39 Years Old, 4 Kids and Getting my HP Allergan 330cc Saline Boobies Soon! - Guilford, CT

My surgery will be happening soon and I really...

My surgery will be happening soon and I really cannot wait. I am so excited anxious, happy, honestly, I can't describe. I saw my PS this week and we agreed after reviewing my case that a HP implant will be the best option. I opted for 330cc. Still not sure how it will look on me. Might chance the last minute who knows. I am happy but not a 100% sure. My concern right now is that it will look huge and make me look shorter than I am. Right now my weight is 105 lb, height 5'1" my bra size is 32 AA. Should be 32AAA because there is nothing much left. :-) Anyways, after nursing my 4th child for 13 months, all I have left are my nipples and skin. I actually tried to get my BA 2 years ago but almost 2 1/2 weeks before surgery I found out I was pregnant. It was a big surprise, I was taking my birth control pills and had no symptoms whatsoever. My period was irregular but I thought it was because I was my hormones getting back to normal. Well, needles to say I had to change plans pronto. But now I am ready and looking forward to the new me, the more feminine me. I can't stand looking at myself and seeing nothing anymore, specially after nursing for so long I grew a costumed to my breast bigger. I am so happy I found RealSelf because it help me in so many ways. The reviews are gold to me. They are truly helpful and inspiring. I am even more motivated now than ever. My goal is to document my journey and hopefully be happy with my ending result. We will see. Right now I am in process of getting a mammogram done soon. Yesterday I got my blood work done and filled the prescription for pain during PO. I am now trying to find and affordable sport bra(not sure if I should after after the surgery to purchase one since I don't know how big I would be in the beginning. I aiming of a C cup but with the swelling I am assuming I will be bigger. Not sure. I might be wrong. Any advice ladies? I also not sure when to start taking Arnica pills. It is really effective? GNC has a brand 30x for about $6 but I wasn't sure if was something I should get. I would love some advice on that one as well. Lastly I am concerned about the scar. I am ring for an inframammary incision. I think it will work better for me. I am brazilian and I have issues with scarring, they tend to get darker and sometime bumpy. Any suggestion on a cream to help me with the healing? I know there are many brand out there but I am willing to pay a few more $$ and get something that really works. Arnica gel or silicone gel what is better? I also heard that taking vitamin C is not good, so I just had my last one yesterday. Well I guess that is it for now I will post more pictures along the way. Thank you so much reading and for any advice you can give me as well. Beijinhos everyone :-)

Having my surgery in 2 weeks

I cannot believe it will b hapenning soon. I am so excited, I cannot wait! This past week i got a few things taken care of. Did a pregnancy test, a breast ultra soubd and mammogram. What a relief to find everything is normal. Went ahead and purchased a pair of front openening spirts bra at Wal-Mart. $10. Not bad. I bought size 34c assuming this will be my size with my 330cc Saline implants. Hopefully it work. Tomorrow i want to start taming tge Arnica pills. Not sure if it is effective but i want to try. I also filled my prescriptions. My pain meds are ready. Now it is basically wait for tge big day! Literally Big for me!

Bought the Arnica but not sure

Not sure if this Arnica will work, can anyone give advice on this? I also need to buy the silicone strips. I think the strips will be a better option since I am prone to easily having keloids in my scars. I opted for an inframamary incision. I try buying online but there are so many options that I decided to wait! I really need advice. I don't know which one to get! Anyone has experience using them? I'd appreciate any suggestion you coukd give me. Thanks!

6 days and counting!

Can anyone tell me if I should trust the rice sizers? My doctor uses the imaging which is great but I want to see how it feels. I tried 300cc rice sizer and 330cc and feels like a huge difference. Now i am second guessing my choice of going with 330. Do i really loose about 50cc when the implants are under the muscle? I don't know...need help ladies!

more questions...

