23 Years Old, Tuberous Breasts and a Much Needed Confidence Boost! - Buckinghamshire, UK
So I had my surgery yesterday, currently in...
I have a post op appointment with Aggie on the 14th of Feb, and what better way to celebrate the day of love than ripping off the brown tape and gazing at my new jubblies for the first time! Alas, they'll be covering those bad boys straight back up- but those four weeks will go soon and I'll be right at the front of the queue in Victoria's Secrets :)
I attempted to sleep on my side, forgetting that I now have a plastic chest and three types of stitches. Big mistake. I genuinely thought I heard something rip (sorry for the graphic imagery). I will NOT be attempting that one again. I think I need some kind of harness or straight jacket to pin me down at night...
Anyway, I do hope that the late nights and bags under the eyes will be worth it eventually. I have thought several times- 'why did I put myself through this?!'. But then I remember my former self, lacking in confidence and padding my swimwear with tissue (which inevitably got wet and dissolved into a paper mâché type mess), I smile and think, 'I finally did it'.
Night girls xx
Question- I'm now at day 4 pos op. My Celebrex is pretty much keeping the inflammation and pain at bay, even though it would be nice to have some sleeping tablets (UK GPs seem reluctant to prescribe them). Although the surgical bra they give you is comfortable, it itches and is sometimes really nice to take off! How many hours a day do you girls think I'll be able to get away with not wearing it?? I keep it on religiously at night, but in the day it sure would be good to let these puppies have some freedom!
I tried on some of my old bikinis today and Oh Em Gee have I blossomed! I actually feel like one of the VS models! (Okay, slight exaggeration, but having a cleavage after 10 years of push up bras is something that'll take getting used to! Can't wait to book a holiday an go bikini and bra shopping!
2013 vs 2014
Day 5- Zingers
couldn't sleep (but I don't know if that's because I know I have to go back to work tomorrow), had horrible shooting pains in my right breast every 10 seconds, and they feel as stiff as footballs! Surely they should be getting better?! I've read lots of other post-op day 5 reviews and it seems as though this is the day we should be significantly improving! Anyone else feeling or felt my pain?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I think I'm going to go to my Doctor tomorrow and ask him to prescribe me something to take the edge off- I sincerely hope he'll be sympathetic!
On a much more positive note, I checked the jugs out this morning, and they look as though they're healing well! The bruising underneath is soooo much better, and the swelling is going down. I haven't yet managed to buy any new bras- I've been hearing about the Coobies and apparently they are the way to go! I've been so busy with education stuff (I got an interview for a PhD!!) that I haven't had time to do any online shopping. I think the fact that it's a lazy Sunday gives me the perfect excuse...
Anyway, I've posted some day 5 pics. There isn't much difference from yesterday, but the day to day progress updates from all of you lovelies has helped me huge amounts!
Days 2-5: COLLAGE!
Almost 6 days- Markings??!!
Thought I would post some of my online calculations for a discussion topic ;)
Day 6- Looking good! But no sleep for 24 hours...
Anyway, I tried on a couple of tops today. I was most excited about a green revealing number I bought from American Apparel about 2 years ago... It fits, IT ACTUALLY FITS!!! I absolutely cannot wait until I can get all dolled up, get a spray tan and rock that baby in the West End of London!
Anyway, I know it's early days but I can't wait any longer. babysitters should covertly take those kids to the playground and let them lick the swingset. the type A personality I am, I NEED to go and get measured. I know that there is still a bit of swelling, but they've actually dropped considerably and I genuinely don't think there will be much difference between now and the final result!
I shall update later with the outcome!!
Day 7- A warning to you all!
Today, a week post surgery, I thought it would be fine to start back at work. I got on a train (even got a seat!) and actually begun to enjoy my back-to-normal life. It was when I got to about halfway through the day that I realised I had rushed back into everything far too quickly. I had trouble concentrating because of the pain meds, and fell asleep at my desk (I know this happened, as my workmate loudly asked me: "ARE YOU SNORING?!". Oops.
