Ok I Joined the Forum! - Tysons Corner, VA
Here goes nothing. I am looking to get 350cc under...
Today's Update - More about me!
On another note, my husband and I are planning on trying to start having a family this summer. I asked Dr. F. what his thought were about me waiting. He said it could take years to conceive, you never know, and in the mean time you keep putting it off. He also said many of his patience in the same phase as me end up pregnant the first year post-opp. He said, the boobs couldn't have hurt those chances... he is right.
For ladies who have been thinking about this as long as I have. I think you just need to do it. Start with your consult and then book your surgery. Do your research beforehand to narrow your doctors down to one or two. Then you can't keep pushing off your surgery because of more consults.
One thing, there is something to say about a well "worn" office. If you look around and notice furnishings are not updated in the lobby or something else along those lines, it means your doctor is not charging you more to pay for those expensive lobby items. To redo an office furnishings can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and someone has to pay for it... more than likely it is going to be increased client costs. As long as your doctors procedures are current and their medical equipment is up to date, that is where the doctor should be spending their money. Dr. F. has been doing BA since 1989. He also does reconstructive surgery at the hospital for breast cancer patients and I really liked that. This is his own practice.
Pre-Opp Done! Check! Eeeeekkk!
One thing I can not stress enough is how much I HATE NEEDLES. If get blood taken or a shot, and I am passed out on the floor, nauseous, dizzy for almost an hour. It is terrible! I think I attribute it to when I was little the doctors use to strap us to the table to give us our shots. I'm pretty sure it scarred me for life. So I was very adamant today about knowing step by step what would happen up until surgery. The nurse informed me they didn't do the IV until I was laying on the table just minutes before surgery. I saw a lot of ladies on here get there IV then have to wait hours or get the IV then fill out all the paperwork, pre-opp meeting etc. I think I would die of a heart attack sitting there with the needle in my arm. I asked her to make the time I get the needle to the time I am knocked out as short as possible. It is the MAIN reason why I have waited so long for this procedure.
I have started stocking up on the necessities for pre and post opp which I will post soon.
So it's totally official. I paid my outstanding balance today!
I'm attaching the pics of my "yes I want these." The first pic is the one the doctor is really going by! YAY!
Victoria Secret! They know How to market
Operation - Supply List - pun intended
Supply List #1
2 - Triple Fiber Pills by Renew Life - Amazon $17 (a lady on here who's had 7 augmentations said to start these 3 days before surgery and continue after to help prevent constipation. Dr. F. also cleared)
3 - Prune Juice by Sunsweet - Walmart $3.98 - also to help prevent constipation
4 - Palmers Shea Butter Formula w/ Vit. E - Walmart $5.28 - I liked this better than their coco butter formula as Shea is better to prevent stretch marks - Going to start using this on my breasts 10 days pre-opp
5 - Dial Soap - Antibacterial Hand Soap - Walmart $1.98 - Suggested to use this to shower the morning of surgery
6 - Straws - Walmart $.98 - for post opp bed table
7 - Tylenol Extra Strength - Walmart $8.95 - Doctor said NO Advil, Aspirin, Only Tylenol help with pain
8 - Pillows - and lots of them - FREE from around my home
More to come...
Moment of Excitement!
Important Tips! Who knew?
If you smoke, it is essential that you reduce or stop smoking before your procedure and for some time afterward. Be sure to discuss this openly with your doctor.
Make sure your physician is aware of any medications, supplements, and herbs you are currently taking. For instance, certain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can cause bleeding problems during and after the procedure. Carefully follow your physician’s instructions and do not take these medications for a few weeks prior to your procedure.
Eat a healthy diet and avoid drinking alcohol a few days prior to your procedure.
Exercise is generally good for your overall health; however, refrain from extremely vigorous exercise the day before your breast augmentation procedure.
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before the procedure.
The night before your procedure, shower and wash your surgical areas with antimicrobial soap. After your shower do not wear any makeup, moisturizers, oils, creams, or lotions — including deodorant.
Remove nail polish from at least one fingernail and toenail to help the anesthesia person monitor your blood circulation during your procedure.
The morning of your breast augmentation procedure you may brush your teeth, but do not swallow more than a sip of water. If your physician allows you to take any prescribed medication, swallow it with a minimal amount of water.
When you go to your physician's office, wear loose-fitting clothes that open in the front and comfortable flat shoes that slip on.
9 More Days!
Supply list #2
9 - Hylands Arnica 30x - Harris Teeter $4.99 - they are supposed to help with healing of bruising and swelling. Looking in Walmart but couldn't find them.
