One year later... - Little Rock, AR

I'm 35 years old, married for 10 years, mother of...

I'm 35 years old, married for 10 years, mother of two girls, age 7 & 4. I've always been painfully flat-chested, relying on heavily padded bras just to look "normal".

I'm 5'9", 130 lbs, and not quite an A cup. I will be getting saline implants under the muscle. My PS recommended 425 cc, and I was able to try on sizers to see how they would look on me. The high cc number scared me, but with my frame and lack of existing breast tissue they looked just perfect! We expect that I might be a full C cup in the end.

About 2 weeks to go, and I'm feeling the nerves! My initial consult was about 8 months ago, so I've had all the time in the world to think about this and wonder if it's the right decision for me. I'm excited about the end result, but extremely nervous about the procedure and recovery!

Congrats! Keep us posted! I had my first consult today and going in for another Friday.

Thanks so much for starting your story here on RealSelf. If you haven't seen it already, check out this post about what to set up and buy for your recovery. Please keep us updated on your progress!

Just a few more weeks to go. Good luck!

The countdown is really on now--ONE WEEK TO GO!...

The countdown is really on now--ONE WEEK TO GO! I've been nesting around the house, organizing and cleaning everything in sight. It feels good to knock out all of these projects I've been putting off, plus it's keeping my mind off my nerves!

I feel a lot more at peace with my size decision. Finally had to stop comparing before/after pics online and just remember how the sizers looked with my body. There are so many factors that go into finding the right look, so it's nearly impossible to find someone just like me who ended up with results I want.
How are you? I was concerned about that too, when I was looking for implants. It took me a good full 8 months looking and doing my research. I wanted to have implants and the size that fit my body. Im 5'5", 109lbs. and had 32A growing up. I always had to wear padded bras too, to make myself look fuller or bigger. I wanted to have bigger breasts growing up. I got the contoure style, Saline under the muscle. I am a D now. They look great on my body and they dont look to big. The doctor did great. I am sure yours will be awesome, and you will really love them. When I got mine myself esteme came way up. I felt better about my body and the way I looked. My boobs fill out my bikini top well, look good when I wear a blouse.. I dont have to wear padded bras anymore. I have that natural full look. Your family will love them as best as you. I am sure when you tell your daughters about it they will be excited for you too, I am sure. That is also awesome that you are still married after 10yrs.. I am only 19yrs, but I hope I am married for many years too. Congrats again to you. Keep me posted.
Good for you, for going for what you want and being who you are. I'm a grown woman and still feel like I'm always worried about what people think.
You and I are the same body type. I completely understand the trying to look "normal" thing. My doctor recommeded 450 cc under the muscle silicone. I am also nervous about the size, the sizers looked great but I am still nervous it will be too big. But my doc says with my height my weight and my current cup size (5'8" 137lbs and about a 34 - 36 AA) that 450 should give me a nice 'C'. I am urious to follow your posts

Why is there such a stigma associated with breast...

Why is there such a stigma associated with breast augmentation? The other day I overheard my girlfriends talking about a lady whom they suspected had had "work done". They said, "There's no way those things are real!" and how they'd seen her at the pool this summer and she looked nothing like THAT. They were very negative about it. I would say that my friends were just jealous of the lady, but they have been naturally blessed "up top" and have cute figures and nothing to be jealous of. Needless to say, I haven't told these particular friends about my upcoming procedure (IN 5 DAYS AHHHHH!!!!!!).

Why can't women be happy for other women who want to boost their self confidence by enhancing their figure???? If someone wanted to have their crooked teeth straightened, nobody would talk bad about them behind their back! What's the difference? I wish I didn't feel like I have to keep my BA a secret. There are only a handful of people who I've told, who I trust, who support me and my decision. Does anyone else feel this you're sneaking around hoping no one will find out?
So happy for you and your surgery tomorrow. Hope all goes well. Excellent point about people getting their teeth straightened and no one bats an eye.No one knows what a collossal pain in the neck it is being flat chested and not having clothes fit properly not to mention wanting to look proportionate in a very image conscious society. Lots of good wishes! :-)
Thank you so much =)
Tomorrow is your day! How are you feeling? Can't wait to read your update. Good luck

Well, I did it! It's post-op day 2, and I am...

Well, I did it! It's post-op day 2, and I am already loving my results. Yesterday was pretty rough since the anesthesia didn't agree with me. But after a good nap, a snack and some pain meds I was feeling much better by the end of the day. The girls are riding super high, but I can imagine how they will look once they drop and I'm so excited! The arm exercises are helping with the soreness.

