I have done quite a bit of research on implants....
I have done quite a bit of research on implants. When the "gummy bear" silicone implants went on the market I got pretty excited since the whole sticky, gooey, toxic silicone leaking into the body thing made me really uncomfortable. I don't care what anyone says about their "proven safety", maybe in another 50 years if they have a perfect tract record I'll be on board but until then, there aren't enough studies and there hasn't been an adequate amount of time to prove to me they are actually safe. You know that saying "innocent until proven guilty" well thats how silicone implants are to me. "Safe until proven dangerous" and there's no way in hell I'm going to find out they are actually dangerous while they are inside my body.
Saline was the obvious choice for me. Plenty of drawbacks come with saline, the whole water bag thing, higher chances of rippling, not as natural feeling blah blah blah... but at least they have had years upon years of studies proving their absolute safety. And to me, that is the main selling point.
When the Ideal Implants were approved by the FDA in 2014, and I started researching them they seemed like the perfect fit. Softer than traditional saline, same safety, decreased chance of rippling and capsular contraction. It seemed like a dream come true. Of course like any implant they had draw backs as well.
Being so "brand new" means they haven't had any substantial amount of time to see how good they really are. 10 years is a scratch on the surface when it comes to science. I want to see studies with large groups of people proving the same thing over and over again for 50+ years. The IDEAL implants just don't have that kind of time since they are so new. Also, for all I know, the company that makes these IDEAL implants is going to go out of business in 5 years and then suddenly my implants will lose their warranty. These are all things I took into consideration, but overall, I still felt like the pro's outweighed the cons.
Ended up with 430cc(R) and 455cc(L)
On day 5. Off all medication except for the mandatory antibiotics. Taking ibuprofen here and there but pain levels remain around a level 2
Right breast and nipple is more tender and sensitive than the left, full mobility in both arms and continuing to exercise and stretch them everyday. They are continuing to get softer and slowly dropping. I hope they continue dropping because right now being all swollen they look a lil cray.
Hoping I get that 50/50 volume below and above the nipple because right now it's like 55/45. I'll take some more photos at the one week and two week mark.
Pre Consultation Information
I wore a cozy flannel button up with no bra underneath, easy and comfortable sweats, brought my glasses and all my medications. We took the nausea meds right before surgery but all other meds I started post surgery.
My sister and I purchased bendy straws and the barf bucket from a party store, grabbed a super deluxe microfiber pillow from target, laxative medication and two nice ice packs in preparation for surgery.
We set up on my friends couch and futon in front of their tv with plenty of pillows and blankets to cushion and get comfortable.
Post Operation photos
Boobies are feeling softer and softer and I hope they continue down this path of squishyness. Still hoping they drop more, still sitting higher than I want them to but I can't judge them too quickly.
I keep telling myself 3 weeks and they'll be better, 3 weeks. I mean don't get me wrong they look great now, but still looking a little fake for my taste.
Asymmetry, Permanent marker and Fear of the Double Bubble
When lowering a crease there is always potential for a double bubble. If you don't know what that is, it's basically where you can see the fake implant AND your real one above it.
So far so good, my crease lowered like a dream. Dr Yates said sometimes there's double bubbling immediately after surgery and it only improves over time, but I didn't have any double bubbling so I should be good to go! He said I was a low chance to begin with since my crease only needed to be lowered ever so slightly. Grateful my nipples are still straight and in line!
I have a friend who had breast surgery up in Bellevue, WA about 4 months ago and is just now noticing a bit of a double bubble. It only happens when she raises her arms and it's worse on her "pre operation smaller side". She has an appointment with her surgeon tomorrow to check it out and I'll be joining her.