BA to Restore Fullness After Breastfeeding! - Vancouver, BC
As a teen and a young adult, I was always happy...
some pics, between 3 days and 20 days post op
Grr! captions with dates on pics didnt post!
Full body pics and new bathing suits!
Not what I expected..
Here it is in all its glory..
La Senza frustrations
Scars and fluff
7 Week Update
I don't have a strapless bra yet and don't really want to wear one anyway, so I bought some nipple covers to wear with my strapless dresses. I bought the reusable silicone ones thinking that they'd be perfect, but they made my nipples look puffy and weird! They might be ok under something a little looser but definitely look bad under tight tops and dresses. So then I tried the little flower shaped disposable ones, and they actually worked out a bit better. I think you would still be able to see them under many clothes but they worked with what I was wearing and don't make your nipples look puffy! Speaking of dresses.. I bought a new dress last week and I'm so excited about it!! I'm sure anyone else looking at it wouldn't think its anything special, but its special to me, because its a style I would have never worn before and it feels so good to be able to wear it! It has an open back, have always loved open back styles and the dresses with pretty cut outs but of course would never wear them.. just admired them and wished I could wear them. So happy I can now :).
I'm adding a few new pics of boobs although I don't think there's any difference from last week, also adding a couple pics in a bikini top from my first post, definitely a difference in those!
New Dress :)
Two months post op.. already?!
Faced quite the challenge the other day.. I had to go into VS to buy a gift card for a bridal shower gift.. It was SO hard to go in there and not try on bras. I couldn't even look at them. I told myself 3 months and I'm sticking to it!! Got a few pairs of cute panties instead.. I couldn't walk out of there completely empty handed right?!!
10 week Update. And a heads up..
Onto another topic.. I have read my share of reviews on here and its apparent that post op constipation is a very common occurrence. I was one of the few lucky ones who wasn't affected, which I thought was because I didn't take any pain meds, but I just realized it could have also been because of the "Holy Crap" I ate for 3 mornings after surgery. Seriously. I'm not sure if you guys have ever heard of it but I have never seen it mentioned on here so I thought I would share. It's like a little cereal blend made mostly of flax seeds and chia. There's 6 grams of fiber in only 2 tbsps! And its certified gluten free, so all you Celiac/gluten sensitive ladies can enjoy its effects too lol. I'm not actually sure if it's sold in the US but its definitely worth looking for. I got it at Nature's Fare, a little organic/health food grocer. I know most of you ladies are past this issue but hopefully this can help some pre op girls. Or anyone who's bowels are feeling sluggish ;)
Now last but not least.. I had been seeing some comments from a certain user on other girls reviews that I thought were kind of strange. I had a feeling it was a guy. Well turns out I was right, so if you ladies get any comments from "RealGeebs" just be aware that its a male. I know that some of you may be ok with this, but I personally am not. I'm not naïve, I'm aware that there are probably lots of men who creep the site and look at our boobs, but the fact that this one feels the need to share his 2 cents really rubs me the wrong way. Mostly because none of his comments are encouraging or informative. All he does is try to discourage women from getting anything over a B cup.. because he personally doesn't like large breasts. Or tries to discourage them from getting implants at all.. WHAT THE F#@*!!! Nobody asked you!! I clicked on his name and he doesn't have a profile- of course he doesn't, he has no reason to be here. So I went to someone else's review where I could reply to his comment, and basically asked him why he comments on here when all he does is try to discourage women. I also tried to explain that this part of the site is for women to encourage and support other women, and that generally we don't care what men (other than our own significant others) think because we did this for OURSELVES.. not creepy random men. I'm sure he is thoroughly annoyed at me and will probably come leave some nasty remark on my review, but I felt like something needed to be said. What are your thoughts ladies?
Some new photos
Some pics for the HP haters
3 Months.. bras finally!! (now I know my size!)
As you already know, my cell phone was stolen... what I never mentioned was that I thought I knew who stole it (of course there was no way to prove it and they would never admit it so not much I could do). That being said, with it being someone I know who could easily identify me by these photos, I didn't feel comfortable having naked pictures up. And who knows how many other people this person would tell! I've been thinking about this a lot, and although I still don't know for sure whether they have it or not, I've decided it doesn't matter; I'm going to post some new naked boob photos. I feel that other people's stories and photos were so helpful to me throughout this whole process and I want to be able to do the same. I know there are thousands of other reviews out there and mine isn't really necessary, but if it helps even one person then I think it's worth it. It's not like these pictures are scandalous or sexually suggestive or anything, they're just boobs! Plus I think it's important to post some pictures at this stage since this is most likely very close to my final result. I know that for some ladies it can take up to 6 months, but mine seemed to settle pretty quickly and my PS did tell me that they wouldn't be changing much now. Hope all is well with you RS ladies :)
-25 years old
-400cc Mentor smooth round high profile silicone
-crease incision, under muscle
-pre op: 34B
-ribcage 27', bwd 12
Also should mention I have one child, breastfed for 10 months
Not really an "update"..