10 - Lemon Ginger Tea - $2.49 Walmart. ginger is supposed to help with upset stomachs and overall healing
11 - Pineapple also supposed to help with swelling
12 - Hand Lotion
13 - Chap Stick
14 - Body Wipes - Mary Kay offers a nice pack
15 - Garbage Can
16 - Magazines
17 - iPad
18 - Fuzzy Socks
I also purchased a 36 Fruit of the Loom "Fit for Me" Bra just in case the 34 is too tight
Having an emotion!
What I have been doing is going back and forth with is the size that I have chosen. I don't want this surgery for another 15 years so will 350 be fun enough but hideable for my body size? These are my thoughts. The doctor said he didn't want to go bigger than 350. I've looked at at her women on this site with that size and some seem ginormous to me... And others do not!
I've tried Mentors website where you can take a pic and upload it and make adjustments... But it doesn't work right.
The one thing that I'm thinking is that I am moving to Charleston, SC in May as my husband got transferred. So basically I am starting a new life with people who do not know me. So with my new boobs, those people will not know me any different... That makes me happy. Not that I really care what people in my current area think I just don't want to deal with knowing I'm getting talked about. I hate drama!
I picked up my arnica pills tonight and am confused. Can I start taking them 7 days pre Opp? Did anyone have Any complications, more bleeding from them?
5 More Sleeps!
For the past week I've been wearing my 13 year old Victoria Secret gel bra that increases your breast size by 2 cups. It's my favorite bra, of course, as it doesn't make my chest look weird like the newer bombshell VS bras do. It gives the side view of a more tear drop breast and a nice full C cup. It's going to be strange to not have to wear it anymore. I've been wearing it to get other people use to thinking that I have big boobs so after surgery it will just seem normal. My husband asked today if my post opp will look like it does when I wear that bra... I hope that it does.
What I'm really getting excited for is shopping for new bras. There is a sense of pride that I know will be there carrying a "D" bra to the counter rather than an "A." I could see myself getting carried away shopping for new bras. Does anyone know when is a good time after surgery to get fitted? I don't want to shop prematurely, as I am sure that it is hard not too.
Going for my prescriptions tomorrow... Time is flying.
I will post a pic of me in my gel VS bra so I can compare later in my journey. I wish they still made that bra!
My FAVORITE bra! Pics
Super Tired Today!
All Done! I can't believe it.
In recovery the nurse put a heating blanket on me. The doctor gave me several meds in my IV for nausea, to help me have a BM, more pain meds. It's was like everything I could have needed they took care of it all.
Starting to get sore from typing. Found that relaxing my muscles as much as a can is best. Does anyone know if I should be trying tomorrow to get up? Dreading morning boob but I'm planning on taking meds during the night so hopefully I can get through this!
Day 1 post Opp.
A few tips. My heating pad on my back last night was heavenly. Your back muscles get tight so that really helped me sleep. Surgical bra is starting to get uncomfortably tight in the front. I took a dry washcloth and rolled it up to put under my cleavage part of the band for some relief. So far that has helped a lot.
My arm pit muscles are killing me. I think it's more from the deep tissue massage a few days ago. She was rubbing the lower part of my rotator cuffs, which are under your arm. Ouch. Maybe should have done my massage a week ago.
I went with 350cc and can't imagine how ladies with no breast tissue go large. I guess my pain tolerance is low because this is enough.
Love This Resting Time!
Once again I can't believe I did it. My best friend even said to me today she can't believe I went through with it. Lol
So I've noticed the skin area on my sides under this surgical bra is very sore. I think bc this thing is too tight. But I've read from other boards that the bra needs to be tight so the girls fall straight and not to the side. Is this true?
No BM since 30 min before surgey yesterday. I've taken my fiber pills but only have gas... Nothing else. Starting to get worried. Maybe I need more prune juice.
Feeling a bit tired but going to try and stay awake so I sleep good tonight. Love this forum for us to get out our thoughts!
Post Opp Day #2
This bra though is uncomfortable. Cutting into my skin. I'm going to unbutton it for a few to help relieve them a bit. Thinking of taking a nap soon. Thank goodness for my heating pad. Moving it from one arm pit to the other.
Thank God For Fruit of the Loom
Still no BM so I've decided to try Tylenol tonight. Took 2 pills 2 hrs ago after Milk of Magnesia 4 hrs ago. Heading to bed soon but kind of enjoying time out of bed.
Post Opp Day #3
I've finally taken pics standing up. In my mind they look huge which I know most of it is swelling. But still wow! It makes me excited for a bathing suit. I can def notice now my writing arm side is ridding higher however I noticed across the bottom it is lower. I don't know if that has to do with the incision as one breast it seems more off to the side and the other directly underneath. It could do with the swelling I guess as far as where I see the incision.
Took the bandages off and put on more Vaseline around my nipples and Shea lotion around the rest. Today is nice because I can move my arms with little soreness. Looking forward to a shower later today.
That's all for now, back to sleep. Another nap is calling my name .
