Years ago I was talking to my husband about having kids and what it does to a woman's body and he said "Don't worry, we'll just get 'em fixed". I actually got mad at him for saying or even thinking that I would do such a vain thing! Well… 4 kids in 4 years can certainly change your mind! I'm 26 years old, married for 8, 130lbs., have and nursed 4 kids and feel to young to feel like an empty baby sack. I love to run and got my poor tummy back into acceptable shape but somethings you just can't fix on your own.
I knew it was something I wanted to do but like so many other women I've read about I was very concerned and weary of complications, especially having a family that relies on me. What if I don't wake up from anesthesia, what if I get an infection, what about a rupture, will I have silicone all over in my body, what if I end up with some kind of disease that I've read so much about, what if I get capsular contractor have to have them taken out and spend all this money for nothing? And this list goes on. I made the mistake of watching 10 seconds of a YouTube video of an implant being taken out. HUGE mistake, I almost got sick, can't handle seeing that stuff. And that's what I wanted to have done to me? However, in my research (and this is strictly my opinion) many of the complications and severe problems that women seemed to have stemmed from a non-idealistic situation (surgery in another country, having a previous medical condition, questionable surgeon, not getting the suggested scans for rupture, not getting them replaced when needed, etc). Again, strictly my opinion. But after strenuous consideration, pros against cons, I came to the conclusion. Find a good surgeon and do it. Because I did really want to. My husband and I always say if you really want to do something and you're able too, don't wait. You may never get that chance again.
Now, I'm not sure why this is but plastic surgeons seem to get a little bit of a bad rap for being arrogant and not listing to the patient. I have my theories but I'll save that for another day. I will say I did go to my first consultation (he had me come back for a second after I said I wanted to have it done) with a unrealistic idea of what I wanted. I showed him some of the pictures and he said "well, you're not going to look like that". Ouch, I was pretty peeved. I thought, "you're a plastic surgeon, isn't that what you do"? Sadly, I admit now, I was wrong. He was right, although he still could have worded it a little better!! He explained that he thought I didn't need a lift if we just filled out what I had and that would give me a natural look. Which is really what I wanted.
Day of surgery was Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. Because of the anesthesia and pain pills I don't remember much of anything until 4 days later. Thank goodness for my husband and mother-in-law!! The nurses were wonderful, I was super nervous, my husband kept asking me if this was something I was sure I wanted to do (I'm in my robe with the i.v in and I look at him like "seriously you're asking me now"). Everything went perfect, Doctor said he would put in as big as he could which ended up being 421cc, silicone, sub-muscular. I should be a big C small D when we're all said and done. They actually have a lifetime warranty, Ha Ha, my boobs are insured!
I have to say the recovery was a bit more difficult than I expected. I breezed through 4 pregnancies only being in the hospital for 24 hours with each one, so this didn't seem like it would be much of anything. Wrong, again. I was very sore for almost two weeks, like there was an anvil on my chest sore. Even with the muscle relaxers it felt so tight! Finally today it's loosing up some but I'm being sure not to stretch my arms to much or roll over to fast. I sure do miss sleeping on my side. I get stitches taken out on Wednesday and hopefully maybe don't have to wear this darn strap any more! It's driving me crazy. My husband and both think it's pretty comical we're excited for when they "drop". I knew this from the start but I'm at the point now where I'm realizing I have these foreign objects in me now that I'll forever be wondering if everything intact and leak free. I'm not brave enough to post pictures but thank all you other ladies SO MUCH for posting yours. It was so helpful when I was researching to have an idea of what could be done. This was a great place to read about others experiences, I hope mine can help someone too.