Great Experience from Start to Finish - Santa Monica, CA

Hi all, I'm 31, 5'4", 115 lbs, and extremely...

Hi all, I'm 31, 5'4", 115 lbs, and extremely athletic. I've been thinking about BA since high school, and frequented this site a lot when making my decisions! I did a LOT of research, and even more soul searching about the why's of my desire (which I recommend for everyone. It's traumatic, surgery, and being clear about your reasons quells a lot of potential anxiety), so that when I finally walked into surgery, I was totally at peace.

I decided on 210 cc Sientra silicone implants, because I wanted something very subtle and natural. It would bring my A cup to a large B/small C. I chose Dr. Steven Teitelbaum in Santa Monica, and it was the best decision. He was always available to me. During the consult, he spent as much time with me as I wanted. Answered all my questions and never made me feel "dumb" for asking anything at all (this had been my experience with other surgeons). I was completely comfortable through out the whole consult. He even called a female nurse in to "chaperone" when I was topless during the consult, just to make sure no one was ever uneasy.

In the days following the consult, i had more questions, which I emailed to the surgical coordinator. She forwarded the email to Dr. Teitelbaum, and he wrote me personally, and encouraged me to come back in to talk things over in person if I desired. Again, never made me feel like I was being a bother or annoying. I did go back in two days before surgery to try different sizes, and he sat with me and talked me through the decision process, while leaving the final decision up to me. I felt totally comfortable going in to surgery, knowing he would take excellent care of me.

Both the OR nurse and the anesthesiologist have had BA by Dr. Teitelbaum. It was comforting to talk to them and hear their experience as well. Surgery went very well. I was in the office at 8 am, in surgery at 9 am, in recovery by 9:45, and home by 11:30 am. They already look amazing. I have next to no bruising, and my incisions are very small. The discomfort feels similar to a super strenuous workout. I'm a little fatigued, but otherwise, doing fantastic. Dr. Teitelbaum doesn't even give narcotics, because it's not necessary. Prescription strength ibuprofen, antibiotic, and benadryl to help me sleep, thats all. Haven't needed the benadryl at all.

Two days post-op now, and still feeling great. Sore, but nothing unbearable. Tired, but that's to be expected. I ran some errands this morning, and needed to come back and rest, that sort of thing… I'll try to add photos and keep you all updated on my progress. Already so thrilled I finally did this!
How was your pain ?
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Incredibly manageable. That day, it felt like I had worked the hell out of my chest- as if I hadn't been to the gym in a while and then overdid it. Each day since then has been a little better. I notice the pain/soreness mostly when I "forget", and open or shut a heavy door, things like that. No trouble sleeping. He only gives prescription strength ibuprofen, which I really haven't needed, but take anyway because it helps with swelling. Hope that helps!
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How was your pain ?
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Day 3!

Still feeling great. Soreness continues to slowly dissipate. Yesterday I drove for the first time- short distance, of course, and felt fine running some errands, but definitely needed to come home and rest afterward. No kidding! I still have to remind myself-- it was SURGERY, after all! Still thrilled with how it's all going.

Torso still a little swollen, but I also got my period, so between that and the antibiotics messing with my flora, I'll give my "pooch" a pass! ;-)
you look great. keeping posting your progress!
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you look great. keeping posting your progress!
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Congratulations!!! Finally someone that had their period right after BA. Mine started at 3 days too which sucked because I feel like it drained me even more! You look amazing especially at 2 days.
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Back to Work!

Hey everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving. I'm on day 12 post-op, and feeling amazing. I went back to work today-- I work as a server at a high volume (see: very physical) restaurant-- and felt great. My energy is back to normal and much of the swelling in my torso has disappeared since finishing the antibiotics. I was shocked at how good I felt walking and standing for 11 hours (yep) today, carrying drinks, plates, and trays.

There are still a few things I don't feel comfortable doing, but the sensation is mostly that I've done too many push ups, and feel sore from that.

Bruising is disappearing, and my breasts are getting softer every day. They're still fairly high, and more swollen at the end of the day, but all in all, AMAZING. Under clothes, no one suspects a thing. I've been wearing looser fitting tops, but even if I didn't, it wouldn't be obvious. Mostly looks like I'm wearing the world's most incredible push up bra.

I'm still looking forward to when they start to drop, but considering i'm not even two weeks out and have returned 100% to all my normal activities except for exercise, I'm beyond thrilled.

Will update with more photos soon. right now they pretty much look the same. Please feel free to ask questions! Happy to share my wonderful experience. :-)
Congratulations on your great recovery. You look amazing, so natural and the photo was only from Day 2! Are those the gummy bear implants? How do they feel?
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Thank you! I'm super thrilled. They look better every day. They aren't Gummy Bears- I went with Sientra silicone, because I wanted something softer. They still feel a little "tight," but softening all the time. Little by very little, they're starting to drop, and I think they'll look amazing when they do! I highly recommend them!
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Wow, they look so natural!
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Day 12 Photos

Are these high profile? They look a bit bigger than I thought they would. Under the muscle?
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Looking very nice by the way.
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I don't think they are high profile, although I am waiting to hear back from my surgeon on that. I think they look bigger right now because of the swelling-- especially on top. They will "drop", and I'm looking forward to that, although I'm thrilled with them already. He did partial under the muscle. The top of the implant is under the implant, and the bottom is under the tissue only, which helps give the teardrop shape. Hope that helps! I'll post some more photos soon. Funny, I have already been thinking, "I hope I got them big enough!" but I'll reevaluate that when they really settle into place.
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Better and better!

