I've wanted a BA for nearly 20 years and finally...
16 Oct 2016
2 months post
I've wanted a BA for nearly 20 years and finally decided to do it this year, rather than going on an overseas holiday.
I initially saw 3 plastic surgeons - 2 in Sydney and 1 in Melbourne. I decided to go with Dr Benjamin Norris who was the first PS I saw. There was no doubt in my mind that he was the right PS for me - he instantly put me at ease, spent a long time chatting with my husband and I about options and what I wanted. He sent me home with a 380cc implant and said to take my time in making a decision - there was no pressure to make a decision there and then.
While in Sydney I also saw a well-known PS. Unfortunately I just felt like a number and was very disappointed by the lack of choice/discussion as well as the personalisation - my husband and I were ushered out after just 15 minutes. He recommended 415cc tear drop under the muscle.
After returning to Melbourne I decided to see one more PS closer to home. While he spent quite some time with me, I didn't feel at ease and was disappointed that he wanted to go very conservative at 250-275cc round, on top of the muscle.
Three very different options from three plastic surgeons and I was very confused. I waited a few weeks and then booked in with Dr Norris.
21 Oct 2016
2 months post
On the day of surgery we arrived bright and early. I was very nervous and stressed about the whole thing. My blood pressure was through the roof and they let my husband stay with me until I went into surgery.
Dr Norris came to see me and instantly made me feel at ease and calmer about the whole thing. We chatted about what size I'd decided to go with - he'd recommended either 380 or 415cc. I told him I was erring on the 415 but was unsure as I wanted whatever looked best on me. In the end I told him I trusted his judgement and to do whatever he thought suited my body shape - I didn't want to go over the top at my age but also didn't want to regret going to small. My daughter had hers done last year (465cc) and I kept hearing her say I would regret going too small.
From there the anaesthetist and the anaesthetists assistant came to see me and they too were fantastic - very easy going and happy to chat to us and answer any questions we had. They said not to stress about my blood pressure and that they would give me something to bring it down prior to surgery.
The next thing I know I was wheeled off to surgery - talking one minute and then out to it, then waking up to my husband sitting next to me.
In terms of the pain I felt pretty good. The anaesthetic made me feel sick so they gave me something to settle my tummy. Once we got the all clear we were on our way back to the motel.
That night I slept ok, medication worked well for the pain and my husband was fantastic making sure I had everything I needed. I never actually looked at my breasts until the next day. I was fairly bruised and they were as hard as rocks - the right one felt pretty good but the left one was fairly sore.
I found the strap really painful and alternated between bras for comfort. My PS recommends the Berlei sports bra which was great but at times it felt like the seams were rubbing on my nipples and hurt so I swapped between that and a compression bra.
The next few days were tiring and painful - we went for walks and I slept a fair bit. My follow up was 4 days post op - all was going well and we were given the ok to go home...at this stage I should mention we were driving home to Melbourne from Sydney :o( my husband hates flying and convinced me driving would be ok - it was horrendous and I truly believe it set my recovery back a few days. I was in that much pain we had to stop over in a motel that night - I hardly slept as I couldn't get comfortable and was in a lot of pain. We eventually got home and I was happy to be in my own bed.
All up I had 2 weeks off work - it was pretty up and down as my left breast was pretty painful and I kept getting sharp pains. Spoke to my PS and he said it was pretty normal - nerves settling down etc which is what I thought it would be. I must admit by this stage I was starting to wonder why I had done it and figured I was perhaps getting too old for this sh!t.
Went back to work and was fairly out of it for the first week. I am a manager in a high-stress corporate organisation and I have to be on the ball all the time due to client deadlines. Luckily for me one of my team members knew about the surgery and knew I still wasn't well, so she helped me out which I am really grateful for.
It took a few weeks but the pain has now subsided and I am wrapped with how they look. My right one has dropped and is looking great - the left one is lagging behind a bit but I figure this will just take a bit longer as I had a lot more pain with that one.
I love going and trying on dresses and clothes knowing that I no longer have to buys clothes that I need to wear a bra with and I love the fact that I have thrown out all my size A push up bras! I'm now a DD and am wrapped with the outcome.