Size Verdict = Love them (most of the time). I'm 4 1/2 weeks post op, although these pictures were taken just short of 4 weeks. I feel awesome in clothes and am starting to love they way they look naked. Yes, there are some clothes that just don't look right anymore, but I spent many years cultivating a look to be flattering to small breasts. I just need to cultivate a new look now! If I made list of clothes that look BETTER now versus those that don't, the first column would dominate.
I've been thinking through what I may have left out that would be helpful for someone about to go through the same thing...
Week 1: I had my surgery on a Thursday and went back to work on Tuesday. It was okay, but not great. I had just gone on vacation shortly before, so I really couldn't swing any more time off. I have a pretty chill office job, but the first two days sucked. I was tight, sore, uncomfortable and unhappy. 7 days seemed to be the magic number, by the following Thursday I felt significantly better. If you can do it, (and as my PS recommended) take a whole 7 days before going back to work. Also - swelling!! Swelling is real + ungainly wrappings/surgical bras. It was so hard to hide the dramatic size increase. If you're sensitive about this, as I was, it's another reason to wait.
Week 2: Better than week 1. Boobs slowly start to look round instead of square. I still had a lot of weakness in my hands, especially noticeable in my right side. They still felt super foreign, hard and high. I went up and down daily about the size. I was able to do more and felt like a functional human at least.
Week 3: Cleared to do "light" exercise! Elliptical, cycling, walking... This has been the longest I've gone without running in 10+ years. Working up a decent sweat was a huge mood booster, and I look super hot in work out clothes. But hello asymmetry! My right breast has the larger implant, higher crease, and is my dominant size. By week 3 my left was dropping nicely, but the right was still pretty high and tight. In a tight shirt the asymmetry was obvious, especially in stripes which draw a line across your chest. I was not aware of how many tight, stripped shirts I own until this moment. (A lot.) However, I also noticed the first bit of jiggle! Not jiggly, mind you, but they moved. Somewhere in week 3-4, my girls started to feel less foreign, no doubt because they felt less like solid rocks strapped onto my chest. Also, the swelling had gone down to the point where I felt comfortable (and not obvious) in work clothes. And attractive! Well hello there, curves without padding.
Because of the "high" of exercising, I may have psychically pushed myself more this week than I should have. Pouring a 20 lb jug of cat litter into the litter box... no go. I dropped the whole thing right in the box. I also tried several times to lift myself (like onto a counter or over a gate) without thinking. Immediate no go. My upper body felt super weak combined with an incredibly strange twitching sensation... However, I was able to go on long walks with a moderately well behaved German Shepard without issues (a little bit of leash-tugging didn't bother me).
Week 4: So good! The dropping is well on its way, my nipples are even and maybe even slightly up, and the upper pole fullness is diminishing. My best friend gave me the seal of approval - she thought they looked great, symmetrical and proportionate! Yay! We compared squeezes (she is naturally very well-endowed) and there's no comparison... My boobs will never feel like that, so soft and jelly-like. But honestly, my breasts were so small before they never felt like that anyway, so I'm not experiencing any lost. They will become softer than they are now, and hopefully forever perky, and I'm okay with that.
What else? Doctor's recommendations. My PS seems pretty chill in comparison to a lot of stuff on here. No torture band, no compression bra. Since day 7, I've been wearing either shelf-bra camis or soft jockey bralettes (recommended technique!!! I'm dropping just fine and in comfort). As I mentioned, I got the go head to do low-impact exercise at 3 weeks, and also to sleep on my side. Oh, the joy! I'll be clear to return to all normal activity at 6 weeks - except when I pressed her about upper body exercise including yoga with chaturangas, she recommended holding off on things like push-ups, bench presses and flies for 8 weeks. I had dissolvable stitches and haven't treated the scars with anything but bio-oil. The bio-oil felt really good especially the first week when my skin felt tighter than a stretched balloon. They're fine, they're scars, they'll go away in their own time, just not something I'm worked up about.
I haven't been overly careful with regular physical activity, like carrying stuff to work or reaching for dishes or doing housework. I just listen to my body. If it's uncomfortable, I stop, get a stool. If it's okay, I do it. After one 20 minute session on the elliptical, I bought a Under Armor front-zip high-impact sports bra and it made a difference in comfort.
Massages! At my 3 week appointment, my PS told me to touch them as much as possible. Mmm, okay. She didn't cite anything to do with softening or dropping, but said that as the nerve endings reattach, they can cause sharp pains and said that touching and squeezing helps reduce that.
I think that's it! I'll continue to post progress pictures and anything notable!