My worries about the procedure that I needed to work through before going for the op were: the thought of having silicon in my body, the money, the recovery time, not being able to go to the gym for a while and not knowing how my body would react to an operation as I had never had one before.
I also didn't know anyone who had had them done and so couldn't go by any personal recommendations. There are so many surgeons around and you have no idea whether they really are good or not. Every year I would do a search on the internet and kept giving up. I felt overwhelmed. Then when I moved to New York a couple of years ago I did a search again and came across Dr Pfeifer. I had never heard of her before but my gut instinct told me that she could be the one. So I made an appointment for a consultation. She was the only surgeon I went to see. When I left her Park Avenue office, I knew that she was indeed the one.
I didn't want to make a rush decision so I thought about it for two weeks. I went through all the details with my mother and a friend and then decided to go for it. Two months later I got my new boobs. And what a difference they've made to me. I had them done just before Thanksgiving and so I gave a lot of thanks.
My procedure wasn't the straightforward implants on both sides. One side was, but the other side needed a lift so the nipple had to be moved and a different sized implant put in. I went for the gummy bears as they are a tear dropped/natural shape and they are more cohesive than the other types.
The results are fantastic. Both breasts are now the same size, they have volume and the nipples are now in proportion to the breast size.
Going back to my list of worries: I don't give a thought to the silicon - implants have come a long way in the last few years. I saved up the money. The recovery time was shorter than I thought - I looked after myself (which is key). I took 6 weeks off the gym and when I went back to the gym, I eased myself in over the next couple of months. And the operation was great. I followed all the instructions I was given carefully before and after the op and I was fine.
There were many professionals involved in my op and recovery, all of whom were just so wonderful. The nurses and anesthetist were so reassuring and professional, the ladies from Dr Pfeifer's office have been very sweet and helpful. I paid extra for nurses to look after me the day of the op and I'm so glad I did. They were worth every penny. I did this because I didn't have family around me or very close friends to ask. But actually, even if you do, I would recommend having nurses. They are so sweet, they've seen so many cases like this and so they know what to look out for. They were angels. I was a bit scared of my new boobs at first because they were very swollen and I was worried about hurting them but the nurses put my mind at rest and helped me with my first nightly and daily routine so that I knew what I could and couldn't do.
I then spent the next four days in my armchair watching TV and eating, which was bliss! After that I started going outside for short walks and working from home. A week later I was back in the office - but making sure to take it easy. I didn't carry heavy bags and I was very careful when opening doors (and no revolving doors).
This was not a decision I took lightly. I did my homework, I thought about it carefully and waited for the right timing and right surgeon.
It is now 6 months on and I feel great. I can now hold my head up high knowing I have lovely breasts under my clothes. And now it's bikini time so that's something to look forward to!
One last thing to say is that I did this for myself. I am single and in my 30s. I didn't do this for a man. It was for me and my self esteem, something you can't put a price on.
Good luck to all of you who are thinking about having breast surgery and I hope this review helps.