Dr. Yamahata - Mentor Smooth Round ModPlus Profile 300cc Saline - Sacramento, CA
Hi RealSelf! This is my first 'review' on here and...
Talked to my surgeon today...
He and I decided on an under the flap incision. He said because my breasts have a bit of sag to them that the scars won't be visible/noticeable. I will probably go with a Mod Plus profile, but Dr. Yamahata will make the decision on what looks best during surgery. When I went and tried on sizers, I decided on a frame of 275cc to 300cc. I want to be a full C at the largest. He said to bring in wish pictures the day of my procedure and he will see what cc size looks best on me while referencing my photos. It is still 5 or so weeks away but I'm getting so excited!!
So grateful for RealSelf -
RS assisted in my selection of surgeon, in addition, it is a safe place to share your journey :)
Plastic surgery isn't the most comfortable thing to freely talk about so I love that I can come here for my questions. I can also gain some support from those who have been thru a similar journey.
No one really knows about my BA because I don't really have anyone I can fully confide in(besides my mom and boyfriend) so I love that I can come here! Some positive support from such sweet people has really helped me through this process!
ONE MO. TO GO!!!! Needing advice!
I'm hoping some ladies that have gone through this procedure can help me a bit with preparation. So I notice some surgeons say to avoid vitamin E prior to surgery, if I take a daily multivitamin should I stop because it has vit E value in it?
I am also starting a list of things to have before/after surgery...what else should I add!?
I do know for sure that the one thing I'm looking forward to buying is a cute VS tracksuit for surgery as a way to kind of treat myself. Lame I know! Haha
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you RS! Xx
I have set this up in my head of how I would like things to go; let's see if things go as ideally as I anticipate!
I am a student and am approaching the end of the semester. When my two weeks is up at work, my surgery will be exactly one week away from that date. I figure this will give me time to get myself all set up for post surgery. In that week prior to my BA, we are moving houses. If I pull this off as I have planned, we will be majority moved in to our new space and I will at least have my rest station set up(bed pillows tv etc), pg&e, and cable/wifi set up before my surgery. My boyfriend will then move in all the heavy stuff(moving furniture is boy work anyways lol :p) while he lets me rest up in our new place :)
I'm so excited! Excited for quitting my job(finally!) so I can find a more reputable business to work for, excited for our move and our new home, and then lastly my BA! Things seem to be falling into place- hopefully it stays this way :)
Apart from all these life changes, regarding the BA, I'm thinking I want to go a little bigger than I originally anticipated. I already had my pre op but I am going to call today to see if I can come in just once more before my surgery! My surgeon has been helpful and so sweet throughout all of this so I'm sure he won't have an issue accommodating something. Here are some newer wish pics, just a touch fuller. Hard to tell if she has a big cc size or just plays them up?
Overall I am just excited for 'My Time' to come; gets more real as the days pass ;-)
Blood work today
14 DAYS TO GO!!!!
Castor oil? Oh & 10 more days!
4 days pre op
High impact sports bra for Recovery
Pre op pics
OFFCIALLY DONE WITH SURGERY -
The Day of my BA (Official Post Op Day 1 will be a separate review)
So today I am technically one day post op, but before I get into those details, I thought I'd share my experience the day of surgery and what it all entailed first. I will write another separate review for my day one post op(which is today) a little later on this evening.
So let's start with the morning of:
My boyfriend and I made the trip to Sacramento (my mom lives in Santa Cruz so she met us there) so I could have my surgery done by Dr Yamahata. This choice of procedure/surgeon took me at least year, but when I heard stories about him and his superb skill..I knew dr yamahata was the one :)
The day before surgery:
My boyfriend and I stayed in a hotel the night before just because we don't really know how long I won't be "available" for, if you know what I mean ;) lol
Day of surgery:
my arrival was at 6:30 am. When I arrived, my mother and boyfriend were both there to comfort me and be there for moral support. We walked in to the waiting room where a nurse met with us and told me to come with her. I asked if my mom and boyfriend could come with me just until I went into surgery but she said no :/ She even suggested that since it was going to be longer than a typical doctor visit, that they may want to go grab bfast etc. I said my goodbyes to them, I was sooooo nervous/anxious I wanted them to be there with me. Even if they couldn't be back there with me, it would have been nice to at least know they were in the waiting room lol.
