Finally, a Rack for Me :) - Tulsa, OK

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Okay, so I have just begun this process and...

Okay, so I have just begun this process and decided I would go ahead and journal about it because I'm so thankful to those before me who have done the same. Here is my story...

I am a 42-year-old mom of 2; a daughter, aged 21, and a son, aged 19. To say I wasn't blessed by God in the bosom area would be the understatement of the century, and I've always been self-conscious about them. Even with both pregnancies, they didn't improve much. I breast fed for just a couple of months with both babies, so it wasn't all that long. I have also struggled with my weight my entire life, and by 2010, I was up to 287 pounds (GASP!). Even then, my boobs just weren't proportionate to my body at all. Try finding a plus-size bra with small (B) cups. It will drive you nuts. Apparently all really heavy ladies have big boobs and I am the only exception to this rule. Anyway. I had begged and begged my husband to agree to something like gastric bypass because I hated everything about myself and no matter what I tried, I could not keep any weight off. Oh, I've lost and found the same 60 pounds many, many times. When I would find it again, it would bring reinforcements, of course. So finally, a very good friend (who also happens to be a very fine doctor) told my husband that if he was ever going to give in, he had to do it before I was 45 because the incidence of diabetes triples at that age for morbidly-obese adults. So he caved and I had the surgery. That was about 18 months ago and I lost 125 pounds, going from a size 22 to a 12. I am happier with myself now than I've ever been and I have nothing to complain about, except...well, the massive weight loss on top of not having much in the first place pretty much left me with sad, tired, sagging little bags of nothing. I have to have VS bras with massive push-up pads just to look like an adult female. Seriously. So last week, my new VS bra arrived and I had finally given up and just purchased a flat one with no padding. While we were at dinner, I was joking about my new training bra (I am always making comments like this) and he says "well, if you are going to have your procedure done, you don't want to buy anymore like that do you?" I nearly peed myself. You have to understand, I have hated my (lack of) breasts since puberty and have wanted to do this for 20 years, but I could never talk him into it. He's a leg man and can't get enough of mine, which is great, but...yeah. He also has a thing about unnecessary surgery (see: my gastric bypass) and I get that. Anyway, later that night, I actually asked him if that conversation had really taken place or if I had just dreamed it. It was real!! So began the massive information overload on the internet last weekend...and here I am.

One of things I struggled with is the decision between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. We have some really fabulous cosmetic surgeons here in Tulsa (no, seriously), but I kept reading that it was really important to get a board-certified plastic surgeon, yada yada yada. After reading review after review after review, I was so confused and anxious and information-overloaded that I had a mini meltdown. I had to take a break from it because I was having near palpitations. Late Sunday night, I finally landed on a doctor's site that just kind of calmed me and made me feel like "this is it." I can't even explain it, it was weird. So I submitted the form on their site and she called me the next morning to set up the initial consultation. That was 3 days ago. (As an aside...part of my anxiety is due to the fact that I married my high school sweetheart nearly 22 years ago and no one else has seen or touched my business but him...the thought of another male even looking at me freaked me out more than I can possibly express here...took 2 days, and a sedative, just to get to the point where I could seriously consider even going into the office.) On an interesting note, this was kinda serendipity. His first opening was in 4 weeks, and I was disappointed because I wanted to get going (waited 20 years already!!), but I knew I would live until then. So then they call Tuesday morning and tell me that they've had a cancelation for Wednesday morning (the next day!) and would I like to have it? I nearly cried because I could not take that appointment due to a prior commitment. About an hour later, I get a message saying that our prior commitment has been canceled!! I called the doctor's office back and asked if I could still have that appointment and I got it. It was so unreal how that worked out. That also made me feel like he was meant to be. So...on to the consultation.

Yes, taking off my top for another man was not the most pleasant thing ever. I mean, maybe if I had a rack like every other woman alive, it wouldn't be so bad. I won't even let my husband see me naked, and there I am sitting on an examining table while some dude I've just met 3 minutes ago is touching my business. But, I did live through it and he was quick and very professional, so it was at least over quickly. But yikes. So then his RN (also his wife of 20 years) comes back in and we try sizes and I get to see myself with an actual rack. It was amazing. So hubby and I decided on 425 cc saline unders. Oh, and doc also told me I would need a lift, which I totally expected because, after all, I'm pretty sure my boobs shouldn't be sagging down to my navel as they are now. I guess the good news is that with all the weight loss, my skin won't have to do much stretching at all and should accommodate a larger implant really easily. I do NOT want porn star boobs (as I told the doctor), but I don't want to be so small that I cannot tell anything has been done, either. As hubby says, if you're going to get them, at least get something you can be happy with and don't go too small. (I should also mention here that my husband researches like no one else on earth. When he finally agreed to the gastric bypass, he knew more about every procedure, doctor, and possible complication than anyone. He has done the same thing with the boob thing. I guess he's read a thousand reviews where women are upset they didn't go bigger and he doesn't want me to be one of them). So I think the 425 cc saline unders with the lift will make us both happy. He was already happy with my no-rack situation, so he'll be thrilled with anything, I'm sure. But the thing with him is that, if I'm happy, he's happy. I really did marry the best man on earth and I do NOT take it for granted. I am so very spoiled, it's ridiculous.

