Want my Itty Bitty Membership Back!
I'm a 42 year old who had my implant done in 2001. I’m 5’7’’ weighed 158 muscular/boyish shape when the surgery was done. I have long legs and bubble booty with no hips. I’ve been small busted my entire life and have been the same size since high school. At that time I wanted my breast done but was talked out of it by all the larger breasted members of my family and friends.
With each child my breast grew into firm lovely mounds that I so dreamed of. So my decision to make them permanent came after the birth of my 2nd daughter who single handedly turned my high firm breast into shrunken ski slopes after nursing for 14 months was the easy.
I lived in Los Angeles so finding a doctor was also easy and after spending almost a year “interviewing” surgeons I selected the one I felt most comfortable, had great reviews and who seemed to understand what I wanted best. My desired size was 34 full C, as I felt my 34 small B’s were unbalanced to my bottom half. I'm usually very clear when I explain myself and my desires but when I awoke from my surgery I knew the elephant on my chest was way too big!
I was told upon release from the hospital that they were swollen and would settle into position and be smaller after the swelling went down, about 2 months. I was measured repeatedly out of dismay mostly but was I was a 35DDD and although I’ve gained some weight since 2001 I'm still a DDD!
Don’t get me wrong they are beautiful-they have dropped and no one ever believes they weren’t a “gift” from above. They are very soft, subtle, and my skin is smooth and perfect really. I’ve had twins since the surgery and nursed them both with more drop in location. My nipples/areolas are on the rather small side to begin with so the implant didn’t really change that. They look a lot larger in photos. Many doctors are surprised when they feel them at my yearly exam that they are not real.
My problem you ask, I'm tired of wearing an x-large shirt when I could wear a medium! I'm tired of looking like I’m still pregnant. I never used to be uncomfortable about having my chest out when they were small and my favorite shirts are tank tops! I didn’t want to continue to have clothes altered or buy separates to fit each half. Now I feel like I have to cover them up to avoid being stared at. I never wanted extra attention; I wanted to be balanced in my clothes.
I’ve spent thousands on bras that only partially fit because my breast are naturally placed higher on my body as most woman of color can relate to so the implants always look they are under my chin in a bra. I was recently given a routine mammogram and while awaiting the results I really started to worry about what may be found or not because of them and what if they were popped during the procedure?! It came to me I'm so over them! I want to buy smaller shirts, bras that fit- just want my smaller top half back! I want to run, jump, sleep on my stomach comfortably, and wear any kind of tank top in a medium or a cute bikini without feeling like a stripper.
Finding this site has helped me determine this is the right path for me and that I'm not just a fickle lady having a middle life crisis. I want to be natural again and that the grass isn’t greener- it’s hay! I now live in the Phoenix area and I'm scheduling appointments once again to begin the “interview” process so I greatly appreciate any comments! I will update this and hope to move my procedure up as the waiting is killing me!
Officially a card carrying member of IBTC again! 2/14/14
23 Apr 2014
2 months post
Fast forward to 2014--Mommy Makeover (breast implant exchange/lift and full tummy tuck with muscle repair as well as liposuction of my flanks.) Original implants were 375cc over filled to 600+ replaced with 175cc silicone under muscle. Now perky firm 36 perfect C (was 38DDD). Anchor lift with very little scaring. New Belly button is amazing!
Finally I Did It, Great Doctor!
29 Apr 2014
2 months post
I have been a member of Real Self for a few years now and thought I wanted my oversized breast augmentation explanted (done by another surgeon). Since moving to AZ I’ve interviewed five (5) doctors here in the valley. Four of them told me that the work I had done was really good but I just needed to exchange my implant for a smaller or just have pocket repair due to sagging. One popular male doctor even told me, “Way should I make them smaller you’re only gonna come back in a year to have me put them back in!” I don’t make these type of decisions lightly and it took me twenty years to decide to get them and only thirteen to fix them so I felt immediate anger come over me and after voicing my anger I left in search of someone who would listen to “MY” wants and then could work “THEIR” expertise into the results. A close friend very highly recommended Dr Flint only eight weeks after her Mommy Makeover.
I first read the reviews of Dr. Flint on any site that came up on both Bing and Google. After meeting with her I found both she and her staff remarkably refreshing from the very first time I stepped into her office. Not only were they professional, efficient, and the most thorough I had interviewed. My consult was initially for the correction of my previous BA and gather more research on a tummy tuck. She answered my extensive list of questions and although she is direct it’s from a position of knowledge not arrogance as some reviewers have noted. After spending over an hour with me I knew she was the surgeon I wanted to correct my breast and a tummy tuck was the right way to go. We are all adults here and having any surgery is a big deal so I think it’s more important that your surgeon is qualified and up to date with current as well as proven techniques more so than being phony with the hugs and kisses and a staff full of Barbie dolls.
After my initial consult I met with Dr Flint again to go over more questions/better clarification and she was even more pleasant and helpful this second time. This additional visit only secured my decision to use her as my doctor for breast implant exchange/with a lift, full tummy tuck with muscle repair as well as liposuction.
I went from clearly looking like I was 6+ months pregnant with rolls and huge sagging breast to perfectly placed and sized breast for my body and flat tummy with new found curves. I followed all of Dr Flint’s recovery instructions and healing went amazingly smoothly. My scars (what scars?!) look amazing and if I could do it over I wouldn’t hesitate on not only doing it sooner but with Dr. Flint. (Note: The surgery center was absolutely amazing!)
As with anything I believe you have to be fully invested in your duty as a patient and realistic about your expectations. Her skills are magical but she is not a magician she is a highly trained surgeon. She strives for a very “natural” only better result. Bad reviews always spread like wildfire but I’d say if you want an honest, knowledgably caring doctor meet with her. I will upload photos. See my profile for the beginning of my journey.