This is my first review/post. I was referred to...
This is my first review/post. I was referred to this site by a friend when I told her I was finally getting my BA. I had consults w/ 3 PS & all had good reviews from past clients. I went w/ Dr. Sarosy b/c he didn't have the extra "La Jolla location" cost.
His nurse (Sarah) was awesome and answered all my questions. I even emailed her on a weekend and she responded w/in 24hrs. (I hadn't even given my deposit yet) I did 2 consultations w/ them b4 my final decision and the office staff was always nice and kind.
The location is in an easy to get to area close to 2 different freeways, a mall, and a major hospital. ;) At pre-op I was given 2 Rx for after surgery. A pain med and antibiotic. Dr. S, again, went over my medical history & any meds I may already be taking. I was asked many times if I had any more questions and they assured me it was great and even recommended to make sure I ask any and all questions b4 AND after surgery.
We decided to go w/ saline, under muscle, areola incision to correct my a-symmetry. (Left is C, right is b)
If you're looking to do this type of procedure I suggest doing consults with at least 3 Dr's. AND ask if any of them do or offer "Summer", "Mother's Day", "Spring" or any other type of special(s).
Just started my (.) So nervous! Suggestions?
Last day w/ the original sista-tas!
So this is it... I'm nervous & excited. I'm nauseous to boot. I have done about all I can to set my husband & kids up for a week w/ mom laid up. I pick up my Rx's, anti-bacterial soap & a button up shirt yesterday. I've pre made my super sauce my family loves. I have nothing to do but wait... Except there's still soccer practice, scouts & back to school night tonight. Ahhhhhh! I started my period & trying NOT to break down in tears. I'm usually not such a pansy.
I little about me personally... 38 yr old, nursed 2 angels (11,5) 5ft6in, @ 135lbs, 34 C on left side, B on the right. My husband is very insecure about me doing this & afraid we'll be divorced w/in a year. (According to statistics)
I can't wait to just get this all over w/ so I can get on to healing & being me.
I've collected my old bras and shirts I know I won't be able to wear again post surgery. ;) My daughter is dying to raid those shirts. ;)
SO glad I found this website. It's been a great help & resource.
(30 mins later)
Just got off the phone w/ my sister. She's an RN in ER and avidly against these types of surgeries. I told her yesterday what I was doing via text while she was working, so she called me today to see if she could talk me out of doing my BA. If she'd had more time she would've sent me pics of all the horror scenarios. She did rattle off a bunch of implant mishaps she's seen in her RN career. I know it's b/c she loves me.
19 Sep 2013
Day of treatment
Just got home. So far I feel good. I just feel the pressure across my chest. My husband is making me breakfast so I can take my meds & go to sleep. The nurses said I was an awesome patient and just "slept" through the whole thing. I plan on taking my pain meds every 4 hrs. I'm all bandaged up super snug so this is the best pic I have to share.
So the new sista-tas are sportin' Mentor Smooth Round HP saline. Left is 420cc filled to 445/Right is 460cc filled to 475. Once the girls settle in, I should be a well balanced D! ;) I can't wait to see them fill a bra EVENLY! ;)
Yesterday afternoon was awful rough. My husband made me breakfast & it was D-ish... Except it came back up 2 hrs later. :( Nothing stayed down the rest of the day. My pain meds & antibiotic wouldn't keep either. I was in a miserable state. I emailed my PS's RN & she called me w/ 30 mins. She called in an anti-nausea medication. My husband ran to pick it up by 9pm. Pheeeew! That helped a LOT! If been able to keep my meds & food down no problem now. I haven't had any of the dreaded bloating. That might change now I can keep things down. I'm having a hard time figuring out when to take my pain meds. Some times 1 Vicodin is not enough. It says I can take 1-2 every 4 hrs. Sleep is not my friend right now, Bummer!
Good news is today is better than yesterday! Wheee heeeew!
Can't wait to take my bandages off tmrw & get a look! & a shwr too! My PS said not to get too impatient. I've been a good girl. I've seen lots of other women who've taken same day or next day pics. Maybe each Dr is different. Oh well, I've waited 5+ years for these babies... What's one more day, right!?! ;-D
Wishing all recovering ladies a good pain free night of sleep! Xoxox
Clean again! Hooray for shower!
