Post-op*** -21 y/o - 500 ccs - 5'7 142 lbs Silicone High Profile Mentor
So I've been wanting this done since I was 15. I...
some stretch marks from growth spurt as a teen
It's set!! I have a date!!
Dr. Chiaramonte came in and discussed the procedure and how he did everything. He compared his %'s against other people in the instances of infection and capsular contraction which was extremely low. He stated that he performs the most breast augmentations in the DC area and his reviews backed that up for me ( I had at least 5+ people recommend him to me in my area). He showed me the pros and cons of both styles of implants and let me feel them for myself. Showed me the ways that saline ripples more than silicone and the difference to me was huge.
Then he told me to put the bra and gown they give you for examination and he left. Came back in and just felt for bumps/abnormalities. He stated that my left sagged a bit more than my right simply because the fold was higher, but noted that I am pretty symmetrical when it came to size so I would get the same size implants.
He answered any questions that I had. In his medical opinion, my piercings need to come out which I was disappointed but knew that was coming. Since I am paying 6700 for a surgery, I better protect it the best way I can. We also decided that he would make the incision under the fold and under the muscle as I wanted.
After he left, his assistant came in and we got to play with sizers! Based on my chest wall measurement (13.8 cm) she said the 450 cc was the lowest I could go that would achieve my look that I wanted. I thought that was nice, but too small for me. So I asked for the biggest I could go based on my frame. We then tried the 550 cc's and while at first I thought they were huge on me, they really balance out my body type. My boyfriend loved them and the nurse really liked the 550s better than the 450s. I still thought they were huge so she told me to keep those on for a while while we talked about more questions/concerns/input. She had implants and let me feel them and she had to let the implant "drop" so I could tell where it was.
As I wore the 550s more, I really liked them. I kept moving my clothing around and holding them and just overall moving. I loved the size and it fit my body extremely well.
I was super happy with how well their team worked. She said I could go smaller than 450s but it would be too narrow for my chest wall. She said anything bigger would be too low/wide and make me look top heavy. I did not want to go annnnny bigger than 550s. She said "If you aren't a little bit nervous about it being too big, you didn't pick the right implant" I said that made sense and it completely does. After reading all of the reviews I have learned that you want to be slightly bigger rather than slightly smaller. The biggest complain is "I wish I had opted for the bigger implant in my range" I will not make that mistake.
After all was said and done I decided I wanted to lock in my surgery date so I could make sure I had it for when I wanted it! Decemver 11 ladies!!! It's far away now, but man I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. I also got my pre-op appt set for Nov 24.
IT'S REAL! I'M GETTING MY BREAST AUGMENTATION.
Second Guesses Already?
I probably will go with the 550s, its just a huge jump from what I have now! I guess that's the point!
Time to gym it up!
PS I took my piercings out today :( I'm really sad by it lol. They look so weird now!
So I'm really on the fence about the 550 ccs. I haven't tried them on again but I keep going back and forth. Everyone says go bigger than what you think you like because going under the muscle takes some size away. But I've also seen some girls with my stats end up with 375 ccs and they look amazing! I don't want to be too big.
I have 3 months before my surgery. I'm going to start going to the gym a lot more than what I'm already doing (twice a week). I want to feel completely amazing when I get this done. I've seen a lot of girls with kickass figures and I want that!
So many questions
My next concern is I don't want my tattoo to be altered in any way. I paid a lot of money for my tattoo and I love it. This is also why I think I may go smaller than 550 ccs. Many doctors say that it won't be affected but it may be covered slightly. Hmm decisions decisions.
I want to be active after my BA too. Will going up to 550 ccs keep me from running and lifting ? I loveee lifting weights so I'm nervous. I don't want them to be huge to the point where it affects what I do. I don't want back pain!
