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May 11 2012 Augmentation - Saline 330s unders high profile 5'2 110 lbs 11 bwd
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 6 days ago
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- Cost: $5,000
I am trying to decide if I want to get implants...
- 15 Apr 2012
I am trying to decide if I want to get implants next month or in Sept. I am worried about not being able to wear a swimsuit this summer if they don't drop right away, any thoughts on that? And how bad are the scars? Are they small enough to be hidden when wearing a bra? After a month or so can you mow or do typical summer activities (softball, kayaking, etc.)? My surgeon said small free weights typically in 6-8 weeks but no machine weights for upper body for 3-6 months. I had my initial consult last week and decided on either 250 or 275 cc high profile saline under the muscle with the incision under the breast. I am 5'2 110 lbs and usually wear a 34A from Victoria's Secret. I want my breasts to look natural but big enough to give me a little cleavage and fill out certain shirts/dresses. I tried on the sizers under a sports bra and was happy with both sizes but leaning towards 275 cc since it sounds like most people wish they would have gone bigger. Also I think I am going to schedule the surgery on a Thursday and then take the following week off work (about 11 days off). I have a desk job so hoping that will be long enough. Is that long enough? A friend referred me to her surgeon, she got implants over 10 yrs ago and has had a child and they still look amazing. The downfall is he is an hour away but I felt comfortable with him and like the fact my friend has had such great results and felt he listened to me, was honest when I showed him pictures that were unrealistic goals (due to bra/photoshopping of picture). I'm so excited and anxious!!!!
Pre-op appt was this week, I'm excited but anxious...
- 20 Apr 2012
My current size is a 34a at VS and I have a BWD of 11 cm. I brought in tons of pictures and my surgeon is known for working with smaller framed girls so I'm going to trust him. He ordered 325 and 300 for my operation and I've expressed concern over going too big/fake so I'm guessing I will end up with the 300.
3 weeks to go!!
I have been anxious about size so I am trying the...
- 22 Apr 2012
The rice/sports bra combo look about the size I am in a padded bra with cutlets so I am happy with that but nervous how they will look without clothes. Based on my frame the dr said 380 cc was the biggest i could go but i feel like 325 is huge. I will try to take/post pics later today.
I'm doing a lot of cleaning, shopping for stuff I will need after surgery, getting ahead at work, etc. so hopefully by surgery day I will be prepared.....in less than 3 weeks I will finally have boobs!
Two weeks til the big day!! I'm so excited and...
- 26 Apr 2012
I went through a phase where all I could think/talk about was the surgery but thankfully that has stopped. Although I do have nightmares about the size nightly but I figure the difference between 325cc and 300 cc is probably minimal and I don't want to regret not going bigger.
I told my coworkers I am going on vacation, hopefully they won't notice the increase in size. Also, is 4-6 weeks a good estimate on how long it takes for them to drop?
Can't believe the big day is almost here, 12 more...
- 29 Apr 2012
I'm going through my instructions again and thought I would share the meds, I remember someone else posting this and found it interesting.
-Hydrocodone - 500 mg take 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as needed for pain.
-Cephalexin - 250 mg take 1 tablet 3 x's per day
-Diazepam - 5 mg take 1 every 6 hours
-Transderm SCOP - patch to put behind ear 4 hours prior to surgery
I bought the herbs recommended to help with swelling/healing, I'm sure you can probably get them at GNC or somewhere but I figured this was probably easier since I won't have to worry about getting the doses correct.
-Bromelain with Quercetin - supposed to start taking 3 days prior to surgery (two pills, three times a day) and continue until swelling is gone (7-10 days).
-Arnica Montana 30x - begin immediately after surgery and continue until brusing swelling is gone. Three tablets three times a day, dissolves and you aren't supposed to touch this (not sure why).
I also got the scar/recovery cream recommended by my surgeon, TNS Recovery Complex. It was pretty pricey but I'm hoping if I follow all of his directions I won't have any issues.
He mentioned he has seen two patients over the past several years shortly after surgery that had ruptured implants, one due to a motorcycle accident and one due to going out to the bars and dancing/drinking the weekend following surgery. Definitely makes me want to take it easy and helped me understand that I need to be careful after...
It still doesn't feel like I am going to actually...