So it's officially been 48 hrs since my BA surgery. I was able to take all my bandages off & get a look at the new & improved sista-tas! They are much larger than I though. Some of that will go away once the swelling goes away & they settle. They are sitting pretty high on my chest & I have a great cavern down the middle. I know so much will change over the next few days, weeks & months. For now, just being able to be clean is a bonus. LOL! I've finally managed to figure my meds schedule out. I also covered the top sides w/ Shea butter balm.
BA's beware! (Constipation)
Hello ladies! My recovery had been going fairly well until yesterday. I had my BA Thurs morning & by Monday still hadn't had a BM. I'm not here to sugar coat things so this is how it went down. (Learn what you can from this) I was given Vicodin for pain, it's great for pain & helping you sleep, BUT backs you up. Knowing that I got a laxative and took one Sat morning, & one Sunday morning. Nothing happened, so I took 2 Monday morning. Nothing was happening, so I got a fleet enema kit & tried that. I'll spare you the AWFUL details. I had to call my husband home from work at 1. He took care of me till about 7pm when I finally requested Urgent care. By this time my back side was WRECKED! I couldn't even pee b/c of the pressure and blockage from my colon. Good news is, I do not need surgery to repair the damage to my anus. The Dr said it will heal in time.
SO, that being said... Keep on top of your BM's from day one! Drink your Smooth Moves tea, eat lots of avocado & melons, NO cheese or tons of carbs. (I generally eat healthy and this still happened to me)
On a different note, my breast seem to be healing great. The Urgent Care Dr took a look at them for me while I was there. I was in so much other pain, I forgot to ask about the lower, outside bruising on my right breast. I keep getting these sharp pains and it hurts pretty regularly. (Ill post a pic of it) I told my husband it feels like something is trying to poke out from the inside.
All in all, I'm happy w/ my results so far.
Happy healing to everyone!
Tried to move too fast
Every day seems to be a little better than the day b4. I had my 1 week post op on Fri. The Dr said my boobs looks great for only being 1 week out. Apparently they "look" more like a month out. ;) My right side still needs to settle a bit more to catch up w/ my left. My right one has a slightly bigger implant since it was the smaller of the two. I get strange different sensations in my boobs. The feelings are burning, stinging, aching, and other various unpleasant things. For the most part, it's been bareable.
Today I tried to "run" a few steps... Big mistake! Huge! My right breast was soar for about an hour.
My mom gave me some Bio-Oil for the stretch marks and scaring. I'll be putting it on 2x a day. I'm down to only 1-2 bras that fit right now, so I think I'll have to do some shopping stat! (Too bad My husband has changed from being sweet caregiver to complaining prick!) :(
I'll have to post pics in a day or so.
Lots of love & healing to you all~!
Happy 2 weeks to me!
Well it's been a rough two weeks, but this last week has certainly been a lot better than the first. So far my left has settled ad hasn't really given me any trouble. My right is still not settled and keeps having these pains and extreme sensitivity (not in a good way) on the far right side of it. :( very annoying.
I'm back to taking kids to school & soccer practice. I need to go to Costco today. Not looking fwd to that. I'm worried about being able to lift things to get them home or out of my car. My mother-in-love gets here tonight & my step-son's b day is tmrw. (A little apprehensive about what my "other mother" will say about my BA) has anyone else received grief and judgement on their decision?
Putting my first bra on!!
Hello peeps! I found the only bra I thought might still fit from b4 my BA. (I SO wish I had a b4 & after pic of this bra!) I can tell you I had to wear it with my cutlets in on both sides. So the now pic just makes me SMILE!
I am totally off pain meds other than bed time, it's mostly to help me sleep. I still wake up w/ the sore boobs in the morning, but compared to the last 2 weeks, it's almost nothin'! My left boob appears to be perfectly settled and gives my no problem. The right one still needs to settle a bit and appears to still be bruised in areas and the incision site has a spot that does not want to heal. I've been putting neosporin on it w/ a gauze pad to keep from making my sports bras all goopy. Aside from that I still get sharp pains on the outside where the nurse said they used a neddle to inject some solution. (They did that to both sides, I already posted pics of the bruising from that) The area still gets VERY tender and out right painful to touch at times, other times.... nothing. :-/
I'm looking forward to bra shopping real soon. For now, I'm perfectly content to stick w/ my sports bras. (Mostly for comfort & the tender side of my right boob.) I'll for sure post pics when I get my new bras. Can't wait to go to Vicky's (Victorias Secret) for that!! In the mean time... Here's one of my old bras that was way too big! ;-D
Weather change... Sensations change
As this healing process progresses, my experiences change. The colder weather makes the sista-tas awfully sensitive. They "tingle" in a strange way. Sometimes I realize at the end of the day that I'm cranky because I have been acutely awear of "them" all day for one sensation or another. They don't ache & are not painful anymore, just very sensitive to touch, temp, or movement. I'm told this is very normal & will change/go away in time.