ANYWAY! So I've had the consult and surgery is now scheduled for July 3rd. In the meantime, hubby found these things (during his massive research, of course) called Purlz and said I should check them out. When I found the site, I was like, hooray!! A way to test drive the sizes on a daily basis and get used to the feeling. And, even better...a way to wear them until the surgery so that after I get the rack, it won't be like "OHMIGAWD! YOU HAVE BOOBS!" So I am happily ensconced in my new bra with my 425 cc Purlz inserts and I look fabulous. I know they are fake, but still. It's amazing the confidence I have while wearing these things. So happy to have found them and they were well worth the money (for me). I only look somewhat fuller than I did before with the hugely-padded VS push-up bras, so it won't be all that obvious anyway. I'll just finally have something in my bra instead of all that padding!!

So that's the prelude to my bosoms. And if you've read this far, congratulations. I'm kinda known for talking. A lot. And people tend to tune out after an hour or so, and it's okay. I am so thrilled to be doing this for myself, but also very nervous, scared, freaked out, you name it.

Until next time...

Well, the surgery is tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.,...

Well, the surgery is tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., have to be at the surgery center at 6. I'm excited, thrilled, nervous and a bit scared. I love my doctor and his wife (RN) and I feel like I'm in great hands. It's just the unknown that I'm afraid of, and how painful it will be, if there will be complications, and on and on. I'm thrilled hubby will be off all week to take care of me and hoping I won't need that much tending. At my preop appointment last week, we settled on 390 cc implants (saline unders) overfilled to 450 cc, and I'm praying I've made the right decision. I am quite tall and very broad-shouldered, so I am hoping they will look proportionate on me.

Next update will be from the boob side. :)

Okay, so I'm almost lucid at the moment. Here is...

Okay, so I'm almost lucid at the moment. Here is how the day went...

We get to the surgery center just before 6 am, check in, sign my life away, then they take me back to change, pee in the cup, and start the IV. Then I meet the anesthesiologist and Dr. Rubis comes in to mark me up. By 6:55, I'm out and I wake up what feels like 3 minutes later. I think it was around maybe 9:30 or 10. Anyway, no real pain or pressure, just some nausea, which turned into some retching, but not the end of the world or anything. But the funniest thing happened then. When they handed me the little plastic basin as I began retching, I sat it under my chin, AND IT STAYED!! Never having had anything there before that would hold anything up, this was my first real rack moment!! It was hilarious to me. Anyhoo, they gave me some enapsine and I was better and ready to go home. Car ride was fine, we live just 3 miles away. Get home and hubs gets me all set up in my recliner with a cheese wheel and a few crackers so I can take some Lortab. Fall asleep shortly after. Wake up to have some Sprite, go pee, then back to the chair. Now here is the really strange part. I am not in pain, nor have I been. At all. I can lift my glass and drink just fine, sans straw, flip out the recliner with the lever thing, get up and down great with no help, go potty like normal, lift my arms and reposition myself, etc. I don't want to get too excited about that because I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop in the following days. But even if it means just one pain free day, I'll take it!!

So I'm now 11 hours postop and my sweetie is waiting on me hand and foot. He ran to Jason's Deli (pretty much heaven on earth) to get me a club sandwich for dinner and it's sooooo good. I may ice this evening, but it just depends on when the pain sets in.

I don't get to peek until tomorrow at 9 am at the postop visit and I cannot wait. Oh! And I'm not nearly as high as I was afraid I would be. Somewhere around 3-1/2 fingerbreadths on each side, so that's not too bad.

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe Independence Day, and God Bless America and all who defend her.

Just back from postop visit and I love my new...

Just back from postop visit and I love my new babies! I think they are going to be perfect and I cannot believe how good I feel. Getting up and around this morning was painful, but now it's fine. Dr. Rubis says I am doing better than most patients he sees the day after, he just worries that I will do too much because I am feeling so good. Got the green light to shower when I'm ready, but I must wear this surgical bra for a month. Looking forward to going pretty bra shopping, and also getting rid of all my current bras. No more padding for me!!

Now 3 days out and I still cannot believe how...

Now 3 days out and I still cannot believe how great I feel. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop because I have had no real pain or anything at all. I am waiting for the zingers to begin, but it hasn't happened yet. Yesterday I developed a wicked itch in my right boob and the doc told me I could take some Benadryl for it, but that's been about my only issue. It's fine now. I'm sure it's just part of the feeling returning as the nerves get going again. And speaking left nipple has sensation again but my right has nothing yet. I am uploading some preop and postop pics today. The postop pics were taken about 48 hours after surgery.

Sorry, I also meant to add that if you are...

Sorry, I also meant to add that if you are anywhere near Tulsa (or even if you're not) I cannot recommend Dr. Rubis highly enough. He is simply wonderful, as is his wife, Traci. Dr. Rubis listened to me and understood what I wanted. He did not try to sell me anything I didn't want, and when I asked about complications, he was very forthcoming in his explanations. I believe some women develop complications because their surgeon gives them what they want, even if their body cannot handle it. His wife of 20 years, Traci, is his RN and she is just as wonderful. They make a great team, and they treat you as if you are their only patient.