On the way back, I got to the station. I saw my train ready to leave the platform. Without thinking, and as I would have done previously, I bolted down the corridor in an attempt to catch it- and subsequently felt an almighty blow in my chest. Hot, searing pain. Along with this, was the huge embarrassment that followed, as it looked to passers-by that I had merely run out of breath, whilst also looking like I had a full-blown panic attack whilst clutching my breasts in public!
Anyway, the worst of my journey over, I took a seat and allowed myself to fall asleep on the train. As I got into my house after what I thought had been a hideous day, I felt relief; at least I was safe in my house. Oh how wrong I was...
Being an absolutely stubborn douche bag, I decided that I was fine and would just exert myself by doing a bit of spring cleaning. Halfway through doing this, I looked down, at nothing in particular, and saw that a red patch had started forming on my top. Yes, I was bleeding. From one of my wounds. And to top it all off, it's my own damn fault.
So there you have it. The ultimate list of 'WHAT NOT TO DO STRAIGHT AFTER SURGERY', brought to you by your very own RealSelf member! As with most things in life, I decided to go against the warnings of the professional and try to make my own luck. And boy did it fail miserably... So a word of advice to all you gym freaks, workaholics and those who can't sit still for a minute- JUST BLOODY RELAX!!
Anyway, going to get it checked out tomorrow. I have to travel 20 miles to see my surgeon, but he's the expert and will know what to do next. I hope he isn't too cross with me for ruining his handiwork...
I can't post any day 7 pictures because my boobs are now icky and I'm so sad :( - but on a slightly more positive note, I DO get to see how these babies look when the surgeon takes the nipple plasters off for the first time!!
I'll keep everyone updated. Well, those who are interested anyway! :) Wish me luck!!!
So scar, so good (sorry, had to)
I phoned up my surgery clinic last night, panic striken about the bleeding from my left areola incision. My nurse was so so lovely and reassuring, calling me after hours at 8pm, and told me to get to the clinic the next day (even though they had a whole day of surgery scheduled) where they would be able to look at it for me.
I traveled 2.5 hours to see them! (thankfully it wasn't busy) and today they were based in another county all together! Thank god I did it though...
I arrived at the clinic to be seen, but it actually turned out that my surgeon and nurse were working from another building, about 15 minutes away (in my state I had completely forgotten this information). But they were so amazing, that the receptionist actually took me herself, in her own car, to where they were based! How amazing?!
I went in, completely erratic and absolutely certain that my nipple was dead and gone. My nurse began to remove my dressings and I actually said to her, with no humor whatsoever; 'please be gentle. I genuinely think they're going to come off', Unsurprisingly, she laughed hysterically and reassured me that it wouldn't happen. But just as she's taking off the left plasters, blood comes seeping out. ARGHHHHHHH MY NIPPLE IS DETATCHED!!! Fortunately, after a considerable calming down by this absolutely amazing nurse, Aggie, I finally saw that it was only from a tiny gap between stitches (completely normal)- and I was panicking about absolutely nothing! To top that good news, she told me that my tatas were looking fantastic- and there would be extremely minimal scarring!!! AND NO PLEATING OR STRETCHMARKS - NONE!!! Words cannot express how much I wanted to kiss and hug this lady (I didn't, for fear of being chaperoned away by a burly male nurse) for harassment.
Anyway, I am one HAPPY LADY. I can start using silicone scar gel in 3 weeks, just to make sure there is no scarring, and I now have to start changing the dressings every 3-5 days. And on Sunday I can have my first proper shower!!! I can't wait for that, considering as I've had to have tiny shallow baths every day!
I'll update with more pictures later, but for now I'll leave photos of my teeny tiny scars!
Day 9- Make me up!
