Almost 1 month Post Op. Feels 'Normal' now!

I am a 45 year old mother of 2. After 2 babies...

I am a 45 year old mother of 2.
After 2 babies and breastfeeding and weight gain and weight loss, I feel they have certainly done their jobs and it is now my turn to have my body back to where it once was.
I have considered having a BA for about 3 years now....
Finally did it - had a consult and made the date!
Now it is starting to feel REAL!

My word! I am now breast obsessed. All I can...

My word! I am now breast obsessed. All I can think of is how many cc's, moderate profile or mid-range profiles, what will the recovery be like, how long till I can resume 'normal' activity etc etc etc.
Thank heavens for this site and all the other ladies whom share their stories to make what we are all going through seem normal!

My Word! I am truly obsessed. I am on RealSelf 3...

My Word! I am truly obsessed. I am on RealSelf 3 times a day to check for more positive reviews and feedback from you girls on the other side of the BA journey. Thank heavens for you all.

The countdown has started for real now.... less than 2 months away- I am starting to go crazy in my own head. Second guessing myself - flip flopping back and forth about cc's and what profile I should request.

Having dreams about flying all the way to Jo-burg and then hearing a subconscious conversation whilst under on the operating table as to the PS not having my exact implant , but he thinks that ...'these would do.'

Other dreams about it going horribly wrong - and all the nay-sayers saying 'I told you so', and 'you had such nice boobs before [you did this]'.


I think the answer is that I am going to the bank tomorrow and I am going to wire the money in full. This should help me feel more grounded in the plan. This is not a decision made on a whim, however. I have thought about this for YEARS. I am sure this is just the normal pre-op psychology going on in my brain. Right?

Well, this morning I wired the FULL AMOUNT into my...

Well, this morning I wired the FULL AMOUNT into my PS's offshore account. It's DONE. I am hoping that this will put my mind at ease.... past the point of turning back now. Now I just have to get used to my account with all those zero's missing! ;)

I have been (obsessively, yes) reading posts and...

I have been (obsessively, yes) reading posts and reviews on this Life Saver of a site. Any of you now boobilicious girls notice that your figure has taken on a new dimension with boobs? Have read a few gals on another forum say that they feel like they have a smaller waistline now that the top half is balanced out? Anyone feel this way? Hoping so, as I have always been a bit not-curvy in the waistline department. As I have gotten older I feel as though my mid-section has gone form 'boyish' to 'tree-trunkish'! Wouldn't it be simply lovely if boobs gave me a hint of a waistline?

2lbs a week. Gotta lose a bit of this weight. I...

2lbs a week. Gotta lose a bit of this weight. I took pre-photos today of my whole body and I was in for a major shock!

I think I have Reverse Body Dismorphia - I think I look BETTER than I ACTUALLY do! lol!!

Yikes! My daughter took the photos and I almost choked on my own tongue. I am fat and must lose at lease 8-10lbs before this thing happens next month.
Anyone else did the same? Were you successful?

These last few weeks of waiting are slowly killing...

These last few weeks of waiting are slowly killing me. I flip flop back and forth on size and profile, and am I doing the right thing, and should I be doing my eyelids at the same time, will that be too much to manage.... bla bla bla. I am not sleeping that great at night, and feeling tired and anxious in the day..... I wish I could just fast forward the whole thing to tomorrow and get on with it! How are all my gals out there doing with the pre-op clock watch?

My op is in 5 hours.... Simply cannot sleep. It is...

My op is in 5 hours.... Simply cannot sleep. It is 4 am and we leave the house at 7am..... Had a great pre-op with my PS yesterday so just gotta roll with it. I am having my upper and lower eyelids done at the same time, so will spend a night in hospital. Should be released on Wed around lunch time. Eeeeeek!
Wish me luck girls, we shall chat on Thursday.

Ended up with 240 in left breast and 280 in the...

Ended up with 240 in left breast and 280 in the right. Feeling pretty great. Only took pain meds for 2 days. Have started Implant Displacement Exercises- Trying to do them 5+ times per day. I think that although I have relatively small implants, they will still soften and generally improve over the next few months. Overall, I am very happy with the result.

Day 10. Feeling more like part of me now. Started...

Day 10. Feeling more like part of me now. Started kind of sleeping in my old positions and feeling a bit more comfortable. Have a couple of smallish Mondor's Cords forming under each breast but confident that they will pass with massage. Happy Healing to all the New Girls out there! :)

Now feeling more and more like 'mine'........

Now feeling more and more like 'mine'..... softening up and getting more comfortable in the day to day and sleeping at night.

Almost a month post op now.... feels 'normal' to...

Almost a month post op now.... feels 'normal' to have this size of boobs. I never thought I would say it out loud but there are times I second guess myself for going so natural. Than I think that I am 45, these are a nice realistic size for me. All my friends think that they are amazing.... So just settling into life as normal now filling out my old bras ( same size - small D...) And that's ok. :)

Almost 6 weeks. These boobs feel like they were always mine.

Wow. It's all over.