I find interesting after seeing the reviews and reading other ladies journey that my doctor never showed implants. I really don't know how silicone gel implants feel like. I also see that many people had several appointments before the surgery. I only had 2 and they were 2 years apart from each other because I found out 2 weeks before surgery I was pregnant with my forth child. I am now second guessing my choice and I don't know if it is too late to make changes. My surgery will be in 5 days. I want a smaller implant and I am considering silicone instead of saline. I have small, to almost no breast tissue and I have been reading doctors comments and suggestions for people with similar condition where the majority suggests silicone. I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!

Made my decision!

My ps is really great and I should trust his years of experience. I called my insurance, i researched, i asked tons of questions and also called Allergan-Natrelle. Ultimately the decision is very personal. I'd love to get silicone but it is just not the right time for me. Perhaps in the future when the time to replace these implants I am getting now comes, I will b able to select Silicone. Who knows in 10 years the technology might be even more advanced. Well, Saline it is. I am happy any ways! Can't wait! This a long time dream of mine and I am super excited about it. I filled my prescriptions already and now is counting the days. I am a little in the fence in terms of size not sure if i should do 300 or 330. But this is super easy to address and can be done the day of the surgery. I want to thank the wonderful girls who helped me with their comments. I am so thankful because it truly helps!??

I have boobies!!!!!

I am so happy! I can't believe it actually happened! Yesterday was really hard for me. I was super excited and anxious and as i result i didn't sleep well the night before my surgery. I arrived at the doctor's office with headache i was very nervous! But everyone was so amazing and quickly everything happened. He is amazing! Not so thrilled with the way the look now bit hopefully they will drop. My pain level was 10 and then some. My meds did not work for me. The pressure was toi much. I felt i coudn't breath. Doctor called to check on me and tild us to double to dosage. Helped a bit. I had nausea and pain. Lots ofbpain but din't regret at all! I am so happy! My boobs look awful now bit i am hoping it drop. Sorry i hooe i am making sense i am taking my pills now!

Day 2 and the pain is awful!!!!

I have zero tolerance for pain and this recovery is the worst! I can breath or laugh but back and arms hurts so much and the pressure in my chest feels like i broke a bone! I was advised not to use ice pack but i am very swollen. My ps is great. Love him and would do it all over again but i really was not expecting this much pain! Boobs are very high up in my chest and hard like a rock. I was also advised not to massage. Now to top it all i cannot sleep because the pain is too intense. The great thing is that after this painful phase I will b happy and i can't stop thinking it is all worth it! Love having bobbies and feeling like a woman my age!!

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My doctor allowed to take the surgical bra off from time to time to help with breathing and pain. It does help!

3days post op

Well, i have to admit, I am one of these few people who has ZERO tolerance for pain. This recovery process is very hard for me personally. Thank heavens I have my sweet hubby patiently taking care of me and helping in every-way he can. Also have my best friend who is an amazing support and has been so positive through out the process. The pain sucks big time but i do realize I am very lucky! My doctor is an amazing PS! i know now I couldn't be in better hands. Every penny i spent was worth it and i really recommend him. Now going back to my recovery. I think my boobs look awful! They are so stiff! Omg! there is no shape and they are all the way up to my chin. I hope and pray this condition is temporary. My PS recommended that i walk around around the house but no massages or icing. He allowed me to remove the surgical bra from time to time so I can have some pain relief but I try to put it back as much as I can. I really don't know if there is something wrong with me, this is a long time dream of mine and I wish i could fast forward and enjoy but right now the pain is really taking overI can wait to literally burn all my 30AA padded bras and start this new chapter. Honestly i don't even expect my boobs to be perky at this point all i want t is to be pain free and move on. Feel feminine again, feel a woman my age which i am, by the way,very proud!

9 days post op - feeling blue????

