About 18 months ago, I decided to get back in shape. I trained and ran two half marathons, then completed Beachbody's Insanity and Asylum programs. I was in the best shape of my life, however my breasts lost what little fat they had and shrunk down to probably a 32B. I decided it was time to get the upgrade and fix my inverted nipples. My goal was to simply be a true 32D, as I liked the proportion with my frame.
I chose Dr. Ciaravino based on recommendations from a few fit friends in the area. He is known for being an artist and keeping things proportional.
During our consultation, he measured me and discussed how small my frame is and originally suggested 250-275 cc silicone. I knew nothing about the sizing, but felt that was small. He said we could discuss further at the pre-op. They also did 3D imaging, which gave me an idea of what projection would like like with 275cc. He mentioned that he usually determines whether to go over or under the muscle during surgery when he gets an idea of the anatomy.
I was initially scheduled for surgery on July 18, but due to a conflict with house issues (we are in the middle of trying to move across town) - I had to reschedule for August 28. During the interim, I made rice implant sizers in 275cc and 300cc. I liked the look of the 275cc.
During my pre-op, I mentioned this to Dr. Ciaravino and he agreed that the 300cc silicone Mentor would give me the look I was going for, since you do lose volume during the procedure. He also discussed in detail his plan for repairing the inverted nipple. Basically he would make two small incisions at the base of the nipple, cut whatever was tethering the nipple, evert the tissue and bolster with sutures. He also planned on using a wire type suture with a piece of plastic to hold the nipple up post surgery and discussed possibly using a cap to protect the area.
DAYS up to surgery
I am a researcher and have been lurking on this site and others for months. I also grilled several of my friends how have had breast augmentation on things the recommended. One thing I made sure to do pre-surgery in my fitness regimen was build up my entire core - abs, back, glutes and my shoulders to help support the new girls. I also built up my flexibility as much as possible, and for my own fun, started working on inversions. I eat fairly clean, but for the weeks before the surgery I completely cut out sugars, breads and any inflammatory foods. I hydrated like crazy the days before surgery. The night before, I roasted a chicken with veggies and had a lovely snack around 10 PM, since they said to eat no later than 11:30 PM
AUG 28 2014 - surgery day
I was told to arrive at the surgery center between 6:15 and 6:30. My husband dropped me off first, then dropped our kids off. Thanks to Houston traffic, he wasn't able to make it back to see me before going in for surgery. The nurses were great - they ask you about 5 different times "Who is your doctor? What procedure are you having done?" They took a urine sample and had me undress down to my underwear. I was given a hospital gown, surgical socks and a hair cap to wear. I brought the surgical bra I was given at pre-op and they tucked it under the pillow.
For me the IV stick is always the worst part of any surgery. After sitting with the IV for 45 mins or so, the anesthesiologist came in and hooked up the happy juice. I remember being wheeled over the surgery area and scooted from my gurney to the surgical table (I think?).
Afterward, I remember feeling compression on my calves and a blood pressure monitor. The nurse woke me around 12:30 and dressed me. She fed me some ice chips and called my husband in. I was groggy, but not nauseous. I already had the surgical bra with some gauze padded to protect the nipple area. I was not wrapped in any kind of compression bands. The nurse helped me get dressed and made sure I wasn't nauseous. She wheeled me to the front door where my husband picked me up.
I slept most of the way home. Once we got home I was starving. I know they say to take it easy with food, but I was craving the roasted chicken and veggies. My husband fed me a small meal with lots of water and gave me my first set of meds consisting of pain meds, antibiotic and muscle relaxers. I napped on and off the entire day and remember peeing a lot. I felt incredibly sore and tight, as if I had chest pressed 300 pounds 100 times and my milk was coming in at the same time. I ate lots of fruit, mainly papaya and pineapple and continued drinking a lot of water.
Day 1 - post op
I had a difficult time sleeping in our bed. We have a Tempur-pedic which is difficult to slide around on as it has no bounce. I kept trying to use my arms to adjust myself, but quickly learned it was easier and less painful to use my abs and legs to adjust myself. I slept with several pillows propped up but kept sliding down and would wake up from the pain of leaning on my arms. I finally moved upstairs to our theater seating, where the recliner is operated via remote. So much easier!
I have stayed on top of my meds and find it easier to move as the day goes on. I've walked down the street to check the mail and move around the house, up and down the stairs as much as possible. I take small naps here and there and move around when I can to prevent soreness. I have burning sensations around my right nipple.
I also took a peek today. I have gauze attached to the nipples so I don't have a full view. Again, they look like they did when my milk came in with my first child - high and tight with corners. I called the doctor's office today and they confirmed he ended up inserting the implant under the muscle. I was surprised given my fitness level, however I am small framed and have less tissue in my upper pole, so this makes more sense so the implant does not look obvious.