Spire Breast Lift and Implants
Hi! Im looking to have my BA & uplift done...
Spire Breast Aug and Lollipop Uplift 300cc
I visited many many other surgeons from Hospital group (I saw 3 here) and Transform where I saw Dr Clarke.
The hospital group were a let-down, I can’t remember all the surgeons I saw but my favourite out of the 3 was Mr Mileto who I saw in May, however even he quite short with me, there was no effort to establish any sort of relationship with me, he kept going silent and seemed rushed, and was not majorly reassuring when it came to fixing my asymmetry, his answers were mostly 'maybe you will be happy' 'you should be happy' and to me, for nearly £6000 that is not a good enough answer!! I saw Mileto 2 times and after my second visit to him with my mum, we sat down with my PC after to discuss the costs, surgery dates and deposit. I knew I had no intention of booking it there and then, I wanted to think over summer time but still we needed to know the costs and information. However as we didn't put a deposit down my PC lost all interest, she took 4 weeks (3 emails and 2 phones calls) to reply to me regarding what implant sizes Mileto had recommended, even then her reply was around 2 words long. There was no follow up support to see what my worries were just simply ignored as I wasn't ready to book. I also told her I am extremely needle phobic and asked if there was a possibility of them providing me with gas and air before they put me to sleep (I have this at my dentist and Spire Manchester also offer this so I know it’s available) I have had pre-meds before for my needle phobias when I have needed dental treatment (Diazepam) and it does nothing, my body just overrides the drug and its useless, I honestly cannot explain how physically petrified I am of needles, to the point my entire body shakes and I have nose bleeds and god it’s just awful! - myself and my mum tried to stress this over and over again with my PC that tablets were not strong enough and she assured us she understood and would push for gas and air. I then again had to email her several times and called to find out if she could get me the gas and air, after 3 weeks I got an email saying “Patient with needle phobia will be comforted and be offered a pre med before surgery. I have emailed Mr Mileto but will be in touch once he has got back to me. X” – as if she had completely forgot I had told her pre-meds DO NOT WORK FOR ME and sent me a generic email that isn’t even written in proper English, and I never actually heard anything else after that apart from generic ‘are you still considering surgery?’ emails that they send to everyone. Now, I know it’s not nice for companies to be pushy and call 24/7 and pester you to book however I just felt like I was another quick job for the hospital group, they wanted me to book in within a few weeks and be gone and when that didn’t happen, I wasn’t important anymore.
After this I decided to wait for my summer holiday to see how I felt in my bikinis, buy myself some great push up bikinis and then decide when I got back what my decision would be as myself and my partner want to go travelling so how I feel in a bikini is a very important factor for me. As you can guess on my first day on holiday, as soon as I put on my little bandeau bikini and saw my saggy wonky boobs I thought my god I need to get this fixed – for me its not just about having bigger boobs, my breasts are so noticeably wonky, there is only so much a push bikini can do to help! As soon as I got home I booked in to see Dr Clarke at Transform, my friend had hers done by him and her results are amazing and iv heard good things about him correcting asymmetry. He was lovely, he suggested a donut lift and implants but after researching the donut lift and the risks there is not a chance I would do that! He said he would do the uplift if that’s what I preferred. I liked him but there was just something telling me to go with James at Spire. If for any reason I couldn’t go to Spire or the waiting list was too long, Dr Clarke would 100% be my second option. My PC at Transform was lovely (Sue) she hasn’t hassled or pestered me at all, she always calls me back or emails me within the same day, she’s excellent, no faults with Transform at all.
I decided to book back in with James Murphy as I still felt like my gut feeling said to go to Spire. I went back to see him yesterday, his assistant Sue is lovely, so helpful and again always calls you back or responds to emails quickly. I went with my boyfriend this time and I spent around 45 mins with Mr Murphy, he included my boyfriend in the whole consultation, asked how he felt and his thoughts on me having the op which I thought was lovely as although I’m doing this for myself, of course your partner’s opinion will matter somewhat to your decision. My boyfriend of course had typical ‘man questions’ like ‘will I see the implant if I squeeze them?’… yep, really. He asked if my goals had changed since I last saw him, how I felt about the scars now etc and looked at my pictures. He understood that I will want to wear nice little bras and triangle bikinis, I would be gutted if they were too big and I couldn’t wear nice dainty underwear anymore. He even said ‘il keep the little triangle bikini in my mind’.
