I'm so glad that I went with Dr.Wrye & Dr. Hall....
I went to another consultation with a very reputable PS my fee was $60.00 just to sit in a room with a couple of sizers in my top. The receptionist had left me with the impression that I would be able to use the 3D imaging at my first consult. Which wasn't the case at all. They didn't offer any discounts if you paid in cash, they only offered Care Credit with a reduced interest rate if you chose to use them as your PS. Their prices were 3 thousand more $$ without any discounts.
I'm so glad that I went with Dr.Wrye & Dr.Hall, they're wonderful & I love my new breasts & I'm doing really well for only being 3 wks post-op. I would do it again in a heartbeat! My breasts are healing well & I don't think I will have too much scaring. As a thank you for choosing Dr. Wrye & Dr. Hall they gave me a gift card for $600.00 worth of skin care products & services that are good for 12 months.
almost 4 wks post-op & I'm on Cloud 9 :)
So I was measured & my bra size is currently 36DDD or a 34G. ????????????? < I tried to remove the frowns because I'm HAPPY, I'm not sure why I can't remove the images, but that's ok!
I was so glad that the same wonderful young lady who measured me the day of my pre op appointment; was working today! It was fun showing her my new Girls & having another one of the VS ladies ask what type of cream I'm using on my incisions...... because I'm not using anything yet!
My incisions look fabulous because of the skilled hands of Dr.Scott Wrye & the fact that I did absolutely NOTHING for the first week except recover! I'm taking vitamins, eating tons of omega fatty acids & trying to have a healthy amount of calories so my body can do it's job recovering.
It will be fun to see my progress; I'm so Grateful & feel truly blessed to finally have my Girls match my young perky Spirit!
For the first time in over 18 yrs I can FINALY wear any type of lingerie, bra or clothing item without dreading the reality of not being able to pick something off of the rack! Or being embarrass if someone caught a glimpse of my Saggy Mommy Boobs! I used to take so much time fussing over how I would disguise or hide my girls!
I can honestly say that I had come to a healthy psychological place; where I had accepted my body prior to surgery. I knew that I would be fine with the breasts I had. No they weren't PERKY or perfect, but I was able to nurture my child for over a year. My Breasts preformed wonderfully, they did exactly what they were designed to do!
Yes I would breastfeed my child again, even if it meant sacrificing the way my breasts looked! Breastfeeding was one of the most Beautful exsperiences I have ever had! I loved holding my child to my breasts knowing I was providing him with exactly what his body needed! ??
I miss those precious moments of holding my child in my arms, giving him comfort & nourishment!
I have an amazing Husband who has always told me I was beautiful & that my body was perfect the way it was!
I feel like life is coming full circle, I sacrificed my breasts to nurture my child; now after 18yrs, I'm blessed to have Perky Full Beautiful Breasts! Life is good & each day is a gift...
Twas the time before pre op!
O my goodness I had the hardest time trying to choose what size, I had read so many different profiles, articles & any documentations I could get my hands on. I literally didn't sleep the night before my pre op.....I spent the entire night before obsessing about implant sizes, I didn't want to go "HUGE" I also didn't want Boob envy either...
My PS thought I didn't want scars ( mind u I went in to see him 3 times before surgery) so in order to make my Saggy Mommy Boobs look fuller we were looking at 450cc-475cc's. I prayed & flipped a stinking coin asking for heads or tails, to eliminate sizes from 325cc's -475cc's moderate plus! I was a mess, a reck, a worry wort.... Tracy was so patient with me, Amanda the surgery coordinator had ordered 4 different sizes of implants just for me & said if the morning of I changed my mind again she would personally run down the road & bring the implants I wanted!! Woo it's exhausting just spewing that all out. When I we finally made it to the car, I told my husband to drive I felt sick to my stomach.....what if this was all an ENORMOUS mistake!
Then I decided that my PS is the one who performs breast lifts, augmentations, reconstructions & surgeries all of the time......so I decided to let him have the final say & I felt like a heavy load had been lifted off of my shoulders!
I'm so glad I left the final say up to my PS, Dr.Wrye madequate the perfect choice.... I was looking for Natural, fuller, perkier breasts that at times I could go without wearing a bra! 425cc's were right for me! ????????
