Great title to get your attention ha? Well, I’m pretty straightforward here and you know I don’t beat around the bush for a few things [ anxiety, PPA ] and if you’ve been here a while, you know that I like to share my personal experience with you all because I’m a transparent person and I also want to be able to help someone who might be on the fence with this procedure.
Why Did You Decide This?
Great question. I really thought long and hard about why this is so important to me and my first thought was when I was in my early 20’s. I’m a fairly petite person and always have been [ 5’2 and 115 pounds ] my entire life. I’ve always been small on the top which wasn’t a huge issue until my 20’s when I thought well maybe I’ll get them done after having kids since I knew I wasn’t ready to have such an elective surgery then. Fast forward to post-delivery of two babies and my ‘girls’ decided to go pretty south for lack of a better term. It’s one thing to have small breasts that are perky but it’s another when they seem to just be flat pancakes so I knew I wanted a change. Honestly, there was nothing more I hated then putting on a bathing suit top on and cringing at the lack of nothing that I saw in my chest area.
How Did You Choose Your Doctor?
Many of you asked on my Instagram why I chose the surgeon I did but in all honesty, I did a lot of research before finally picking my surgeon. I talked with a lot of friends who had gone through the procedure, looked at various websites, and made 3 consultation appointments with doctors in my area. From those consultations, I asked plenty of questions, went through my notes, and then selected the one I felt most comfortable and would do the best job on what I wanted in the long run. She understood my lifestyle, took snapshots, measured, and discussed with me the various types and shapes of the implants. Ultimately, she gave me exactly what I was so excited to always have.
What Size and Type Of Implants You Get?
After discussing with my friends and finally seeing and touching the different implants, I was really excited to see which one would look best on me. My surgeon went over which one I was looking at and what was going to happen during my breast surgery and after. She took a series of measurements of my rib cage, body frame, chest including the size, shape, and position of my before breasts. She used all of this to make sure the selected breast implants that would fist my body best. I had gone thinking I wanted to be a certain number and after working the algorithm, we thought 295cc was the perfect number for me. I have an actual card now that I carry with me for future mammograms to let them know exactly what I’ve had done too.
How Was The Procedure?
I was a little nervous before the surgery but I was also super excited. I needed to be at the hospital early so I arrived with my Mom while Zach stayed home to watch my kids. My surgeon came back to do their run-throughs and then surgery started promptly at 8 am. I just remember counting back from 10 to 0 and then the lights went out.
Fast forward to about an hour later and I was in recovery. I remember waking up pretty loopy. but so happy it was over My doctor came back to check on me before letting me rest and soon we were on our way home. I was on a lot of pain medicine which was helpful because I slept a lot and obviously was pretty sore in my chest area which just felt like a lot of pressure.
I took a few days and relaxed in bed, took all the pain medicine that I had gotten previously. The only thing that was pretty uncomfortable was my compression belt that was across my chest area. This was to push the girls down into the breast pocket for a few weeks until after the procedure. I saw my surgeon two days later to have a post-surgery checkup and everything was healing pretty well. All in all, I felt really good about how everything was going. Woohoo! I’m currently on day three and feeling a bit more like myself, however the nurse and surgeon suggest I take about 2 weeks to really not do ANYTHING ( aka not picking anything up over 10 lbs, bending over ). I have to wear my surgical bra and belt 22 hours a day for the next 2 weeks and then can move onto to any underwire bras I choose.
Do You Have Any Scars?
I already have a pretty fun c section scar from my kids but I realized this scar is going to be nothing compared to that. The small incision that was made for my breast are underneath my breast. Some choose to go around your nipple or even near your armpit but it made more sense to do mine there. I haven’t seen the scar itself since it’s covered with tape but it’ll dissolve as the weeks continue. Right now it’s a pretty deep purple and black bruise but you want them to allow your skin to heal properly.
Are you Happy With Your Results?
100%! To be honest, I wish I would have done it a few years ago but I wanted to save the money and have us be in a better place after having Landon. I know elective surgery isn’t for everyone but if it’s something I did for MYSELF and MYSELF alone and I’m so happy with it. Of course I’m still settling into everything and will continue to give you guys an update as everything progresses in the months to come.
What Does Zach Think?
My friends kept asking if this was really Zach’s idea or mine ha. To be honest, Zach wasn’t a huge fan of me having the surgery but he knew I had been talking about getting this done for years. We waited until after we both decided to not have any kids anymore and he’s super happy that I have more confidence.
Now I’m off to find some cute, comfortable, and affordable new bras for the ladies and came across so many great ideas! For reference, I actually need to wear an unwired bra for the next 6 months so these are all underwire free.