Mr Murphy offered me Motiva, Natrelle and Polyurethane implants (the furry-Brazilian implants) 300cc over the muscle with a lollipop lift. My larger breast is being lifted and reduced to match my smaller one however we agreed on scars on both sides to create a symmetrical look. He will reduce my breasts to the same size so we can use similar size implants in each. He showed me the results of the mastopexy on the 3D machine he has and my god it’s weird!!!! He was very keen on using the Motiva implants however these have not been around a very long time and im very wary of this as no one knows what the implants could be like in 10+ years whereas Natrelle has been around for a very long time, however capsular contracture rates with Natrelle is higher than Motiva and they also don’t cover you for cc, Motiva do.
The implant I would really like is the polyurethane, I know a few girls with these and the results are amazing and the cc is less than 1%. I have a few months until I go back to see Mr Murphy for my pre op and planning consultation (January 4th) so I will be researching all these implants to death to make sure I choose the right ones for me! If anyone has any advice or has had the poly implants I would love to hear how youv got on with them, did they fluff or drop at all etc??
My surgery is booked for February 2nd 2017! The aftercare at Spire differs depending on the surgeon; I found it very hard to find info on the aftercare on the internet. Mr Murphy has told me Spire as a hospital cover you for 12 months but as each surgeon is independent they offer their own aftercare so he has said if I’m not happy or he feels something needs fixing he will do it even outside Spires 12 months which is very reassuring.
Another thing I liked was this was my second consultation, even though it 10 months since my last I assumed I would have to pay as your first consultation is free with him then it’s £150 for your second (this comes off your surgery costs) – however we did not have to pay! I assume it’s because I left it so long… (I will have to pay for my planning consultation in January) but James could have easily charged me yesterday or even given me a quick 10 min consultation like most surgeons do when it’s free but he took his time, answered all my questions and nothing was rushed.
So far I’m very impressed with him and Spire and I’ve not read any bad things about the hospital itself. Spire is moving to a new location in Manchester between Christmas and New Year so il be having my op in the brand new hospital one week after it opens!! Can’t wait and will keep updating on how I get on :) x
So today we discussed surgery - I arrive for 7am and will be taken for surgery at 8am - first on the list! One of my biggest fears was walking into theatre and being put to sleep. Dr Murphy advised me that I won't have to walk into theatre instead I will be given my gas and air to knock me out in the anaesthesiologist room, once the gas and air has knocked me out il have the cannula inserted and then il be wheeled into surgery! This was fantastic news for me because it means I won't see any needles at all which is my biggest fear in the entire world, I can't even be in a room with a needle without having a panic attack so I really appreciate and i am extremely happy with how dr Murphy has helped with this :)
He explained to fix my asymmetry which I will post photos of, he is going to reduce my larger breast down and also reduce some of the smaller breast so they are both a similar size and perfume a lollipop uplift, by reducing them both he can get them to a similar size to then insert the same size implants to achieve the best symmetry possible using around 300cc implant.
I have chosen the Motiva Ergonomix implants, I was very wary of motiva as I read a few girls who had uplifts and motiva and were not happy as the felt they were bottom heavy and caused sagging which un-did their uplift. After reading the reviews and researching uplifts and implant size I found that if you have a large implant your breasts will sag again after an uplift no matter what brand of implant you use, you cant have a 600cc implant and an uplift and expect perfect porn star boobs, the weight will undo all the uplift (from the reviews I've read most seem to be unhappy within a few months) however the reviews of girls who had an uplift and a smaller implant (mostly no bigger than 400cc all seemed happy and had nice perky results and no sagging) and as dr Murphy told me, it's the surgeons not the brand of the implant that causes unsatisfactory results. So after researching everything to death I emailed dr Murphy a few weeks ago asking questions and my worries regarding the motiva implants and he simply said try to stop researching because there's so much information out there it's confusing, which is very true. I stopped researching (I literally got to the point that I was reading surgeons lecture notes) and it's completely calmed me down, you have to remember that a lot of the forums and realself etc mostly contain questions or reviews from people who are not happy and need advice, so constantly reading these things can make you worry or in my case make you think 'is anyone actually happy after surgery?'
Stopping researching allowed me to enjoy the build up and get excited for the surgery rather than worry about all these potential complications. I went to my preop today and I was happy to go with whatever dr Murphy suggested. I feel very safe with him and I trust his judgment so I'm happy to go with motiva. They also cover you for 10 years on capsular contractor and rupture and have an extended warranty programme which I believe is around £200? And if you were to get capsular contractor or a rupture they would replace the implants and pay for your surgical costs which to me was very important.
