I've been thinking about this for years...
I've been thinking about this for years. I selected the cohesive gel implant that has only been approved by the FDA since 2013. They're called the 410 made by Allergan in the Naturelle line. These implants have been the number one implant used in Europe and Canada for years. It seems the Europeans are always ahead of the curve when it comes to medicine, etc so I feel fairly confident in my choice. It is very important for me to get a natural look and not a "bolted on grapefruit" look. My Dr said he wouldn't go much larger than 360ccs for me because of my measurements, etc. I have chose the 335cc in the Moderate Hight, Full Projection. (MF335) I am 5'2" and weigh 120lbs. I weigh more than I look due to the large amount of muscle I have. I am quite petite and wear a size 0-4 depending on the brand. Most people don't think I wear more than 110lbs.
I just turned 40 yrs old and have two children age 18 and 15. I breast fed them for 15 months and 22months respectively. I keep my body fat fairly low, anywhere between 8-16% depending on if I'm doing bodybuilding competitions, photo shoots, etc.
I chose Dr Wigod because he has a lot of experience with this implant. He is also know for breast reconstructions for women who have had mastectomies. I figure if he can build a breast out of nothing he can do something with mine!
I'm not looking for porn star boobs. I just want to get mine more perky and more aesthetically pleasing. Because my body fat is so low my poor breasts are just empty sacks. I have more pec muscles than anything which gives them some lift.
2 week Pre Op Decided on a new size
Today was my 2 week prior to surgery appointment. I was worried about going too large. We did some more measurements and Dr. Wigod and I decided on going to 295ccs. The reason being the dimensions of my chest. I measure 12 cm on the width of my breast. If I went to 335ccs I could potentially have "side boob". I don't want breasts coming out of my armpits. The 335cc measurement is based off a 12.5 width. This is all in the "MF family" (Moderate height, Full projection) My Dr. said he doesn't like the MM, due to looks, (Moderate height Moderate projection) and he thought the the MX (Moderate height, Extra Full projection) would be a bit too much of a shelf for me.
So my sizes, based off my measurements, are either 335ccs or 295ccs. I chose the 295ccs. The nurse told me that 150ccs is equal to one cup size. So this should put me at a large B cup or small C cup. This is exactly what I want.
I had the chance the feel the difference between implants again today. I am really confident with my choice to go with the Allergan Naturelle 410 implant as opposed to the Allergan Naturelle Inspira implant. They just feel more natural to me. Nice and squishy. My Dr. told me the reason the 410 implant can feel more "firm" in most women is because they have a bit of body fat and when you squeeze them you can feel the difference between the body fat and the firmness of the implant. I don't have much breast tissue or body fat so the firmness of the 410 will feel the most natural. Plus they have a much less chance of rippling.
I have done lots of research and the 410s are what is now mostly used in LA, Beverly Hills, etc. My small town of Boise has yet to hear about these implants so they're not widely known. They are, like I stated above, the number one implant used in Canada and Europe.
One thing I did find out though, is that I will have to have drains. That is only used in the 410 implant. And surgery does take a bit longer. But I think it will be worth it to get the natural look I am desiring.
One Day Post Surgery
Little over 24 hours since I had my surgery. I chose the 295cc Natrelle 410. They're the highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone filled implant. I chose the Moderate Height, Full Projection.
Surgery lasted a little under two hours. I have two drains put in. It's not too hard to drain them. I am in a lot more pain today than yesterday. I may have over did it yesterday because I felt so good!
My breasts are very high and feel VERY firm. I am pretty bloated. I look a little bit pregnant. My face and ankles are swollen as well. All normal things after surgery.
First Post Operation Dr Appointment
Wowza! This is a painful surgery! I tried to prepare for it but I don't think it's quite possible to prepare for the level of pain. It's kind of like child birth, people warn you but nobody can quite tell you how bad it is. As long as I've stayed up on my pain meds and not moved too much it's been ok. I've just had to really take it easy.
I've been told that my level of pain isn't indicatory of what most women go through. As a personal trainer/body building competitor having a high amount of muscle can increase the pain after surgery. Lots of muscle to move to put the implant under.
