I've never properly fit into a bra. If a 33AA...
After many emails and phone consults (wasn't comfortable with the local surgeons), I decided to go with a friend's recommendation for a PS in Little Rock. I met him October 3rd and am happy with my decision. I am hoping for at least a full B, but wouldn't be offended if I spilled into a C a little bit. He told me he thought around 300-350cc would be good on me and give me what I want. When I tried on the 300cc's they seemed bit much for me, but the 275cc's were about right. I'm hoping he'll put in 300's, but I don't think I would be happy with 350's. Most people say 25cc's isn't a big difference, but on my 5'3 115lb slender frame, it seems like a lot. I'm going to trust him though to go with what looks best on me. After the consult, my boyfriend feels more confident with my decision and surgeon. He loves my small but symmetrical boobs and has been totally happy with them for 5 years, so he has been worried that I will end up with something I (we) don't like.
Maybe this is silly, but my biggest concern with sizing is that I don't want it to be too noticeable. I've been stuffing my bra the last couple months so that it's not such a drastic change in my appearance. I don't really mind if my friends know, but I have a very judgmental religious family that won't approve. My boyfriend is very supportive and says not to care what they think, but I'm just so close with my family... it's a tough spot. I'm sure other ladies out there have had similar concerns. How did you handle it?
anxiously waiting for my boobs!
In exactly one week I will be sitting in a hotel room post-op with big ole bandaged boobs!
Ready? Not really.
Side note: thank you to the fellow boob-ers for your suggestions in size! I'm feeling much more confident in my decision to tell my surgeon 300cc is my max! Plus, I stole some of your before and afters to show him. Anytime I look at 350's I just think that's too much boob for me to handle! I guess people do it all the time, but isn't it harder to go jogging or exercise in general with a full C or D? That makes my mind wander a bit into, when will I be able to do yoga and jog again? Also, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who wants to conceal the new boobies a little. No one has seemed to notice my breasts "growing" with the padding I've added, so I should be in the clear with my family!
I think I calmed my nerves a bit thinking about lingerie and clothes shopping afterward. My college sports team is the Arkansas Razorbacks. My boyfriend picked out an adorable Razorback t-shirt for me that I wouldn't even consider wearing as a flatty. T-shirts make me look like a boy. No good.
Anyone have any really odd or unfortunate things happen just before your surgery?
Counting down the hours!
I took a few more "before" photos. Goodbye itty bitties!
I have boobs! Now it's time to heal.
I met 2 nurses and the anesthesiologist. Everyone was soo friendly and acted like this was no big deal, so routine.
My boyfriend was allowed to come in for the discussion with my surgeon. He drew circles for his footprint/pocket and discussed sizing with me. He said the potential range because of my preferrences and the pocket size would be 275-325cc, but that he would probably give me 300's! I was so glad to hear that because I was set on 300's by the time I went in. He was so nice and confident. I felt so safe and comfy in my warm blanket with a confident surgeon who seemed almost as excited as me!
The nurse put one of those nausea stikers behind my ear (good for 3 days), gave me an antibiotic, and something else (probably for pain). That's where my memory gets kind of patchy. I don't remember saying goodbye to my boyfriend, but I do remember being moved onto a different bed, talking to someone in the OR, and then I woke up. I think I was only out from 10:45am-12:15pm. The nurses almost immediately opened up my surgical bra to take a look so I got a little glimpse too :) and they said they "look good" and "similar". I would have preferred the word "symmetrical" over "similar" haha.
My boyfriend came in about 5 minutes after I woke up. I was so happy to see him and so happy to be done! I got some pain pills even though my pain was only about 3-4 out of 10. I mostly felt pressure instead of pain. After about an hour I was fairly lucid and just kinda tired. My boyfriend helped me get dressed and encouraged me to use the bathroom even though I declined a few times. It was a little tough to relax to pee and it was a little tough to pull my pants back up. A nurse wheeled me to the front where my boyfriend drove the car around.
