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I want to be proportionate and be able to wear a...

I want to be proportionate and be able to wear a dress that fits my top and hips. I am presently an A cup. He uses an endoscopic approach and assured me that my down time would be 2 days! I called him on it but he insists that his method, coupled with technology is tried and true. He encourages movement because he stated that the more active you are the quicker you will heal. I initially wanted silicone gel but after my consult I learned that with a history of breast cancer in my maternal line saline would be the best choice due to mamograms. Further more, if gel leaks the breast will get hard to protect the body from the foreign substance, where with saline it would just have to be refilled and the saline will expel from the body naturally. Annnd you will not know that the gel is leaking without a reaction, hardening, or MRI. My health is first. I am curious to know how the difference feels with gel and silicone after it is placed under muscle, breast tissue and skin. I want to feel natural without the expense of my health. You thoughts?

After reading the BBL reviews I am very interested...

After reading the BBL reviews I am very interested...I submitted a consult for Dr. S. After I get my BA this winter I will schedule my BBL (allegedly). Just worried that if the date is too far out I may chicken out!

I found Dr. Hedden and he had great reviews. What...

I found Dr. Hedden and he had great reviews. What I admired most was his responses to negative reviews and how he tried to accomodate these patients. I feel confident that he will stand behind his artistry. His team is down to earth and helpful. Heather is awesome and personable. I am scared but excited all at once. My date is less than a month and I am trying to get prepared. Any advice would be great.

I have 24 days until my BA and I'm not really...

I have 24 days until my BA and I'm not really grasping what's about to happen. I'm excited and anxious at the same time. Mostly excited. I have ordered sports bras from, I was referred to purchase under armor or champion. Enell is for endowed women. I really picked it because of the color, smh. I need a comfy button down for the day of surgery and the next. I've packed but purchased some VS comfort wear which is taking forever to arrive but may not even use them. I will probably use my hubby's shirt since he's deployed. I start my salt and sugar free lifestyle next week. Allegedly, the healing process is less strenuous if these condiments are eliminated from the diet. Of course the norm is eliminated...supplements and NSAIDs. I am looking forward to trying on clothes that I already own (fashion show)! I look forward to sporting an outfit proportionately filled at the top and the bottom. I've waited years for this. Thankfully my aunt/bestie will travel with me so she will be there to attend to all my (dramatic) needs. If you are going with Dr. Hedden I recommend the Wingate by Wyndym, they assure that your stay is quiet and restful by providing extra pillows, blankets, quiet areas of the hotel and are even flexible with checkin and check out times to accommodate Dr Hedden's patients. Heather is great, we had some communication failures but she eliminated that by providing her cell number to text with any questions or concerns that may arise. I cannot wait.

I'm down to 18 days. I'm so elated, scared,...

I'm down to 18 days. I'm so elated, scared, nervous...what if I don't like them. I'm getting cold feet. But can't see myself backing out now. I'm recently learned that if you add another procedure you'll save some cash. Was thinking about a little maintenance in the abdominal are. Like a one hitter quitter, since I'm already out! Has anyone ever had multi procedures at the same time? I just don't want to gain weight during my six week hiatus.

I am concerned about weight gain after surgery. I...

I am concerned about weight gain after surgery. I used to teach a class part time and run faithfully but when my husband was ready to deploy I resigned because I'd have too much to manage alone (and of course that quality time). How long after BA were you all working out? I was thinking spinning is great cardio with out the bounce. I need to know what to do to maintain. Your thoughts?

So I'm ten days away and I'm having a myriad of...

So I'm ten days away and I'm having a myriad of emotions. Excitement. Anxiousness. Fear. Wonder. Paranoia. Second guessing myself. Mostly Excitement. I've never had surgery for anything. I've wanted this for years!!!! Now that it's real I'm thinking 'what the hell are you thinking chick'. Am I ready for this? I can't focus. I am consumed with what if's, on the other hand I'm imagining that I'm gonna be hot as the dickens! Ha!

Soooo ladies I'm only hours away from Operation...

Soooo ladies I'm only hours away from Operation Two Cups! I am very relaxed which is awkward since I'm so dramatic. I have a curvy frame, I'm 5'2" 142lbs. I have a pear shape for now.

After talking with Dr Hedden yesterday I was reassured that I am making the right decision. He is very personable and humble. I didn't have that experience the first few consulta which is why it's taken so long.

I am officially headed to the other side...

Now I'm having butterflies



I'm resting yet awake, going to sleep shortly. I...

I'm resting yet awake, going to sleep shortly. I am staying hydrated and am struggling stay seated. I like to move around. However, I am heeding the advice of my experienced RealSelf sisters. I feel great. Except that my L breast has a burning sensation. OUCH! Anyone experienced this?

We shall see what tomorrow holds...

I chose 400cc saline sub pectoral. Think I love them cannot wait till they drop. They aren't too big; they're just the right size for me. My post op appointment is at 8am. Then I'm back on a flight home.

l love Dr. Hedden and his staff. They are fun, down to earth, and compassionate to patient needs. He is highly recommended for that southern hospitality. He is in and out..but his craftwork is great and he's sure to get all your questions and concerns answered.

Day 2: Meds are your friend, don't shy away from...

Day 2: Meds are your friend, don't shy away from them and seriously relax. Your body has incurred a trauma let it heal itself. I am hard headed and want to do things because I am (allegedly) feeling okay. BIG NO NO! I woke up around 3 am in serious discomfort. There was pressure on my chest and that burning sensation, which is normal. Dr Hedden says that there may be feelings of being stabbed. I'm dreading that being that I've never been stabbed before. Wtf! Danger!