I went to go and get my hair done today :) I was really worried about stretching back to get my hair washed etc, but my stylist knew about my little procedure and looked after me with cups of green tea and a bi dose of laughter! I even got them out for her and the three other stylists in the back office; and they want theirs done now!!! (Although not my stylist- she already boasts a 34HH (all natural!!) cleavage!
The boobies have felt sore today, on the side of each. I think it's because I had NO tissue there whatsoever before, so my poor little skin and muscles are attempting to stretch to the evil silicone I have inserted behind them (sorry body, I do love you really!)
Anyway, I've attached some day 9 pictures- as well as one of my hair!! (Just because my stylist is a GODDESS with scissors and some Ghd's!! It didn't cost quite as much as the boobies, but creeping up towards it!!
Bye bye little bras...
Day 10- I LOVE MY BOOBS
Happy Valentines Day to you all! Disaster last night trying to book a table in Central London!! Evenywhere is fully booked!! Looks like it's a romantic meal for two in McDonalds! I'm actually more upset that I can't drink :( a Rioja or two would have gone down amazingly!! I haven't ha any alcohol for two weeks and it's depressing to say the least! To add to that, I can't even wear any sexy lingerie for my boyfriend :( oh well, he'll have to cope with the surgery bra- and he'll damn well like it too!
Today I changed my own dressings! And got a peak at what is underneath! Literally so so happy with the size and shape! But I'm still getting the pang of pain several times a day. I've read that you can still have them for up to two months post op- so I had better start being a little bit more patient!
Anyway, here's a few updated pictures!
Have a lovely day (and night) ????
TRIP TO VS!!
To top it all off, me and my boo had a wonderful valentines day :) we eventually ended up getting a place at a great little kooky place in Central London. Although I did miss being able to have a drink (I've decided that I'm not drinking alcohol until I'm fully healed) it was a lot of fun- and he even walked in with 12 red roses!! Ahhh.
Hope you all had a wonderful one, whatever you did. Here's some pictures of my VS shopping spree!! (I spent over £180-ooops!) Having these bad boys is making me utterly broke!
Sad Day :'(
Day 12- Dress up!
So I guess the hardest part of this has been not beig able to go to the gym. It's my release. When I'm stressed, I'll just pick up my gym back and hit the treadmill for an hour! I can't wait for this week to be up so I can actually go and work up a sweat!!
So, my jubblies are looking good! Literally so much progress has happened since I last posted!! I'll put up the pics and you can see for yourselves :)
More pictures- almost 5 weeks post-op!
Almost 6 weeks post!
Got absolutely no pain or discomfort now, and they pretty much look like the final result! I think I will probably go for a revision in a few years time, and get 500cc, but for now, they're great and I couldn't be any happier!
Here are some recent pictures! x
Week 6, vanity has kicked in...
The initial consultation was quite brief- and I spend most of the time with the nurse Aggie, who was absolutely lovely. She is genuinely a credit to Aurora Clinics and along with being professional, actually reminded me a bit of my mum- which made me feel looked after! I met my surgeon for roughly 10 minutes and he was very welcoming and understanding of the problems I had with my breasts. At first he recommended a breast uplift and augmentation- but after I expressed my concerns with the vertical scar he came to the conclusion that he could just as easily do a lift via reduction of the areola. This adaptation to my needs and concerns left me feeling very comfortable with Mr Richards, and not at all pressurized into any rash decisions. On the day of my surgery, Mr Richards came in to take pre-op pictures. I explained that on reflection, I was worried about getting implants that were too big for my frame, As both the 300cc and 330cc had been ordered, he reassured me that he would try both during surgery and see what best suited me; and I am NOT disappointed. So glad that he chose the bigger size- it's like he could see what I envisaged! Mr Richards came to see me directly after surgery to explain how the procedure had gone. He also came to say goodbye when I was leaving the hospital. I would 100% recommend Mr Richards as a plastic and cosmetic surgeon. So far, my results are fantastic, my friends and family think that they are the perfect size, and I am one happy girl!