Not sure push up bras are my friend anymore
As you already know I finally did my bra shopping last month. None of the bras I got had any padding (I actually didn't even find any in my size that did). That was fine with me, they looked plenty big enough in the lined bras. but I was thinking, it might be fun to have just one or 2 with some padding. I was browsing around La Senza's website and noticed that online, they have a few bras in a 32E. They don't carry this size in store, the largest cup they have in a 32 band is DD. They also had a deal on, buy one, get one for 15$. So I ordered 2. They aren't heavily padded (nowhere close to their double push ups) but enough to be considered a push up. They arrived within a week. I tried them on and they fit very well.. but I'm really not sure that I like the look that they give! Makes my boobs look TOO big. I will attach a few pics. I'm going to keep them in case there is the rare occasion that they seem appropriate but definitely not something I will be wearing on a regular basis! Hope all you ladies are doing well in whatever stage of your journey you are at :) xo
New boobs and old swim suits
I have a vacation coming up in a couple months and decided to sift through my bathing suit inventory. Some were just obviously too small and some had gone all crappy and lost their elasticity. I found a couple that actually fit ok (I think?) from back in the day.. you know.. the days well before my boobs faced total destruction in the aftermath of breastfeeding. Anyway, I'm pretty sure they look ok in terms of fit, but do they look tacky and outdated? Or do I only think that because I know that they are practically ancient? Opinions welcome ;)
Now onto a different topic.. this might make me sound irresponsible or silly but I'm going to share it anyway; While I was in the process of researching BA's, I refused to read the explant stories, and then about a month ago I decided to check them out. It's not that I was in denial about the fact that things could go wrong, I just didn't want to read about it. Dumb, I know.. I should have educated myself from all aspects. But now that I have had my BA I have absolutely no regrets about it, so I am honestly very glad I didn't read those explant reviews, because some of the stuff in there could have made me change my mind! I actually felt a sense of relief after reading some of them, because I do not identify with any of their reasoning for wanting their implants removed. Women complained that their boobs got in the way or hindered their lifestyle, or that they always felt like foreign objects.. there were quite a few who said they knew immediately after surgery that they made a mistake and that they would hate them from that day forward. I also read a few in which women said they just didn't feel like themselves, or felt like they were trying to be someone they are not. For me personally, its the opposite! My new boobs have made me feel more like myself again! I just never felt right with the boobs I was left with after breastfeeding. Some women had their implants for years and loved them for a long time, and then just started to feel that they were too big or it wasn't the look they wanted anymore. And then there are the ones who believe that their implants were causing health issues.. There were many reasons, and although I cannot relate to any of them right now, who knows how we will feel about our implants in the future. I just feel grateful that I have had an awesome experience so far, and don't have any of the negative feelings that so many of those women had.
I'm adding a few pics and I apologize that they are boring and repetitive but I also think its good to show that some women are done changing after only a couple months. I will add some scar pics, I made sure to take these in good natural lighting so that they are accurate.
Oh and one more thing- I HATE this new RS format. It looks like crap, its annoying to scroll through, and to me, it makes the comments confusing rather than organized. Community managers.. do you have any input on this?? Tell who ever is in charge that it sucks. And since the format changed, I no longer get email notifications when people update their reviews. I went in my settings to see if I had accidentally changed it but I didn't. Is anyone else having this problem??
I have my last post op appointment coming up in a few weeks, and if I am able to get my official "befores" I will post them!
Online shopping success!
6 months post op... and a pre op pic FINALLY!
I also asked him for my pre op pictures, and for some reason he only gave me one which I suppose is better than nothing but I really would have liked to have been able to post a side view. They weren't horrendous or deformed or anything but you will definitely see what I mean about the deflation.
I made sure to address the one concern that I do have, and that is the fact that if I touch under my boobs like right along the crease, I can feel the implant a little. This is the only place I can feel it. I asked him if it was normal and if it meant I had a higher chance of bottoming out. He said no. He said that its very common because the implant is very close to the skin in that spot, because the muscle doesn't cover it. It actually doesn't bother me at all, but I just wanted to make sure it was normal!
So how am I feeling about my boobs at 6 months? I think they are great. Exactly what I wanted. I would do this procedure all over again, without hesitation, no regrets. As for my boobs themselves, I don't think they have really changed in the last few months.
I am gonna add a bunch of pictures, a lot of them are probably repetitive but I just thought I would add anything I took in the last month, which also shows that they haven't changed.
