1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - 5'11" 165 Lbs, Athletic Build, 450 CC Mentor Silicone Round Smooth Under Muscle, Mod + profile
I have been considering breast augmentation for at...
Surgery Day Prep
Just ordered Arnica Montana and Bromelain for after surgery :) yeah, the day is getting closer!
More before pics
Activity after Surgery
Pre Op Today!
Feeling ready for vacation!
Back from Vacation
As the day of my BA is inching closer and closer (less than 3 weeks now), I am slowly preparing myself for the big event!!!! Picked up all my meds and stocked up on Arnica, bromelain, turmeric, herbal laxative, etc etc...lol. Look at that stash! It's crazy - I think I really need to do a major detox to get these meds out of my system once it is all over! I don't usually take anything at all and hope my body won't act crazy on me while on all of this stuff. Oh well, let's hope it's worth it.
I am so happy this site exists, honestly, yesterday I had major doubts about my BA decision and almost cancelled the surgery! In the afternoon, I felt fine about it! Isn't this emotional up and down strange, seriously is freaking me out. So I am so glad to read all of your story on RS and feel much better since all of these thoughts seem to be a pretty standard occurance for women on here. Thank god! I thought I was going insane :)
So what else did I start doing 3 weeks pre op...
- killing myself in the gym and running outside :)
- started eating lots of pineapple (anti inflammatory and helps against bruising and speeds up healing process)
- started Arnica Montana
- using Bio Oil on breast twice a day
- drinking at least 100 oz water/day
- following super healthy diet (fruits, veggies, lean proteins, brown rice/quinoa - no added sugars, cheese, white carbs, etc)
- juicing every day
I sure hope that all if this will contribute to help me heal soon and have a beautiful result!
Just a quick update before work:
So, I am 1 1/2 weeks away from my surgery date (ahhhhhh!) - getting more excited than nervous at this point and looking so forward to my new boobies :)
There are a couple of things I wanted to share with you ladies that are preparing for the big day as well. So as I am two weeks in, I am still working hard at the gym (especially my core and back), do a lot of cardio (running), and yoga. Still drinking 100 oz. + water/day and lots of herbal teas (hydrate!). Eat super healthy and I stopped drinking alcohol last weekend as well (love my glass of red wine!) and will not have a sip until after the surgery and AFTER I am off all the meds. Went to the Better Health Market yesterday and bought myself some more goodies to speed up healing (pics are attached)....
- Staphysagria (homeopathic remedy) - has anyone had any experience with that one? The girl at the store said that it is helpful after surgery. Apparently it is is useful when pain persists at the site of a surgical incision, or after procedures that involve the stretching of a sphincter muscle. It is also indicated after surgeries involving reproductive organs (prostate surgery, hysterectomy, C-section, episiotomy) or the abdomen, stomach, and rectum (including hemorrhoids). Staphysagria may also help after operations on traumatic injuries, such as stab or bullet wounds. --> got that from online. I guess it certainly can't hurt.
- A large box of Coconut Water - to promote hydration and vitamin/mineral restoration. Also, after surgery doctors recommended to intake liquid foods as an alternate for solid foods. During this time one can drink coconut water daily to help cure surgical sore wounds quickly.
- Smooth Move Tea - hopefully I won't need it, but reading all of your reviews on here chances are huge that I will so I picked up a box..LOL. Also have stashed up on my herbal laxative (Cleanse More from Renew Life) - this stuff is awesome to cure constipation quickly, works wonders!
- Bought lots of zip up and button up shirts as well (ordered some short sleeve hoodies from VS online and bought a lot of button up sleep shirts from the Gap and Target. It actually was kind of hard to find zip up stuff...I hit quite a few stores before I found something. Tip: Try online instead! I ended up at Victoria Secret which had quite a good selection of clearance items that worked.
So, yeah, I think this is it for now. Feel like I am forgetting something...lol. Will update again later this week!
Have a fabulous day everyone!
