47 Y/O, 5'8", Solid Build Finally Got More Ta-tas - Pittsburgh, PA
Generally, there was nothing wrong with my titties...
I chose doctor #1. I felt that I could trust him and his staff. I was most comfortable there.
Between all 3 consults, I found it worked for me to do the rice (in baggie, or a nylon) size check. Also trying the sizers on at the office without knowing what size they were - so I could concentrate on how they looked. They had only one of each size implant so I made sure to switch to the other breast to see if I liked the look on that one also.
I knew I was going with saline under the muscle. Personal choice. I think it's better for mammograms.
I liked 350cc. So I went with 375cc overfilled. (I also asked for a few more cc's in one breast to balance a size difference only I noticed.) I figured the incisions would be under the breast - my opinion is that under the arm would be more sore and around the aureola would be odd if the scar was visible. Might be different if I were worried about someone seeing the scars when I lay down, but I don't care(that's my visible receipt, I bought them so they're mine, lol).
72 hour window around Surgery
I got a stool softener, milk of magnesia, prune juice, cranberry juice, bags of frozen peas, gas-x, ginger ale, cocoa butter, fruit, easy snacks, granola bars, etc.
I gave my PS my last mammo results and some bloodwork. Got clearance to continue the meds/vitamins I already take.
Had to stop smoking (there goes my 5 cigarettes a day) and no Excedrin when I got headaches.
The recliner I ordered was delivered so I comfort-checked it. I am a stomach sleeper so I didn't want to chance wanting to turn over. (I couldn't find my neck pillow so I used a rolled up airline blanket to also keep from turning.)
I put lots of stuff at waist level (toothbrush, toothpaste, tampons, toilet paper, plastic cup, etc) so I wouldn't have to reach.
The evening before surgery, I showered with Dial soap, shaved my legs, and took a xanax. Nothing taken orally after midnight.
The morning of surgery, I showered with Dial soap, shaved my underarms, took normal meds with a drop of water, and didn't swallow water when I brushed my teeth. I brought my nausea med with me to the doctor's office. I wore a light jogging suit, where the jacket zips up the front.
Upon arrival, I was given the robe and smock, footies and a hair cover. Vitals taken and I was put under a warming blanket. I was given a nausea patch and the anesthesiologist hooked me up...next I knew, it was hours later and I was trying to come alert. Took a bit to be ready to walk. Was a bit drugged.
The ride home was a bitch. Hubby drove fine, just couldn't avoid bumps and such. I was sore and a little queasy.
At home, I settled in to the recliner and tried to stay passed out. I drank water and juice. I had a tube in my throat during surgery so I kept coughing -- that hurt. The pain was never unbearable. Sore pecs. Like someone was lifting me under my arms very hard. The breasts felt like it did when I breastfed years ago...milk coming in and filling up.
1st day after surgery: pain pills about every 4 hours (I waited as long as I could), drank lots of water, used some m.o.m. and prune juice (added a little ginger ale), ate yogurt and granola, and avoided the dreaded constipation.
Today was the 3rd day after surgery and I got to shower. Well, hubby did it for me. Yay. I think I liked being able to take the strap off most.
One "Pre" photo
Not 'easy' recovery
Around midnight the following day, I was doing the last massage before bed...long story short, I bled/leaked fluid from the incision under the right breast. I freaked. Called the doc. Told to come in the following day.
Here's my take on part of the issue: the bra they have me in 24/7 is too tight around. It's like wearing a rubber band. The bottom seam curls in to the smallest part of me (around my body) which is right under my breasts - where the incisions are! I feel like it is causing more discomfort and heartburn and can't be great for the incision area. Not like I can shed 30 lbs. overnight, so I end up sitting holding the bottom of the bra down and a little away from my body.
At the doc, was told to stop massage/therapy on that breast and clean/treat the site a couple times a day until I go back tomorrow.
Today is the 13th day since surgery. I have bloating and gas-like issues. I have "morning boob" issues more than just in the mornings, which if I understand other posts, it's that tingling, sore, pressure, tightness, gripping sensation. I think if I had been maybe walking that I would feel better. I didn't want to do anything this last week since freaking out. Most of what I feel boob-wise reminds me of the worst times breastfeeding, like when the milk comes in or when you go to long before doing a feeding. I haven't been on pain meds for a while. I wish I could take Excedrin Migraine for my headaches but that's about it. Pain tolerance is pretty decent.