One more thing before I go- I just want to say thank you to every single person who takes or has taken the time to read my posts and/or comment on my review. I truly appreciate it so much and I hope I have been as helpful as so many others on this site have been to me :)
Not So Subtle "Sweater Kittens"
I shouldn't complain. I like the size of my boobs.. 95% of the time.
Hope all is well with the RS ladies :)
**7 Month Update**
Totally not boob related, but kind of funny; numerous people have told me lately that I look like Ariana Grande. To me, she looks like she's 14 lol. Years ago I used to dye my hair black, and people told me I looked like Kim Kardashian. Kind of strange that when I was younger, I got told that I looked like an older celeb.. and now that I am a little older, I'm being told I look like a younger one, but hey, I'll take it.
Before I go, I just want to wish all of you lovely ladies a Merry Christmas (or anything else you may celebrate.. Hanukkah, Kwanza etc.. :) ) and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy new year. Good luck to all pre op ladies and happy continued healing to all post op!
Massage Video as requested. Plus squish and bounce demo
Just can't help it!
Love these bralettes :)
I don't have much to report on, no changes in the boobs in either look or feel. Just wanted to share my new purchase in case others might like them too :). Also including some pics of the girls at (almost) 8 months, and a couple more in a sports bra.. I have pics in this sports bra in my early post op photos and it looks much different (and much better) now!
8.5 months post op, vacation, and weight gain...
So I finally went on vacation with the new girls! I wasn't really sure how I would feel about wearing a bathing suit, and having them so exposed. I probably wouldn't have cared much if it was all strangers but we went with a large group, including my best friend and her family who I have known almost my whole life. Obviously my bff knows, but her mom is the kind of person I would NOT want knowing. But when I put on my bikini, I felt surprisingly confident. I think maybe because I don't think they really look fake. I found myself looking for other fake boobs haha (have any of you also done this?!) but I couldn't really spot any. I'm sure there must have been.. maybe they just had excellent results or very conservative sizes? On about the 5th day in I finally spotted one girl, but there was no way anyone could have missed her.. she was SO thin (probably a good 25 pounds under weight) and had massive boobs, the ones that look like melons shoved under the skin. It really looked so terrible, I actually found myself feeling bad for her. I wasn't going to say anything, and then my girlfriend goes, "thank God your boobs don't look like THAT!!". Clearly her implants were way to large for her little frame, but it still made me feel really grateful that I got good results and that I chose a surgeon who truly has his patient's best interest at heart.
Total change of topic.. I'm not sure if this is considered strange or maybe its relatively common, but I don't really weigh myself. Maybe twice a year on average. I had to weigh myself at my pre op. Then I weighed myself about 2 months post op just out of curiosity to see what I had gained in the lazy post op period, and surprisingly weighed the same as before. For me, I just feel that stepping on the scale constantly is unnecessary and can quickly become unhealthy.. it is too easy to get caught up on a number, even though we know that everyone carries weight differently and has different muscle mass, etc. But I started noticing recently that my bras were feeling tighter and not fitting as well. So I decided it was time. Stepped on the scale and there it was.. I have gained 5 pounds! In about 6 months. Yikes!! Surprisingly I am not really seeing it or feeling it elsewhere so it must have distributed itself pretty well. I think I would like to blame the holidays.. more specifically my complete lack of dietary discipline over the holidays.. but lets just say "the holidays". I don't eat fast food or store bought junk but I am a sucker for good home made food and baked stuff. My sister's exceptional baking skills are one of my worst enemies. Anyway, I need to get my ass in gear and lose this weight, because I do NOT want to buy new bras!! I only took pics in one, but they are pretty much all fitting the same. Terrible :(.
9 Months. Plus inexpensive sports bras ;)
I have finally started exercising again.. and when I say finally I mean for the first time in like 3 years LOL. I've just found it extremely difficult to find time for work outs since I had my son. But gaining those 5 pounds gave me the kick in the ass that I needed. I don't do anything super intense or crazy, simply because I don't enjoy it and I don't want to build much muscle. Just tone up and get rid of flab. Thought I'd share a few inexpensive sports bras that are working for me. Like I said, I don't do anything crazy so these are probably only good enough for medium impact. The Marika one has great support in the band, but not enough coverage over the boobs. It works ok with a tight tank over it though. Hope all you RS ladies are well and happy healing to the newly post op :)
9.5 months. No bra vs. lined bra vs. padded bra
Hope all you RS ladies are well. Thank you to those who take the time to read my posts, and thank you to all who share their journeys as well! I believe that each and every review is helpful and valuable :)
10 Months post op. Everything is fantastic! Maybe thanks to my "special bra"?
Unfortunately my weight loss goals have been put on hold, because I've been sick forever! Nothing too serious, just a lot of sinus congestion (painful!) and that general feeling of exhaustion. Feeling crappy + chasing super active 2 year old all day = no energy for working out. So still at 116. Oh well. I think I'm going to do a cleanse, hopefully that will help me to feel energized and rejuvenated!