- 6 May 2012
I packed straws, stool softener (i typically have bloating/tummy issues after surgery), zip up hoodies, sweats, an airplane neck pillow, an ice pack cover, my meds which includes scar cream from my dr, hats since I can't shower for 3 days, baby wipes to kinda help me freshen up, cotton gauze and surgical tape (will use for sure when I spray tan), and a lot of pillows. Oh and a plastic bag to use in case I get sick on the ride home, hopefully I won't have to use it. Anything else I should bring with? My surgeon will give me a bra when I leave and then I plan to order another after surgery, hoping to find the same brand/style online a little cheaper. He said it is helpful to ice the top after surgery avoiding the incision, is that fairly helpful and how often do you ice?
I can't believe the big day is almost here!!!!...
- 9 May 2012
I need to stop researching, starting to worry I am...
- 10 May 2012
So nervous!!! Thanks to everyone who has shared stories, pictures and advice. 8 hours til my surgery!!!
I'm about 8.5 hours post surgery and feeling good....
- 11 May 2012
I got to the hospital around 6, did my preop blood work, showed the dr a few more pics, then went to surgery. I woke up and looked down and freaked out because they seemed so much smaller. I had my compression bra and I felt the same size as I did before so I kept asking the nurses about the size/why they looked small. Besides that my pain was probably a 2 or 3 out of 1 to 10 with 10 being high.
The drive home was fine, I called the dr with questions about meds and size, I'm a 330 mentor saline under the muscle and she said when they drop they will look bigger. No bruising but that's likely due to herbs. When I got home I took off the bra real quick and am definitely happy I went 330 instead or 250/275 like I planned. I've been icing and doing breathing/leg exercises for 5 minutes every hour.
I need to order another bra, I have a 34 merana ( sp?) compression bra that hooks up the front. I was a 34a before surgery so it seems like you can order the same size?! Pain has been low and I'm very consistent with my meds. Sorry this is so long.
It's about 5 am on day 3 post-surgery....
- 13 May 2012
As far as pain, it is just really sore/achy so far but icing the tops and sides help a lot. And this is probably too much info but I feel like my nipples look amazing, they are still small but seem more proportionate. I can't figure out how to post pics on my iPad but when I get home I will add some on my laptop.
One more question, I am slightly disappointed I was sent home in a 34a bra. Will that be my new size or are compressing bras sized different? I tried on an old black 34a bra and it fit in the band but I was so high it was hard to tell if it was small. I keep reading ow petite girls get a lot f shape from smaller implants so I'm hoping I'm not an exception.
Sorry for all my typos earlier, meds, ipad and no...
- 13 May 2012
4 days post-surgery, I spent most of yesterday in...
- 14 May 2012
My dr said I could get another compression bra to wear while this one gets washed, I tried on the medium d support underarmour high impact bra and it was too small. I could zip it up but barely and it was super tight so I'm worried about my final size which is funny b/c 2 days ago i was convinced i was an a cup still. Everyday they look better and softer. I can't seem to sleep enough though and am trying to quit my pain meds/muscle relaxers. Hope everyone else's recovery is going great,
Today is the 15th so I guess this is day 4 which...
- 15 May 2012
My left breast has a few blue veins but they should fade supposedly. I feel very proportionate after my surgery, I never thought a D cup would look good on me because I am short but before i was so flat i felt like i looked 12. I was hoping 325 cc would bring me to a full B/small C. I am surprised at how much they have dropped and how soft they are, I can feel the implant move sometimes which is strange but overall I'm very happy with the results. Has anyone else noticed the bottoms feel quite a bit softer then the top? Is that normal? Hope everyone else is doing great!!!!
My one week post-op appt is tomorrow, I am in love...
- 17 May 2012
My one week post-op appt was yesterday, I got my...
- 19 May 2012
He said they look great for only a week and will continue to look better then next 3 months. It's kinda strange because today has been a more painful day then usual, started off feeling heaving and then getting little zingers of pain all day. Think it is because I tried to clean this morning, even doing laundry is rough but I'm lucky my family and friends will help, I just need to suck it up and ask them.
Speaking of friends, two of my close friends came over last night and of course asked to see/feel them...since they helped me research, listened to me for months, etc. I let them and they were so impressed at how natural they looked and felt. That was reassuring for me because I am starting to worry I went too big, I ended up getting 330 cc saline unders and I went from completely flat to I think a D and I'm hoping that they either stay the same or get smaller over the next few months. I tried on a few dresses and tanks and they still fit and look amazing now that I can fill them out so that was a good feeling.
Oops heaving is supposed to be heavy....
- 19 May 2012
Today was by far the worst day for me since...