4 wks post-op
I'm struggling a little with the differences between my breasts. I know that I'm still changing & have a few months before I'll see what the final results will be. Overall I think my breast look amazing for being 4 wks post-op!
I have to remind myself that they're," Sister's Not Twins!" I honestly think my scars will fade well & hopefully my breasts will even out when they both have fully settled into their new position over the next few months?!
Sorry if I'm not making much sense, I'm tired & starting to dose off.
I hope that these pictures help someone who is looking at a major breast lift with anchor incision & breast augmentation.
Thank you for the encouragement & support.
My pre op pics from the Dr's office
My annual visit to the Gynecologist!
Remember Ladies it's so important to have your annual visits to the gynecologist....It might take sometime to get to know my new Girls, but with my medical history of ovarian cancer it's so important for me to make sure I'm doing my monthly self breast exams! So I want to encourage u all to see you Primary Care Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Gynecologist, Planned Parenthood, local clinic or wherever yout can go to get your pap smear, your pelvic exams & the dreaded Mammogram!
I was thinking I was 4 1/2 wks but I'm actually closer to 5 wks :)
I'm so excited my left breast has finally caught up to my right breast & they're both looking really good. They're looking better everyday :)
5 wks post op today :)
Everyday I'm noticing new changes :)
almost 6wks & so much more.....
Well I finally had come to a place where I thought I would never have the money to afford to have a BL & a BA. I had a few friends who had breast cancer within the last couple of years. As I watched them go through surgeries, chemotherapy & radiation. I found myself feeling as though I should be grateful that I have breasts; that were able to feed my Son for 18 months & a husband who loved my breasts just the way they were.
I had ovarian cancer over a decade ago, luckily I didn't have to have chemotherapy or radiation. I had multiple surgeries & a miscarriage that ultimately helped save my life.... over the years I found myself becoming more excepting of myself, my body, it's external scars as well as the deep emotional scars that only those close to me could see! I feel like I had come to a place where I had peace about the way my body looked even though it wasn't the sexy perky young body I desired.
For years it hurt so much when I would see babies & siblings together....my Son would cry & say he wanted a brother or a sister to play with. This was something I wasn't able to provide for him. The likelihood of my cancer reoccurring was 50% so at first I tried to preserve my remaining ovary & we tried to conceive another child.
It was incredibly painful to have intercourse, it was also emotionally painful. I found myself at a crossroad where I could either continue to be physically miserable & have painful intercourse in the pursuit of trying to convince another child or I could have my other ovary removed & be grateful for the amazing child I had. So I had numerous abdominal surgeries within a short period & took the big plunge....Surgical Menopause was my out it was the only way I knew how to prevent myself from always having the BIG C word lurking behind me, hiding around the corner. So before I was 30 yrs old I no longer had a way for my body to produce it's own hormones. If you know anything about the role that estrogen plays on your breasts you'll understand why I not old had my breast destroyed from pregnancy & breastfeeding for 18 months. So at 40 yrs old here I was on hormone replacement therapy(thank God for HRT).
With each passing year my breasts became more deflated & saggy. Here I was a young mother, a wife who was grateful to be alive & yet at the sametime I felt like my breasts belonged to an old woman. I honestly thought that by the time I turned 50 they would be at least to my navel.
I can't express how grateful I am to have such an incredible husband who always tried to helped me to feel beautiful. He would say I just wish you could see yourself the way I do. I'm so glad that I have had the opportunity to have my breast surgery & I'm so excited to see how they feel in 6 months!
Well now I finally feel like I have a second chance to feel my age to not be ashamed of my body! I used to feel like a always needed to adjust my breasts or make sure no one could look down my blouse. I used to wonder what people would think of me if they only saw me naked.
People would say you're so beautiful & I would honestly think yeah that's what u say now, but if you saw me naked u wouldn't feel that way. Or if you saw me naked you'd think I had the breasts of a 70 yr old. I sorta felt trapped, like a young woman in an old broken body, well not anymore!