Well, although i am very happy with the fact that i have breasts now my results are making me depressed. My husband thinks is the drugs messing my head and making me more dramatic but I am pretty sure i am upset with these results. I never expected to be perky in fact i love the pear shape look i wouldn't mind if they were down to my knees as long as they had volume and a human kind of look. This now looks like...the uggliest boobs i ever seen! I hate how uggly they are. The pain still bothering but my PS told me to stop taking the heavy drugs and muscle relaxer. I can take tylenol and that is it! I am hoping they will drop. I have to be positive. I don't know if massaging will help or stress the muscle more. Still taking the arnica and I think they helped with the bruising. I get those nasty purple bruises easily and nothing happened around breast or incision. I give credit to the arnica! Growing up in Brazil i remember my grandmother always using arnica on us when we got hurt. She always had herbs for specific things and arnica was one. Anyways, going back boob central, i am also experiencing this morning boob pain. OMG! What is this? I get up and go straight to shower and let the hot water on my chest to relax my pecs. Not sure if this is a wise thing to do but i am open for advise! In fact I need!!! I decided to post the pictures but i have to say i was reluctant to do so because i am really embarrassed but perhaps someone who went through this could see them and give me some perspective. Thanks for reading and enjoy this gorgeous weekend ladies!
Guilford Plastic Surgeon

If I am not mistaking my doctor has about 25 years of experience. He is very confident really and is extremely patient. I haven't done my procedure yet but I found him through a friend of mine who had done her BA with Dr. Price and she also loves him, she showed me her results and she looks GORGEOUS!i