- 21 May 2012
Despite the pain I'm still happy, if I could change anything I would go slightly smaller but I doubt 50 cc would make too much of a difference.
Day 3 at work and doing better but not great....
- 23 May 2012
I will post pics soon.
Feeling tons better although the scar on my right...
- 24 May 2012
My boobs seem like they are too wide for me, every day they look different though so I'm hoping they're just dropping and are in the round stage. I do have great upper pole roundness or whatever it's called. I'm so sick of sports/compression bras, I bartend part time for a friends bar and really want to flaunt them when I go back to work. Might check out Vicky's for some lower cut sports bras if those exist.
Did my massages and took 2 pics tonight, my right...
- 24 May 2012
Just over two weeks since my surgery and am doing...
- 27 May 2012
I went bra shopping this week because I only have two front closure bras right now and that's not enough. I got sized at a few places and ranged from 32B to 32D...I was wearing a compression bra so I'm guessing I will end up a 32C but I really don't care about the cup size because I feel like my chest is finally proportionate to my body. A couple guy friends have commented that they look very natural and if they didn't know I had surgery they would never guess because the size isn't too big and they look great in shirts....granted this is with a sports bra so we'll see what they say when I can finally wear push-ups and underwire (which unfortunately is 6 months away according to my dr.). Swimsuit shopping has been a little depressing but next year when I can wear the cute pushups I know I will go crazy so might as well just get a practical one this year!!
It is kind of funny the reaction I have had from friends and family, I didn't tell tons of people but if I could go back I would probably have only told my mom and two closest friends because it seems like a few of the people I thought would be supportive have made some snotty comments, I'm guessing it is due to jealousy but it has strained some of my friendships for sure. Anyone else have experiences like that? Have been told I'm too skinny for these to look natural, spent too much money, should have waited til I was married/had kids, looked fine before, etc. but I love them and wouldn't change my surgeon or the size. I probably would have waited until after my friend's wedding and for the fall though since I won't be able to do a few activities that I enjoy this summer due to weight/exercise restrictions. My scars are looking tons better too and I feel so much more confident.
Hard to believe tomorrow will be 3 weeks! I am so...
- 31 May 2012
I'm 6 days away from my one month anniversary and...
- 5 Jun 2012
Restrictions: Like I said before, this is my biggest issue. I'm lucky family lives close enough to help me mow and vacuum throughout the week but even grocery shopping can wear me out. I am the kind of person that works out to destress and my dr has a really strict no workouts until after you are cleared at the 4 month appt. He said slow walking with no arm motions is all I can do, no stationary bike or anything else. So I have turned to food instead of exercise which of course has led to some weight gain (3-4 lbs since surgery day) and I have been kinda sad which I know is due to not working out and being extremely busy playing catch up at work.
Size: I know everyone says how much you change but I had no idea truly how many changes you go through. I have weekly pictures and they have dropped tons. I miss the swelling and upper pole fullness from the beginning and (never thought I would say this!) think I probably could have gone a little bigger and been happy. But I am a pretty tiny girl and started off pretty flat so I am very very happy with my size (330 cc saline high profile unders) despite the fact I don't know my cup size yet. I've gone to get sized a few times and they have ranged from 34B to 32D with me wearing a sports bra so I'm going to hope I end up a 32 C.
Pain: Pain is so much different then I expected, I had my surgery on a Friday and that Monday I stopped taking pain meds and felt pretty normal by Wednesday. I was off work that whole week after surgery then had the weekend off and went back to my desk job, when I started using those muscles I had to start back on my heavy pain meds. So far I have managed to get by on tylenol but I am still very very sore. Not unmanageable pain by any means but enough to make you want to go home and lay down, kind of like when you have the flu and you get body aches or whatever. Also my boobs got really dry so be prepared for that. My scars have hurt some too but I am impressed with how fast they are healing. I have had to miss a few important events (like a wedding and work stuff) due to feeling too tired to put forth the effort to attend.
Misc: It's kind of funny who has been supportive and how much I feel like my life has been changed. Some friends and even family members have stated that I look unproportionate now because I'm too small to have boobs this size or they disappointed me by not checking up on me after surgery. But others have been super supportive and awesome as far as helping me out, asking about pain, etc. Before my surgery I bought a super lightweight hair dryer, that has helped tons because lifting my arms that high hurts. I've been treated more like a lady since surgery, so many guys have opened doors for me or given me really sweet and random compliments. I'm guessing my confidence comes across because I'm still in sports bras and haven't really worn anything that shows off the new additions.
