Finally Getting a Lift After Many Years of Waiting. - Reno, NV

Since I was 18 (Im now 22) I have wanted a breast...

Since I was 18 (Im now 22) I have wanted a breast lift. When I was 18 I was approximately 135 pounds and a cup size D. I loved the size of my breasts, but wanted a lift. I got a consultation for the lift and was quoted about $6,000. At the time I could not afford it, so it remained a future goal. 
Well over the past 4 years I went from 135 pounds to 171 pounds, my breasts would spew out of a DD sized bra, and they became even more saggy. I spent a year dieting and I have managed to lose 50 pounds, so I am about 125 pounds now, and a size B/C cup size. However, now I don't just have saggy breasts, I have tons of extra skin on them, and they are smaller then I would like. This past summer I got another consult and it was determined I want a lift and an augmentation. My doctor highly discourages getting the 2 surgeries at once because it often leads to less than desirable results once healing is finished, so we just talked about the lift. I am getting a full anchor lift on December 22nd at 10 am. In approximately 1-3 months I will be having a second surgery for my augmentation, hopefully silicone and size DD. I am very nervous, but super excited!Updated on 22 Dec 2011:I have my surgery today at 10. I am fairly nervous, mainly about anesthesia. I will update once my surgery is done :) 

I got my lift today. Surgery took 3 hours and I...

I got my lift today. Surgery took 3 hours and I was in recovery fpr about 2 hours. 
Im in a lot of pain and have vomited after eating anything. However, I can already tell my breasts are firm and perky, I vant wait to take the dressing off in 48 hrs.

I am not sure why my post has so many spaces lol...

I am not sure why my post has so many spaces lol. So, I am finally just getting out of my anesthesia haze nearly 24 hours after surgery. I did not do well with it, any time I moved I would throw up all the way until about 1030 this morning. My throat also hurts from the tube they placed in it. 

Once I woke up from anesthesia I had a hard time remembering to breath, which was kinda scary. As far as pain, my stitches sting, but nothing awful. I have nipple sensation already, I can feel when they get hard. I can look down between the padding and my breasts are perky and firm, and I am assuming they are going to look awesome! I will be able to take a shower and just have my compression bra and steri-strips on tomorrow. I will take pictures to show what they are looking like. 

So today is 48 hours since my surgery. I took my...

So today is 48 hours since my surgery. I took my first shower today and was able to see my breasts for the first time. I was expecting a lot of blood and ooze, but to my surprise they look AMAZING! I am currently taking post-op vitamins (I also took pro-op vitamins) that I purchased from makemeheal. :) I cant wait to see them without the steri-strips!!

Today is day three after surgery. Some light...

Today is day three after surgery. Some light bruising is starting to set in (yellow bruises), and my breasts appear slightly swollen. I am still taking pain pills, but I am usually good with a half of a percocet. My stitches are starting to get super itchy!! It is driving me insane, but that means they are healing. All my steri-strips are still holding on, so I don't know what my incisions look like yet.

Merry Christmas everyone!

  So today is day 4 post-op. When I went...


So today is day 4 post-op. When I went to take a shower this morning I noticed my bruises are finally showing, and man are they YELLOW! I have never seen such yellow bruises before, but I guess it is better than black and blue! My steri-strips are firmly in place, I don't think they are going to fall off. When I am in the shower I face away from the water, and lather up anti-bacterial soap that I gently use. I pat dry my incisions with clean paper towels. I am trying to stop using pain medication today, so far I have not needed any. My stitches sting slightly, but nothing major. 
My PS is out of the office all this week for Christmas, but said we would meet next week when he is back.

Today my bruises are still very yellow/brown. I...

Today my bruises are still very yellow/brown. I feel like a banana. I also have some darker bruises appearing, which seems weird to me, but from what I have googled is all very normal. I cannot wait to see the size of my nipples and how my breasts look without the steri-strips, I want them to fall off already! I have been shopping for pasties! I have never had small enough nipples or cute enough boobs to wear pasties, so by golly I am buying me some! LOL :)

Im getting really anxious for my implants, after seeing how great my lift is I cant even imagine how amazing my implants will look. I started looking at some new swimsuits for the summer time.

I will probably be waiting until Spring break in March to get my implants, so from Jan to March I am going to work on firming up my body and toning everything so that when my implants are in my whole body will be just how I want it :)

I hope everyone is doing well!