I continue to feel better and better. My breasts are getting more malleable by the day, and I'm loving how they look. This is two weeks post. Can't believe how amazing they look already. Still wishing I maybe went a little bigger, but trying to reserve judgement a little longer. Thoughts?
How do you feel carrying the trays for work? My PS told me not to carry anything more than 5 pounds for a few weeks (4-6), even handbags, etc. I also have to carry some things for work and am wondering how you feel. Thanks.
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Hi! I'm three weeks post and have no restrictions at all, just to listen to my body. I can exercise, although running and jumping isn't super comfortable. As far as carrying things, shoot, I went back to work 10 days post and felt great. I didn't go crazy, but I felt fine. My surgeon doesn't believe women should have to suffer and suffer through this. I seem to have bounced back right away. How soon do you have to go back to work? Are you doing under or over the muscle?
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wow amazing! they will look even better once they have dropped!
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3 weeks post! Feeling great!

I can't believe it's only been three weeks! I'm feeling amazing, totally back to normal, and am allowed to exercise with no restrictions. It'll prob be a little while till I do a ton of push-ups, although I'm going to a yoga class tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. Also, running isn't super comfortable, not for the impact but for the torso rotation, but considering I'm feeling so much better every day, I know this will feel more comfortable soon.

I'm loving my results- they are looking and feeling better all the time.

What else? I took a picture of my scar. Very thin, and my PS said it will fade and soften with time. May look darker before it gets lighter. But the position is perfect.

I went to Victoria's Secret the other day, and I sized at a 32D. That was a little surprising, but I think they are perfectly proportioned. Exactly what I wanted. They are still a little too high to know for sure how they'll be in a regular bra- right now in a sports bra it looks like I'm wearing a push up, but I'm having a lot of fun wearing wireless bralettes that I could never ever fill out before.

So happy. So very very happy.
I love your result! I am same age, same height, and same weight as you! =) Do you mind posting a before BA pic. My doc said get 280cc for Full B. If our breast size are the same, 280cc might be too big. Thanks for your help!
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Hi there-- I sort of forgot to take a good "before" photo, but i'll upload the 3D simulation of it all. My bra size before was 32A/B. My surgeon was confident I shouldn't go larger than 210 or 225 max (I went with 210). However, he (and any good surgeon) takes into account your breast width, shape, and current breast density when assessing size, so don't get too wrapped up in the number. 210 on me will look completely different on you. Best thing to do is play with the sizers and see where you feel comfortable. I'd wear the sizers around for a day, or even put them into a sports bra and do a bunch of range of movement so you get an idea of how much they'd "get in the way" (mine didn't, and don't at all). Hope that helps. Happy to talk about it some more if you like! I'll post a photo above. :-)
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You look wonderful. You got perfect results!
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Perspective

Hi all, here's the 3D sim of what I was going to look like. The image on the left is a photo of me before, and the right is what I will look like. So far, I'm pretty much right on track. :-)
Your results have just solidified the fact that I want sub-300 cc implants. Thank you for posting :)
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I am just starting researching also, just wondering what profile implant you got? I want to look as natural as possible and worry about implants being to high up and looking fake, but yours look great and I am a similar size to you, just less toned. :)
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Hi there, I got mod profile Sientra, 210 cc. I "could" have gone bigger, but I'm glad I didn't. At this size, no one would suspect. As far as shape/movement/etc, I'm still waiting for it all to settle, but it has only been three months. I think that if you go mod profile, you should be fine. My breasts sat high before surgery (distance from nipple to collar bone), so I was really concerned about that, too. The longer I go post-surgery, the softer they should get. Hope that helps!
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First disappointment

Hey guys, posting a new pic- as the swelling went down, this small indentation has developed. It's because of the size of my chest cavity, coupled with my lean body mass, and it's always a risk, but since everything has gone so smoothly to this point, it's a little let down. My doc says we bed to wait a few more months before doing anything about it, and I think he's right- still just a few months post and they will continue to change for up to a year. Hoping that as they drop and flatten, this will go away. My friends have all said it's not a big deal, but of course when it's on your body, it's different!
Hey how are you doing how is that little indent and also what profile did you get I was thinking about going into see the doctor but I haven't seen many reviews of him . Hope you're still happy with your results
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What was your original bra size?
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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Teitelbaum MADE this experience for me. I wouldn't have felt comfortable with anyone else. He answered all of my questions and never made me feel rushed. He even responded to my post-consult emails personally, and encouraged me to come back in to speak about my concerns in person. So far, I am thrilled with the experience and the results. I did not expect to feel this good, but as he said, "there's no reason why you should have to suffer." It's truly all about technique, and I'd recommend him to anyone. I am so thrilled I chose Dr. Teitelbaum. He's truly and artist, and a caring individual. He called me the night of my surgery and I could hear how delighted he was with both my result, and how great I felt. I'll continue to add more details as my girls "develop".

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