These reviews have been so helpful for me that...
These reviews have been so helpful for me that I've decided to jump in and make my own. I'm a 28 year old mother of two. I am 5'2, 123 lbs, and I wear a 34 D bra. After pregnancy and nursing my boys for 2 years each, my breasts are very saggy and deflated. They've never really been perky, and I'm so ready to get the lift I need to pull them up and make them look more youthful. I feel like a grandmother and I'm not even 30 years old yet!
I had my consultation with my PS a couple of weeks ago. He said that I'll need an anchor lift with implants to achieve the look that I'm going for. I really was hoping that I'd get away with a lollipop lift, but I trust that he wouldn't give me more incisions than necessary. I want the best results possible, so I'm willing to deal with the scars. I do hope that the scars will fade and not be so noticeable after a few months. I'm hopeful that I'll get good results after seeing some very good results on here.
My surgery isn't until early June and I'm so anxious to get it over with already. I'm waiting for family to be able to be around to help though. My two year old is quite the handful, so I need as much help as I can get. I want to be able to hide out and recover without over exerting myself.
The PS suggested 250-350 ccs for my implant. That seems huge since I already have large breasts. I trust him though and know that he'll give me good results. I'm interested to hear about other stories from those who have gotten a breast lift with implants!
Less than 3 months left!
I emailed my surgeon's assistant yesterday because I have a few questions. My pre-OP appointment isn't until 5 days before my surgery. I've seen lots of people post about certain do's and dont's that are important for the 2 weeks prior to surgery. If my appointment isn't until 5 days before the surgery, then I probably should at least be emailed a list of what to do and what to avoid. I'm also wondering when my post-OP appointments will be. Hopefully his assistant will email me back soon. I wanted to post a few "before" swim suit pictures, so I'll do that now.
Heard back from the assistant
I hadn't gotten a reply from Amanda, Dr Hu's assistant so I sent her a text just making sure that she got the email. (She had given me her cell number and said to call or text anytime if I ever needed anything.) She hadn't seen the email and was very quick to answer my questions. I feel better knowing that I can text her and get a reply ASAP.
Help with necessities
I would love some help with pre and post op essentials. I have been reading lots of other reviews and it seems like most people go ahead and buy a sports bra to wear after surgery. My PS will supply a medical bra, but I would like to have another option so that I won't be stuck in only one bra for a few weeks. I know that it needs to be front closure. I've heard good things about the Under Armour zip front bra, but it's $50 and I'd rather not buy that unless it really is amazing. Also, I don't usually take a multivitamin, but I just read about someone not being able to have their surgery because their blood work showed that they were anemic. I definitely don't want to have to cancel my surgery for something like that, so I want to start a vitamin now. I am having a hard time finding a multivitamin that doesn't contain vitamin E. Does anyone know of a good brand? I would love to hear about any other items that you found to be helpful.
Before in clothing
My goal for my surgery is for my breasts to look great naked, but I really don't want to change the size too much. I already have late enough breasts and sometimes I worry that after the surgery that people will be able to glance at me and know that I got a "boob job". I don't know why that bothers me so much, but I just don't feel like its something every person I come into contact with needs to know about. I wanted to have some "before" pictures with clothes on so I can compare and see how different I look in clothing afterward. The bra I'm wearing is just a lined bra with underwire. I don't ever wear push up bras or bras with padding.
I have a question for those who had stretch marks before surgery. Did the surgery change the stretch marks at all? I know I've heard that some ladies who get implants are at risk of getting stretch marks due to skin stretching. I am planning on gettin a small implant, but my skin is thin and already has some faded stretch marks. I'm wondering what they will look like after the lift/implants. Can you tell I'm getting anxious to get this over with? ;)
It's getting closer!
I've got just over a month until my surgery date. I am trying to stay busy to keep from going crazy. I got a couple of new zip front sports bras today. I had planned on getting a $50 Under Armour bra, but I've read a few good reviews on Danskin bras from Walmart. I figured I might as well try them out and save some money. I'm shocked about the size though. I tried them on over my bra to try to accommodate for swelling. I needed a 2XL and a 38 D. They were snug, so hopefully they will stretch and be comfortable enough after surgery.
Anyone else allergic to codeine?
