Lift and Augmentation - 20 Weeks Post Op
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So....it's been some time that I have been on this...
- 2 Oct 2012
- 1 day pre
So....it's been some time that I have been on this site reading about everyones experiences. Now it's my turn. I waited till last minute to post this, it is now 12:44 am and I am up trying to finish chores before getting to my surgeon at 7 am this morning. I am quite nervous, as you can see I can't sleep... lost my appetite and I am watching the minutes pass. I am nervous and excited at the same time.
In a few hours my saggy boobs will be history. Ever since puberty, I questioned the shape of my breasts, they never looked like the other girls - even my mom commented one day that she wondered why my breasts were so "flat". I have always wanted to lift them up and now I am going to do it along with 400 cc silicone implants. Wow, I am really going there!
I have read and looked at pictures until I can't look anymore. I know the good and the bad and I enter into this with my eyes wide open. I have one child (12 yrs), I am 39 years old, 5' 8" and about 185 lbs. My breasts are quite droopy and I currently wear 34/36 B or C bras. I figure next year I will be 40, so its now or never time!
Well, I am thinking I should get some sleep now. Got a long day ahead of me and I still have a little laundry to fold. Since I will be home for the next week, my goal is to make daily updates on my progress. Talk to you all soon!
So, I did it. I am now in my recovery room,...
- 3 Oct 2012
- Day of treatment
From there it happened so fast.We confirmed the details and the doctor made his drawings and took some pictures of my breasts. He asked if I had any questions and then led me into the operating room. It was immaculately clean and bright. I was introduced to the anesthesiologist and the same nurse from earlier was there. They asked a few questions, set my IV and kept a light humour in the room before putting me to sleep.
Before I knew it, I was in the recovery room all wrapped up under some heated blankets. I was in and out of consciousness for a bit, and then fully awake. I was given some pain meds and then they brought me a wheelchair and carted me up to my room. The office mamager told me I could call her anytime if I had any questions or problems. She explained the meds to me again, just in case I needed to take them and let me know how smoothly things went. I feel great, no pain really, no nausea, just really tired which is easily remedied in my cozy bed. My mom has been with me every step of the way and is comfortably sleeping beside me right now.
I did have to make a trip to the bathroom and after returning to bed I thought I might throw up, but it was a false alarm. I was able to eat a small bit of chicken & veggies and drink some water and gingerale. The other eventful thing that happened was I noticed a little leakage of fluids from the incisions have soiled the bed a litlle. The RN came down to check and assured me not to worry. She brought extra gauze and a gown for me as well.
My follow-up is scheduled for 830am tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to seeing how I am healing, hearing the doctor' comments and going home. So far this experince has been super positive. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to actually bring one of my dreams to life.
So today is October 6th and I had my surgery on...
- 6 Oct 2012
- 3 days post
So today...hardly any pain, no meds required and I...
- 7 Oct 2012
- 4 days post
So I am updating my status to "YES - it was worth...
- 11 Oct 2012
- 8 days post
So far I have noticed that the swelling has gone down some, my pain is very minimal and I am beginning to feel more and more back to myself each day. I went back to work yesterday (8 days post-op) and all is well. Other updates include, some itchiness, no bruising, and i have been able to raise my arms up and down not problem (but I am also taking quite easy). I am so excited to see how things progress in the coming weeks. Posting some new pics today.
So I am so excited. I looked in the mirror and for...
- 17 Oct 2012
- 14 days post
Happy three week anniversary bubbies! It is...
- 24 Oct 2012
- 21 days post
So... concerns I have right now include weight gain from not being able to go to the gym and slight back pain from sleeping on my back. As for the weight gain, I need to get back into the gym so I can be in the right state of mind when it comes to eating - thats just how it works for me. So far I am up about 10 lbs since surgery. My clothes fit the same but the scales says something different. URGHHH!!!. So I guess I just need to stay focused and keep trying. I will keep you all updated on the weight gain loss as I make progress. Ultimately my goal is to lose 25 lbs from where I am right now. I hope it does not affect my breast to drastically when I get there (thinking positively).
