I had my breast augmentation 1 month ago with Dr....
I can honestly say that my results have exceeded my expectations. At both my consultation and my pre-op appointment, I showed Dr. Kessler goal photos of breasts I liked. Not only do I feel that my outcome is very close to my goal photos, I actually like my breasts BETTER than my goal photos. I did not have a particular size in mind, but rather a "look" that I communicated through pictures. Dr. Kessler chose a size and shape implant that really complements my body. I wanted a result that would be both elegant AND sexy and I feel that is exactly what I got. I LOVE my new breasts and how they look on me.
For anyone considering this or any cosmetic procedure, I would like to advise that, in my opinion, the success of my outcome can be attributed to 2 things:
1) Good Communication- Look for a doctor with whom you communicate well. You should feel comfortable asking him/her questions and feel that they genuinely want you to understand their answers. Dr. Kessler really listened to me, but also kept me realistic about my expectations.
2) Skill level and credentials- If you're familiar with this website, then I'm sure you've read this many times, but it is important that you choose a doctor that is very experienced and Board Certified. In my case, I really feel that Dr. Kessler's experience, technical expertise and insight led to a beautiful result as well as a very quick and fairly painless recovery process.
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I'm 35, no kids. Half asian half caucasian.
5'5", ~115lbs. BWD 12", rib cage 27"-28"
Pre op 34A/32B, Post op 34C/32D
My impants are 300CC, High Profile Silcone, smooth, round. Crease incision. (My primary reason for the crease incision vs nipple is that I was concerned about scarring. Being half asian, I have a tendency to scar more obviously and have read that it is often recommended in asian breast augmentation to not go through the nipple for that reason.)
I had a very swift recovery. My doctor used pain blocks during surgery so I was not really in much pain at all. Honestly, I felt like Wonder Woman the next day. I also think it is important to be on top of your pain meds and not allow any pain to set in. Lastly, I was extremely lucky that my mom took care of me post op; there's nothing like a mother's love to help the healing process along! Oh yeah, and lots of follow up and communication with your PS is super important!
Exercise: I am a runner so it has been hard having to abstain from running. I am easing back into it slowly but my advice is to not push yourself. I have had a couple painful episodes where my breast hurt afterwards, so I am going to wait another week or so before running again. I also find it helpful to wear 2 bras when running. In order to make up for the lack of exercise, I have been walking everywhere I can. For example, I used to drive to the grocery store and now I walk. I buy fewer items because I have to carry them home and as a result I end up walking to the store everyday and I find that in making more frequent trips I am burning enough calories to offset my inactivity from not running. I was worried about gaining weight after the surgery as I've seen other people do, so I feel like all the extra walking has helped prevent that.
Hope this helps. I am happy to answer any questions and share my experience with anyone who is considering surgery or is already going through recovery like me. So far I am really happy with my decision and am really enjoying sharing my journey :-)
2 month update
One item of note- I recently went swimming for the first time and I could definitely feel my muscles and implants moving in a strange way. It was a little freaky. My stroke of choice is the breast stroke... I may need to change to doggy paddle as I did not like the feeling of my muscles pushing the implants apart... Other than than, I feel totally back to normal :)
I'm really pleased with how natural my breasts feel both in and out of clothes. They really are starting to feel like a part of
Nearly 5 months post op, still as happy as ever :)
I can't say enough about how glad I am that I chose to do this surgery. Even though the initial thrill of having big breasts has kind of worn off, I'm still in love with my results and definitely feel sexier and more confident every day I look in the mirror.
Dr. Kessler and his staff are fantastic. Wayne and Sonia are so warm and friendly yet very professional and a cut above other plastic surgeons' staff that I've encountered. Dr. Kessler is a true find- not only is he very caring with a great bedside manner, he possesses an ideal balance of surgical skill and an aesthetic sensibility that any patient should hope for in their plastic surgeon. I feel very lucky to have found him :) Lastly, I wanted to mention that the surgery facility (Starpoint Surgery Center) was great. My experience there was so much better than what I've had at other surgery facilities. The staff was very kind and attentive and they let me take my time in recovery with absolutely no pressure to leave.