Sleeping after Surgery
Just a quick update regarding a topic that I was a bit worried about: sleeping elevated after surgery. I played around with a couple of options last night and here is my feedback:
Went and bought armrest thingy from target (see pic) as I saw this being used by others as well ($20). I put it on my bed and added a few pillows but have to say that it was a bit too high and hard for my taste. So I went ahead and elevated myself about 40% with a bunch pillows and put a layer of soft down pillows on top - WINNER! I slept like that all night and it was really comfortable. I think the key is to make the pillow base wide enough so that one can't roll over (I am a side sleeper) and it also needs to be soft enough so that your body can sink into it. Also, adding a big, soft pillow under your knees will help wedge you in better :)
Just my experience....I feel a lot better about the sleeping part, now that I tested it :)
Do any of you have some more ideas/tips? I hear a lot of people buy recliners but honestly I am not willing to pay a lot for a recliner that I will not want to keep in my house after the BA. Also, already spend enough on everything else for now. What do you ladies think?
5 More Days!!!! EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK :)
So I am down to my countdown - 5 more days and super excited!
For those of you that are also getting ready, here are a couple of updates:
1. Bought soft step-in bras (Walmart - similar to Genie bras)
2. Bought a pill box that I will use to portion out my meds, especially for first 2 days as doc told me that you could easily overdose on the pain meds if you forget when you took the last one (YIKES)
3. Eating pineapple and taking Arnica Montana every day
4. 100 oz. water plus a day
5. Exercise, run, yoga, exercise!
6. No more herbal, diet or other supplements and no meds
7. No alcohol (to speed up healing)
8. Bio Oil Massage on breast twice a day (to make skin elastic)
9. Low sodium diet (aids recovery I heard)
10. Prepared a shopping list for foods and dishes that I will prepare this weekend so that I don't have to bother with it next week (thinking: fruit cups, salads, soups, white chicken chili...healthy stuff)
11. Put all my "supplies" in one place and will create a close "healing" station the night before (probably next to the sofa) - this includes: straws, ice packs, baby wipes, spray deodorant, dry shampoo hairspray, meds, drinks, coconut water, vitamins, lip balm, phone chargers, etc.)
So it doesn't seem real that the day is almost here! A month ago it couldn't go quick enough and felt like it was ages away and now it is almost my turn! Gosh, I can't even describe how I feel - nervous, excited, happy, worried, scared, thrilled...and all at the same time! Just praying for a good outcome at the end of the day, like all of you!
So happy that my period just started too so that means that I will not have to deal with it for 1 month post OP. Probably a good thing because I am sure bloating and constipation from meds will probably be bad, so I hear.
Still wondering sometimes about the size. Thinking that I definitely don't want to be too small and I still look at before and afters often! But again, there seems to be no real science behind what works for one person and than for the other. I guess I just have to trust the doc to create my wish boobs.
I don't know if any of you feel this way, but I have looked at so many titties the last couple of months that I am almost sick of it! LOL...I never realized how many difference sizes and shapes they come in until I did my "research"! Definitely "boobed out" for a while :) Hopefully mine turn out the way I want so that I can just stare at my own breasts going forward! LOL...anyone felt like that?
Getting closer! 5 more days!!!
Got the Call!!!
Anyone that has any suggestions on how to deal with the water and food withdrawal on surgery day, please let me know!!!!
Excitement is building!
Tomorrow is the big day!
Will finish my coffee and then head to the gym one last time for a spinning class. I honestly have pushed my body so hard the last 3 weeks, it will be happy to get a bit of rest from working out. Super glad that I stuck with my diet and exercise plans though :)
House is clean: and I mean super clean! LOL. Grocery shopping is complete and I will prep some meals for next week later today. Also still need to prepare my "area" and take loads of before pics for comparison!
Oh my gosh ladies, seriously, I am so nervous that my stomach is slightly upset. What the heck!? Hoping that pain won't be too bad and that i can get some rest tomorrow night....ugh. I wish I already was in love with my new, squishy boobies :)
This is it!!! Going in soon...
Actually feel unusually calm this morning - weird...mmmhhh oh well, I guess its better than totally stressed out. My friend is coming at 12 PM to pick me up and then its my turn.....eeeeekkkkk. Keep your fingers crossed for me ladies! Will try to update everyone later on tonight, if able.
On the other side!