Adding some 10 month pics, I found that it is fun to try necklaces on while topless (at home!!) so figured I'd include some although the photos don't do the necklaces justice. Also had a moment of wishing my boobs were smaller last week while trying on a dress I ordered. I love the dress.. the lace is beautiful and it fit perfectly in the shoulders, waist, and even length (rare for me!), but I couldn't even get one button in the chest area done up. GRRR!!
Closet clean out!
I still haven't pin pointed it. Maybe it's a combination of all these things. And maybe it's not even important at all. Either way, I don't see myself wearing these clothes again! Can anyone relate to what I'm saying here or is it strange to feel this way? Took some farewell photos of the "offenders". Are they as inappropriate as I think?!
I have had some questions about my "special bra", and when I tried to do a little of my own research it still wasn't really clear as to how they can be purchased outside of Canada. So I called the boutique that I got fitted at and after explaining the situation I was able to get in touch with the woman who created this fantastic bra! I asked her how American ladies can purchase this bra and she said it is best to contact her directly through email or phone, so that she can get all the information she needs to send you a proper fit. If you are interested in contacting her just PM me, as I don't think we are allowed to leave any links or numbers in our reviews :)
*Eleven Months PO (REALLY?!)*
I was browsing Zulily a couple weeks back (daily habit) and admiring some beautiful bras in one of their events. I was hesitant to order at first because I wasn't familiar with the brand and really had no idea how they fit. But I suppose I was feeling brave that day because I went ahead and took a chance. I ordered 2, both underwire, one is a full fit unlined and the other is just lightly lined (not thick enough to fully conceal hard nips unfortunately). And guess what!? They both fit perfectly! So lucky :). I ordered 32DDD and the brand is Paramour, I am wondering if any of you ladies have experience with this brand? They look beautiful and very well made but I have no idea how they hold up over time, would love some feedback if anyone has it.
Not much else to report. Including some 11 month boobie pics as well as the new bras, and my current look in a bikini although there probably isn't any change.
Hope all is well with my lovely RS friends :)
Oh and happy 420 to those who celebrate ;-)
Bed Time Boobies and New Bras
Now onto the new bras.. Back in my 6 month PO post, I mentioned that my surgeon was unimpressed about me wearing VS bras, and I told him that I didn't like wearing my Tab Bra in public due to the pointy factor. So he told me to go to a lingerie shop called Change and get professionally fitted for an every day bra with proper support. This is terrible but I just finally got around to it yesterday. The staff were very helpful and patient and I was so impressed with the fit of the bras. They actually carry 28 bands! How rare and fantastic! They sized me at a 28 or 30H, depending on the cut of the bra. I have included a couple pics, I got two different styles so they would be fitting with different outfits. I love how the pink one helps to bring my side boob in! Makes me look a little slimmer in my opinion.
Not much else to report on. My one year boobiversary is quickly approaching! I will do a scar update some time within the next few weeks. Everything is still going well over here. Except for the occasional size frustration. Experienced another disappointment yesterday in lululemon.. I love their tight zip ups (not the scubas, usually the define or dance studio), but they just don't fit me right anymore.. the 4 is way too tight over the boobs, zipper bunches and clearly looks too small, but fits perfectly everywhere else. The 6 fits better over the boobs although still tight, but its way too big in the shoulders and sleeves! SO ANNOYING!!
Happy Birthday to my Boobies :)
Now that I am a one year "veteran" of RS lol there are a couple things I would like to share my opinion on. These are just things that I have seen brought up time and time again, and although they aren't issues I was personally affected by, maybe giving this insight will be helpful to others.
#1: Don't let boob greed consume you.
I believe there are two types of boob greed. The first type is legitimate, genuine boob greed, when a woman truly feels that her new breasts are unproportional to her body and she is depressed almost daily because of it. The second type is boob greed induced by seeing breasts larger than your own. This second type is mostly what I want to talk about.
Don't let your mind trick you into thinking that you should have gone bigger just because you see others with similar stats doing so. For me, its the opposite. When I see girls with a similar stature or more petite than myself wanting or getting huge implants, I'm thinking, "what the heck...?!?". But if that's what make makes them happy, then that's alright and no explanation is owed to anyone. We all have different desires and opinions and reasons which is a great thing. But you just have to be sure that you are being true to what you want and not being influenced by what those around you are doing. I have a feeling that if women with boob greed stopped comparing themselves to others and took time to focus on themselves, they would end up being a whole lot happier with their results.
#2: Don't obsess over achieving a specific bra size.