On a different note, I have a 70's themed party to attend this weekend & I have a gr8 legit 70's dress to wear. I've worn it pre-op many times. (Pre-op: my left was a small C, right was a B) I'll post a pic of what it looks like now! HOLY COW!! I'm not sure I'm ready for ALL that! Is it too much? I almost feel trashy....
Patience is NOT my strong point
Greetings peeps! Nothing to really update... Just sharing my frustration and my own lack of patience for the sista-tas to settle in and be fabulous!
Had my one month post-op on Oct 18th. I'm supposed to be massaging my breasts 3x a day. I'm haven't been very good about doing it. Can someone give me a few of the massages their PS told them to do? I'd like a variety to do since most of the time I have to do this "on the go". I also don't know what the consequeses are for not doing it enough. Anyone?
My incision on the right breast is finally starting to look like it might heal, only there is a nasty scar forming... ;( I'm using pure vitamin E oil, is there anything else I could/should be using? I've also had to put neosporin ointment on it since it kept looking red & irritated.
The itching is driving me crazy! I've noticed my right boob itches more. It was the smaller boob & got a slightly bigger implant. It also has some red patches... Maybe from the skin stretching...?
Bio-oil, vitamin E oil & lotion are my breast friends right now.
I haven't got to get measured yet. I've been WAY too busy to make it to a mall to visit VS. I did go to Target one day, but nothing fit right or was comfy enough to tell one way or the other. Still loving my sports bras for now. Anything else I've tried makes them ITCH!! ;(
VS... Not callin 'em straight out liars... but
So I finally made it into VS to get my measurements... 32DDD!!!
Say WHAT? I think I'm gonna have to go get a second opinion.
I think I'll head to Nordy's to get a second measurement.
Itching and massaging...
So I've kinda lost track of exactly where I am w/ post recovery.
I have noticed that the lining on most bras makes my girls itchy! I've had to resort to cotton ONLY! I'm finally over the sports bras... At least for day time use. I love them for night time sleeping. Although I consider sleeping totally topless on occasion but haven't done so yet. Partially cause I don't want my husband to touch me, but that's a WHOLE other topic on nonsense. I'll just stick to the sista-tas! They are feeling gr8! My incisions are finally almost healed! I'm still using bio-oil & vitamin e extract, mostly just at night. I have a hard time remembering to do my breast exercises and massages. I'm trying to do them at least while in the car & in bed at night. They are high profile implants so I'm not sure how much settling to expect. I love how perky and "proud" (as my mom calls them) they are. ;) I wanted them to look like they did when I was 20. Only now they are perky, bigger and the SAME size! :-D
It's great that I can make them discrete too. I'm not a very big person so I don't need to have them so prominent all the time.
So far... I'm VERY glad I did this and would only warn someone to take it super easy for the first 2-3 weeks after surgery and LISTEN to your Dr and your body!! Don't push yourself too much OR too soon!!
Note: I still need to post post-op pics in the bathing suit tops I took pre-op. I am waiting for the girls to settle a bit more... assuming they will.
Pre-op pics of bathing suits and MORE
21 Nov 2013
2 months post
Hey ladies....well, the itching has gone away. Or maybe it's the cotton only bras. (Whatever!)
So I've been putting off posting post-op pics w/ the same swim suits from pre-op ... here they are.
BTW... I used to be a C on the left & B on the right. I'm now a 32DDD (425/475cc HP saline). I had originally asked to only have them even/balanced out. If you had told me I would end up a 32DDD, I would've said, "TOO BIG!". Now I'm thinking... "Just right!" ;) They DO actually look good and don't look too big. (Which is what I would've thought)
I'm gonna see if I can do one of those pre/post op pics in one.
Plz feel free to tell me what you think.
Also, I'm still using vitamin E oil on the scars & Bio-oil on the rest of the breasts for stretch marks. The combo has done an amazing job for both issues. I got the Bio-oil from Costco and the vitamin E oil from Nutri-Mart.