No nausea yet, but man have I been thirsty! The only real pain I'm experiencing so far us when I try to get out of bed. I can actually move my arms more than expected but somehow sitting up from a reclined position is nearly impossible without help. I have plenty of pain pills though, just in case, my prescriptions are Percocet, Celebrex, Keflex, and Diflucan (I tend to have problems with yeast after antibiotics). I am suppised to wear my surgical bra at least until my follow up for stitches removal on Monday. I was told not to ice them and was given permission to shower tomorrow (should I do that?)
itchy and not much sleep
Even though the nurses said to leave my bra and gauze on, can I take a look? :-P
I'm still not really in pain as long as I sit still, but I have been taking one pain pill every 4-6 hours. It basically feels like I pulled the muscles on my chest (which is sort of what happens if you get implants under the muscle). I'm also starting to feel soreness just below my breasts
I didn't sleep much last night. I had pillows behind me so that I was in a slight reclining position, and a pillow on either side to keep me from trying to roll over. I usually sleep in the fetal position.
When did everyone else take their first shower?
Day 2 Post-Op
I'm going to take a shower today, so I'll finally get a good look at them and take some pictures for you ladies!
Backing off the pain meds
My breasts felt itchy today though. I don'tknow if this was ok, but I put a little cocoa butter lotion on them (avoided the incision) and that helped the itching a lot. I also removed the gauze that was between the bra and my breasts. I haven't had any bleeding so the gauze seemed like unneccesary itchiness. What did you ladies do for the itchy boobs? After having the stitches removed, how did you clean the incision area?
Like most of ya'll on here, I haven't really had a normal bowel movement since before surgery, so I'm going to drink one of those senna teas tonight. I was also thinking with all of the various drugs I've taken to get my new tatas, I should probably do a cleanse/detox too. Has anyone else done this? How long after surgery did you wait before cleaning up your system?
Day 4 is easier
1st Follow Up
I guess they are A-OK. I had my 1st follow up this morning. He said they are healing well, looking good, and actually gave me the all-clear to wear whatever bra I want because they have already "dropped" into place. I didn't expect that so soon! I'm going to give them a bit longer anyway. I have a girl's day planned for Saturday, so we'll do some bra shopping then. He also said that I don't need to do massage. He said since it's under the muscle, when I use my pec muscles I'm basically giving them a massage. Since I already bought ScarAway strips, I'll use them, but he said just paper tape would work by applying pressure to flatten when you put it on the scar.
He said I should continue to wear a bra at night, but I didn't think to ask for how long. A sports bra will keep the implants from trying to settle toward the sides of my ribcage. I'm glad that he listened to my concerns about that. I don't want them to be in my way when I jog.
I'm really glad that my follow up was so easy and he didn't find any problems! I'll take some more photos tonight for you ladies!
day 5 photo update
BethH suggested that I give some tips to others who are recovering in a hotel post-op. Hotel recovery is kind of nice because you don't have to clean up after yourself and you can be in comfy clothes and in bed all day! I still recommend having someone with you because getting out of bed, showering, cutting up your own food, etc. is hard. I'll think of more. :)
My incisions are looking pretty good. I never really had any bruising. My right breast incision is a little longer than lefty and looks/feels like it will take longer to heal.
My boyfriend saw me taking photos and said, "This is not fair. New boobs walking around naked all the time and I don't get to do nothin!" (Poor grammar and all) haha
I need to update, so sorry!
Shopping and New Developments
I thought the high support bra would be good at night, but it's too stiff and shaped. It's just not really comfortable at night, so I'm still puting my post-surgery bra on at night. Also, it has a seem right down the middle and that mark is on my breasts afterward too. Annoying. I may try the Nike bra out tonight and see how it does. I've discovered it's more comfortable to change bras often anyway. I guess one bra squeezes in different places than another, so there's a great feeling of relief every time I put a different one on.
For about 5 days now, I've hard really sensitive nipples. The last couple of days though the pain has gone down, so even though they are constantly perky and hard, they don't hurt very much. I think my arnica oil has helped with that. Same with my skin. Still pretty sensitive, but not really painful or itchy anymore (yay!). Also,... and this is the most exciting... my breast are softer and squishier!!! When I took a shower yesterday I noticed I was able to actually squeeze my breasts a little bit. They aren't rock hard anymore, and actually have a little give to them like a natural breast, kinda. Yay! :-)
R vs. L: righty is still winning the race. She's softer, smaller, lower, and less sensitive. She was actually more sensitive probably days 6-8 with some tingling and soreness.
The cold SUCKS! It's starting to cool off a little in Arkansas and my ladies don't like it. My muscles clinch, nipples harden, and I'm totally covered in goosebumps anytime they are exposed (as you can see in the photos).
Very excited about recent developments! I decided I'm going to do my "after" photos at the 2wk mark.