He showed me progressive gel and the ergonomix - progressive gel round implants keep they're volume so get more upper pole which was what I wanted and what I thought he would suggest but from my wish pics I showed him and not wanting to look too fake he suggested ergonomix as they fall like a natural breast, when your stood up they have the beautiful slope and fullness towards the bottom like a tear drop implant and a natural breast has but lying down they go to a nice round shape. They were also soooo soft they felt like real boobs! From what I read on the motiva website and from girls who had ergonomix they are all happy and all comment on how natural they feel and how great the shape is. The ergonomix have the same look as a teardrop however no risk of rotation as they are actually a round implant, the volume / weight shifts depending on how your stood - if that doesn't make sense read the motiva website because it's hard to explain ????????
Today has completely put all my fears aside and I cannot wait to be there on the 2nd now!! I will be in the new spire hospital so I will do another post of my hospital stay and the rest of my boobie journey :) 28 days to go!! ????????
2 days to go!!
4 Days Post Op
The drive home again was horrendous. In fact i would actually go as far to say that was the worst bit haha! I had a pillow over my chest but i could feel every single bump, crack - even pebble in the road. It was hell. My mum had to pull over because i went white and i just cried it just couldnt bare the feeling anymore it was sickening, i went so dizzy i was going to blackout. Again when iv read other peoples reviews, i thought recovery would be so easy but for me the first 2 days were horrible :( you really dont realise how much you use the tiniest muscles in your chest, even though i went over the muscle i still couldnt pull my pants up or down, push a door open, lift my arms higher than my chest, and the worst was sleeping because when you slip down in bed unless you can shuffle up with you bum your gonna have to get out and try again - everything is just a massive massive effort and its frustrating. However.... each day is so much better. Yesterday i could shower on my own, today i could wash my hair on my own by tipping my head upside down, i can get my arms just past my ears... just so much easier. I had my mum with me for 4 days after which has been a godsend and today i was on my own when she went to work and iv been fine! My V pillow from Dunelm mill is amazing, doesnt slip down and comfiest way of sleeping. The lack of sleep and general movement is the worst bit, iv had zero pain with my actual boobs just some numbness but otherwise nothing! The things i recommend you MUST get before; firm v pillow - squishy ones are no good, you end up with 100 pillows propping it up if its just too soft, its basically useless. Heat pads and hot water bottle - my back and neck were in bits after 2 days of sleeping upright, i had a big knot in my neck you could see sticking out!! So hot water bottle on all day and then sticking heat pads to my jamas at night have actually saved my life. Straws - my friend bought me a plastic drinking cup from New Look with a long straw and its perfect, not heavy as i struggled lifting glasses for day 1 and 2. Body wipes - showering or shallow bathing isnt as hard to do as you think but getting the water under your arms is hard when you cant raise them, Carex do some body wipes which were great for freshening up.
So thats me up to now! Post op and dressing change on Thursday, 1 week after. I love my results so far, dr murphy advised me he would use around 300cc Motiva Ergonomix Demi profile (as we wanted a wider base) over muscle with lollipop lift - he ended up using 255cc in what was my largest breast which he removed some tissue from to fix my asymmetry and then 295 in the other side. So glad i stuck with the demi profile - i did ask him weeks before if we could do higher profile so i had fuller upper pole but he said it maybe too narrow and wouldnt give me the wide base i wanted. So far i had exactly what i asked for - perfect size and i know as they fluff they will get a bit bigger!
Right now i just cannot wait to be sleeping normally again and be back to the gym and doing everything as normal!!
PO Day 8
Day 10 booby progress
Week 2 update
3 post op photo & scar treatment
1 month post op
6 Weeks post op
Scars - 1 week of silicone strips
3 months PO today!
I couldn't be happier with my results, I never ever dreamed my boobs would be this good. Iv had the smoothest recovery with no issues at all with my boobs, no pain from the moment I woke up from surgery. I was extremely nervous for being put to sleep and the needles but James made the whole process so easy and understood how scared i actually was rather than brushing me off as being pathetic like most doctors have in the past - I would do it all again tomorrow! James was fantastic from my first consultation, he listens to you and what you want. I trusted him straight away and was happy to go with all of his recommendations for my surgery and im so glad i did. His team are brilliant, they reply to emails within hours, so helpful and lovely ladies. The new spire hospital feels more like a hotel and the nurses at Spire were amazing and looked after me all day and night. You're made to feel like the only patient with James and with Spire as a hospital, unlike other cosmetic surgery companies where your 1 of 10000 girls and the surgeon couldn't care less about you. There isn't a single thing I could fault and I recommend James to everyone! Please see my profile for photos and an in-depth review of my whole experience.