Correction on Profile
1st Night Update
Arrived at PS office at 1230 pm yesterday and started the check in process. Was pretty nervous at that time but had a lot of fun joking with my friend while waiting. Took the pee/pregnancy test, vitals, weight, etc. and talked to the anesthetic nurse. They gave me some meds to control after surgery nausea. Then doctor came to mark me up. He is so calm and relaxed that it really made me feel better. Very gentle. I told him that if in doubt about the final size to go with bigger size rather than small but it seemed as he thought 450 cc mid + was going to get me to my wish pics (which he thoroughly inspected). After that I walked into the OR and laid down on the bed while they were starting my IV. Did a little small talk with staff but dozed out of there rather quickly - from that point on, don't remember anything until the nurse woke me after the procedure. Got dressed and my friend drove me home. She said I asked her the same questions over and over for the first 20 minutes :)
lol. Got home and sat down, and was feeling pretty good for the rest of the night. Didn't go to bed until 12/1 am and must say that I probably only got like 5 hours of good sleep.
Pain in chest is minimal (just feels tight) but my back and sides of ribcage are killing me. Took pain meds and muscle relaxers every 4 hours and am in a position to keep the discomfort minimal. Last night at 130 am my boyfriend woke me for pain meds and I got so nauseous that I started panting and sweating. Thought I would pass out and have to throw up but immediately took the anti nauseous pill (dissolves on tongue) and it worked very quickly - thank god. So back to bed until 5 am and then took another 1 hour nap on my sofa (was hoping back would get better when switching sleeping spot/position).
In regard to food, haven't been very hungry. Just ate fresh fruit yesterday and some crackers. Drinking lots of water and tea but somehow I don't have to pee very often. I wonder if my bod is retaining the water because of swelling?
Feeling a little better now than last night, just still very groggy and dizzy. Really hope that I can soon stop the pain meds and drugs. So far Also happy with what I can see regarding results. Calling office today to see if I can take off strap for a little. Nurse had not put that in my discharge papers but I think they decided for it because my chest muscle according to doc is very strong and big. Maybe they trying to keep it restrained because if that? Who knows...will update you guys later.
Wishing you all a wonderful day :)
Off Pain Meds :)
Barely took any of the narcotic pain meds yesterday, which is nice because I feel much clearer in my head now. Doctor advise to start 200 mg of Motrin/4 times day and I am also still taking the muscle relaxers and antibiotics.
Took my first shower yesterday night, which felt very refreshing! Plus I got to take the strap off for a while - it felt so good! Last night I slept very well - went to bed at 9 PM and got up once to use the bathroom. Breasts were really tight and sore but it was OK once I got up so I didn't need to take any more pain meds. Went back to bed afterwards and slept until 5:30 am this morning - not bad!!!
I noticed that my chest is very tight and sore after I have slept for a couple of hours and I have been icing like a crazy person, which feels sooooo good :) Icing definitely helps! If I would have to describe the pain/feeling, the best thing I can compare it to is to the feeling you have when the milk comes in after you have had a child (I didn't breast feed and was in pretty bad pain for a week). Honestly, I remember that pain to be worse than what I have with the BA, strange. I thought it would be the other way around.
Also, yesterday I went for a 20 minute walk outside. I was so sick and tired of staying in and sitting on my bum much longer so I took a short trip with my boyfriend through the sub-division. It felt good :)
That is pretty much it thus far - wishing you all a happy healing journey and good luck to all of you that are getting surgery soon!
Day 3 Update
Sleeping has been improving every night. Although, I'm still uncomfortable sleeping on the incline, I get about eight hours of good sleep now. Breasts are still stiff but definitely improving. I was very tired yesterday, after I attempted to make myself some breakfast. I was so exhausted that I had to lay down and sleep for three hours. So definitely my body is very Exhausted still. But overall I am feeling very good.
My upper chest is still very high and Swollen and I am wearing the strap pretty much 24/7. It is a little bit uncomfortable and my back definitely still hurts too. But it is manageable. Also my incision sites are a little bit tender and swollen. But again, everything very much within manageable limits. I'm actually kind of surprised how well I have been doing. I thought this process was going to be much more painful. And trust me when I say that I do have a very low pain tolerance, I almost passed out when I went into labor with my son LOL.
