Early 29th birthday present, 375cc HP silicone unders
I am 28 y/o, no kids. I am currently a 32A and I...
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Pre-Op Its Starting to Get Real
Well I went in for my Pre-Op on Dec. 3 and lets just say I can't believe my day is approaching so fast. The nerves have not really set in, it is more I am ready lets do this so I can get through the recovery process.
When I got to my PS I handed in my large stack of pre-op paperwork, all the dos and don'ts of surgery, what to expect from the procedure, anesthesia, etc. I was given a list of stuff to prepare for the day of my surgery and what to expect immediately after.
I was then taken to a room where my pre BA images were taken. Then the nurse went over even more stuff with me including my prescriptions. I was not expecting that much medication. I will take a valium the night before, a valium and flexeril the morning of the surgery, then to manage pain I have tramadol, phenegren for and upset stomach, ceftin as an antibiotic for 6 days following the surgery. She let me ask all my silly questions that I pretty much knew the answers to, but needed some peace of mind.
When do I need to stop working out before the surgery? You can work out up until the day before.
Can I take my multivitamin? Yes, they encourage that I stay on that routine and add vitamin C as well. I am adding Arnica too, to help with muscle soreness and swelling post op. They said that was ok.
Can I have my nails painted the day of surgery? Yes. This used to be a no because they needed to be able to see the blood flow in your fingernails, but with technology they aren't worried about that.
After she answered more questions she confirmed my implant size with me. 375cc HP Mentor smooth round silicone. I said that was the one, and forgot to ask if he would have different sizes in the room in case that one didn't work out.
I couldn't help but have a multitude of thoughts running through my mind while I was there. Is this right for me? Will I look good after the surgery? Will the implants be the right size or too big? How much pain will I be in? Will I be happy with the results?
I then countered the negative with some positive thoughts I have had in this whole process. I have always wanted to have breasts. I will fill out shirts better. I will look more womanly. I won't have to wear a big padded bra anymore (even though I have quite a collection haha). I won't be self conscious in front of my future boyfriend (yes I am single, but don't plan on that forever haha). I will have the confidence with my body that my personality normally eludes. Lastly, I am doing this for me and for no one else and I am ready for this. I have thought about it for years and gone back and forth on it and I think it is time to do it. I am in a place financially, I have a good job, I am finishing my MBA, I have a lot of doors opening for me soon, so why not do this for myself?
By the end of my Pre-Op the nurse took my last payment and told me my tentative surgery time. I am scheduled at 12:45pm on Dec. 18. I need to be there by 11:30. As much as I wanted to be first thing in the morning I couldn't help but think this time will work better. Where my surgeon is located there is quite a bit of traffic and construction. We will be missing the majority of rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon.
I am excited for this new me that is about to come out, an early bday present for my 29th. What a way to spend your last year in your 20s. I feel like I have Real Self to thank for helping with all my questions and just being supportive in this changing time in my life. Having surgery is a big deal and I love that I have had the back up from real self to get me through!
Prepping for my surgery on Dec. 18
What I have done to get ready:
Got my PTO approved (I am taking 2.5 weeks off to ensure I am feeling good before going back, plus it is the holidays so why not)
Made a list of supplies that I will need post op
secured my ride to surgery and my post op care the days following
Set up babysitting for my puppy (I am going to miss her soo much for the few days she is gone)
Got her groomed and bought food for her
I have a haircut for myself on Dec. 17 (only time she could get me in and I want to look halfway decent for Christmas with limited mobility)
Finished Christmas shopping and wrapping presents. They will be distributed to the houses they are unwrapped at next weekend so I am not carrying anything around.
Completed my pre-op and confirmed surgery time (still tentative) and got prescriptions
What I have bought to prepare:
multi-vitamins, vitamin C, and Arnica Montana (gel and pellets)
post op bra because you can't have just 1 you're wearing it for 6 weeks ladies (I am waiting until after surgery to buy more than one just to make sure the sizing is right)
Prescriptions (Tramadol, Phenegren, Valium, Felxeril, Ceftin)
baby wipes (until I can shower again)
Double AA batteries for my remotes
a couple of extra pillows (I opted out of buying a wedge since it won't be used for a long time and they are a little expensive)
plastic forks and paper plates
lever 2000 soap
Loofah on a stick
button down shirts and zip up hoodies (just a couple, I didn't go crazy)
Food to prepare before surgery
I live alone and although I have people coming to stay with me and help me, I will be on my own the majority of the time. Here are a few things I am getting/making to eat
chicken (Ill make it in the crockpot so it is just shredded, I can eat it with rice or on salad)
tortilla soup or chili (crockpot so I can just make single servings and heat up)
My plan for the food is to prepare and put it into single servings so that I can just grab and eat.
