Mature Trans-woman Finally Going to Have Breasts - Miami, FL
I have looked a reviews here and have settled on...
My Blood labs done and I seem my doctor for an EKG and a release form on Monday
January 27th. I am getting nervous
Things do seem to be moving along though, I have reserved a room in the hotel that shares a parking lot (or looks that way on google) and a friend has agreed to go along with me. Thank goodness for years of saved frequent flyer miles.
I did learn from CharlotteBelle here of three recovery houses/centers that would have provided transportation, nursing, meals and other professional services for less than I paid for just the hotel, so for what I am paying, I hope this has a bit of the feel of a vacation. I don't plan to push anything though, I am going to take care to not tear my incision, because I hope to avoid as much scaring as possible.
I have still not received any information about my implants other than the fact that they will be silicone. I have not been told when my appointment times are or any of the preparation that I will need to take or supplies. I expected that communication with this office would be a little lacking. I am trying to remain calm as I go through the process.
Some of it is surely my fault, some not. With a week and three days to go, I am not in panic mode yet, most of the time.
Two minute walk to my Hotel from Spectrum-Aesthetics- a little more information.
I hope to find time to research the best way to prevent scaring. I know there are some products available. If anyone is seeing this and has any ideas for me... I am all ears.
I still don't know how my implant size, shape and such are determined. I am getting the impression is it is all based on a 10 minute interview before I go under. As a bit of a control freak this is not my usual way of doing things, but I jumped off this cliff and I am going along for the ride.
Friends saying keep your breasts small
I have paid my surgery, plane ticket and hotel. This is happening, no going back.
Help: Where am I going to find my Percocet?
I have remained very calm until this. This is starting to freak me out.
Heck I am still trying to figure out how big, or less big I want to go. I don't want to be taking a cab all over Miami trying to run in to the surgery center at the last second, out of breath with a heart rate through the ceiling.
OK, I am set!
Operation time moved... same day, just later.
Some photos in my phone I will likely show to Dr Ortega.
Dr Ortega was great!
Waking up felt like I has been in a serious car crash. I was shivering cold. They rolled me from the recovery room to the door of my fifth floor room in the Best Western Premier hotel behind Spectrum. Two Percoset and two hours later I felt pretty darn good. It is going to be hard to make myself stay in all day today.
One day later I feel great
Saturday wrap up.
I love my new breasts, for the first night in a couple weeks I did not wake up fearful that I was making a mistake. I see more of a woman when I look in a mirror, I hope that will be true with those who look at me too, because of my breasts, but also because of my self image.
Follow up with dr Ortega
I did get some undesired attention from a man on this sight, so I have removed a lot of images.
Day four post augmentation.
Can anyone explain how silicone breasts get softer? Right now they are very hard and firm. I think the will soften but how does that happen?
Common sense has told me I should sleep flat on my back. I prefer to sleep on my side. I wonder when/ if I can do that?
Day 6 post augmentation with Ortega
Ten days post & considering my 375cc
I didn't know about the bloating of surgery, so it is nice to see that some of the girth of my waist has gone with no effort.
Anyway I am including this photo that I think shows that I am proportionate. If I had told Dr Ortega how many cc I wanted, per op I probably would have guessed 450cc. He suggested 325 or 350 and I said 375. I think if I had gone 450cc I would definitely be thinking now that I am going to have to add a BBL next year to balance myself out. I think when everything falls and fluffs, I am going to be perfect enough.
When you are 60, you have to have some acceptance of less than perfect, I think.
Progress: my brusing is starting to fade finally. It was never painful. Vivian at spectrum ignored my request regarding this, but research on line told me that it was normal pooling of blood that happens under the skin. I walked a lot the first days after.
Really not much more to report. The pain is very, very minor. I have full range of motion.
From the start, there was some numbness in my left breast. I saw a look of concern on Dr Ortega's face when I mentioned it. I was touching my nipple as I told him and it got erect. He and the assistant smiled as he explained the feedback loop for that reaction. Short story is it still feels a little numb compared to my right, but it is definitely improving.
2 weeks post breast augmentation
I wish my breast would fall! I think the upper most curve is softening but some flash photos I had to quickly delete!
Exercise, recovery, scars & dropping
Regarding scaring: as a nudist and performer of burlesque I would have preferred no scars, but saline seemed to offer the only possibilities do that and it seemed I never could get behind saline. I wish there where real life boobs we could squeeze. Lol. Now that I think of it, perhaps that is the tattoo idea I have been needing. "Test squeezers".
I love that Dr Ortega's cuts are exactly on the fold of my breasts and even have the curve of that fold. I am sure they are going to look good with out any attention but last night I decided that $18 was a little to pay for silicone stops to help this along. He mentioned that he did not think them necessary for his patents, bus did said it works and he does recommend them for his abdominal incisions that are more visible.
Dropping, that is the hardest thing. I am so anxious to have more lower pole and a little less abrupt upper pole to my breasts. I am excepting that I am always going to be a little wall-boobed, but it is mostly just noticeable from straight on. Any pin up girl model will tell you put curves and angles in you poses. :)
In defense of spectrum- aesthetics
But what I want to writ about today is those who I see jumping ship to go to another surgery center in Miami, because of "poor communication" at Spectrum-Aesthetics. You don't wear communication you wear the healthy body of the surgeon and surgery center you pick out.
