Yeah! Finally - Maryland

Saline 330cc under the...

saline 330cc under the muscle

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my story:
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I waited my entire life for boobies and waited for the last 10 yrs to get implants. I'm a wussy when it comes to pain and I've never been hospitalized, never have any surgeries, etc so the thought of going under the knife freaked me out. Not to mention, it's embarrassing to ask your boss for days/weeks off for a boob job (can you imagine the office rumor?). Besides, it's hard to take days off in my profession due to deadlines and no one to cover for me.

Luckily for me, my husband had a temporary job transfer to Maryland as a promotion so I quit my job for now to be here with him. After much talks and consideration w/ my husband that now is a perfect timing for me to get implants if I want. Since I don't know anyone here and I'm so far far far away from all my friends and coworkers, that would saved me some gossips for now.

I've done tons of research and look at tons of pictures but I'm still not satisfied because it seemed like results varied depending on each person. I was thinking of 275cc or no more than 300cc since I'm only 5'2 and 95 lbs. But then some people look so big with just 275cc and some look so small w/ 300cc. The reason why I decided to go with Saline is because it's safe (long track record) and if it leaks you will know right away. Silicone gel will feel much nicer but I would have to get MRI done at some point to make sure my breasts are still healthy and no leakage (I mean I don't want to get really sick and then get MRI to find out that something is wrong with it. MRI is about $2000 and might be even more later on and is not covered by most insurances due to it being cosmetic).

Soooooo the "$ factor" and the "unsure of size" got me decided on saline. I did have a change of heart 2 days before surgery asking if I can get silicone. My PS told me it would take 1 week to order and my surgery will have to be postponed 2 weeks. Well, my mom is already scheduled to fly in the next day from another state to take care of me. That would costs me $300 just to reschedule her flight but worse is that she can't go any other days due to work. So I just stick w/ what my guts told me since the beginning (saline) ... hmm..or at least that's what I want to believe to make me feel better haha.

My PS seemed to know what he is doing I guess just by looking at me on my 1st consultation. He told me I could be 300+cc and will still be fine. I was doubting him cuz I'm so skinny. Since I told him the moment I walked in that I wanted to have Saline so he didn't really try to persuade me otherwise (because if you look at this link: http://www.realself.com/question/moderate-profile-overfilled-moderate-effect1 all the plastic surgeons on here told me to get silicone (I posted the question 1 week before surgery just for additional opinions to make me feel at ease - but instead it makes me more confused and dubious).

He told me that since it's saline he can adjust the size at the surgery table to make sure it will look nice on me (since I was so unsure of what I want). On 2nd meeting I was hoping that he would confirm with me what profile he would use but he didn't (I told him on 1st consultation that I want moderate plus so I assume he has that down on my file). I also asked to see some before/after pics over email a week before my appt but when I got there he didn't have it and said he will email it to me later. Well, when I got his email, he said he couldn't email the file cuz it's not going thru but he said he can show them to me on surgery day. Boy, I was so nervous when I hear that. It's like, what's the point of seeing it if I'm getting surgery on that day right? -----like I can just say "Oh, me no like your pics so please give me back my money."

It's helpful that I cannot find any bad rating on my PS at all on the internet. Everything has been "excellent rating" and he is a board certified PS as well so I put my fate in his hands.

I was so scare about getting surgery that I didn't sleep the night before. Surgery day my husband was there with me while I'm waiting in this room in a reclining chair in a hospital gown, socks, cap, a warm blanket and an IV on my left arm (they give me antibiotic thru the IV too before surgery). There were 3 nurses taking turn taking care of me before and after surgery (oh so wonderful). My anesthesiologist is also a doctor so he's not a nurse anesthesiologist. He was so careful that he made the nurse give me a urine test to make sure I'm not pregnant before they take me to the surgery room. My PS did show up w/ a laptop and did show me some before/after pics and I pointed out a few pics I liked. I re-confirmed w/ him to make sure that I'm getting moderate plus and not moderate (which is low profile cuz I don't want a uniboob aka symmastia) and he said yes moderate plus. Cuz in his email he told me he will use moderate and overfilled to get moderate plus so that it will look more natural (hence, that's why I posted that question u see the link above). Oh well, I really have no idea what he did other than knowing he puts 330cc.

I was knocked out before I can finish my answer to my anesthesiologist question. I woke up 2 hrs later and I was whining from the pain. The nurse give me some pain killer, apple juice and water. They constantly monitor my vital sign and giving me apple juice and water. My husband was able to come in to see me 40 mins later for about 20 mins before they let me go home.

My doc prescribed me Hydrocodone (pain killer) which I stopped taking after 4 days, Cephalexin (antibiotic) which I'm still taking (almost done) and Diazepam (muscle relaxer) which I like better than the pain killer cuz it does help. I filled my prescription 1 week before surgery so they were all ready for me when I got home from surgery.