While I was in surgery:
I arrived at 6:30am and did not leave the surgery center until 10:45am. During that period of time during my procedure, my sweet boyfriend went and checked us out of our hotel and grabbed all of our things. He also went to the store and got me some good food to eat post surgery(like lean chicken, gluten free bread, yogurts, hummus, and some natural green smoothies for vitamins to help settle my stomach. He then brought all of our stuff to my grandpas house(my Gpa lives less than 5 miles away from the surgery center so we figured that would be easiest on everyone), and set up my recovery station by the bed and him and my mom had ginger ale, my prescriptions, and my bed etc all ready for me to just come home and knock out. They all definitely made me feel like a princess :) After they set everything up for me, they went back to the surgical center (around 10 am) to wait for me to be released.
My experience before I went under and when I woke up:
So when I got to the center at 6:30, I was already nervous which kind of escalated to anxiety cuz it was just me and a bunch of nurses in the OR area; they just were nice; just not my mom or bf lol.
I was then asked to go into a little bathroom and change into a robe with a hair net and leave on just my socks and underwear. Right after I suited up for surgery, I was escorted into the operating room immediately; which I was kind of shocked out to be honest. I just assumed I would be wheeled into a waiting room prior to going into the actual OR. While I was in the OR, I was getting extremely anxious because i was instructed to immediately lay down on the operating table! Instantly nervous! While I was laying there I could see the big operating lights over me and all the nurses around me getting all the tools ready to basically cut me open lol. I am very thankful for Margaret however, one of Dr Yamahata's nurses, she was as sweet as could be. She really helped calm my nerves. It was like once she was there talking to me calming me down, the chaos of the other nurses wasn't bothering me at all. One thing I was surprised about, was that I wasn't going to be completely asleep during surgery. Margaret said they were going to give me a heavy tranquilizer that would basically make me super drowsy and fall asleep. This initially made me nervous, but after the IV was hooked up and the drip started...I did fall asleep *poof* I was out!!!
After my surgery was completed, they all told me I did a good job and everything went great. I was so excited!!!! I remember before I went under, Margaret said we were gonna go with a 275cc range and go with what Dr Yamahata thought would be best. So when I could think straight(kinda sorta not really lol), I asked like three seperate nurses what size I went. They said 300cc!!!!! I was so excited!! I hope this makes me at least a C!!!! Fingers crossed!!
After the excitement of my new additions wore off, I started to become fairly emotional lol. My surgery was completed and I was in the recovery room by 9 am. I remember dozing off a Couple times. Around 10 am, when the majority of the tranquilizer wore off, I was getting ancy and just wanted to go home. Either that, or for my mom and bf to come see me. They were explaining that since the recovery room and ORs are right by each other that they could not come visit me. Considering I was emotional and just wanted to see them, I started crying. Not bawling, just crying like a baby lol. One of the nurses, (I hate that I don't remember her name!! She was wearing a nurse top with flowers lol), was literally my saving grace. She was so sweet to me and I felt like she was the only nurse that wanted to help me and calm my crying down(besides Margaret) haha. She gave me some medicine and water and called my mom to come pick me up. She helped me get dressed and was telling me "you're okay" the entire time which I appreciated.
Leaving the recovery room:
I was wheeled out to the passenger loading zone by the nurse with the flowers on her shirt, haha I wish I remembered her name bc she was awesome!!
And this is where It gets foggy for me so this is what my boyfriend and mom told me: I guess when I was wheeled out to the curb I wasn't saying anything, just whimpering and teary eyed and my mom asked if I felt nauseous and I said yes(even tho I don't remember being nauseous at all) so the nurse ran inside to get a barf bag and an anti nausea pill which I took right away before getting into my moms car. I didn't puke however, I guess I was just feeling like I was going to.
