One year later...

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!

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.

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?

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 =)

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!

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 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 =)

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!

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!
Rhys Branman

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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
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Wow, they look really natural ! Thanks for updating !
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Happy Surgiversary! Glad to hear you are still happy with your results. Have you shared your story with any more friends?

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Thanks! Actually, I have told a couple more friends. The reaction I got from both is that they had no idea, and would never have known. They seemed genuinely happy for me =) But I still will never tell the friends who talked badly about their acquaintance who had it done. Guess we're just not that close!
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Just give those other friends a few more years and before you know it, they'll be wishing they had been a little more open minded on the subject!  ;)

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Thanks soo much for updating 1 year later!! So happy you are still happy with your boobs. It is so beneficial to me since I'm also getting Saline. How do they feel? Do you have any rippling?
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They feel very soft and very much a part of me now. Luckily, I haven't had any rippling. From what I've read online (now I'm an expert, right? lol), the risk of rippling increases when saline implants are underfilled. For example, my implant size is 375cc, but my ps filled them to 425 (left) and 450 (right). There's a chart on Mentor's website that lists recommended fill volumes for all the different implant sizes. They recommend "overfilling" for all of them. If he had only filled them to 375cc, that would be considered underfilling. Hope all that makes sense. On another note, I think your sizer and 3D imaging pics look great! From what I've experienced, the difference between before and after isn't nearly as noticeable to everyone else as it will be to you. Good luck!
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Thanks so much!!
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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!
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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! =)
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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.
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No, I haven't told them. And if they suspect anything, they haven't said anything to me. I dress very modestly especially at church so it's really not that noticeable unless I wear something that draws attention to my chest. My PS and I were joking at my 4 month checkup that I should take a stack of his cards to the pool this summer because everyone will want my look, ha!
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Super cute bra! I can not wait to be able to go bra shopping!!!!
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Thanks. Yes, that's a happy day for sure!!
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You look great. That's a cute bra. The lil small ones accent out babies. Love it. Congrats
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Thanks, yeah I want to go stock up on these. So comfy!!
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Love it!
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It's so cute, I love it! You look great in it!
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Thank you =)
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And love that pink bra!!
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I think they look great!!
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Yes they have dropped, and filled out a little. Looking good!
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!!! AWESOME! I'm 1 month glad someone else who was a late bloomer is seeing improvement! Nice!
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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 :)
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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 =)
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