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Ooooh the options when you have boobs! 7 weeks postop :D
- posted 7 months ago
- updated 3 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $3,100
- Dr Jose Luis Salas (Tijuana,Mexico)
So, I've finally decided to pack up and move to...
- 13 Oct 2012
- 2 months pre
So, I've finally decided to pack up and move to Boobieville! Things seem better on that part of the world... ;)
I have read many, many reviews here and on other sites, and have been so inspired (and jealous!) of those who have had their breast wishes come true.
I've wanted to have breasts since the 7th grade. I remember that summer my dad had bought me this pretty puple top for the beginning of the school year and I waited patiently for my breasts to develop into more than just nipples. Do you remember that one Cosby Show episode where Rue was upset because all of her friends developed and she hadn't? STORY of MY LIFE!! For now, anyways...
I've been cosidering getting a BA done for over a year. A good friend of mine got hers done a few years back, and after seeing her transformation, both physically and emotionally, cinched it for me. Difference being, of course, unlike yours truly, she already had boobs, just not what she wanted. Regardless, she looks and feels great!
However, like many of you on here, I too feel guilty about spending money on myself to 'fix' a body issue, especially when there are so many other things that, according to many well-meaning family and friends, this money could be better spent on. They think I look great the way I am, bless their hearts, but I responded by telling them that if they had breasts like mine they'd be willing to spend a lot more! lol
They also have issues with me going to Mexico to have my surgery, but there's always risk, no matter where it gets done! I've seen some great and definitely not so great BAs done from local surgeons, so if I have this surgery, I'd rather take my chances going to Mexico while saving a few coins in the process. From what I've read, they are as clean and sanitary as many North American hospitals/clinics, most of their patients are American, and they have the same products, so why not? God forbid,if it doesn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, at least I didn't spend a ton of money to have it go wrong! Sure, a skewed way of thinking, but I'm not bitter or anything... :P
Some stats: I am 5'6, 121 lbs, 31 years old, 5 kids. Yes, you read right, 5!! I love them to death but boy oh boy did they ever do a number on my body! I've always been small in the chest but at least they were perky! Now they are small, stretched, despondent sacs of skin. As for the other parts of my body, well, one step at a time lol
Not entirely sure what size I want, but I have been doing the rice test and have a pretty good idea of what I'd like. I'm thinking probably somewhere between 400-425cc's would fit the bill. I want to be proportioned and have a nice rack. I'm currently a 34A (or B, depending on the manufacturer) and would like to be a full C, small D. Also have some asymmetry that needs to be corrected, hopefully it won't be an issue.
So, the coundown begins.......
So, I just want to say thanks to everyone who's...
- 16 Oct 2012
- 2 months pre
I've found that many women in 'real time' are not as supportive of we should be, given our naturally nurturing instincts. I was surprised at the lack of support I felt from friends and family. They've listened and sympathized with me about my lack of curves over the years, now that I've finally decided to do something about it I was taken aback by how little they supported my decision...not exactly in a mean way, but more in the sense that I felt a slightly chilly reception to my announcement. Lots of reasons why I SHOULDN'T go ahead with this procedure, with little regard to how I felt about my own self-image. They regaled me with tales of horror stories galore, from displaced nipples to infection to lopsidedness to capsular contracture to deflation, you name it, they told me! I know it was partly out of concern, but COME ON people!! lol I even had one family member tell me I'd still be insecure after, because insecurity comes from within and needs to be fixed there, not on the outside. Agreed, but isn't what's on the outside what is making me feel insecure to begin with? Yeesh! ;)
Granted, there are one or 2 people who are happy for me (plus this community), so it reinforces my decision. So if you are in a situation like me, go for it! Don't let anyone deter you, because it is for YOU, not them!
Yay boobie troops!
Countdown: 2 whole months until surgery. Feels...
- 18 Oct 2012
- 2 months pre
So many choices....
I do know a few things for sure though: 1) My surgeon is board certified in Mexico. 2) I am requesting under the muscle. From my research it sound like it would be best because I have such thin, poor tissue quality on my upper pole-I'm no doctor though! lol 3) My flight is booked, all the travel arrangements are made, so I am DEFINITELY going for this surgery, no backing out now! 4) I am so excited that I am going to have breasts!
Like Oprah, these things I know for sure. Still, it's hard not to feel apprehensive when there are so many variables to consider...anyone else feel like this?
So, 6 more weeks to go...feeling a little detached...
- 6 Nov 2012
- 1 month pre
That's my thoughts for now!!
