Breast Augmentation (375cc/425cc HP) - Very pleased with my overall results! - Savannah, GA

03/18/13: Exactly 3 weeks from now... I will...

03/18/13: Exactly 3 weeks from now...

I will be having my surgery. It's also the same week I turn 31. My husband said that'll be his birthday present for me this year. I have his full support for he's seen how much nursing has affected my confidence when I lost 2 cup sizes. I have no issues about every other part of my body except my saggy, one-bigger-than-the-other, deflated breasts - and this is only after nursing one child.

I am 5'4", 123 lbs. I wore 36 B before pregnancy (roughly 4 years ago). I've worn 38 C during nursing, and now I'm down to 34 A or 36 A/AA.

I hope to see a support system on this site, as this is what brought me here the first place. I'm a few weeks from surgery and I am already feeling jittery about going under the knife; I worry more about not being able to fully take care of my 3 year old for about a week since I will not be at my 100% strength to attend to her needs (between driving to/from school and bathing her)... I am though, fortunate enough to have 2 good friends to visit for 3 days to help out here and there.

I have done my research; I will be cleaning the house for the next 3 weekends. I will stock up the pantry with food and so's the freezer with TV dinners (not my first choice but I know my limits). Even though I intend to be out of work for only a week (I have a 8.5 hour office job where I sit in front of the computer all day), I've already completed most work requirements through mid-April as of last week.

I just need to prepare my emotions for the actual surgery day and beyond. I'm not quite there yet... For now, all I know is in less than a month, I will look more of a woman that what I look like today. I have been selfless for quite a while so this time, I'm doing this for me.

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03/19/13: As promised, here are more of my...

03/19/13: As promised, here are more of my pre-surgery pictures.


Thank you for starting your journey on RealSelf. You will find a very supportive community to help you through your surgery...and after. Glad to hear you are doing this for yourself! Keep in mind, it is completely normal to feel nervous and think about this nonstop for the next few weeks. Regarding your three year old, can she climb in and out of her carseat on her own? Maybe you could work on a few "all by myself" things over the next few weeks.  I would also suggest stocking up on a few books to read...quiet time with her while mommy is healing.  :) Keep us posted!

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Hi BethH! Yes, I've been having restless nights thinking about this whole thing. At the same time I've been staying up late too doing more cleaning and reorganizing since I will be incapable of doing a range of motion for a couple of weeks. To answer you question, my daughter gets in and out of her carseat by herself. The only thing she's not able to do is buckle herself in (which I don't expect her to learn at the moment) and bathing. Great news is that a friend will help out for the next 2 days and another friend assist the following 2 days... So I think I may be covered. =)
The pics with the rice test look great. Go for it
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03/22/13: Throughout the week I had more questions...

03/22/13: Throughout the week I had more questions I'd like to get answered so I went ahead and seen another PS locally (Charleston, SC). I pretty much know the answers because I've been researching online but it still helps to get a face-to-face confirmation from a doctor. I tried on some sizers and I'm sticking with 350 CC HP for my right breast and 400 CC HP for my left breast. I may and probably will go up by 25 CC just because it's going under the muscles. I bought a 36 C underwire bra last weekend and brought it with me and used that as my guide to achieve a 36 cup C breasts.

I'm getting more and more antsy everyday. Between the sleepless nights, continuous cleaning so I don't have to clean as much on and after surgery, I'm just getting exhausted. I have 2 more weeks with 3 weekends total... I'm training my 3 year old to do more and more things on her own and reminding her not to hug mommy too tight for mommy has "booboos on her boobies". I'm fortunate to have 2 girl friends to stay with me for 4 days in a row after surgery day - they can help me bathe and dress the little one.

The list continues. I got the labwork faxed over this morning and my results looks great. I got the Hibiclens anti-microbial soap in the mail today. I'm getting my armpits waxed tomorrow. My prescriptions, well I tried to drop them off this afternoon but they told me it's out-of-state so they'll have to make phone calls and the offices are already closed - so I'll wait for Monday. I've purchased 5 bras so far. Once or twice a week I'd play "dress up"; I'll place my "rice test paddings" on my 36 C bras, put some clothes on and take pictures. I'd wear a dress, t-shirt, tank top, night gown, anything I can think of - just to help myself evaluate if it's 'too big or too small'. It may be shallow but It's fun and exciting.

