I can’t believe it’s already been a month since my breast augmentation surgery. I’ve been very open about my experience with this surgery on Insta Stories but I wanted to pop in today to share an update with you all. Since my surgery back at the end of March, I’ve been seeing my surgeon on a pretty regular basis so she can assess my healing. So far at my 2-week appointment, it’s been going great and I’m still so happy I decided to get this procedure done. Actually, it was really difficult for me to find before photos because I hated th way I looked in a bathing suit for over 10 years that I just never had them taken. I found one taken 2 years ago to help see the comparison. Below is my update on weeks 1-4.
Week 1 -2:
I had my first follow up with my doctor two days prior to surgery. At my first follow up appointment, she took a look at my chest and said everything was healing nicely. I was still extremely numb, especially where the incision was made and on the left side of my breast. She assured me that was this completely normal and said it could take a few weeks or even months to regain sensation. I was fine with it but it was a weird feeling. I felt like a tingly sensation. For those that have had your own breast augmentation, I actually did not need to do any breast messaging due to the implants I purchased. I continued to wear my surgical bra 22/7 unless I needed to take a shower. I could purchase other sports bras to wear as long as they were similar to the ones she gave me post-surgery. We scheduled a follow up for 2 weeks prior.
At my second follow up ( just over two weeks post-op ) she removed my sutures. I was a bit nervous about this part but it didn’t bother me at all because of the numbness I still had but it felt like a slight tugging sensation. After my sutures were removed, we discuss using a scar cream. I used the one they sold in their office but scar away is also a great contender. She also approved me of some LISS aka low intensity stead state cardio. She wanted to see me again in about a few weeks for another follow up appointment.
Because I was able to do a little light cardio, I just did a long walk the last few days. I also continued to use my scar cream in the morning at a night to help it.
During this week it was a hard one. The first week was obviously the most difficult than the second. At times I would feel great because of the pain medicine I was taking so I would push myself a little bit which would backfire. I would say I wasn’t really in a lot of pain but really sore so thankfully the pain medicine really helped to take the edge off. I couldn’t open bottles, push heavy doors, or pick up the kids which was a challenge. I also had a lot of trouble sleeping because I was sleeping on my back which opted in using my messager several times a day to help.
Finally I was slowly off my pain meds and so happy to feel like myself again. I was taking long walks in the morning or afternoon depending on the weather and it really helped my mood as well as get some light cardio in. I also made an appointment to get bra fitted at a local boutique and bought a few different sports bras to try out while I waited. I decided to wait until my 5th week of surgery to make sure that all my swelling went down and I was able to get sized properly.
One thing I also did was register my implants on Mentor’s website. I used the serial numbers on my card. It’s really important to hang on to this card if you ever do get implants! Once I registered my card, I put it in our fireproof safe along with other important documents we keep in there for just that; safekeeping. It’s super essential to bring this card with you when you start to get mammograms because it lets them know how hard to press on your chest.
I also was able to help out more at home now that I was off my medicine. I still can’t pick anything up more than 10 pounds but being able to run errands, enjoy contributing to my household and get some organization done. My implants still felt a little tight but not as swollen and my sensation was starting to come back. One thing was that interested was I was leaking from both sides here and there throughout the day. I felt a little weird because it looked like I was leaking from nursing ha but when I called my surgeon she said it was also normal and sometimes your implants press against your milk gland to create that sensation again.
I also was able to get a bit more comfortable sleeping on my back by adding a body pillow. I’m still not comfortable sleeping on my side yet but putting the body pillow in between my knees helps to relieve the back pressure I feel that keeps me up at night.