I keep seeing that most women are prescribed Percocet for after their surgery. I was prescribed Percocet after I had my wisdom teeth out, and while it helped with the pain, it made me incredibly itchy. I called my doctor after only taking one dose of it because I couldn't take the itching. He said to assume I have a codeine allergy and to stay away from it. I'm starting to get a little worried about my pain management options for after my surgery. Of course I will talk to my PS about this at my pre-OP, but that won't be until the end of May. I'm hoping someone else has been in my position and will be able to help me out! I'm picturing myself being stuck with just extra strength Tylenol after my surgery. I really hope there's a better option!
One month from today!
I've been waiting for this surgery for so long, it's hard to believe that it's only a month away. I am getting really anxious to get it over with, but I'm trying to focus on preparing for the surgery to keep me busy. I will be doing lots of cleaning, shopping and meal planning when it gets a little closer. For now I am trying to prepare for the recovery. I have been trying to find an affordable short sleeve zip front top. I saw that some people buy Juicy brand short sleeve zip hoodies, but there's no way I'm spending $80+ for something that isn't really my style anyway. I found some short sleeve zip hoodies on the Macy's website. They are $21.98 each, and sometimes there are sales to bring the price down even more. So I'm going to go to Macy's when I can to pick one up. The brand is Style & Co and they come in black, pink, and white. I thought I'd share for the other ladies who will be getting surgeries this summer.
As you can see from my pictures, I have a terrible "farmer's tan". I always wear modest tops, so my chest and shoulders are so white. My arms are getting pretty dark now that summer is approaching. How do I get rid of this farmers tan? My husband suggested a spray tan, but I'm not sure if that would even help. Maybe a self tanner on the white areas first? If you have a self tanner that you love, please let me know which one it is and any tips or tricks would be helpful! If I'm getting new boobs, then I want to feel confident at the pool later this summer! I don't want weird tan lines making me uncomfortable. Also, I ordered a new swimsuit and can't wait to have the boobs to go with it. ;)
I want to get some silicone scar sheets for after my surgery. I did a search on Amazon and found the Scar Away sheets that I've seen lots of ladies on here using. I'm not sure how practical those would be for an anchor lift though. There were silicone scar sheets specifically for anchor breast lifts and I'm wondering if any of you lovely ladies have tried them. If not, what type of scar treatment are you using?
Second thoughts on implants
The last couple of days I have had some serious second thoughts on getting implants with my lift. I feel like they add so many extra possible complications and of course the surgery would be a lot less expensive if I decided to just get the lift. I had been so confident with my decision, so I don't know what's going on. My surgery is just over 2 weeks away, so maybe it's just finally sinking in that this is actually happening. Has anyone changed their mind 2 weeks before their surgery? I am going to look at some reviews of just lifts and see how I feel.
Only one more week!
I'm one week away from saying goodbye to these old lady boobs. I have my pre-op tomorrow and then surgery next week! In case you didn't see in the comments, I've decided to stick with my original decision and go ahead with the plan to get small implants with my lift.
I am finally adding some nude befores because the pictures that others have shared have been so helpful to me. Just taking those pictures was so painful. :( I am so ready to feel my age when I look in the mirror. I've felt like I've ha old lady boobs since I was in my early 20's!
I'm getting a little nervous for my pre-op tomorrow. I have tons of questions to ask, so hopefully the surgery coordinator will be ready for them. ;)
I have read a few people talking about Coobie bras, so I finally looked them up last night. I found a buy one get one free promo code on retailmenot. I got a white scoop neck one with a pink polka dot band and a hot pink one with lace.
Any advice for the last week before surgery or questions to ask at my pre-op would be great! Thanks ladies!
A few more wish pics
I'm trying to look at some pictures today to make sure I'm prepared for my pre-op tomorrow. This is the look that I am hoping for.
Had my pre-op
I went to my pre-op this afternoon and surgery is in less than a week! I thoughts would feel really nervous and anxious after today, but I actually feel really calm and confident. I didn't actually see Dr. Hu today. I met with Amanda the surgery coordinator. She was really helpful and kept reassuring me that she was going to be in the surgery with my PS and that she would make sure he knew exactly what I said about what look I want. At this point she said that she will bring in both high profile and moderate profile implants starting at around 230ccs and up to 375ccs. She knows that I am worried about being too big and said that she trusts that the doctor will do exactly what I want and that I'll be very happy with the results. She also said not to worry about the HP being too high since my starting point is different than the ladies with small breasts who are just getting implants. She said realistically I couldn't get that super high look with a small implant anyway. I would have to get a big implant and they won't even have any of those with them in the surgery center. This eased my fears a ton since my main concern is waking up with giant boobs that are up to my chin.