Today is day 12 post-op. Most of my steristrips...

Today is day 12 post-op. Most of my steristrips have come off, and my incisions appear to be healing well. :)

Today is 2 weeks post-op. Still have some...

Today is 2 weeks post-op. Still have some bruising, and my left breast has left some yellow discharge on my bra (Dr's staff said this was normal and is old blood that may come out during healing). My incisions are all healing really nicely, I only have one teeny tiny hole on my right breast where the vertical incision meets the horizontal incision under my breast, but it is healing.

In my picture it looks kinda like my breasts are different sizes, but in person they are absolutely PERFECT! The nipples are the same and both my breasts look nearly identical.

I am so happy about getting my procedure and encourage anyone who is thinking about it to get it done once you find a surgeon who is experienced with lifts that can give you the result you want.

I have my first post-op today with Dr. Murphy....

I have my first post-op today with Dr. Murphy. Since I got my surgery around christmas/New Years he was out of the office and busy since then.

All of my steri-strips have come off and I let my PS office know, they said to be gentle on them and they would be putting more on at my appointment today. What a downer, I hate steri-strips lol.

My incisions seem to be healing nicely, but I am worried about them not healing all the way. I am petrified of necrosis!

So it has been about 5.5 weeks since surgery. My...

So it has been about 5.5 weeks since surgery. My healing has gone fairly smoothly.

I have had one real follow up and at that appointment my PS told me I still had some swelling and that he wanted to see me in another month and we would talk about implants and sizing. He also instructed me to continue wearing paper tape (you can get it pretty much anywhere) until I begin scar therapy. He said if you wear the tape 24/7 then in will hold the scars flat and help prevent the scar spreading out.

Around 4 weeks post-op I took the tape off my incision and there was yellow drainage from a small hole and a bright green scab. I was really worried about infection and my PS saw me the following day. He said it was very normal because sometimes the dissovable stitches poke through the skin and cause draining, but there was no infection. He dug around in the tiny hole and cut out all the stitches poking out and instructed me to only keep a band-aid over the hole until it scabbed over.

The hole is now closed up and I do not have any scabs.

I wear a bra 24/7 except for when I shower. My PS told me I can wear any bra I am comfortable in. I usually wear a sports bra, and when I go out or to work I wear my Victorias Secret Bombshell push-up (Adds 2 cup sizes).

I have a follow-up on Feb 8th and we will be talking about my implants and I will get my silicone strips for scar therapy. :)

Everyone LOVES my new firm breasts. I am very happy I have gone through with it.

So tomorrow will be 7 weeks since my surgery, and...

So tomorrow will be 7 weeks since my surgery, and everything has been going smoothly.

I had my second follow-up with Dr. Murphy today and he was very happy with my progress. We had my consult for implants, I told him I would like to be a DD. We decided on silicone memory-gels, and he believes somewhere between 600-750 cc will get me to where I want to be. He does not want to go much bigger otherwise they would be just too big for my body.

I set the date for March 22nd (exactly 3 months after my lift). I was quoted $5,860 for the implants. Silicone costs $900 more than the saline, but they are running a promotion that with the gels you either get 25 units of botox or latisse for you and a friend, and I will get another $145 spa package also.

I am excited :)

Today is 8 weeks post-op :) Only 1 month, 6 days...

Today is 8 weeks post-op :) Only 1 month, 6 days until I have my augmentation.

Not too much to report on my lift, my scars are not awful. I would say the one in the crease of my breast is the darkest, but it still isn't that bad.

The picture I have today is my new breasts in my swim suit :) I am very happy with how they look, and I cant wait to see how I will look in a swim suit once I get my implants.


Hi ladies, I am now 17 days post-op from my BA. So...

Hi ladies, I am now 17 days post-op from my BA. So far my lift results still look awesome :)
Reno Plastic Surgeon

I love my doctor tons! He specializes in breast surgeries, and it is evident by the work he does. He took the time to make me feel safe and comfortable, and made sure to answer any question I may have had. The day after surgery both he and the hospital called to check in with me and make sure I was feeling ok, and to see if there is anything they could do for me. I would highly recommend Dr. Murphy and his great team! I will be returning to him for all my future surgeries.

