31 Years Old, 2 Kids, Breastfed for a Total of 3 Years - Tualatin, OR
I am 31 and have two wonderful little girls (2...
Surgery is complete!
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
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.