I asked about post-op care for the incisions and she said that I'll have dissolvable sutures and steri-strips. The steri-strips will stay on until my one week post-op appoitment and they'll take them off for me. I asked when I can shower post op and she said not for a WEEK! This is honestly one of the scariest things I heard today concerning the surgery. I am OCD about cleanliness and grooming habits. I know that sponge baths are okay, but I am going to feel so icky. :( I really hope that sponge baths and washing my hair in the sink won't be too horrible. I already told my husband that I might need him to take me to the salon sometime that week so I can get my hair washed and blown out. Has anyone else had to wait a whole week to shower?
I'm the type to always have my nails done, and I asked her about the no nail polish rule. She said they are strict about no deodorant, lotion, make up etc. She said I can do whatever I want to my nails though. I'm happy about that.
I also asked her whether or not I would have a tube in my throat for the surgery and she said yes. I'm a little concerned about having a sore throat after, but I will pack throat lozenges for the hotel stay. The surgery center is an hour and a half away from where I live, so my husband and I are staying at a hotel a few miles from there for the first night. My sister will be staying with my kids. I'm so thankful that I'll get some peace and quiet that first night.
Picked up my prescriptions
I did not anticipate having such a hard time with getting my prescriptions filled. My PS prescribed Zorfran for nausea, Keflex which is an antibiotic, and Percocet for pain. I spent 4 and a half hours of my day today trying to get those filled! The first two pharmacies didn't carry Percocet and finally I found one that could fill it, but it's about 45 minutes away from my house. I drove over there and then they said it would be an hour and a half wait. I would have been fine to go home and come back later if it wasn't such a long drive. I had my 2 year old with me, so I went to the mall to have him play in the play area. The pharmacy took close to 2 hours to fill them. The good news is that my insurance covered them and I only paid $12 total. That was a nice surprise after dealing with all of the driving around and trying to keep my toddler busy for so long.
If you read one of my previous updates, I had been told by a different doctor that I'm allergic to codiene and not to take Percocet again. I talked to my PS about the itching that I experienced on Percocet before and he still felt okay prescribing Percocet. He said I can take Benadryl with the Percocet if I start getting too itchy. I double checked with the pharmacist and she said the Benadryl will be fine to take and should help with the itching. She did say that I will be very sleepy and to only take it if I'm going to be able to sleep for awhile after. Hopefully I will get off of the Percocet after a few days anyway. Hopefully some of this information will help you ladies who are still waiting for your big day. Only a few more days for me! :)
I got my Coobie bras in the mail today. I got them with a BOGO deal that I found online. Hopefully these will fit well and look nice when I'm ready to stop wearing my medical bra/zip front sports bras.
It's finally here!
5 Jun 2014
Day of treatment
My surgery starts in less than two hours! I'm feeling good so far this morning. I got up at 5am, showered with Dial antibacterial body wash and then blow dried my hair. I can't wear any makeup, jewelry, lotion, deodorant etc today so it didn't take long to get ready. I had to start fasting at midnight so I haven't had anything to eat or drink. I am feeling slightly nauseated, but I think it's nerves and the fact that my stomach is empty.
I will update as soon as I'm able to after surgery. Wish me luck ladies!
I have boobs!
5 Jun 2014
Day of treatment
Thank you for the kind words, ladies! I am all done and settling into the hotel. I am in way more pain than I thought I would be in. They gave me 2 Percocets before I left and I feel a burning, searing pain. I vomited in the car on the way to the hotel. When hubby was helping me into the hotel bed, I put one arm down to help scoot myself into bed and I screamed out in pain and sobbed for a few minutes. That was a bad, bad idea. I just didn't even think about it, probably because of the meds and just getting out of general anesthesia. I'm starting to ice as soon and hubby gets the ice packs ready. I'll post more later. Oh, and I got a full anchor lift with 350 ccs HP silicone implants under the muscle.
5 Jun 2014
Day of treatment
My husband just said it was 325ccs. I'm still pretty out of it.
