Long awaited, (painful, yet) worthwhile! - Sioux Falls, SD

I am 23 years old and I chose breast augmentation...

I am 23 years old and I chose breast augmentation because I have always been fairly small chested. After I had a child at age 20, I believed breastfeeding was the best option. Unfortunately, afterwards, my breast size declined from an A to a AA (an A cup bra would wrinkle on me). Even more frustrating is the extra weight I put on after having her. My butt, thighs and tummy never really lost the weight even though I work at a fitness center and stay fairly active. I was getting tired of people assuming I was my daughter's babysitter. I am a single mom, and I'd like to look like an attractive, feminine woman- not necessarily to attract men, but to earn the respect I deserve. I have had men, even in relationships ask me "why I even bother wearing a bikini top" and overheard them telling their friends I "have no boobs". After dealing with this all through high school, I decided to save a little of every paycheck for the "boobs fund." I finally graduated college, and decided the timing was ideal before I entered the work world.

The surgery was scheduled for a day after my birthday (July 4) so I was a little disappointed to be the DD on my birthday, but not drinking was a small price to pay for the goal I've been waiting almost 8 years for.

The few days before surgery, I was overloaded with all the research I had done on risks, complications, etc. I was very stressed and would fall asleep at one A.M. and wake up at 4 A.M. and not be able to get back to sleep worrying.

I remember my doctor saying my height (5'9) and weight (143) could proportionately pull off a full C cup size. I still had no real visual of this size, so I read the forums online that suggested filling a sock with rice to the converted amount of CC's the doctor suggested. I took a picture and brought it into surgery yesterday, and the doctor agreed that looked a little larger than what we had planned on. This was a relief because I was thinking the same thing. Because my saline implant was placed under the muscle, I went with a more natural look. Because of the placement of my incision, bilateral (under the breast), they did not need to cut through milk ducts as breastfeeding will be a goal of mine again in the future. The nurses were excellent in keeping me calm, although my nerves had me shaking. I picked up my pain pills beforehand, which was lucky because I needed them afterward.

When I woke up, I was all dressed and in a recovery chair. My surgery began about 9:30 and I woke up about a half hour late: about 1 pm. I was incredibly groggy, couldn't focus my eyes or see straight. The nurses helped me into a wheelchair and my mother drove me home. The nurses instructed my mother that my only job was to sleep. It seemed like my only job was to throw up. I threw up in the car on the way home, after making it into bed, and every time I took a pain med the first day. The nurses insured me it was the anesthesia wearing off and I should become accustomed to the pain meds. As of today, I have been able to keep reasonable amounts of food down. The dosage of Vicodin prescribed varies from 1-2 per 4 hours. I found that when I took only one I was counting the hours til I could take another one.

I decided to go out and water my plants today, and thought I would be okay to move a ceramic plant pot into the shade. I was paying for that move. I had to double my dosage the next time. It's amazing how much the pain went down with two pills. But I noticed my face and under my ace wrap have become a little itchy, and I am fairly more nauseous. This is only day two, and I go back to get my ace wrap off tomorrow. I have 375 cc's in each breast, which is a full C. Can't wait to see what they look like!

I am 3 days out from surgery. Washed off all my...

I am 3 days out from surgery. Washed off all my markings, and except for a few bruises, I am TOTALLY happy with my results.
I do have to caution anyone who, like me, is sensitive to drugs, to get an additional anti nausea medication! My second night home my anesthesia was wearing off and the pain was severe. So around 7:30 pm I took two vicodin and knew I needed to remain still or I would vomit. Unfortunately, my stand-in for taking care of my daughter was tied up at the moment, and I had to do all the usual bedtime routines. I went to sleep feeling very groggy about 11 pm. I was still in bandages and sitting up was an extreme challenge by myself. At midnight, and consecutively every half hour until 5 am, I woke up and vomited 6 or 7 heaves each time. I tried to keep down water or crackers, but like clockwork, 30 minutes later, I'd wake up and do it again. I cannot describe the pain I was in when the medication had been eliminated from my body entirely, on top of the continuous wretching that was putting strain on my breasts and my stitches.
I called the on-call nurse and was relieved to be forwarded to my actual surgeon at 4 am. He told me to retain fluids and we would get me an antinausea medication in the morning. Needless to say, this set my recovery back about 2 days. My biggest complaint now that I can keep fluids down is the aching in my back, right behind my breasts. Due to having my ace wrap removed, I think I was unconsciously hunching over to try and protect my sore chest. The doctor said each breast is only about a pound and a half, so it shoudln't be anything like the ladies who need back surgery for reduction. Nevertheless, it will take some getting used to. I am surprised we could fit such a large implant into my small chest wall, but Dr. Miller delivered what he promised! They may be a little swollen at the time of these photos. The ones with the sharpie markings are 2 days post op, the ones without are 3. Hope this information helps you. Feel free to ask any questions. I know how much this site helped me.

