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Long wait for perky breasts - Fredericksburg, VA
- updated 2 months ago
- Not Sure
- Cost: $8,500
- Howard Heppe, MD (Fredericksburg, VA)
Like many of the women whose reviews I had read, I...
- 11 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
Like many of the women whose reviews I had read, I have always been unsatisfied with my breasts. I have asymmetry, which I think bothers me the most, and I am 26 years old and they have never been perky. This past year I have become more and more aware of how much I stress over them. I wear a bra 24/7, I won't let my boyfriend see them or touch them..even when I'm alone I have to have a bra on because the sight and even just the feeling of having them not supported in a bra makes me want to cry. A few months ago I made a consult appointment and my doctor recommended I do a lift and implant. Since I don't want to have them be much bigger, I am going with 250cc implants. I'm hoping that will give me the fullness I want without them being disproportionate to my body (I'm 5'3", 135lbs)
So my surgery is in two days and I cannot possibly be any more excited. I thought since I have enjoyed reading others experiences on this website that I should share my story as well. So...here we go!
5 days post op-- Hello all! I meant to post more...
- 18 Feb 2013
- 5 days post
Hello all! I meant to post more but I was staying with my parents after my surgery last week and they don't have internet -__- But I have successfully had my breast augmentation and lift!!
I was moderately nervous the day of surgery. We got there at 7:30am, and the woman who took me back to the room wasn't very warm so it made me a little more nervous. I got changed into the gown and was told to wait for the anesthesiologist to come in. He was absolutely wonderful! He explained the process to me and my mom, and made a joke when I told him I was extremely afraid of needles (since I am covered in tattoos!). He reassured me and my mom a lot and really eased my nerves. Then Dr. Heppe came in and marked me up. After he left a nurse came in and went over a few more things with me, then brought me back to the surgery room. At this point I was more nervous about the IV then the surgery (I really am afraid of needles and I've never had an IV or even given blood before). They laid me down on the bed, and the nurse took my blood pressure as the anesthesiologist started to find a vein for my IV. I had my head turned away the entire time, and did as my mom told me to do: "Pretend you don't even have an arm." To my surprise not only was the IV not bad at all but I really didn't even feel lightheaded. The last thing I remember was the nurse putting these cuffs on my legs to help with circulation, and then I was in the wheelchair being wheeled to my car post surgery! I was waiting for a "Count backwards from 100" or something, but nope, they just gave me the juice without any warning.
Due to my asymmetry, they did a 250cc implant on my left (the larger breast) and a 325 on the right. When I got home I went right to bed. I opted to have a time release local pain killer injection (I can't recall the name right now), and I think that was really the best way to go. To this day I haven't had any pain. At first I felt a lot of pressure. Trying to get up to go to the bathroom on day 1, I sat up halfway and then felt like I was going to fall forward on my face in the bed, so I laid back down. It really did feel like an elephant was sitting on my chest and I couldn't move at all. Days 2-4 got better and better each day. I switched from Percocet to Ibuprofen on day 2 and I've been totally fine ever since.
I am 5 days post op and today was my first day back to work. Being upright for that extended period of time today was pretty uncomfortable but I pushed through. My healing seems to be going very well. The incisions are looking good, the shapes are a little wonky right now but I know that it's normal at this stage. My only concern is that they are still looking asymmetrical. My mom reassures me that since they had to use a larger implant and there wasn't very much skin left on my right breast after the lift, that the skin still needs to stretch and the implant still needs to drop in order to really achieve the true shape and size. I know that she's probably right, but since symmetry was my #1 concern with the procedure, I'm a little nervous about how they will turn out once they're all healed.
I go for a follow up appointment tomorrow so I will make sure to address all of my concerns with Dr. Heppe. But all concerns aside, I am SO excited that everything is all over and done with and I can't wait to see how my new breasts will emerge :)
Today I am so freaked out..I know it's still early...
- 24 Feb 2013
- 11 days post
18 days post op- New pic posted. I am still...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 19 days post
New pic posted. I am still concerned about my right breast and the lingering asymmetry. I spoke with my doctor at my follow up last week and he showed me some massage techniques which I have been doing this week. Although now I've noticed some bruising on my right breast which I'm wondering if it's due to the massaging or not. I still feel much more tightness on that side, and I know it is still early but I am still so worried that after all of this time, money, stress, etc..I'm going to be stuck with asymmetrical breasts. I just wish I knew whether there was hope in sight or not :(
Almost 3 weeks post op-- Well I had another...
- 5 Mar 2013
- 20 days post
Well I had another follow up appointment today. I expressed my concerns about the continued asymmetry. The problem that I see and I think what my doctor feels is that I basically had two completely different breasts post op. The implants and lift made them better individually but I still have two different breasts. My right is more narrow on the bottom where my left is fuller. He even pointed out that he sees my right breast as bigger towards the top. He said that even if we were to go in add more cc's to the implant he fears it will only make it bigger on top and not give me the fullness on the bottom that I need to be more symmetrical. He gave me a strap to start wearing and showed me how to wear it to put more pressure on the right breast in hopes that it will help push the implant down and possibly correct some of the asymmetry.
Obviously since the asymmetry was my number 1 stress post op, I am really frustrated and upset by the idea that they will most likely never be symmetrical. When I look in the mirror I still feel the same stress and discouragement that I did post op. Obviously they are more perky and the fullness is great..don't get me wrong. But right now I feel so depressed and feel like I am going to be left with two bigger but still two completely different breasts.
Patience, I know, but this is a long process and it's so hard to be positive when I am not seeing the symmetry I so desperately wanted. sigh.
1 month post op- Well ladies, I've had to change...
- 12 Mar 2013
- 26 days post
Well ladies, I've had to change my "Was it worth it" status from Yes to Not Sure. As you can see from my latest photo, my asymmetry has not improved. I've been wearing the strap my doctor gave me, not every day but as much as possible at night since it's hard to wear that ugly thing to work. When I look in the mirror I still see two completely different breasts, only now they're larger. I'm on the verge of tears as I type this..after spending almost $9,000 on a surgery to correct asymmetry, I am still back at square one.
Has anyone else had this kind of trouble? I've been scouring the internet for stories like mine..and everyone always says just give it time. But I've been monitoring my progress with photos and I have not seen a single smidge of improvement.
I'm going back for another follow up on Friday.. I'm so discouraged. I think I will give it one or two more months and then possibly go get a second opinion if my doctor doesn't have a solution.
If anyone has had any similar experiences PLEASE share, offer advice, tell me it'll be ok, or just straight up tell me it won't be ok so I'll stop hoping for things to get better..
My Doctor: Howard Heppe, MD
A referral from a friend who had great results.