Feeling better today
I am happy to report that I am feeling way better today than I did yesterday. I can move around a little on my own and I can move my arms more than I could yesterday. My chest muscles feel like they're constantly flexed and can't relax. I'm not sure why my PS didn't prescribe a muscle relaxer, because that would probably help a lot.
I had my first post-op appointment earlier today. It was just a very quick check up to make sure that everything is okay so far. He took off the bra, and that was the first time I got to see my new girls. They are really high and tight and swollen right now, but they are a good shape and I am very pleased.
I am experiencing less pain, but I am having a lot of pressure and discomfort. I feel like my breasts are so full that they are just going to explode any minute now.
I have spent most of my time in my recliner since I got home yesterday. It's comfortable and easy to get in and out of. My neck and back are starting to get sore though. I bought a neck pillow and was using it last night. I'm not sure if it was helping or not. I have still been icing on and off and that does help a lot.
Out of pain killers
My husband has been the one getting my pills for me, and I just realized that I only have two Percocets left. I guess I'm switching to Tylenol sooner than I had planned. I just took 2 Extra Strength Tylenols and the bottle says to take 2 every 6 hours. I had been taking 1-2 Percocets every 3-4 hours. I hope that my pain doesn't get out of control now. For those who have had their surgery already, how soon did you switch to Tylenol and what was your dosage?
I'm at the "depressed" stage
I was really hoping to avoid the regret and depression stage, but I'm starting to wonder why I put myself and my family through all of this. I am still in a lot of pain and can hardly get downstairs to spend time with my family. I know my boys are having a hard time with me spending so much time away from them, and I know that it's hard for my husband to take care of them and make sure that I have what I need too. I am a very independent person and I hate not being able to take care of myself. I haven't even felt up for having a proper sponge bath yet. MY PS doesn't want me to shower until Thursday, so I'm sure that's contributing to my discouragement. Did anyone have to wash your hair in a sink after surgery? I feel like any position would be painful, so my hair hasnt been washed since Thursday morning before surgery. I could really use some encouragement today.
My incision sites are starting to get really itchy. I've read that itching is actually a good sign because that means they're starting to heal. I wish I could take the strips off though and see what's going on under them. I was looking in the mirror last night and noticed some bruising on the underside of my left breast. My left arm is the one that I used to support myself the first day and felt so much pain right away. I wonder if the bruising could be from that. It seriously felt like I had pulled something when I put my weight on my arm. I don't see my PS again until Friday afternoon, so I'll see how the bruising looks then.
Not much else to report this morning other than the fact that I'm tired of being in the recliner. I spend 99% of my day and night either in my recliner upstairs or in one downstairs. I might attempt to go on a walk today, but it's going to be over 100 degrees so that may not work. I am just getting stir crazy and so stiff and uncomfortable from sitting in the same position all the time. I hope everyone else is doing well.
I finally washed up and then had my husband wash my hair. I feel so much better now. I know I was worried about logistics, so I'll share what I did in case it might help someone else. I bought some disposable wash cloths that came with soap already in them. I'm not allowed to get my steri-strips wet, so I kept my bra on and stood in the shower. We have a detachable shower head and my husband got that down for me and got the water ready. I used the shower head to wet my lower body and used the wash cloth to clean everything below my bra. Then I rinsed off and put the shower head down. I used the wash cloth for my arms and underarms. Then rinsed it out really well and used the rinsed out washcloth to rinse off my arms and underarms. Then I washed my face with my normal face wash being extra careful not to let water run down onto my bra. I got out and dried off and then my husband had my kneel on a towel next to the tub and lean my head into the tub for him to wash it. I had a towel wrapped around me and it's good that I did because it got soaked. I'm nice and clean now and feel so much better. I wish I would have forced myself to do this sooner.
Played a little dress up today.
I spent the morning with my family and then I took a long nap. I felt pretty good so I decided to play a little dress up.
So much better
I switched to a Coobie bra to wear to bed tonight and it is a million times more comfortable than the medical bra. I will still wear the medical bra during the day, but it is so tight on my lower incisions that it was making me crazy. The Coobie sits a little lower and doesn't rub on my incisions as much.
