5 Months Post Op!!

I have been considering and wanting to get breast...

I have been considering and wanting to get breast implants since I was 16 years old. I currently am now 22 years old, a month away from being 23 and those thoughts still haven't changed. I grew up with small breasts, about a 32A since I was in middle school, always hoping that they would get bigger but nothing ever came out of it for years. I had thought about breast implants for years; a lot more seriously in the past couple of years. I did hours and hours of research; from comparing costs, to type of implants, to incision, to risks and benefits, to complications... you name it, I have researched it. I am just passed the point of having small breasts. I am a confident person, I am very happy with myself and who I am, but I see nothing wrong in wanting to enhance my own appearance and boost my confidence more with breast implants. I want to do this for me. I have been getting nervous the closer the days get to my surgery. I have an idea how the healing process will be but I think it's one of those things you don't fully understand until you go through it. I have been thinking so many questions that I need to figure out like what supplies I should get for after the surgery, how the first couple days are, when I can start to resume bathing, swimming, exercising and sex, etc. I'm sure a lot of it is individual though and how much up to it you are feeling you can handle..

My doctor says that I am asymmetrical with my breasts; about a 40-50 cc difference from my left to my right. I am 120 lbs, 5'3'' and am of a more small, pear build. My doctor prefers to do the incision under the breast for it reduces the risk of hitting a nerve. We are going to do saline implants, moderate high profile. I am still unsure of the sizing. I wanted to get a medium to high C and my doctor said 250 in one and 200 in the other would be fine, but I felt that was too small for me. He said he would be willing to go up to 300 in one and 350 in the other but that would be the highest he would want to go with me. I have my pre op appointment on Thursday, will be making all my payments, and then this surgery will really be planned and happening!

I have my post op appointment tomorrow. That's...

I have my post op appointment tomorrow. That's when all the money required for the surgery is due.. Once I pay it, it will pretty much be a done deal! We are going to settle on a size.. I was thinking 300 in my left, and 350 in my right but now I'm worried I'm going too big and it won't work well in my body... Ahh so many questions! I'll definitely need to write down a list so I don't forget anything..

I just got done with my pre op today and now I'm...

I just got done with my pre op today and now I'm well on my way! I paid my fees and everything so now it really is happening!! We decided on 275 on one and 325 on the other. It should get me to around a C cup. I think I'm fine with that. I decided I don't need huge ones, just enough to be proportionate to my body. Plus I think my body would adjust to them better this way. I have surgery on Monday at 10 am. Now I just need to make it through the weekend without getting worried or nervous!

Well the night is here! The last one I'll have...

Well the night is here! The last one I'll have before I have my surgery tomorrow! I'm getting extremely nervous. I've been having dreams about the surgery all week... Definitely can tell I'll be nervous lol. I got my prescriptions filled. I'm going to be on Hydrocodone w/ Acetaminophen as well as Oxycontin besides my pain pump. I got some over the counter stuff that I might need; Vitamin C to help with healing, Claritin to keep my allergies under control (sneezing a lot seems like it would be painful after chest surgery), sleeping aides, gas-x, senna tablets.. I have it all! I'm going in at 10 in the morning tomorrow and will be out around 2 or 3 or so. I keep thinking how it will feel to wake up afterwards and have my body feel so sore and different! Anyone able to share their first days post op? I've read some reviews but they don't give me too much information haha. Hope I can make it through this day without stressing about it!

Today is the day! It is currently 9 am and I have...

Today is the day! It is currently 9 am and I have to be there at 10:45! Ahhh! I couldn't really sleep last night, too excited. And it's funny because this whole experience hasn't really sunk in yet... I haven't quite grasped the gravity of this decision, how I'll feel, how things will change, etc. Just the fact that the bra I'm currently wearing I might never have to wear again is phenomenal. I hope the surgery goes smoothly and hopefully I'll be able to post my own post op experience sometime either tonight or tomorrow. I also uploaded some before pictures to better see what sad state I was in until this surgery. Here's hoping things go well!!

Hello everyone! After about 6 hours of vegging out...

Hello everyone! After about 6 hours of vegging out I am now able to write about my surgical experience! I still am in shock that I actually went through with it. Amazing! Now I shall tell you about my day. :)

I spent the three hours before arriving to the surgical center being super nervous and excited. I was hungry and couldn't eat or drink anything. I went to the store prior to pick up some easily accessible snacks and beverages for the healing process. My mom was my driver and we arrived around 11 am. The pre op process was pretty easy. I didn't mention before but I'm a LPN currently going to school to be my RN degree so I was pretty aware of the process of everything. Plus I've had surgery many times before on polyps on my vocal chords so I'm used to anesthesia and how I'll feel afterwards, etc.

The nurses, anesthesiologists and my doctor were so, so, so incredibly nice. They were unbelievable. They made me feel so at ease and they made me feel so comfortable. It was great. I didn't feel too nervous going in. They gave me Versed, or that medication in your IV that makes you relax, right as I was going into the operating room. All I remember was one of the nurses asking me what kind of nursing I was going into and that's it!

