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Dawn's Story

Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation Stories from our Visitors

If you have already read Nicole's Story, you have a pretty good idea what this section of the website is all about. After several women emailed their breast augmentation stories to us, we thought it would be great to have women share their full-length recovery stories after their breast implant surgeries for everyone's benefit. Thankfully, many women have contributed, some in more detail than others.

Here are the stories of our visitors. Many names have been changed for privacy. Where appropriate, there is detail in parentheses so you can decide if you are interested. Click on a name to read.

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3 Surgeries in 4 Years and a Happy Ending


My story actually started 4 years ago. I was then 24 years old. I have only one child. I breastfed him for 3 months. I am 5'6" and weighed 107 at the time of my first surgery. I was a B cup before I had my son. After having him and breastfeeding, I shrunk to not even an A cup. I was not happy with that. I had talked about having the surgery done for a few years before I actually had it done.

I made an appointment for a consultation with a doctor in a nearby town. There were no doctors performing this surgery in my city. I had my consultation and made my appointment for the surgery that day. My surgery date was a month away. I played with plastic bags filled with water at home. I thought that 300cc would be a considerable increase. So, in June of 98 I had my first surgery. I had 300cc on both sides placed under the muscle in the anatomical shape. The incision was inframammary. I ended up with a B cup.

I was in terrible shape after the surgery. They had overdosed me. The first thing I remember was moving from the wheelchair to the car. I couldn't stay awake. When we got to the hotel, I went straight to bed. Within a couple of hours I was throwing up and also started my period. I was in the bathroom crying because I felt so bad. I told my husband he might have to put my suppository and tampon in because I could barely move my arms. But I managed; I was too embarrassed to make him do it for me. I went back to bed. My husband said I moaned in my sleep all night. The weight on my chest seemed very heavy.

I had a checkup the next day before we drove home. The doctor said all looked well and to come back in a week to have the stitches removed. I slept the whole way home, an hour and a half drive. When we got home, I set up a bed on the couch. That is where I slept for the first week. I wasn't in lots of pain. By my 4th day I felt better and started to do some things around the house. Big mistake. I paid for it later that night. I was very sore and tired. When I went in the following week to have my stitches removed, I knew I wanted to be bigger. The doctor convinced me that they were perfect and a good size for my body. So I lived with it.

Almost exactly three years later, my right implant deflated. It was a shock. It happened for no apparent reason. I just woke up one morning to find it had shrunk. I immediately called a friend who had just had a BA done. We had moved to a new state and I was nowhere near the original doctor. She recommended her surgeon. I called and made an appointment. He got me in and told me that I could go bigger but since the implants would be a different brand that I would have to pay the whole price. I was fine with this as long as I got what I wanted.

In May of 2001 I had my second surgery. My surgery was within 10 days of the rupture to keep the capsule from healing. I told the doctor that I would like to be a full C cup. He said that would probably be around 400cc. I thought that sounded good. This time the implants were filled to 420cc round smooth, but stayed under the muscle. The surgeon used my old incision. This time, the first thing I remember was waking up in the wheelchair in the hallway. I felt great. I was in no pain and the weight change wasn't noticeable. I only took extra strength Tylenol. I slept upright for a week, because it was more comfortable.

When I went in a week later to have the stitches removed I was going to talk to the doctor about the size. I still wanted to be bigger. The doctor was not there due to a scheduling error, so the nurse removed the stitches and told me everything looked fine. At my 4 month checkup I talked to the doctor about the size, but once again I was told they were perfect and not to mess with them. Besides this doctor said that he didn't do the fake look. So I decided to live with them and wear push-up bras.

That is until Dec. of 2001. My scar capsule on the right side broke open. My implant was not staying in place when I would lie down. The implant slid off my chest to the right side. I went back to the surgeon and he said that I needed a capsulararphy. In that procedure, they remove the implant and put permanent stitches in the scar capsule and then replace the implant. It was going to cost me $2,600. He didn't seem to be enthused about it and told me that it was not a big problem and that I could live with it. I knew that I would have it fixed but not by him. So I started searching for a new surgeon. I also had to wait until I had the money, because I was going to have to pay the whole price again because I was going to go bigger.

I found an absolutely wonderful surgeon. On my consultation, I knew he was the one. He asked me things the others hadn't and recommended things the others hadn't. This was the first doctor who asked if I had pictures of what I liked. I was so happy. I showed him some pictures I had gotten out of men's magazines of what I liked. He said that there would be no problem and that I probably wouldn't need the capsularharphy because of the size of the new implants. The implant would fill the pocket completely, so it would not slide out of place. I couldn't wait to get it done. I scheduled my surgery that day. This doctor requires a mammogram to be done before surgery. I was glad to get one done. I was nervous the day of the mammogram but relieved to find out everything was normal.

My third surgery was April 2002. I had 600cc round smooth placed under the muscle. The incision is the same as before. I woke up while I was still lying on the table. The nurse was cleaning up the room. I asked if my husband could come back and see them before they put the bra on. When my husband came in I knew they were what I wanted by his reaction. When we got home I called my friends to let them know how it went. Then I iced them. This was the first doctor that told me to ice them. It felt good to ice them. I had no pain at all and no swelling. I had to keep reminding myself to take it easy and relax. I felt completely normal. Once again the weight difference was not noticeable. On my way to my 1-week checkup I stopped and tried on bras. I am a full D cup. The doctor used dissolvable stitches. My scars look better than they did before.

I am so happy. I have finally gotten what I wanted all along. It has taken 4 years and a lot of money but I am now happy. Even though I have had problems with my implants I could not imagine being without them. Thank you for letting me tell my story and I hope it is of some help.

- Dawn

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About This Patient

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5' 6''
  • Weight: 123
  • Pre-op Bra Size: 34A
  • Post-op Bra Size: 34D

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