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HELP! Stretch marks - and now?! - Miami, FL
- updated 1 month ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $4,900
- Leonard Hochstein, MD (Miami, FL)
I've thinking about gettting a breast augmentation...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 1 month pre
I've thinking about gettting a breast augmentation for approx. 3-4 years now. I am 20 years old and in the past 9 months I've been doing a lot of research on this topic. As long as I can think I was never really happy with my body, I feel ashamed wearing a bikini, let alone be completely naked. So many people tell me not to do it cause I "could always wear a push up bra if I am unhappy" but what a lot of people don't understand is how much it can affect ones self-esteem. At the end of the day, when I take off my (push)-up bra there is still nothing there. This is why I have chosen to get a breast augmentation.
I had a couple of consultations here in Switzerland but the price was insanely high (approx. $11'000) and I was not happy about the previous work I saw. One of my friends had a breast augmentation in Miami with Dr. Hochstein and was more than happy with the final result. I went on their website and liked the before and after pictures a lot. Finally, I decided to get in contact with the staff and was surprised by the super friendly answers. I had a very informative phone consultation with Dr. Hochstein in November 2012. Since then I exchanged around a 100 e-mails with his lovely asisstant, Jennifer.
In order for them to reserve the surgery date for me, I had to give off a deposit of 20% and get some labs done, which show my blood count, urin analysis etc. My gyneocologist did these tests for me and sent off the results to Miami himself.
Day by day I feel more nervous and excited - However, I am more excited than nervous :-) I just keep thinking how it must feel having silicone implants inside of the breasts and how long it will take for me to heal etc. The most exciting thought for me is how I am going to feel when I wear a bikini to the beach for the first time; it must be an incredible feeling. I have created a channel on youtube where I will be uploading videos, which document my journey from pre op to post op. You can find my first video below!
Here some tips:
1. Make sure you consult with a couple of plastic surgeons before you decide on the final one.
2. Make sure you can afford the surgery; if you think you it might get you into debt, please wait another few months.
3. I am a smoker which can have a negative impact on the surgery and the healing process. If you cannot quit a month before the surgery, make sure that you at least cut down a lot.
4. Make sure you ask your plastic surgeon a lot of questions, if you are still unsure about something don't hestitate to call the office or e-mail the staff. You are paying for this surgery and it is your body, might as well make sure you have the best possible knowledge about the procedure.
5. There are some supplements that you should quit taking 30 days prior to surgery. Make sure you tell your surgeon about all kind of supplements you're taking, even if you think it does not have an impact on the surgery.
6. I read that it is important to drink A LOT of water few days prior to surgery, since it can reduce nausea after the surgery.
7. Be sure you have realistic views about the breast augmentation!
So it's exactly 26 days before my surgery. 2 days...
- 9 Jan 2013
- 26 days pre
Iron: Iron is essential in the production of haemoglobin in the red blood cells. These blood cells are responsible for the transportion of oxygen from the longs around the body and to the body tissues. When there is a deficiency of red blood cells, the body looses it's abilty to heal properly. However, you have to be careful that you don't overdue it because too much iron can be toxic. I am currently taking 14mg of iron per day.
Vitamin C: With Vitamin C it’s interesting to know that the body does not produce it nor does it store it. Smokers especially should have a greater intake than non-smokers because the toxins in the cigarette reduce the Vitamin C levels in the blood. Vitamin C plays an essential role in the development and growth of the body. The body uses is to create protein collagen and collagen is major component of the skin, ligaments and blood vessels. I am currently taking 2 x 180 mg of Vitamin C a day.
My video is basically a copy of what I have just written down here BUT I can't stress this enough - make sure your PS knows exactly what you are taking!
I'm still very calm, it hasn't hit me yet that in a month from now I will be having two new babies :-) yuppii. I will be flying to new york on the 25th January and spending a week there for some pre op holidays and on the 1st february I will be flying to miami!
Check out my video from below and subscribe for updates! xx
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS TO TAKE AND...
