Surgery Scheduled for Thursday, December 8th - Wisconsin

Hi everyone! I'm really glad I found this...

Hi everyone!

I'm really glad I found this site... it has been really helpful for me to read others reviews about their augmentation journey's.

I am 42 and have three wonderful daughters whom I breast fed for a year each. I had GREAT boobs when I was pregnant and nursing. But now they look more like deflated balloons :-(. I have considered getting augmentation for years and never really thought I would go through with it. I've had a lot of surgeries in my past and I don't do well on anesthesia.

But something clicked in me a few weeks ago and I knew it was finally time to move forward with the procedure.

I had a tummy tuck years ago and when I was researching doctors for that, I ran across the name of my PS over and over again. Unfortunately he wasn't affiliated with the hospital I was using (I was having kidney surgery too and combined the kidney surgery with the tummy tuck) I had to go with a different doctor at that time.

So when I decided to move forward with my new boobies, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Dr. Bartell was still practicing plastic surgery in my area.

I met with him and he was awesome. Wonderful staff too! He took all the time in the world with me and never made me feel like he was rushed. Never looked at his watch. Just took his time and answered my questions. And that was with the free consultation! I got my quote and left with my hubby and we discussed all the pros and cons. Believe it or not, I had to work hard to convince my hubby to back me in getting my surgery. But I did finally convince him. So we scheduled another appointment with Dr. Bartell and once again he spent a lot of time with me. Did the measurements and took pictures and then showed me lots of pictures of women with breasts similar to mine and asked me to pick the sizes/shapes I liked. Based on what I picked he said that he would start with a 375 cc saline implant and adjust from there.

I will be getting the saline implants under the muscle and the incision will be through the armpit. He specializes in "scarless" surgery and showed me how hard it was to detect his scars after 6 months. I was sold! lol

We set my surgery date for December 8th which is this coming Thursday.

I am soooo excited and nervous! I will post before and after pics soon.

Had the procedure done yesterday. The entire...

Had the procedure done yesterday. The entire experience was done with kindness and professionalism. I'm extremely sore today! Kind of feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest. Chest is very tight and has a burning sensation. Probably a 7 out of 10. Keeping on top of pain pills helps. Will write more later.

Okay, I'm on day five after the procedure. ...

Okay, I'm on day five after the procedure. Feeling pretty good pain wise. I have to admit that the recovery is taking longer than I thought it would :-)

Right now I am mostly getting some pretty bad cramping on my right chest muscle (which is my dominant side). Went to see Dr. Bartell yesterday and he said this was normal and that the chest muscles have been stretched and are protesting :-). It should start to lessen over the next week or so (can't happen soon enough for me!!)

I also got my stitches removed yesterday, YAY! It felt great to get those out. I still have the steri-strips under my arms, but they should fall off in a few days.

Breasts are still trying to drop, but I love the look of them already!

I ended up with:

Saline smooth round moderate profiles, 375cc's filled to 402cc's on my left and 425cc's on my right. Under muscle and transax (armpit) incision.

I do have pics I need to get uploaded :-)

Getting some before and after pics uploaded. I...

Getting some before and after pics uploaded. I had one boob that sat lower than the other one and my PS lowered my fold down on the higher sitting boob to try to even them out. Not sure if it will turn out, but he said to give them time to drop and settle.

I've already noticed a difference between day 2 and day 6 pics... looks like swelling is going down, although I have some lovely bruises under my breasts and between them. Also nasty bruise under my right armpit.

Today is day 7... I had my surgery a week ago today and it was at this exact time that I got home from the surgery last week :-) Each day gets a little better.

Tried sleeping in bed for the first time last night... didn't work so well. I woke up a lot and my back is really sore today, but I'm also up and moving around a lot more today. I was going to go back to work today and decided to take two extra days off to just get that little added time in with the weekend :-)

4 week post op pictures loaded :-)

4 week post op pictures loaded :-)
Madison Plastic Surgeon

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I was just looking at your pix and wow They look great from 6days post op to 4weeks, Big difference. I'm 9 days post op and can't wait to c WHAT They will look like in 4weeks.
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Great results!
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they look great!
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how many cc's did he end up doing? They look amazing!
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You look great! Thanks for keeping us updated.