One week post op
One week ago today I was on my way to the surgery center with nervous excitement about my procedure. Today I am feeling pretty good. I have pretty good range of motion now. I can reach and bend etc. I am so tired of sleeping on my back though. Last night I was so tempted to just sleep on my side, but my instructions are to wait until two weeks post op before sleeping on my side. I started the night out in my bed and then switched to the recliner. I never fell back asleep, so I've been up since around 4 am.
I got to take my first "real" shower since surgery this morning. I still showered with the Dial antibacterial body wash since I still have it, and figured it can't hurt. When I got out of the shower I used my blow dryer on low to dry my steri-strips. I read that tip somewhere on RS. I have a post op appointment tomorrow and the PS is going to take off the steri strips and after that I can start using silicone sheets. I'm nervous to see what's under the strips, because I see a lot of black under there. I don't know if it's stitches, or glue or scabbing that I'm seeing. I will ask my PS tomorrow what it is. I took a few pictures this morning. I am so, so happy with how I look in bras and clothing. (The pictures don't do justice!) I'm not in love with them nude yet, but I still have a long ways to go as far as healing is concerned. I am very happy overall and even though the first couple of days were rough, I'd still do it again.
One week post op appointment
I had my one week post op appointment this afternoon. It was really quick. He took off my steri strips and told me that I can start massaging them. He showed me how to do the massage and told me not to start working out yet. That was about it. I put some Bio Oil on tonight and then tomorrow I will start using silicone sheets.
Silicone scar sheets
Is anyone using these? I hope someone can give some tips to help me out, because I'm already finding them to be sort of a pain. I put them on after my shower yesterday. Putting them on wasn't so bad other than the fact that I needed a ton because there is a lot of area to cover with an anchor scar on each breast. Taking them off, washing and storing is what is difficult at this point. The silicone side of the sheets are ridiculously sticky so they're really annoying to handle because they stick to my hands, fold and stick to themselves, stick to the other sheets etc. Washing each individual sheet is somewhat time consuming, and I can't really stick them all inside of the little case that comes with them because I need to use so many sheets. Any tips for storage? Maybe I will just use a larger Tupperware container...not sure what else to do. Any advice or tips would be wonderful! Also, for reference I am slathering on Bio Oil at night after I take the sheets off. I use it on my whole breast because they're a little dry and itchy.
Some new pics
I need to have my husband take some more pictures because it's hard to really get good pictures on my own. I took some new ones this morning though, so I'll post them anyway.
I got my Coobie Comfort bras in the mail yesterday. I ordered a medium and they are very, very snug. I think I'm still a little swollen though, so they'll probably fit better once the girls settle down a bit.
I'm feeling pretty good for the most part. I do get sore, but I'm off pain meds except for the occasional Tylenol. I have some very dry and irritated skin at the bottom of my breasts. I've been using Bio Oil on the irritated skin and it's not helping. I tried Aquaphor this morning so I'm hoping it will take care of the issue. Has anyone else gone through that? It looks a lot like the bottom of my belly did at the very end of my pregnancy when the skin was stretched so tight.
3 weeks post op
It's been 3 weeks today and I'm feeling really good. I've started sleeping on my side again, and I'm able to do most household chores now. I was going crazy with just sitting around and not being able to do much. I'm used to constantly moving, so it's nice to start getting back to normal. My breasts are nice and soft now and I can tell that they're dropping. Hopefully they won't drop too much more! I like them now! :) I'm still using Aquaphor and Bio Oil on the tight skin at the bottom of my breasts day and night. I use silicone sheets on my incisions during the day.
I'm at the dentist for my annual exam/X-rays/cleaning. The paperwork asked if I've had any operations or been on any medications since my last appointment. Of course I disclosed my lift/aug. They want to have my PS fill out paperwork before they will do anything. Why would my surgery affect a dental exam and cleaning? Ugh. My PS is in surgery right now and they can't get a hold of him. Anyone else deal with this?
Same white shirt, different bra
I took some pictures in this white shirt only a few days post op. I had my surgical bra on in those pictures and I just put it on with a different wireless bra. I feel like my boobs look huge now! My husband likes the look though. ;)
Antibiotics before any dentist appointment
My dentist heard back from my PS and he wants me to take antibiotics before any dentist appointment for a full year. My dentist called in a prescription for amoxicillin and I need to take it one hour before my dentist appointment.