I am 1 week post op now and still feel a bit uncomfortable especially if I try to lift something (even if they're not even 2 lbs) but I hope it will get better soon since I'm running out of med.

I have to sleep in a more upright position so it helped if you have one of those bed wedge (see pic).

My skin is so sensitive that I start developing some mild rashes around my chest and tummy from all the med that I'm taking (Aveeno hydrocotisone helped). and not to mention constipation. If you're having the same problem or want to avoid it, drink a lot of orange juice and buy Miralax or something like that cuz it helped.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU LADIES THAT WANT OR WILL BE GETTING BA SOON!

Last night (1 week and 1 day post op) the surgical...

Last night (1 week and 1 day post op) the surgical tapes around my left nipple got really itchy and I was afraid that it might develop rashes like the one below my left breast that you can see in the picture. So I mustard up some courage to remove them and OMG I wasn't happy to see how raw and unsightly it is. I just put bandages over it and email my PS in the AM but he said it is normal and just to cover it up w/ some gauze. I spent like 30 mins crying and whining to my husband like it is the end of the world. He had to yelled at me and call me a cry baby (my goodness I'm 32 yrs old so I guess I should stop being a lil whinner and tough it up).

All day today and I'm sure I'll be spending more days thinking about it whenever I look at it. My skin is really sensitive and they don't heal well like most people (I mean I still have brownish scars sporadically all over my legs from mosquito bites.....yeah mosquito bites!). I did thought about the scarring before getting BA and figured I'm not getting a BA to be a porn star so only me, my husband and my PS get to see my boobs so I was like 'ok I can do this'.

Sigh!!!!!! I feel so ugly and depressed (guess I'm just being a lil whinny beeaaooootcchh cuz I did want the BA in the 1st place).

I hope you ladies out there don't have to feel like me. And if you ever do, at least you're not the only one!

I'm happy so far with my results. My PS said the...

I'm happy so far with my results. My PS said the implant should be softer and drop down more within the next few mos to look more natural. You can see they look much better after 2 months. Pics below are taken with my webcam.
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

Board certified and you cannot find any bad rating on him on the internet at all! He doesn't have a website though. But he's board certified so that gives me some ease of mind and not to mention the price is reasonable compared to my 1st consultation with another surgeon that is $1500 higher!

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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Hi kcjojo! You look great. I got my implants on July 22nd and I feel great and so happy I did it. You decided on getting saline implants for the same reason I did. Even though the gel implants feel more natural I didn't want the extra expense of getting an MRI every 3 years and always worrying or wondering if they were leaking. My Dr. had also told me that he advises all patients who get gel/silicone implants to have them replaced every 10 years whether or not they are having problems with them or not. Saline implants can stay in up to 30 years as long as you are not having any problems. SO that helped me decide.

I got my incisions under my breast and they are still very sensitive especially when my bra is touching them. I have to put gauze on it so my bra is not rubbing directing on my incision. That's the part that sucks.

I'm 4'11 and 103lbs and I ended up getting 400cc's in one and 420 cc's in the other. I had saggy uneven boobs from breast feeding. I am a full C now.
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hi Campinggirl. I just look at your photos and they look really nice. Your breasts are closer to each other now so once they completely healed you'll have amazing cleavage.

Yeah I agreed w/ you about the MRI that's why I choose saline too. But I did had thoughts of getting silicone gel instead but it was too late for me to switch since I would have to move my surgery date and my mom's flight so then I decided to stick w/ saline.

How are your incisions looking? Hopefully they'll heal fast and well. You can see my incisions on the nipple (especially on the left side). I decided to go thru the nipple because I have sensitive skin and they don't heal too well so I read that going thru the nipple will minimize the scar for people with olive skin tone.

Take care and besure to update us w/ photos 2 or 3 mos post-op.
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Hi Kcjojo. Thank you! I am loving my breast and my right side is finally dropping a little since I started the massaging. I can't wait to go bra shopping. My incisions look pretty good. I've been massaging the incisions 4x per day and it's helping. I'm sure they will fade and won't be very noticeable. My nipples are very sensitive so that is why I decided not to go through the nipple. I also had a couple of Doctors I met with tell me they don't recommend going through the armpit for several reasons so I decided to go under the breast. I'm finally not self conscious anymore.