I was lucky enough to connect with 2 others who had surgery the same day as me and it has been SO helpful to compare stories and have someone on the exact same day as me in recovery....definitely glad I have my May 11th buddies and a few others on here that gave me great advice on bras, size, and pre-surgery support.
My one month post op appt is tomorrow, I can't...
- 14 Jun 2012
I think I have already outgrown a few bras so the Knockouts are the only ones working for me right now. You can probably see my breasts are semi-uneven dropping, unfortunately the pics make one look a lot further down then the other but if I'm not reaching one arm out for my camera then they are a little more even :)
I will post again after my appt but I have to say this is by far the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel so much more proportionate and honestly the thought of having to go under in another 10 years or so (hopefully that long!) doesn't bother me one bit, recovery has sucked but not nearly as bad as I expected.
My one month post op appt was yesterday, it went...
- 16 Jun 2012
So happy I did this for myself!!!
I bought a few of the Body by Victoria Wireless...
- 1 Jul 2012
I attempted to do some yoga today and I think I am paying for it now, my chest is really sore and my breasts were feeling kind of tight which made me worry about capsular contracture or whatever it is but after a hot bath and some massage they are feeling pretty soft. I feel like they have dropped a lot the past week or so, the left is finally catching up with the right. Unfortunately I still can't mow, vacuuming hurts, and I carried a friend's toddler yesterday and that definitely hurt. I also thought the arm movement on the elliptical hurt but maybe I am just paranoid. If anyone has any good exercise tips I would appreciate it, I am fine with doing the elliptical for cardio without the arms but I really want to tone up my abs and arms again.
My scars are looking really good too, I'm not quite as strict with the cream as I was the first month but I am still trying to put it on when I get up and before bed because I really do feel that it has made a huge difference. They are barely noticeable due to the location (under the crease) and are fading a lot, they don't bother me at all. I really don't think my boobs look fake and my friends who have seen them and know said they never would have guessed, one of them said she would have just hated me for being genetically gifted if she had just met me so that was a great compliment. So if you are worried about that I would say if you don't go too crazy on the size not many people will realize what you had done. In addition to filling out my tops I feel like my waist looks smaller too, which is a nice perk :)
Happy 2 month anniversary to me and my new boobs...
- 11 Jul 2012
A couple people have commented on my increase in size at work but I don't really care too much and only one person has been negative and I know that is due to jealousy. My scars are healing nicely and my boobs have dropped to the point where they look pretty natural but I miss the upper pole fullness of the first month or so but I still am super in love with them. As far as pain, recovery was not anything like I expected but I get some pain on the scars if my bra rides up on them and I can't lay on my stomach without feeling really uncomfortable which is hard for me because I am a stomach sleeper. Overall I am super happy with them and have no regrets, I probably would have gone a smidge smaller I guess if I could redo it just because I think I might have a hard time bra shopping but I don't really need a bra b/c they are so perky and they look very proportionate to my frame so I'm happy :) OH...be prepared for your nips to show through clothes too, I feel like mine are constantly erect and it drives me nuts because sometimes they show through my sports bras and tops but that's a small price to pay!!!
So I had my physical earlier this month and my dr...
- 23 Jul 2012
Exercising still sucks and I'm kinda wondering if I went too big because I've had some back pain but I have also been working a lot of extra hours hunched over my computer desk so I'm sure that contributes to it as well. My posture has improved though so I guess that's an added bonus and I'm almost back to my pre-surgery weight....probably 4 more pounds to go which isn't too bad considering that I have eaten awful and not exercised lately (which I swore I wouldn't do but it's so easy to quit eating healthy when you're not working out).
My biggest complaint is I still can't sleep on my stomach, sometimes I lay on my stomach and just suck it up thinking I will adjust to the uncomfortableness but that hasn't happened so far. Even laying on my side bugs me but I'm sleeping on my back pretty good and it is worth not sleeping on my stomach!! I went to the beach this weekend and I hate the swimsuit I bought, it was just a cheap triangle top and I feel like they looked pretty fake in it. My friends swore they couldn't tell but I ordered a bandeau top so we'll see how that goes. I'm still nipping out majorly but it doesn't but me too much and I tried on bras the other day at Vicky's (my new fav activity if you couldn't tell) and the 32D fit perfectly...it was so nice to fill out one of the cute lacy unpadded bras instead of barely filling out an A cup.
