Undecided, then Decided, Now HAPPY! - Indianapolis, IN

I am a mother of two, and my youngest just turned...

I am a mother of two, and my youngest just turned one. I breastfed with both children, and my breasts really went through it during the breastfeeding process. They swelled to a small D cup, and then shrunk back down to "A/B" size with both children. They became saggy and lost a great deal of volume, especially after my second. I never had large breasts before pregnancy; I always had around a "B" cup. After my second, I also had some asymmetry - one breast measured an "AA", the other a small "B".

I really struggled with the decision to get an augmentation. It worried me because it seemed like women knew off bat that they wanted one, or didn't. My confusion made me feel like I shouldn't do it. On top of that, close friends had a lot to say about it, both for and against. Though helpful, I think that all of those voices added to my confusion. However, I knew that I wanted to explore it. First of all, it's not like I detested my breasts. I just felt like they weren't what they were before, and I liked the fullness of them before. Secondly, I was very worried about the potential complications and future revisions. You see pictures of women with TERRIBLE results, and I didn't want that to be me. Thirdly, I wondered if I was being too vain, and if I was not accepting of my body and spirituality. Fourthly, I work in a corporate environment and manage a team. I didn't necessarily want for people to question if I had surgery. I have been compensating with gel inserts and push up bras over the last few months after losing volume breastfeeding. Fifthly, my husband and I are unsure if we are done having kids. We know that we want to wait at least a year and a half to two years, but don't have any concrete plans. I didn't know if I should wait or not. Lastly, though my husband was supportive (both selfishly and also because he wanted me to be happy *smile*), my immediate family was VERY AGAINST IT. We are close knit, and I share everything with them. It was hard to articulate my feelings around it as I was also unsure in the beginning. They even staged an intervention. That part was hard.

My first consultation was 6 months ago. I visited 5 doctors in that month, and then took a break to really sit back and think about it. I also thought about domestic vs. international surgery options. Finally, two weeks ago, I was looking in the mirror, and thought, "why not?" I scheduled an appointment two days later, and they were able to get me in in a week and a half.

I selected my doctor for a number of reasons. One, she is a woman and I felt that she could really relate to what I am feeling. She understood that I was not doing this to have LARGE breasts, but rather replace and enhance what I had before. Two, 90% of her clientele is made up of mastectomy patients. I thought that was great because she really knows how to deal with complicated anatomy due to scarring, etc. I also felt that she would be more caring, empathetic, and precise due to her background with cancer patients. During my consult, she spent over two hours with my husband and me. She showed us pictures, allowed me to experiment with silicone and saline implants, thoroughly explained the process, and answered ALL of my million questions. I was in love. What further made me fall in love my doctor was the fact that I strongly considered backing out of the surgery about 5 days prior (due to the family intervention). The office staff told me that I would have to forfeit my deposit in order to do this. The forfeit amount was not cheap. However, Dr. Kelley called the next day when she caught wind of my apprehension. She reassured me, and also told me that this was about my personal happiness and not money. She said that she would give me ALL of my money back if I decided to cancel, and she would be totally understanding, no hard feelings. This solidified the fact that I chose the right doctor, and I felt confident enough in her ability to produce the results that I wanted, so I kept my appointment. My doctor also asked me to email her pictures of results that I liked and did not like and the reasons why. We went over these pictures on the phone and discussed them in detail. Afterwards, we both felt pretty confident regarding the results that I wanted.

The night before my surgery, my husband and I sat down with my family and really explained why I was doing this. I was not seeking their approval at this point, but rather wanted to make them aware of the process and address any of their concerns. This made me feel a lot better, and I think that it was helpful to them as well.

So, finally, I had the surgery yesterday. I was very nervous and even cried in the waiting room. Again, the nurses and my doctor addressed my concerns, and the nerves finally started to calm down. We went back over the size that I wanted and I tested the implants in a bra again just to be sure. My doctor and the anesthesiologist came back to talk to me, and I was off. I was in surgery for an hour and forty five minutes. My doctor told my husband that she took a great deal of time setting the implant pocket, ensuring that the sizing was right (she tried to fix my asymmetry), and ensure that I would like the results. I came out of anesthesia with no complications, stayed for an hour and a half, and then they sent me home.

