was really nervous about scaring. Its one reason I put this surgery off for years!! I came up with a plan to help my scaring. I don't know if its working yet because I still have my steri strips on and haven't seen the incision sites yet. I did a lot of reading about foods that help with scaring. Nutrition is important for healing. From what I read, Vitamin A&C, protein, selenium and zinc are suppose to heal you the best after surgery. So I eat the foods that have the highest of these, daily.
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