Buy An Enema pre Opp and Gatorade
Of course I then needed to hydrate and at this point water wasn't doing it for me anymore... Hubby picked up Gatorade and I feel so much better.
My best friend is coming over to watch a movie so I'm signing off for now. Hugs!
Post Opp Day #4
That was awesome news. The company is trying to get this cream on the market and my PS said it has the best results of any product he has seen. Tomorrow I'm going to email him and get the name of the cream for you ladies to inquire about.
On another note he took the bandages off today and I am very happy with the way he sewed me back up. It looks like a clean cut sewn perfectly together. Yay.
I was worried ask as I noticed some ladies on here had a lot of "puckering" around their skin from the stitches that looked like a hot mess... Very sloppy PS work. Thank goodness not in my case!
Let's talk about energy. I've felt sooooo exhausted. So I decided this afternoon it is time for a banana and spinach smoothie with some ice and a bit of milk. Doesn't sound good but you actually barely taste the spinach.
As far as tomorrow, my area of the country I is sporting 5-7 inches of snow. The bad part of that is part of my responsibility at work is to shovel. Ugh! My hubby has volunteered to help. I am hoping it is late enough in the afternoon that the company shuts us down before I would have to shovel.
Post Opp Day 5! I'm a bruiser lol
I noticed yesterday my bra was causing one of my sides stitches to be very swollen and sore, thanks to taking pics for this post. So I tucked wash clothes on each side under my bra to give some relief over night. Today is much better.
My pics... I bruise soooo easy so I'm actually shocked they do not look worse then they are. For the underside I feel like my boobs looks huge and same from the front... But top looking down not as much. Interesting how the different angles look.
Softness today on a scale of 1 to 10 I would say is an 8. Feeling a lot nicer then even yesterday. My husband had a nice time last night massaging them for me lol. To make him a part of this I told him that is his daily task for a while... No complaining from him. Lol. Men.
Oh, it tried on my favorite bathing suite top and to my delight it fits! Yay! The only difference is the " stuffing" as all natural now. Yay. I'm thinking about how to get to the beach for a vaca... And fast!
Neosporin. Why all the controversy?
Vaseline. Doctor told me I can use this but suggested Neosporin. Something to think about is every time you or someone else dips their finger in the container you are transferring bacteria which can end up on ur wound and cause infection. Good to note! Vaseline should come out with a squeeze tube!
I have heard there is controversy over Neosporin but can't find anything online. I did read that because it sits in the cut it creates a breeding ground for bacteria so using nothing is better then something but that would be true for Vaseline also... However I Aldo did read to not let your wound air dry without something on it to help heal. Im so confused.
Seriously dying. Need bra help!
I really need suggestions. I typically wear a 32 band but have been wearing up to a 36 and the pressure is killing me. These girls are a lot bigger then I anticipated. Can someone suggest a bra I can go purchase this weekend somewhere to wear immediately? Do sports bras even come in cup sizes? At this point the feeling of them squishing into my body is really hurting. I want something that gives support but doesn't squish them into my rib cage. Help!
Post Opp Day 7
On another note I was at CVS and purchased the TV advertised Genie bra. So far it is the only one I can wear that isn't totally making the girls feel painfully squished.
Pain! Since going back to work my boobs have been throbbing. I think it's the muscles because I use my arms a lot during the day. I noticed if I really try and relax my arms... It helps! The past tonight's I had to take 1/2 a Hydrocodon because the throbbing was unbearable. The pills helped a ton with sleeping!
Also my stitches. The were getting really irritated and I now think it was the band pressure from the other bras. So I washed them and decided to go with Neosporin instead of Vaseline with bandages. So much better today. Neosporin has bacteria fighting properties that Vaseline doesn't have... And Vaseline can house bacteria from the container.
I can say right now I am feeling the most back to normal that I have since surgery. It's almost hard to believe its only been 8 full days since surgery.
Day 9 Post Opp
What I do is sit in front of him on the floor while he is on the couch massaging from behind using Vaseline. I suggest this instead of lotion as it may get in your stitches and the lotion can burn.
The print out has a phone number so I am sure you can call it to find out how to get your own prescription from your doctor.
Day 13 post Opp
Day 17 Post Opp
The hardest part of this is not going out and buying bras. We have Valentines Day dinner plans so I think a few days before I will need to go buy my first bra. I still can't believe that I did it!
1 month post Opp!
The only issue I running into which isn't a bad thing is finding bras that fit (without the VS price tag)
6 week post Opp
I have a friend who had her breasts done by Dr. F. in McLean, VA and loved the results. He is local to where I live, and is a board certified surgeon. Went in for original consult 2 weeks ago. My friend said Dr. F will tell you, based on your body type, the exact size that would make you proportional. I have wide hips and a small waist so want something that looks proportional. Dr. F. was very professional.