Trust me, this will do you no good. I find bra sizes to be almost irrelevant when it comes to determining breast size, because they vary so much between manufacturers and styles. Not only that, but most women don't look their cup size anyway. Example: I have bras in 32DDD, 32E, 30H, and 28H. Although some fit better than others, I can technically wear them all comfortably. But I certainly don't look as big as any of those sizes sound.
You could probably line up 10 different women who wear the same bra size, and they would all look different. I bet you would guess some as being smaller, and some as being larger. And that's because all the other factors come into play.. a persons height and build play a role, as well as the structure of their ribcage and even whether or not they have a flat tummy. I have seen women who wear a G cup and look no larger than D, and women who wear a C but look like a solid D. So please, do not let bra size play any part in determining whether or not you are happy with your results, whether the bras that fit you are larger or smaller than you had hoped for. Just focus on your over all look :)
These are just my thoughts of course, not intended to be taken any other way :).
I have included some scar pics, both with and without a flash to try to give the most accurate idea of how they look. I think they look ok.. possibly could have been better but I really cant complain considering I made no effort with scar treatment. Also, in my last post I mentioned how I was having a hard time finding cotton bras and it seems like some other ladies have had the same problem. When I was looking for a bed time bra the other night I noticed that I have another that's 95% cotton, I think I have posted a pic of it before but I will re post so no one has to go back to look for it :). Hope all is well with my lovely RS friends, and I apologize for this crazy long post!
Side by Side Comparison as requested :)
Not Much Victory at Victoria's :-\ + 13 Month pics
I see that many of you have begun to take advantage of the VS semi annual sale. I figured maybe I should too.. not that I need anything.. but bargains are just so irresistible! So skip back to last week when I was at the mall (may I add, largest mall in British Columbia, second largest in Canada.. stores usually well stocked). I conveniently made my way into VS while my husband looked for new runners. The first thing I asked a sales girl was where the Incredible Demi's are. Disappointment #1: no Incredible demi's in stock. Okay.. that's fine. I'll find something else. Get ready for Disappointment #2... After scouring the entire store, I found THREE bras in my size. In the whole store. THREE. And not even one bikini top. What the heck?!! Two of them were sports bras and one was a super thin unlined lace. Now I have to be honest, these probably weren't bras that I would have normally tried, but considering they were my only options I gave it a shot. The lace bra fit well in the cups but straps were only half adjustable and way too long. But the sports bras pleasantly surprised me! They fit perfectly and were extremely comfortable, so I bought them. I think many women on here have probably tried them, called "The Ultimate". It's a maximum support and has underwire, but the wire is well cushioned so you don't even notice it. They just hold everything in so nicely, the girls feel very secure in there. It has a back closure which is kinda nice, easier than the ones that just pull over in my opinion, and can be worn regular or crossback. I don't think they look all that attractive on their own, but they actually give a nice shape under shirts. Regular price $64.50 (CAD) on sale for $36.99. Not bad. So just a heads up to girls considering large implants.. I have a hard time finding stuff at VS with only 400cc.. anything much larger than that, you might not fit any of their stuff or have very limited selection. Not really a big deal since there are about a million other bra/swimsuit/lingerie companies out there, but may be a concern for some.
Been having kind of a love/hate relationship with clothes shopping lately. Tried on about 20 things in Aritzia last week and majority of them looked like crap.. clearly made for small chested women. Found some cute tank tops though, not sure if they are very flattering but super comfy.
Enough complaining lol.. I should mention something positive, like the fact that I'm glad that fate (aka Victoria's Secret's shit selection) brought me and my new sports bras together.
Hope all my RS ladies are enjoying the summer so far :)
Wanna double check for boob greed? Put on a push up bra.
I suppose it might be a fun look for a night out but certainly not the look I'm going for everyday. I was trying on some tops and dresses the other day to see if my feelings toward push up bras had changed, but they haven't. Still no likey. I feel like I look very top heavy and "all boob". Maybe you will see what I mean. The bra I'm wearing in the pics is the VS Very Sexy push up.. no where NEAR bombshell status but enough to give a little boost.
I am also including a couple full body clothed pics, I haven't posted any in a while and figured it might make it easier for anyone who wants to see those specific pics (rather than going through my entire crazy long review). I always found those photos helpful in other women's reviews, because not only do they show proportions better but also give an idea as to how we look on an average day.
I'm wearing a regular lined bra in these full body photos.. still for some reason feel a bit top heavy.. I have a hard time finding a happy medium between tight shirts that make my boobs look too big and looser shirts that make me look like a tent.
The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem.
Ladies.. does it scare you that I'm 14 months post op (as of yesterday :) ) and still addicted to buying bras?? It should. It could happen to you too (and probably will).
