I developed early at age 12. I alternated my entire life between a large C and small D. My breasts always sagged somewhat, as my tissue is very dense. In a nutshell, I was always embarrased by the sagging, even in my 20s. When I hit my mid-40s, for whatever reason, my breasts got even bigger (menopause, hormones?) I gained 15 pounds and voila! Breasts became a DD. They honestly looked like rocks in a sock!
After meeting with three very reputable surgeons in my area, based on recommendations from friends and my own family doctor, I finally decided to go ahead and do the surgery. Wow! My breasts look prettier, perkier, and sexier than they ever looked in my entire life (even better than my 20s).
The procedure took 5 hours, and I had very, very tiny saline implants put in behind the muscle for some fullness at the top of my breast. I am so happy!!!!! The pain was minimal. My surgeon made me take pain meds for the first 48 hours post-surgery whether I needed them or not. He stated that he didn't want to take the chance of my experiencing any pain which could cause my blood pressure to be elevated and interfere with the healing process. I was brused and swollen (they sat high on my chest for a few weeks). I wore a surgical bra for three months.
It has been 7 months since my surgery and they look terrific. The scars are healing nicely (I have what is referred to as "key-hole" scars), but they are thin and will fade more in time. I am now a full C or small D (depending on what bra I wear).
After my divorce, my self-esteem and body image were in the toilet. I waited three years post-divorce and decided to have the surgery done. I am so glad I did and wish that I would have had this done 10 years ago. If you are contemplating this surgery, my advice is to seek out a few board certified reputable surgeons (ask your family doctor or trusted OB/GYN for some names) and go to the consultations. I based my final decision on the time my surgeon spent with me explaining everything step by step (and drawing pictures). My tops fit great now and I feel sexier than ever!