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.
My REAL Thoughts of the IDEAL Implant 4 Months Post Op *Updated Photos*
16 Jan 2017
4 months post
Today marks 4 months post operation. Since day one they have felt like a natural part of my body and I am so happy I have them! I could be happier, but I’ll get to that in a little bit. No balance issues, back pain or difficulty doing anything. I did experience slight pain in the left side when pushing or pulling anything, but that healed completely in 3 months. Their shape is delightful when my arms are at the side, however I do see some slight double bubbling occur when my left arm is raised. You’d think after all the research and time I spent weighing all my options and categorizing all the pros and cons I would have avoided the so-feared and dreaded double bubble.
I have a lot of things to say to those of you who want to get implants and I hope my words can help you make better decision about your breast implants.
First and foremost, trust your PS. If you’ve chosen a surgeon I would hope you have complete confidence in their skill and ability, so be sure to trust in their judgement as well. Dr. York Yates is an incredible surgeon that I traveled almost a 1000 miles to have and I regret not going with the implant size he first recommended to me. I thought I knew better about what I wanted than he did, which leads me to my next point.
Second thing, do as much research as possible before getting your breasts done. Be as educated as you feel necessary. But do not walk into the office for your consultation with a specific size in mind. I thought after all the research I did and all the pictures I looked at, I needed at LEAST a 400cc to reach the desired fullness and size I wanted. So when I heard the number 370cc leave his lips I felt a tinge of sadness. I focused so much on a single stupid number, rather than focusing on something that mattered so much more to me. Now this leads me into my last point.
Finally, remember what your greatest fear is about the implant. For me, it was a toss-up between always thinking “I wish I went bigger” and ending up with an obvious “double bubble”. The biggest complaint people have with breast implants is wishing they went bigger and I didn’t want that to be me. If I was going to get them done, I wanted to do it right the first time. I also didn’t want to have a double bubble, which only occurs when you go outside your natural breast width diameter (bwd). When you can see your real breast above and on top of your implant. So I was juggling between wanting to go big enough to never feel like I made the wrong choice, and small enough so a double bubble couldn’t occur. I ended up with a double bubble because I went too big. Again because I thought I knew best. Let me show you the statistics I couldn’t see because I was blinded by that damn number…
IDEAL Implant. I am a 12.0cm bwd in both breasts. My left breast is significantly smaller than the right and requires a different size implant.
370cc fits in an 11.8cm bwd
405cc fits in a 12.0cm bwd
440cc fits in a 12.5cm bwd
There’s a chart online you can find with all this information for the different sizes.
370cc originally for my larger right side and 405cc in my left. This would have fit my bwd almost perfectly. Dr. Yates knew what he was doing! I didn’t even notice the bwd importance, all I could hear are numbers. The crease of my left side needed to be lowered, so the risk of a double bubble was already there. I might have avoided it completely if I had just gone with the correct bwd implant. Instead I went with 405cc in my right and 440 in my left. A .5cm wider implant.
When deciding on the size I wanted to go, I did not bother to look back at the bwd. I almost left the office that day with the original recommendation but I had two things on my mind causing me anxiety and agitation. The first thing was actually the 3D vector image. I thought my breasts looked too small and frankly scary. I wish I had never seen that! Haha The sizers worked much better for me than that freaky little 3D Vector image of my boobies. The second thing was of course the number 400cc… I couldn’t leave feeling so much doubt, so I turned around and had the office order me the size up and I actually felt really good about it. Looking back I realize I shouldn’t have relied so much on how I “felt” but instead rely on the stats, the bwd number. I normally rely on stats and logic, so looking back I am just annoyed at myself for not being true to who I am, to let me feelings make that decision for me is such a disappointment, so much I can’t explain it.
The next morning I went in for surgery, was measured one last time to see if the larger implants would work, and Dr. Yates said he could do it. I should have stopped him there and asked, “Will I get the results I want if I go with that larger size, I want breasts that fit within my frame that are large and full, with no risk of double bubbling?” And then reinforce my inspiration photo. Because I have a feeling he would say, they won’t look like that photo they will be bigger and we are going outside your natural breast diameter, so the risk of a double bubble is definitely there. And that would have been the moment I would have realized we needed to go with the smaller size.
This is on me. Not on Dr. Yates, he did everything I asked and what I asked for was the wrong thing. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting them redone to that smaller size. But I can’t justify it yet. I haven’t emailed him asking for a quote or anything yet either. I hope to stick it out for another year, work really hard on getting into great shape, maybe with an increase of muscle mass I’ll feel like they look more proportion to my body. I have gained about 8-10 lbs since surgery so maybe I just feel pudgy and top heavy. Sometimes they remind me of big ol’ utters, which is just scary. I feel more confident with clothes on than without. But again maybe that has to do with the weight gain. Regardless, I can tell you this is really how I feel about my IDEAL implants 4 months post operation.
Let me know what you think. Are they too big? Do you think the double bubble/size is worth another surgery?