Take care and keep us posted with more pics.
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yes, you have fair skin so your incision will probably look like they're not even there after a year :-). Oh, you'll love bra shopping! cuz everything will look good. Not to mention all your old clothes will look better on you now. Welcome to the "look great and feeling good club" hehehe.
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Hey kcjojo. Your boobies look amazing now they have settled a bit more
:). Just wanted to see how ur going with everything :)
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hi Mandy! I'm doing good. How are you? You're getting your surgery soon right? How's exciting. Take good care and be sure to update us w/ pictures.
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Ur boobs look great girl!! They go perfect wit your frame! how do they feel??
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hi Aurora1433, they're still a bit firm so I'm hoping they will get softer and drop down a bit more to round out the bottom. I'm AAA pre-op and C post-op so my PS said my skin has a lot of stretching to do.
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Oh okay I see! well they look amazing good luck tho =)
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Hi, Kcjojo! Just read your post! I am a few hours from recovering from my BA. We ate about same height and weight.:) I got 350 cc plus an extra 50 cc silicone done today. Dr. believes some of the implant is lost under the muscle so that's why the extra 50cc. Anyway, check out my post under tummy tuck about the essential oil helichrysum in rosehip seed oil and manuka honey. Both are awesome! Using them on my TT. Heli oil 2x morning and evening and manuka honey at night. Will do the same for my breasts when I get the ok. Both are great for helping w scarring. Hope this helps!
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Hi gummibunny, thanks for the tips. I put the website naturesgift.com on my favorites. I still have tapes over my incision. My PS told me to leave it on until it falls off. So far it's still on from the last visit 20 days ago. So once I take it out, I'll look into scar products. So you got 400 cc total? That should looks nice. I wanted 300cc but my PS put in 330cc on surgery day cuz he said they look better a bit bigger. I'm exactly 1 mo post op and 330cc is not too big - they almost look small in loose clothing hehehe. I can't wait for another month or 2 to see better results.
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Yes new skin scar fade. It's only listed ingredient us silicone. But I'm not really using it anymore. I figure ut won't help with the interior scar tissue. I really hope that my muscles level out snd don't Phil so much on my implants. They just really look awful. Shouldn't bother me but at the gym it will ge Vito ranks when doing weights.
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How are you doing? I was thinking of you earlier but had to search fir you.
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Hi DaleAnn! How are you? Hope you're recovering well and hope the scar tissue your PS talked about go away with time. Besure to update w/ new pics after 3 mos. I'm doing ok, slowly recovering I guess. I'm waiting for another month or two to update with new pics if they look better since they haven't dropped yet, so the right side is still harder and pointier than the left side . I finally got my stitches out this past weekend but I'm still wearing some tapes to help keep the incision down while healing. My scar looks much better than the pic but it's still bigger than I expected so it gonna take awhile for it to heal. Are you using New Skin Scar Fade? is that what you're refering to on your updates? Mandy7777 found a site called www.newmedical.com that has scar fading products, maybe you can check them out. I will probably try it once my incision healed. My PS said any scar products w/ silicone in it works better.
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I get whiny too. My left breast pulls upward when my muscle flexes. It is not pretty. But unlike you, I wanted to feel sexy naked. I was ok with my size and look with clothes on. I hated how I looked with clothes off. And now my boob looks all " snaggle" boob. I'm going see my PS Monday. Hopefully he'll tell me there is a way to remedy this.

Basically I get all moody too when I start thinking about my boobs. My right one hasn't dropped so it is still a bit higher the my left and my left looks so stupid when I flex. My husband just ignores me mostly. Lol.
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to DaleAnn82: I wish you the best and hope there is way to fix it. Since you just had surgery not long ago, maybe it will get better in time. They look really nice when you're not flexing.

I just saw your areola incision and they are so cleanly cut and nicely healed (they look nice even from day 1 - seeing them thru the tape). Got me really worried now about mine now.
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I'm so sorry. My intention was to make you feel better not worst!!! Give it some time. I think I have had an unusually good healing process. Yours will get better.
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no worries DaleAnn82. We're both trying to make each other feel better :-). Hope after 3 mos everything will be better than they are now for all of us (PS always say 3 mos for them to look better, 6-12 mos to look their best......ah.. at least we can try to think positive until then).
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Wow is that normal. Is there something ur aloud to use on them to help them heal? All the best.
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to Mandy777: My PS just told me to put some gauze on it and keep it dry. He said it is normal for incision on look raw like that (I emailed him that pic). But I wouldn't know cuz I've never been cut up like this. I can only trust his words for now and hope for the best.
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To kcjojo..
Your surgen knows best. So if he says its normal i wouldnt worry too much :)... Im not sure if this will help you? But to help with healing after surgery aparently it is good to eat lots of foods with vitamin C.. So citrus fruits, berries, melons, tomatoes, potatoes,and leafy green vegetables. Also i have heard zinc helps to. Hope it helps :) all the best
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thanks mandy777 about your advices. I'll definitely try to get more fruit in via juices cuz I really hate eating them. Love veggies though.

Oh I just saw what you put on your review about www.newmedical.com ....hmmm..wonder if it works. Maybe I'll get that once my stitches come out.
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Hey kcjojo. Yeh i guess if wouldnt hurt to try, they say that fresh fruit is best so if you could make urself fresh juice will probley be more of a benifit :) well if you try the silicone strips let me know how you go? :) i would be interested to know if they help. Well all the best...
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thanks for sharing your story..im sure your gona be pleased once you heal..i also am 1 week post op and am getin used to my new twins...let me no ur progress as will i...hope u hava good evening!
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