I'm 21 (almost 22), 5'4.5", and between 120-124 lbs and have been considering a BA on & off for about 4-5 years.
When I was in HS I actually had huge boobs... 32DDD-34DD was my avg size. These babies were a leeeetle too big for me, but they matched my athletic but curvy body type pretty decently well (esp considering I have a big butt... hehe). However, I was a little embarrassed by their size and wore a lot of non-cleavage bearing clothing, and/or covered them well with scarves or sweatshirts!
Unfortunately I suffered from a pretty severe eating disorder for a while. I ended up shrinking down to a very unhealthy weight, losing all of my boobs in the process. While I am very happy and proud to say I recovered back to a healthy weight which I have maintained for over 4 years... none of the boobies I lost ever really came back :( To add to it, I lift weights quite often now and while I LOVE my body, working out has made my boobs more muscle than fat, which has actually made them appear flatter :/
SO... I figured, to reward myself for my hard work and accomplishments with diet/exercise/healthy lifestyle, I would save up and get myself a new pair of girls! My old boobies were much too big for me, but I had shrunk from a DD-DDD down to a small-med B, so I was hoping to bring them back up to around a full C. I wanted them to look very natural but full and more proportionate to my curves. I am extremely lucky that with how much I shrank, my boobs did not have any sag to them! A few small, barely noticeable stretch marks, but luckily not much more than that. Doc did say that they were nice and stretchy, which is definitely a plus as I felt this might help them adapt well to a larger size. I had my surgery earlier today, and I am feeling so great about it that I figured I would write a bit about it, since I am immobilized for a bit, but feeling surprisingly alert and great! (I do apologize if some of this is a bit goofy, as I am on pain meds and am feeling a bit goofy, lol. I will revise in the morning and change a few things around if need be :)
As I had really wanted a natural look and feel, after some deliberation and a lot of thought, my doc and I decided to go with 310cc, smooth round mod profile implants, under the muscle. However, my right breast is slightly larger than my left, and also has a slightly larger areola as well. Considering this, we decided to stick with 310cc in the left, but ordered additional implants (275, 295, and 310) for the right breast, so that the doc could have the chance to use sizers during surgery, and determine which implant would yield the best result and look the most even. When I awoke from surgery, I was told that we ended up using 310 in the left, and 295 in the right. I am very grateful that my surgeon took the time and effort to plan out having different sizes available so that we could achieve the best result, and happy that I trusted him to make the final decision! In addition, my breasts did need a slight amount of scoring done on the inside so that they would be properly filled out by the implant, and not remain riding too high. This also means that, while my surgery was essentially "under the muscle", it was actually done using a dual-plane technique, where the top part of the implant is covered by the muscle, but the bottom of it is actually partially subglandular. This technique would yield the best results for my particular situation, while still feeling natural! In addition, we decided to go with the periareolar incision to be able to score the breast a bit better/easier. Originally, I had wanted to try to go through the armpit, because I did not want any scars on my breast... I was really nervous about that! However, my doctor said that, while possible, it was very difficult to do this incision for my type of situation, and there was a chance it would not yield the results we were looking for (and the breasts might be farther apart than we were wanting, which was not my ideal). I was pretty against the crease incision because, although in general I've noticed they heal quite well, I really didn't want any scars on the skin. Moreover, since my PS wanted to score the breasts to help with implant placement, he said that the crease incision would not be ideal anyway. That left the PA incision. I was still a little nervous about this incision, because of it being directly front and center pretty much, but from reading about/seeing how others' have healed, you pretty much can't even see them! They are in an area where the skin naturally changes colors, so they blend right in. Looking at all of my PS' past surgeries with this incision, I couldn't even tell! This made me feel more confident and at ease about this type of incision, and I figured this was the best option, both for surgical and aesthetic reasons, and my PS agreed.
Upon waking, I was actually incredibly surprised at how good I felt. I did have a lot of tightness in my chest, which was uncomfortable, but not exactly "painful" per se. However, the most surprising part for me was how coherent I felt. I was definitely loopy from the anesthesia, but I felt very alert, and the best part - NO NAUSEA! Apart from the slight queasiness of being doped up on meds and not having anything in my stomach, I felt great! I have had surgery before (broken arm) and woken up bawling my eyes out because of the nausea, so I was extremely nervous about this. However, I felt great, and I think this is largely due to the Emend pill I was prescribed to take prior to the surgery, as well as having an excellent anesthesiologist - side note about him, he definitely quelled a lot of my anxiety by assuring me that he would do his best to take care of me and make me feel great, but that they had plenty of medications readily available upon my waking should I be extremely uncomfortable in any way.
I felt great enough to be up and walking around, doing basic things most of the rest of the day today. However, I did have the doctor's advisory that I would likely feel better than expected today (true) but that I should still take it very easy, which I have made sure to. The only activities I have done so far are walking to/from the car (which my lovely friend has been operating, not myself, of course), walking in and out of jamba juice, and walking around the house a bit. When I feel the pain meds wearing off, it is definitely a very uncomfortable feeling. My chest begins to feel very tight, like I am wearing a bra stuffed with socks that is strapped very tight... except underneath my skin (which, I suppose, is sort of similar to what is really going on lol). However, as long as I am staying up on my painkillers and muscle relaxers, I feel pretty good as long as I am not trying to move my chest/shoulder muscles a ton or flex them in any way! As I noted before, the "pain" is definitely more of a discomfort because of the tightness in the muscles... it's not a shooting pain or anything. However, I have yet to determine whether my incisions will be "painful", as my PS uses a local anesthetic on the chest wall to help with post-op pain, and this has not yet worn off completely. So, I will definitely make sure to post some more updates, as well as some photos (I haven't taken any post-op photos and, because of the dressings, you can't see much anyway) as this post is only about 8 hours post-op!
So far, however, I am extremely happy with them! Yes, they are still hard/swollen and riding a bit high, however, I am pleased with how "natural" they look already. They feel a little foreign, as to be expected, but even from just looking at them in only the bra, I am surprised at how normal they look. No "high-and-ball" looking breast, which is awesome. I am super, super happy and can't wait until they soften up a bit and I start feeling like they are truly a part of me!
I will post a bit more info about my procedure and post-op period soon, but I just wanted to post this update for now and just say how happy I am with Dr. C, his staff, and his work! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!