So, the beginning of crunch time begins-all the...
- 17 Nov 2012
- 1 month pre
I've been working out for about 2 weeks now (Brazil Butt Lift is an awesome workout system, I highly recommend it!!) and so far I've lost almost 2 inches around my waistline, and even my chest circumference has decreased by an inch. Cool!! lol. It also helps that I've been eating healthier too. The kids aren't too keen about the restrictions on fast food but not too many complaints :)
I want to be in shape to have a better and easier recovery. I'm hoping that the little time I've been exercising and my better eating habits will be enough to offer an improvement, even though it will only be about 6 weeks total. Ah well, at least I tried! lol
Bought some Arnica gel and Vitamin E oil, compression bandages (just in case I feel I need extra support). And Tylenol Extra Strength, muscle relaxants...holy I have a veritable pharmacy in my cupboard!
Also been 'shopping' for breast sizes and shapes again, my interest level in my procedure has picked up a little bit with the date coming up close. I would like to buy a sports bra but since I'm still not sure what size I want it would be futile. Sooooo tempted to go to the new Victoria's Secret store that (finally!) came here to Winnipeg but I know I will just be wandering around the store lusting after the pretty bras without being able to actually buy one, so figured why torture myself? lol cruel and unusual punishment!!! Dammit anyways! :P
Hope all of you are doing well!!
So, just over 3 weeks to go. I've been wearing the...
- 24 Nov 2012
- 24 days pre
However, I think I will just have to wait to try on the actual sizers in the clinic to make my final decision.
So, a question for all you ladies is this: After trying on the sizers, were you happy with the end result? Was it what you were expecting?
Well,it has been a while since I've been on here....
- 14 Dec 2012
- 4 days pre
Been so busy these past few weeks so it has definitely made the time fly. Thank goodness or else I'd drive everyone around me crazy with all my booby talk! hehe
I'm excited but I am anxious too. Can't wait but scared they won't turn out as nicely as I hope! I know, I know, it's just my fears bubbling up to the surface.I know I'll be in capable hands, his work looks pretty good online, and there was only one bad review that I've found. Better than some others I've read!
Anywhoo, wondering how my boobie friends are doing on here, hope to join you guys soon! Only 4 more days...wow so soon!!! :D
Lol it is going to be repeated quite often in the...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 1 day pre
Needless to say, didn't get much sleep last night. Too excited and nervous about missing my flight. Had about 4 hours of rest, with a few times of waking up and whipping around to check the time. Had a dream I'd overslept and missed my flight! Imagine my relief when the clock read 2am. Then 3:15am.Then 3:57am. lol
Received a phone call from the ciinic's driver to confirm details of pickup. Soooo glad he speaks good English. He just laughed at me when I told him that. He sounds nice, like the rest of the staff there :)
Going through US Customs here at the airport, I caused another chuckle or two. The border guy was like, "What's your business in the United States?" "Oh, just passing through San Diego". Border Dude-"Oh I see. Where's your final destination? For how long will you be there? Who are you travelling with?" me-"Tijuana, 3 days, just me, myself, and I" Border Dude-"Oh so you've been there before then" "Nope" with a smile. Border Dude-"So what brings you there then?" me-"Cosmetic surgery!" He looked at me, then asked, "For what???" and I just looked him dead in the eye and said,"As a man, looking at me, wouldn't it be obvious?" He tried to suppress his chuckle but I could tell I made HIM nervous. HA!
Will post later this evening when I get to the hotel. Bye!
So, here at the hotel in Tijuana. Flight was ok,...
- 17 Dec 2012
- 1 day pre
My appointment is at 7am tomorrow, where we will fill out all of the neccessary paperwork, discuss size, post-operative care, etc. After looking at 500cc augmentations, I'm thinking maybe that's what I'll go with. I think I may have boob greed already! lol
Wish me luck! See y'all on the other side ;D
Hi ladies. I'm all done, crossed over, livin in...
