Since I first went through puberty, I've always...
Since I first went through puberty, I've always had severe (and I mean severe) breast asymmetry. I first started researching breast implants when I was 13 (I'm 24 now). My left is a deflated C/D, my right is a nice, perky A. In a bra, I actually look relatively normal. As many of you can probably relate to, I HATE bathing suit season. Finding tops that even somewhat camouflage my situation is a struggle. And for once, I'd like to be "intimate" without a damn bra!
After years and years of analyzing doctors online, I have decided to go with Dr. Eisenberg in Philadelphia for my surgery. My consultation isn't until November, but I'm almost positive that I will be getting a unilateral lift and bilateral augmentation. I know its premature to settle on a PS before I've even met him, but I have a feeling about this guy. And, the fact that he only does breast surgeries doesn't hurt!
I'm so incredibly excited to finally feel like there's a solution in sight. I don't expect to have the surgery and feel like my breasts are perfect, but I certainly can't imagine feeling any worse about them than I do now. I want to be "breast friends" with my girls! ;)
Like I said, my consultation isn't until November, and my surgery will be right before the holidays. Let the waiting begin!
Thanks for reading :)
Getting the ball rolling sooner than expected!
So, I decided to move my surgery from Christmas break to Thanksgiving break. I can't wait that long!
Dr. Eisenberg's staff has been more than accommodating and has moved my consultation (originally scheduled for Nov. 14th) to next week! They had to move things around to squeeze me in - they're wonderful! I'm SO EXCITED!
Looking forward to finding out whether or not I need a unilateral lift along with my augmentation. We'll see!
Getting a little bummed out :(
Hi guys! So the more research I do, the more I realize I don't think I can get away with not getting a lift on my larger side. :( It's not even the scars or the recovery that bother me, it's the money! Is that shallow? I know it will be 100% worth it once I get the results I want, it just feels a little crappy. I guess I won't know anything for sure until Tuesday though.
Sorry - just needed to vent a little bit!
I actually found this photo in someone else's "dream boobs" post. I think these are PERFECT, and this is definitely the photo I'll be showing my PS on Tuesday! I don't think I've ever wished the weekend away until now. :)
I guess it's time...
For me to finally share my girls! I've been holding it off as long as I can, but I keep thinking that if my experience can help one person, then why not? When I first started this review, I don't think I fully expressed exactly how embarrassed/ashamed I've felt living with my breasts. Don't get me wrong, I know other people have it worse. But heck, if we're not happy, we're entitled to voice that! After all, we're here to fix the things we're unhappy about. :)
I hope someone can relate to my photo, or at least feel a little better about their own situation! Here goes nothing...
My spending problem ;)
Since I can't see without contacts and I hate the glasses I have right now, I splurged on a new pair of Ray Bans today! My reasoning? "I won't feel like putting my contacts back in after surgery!" So yes, I DID buy new glasses solely because of my BA. Oops! :)
Consultation tomorrow... Updates to follow!
Hello wonderful ladies!
Yesterday was the day I feel like I've been waiting for forever! I finally got to meet my PS and have him take a look at the girls. Not sure if people typically get nervous for consultations, but I definitely wasn't!
In the room it was me, PS, his nurse, and two students (one man, one woman - both from Australia which was pretty cool!), so it was a packed house. I liked Dr. Eisenberg from the get go. Not super smiley, but matter-of-fact and pleasant.
He looked through my forms to see my medical history, asked me a few questions, etc. Then it was time for the shirt to come off! He did measurements and all that good stuff, then we discussed what I wanted to accomplish. As I expected, I will need a lift on my larger side and will get 425ccs on one side, 250 on the other (cringe). I would have liked a little bigger, but he was honest about how much my smaller breast would be able to stretch. That will put me at a very full C, which I'm okay with.
Oh, and I actually found out, I'm currently a light A cup (which I knew) and a full B on the larger side! I have fit into C bras for as long as I can remember, so that was a shock. That's where the droopiness comes into play.
I was with the doctor for almost two hours, which made me really happy. The doctor was very upfront about the fact that my girls still won't be "twins" after the surgery, but at least they'll look like members of the same family. I envy girls with same-sized boobs!
I feel like I'm missing a lot, but overall I had a wonderful experience. Everyone from the staff knew who I was and mentioned specific things we spoke about on the phone. I love that they try to make each of their patients individuals.