I also managed to lose weight within the last couple of weeks. 2 weeks ago I was as 123 lbs and I decided I would like to be no more than 120 lbs come to surgery date. With a little cut backs here and there and staying more active than normal, I was able to lose over 2 lbs. I'm at 120.8 lbs this morning.

Got to go for now. Floor scrubbing is next on my list... Ugh.


Hello ladies, I'm going to my BA April 3 I'm nervous and exited at the same time. My physical appointment is tomorrow I'm 32 years two kids my high is 5'8, 140lbs and my actual bra size is 34B but not completely filled. I'm thinking of 400cc also will see what happen tomorrow in my pre-op.
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oh wow you're almost there! 10 more days!! You're 4 inches taller than me, more slender and already a B so my guess is you'd be about a full C/small D. Is that what you're aiming for?
Yes i will like something like that, i have big hips, i wear size 9 in pants so i hope they look good and natural,

03/25/13: Exactly 2 weeks from now... I will be...

03/25/13: Exactly 2 weeks from now...

I will be gifted with boobies. =)

What I've done today:
* Paid my BA
* Picked up my prescriptions. 5 different meds costing me $15 (I love Wal-Mart!)
* Made my mind up on the size of implants: Mentor 375cc HP (R) and 425 cc HP (L)
* Bought Palmer's coco butter products. I used these 2 months before pregnancy and I have no signs of stretch marks
* Bought more 36C cotton sports bras (I think I'm up to 4 sports bras, 3 regular non-padded bras and 1 surgical bra)

Over the past weekend, I've done some major house cleaning, waxed my armpits for the first time and separated some really old clothes to donate.

I think I'm done looking up breasts photos. I spent too much valuable time doing this. I know what I'm going to end up with. I am and will be happy with a perky 36C. =)

Now it's just a long, 2 week wait...

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03/26/13: I goofed... Just like 80% of the...

03/26/13: I goofed...

Just like 80% of the women here in US, apparently, I have been wearing the wrong bra the whole time. I went to a professional bra fitter today and long behold - I was not a 34A nor 36AA. The bra that fits me the best are the 34Cs. My right breast is overflowing on the 34Bs, and fit perfectly on the 34Cs while the left is a tad bit loose. Oh dear... Looks like I may end up with Ds...


I saw on someone else's post that you had fractured your tailbone:( I am so sorry to hear this. I dislocated my tailbone during both births of my kids and I know how you feel right now. My oldest is 3 1/2 yrs old and youngest will be 2 in May. I still have problems sitting in one position too long:( It took 9 months for me to not feel any pain when sitting or standing from a sitting position the first time......just over a year the second time. I really hope you don't have pain for that long but just to warn you that it can take a while to heal. What I found best was to put a large pillow behind my back when I sat on the couch and to try and sit up as straight as possible. It hurt the most when I would slouch:( I also sat on one cheek or the other for the longest time which hurt my back really bad but it was one of the only ways I felt comfortable. Good luck and I will be thinking about you!
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I went back to my doctors office and did the sizers again. We went with 425 although they did remind me that it will ultimately be up to my doctor during surgery because he will put what works best with my anatomy and is closest to my goal. I will have the same incision site as you. I think I am done searching for photos now. :) I am just waiting impatiently for the big day. Less than 2 weeks to go. Woooo. Ill start getting nervous the closer it gets I know. I am just worried about being able to take care of my little guy, but I will never stop worrying about that so I'm sure it will all work out ok. I bought some scar strips from CVS. I read that as long as it is silicone strips that it doesn't matter what brand you get they are pretty much all the same, so I bought the scar away brand. Good luck with the waiting I hope time goes by quickly for both of us.
I'm glad you're done searching for photos... I said that to myself when my doctor and I finalized it last Monday and I didn't, for a little bit, but I still look at pictures from time to time... I shouldn't though. The doctor said the scar strips are optional. What brand did you get? I will add that on my list. I did, however, buy palmer's coco butter from Wal-Mart and I started massaging my breast with it since Monday night. I'm not prone to stretch marks but I want to avoid it as much as possible. It was my husband who suggested it as I did the same thing a couple of months before I had my daughter... Good luck to you too! I literally am all packed up and ready to go - clothing, prescriptions, heating pads, etc... I wish I can press fast forward for both of us. I'm sure you are as ready as I am. :) Keep in touch!