I have stretch marks before! I don't want them getting worse! I don't mind having stretch marks cause I've had them since I was 14, but I don't want new grossly red ones :/
Lastly, I don't want to go too big, nor too small. They say the difference between 50 ccs ( I would bump down to 500 ccs) is negligible and I won't notice. So should I just stick with the 550ccs so I don't have boob greed later on?
Everyone knows now!
I started my fall semester so I have that to focus on (and help pass the time) until my pre op which is Nov 24. It's so far away!
Scary Boob Dream!
Ugh too scary too soon.
Anyways...nothing new. Still questioning size at this point. In 10 years I don't want them to be too big, so maybe I will drop down to 500 ccs. I hear that you should try the implant sizers under a sports bra if you're going under the muscle? Thoughts, ladies?
I am leaving my review at 550 ccs for now in case someone else is having the same dilemma. I know I have specifically been looking up reviews that have had my same stats and implant choice, so I do not want to change just yet.
I will decide my final size at my pre-op which is Nov 24. I have not tried on the 500 ccs and I plan to do that. Between comparing the 450 ccs and the 550 ccs I believe 500 will be a good middle. Unlike most women on this site, I'd rather be on the smaller side of the outcome. I can always play them up with a push up bra, but I don't want to work hard at hiding them if necessary. I also don't want everyone's eyes going to my chest when I enter a room. Some people may like that attention, I don't.
Also, I have a lot of stretch marks already and they are noticeable if you're looking. I'm okay with them because I have plenty of them all over my body just from growing. I know I will probably get more with breast implants just because that is how my skin is, but hey, what can ya do!
Overall, I'm feeling really good about this. I even made a little count down!
I have a cruise booked with my boyfriend for July 19, 2015 so I have plenty of time to heal and look great with my implants!
Sooo I'm doing my normal RealSelf thing with reading reviews, researching, commenting...yadda yadda yadda. I get an email to notify me that one of me fellow RealSelf-ers has replied to my comment! I go to Yahoo!'s front page and GUESS what article I see that is #1.
"The Horror of Waking up During Surgery"
Oh, great. Wonderful! My biggest fear...laid out right on Yahoo! as I'm researching my SURGERY....
Ughhhhhh! Needless to say I'm logging off for the day.
I love my Patient Care Coordinator
Will be Paid in Full before Surgery !
I had a health scare and thought I would have to post pone my surgery, but I'm super happy to say that that's not the case! Getting closer! 37 days!
Starting to gather things I need...I have ice packs. That's about it. What useful things should I have?
Thinking of Cancelling
Ughhhhhhh. This month has been stressful. I need encouragement ladies...badly.
I have decided not to postpone my surgery. If I had to postpone I wouldn't be able to get it done for another year and that's just not going to work!
With that being said, I have my pre-op on Monday! My patient care coordinator actually let me know that they have a spot open for this Monday (my pre-op), but unfortunately I have to wait until school to be done so I can focus on my healing instead or trying to juggle surgery with college.
I'm excited to try on sizers again. Like I mentioned before, I know for a fact that I will not be going with the 550 ccs. I may try on 475s and 500s to see how I like them, but we will see. 550 ccs is just too big for me. I don't want to look top heavy or draw that much attention to my boobs
Pre-op went well
We went over sizers again. Previously I had said I liked the look of the 550s...but I knew that was just way too big. Well I hadn't met with nurse Kim before today so while we tried on sizers I decided I really loved the look of the 500s. I had made sure to ask the nurses prior if I needed to go up in size if I wanted the look of the 500s and they had told me no.
That's why I said I wasn't going with the 550 implants.
Well SHOCKER!! Nurse Kim really advised me that if I liked the 500s then I need the 550s since I am going under the muscle. Damn it. I'm so conflicted about this. But she honestly said that she has been in this industry for 9 years and that if I hate them...she will pay for a revision out of pocket! That's how confident she was in knowing that I needed the 550s to get my result.
However...she said if I loved the look of the 550s that we would need to go up to the 600s. She assured me that I would get the result of the 500s.
