stats: 5'5" 125lbs most of my weight is in my hips. 34aa to 34a.
29, 3 Kids, Getting Breasts- Portland, OR
I'm 29 and I never had breasts but then I had 3...
stats: 5'5" 125lbs most of my weight is in my hips. 34aa to 34a.
I think my biggest concerns is surgery. I've never been under anesthesia before and aside from having kids I have never been seriously ill or in severe pain. I did have all my children naturally though so I can tolerate some pain. If the surgery goes ok then I'm not so worried about needing another one down the road but what if it's horrible then I've committed myself to at least 1 other surgery. I'm also worried about recovery with the kids. My husband isn't taking any time off and although he is supportive of having surgery but I don't know if he has realistic expectations about my recovery. I usually do everything with the kids even on the days I work and I'm afraid they will suffer if he isn't willing/able to step up.
On a more positive note I made some boobies to try just to see how I felt in them. I used Quinoa since I had a huge bag from Costco and no one will eat it. Aside from my fake boobs smelling a little funny (from the Quinoa) it worked fairly well. I really think I like the 350 ml size especially if it's going to look smaller under the muscle. I tried walking around the house with them & it felt OK. I'm afraid if I wear them to work they will fall out so I think I'll just hold off.
Pre op appointment is tomorrow so I'm hoping I will feel a little better after talking to him. I will also decide on a size tomorrow. I am definitely leaning towards the textured anatomic Sientra implants he suggested I just don't know what size.
Those implants don't come in those sizes.
These are the stats from Sientras product brochure.
high profile round implants High profile shaped on the
Width Projection Width Projection
11.1 4.2 315cc 10.7 5.3 270 cc
11.3 4.4 335 cc 11.3 5.5 320 cc
11.5 4.5 355 cc 11.9 5.7 370 cc
I think I'll just let him decide he knows what can fit better than I do.
Went for a run to relieve some stress and threw out my knee. Oh well, I was going to have to stop working out next week anyway.
Good news I picked up my meds and it was only $20 for the abx & pain med. The anti nausea med was $50 so I left it at the pharmacy & will have my hubby get it only if I need it. He prescribed Phenergan suppositories so I'm not really wanting to use them anyway, I think I'd rather puke.
Still haven't heard from PS what size he is going to order. Hopefully on Monday.
Reasons I choose the shaped implant (as recommended by my PS):
I have a very narrow chest with very little natural breast tissue.
I want a more natural look
No massage per my PS because you want them to attach to tissue while healing
They have to drop less
More projection for less cc's
Although they have the risk of rotating I believe after my research that is due a great deal to surgical technique, if the pocket created is the right size/shape and I am careful during recovery then I should minimize my risk of rotation.
I initially wanted saline because of my concerns about silicone leaking. Both surgeons strongly discouraged saline due to my size and after much research I have decided that silicone is best for me. If I'm going to spend this much money & have surgery I want them to as nice as they can be for my body. One pro to having saline would be that they would be able to correct my asymmetry a little but I don't think that would be worth it for me if I then had rippling. Also, I think I would be unhappy with how saline feels.
I am still trying to accept the fact that I will still have some asymmetry when the surgery is done. I have asked my surgeon twice about the R implant falling into that depression in my chest & he doesn't think that will happen. Fingers crossed he's right.
Just a side note based on what both the surgeons said during my consults - the asymmetry is due to my ribcage not the actual amount of breast tissue. The first PS said the foundation isn't equal & he would try to compensate visually by placing a larger implant on that side. My second consult (the one doing surgery) said it's very mild asymmetry and that he also feels it is due to my ribs. He doesn't think it is enough to try and compensate for.
Something everyone might think is stupid but I'm supper excited about is my new recovery water bottle. Glass with this cool red plastic cover and straw. It's 16 oz so it shouldn't be to heavy to lift. : )
I get 1 week off work.
My kids are going to daycare for at least 3 days while I am recovering
My friend is coming over Thursday to help with the kids.
I don't have to clean the house, do laundry, dishes, cook or anything else beside take care of myself for at least a few days. Because I'm recovering I won't feel guilty for not doing these things.
Netflix has Once Upon a Time
Babys Sick really?
I hate being right sometimes.
I called the clinic and the surgeon on call said I probably wouldn't want to have anesthesia if I had mouth sores or a fever but as long as I don't have sx it's OK to have my surgery, whew! Even if I get it after surgery it won't cause problems with the implants I will just be uncomfortable.
Here is my plea to any greater force in the universe that might care: Please, Please, Please for the love of god don't let me get sick after surgery but, if I must get sick please let it be after surgery so I can at least be miserable with boobies. (generally adults get a mild case but I am concerned if my body is already stressed from surgery if it might be more severe.)
So, new plan doesn't sound like much of a boobcation but I'll go with it. Hubby has to come home early Tuesday so he can watch the baby, the pro to this is that he can take me to my surgery.
I went online today and found a babysitter in the area that will come stay with me from 7-5 the day after my surgery (hubby should be home by 5:45) It sucks b/c I will probably end up watching Scooby doo all day but oh-well. She also said she would help me start dinner. I'm not too worried about the kids since I'll be home and can supervise but I really hope she shows up.
Thursday friend will come over and hopefully I feel better Friday but if not the same babysitter is free all day.
