31 Years Old, 2 Kids, Breastfed for a Total of 3 Years - Tualatin, OR

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I am 31 and have two wonderful little girls (2...

I am 31 and have two wonderful little girls (2 & 4) whom I have breastfed for a total of 3 years combined. I have also lost very close to 100 pounds over the last 4 years, so add that with the breastfeeding and my once perky, full breast have now become deflated and have some sag to them. I have never had a large chest (pre pregnancy but overweight - 36C, breastfeeding - got up to 34DD roughly, and now I have no real idea, haha, I live in sports bras because normal bras are not my friend these days. But if I had to guess off my measurements I am a 34A). I workout 6 days a week, 4 of those days I lift weights (4 day split), 2 of those days I do HIIT/Plyometrics and core strength training. I am 5' 5.5", 130 lbs. I was worried about size but a few women I spoke with who work out similar to me with much larger implants than I have chosen said they just double bra when they workout and have no issues. I was limited on my size due to needing an anchor lift, my range was 400 to 500cc. At my pre-op I have selected to go with Mentor Moderate Plus 500cc implants. If I had the time I would be doing these two procedures in two stages but unfortunately I don't so it will have to be done in one. I am excited and nervous. Looking forward to my surgery. Not looking forward to not working out for awhile but not worried about weight gain, that's what clean eating is for, haha. August 31st can not come quick enough!

Surgery is complete!

Surgery took place August 31st. I checked in at 7am, surgery began a bit after 8am and was over around 11:45am. My nurse was amazing. She was so sweet, kind, helpful. I have anxiety and I really thought it would be way high on surgery day so I was using my mindfulness skills to keep it under control, didn't really need to because my nurse made me feel so safe that I actually didn't experience any anxiety. Dr. Connall has excellent bedside manners and I knew I was in great hands. Dr. Kaminski, my anesthesiologist, was also super friendly, explained all the information to me throughly, and made me feel well taken care of. I am so happy I chose to have Dr. Connal and his staff perform these procedures. I believe I couldn't find a better team (Dr. Connall's practice and Meridian Surgery Center).

On to the procedures! I had a anchor (inverted T) lift and breast augmentation. I had very stretched out skin from weight gain/losing 92 lbs, two pregnancies, and breastfeeding both of my children for a combined three years back to back. My breast were deflated and saggy to say the least, haha! My stats: 5' 5.5", 130 lbs (on surgery day), 30C/32B (not sure if that is right since I only wear sports bras due to them being easier and I feel more comfortable in them but that is the size I was sized at when measurements were taken). For the lift Dr. Connall didn't have to make my incision under my breast fold very long, (sometimes the incision can go under the whole breast fold and up), I am thankful for that. The skin is tight and looks good so far. I chose Mentor smooth, round, moderate plus, silicone, 500cc implants for both breast. It is a larger implant for a lift but Dr. Connall and I went over the pros/cons extensively. I believe I made the perfect choice for myself.

I woke up from surgery in mild discomfort, not actual pain. I was warned ahead of time that I may feel heaviness/pressure on my chest that could make me feel like I couldn't breathe. Luckily I did not experience that but I think getting a heads up prior helped me know what it was. I felt the heaviness of course but it didn't worry me. I didn't wake from surgery nausous but when I got home and was walking around for a bit, it kicked in. Felt as if I just hadn't eaten in awhile which I didnt, went away with a few low sodium, whole wheat saltines. Didn't need my anti-nausea medication. Chalking that up to lack of food. As the day went on my pain didn't increase. I was instructed to take 2 Percocet every 4 hours for just the day of surgery, after that day I can take 1-2 every 4-6 hours when needed. I do have a high pain tolerance. I have had major reconstructive jaw surgery which had me in the hospital for 3 nights (the nurse I had for that surgery messed up and was giving me just Tyenol for the pain instead of the ordered Morphine. Yea, not so fun and talk about excurtiating pain). I've also gave birth to my youngest unmedicated. I am feeling great which surprised me, though the bloat is no joke. I drank 92 oz of water daily prior to surgery and I have been making sure I drink slightly more than 92 oz after surgery to help flush it all out. Plus being hydrated makes you feel pretty good. I just can't wait for the belly bloat to subside. I can get in and out of bed on my own without using my hands and arms (core strength helps a ton!), get to and use the restroom on my own, make my own smoothies (prepped them out in individual bags, placed them in the freezer. I just have to add water or unsweetened almond milk, and protein). I also prepped out my meals for a week. I had read some women saying it was difficult to cut up their foods so I made sure to cut up my chicken and veggies in case it was difficult for me as well. I have been sleepy but not too bad. I'm sleeping comfortably. Have 2 pillows behind my bed rest pillow (pillow with a higher back and arms), a pillow on top of the bed rest pillow, and a Boppy (breastfeeding pillow) around my neck. So far things are going much better than I expected and I'm pretty sure as time goes on it will get better and better. I will post some photos even though I'm nervous to do so but hoping it helps another women.

1 Week Post Op

Things have been coming along nicely. I haven't had my first post op visit yet (next week) and I did have to call in once because I was concerned about the size of my nipple (found out I was just had a lot more swelling in that nipple vs the other side) but I'm feeling good. I stopped pain medication day 3 post op, switched to Tyenol every 6 hours if I felt like I needed it. Today is day 8 post op & I usually take 2 Tyenol before bed. I have two young children (2 & 4 y/o) so I haven't really had much rest time, I can feel it when I overdue it. Then I make sure to sit for a bit but I have been on my feet most the time. I've lost all my bloat and I am actually a few pounds under the weight I was the day of surgery (I've been drinking about 100 oz of water daily, eating super clean - a lot of nutritionally dense foods to help with healing, & I am not in bed all day, helping my little girls haha) but I am missing not working out a lot. Looking forward to the ok to at least use the treadmill (though I will miss my HIIT/Plyo work outs & lifting) lol. My breast are still high, they seem to be slightly softer, swelling is still present but not really bad, I still have a boxy shape towards the bottom of my breast. I am happy with the way things are going and I am sure I will be even more pleased once they have healed fully and settle.
Portland Plastic Surgeon

My experience with Dr. Connall and his staff has been amazing. From the consultation to my pre-op, the in between emails and phone calls, it's all been very positive. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I have always felt comfortable going into the office because of the way I have been treated. I know I am in great hands and looking forward to my surgery day.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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