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5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Hi honey just retread ur profile xx I'm on day 32 and only just got rounded and lost that pear snooy look x I'm good at telling people time n patience as I've got 5 children and I run on patience but as of the past week I haven't even liked at my girls topless as yes it's depressing xx but I did get told by my nurse the other day at least 6 weeks min before the even start to soften xx 6omths before they look like propper boobs xx so for now just massaging wearing low tops as they look on at the top but I don't look at them naked do I don't get upset xx my hubby understands thank got and he hasn't paid so much attention to my breast at all untill till op xx lol x he loves them but reslizes that the silicone needs to drop n fluff and he's got more patience with them than me lol xx you'll be right hon xxx hugs and glitter sparkles to u xx be kind to urself it's a time thing x mine only just rounded yesterday and I'm on week 4 and a half xxx
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Hi Tinka! I look forward to see your comments. You are so positive and your messages always so supportive! Thank you so much! I do mean it! My ps is really nice and don't blame him at all for what is happening. He does not want me massaging my saline implants nor using the wrap on top. He just asked me to be patient and positive he does not think that there will be a need for revision but it is too early to say. Just like you say patience is the word! So i guess i need to invest money on some chamomile tea and wine! Lol! Thank you taking the time to share your experience with me you must know by now how much it helps people that are in the begining if the healing process! Lots of live your way! Gracias! Obrigada! Thank you!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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I'm so glad u felt a bit better from my words x u will be ok you'll see x I'm 5 weeks 1 day now and I got happy the other day because they went round x I looked yesterday and bam back to ugly snoopy boob gggrr x so now ill stop looking again x it'll be ok time n patience time n patience xx ur looking great x well get there xxx
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Just checking on you, how are you doing sweet lady?
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Oh Michele50 how are you? I am just hoping things will be better at the enf. My doctor told me to be positive and wait. My case is not very common but not rare. Happens with people with small torax like me. He thinks 7 weeks is early to say for sure i will see improvments necaue my muscle is very very tight. Well we will see. I cannot do anything except wait. Now how are these days?thank you so much for checking on me! You r always so sweet, kind and supportive! I always appreciate your comments!big huggs!
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I know that seems like a long way to go.... I'd feel the same way. Those dang tight muscles! Hang un there, I know those babies are gonna drop before you know it. Tinkas have taken a while and they are starting to look really good. We on RS don't see your boobies daily, so when we do....I think we see the changes more than you. Keep taking some pictures so you can compare. Wishing the best for you!
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Hi Dear! Reading through your blog. Feeling for you
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Hi lavmnv! Thank you for your kind words. I am experiencing more pain than normal but now they are more inconsistent. The Muscle spasm is happening but my doctor asked me to be optmistic.
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I agree with the community that you're still very early in the healing process. You might be one of those women where your implants just take a little longer to drop and fluff. Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor on the best method to help them settle in. Each doctor has their own preferred method. Keep in mind too, that you are very petite, so not a lot of extra cushion on your body to absorb the implants quickly. Hang in there and congratulations!
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Thank you BethH! I appeciate your advice!:-)
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Hi hon I'm tinka x I'm 27 days post 520 hp under muscle and I've only dropped 4/5 cm but my dr said no ice not hot water no band nothing but a pain killer no smoking and time n patience x because I'm petite and went enormouse as he put it x it will be 6 weeks min up to 6 mths to look right x so time n patience hon xx it'll be ok xx
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HI Tinka!Thank you so much for your comments. I am really praying things will look better. ;-)
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Things will look great x I'm 29 days post now and only dropped about 4/5 cm but hey this is a massive time thing xx as for scarring my institute that I got op with sells a scar cream called STRATAMED sml tube 25.00$ but only need a smidgen amount xxx I get a little upset all girls have dropped bar me but its time so I gotta pick myself up by getting on here as I do xx how I feeling xxx
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I'm so sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time. I think that your boobs look totally normal for being so early in the healing process. If you look at other reviews you can see that lots of girls go through a period when they and are still high in your chest in the beginning. Just try to have faith that they will get better with time. For me it helped to compare my recent pictures with my day one pictures, that's was the easiest way for me to see my progress.
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I agree. I am keeping a journal with pictures too. Thank you for your kind words. I don't know but I might be under more pain than other people because I stopped nursing my baby the end of April and had surgery now maybe things were still getting back to normal and the surgery didn't help. I don't know. Today, against my doctor advice I took the pain medication he gave me in the beginning. My pain is still here but at least i am calm. It is hard to relax muscles when you are in pain. Thank you for your comments and kind words I really appreciate the support. I honestly thought people were not posting because my results looks so uggly. Thank you!:-)
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Hello Newboobies, I totally know how you feel going through this, the pain the the "upside down" boobs... like it will never ends. I posted my ugly snoopy dog ear pictures also, and as you can see, they DO change, want it or not :-) I am a bit surprised that you are advised against ice pack. My DR. told me to use icepack to help the swelling going down. Seems like our PS's have very opposite opinions when it comes to post op. I stop wearing surgical bra after a week because they push on my breasts and it hurts. One thing I regret doing is to wear the bandeau to help the implants moving downward. I came home from the surgery with the bandeau wrapped around my upper chest but a day later I took it off bcause it hurt. Since I started to wear it at least 10 hours a day(per many ladies' advices on this site), I see improvement. Did you PS advice on massage? I wish I started it sooner also. MY PS recommended it early but I was a big chicken, it hurt and I did not do it sooner. I also read from a few PS that high profile implants in petite women takes longer time to drop. Maybe it's the case for both of us. I might be completely wrong here, but thought while warm water does make it feel good (I did it also) but it also draws the blood to muscles thus prolongs the swelling. But I agree with you that warm water feels so good on the painful chest. Take good care of yourself and things will get better, I promise :-) XOXO