Waking up in the recovery room, however, was probably the worst part of this whole experience thus far. I was in a lot of pain. I was also incredibly tired and sleepy. I remember just thinking, "Why are they trying to wake me up so much, can't they tell I need more sleep?!" My mom was there and while the nurse was giving my post op instructions they were giving them mainly to her because I kept nodding off and falling asleep while she was talking lol. I was just like, "I'm sorry! I keep falling asleep!". It was terrible. Somehow I got into my clothes with the help of my mom and we got in the car. Man it was bad.

Once I got home I zonked out in my decked out recliner. I had previously set it up before surgery to be my own little post-surgery pad. I had a side table set up with all my meds, my computer, my books to read, etc. as well as the recliner all set up with tons of feather pillows and a light blanket. Right when I got home I took a long long nap. For some reason I think the Vicodin makes me sleep really smoothly (albeit often). I woke up in more pain; for I was due for more pain medicine at the 4 hour mark. It made me feel much better. I started off my recovery by needing help to walk around, help to go to the bathroom, help to pull up my pants (lol). Right now (about 7 hours later) I can take myself to the bathroom, I have been eating more, drinking more, typing even. I am on my patio right now, getting some fresh air and taking it easy.

I think the main thing that is helping in this recovery is the pain pump. My doctor highly recommended it and I am glad he did. I feel like the pain is incredibly controlled and all I feel is some soreness when I more my upper body and walk around. My pain pump will last 3-4 days. Once it is out, I can remove my ace bandages, take out the pump and even shower. I will need to purchase a sports bra and have to wear that for a couple weeks. What I am worried about is how I will feel once the pain pump is out/ whether or not the pain will be more intense when it is out, etc. I think though that will 3-4 days of healing I should be better able to handle it!

Overall, I am pleased I did it. I can't really see how they look now until the ace bandages are off, but I have been taking little sneak peeks and can see some cleavage and I am already so happy. I already feel better and in manageable pain. I'm sure it won't be as easy as this like when I'm sleeping or when I wake up, but it definitely is well managed. I will continue to update my post operation days and how things are healing and I will DEFINITELY post some pictures once I get my bandages off. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and wanting to listen to my story; having support on this site has definitely given me more courage to go through with this. Thanks again to everyone and I will talk to you all again soon! :)

2nd day post op! Just woke up a little while ago.....

2nd day post op! Just woke up a little while ago... Decided to add a couple pictures of me with the bandages on.... can't take them off for a couple days yet until the pain pump is empty. :( They are looking big though! Woo!

Last night was rough, however. The pain pills/ food I ate/ anesthetia leaving my system made me sick and I vomitted twice. It wasn't too bad. I held my boobs so that they weren't in pain and it went okay. Sleeping was a bit harder. My ace bandages felt really tight and constricted and it was so sore it hurt to breathe. I took some extended release oxycontin and it helped immensely .Today seems a bit easier. I am moving around more, awake more, eating more... taking it a little at a time. I can tell I'm really sore and swollen, from what I can see my chest is red and angry looking lol. I can feel the top of the implants on top of the bandages and they feel tight.. I'm sure they will loosen up with time. I asked my post op nurse today if I could use ice and she said that they don't recommend it because I'm on the pain pump. The pain pump makes the area numb and unable to really gauge temperature. I guess I understand but goodness I wish I could use ice!

Anyways, will continue to update my progress. Going to have a lot of visitors today so I best try to feel a little better. Talk to everyone later!

Good morning everyone!! I just woke up a bit ago...

Good morning everyone!! I just woke up a bit ago and am feeling much better! I was pretty sore right when I woke up but took my pain meds and feel much much better. Yesterday I started having a bit of an allergic reaction. My chest, arms and thighs were getting blotchy and red and itchy. I was freaking out and called my doctor and he said it could be a reaction from a number of things; the ace wrap bandages, the pain meds, etc. He said just take some benedryl and see if it helps. It did. But man, it made me worried! My pain pump is still going... I wish it was almost gone so that I can take it out and finally see my new boobies! Ahhhh hopefully another day. I was thinking about maybe seeing if I can go for a walk around the neighborhood; get some circulation pumping around and get a little more social.. we will see how I feel... I don't want to overdue it!!

I just took off my bandages and pulled out my pain...