Today is my 3 month anniversary, I love them more...
- 11 Aug 2012
I'm measuring at a 32D still but they look more natural every day and are softening. I'm also using 2 types of scar cream, TNS Recovery which I've used since I got my stitches removed and then a TNS Scar Recovery cream, both by Skinmedica. They're expensive but I feel like its worth it. I also got my free facial which I upgraded to a peel, my face looks great but is peeling a ton.
I'll try to take more pics this week!!
Sorry for the typos...golf was supposed to be told...
- 12 Aug 2012
It's been about 3 and a half months and I love...
- 25 Aug 2012
My surgeon's office is closing down (he passed away, very sad and unexpected because he was fairly young and does not have a partner) so I am in the process of getting the paperwork from my procedure and researching new surgeons. My 2nd choice surgeon is retiring soon so I am looking out of the area because during my inital research I ruled out the other local surgeons. A lot of surgeons I have called have stated that they would recommend holding on to my paperwork or giving it to my primary physician and then if a complication arises they will treat me. I am still doing research to come up with 2-3 that I can call if I have an issue but I wish I could meet them just to get an idea of their personalities. I guess this is probably the same issue people have when they move but I was hoping that when/if I have to have another surgery down the road I would be able to continue to go to my surgeon because I was very very happy with my results.
I got the go ahead to buy any bras except ones...
- 20 Sep 2012
Ok now that I have the bra question out there, holy smokes, I swear they are getting bigger still. If you read through my posts you can see my opinion has gone back and forth on the size from feeling they were way too small, too big, etc. I feel like the past month or so they have gotten bigger, I know different people probably measure differently at VS but I went from a 34C/32D to a 32D/DD between my 2 month and 4 month post ops. So for ladies doing research on size, you can get a lot of bang with a "small" implant. I was an A cup prior to surgery and was under the impression 150 cc- 200 cc was a cup size so I assumed I would be a small to full C cup with a 330 cc implant because I thought it would be maybe 1.5 cup sizes.
I absolutely love them, but if I could go back and change the implant size I would probably pick my 2nd choice of 300 cc or maybe even 275 cc soley because I think finding a bra that fits is going to be hard.
Today is my 5 month anniversary!! I am still...
- 11 Oct 2012
I feel like my scars have not changed too much but I am still putting my scar gel on daily. I have started massaging more frequently because I feel like now that I am exercising more my chest muscles are tighter.
I'm trying to think what I wish I would have known over the last few months and I guess I would just say be prepared for your boobs and feelings about them to change often. You can read my review and see how I've bounced back and forth on too big/small.i love my size but I did not expect this big of a jump in cup size. I wear sports bras most days still because they are comfy and honestly I did this surgery for me, not to flaunt them 24/7. I have only gone out once with a lower cut top and I did get a lot of comments but it made me uncomfortable. I prefer to look conservative and hide them mostly because I live in a small town. I will say my confidence has improved dramatically as a result of surgery and the way I carry myself has changed so much too.
If anyone is past the 6 month mark please let me know if you plan to meet w/your surgeon at 1 year and what happened at your 6 month appt. My surgeon has passed away and as of right now I have no plans to see another surgeon for a check up unless problems arise.
6 months tomorrow!! I can finally wear underwire...
- 10 Nov 2012
As for exercising, I haven't really got in a good routine since the surgery....probably mostly due to the fact I have been really busy but partially because I don't like them bouncing everywhere. I have kayaked, done yoga and Pilates, and walk/get on the elliptical without any issues but if I push myself too much it's just not worth it.
I do love my new boobs, honestly I can't imagine not having them now and I have gotten so much more confident in all areas of my life. I carry myself different and even though I don't really flaunt them like I thought I would I feel like I look better and fill out clothes better. I am grateful so far I havent had issues. I am glad I went for a natural look, I can hide them at work but fill out a bikini.
I'm at just under 7 months and decided to post...
- 3 Dec 2012
I have switched to "normal" bras which to me means bras with an underwire and they aren't super comfortable but I don't hate them anymore. Some days I go without a bra but I am constantly nipping out which I hate. Not sure if that's normal or not.
As for how they feel...some days I think they feel fairly natural but I didn't have much to start with and I went with saline so I know that despite the fact I went under the muscle they aren't ever going to feel as natural as the real thing or even girls who had more to start with.
11 months after my surgery so I decided it was a...
- 11 Apr 2013
My one year anniversary date was this past weekend...
- 15 May 2013