Just had my firsts Dr Apt since the surgery which was on Friday. Today is Monday. The Dr. decided to leave my drains in. I'm still draining quite a bit of fluid but it's mostly clear so nothing to be worried about.
He wanted me to get a better fitted bra. I was wearing the white one they gave me after surgery which was a little too big. It was a "one size fits all" so big in the cups and straps, etc. I'm now wearing a grey bra from Walmart with front enclosures which supports me better.
My left side he seemed pleased with but my right breast is sitting pretty high. He wasn't surprised due to the fact that before my BA my right breast was higher and the pec muscle itself seems to be a little smaller.
I am wearing a band/strap around the top of my breasts with an extra sock underneath the right side on top. This pressure should help convince the implant to drop down in to my breast and fill up it more.
I have a follow up apt this Thursday to see how the drains are doing and to see if right breast has dropped.
I was also prescribed a muscle relaxer. He said he doesn't normally do that for his patients but due to my muscle volume and the fact that my right side isn't dropping he thought it would be a good idea. I just need to get my muscles to relax a bit so the implant can move!
Also, still taking painkillers, an antibiotic and colace to help with going to the bathroom. I finally pooped last night! :)
I am happy with my implant choice and size. Right now I'm just waiting for the right one to drop. That's my only concern. Other than that I'm pretty happy!
Right breast needs to drop
Here's a pic of my new bra and the strap we're using to encourage the right side to drop.
My biggest complaint right now are my drains. They can be quite painful at times and yesterday one of them started to leak. Luckily I have a good friend who's a nurse who bandaged them up for me. She said it's quite common for drains to leak a bit. That made me feel better because I got very anxious about it. She also taught me how to drain them. I didn't realize I was supposed to be pinching the tubes down to get rid of any air bubbles or clotted liquid. Once I did that it seemed to help the leaking.
Second biggest complaint is going to the bathroom. It's still hard for me to urinate. I can tell I have a full bladder but being able to relax enough to go has been problematic. It's so strange! I also have only had a bowel movement twice. That's definitely NOT like me. I usually go twice a day!
And lastly, I am still super swollen. You can see the difference in my neck and abs in my pictures. I think being able to use the bathroom more regularly will help with the swelling. I am drinking plenty of fluids to help speed this process up.
I'm still pretty happy with the size and implant I chose. The left one is starting to get softer and softer. The right one is still taking its time but is getting softer as well. I've also been massaging the right to help it along. I do think it was a good choice for me to start taking muscle relaxers. My back doesn't hurt anymore and I think it's helped relax my chest so the implants can drop and fluff more.
One Week Post Op
Had another apt yesterday w the Dr. He took out my drains. Thank goodness! Those things were very uncomfortable and painful. I feel so much better without them in.
Dr. seemed much more happy with my right breast. It has descended a bit. He told me how they do from here on out is up to me. I need to wear my strap night and day to encourage it to drop more. I basically only have a few week window to get it to where I want it to go. I guess the coheasive silicone gel implant I got doesn't move as much as the standard silicone gel. So massaging it and wearing the strap are very important.
I took a shower today. Felt amazing! I was too scared to take one with the drains in.
Today as of day 8 I'm feeling stronger. I finally washed my hair and shaved my legs. It felt great! I have been venturing out of my place a bit. I've been to a few movies and yesterday braved the mall even! I haven't driven myself though. havedrives my
Went to work today for 2 hours. I will say that it left me wiped out! I went home and napped for over a hour. I have another checkup tomorrow w my Dr so I will post another update then. But so far I'm pretty happy!
4 weeks and 1 day post surgery
Feeling good today. Had an apt yesterday and everything looks good. I have started to work out, lower body only, and do some cardio. So far I am thrilled w the results.
7 weeks post surgery
In love with my implants! I got fitted for a bra and I'm a 34 C or D depending on the bra. This is me with my old bikini top on from last year.
7 weeks post surgery
It took a while but my and my dr's previous concerns about my right breast dropping is relieved now. My right breast prior to surgery was smaller than my left therefore not as much breast tissue for implant to drop into.
Worth every penny
It's been about 12 weeks and I'm happy to say things look great. They are getting softer and softer and feel like a part of me. I almost have forgotten what it was like to not have my new additions!