I've been thinking about this for a while, but I'm still very unsure! I Am 31, 5'9" and 145 lbs and have had two Kids... and my breasts have, well, downsized quite a bit since. I'm really looking for a natural full look but am nervous about complicatiOns or lOoking "fake"... Any advice would help, as I'm JUST getting started!! Thanks! :)
So far so good!!- Newport Beach, CA
I've been thinking about this for a while, but I'm...
So I went to my consultation with Dr. Bandy and I...
She spent over an hour with me going over every question I could possibly think of and made me feel really comfortable. After she left the patient consultant went over some initial sizing (they said we'll spend a lot more time with that at my 2hr pre-op appointment) with the implant under a bra they had (mine was too padded!). She showed me 300 to 500 cc's. I'm not sure where I'll end up with that. I really don't even know what size I am now! I still wear my old 32 C bras even though I have a big gap in them! I think my cup size is probably a small B on the right and a full B on the left. I'm 5'9" 145 lbs and have a 29" rib cage. I am hoping to have a full but natural look. Maybe a 32 D. That is what I measured at Nordstrom before I had my kids. I don't want to go so small there's no point, but I also REALLY don't want to have big old fake lookin boobs!!
We decided on the under muscle, under breast incision (can't remember how to spell the technical names!) and silicone gels. Any advice on these choices would be extremely appreciated!! And on size! I will post my before pictures as soon as I figure out how... Yuck! :(
Also, how much time to you all take off? I have a desk job that I'm pretty new at... I was thinking five days, including procedure day, but the consultant suggested a week... What do you guys think?
Any and all advice is much appreciated!!!
Oops... Now I see I should have made a new post...
So I have a lot to update!! I went to my pre op...
So anyways I calmed down, my husband met me there and I started the fun part... The sizing! At first when I tried on the implants I felt like I looked like Dolly Parton! Seriously, I felt like I was going to topple over! The girl helping me brought me another set and asked what I thought. I said I like them much better and she laughed... They were the same cc's! Just high profile and the first were mod's. I thought high profile would look way bigger (and I know it's different once they are inside you) but the moderate ones felt so wide I could feel them in
My arm pits! When the doctor measured my breast diameter she said that made sense... Even though I'm tall and not skinny my rib cage is smallish. I'm about 28 inches around and the "breast diameter" is 12 centimeters... Anyone else have a similar situation? I'm still a little concerened about the high profile, but for now that's what I'm planning on. Also we're thinking 400 cc on the left and 425 to 450 on the right. I'm thinking ill end up a 32 d -dd... What do you guys think? I'm doing silicone unders with the inframamary (sp?!) placement.
I am so back and forth between out of my mind excited and insanely nervous! Anyone else close? Anyone else feeling this way? My surgery date is the 17th!!!
So, the day is almost here! I can't believe it! ...
I know I'm doing silicone, under the muscle, crease incision and high profile. I think the cc's will be 400 on right and 425 on the left. But I think ultimately she'll use her best judgment. I feel like I might have preemptive boob greed... I'm already worried this wont be big enough! Seriously though, in the long run I think it will be perfect. I was worried about the high profile too... But the more I look into, with the size of my rib cage and breast diameter, I think it will look perfect.
Any advice for the home stretch, anyone? I'm sure the nerves will set back in any second... But for now I'm going to enjoy the excitement! But any advice on recovery would be much appreciated :)
The day is here! I'm on my way in... I can't...
So I made it! I'll post the details of the...
Dr Bandy and her staff at fantastic! Sweet, kind, patient and professional. As nervous as I was I felt like I was in good hands.
When I woke up.... OH. MY. GOD. The pain was immediately intense... Easily a level nine. The pain level in labor when you would beg for an epidural. That had me wait about twenty minutes and gave me 2 norco's and they really just took the edge off. I left the hospital at about an eight. Thankfully the pain feel very localized to the chest, neck, and shoulders (and arms if I move them at All). Now all that being said, I felt great mentally! I think reading all the stories on here have me a closer to realistic expectation to what I would feel. I could laugh with my husband and the nurse and talk fine. I was really surprised how much it burned though!
I got home and took a muscle relaxer and that, thankfully brought me down to a six on the pain scale. I took a couple quick naps, and ate some sushi, and iced A LOT! I feel like the ice is doing the most!
Can you ice too much?!
Stay tuned for more info.... And those of you getting close, ask me ANYTHING! I think this site helped more than anything in being prepared!
I am exhausted but can't sleep! I dose off for...
I got there at 8:30 am and they had me change and went over everything again. My PS came in and marked me up, and answered all of my last minute questions. She said she was bringing 400, 425, and 450 in with her. The anesthesiologist came in also and asked me a lot of questions and answered a lot of mine. She seemed like one of those highly intelligent semi awkward types, which I love for someone whose handling my health in such a way!
I was doing great, just excited not too scared, until they got me back in the operating room! I started crying and didn't know why! But all of the staff said this is very normal.... She got my IV in and then I asked if she was giving me something to relax, she smile and next thing I know I was wide awake and in pain!! I was super relieved to be on the other side and talking a lot, feeling very mental well. I got a peak before the bra went on and I think they looked great! I'm glad I did before the swelling started.
My husband came in and was shocked to see me so up and happy.
Then I got really nauseous but could not throw up! It was horrible! My sweet nurse Isabel gave me her jambs juice smoothie she had in the fridge for lunch and it worked like a charm! I felt better w food in my stomach instantly!
So My ps ended up using the 400 on the left and the 450 on the right. They are silicone, high profile and under the muscle with a crease incision.