Pre-op will most likely be 11/9 and surgery on the 22nd (pending payment)! Can't wait!
I'm having the hardest time deciding between moderate or mod+ salines! I do want something that will maintain my natural cleavage, but I also desire some perkiness. Yesterday I thought I was decided on moderates, but the more I think about it the more unsure I am. I have a medium frame and a 36 band size, so PS says either one will fit. I would like a little bit of a round look, but nothing overboard. Based on my wish pic (above somewhere), what do you think? Suggestions/advice, please!
Thank you :)
Still seeking some advice...
Hi ladies. If anyone has a sec, could you check out my post above? Still torn over mod vs mod+.
It's official! AHH!
I could not be more excited to announce... I'M OFFICIALLY SCHEDULED! And yes, paid. Don't love that part as much. Pre-op November 9th, surgery on the 22nd! I feel like this is the best day ever!
Now that I only have a few weeks to go (it still feels like the big day will never get here!), I did some pre-op shopping! Here's my list:
Gauze - will definitely need this for the lift side!
Shower caddy - don't want to reach for anything!
Pill case - so I don't need to use chest muscles on those stupid pill bottles
Body pillow (with a soft, fuzzy cover of course)
I got all of this at Target for just over $80. I have a list of grocery items as well, but I'll wait until surgery week to get those things. Here's what I have so far for that:
Frozen peas - ice packs!
Low sodium soup
If you guys have any suggestions, please let me know!
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HUGE moment for me!
I don't want to sound like I'm boasting by any means, but since this is a forum heavily related to body image I feel like a lot of you will understand my excitement. I'm so, so thrilled to announce that I've officially lost 40 pounds! About two years ago I BLEW up to my heaviest weight, 171. As a 5'4" tall girl, that's very hefty. I came across an old picture that I had untagged on Facebook (there are VERY few pictures of me from that time) and I was completely amazed. I stepped on the scale this morning and I'm down to 131! This is an AMAZING feeling for me! I was very depressed at the time I gained all of that weight, not to mention I was on the "college diet." Lots of fattening food, LOTS of alcohol. I still have a little bit I'd like to lose, but I cannot believe I've come this far! I wanted to be at a solid weight that I knew I could maintain at the time of my surgery, and I've finally made it. :)
Thanks for reading!
Less than three weeks to go!
Can't believe it's almost here!
Took the two hour drive to Philly yesterday. My appointment was at 10:00 am, but I was 45 minutes late due to AWFUL traffic. Boy, was I stressing! I called Dr. Eisenberg's office to let them know I was running late and they were more than understanding. Anyway, once I finally got there, I filled out paperwork right away. Hospital forms, PS forms, etc. Easy enough!
Once that was done, the nurse took me back to a room. I actually only met with the nurses, which I knew ahead of time. She was very informative and gave me plenty of time to ask questions!
My surgery will be the second of the day, 9am. I have to be there at 7:30, so with a two hour drive, my mom and I are deciding whether or not we want to get a hotel the night before so we don't need to wake up as early.
I decided on moderate profile for my salines. I love how the mod+ look from the front, but not sure how I feel about the side view. JUST my personal preference! My only concern about moderates is a matronly look, but since I'm not going huge in size, I'm not as worried about that. I do like that. Mod saline are equal to HP silicone!
Sorry, I keep getting sidetracked! I left the PS office and went to the hospital. Got taken back right away, got woke blood taken, and was out of there! Easy peasy.
Luckily I'm still on my dad's insurance, and he's a teacher, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed about how much my million prescriptions will cost. Will keep everyone updated!
Sorry I didn't go into much detail about my actual appointment, but it was really just going over what will happen the day of the operation, medications, post-op expectations, and my follow-ups! My first FU with PS is 4 days post, second one is a week after that. He wants to see me a couple times right after because of my lift on the one side. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I won't need any revision surgery!
Oh yeah, and... 12 DAYS!
I meant mod salines are equal to mod+ silicones! My bad :)
Thank god for insurance!
Good morning, beautiful ladies!
First of all, good luck to Iris on her surgery today!!