As for the ta tas, I got 375cc saline moderate under the muscle. I was a 38C/40B and I want to be an overflowing C. I'm not skinny. I could carry larger, but I just want a fuller version of what I was.
I have a slight concern on size in that I don't see swollen huge boobs on me right now. So, if they ARE swollen and will be smaller, it appears that I will look the same as pre-BA except for a tiny area near the cleavage. The implants are still hard to the touch. Nipples' sensitivity is off the charts. Not quite frankenboobs nor spongeboobs, but not round or teardrop. Just look like overworked muscles maybe.
I sleep propped up on my back. It's a pain in the ass, but I hear it's best to do it until they drop. I am a stomach sleeper so I prepared myself to sleep on my back for 6 months anyway. It seems a little more helpful when it comes to getting up in the morning.
I realize all of this will be easier to help me through if you saw photos. Eventually I will have some. For now, thanks for letting me type out my thoughts.
That last post was 12 days after surgery, not 13.
"...when you go TOO long before doing a feeding." (not TO)
(sorry, a bit anal retentive here)
Spasms and Sore
I haven't loaded pics because I don't feel positive about them yet. Same reason I haven't written much lately. I don't want to bum anyone out.
You know when ppl say 'morning boob'? Well, I went all ofweek 2 having morning boob not just in the morning. My chest would tighten, implants felt like they would burst, pressure, sore, etc. It hurt to touch but I needed to hold the breasts to alleviate some pain. Doc said sounded like spasms. They are still happening, just not as often. I don't have any muscle relaxer meds. (One just gripped me as I'm typing this!)
Then it also felt like my sternum was going to bust. No pun intended. I had to ask the doc if the implants could come too close together and pull the skin away (so it would look like one mound, no cleavage). He assured me that wouldn't happen with them being under the muscle. Phew. So what helps me with that is pressing on my sternum to relieve that pain.
My back hurts. Sometimes when I'm doing my "massages", it feels like I'm pushing the nerves that signal back pain.
My nipples are so sensitive, it reminds me of being a pre-teen and just getting boobs (I can't believe I remember that feeling).
And the fact that I'm overweight (not fat) means the band of whatever bra I wear digs in around me (right where it feels like a bruise) and that is sore 24/7 since I wear a bra all the time.
I went out and got a front close support bra ($5) that is a little bigger around than the surgery bra so I don't have an extreme red mark around me but I'm still getting irritation.
I just passed 3.5 weeks post op and I'm in a pissy mood phase where I don't think I look any different than pre-op, I'm irked with being sore all the time, and I really want a good night's sleep. I needed to vent. Thanks.
1 year, 7 months later, leak and scar
From the first day post-op, I felt small trickles of liquid under my skin (almost as if someone poured a stream of water lightly under my breasts. In an earlier post, I mentioned the right scar leaking...that trickle of liquid I felt then is what I feel INSIDE.
When I told doc within the first month or 2, he assured me it was part of the healing.
It's now well after the 'healing' and my left breast still trickles....maybe not every day, more like when I'm laying on my side or when my bra smushes me.
I've read the posts about leaks and ruptures. I think I have a minor leak; one that is usually sealed against me, but will leak a few drops now and then. I've also read the doctors comments and some of them piss me off royally. I hope that the docs whose immediate responses infer that the women are imagining their body's reaction are never in my future doc visits.
I will keep taking photos (and post them if I get the nerve) so that if there is even a slight visual proof, I'll get fixed.
I went back in September (couple months ago) for scar repair. The right scar, which had leaked, under my breast wasn't something the doctor should have been proud of. Both scars were not smooth nor "pretty".
Another chunk of change out of pocket.
They both still have some pocks in the line, but that isn't the kicker....BOTH scars are BELOW the crease of the breast, not as hidden up in it. Which means, stretch with a bikini on and they show.
Getting a bit frustrated. Wanted to share.
I went to 3 different consults. Dr. Capone was not the closest nor the least expensive, but I felt the most comfortable with him and his staff. I didn't feel like anyone was patronizing or talking down to me. It seemed like the whole staff cared about me! --- The staff is/was wonderful. Just had a few insights that made me change the doctor review.