I'm really hoping she's right because I loved them. The 450s were okay but the 500s just gave me a tad more fullness like I wanted.
So I guess my review will stay at 550 ccs! But I'm wanting the 500 look! I think it looks really nice.. Comments ladies?
Good recommendation on bras?
Reading everyone's reviews for the first 3 months, I never understood why people went back and forth so much about size, but now I totally get it! Ladies...I want to stick with the 500s. I just have to remember that I can play them up whenever I want. 10 years down the road when I am 32... I don't want to regret going to big or having problems because of the size I chose when I am almost 22...
If I get boob greed I WILL come back and read this and proceed to smack myself on the forehead.
Before pictures with clothing
Another (funny) dream!
Ladies we all know that isn't ANYTHING! I woke up from "surgery" and had this big scar...but no noticeable difference! I wasn't even in that much pain because of how tiny the implant was! It literally looked like nothing had been done to me except someone cut me!
I was so upset and I called my PS and he said well when you were going to sleep you said you changed your mind to 150!
I had to wake up and laugh lol. It sucked but I know it's nothing that would happen.
3 More days
Yes. I. Am. My sparkling room and house says I am.... My packed bags say I am....and my count down says I am....
Nervousness is starting to creep in but still feels surreal. It seems like my count down was saying 132 days just a week ago....and now it's down to 3 days!
Waiting for confirmation time
On the other side
Trying to sleep
Bigger or smaller?
Last update. My doctors are so cute
Got up to help my sister in law make some sausage gravy and eggs while my boyfriend was asleep because there are cats here and he's allergic and i made him go sleep more lol. He's supposed to take care of me but I also am taking care of him. He's done a fantastic job of making me feel great and taking my meds and letting me sleep.
I feel good today. Again on a scale of 1-10 My pain is about a 2 maybe a 3 when I get up to walk around and bend forward. My doctor called around 11:30 to check on me but my phone was on silent so I didn't hear it. I have my post op today at 2 but I still thought it was awesome that he called me.
I haven't done much today. Just lazing around with this kitty of mine. Drinking a TON of water. I had my smooth move tea last night but still no BM. Not too worried about it yet since I'm not really bloated.
Will update after my pre-op! I feel good ladies. Might even try to switch to Tylenol today but won't let go of my valiums yet. I get to see my boobies today! I have been good and haven't peaked. They seem so compacted and small lol. But I know that will change.
Smooth move tea is where it's at!
I've slept amazing in his recliner. I feel so sorry for all of you ladies who haven't slept well after post op. This is the best sleep I've gotten in weeks. Knock on wood so I don't jinx it.
I was talking to my aunt and trying to explain to her how my boobs are like rectangles right now so I took a picture with the strap off. Still not allowed to see the girls fully yet. That's tomorrow when I can shower. But this is the best I got right now. And for fun I'll show you a screenshot my brother sent me before surgery lol explaining it all in emojis. Which had me crying because I was laughing so hard. Goodnight ladies
2 days post op
After my shower I got ready to go to my sisters baby shower. I have a great range of motion especially when I take my meds (on time) so I could brush my hair and teeth and all of that by myself. Putting on deodorant was alittle tricky. But man was it WORTH IT. I have a phobia of smelling bad.. so the whole not using anything scented before surgery or after was really really hard for me. But now I smell good and am happy again.
I showed my family my pictures that I posted on here as well and they were so shocked that there is noooo bruising whatsoever. Although I am still early in my post-op.... I can say I have an amazing doctor :) I had to have my boyfriend use his phone as a mirror so I could see my incisions. And they are about the size I expected so nothing really to say about that. They look like they have a glue substance on them that reflects? Idk how to describe it but it looks better in person.
I have numbness on my left breast. I can't feel the nipple and down to the incision which is weird. My right nipple is fully capable of feeling things and if I get cold...it gets hard. But above the nipple towards my arm pit is.....not numb...but i can definitely tell the nerves will be reconnecting there too.
