Breast Lift: StoriesWrite a Review
We have lift off! Can't believe its over - New pics :)
- posted 10 months ago
- updated 7 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,900
- Susan E. Downey, MD (Los Angeles, CA)
July 15, 2012 Today marks exactly 4 weeks before...
- 15 Jul 2012
- 20 days pre
July 15, 2012
Today marks exactly 4 weeks before my surgery... and I have yet to decide if I actually want a reduction or not! The boobs will definitely be lifted, and Dr. Downey has decided on a lollipop lift with a small, 2cm incision at the base. Granted, I am 24 and a 32DD... but I have heard reports that once the breast is reshaped and lifted it will actually look much smaller anyway. So I am still unsure about the reduction part! Thoughts?
In other news, I am tripping balls that my surgery is FOUR WEEKS AWAY.
At least I have the most supportive and wonderful boyfriend ever. He says he loves my breasts now and he will love them post-op because they are on me ;) Last night, I leaned over and smacked him in the face with one of my saggy boobs and said "you see that?! that will NOT be possible in 4 weeks!!" heehee
July 18, 2012 Went for the pre-culture for my IUD...
- 18 Jul 2012
- 18 days pre
Went for the pre-culture for my IUD at the gyno today... he is supposed to be putting it in in 10 days. That may seem unrelated, but I am actually nervous about pain from adjusting to the IUD combined with pain from surgery recovery in a few weeks. Does anyone have the IUD that can comment on that? I am terrified. At the same time, I guess I'm kind of happy to be getting everything out of the way in one swoop ;)
So I was a little too freaked out and decided...
- 23 Jul 2012
- 13 days pre
I am nervous that after my lift my girls wont feel...
- 26 Jul 2012
- 10 days pre
Also an exercise question: I am really in to thai boxing, I do it at the gym basically every day, in your opinion how long would you say I should wait to go back to doing kick pad drills, punching drills, pushups, jump rope etc post op? Thanks again everyone for supporting me :)
Just had my third consultation with Dr. Downey...
- 27 Jul 2012
- 9 days pre
PS I've been working out like CRAZY and eating very well for months now because I've heard being in the best health possible helps with the healing process. I think I might actually be in the best shape of my life! I am healthy, not skinny but healthy and a little muscular. I had a dream last night I kicked a robber in the face... must be a side effect of too much kick boxing ;)
Decided not to get a reduction! Thought about it...
- 2 Aug 2012
- 3 days pre
Scar strips: check
Scar cream: check
Multi vitamin: check
Get healthy: check
Post op bra: still need to get one
Getting my house cleaned: check
Getting my cat cleaned: check (she needs to be sterile too! lol)
Mom flying in: check
Fill post op prescription: still need to do it
Am I missing anything??
Went for my pre-op physical today! I did blood...
- 6 Aug 2012
- 1 day post
In other news I am ordering this bra because it has great reviews (the three reasons one) http://www.titlenine.com/category/sports-bras-and-undies/medium-high-impact-sports-bras.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=1
I am also getting this stuff called "Injurotox", it is a holistic dropper that you put under your tongue once a day I think, it has arnica in it and I have heard good things!
UPDATE: Bet you can't hold a pair of sunglasses...
- 6 Aug 2012
- 1 day post
Had my final pre-op appointment on Friday! I've...
- 13 Aug 2012
- 8 days post
Hey ladies I am alive and well but super drugged...
- 15 Aug 2012
- 10 days post
So I read my review from yesterday (the day of my...
- 16 Aug 2012
- 11 days post
I got to the hospital at 5:15am, checked in and was super panicked, cried like 4 times. Went into preop with my mom and boyfriend where they put warm blankets on me and did my vitals. Then went into the anesthesia room where that doctor went over my answers to the sheet they provided me at the beginning. Then came probably the scariest part for me. I finally saw my surgeon and as she walked into the room I almost passed out... TWICE! I got completely pale and yellowish and very hot and had to lay down and almost threw up on her while she was trying to mark me up. I was sooooo scared and nervous I think my body just reacted to it. She was able to get through the marking and next thing I knew I was saying bye to my mom (in a less panicked state) and getting wheeled into another room. Those little tricksters didn't even tell me they started the anesthesia... lol. I saw the big table where they were going to put me and all that and next thing I knew I was waking up to another random nurse! Saying "oh she's waking up". I was like duh lady. haha.. but she was nice :)
So then I think I passed out for a while longer and woke up in the same room I did pre-op in with the same blankets to my mom and boyfriend. After I was stable enough they wheeled me to the car. Then we went to the hotel, which I am currently in now, because the AC in my building is out and it is like Satan's lair in there during this heat wave.
