I've been looking at this site for over a month and it's helped so much in my decision making process. I've been wanting a breast augmentation since my teenage years but it was never a possibility until now. I'm very tiny, only about 98 pounds and 5'7. I've always had trouble gaining weight and it's caused confidence issues throughout my entire life. I've never had any curves except for my cute little bubble butt :P but have always been completely flat chested. Before surgery I couldn't even fill out an A cup, the best bra that I could find to fit me was a Victoria's Secret 32B, but there is no way that I was ever really a B cup. Lol. I just wanted to feel more proportionate and be able to wear clothes I'd never been able to even look at before.
I met with two different doctors for consultations and honestly I preferred the second as far as how comfortable he made me feel and how well he explained things to me but the cost was twice as much as the first, and the first doc had an excellent 5 star reputation. At first I decided on 300cc saline but after reading so many reviews, I decided to go a little larger at 325cc so I wouldn't regret it later. That's definitely one piece of advice I would give to any of you girls, if you're having trouble deciding between two sizes that are pretty close, choose the larger one. You won't regret it. Especially after the swelling goes down.
Here I am, post op day 1 and I couldn't be happier. It's almost as if it's not even a reality yet. I just feel like I'm wearing a giant padded bra. Haha. I guess they'll start to feel like part of my body as some of the numbness wears off.
Yesterday was pretty rough, lots of pain. Had to get my fiancé to help me do everything, including pee. Still very uncomfortable today. Doc gave me Norco, Valium, and Z pak. He also gave me nausea medicine which I'm proud to say I haven't had to take yet. I've pretty much been sleeping most of the time, I get up to walk around for about 5 minutes every few hours though. Ice packs help a lot but I really haven't been icing that much honestly. Other than feeling completely useless, I've been doing ok. You should definitely have a great caretaker ready to help you out, you wouldn't believe the things you're unable to do after surgery that you never even thought about before!
The only discussion my doctor and I had was a short conversation about size and a few expectations. But, I had no clue what profile I was getting or anything until after surgery. I trusted him to make the decision that would look best, after all he's done hundreds of these procedures.
I chose saline over silicone for multiple reasons. First reason being cost. Second, I believe it's the safer alternative, less complications if anything ever does happen. Third, the incision size is a little smaller since they aren't prefilled. And I chose the incision to be in the crease because it's easier for the doctor to create the pocket from that angle and I believe it will be well hidden after it heals. I know that a lot of smaller women are concerned about rippling, etc. but my doc said that most likely it will only be felt, rarely seen unless you're planning on going too large, which I wouldn't recommend. The second doc I had a consultation with gave me a range between 250 and the low 400s, depending on profile he said that he could make any of those look perfect on my body but I was going for something even with my booty, not outrageous. Lol.
As far as pain and comfort go, as long as I'm sitting still I'm fine. But I still cant stand up without help, get dressed without help or hold my own cup, depending on how large it is. I try to stay propped at about a 45 degree angle and I'm so not used to having to stay in one position for so long. The valium helps with that though. ha. I'm pretty swollen but it's gone down some and they are riding really high right now. My arm movements are limited, I try to keep them by my sides as much as possible. Yesterday I had a lot of bruising around my incision site but it seems to have mostly gone away today. I have sticky tape covering my incisions that my doc said are water proof so I'm able to shower. Yesterday, my fiancé bathed me with baby wipes and this morning I took a half shower and just wiped my upper half. This evening I was able to take a full shower and lemme tell you how good it felt to take that bra off! Whew! My back itched so bad! Lol.
I see a lot of women on this site get too excited to quickly and tend to unwrap their bandages or remove their bras and try on different clothing too soon. I would say you should follow doctors orders completely because, personally I don't think you should chance messing something up that you just paid thousands of dollars on! Why not let it heal perfectly and let it be a surprise when you're finally able to try other things on? Doc instructed me to wear a sports bra full time for the first two weeks, after which I can progress to a normal bra as long as it's comfortable and doesn't irritate me. However, I do have to sleep in a sports bra every night for the 1st 6mos and am not allowed to go without a bra at any time.
Umm, lets see. Oh! supplies. I know a lot of women are curious about what to buy to prepare for surgery. I've seen some go way overboard, so here's what we bought me, if it helps:
CapriSun, yes, CapriSun. It has a straw and it's light to be able to pick it up on your own.
Equate pomegranate scented baby wipes, they smell amazing!
Tylenol for the in between pain, or after I run out of Rx pain killers.
Ice pack, which we already had.
Sports bras (front close from Walmart is fine) - buy a few different ones just in case something doesn't fit after surgery. I brought two with me yesterday.
Antibacterial soap to bathe with the night before and morning of surgery.
My fiancé cooked for me so I had nothing to worry about there. But for some reason, my food tasted TERRIBLE at first, maybe it was the medication I'm on.
That's it for tonight, Valium just kicked in and I'm sleepy! I'll post pics soon!