In the 25 years I've been alive, I've spent probably the past 7 years considering a breast augmentation. I'm tall and slim, so I was never dead set on it, but in the end it all came down to balancing out my body, and truth be told, when I wasn't super skinny, my body looked out of balance. I decided to look into breast augmentation by a doctor who had great reviews, shared the same aesthetic preference as me (natural looking, not fake), and who was reasonably priced. Suffice it to say I got all that I asked for in Dr Oelbrandt of the Singelberg Clinic in Belgium.
Once I'd decided that I'd go ahead and book my surgery with Dr Oelbrandt, I received an email full of instructions, including how to get to Belgium on the Eurostar, hotels close to the clinic, pre- and postoperative care, information about different types of implants (he has several different brands, including the FDA approved Mentor and Natrelle) and much more. I decided to go with the French brand Sebbin.
The day before surgery, there was a preoperative consultation. During the preoperative consultation I got to play around with different implants of many varying sizes and Dr Oelbrandt also took some pictures of my breasts from different angels and scanned them into a 3D imaging software so we could get a better idea of what the implants would look like in my body. I found this very helpful in choosing a size, and in the end went smaller than I thought I wanted. This is also where we went over and signed all the necessary forms that have to be signed.
On the day of surgery he came in, went through everything one more time, marked me up, and took me into the operating theater. An anesthesiologist and a nurse were there in addition to Dr Oelbrandt, and they were all lovely. They hooked me up to the machines and before I knew it I woke up in the recovery room. I was a bit drowsy and I wouldn't recommend going on your phone for a few hours because you won't remeber what you've done, but all in all I was in much better shape than I expected. The Doctor warned me before surgery that I might be in great pain, but as far as I remember I think I may have been a 4/10 and that's basically where the pain remained for me. I never had the "elephant on my chest" or "hit by a bus" sensation. It was more of a dull pain at around 3 - 4/10, that occasionally hit a 5 or 6.
The following week:
The pain remained a dull, sore pain, not entirely unlike how you'd feel after a chest workout. I had a friend with me who helped me do things like carry stuff etc and I was quite immobile, but overall I was quite comfortable. My biggest worry was that for the first 2 days I looked as flat as I did before surgery, but slowly the implants started to take shape in my breasts. For the first few days, I would get a stinging or cramping pain, feel something move, and literally see a difference in size, and every time I slept I would wake up with bigger breasts.
I'm now 2½ weeks out and I love them. They already look so natural, they're softening up nicely, the scabs are halfway gone and the surfacing scar is very light and inconspicuous. They are beautiful beyond what I could have imagined and I am so happy that I went with Dr Oelbrandt. He's a lovely man who responds to all emails himself, and he's a true artist with a scalpel. All of my friends lost their minds when they saw them because they are so beautiful and it's so soon after surgery. If I ever want anything else done, he's the one I'll go with.