I am going to do clean and do ALL my laundry the days leading up to the surgery and probably some the morning of just because I have a later surgery slot. I am a neat freak as it is so I am not too worried about the cleaning part. I am going to get everything out and make sure it is accessible to me when I get home.
For the people that are caring for me I have a dry erase board that will have my medications on them when they need to be taken and the last time they were taken to make sure I do not over medicate. A friend that had surgery recently did that, and it helped him to remember what and when he was taking as well as an alarm on his phone that went off. I feel super prepared and excited!!! I hope this helps anyone about to have surgery. I will update if my preparedness really did help! haha
My love for Crossfit and getting a BA
The "what ifs" have kicked in
What if they are too big?
What if they are too smLl?
What if they don't look good?
What if something happens during surgery?
What if I don't like them?
What if the pain meds are too much for me?
I have been going over these questions (and more I can't remember) over and over in my head. I start to feel a little doubt, but then I also think about how this is something I have wanted for a while. I don't believe the surgery is going to be that bad, more worried about the pain after waking up from the procedure. I just need to get some rest and focus on the fact that I want this!
'Twas the night before...
Getting my apartment ready has been relaxing and has helped the time pass. All my laundry is done, my food is prepped, and I have adjusted the couch to where I will be more comfortable for the next several days. I am about to take a hibiclens shower and a flexeril and hopefully get a little sleep. I have managed to drink 96oz of water and eat quite a bit hoping I dont feel too starving by the time my surgery comes around at 12:45pm.
I also have some pretty awesome friends. My girls games by with a "booby basket" full of all kinds of goodies to get me through. A blanket, button down night shirt, magazines, baby wipes, ice packs, an ace bandage, a VS sports bra, etc. I'll post a picture of some of the stuff.
I also emptied my bra drawer. It's a little sad that I won't wear them again, especially since I spent SOOO much money on all of them.
Anyways, I'll stop rambling. I am not nervous at all yet, I think it will kick in tomorrow morning!
My day of becoming a woman with some boobs
Post-Op day 1
I am staying on top of my pain meds, stretching it out till about 7hrs with the tramadol and 12hrs with the flexeril.
I have a little bruising by my incisions but not bad. I have been laying around a day with the exception of having to pick up my dog. She was aite neglected with the friend I left her with. That stressed me out a little, thank goodness for pain pills and muscle relaxers because it kept me from getting really angry.
Sorry if this post is all over the place, the pills are kicking in. Oh and so far no BM, I am allowed to shower but really not feeling it right now.
Incisions day 1
Day 2 Post Op
Day 3 Post-Op
Alright so now for how I am progressing. Like I said I am not really taking any medications. I am having a hard time with swelling. Halfway through day 2 they felt so swollen that I had to switch to a bigger bra. I have been doing the massages they showed me and I really don't see/feel a difference. When the swelling gets really bad I ice them for about 20mins and it helps a little bit.
I am also really tired all the time. I fall asleep even when I don't feeling I am tired. It's so weird! But the morning boob isn't too bad. Just a little tightness like I worked out the day before. I have gotten out to walk my puppy several times a day, and that helps me to get moving. I am also able to shower but it feels weird because I can't get my incisions really wet.
As for my mood, I feel kinda blah. It has only been a few days and i need to be more patient with the progress. I really can't wait till they drop and fluff because to me they just look pointy!
Days 4 and 5 Post Op
Yesterday I did have a weird incident. It was my first day to really get out so I went to Starbucks and then to my moms house. By the time I got to my moms I felt lightheaded and a little nauseous, my heart was racing, and I felt like I needed to lay down. I drank some water and took a nap for about 30min and felt better and was able to help my mom bake and decorate Christmas cookies. My mom drove me home because I was afraid it would happen again and I didn't want to be alone if it did.
I slept in my bed for the first time since the surgery ( I had been sleeping on the couch) I could just not get comfortable on the couch anymore. Moving to the bed was much better, but still could not sleep. I took a tramadol to help sleep and it knocked me out. I called my PS this morning to see if they could prescribe me a sleeping pill or if I could take something OTC. I am allowed to take whatever I want. I really didnt want to take my pain pills since I don't need it for pain.
