Breast Lift with Implant - Minneapolis, MN

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I have always wanted to have nicer breasts....

I have always wanted to have nicer breasts. Between weight fluctuations and genes, my breasts have been left with a less then appealing appearance. After doing my research I decided i needed a breast lift with implant. I decided after a lot of research to go with Dr. Tholen because he has a lot of experience with doing lifts, and i am worried about having them be symmetrical after surgery. During my consultation he said that i could just do implants, but i really want the fullness back! Also, Ive seen how much worse big areolas look after being breast augmentation, because they are being stretched and pushed out. Dr. Tholen convinced me to go with silicone implants even though i was set on saline. I was thinking saline because i already have breast tissue to cover rippling, its cheaper, and the MRIs are expensive! He said the FDA recommendations for MRI screenings as often as they say is ridiculous, that the likeliness of good quality silicone implants rupturing under normal circumstances is extremely rare. The one thing i am concerned with after during more research is capsular constructive developing. It can happen in either type of implant, but studies show its a little more likely in silicone. The silicone was about $800 more than saline, and everyone at the office assured me that it was well worth the cost. My Dr also said he didn't know if he could get me to the double D that i want while doing the lift at the same time, because he likes to play things safe. I said okay, but am going to reiterate to him on surgery day that i am taking two solid weeks off work and plan on doing nothing, so please to pump me up to the max that he can. He also said that the standard desired areola diameter is 4cm, however he can do smaller upon request. After going home and checking things out more, i am going to request closer to 3cm.
I am super anxious and excited for my surgery! I just hope everything goes easy and that i can have the breasts Ive always wanted! The cost was more then i anticipated, and just want it to be worth it i guess. The physical was $200 bucks, meds $100, and I anticipate the bras to be around $100, so just over 10,000 after everything. I really like Dr. Tholen and feel confidant in my choice. He seems to have a lot of energy and knows his stuff. I look forward to writing more after the big day!

3 days post-op update

HI! So i went in for my surgery and everything went well. I only really remember waking up and going home, i know i asked my nurse a lot of questions but i don't remember the answers so luckily my boyfriend was there. I remember her saying to cross my arms over my breasts to "PROTECT THE INVESTMENT" lol! No walking over 3mph no lifting more than 5lbs. I remember being so happy when they told me that my DR was able to get me to 492ccs!!!! yeahhhh!
Everything went as expected that first day after surgery except i must warn you, DO NOT WALK ALONE! I left the bathroom and thought i was feeling fine,....BOOM, PASSED OUT ALMOST RIGHT ON MY "INVESTMENT". MAKE SURE YOU DRINK GATORADE ASAP AND GET UP SLOWLY. Between the dehydration and pain meds, you should be getting up very cautiously that first day. Scared my BF half to death i guess i was out for 20 seconds with my eyes rolling back in my head! Felt like crap the next 4 hours after that but managed, in and out of sleep, only taking half pills of Vicodin since the beginning with DRs advice. . I WOULD RECOMMEND 3 THINGS that really would have helped me with being so immobile with my arms and such.1)BACKSCRATCHER,(things get itchy for real and your arms cant go very far.) 2)TRAY and 3) BIB. I don't know if i am just being too careful or what, but the first few days i really couldn't get my arms up too far and was spilling food on my chest and it was hard to drink so it would have been nice to have a tray since you have to be propped up anyway.

The first 4 days

So i forgot to mention something kind of odd, a privacy policy was written into the anesthesia consent form stating that any pictures taken or videos are property of the business and can be used for whatever. The lady said i could cross that part off and initial by it if i wasn't comfortable but at that point i was accepting,( just kind of random and surprised me that was in there.) Anywho, my DR has been so great and saw me the day after surgery and a few days after that as well. He gave me nitropaste for some dark spots at the T section that wasn't getting enough circulation, and told me to get some easy-fitted bras and non-scented soap. When i went back for my app Sat, he gave me this cupless bra to put pressure on the sternum to avoid semasa. I'm suppose to start the implant exercises and continue with the cream, only wear this cupless bra. Appointment in a few days again. IM glad he is following up so diligently and taking every preventative measure. Only concerns at this point are for implants to drop and breasts to become less swollen, and for the skin to heal especially at the T junction.