Just wanted to share my most recent purchases, all online purchases actually. Mostly successful.
I knew of course that the Rasa bras would fit but the rest were a gamble! All are lightly lined or unlined.
Also posting my official 14 month pics! Still have a hard time believing its been that long. All is still well, other than when I sleep on my right side too long, I notice my right boob gets kind of sore. I move a lot in my sleep and usually alternate between left side, right side, and back sleeping.. but I only feel the discomfort on the right side (not painful, more like a dull ache). It always goes away quickly though so I'm assuming its nothing serious! Any one else experience this?
One of the Many Great Things About New Boobs..
I just want to talk about the last two tops for a sec. I don't have this issue, but for women who have a hard time getting close cleavage, I think these tops would be great! The padding is only on the outside edges, which helps to bring the girls together. Its not very thick, not bulky or uncomfortable at all, and I like how it doesn't push them up much from the bottom. I ordered them from Zulily so unfortunately the event is over, but in case anyone is interested in looking for them online, the brand is called Gossip. I included a picture of the inside of the top so you can see what I mean about the placement of the padding.
In other news.. I am finally back down to my pre op weight! I was never overly stressed about it but definitely feels good to be rid of the few extra pounds. I know 5 pounds sounds like nothing, but on a short person its pretty noticeable!
Today marks exactly 15 months post op for me, and is also my 26th birthday :)
I hope all my lovely RS friends are doing well! :-)
Wanna Know Something Really Interesting?!?
As I have mentioned, all has been well with my implants. But sometime around the end of July, I started having some pain in my right breast only. It was on and off for a few days, then disappeared. Hm, okay.. kinda weird but didn't think much of it since it went away. A couple weeks later it returned. Same type of pain, right breast only. Lingered on and off for 2 or 3 days. Now I was starting to get worried. Of course the first terrifying thing that comes to mind is the dreaded "CC" (don't even like typing out the word lol). The rational part of my brain was telling me that it wasn't CC.. I have done enough research to know that pain generally isn't the first sign, and as I was obsessive about checking, I could tell that there were no changes that could be felt or seen. But there was still that nagging little voice in my mind saying "what if....?"
I was hesitant to make an appointment with my surgeon, even though he has always made it clear that I am welcome to come in any time. He is an extremely busy man, generally booked for up to a year in advance and for good reason. I didn't want to take up his time for something that was probably nothing! But at the same time, I knew that I would not be at peace until I had his reassurance. So I called the office and was so grateful that they were able to fit me in before he left for holidays.
My appointment was yesterday. I told him how I had been experiencing pain in the right breast only, on and off. Sharp but not intense pain. He examined my breasts and listened to my words, and his explanation is what I found extremely interesting: Nerve Pain.
What?! This far out?!! He said yes, and that it can take up to TWO years for the nerves to fully heal and regenerate. I had no idea it could take that long!! He also said that most women, over the lifetime of their implants, will have occasional little aches and pains and that in most cases there will never be a reason found. It usually is not an indication that anything is wrong.
He said my breasts feel and look perfect and that I have no reason to be worried :). He also made sure to ask if I had been wearing good bras lol and again mentioned the importance of wearing the right band size and proper support.
There was one more thing I wanted to talk to him about while I was there. I know this might seem strange, but I never really knew for sure whether my implants were fully submuscular or "dual plane" although I kind of always assumed the latter. I trust my surgeon 100% and knew he would have only picked the best placement for me, so it wasn't anything I ever worried about.
I asked him, and he said they are placed partially under the muscle which is the most ideal and commonly used placement, especially for women with slight droop to their breasts. He said if the implant is placed completely submuscular (which apparently is very rare these days), the implant would sit very high. In many cases, that would lead to "snoopy boobs", where the breast tissue would kind of just hang off the implant. Fully submuscular implants also have worse flex deformity.
In case anyone doesn't know what "dual plane" means (also known as subpectoral, or partial unders), its when the implant is placed under the pectoralis major muscle, with the inferior edge of the muscle released so that the lower portion of the implant is covered by breast tissue. Basically the top 2/3 of the breast implant is covered by muscle (this can vary depending on how the surgeon does the dissection) and the bottom 1/3 of implant is only covered by breast tissue which allows for better lower pole and a more natural appearance. Since this method is so common these days and many surgeons believe it to be ideal for most women, the term "unders" is usually referring to partial unders rather than fully under.
My apologies for the long post, just thought I should share this information in case its as helpful to others as it was to me! I really had no idea that we could experience nerve pain for so long. That also means it could take a couple years to fully regain feeling in our numb areas as well!
I recently learned this the hard way after ordering two bras that I thought were the same size. Upon receiving them, I saw that one brand was showing E as being equivalent to a DD, while the other brand was equal to a DDD.