I keep hearing that people have pain and are super sensitive on their nipples and incisions and I have had none of that as well. Just some dry skin on my nipples. I am kind of waiting for it to start kicking in. I guess I am still pretty numb.
I tried on my old bathing suits and that was also exciting. They looked awesome with boobs!! I do need the swelling to go down a little more so they aren't up so high.
I got an email for VS semi annual sale, I am so excited to start shopping for bras, and I think I will have some good side boob (I was hoping for that). I keep taking pictures just so I can see the progress! My mood is finally getting better, I just miss having my sister around during this time (she went to Vegas with her husband for a few days) But we are going to hang out the whole week when she gets back.
I feel like my posts are all over the place, sorry!!!
12 days post!
I was approved by my PS to sleep however is comfortable. But I normally end up on my back. I guess I got a little used to it.
I am starting to see the change in my breasts. I am still waiting for them to drop and look more round not pointy. I am so ready for my 2 week appt, to get the tape off and stitches out.
I still don't have all my sensation back in my nipples and lower breast. Sometimes my incisions feel sore but nothing too painful. And going outside in the cold was an experience. My chest tightened up pretty good and let's just say it did not feel pleasant, not painful just weird.
A highlight was buying a couple bras at the VS semi annual sale. I am a 32D there and a 32C in normal brands.
That's about it for now, I still have a week off of work. I am a little stir crazy not being able to work out since all I do is eat, shop, and sleep!!
Two week appt
I got to my dr and got in right away, she talked about massage techniques (I am not massaging under and over, pushing the implant up and down for 6 months), I was instructed to take vitamin E twice a day for 6months to reduce the risk of CC and tissue growth, I bought silicone strips to wear for the next 6months. I was also told no physical activity until 6 weeks. I think they are feeling a little paranoid because they had a patient come in 2 days prior with a hematoma (pt was 2 weeks post) so they are being cautious. She removed my stitches and I was good to go, she said I looked good. Oh and as for the Mondor's cords, I can take ibuprofen and warm compresses go help them go away.
On another note, the boobie Blues have officially hit me. The last couple of days I have been a little depressed about getting implants. I think they look great, but being so limited has really been a struggle. Then there is the fact that I think they look HUGE. They have also become sensitive which is good, but super annoying. They feel like they are sunburnt but you can't see anything. Lastly, getting back to how I was before, fitness level wise. I am really starting to miss working out, I miss that high I know it's only another month I can get through it. I am hoping this feeling has to do with the nasty weather in Dallas, it's cold and rainy, or PMS, or because I really don't want to go back to work Monday. I have really enjoyed being home with my pup and spending time alone and with the family.
On a high note, I have been complimented on my progress and people have asked about my dr!
I hope everyone had a good New Years!
2 week pictures
2 weeks trying this again
First day back to work
I went back to work on Monday, like the post above says, and it hasn't been too bad. I notice soreness at the end of the day and can't wait to take my bra off for a little bit. I noticed some pressure behind my left, I thought maybe because your heart is there, but I don't know. The Mondor's cords are still there and the left has started to have like a pin prick feeling of I move wrong. Other than that all has been well. I am starting to round out a little more. My left is working faster than my right. And I have not gotten any smaller since I bought my 32D bras. Guess there wasn't too much swelling left. I just need them to drop so they actually sit in the bras. My mood has gotten better, when I am sore is when I start to feel sorry for myself. And question why I did this to myself. I think being a little helpless at work has also made me feel a little down. I did however learn how to manipulate my equipment without using my chest muscles to move it. That was pretty impressive. I am posting a couple pictures of bathing suit tops I bought. Not really sure I'll keep either yet but we will see.
Possible muscle flex deformity
I was measured at VS and I am officially a 32DD, way bigger than planned but at least they look good. i am really just ready to get back to the gym and get back in shape. This journey has been a good one and I am really starting to like and adjust to having boobs!
Crossfit with boobs
I haven't found a sports bra that I just LOVE to work out in. I wore a couple from VS and can't really stand the underwire while working out. The one I like so far was from Fabletics, the Sintra Bra. It held me in and it has adjustable straps which is just what I need, and NO underwire. I may have to get a couple more of those. So all in all, workouts are going well. I am SO happy to be back especially since I feel like my ass has gotten huge as of recently! Gotta get summer ready!
Dr. Stagnone is seriously the best. I am so happy with the results I have gotten from him. He is meticulous and really cares about his patients. His staff is great as well. They knew me by name when I walked into the office, I wasn't just another face. My results couldn't have turned out any better. I am very happy with my breasts and will be recommending him to friends.