04/01/13: I'll have my large Cs/small Ds in 7...

04/01/13: I'll have my large Cs/small Ds in 7 days!

OMG I am so excited I'm breaking out! Literally! Whenever I experience extreme emotions I break out, My chest has rashes everywhere. Ugh... My husband decided that he will take over the guest room and I get to keep our bedroom all week next week. Everything is pretty much set up the way I wanted it. My hubby will be with me that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday my bestfriend Hillary, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday my bestfriend Stephanie. I think I am covered. =)

My butt still hurts, and I still have to sit on this cushion to relieve pressure on my tailbone after fracturing it over 3 weeks ago. I can imagine the pain of sitting in bed for several days to properly position my boobs, and putting all the pressure on my butt the whole time... I'm terrified now. I can see myself walking around more than staying in bed.

I am bloated too. I don't know what to do with this. I've been eating healthy meals as usual, drinking plenty of fluids, taking my constipation meds, but this bloating won't go away.

My 3 year old will not be babied next week. I already feel bad about it. My 15, 9 and 7 year old will be ok and will understand but the littlest one won't. She's mostly independent but she does have her "tote me mommy" moments every once in a while. I guess I'll have to explain to her that mommy's booboo on her boobies are just very very painful and I will not be able to carry her for a few weeks.

Lastly, I did mention I got sized professionally. I was told that I should be wearing 34C bras, even if left breast is really considered a "B". With that being said, I may end up being a large D which I do not wish to be. I'm getting 375cc (R) and 425 cc (L) which are 2 cup sizes up and I'm sticking with it. I loved the way it looked with the Mentor sizers and the rice test. It did fit in the C bra that I used while sizing so I will trust the sizers.


One more week! I'll be a week out tomorrow. I am getting both excited and nervous as the day gets closer. I am sorry to hear about your injury. That sounds horrible. I bet with a little trial and error you will find a comfortable way to recover after surgery. I understand how you are feeling about your little one. I just keep telling myself, yes it will suck for a few days, but my little guy will be ok. At least you can kind of explain that mom is hurt. I hope it all goes really well for you.
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My mother-in-law had the same injury. She broke hers when she had her 2 boys. She said it took her a year and a half to not feel the discomfort. Thank you for your message. At least I know now that I have to be more careful sitting on unfamiliar seats and chairs. I always sit as straight as I possibly can even especially when I'm driving. It relieves the pressure, and yes, I do not slouch anymore! I had my hair highlighted 2 weeks ago at a hair salon and I was almost in tears when the lady asked me to lean back so she can wash my hair... Thank you for your concern!
Hi caribmama, The moderates are narrower than the hp's. Here's what I gathered from the Mentor website: Moderate plus: 500cc - diameter: 14.1 cm, projection: 4.4 cm High profile: 500cc - 13.2 cm, projection: 5.3 cm With your profile, I think the hp's would be perfect for you just like what your ps suggested. You're tall with narrow ribcage, so the hp would fit perfectly on your chest and bring out more projection or perkiness. In Cherie29's case, the moderates will work better since she has a large space in between her breasts. Moderates are wider and will make her breasts appear closer to each other.

04/02/13: I just changed my profile pic. It's me...

04/02/13: I just changed my profile pic. It's me wearing a 350/400 rice sizers. this is my ideal look, not too big and not too small. =)


Good luck!!!! The rice sizes look great!! Sorry to hear bout your tailbone. Yikes!! That was my biggest complaint for the first few days. Sitting propped up like that all day. I did eventually discover that I could shove a small pillow under one butt cheek and alternate just to offload the direct pressure. Excited for you!!!
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Well tomorrow is the Big Day!! I so nervous and excited at the same time, i hope everything goes well. I'll let you know how it goes :)
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Goos luck hon, post pics

04/03/13: Do I have to wear a specific underwear...

04/03/13: Do I have to wear a specific underwear for my BA? Can I straighten my hair the night before the surgery? The doctor's office told me no hair products, so I'm not sure if I can use my heat tamer or not. Slip ons or sneakers?


