I had my breast augmentation 1 month ago with Dr....
I had my breast augmentation 1 month ago with Dr. Kessler in Newport Beach and I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. For years I had been on the fence about getting breast implants. I've always desired a fuller bustline, but did not want that over-the-top "done" look that seems so common in Orange County. I decided that since I was turning 35 this year, I would finally commit to having the surgery and began exhaustively researching both the procedure itself and various plastic surgeons about 5 months ago. I put in a great deal of effort to find the best doctor for me and it totally paid off.
I can honestly say that my results have exceeded my expectations. At both my consultation and my pre-op appointment, I showed Dr. Kessler goal photos of breasts I liked. Not only do I feel that my outcome is very close to my goal photos, I actually like my breasts BETTER than my goal photos. I did not have a particular size in mind, but rather a "look" that I communicated through pictures. Dr. Kessler chose a size and shape implant that really complements my body. I wanted a result that would be both elegant AND sexy and I feel that is exactly what I got. I LOVE my new breasts and how they look on me.
For anyone considering this or any cosmetic procedure, I would like to advise that, in my opinion, the success of my outcome can be attributed to 2 things:
1) Good Communication- Look for a doctor with whom you communicate well. You should feel comfortable asking him/her questions and feel that they genuinely want you to understand their answers. Dr. Kessler really listened to me, but also kept me realistic about my expectations.
2) Skill level and credentials- If you're familiar with this website, then I'm sure you've read this many times, but it is important that you choose a doctor that is very experienced and Board Certified. In my case, I really feel that Dr. Kessler's experience, technical expertise and insight led to a beautiful result as well as a very quick and fairly painless recovery process.
It was asked to provide some additional info about...
It was asked to provide some additional info about my surgery and my stats:
I'm 35, no kids. Half asian half caucasian.
5'5", ~115lbs. BWD 12", rib cage 27"-28"
Pre op 34A/32B, Post op 34C/32D
My impants are 300CC, High Profile Silcone, smooth, round. Crease incision. (My primary reason for the crease incision vs nipple is that I was concerned about scarring. Being half asian, I have a tendency to scar more obviously and have read that it is often recommended in asian breast augmentation to not go through the nipple for that reason.)
I had a very swift recovery. My doctor used pain blocks during surgery so I was not really in much pain at all. Honestly, I felt like Wonder Woman the next day. I also think it is important to be on top of your pain meds and not allow any pain to set in. Lastly, I was extremely lucky that my mom took care of me post op; there's nothing like a mother's love to help the healing process along! Oh yeah, and lots of follow up and communication with your PS is super important!
Exercise: I am a runner so it has been hard having to abstain from running. I am easing back into it slowly but my advice is to not push yourself. I have had a couple painful episodes where my breast hurt afterwards, so I am going to wait another week or so before running again. I also find it helpful to wear 2 bras when running. In order to make up for the lack of exercise, I have been walking everywhere I can. For example, I used to drive to the grocery store and now I walk. I buy fewer items because I have to carry them home and as a result I end up walking to the store everyday and I find that in making more frequent trips I am burning enough calories to offset my inactivity from not running. I was worried about gaining weight after the surgery as I've seen other people do, so I feel like all the extra walking has helped prevent that.
Hope this helps. I am happy to answer any questions and share my experience with anyone who is considering surgery or is already going through recovery like me. So far I am really happy with my decision and am really enjoying sharing my journey :-)
2 month update
So, it's been 2 months and things seem to be going well. I'm back to running a few times a week. I still double up on the sports bras and I don't run for too long (maybe 3-4 miles) but everything seems to be fine. I'm continuing to see my breasts soften and they're definitely feeling and moving more like real breasts. (2 month pics attached). I still do my massages 3 times a day and I definitely think it helps.
One item of note- I recently went swimming for the first time and I could definitely feel my muscles and implants moving in a strange way. It was a little freaky. My stroke of choice is the breast stroke... I may need to change to doggy paddle as I did not like the feeling of my muscles pushing the implants apart... Other than than, I feel totally back to normal :)
Nearly 5 months post op, still as happy as ever :)
No significant changes other than more softening. I'm continually amazed at how much they move and feel like real breasts. My scars are much flatter and softer now and although they're still red, you can tell they're gradually fading.
I can't say enough about how glad I am that I chose to do this surgery. Even though the initial thrill of having big breasts has kind of worn off, I'm still in love with my results and definitely feel sexier and more confident every day I look in the mirror.