So, I went to pick up my prescriptions last night. I was really nervous because I've heard horror stories of people paying almost $400 in some cases (poor countrylife07!). I had a coupon from my PS so that the Celebrex would be no more than $15, but still thought everything else would add up. When I went to give it to the lady at the pharmacy, she said "this won't work for you, your co-pay is less than the coupon price." WHAT? I was shocked. The nurse who went over my prescriptions with me was positive that the Celebrex would not be covered. For all five prescriptions, I ended up paying JUST UNDER $30! I couldn't believe it! I went straight home and thanked my dad for being a teacher and having wonderful insurance. I honestly never appreciated it as much as I do right now! Thank goodness I'm fortunate enough to get the surgery done while I'm still under his plan. :)
I just had to share this with you guys... I was super happy leaving that pharmacy!
Does that REALLY say 7 days?! Incredible! I've been in good moods constantly because I'm so thrilled it's almost here. Yay!
My mom and I drove down to Philly tonight so we wouldn't have to worry about getting up super early. I have to be at the hospital at 7:15, surgery at 9am! I can't believe it's finally here! I'm falling asleep while typing but will update tomorrow!
Thanks for the support :)
22 Nov 2013
Day of treatment
Can't believe it's already over! The day flew by and was actually pretty easy! I'm so tired and can barely keep my eyes open, but I will go into specifics tomorrow! THANK YOU ladies for everything! I'll post a photo of the smaller boob with the larger implant. Riding very high as expected. My pain is very manageable so far. Talk to you all soon!
Feeling pretty good!
So I will give a little recap of everything that went down yesterday. But just to start out, I'm feeling pretty damn good for day two! Obviously I can't do much with my upper body, but DUH.
I woke up that morning feeling nervous for the first time! I know this is TMI...but I went to the bathroom and after that, felt fine! I took a Valium (just in case) and my Celebrex and headed to the hospital with my mom.
Surgery was scheduled for 9am, so I got to the hospital at 7:15. I needed to get another blood test done due to the timing of my last period. That was quick and easy.
After that I headed downstairs to the short procedure unit, registered, and waited for about 15-20 minutes. Then they took me back to get me ready! I got undressed and into my gown, and they gave me a shot of something in the leg because I was getting a lift on one side. IV was next - again, quick and easy! I was so ready. My nurses were wonderful.
Doc came in to do my markings and tell me a little more about what to expect. I grilled him about exercise and he begged me to follow his instructions, haha. He listened to my heartbeat and commented that I most be a runner because I was extremely calm. I said I'm definitely not a runner, I'm just so ready to go! Said my goodbyes to my mom and we were off to the OR. It was FREEZING in there!! All I remember is seeing the bright lights, hearing some voices, thinking about how cold it was, then I was long gone.
I was then transferred to recovery, where I think I stayed for about two hours. I half remember them putting my bra on, but I was too out of it to respond to anyone/anything. Once I woke up I was surprisingly alert and feeling very pleasant. Thanks meds! ;)
The nurses were surprised at how well I seemed to be doing, so they transferred me to post-op. I wasn't there for long at all! I laid down as they did my paperwork and drank some apple juice with saltines, but soon enough I was up and getting dressed.
My nurse went over all the discharge info with my mom and me, gave me a Percocet, and I was on my way. I told them my pain level was about a 3/10, but they wanted to give me a pain pill since I had a 2+ hour drive home. One thing I will say is that as I was getting ready to leave, I started feeling very irritable out of nowhere. Not sure why!
Apparently traffic was awful (I wouldn't know because I was sleeping!) but we left around 3:30 and were home in about three hours. I'm not feeling a whole lot of pain per se, but LOTS of tightness. I'm staying very on track with my pain pills so I'm sure that's been helping. I'm trying to do some things on my own without doing too much.
I'm allowed to shower with soap and water today, but honestly I might hold it off until tomorrow. SO tired! My first post-op is Monday and I'm excited to see my PS. Mom really liked him. He called her after the surgery and said he was very very pleased and thinks I will be too. Fingers crossed!
Will post pictures whenever I decide to shower. Haha. :)
Okay, tonight I'm having some legitimate pain for the first time. I'm getting a lot of cramping/shooting pains on the smaller breast/larger implant (no lift) side. Not fun! But oh so worth it. Staying positive :)
2nd day post-op! (Surgery was Friday)
I am very happy to report that up to this point, I have still had ZERO nausea. This makes me so happy because I have been known to get nauseated/lightheaded at random times.
I do have to say that I woke up at 4:45am last night with the WORST pain I've experienced so far. It wasn't unbearable, but it was definitely the worst I've felt. I'd say maybe a 5-6 compared to the 3 I've been feeling the rest of the time. I was able to fall back asleep after taking some pain meds and I feel pretty much back to normal this morning. Just very worn out!