Hi Jeannie! Good luck!!!! I'm next Thur the 11th, so I'll be watching for your post surgery/recovery posts and pics!! Excited for you! :)
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I've gathered at least 8 pillows already to support my entire body next week. My husband's moving out and will be staying in the guest room for the meantime... Thanks!!!
That's good!! Make sure he's within yelling distance though. You may need help getting out of bed the first few nights. I had to pee every night at 330 and needed a little boost. Haha.

04/05/13: Last day at work! Woo hoo! Final day...

04/05/13: Last day at work! Woo hoo!

Final day to clean up my work desk and I'm out! Grocery shopping after work then home. I WILL NOT leave the house this weekend for I refuse to catch anything and get sick. It's been raining in Charleston, and I'm glad it has been for the pollen has been making me sick with allergies. My super clean and shiny black car (thanks to my stepkids and husband) turned yellow again this week and I do not appreciate that at all... The community pool was opened on April 1st and my 3 year old's been bugging me to go swimming. I feel bad for I won't be able to go with her for several weeks. Thankfully her dad can take her on weekends.

I've been sleeping good every night, which is so not me, but after a whole day work, over 2 hours worth of driving, attend child's needs and nonstop house cleaning - I'm wore out. Next week would be my turn for I WILL NOT DO ANYTHING but heal, heal and heal. I've read too much horror stories about overdoing and messing up their boobs and I will not be one of them.

Back to boobs... I really do like how the 400/350 sizers look on me at the PS's office, but that doesn't factor in that I'm going unders. I'm set to 425/375 but will that be enough to compensate for the subpec placement? I've read about losing 10% so I'm a little torn at the moment as to whether I keep my 425/375 or go up to 450/400. Both will be .5 to .8 cm wider than my BWD and I'm sure that's ok.

Update on my coccyx. Yes, it still hurts. Although I can drive for over an hour now without the cushion. It's been about 3 weeks now since I fractured it and it's slowly getting better. I assume within a couple more months it should go away. Everyone here at work knew "Jeannie broke her ass so be nice to her" but they're just a bunch of mean people... They'd come to my office to make me laugh knowing it hurts soooo bad to laugh... There's about 20 fulltime people in my office and 7 are women. We have about 80 men who works in the field but would come in every once in a while. I'm one of the youngest woman here (contractor/military facility) and I tell you what, these MEN SEES EVERYTHING. They gossip 10 times worse. I don't want to be talked about so within the last 4 weeks, I gradually wore bigger cup bras, just so they won't notice anything when I come back from vacay. We'll see how this will work..


I'm just a few days after you on 4/11. Not too much longer!
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Good luck to you wishing you the best mine is Thursday going 450cc
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Good luck. I'm on Tues, and it's getting very real. You're gonna do great!
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04/07/13: No more anxiety, just pure excitement....

04/07/13: No more anxiety, just pure excitement. Final cleanup day. My husband's already playing black ops 2 at 7 am while keeping our daughter entertained. I did say I wasn't going out this wknd but didn't happen. Woke up early to replace our broken cable box, then went to the boat dock to play with my daughter and watch people fish. Headed to Tanger Outlet and did more shopping for the family. I bought my daughter a scooter so we played outside yesterday, it was a beautiful 71 degree weather by the way. then I played volleyball and kickball with the neighborhood kids for about 2 hours. Got dressed and had dinner in olive garden with our good friends. Got home, showered, soaked my boobs with Hibiclens antimicrobial soap twice. Will do it again tonight. Will also take my Ativan. Will get my button up pajamas, warm socks, slip on shoes and prescriptions packed and ready to go in a few.

Will be up and about at 4:45 am tomorrow. Have to drop our daughter to a friend's house at 6 then 2 hour drive to Savannah from Charleston. 8:30 is my final pre-op and I should be on the table by 9 am. PS said it'll take 45 minutes so I should be waking up between 10 to 1... You'll hear from me in the afternoon! I hope everything goes well and I get just enough to gain the woman in me again! =)


Good luck tomorrow!!! Happy healing :))
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Thank you much! :)
Gook luck! I'm 4/9! I will be thinking of you and sending lots of good energy your way!
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04/08/13: I'm home from Savannah, just woke up...

04/08/13: I'm home from Savannah, just woke up from a 3 hour nap an I feel pretty good! I'll post more details tomorrow... I finally made it to Boobieville!