- 9 Jan 2013
- 26 days pre
Arnika Forte: To reduce swelling, bruising and pain associated with soft tissue injuries. Recommended: start with 2 capsules with 4 oz. water day after surgery until pain relieve.
Bromelain: To relieve edema and reduce swelling. Recommended: 2 capsules per day for 3 days before & 7 days after. (In Switzerland only available on prescription. However, it can be found in pineapples.)
Vitamin C: Recommended: at least 1 gram per day a week before surgery and continuing for several weeks after surgery.
Vitamin A: recommended: 10'000 IU per day.
Protein: Up your protein intake and watch your sodium.
Iron Supplements: recommended: 2 tablets a day, starting at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Aspirin medications: this can affect blood clotting (eg. Alka-Seltzer, Ibuprohm, Norwich products)
Ibuprofen: this can affect blood clotting as well (efg. Advil products, Ibuprin, Sine-aids prdocuts)
ALL diet aids: can intensify anaesthesia and serious cardiovascular effects.
Tricyclic Antidepressants: same effects as diet aids.
Foods & Beverages to avoid: can affect blood clotting:
Almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, cherres, beans, cucumbers, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, wine.
Vitams & Herbs to avoid: can affect blood clotting, blood sugar, increase or decrease anaesthesia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, liver damage.
Aloe, barley, bitter melon, carrot oil, chamomile, cayenne, ginger, garlic, ginseng, grape seed, lavender, onions, papaya, vitamin E, yellow root.
Soooo, I was planning to upload more than 1 photo...
- 15 Jan 2013
- 20 days pre
I forgot to mention some of my details :-) I...
- 17 Jan 2013
- 18 days pre
It's exactly 18 days before my surgery. I'm still not quite realizing that's it's happening SO soon :-) It might have to do with the fact that I'm still at home in Basel, Switzerland and go about my day... After all Miami is like 10000000 miles away from here. It feels kind of surreal, all these years I wanted this more than anything and finally it's happening!!! I got an e-mail from Jennifer (Front desk assistant at Dr. Hochsteins office) reminding me of all the supplements and vitamins to take and avoid. Other than that there isn't much happening. I picked up my lab results from my gynaecologist today and will fax it to their office tomorrow so they can make sure they know what my current health status. Next Friday (on the 25th Jan) I'm flying to NYC with my sister and staying there till the 1st February. Then I fly to Miami where I meet my mom. SO excited that I get to have her with me while I'm there and so thankful that she supports me (even though doesn't really approve). I'll have my surgery on the 4th February, even though the time isn't set yet. Finally, on the 9th February I'm flying back to NYC which will probably be like hell because I have to travel alone and I'm not sure how that will turn out with all the luggage :-( The implants will be put below the muscle and after a week I probably won't be able to carry that by myself. And last but not least, I'll be flying back to Zurich, Switzerland on the 17th February :-)
WOW! This is unbelievable. In approx. 18hrs I will...
- 3 Feb 2013
- 1 day pre
On friday I met my mother at the JFK airport and we flew to miami together. The weather is lovely here and I feel like its the best place to recover from a surgery like this. We booked a hotel but my mom isn't too fond of it so tomorrow morning we'll be switching hotel. My mom tends to be uber controlling.. SOO, she is absolutely horrified at the idea of me staying in this hotel because it could cause potential infections which WILL lead to my death (my mom being an uber dramatic iranian mom). However, to her (and frankly my relief) this will NOT happen because I'm going to be staying in a clean environment. Sorry for all the random rambling. I guess it just shows how nervous I am.
I mentioned in previous posts that I smoke and now proud to say that I was able to quit. I've been absolutely smoke free for exactly 8 days. Before that I had cut down smoking to 2-3 cigarettes a day. I used to smoke around 15 cigarettes a day, on stressful days even a pack. What helped me with quitting was the homeopathic remedy "arnica globules". In my second youtube video I talked about it briefly. My doctor recommened to take these 3 days prior to surgery as it helps with the swelling and bruising. Every time I felt the need to smoke, I took 8-10 globules and the feeling got less. I feel pretty great now, I rarely have the urge to smoke anymore. I'm not sure if that's actually because of the arinca globules or because I know smoking will interfere negatively on the healing process of the breast augmentation..? Whatever it is, I hope I can keep it up.