It's definitely different when you've had a major anchor lift & your breasts have been sliced open & have had your nipples rearranged with an implant shoved under your pectoral muscles. I have to make sure I don't compare my breasts to the breasts of a woman who has only had an augmentation or a crescent lift. It's totally different, not that I'm complaining because I'm definitely not!
I think as women we have to try to make sure that we aren't getting all of our self worth from the way our bodies look & that completely goes against everything the media says! We're bombarded by images of sexy perfect airbrushed bodies. So many people compliment girls on the way they look, instead of how smart we are or athletic.
I want to say thank you to the people who take time to encourage & update their profiles, even when you're not feeling well. Those who bravely pick up the camera & take a picture of body parts that you wouldn't ever want anyone to see, yet you're brave enough to click on the download button & put your pictures out for everyone to see!
Because you're truly helping so many people, even if you feel like it's not making a difference because you're not getting a lot of feedback. I'm sure you've helped more people than you know. Even if someone only saw your results & didn't leave a comment.
So today at almost 6wks post op I feel fabulous, for the first time I shared with a neighbor & she completely understood. I used to spend hours on Facebook talking with friends & family..... now the first thing I do when I wake up is check Realself.com & look for new people who are sharing for the first time or look for the different women from all over the country & world who I've been able to connect with. I think about each & everyone of you each day! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives & for being a part of my life. I know this is an enormous update & a lot of information! I just wanted to share a little bit more of myself & where I have been....so I could journal how far I have come & grown as a person. May your day be beautiful & your healing process smooth. May your plastic surgery procedures heal those areas of your life that maybe made you feel ashamed of your body, that kept you from going out to the beach or kept you from having the confidence to reach your dreams your goals & may you aspire to be all that you can inside & out..... it feels weird to call something so awesome that has changed the way I feel about my body plastic!
just a few pictures that wouldn't load
That funky sentence about estrogen & I not that old ;) lol
* For those of you who know the role estrogen plays on breast tissue. It really is a hormone that's needed to keep your breast looking young, full & perky. So without ovaries my body wasn't able to keep my breasts looking full . Especially after pregnancy & breastfeeding destroyed them. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I loved the special bond my son & I share. So even though I was only 40 I felt like my breast belonged to some so much older.
*sorry about that girls ;) that's why I should of read it one more time .... lol
6wks post op
I figured I'd share a picture of Arnica Montana, it's one of the best things I have taken for swelling, bruising & inflammation. I also bought a fun corset & thought I'd play dress up. I took these pictures yesterday, when I wasn't feeling as sick. I hope everyone is having a fabulous day & is healing well :)
This stinking scab
I'm going to call my PS tomorrow to see if he wants to start me on some antibiotics, this spot was a scab that stuck to my bra. I just don't want to take any chances.
My Boo Boo ;) on My BOOB, the thoughts & feelings on my mind!
So I called the MA back at the PS office; I told her that after I washed it & I touched about 2" away from the hole in my areola green puss & discharge came out.
My husband called me as he was headed to work this AM, consernced because he also saw green puss. He felt I probably needed an antibiotic prophylactically/just in case. I left a new message saying I'm sick, found green puss, etc.
I was told that this is probably not something that needs an antibiotic.
That it needs to be protected because it has been ripped off repeatedly (it has been sticking to my bras) & just needs protection to heal. If it doesn't get better by next week I need to call & come in. I'm supposed to wash it with antibacterial soap (which I have been), keep it dry & protect it, with butterfly bandages & a gauze barrier. Which I am doing now.
Now here is what I have to say (sorry about the grammar & punctuations).....
I want to say that I'm grateful for EACH & EVERYONE OF YOU LADIES! Even though we've never met you each have a special place in my heart & my thoughts.
I don't care if you have BIG BOOBIES, Medium size boobies, Itty bitty boobies, uniboobies or no breasts or boobies at all!
Maybe you are a cancer survivor.