I really want to photograph my girls for you guys, but I'll have to get my mom's help when I shower and take my dressings off. Righty is SO high right now that I don't think I'll get a good feel for how they'll look anyway. I don't feel very busty yet, but hopefully that will change as they settle! I think I said this earlier, but the pain in righty is definitely worse. Lefty is the side that got the lift so I expected more pain over there! But as doc said, one is always going to hurt more than the other and they can never guess which one it will be.
My first post-op is tomorrow and it's also the first day I'm technically allowed to drive (3rd day PO), although right now that's not feeling very likely. :( My dad is a teacher and has plenty of days off--he NEVER takes off--but I feel guilty asking him to do that. I guess I'll see how I feel as the day progresses. It is a two hour drive though, and I don't want to push myself before I'm ready.
Oh and I realized from my recap post yesterday, I didn't even mention my anesthesiologist! She was obviously the one to administer my ID and she was GREAT. Very serious, but also friendly. I knew I'd be taken care of. The whole staff at Nazareth was wonderful, by the way. I was apprehensive the first time I went in there because I have some very well-known hospitals near my house, but they truly were great to work with.
I am very blessed for the semi-easy recovery I've had so far. Hoping it stays that way!
THANK YOU ALL so very much for the support. Please keep commenting! Those of you who have already undergone your surgery understand...the support helps SO MUCH. So again, thank you! I would love to keep in touch with any of you on Facebook or whatever else. But that being said, please keep the love coming. We all need it!
Love you ladies :)
So, here they are! Just took my first shower, which felt wonderful. As you can see, righty is VERY high and tubular. Yikes! I know this is normal so I'm not alarmed. The lift side actually looks pretty decent. I can tell that even after righty drops, lefty will still be lower. Oh well - I knew there was no chance of perfection. I'm still very happy so far and can't wait to watch them change!
PS - ignore the heinous scar below my breasts, it's from a feeding tube I had in when I was a baby.
First post-op today
Had my dad drive me to the PS office today. There's no way I could have driven! Since my surgery was only three days ago, we pretty much just recapped my surgery. I ended to getting 250cc in lefty (with lift), 425 in righty. Dr. showed me how to start the massage, which I only have to do on one side. Still feelinh so much tightness in righty, but that's expected. Going back next Tuesday.
Massaging seems to help!
I've been instructed to only massage righty since it will have a hard time dropping. I only have to do it twice a day and although some people say it feels good, it definitely hurts me! BUT...I have massaged three times since my post op today, and I've noticed that it definitely helps to ease a little bit of the tightness. Any little bit of positivity helps!
Going to bed super early again tonight... Even though I'm taking fewer pain pills, I'm wiped out!
Thanks for all the ongoing support ladies. It is very very much appreciated!
No pain pills today...but feeling HUGE :(
All I've taken so far today is my antibiotic. No Advil or anything! Still having plenty of tightness but my heating pad has been my best friend for that. Trying to stick it out.
Other than that, still no #2 :(
My stomach looks huge! Honestly that's my biggest struggle right now. I do NOT deal well with weight gain. Trying to keep myself calm about it. I definitely have control issues about my weight, so not working out has been awful, and not pooping on top of that; well, I really just feel like a cow. :(
Anyone else feel like this after their surgery?
"It doesn't take long to forget where you started"
^^ That is what my PS said to me as he handed me my pre-op photos. Boy, was he right. I'm posting some of those pics, along with an updated one. I know I'm only one week PO, but righty hasn't dropped AT ALL. They look pretty gruesome right now. I know it will get better but I'm definitely having boobie blues today. No regrets, just emotions. :( I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Just keep swimming...
One more thing...
I have to admit, when I first saw my lift side my first thought was, "couldn't he lift it more?" Seeing the before photo though, I can see how improved it really is.
I'm thankful...but still feeling low today.
Hope restored! Phew!
I just got home from post-op #2. It kind of sucks to drive two hours, have a 20 minute appointment, then drive two more... but hey, I wanted the best!
I went back with PS right away (even though I was 30 mins early), so that was nice! I was unhappy with my wait time for my consultation, but I have a feeling it's normal for those to go long. Every time I've been back there, Dr. E's office has been nothing but prompt.