Also, as a side note, I am 3 1/2 days out of...

Also, as a side note, I am 3 1/2 days out of surgery and still have had no bowel movement. I have been eating full sized meals to accompany my medications, so I would recommend to anyone on narcotics to make use of Miralax and or juices with vitamin C to avoid constipation.

Update: Day 7. Tomorrow will be a week from...

Update: Day 7.
Tomorrow will be a week from surgery. I really wanted to get fitted so I can know what size I am. Victoria's Secret says right now, I am about a 34C, or 32D. This seems like a great size and shape to stay at, and I was ready to buy my first big-girl bra.

But just then I had a my phone call from PS nurse, and she advised me not to buy (or WEAR) a bra for at least a month, because (sadly) my breasts "will look 100% different a month from now than they do now." Right now, yes- they look porn-star fake. And that wasn't what I wanted pre-op, but I've gotten used to it, and I like how I currently fill out my shirts. So I held off on the expensive bras. I suppose my breasts are semi-swollen, and sitting up higher than they will later on. She explained that my body wants to push the implant up and out... and a bra would only help that. The massages I do are supposed to push them down and loosen them up.
So maybe I'll hold out for a push-up bra when I need it! :)

As far as how I'm feeling, chest wall feels burdened, my skin feels tight, and I can only comfortably do the massages if I'm on a pain pill. I can function without the pain pills, but I have a cramping in my back that seems to go away when the vicodin kicks in.

Also interesting, my incision was underneath my breast, so my nipples weren't touched but my nipples and the skin around them are numb. I don't mind this so much, since before my implants, I always hated having my nipples touched or messed with in bed. I do hope it goes away though, because it is accompanied with the strained, stressed feeling. I hope I'm not trying to push myself too hard, but I did go out shopping with a friend today. I've read about women 3,4 weeks out from surgery who have uneven breasts because of using the chest muscles while healing. Anyone have any advice on limitations?

It's hard because I FEEL like I can do it, but apparently this is the crucial time not to push myself.

I thought I was over the pain part of it, but my...

I thought I was over the pain part of it, but my right breast feels like it's cramped underneath the implant and to the left, on the inner part of my implant. The other one is fine, but the pain doesn't seem to go away from day to day. Thinking of calling the doctor over Christmas break.
Sioux Falls Plastic Surgeon