On the way home:
Considering my Grandpa lives very close to the surgery center, it did not take long at all to get there to rest up. I don't even remember the drive home, I just remember waking up in his driveway. Time was going so fast! Haha
Beginning of recovery: (after the hospital drugs wore off, my boyfriend and mom became my little nurses)
Let me start by saying- HOLY COW recovery has been SOOO good to me so far. KNOCK ON WOOD!!!! Feeling very fortunate right now, I really am! I am in very mild to moderate pain and I feel like I'm doing well :)
I've been staying on top of my meds so I don't feel an OUNCE of
Pain. Eating regularly just with lots of protein, vitamins, and ginger ale/green juices. Still taking my daily multi vitamin pill, vitamin c pill, and vitamin d pill to help support a good immune system :)
For my day of the surgery(extra shocked because this is my first surgery ever), things have been going fairly well :)
I am just getting excited for the healing process to fall into place. To be honest, I'm not in any hurry for them to 'drop and fluff.' I want them to be beautiful and will do whatever it takes to ensure that that happens; no matter how long it takes. My body will accept things on its own time (:
I will post my "Post Op Day One" review a little later this evening. I just wanted to say how things yesterday after surgery went to keep you guys updated. If you have ANY questions let me know. Don't be afraid to comment whatever or private message me. I'm an open book :) I want to give back to you ladies, as you all have helped guide me through this!
Again, to all of you RS supporters out there, I want to let you know how much you have truly helped me throughout this process. The only ppl that know are my mother, Gpa, and boyfriend and I am sooo beyond grateful for that.
However, it is nice to have support from people who know what this experience entails. So, thank you thank you thank you thank you. This experience was definitely not as bad as I thought it would be, and I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat!
*RANDOM SIDE NOTE:* like I mentioned before, only my Gpa, mother, and my boyfriend know about my BA. I know My father and my brother(who are both extremely close to me), would not fully support me so I have opted not to tell them about my BA at all. -
Anywho, my boyfriend and I saw my brother last night(THE DAY OF MY SURGERY) to switch our cars and my brother did not notice. LIKE, AT ALL. Not a teensy bit which I was sooo stoked about! Mind you, I was wearing an extremely oversized zip up hoodie but still! It Gave me reassurance that I can hide them when necessary :)
Mod Plus Profile
I'll post another review today about how my official First Day Post Op went with more pics :)
Talk tonight ladies!! Thank you :) HUGS! Xo
Post op day 1
Post op day one - night time
Post op Day 2 :)
Day late: Post Op Day 3 (First Post Op Apt.)
Day 9 PO Update!
Day 9 Post Op pics...viewing is weird?
So on the RS app, my day 9 PO review only displays 10 out of the 27 photos I uploaded today. However, on the app, if you go to the top of my profile and go through all of my photos start to finish, you can view all the photos I uploaded. I'm not sure why they are all technically uploaded and 'on' my review, but only 10 of them are showing up on my day 9 post; you guys should be able to see 27 there
However, if you are on the RS webpage from a desktop/laptop, all of the 27 photos uploaded correctly and are displayed with the intended day 9 post. Which is what I wanted! Lol
Sorry for the long post, hope it makes sense and that you all can make sense of my photos with their corresponding posts. Thanks, xo!
17 days post op...
Knowledgable in both traditional medicine/surgery and plastic surgery as well as extensive training in both and it shows. Very confident in my choice of surgeon. **Update post procedure: I was sooo beyond nervous going through with my BA. Dr Yamahata and his staff were so confident in their work and I could tell they all knew exactly what to do regarding my procedure and how to calm my nerves. I couldn't have asked for a better "first time plastic surgery" experience if I coordinated it myself. I admire Dr Yamahata's intelligence regarding the anatomy of the human body and how it operates, as well as his skill in performing beautiful aesthetic results. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you Dr Yamahata and staff, for everything.