What a wonderful website of women coming together...
I've wanted boobs forever. I was always hearing the itty bitty titty committee jokes, Miracle Gro, etc. Fortunately my freckles went away and my braces tamed my overbite, but unfortunately, my boobs never grew. No matter how many books or videos or creams I ordered out of the back of Seventeen magazine or YM or how many "I must, I must, I must increase my bust" exercises, no dice chino. Had to deal with the slow evolution of padded bras over the last 20 years. Chicken cutlets are a miracle invention, but they smell like a junior high boys locker room after a day of sweat in this Vegas heat. Sooo not sexy when I'm stripping down at the end of the day. I found a man who is a dream of a husband and best friend. He's proof you should never settle. He was pretty shocked to hear I wanted to get a BA considering my vocal judgements against women who have them. I am a total feminist and used to see women reduce themselves to a physical object for men. This was easiest identified by their breast augmentations leading to divorces and broken families. What I've now realized looking over the last 10 years as I've considered getting them done, the women who do that are already nasty beyotches inside and the BA just gives them that extra boost of fleeting self esteem they needed to become the drama queens they've always wanted to be. A close family member of mine recently had hers done and I was concerned she was doing it for the new guy she started dating so I wrote her an email asking her to consider the consequences. She turned out amazing and never changed her attitude or acted cocky. It completely revamped my entire outlook on implants. I started to think "Why do I get so perturbed by seeing women with them? Isn't the saying 'the things that bother you the most in others are insecurities you have about yourself'?" Duh! So why not just get them and be happy? I mulled the decision over with my husband. Went for the consultation to the same doc my relative and other friend who looks natural had theirs done by, and now I've paid my deposit and am scheduled for November! I am getting them done Thursday before the week of Thanksgiving and taking that full 10 days off of work to recover. My MIL is coming to take care of me. She accidentally slipped and told my brother in law. It was the day I signed my contract and made my deposit. I almost called the doctor's office to cancel I was so embarrassed. It made me think, "Oh jeez, what about when my Dad or my brother find out? What will they say? What will I say? What about the jerk pigs at work?" So I'd like to hear your positive and negative experiences with others commenting on your BA. I am a very proud Leo so don't like when my vulnerabilities and insecurities are pointed out when I do such hard work to protect them. ;p Any advice is greatly appreciated!! It's so encouraging having a community to talk to! I look forward to documenting my journey and seeing yours!
those are my dream boobs!!
Trying on 325cc sizers
Another great example of dream boobs for me!
Pre-Op 3 weeks and counting to ThanksBoobsGiving!!
5 days til ThanksBOOBSgiving!! ????
My heart condition is cleared…a few skipped beats, but that's "normal" for me. I have never had such a health check and I am 100% healthy! Good bloodwork, chest x ray, mammogram, stress test, EKG, sonogram of my heart, and holter monitor. So now I'll be healthy AND have fabulous boobs!
I have had the best experience with my PS and his whole office, Dr. George Alexander. He's done over 3000 BAs. He reiterated at my final pre-op that I stated I wanted a natural look and for my body size, 325-425cc's would accomplish that. I showed him pics, and we decided on 350cc! My husband even gave his input and agreed 350cc was the right size (this was after he was concerned about them being too big). They gave me the most thorough instructions for preparing, dealing with pain and discomfort and anxiety, and all post op instructions.
I have to keep my arms like a T rex by my sides for 3 weeks. They said the only capsular contracture they'd seen this year was a patient who had thick long hair and decided to straight iron her hair right after her BA which caused bleeding and emergency surgery had to be done. So I am going to for sure take it as easy as possible during my healing.
I HAVE to wear the surgery bra for 6 weeks, no exceptions. I asked "what about all the holiday parties?" The RN said they can get creative in how they pin the bra to hide it, but that no bra or an alternate bra are acceptable the first 6 weeks. I can only have the bra off when I shower.
I'll list the other questions I asked that they answered that may be helpful to you…..
If I'm itchy or get hives, is it ok to take Benadryl with the medicine? YES, as long as you follow instructions on box
Will I have bandages? No, you will just have liquid stitches and the bra. No strap unless they feel it's necessary down the road.