In my initial consultation, my doctor seemed to be reading off a script about the difference between saline and silicone. As I would have questions, he almost had a tone of "don't interrupt me." When he finally finished, I had forgotten many of my questions and felt like my head was spinning. He left the office, and a nurse came in to schedule me. I hadn't even gotten a definitive answer about how many cc' he thought would look good on me to proportion out my body.... so he came back in and asked what I'd want. I said between a large B and a small C. He reasoned that most women would like to have gone bigger if they only make a minor jump in size, and suggested going bigger. I went home, thought about it and decided he was right. I looked at many before and afters, and this site's forums and decided the benefits far outweigh the risks. I called at least once a week with a page full of questions each time about capsular contracture, warranties, pain levels and medication combinations. My doctor did seem to be pretty in and out when I did have a chance to see him. I was told to be there at 8:50 so I'd have plenty of time to answer my questions before we started my surgery at 9. He arrived in the doctor's office shortly after 9 and seemed a little rushed to make the marks on my chest. When I woke up, I was too groggy to have a conversation, but was fairly disappointed that he wasn't there to see me out, or meet my mom and give her a report on the surgery. I was also told I'd get a card that said the serial number of my implant and information regarding the surgery. I don't recall being given any papers like this. The last 24 hours have been a blur and maybe I will have more information after I see the doctor again tomorrow and he teaches me the breast massage technique to minimize hardening or risks of capsular conracture.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I'm on my 20 days and mine didn't droped yet.
I think yours looks awesome and natural!
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OMG girl thats terrible!! I thought they wouldnt start rippling until after 5-10 years! Im sorry to hear that :(. Maybe u shud get them switched out! Post pics
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Hey how are your boobs doin? Can u post updated pics?
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Yeah I'll try to get some. I guess they don't look terrible, bit I can definitely feel the "rippling" that you get from the saline. It kinda feels like plastic bags under old lady skin. They also don't sit as high as I wish, and some of my new friends have told me that they knew they weren't real by looking at them, which obvi wasn't what I was hoping for. Ill try to get an example of this up.
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hey girl just read ur story hope ur doing ok.. when i seen ur pix i was amazed it looked kinda like i was looking at my pix our boobs look so much alike haha ... crazy.. u can e-mail me if u have ant questions or just want to talk i can show u pix of me too.. i also have 375ccs. i went to a different dr tho.. hope to hear from u
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Your results are great! I hope you get you pain issues resolved.
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Hey girl how are your boobs doing?! You should post some updated pictures! =)
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That's soo awesome! Your experience really has helped me. It's so great to hear that you're doing so well only after about a month, and even sooner than that. I can't wait to not have to wear padding EVER AGAIN! I swear, all of my bras now have crucial padding, and I even wear a padded bra under my sports bra when I work out. I hate it! It's going to be so great to try on my first new bras and actually fit them! I am glad to hear your feeling so great, and best of luck with everything in the future!
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I just wanted to leave a comment saying that you look great! I am sorry you had to go through such "torture" with the pain and sickness, but now your boobs look amazing! I am going with the same size as you, a 375 cc moderate profile saline implant, under the muscle (next Friday, woo hoo!). I am currently a 34 AA, and my PS said it would take me in the range of a big B small C. I would prefer the "C range", but we will see. I, too, am very sensitive to pain meds, so I did what you suggested and got anti-nausea patches for before and after surgery. I hope this helps! I HATE throwing up!! But all in all, I hope mine turn out as well as yours! Keep us posted on how your doing!
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Well thanks! They almost feel like my own now! They are just the right shape for tank tops & sports bras. I'm now a 34 c. I have NO NEED for padding & the push ups seem a little excessive. I was prescribed an anti nausea pill that helped, bit I went off my pain meds after feeling better. I work @ a gym and about 3 weeks post op I decided to shoot some hoops. That was just the WRONG thing to do, so I had to take a pain pill again that night. It made me feel like I'd been riding carnival rides all day. Headache and dizz. My body enter thru a little withdrawal from only 1 pill a day. Muscle cramps, headache... etc. All that's gone now and my back doesn't get tight muscles like it did for the first few weeks. Only time the girls bug me is when I bend over, jog or jump they get a little uncomfortable but I can lay on them and everything with no trouble! Mederma has helped with the scars and I'm working on getting back in shape. Wish u all the best, hope my experience has helped you!
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Thanks for posting another picture!! Ur boobs look soo good girl! Especially for only 19 days post op :)
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You should just take it easy girl :) an im sure in just a few weeks u will be able to sleep normal again :) but keep me updated wit the pics!
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I do miss sleeping with no weight on my chest tho. Even now, all the weight feels like it pulls at my the front of my ribs when laying on my side or feels like they sag when I'm on my back. Makes it a little harder to fall asleep... feels like heartburn. Que sera sera I suppose.
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Lmfao!! Oh i see yea i think counting down makes it more scary haha
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Waiting for surgery. I literally got a countdown widget lol
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Aww thank you girl :) ! Lol im only a 32A my boobs probaly just look bigger because there close together haha! But what do u mean counting down the seconds? Lol
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Yay I'm excited for u too girl! I saw ur b4 and u must be a full A, and u have a GREAT body, any size would look amazing on you. The hardest part is not counting down the seconds :)
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Thats cool ;) im goin to be just as excited as u because im the exact same size as u in ur before picture! An i use to be made fun alot to soo im soo stoked to get mines done an show them to the world haha
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Thank you sooo much. I've never been noticed for breasts before so I'm just beaming. :) :) :)
I had it IV. I think it's more expensive for the inhaled stuff. It was strange when it went in... I had a cold feeling go up my arm and I began to tell a 1 minute story I don't think I ever finished. Haha. I really have no idea what size I am. My doctor advised not to wear a bra at all because we don't want to keep them stationary during the healing process. So I'm goin commando... I'm 6 days out so when I'm off my pain meds that'll be my first stop is in Victoria's Secret for a professional fitting. I've heard so many women really don't even know their right size and now that I have a fresh start, I want to find out. But implanted breasts are prone to change over the weeks so my doctor said "sizing day could be weeks or months from now..." I wonder if anyone can just look at my pics and guess for the time being, because I'm curious too!
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They look soo good girl!! An thats good ur gettin noticed haha. What type of anesthia did the doctor use?? Also what size bra are you wearin now?
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THANKS! I'm so excited. I got 375 each. I finally took the girls out last night in a pretty low-cut tank top and was still looped out on my pain meds... and not drinking. A drunk jerk at the bar stepped up to me and said "dang look at these big ol' titties"... I thought it was incredibly rude, but I guess I'm getting noticed...
The nice thing about this size is I can bring out the girls at night.. but they look nice and proportionate during the day in a high-necked t-shirt. I'm uploading a new one today of my new tan-line. :) YAY! Pain's worst at night and during the morning, but I'm getting used to carrying the new weight on my chest.
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They look really good congrats? Nice and natural. Just wanted to ask how many cc you went?
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375
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Girl ur boobs look great! Thanks for posting on here. Me an u are almost the same stats im 5"10 an weight 140 pounds but i hope to gain 10 pounds back. But anyway I'm getting 400cc silicone implants! Hopefully my surgery will be the second week of august! Keep me updated on the results an keep posting pics :) oh btw I'm a 32a as well and I feel your pain I would get made fun of alot!
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