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Jomin!Thank you!Thank you! My PS has many years of experience, I really love him but he does recommends things a bit different than others. He told me that there are no scientific evidence that proves the massage helps. So he told me not to do it. I agree with you with the warm water. I got up this morning and my entire chest was swollen and red marks. My husband thinks I am very impatient and I agree, I need to wait but pain does not help people be optimistic. I bought more arnica pills and gel. I took the diazepam and the other pain med he gave me in the beginning. He will be mad at me but I need to be able to at least smile without feeling every single muscle in my chest will explode. I have 3 boys ages 8,6,2 and a baby girl who is 16 months. I nursed her until the end of April this year. I MUST get better soon. I am a busy mom and my kids are missing me. they are acting out crazy. Specially the baby. I have to say I am carefully paying attention to your reviews and comments since we had similar implants and struggles. I do not have a bandeau but I saw online and I will purchase tonight. I really would like to understand more why the need to use the surgical bra if I want them to go down. I will ask my doctor. Wondering if is just to support the muscle while is still healing. I am not using it all the time anymore. I am still sleeping in my back with lots of pillows just like you said. Is the only way I can tolerate anyways. I guess in the back of my head there is the fear of things not dropping and having to do another surgery to fix things. Hope will not be the case. I feel such a wimpy person lately. I can't wait to be posting positive happy comments and nice pictures to encourage people. I said this before, dispite all. I do not regret this at all. I do have faith. I will keep my fingers crossed too. This upcoming thursday I am going to remove the stitches I will ask my PS more questions. Thank you so much for your support and amazing advice. You have no idea how much I appreciate! I really do! Xoxo, :-)
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Any woman that has three boys under the age of 9 and has a baby girl...IS NOT WIMPY !!!!!!! Big hugs and loves to you and your beautiful new girls!!
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Oh you poor thing, the kids are still so young! It must be hard on you! My oldest one is 16, youngest is 8 and I still found it hard. Have you been back taking care of them? cooking, driving... I can't even bring myself up to ask if you have lifted the 16 month baby because I am afraid you would say yes then I would scream... At 10 days or so, I moved around with shoulders rolled forward, hunched down, slow steps.. for over 10 days. If you could get out of any mommy's chore and responsibility, do it, even if the house is messy, even if you have to take out dinners several times a week or live on PJ sandwiches. You are not wimpy, you are a busy mom trying to take care of yourself and other 5 people., 4 of them are... helpless :-) Regarding the surgical bra, I read a surgeon's comment on this site that he believed it helps keep the implants not moving around too much thus cause damage to the pockets and increasing the risk of capsular contracture. But many other doctors believes the massage and free-bra approach moves the implants around, thus keeping the pockets loose and superb and help decreasing risk of C.C. Bottomline, I think it's just surgeons' personal preference. Many PS have their patience go bra free. But your PS is right that there is no scientific proof that massage helps, I personally think it makes sense, at least doing it helps me mentally feel like I actively do something to help the process moving along. One thing I felt helping me is drinking a lot of water and eating healthy. Lots of water with some lemon juice and lots of fruits and veggies. The days I ate well, the pain was not too bad... I personally can't wear the surgical bra because it hurts too much, and I think if you get the bra off, you will feel better too. For me, wearing the bandeau without bra is the best combination. As the bandeau presses down on the top chest, it pulls a lot of skin and breast tissue and the nipples upward, thus giving the breasts the support they need without the bra, and no restriction to the downward movement of the implants. Would you be able to speak to him or his patient coordinator what the purpose of surgical bra? Sometimes once we understand the reasons behind what we have to do despite the pain we have to suffer, it's easier to suck it up and do it... Your implants will drop, I would bet you anything for that :-) If mine can, everyone else can, and mine are working their way down to the place where that should be :-) These 2 links helped me a lot: This one is a collection of 17 answers from PS to a question about high riding breast implants http://www.realself.com/question/fort-lauderdale-normal-for-weeks-after-breast-augmentation and this one is a review of a lady that had really bad case of frankenboobs that turned to be so fabulous. http://www.realself.com/review/florida-breast-augmentation-after-consults-and-years-waitingi-finally-implants You are so sweet for thanking me, but its not me! This place is such a heavenly refuge for us, boobie warriors, there is no place beside this one to go for sharing, support, venting your worries and even crying. Everyone's cup is overflown with caring and wisdom. My help to you is the sum (or part) of all the help and support I have received from all the wonderful ladies here. Good luck and again, take care of yourself well. AND YOU ARE NOT A WIMPY PERSON! :-)
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I really liked Arnica. Keep taking before and after photos so you can see your progress. Its hard to tell when you are looking at them everyday.
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Also....totally agree with you about the Arnica!
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Hang in there! You just need to let them drop and it takes time! I'm surprised your PS has you off the muscle relaxers. ..I take one when MONSTER MORNING BOOB shows up! I would think that massage would help (I don't get to, due to my implant choice). Your PS should give you the correct way to massage. I keep hearing from the other ladies that you need at least 6-8 weeks for them to settle. You're only on day 9. Patience is hard especially with all the stress and impatience of just getting to our surgery date! Luv n hugs to you!
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You r so wise Michele50!Thank you for your comments!
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It's one of the perks of being older ! Thank you ! Glad I could help !
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