Tylenol Extra Strength
Triple Leaf Herbal Laxative
Solaray Vital C 500mg
Deva Vegan Multivitamin Tiny (small doses so you can use it 2x a day)
Jarrow Biotin 5000mg (good for skin, hair, nails)
Udo's Super8 High Potency Probiotics (for after antibiotics)
Gluten/Dairy Free and low sugar snacks!
(I've had a gluten/dairy sensitivity for years and they have been shown to cause inflammation and be more difficult for the body to process anyway. I recommend it for anyone post-surgery. Sugar and caffeine really not good for anyone, especially when you're trying to recover from surgery. Give your adrenals a break, help your immune system, and avoid post-antibiotic infections by avoiding these foods.)
After surgery, these are the things I added:
Benedryl (helps me stay asleep at night)
Paper tape (put it directly on my incisions until they close up)
Arnica oil (soothes painful muscles and skin)
Badger moisture balm (all natural oils, they make many varieties but this one is supposed to help with inflammation and shea for stretch marks!)
--1-3 days really difficult/painful puting arms straight up, pulling shirts over-head, and getting out of bed! take your pain meds and leave nausea sticker on the whole time
--Days 3-8 lots of feeling great one minute and sore/pain the next, need help with almost everything, tired easily, naps are awesome, occasional need for something stronger than Tylenol, driving is possible but I don't recommend it (Day 7, I had to take a Percocet and cry a bit after driving around town shopping for 30 min), still can't reach the top shelf
--After 10 days, driving is still tiresome/sore, still sleeping on my back, still a bit tough openning bottles, morning boob is starting to ease up, haven't taken a Percocet since day 8
Has anyone gotten rid of their post-op chest acne?
Drove all day, no pain! Yes!
2 Week Post-Op Update
more photos @ 2 weeks -- slow internet upload
3 weeks- Update!
I'm still having some tenderness, soreness and swelling, especially after a fairly active day. I've found myself sleeping on my side a little the last few nights and it doesn't really hurt as long as I don't put my arm under my breast, but it causes a lot of soreness and swelling. I just slept on my right side last night so my right breast is a little swollen in the photos. For the 1st 2 weeks sleeping on my back really wasn't too hard or uncomfortable, but this last week l've had so much trouble sleeping. Benadryl helps, but it makes me a bit groggy in the morning, so I don't want to do that every night. Ugh! I can't wait to snuggle.
My nipples have still been pretty sensitive, but they aren't as hard all the time. Tonight, maybe because of the swelling, my right nipple feels slightly numb and soft. My incisions have flattened out quite a bit. I've seen just a little bruising around them the last 2 days, mostly on lefty and I think that's because of all its recent movement. Some itchy skin around the incisions and bra line, but lotion or oil helps. Still having a little chest acne. My breasts' skin is softening and isn't so tender to the touch. I'm still restricting my aerobic exercise to just walking, but I did start doing some lunges and squats a few days ago. I have a really busy weekend and am already worried about over doing it, so I'm not going to do more than that just yet.
Under clothes, they don't look very big at all, especially now that they aren't as swollen on the upper pole. No one can tell, except my boyfriend who likes to point out that theres's something to see down my shirt now haha. l wore a heavily padded 32B for a couple months prior to surgery and no one seemed to notice that either. I'm actually really relieved about that. I really wanted them to be like a natural part of me to go with my natural way of life. I was kinda trying not to be too excited about them, as silly as that sounds, because I'm kind of scared of losing them, but I feel like my results have been so good though that I can't help it... l love them! :-) I think I just need to continue to be careful and sleep on my back a bit longer and l'll be able to keep them.
Traveling with new boobs
Anyway, traveling at 24 days post-op: not too tough. We had 3 different flights and a very long day traveling. I never had an extra check after the xray and they didn't question my percocet. I was concerned that I would have to awkwardly tell TSA about my implants, but they didn't seem to notice. My boyfriend lifted my rolling suitcase in and out the overhead compartment for each flight. I had a small backpack, maybe 10-15 lbs, as my 2nd carry on and had no trouble with it. If I was traveling alone, I would have checked my large bag instead. Pulling the 40 lb rolling bag around airports wasn't a problem. My shoulders and upper part of my chest were a bit sore at the end of the day. I was sure that I would be swollen and sore today, but I wasn't. Plus, my breasts and nipples are almost symmetrical now :). I think I've reached a turning point!
Getting back in shape with my new boobies!
