26 Years Old, No Kids, 5'6", 128lbs, Small 34B, Hoping to Be a 34C, 340cc Moderate Profile Silicone - Tulsa, OK
Hi everyone! I want to share my story since...
2 More Days with my Original Breasts
I am going in for surgery on Monday, so I've spent the last two days gathering supplies for my breast augmentation. I live a couple hours away from Tulsa, so I am staying at my mom's house for the first week after surgery. So far I've bought Arnica Montana tablets, Arnica Montana cream, a Quercetin supplement that has Bromelain in it, vitamin C pills, Burt's Bees body butter to keep my skin from stretch marks, white grape juice for constipation after surgery, a ton of gatorade to stay hydrated, two big boxes of saltine crackers, a package of antibacterial wet wipes so I don't have to get up to wash my hands every time I eat, a package of face and body wipes since I won't be able to shower for a couple days, 2 packages of frozen peas to ice my new additions, and an antibacterial soap bar for showering before surgery. My mom has laxatives at her house that I can use. I am packing plenty of sports bras, a couple button up short sleeve pajama shirts, sweatpants, sleep shorts, and socks. I am also bringing my tempurpedic pillow and a lightweight kantha quilt to her house to stay comfortable. She has a Relax the Back chair that I will probably use a lot next week. I am boarding my dog for the first few days after surgery, and my boyfriend will pick her up and bring her with him to visit me later next week. I am picking up my prescriptions on Sunday night. I will pick up antibiotics, an anti-nausea patch and pills, and Motrin 800. My doctor doesn't prescribe pain killers unless they are needed after surgery.
I had a few nightmares about my surgery last night, so I hope those don't become a reality on Monday!
On the Other Side
Day Two Post-Op
Day 5 Post-Op
I had no clue how real the issue of constipation would be after surgery. I typically have a BM every day, but I was bloated, constipated, and miserable for four days. I had to take three laxatives to get some relief, and I couldn't sleep one night because my stomach was cramping and bubbling non-stop. So my advice to you is....have some dulcolax suppositories on hand. That worked much better for me than the Phillips liquid laxative. I have been very bloated since surgery. My body held on to a lot of water weight. I weighed 128 on a new high tech scale last Friday, and I weighed myself yesterday because I suddenly had love handles in everything I wore and my stomach looked pudgy and puffy from all angles. I have gained ten pounds. Granted, the second weigh in was on a much older, simpler scale, but I no doubt have gained at least six pounds not including the implants (which account for about 2 lbs.). Apparently, it is common for the torso to swell and carry water weight after a breast augmentation, and it could take up to a month for the fluids to dissipate. I am excited for the rest of my body to return to normal! Another thing I have noticed is that I didn't have bruising in the first couple of days after surgery, but bruising started to appear in my cleavage area and under my right breast a couple days ago, and it seems to be spreading a little bit. I read that it takes a few days for some of the bleeding from the day of surgery to reach the top layers of the skin. My left breast doesn't have bruising. My breasts are equally swollen and prone to being sore, so I am going to wait until my post op appointment on Tuesday to ask my doctor about it. I still think my recovery, at least in terms of pain, has been going very well. I am also pleased that my breasts have not had the "torpedo" look to them. My implants have not appeared as though they start just below my collar bone. It makes me wonder if they will drop much at all. I will post pictures later today!
1 Week Boobversary
First Post-Op Appointment
Sports Bra Woes - Suggestions?
Your Anatomy VS "Ideal" Implant Size
At the end of the day, I had to accept that the 20cc-40cc difference from my preconceived ideal is actually pretty minimal (a shot glass or two of volume). I also had to accept that my breasts might be bigger than a C cup after surgery. Most importantly, I needed to trust my plastic surgeon, who clearly understands implant sizing far better than I do. He was well aware that I did not want the look of huge breasts.
All this to say, you have to keep your anatomy in mind when you want a breast augmentation. You might not be able to find an implant that takes you up just one cup size because that implant might not exist (at least in silicone). Most women desiring breast implants want their breasts to be at least two cup sizes larger, so it makes sense that implant manufacturers do not produce implants that provide minimal enlargement for any given breast width.
I am only 12 days post op. I went with 340cc moderate profile silicone under the muscle, and I am currently a full 34 D. I still have a little bit of swelling. My breasts are larger than I anticipated, but I LOVE them! I don't regret the size I chose. I actually hope my breasts stay close to the size they are now.
*Note: Most plastic surgeons emphasize that cup size is not realistic for determining implant size because cup size varies by bra manufacturer, etc. However, I believe that most women seeking a BA obsess over cup size anyway because it is the only way we have learned to conceptualize and quantify breast size. Even though our desired look is more important for choosing an implant, it is hard to leave bra size out of the equation.
I hope this is helpful to someone!
