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Breast Lift with Augmentation - Minneapolis, MN
I can't believe it, but I am now scheduled for my...
- 21 Jun 2012
- 17 days pre
I can't believe it, but I am now scheduled for my breast lift with augmentation for July 9! I have been thinking about it for the past year, and needed to convince my hubby that this was something I really wanted as he didn't think it was necessary. I knew I couldn't go ahead with it w/o his support, as he is the only person that knows about it. Unfortunately I cannot share this with my family, as I know they wouldn't be supportive. He told me if it was really important to me, to go ahead with it. The only thing is, we won't know if he can take the time off from work to travel to the PS office until just a few days before my surgery, as we will be staying overnight nearby so that I can return the next morning for my post-op checkup. If he cannot go with, I will need to hire a nurse to stay with me that first night. I have been reading everyone's reviews, and they are very helpful to calm my nerves, but I still get periods of panic. It doesn't last for long, as I just go to realself for some inspiration, and i always feel much better! I am wondering if anyone else has stayed the first night w/o a family member or friend, and had to stay with just a nurse or recovery center staff? I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories, as this site has been my inspriation for actually following through with it, and making the decision that I am worth it! I often get feelings of guilt, due to the fact that I will be spending a large amount of $ on myself. But I can see that everyone is so happy that they've done this for themselves. I know I will be too. Any comments, suggestions, or prayers will be greatly appreciated!
Things are starting to fall in place... I mailed...
- 28 Jun 2012
- 11 days pre
I'm down to 2 days left until surgery! ...
- 7 Jul 2012
- 2 days pre
Today is day 2 post-op. Details of how surgery...
- 11 Jul 2012
- 2 days post
Day after surgery I went back for my first post-op checkup, and PS said all looks very well and as expected. I go back in a week for next checkup. I was also very surprised when he told me that he used 420 cc implants on each side, as he orginally was thinking around 350, but I really trust his expertise and judgement as he knew I wanted to end up with a full D or DD.
Breasts today are sore, high, and very tight. Also looking kinda square shaped. But I know that it takes several months to get to the end result, so now I'll just have to wait it out! It's strange not to have saggy breasts hanging anymore. But all looks good, and I'm looking forward to when my implants drop and move with a natural look and bounce! I wonder how long that takes? I guess it's different for everyone, so only time will tell.
Day 7 post op: Yesterday was the first day I felt...
- 16 Jul 2012
- 7 days post
My 1 week post-op appt. went very well. PS said...
- 18 Jul 2012
- 9 days post
I'm 4 weeks post-op and will soon go back for my...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 29 days post
As for post-op healing, each week gets a lot better than the week before.
The first week challenges were the intense pain (I have a LOW tolerance for pain), and the need to sleep almost all day. Implants were also very high then, and it frightened me a bit to see my breasts all cut up, sewn back together, and looking so high and squarish shaped.
2nd week was better but really much of the same except pain less intense. i still needed to sleep a LOT! But on the bright side, my breasts had really started to take shape, round out, and implants beginning to drop. After one week, they looked great!
3rd week: most of the incisions were healing, but breasts were really itchy/burning/tingly on the sides. But that subsided after a week. (I'm hardly feeling that anymore). Implants dropped even more and started to look exactly like what I was hoping for.... this gave them the appearance of getting larger, as they were moving into place, taking on a more natural shape and bounce too!
4th week: i've really felt almost back to normal now. hardly any pain, except if I lift something a little too heavy or stretch too far. but, i'm still careful as my dr. reminded me at my post-op visit that there is still a risk for bleeding as we get close to 1 month, so not to overdo it. I've been sleeping on my side now for about a week and a half, and hopefully soon i can sleep on my front side (always been my favorite).
5th week: as i am now in my 5th week of healing, i'm so thankful that all has gone well, and soon life will be completely back to normal. i'm mostly looking forward to getting back into my workout routine. i've started with walking this week, and will build up from there. it's so hard not to jump right back where i left off, but i'm also listening to my body, and although i know i'm close to being ready, i'm not quite there yet; so i have no problem waiting for just a couple more weeks to heal.
As for how I look now... i'm so happy with my results! i LOVE being able to wear stretchy tube bras (almost like an athletic bra) and that being enough support. I'm not embarassed of accidentally exposing my saggy cleavage anymore. It's so nice to NOT be continuously tugging my shirt up. I'm also very pleased because I really do not look like I got a fakey boob job. My breasts look real and natural, and pretty much the same size that i had before. Now i just have upper fullness and perkiness instead of sagging skin filling up my bra.
I hope my review will be helpful to anyone considering this surgery. I think the most important part of doing this, was finding a surgeon who has extensive expertise and experience in this surgery. I would much rather pay more for a dr. that does an excellent job, than to save money on someone who doesn't have as much experience and knowledge in the field. Do your research and check credentials!!!
My Doctor: Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
I found Dr. Tholen (with Minneapolis Plastic Surgery) through the RealSelf website. After searching the internet for reviews & before/after pics on plastic surgeons in the Minnesota area, Dr. Tholen had many positive reviews, in addition to his credentials and numerous years of experience. Dr. Tholen also has answered many of the questions submitted on this website, which show his expertise and knowledge. After my consultation, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Tholen and Mpls Plastic Surgery. They have been very professional with every step of this journey, from the initial phone call with the receptionist, my consultation appt, and setting up surgery in the days following my appt. All staff at this clinic have been very professional, kind, caring, and patient with my questions and concerns. This was the greatest help to my choosing this clinic & Dr. Now that I am post-surgery, I can say with confindence that I would definitely recommend Dr. Tholen and his staff to anyone. My surgery day expectations were all met. Everyone I came in contact with on my "day" was so kind and caring, making sure that I was completely comfortable and at ease. I can't imagine having a more positive experience anywhere else!
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