My name is Janet and I had my breast augmentation done in March 2003. I'm 45 years old and was a 32AA. I've had 2 children but I never did any breastfeeding. I was one of those people whose breasts hardly enlarged during pregnancy and I was truly disappointed. I was hoping to experience the joys of a larger chest if only for a short while. Near the end of 2002 an acquaintance of mine started talking about her implants. I thought how nice it would be to do this but didn't think that I would be able to afford it.
Three things happened in early January 2003. First, my 51 year old sister confided that she had been looking into breast implant surgery. Then my co-worker told me that 3 other co-workers were looking into breast surgery. Finally, my husband and I had a major disagreement (not over implants). So, wanting to be the first of my family and co-workers to do this AND because my husband wanted to make amends for our disagreement, I decided to go for it! My husband agreed to raise the cash for my operation. The funny part of this story is that my husband raised all $5500 for my augmentation by selling things on E-bay so I now jokingly refer to my breasts as my "E-bay boobs".
Once I decided to do this I jumped into it with a vengeance. My husband started researching implants on the internet and found this website which looked very thorough. So I spent hours at this website. I read every word and looked at every picture. I decided how I wanted to look (a full C), where I wanted them placed (sub-muscular) and where I wanted the incision (trans-axilliary). Then I decided it was time for the next step. I chose 3 surgeons to interview.
It is so important to find a plastic surgeon whom you feel comfortable with and who will do what you want! My husband and I went to the first interview with a list of questions that we found on this website. As soon as the doctor said "Now let me tell you how I perform the surgery" my husband and I looked at each other and knew that this was strike one. This surgeon was not going to do what I wanted!!! Then next surgeon was amazing. He answered all our questions, showed us pictures of his work and took his time with us. I had also brought pictures that I printed from off this website of how I wanted to look. He keep those with him as he discussed implant type (high profile or not, textured or smooth) and how full to fill them. The third surgeon was the same as the first who also said "now let me tell you how I do the surgery" which immediately turned us off.
Having decided on a surgeon we then scheduled a date for surgery for May 2003. However, as luck would have it there was a cancellation in late March so I jumped at the opportunity for an earlier time. Having made up my mind to do this I wanted to get it done before I got scared and changed my mind.
I was never really scared or nervous before the surgery. I'm one of these people who trust that things will go okay. The day of the surgery I was somewhat anxious as to some of the things that could go wrong such as bruising, bad reaction to the anesthesia or the possibility of capsular contraction but it was too late to change my mind. I was put to sleep only to wake up a couple of hours later with 2 cement grapefruits strapped to my chest.
My husband took me home and I camped out in my recliner. In fact that is where I slept because it was easier to stand up from the chair than from the bed. My husband helped me to and from the bathroom for the first 24 hours. I was fortunate and had no reaction to the anesthesia but I did take the pain pills as directed. The day after my surgery I had my first post-op visit. Until this time I had not unwrapped myself to look at my new physique. I was quite surprised and pleased. NO bruising or scarring but boy did I look BIG especially because of the swelling. After 2 ½ days of taking pain pills, I stopped taking the pills and realized that I felt better than when I was taking them!
Now three months and several post-op visits later, I do not need to go back to the doctor until my 1-year checkup. The implants have dropped, softened and look GREAT! This was an absolutely great experience. I now measure out to be a full 32C/small 32D.
So, the best advice I can give to those considering this type of surgery is:
- Read this website and do your research. Know what you want before going to see a doctor.
- Interview the surgeons and keeping interviewing them until you find one you feel completely comfortable with. Make sure the doctor will do what YOU want.
- Go a little bigger than you think you want. You'll get use to the size when your breasts are swollen and then they will look small once the swelling goes down.
- I highly recommend the trans-axilliary incision because if you're looking to enhance your breasts WHY would you want scars on them? Also, if your surgeon is as skilled as mine then he can make the incision on a natural crease under your arm which helps to hide the incision as it heals.
- THANK YOU ImplantInfo and Dr. Sepehr Egrari of Bellevue, WA. The both of you have made this the best decision I've ever made and I look and feel wonderful!