I had my first breast augmentation when I was 21....
I had my first breast augmentation when I was 21. At that time, the doctor recommended a lift but I didn't want to deal with scars. Instead, I had 515/525 cc saline implants placed above the muscle. They looked nice for several years, but after a set of twins and singleton, it's time to get these babies back up where they should be. I've decided I no longer care about the scars. I met with the surgeon back in March. His office staff is beyond friendly and welcoming. Dr. Young came in and immediately addressed everything about my breasts that I felt needed fixed. I expressed that I have no desire to be bigger than I already am. I actually would like to be smaller. He was honest and said that because I have a broad upper body, an implant smaller than 500cc may not give me the look I want. I appreciate that he was able to be straight forward with me. Overall, I felt very good about the consultation.
I waited to schedule my procedure until October 11th. I am a planner and needed time to get things organized and wrap my head around things.
You never realize how terrible your boobs look until you take pre-op pics! Good God! It's time for some new boobies :)
I'm 5'6, 130lbs. My current bra size is 34 DD
I love the size and shape of these!
Today I received consent forms for surgery. One of the consents was about choosing implants smaller or larger than the surgeon suggests. I emailed the nurse for clarification on this. I do not want to have giant boobs. I did tell the surgeon I don't want to be bigger than I am currently. I guess I just don't know what he thinks is the appropriate implant size. I mean, if it's not a huge difference from what I was considering, I'll go with what he thinks will look the best.
I'm going from saline, over the muscle to silicone under the muscle. Does this make a difference in size? I'm waiting for a response. I feel apprehensive now. I had my consult way back in March and think I may need to go in again prior to surgery.
More wish pics...
More wish pics. I feel like this size and shape would be perfect for me.
12 days before surgery
I'm anxious, excited, nervous, and just ready to get on with it. It's all I can think about. I made a Target run yesterday and picked up some post-op needs. Multi vitamins, tv pillow to keep me up right while I sleep, comfy post op clothes, etc.
I took some pics of myself in clothes and a sports bra. Can't wait to have these girls lifted and adjusted so I no longer have to conceal them.
11 Oct 2016
Day of treatment
So today was the day! Arrived to the surgery center around 10. Nursing staff was excellent. I felt surprisingly calm. I did tear up a bit right before I was to head back, when my husband kissed me goodbye.
Dr. Young came in, went over the plan, he was quick and concise, which I appreciate. The plan was a moderate profile 445 cc or 485 cc silicone implant under the muscle with full lift to replace my old saline over the muscle implants.
In recovery I woke up to find that he actually used 415cc hp implants! I wasn't in great condition to ask a lot of questions about why the change but I feel confident that he knew and understood my goals and he chose what was best to achieve the look I wanted.
I was in a lot more pain than I imagined I would be. 1 Percocet for the ride home wasn't cutting it. I got cozy in bed and tried one more a few hours later with a Valium. I've been icing off and on. My husband has been great. My kids have too. One of my daughters came in and read to me, which I thought was the sweetest. I've slept off and on. Pain pills make me sweat, which makes me feel gross ???
Day of surgery pics
Car ride home and then settled into bed
Pod 1 picture
I love how the look already. So much smaller and perkier. Follow up appt on Monday!
Last night I was pretty sore. I took two pain pills and a Valium and went to bed about 8pm. I woke up about 4 am with muscle spasms so I took another Valium and a Percocet and went back to bed. My surgeon called to check on me, which I thought was very nice. I asked why he chose 415hp and he said when he took my old implants out they were labeled 475. I had been told they were 510/525. He said they may had been overfilled but he wanted to make sure we went smaller because that's what I wanted. He said overall, he thinks I will be very happy with the size and shape. I think I will be too. I already feel so much more comfortable with the size, even with them being swollen.
I was up and about this morning, picked up the house a bit, had a friend over to visit. I feel really good. Surprisingly, a lot better than I imagined. I'm going to take a shower this afternoon and remove the dressings. I'm nervous and excited about doing this. Will post pics later. Hope everyone in recovery is doing well too!
I'm shocked POD 2
Bandages off so I can shower and I almost don't recognize myself. They look so good. Everything I wanted. Obviously they are still swollen, but I'm just so happy.
POD 3 pics
Yesterday was a pretty good day. Made it through most of the day without pain meds. I did take a muscle relaxer once or twice for spasms. I took another shower. Got dressed in real clothes and ran some errands with my family. I was worn out after that and took a long nap. I slept well last night without pain meds.
Today has been great. I changed bras and put on the Hanes Cozy bra. It fits well and is comfortable. I don't feel as "confined" in it so I'll put the marena bra back on as soon as it's out of the wash. Ran some more errands today. I feel pretty good and I look good too :-). I keep lifting up my shirt to show my husband my new boobs. He's pleased with them. He says they fit me nicely.
P.S. Taking selfies is hard
First post op visit
Today was my first post op visit with Dr. Young. Let me start by saying I absolutely love everyone in their office. The front desk staff are beyond friendly and helpful. And I can go on and on about how great his nurse, Kim is. Kim came in first and took a peek and said she was so happy with how they looked and how well I was doing. She couldn't believe that I wasn't in much pain and hadn't taken pain meds since Thursday.
Dr. Young came in and looked me over. He's always very pleasant and nice. He was also pleased with my progress. Said they would continue to soften up and take on a more teardrop shape. He told me I can start cardio next week. No upper body exercises for 6 weeks. I have a follow up appointment in 6 weeks. He also said as the tape begins to peel off, I can gently remove it.
My left breast is higher and tighter than the right. Kim explained this was common and it would all even out. I'm ecstatic with how they look so far!
Some of my tape came off in the shower today. I was actually scared to look in the mirror afterwards. I'm not sure what I thought it would look like, but it's just not a big deal. Incisions that I can see are clean and thin. I think a lot of the swelling is going down. Left side still higher and tighter, but I think it's getting better.
Had my annual OB/GYN appt today. Geez what great timing for that. I skipped the breast exam but my doctor said I must have had a great surgeon. He couldn't believe they had been done just last Tuesday and I was up and moving around the way I am.
Picture I'm posting is a side by side from POD 6 and from today.