Don't put anything on scars for 6 weeks. There shouldn't be any scabs present when you use the cream.
Things to avoid capsular contraction:
Don't lift arms
Don't get heart rate up
Don't push off anything to get up
Keep elbows at sides like a t rex for 7 days
I am getting 350cc sub pectoral mentor memory gel silicone round smooth implants. They have a lifetime manufacturer warranty.
Mondo cords aren't very common with this doctor's experience, but they are minor and go away on their own.
I will have a tube down my throat, but they put it down and pull it out when I'm knocked out. She said that's all these anesthesiologists do all day so they're super quick when they do it and no big deal.
You must have someone watch you your first 24 hours. At my work there was a guy who went in to have his gallbladder removed and he was so knocked out from the anesthesia still later that night that when he vomited, he didn't wake up and actually choked on his own vomit. Sad and gross, but shows how important it is to have someone there to watch you.
In the manual in caps lock they put, NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU FEEL, DO NOT CLEAN THE HOUSE, REARRANGE THE ATTIC, ETC!! They say take it easy, pamper yourself, watch tv, etc.
Ice packs- This should help, not hurt. Apply for 15 minutes every hour while you are awake. If ice feels too uncomfortable, don't use it as often.
I will have a follow up appointment the next day and then 1x week for 6 weeks. After a few weeks, I will have stretches/exercises to do possibly.
Sloshing sensation: You may hear or feel sloshing or squishy sounds in your breast after surgery. This is not the implant! It is air and fluid in the space around the implant. It will all be absorbed by the body within a few days or weeks.
Shiny skin: This is a result of the swelling that occurs after surgery. Within a few weeks the edema and swelling will subside and the skin will look more normal.
Swelling: this is a natural phenomenon and normally clears over the first 2-3 weeks.
They tell patients "You can count on some bruising, swelling and being tired. You can count on some discomfort for the first couple of days, but if you don't have that, what a nice surprise!"
1st week- low energy, emotional roller coaster (zombie, antsy, peculiar)
2nd week- nit picky
3rd week- show off, notice others' reactions
4th week- Joy, you look wonderful!, wow, but what about, I love it!, what's next?
The most common reaction is to be depressed on the third or fourth day.
They end it with "Anyone who has cosmetic surgery has shown they are a person of courage and they may now demand great deeds from themselves. They have given up the excuse called- 'I'd be too afraid to do that.'"
Love my doctor!!!
Hope this helps!!
Tomorrow is the big day!!
Going in now for my BA!! No doubts, just look at my before pics!!
I'll post you ladies on my healing
I go in at 9, surgery at 10.
Been nervous until I just took the fully lit pics of my current boobs and seeing how small they are reminded me of why I've wanted to do this for 15 years!!
Pray for me girls!! I'm most scared of the anesthesiologist's tube!! (That's what she said!)
Uh oh, I just barfed up my pre surgery antibiotic. Last night was fine. Must be because no food in my system. Gonna ask for anti nausea stuff automatically. Dont want to wait til I'm barfing in pain!!
Wish me luck!!!!!
Last pre BA pics!!
Wish me luck!!
YAY! It's over already!!
Boobie blues :(
You ladies are right!!
3 weeks post op, still in pain
Pics 3 weeks post op 350cc mod plus silicone unders
2 1/2mo post op 350cc silicone moderate plus- happy, but impatiently waiting for drop & fluff!!
Dr.Alexander and his entire staff are all extremely professional and courteous. They immediately put you at ease and are very disarming while still providing the guidance you are looking for. They are willing to answer all questions honestly and promptly. His patient coordinator Ashley has been a pleasure since the beginning. She scheduled all of my doctor's appointments leading up to the procedure. All I had to do was give her the names of the doctors and the times that worked best for me and she made it all happen from there! I appreciate how thorough they are in ensuring I am in the best health necessary for surgery. I feel more like a valued client than just another job in the factory. I've seen Dr. Alexander's results on 2 close friends and am amazed at how natural he was able to make their breasts look especially for their small frames. I am excited to see his work completed on me! I feel very calm in his capable hands! I highly recommend him and his team! I will post the results once ThanksBOOBSgiving comes!!