I am single and 22 years old. I am 5'10" tall and weigh 150 pounds. I was a saggy 34B before surgery early this November. I now have a D cup and round, textured, McGhan implants placed through the areola above the muscle. I also had my breast crease lowered on one side to even out my nipple height. I don't know how many ccs of saline my implants were filled with but assume I am in the 400-450 range by comparison to the results of others.
I want to start by saying "thanks for your support Nicole!" Like I've said a million times before, I don't know what I would have done without your site! I would love to share my story with you and others, so here goes:
Several months ago I began thinking seriously about having my BA done, and began my research on the Internet. One day I ran across your site, and I can't thank you enough for creating it. Back then your site only had a couple of sponsors, and you were selling your booklet. I ordered the booklet, and LOVED reading about your real-life experience ... it was one of the deciding factors for me to go ahead and do this.
Through the forum I learned how to find a good PS, research credentials, etc., and when I finally found the PS for me, I was confident that I had done the right thing. As you may already know, I had a major decision to make regarding my BA... I had too much sag to go under the muscle without a lift first, so I had to choose between over or under with a lift. Thanks to the forum, I met several women that were going through the same thing, and several women post-op with varied results.
One of my concerns about the entire procedure was the fact that I had slight ptosis and some major asymmetry to be corrected. As a result of all factors, I decided to go over the muscle instead of having a lift. When I made my decision to go over the muscle, I felt confident that I was making the best choice for my body type. That was a very hard time for me (I had always assumed that I would go sub-muscular) and the forum really helped me through it.
The next hardest part was the LONG wait for my big day. My PS was very busy, and I had to schedule my BA more than 2 months out. I visited the forum at least twice a day... I think I bordered on obsessed! All I thought about was my BA (what size, shape, etc.) and I surfed the net day and night for photos, photos, and more photos! Looking back, I think the ladies I corresponded with pre-op kept me sane (my boyfriend was sick and tired of hearing about boobs) and I finally had friends with whom I could talk endlessly about our upcoming BA's. When my day finally came, I was totally prepared. With pre and post-op checklists, and a dozen photos of what I wanted to look like, my PS said I was the most informed and prepared woman he had ever seen. (Thanks Nicole!)
I knew what to expect in surgery, but I wasn't prepared to feel as much as I did with sedation/local. I did learn that the next time I do this, I want general so I don't feel a thing. The worst part of my surgery was the first 2 days post-op. I was extremely sick from the sedation, and in quite a bit of pain. I think when my swelling goes down I'll be a 34D or maybe a 36D. Right now I feel like I have DDD's on my chest!
By the end of day three, when I had my drains removed, I was out shopping with my Mom, and did just fine as long as I kept up on my pain medication. Despite the pain, I was so glad that I did this. I saw my breasts for the first time on day three and knew already that they were going to be beautiful!
I had no bruising, and at two weeks post my breasts were almost totally settled. My original fears of coming out with large, saggy, fake looking breasts were put to rest. I now had the breasts I'd always dreamed of. My recovery in this two weeks was a little tough because I have vomited for almost 2 days straight. I had sedation "twilight sleep." I guess I was very resistant to the medication, and they had to give me the maximum amount possible just to keep me sedated. So I was very sick, trying to get that out of my system. My PS prescribed some anti-nausea pills, but they didn't help too much. My pain was bearable but the recovery from the medication was worse. I went over the muscle, which I think makes the pain a little easier. I'm took Vicoden every 4 hours, and I'm tried to reduce the amount I took as early as day three.
Day 4 - I woke up feeling a million times better this morning! I was almost off the pain medication and had very little discomfort. I have some itching where they took my drains out on day 3, but it's not too bad. The most uncomfortable part was this surgical bra I had to wear night and day... it was so tight!! But I took another peek at my boobs this morning, and I had to say, "they are better than I ever expected!" Some people had me scared because I went over the muscle, but I have no regrets now! They are gorgeous! I'll keep you posted, but I know it will only be uphill from here!
Day 5 - I went shopping all day long, and felt great! Yesterday I was only 4 days post-op! My only discomfort comes from the bruising on my breasts, and the sores where my drains were. I had no idea I would heal this quickly. My breasts look beautiful, and I will now argue with anyone that says "overs" can't look as good as "unders!" I did go back to work in about a week. My next appt with my PS is 11/20, and until then I have to keep wearing a surgical bra all day and night. I'll keep you posted if anything changes!
2 months - At two months post-op, I am glad to report that I am still as happy as can be. I get mail everyday from ladies that are in the same position I was, and it's great to be able to let them know that "overs" can look great too! I'm still working on getting photos to Nicole when I have my next post-op visit in January. I noticed that Nicole has added some sub-glandular augmentation photos to the gallery, but I still have to say that mine look better than any I've seen in the gallery.
In case I don't give Nicole any more updates to post here, I just wanted to say, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for creating your web site ... it helped me through both good and bad times, Thank you Nicole!