- 19 Dec 2012
- 1 day post
SURGERY DAY: My surgery was pretty quick. Appointment was at 7, filled out the paperwork, took some pics, and then the doctor came in and took a look (and squeeze). Told me I could go a full B or small C. WHAT?!? I wanted a full C or small D. He told me because my skin was so loose that for a really excellent result he recommended a 500cc HP implant, which would give me a C cup. Ok, I can live with that. Anything is better than what they were! Went back to chat with the coordinator and she said that the doctor told her I could go up to a 600 if I wanted. Overs. Nope, didn't want overs, but didn't want to be too small either! So I went in between with a 550cc HP. They took me to my room where I got my IV started, walked me to the surgery room, and was strapped down. Keep in mind, my surgery was done under local anesthesia with moderate sedation. I remember it was pretty cold in there and I couldn't stop shivering, both from that and also from nerves. The anethesiologist came in and injected something to put me to sleep, left the room so the nurses could finish getting me ready. They scrubbed me down and painted my chest with that lovely iodine solution. The anesthesiologist came back and was surprised that I wasn't asleep yet, so he injected some more solution into my IV. The last thing I remember is him saying that I was going to be put to sleep, and to think happy happy thoughts. "Happy, happy.." I responded. That was it, I was out to lunch. I do recall waking up and the anesthesiologist telling me that they were almost done, and I remember just saying, "Okay!" and then waking up back in my recovery room wrapped and taped up. How they did all that I don't remember...
I took a peek at my new boobs and was a little disappointed at first. They looked like how I did when my breasts would get engorged with milk. They were swollen and hard, but no pain. I was still pretty high on the drugs though lol
I felt along the edge of the swelling and thought my skin felt funny, almost like there were tiny bubbles underneath. I guess I pressed to hard trying to smooth out my skin underneath because now I've got a fingerprint bruise! Dammit! lol
After waking up, called my friend, mom, and boyfriend to let them know I was ok. Couldn't really tell you how I did it, because I don't really remember. Apparently I was also trying to get up and move around a lot, the nurse had to translate through my coordinator to tell me to lay down and relax or I'd give myself a hematoma. Ok, gotcha! But again, it's all pretty much a blur. Also no nausea, dizziness, or too much pain. Uncomfortable around the inner edge and top due to the tightness, and tender at the incision site. All in all, not as bad as I was expecting. I can also reach my arms up over my head but too scared to pull on the stitches so didn't extend my arms too far. Can also bend and move ok.
Later that night, I couldn't stand it anymore and peeled down the wrappings and took some pictures. I know, bad, but I wanted to see how they looked. WOW! Wasn't too disappointed after that. They're pretty round but I know that's just the swelling right now, but they seem to be a pretty decent size. I like them a lot!! Not too big, not too small. They're pretty perky right now, hope they don't 'drop and fluff' too much and sag too quickly.
PO Day 1: Felt much better after getting all the anesthesia out of my body. Was pretty groggy most of the day, but could only get snatches of sleep here and there due to the nurses doing their checkups, visitors coming to see other patients, and traffic noise outside. Sometimes it sucks being such a light sleeper! Also was uncomfortable sleeping on my back. Usually I sleep on my side or tummy, but that's out of the question for at least a week or two. Ah well, worth the sacrifice!
Boobs are already starting to soften up, can move them side to side a bit. They look nice and high. And round! Not pointy-round like when my milk would come in. I guess my boobs did get pretty big when I'd breastfeed, I just didn't think they looked all that large when I had a tummy to match! ;) Pretty close to the same size anyways, but a lil bigger.
Got to have a shower this morning with the nurse's help. She was so nice, and oh-so-helpful. I wasn't even shy at all to get naked in front of her, and yet I get shy in front of the boyfriend. Go figure lol
Had a little bit more rest, something to eat, and soon enough it was time to go to the airport, which is where I am now. Can't wait to get home and see my kids, I missed them! Oh yeah, and the boyfriend too, I guess...lol
Will post pics when I get home, my phone doesn't want to give them up yet! Internet connection not good at the airport, or so it says. But will definitely do so when I get home!
Congrats to all my surgery-date twins and look forward to reading about your experiences!! And good luck to those going in soon :)
So, postop day 2 (or would it be considered day 3...
- 20 Dec 2012
- 2 days post
Now I know what you ladies mean when you refer to 'morning boob'. Holy were they ever stiff and swollen when I woke up this morning. Was a very long day yesterday, was in airports and airplanes for over 12 hours due to delays..finally made it home at almost 2am this morning. Whew!
Question: I feel kind of like an air pocket on the top of my left boob. When I press lightly on it, it almost sounds like my boob is farting! Is this normal? And will it go away? So weird!!!!
...and sit there like 2 round slabs of marble, a...
- 28 Dec 2012
- 10 days post
No problems or complications, other than the boobies looking super fake...also no sensation on my right nipple, but hopefully it'll come back. Almost full sensation has returned to my left breast, the right just has to play catch-up now. They're slightly asymmetrical, but they were before so that doesn't bother me too much. They're still pretty firm but I can squish them together a bit. Can't wait for them to soften up so that they look more like breasts vs balls under my skin!