They don't seem huge to me right now. They seem like they need to get bigger which I obviously know..but I don't feel like I'm that swollen because I've been icing pretty often even if I'm not in pain. I'm a tiny bit bloated but I think that is due to the fact that my period will be here in about 3 days. I have had another BM today so things are running smoothly there...Again...if any ladies are suffering from post-op constipation...SMOOTH MOVE TEA. It's natural...doesn't leave you on the toilet for hours...and it feels like a regular BM if you know what I mean..
I am weaning myself off of the vicodins because I just don't want to be on them anymore. I only take valiums at night. I find that it's the vicodin that knocks me out and makes me tired. The valium I can stay up through and get stuff done with. Although I have zero pain while I take them both..I'd rather get off the pain meds sooner rather than later.
I am home now! I don't have my brother's amazing recliner anymore and I think I have made my bed up in a way that will be sufficient. I definitely have my animals for support as you can see
Back at work
Today I'm back at work. I didn't wake up with any pain or anything. But I've been using my arms a tad bit.. I sit at a desk all day so it hasn't been too bad. My boyfriend dropped me off so I took half of a vicodin to take the edge off of my incisions hurting. The ladies were asking me questions about it so we were talking. But the men haven't said anything. I also have them pretty well disguised in a flannel "dress" and leggings. The top is really loose and I have a waist belt on. I have air bubbles in my boobs that I can feel so I massage them for fun. Still high and tight.
I'm really tired and just want to sleep right now haha but other than that I am golden. Pictures aren't the best. I took them within 10 minutes of waking up so they are mehhh
Please ignore my drugged up talking!!!
Almost back to normal
I can feel my boobs move when I lean forward now or bend over. It's a really weird feeling but I gueess that means my skin is stretching to encompass it. Wellllll good cause I'm ready for them to get bigger. for a 500 cc implant...they seem small at the moment but I know that will change I just have to be patient. But it's hard knowing that they should be huge! But they just look like my old boobs in my bra. BUT NO PADDED BRA NOW lol. I am in my XL Genie bra today because I had to wash my surgery bra. It was driving me crazy knowing I was wearing the same bra since Thursday. I made sure it was just as supportive as my surgery bra.. I just needed tha cleanliness feeling.
Sleeping is getting a little more restless as I am coming off of the valiums and painkillers but I still managed to sleep on my back and fall asleep with little problem. This morning when I hit snooze on my alarm clock I guess I managed to lay on my side? It didn't feel so good so I ended up on my back again.
I think they are changing! Not sure. Just waiting for them to get up to size!
2nd Post Op
Update on how I'm feeling...Not much pain unless I do too much during the day. I'm getting my energy back. At the beginning of my work week.. I was wanting to leave and go nap around 11 in the morning. Today is Friday and I can make it until about 3-4 until I fight to keep my eyes open. My job isn't strenuous at all but it's not laying in my bed. That's for sure! And around 7 at night all I want to do is lay back and relax on my 45 degree placed pillows. It makes my back muscles feel so good after a day of doing things. I take my valium at night if all of my muscles are hurting and my boobs are hurting too. It helps me sleep and just overall resets all of my muscles for the next day. I see why they gave me so many.
My boobs don't hurt at all. Before my second post op I noticed little tiny air bubbles in both breasts. Well since him squeezing my left breast, every time I lift my arm above my head it makes a gurgle sound of more air. He said this is normal ( I knew it was normal too) and I've been grossing everyone out with it :). Doesn't hurt. When I bend over I can feel them move with me. A weird feeling but one I am getting used to. I am cleared to wear a sports bra or genie bra. I am in love with my genie bras. They are so comfortable and provide support as well. No they aren't front close but they are so stretchy that it doesn't pull them towards the back.
My incisions itch. I hate it. They look amazing but the wiry ends of the dissolve-able stitched drive me nuts. I hate touching them. But I have to. They get longer everyday and feel like fishing line. He said he will trim these next Tuesday at my post op again.