Congratulations! Glad you made it home ok and are doing well. Post an update when you can about the process. Would love to see pics! I'm 3 days away and soaking up all the info I can! Happy Healing!
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Thanks for all your well wishes! Surgery went well. I love their down to earth approach best of all. I will keep a more detailed post tomorrow when I'm less drowsy.. Thanks again ladies!
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Who boo!!! High five!!

04/09/13: Photos taken a few hours after surgery...

04/09/13: Photos taken a few hours after surgery.

Yesterday, we left home at 5: 40 AM, dropped our daughter to a friend's house (her school doesn't open until 6:30 AM), drove to Savannah from Charleston - took us exactly 2 hours to get there, and got to the hospital where Dr. Finger's office is located. Waited from 8 - 8:40 AM, one nurse took 5 photos, then went back to the waiting room. I got called in at 8:50 AM, they made pee but I couldn't for I already went to the restroom as soon as we got there.

Nurse Terry made me change to paper drape top, clean bottoms, support stockings to avoid blood clot, and slip on shoes. I left my underwear on. I sat on a recliner, hooked me up to this enormous IV, took 2 Percocet (pain) and Flexiril (muscle spasm). I got to talk to Dr. Finger one last time. He still have 2 visits he needs to attend to before he can cut me open. Anyway he looked at my breast, mentioned that the right one is far more saggier than the left and told me he will do his best to make me it symmetrical with the left without doing a lift. I asked him if I need to go up in cc to achieve my desired look, and he honestly stated that my chosen 375/425 is just perfect for if I go bigger, it would not look natural and would be less manageable as I get older. I love the way he looks out for his patients. Anyways, when the IV was about done, I finally went to the restroom. Got urine collected for preg test. Went back to the recliner, and I met the super nice anesthesiologist who gave me a little bit of whatever it is that made me feel drunk and Benadryl. It was around 10:15 to 10:20 AM.

Next thing I know, they were calling my husband to come in to the recovery room. This was about 12 noon. I remembered being wheeled to the car, and barely remember anything on the way home. My husband said we got home at 2:30 PM. Took some pictures then I went to bed with the TV on. Took another Flexiril and Tylenol XS. So glad we were home for WWE Monday Night Raw but it sucked that I was so sleepy I keep on passing out while watching. Hubby and I decided to go to bed at 10:00 PM for we were so tired.

It's almost a PAINLESS surgery - I admit. I feel really good. I'm able to grab toilet paper with no problem, drink from a 24 oz water bottle and walk around the house. My boobs aren't hurting bad at all. Once in a while the sides feel sore, but then it goes away. I was up at 1:18 AM and 3:30 AM this morning, not because of boob pain, but because my poor fractured coccyx is hurting from being in bed for so long.

Also, Dr. Finger called aound 8:30 PM last night and spoke to hubby. He's basically checking on my condition. Told him a few things we need to remember.

For now I have to wait for 48 hours before I can have a sponge bath. I can also remove the gauze pads or whatever they are when I do my first sponge bath. Hubby took another day off to care for me, then my girl friend gets here at 5 PM to assist. PS also mentioned no massaging until Friday. He's going to show me how.

So far I think overall I had a very successful surgery. My breast is just perfect for me. Not too big and not too small. It hasn't been a full day post op and they are already beautiful, for me. It's 8:30 AM now and I'm feeling no pain. I can bend over, reach things about me and walk around with no issue. Also I have no bruising, or redness, or anything unpleasant. Mainly I feel heavier on the top, it's quite obvious why, and that's about it! I hope this great feeling continous! I'm very happy so far!


I feel the same way! Only slight pain nothing significant. I feel really good. I thought i would feel a lot worse. I am not even taking anything for pain, just the muscle relaxers. I also do not have bruising yet, but my doc said it could be a few days before bruising happens. I hope I don't get any! I wonder why you have to wait so long. I was able to shower today. Your boobs look great! And they will only get better in the next few weeks :) I am loving my results too. And it is kind of nice to relax on the couch while my mother in law watches my little guy :) Although it is REALLY hard for me to just sit here. Happy healing!
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I'm glad you're not pain! I hope we continue to feel this way. I had to wait 48 hours for my shower so I took one this morning and removed the bandages too. I have some bruising below breasts but they're not painful. They should go away in a couple of weeks. I still can't feel my nipples. I'm glad your mom-in-law's there now to help out! I have a girl friends with me all week so I don't have to depend to hubby all night. Enjoy your lazy week - we need a lot of rest! Happy healing to you too!!!
You sound so positive! Congrats!
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04/12/13: Post op consult today. All went well....