I'm sorry I couldn't update my youtube videos yet. I am planning to make one tomorrow morning, unfortunately it won't be in such great quality cause my mom forgot to take with my pro cam with to miami, which I used for my previous videos. I will try my best to keep you guys as updated as possible and latest by the 18th february I'll be able to post a video with the quality of the previous ones. Until then my Iphone will have to do!
SEE YOU GUYS TOMORROW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF BOOBLAND! :-)
My surgery was yesterday at 11:45 pm and took...
- 5 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
I arrived at Dr. Hochsteins office at 10am and had tons of paper work to sign and fill out, at that point my mom was close to a mental breakdown and tried convincing not to do it because she was terrified of the anaesthesia!! However, she does say now that she likes them a lot.
After having filled out the paperwork and payed the BA, the staff brought me behind to the offices and asked me to undress and wear this surgical gown (not sure what it is called). I was then brought to a different room to try on the final size of the silicone implants. I was tending between 339cc and 371cc.
Later, Jennifer came in and asked to have my before photos taken. At that point my mom was already crying but the staff and Dr. Hochstein let her know that I will just be fine, which I turned out to be. I am very grateful to have had such an amazing staff and especially anesthesiologist who took such great care for me. Minutes before I fell asleep he was joking around with me making sure I was as comfortable as I could possibly be in the OP room. I slept like a baby and did not feel a single thing during surgery.
I woke up at 1:20pm. Dr. Hochstein let my mom personally know that I was alright and that the surgery went without a problem. I was in a lot of pain when I woke up, it was the worst physical pain I have ever been in BUT the nurse quickly came and gave some painkillers. Also, I was absolutely freeezing when I woke up. I was shaking on my entire body and I was so confused - I didn't even know what I was doing there.
Our driver came and picked us up and my mom went to the pharmacy to get my meds. At the hotel I was feeling nasaeus and a bit dizzy, but I was fine as soon as I lay down. My mom got me some crackers and water :-)
It's nearly 5am now and I've barely slept all night. I took a valium at 9pm to relax my muscles and help me sleep. It has indeed helped me relax but I am whether asleep nor sleepy lol I am top fit :-)
Anyway, I'll be uploading some new videos from my youtube channel soon!
PS. Dr. Hochstein really did work his magic. My boobs look fantastic and he helped me go for the perfect size! I feel so blessed!!
Forgot to mention: 421cc Silicone moderate...
- 5 Feb 2013
- 1 day post
421cc Silicone moderate profile implants of the brand Natrelle under the muscle.
Today I thought was a pretty tough day. I had an...
- 6 Feb 2013
- 2 days post
I got my bandages off today. Check out my pictures. I get to wear a sports bra for the next 4-6 weeks which is much more comfortable than the bandages.
I'm sorry for thr sparse update, I am still heavily medicated and I am constantly sleepy. Thank god my mother is here to take care of me, she is so lovely.
It's post op day 5 and I am just starting to feel...
- 8 Feb 2013
- 4 days post
Today is Post OP day 6 and I am starting to feel...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 6 days post
Today I went clothes shopping with my mom and I was getting so frustrated. Because I used to have small boobs and a petite frame, I would always fit into XS clothes BUT now I have a bit of an issue. On the top I'm like an S/M and on the bottom XS. When I try on dresses, either they look like a potato sack on me or they don't close up on top. Really frustrating to find a dress like this. Bikini shopping on the other hand is SO much fun now :-) First time in my life I've been taking out the padding cause I don't like it with and it feels amazing. I also went to VS today to buy a proper sports bra and picked out a 32D which looked perfect. It also seemed to fit perfect when I tried it on.. but when I wear it for longer than 1h my boobs start getting numb and my boobs come out on the sides. Not the perfect fit. I'm guessing I'm a 34DD at the moment. I am about to upload a new youtube video :-) enjoy. I should apologize, I have the tendency to talk A LOT. Thank you for bearing with me :-)
It's post op day 15! I came back from nyc/miami...
