After years of sitting on the fence I made a decision to seriously look into breast enlargement and came upon this site. While reading Nicole's story I became aware of how similar our situations were. I am also married 10+ years,with small children, in my 30's very small chested. I was a 32A and after children became a 34AA. Tops never looked right. I always had to consider how I could take them in before buying! Since the recent "Wonder Bra" era, I never went with out some pad help in my bras and bikinis. I always felt as if I were still just a little girl. The money situation is good now that we are in our 30's, so I decided to go for it.
Through this site I became aware of the procedure, it varieties, and its risks. First I did the rice test at my house and modeled different sizes in my little bras for my husband. Of course he preferred really large ones. I didn't want too drastic a change so we went in the middle with 350cc , that would bring me to a large 34B/small C. I scheduled the surgery on the day I wanted which was 1 month out. The day the kids went back to school from summer vacation. The timing was good as I had peace and quiet during my pain killer era on the sofa.
During the consultation w/ Dr Gray and his assistant Heidi I found them to be professional and easy to talk to. He showed me a video and his photo album, and some informational brochures. Since I had already studied this site, and "shopped" in its gallery I was ready to book on that day. By the way his offices are large , clean, and beautiful. Surgery is done onsite. He does many other cosmetic procedure outside of this and I see that he has traveled to under -developed countries to help children w/ severe cosmetic problems. One of his nurses told me that the implant rep had mentioned to her that they buy the most implants in that area. I would think that translates into safely saying that they do the most implant procedures in Southern NH. The cost was about $1000. Less than having it done in the Andover/Boston area.
D-DAY Yes, I was a wreck but determined to go through w/ it! Did my pre op fasting and tried not to think about it. My husband came w/ me to the office. They set me up w/ an IV right away to hydrate and relax me. Dr.Gray came in for a last minute chat and then sent in the anathesiologist . He asked me how I would prefer to be: awake and mildly sedated, medium , or out completely. I chose medium. I went down to the operating room and my husband went out to get the prescriptions. On the table I was awake for about 30 seconds and then I was gone via the IV. Dr Gray inserted through the nipple and under the muscle, then stitched it up. I awoke in recovery sitting up and I had already been eating drinking and talking. I was putting a cracker in my mouth when I realized I was awake! That was really bizarre, I don't know how long I was already awake. In no pain though ...feeling good! I looked down- the moment of truth.Yes! there was something there. I was in a bra and all wrapped and taped up. High and hard. I realized through this site that I may not like them at first. I really did not think I would mostly because of the stitches in the nipples and the bruising. I did NOT want to see that. I chose not to look at them during any cleaning or re-wrapping for at least a week so I wouldn't freak myself out. I called them "Franken-Boobs" all that week and avoided the mirror. One was a bit numb in about a 2 inch patch on the side.
RECOVERY I'd have to say it was bad, but not as bad as giving birth! The medication gave me problems from constipation to severe headache and nausea. After 3 days of nausea I gave up the pain medication and just continued w/ the muscle relaxant. So then I wasn't nauseous, but now I felt the pain! I slept on the couch/recliner for 3 days. That week was miserable. If I had to do it again I would try the suppositories they suggested, avoid the nausea and still take care of the pain. Everyone reacts differently though. One other thing worth mentioning is that the wrap and bra dug into my armpits so bad it was ridiculous! I would work on ways to avoid that situation also. Two weeks after I finally had the stitches removed and I think that was the point when I finally began to feel normal. I went stiffly back to work then. Even walking was very slow so as not to jolt! I still could take a deep breath. They were high, hard, and still slightly bruised. I had no armpit to shave..they had turned into side bulge, and how do you shave that??? Its tricky! After about 3 weeks I slept on my side a bit with the use of pillows……how wonderful!
NORMALCY It has now been 4 months. I love them! I have turned into a large 34B I would say. Buying bras off the rack (couldn't do that before) The scars are very hard to find. One dropped faster than the other. I took to jogging bra-less on the treadmill with a large tee-shirt and that got the other one going. I still find them a bit high and hard, but I am looking forward to that 6-9 month period when they are finally settled in. I have been hiding in big shirts all winter and don't know what I will feel like doing when summer finally comes. It was my personal decision and I only told my closest friends. I am very happy with them. When the time comes (hopefully 20 years from now) to have them re-done I will try to learn from my mistakes on the pain medication, and also maybe go a bit larger into a full C, since I'll be used to it by then. It is quite a change for me to go from FLAT to plump. The skin was so stretched out and shiny that I was afraid that I would get stretch marks. Thankfully none. I would recommend Dr Gray to anyone. My advice to all who are past childbearing and have been considering it forever… ..GO FOR IT. ( as long as it doesn't put you into debt ).
This story was submitted by a patient of Lawrence Gray, M.D., Portsmouth, NH