Flat-chested, Looking for Natural Breasts - Reston, VA
I have always been flat-as-a-board (Nearly A in...
(1) Choose a good doctor. Yeah, obviously, but it is critical to everything else. I said in my original review: it is worth the wait to save and get a better doctor. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
(2) Get a pain pump. It is a non-narcotic, numbing agent that is pumped directly into your chest via drip. It made the recovery so much easier; I cannot imagine the pain if I did not have one. Direct, constant feed for the first three days. Pain meds are only going to get you so far. The pain pump meant I wasn't out-of-it during the week I was recuperating, but still comfortable. Dr. Weston's office sold it at cost to patients, so it made it very affordable since I was paying out-of-pocket.
(3) Get a hotel room close to the site of the operation. My doctor was about 45 minutes away from my home. No one wants to be trapped in a car right after surgery, and there is no need to put your body through that stress. I stayed in a hotel the night before surgery, so I could relax, get the doctor early (I had an early AM appointment), and then return to the hotel to sleep the day. You have post-op the next day, and you want to be close. The two hotel nights should absolutely be part of your budget.
(4) I work in a professional office, and scheduled my surgery date just before the Christmas holidays, when most people would be out of the office, and otherwise occupied. It gave me the time and privacy I needed to recovery without having to take weeks off.
(5) I am very open with close friends about the surgery, but I work in a conservative, professional setting, and privacy and discretion was very important in the work place. However, how do you hide new boobs with people who see you everyday? Since I was going for natural look (If you are going from an A to a D, this is not really feasible, but a more modest increase may work), I created a boob mirage. About three months before my surgery date, I started wearing more scarves around my neck, covering part of my chest (coinciding with cooler weather in the fall ). After a few weeks, I started wearing a more padded, larger bra. After another few weeks with the larger bra, I started wearing an even larger, more padded bra. Not only did it help me get more comfortable with my new shape, but it allowed others to get used to it over time. Scheduling my surgery in the winter allowed for some layering with sweaters and scarves, so the padded boob mirage wasn't overly noticeable. By the time people were back from New Years, the new boobs had been out for two weeks and people had already been conditioned to the new form.
Dr. Weston, and his team at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery were outstanding. It was a seamless experience, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for a breast augmentation. Not only are they in close proximity to DC, but also close to Dulles (IAD) for people out-of-town. Dr. Weston always gave me his full-attention. He was never distracted, never seem rushed; that focus did a great deal to ease my anxiety. One of the things I appreciated most on operation day was the manner in which they set-up the room. When I walked in for the procedure, no tools were out, no "scary" things visible. I walked into the room with two nurses, they gave me anesthesia, and I woke up when the procedure was done in the same clean room. No mess, no tools, like it didn't happen. This reduced my anxiety immensely before and after the surgery. The day after surgery (for my post-op appointment), Dr. Weston recognized that I had been lightly scratching (I had some faint red marks on my chest). I had brushed it off, saying that it must be the bleach or detergent from the sheets the night before (I stayed in a hotel the day of surgery to be close to the office). He insisted I describe everything, and examined my body, suspecting that is was an undiagnosed, unreported allergy. He switched my pain medication, and I had no more issues during my recovery. I've been to a lot of doctors and specialists, and never had a doctor so focused on my health care, and so attentive to seemingly minor things. Dr. Weston was one of the best doctor's experiences I've had.