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Congrats! i cant wait to see pics.. im soo excited only 3 wks til my surgery with him! YAY
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Had it done this morning. Still sore. Resting. Too scared to look LOL.
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TODAY IS THE BIG DAY! I hope everything went well for you!
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Congrats!! I have my surgery scheduled with him on Jan 5th! At your pre op did you try on sizers as well?? I have my pre op appt on Dec 20th.. And how long did your pre op appt take? Keep us posted! Good Luck :)
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Hi E777!

Dr. Bartell is AWESOME! I really wanted him for my tummy tuck 9 years ago. I ended up with a doctor who did awesome work but had the worst bedside manner of any doctor I have ever seen! But it was only because he was the only doctor affiliated with my hospital at that time. So I didn't have any choice as to who I went with.

This time I did, so I went back to search for Dr. Bartell.

My consultation lasted close to 45 minutes... I had a TON of questions. And I think the initial consult should have been between 15 - 30 minutes... but he NEVER made me feel like he was rushed or out of time. Answered all my questions and shared a lot about himself. That really helped ease my mind.

I did not try on sizers at either appointment. He took pictures of my breasts and then showed me other women who had the same shape/size I had and the different sizes they chose. I picked several women who I liked the shape and size and showed him ones I thought were too big. Based on what I showed him, he said he would start with 375ccs and adjust as needed. He sits you up on the operating table to make sure they look good before closing the incisions. He also said that 375cc's will be huge on some people and hardly noticeable on other people. So that's why he prefers to go by pictures. Based on my breast shape and size (I'm a B cup, but was a full C/small D when I was pregnant and nursing) he chose the cc's he thought would give me the look I liked.

After thinking about it, it makes perfect sense to do it that way. He has done thousands of implants so he is really good about imagining what you are looking for and knowing the correct volume. In the end, it comes down to trusting your PS I guess. :-)

You will love him! Have you gone in for your consultation yet?
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I have gone in for my consult and my surgery is scheduled for jan 5th.. i just didnt know if he had you try on sizers or not (i didnt think so).. i have complete trust in him (i know 2 other ppl who have had him do their breast as well). He is just so nice and caring! and your are right he never once made us feel rushed. and in all of his before and after pics i couldnt find a pair that looked "fake" and they all looked so amazing.. Please keep me updated on your experience i am just sooo excited!
and btw i just had and emergency appendectomy 4 months ago too lol
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How do your friends like theirs? My biggest concern at this point is having them not feel natural for my hubby. I've heard that saline feel less natural than silicone... but I've also heard that it depends on how much tissue you have beforehand. Since I'm a B cup and don't have thin tissue, they should feel more natural than someone who is an A or AA cup with very little tissue.

I was impressed with how many books of before/after pictures he had... there were soooo many! lol. That helped ease my mind too. If he had a tiny sampling of 20 jobs I think I would have left :-). But there were three big books and they had more in the pre-surgery consult too.

That is funny that you had an appendectomy 4 months ago too! I thought I had gotten a hold of some gluten somehow (I'm celiac/gluten intolerant) and that's what was causing my tummy to hurt. Except it kept getting worse and worse. :-)

I will post pictures and updates after the surgery :-)
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they love theirs! and they started as an A/small B.. I also have 2 other girls i know that had them done by someone else and really like the saline implants they were also very small chested.
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Thank you for sharing with us here on RealSelf! It certainly does sound like you're no stranger to surgery. Breast Augmentation, from what I've heard, is minor compared to the pain and recovery time of a Tummy Tuck, so this will probably seem easy peasy to you. :0) Please do come back and let us know how it goes!

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Thanks Angiemcc!

Yes, I have had 5 surgeries... the latest one being about 4 months ago (emergency appendectomy). My tummy tuck was 9 years ago, and I combined that with a kidney surgery and double hernia repair. So it was a little bit longer recovery. But even with that surgery I was feeling more "normal" after 2 weeks. So I'm hoping that this surgery will be fairly easy. :-)
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