Red spots on areola
My left breast is looking great. I have some concerns about my right areola though. I have two red spots and I'm not sure what they are. I've read about spitting stitches and I'm wondering if that's what's happening...has anyone had spots like this? Sorry the picture isn't great. I had a hard time getting a good picture. They're more red in person.
6 weeks post OP
I just wanted to add some new pictures. I don't see much difference, but I want to make sure I have current pictures. The red spots are still there. I also have been breaking out a lot of my chest lately. I don't know if it's related to the surgery, or maybe the Bio Oil? I have an appointment with my PS in an hour so I'll ask him if I need to do anything about the spots and see what he says about my skin breaking out so much. He said I can get sized for a bra at 6 weeks today so I'm going to the mall across the street from his office after my appointment to get sized. I've read that Soma is better than Victoria's Secret for getting sized, so that's where I'm going. I'll update after my appointment and bra fitting if anything interesting happens. :)
I had my 6 week appointment earlier today. It was really quick. My PS took my first set of after pictures and told me that I can start working out again. He comfirmed that the red spots are stitches trying to come back through the skin and said I don't have to do anything special to them. I asked about the breakouts and he said it is heat rash. He said I could go without a bra for a bit to air out and that might help. I don't feel comfortable doing that, so I guess I'll just deal with it and try to stay cool.
I went to Soma to get sized after my appointment. I measured at a 32-34 C! What?? I told the lady who was helping me that there was no way that I was a C, and that I had to be at least a D. She said we could start with a 34D and go from there. I put on the 34D and it was ridiculously small. I had her come in the fitting room to see how tiny it was on me. She came back with a 34DD and I tried it on, but it was still small. She finally came back with several 34DDD bras and they all fit pretty well. I was NOT expecting to be a DDD, but I'm just glad that I found some bras that fit me well. Ever since the surgery I have been bulging out of every bra. I hadn't thought to size all the way up to a DDD though, so that's why. I ended up getting 3 bras there. The Embraceable style was on sale 2 for $59. The Vanishing Back was $48. I love it the Vanishing Back one! They were all comfortable though. I am visiting family for the weekend and don't have a good way to take pictures of me in the bras. I'll post pictures of the bras though. Even though my sizing was way off, I would still recommend going to Soma for bras. The lady was so helpful and not pushy at all. She spent a good 30+ minutes with me bringing me back bras in all different sizes and styles and checking the fit for each bra.
Finally exercising again!
I was cleared to exercise again so tonight I walked on the treadmill. I was surprised that I still fit into my old sports bra and it was actually comfortable. I feel good after walking. I think I'll wait awhile before I go back to Zumba though.
Soma Clearance Sale!
When I bought my bras at Soma I got put on the email list. I got an email this morning that they are doing a big clearance event with 75% off! There are a bunch of cute pjs. I know when I was getting ready for my surgery I was having a really hard time finding cute button down tops, especially short sleeve tops. I just found a cute pj top on the Soma website for $5! And there is a free shipping code:12791. I just wanted to share what I found in case anyone is looking for comfy pjs, especially those prepping for surgery. The bras are on sale too, but not too many options for DDD. :-/
Back massage post op?
My husband and I are going on a little weekend getaway and I booked a couples massage for us last night. Then I started getting worried that I won't be able to lay on my stomach for a massage, especially with pressure being put on my back. It's at Massage Envy, and I read online that some ladies have gotten massages there after BA and the massage therapist uses a special pillow to keep the weight off of the breasts. I'm curious to see if anyone on here has actually had a massage post op using those pillows though. I'll be 10 weeks post op when I get the massage. Thanks ladies! :)
No bra! :D
I found this swimsuit cover up in my closet today while I was looking for clothes to wear on my beach getaway. I tried it on without a bra just for fun. I love having full and perky breasts!