I just took off my bandages and pulled out my pain pump! I absolutely cannot believe how big they are. I kept looking down my shirt thinking, "I should have went bigger... these look too small.. I made a mistake" but once I took the bandages off I was like, WOW! They are perfect! I mean, they are still very tight and taut and it will take some time for them to settle in place but I can already tell that they are going to be wonderful. I took some pictures and will upload them as well. Don't mind my bloated-ness. I haven't been able to have a bowel movement still for like 5 days. :P I have a sports bra on now.. I had to buy my own because my plastic surgeon did not supply one. Is it better to have a tight sports bra or one that is more loose? The one I bought zips in the front so that it is easier to get on but it seems a little tight. I don't know if that is good or not? Maybe someone with experience can let me know, haha. Anyways, now that the bandages are off I feel so much more free. I feel like I can move more and that my pain is minimized. I just feel great! Can't wait to see what the next couple weeks will hold! I'll update again soon!

I feel so sick. I am currently going on post op...

I feel so sick. I am currently going on post op day 6 and it seems my progress is stagnant. Yesterday my mom gave me some liquid stuff to encourage me to have a bowel movement and I have felt sick ever since. It's like that liquid stuff stays in your body for like 2 days and won't let your body digest anything. So not only am I uncomfortable up top but now my stomach is giving me problems. This is awfullll. Also, I've been changing in and out of sports bras all day. They are comfortable for a little bit and then get to be too much and I need to put a different one on. I am just so crabby and frustrated. I have to go back to work on Monday and just want my body to start getting back to normal. Here's hoping that things start to go up from here. :/

Today was a very very busy 1 week post surgery day...

Today was a very very busy 1 week post surgery day. I had my first post op appointment and my doctor said everything looks great. He cut my stitches and gave me a band to wear on top of my breasts for a couple days to help the implants settle down lower. I can already tell that it's working and it is looking much better. I'm getting a little more sensation back around the lower part of my breasts, but with it come those nerve pains that we all love so much! I also had my first day back at work today, and I have to admit... It was very tough. I made it through okay (shockingly) which is all that matters but it was extremely busy and had me working a lot harder than my body could handle. I work the next 6 days so at least one day is over! And to whoever suggested the Genie bra from walmart... thank you!! It is so comfortable yet supportive and it works so well I can tell that it will be a great asset to my recovery these next couple weeks. Hope everyone else who is recovering is doing well and hope to chat again with everyone soon.

It's been almost a week since my last review......

It's been almost a week since my last review... gosh it feels like forever ago when I was still in pain, nauseated and miserable but it was only last weekend! I have been working since monday and today (sunday) was my last day at work and now I'm off for a couple days. Honestly, the first day back at work was terrible. I was in so much pain and couldn't handle it, but each day got better and better and now I feel almost back to normal! It's crazy! I am only taking ibuprofen now 600 mg usually twice a day and things are going good! I can only describe my chest pain as if it were like I had sunburn.. not sure if anyone else can relate to that. Anyways, my bloating is slowly going down but is still there.. it's unfortunate because I want to look great in clothes and not feel bloated and gross in them! I know though that it will subside with time. I'm going to take some pictures tomorrow to compare from last week. Hope everyone else is doing great!

I'm currently 3 weeks out now.. wow its crazy how...

I'm currently 3 weeks out now.. wow its crazy how this journey has been. I am back to working and it's going well. I wear my Genie bras I got from Walmart pretty much full time. They are extremely comfortable and supportive at the same time. My doctor said everything is looking good, he said that they still need to drop a bit more. My skin is starting to become not so stretched and is starting to loosen up. I still have some numbness in the bottom of my breasts and my nipples but it's slowly coming back. I think with the feeling coming back comes the sharper awareness of how tender they are. I am just taking ibuprofen or tylenol about twice a day and its working well. Overall, things are getting better and that's the main thing. Now that I am getting used to my implants I'm thinking I could have went a little bigger but still, it's better than what I had so I am happy. Plus my doctor said I could wear a swim suit and swim this weekend (1 month out)!! I am excited and am going to look at swim suits today! :) Uploaded some pictures too; some are from 2 weeks out and the rest are from today.

Oh my goodness it has been so long since I've...

Oh my goodness it has been so long since I've updated! I've been super busy with my last semester of Nursing School and totally forgot to update this thing. Well, things are going very well; now at 5 months post op. The implants have settled really nice and feel very natural to me. I am able to wear any kind of bras now at a 36 C! It's a good fit for me. Now at this time I think I could have gone a little bigger, but I am very happy with the results nonetheless! My nipple sensation has still not fully returned. My right nipple has more sensation than my left. I think with time it may return but at 5 months I am happy that I at least have some sensation. It is unfortunate but I am more happy with the results than not. I have been starting to work out at my pre surgery levels; I started P90X, and while I can't completely do the push ups or chest exercises I find I can keep up pretty well and am not in much, if any, discomfort. I am planning on posting some 5 month post op pics later today! Hope everyone else is doing well with their results or their anticipated surgery!
Gregory Fox

My mom's friend works for this plastic surgeon. My mom is also a surgical technician in the area and is knowledgeable on many different doctors and surgeons. He was very recommended. Post op- overall, amazing experience with my doctor, the nurses and all of the staff. They are definitely an amazing team and all contributed to my positive experience thus far!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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