So yesterday was me basically in and out of sleep, I got maybe 8 bites of oatmeal down, almost threw it up twice, and then finally at the end of the day was able to get some plain pasta down no problem. The other weird thing that happened is I tried to kind of peak at my nipple and I pulled up the cotton a little and MY NIPPLE looked like it was starting to peel off with the cotton!! I freaked out! It created a little hole and gross stuff started coming out so I quickly kind of pressed my nipple back on and never looked down there again. I really want to but ummmm no way haha.
I am all wrapped up and cant take pictures but after my post op tomorrow hopefully I can! xoxoxo
Today is day 2 post op and my pain has gone way...
- 17 Aug 2012
- 12 days post
My boobs are looking really scary but I am not concerned, the incisions have a lot of healing to do and I'm sure they will do well and the swelling will go way down in the next couple weeks. This is still very surreal... cant believe these are my boobs! They are so perky its crazy...
I am loving Dr. Downey! She has been amazingly helpful with aftercare so far. Today I went and got some camis that sit comfortably over my boobs from LuluLemon ;)
Will update with more pics soon... next post op is on Friday, 1 week from today!
I am in love with my new yellow top from...
- 18 Aug 2012
- 13 days post
Just wanted to give ya'll lovely ladies a quick...
- 21 Aug 2012
- 16 days post
Anyway I stopped taking pain meds almost 2 days ago! Not even advil! And I'm through with the prescribed anti-biotic the doctor gave me. I had a small sore pain under my right boob for a while but that is completely gone now. Now I am more itchy than anything. This is all still so surreal... having completely different boobs. I am not even bruising too much yet and am able to shower every day. Just waiting on those crazy looking yellow bruises to come around :)
I am not going to go too crazy but I'm tired of sitting in the house so I think going on a short walk every day will be nice. I feel more than capable of doing it, just been paranoid lol. Besides that I feel back to my old self! Oh also sleeping is interesting... I am very much a stomach sleeper so even though I try to start out on my back I end up rolling around. Usually I make it through the night, but if my body starts feeling too much pressure it will wake me up and I will just flip back on to my back. So its all good :) Anyway post op on Friday, will update more pics then bc I look basically the same just a little less red and a little more crusty! Gross I know!
Today marks 3 weeks post op! I was doing...
- 5 Sep 2012
- 1 month post
I ended up calling Dr. Downey in tears in the morning (still kind of embarrassed about that one) and her answering service transferred me directly to her. She picked up right away! She told me I did the right thing and everything was completely fine. She fit me in right away, looked at my breasts and prescribed me a steroid cream that will help calm the allergic reaction (took a picture of it for you all). I only started it yesterday and so far I think it is working, I am still itchy but definitely not as bad as before. I have a followup with her on Friday. She says my scars are healing well so there is no need to put on tape and we can go over some other options on Friday.
As far as my boobs I am still very pleased! They are starting to round out at the bottom (as you can see, still a little squarish, but much better than before). Dr. Downey says this process can take 6-8 weeks. I adore my perky shape and cant wait until the tenderness goes away so I can start wearing anything I want!! I am going stir crazy and cant wait to get back to my normal routine! I am doing stuff like running errands but trying to keep my anxiety level low. There is so much going on in my life and I don't want to get stressed out for my own sake. I am not in any pain but still sleeping on my back because while the pain is gone I am still very tender. The redness you see around the incisions is from the allergic reaction I had, by the way!
Healing is going well! I think finally everything...
- 2 Oct 2012
- 2 months post
My Doctor: Susan E. Downey, MD
Dr. Downey was referred to me through a family friend who is a plastic surgeon in the UK. She has been nothing short of amazing, and I trust her completely! She is so patient, answers all my questions, and knows her stuff point blank period! I highly recommend her to anyone in the LA area. She is a reconstructive surgeon with a huge range of expertise, and I am very satisfied with my results.