The boyfriend has commented that he's not much of a boob man but I told him to shove it cuz they're for ME, not him! When I first came home he said they were big but that was it. Now I think he prefers them as they are now, because all the swelling has gone down and they don't look or feel as much like rocks. I feel the same. Current size is a 34C. Perfect!!! :)
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
So, 2 weeks postop already! Whoa... Recovery so...
- 3 Jan 2013
- 16 days post
Recovery so far has been great! Boobs are getting squishy, the extreme roundness has softened somewhat, and incisions are now pink and are healing great. Not too much of a difference looks wise, other than a slight drop and softened edges. Everything's just peachy! :D
Oh yeah, except for the numbness on my right breast. My nipple is sore but I cannot feel anything on my areola and its circumference. My lower pole is also numb still. I was kind of worried about a permanent loss of sensation because my areola does not contract (ie, when it's cold), but it was a risk that I was aware of and hopefully will regain sensation as time goes on.
Now just have to wait for the fabled 'd & f'. When do you know when you've fully dropped and fluffed? I hope I don't drop too much, I kinda like having higher boobs! The fluffing can continue ;)
Also getting impatient about wearing some prettier bras! My ps advised a full month of the compression bra 24/7. Said it was to prevent fluid buildup and to keep the implants in place. Didn't mention anything about restrictions in regards to underwire bras, so am gonna pick up a few this weekend for when I am ready...I know I should wait a little longer for the whole process to complete but I can't!! Am getting sick of the compression bra, even though it is super-comfortable. *sigh* 2 more weeks to go!
So, tried shopping for bras this weekend (key word...
- 6 Jan 2013
- 19 days post
I don't feel swollen at all, but from what I've read it could take a few months for the newly augmented breast to be a normal size (normal being relative here!) and from 6-12 months to settle into place. It's only been almost 3 weeks but getting impatient for them to soften! Love the new size, is more than I was anticipating. Don't believe the online calculators!!! Lol
Confused though too, because my compression bra is a 34C and it fits great, only sometimes my cleavage wants to bust out of it and I have to put those bad boys away ;P. Either way, I'm happy, and doesn't matter whether the bra size says C or D, cuz they're perfect for me!
Hope you all had a good weekend!
SOOO impatient for them to fluff! They are still...
- 13 Jan 2013
- 26 days post
I've also found a link of a diagram that was informative about the d&f process, hope it helps you ladies out there too! http://i42servimg.com/u/f42/14/52/89/00/fluffi10.jpg
Made me feel a little better about my excessive upper pole. :)
Also feel that my implants themselves are still quite firm, even though I can move my boobs around and squish em together easily, and the skin around them is soft and moveable. Meaning, the implant moves as a whole vs the silicone squishing around in the shell. I hope I make sense lol....Anyone else feel like that?
*sigh* And to add to my misery, my stitches are spitting! They are poking out of my skin, pulled out a few and trimmed as carefully as I could. Freaked out and emailed my coordinator, who spoke to the doctor, and he responded by saying that it's fairly common in thin-skinned patients, sometimes people reject the dissolvable stitches, and that they can take months before being absorbed by the body, etc. Verified by doing a search on here and on Google. Well!
Ok, enough of my blathering. My body has a mind of its own and I'm just going to have to accept it. For now ;)
Reread my post from yesterday and man do I sound...
- 14 Jan 2013
- 27 days post
Slept braless last night and counted my lucky stars that I've got (big) boobs now! hehehe ;D
Soooo, it's been 7 weeks ALREADY! Holy moly time...
- 4 Feb 2013
- 2 months post
Boobies have dropped and fluffed out quite a bit, but still have quite the projection I tell ya! Am very pleased, despite not regaining sensation yet in Ms.Righty, but that's ok. She looks good and makes up for it!
Really liking my wardrobe now, I fill out the top finally and look curvy. Measurements are now almost the perfect hourglass shape: 37-28-37. WOOOHOOOO! And the rest of my body has been getting lots of attention from the boyfriend too, if ya know what I mean ;)
Hope all my surgery-date twins are doing good, and for those who have yet to, good luck and congrats!
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Had gotten a referral from an aquaintance, plus reviews on here and other sites. I looked at his website, contacted the clinic, and his staff were prompt and courteous with responses. He was quick and to the point during both the consultation and surgery itself, and I appreciated the fact that he told me what my limitations were. His staff were excellent-very attentive,courteous, and caring. His work is really good, and I am very pleased with my results!