The only thing really bugging me right now is the itchiness of my incisions. Every night I use Nivea cream on my nipples and all over my breasts and let it soak in. My nipples are itchy from stretching I guess. Hope they don't get too big but I don't mind if they do. Boyfriend likes them. I like them. I'm not complaining lol. Just itchy
Still numb on my left breast from nipple down. Right breast top part is still swollen and tiny bit bruised because it is my dominant side.
I think they're starting to look better but to be completely honest with all of you ladies...I'm waiting for them to drop and fluff to get bigger to look like the sizers. I know this will take a while and I have found myself getting frustrated that they look so small right now..but it takes time. My mind knows this but my emotions don't care. I still love them. I'll attach a picture of me in my sweater dress soon. IT'S ALLLLLL ME BABY. No padded bra or anything!
For the pictures...
Genie Bra is the way to go! I love my genie bra. It's amazing and supportive but super super stretchy. The picture is blurry but that's fine. They're like $9 at Target or Walmart.
My incisions itch. Still. Hopefully tomorrow he trims the ends of my sutures or whatever.
I'm a back cracker. I'm used to cracking and stretching my back every day all day long since I sit at a desk. It's FRUSTRATING and PAINFUL not to be able to get that relief. I cooked dinner last night AND CLEANED UP after...which pissed me off. In my household we have a saying "I cooked, you clean" It wasn't a disaster by any means but still dishes needed to be done and food put away obviously. My boyfriend was being lazy as hell and didn't offer until I started doing it myself. (He's a spoiled momma's boy) and my dad was busy with wrapping Christmas stuff up...understandable
But I got so snappy and so angry cause I was in pain. Then came the tears because I realized I had two loads of laundry waiting for me that I needed to fold to have clothes for the week. So I took a break and sat down and just kinda sat there. Boyfriend came up behind me and started to massage my back where he knew it hurt. Made it so much better and loosened some stress with me.
The one thing that sucks about not being able to lay sideways and on my stomach and what not....I can't cuddle with him. It's been almost 2 weeks and I miss that closeness so I was just stressed and overwhelmed but other than that no pain still.
Just can't wait until I can crack and stretch my damn back without worrying about popping any stitches or ruining anything.
Sleeping on my back is a breeze. I've gotten used to it. I even slept on my side for about an hour this morning with minimal pain. I laid on a pillow though to help.
Post op 3
Christmas Work Lunch
Since last update... My left side is regaining feeling so it is more of an achy pain right now. It's also healing a lot faster than my right and it makes me nervous for some reason. It moves left right up and down...which I know it's supposed to be able to do seeing how I'm 2 and a half weeks in...
Right side is still rectangularish but not as bad. Definitely doesn't have the same shape as the left one. I'm still doing my massages and exercises. They're getting "bigger" which really means they're just changing shape. Can't wait until my nipples point in the right direction! lol
Incisions are closed up and look good. The left one is migrating up onto my breast like my doctor told me it would.. so I guess that MUST mean everything is okay..seeing how it is going as predicted. My next post op isn't until Jan 9. I think not seeing him every week and having him saying "Yep you're healing perfectly!" is messing with my mind. Will post pictures later to show you what I mean.
Pictures to go with earlier review
It's been a while!
My left breast is no longer numb. It's actually going into the sensitive nipple phase. It feels like that nipple has pms always (very tender to the touch) if my boyfriend just brushes against it...it can be painful. I lied I just touched near my scar and it's a tiny bit numb still.
My righty still higher than lefty. Still bruised where he injected nerve blockers. No problems with righty except it's higher up. Oh well.
I love my boobs. I know I'm not a full month post op yet but I can say I'm so happy I went with the 500 implant. Would I go back and change my implants to 550s knowing that I love them right now? Nope. I wouldn't. I haven't had any complications and I think they will turn out amazing.