1-4days PICS!!!

day 5

1 week post-op

Before Pictures

3 weeks post op

3 weeks


3 weeks

3 weeks.

well, what to say. The most painful thing was my back 1week-3weeks. I got sick one week into my recovery then was having problems at work I'm just getting over the " depression/ regret" feeling you hear about people getting after surgery. I'm happy with the size but wish I had gone bigger on my areolas but that's my own fault. The left areola is more oval shaped but I've decided not to sweat it. I have a little feeling in my right nipple but none in my left and my left areola is more purple colored some of the time but it is having more healing problems. The doc has seen me every Tuesday since my surgery and I'm now doing the Bacitracin once a day and wearing normal non underwrie bras. just want this to be over with so I can be around second hand smoke and drink and go to the gym. I just don't want an infection and am really hoping I get feeling back because it's weird I feel almost unwomanly with the smaller areolas and the yucky healing problems. Im doing implant exercises every three hours and sleeping on my side. My bf likes them but he liked them before too lol. can't wait to wear tops without a bra once in a while and not wear a bra during sex woohoo lol.

4 weeks

Well got my wounds debried today doctor wants me to scrub with soft bristled tooth brush to get all the fibren off daily. This should be over in like 3 weeks most progress is seen at the end time will go by with seemingly no advancement then all of a sudden the skin will come in and it will heal right up. I want to go to the gym but can't really and I want to not worry about being around smoke. I'm happy with the shape have some sensation in the right none in the left still doing lower pole implant massages every three hours.

5 and 6

Well sigh still healing just waiting....have to do gauze changes twice a day, scrub area, no smoking or vigorous activity. My plastic surgeon has seen me every Tuesday since my surgery I appreciate that. Just ready to move on with the process so I can wear underwire bras and start the lotioning. Some sensation in my right nipple none I'm my left. My right wound started bleeding randomly at work the other day that was scary. I'm happy with the look, feel some weird marble type stuff in both breasts at random spots. The top portion of my breast is still soar to the touch. Don't have full feeling in the bottom yet I don't think.

8 weeks post op

Well two months and still healing. Going to see ps this Friday he mentioned something about maybe injecting the vein with something. The little one has bled once and this week the big one three times I'm just hoping to heal soon so I can start creams and get sports bras start jogging.....sigh. happy with the implants themselves.

6 month post op

I finally got feeling back in my left nipple about a month ago! So happy about that! AND!, MY Dr is doing scar revision for free because of my bad healing! I'll post pics after that. Very happy with feeling, shape, areola size, etc!

16 months post-op SCAR REVISION

So I got my scar revision done on March 2nd 2015 for the left breast where I had circulation complications. Dr. Tholen did this free of charge! Im very impressed with his concern and following through. I'm glad I choose him, his experience and reputation speaks for itself!
So, they cut out the old scar and Im all stitched up with this surgical tape ontop of it for a week my App is this Monday the 9th to check on it. Im a little nervous, praying for fast healing this time! I took 11 days off work and I cant get my heart rate up etc.(same restrictions as original procedure.)for two weeks! It was weird being awake for this but they numbed me up and put a tent like thing over me so I couldn't see which is good!

1 week

so im again having circulation problems and skin is ischmic. My healing is going to take longer but its still going to be better then last time. It doesn't make any sense that I can really feel my nipple now more then before! My boobs are not the norm I guess! Ill show my 2 year post op at the end of the year once this is all said and done!

side note

I think I have breats that are not the norm, everyone heals differently and body's are all a little different. The likeliness of having superficial wound healing problems for non smoking non diabetic people for this is rare. I made it more likely by having a lift with augmentation at the same time and requesting bigger complications are a little more likely. Also I am happy with my areola size now. I can't believe I have more FEELING NOW THEN EVER in my L nipple after not having any for 5 months from this scar revision.....nerves to your nipple are from your armpit area but it's possible like I said not the norm!
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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