04/12/13: Post op consult today. All went well. Learned how to massage my boobs. 10 minutes a day should be plenty per PS. The only complaint I have is that left breast is not dropping as fast as the right breast, but realistically, it's too soon for me to complain about it. Went to Forsyth Park in Savannah GA to take pictures before we head back to Charleston. Was able to do some shopping at the mall today too. So glad I could still fit on an XS at New York Co, only the chest area is fuller. =) This tells me that I should be able to fit on most of my clothes, which is awesome! I'll be back to work on Monday. I'm so excited. Staying home and not doing anything all week is annoying. I'll continue updating status and pics!

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04/13/13: 5th day post op and day before my 31st...

04/13/13: 5th day post op and day before my 31st birthday...

My husband threw a surprise birthday party for me. Friends and families showed up and had Jim N Nick's BBQ served for dinner. Yumm.. Then hubby baked red velvet cake as dessert. I'm one lucky woman/mother/friend. =) Needless to say, I'm a little tired, bloated again due to overeating (no regrets!) and had to take a Percocet and Flexiril twice today.

My breasts are slowly dropping. I massaged it 3 times today and the left one is slowly catching up with the right breast in terms of dropping. Nipples are symmetrical and size looks very identical. I'm very proud of my PS. I was told to wear surgical bra until my 1st month post op appt, which I don't mind at all, but it may not work with most of my work blouses/tops so I will do some shopping tomorrow. Nurse Terry suggested not to buy bras yet (ooops) for it may not be a good idea at this time. My breasts hasn't fully dropped so the cup size may still change and bruises and stitches aren't completely healed yet.

I'm still waking up once or twice in the middle of the night: either I have to pee, or my butt is hurting from my injury. I will continue sleeping propped up for as long as I can, I just hope my bottom will work with me now that I'm sitting on a cushion made for broken coccyx!

Most of my clothes still fit, better off they fit better now that I have a fuller chest, although the juniors/small tops has to go. I have a 9 and 15 year old stepkids who will benefit from it. =)

All is well on my end! I hope all of you gals are healing properly and best of all, liking what you see in the mirror! The best thing that happened to me so far from this entire experience is gaining the woman in me again and having a group of people supporting me thoughout the whole process. I can also proudly say that I'm one of the 25% who is happy and satisfied with the outcome of the surgery.


You look great! I have to say it has been pretty rough for me having an 11 month old. Worse for me than him though because I am so used to doing everything for him and its hard to let other people do things. The good thing is he is bonding more with his dad and learning to trust other people. I haven't been able to take any pain medication because it made me really sick, but Tylenol is helping. The muscle relaxers make me really drowsy, are you on them four times a day too? I like my results so far I am just hoping they drop and look more natural in the weeks and months to come. I am glad you are happy with your results! Hope your healing stays going well. Happy late birthday!
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looking fab JeannieBee, happy bday I know u will enjoy it. How are your bruises looking now. You also have dropped a little.
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Thank you so much, caribmama! I'm 31 as of 9:22 AM. lol... Bruises are going away, the one underneath my armpits and middle of my chest are gone. The only noticeable ones are under the boobs/around the stitches. How's recovery so far? Any pains? Post new pics!

04/15/13: First day at work today. I'm going to...

04/15/13: First day at work today. I'm going to shoot for a day shift with no pain meds. I'm glad no one has said anything at work.

Also, nipple sensation started coming back yesterday.


I can relate to your grief. I do everything at the house too, on top of taking care of my 3 year old and working 10 hours every day. Don't beat yourself up. :( I hope you're not pushing yourself too much with house work and caring for the little one. I did not take the pain relievers and muscle relaxers as prescribed - I took them as needed. Today is my 7th day after BA/first day back to work and I'm off of all the meds completely. I probably took just half of the Percocet, Codeine and Flexiril. Have you started massaging your breasts? I started last Friday and it helps out a lot with the pressure and tension... Thanks for the birthday greeting. =) Stay in touch and I hope we continue to heal well!!
Thank you, maybaby! You'll get one of your best birthday gifts after your birthday! =)

04/17/13: 9 days post op and still doing...