Though I am only 3 days out, I could not be happier. I have had no pain to speak of and I feel fantastic. I am so pleased with how my augmentation/lift turned out, and they haven't even dropped and fluffed yet. If you have the opportunity to see Dr. Rubis, you should do it.

Just got home from my second postop visit, this...

Just got home from my second postop visit, this one 8 days out, and I'm still tickled to death with the whole 9 yards. If you've followed this from the beginning, you know the anxiety I had about even going to a consultation because I don't even let my husband see me naked and having someone else all up in my business (that I don't even know, mind) is anathema to me. Well, at today's visit, hubby and I are in the room waiting for the doctor and nurse, and in they sail as we laugh and talk, etc. Then Traci (RN) walks right up to me as I sit on the table, pulls up my shirt, and starts unclasping the bra, all the while the doctor and hubby are chit-chatting away. I just had to giggle a little at how far I've come. Apparently I can now just blithely carry on a conversation with 2 men while another woman exposes my breasts to everyone in the room. It's actually quite liberating. I FREAKING LOVE MY BOOBS!! Just had to share that.

So about that...yeah. They haven't dropped all the way, but they're heading in the right direction. I never had frankenboob (thank you, Lord) and I can wear low-cut shirts and they look great. Still have some bruising and the Steri-Strips are still attached, but feeling great 99% of the time. Every now and again I'll stretch a certain way and feel a little pull, and some days the girls are bit more sore than others, but I really cannot complain about anything. Traci told me a while back that Dr. Rubis is extremely gentle and he told me he doesn't do transaxillary because it involves taking a metal instrument and basically jabbing and jabbing through tissue until you reach the breast, and I guess it's a pretty rough deal. I'm no expert, but I've seen these done and I've transcribed many, many of these through the years and it does make sense that going transax could never be as gentle and cause so little trauma as going through the areola. And maybe just as many areola patients have tons of pain, I don't know. What I know is that he must have been very gentle or he has a magic touch because I was basically pain free and have sailed right through this like it was a dental cleaning or something. I feel very fortunate, indeed.

So that's my update for now. I go back in another week, after which point I might get to start massage. He said today it was too early and said we will discuss it at next week's appointment. Oh, and I also got my ID cards about my implants, so now I know exactly what's going on in there. They are Natrelle style 68MP saline. My left implant is overfilled to 440 cc, while the right (which began larger) is overfilled to 420 cc. Perfect.

Gotta run so I can go flash myself in the bathroom again. :)

No real news to update, just that they are...

No real news to update, just that they are settling in nicely and I couldn't be happier with the entire process. I have very little soreness or pain now, mainly when I've been still for a really long time and I start moving again. But it's not even enough to cause me to use Tylenol or anything. I'm hoping the Steri-Strips will come off soon, but I try to mess with them as little as possible. Every now and then, my incisions will be uncomfortable; not sure if that's from the bra or heat or what. But again, it's not even worth mentioning as a problem. I am adding a couple of pics today, which is day 12 after surgery.

Okay, so tomorrow morning is my 2-week postop...

Okay, so tomorrow morning is my 2-week postop visit, but today is actually my 2-week boobiversary, so I had to take some pics. I bought this tankini top after losing half my body weight, but when it got here, I was so disappointed because it looked absolutely horrible with my disgusting boobs. It wasn't worth returning, so I just stuck it in the beach bag with the others and forgot about it. Until tonight! I was trying to figure out a good top to take some pics in and I remember this one. I love it!! I absolutely will be wearing it when we next go on vacation and now I'm so glad I kept it. The weird thing is that I cannot seem to capture my new boobie magnificence in a frontal view. The side shots are great, but the frontal shots look like I have nothing at all. They are there, I promise! Putting on this top tonight just made me so very happy, and I'm thinking about hugging and kissing my PS when I see him tomorrow morning.

As far as how I'm feeling...more of the same. Feeling great, and now finally sleeping on my side! Woot! I can get more comfortable on my right side, but the left is doable, too. I have the usual soreness and skin sunburn feeling sometimes, but it's not even worth taking a Tylenol, so it's barely worth mentioning.

I am still thrilled :)

Steri-Strips came off yesterday, healing...

Steri-Strips came off yesterday, healing wonderfully and loving them!!

Well, I'm officially one month out now and thought...

Well, I'm officially one month out now and thought I'd post some updated pics. They have settled in nicely, though they still have not arrived at their final destination. I absolutely love them. The pics aren't that great because I have to hold my arms up to get the shot, which displaces them a bit from where they usually are. I went swimming for the first time a couple of days ago and that was a strange feeling, but I loved wearing that tankini that I thought I'd never wear because it looked so bad before. Basically, I have not yet found a down side to this whole experience.

Dr. Rubis is fantastic in every way. My experience could not have been any better and I highly recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery.

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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