- 19 Feb 2013
- 15 days post
I wrote in my previous post that I was getting very frustrated with clothes shopping and that I was a DD, emphasis on WAS. I went to VS a couple of days later and she said I am a DD. Now, I measured myself again and have definitely gone down to a D. The swelling has gone down a lot and even though now I say I want them bigger I wasn't too happy about the size when they were swollen. It just looked too fake and didn't fit to my frame. I also said previously that the sports bra from VS, which I had boughten in 32D made my boobs numb. I tried it on again and it was absolutely fine around the cup, just a bit tight around the band.
I got a call from Dr. Hochstein's office before I flew off and she told me that I'm not allowed to wear underwired bras and not allowed to wear push up bras for 6 months. I've been doing my massages everyday and soooo happy about the results. I can't even put it into words. This was probably one of the best investments I have ever made. Before my surgery I didn't want anyone to find out about the BA and since I am back no one actually noticed. This is probably because my boobs now are as big as they were when I wore my super push up bras. On one hand this is a relief and on the other hand I am so ready to show my new babies off LOL.
You girls probably have all noticed that I have a boob vlog on youtube. Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience so far or general questions about the BA, which I can tackle in my next video. :-) Thank you so much for the positive feedback, I really appreciate it.
I'm lying in bed and reading through all your...
- 21 Feb 2013
- 17 days post
Btw, sorry I had to delete some photos!
Yesterday I reached 1 month post op! Can't...
- 5 Mar 2013
- 29 days post
Let me update you guys on my previous week (week 3). Last week I discovered that I was able to sleep on my stomach without a problem, with no pain or weird pressure. It feels as though I never had anything done on my breasts. Even though I feel great with my twins (I am much more confident, outgoing and balanced), I do have moments where I feel down. I figured that must be cause I haven't done any sports since the surgery. I wasn't able to go to the gym and started eating junk food on a more regular basis. I used to go to the gym 3x a week and had a fairly balanced diet AND I never never ate cookies or sweets. This has gotten me down a bit because I was so happy with my body before surgery (except of course the boobies lol) and now I am happy with the boobies but not the rest of the body haha. Today I will FINALLY hit the gym again, just to do some leg exercises.. I'll have my trainer help me decide which exercises are appropriate, so I don't harm my breasts :-) I have gained about 3-4 pounds since the surgery - but this is totally my own fault, I didn't stay very disciplined and started becoming a bit lazy, so I'll stop complaining about that lol hopefully I'll get my stomach and legs back soon!
In my previous posts and videos I mentioned that the swiss people are a bit uptight about cosmetic surgery, especially when someone as young as me does it, which is the reason I wanted to keep it a secret. It was obvious that wasn't going to last long. The city of Zurich is a little phenomenon to me. In the circles I used (!) to hang out, people were very arrogant and you were nothing to them if you didn't have the looks and money. Because of the school I went to I kind of "fell" into these circles of the young, beautiful and rich. I never really felt comfortable though. I was always the one who would rather go to the pub than the new fancy lounge, or the one who would rather stay at home with my family than go out clubbing in the most "exclusive" club in town. However, I let myself get peer pressured into this because I was afraid that I was going to be excluded and end up with no friends. I was very young and even though I never felt like I belong, I tagged along and pretended to be one of them. It was more like a protective mechanism than anything else. After a while I learned which people were real and which ones weren't. I started becoming very careful with who to trust and not to trust. However, if you start mixing in such societies, you start acquiring certain character traits, especially after several years. You become very cautious with other people and I'd even dare to say that you become a bit paranoid. I was very fixated on the idea to present myself just the way I thought they wanted me to be. However, it was obvious that this would back fire on me because in the end I wasn't that kind of person. I'm not that kind of person who doesn't hang out with someone because they have "less" money than me or because they might not be "beautiful", which is complete bullshit anyway. Why get down on someone like that? I was always extremely lonely, felt like I had no one