04/17/13: 9 days post op and still doing marvelous!

Been off of pain meds and muscle relaxer since Monday, started driving Monday and working 9 to 10 hour shifts daily. Doing better and better each day. Breasts are slowly, slowly dropping. Typical "morning boobs" occur when I wake up at 6 am but the massages gets rid of it.

Went to Wal-Mart for lunch and bought 5 pairs of Hanes bandinis in mediums (thanks to luvmyhuskies' suggestion!) They are the bomb! Super comfortable! The only downfall is I have to wear pedals/dimmers/nipple covers on certain work outfits which is no biggie. I have a set of 3 I bought from eBay for a couple of dollars - they stick very well and reusable/washable!

Also lost the bloat and extra weight - I'm back to 120-122 lbs and this is where I'm staying! I got addicted to P90x last year and dropped down to 113-115 lbs and boy I looked sickly! I mean I felt the strongest then but I just did not look right so I'm staying where I'm at!

I love my breasts, I love my figure and best of all, hubby's loving every inch of me more and more. lol... He can't resist looking at my boobs when I'm talking to him and touching it right before we go to sleep!

Only dilemma with this whole thing is how/when to tell my stepkids about the BA. We see them every 2 weeks, they stay with us Fri-Sun. It's almost summer time and we all go swimming every time they're with us. My poor 15 year old who's 5'7, 108 lb and 32B has been complaining about her small breasts and would like to get a boob job just like her biological mom, so yeah, wait until she finds out about mine.... Any advise ladies?

Happy healing to all of us and may we all love ourselves more and more each day. We certainly did this for a reason and I hope it's all worth the money and pain!


Hey! How's the healing going? Did you tell your step kids yet? I can imagine that it would be a bit difficult to figure out the best way. Hope all is going well with your recovery.
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Lookin good!!!! You got a medium in the bandinis? I almost bought some yesterday at kohls but couldn't figure out what size. The felt comfy:-) As for your stepdaughter, I haven't a clue on what to say. She's "at that age" too so on top of the BA you've got all the other lovely teen issues. Maybe tell her before u actually see her? Or have your husband break the news? I wish I could help more...
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Thanks!!! Yes, I bought a medium. The label says Medium - 34C/34D/36B/36C. It is very comfy indeed. My stepdaughter's a typical 15 YO; doesn't want to eat to stay skinny (oh if you wear size 3 juniors, you need to start loosing weight type of thing), all about hot young boys, wears all fashionable neon outfits. I'll have a good talk with my husband before we see them again. I just don't want her to feel "more deprived" if you know what I mean...

04/25/13: Just posted a photo 2.5 wks post op. I...

04/25/13: Just posted a photo 2.5 wks post op. I started walking a lot on top of 10 to 12 hr shift. lost weight from 123 to 118 lbs (technically I'm around 116 without the implants!) and loving my boobs everyday.

My sad news is that I can no longer wear my medium bandinis. Boobs dropped significantly and they're now tight and very uncomfortable. Sucks for me for I bought 6 pairs... ugh

Hubby felt bad about my case so he took me today to Bali and bought 3 bras, no underwire, just enough to support my boobs. ALMOST had a heart attack when I got sized.. 34DD!


That's for letting us kknow about true bandinis being too small now! U have no idea how I appreciate that. I went our and about two packs in medium and as if now they fit just fine and comfy. I actually have on the lime green on on:-) my boobies are pretty big(I think) and they still have much dropping and fluffing to do- PS told me that it may take me longer than most to d&f due to my specs being so tight. She really had to work my right side to get the 450 in. I'm still quite spread well. When does the exhaustion end. My husband and frinpends have been godsends and kiddos have been such sweeties but MAN, I am solo exhausted! I even just qikw upbdeom a nap. Bleh You look super cute and congrats on the weight loss:-) Sorry for typos.....wicked tireed
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The way the bandinis fit you can get an XL and be fine. That's what I got. I am 32 or 34 usually and wear small shirts or size 4. I bought the XLs and they are very comfy and not loose at all. I really don't think they would fit someone that was all that big. I think they run pretty small.
Hey Cherie! You're looking great! isn't it amazing how our boobs dropped between the second and third week? I'm healing well! you look like you are too. We're supposed to have the girls, my step kids, this weekend but they're having a car wash to support their summer camp so they didn't make it here. I'm sure she'll understand, my 15 yr old. she'll just feel bad about herself for not being as big as she wishes... how's your little man doing?