Maybe you have overcome enormous physical & emotional struggles. Maybe you're someone who has struggled with self image. Maybe you were teased about your nose, your chin, your face, your love handles, your pimples, your inverted nipples, your skintone, your gut or your REAREND this list could be endless.....you see my long drawn out point is this:
We have this awesome forum a place that's common ground. "Realself," is where we can be ourselves & let our guard down. We can show our bodies & share our struggles, our victories, our nipples, our pimples as well as our deep dark secrets or body parts that we hide, we feel embarrassed about, our BIG & small Victories. Our new body parts that are sometimes odd & strangely shaped until they drop down, fill out & look "NORMAL AGAIN," maybe not the normal we had planned in our heads..but the way our bodies have excepted the New Normal we will learn to EMBRACE!
We find strength here with eachother we're NOT ALONE! Someone's always here willing to give u a friendly hand, or lend encouragement, loving care!
Maybe the people u love just don't understand or maybe they think you're superficial, plastic or obsessed. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks about your body! You're unique & beautiful...
Realself is such a special place; because all of the awesome people who take time out of their days & nights to welcome you & show they care! To share their insight, their wisdom, compassion, their support to understand!
So it doesn't matter if you're new here or if you've been here for years...this is a Sisterhood & a Beautiful Community!
Thank u all for caring & encouraging u ROCK!! ?
My 7wk 1 day post op
I feel truly blessed to have the breasts I have. No they're not as big as I would like them to be, if I could of had larger implants I would of went with 475cc's on the right side & 450cc's on the left side. I had a major anchor lift & having larger implants are an apposing force, so they work against each other! There are a lot of doctors who wouldn't even allow a patient to have this lift with more than 400cc implants.
Wednesday I was really was having a hard time with my breasts & the size that they have shrunk down to. My husband took me by the hand & he told me that he loves them, because they make me smile! He told me that they look like me & that he loves them! That they really look natural & that's what we were going for.
It really meant so much to me, because I was struggling with the fact that they've shrunk some & they're smaller than I really wanted. He is such a wonderful husband & the best friend I've ever had in my life.
He wouldn't care if I didn't have breasts! We have been through so much in the last 20 yrs. It's nice when someone can say something to you & they mean it.
I really hope that sharing these pictures will help someone else see the beauty in their own breasts....these pictures were painfully difficult for me to share. They were actually emotionally painful for me to look at & it would be so easy not to share these with u. I refuse to allow pride or fear to get in the way of helping someone else who maybe struggling with the way there bodies look.
I'm still very sick with a cold & I'm pretty sure I have a fever. I hope I feel better by next week so I can take some better pictures & write a better update.
Thank u all for your encouragement & support, I'm truly honored to be here with you all...
I'm so sorry I haven't been able to get to everyone's email responses, please forgive me, I'm trying to catch up.
I'm exhausted & want to apologize for not being here.
The hole in my areola
I wanted to say a BIG thank u to all of the amazing ladies in our wonderful Realself community!
I also wanted to share the progress on my scars underneath my breasts. My right breast is smaller than my left one, so it hasn't rounded out as much as the left.
Some of the pictures that didn't upload
a little over 8 wks post-op
I was having a little bit of booby blues( I would of gone 450cc on the rt 425cc on the left). I was talking to my Mom, we're very close she's actually one of my closest friends. I was telling her how I was disappointed with the left being bigger than the right one & she said," your breasts are beautiful I wish I had your breast, they look perfect!"
It really made my day, to have one of my best friends tell me that my breasts are perfect :) I have been dealing with a family emergency! Luckily things have calmed down some & I have miss you all! Xoxoxoxox
Neighbor Neighbor oowie!
Please say a prayer & send some healing thoughts my way, this breast is swollen & hurts like crazy!
Other than that I am doing really well.
I hope everyone is doing well & has a fabulous week! Xoxoxoxo
I wanted to share my favorite post op bra.
6 wks post-op
What's so strange to me is the thought of calling something that has made such a large impact on me could be called plastic surgery. That seems so fake or phoney.
Massage to prevent scaring
9 wks post-op
This is the Big Massage
I felt completely comfortable with Dr. Wrye, he's very nice, has a wonderful bedside manner! I really like the fact that he took time to explain the different types of implants & I never felt rushed. He is very professional, but not uptight or arrogant. I always felt comfortable, relaxed & he came highly recommended by a friend as well as people in the medial community.