11 week update
23 Aug 2014
2 months post
I was going to update last week after my massage, but I have been busy and haven't had a chance. My husband and I had our weekend get away last week and it was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy ourselves. I felt confident with my body so I was able to wear some outfits that I wouldn't have worn before. The couples massage we got was okay, but it definitely wasn't as comfortable as the ones I got prior to my surgery. My massage therapist had me on my back at first and worked on my neck, shoulders and scalp. That felt great and I enjoyed that part. I had told her about the implants and that I hadn't even tried laying on my stomach yet. So she had me try out a breast pillow when she was ready to massage my back. The breast pillow made it so uncomfortable though. I posted a picture so that you can see what it looks like. It was at an incline, so that wasn't comfortable at all. Plus the little piece that goes between the breasts was way too wide for me. My breasts are close together so it just didn't work well for me at all. I had her just take it away and I tried laying flat on my stomach. It was pretty uncomfortable, especially when she was massaging my back. I'm going to wait awhile before I try to get another massage.
Not much else is going on with my healing other than the fact that the red spots I had are starting to go away. One suture did poke through and I pulled it out. It came out very easily. There's one other suture that poked through, but it is staying put even when I tried to grab it with tweezers. My PS said to just trim it so that it's flush with my skin so that's what I did for now.
I am slightly disappointed with one of my breasts. I really like my left side, but my right almost seems like it's starting to sag again already. I know we're our own worst critics so I'm curious what you guys think and whether or not you think I should bring it up to my PS. Thanks ladies!
Random red spot
In the last couple of days I've developed a red spot on my breast. It's not along the incision, so I don't know what it could be. It doesn't hurt or itch. That breast is soft and has no pain, so I don't think it's infected. Has anyone had a spot on the breast like this? Do you know what it could be?
Almost 6 months
27 Nov 2014
5 months post
It's been awhile since I've been on here. I haven't had much to update about, but in the last couple of weeks I've noticed that my left breast is looking a little odd. It doesn't have the round shape that it had before. It seems as though the implant is way up high again or just in a weird spot. I am not exactly thrilled at how my scars are healing because they have widened quite a bit. I haven't been using any scar treatments though, so that could be my fault. I will be scheduling my 6 month checkup with my PS soon, and I'll definitely ask him about the odd shape of my left breast. I'm interested to see if anyone else has experienced this or has any thoughts about why the shape would change like that. Thanks ladies and happy Thanksgiving!
Capsular Contracture Confirmed
13 Dec 2014
6 months post
I had my 6 month post op appointment with my PS yesterday and he confirmed that I do have capsular contracture in my left breast. He said that my right side hasn't bottomed out and is in a good position. He said that I don't have to do anything about the CC immediately. He had me talk to Amanda, his patient coordinator about my options. Basically, if I want to fix it my only option is to have another surgery. She said that it would cost $2,500. The good news is that the recovery should be way easier than the first surgery. She said if I got the surgery on a Thursday I should be feeling pretty close to normal by Monday. I'm disappointed that after spending so much on the lift and implants I will eventually need to pay $2,500 more to look decent. We can't afford to fix it right now, so I'm holding off until Springtime. I'm interested in hearing from others who have had surgery to repair CC.
Surgery date scheduled for capsular contracture
21 Jan 2015
7 months post
I will be having my pre-OP on February 20th and will have surgery on March 10th. I am not thrilled at the idea of being under general anesthesia and being cut open again, but I'm trying to hope for the best. When I have my pre-OP I am going to ask my PS what we can do about the discoloration surrounding my incisions/scars. At my 6 month appointment he said that it's not a widening of the scar, it's actually areola that got misplaced during the first surgery. He said he can fix it, but I want to make sure it's not an extra cost. I didn't take pictures this time, but you can see what I'm talking about in the pictures a couple of posts up.
Trying out a new swimsuit for a little trip with my husband
30 Jan 2015
7 months post
I'm actually starting to get excited to fix my CC. I am tired of having one wonky breast. I was so worried to try on a swimsuit because I was scared the CC would be obvious. I can tell that one side is a bit higher than the other, but I don't think it's a huge deal. Hopefully after the CC correction I will be happy with my results. I ordered some Pracasil Plus scar cream the other day, and I hope I get good results with it.
Had my pre-OP
21 Feb 2015
8 months post
I had my pre-op appointment with Dr. Hu yesterday. He took some new measurements and updated my paperwork. He felt both of my breasts again and said that because my left breast is so hard he can't do the capsulotomy. He said that just scoring the capsule won't do any good, so he'll he be doing a capsulectomy on my left breast. He said that the chance of CC reoccurrence is only 15% with this procedure. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best!
The price as of right now is $2,900, which is obviously more than I would like to spend. Amanda, his surgery coordinator said that she'll do her best to see if she can get the price down at all for me. So hopefully she'll be able to lower it at least a little.