My modified exercises for BA gals:
Don't use weights. I just do as many repetitions as I can right now until I feel tired. Try not to get your heart rate up too high early on (listen to your PS's recommendations) and if it doesn't feel good, don't do it. I alternated abs and legs exercises in this list. Just need a mat or carpet and maybe a wall or chair.
-banana rolls- lay on your back, legs lifted off the ground about 2 ft, roll onto left side leaving legs up, center, right, center, etc. but don't roll onto your stomach, keep arms crossed instead of above your head so you don't end up using your pecs
-lunges- regular lunges, no weights
-steam engine- standing, keep arms crossed below breasts,lift each leg up as high as you can across your body trying to meet your opposite elbows
-bridge w/ leg lifts- lay flat on back, knees bent, feet flat on floor, lift butt off floor and hold, repeat, for more resistance alternate lifting each leg
-side lunges and step back lunges
-boat- butt on the floor, make a V with your legs and upper body, keep arms at your side, hold, slowly drop flat to the floor, bring yourself back up leaving arms at your side, hold, repeat
-low lateral skaters- very low wide squat, touch fingertips to the floor, moving slowly and staying low move to one side, stretching opposite leg straight, then move to the other, etc., for more resistance lift the opposite leg off the ground as much as you can
-in and outs- butt on the floor, legs and upper body create a V, keep arms at your side or crossed, bend your knees when you bring your legs in
-chair pose or wall squats- with arms at the side
-80/20 speed squats- squats with most of your weight on one side
-scissors- lay on your back, one leg straight up, other leg about 1/2 ft above floor, switch legs
-calf raises- normal, toes out, and toes in
-balance lunges- if you're feeling pretty strong one day haha, balance one foot behind you on a chair, the other foot in front far enough that when you bend your knee it doesn't extend beyond your toes, just 10 of these do the trick for me right now
When did you start sleeping on your side?
Fluffing! (5wks po)
Also hoping br-acne will stop! I think it is finally time for a full on detox. Working out every day for the last week has helped too.
Accomplishments! and things that need to improve
-Finally sleeping on my sides! I have to switch sides often and stay on my back occassionally, but with my bottom arm under my pillow and the top arm anywhere but resting on my breasts, it works. Some tenderness in the mornings still.
-I avoid arms/chest/etc exercises, but for most other exercises, I can do it. I just move cautiously when I move my arms into position.
-They're pretty soft now, squeezable. :-) A little more bouncy too, and that's still weird for me.
-My nipples are finally not perky all the friggin time! I think they may have ended up losing a tiny bit of sensation, which is great because they've always been overly sensitive!
-Not too happy with my incisions though. A bit lumpy still, thick red line. They have improved a lot since my last photo though so I guess I need to post another one on my 6 weeks po post (Thursday!) I only wear the scaraway strips at night and neosporin during the day. They kind of hurt too, like if I'm in a weird position it'll feel like the skin around my incisions are being pulled.
-They are settling and the swelling has gone down a lot, but with that I've noticed that my 34B bras aren't fitting as well anymore. My breasts fit great, but the band is too wide for me. I noticed that when I was a small A, but I thought with bigger boobs I could pull off a 34. I think I'm a 32C really, which is tough to find. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally happy!
-Other than being a little weaker and out of shape, I'm able to do basically everything as far as normal daily activities.
-Newly stretched skin burns easy! We went to the beach for a little vacation. I burned my boobs just a little along the edges of my bikini. It was fun walking around in my bikini though!
-Only a few more days that I have to wear a bra at night, but since the side sleeping is so new and they get kinda sore, I think I should continue wearing a support bra for at least an extra week.
-I still get some occasional sorenes and twinging, I think from their movement/settling in. They are a little veiny and swollen sometimes after I notice the pain. I took Tylenol couple nights ago for the pain, but that's the first time in weeks.
6 weeks (+ a couple days)
So, they are still kind of similar to where they were at 5 weeks. Mild differences and I'm still concerned about right dropping a little below the incision, but I've noticed a lot of women have had that happen and then the other breast moves too eventually and all is good. Hoping for that. I emailed my PS pics just to give him a 6 wk update (I was supposed to have a 6 wk post-op but long story) and ask him about the disparity. I also asked if I can start jogging again. I have that runner's itch! Ready to feel the burn again! :-)
Finally, ready to run!