In regard to BM, I have been taking my Cleanse More pill and also been drinking the smooth move tea. At first I thought this wasn't working, but let me just say that yesterday afternoon and in the evening I probably went to the bathroom like 12 times ... Lol!! Probably too much information, but I definitely felt very light in my stomach area afterwards. I am happy that constipation is not an issue for me during this process. Probably also has something to do with me getting off the pain meds so soon :)
Planning on going for a longer walk outside today. Hopefully it will not be raining like yesterday.
Wishing everyone a happy recovery!
Day 4 Update
Start Falling In Love :)
Day 6 Update
Last night, my boyfriend took me out for dinner to celebrate the new twins :) let me just say that I have zero outfits that hide this god darn strap so I decided to take it off for 2 hours and wear something sexy instead :) of course I let my boyfriend pick the outfit (see attached dress) - after all, he is supposed to have some fun with this as well. So this white dress I am wearing, I have had it for several years but only wore it once and my boobs looked so bad in it that I never wore it again. It is really short and has a cute asymmetrical hem. Tried it on last night and "surprise": it now barely covers the boobies LOL - so that's the outfit he wanted. OK fine....
We finished our dinner, which was lovely, and as we were riding the elevator down, there are two other couples in the elevator with us. One of the girls made us all of these compliments about how cute of a couple we are and stuff and at the end she says: By the way, your boobs look amazing! LOL....ladies let me say that no one ever said that to me before! That was definitely a first and made me feel so happy :) also my boyfriend stared at them all night and said that he cant believe how good they turned out and that my PS is like the most amazing artist ever :)
Believe it or not, when we got back home, I couldn't wait to put the strap back on however. My boobs felt really tight and a bit sore and were like that all night too. My incisions seem to really bother me now and I hope it is only temporary. Maybe that bit of walking around on heels was a bit too much? This morning they do feel better for sure but it feels like the steri strip is tugging on my skin :( well, I guess its only 2 more days and they will remove the darn thing at my post op. Can't wait to start massaging either!
XOXOXOs to all! Happy healing and fast recoveries :)
1st Post Op and Back at Work
- Physical condition: Excellent! Since Sunday I feel like 100% again. If I would be allowed, I would be running on the treadmill already - I feel so good :) Boobie incision site hurt a bit. It feels like something is poking me, but it is tolerable.
- Mental Condition: Excellent! No boobie blues and was actually happy to return to work! Can you believe it? But honestly, I feel very happy.
- 1st Day at Work: was yesterday and it went very well. I felt full of energy all day and was happy to be back. Although, I do admit that at night my head was hurting and I did take some Tylenol. Nobody at work really noticed the new twins. I covered them up in a skilled way :) and honestly I always wore push ups before so they don't look that much bigger now...maybe a cup size or so.
- 1 Week Post-Op: was today! I went on my lunch break. The doc is very pleased with my progress and outcome. Here is what I was told today:
*Wear strap 2 more weeks - EEEEEKKKKK :( and wear it tighter! Double EEEEEKKKK :( Overall they are descending but he said that he had never seen as thick of a pec muscle on a female patient before and since it is so strong it wants to squish the implant down, rather than releasing it down. He said it is generally important to make sure the implant drops as soon as possible as the pocket on the bottom apparently will only take it so long before it won't allow the dropping anymore. I guess it builds some internal tissue? I am not sure but I will wear that god darn strap. Here is to dropping!
*Was shown how to massage and started with the exercises today. It doesn't hurt, just felt a bit weird at first. I can already move my boobies together and create some cleavage now :) Already way softer!
*Cleared to sleep anyway I want.
*Steri strips were removed and incisions look great per doc. They are very raised still but he said that goes away as the double layers of internal stitches dissolve. Incision are directly in the breast fold :) PERFECT!
*Cleared for walking, no cardio until 3 weeks to avoid bleeding. At three weeks I can start bike and ecliptical (no arms), butt and leg exercise (no arms). At six weeks no restrictions. Running not until six weeks either as boobies would bounce too much before.
*Cleared to wear any bra I want! That was a surprise. Honestly don't feel like underwire yet but will stop by VS this weekend to see what my size will be :)
*Doc predicts final cup size to be D/DD (I figured)
*Next check up in 2 weeks
Yippee! Hope all of you lovely ladies are doing well as well!?
