I'm 5'7", 120 lbs and 26 years old.
I got 350cc Mentor Smooth Moderate Plus Profile, under the muscle, inframammary incision
Dr. Connall has a 3D Vectra imaging system. It's so flippin cool! This machine scans your breasts and an image pops up on the computer. From there, they are able to enter whatever size and variety you are interested in viewing. It is the bomb.com. Seriously, I'm not even joking. You can see it from the front, all the angles to the sides and from the top. They have a site that you log in to at home so you can see all your options at home. This really helped me determine what I wanted.
Can I just say, this process wasn't at all what I expected! I'm pretty sure I've had every emotion you can think of throughout this entire process. Everything from...well, is this stupid? I love my body, I even love my tiny boobies! Is this necessary? Should I really go through with it? To...I'M SO EXCITED!!! If I have to wait one more day for my new girls I just may EXPLODE!!!
As you can see, it's been quite the roller coaster. So, let's talk about the consult. Things to know...you don't really have to know anything. Just show up (mine had me bring a sports bra to try on sizers). And some money if they charge. They had me do the Vectra scan first and then asked me some questions. Dr. Connall examined me and I asked all my questions. Then we were able to get into the fun stuff...like playing with sizes on the computer and trying on sizers. It was about an hour long and not intimidating at all. It never hurts to go to more than one doctor. You should shop around until you find a surgeon that you feel really comfortable with. Also, check out their websites. You should like their before and afters. Try to find a before that looks close to you and look at their result. Every surgeon has a different style, so be sure you like it before you commit!
The Pre-op...dun, dun, dunnnn. For some reason I was super nervous about this appointment. Not really sure why bc there was absolutely nothing to be worried about. It kind of reminded me of the consult -ish. They emailed me a bunch of documents to read over before I arrived, along with a more in depth medical history. I read them all, got a folder of wish pics ready to show the dr. and filled out everything that was required. They talked to me about which medications/supplements I needed to stop (i.e., fish oil) and they gave me some pre op scrubs. I was told to wash with the scrubs the night before and the morning of surgery. We finalized the size I wanted and that was that. It wasn't even a little scary.
Next comes the big day! There was 2 weeks in between my pre-op and my surgery. The week before, I made sure I got everything ready.
-I did any household chores that needed to be done: laundry, freezer meals, vacuum, dust...I'm a clean freak
-I picked up my RXs and straws
-I made my comfy station: - my couch with a sheet over it
-a stack of 4 pillows so I could relax while being elevated to minimize swelling
-an end table close by with water with a straw and my meds (out of the bottles)
-the tv remote
The night before, I washed with the scrubs as directed. The morning of, I washed with the scrubs again, as directed. When we got to the surgery center, I put my clothes in a bag, myself in a gown and my hair in a net. I got an IV. The nurse went over my medical history with me. The anesthesiologist came in and talked with me briefly and then Dr. Connall came in. He grabbed a purple marker and drew on me.
Next thing I know, I'm in the operating room. They had me lay down and before I knew it, I was waking up in the recovery room. It was super fast. Only 33 minutes. He said it was very easy, things went super smoothly and bam! I was done! My husband was there and he took me home.
I have to say, it hurt A LOT more than I thought it was going to. I was in a ton of pain for the first 3 days...and I hate pain pills. Your new boobs won't feel like bouncy, amazing boobies. They will feel like rocks on your chest. They won't move, even a little. Your skin is being stretched a ton, so it's going to feel super tight. It will be hard to breathe for the first day or so. This gets a little better every day. They are going to look freakishly alien as well. They'll be super high up and swollen and they just look weird, so don't freak out. I got the expected after surgery bloat and constipation. (This might be a little TMI, but I didn't poop for a week! It hurt and was so gross. Like, really, so gross.)
I had my 1st post op appt 6 days after my surgery. He said things are looking amazing and they instructed me to massage them twice, for 5 minutes, every day. They showed me some specific massages they want me to do. At first, it hurts, but it gets better every day.
So, I'm post op day 10 today. I can finally say that they don't constantly hurt or ache anymore! That stopped on day 9...so it took me a while. I still get "zingers" which hurt, but they're not constant. I can lay on my side for a little bit when I sleep and I'm not sleeping elevated anymore (starting tonight). I never got very swollen. I think it's bc I've slept sitting up (on 4 pillows) since the surgery. They still look odd, but have dropped a bit.
Now, let's talk about emotions. 1 day post op I looked in the mirror and couldn't believe me eyes. I thought they looked way too huge! They're about the same size now as they were then, but I'm more used to them. I have had feelings of being ecstatic about it and so excited about my new girls and then I'll wonder why in the world I did this and regret my decision. The roller coaster of feelings they talk about is no joke. The struggle is real people!
Now, I'm on the up and up! And it's only been a week and a half! They are softer, they don't hurt as much and they're looking less alien every day. I've read that on average, it takes 25 days to feel like they are a part of you. I'll let you know!