Day 3: Woke up feeling minimal discomfort. About to take pain meds to maintain this feeling. My mom bought a husband (pillow) that is my new best friend. I started icing yesterday but that was cold as hell so it didn't last long. I will do it in few cause it has to be done. I need to purchase some bras with lateral support to train these girls to stand in the right position. No side boob for me, thanks much!

Overall, I feel really good and if you are concerned about pain there isn't any, only discomfort because your mobility is limited. The valium really helps with this. I'm used to being independent so needing help to get pajamas from the top shell in my closet is annoying.

Can't stay out of the mirror... Should have went...

Can't stay out of the mirror... Should have went to 450 cc, hopefully they'll drop and have the fullness I want. Hmph

Thanks so much to all the ladies that shared their...

Thanks so much to all the ladies that shared their experience, offered advice and insight while I was on this journey. This was a great experience. I am looking forward to filling out my clothes and (moderately) flaunting my final result!

One week post... My life changed! I'm walking a...

One week post... My life changed! I'm walking a bit more confident and I'm very comfortable with my new breasts! They're still swollen and I have a rash. Probably the meds. I'm back at work and have back pain. Tylenol does not help me at all, I have severe cramps so those are comparable to sweet tarts. I need real live meds. I am down to 4 loratabs so I am rationing those out. A good nights rest is very important to me. I notice I get winded if I talk a lot. I had a presentation today and noticed that. My nipples are super sensitive and sore. The swelling is going down but I had to go in the bathroom today and let the girls take a breather. I do this twice a day. When I get home as well. I only 100% comfortable when I'm home. If I'm out my comfort level is shortlived. So no heavy duty shopping for me. Not yet anyway.

I am concerned... My front view, I totally love but the side I pray will drop into the pocket perhaps it's the swelling that makes my nipples look low. Not winning!

My nipples are evil! My sports bras are not kind...

My nipples are evil! My sports bras are not kind either. I put lotion and cotton rounds to sooth the sensation, no dice. Other than that I do fill the "stabbing" sensation that Dr. H informed me of. I sent him my one week post op photos and he assured me that I was healing properly! Gold star for breast health home care...but due to lack of support I am still uncomfortable. My husband is deployed so I have no help presently during the week. And I'm back to work, the doors are heavy so i asked for an extension on my scripts since Tylenol is not sufficient. He kindly obliged!

I am looking forward to wearing a regular bra this weekend. My weekend will be spent celebrating my 3rd anniversary with my bestie! Shopping bags shipped to the doorstep.

Did I mention that I'm getting sized this weekend so I'll learn my true size, hoping for a small D.

Fingers Crossed!!!!

Week Two Post Op: My recovery has been better than...

Week Two Post Op: My recovery has been better than I anticipated! This I am very grateful for. My nipple woes have subsided and no one has really noticed the change unless they were in my work circle. But I did change my hairstyle to detract attention away from my that's what everyone focused on! I am glad I went with my gut and had this surgery. It has changed a lot about me internally. I never suffered with self esteem issues but I feel renewed! Also, I'd like to thank the very supportive ladies in the community who keep it 111% about their journey's. This is a site that provides well rounded views of each persons experience but yours may be different, keep that in mind if you are considering a BA.

Today, I'm going to get sized and purchase my first bra! I'm eager to find out my true size because im in an XL Under Armour sports bra. I'm celebrating my anniversary with my "wife" ( best friend). Looking forward to debuting the "girls" tonight! Tune in later for updated pics

I got sized on Friday, weighing in at 36D but I'm...

I got sized on Friday, weighing in at 36D but I'm getting a second opinion. They are dropping as well, the left more progressively than the right. I can still fit an xl Under Armour sports bra. But it is loose around my arms. I have a large so I plan to try that on to increase lateral support.

I celebrated my anniversary this weekend and looked super hot! It felt so great to fill out my clothes. I was so comfortable, confident and carefree. No worries about my bra shifting, dropping down, showing... Just 100% enjoyment!

Back on the scene

It's been over a year since I went to Dr. Hedden. I must admit it was the best decision that I've made and I am still in love with my girls. Although, I will admit that I should have went 450 or 475 instead of 400 but nonetheless very pleased. From time to time I do experience chest pains, but had them prior to my BA...stress I guess. And when I eat ice cream and become super cold, I have spasms. Ha! Im greedy.

My only gripe aside from this is that life has taken over and I have gain like 7lbs since last year and am too busy to work if off. It doesn't look bad mainly because I have the boobs to balance me out. I do work out minimally but nothing has changed (because I love to eat). Victoria's Secret has the best maximum support sports bras that eliminate bounce so I am able to run and feel comfortable.

I will try and post my year plus pics.


I went to get sized and was given a measurement of 36C. This was not the right fit, I had a lot of space in the cup area. I suppose the associate was a bit inexperienced.

I'm in a 34DD and loving it!!!

1+ Year Pics

A few one+ year pictures of my results. I chose moderate profile, 400cc AND LOVE that they look natural. Although I could have went bigger, I initially wanted 350cc and got 400cc, should have went 450cc.

Sincerely, Never Satisfied

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3 Year Update

Years later and I am still in love with the work that Dr. Hedden did. My breasts are beautiful and I have not had any issues. They look great with and without a bra lol. Of course I protect my investment. Victoria's Secret maximum support bras are hands down the best. Check out Dr. Hedden if you want a great new look.
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