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Thank you so much for posting your photos of the breast lift. I rIecently had one a week ago and the day after surgery I was surprised about how high my breasts were and that the bottom was not rounded out. I had trouble finding photos on here of similar situation, and was not sure about how much they might drop in the weeks to come. Your week by week photos were very helpful in what I hope to expect in the weeks to come and I now feel more at ease about the results! Thank you.
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you look amazing! im 24 & think i'll definitely do this in the future xxx
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Your pre-op boobs are actually very similar to mine. I am scheduled to get a lift (no implants) in the fall of this year. I am soooo so so so so beyond scared. But all I have been hearing are positive things and that it is a speedy recovery. How long did it take you to feel like you could do normal things again? I am also pretty neurotic about healing and will probably be calling the doctor every 5 seconds post operation.
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I had a breast lift 4weeks ago. I had no problems at all. The worst part was recovering from the antiseptic which was right after surgery and some the next day. Other than that no problems at all. A couple days of being very careful with the incisions after that I had to force myself to take it easy. I felt fine but I did follow My Dr. Rules because I didn't want to create a problem. It's been 4 weeks and the incisions r still tender but I have no restrictions...nothing to be scared is so worth it...good luck
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Thank you so much!! You have inspired me to post my journal as well. So happy things turned out well for you :)
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I had my breast lift done 5 days ago. It went very well and I feel most of the recovery was over the antithetic, which was about 2 or 3 days. Other than that I am trying to be real careful with the incisions. I am considering having a BA in 3 months after healing. I was wondering which procedure was more painful and had a longer recovery time.
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Yeah i hope everything is going great and there is no complications! ugh, dying to do mine.
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How are you doing? I'd love to see an updated picture!
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You look really great - and you healed really well. congrats!
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Your pics look great!!! getting my BA/BL on April 3rd. How tall are you?
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They look awesome
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Im actually so impressed as to how fast they have healed so much already! They look great! What kind of incision was it?
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My ps went through the crease scar I already had from my BL :)
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Awesome ! You look great! What cc did you end up with? Is it high profile, silicon?? You must be so happy!!!
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They are 650 cc silicone Natrelle, round, smooth implants moderate profile :) I still have lots of dropping to do.
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You look awesome MsMarie89!! Congratulations! You're after pictures are great and I can only imagine how fun it is to buy new bras and try on new bikinis. If it were me I'd probably have a drawer stuffed with new bras! I feel like I can strongly relate to your before pictures and one of my biggest concerns would be that the areola would be trimmed too small, or would be crooked somehow. That's the first thing I noticed is how great they look in your after pics. Again, I'm really happy/excited for you. Bring on Summer 2012 / bikini season!

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Thank you :)

When you get a lift they will sketch the size of your new areola, and if you want it bigger than they can make them bigger.

Since I have gotten my BA they have stretched out some more, which I will be ok with as long as they don't keep getting bigger.
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Just wanted to say you look awesome! Thanks for posting all the pics, it's nice to see how things look a little farther down the road.
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thanks for posting the pics, it helps so much to see what is coming my way. you look fabulous and don't appear to need implants but I'm sure they will look great.
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THANK YOU for posting this and the pictures. So helpful. Im 21 and it seems our stories are basically the same! Ill need a lift and breast augmentation, though i have not been in for consultation yet. So in total, youll be paying approx 10K right? Please update us all once you have the implants! Also, how did you choose your doctor!
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Thanks for the comment :) a friend of mine had gone to him for implants and he did an awesome job, and once I looked at the lifts he did in his photo gallery on his website it was a no brained for me to gO with him!

My cost for my lift was about 5,800 and my augmentation with silicone (silicone costs $1000 more than saliene) will be about 5,900 so about $12,000 all together.
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So glad to find your blog! I had a council yesterday and was a little disappointed being told it would be two procedures costing $12,000. I really questioned if this was just a way for the Dr. to charge more. My situation is so similar to yours. I am a little nervous of the results from just the breast lift. I feel they will look smaller. What is your opinion. From your photos they look great. Did they stay the same cup size? I feel like reading your blog has helped me understand the reasoning for two procedures. I was about to try to find a Dr. who would do it in one, but that could have been a very bad choice. Thank you!!
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I stayed the same cup size, but they look smaller because all the breast tissue is in a smaller amount of skin. I stayed a 34 c before and after my BL.
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Wow. Your surgeon did an amazing job.
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