My incisions are hidden perfectly in the fold and almost gone. I still must keep them taped for another 6 weeks. I do my implant displacement exercises religiously. They feel very solf and to be honest - no one really notices as I used to stack up the old floppies in a massive padded bra with cutlets at times..... So I now wear the same size bra - just no padding or inserts.

I must share with all of you that there were moments that I thought that giving the size decision completely to my PS was a mistake - that i should have gone a bit bigger. From reading all the stories on here I think that's a common feeling. It has passed. These boobs are the perfect fit for me, my age, and my lifestyle. If I DO get the feeling - all I do is go and check out the breast implant revision page or explant page! I was right to trust my PS - he made a very sound decision based on the experience he has on performing 7000+ breast augmentations.
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They look soooo good!! I'm counting down the days until my app. Did you notice that they got bigger after the muscles relaxed or were they about the same size right after surgery to a month? Thanks
  • Reply look amazing! VERY natural and perfect size. I think bigger would have been too much for your frame and taken away from your real beauty :) I can't believe the before and after. You must be so happy with your results. WOW
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Looking great!
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You look fabulous!! Congrats Mama Chichi :) So happy to hear how well you're doing!!! xx
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Its amazing that you got such wonderful results with that amount of cc's. This is why I think it is important to find a PS that you trust and makes decisions based on the looking you want. They look very natural and it looks like you have boobies of a 25 year old LOL!!! Must make you feel like a million bucks. Im going with 475cc's and am hoping for results like yours.
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Thank you! Certainly reading on this site had shaken my confidence regarding my 'small' implant decision, but am quite happy with them now. But here is an interesting tidbit for you. My PS told me that statistically women in North America (Canada included) get implants on average sized 75% - 100% LARGER than women in Europe and Africa, where the size and stature of women are relatively equal. Interesting, huh? At the end of the day 150 - 200cc's is not that big of a difference visually, however. You will look amazing!
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You look FANTASTIC!!! I'm so happy we connected. I feel like we've travelled this lovely road together. Congratulations!! XO
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Thank you TB! xoxoxo
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You look great and glad that you are feeling so good too. Happy Mother's Day!
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Same to you! How are you feeling with your new boobs?
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hey lady! wow you look amazing! keep warm!
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I hope u having a smooth healing Dear they look fabulous! Finally Ima be part of the club! This Friday is my big day! 4 more days to go :) ... Xoxo
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Thank you Ladies below! Getting ready to post my 2 week post op pics..... the difference is subtle visually but feels way better! Starting to feel like 'mine' now!
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Looking good!
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You are looking great!
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You're looking so great! I'm jelly! i wish mine would hurry up and drop. Glad you're doing so well. :)
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Glad to hear things are going well! Your pics are looking great!
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Thank you!
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OK girls! I am back! Day 2 today and feeling pretty good. Off to do some shopping and then back home to rest. Tues was pretty rough, as I also did my eyelids both up and down - boobs were no problem. Yesterday I was released from the hospital and just came home and took it pretty easy. Today overall feeling about 75%, I'd say! Happy healing to all my boob healing buddies out there!
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Congrats! Glad to hear you're feeling good. Take care but enjoy your shopping day!
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How are your eyes feeling mama chichi? I'm 44 and having BA, lower facelift and upper eyelids in 2.5 weeks. Worried about the recovery as I have two very young kiddos. Your input would be great! Your boobs look fantastic btw!! :) PS, my ps only gives Tylenol 3 as pain meds (which in ok with..)
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You can look on my profile page to check out my eyes on the Bleph ratings page. I have loads of photos on there. As far as post BA pain - Mine was not bad as I was really focusing on my face. I would think that you would be the same. Recovery - (I am a super tough Canadian girl and i heal up amazing from most things) You will need minimum of 3 days to do absolutely nothing. Just moving from the bed to the bathroom and taking meds and vitamins will plumb wear you out! Day 4 - I could go out on the odd outing but felt weary easily and still needed to nap. Sleeping time in the 1st week is key, I think. 2-4 hours of dozing napping in the day and a full 8 hours at night. The other thing is how much volume of implant your body has to accommodate and how gentle/ rough your surgeon is during all your procedures. I have under 300cc in each breast and he used some fancy thread-suture technique on my upper lids (and breast) so I have no stitch marks to speak of at all. For upper eyelids - the stitches look like they are the worst part of it. But the pain is minimal. Having said all this - I think you need at least 3 days intensive rest/care and at least another week of taking it super easy. Today is day 9 for me. I will put up some new pics.
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(And I also only got the African equivalent of T3's and only took them for 2 days. )
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Thank you soo much!! I've have a hard time finding women who've had face and breasts done together so this gives me reassurance. I'm a tough manitoba girl too (we still have snow :( ) so I'm hoping ill recover as well as you have. My face recovery is certainly the most important for me too. Thanks again!
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Ok! Your eyes look fantastic!!! I'm soo excited now!! We have (had!) the same upper eyelids so I know the "tired" look very well even though you feel great...people always ask me, did you sleep ok last night?? Ugh!! I can't believe how excited I am!!! Thank you so much for sharing and ill keep you posted (17 more days!) :)
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