I will say... The first week to 10 days were kinda hellacious! But very worth it!!!!! FOR SURE plan on 10-14 days of LAY LOW! The first 7, do NOTHING but eat, rest, and try to sleep.
DO YOUR MASSAGES! I've seen/read of women who don't and end up back in surgery a year or less later! NO THANKS! Have Mr. help you w/ them. It's a great way for him to get his hands on them and get him involved. He will love it. Plus, he's likely very curious about them as well. It's a great way to involve him. If they are still soar or sensitive, tell him or show him how to be gentle, but effective. It will be good for you both.
Pre-op VS. Post-op pics
22 Nov 2013
2 months post
I found an app for my phone that allows me to put the b4/after pics in one.
It's been a while... But we're still here!
30 Dec 2013
3 months post
Y'll remember that spot on my right breast that just didn't want to heal... Well turns out there was a suture/clear stich that was partially poking out. It had gotten slightly infected and I was able to squeeze puss out!! (Eeeewwwww!) That was a Friday.... So I cleaned it well, used warm compresses and waited the weekend to see my PS Monday. I also emailed my PS's nurse, Sarah. She emailed me back right away. (LOVE her!) Went in Monday morning, PS looked at it, cut the remaining part of the stitch out. I asked him to make sure they were soft enough, he chk'd, all good... And I was on my way. My scar still needs some extra healing, but it's doing much better.
As for bra shopping... I've come to realize I'm "stuck" w/ Viatoria's Secret. I'm now a 32DDD. I've tried some of their 34DD(the sister size of 32DDD), but they don't seem to fit as well. I also thought I noticed they seem to be shrinking now. (I can't complain thou) Or maybe that's part of the settling at this stage. Or my bras are already getting stretched out. :(
If anyone can suggest another good place to get my sized bras... Let me know. I live in So Cali~
My sis-tatas look good & I feel good! I'm ready for the NEW YEAR!
Still doing well...
21 Jan 2014
4 months post
My incision sites are finally all healed. (The right one had some issues) I'm doing the vitamin e oil on the scars still. I also put lotion and bio oil on the breasts themselves. They do tend to feel dry and itchy on occasion. I think that's b/c they are so used to being lubed up for most of the last few months.
I'm starting to get some sensation and feeling back on the right nipple! YIPPY! I was afraid they would be numb forever. :(
The left one is still a bit numb feeling but kinda getting some feeling back. (I noticed it when the water from the shwr head hit them)
I still massage on occasion but prbly not as often as I should. I still sleep in my sports bras, but I think that's outta habit now. Plus I put the vitamin e oil on at night & it will stain my other clothes or sheets. Since I had the right nipple incision that got a bit infected and took so much longer to heal, I'm having to keep up w/ the healing oil. Oh well!
Over all... Doing awesome!
ANOTHER incicion infection
10 Feb 2014
5 months post
So in one of my pervious updates (@4-5weeks ago) i mentioned having an infection in my right breast incicion. There was pus coming out... well my PS removed part of a suture. The other part was still attached inside. So i figured no problem. Till it started to hurt again! Just had an emergency appt w\ PS today. They were able to drain the pus and i think they got the last piece of the suture... i hope! I was given antibiotics and sent on my way with instructions to do warm compresses. I was not expecting all this nonsense but i guess that's just life. I hope to get around to posting updated pics soon. Other than the unexpected infections I'm very happy with me results. I ended up with a much larger cup size than i thought i wanted, but I'm very glad for what my PS decided. (I thought I'd end up a D cup. I'm now a 32DDD! And VERY HAPPY WITH MY SIS-TA-TAS!!)
Looks like we made it...
25 Mar 2014
6 months post
So here we are ... 6 months post-op! The left incision healed very nice. The right... Well, it's been a long 6 months. The PS ripped the scab off when peeling the surgical tape of 4 days post op. Then the first infection from a suture coming out. Then the second infection from the REST of the aforementioned suture working its way out. I'm not sure if its my PS to fault or if its just a fluke thing. Either way, I like my boobs. I'm still working on bettering the scar on the right. Can't wait for summer. I'm already trying on swim suits. The bigger boobs help my bootie look better proportioned. I'll have to post pics another time. I'm in bed now and ready for sleep. ;)