Doc ended up going with 375 cc instead of the 425 we had initially talked about. I think that was a wise choice! As tight as my chest feels right now, I can't imagine them being any bigger! Now if I could only fast forward a couple of weeks or so and get past the discomfort. I'm so ready to go shopping for some cute bras =)
Hi there, I was just wondering did you go with high profile or moderate?? I'm having a hard time deciding between the two, with less than 2 weeks until surgery! Aahhhh!
I went with moderate plus (Mentor) saline. The way mine are sitting at the moment makes them look like hiiiiiiigh profile, but I've been assured that they will drop down. I didn't want a lot of in-your-face-look-at-me projection, so my doc recommended the moderate plus for a more subtle look. =) Just go with your gut and the look of the sizers you tried on.
I'm going with mod plus 350 cc :). Yours look great. Congrats

Made it to day 4 with no major incidents! Pain is...

Made it to day 4 with no major incidents! Pain is under control, still have no bruising, sleeping well, but the swelling around the top and under my armpits is making life really uncomfortable. I'm trying an ice pack on one side to see if it helps. Moving my arms around over the last few days doesn't seem to be helping. I'm drinking lots of water and taking SinEcch...just have to keep playing the waiting game I guess. If you have any tips that relieve swelling pain I'd love to hear them =)

I'm 5 days post-op. We've all heard of women...

I'm 5 days post-op. We've all heard of women getting the Baby Blues after giving birth, but I'm wondering if I have the Boobie Blues now that I have new Ha Ha's (haha). I've been a total worry wart the last couple of days over everything! The uncomfortable swelling, low-grade fever, crud in my lungs from not being able to take deep breaths and cough, not sleeping well, and what in the world am I gonna do with my 2 little kids (who are out of school this week) now that my mom has gone back home and hubby went back to work? I don't feel strong enough to drive yet, so we're kinda getting cabin fever. Thanksgiving is in 3 days and the plan was to drive 3 1/2 hours to my in-laws and stay a couple of nights, but at this point I just don't want to go. Not looking forward to the car ride or finding a way to sleep comfortably in a house full of people. Not to mention that I'm not supposed to wear any kind of bra until after my sutures are removed. I'd be so self conscious about hubby's family seeing nipplage, ha!
I am concerned and really nervous about the pain and feeling of pressure after surgery. Can you describe your experience?? Waking up after surgery? The post open days after surgery??
**post op (not open)
I was really nervous about recovery, also, since I'm such a wimp when it comes to pain. I won't lie, it hasn't exactly been easy and there's no way I could have made it through the last 5 days alone. Anesthesia made me really sick, and I felt like they were rushing me out of the office before I was ready. I understand they have a schedule and all, but I was barely coherent and throwing up. The 45 minute car ride home was miserable. My hubby was trying to get me to eat something so I could take a pain pill, but my mouth was so dry and my throat was a little irritated from the breathing tube. Anyway, I felt a lot better after taking a nap. My surgery was at 8 am so the first day felt SO long. My mom and hubby kept trying to make me do my arm exercises, and I'm glad they did because even though it's really hard it really helps everything loosen up. Every day is getting easier! I was able to wash and dry my hair on day 4. It's day 6 and I was able to make a short drive this morning. I've been sleeping in a recliner which has been wonderful. A little hard on the back, but I like being able to adjust the angle in the night, and the arm rests are good for support. Swelling is also better today. My chest still feels like it did when I was nursing and would get engorged, but I haven't needed any pain meds today. Hope this helps. Good luck to you! February will be here before you know it!

Day 11: I hadn't taken a new pic in several days...

Day 11: I hadn't taken a new pic in several days so I did that tonight and compared it to my Day 2 pic wearing the same tank top. Since the swelling seems to have gone way down, I expected to see a difference in the pics, but they look the same to me. I know it's still really early, but these puppies really need to drop before I can feel normal wearing clothes! I spent an hour in my closet last night trying to find something presentable to wear to church this morning.