And guess what?? The one that was equal to the DD was too small. I was so disappointed because I loved everything about the bra. The brand is called Montelle Intimates, I believe the company based in Quebec? Its an unpadded wireless, gives great lift and cleavage, super comfortable and the material feels very nice. I have included pictures, and in some its not obvious that its too small. But in the side view you can see what I mean.
The other one was a Parfait by Affinitas, and just as the others I have ordered from this brand it fits perfectly. The underwire sits completely flat and the cups are just right. I probably should be wearing the 30F or FF in this brand but the 32 band is just so much more comfortable.
As for my 32DDD VS bras, they are still fitting too small. I thought once I lost those few pounds they would fit again but no such luck. I recently bought a bra from a brand called Crème Bralee in a 32DDD and it fit great! Really pretty too.
Anyways ladies.. the point of all this was that if you are buying an E cup bra, make sure it's equivalent to the appropriate D's that you need!!
17 Months Post Op! And a Question for You Ladies
The nerve pain seems to have subsided for now and all is good.
I am hoping to get some advice and opinions from you lovely helpful women. I am getting my wisdom teeth out next week and really have no idea what to expect. I have never had a dental surgery before. So my question is, how would you guys describe the experience and the pain level? Also, did you have to take pain meds after? I'm really hoping I wont have to take any. I know everyone's experience is different but I'm sure some insight would help. I'm hoping mine aren't too difficult to get out. One is still fully impacted and another about half, and the other two are fully out of the gums.
Oh and what did you guys eat?! How long til you could have solid food? So not looking forward to a restricted diet.. but hey at least I wont be getting into all the Halloween treats!
Thanks in advance! Hope you are all well :)
Slight Scar Improvement
Also including some new boob pics which brings me to my next point...
I know that my photos at this stage are probably not all that helpful or encouraging or exciting, and I have to be honest in saying that part of the reason I continue to post is because it is beneficial to myself. I don't document my progress or pictures anywhere besides this site, and it has occurred to me that if (God forbid) something were to go wrong, like if I were to develop some type of complication, these photos would be extremely helpful in possibly pinpointing when and maybe even why it occurred. Its difficult to notice changes in things that we look at everyday, but seeing photos over time in the correct order can portray a whole different picture. Something to keep in mind! And of course the other reason I post is just in case there are ladies who do find it helpful :)
Also wanted to share a little tip I picked up on Dr. Oz yesterday, which could be especially helpful to pre op ladies. Super easy and fast ice pack: put dish soap in a Ziploc bag and freeze it! It doesn't turn solid, so it would be perfect for molding to new boobies!!
Has it Really Been... 20 Months?!
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Could it Be??
I'm not talking about the immediate post op phase.. we all know that weight increase during that time is due to inactivity and fluid retention and in many cases, lack of bowel movements! I'm talking about long term. I know there aren't too many long term reviews on this forum, but what's really interesting is that the explant stories I have read seem to confirm the weight gain theory as well. Many women return to their pre op weight within a month or so, but somehow end up heavier 6 months to a year down the road. Seems like a lot of women experience this, including myself. I returned to my pre op weight shortly after surgery, but in January 2015 found myself 5 pounds heavier. I managed to lose the 5 pounds.. only to discover it had returned by this January!
My weight has definitely fluctuated throughout my teen and adult years, my heaviest being 135 (which did NOT look good on me) and my lowest being 104 (which also did not look good on me). But my weight has never fluctuated as much as it has in the time since I got my implants. Which leads me to wonder.. Is weight gain in any way linked to implants themselves?? I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, experiences, information..
All that said however, I have managed to lose the weight and then some. And if I did it, so can everybody else! I completely understand how its easy to feel disappointed with ourselves when the numbers on the scale go up... we paid so much to have great boobs, it only makes sense that we want the rest to match. But please do not be hard on yourself if you've gained weight post BA, you can and will lose it! And if its only a couple pounds you are stressing over, you can hold your implants accountable. Speaking of that, I have seen some women make totally incorrect statements about the weight of their implants.. if you want to calculate it properly follow these steps:
1) take total # of cc's and multiply by 2.2
2) divide that number by 1000. This will tell you the weight in pounds.
Ex: My implants are 800cc total.
800cc x 2.2 = 1,760
1,760 divided by 1000 = 1.76 pounds
I'm happy to say that I have reached my goal weight (109lbs this morning.. 107.2 minus implants ;-) ). And in case anyone cares to know, my goal is never to be skinny; my goal is always fit, curvy, and most importantly, healthy!
It feels great.. but I cant help but wonder if it will be a constant struggle to maintain or lose weight in the future because of some possible side effect of implants.. someone please tell me I'm being delusional lol!
