I was completely happy with my full, C cup breasts...
I was completely happy with my full, C cup breasts. After my two wonderful children, they were saggy and deflated in the upper pole. When I was 25lbs heavier, I wore a D cup and it didn't look too big. I wanted to end up as a small DD. I went w/ a lift and 425 CC's silicone implants under the muscle.
Before the operation
I was a C there. I recently lost 25lbs and while I was at my heaviest, I was a D cup. That wasn't too big for me.
20 days post-op, minor hematoma
20 days after my procedure, the PS went into my left breast by cutting the bottom anchor incision back open and cleaned out old blood that was leaking from the corners of my incision. I developed a hematoma in that breast the night of the surgery due to, what I believe, was from vomiting for a few hours, violently. I think the morphine caused the nausea. Needless to say, that was why the left was so much bigger. My main concern was developing capsular contracture from it but the PS was surprised at how soft the breast was despite the hematoma. He was 99% sure a capsular contracture would not develop.
Almost 2 months post-op
I'm coming up on 2 months since the BL/BA. I'm still not sure if it was worth it. I just recently began sleeping on my side w/o pain. I slept in the living room, in a recliner for the first month, at least. It was the only place I was comfortable. I'm just now able to completely shave my arm pits. That was frustrating, not being able to get to all the area of my arm pit. I like the look from the front view, for the most part. However, still not pleased with the profile and oblique look, kind of torpedo-ish. I like natural, a little more wider at the bottom with a slope in the upper pole (I included a pic of the look is like to end up with). I also like for them to sit a little lower on the chest. My areola looks puffy, not really flush. I was very clear as to the look I wanted to end up with, showing pics and everything. The nurse reassured me that I would end up with that look. I know it takes AT LEAST 6 months, even up to a year to see final results but it sure is hard waiting and staying positive. I did so much research on the different lift types, implants, surgeons, things to do to prepare, got input from many friends and family that had one or the other procedure done and I felt really assured and ready, hopeful. It didn't dawn on me to read up on the recovery. When I was looking at before and after pics for ideas of final results, I didn't take into consideration that the after pics, most of the time, were way after the healing period had ended. I had it in my head that my final results would pretty much be immediate. So, I have been disappointed with the results, but only because I had really high expectations, not considering the long healing time. However, I've recently been feeling more optimistic about the results and hopeful that changes will keep happening, and quickly, but I'm still unsure if it was worth it at this point. After developing a hematoma, it caused a very noticeable asymmetry and my ongoing concern of developing capsular contracture. I had to wear an ace bandage at all times, except for showering, for 3+ weeks because of the swelling. I bruised so badly, it looked awful, going all the way down my sides to my hips. It took forever for it to go away. I was completely self conscious for the first 3 weeks because I couldn't hide the asymmetry and the fact that they were so high, right under my collar bone. I looked like I was wearing MLB home-base umpire gear under my shirt. After the hematoma was cleaned out, I had a large hole in the area the PS had to re-open along with another strange healing area on my nipple. I had to wear a panty liner in my bra to catch the drainage while they healed. To my surprise though, the hole has closed up and healed nicely. Right now, some of the stitches are poking out and I have to have my husband trim them. One other concern right now, and I was aware of this possibility going into it, is my left nipple is hypersensitive while my right nipple doesn't have any sensation. I hope feeling will return after some time. I hope this info hasn't deterred anyone from going forward with any procedures that they feel would make them happy. I am a realist, maybe a bit of a pessimist, so my outlook on the whole healing process is probably a bit more negative than most. I'll post again as things change.
1 year Post op
1 year later and I'm pretty happy with the results. Some of the scars are hypertrophic and I'll have scar revision done sometime soon.
Scar revision needed
I recently had my annual OBGYN appointment. She looked over the scarring from the lift and recommended I have scar revision. After consulting with my PS's nurse, we decided that was what needed to be done. The incisions in the fold of my breasts are raised, red and rope like. They itch sometimes. Not sure what the revision consists of but it's enough that the nurse recommend I be put under instead of just local anesthesia. There is a few small areas around my areola that need it also. I did point out to the nurse that the slope of my right breast is not straight, like the left. She told me that once they do the scar excise, it would help that. If you notice, the right nipple is a bit higher, pointing upwards more so than the left. I do hope the scar revision fixes that along with having less noticeable scarring. The surgery is scheduled for October 13th.