Another frustration I'm having is that my boobs seem to disappear when I put on regular clothes (as opposed to the sweatshirts I've been wearing for the last 11 days, lol). I was hoping to see an improvement from the padded bra pre-op look, but so far I'm not convinced even though they look HUGE with nothing on. I haven't gone bra shopping yet (Doc said to go bra-less until sutures are removed), so hopefully a nice bra will round out the bottom area and I will be able to dress appropriately =)
I totally understand this feeling, I'm dealing with it as well. Tomorrow makes 3 weeks for me...hoping to see more changes over the next month. I do truly think you look good though :)
Thanks =) I just read your story, and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with low, downward pointing nipples lol. Tomorrow will be 8 weeks, and I'm sad to say there's not been much change. Doc says 6 months, so I'm *trying* to be patient. Hopefully yours will be in a better position for your June wedding =)
Not to discourage you further, but I really didn't see a difference of feel comfortable wearing my "regular" tops until I was about 4 weeks post-op. everyone is different, you might notice a change sooner. I think the reason why they look so huge without clothes is because they haven't dropped yet, so they are taking up more surface space on your chest. Because of this, your not going to see the outward volume as much when you are wearing clothes. And if you went under the muscle, you also need to wait for the muscles to stretch and relax, then you'll see more outward volume. Does that make sense? Kinda hard to explain in a message. :) It's so hard waiting for the final result. I just keep remindingyself that a few months of waiting is worth the many years that I will have bodacious ta ta's. good luck to you and I hope your recovery goes fast!

I made it to the 8 week mark (tomorrow), and I'm...

I made it to the 8 week mark (tomorrow), and I'm happy to report that the girls are feeling fabulous! It feels like they're a part of me and not a foreign appendage lol. Since my last update, I've found a great bra that helps round out the shape and improve the look under clothing. My nipples are still low and pointing downward, and most of the volume is still at the tops of my breasts. My PS has recommended massinging (pushing downward on upper part) that I've been doing religiously. They have become softer (yay!!), but I'm still waiting for that happy day when I wake up and see centered nipples =)

During the first month or so, I was really worried about my friends noticing my new loo (I only told a few friends/family). But now I feel less self-conscious and much more confident wearing figure flattering tops. So looking forward to bathing suit season!!

2 MONTHS, YAY!!!!! After taking some new pictures...

2 MONTHS, YAY!!!!!
After taking some new pictures in the same tank top and comparing them to earlier pics, I can see that the haha's have indeed dropped a little. My nipples are looking up a little more, too. I'm tickled pink with my results so far, and loving my D cups =)
Yes they have dropped, and filled out a little. Looking good!
!!! AWESOME! I'm 1 month glad someone else who was a late bloomer is seeing improvement! Nice!

I was killing time at Walmart before picking up my...

I was killing time at Walmart before picking up my daughter from preschool, so I decided to try on some bras. I know I know, it's Walmart. But for fun I tried on this little hot pink number with white polka dots and it was love at first sight! I've been strutting around in this thing all afternoon feeling all sexy and channeling my inner Pam Anderson lol! So the moral of the story? Never underestimate the power of a $5 fun bra!
Thanks for all your posts and you look fantastic!! I will be in heaven if I look anything like you. Since my last post I took alot on board and I've decided to tone down my size to 4500cc mod plus. I just sits better with my instincts. When I look at you , I'd love your lokk...just right. I think alot of women get caught up with going bigger on this site..( and its also a very personal opinion and gosh there are some amazing boobs on this site!! ) , but for me I guess its just about having a good set of boobs that I can wear clothes with. Hide when I need to and play when I want. If that means using a push up bra then I'm the expert at that already LOL! Anything is going to be an improvement!!! I'm so glad everthing is going well for you...wish me week away today!
I read your story, your big day is right around the corner! Thanks for the compliment. I'm very satisfied with my results, although at times I feel that they're too small. It just depends on what I'm wearing. One thing I want to point out... It's my understanding that silicone implants tend to look smaller than saline implants of the same volume. I would advise not getting caught up in the numbers and comparing other people's pictures, and base your size decision on how the sizers look on your frame. I'll be thinking about you on Friday! =)
Amazing story!!! Did you ever tell your "friends" about your breast... Or you can tell them you are on a next type of brith control. I really hope you friends arnt judge mental. It's sad, I try not to gossip about other girls apprence weather it's tattoos or anything! Because they can't help who they are and what they like.

One year later...

Today, it's been a year since my augmentation! I can honestly still say, hands down, that this has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. My breasts look better than ever and feel great!
What was the bra you said was great? I am getting 375 overfilled to 450 too:) I am terrified its too big for being so active and hopefully going to lose 15 pounds, but they insist its perfect for me....I'm definitely scared. I do not want DD. I love sleeping on my side/stomach and have rough kids. I am worried that overfilling so much will cause them to be too firm
My $5 fun bra? I got it at walmart, it's just a little cotton bralette. I normally wear a 36D. They are firm, but I'm still able to sleep on my side (don't feel comfortable on my stomach).
No in a comment before that you mentioned a great bra, I assumed it was for recovery or in between or something, lol. I don't want them too firm:(
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