We chatted about my massages, made sure I was doing everything I needed to be doing, etc. He asked me to give him ten more days for exercise, but I think I will start walking at the end of the week (nothing high impact yet!).
I laid down so he could take off my steri-strips. Man, do those puppies stick! Still, it was painless. While I was laying down, he handed me a mirror, and was able to manipulate my breasts to give me an idea of how they will eventually look. Keyword: eventually!
I expressed being upset about how high righty is. He smiled and reassured me that I am healing very normally. It will be 4-6 weeks before I even START to see a change. Which sucks, but I'm glad to hear that I have nothing to freak out about!
All in all, the appointment was what I needed. Dr. Eisenberg gave me a big hug before I left, and when I thanked him, I meant it. I honestly think my girls are going to look great once they're settled!
Happy thoughts. :)
Updated pics! But not really.
Well... They still look the same. And when I say same, I mean absolutely nothing alike. Ha! Righty has no noticeable dropping. Still have weeks to wait before I see any change. Oh well!
My implant only side incision is looking good! The lift side is a bit scarier.
Be patient, be patient, be patient...
I'm feeling very positive today, so I want to spread my vibes and hope they rub off on some of you beautiful people!
I have read review after review on this website. Some amazing, some horrible. When I read horror stories about people who hated having implants on their body, or botched surgeries, it makes me feel so sad that people have to go through those things.
That being said, for every bad story, there are so many amazing ones out there about women who have had their lives changed by their plastic surgeons. I am so happy and thankful to say that I will be one of those women.
I have never, for one second, felt like these implants do not belong to me. Of course they feel weird at times, but I feel that my body has always accepted them. I'm so sorry for women out there who don't feel this way. In addition to that, I am just so incredibly that that I chose to have this surgery, AND that I chose my specific PS. Granted, I cannot fully know at this point what my end result will look like. But when I see the pictures of how my breasts used to be, I'm just... happy. My girls will never look like twins, but they WILL look like sisters, as PS promised.
I do not regret my surgery; never have, never will. I already feel empowered by the fact that I know I will look better in clothes and feel better all around. Some people think plastic surgery is immoral--we should be happy with what God gave us. Well, you know, what, I don't see anything wrong with some tweaks here and there! Everyone is titled to his or her opinion, but I'm all for making ourselves feel GOOD!
And that's how I feel right now. Good. And I love the feeling. Passing along love to you all!
Sorry for the typos! I meant I'm so incredibly GLAD that I chose to have the surgery and chose my PS. :)
There are others in there as well but I think you guys will know what I mean!
Almost 4 weeks post!
I feel like I haven't been updating much, but there's not much that's new with me! I do feel like righty is juuuust starting to drop a tiny little bit. I can definitely feel a difference when I massage. I took photos last night, but they literally look exactly the same as my last ones. This is kind of disappointing because I do feel like there's a very, very slight chance. My mom and sister have noticed. Fingers crossed!
I have been sleeping on my side since week two on my right side. The lift side (left) is still a little tender when I try to sleep on that side. Oh well!
Still just waiting! Will try to take some better updated pics. We'll see! I'm going to exercise for the first time since surgery tonight. Any advice?
Love to you all :)
Oops, it's been a while!
Sorry for falling off the planet, ladies!
I am now 6+ weeks post-op. I haven't thought much about updating because my pictures don't look much different. I'll post one today though because I'm definitely seeing and feeling changes, even if they don't show!
Lefty is already mostly natural, so it feels pretty soft. Righty was SUPER hard after surgery, but is definitely softening and is very slowly dropping. I knew this would be a long road, so that's okay! My sister gets married in June and I should look normal by then. :)
I have NOT gotten back into exercise the way I'd like, but now that it's been six weeks I am more than motivated. I have been so lazy over the holidays, which I HATE using as an excuse! Whenever people tell me they're waiting until after the holidays to start working on their bodies, I encourage them to start right away. So I guess I'm a little bit of a hypocrite! Oh well. I'm gonna hit the ground running tomorrow! Well, not literally running, but definitely some cardio and whatever else!
As far as my breasts, I've been feeling great. Righty is a tiny bit tight some mornings but it goes away very quickly. I feel pretty normal! I'm also able to hold my six month old nephew again, which I've missed very much.
I hope everyone had happy holidays! Please let me know how you're doing! Feel free to leave comments on my updated photo, I'd love to hear what you guys think.