After visiting my surgeon for my consultation just three weeks before my surgery date, I decided that either 275cc silicone implants (behind the muscle) or 315cc polyurethane implants (in front of the muscle) in either a tear drop or round high profile shape. My surgeon explained the pros and cons of each and said that both would work well for me and he was happy to recommend but he ultimately wanted it to be my decision. Whilst the polyurethane implants were slightly more expensive, I decided this was the best option in the long run as the rate of capsular contracture is 1% at 15 years. My surgeon was incredibly knowledgeable and took time to answer my concerns in great detail via email just a week before surgery and even asked if I wanted to come back in to have a chat, or if I wanted to postpone the date of surgery if I didn't feel quite ready. Equally, all of the other staff were there to answer any questions almost immediately - I could not fault the effort and time they put into making you feel comfortable and excited about the surgery without feeling pushy.
My decision on which implant to go for was greatly influenced by a girl who I met at the clinic who was there for a follow up appointment. She was around my age and also had polyurethane implants. She kindly had a chat to me and even showed me how great they were and how natural they felt after just 6 months. Seeing my surgeons work first hand was definitely a massive plus when you know you're putting your body into someone else's hands. I was also aware that the clinic had some kind of buddy scheme where you were able to speak to other willing patients to get their views on specific implants - however, I was happy enough after I had seen the work of my surgeon first hand.
Two weeks later, I travelled up to Solihull Parkway hospital for my pre-op - the hospital was nice and the pre-op was a quick and easy process. The only negative was the nurse carrying out my pre-op. I found her rude and almost judgemental. She barely spoke and didn't seem to want to answer any questions I had. Obviously this was nothing to do with my surgeon as this is just one of many hospitals that he uses for his patients and this did not reflect the behaviour of his staff.
A week after my pre-op I was back at the hospital for 10am. I was shown to my private room and bathroom which was nice. First, I was visited by a trainee nurse who wasn't much older than me and she was super nice and just went through some details and took my blood pressure etc. I was then visited by a qualified nurse who ran through the plan of the day and said I was first on the list! My surgeon then came in to check I was ok, take some pictures, and draw all over me! Next, the anaesthetists came to visit. I am terrified of needles and believe it or not this was my biggest concern. By this point I only had 20 minutes until I was going in for surgery and I was panicking because I knew the numbing cream wouldn't have time to work its magic. The anaesthetists was great and re-assured me I'd be ok as he put some local amnestic in my hand before the IV. I know I'm very sensitive to pain and the local amnestic did hurt, but the anaesthetist was great and kept me talking and put an extra dose in so I didn't feel the IV. I don't remember falling asleep - the next thing I remember was waking up to a nurse next to me telling me that I was going to be pleased but I just started to cry because I could feel the pain (I'm a big cry baby). She gave me some liquid morphine and I was fine. My surgeon came to visit me in recovery but I don't really remember the conversation as being in there was all a bit of a blur.
The pain was much worse than I was expecting and I could barely move. The amnestic made me sick a couple of times and I was feeling really rough. It was difficult not being able to lift myself up but the nurses I had during the day were so kind and made me feel like it was all going to be ok because they were there and they gave me all the pain relief I could have and kept checking to make sure everything looked normal - they couldn't have done a better job. Unfortunately the nurse I had during the night was the opposite, she didn't seem to care how much pain I was in or about my concerns to why I was in this much pain. She woke me up every two hours during the night to check my blood pressure and when she gave me pain relief she would put it on the side without saying much and walk back out, turning the light off before I even had the chance to take the tablets or liquid morphine - again this doesn't reflect any of the staff relating to my surgeon and his clinic. Thankfully she left around 7am and I had the lovely day nurses back who were equally as nice as the day before. I was very emotional and expressed my concerns about the level of pain to my primary nurse who called my surgeon who then came to see me to check everything was ok. He re-assured me that everything was normal and that the pain would subside and that it was likely due to my skin being young and not being as stretchy etc. My post surgical bra that he had put me in felt a bit tight so he went and fetched me another which felt better.
I left the hospital at 10am the day after my surgery with paracetamol, ibuprofen, codine, liquid morphine, and some constipation relief (apparently something caused by taking codine and liquid morphine). The pain gradually got better throughout the day and later on that day, my surgeon's nurse from his clinic rang me up to check how I was and give me advise on which painkillers to take and when to take them. By the evening I was shattered, but I was feeling much better within myself.
It is now the evening of day three and I am sat in bed with some ice packs over my t-shirt to try and reduce the swelling, but I don't really think its doing much. I felt well enough to get out the house today so I went out to some shops with my good friend who has been looking after me throughout this process. Walking around actually seems to help quite a lot. I've only taken one lot of codine today as the pain isn't too bad, but I have been taking paracetimol and ibuprofen too. The pain is something I'm now coping with and a lot of the time barely notice, but my breasts are still very hard and tight, as well as itchy sometimes. My nipples are also swollen but I know all this will get better in time. The restrictive movement is the only annoying thing for me - but my new boobs are definitely worth that.
P.S I will get before and after pictures from my surgeon to upload.