I endlessly went back and forth about posting this review. The reason I did not want to do it was because how bad my breasts looked before the surgery (you can see for yourself on the pictures). The reason I am doing it is because I went with 750cc high profile silicone implants, and when I was in the process of researching and deciding on the size, I did not find a single useful review of the implants of such large size. Again, I have lost a bunch of weight and I wanted my big boobs back. First I started from 650cc or possibly 700cc when I was in the consultation with the doctor 3 weeks before the surgery. Having read many-many-many reviews on the BA, I saw that many girls are recommending to go bigger than you want (at least 50cc). On my pre-op, the day of the surgery, I went ahead and tried 700cc and 750cc and decided to go with the bigger ones (my boyfried was the partial reason I did). And I am telling you, I cannot be happier. And, oh boy he loves them. In fact, now that I think about it - I could go bigger. Let me tell you this - THE IMPLANTS YOU TRY ON AND PUT IN YOUR BRA LOOK A LOT LARGER THAN THEY DO IN YOUR BODY. I would say about 100-150cc larger. REALLY. Go bigger!!!Another reason I am writing this review is that I did not see a single useful review that had both the lift, AND the large implants put. Most of the breast lift reviews that I saw scared me. IN MY PERSONAL OPINION (I am not trying to offend anyone) the lift itself or the lift with the small implants does not give a good result at all, and just makes the breasts look weird and unnatural (plus the scar). Now, when you look at my pictures, you can judge by yourself. But I believe, that the reason I have such good boob shape and the reason they look so good is BECAUSE I went with large implants. Okay, that was my introduction and motivation. Now I will try to structure the advice:
1. RESEARCH, research, research. I think I saw more boobies in 3 months that I was researching than does any man in his entire life. That gives you a pretty good idea about the size, shape, expectations, what you need for the surgery, what is going to happen, and what you should be expecting. Most importantly, WRITE DOWN ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR AS THEY APPEAR. Make a list and add to it constantly.2. REALSELF is a real gold mine. It has everything. Don't be affraid to ask questions and look at other people's reviews. Oh and, feel free to ask me ANYTHING about my experience! I was literally waking up with it and looking at the before/after pictures before going to bed :) 3. Go on the CONSULTATIONS. At least 2-3. Don't go on the ones that require you to pay - those doctors are usually not really good. For example, there is no need for Dr. Hedden to charge you for the consultation - he is good and he knows that you will return. Which I did. ALSO, i travelled for 4 hours. SO WORTH TRAVELLING!4. I am very surprised to say this, but IT WAS NOT AS BAD as I expected it would be. Let me tell you a little story. First of all, 4 days before the surgery, I got a sore throat and it hurt bad. I was worried that the surgery is going to be rescheduled (there are risks connected with the sore throat and anastesia). I called the doctor's office and they told me to wait a few days. So, I did. I got a little better and they told me to come. On the day of the surgery, I still had a sore throat (but it got better) so they proceeded. Oddly enough, I woke up with no sign of sickness or sore throat whatsoever. Oh, and the night before the surgery, I was more worried that they would postpone it, than I was about the surgery itself. That helped :)Okay, so 6 AM I was in the surgery center. Around 6.30 they have invited me in to change, give the urine sample, and get ready. My boyfriend was there with me almost all the time. The first thing you'll do is change into the robe. Then the doctor will come and draw on you ( I am attaching the masterpiece). Then, the anestesiologist will come and start the IV. About 30 minutes after that, I was invited into the OR. Laid down on the table (which looked like a cross :). The anestesiologist was asking me some questions. The last one I did not have time to answer because I just fell asleep. Then, 3 hours later (which for me seemed like a second), I heard a voice of a nurse telling me that they need to transfer me from the rolling bed onto a regular one. Then I blacked out for a bit because I felt tired. I did not feel any pain, but did feel some pressure on my chest. I woke up later again and felt very nautious. Obviously, it is normal for some people to vomit when they are getting out of an anastesia. I dozed of again ( not sure for how long) and woke up becase the nurse had to put my pants on. She asked me to raise my butt, which was very hard to do, and a little painful. Then, I guess 10 or 15 min later, I was transferred to the wheelchair. All this after surgery stuff lasted for about an hour or so. After that, I got up, got into the car, and then we drove to the hotel. getting out of the car slowly was a bit hard, but nothing too bad. The rest of the day I spent in bed. 5. FOOD. I suggest not eating hard food for at least two days after the surgery. Believe me, it won't be hard - you will be sleepy the whole time from the meds. What I did was drinking KEFIR ( this is a drinkinf yogurt with fruit flavors) and eating some chocolate or kitkats. It worked well, I was not constipated at all! Believe me, KEFIR works wonders with your stomack. It helps the good bacteria, especially when you are taking tons of medications. Oh, and NO CAFFEINE for at least 5-7 days6. BRAS. Buy them with Amazon Prime so you could return the wrong size. Buy few of different sizes and bring all of them to surgery. I found one EXTREMELY comfortable, supportive, and nice.