Super Irritated :(
Has anyone had this problem before? How did you guys handle it? I urgently need some advise!!!
Bruising and massaging
Softer by the Minute
Just wanted to check in for a Sunday update :) So today is Day 12 post op and I am doing great. Still on the strap for at least another 9 days or so (thats when I have my next post op visit) but I can see some huge changes in my boobies. If you look at the pictures, I am almost wondering if I should still be wearing that strap still. I feel that they have descended A LOT and they are sooooo soft now from all of the massaging. You can see on the pic where i squeeze my left boob how squishy they have gotten. I love that! It feels now like real breast tissue. You can only still tell closer to the rib cage that they are a bit firmer. So overall, very good progress.
As for lack of working out, I am surprised how little my body has changed after two weeks. I definitely didn't gain any weight but feel that I actually lost some! I think that this might be muscle loss? My arms and legs and butt have been getting a bit smaller/leaner and truthfully, I don't mind that at all LOL. Nevertheless, I am walking about 3-4 miles/day and look forward to starting back with cardio a week from now. Plus I will be able to do lower body exercises as well, yippee!!!
So I have one questions for you guys: I found out last week that I have to fly to Asia in 3 weeks (the flight is anywhere from 24-32 hours long - depending on the route I will take). I hate loooong flights because they always bother my knees a lot. Does anyone know if it is OK to fly long-haul 5 weeks post op? I mean can it damage something? I plan on also asking my doc in a week too but thought I would check with you guys first.
Hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Sunday :) Lots of Love!
Loving my new gym look :)
Lots of love to all of you!
1st Shopping Trip
Girls Night Out!
Strap Free & Cleared for Light Arm Work!?
Getting softer each day
Too much massaging?
Almost 5 Weeks Post
So how are the boobies doing? Everything is progressing really well and I am very pleased with my results. Still struggling a little bit with mondors cord but it is getting better, not really painful anymore. I have recruited my bodybuilder boyfriend to take care of the nightly pec pushing exercises LOL... And let me tell you since he started they have dropped and softened out a lot!!! Honestly I think they are almost done dropping now. I am still waking up with a stiff boobs in the morning but it usually goes away the moment that I get up. Once I do my morning massages they are very soft again.
In regards to working out I have slowly stepped up my game. I am now on the stationary bike for cardio as well as the ecliptic all without arm movements. I started lower body exercises such as squats and leg presses and also , per doctors orders, do some isolated super low weight arm exercises (biceps, triceps only...2 lbs max). I am extremely cautious with everything at the gym which is so weird for me because I'm used to going really hard. But I am also so surprised how good I feel not working out as I used to for the last five weeks and surprisingly my body actually has not changed much which is great. Over all I actually feel like I have lost weight, and who has a problem with that LOL!! My energy levels have been back to normal since one week after the surgery and truthfully if I was allowed I am sure I could do whatever exercise wise that I wanted to but obviously I will listen to the doctor.
Other than that I don't think at work anyone has noticed the new sistas , I always used to wear push-up bras anyways and most of my normal clothes still fit me because they have a lot of stretch in them.
I am not sure about where you are but the weather here has been extremely hot the last two days and now it is going to start storming and raining :(they are predicting a wet mess over the Labor Day weekend :( let's hope that the weather changes it's mind before the weekend is here! Wishing all of you ladies a wonderful Labor Day weekend XOXOXOXs
Night out in Town
2 Month on Monday
A continuous journey
Fun Night Out
I consulted with Dr. Rifai for my BA after he was recommended to me by a friend. My experience with Dr. Rifai and his staff was wonderful. The doctor is very calm, gentle and will listen carefully to what you want. He will give you his honest feedback on your wishes and expectations and lets you know if they are realistic or not. One thing I liked about him the most is the fact that he is fairly conservative and will not create any unnatural looking results. He very much promotes a beautiful natural, balanced look and he is extremely good at creating that. Dr. Rifai has almost 30 years of plastic/cosmetic surgery experience and he is very skilled at his art. I felt like I was in very good hands and trusted his final size judgement as well as his professional surgical skills. I am only two weeks post but I am very happy with my results thus far. I can highly recommend Dr. Rifai to anyone that is looking for beautiful results.