Almost a month post op
A little over a month post op
I gave into temptation today and went to Victoria's Secret to buy bras. I never noticed in the past how exaggerated their sizing is! I guess during my flatter days I liked that I could get by with a bigger size on the tag than I actually was. Now that I have larger breasts, the sizing seems ridiculous. I was measured at a 32 D, but those bras were far too small. I ended up fitting best in their 32 DDD bras. Yes, a triple D, even in unlined bra styles. I kid you not. I couldn't believe it. How do truly well endowed women shop at Victoria's Secret? I'm guessing they don't. I don't look any bigger than a C with my clothes on, and those bras looked like overkill on me even though they "fit". Maybe I'm just not used to the look of larger bras? I ended up leaving VS empty handed because the sizing threw me off and made me question if I am still swollen. My doctor is right that I should wait until six weeks or even later to invest in nice bras. I think I will try to stick to department stores for my bra shopping from now on. After my trip to VS, I went to Target, and Target is having a bra sale right now, so I found two bras for $8 a piece. They are both really cute. Target doesn't sell size 32 bras, so I purchased two 34 Ds. These bras are a little tight in the cups, but they are cheap and pretty, and I'm pleased. Gotta love Target :)
In the first couple of weeks after surgery, my left breast was dropping faster than my right breast, but today I noticed that my right breast suddenly surpassed my left breast. I really like the way the cleavage on my right breast looks. The left breast cleavage crease is less defined or shallower and now it has a slight indentation where I can see a difference between the the edge of the implant and the area where my cleavage actually starts. Will this go away or should I be worried about this? I've slept on my left side the past three nights, and I'm thinking this probably helped my right breast cleavage area stretch and settle. Maybe I should try sleeping on my right side tonight to help even them out. Does anyone know if sleeping position affects cleavage development? I am attaching two pictures to show what I'm talking about. For reference, my right breast is the one with a freckle near the nipple haha
Wish Picture Tips
I have a few tips for those of you who are collecting wish pictures:
1) Do not waste your time and hopes on images of super models and celebrities. Those pictures are photoshopped and often unrealistic. If you must choose a celebrity, use a picture of them that is candid, like a paparazzi photo.
2) Choose images of naked breasts rather than women wearing bikinis and lingerie. It is hard to tell how much push-up padding is involved or how tight the bikini strings are to make the breasts appear that perky. And some women wear a bikini or bra that is too small in order to make their assets appear larger.
3) Choose images that provide information about the patient, such as height, weight, type of implant etc. because this makes it easier for you to realistically consider the differences between you and that person that would make your results different with the same implants.
4) Try to choose similar before pics to your breasts. For instance, I looked for pictures of women with a small amount of breast tissue, a wide gap between the breasts, and breasts that sort of slope toward the armpits because that's what I had.
5) Keep your body type in mind (especially the width of your shoulders) when looking at pictures. I tried to choose women with broad shoulders like mine.
6) Choose pictures that help you identify your limits, such as what appears too large for you, what appears too small to you, and what appears too "fake" to you.
7) Look at the before and after photo galleries on plastic surgeons' websites. Some plastic surgeons' websites are more helpful than others when it comes to providing information about the patients and the implants used. I browsed the pictures on real self, and when I found a picture I liked, I would go to that plastic surgeon's website to see more. Another good website for before and after pictures is loveyourlook.com.
I hope you're enjoying the last days of summer!
7 weeks post op
I am still adjusting to bra shopping for larger breasts. Somehow I actually am a 32DD, even in Wacoal and Natori bras in various styles. Considering my implant size and starting breast tissue, this result is confusing. I know bra size doesn't matter, but I can't logically come to terms with being a 32DD when I started as a 32 or 34 B and have 340cc moderate profile silicone implants under the muscle. Regardless of size, I am happy with the way my breasts look. Bra shopping is more difficult because I need more support than I used to, but it's fun because my breasts look good in everything.
I'm attaching a couple pictures of my incisions and a picture of me wearing a 34DD Natori bra. I think I am going to exchange it for a 32DD because I am worried the band will stretch out quickly.
Official before and after pictures from doctor
Now I am just waiting for my incision scars to fade. I make sure to keep bio oil or thick body lotion on my breasts most of the time. I also massage my breasts and scars every night. I have tried silicone strips and paper tape, and I must admit, the paper tape wasn't bad at all. In fact, paper tape felt more secure on my body, and I liked that it breathed better than the silicone strips. The only downside is that it does feel like a band-aid when I pull off the paper tape. The scar on my left breast is still thicker than the scar on my right breast, but I hope this will even out as the scars fade.
There is something I forgot to mention in earlier posts that I should mention in case this could help someone else. I have what is called fibrocystic breast tissue. This condition occurs in about 50% of women, and it is characterized by multiple small "knots" within the breast tissue. These knots are not visible from the outside, but you can feel them within your breast tissue. These knots (cysts / lumps) make the breasts tender and sore on a regular basis. I was worried that my condition would not tolerate breast implants well or would make recovery more painful, but my doctor told me there is no increased risk in getting a BA for people who have fibrocystic breast tissue as long as the cysts are not cancerous. The knots in my breasts are not cancerous - I have been tested and examined for this issue, and I recommend everyone else with fibrocystic breasts to do the same. Since my breast augmentation, my breasts have returned to their normal sensations (good and bad). My fibrocystic tissue causes me to have very tender breasts during my monthly period, but I am happy to report that breast implants have not made this condition worse for me. My implants are under the muscle, so I don't know if having fibrocystic breast tissue is more painful or the same for people who have overs. My recovery was minimal in terms of pain, but I know everyone is different. Did any of you have complications from a BA because you had fibrocystic breasts?
4 months Post Op
Not much has changed since I last updated. My breasts are feeling more and more like a part of me, and I have been able to go back to Barre classes without any issues. I do have flexion deformity, but only when I flex my chest muscles. Of course, I knew this would be a con about going under the muscle. I seem to notice this more with my right breast than my left. The deformity also seems to affect the bottom part of my breast rather than the sides, so I can't complain too much. I will try to be cautious about the motions I make when I wear a bikini, and I will try to avoid lifting my body up on my elbows because that kind of motion seems to trigger the deformity most. I don't think this will be an issue except when I am in a string bikini. I will attach pictures to show you all what I am talking about. My scars are finally fading. The scar on my left breast is still thicker and more pigmented than the scar on my right breast. I am happy to say that I have not developed any stretch marks....this is amazing because I have stretch marks on my breasts as well every other place on my body that experienced rapid growth during middle school and high school. I can thank Burt's Bee's body butter and Bio Oil for that. I still apply those to my breasts almost every day. I still wear silicone tape over my scars almost every day, as well. I hope everyone else is healing nicely and enjoying their new assets!