to trust and there was something missing in my life. I've had one boyfriend, which also only lasted 9 months. He was from the middle class and couldn't afford the things I was able to afford, such as holidays or even simple stuff like train tickets or the entrance to clubs. I told him that I didn't care about his social background, which was the truth but he started becoming very jealous of the people I hung out with and wouldn't let me leave the house without telling him where I was going. So finally, the only relationship I ever had broke down as well and I was devastated. That was when things started to turn into extremes. I felt like I needed to prove something. I was angry, I seemed to be the only one who wasn't able to built a relationship or anything like that. People didn't take me serious anymore and this was partially my fault. I finished school in may 2012 and that's when I started to re-evaluate my life. My life seemed to be shattered all over the place and I didn't know what I wanted in life anymore. I became very depressed and spent the majority of my summer in my room with the curtains closed. I thought about things a lot and decided that something had to change. I moved away to a different city and distanced myself from the people where the relationship was based on superficiality. I started becoming better, and day by day I stopped caring about what people might think of me. The reason I wanted to keep the breast augmentation a secret wasn't because I was afraid of what they might say or think, it was more that I didn't feel like getting confronted about it and having to tell them why I did it. Quite frankly, it's non of their business. I did it to boost my self confident, I did it so I could feel more like a woman, I did it for me and no one else. Whatever the reason, in the end it's me who has to live with it and no one else.
You might wonder why I am writing this out... I'm not looking for pity or sympathy. I'm writing this out so the young community doesn't fall into the same pattern as me. The majority of my teenage life I cared so much about what people thought of me and finally I was able to break this pattern and for once take care of my needs and wishes.
On saturday I was invited to the Zurich Operaball, which is a traditional ball with debutantes and lovely classical music :-) Waltz time! I was a debutante 2 years ago, so I decided to take my stepsister and enjoy and nice evening out. I have to admit, I was a bit afraid to see all the people again but was ready to face them. At the ball I met one of my former friends and she asked me whether I got a breast augmentation. I was a bit perplexed. I thought there would be no way that she knew but she let me know that there are rumors going around, that I had it done in miami. Then it just hit me - I didn't care anymore. I was surprised but I didn't care that everyone knew. I have nothing to be ashamed of. If you have the means and courage, why not use the technology that the world has to offer to make yourself feel better? I just want to let you all know - everyone who is considering cosmetic surgery and everyone who has gone through with it - remember that you are doing it for yourself and ONLY yourself. You shouldn't care too much about what others might say. I am proud to say that I can finally say that after all these years. I am happier than ever in my life and if I had the chance to go back in time I would do the surgery again in a heart beat.
Hello Ladies! Today it's been exactly 7 weeks...
- 25 Mar 2013
- 1 month post
I just uploaded a new video, hope you enjoy it. Sorry again, I tend to drift off from my sentences and I stutter sometimes!
Soooo.. these past two weeks I have made a lot of progress. I've been using dermatix ultra 2-3 a day and massing my breasts twice a day. The scar tissue is getting very soft, and slowly but surely becoming much less visible. I'll be updating you girls with new pictures soon! Also, I can feel how the breast is getting much softer. Can't wait till half a year is over and I get to see the final results. If all goes well, they will look terrific! Dr. Hochstein really did do a fantastic job.
As mentioned in my video, I have been getting a lot more male attention. On the one hand, I am flattered - on the other hand, I am very annoyed. Obviously, I realize that the male attention is only because they know I have fake boobs.. The same men that wouldn't even take a second look at me before the BA.. and NOW they are all over me. Coincidence, I think not. Thankfully though, I now live in a new city where no one knows me and I get to make friends who are geniuine and don't know and don't care about the BA. It's not that I'm ashamed of it, not at all. It's just that I don't to be minimized or reduced on my boobs (not sure if that's the right phrase lol grabbed it from german, hope you know what I mean).