I LOVE MY RESULTS!! I am so happy that I did this. My doctor told me to take a shower and wash my hair last night to get the muscles working and blood flowing. She is not a strong advocate of massage as she feels that it could stretch out the pocket. I didn't have immediate swelling, and when I took off all of the wrapping, I was so happy with the results. They are perfect! Exactly what I wanted. I know that they will drop and will change over the next few months, but the placement and size is just what I wanted.

I know that this review is LONG, but I wanted to give as much info as possible to help any other women in the same boat as me. I hope you find this helpful! I will post pictures a little later today.

Age: 29
Height and weight: 5'2", 120 lbs.
Implants: 330cc in left breast, 300 cc in right, silicone implants (chosen for more natural look)


My doctor is Christine Kelley with Meridian...

My doctor is Christine Kelley with Meridian Plastic Surgeons.

I am now five days post op and still feel great. ...

I am now five days post op and still feel great. My mother (who was the biggest opponent of the surgery) even loves my new breasts. She thought they were going to be big and fake, but they really suit my frame nicely. I have attached an after pic. I never thought to take a before pic (too nervous!) I will get before pics from my doc and will post them here in the next week. :)

There is no pain, only discomfort. I am starting to feel the tingling and numbness, but it comes and goes. Again, so happy I did this!
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

Bedside Manner - Wonderful. Very helpful and explained EVERYTHING. She also updated my husband quickly after I was done with surgery Answered Questions - Yes, ALL of my questions After Care - Excellent. She called the evening of my surgery to make sure that I was okay and was taking my meds Time Spent - I feel that she went above and beyond and spent a lot of time with me, mostly reassuring me! :) Responsiveness - Quick responses Staff - GREAT!! Very courteous and professional. Excellent follow up Payment Process - Easy. Payment plans were available Wait times - What wait times? I never waited more than 10 minutes.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Thank you so much for sharing your story. I was in teas reading it because I am going through the same thing right now. I have only been to one consultation as of yesterday, but I plan at least 3 more before I make any decisions. We have yet to tell any family members for fear that I will get an earful, mostly against, and my husband wants me to come to the decision on my own and be confident in it before we tell them.
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It's a big decision. Good luck with it! Just remember, it's all about your happiness and how you feel about your body. Once I came to terms with that, the decision was easy. :)
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Hi,

I'm african american and considering getting implants. One of my main concerns is scarring. As you know, we tend to scar (and even keloid) more often. Did you have really bad scarring? Is it very noticeable. If it's not too much to ask, could you post a picture? By the way, your breasts look great!
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Oh, also what size bra did you end up being after everything settled?
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Hello! Sure! I will post a pic later this weekend. I have been traveling, so sorry for the long response time!
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I ended up with a mid size C. I asked for my incisions to be placed just above the crease - that way, if I raised my arms at the beach or anything like that, no one would be able to see the scars.
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Thank you SO SO much for sharing your experience. I am scheduled for a mommy makeover tomorrow - full tummy tuck with muscle repair and breast aug. I've been conflicted about the decision to do the boobs pretty much from the start- for ALL the same reasons you listed. My husband just gave me a pep talk about it all to get me more confident in my decision- but it put a smile on my face to read your paragraph about why you were uncertain as that was the exact convo I just had w/ my hubby. I will go through with it- but still terrified. Thanks for sharing your experience :)
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I hope it goes well for you! I am glad that you were able to relate to your review. Please keep me posted on your surgery results - especially the tummy tuck. I am going to wait a few years to get that (once I know for sure that I don't want anymore kids!) Good luck!
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I very much appreciate your indepth overview of your experience. I have almost an identical story, but am still on the fence. My concern is choosing the right surgeon and the long term effects of the surgery (silicone implants). I've seen 3 ps over the past 4 months and am leaning toward the first ps I consulted with. However, he is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Phyicians (Canadian certification). From what I've researched, that is the equivalent of ABPS. But, I'm still concerned. Overall he was the most pleasant to meet with... plus his before/after photos were excellent. Thanks again for sharing!
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Kansas City - It may help if you get recommendations from him from other patients. This could give you the peace of mind you are searching for. Also, you could ask why he is not certified? There could be some important clues as to why! Hope this helps! :)
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What a great story! Thank you so much for posting this. We love long and comprehensive reviews. They help other women more than you can imagine.

We'd really appreciate it if you'd include your doctor name in your review. She sounds very thorough.

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

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