Regarding surgery prep: Went to Costco today and got easy dinners for the family along with some stuff for baby and mom to eat when we don't feel well. Ice packs are in the fridge along with frozen spinach ice cubes for smoothies and mint/raspberry ice cubes to make water a little more appealing. I moved the fridge around so stuff I need is in the door about chest level so I don't have to reach. Hopefully hubby can move the TV upstairs for me but I'm not sure I can get in our bed alone. Does anyone have any feedback. The bed is at least as high as my waist do you think I will I have trouble getting?
Thanks in advance for any feedback or prayers : )
today's the day!!!
Hmm... I hear the baby, maybe I spoke too soon about him sleeping better.
4 hours to go
I cleaned the house, walked my daughter to school and then dropped my older boy off at daycare. Here is where it gets good. The daycare doesn't exclude for hand foot and mouth so POD 1 I will only have my daughter, recovery will be so much easier. I moved all my supplies downstairs to accommodate the change in plans. I think it will be easier for everyone if I sleep on the couch.
I have bobbies
Some tightness but better than when I was nursing.
I have to consciously think about relaxing my shoulders. I didn't get any muscle relaxant so if it continues maybe I will ask for some.
Prior to pain meds I had sharp pain under my breasts R> L.
my primary pain is in my sternum its a constant ache thats worse with breathing.
post op day 2
I was a little sad the post op bra I got was too big. I got the smallest zip bra I could find preop but I still didn't fill out the cups and it definitely wasn't giving any support. My friend was so nice and took me to the store where I found a back close bra 34c I can get on/off and gives good support. I'm mostly upset I wasted the money on the other one.
I was able to take just 1 norco every 4 hours this afternoon but after being alone with the kids all am, doing light housework, appointment, and store I definitely think I over did it today and I'm having quite a bit of pain. Today's also the first day I didn't take a nap so I'm feeling really tired.
post op day 3
The pain in my sternum and under my arms seems to be the worse. Both are worse with movement. My L ribs/upper abdomen is tender to touch. Below both breasts it is numb L > R. The L breast seems to have more swelling also. both are still high & tight. Now at the end of the day the pain is getting worse & I also feel some pain under the breasts.
I had a fleeting thought this AM about if it was worth it but it passed quickly. Overall I am still very happy that I made this choice.
It's odd to have boobs and sometimes when I look at them I wish they were bigger but I think I will be really happy with the size one they are healed.
I found that pictures were very helpful for me when I was doing my research and I also would like to compare my healing day to day so I have uploaded some pictures. These were taken yesterday POD 3. I'm really happy how they look in a bra right now but I can't wait till they look good naked too.
I'm not regretting surgery just the type of implants. They look OK & the same from the top but the bottom & inner pole of the L one are larger than the R. It seems the difference is much bigger than prior to surgery.
3 week update
Overall I would say Dr. Popowich and his staff are great. I would definitely recommend them. Please forgive me for forgetting the other staff members names. Dr. Popowich was very friendly, professional and competent. He did a great job at explaining the risk associated with breast augmentation and answered all my questions at the pre-op appointment. I felt like he gave me the information I needed to make an informed decision. I felt comfortable with him instantly. The nurse at the clinic was friendly and offered to let me comeback anytime with my husband to try on sizers. The office closes at 5 but she said she is usually there until 6 so if I needed to come later due to my husbands work schedule we could work something out. I wasn't able to come back but I appreciated her being so willing to work with our schedule. She also gave my daughter a juice box while we were waiting for the DR. The scheduler was very friendly and spent quite a bit of time calling the surgery center in an attempt to schedule a surgery time that worked with our schedule. The only very small negative I have in this regard is that I was under the impression she was going to call again to confirm the time (I was told it might be moved forward). I didn't hear from her so I called the surgery center myself the Friday prior. Dr.Popowich's MA was great and gave me great feedback regarding the sizers. She even helped me take a picture to show my hubby. I had my 2 young boys with me and they were being a little bit of a handful during sizing but she was calm and supper nice to them (she has kids). The reason I marked phone responsiveness lower is because after sizing I came home and had a question when I called back the MA said she would check with Dr.Popowich after surgery and call me the next day. I received a call the next week from the DR himself. The issue was something that could wait for sure I just wish she had followed thru with what she said even if it was just to tell me that the DR would call me in a few days. On the other hand when my son was sick over Memorial Day weekend and I wasn't sure if I needed to cancel surgery I called the office & was put thru to a after hours messaging service. The DR on call returned my call probably less than 5 minutes after I left the message. She was very friendly and didn't seemed rushed or upset that I had bothered her. Overall I am happy with their responsiveness and I am confident that if I had a serious issue I could get a hold of someone. The surgery center was nice, clean and the staff was very professional. The anesthesiologist was great he made me feel safe and he didn't make me feel like my concerns of waking up during surgery were stupid. He spent some time explaining why the risk of waking during surgery is very low especially in this surgery which made me feel a lot better. The wait times varied and I think are what one would expect at any medical facility. Prior to appointments I waited between 5-20 minutes. Payment didn't seem bad. I paid the surgical fees at my preop appointment then called a number to pay the anesthesiologist. I could have paid the surgery center the day of surgery but I didn't want to bring a card so I called them and paid over the phone. The surgical fees include all post op visits which I like.