As for this flat on back sleeping thing... sleeping flat on my back just doesn't work for me. So far I have been propping myself up with pillows each night and every morning I wake up with a slight pain and kink in my back. Oh well, I guess its a small price to pay for perky bubbies and its only temporary, right? But honestly, I can't wait till I am permitted to officially side sleep and stomach sleep. Ciao for now ladies.Talk to all again soon.
Hey ladies, wow 4 weeks already? As far as updates...
- 31 Oct 2012
- 28 days post
I went to see my doctor yesterday and he said I am healing beautifilly. My scars are very flat and I am going to start using Vitamin E on the scars to assist with the healing process. I also received the okay to go to the gym - NO Bouncing of course! I am wearing a band in the night to sleep and I am allowed to do a minimal massage technique he showed me to help push the implants downward in the next few weeks.
The setbacks that I have notices is numbness in each nipple and more numbness in certain areas on the right breast vs. the left. I guess because I am right-handed and I favour my pecs on that side, it is taking longer to heal. I am attaching updates for week three and I am looking forward to them taking shape more and more each day. My next appointment with my surgeon is in 4 weeks.
**Correction** photos attached were for week 4 -...
- 31 Oct 2012
- 28 days post
It's my 6 week anniversary! I am excited that I am...
- 14 Nov 2012
- 1 month post
The scars around my nipples are basically invisible, but the line going down the front is pretty apparent. It is very smooth and I have been using vitamin E on the insicisions in the mornings and evenings. The incisions have healed very nicely and its just a matter of fading now.
So even though I hate the sports bra, i live in it day and night - I think I am just paranoid that I will have saggy boobs again if I don't wear it, but I will be happy when I can get into a normal bra. New pics are posted. I am looking forward to when they settle a bit more and hopefully start to look more natural.
So I have added new photos, I am now 9 weeks post...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 2 months post
At nine weeks I am pretty much back to myself. I had my first realy gym workout yesterday including weights and 45 minutes of cardio with some light jogging and it felt great! I don't really have any aches and pains anymore. Morning boob and back pain are gone. I also found myself sleeping on my stomach a few days ago and it felt normal. Thank goodness! I plan not to make this a habit, but at least its not painful or uncomfortable.
The books are getting really soft. I play with them and massage them down (as advised by my doctor). I am looking forward to the day when they fill the bottom area of my breast and fall into the pocket like they are supposed to. My doctor said at 3 months they should pretty much be in place.
Overall I am very pleased with my results. I know they are not perfect in some eyes, but they are perfect for me. I am very pleased that they are no longer lying on my torso and I feel like I have normal, womanly, sexy breasts. The scars were a small price for me to pay. I am treating them with lotions and silicone sheets and I am looking forward to them fading over time.
Last week I was able to wear a top that I bought years ago, but was too ashamed because of my sagging breasts. I haven't been measured as yet and I am still in the sports bra, so I am looking forward to my next appointment with my doc in mid January - where I am hoping he will say things have settled nicely and I can start wearing regular bras now.
I would like to say thanks to all the ladies that posted pics and shared their stories. It has been a great journey so far and I am looking forward to the final result. Merry Christmas ladies!
Oh, how the time has passed! It is officially 20...
- 22 Feb 2013
- 4 months post
The major thing that I have noticed is that my nipple sensation has returned! Yay!! :-) My nipples were never that sensitive, but now... Wow! As the feeling has returned, I have noticed they are much more sensitive - I feel like I have heightened feeling. I am very pleased about this because they were very numb for the first 10 to 12 weeks.
Another thing I have noticed, is small pains and odd feelings from time to time in my breasts. I think as the implants settle, my nerves are reacting, hence the sensations. Also, I have no problems sleeping on my side or my stomach - sleepless nights are finally over!!
So, the boobies are very soft. They even jiggle because my previous breast tissue was ample enough to start. The scars are still very visible but like I said before, for me it was a small price to pay to get my sexy back. Posting new picts at the 20 week mark. Still very happy with my decision and I am looking forward to the final result in the coming weeks. I hear it sometimes takes up to 6 months or 1 year. I will keep updating until that time.
Thanks Ladies!! :-)
Okay, I just realized that I am terrible at...
- 22 Feb 2013
- 4 months post