So once my youngest was 3, I decided it was time to see about an augmentation. I reviewed a bunch of before and after photos for surgeons in my area and talked with people I knew who had the procedure done. Once I decided on the surgeon that I felt had the best results based on the photos on his website and from the people I spoke with that went to him, I scheduled a consultation. The consultation took about an hour and a half. I watched an hour long video of what to expect and to familiarize myself with the terms and any possible complications. The video was very informative and I felt it answered more questions than I would have even thought to ask. After the video, I met the doctor and a nurse in a consultation room where we discussed my expectations and what I wanted to achieve from the surgery. He took measurements all over my chest (width and height of nipples, distance of nipples, base of breasts, and a lot more that I can't even remember). Once he was finished measuring, they had me put on a non padded bra and a tight fitting tank top and placed sizers inside the bra. He said with my frame, his suggestion would be to go with a 350cc implant. My first reaction was "???????????? these things look huge!" So we decided to go with a 325cc instead. He said due to my hip width, he wouldn't suggest going any smaller than 325cc to give me a more balanced appearance. I asked him to take pictures of me with the sizers in so I could remember it and he of course said he would.
I scheduled my surgery and they sent me on my way with all sorts of information to read over and prepare me for my surgery. So over the course of the next couple days, I kept looking at the pics he took of me with the 350cc sizers and the more I looked at them, the more they looked "average". I think it was just the initial shock of literally having no breasts for 34 years and then seeing a c cup on me that made me think they looked huge but in actuality, they were very normal. Now I'm not saying I wanted ginormous breasts, but I figured if I was going to spend the money, I may as well go a little bigger. So I called the office back and decided I wanted to come in for a second consultation. The whole time I was there I kept apologizing but they said it wasn't a problem at all, that people do it all the time. The problem with the sizers is they only come in 100cc increments so he put 450cc sizers in and immediately I knew those were too big. He put the 350s back in and they looked fine, but I knew I wanted bigger. After looking at my measurements he had written down, he said he would be willing to go with 400cc, but anything more, I would need to find a different surgeon. This immediately reaffirmed to me that I made the right decision with my doctor. He knew his work reflected on him and wants his patients happy, but at the same time maintain his integrity to do great work! So we settled on 400cc. They gave me my prescriptions (an antibiotic, a pain med, a muscle relaxer, and an anti-nausea med), a website to order my post op bras, and told me to buy some hibicleanse.
Fast forward to the day before surgery...that day I was supposed to start my antibiotic. I was supposed to take one pill a day for five days and also wash from my chin to my hips with hibiclense. I did as directed, but had never used hibicleanse before. I thought it was supposed to be like a normal soap so I put some in my hand and applied it to my chest and kept rubbing expecting it to lather up. It didn't lather so I added more...and more...and more. Finally I resized it wasn't going to lather and was more like an iodine type substance. I was also instructed not to eat or drink anything past midnight.
I didn't sleep that well the that night. I think it was the nerves of everything that was going to happen. I thought about backing out more than once but since I had already paid for it and would loose $500 if I backed out, I decided to go through with it. I was so scared of the pain I was going to be feeling over the next few weeks!
I was supposed to be at his office at 7am for the surgery. He has everything in his office and my payment covered everything except for the prescriptions and the post op bras. I really liked the fact that I wouldn't be getting any additional bills for anesthesia or operating room bills or anything else. The $5095 covered the entire cost of the surgery. So I woke up and had to take another shower and use the hibicleanse again that morning. My friend took me to the doctors office that morning. Once there, they weighed me and took some before pictures. I changed into the surgical gown and was given a medication to calm my nerves a bit. A nurse came in and hooked up an IV and got another antibiotic going and after that was in, they put me on a normal saline solution. Soon after that, the anesthesiologist came in and explained to me what she would do and that the surgery should only last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. After she left, the doctor came in and we confirmed once again that we were going to go with the 400cc mentor memory gel implants. He also had me stand up in front of him and did some drawing on my chest area.
Around 8:15, they took me over to the operating room and hooked up a oxygen monitor on one finger, a blood pressure monitor on the other arm and put my legs in these things that were supposed to help with circulation. They felt like blood pressure cuffs for my legs and would inflate and then relax. The only thing I kept thinking about them is how much I would have paid to have them while I was pregnant and had all the swelling in my legs, lol. They put an oxygen masks on me and told me to take deep breaths. After about 2 minutes, they told me they were going to start the anesthesia and when I woke up, I would be in recovery. That's the last thing I remember until I woke up.
I remember asking the nurse when I came to if I could look them and she said I could. I lifted the sheet and seen that for the first time in my life I had boobs. I literally high fived the nurse, which if you know me, that's of course what I would do, lol. They put the post op bra on and a band across the top of my breast to help push them into their pockets and helped me get dressed. Once that was done, they put me in a wheel chair and took me out to my friends car and told me to be back the next day for my one day follow up. Even though I am typing these all out on same day, I'm going to try to break them down into each day up until the current day so they don't get confused as to what day the pics were taken.