Photos as Requested
Also included a few pics of a new bikini top. I had been on the hunt for something appropriate to wear while I'm swimming with my son, and this is perfect!! It really minimizes the projection and size of my boobs, which I know would upset some people but its exactly what I wanted. There is a specific look that I definitely do NOT want to portray as a mother, so I will save the sexy tops for adult vacations/outings.
If any of you ladies are looking for a "family friendly" bikini I highly recommend this style! It's modest but still young and cute :-)
Two Whole Years
I would still definitely say this process was worth it, and I would really encourage any woman who feels insecure with their breasts to at least look into surgery. Why be unhappy with something that we have the power to change?
Included various pics, to share how they look after two years.
Onto a different topic:
Ladies, we need to work together to change the minds of Victoria's Secret. I'm sure you all know this by now but in case you haven't heard the terrible news, VS will no longer be selling bathing suits. Or clothes, or shoes, or accessories. The last three I can do without. But I love their bathing suits! So much variety, cute patterns, flattering cuts.. which is why every girl I know buys them! I'm just shocked and disappointed. Apparently they do read all their customer feedback, so maybe if enough of us complain about it they'll keep their swim line!
Hope you all are doing well :)
Just wanted to share my opinion on a few bras that I've acquired recently. Sometimes its nice to see stuff on regular people, rather than "angels" who make everything look absolutely amazing!
I figured it makes the most sense to write a description under each picture rather than writing out a long paragraph here.
As you'll notice, I decided to post mostly angled pictures. Reason being, I think they give a much more accurate idea of the shape that the bras give! Some bras make your boobs look amazing from the front, but pointy or boxy from the side. And unless you are wearing something really revealing the side profile is more important than the front view!
Hope all my RS friends are well.
Bathing Suit Hits and Misses!
Hope all you beautiful ladies are having an amazing summer :-)
2.5 Years Post Op
Hard to believe its been two and a half years since my boob "restoration". Everything has been great. In fact, this entire journey was very easy for me. I never really talked much about my recovery, but I really feel so blessed for the easy experience I had. I never needed any pain meds, didn't need help getting up, going to the washroom, etc. No bruising or bleeding or mondors cords. I was able to to have a bath by myself the day after surgery, and shower alone (including washing my hair) two days post op. I had almost full range of motion within a few days. My son was 22 months old at the time and the only help I required with him was lifting in and out of bed/bath/car seat. I also never suffered any constipation or boobie blues! I cant really explain why or how I had such a fantastic recovery.. I do think it had something to do with my surgeons technique, but I also think that keeping a positive attitude and not focusing on discomfort made a difference for me as well. I was aware that my boobs looked super ugly and weird at first but I can honestly say I never felt down or stressed about it. I knew that they would change a lot, and they certainly did. I'm sure that not having to take any narcotic pain medication played a big role in my mental/emotional state too.. I think a lot of people don't realize how much meds can mess with your head. To any early post op girls feeling stressed and crazy.. please try to stay positive!! Once the pain is gone and your body starts to function normally things will be so much better. Scars will fade, boobs will even out, sensitivity will decrease or diminish (in majority of cases). I know some things can be scary but time really does heal both mentally and physically. I haven't seen many other women mention this, but my nipples were really swollen at first. I was worried that they would stay like that but thankfully they didn't!
I'm still happy I chose to have this procedure done. I don't have any regrets although I do occasionally experience some boob envy of women with smaller breasts.
I do still struggle with finding clothing that looks flattering yet appropriate. As Ive mentioned before, tight tops make my boobs look too "out there".. I feel that they have a lot of projection. But loose or flowy tops just make me look like a tent or blob and completely hide the fact that I have a waist. Sizing is hard sometimes too. I need a S or XS in top and dresses and jackets (occasionally XXS), yet those sizes aren't exactly accommodating to larger breasts.
I have been asked to post a video and some photos so here they are! I hope the video clearly demonstrates how soft and bouncy they are. I know for some women, the feel and movement of their implants isn't a big deal (some prefer firm and stable) but to me it was very important to have them look and behave as close to natural breasts as possible.
On an unrelated but interesting note- did you all hear that the December issue of Vogue has declared that cleavage is "over"??!
Dr. Pugash is very straight forward and professional. I loved that about him! He discusses any possible risks and makes sure his patients have a clear understanding about realistic expectations and about the procedure itself. I felt reassured by his years of experience and impressive medical schooling and certifications. He is very confident in his work, and that made me feel confident! His office ladies are really sweet and helpful. They always make you feel welcome and are happy to answer any questions you have. The anesthesiologist and the staff at the surgical center were all very pleasant too and I always felt like I was well cared for. I definitely feel like I made the right choice in choosing Dr.Pugash, and I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Vancouver area. Or even out of the Vancouver area, he is worth travelling for!!