My history: I had very small breasts growing up. And I mean tiny. Mostly just a nipple. I am small framed and not a ton of body fat, especially in the chest. I had implants at a young age that were done very well in my opinion. Saline behind the muscle. They were great! Perfect! Then bring us to 14 years later, 2 kids and years of being a gym rat and loving all things active, my breasts became very displaced and unattractive. Of course the stretched out skin from pregnancy and nursing but what was really bothering me was the way I could flex my pecs and almost completely flatten the implants. They went almost to my collar bone and out to my armpits when I would flex. Also, when I would lay down, they would almost completely fall into my armpits. Not to mention the rippling. It was bad. It was all bad. So I did my research, had a consult with a plastic surgeon my ob/gyn referred me to and that wasn't a good fit for me. So I did more research. I found Dr Oliva and spoke with many of his patients. Had a consult and new I wanted him to do my surgery. He didn't say yes to me right away. Because I had such a complicated case, Dr Oliva told me he needed to do his own research and talk with colleges before we could move forward. It took almost a week but I got the phone call that he agreed to do my surgery. I was ecstatic!! He explained the best way to fix my issues were to do a split muscle technique, over the muscle with silicone implants and split the muscle at the top and tuck the implant under the muscle so that it is hidden. So above and below the pecs.
The Surgery and Post-op: Extremely quick. The only pain was one drain that must have been on a nerve. No pain at all from implant placement or surgery itself. Only took pain meds until the drains came out. Felt so good, i needed to remind myself to take it easy to recover quickly.
My Results: Pros: They are much softer, feel more natural. They do not get displaced when I flex. The implant sits better on my chest and doesn't appear so high. Cons: I do have rippling. Enough that bothers me every time i take my bra off. With being so thin and not much breast tissue, there is not much that covers the implant on top of the muscle. They do go away when i put on a bra or bathing suit. Lesser of two evils though in my opinion. Had what i had before, under the muscle completely and deal with displacement and eventually rippling or softer, more natural looking and feeling that do not get displaced when working out or lifting my babies? I will take this happily;) Dr Oliva and staff are very pleased with my outcome. I was released to do most activities after about 6 weeks but will not be able to do any chest exercises or anything that involves chest for 6 months. It will be worth the wait!