Anyway, enough whining for today lol I'll get over the stupid men who only see boobies!
I hope all is well with you girls and thank you all for your lovely comments. I couldn't be more thankful! Kisses to all of you xxx
Good Morning Ladies! I hope you're all as well as...
- 11 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
I am 9 weeks (and 3 days) post op today and I couldn't be better. The weather has been getting better here in Switzerland, which makes me enjoy life that much more. Everyday I thank god for being so blessed. So far everything has been absolutely perfect with the boobs and I would have never imagined it to get so perfect.
The breasts have dropped a lot since the surgery and they are super soft now. I can't wait to reach the 6 months post op mark. On the pictures you can see that the right breast has dropped a tiny bit more than the left one. However, I feel like there is some rippling going on, on the right side of my right boob. It's not visible whatsoever but I can feel it a bit when I touch over it. I can feel it especially when I compare both sides of my boob. I knew that rippling could happen (even though I read it's more common in saline implant) and I am willing to accept some rippling. Other than that, I have nothing to complain about. The scar has been healing exceptionally well - the hardness has of the scar has gotten much better. I've using the scar treatment 2-3 times a day and the line has gotten very thin. It is still visible as a red line but I am positive that in the near future it will become very discreet.
When I get lazy and don't feel like putting on a sport bra at night, I just sleep with a tank top or a shirt and feel completely fine. However, I have to admit that sleeping in a sports bra is much more comfy, otherwise I sometimes feel like the twins are in the way.
In one of my previous videos, I added my email address for anyone who wanted to get in touch with me or didn't feel comfortable talking to me over youtube comments. I have gotten an astonishing number of e-mails. To my surprise all of them have been genuine and is has been so interesting to read all of their stories.
I will be uploading a video very soon - I've been slacking off a bit with the videos. It'd be great if you ladies could tell me what you want to hear about in my next video :-)
BY THE WAY, before I forget. Since the surgery, I broke out on my chest. I got super small pimples and the area is rather greasy. Did anyone else have this problem after their BA and if yes what did you do to make it better? I've been doing peelings almost everyday but it doesn't seem to get better. Any suggestions would be appreciated! (I'm getting quite desperate)
Hello Ladies, has been a while since I posted...
- 24 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
I need your help :( In my previous post I was bragging about my good genes lol that I don't really get stretch marks. However, as I discovered 2 week ago, i got stretch marks all over my boobs. They're purple and pink and blue and I am so upset. I don't know how to get rid of them. They are on the left side of my left boob and around the nipple areas. I didn't really use much moisturizer after the surgery cause I was afraid to get it on my incision. NOW it just looks horrible. I've been using bio oil, pure vitamin E (50'000 u), vitamin E from body shop and pure unrefined shea butter for the past 2 weeks, twice a day. I haven't seen any changes. I'd be really grateful if anyone could recommend me something that helped them out, even if it's just minimizing the final scar... :-( I'll post some pics in a few hours. I am still at the office.
On the bright side, I was feeling adventurous 2 weeks ago and decided to get a nipple piercing. My mom, as usual (I love her), decided to give me emotional support at the studio, while I was getting pierced. I love it :) I think either you love them or hate them. I think it looks kind of cool. No one sees it but I feel sexy just knowing something is under that shirt lol. You'll see them on the pics.
Update in regard to the actual BA: They keep dropping, even though the right side is still a bit higher than the other. They do not hurt anymore (woopiieee), I can move them around much better day by day. The only thing, which is still bothering me is that I can still not do any training that involves my chest area or arms. I feel like the right side has healed faster than the left side. The left side feels uncomfortable when I do such activities.
Anyway :) I hope someone can help me with the stretch marks (In desperate need of any recommendations and tips)!! xx
Sorry, I said that my right breast hasn't dropped...
- 24 Apr 2013
- 2 months post
My Doctor: Leonard Hochstein, MD
He was recommended to me by one of my friends, who had a breast augmentation with him as well.