I am really surprised at how helpless I feel! The first half of the day home I didn't feel like I could even hold a cup! I could adjust my position... I feel like every move I make uses my pectoral muscles!!! Anyone else notice this?? Thank God for my husband!! He has seriously waited on me hand and foot, with a sweet attitude the whole way through!!
I do think I need a different pain pill though... The norco's are doing NOTHING!! I am afraid I'll take too many flexerill's (muscle relaxers). My mom left me an oxy... But I am way too scared to take it! Any suggestions on what I should ask for?
Also, has anyone else had the experience of knowing you be insanely swollen and hard, but you are still shocked at just HOW swolle , high and hard they are?! I've seen so many progress pics, but somehow am still shocked!! It feels like after you have a baby and are engorged kind of... But worse!
Okay, it's time I can take a muscle relaxer... Maybe I can get some sleep?!? I hope I hope!! Please send sleep vibes!!
So, today is day three (counting surgery as day...
Okay, time to post updated after pics!!
I am so thankful that I found this site... If not...
I'm shocked by how huge they are and I'm really hoping they get smaller as the swelling goes down!
So, I've heard about this Morning boob thing......
Morning boob thing... So far 4 days in, I feel like that but almost all day! Anyone feel like that?! I feel like I have ongoing Braxton hicks contraction of the boobs!
So overall I am feeling WAY better today! And I actually slept a few hours at a time last night! I think that helped a lot! I'm just anxious over how freaking heavy these boons are!! It should get better as the swelling goes down right? I posted pics from today... I think they're normal swollen, but then I get my self freaked out!
Side note: does anyone use coconut oil on them? Though it might help healing, but I also for nervous that I should wait til after my 1 week checkup.
Happy healing ladies!!! :)
So, I'm five days post op now and feeling great! ...
I can get up from the couch A LOT easier now. Still feels funny In my chest, but I don't have to have my husband lift me off anymore! I am also extremely scared about hurting myself in a way that will cause major complications. Is it normal if you accidentally put weight on you arms to feel shooting shock like pains in your chest? Also anyone else have numbness on the Lower half of breast? Does feeling come back? Kinda worried about that. i am loving my new boobs! I can't wait for them to feel soft and hang a little. I also can't wait until my 5year old can run up and jump on me again! I didn't think how sad it would make me feel to not be able to cuddle for a little while :(. And is it normal for them to tighten up all the time? Just when I feel like they're getting softer the tighten up like a pregnant belly having a contraction!
Posting a few pics of today's progress... Actually I don't see much progress yet... Still very bolt on, but I love them anyway!
I'm post op day 7! The past few days I've been...
My progress at this point but I didn't expect to have round the clock hard tight boobs! The pain has really let up today though, and for that I'm thrilled! I go back to work tomorrow and I super scared! Any advice from those who've gone back?? No one knows at work what I had done, so that's kind of weird :). Hopefully since I usually wear really padded bras it won't be so obvious... Also I plan on wearing scarves for a while :). I went off pain med's today and surprisingly am doing really well... I think they might have had something to do with my feeling down. So, is it normal at my stage to still feel so tight??
So, I went back to work today! I woke up...
I took some updated photos tonight after I posted...
Went to my post op this week. I have a lot to say...
2 WEEKS POST OP!!! I am two weeks post op today...
My only complaint is the strap
And I'm dying to sleep curled up on my side. Also I miss big hugs from family with out having to worry if they'll hurt me. And I look forward to serious cleaning again! I'm being so careful not
Lifting or pulling too much, and my house is seriously suffering. But I'm choosing to let it go! I can always clean
Later right? My left is starting to soften up and my right is following close behind. I can't wait to have soft boobs again! I don't think I'll really truly believe they'll soften up and feel naturalish until I see/feel it! Anyone else w silicone under muscle high profile--- when did they soften up? Mine are definitely softer, but have a ways to go! Also when we're you all cleared to sleep on your side? One last note: for all of you experiencing the crazy emotional roller coaster... Hang in there! It gets better! I once again feel like a rational level person and am SO GLAD I WENT THROUGH WITH THIS! So thankful I finally took the leap!
Oops, trying to post pics :)
Wow, after posting my pictures I can see their...
I'm 3 weeks post op and feeling better everyday! ...
So I had my 3 week post op today. It went very...
1 month post op!!
5 weeks post op still so happy I did it!
I got sized at Victoria secret and they said I'm a 34DD! I bought some bras and I have to say I'm hooked on bra shopping now!! It's my new lunch time activity :). I found this one, body by Victoria I think, that is a normal bra shape, but wireless. Seems like a good option, but they don't make it in DD, weird. Any way they had great sale bras that I bought for the future when I'm back in underwire or whatever I want.
So far they're softening up and still dropping... I'm anxious for them to fully heal, even though I feel so close already. When did the rest of you further ahead of me feel like you saw your final results? Especially softness wise.
Feeling great! New pics!
Best decision ever!
Over all I feel like this has been the best decision and I'm so deals I finally took the plunge... I love my new shape, I feel more confident in my body, for the first time ever I like wearing a t shirt, and I'm proud oft self that I made this huge decision FOR MYSELF! Good luck to all the ladies still healing and waiting! And thanks for all of the support!
I found dr bandy on real self, and I knew from my free consultation she was the right doctor for me! She is patient, caring, professional and knows what she's doing! I am so glad I trusted her toile my vision and dreams a reality! Her staff is amazing! I had so many questions and every time I emailed the office Melissa or Nicole would email right back with in minutes! And Isabel calmed my nerves and made it clear I was in the best hands! Dr bandy is worth every penny! If I ever have anything else done in the future I would even dream of going anywhere else!