I had to go to the lab to get my pre-op blood work taken after my appointment and was given my prescriptions. (I had such a hard time getting Percocet the last time, so I am going to make sure I give myself plenty of time to get the prescriptions this time around.) My surgery instructions are the same this time around as the last time. I basically need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory meds (Ibuprofen) 2 weeks before the surgery, wash with antibacterial dial soap the morning of, no makeup, deodorant, lotions etc the morning of. I can't shower for 5 days post-OP again and that is probably going to be the hardest part for me again.
Surgery tomorrow morning
I have my capsulectomy scheduled for tomorrow and my period started yesterday. Not really looking forward to dealing with my period and recovery at the same time. My surgeon said this recovery will be way easier than my original surgery, so hopefully that's true. I'm not feeling too nervous about tomorrow yet. I'll probably start feeling it when we get to the surgery center in the morning. Wish me luck!
Lefty is soft again!
10 Mar 2015
9 months post
I had my surgery this morning and I've been sleeping it off for the last couple of hours. Dr. Hu's office called me yesterday and said they were able to get the price down to $2,000. I'm so glad that it ended up being $900 less than what my previous quote was. Amanda, the surgery coordinator has been wonderful about this whole situation. She really felt bad that I had to pay so much to correct the issue and found a way to lower the cost for me.
I didn't really feel nervous about this surgery since I knew it would be a lot easier than the last one. I got up early this morning because I was the first surgery of the day. Getting ready was pretty fast since I couldn't wear makeup or any lotions, moisturizers etc. I just showered with Dial antibacterial body wash and then blow dried/flat ironed my hair. I can't shower for 5 days post-OP so I wanted to start with good hair. ;)
Arrival to the surgery center went pretty much the same as last time. I signed some papers and then they took me back and had me put on a gown and got an IV started. When Dr. Hu got there he took some final "before" pictures and marked where he was going to take away some of the pigmentation from my vertical incision. The anesthetist gave me a shot of something into my IV and I had to walk myself back to the OR. I was already incredibly woozy by the time that I laid down on the table and don't remember anything else until I was waking up. It was terribly hard to open my eyes and get up. I could have napped there all day, but they kept talking to me to get me up. Thankfully, this time I woke up with only very minor pain and no nausea. Last time I had a burning, searing pain and kept vomiting. We stopped at Sonic on the way home and I got a strawberry lime ice cream slush. It was amazing and I could seriously have another right now. I'm so glad I'm not so sick this time. I did take a Percocet with my slush, and it helped to take care of the little bit of pain I was having. I've been dozing in a recliner since I got home and will start icing soon.
The great news is that my left breast already feels nice and soft. I'm not feeling up to opening my bra at the moment, so this is the best picture I can get for now. I have a follow up appointment tomorrow and will wait until then to see what the incision looks like. I forgot to take Arnica this time, so I don't know if I'll have any bruising. It doesn't look swollen, but I'll take some Arnica now just in case.
1 day post-OP
11 Mar 2015
9 months post
I slept okay last night other than dealing with lots of itching from the Percocet. I take a Benadryl every 4-6 hours, but the itching is still there. I have been camped out on my recliner in my bedroom and I'm enjoying my rest. I was able to give myself a little sponge bath this morning and I'm feeling good. I have my follow up appointment with Dr. Hu this afternoon. I got curious about what was going on under the bra, so I snuck a few pictures. The shape is a little odd, but I'm sure it will round out in time.
Not feeling great
14 Mar 2015
9 months post
I haven't been in much pain at all, but I have had a general feeling of being "under the weather". I know my body is recovering, so I need to remind myself to take it easy and not push myself. I went to a friend's baby shower today and it was hard to have fun when I was just feeling icky. I'm forcing myself to spend some time alone in my recliner for a bit. I did take a few new pictures this morning.
2 weeks post capsulecomy
25 Mar 2015
9 months post
I'm feeling really good at this point and so glad I went ahead with the surgery to fix the CC. My left breast is nice and soft, and I'm not in any pain. I just hope that as the capsule forms the size will even out a bit. It's not noticeable in clothing, but the left is now smaller than the right. I took some pictures in a bikini for fun this morning to see how it looks without the CC.