I am telling you, I wear it day and night! Extremely comfortable.7. STUFF YOU NEED WITH YOU.
- Pillows (body pillows work wonders)
- Big loose pants you can put on no problem.
- Tops on zippers so you don't have to put your arms up.
- Antibacterial soap (you need to wash yourself with it the day of the surgery, and I washed myself with it after).
- Comfortable shoes for the surgery day.
- Socks (it will be cold without them in the post op).
- Do something with your hair so you don;t have to touch it for a whole day. Lifting your arms up is a problem.
- Make sure that your manicure/pedicure/waxing/hair removal is done right before the surgery because you will not want to do it after.
- Chapstic and halls for throat. Might need them.
- Snacks8. FIRST TWO DAYS. Just stay in bed, let someone else to take care of you. Drink a lot of fluids, KEFIR, and walk every few hours. Don't do anything else. During the first two-three days after the surgery, when you get up to walk (which you need to do every few hours for 10-15 min), you might get dizzy, nauteous, or feel like you're going to faint. Happened to me 3 times, while the first two times was because I got up to walk, when the last one was in the doctor's office on the post op next day when the nurse removed my bra. That is normal. Just sit or lay down and MAKE SURE TO LIFT YOUR LEGS UP. That's it.9. MEDICATIONS. Have someone to fill the prescriptions WHILE you are in the surgery. Also, one or two months before the surgery, take a multivitamin and additional vitamin c - this helps heeling. I am still taking them almost three months after the surgery. READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. Usually, they want you to take pain killers and muscle relaxers separately.10. SHOWER - do not wash your upper body after the surgery. You can wash everything below the waist. I used BABY WIPES for the upper body to freshen up. I did it for a week and took a first full shower about 7-9 days after the surgery. That is a smart move, because it causes your steri strips to stay put longer. Also, DO NOT use any oily stuff on your boobs next to the steri strips. I did and it caused me some troubles, of which I will talk later. Make sure your steri strips are always dry or dried after the shower. NO BATH! 11. Once the strips are off, using BABY OIL to massage your boobs works awesome for the dry skin! Massage them. The skin is EXTREMELY dry and sensitive after the surgery and will peel of easily after the smallest irritation. I think that's it with the advice. Now back to my story.
Surgery went well. Surprisingly - I felt great. I stopped taking all the meds on the third day. I felt awesome. Probably because I ate extremely healty and exercised 2-3 hours a day 3 months prior to the surgery. On day 7, we had to travel 12 hours in a car. it went well. Just had to stop every 2 hours for me to work around (that is needed for the blood cloths not to form). Around day 12 I started walking for around an hour every day, which at first was slightly weird (boobs bounced around). Returned to the gym to walk incline 2.5 weeks after the surgery and then a month after, I started doing all the lower body exercises in full strengths. At first, your breasts are extremely tight - like when you got stung by a bee in your thumb. But it is not too bad, and it goes away. There can also be plenty of weird feelings in your breasts. The side of my left breast was completely numb and felt extremely weird if I touched it ( you know when you sit on your leg for an hour and it goes numb - that's the feeling). Now I am 2.5 months post op and 90% of that feeling is gone. You can also have shooting pain (which I didn't). Weird stuff I had:
- Side of the left boob numb
- Implant making squeeking noises when I was lifting my arms high up (day 3-7 after the surgery)
- Pain in the morning, or after laying down for a while when my implants "dropped" with the gravity when I was getting up (it passed within around two weeks)
- Nipple goosebumps (You know when you have the sudden shivers when you are cold and then you got goosebumps? That's what I had every 10 minutes for like 5 days. And my nipples would get hard and poke out too with it). It did not hurt, but it was such a weird feeling. Especially considering the fact that it was happening every 10 min!)
- Now, occasionally, one or both of my nipples would "wake up" on me and poke out and then go back to normal.
- And in general, implant moving would feel weird at first when it was creating a pocket. This is all for this review, and I will post the separate comment with some problems I ran into. PLEASE let me know if you have any question.