I'll post new photos if/when there's a change in their appearance. Incision area is still a little itchy. I'm able to sleep on either side as much as I want, rarely feeling discomfort. My right breast still has a bit of general soreness about it and feels so loose when I bend over or do any movement that has them hanging differently.
not much has changed (9 wks po)
3 months + 1 week
Sorry I haven't updated in a while. I haven't really seen many changes to note and life got kinda busy. My boyfriend has had some pretty major medical stuff lately. That's just how it goes.
I have an appointment with my PS in mid February. I want to wait until after my birthday and Valentine's day before hearing any potential bad news or having surgery. I'll update you ladies as soon as I talk to my PS.
7 months of boobs :)
Dropping? My right implant definitely dropped a little bit back around week 5 PO, but I don't think it has moved since then. I think lefty settled in a little more and evened things out a bit. To me it looks worse in photos than when I'm just looking in the mirror. Minor asymmetry aside, I love them! If some asymmetry is the only problem, I'm happy.
Pain? I haven't noticed any pain from them in at least 2 months, except minor discomfort from bras or overworking the muscles.
Exercise? Haven't done much lately, but... The first couple of sports bras I bought stopped fitting properly around month 3, so I bought some tight compression high support bras (on sale at Target for about $10!) that are grrreat! Running in a good sport bra, no problem. Push ups, no problem. I can't do pull ups though. I don't know if anyone else has had trouble in this area, but it seems like any exercise where my chest muscles are extended (other than stretching) is difficult. I was never good at pull ups anyway, but I tried a couple times and it was almost scary how uncomfortable it was. I'm sticking with tension bands instead. I haven't had any problems with yoga, but I don't do any of the advanced upside down balancing stuff.
Scars? I was originally using the ScarAway strips. They were great for covering up my scars early on, but I don't think they helped reduce my scars. About 2 months ago I started using BioOil and vitamin E oil and I've seen a lot of improvement. I think they're looking pretty good now.
Happy with size? Yes! I can see how some women would have been uphappy. They don't look "big" in clothes or create big cleavage. I don't have BOOBS but I have boobs :). I just wanted to have some feminine curve, but nothing too obvious and 300cc is just the right size for me. I'm glad my PS talked me into high profiles because I think the moderates would have been too wide for me, even though the high profiles have a little less of the natural slope I was looking for. I'm a 34B or 32C depending on the bra. I found that Aerie bras with low to zero padding fit really well for me. They seem to have a wider curve along the wire. Very comfy.
I love having boobs now. I'm still not sure about the "worth it" part, especially since there's still the occasional worry that pops into my mind: what if righty drops more and I have to have surgery again. But I definitely feel more like a woman, look more feminine, feel more attractive, and enjoy clothes shopping a lot more. It's odd though how it's like.. not a big deal now. It's been a fun experience and I don't regret it. I'm glad I did it. If I could go back in time, would I do it again? Probably.
Let me know if you have any questions or there's an update topic you'd like me to cover.
Thanks for all your support ladies!
BEFORE AND AFTER!
I did a lot of research first and was recommended by a friend who is 7 years happy. I was very unimpressed with the other surgeons I spoke with and Dr. Talbert's staff was so helpful and had a lot of faith in him. Dr.Talbert is board certified for about 20 years, very knowledgeable, confident, and has many years of training and experience. He is big on nutrition, natural-looking breasts, and has very very low re-operation and infection rates. His main plastics interest is in breast augmentation and does over 120 of them each year. He's been working with many of the same nurses and the same outpatient surgical center for about 10 years. He is also an artist, so he loves to work with his hands and sees your breasts as something for him to sculpt. He isn't the kind of person who will baby you or tell you what you want to hear, so if you need that he may not be for you. He was very honest with me, treated me like an adult, and made me feel comfortable with leaving my boobs in his hands! He let me know what would or would not work for me and told me that when he got in there he would select the size from our discussed range (275-325cc) that looked the best on me. He was completely confident that he could give me exactly the look and size I wanted, and he did! He also has the various implant sizes in storage so he doesn't have to order your size, which is very handy if you're indecisive and so that he can give you the size that really fits. The consultation and follow-up appointments are included in the cost, which is a big relief because the silicone implants are not cheap. His goal is to make this procedure as comfortable as he can, so plenty of pain and nausea meds are available to you. He uses the Keller Funnel for silicone implants for a smaller incision and lower infection rates. I never felt sick, hardly had any pain, and absolutely love my results so far. I would definitely recommend him in a heartbeat! (My only complaint is that my PS didn't talk to me right after surgery and no one from his office or the surgical center called to check on me. No complications, but seems like that should be standard.)