I had a 36D bra that one of my friends had left at my house and just for fun I tried it on. Guess what. It fits :) so once I'm done dropping and fluffing I'm going to be a happy lady.
My scars? I can't even really call them scars. My doctor did such an amazing job. They are tiny lines
This is amazing. I now can wear clothes Ina genie bra with bathing suit padding to hide my nipples and I fill out my clothing. I cannot be happier.
Last thing: it's been a major confidence boost. Before I got this surgery my boyfriend always said "but babe your boobs are great!" Then he saw me try the sizers on and realized I had none. It took me a long time to convince him that it wouldn't hurt my feelings if he admitted that I had none. He finally said "yeah once I realized how much more proportioned you'd look with them". Duh! If I had boobs I wouldn't be getting a boob job lol! He didn't hurt my feelings. And yes I knew he loved my body before but LADIES! Let me tell you! It's a huge confidence boost while you're having sexy time with your man and he looks at you and says "damn your boobs are sexy" amazing. Right there. Worth it. I was happy :)
I have a post op Friday will update then!
Gym update and Scar update!
I do have a pain in my left breast and its one spot. Looking down on my left breast it's to the right of my nipple half way between that and my cleavage line (is that even a thing?) lol Have any of you experienced this? If it doesn't go away in a while I might go back soon. I'm not scheduled to go back until March.
As far as sleeping...before I was a stomach sleeper and I "trained" myself to sleep on my back. I am now proud to announce that I can sleep any way again without discomfort. I will either fall asleep on my side or my back and wake up on my side or stomach. Not uncomfortable at all.
This past week I have been going to the gym. Before Friday I wasn't cleared for jogging or anything so I didn't. But I just had my first jog today and let me tell you.....that sensation is WEIRD!! I almost stopped and didn't jog...but with everything else to do with this process, you must get used to it. By the middle of my jog, I didn't notice it as much and it still didn't hurt. It just felt different.
I haven't tried any arm work outs yet. That will probably be tomorrow morning.
Scars look good! I am very bad at remembering to put lotion or vitamin E oil on them but I'm getting better! They are bumpy and he said it will even out with time. I'm familiar with scars so I understand this just takes time. I'm very pleased with the way I have been healing and progressing.
Uneveeennnnn oh well
FIRST ARM WORK OUT YESTERDAY holy moly was that a WEIRD experience.
I could do everything that I tried. I tried on reallllly low weight just to get used to the feeling of everything. Do you ladies know how guys can make their pec muscles "dance?" like bounce up and down on command. That's what mine seemed to be doing lol.
Just an update with more pictures :)
No visible changes :/
I will try to get pictures this weekend. My new business is booming! And I have another FULL semester of school here too
I LOVE MY BOOBS!
Could they be bigger? Sure. Do I want them to be? Nope I think they're the perfect size. Knowing what I know now I'm glad I stuck with my gut and got the 500s. I think I would have still been happy with the 550s, but I love the size they are now and they're perfect on me!
Updated pictures. Getting frustrated
New stretch marks
Happy healing ladies :)
I have nothing bad to say about my surgeon. I have heard so many great things about him and have known so many people to have gotten work done by him. The longest I have ever waited was 10 minutes after my scheduled appointment time. Everyone has been so quick to answer my questions whether I call and leave a message, or send an email. Hands down....amazing. Everyone in his staff has surprised me and left such a great impression. Denise the PCC is amazing ! Hands down! I felt like I had known her for years while in her office talking with her. Nurse Kim knew what she was talking about and gave me great information and respected what I had to say. And Dr. Chiaramonte....he's comforting to the point where you can tell he's still a doctor...but you still feel like he cares individually about how you are doing as well! He's a busy busy man but still waves to me when I walk into his office and remembers my surgery date ect. ect. makes a really good impression even if all he has to do is look at my chart the minute before he walks into the room to greet me. I will update more as I get farther along.