04/30/13: 3 wk and a day PO. Doing better everyday...

04/30/13: 3 wk and a day PO. Doing better everyday. we actually went to an all day rockfest event on sunday with my 3 year old and I didn't hurt or got tired.

I have 3 highlights on this post:

first and foremost is my confidence level is soaring high and it's making me more cheerful, positive and productive. I hope it does the same to you ladies.

secondly, take cherie29's recommendation on those Hanes bandinis. Purchase big ones!! I don't care if you already have an anticipated size in mind that matches the bandini on the sales rack - it doesn't mean you will end up that size! get a size or two bigger!

With this being said, I was a 34 saggy B prior to BA. My left one is actually way smaller. you'd think getting an average of 400 cc would make me a D... Wrong! I'm a 34DD / 34DDD in VS. I went to the mall last night and holy crap it scared the bejesus out of me when the lady said I'm not and will not fit in a 34 DD. Man she was right! Worst part is ALL the VS stores in Charleston area doesn't carry that size and can only be purchased online. Bummer!!

Lastly all you women out there, please do not freak out about the initial look of your boobs: they're too high (or one of them is), they're off, bruised up all over, too far out, blah blah... Just chill out, REST, REST, REST,, and do exactly what your board certified surgeon tells you. It will all get better. Worst thing you can do is overwork yourself, over massage those puppies, and next thing you know you have complications here and there.

Happy healing everyone!!


Jeannie u said u got measured correctly at a 34C so 400 CC would make you s DD or higher. Have they both dropped at the same rate right now, r u still wearing the surgical bras, do u have any pain or umcomfortableness anywhere?
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hey caribmama, yes 34 C from VS initially. I can't believe it's that big so I went to maidenform and playtex/bali and they got me at 34 B. left breast was actually closer to an A. I'm still dropping but I don't have much left. they will never be even but close enough to where I wanted them to be. I threw away those surgical bras in less than 2 weeks! they're horrible, tight and painful. along the sides, underneath my armpits, are still somewhat sore. other than that, I don't feel a lot of pain anymore except the morning boob. how have you been?
Lmao. I am still wearing sports bras that are tighter than what my actually bra size is and yes they are beginning to make under my boobs sore as hell. My R breast is not dropping as fast as my left, I think its healing slower because thats the most uncomfortable. My ps didn't tell me when to stop wearing sports bras or even how long to massage and I didn't ask either.

05/10/13: 1 month PO appt yesterday. All went well...

05/10/13: 1 month PO appt yesterday. All went well. Dr. Finger suggested to come back in 3 mos if I have concerns, otherwise, I don't have to. A few things we discussed yesterday are as follows:

* I can now do ANY form of workout, including heavy lifting, as long as I'm not hurting my pectoralis muscles (very excited about this!)
* I can wear any kind of bra
* I can now go swimming, my 3 yr old was thrilled
* The slight discomfort on my sides/below my armpits was due to the muscles being pulled so they could place the implants under the muscles.
* Left breast is still a little swollen and will still drop a tad bit.

Few things he reminded me on:
* Continue massaging. He suggest 3 times a day for no less than 5 minute at a time (I've only been doing it twice)
* Silicon sheeting. I'm light olive skinned and prone to keloid. Start applying the silicon sheet ASAP.

I congratulated him for making my surgery almost painless and doing his best to keep them symmetrical. I love my breasts. I'm on 4th week and they feel like they 'belong' to me now, as if it has always been a part of my body the whole time.

I'm now shopping for support bras so I can start doing HIIT and calisthenics again. For now, it'll be 85 degrees in Charleston tomorrow, so I'll be rocking my new bikinis to the beach with my 3 yr old. So much to look forward to!

Thank you so much for Dr. Finger, his wife, his entire staff, this website, and all my buddies from Boobieville! I love this site!

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Before I forget just so you ladies know, I got...

Before I forget just so you ladies know, I got sized at 2 bra stores in Tanger Outlet and I'm a 34DD. I'm a 34DDD at VS. It surely does not look that big but that's what fits the best.

Happy healing everyone and enjoy our tatas!!!

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