I am going to write a little story about my return flight and the parallel to this those who bail out with Spectrum.
It was a rainy winter night as our pilot skillfully (and I assume calmly) was directed to the Indianapolis runway, for a blind landing. It is like that. Our controllers at Spectrum give us the routine information to guide us and we are the pilots. It is our job to trust that the controllers (once they have our signed contracts) will guide us in to a safe landing in a timely fashion. Don't be a nervous pilot, in my opinion.
That said, if you have a genuine need call the main number at Spectrum or find a staff member who does chat with you and ask for that person, regardless of who you are assigned.
I actually never heard back from Vivian when I sent in my initial consultation. I thought I was rejected because I am transgender. I finally got up the nerve to ask Rachael, the chat box lady on their website, why I might not have heard back and she had Vivian call me in five minutes. I learned later that the chat ladies on the spectrum-aesthetics.com are the wives of the three owners of the clinic's owners.
I love Dr Ortega, I think he is an exceptional human being, and I found the staff in person to be wonderful. They are so busy that I guess those who bail out before arrival are not a big deal so from now on I will take my own advice and just remain calm as I see people bailing before meeting Dr. Ortega and Spectrum-aesthetics.
3 weeks & silicone scar strips
I am pretty happy with my scaring. I don't know if the silicone strips will really help, but they are so easy to use and inexpensive. This is two bandages cut in half and washed daily. You reuse them for a week or more so one box is going to far outlast this procedure.
A little about being transgender here.
1 month post Ortega breast augmentation
Another way to go is recovery houses. They pick you up from the airport, take you back and everything between. They are not much more expensive than hotels.
This information comes from a BBL by Ortega patient CharlotteBelle.
"Below are the options that I explored when deciding which Recovery House to utilize. Many girls have utilized the following RHs, and I just wanted to post it here, and hopefully help another BBL sis with her planning. Let me know if you have any questions.
Assistance for Life - Maria
$700 for 4 nights (Says $850 on the website, but I would call and discuss)
2 meals, airport transportation, 24 hour nurse on first night, laundry
Keyla's Recovery House
$130 a night
https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=83eebbad0bd954c4&id=83EEBBAD0BD954C4%212143&ithint=folder,&authkey=!ACUjZAqRpKuJPx8 (Pictures of Home)
She knows a massage therapist who can come to the house and give massages for $60 a piece (includes ultrasound therapy)
Moni's Recovery House
4-10 Day Stay Options ranging from $600-$1300
Comes with various numbers of massages, 24 hour nursing, 3 meals, and transportation
For all options, you can initiate the conversation by texting and asking if they have availability, and then go from there."
7 weeks look at these scars
Looking at my before pictures, wow I can't imagine how I was ever happy with that.
Some burlesque photos
3 months: Just an ugly laptop cam sitting on the couch
Sharing contact information another RealSelf member posted about Dr. Ortega
lilitinonurse wrote: May 6, 2015
His private office name is Ibody AestheticsI am having surgery with dr Ortega but a this prívate office. He is only affiliated to spectrum but that is not his private office. Call Gaby his assistant at *** this clinic is not as busy as
lilitinonurse May 6, 2015
His private office name is Ibody Aesthetics
I found this really exciting. I loved Dr. Ortega and I am considering BBL. I also would like to be able to tell others this information in the future if it proves useful. I have put it up here as much for my own reference as yours.
4 months, scars fading
5 months: scars fade, cleavage narrows?
I can't say enough good about Dr. Ortega. He is an artist, a specialist in breast and BBL surgeries. He is so personable! This is about results, the staff is fantastic when you arrive and before that, they will steer you in like flight controllers at an airport bringing in a plane for a night landing, that is little chatter, but just what you need. You will get the information you need when you need it. If you have faith that it is going to be ok, you will be great, if you need smoozing, you might be unhappy. I can't say enough about Dr. Ortega. He listens and he does just a couple kinds of surgeries over and over and over. If I could not have had him, I had no second option. I feel confident that I would have had to pay twice as much to have the same confidence. Lastly, I just want to say that as a person, he is exceptional. In my two short meetings, I felt like I was rushing him as I was thinking, "You don't have enough time to be giving me all these detailed even friendly answers to my every question." He has the rare ability to be always present and friendly. He is someone that I thought, I would love to be this guys friend. My one warning, is call the main number if your really need to know something. Communication is not always what you would want from Spectrum_Aesthetics, but for the most part it is what you need. If you don't hear back, there are lots of channels, don't just go with your coordinator if you don't hear back in a timely fashion, but then too, ask yourself, do I really need to know this or am I just being nervous. You are going to have your time to communicate with him what you want and he is going to listen, your job is to get there with your prescriptions, your wish photos, your ride home or to your hotel and your meds. My advise is don't spend long thinking about cc s, provide pictures and learn to say what you want and don't want. Let him be the expert to make your dreams a reality. Write down your questions before your interview. Relax and enjoy!