I had my BA on August 18, 1998. My stats are: 37 years old, 5'6", 130 lbs. I went with Mentor smooth, round 350 cc saline implants per my doctor's suggestion. They were placed submuscularly through an inframammary incision. I started out a saggy, deflated 34B and am happy to report that I blossomed into a 34D (strange...seems like it just happened overnight!..LOL). I remember waking up from surgery and seeing the doctor over me saying everything went extremely well and he decided on 350 cc's (we had discussed 325 prior to surgery, but I told him I wanted to be "filled out" and he could make that determination during surgery). Then I went out again. When I woke up the second time, I was in some pretty good pain and I felt as though I was going to pass out. The nurse said that was the pain setting in and put some Demerol in my IV. They got me up to go to the restroom and my husband saw me then for the first time. His first reaction (he told me this later) was "My God...they're HUGE!!"
I managed to get dressed and into the wheelchair but that's all I remember until after I got home and took a nap. My husband said I kept saying we were parked on a different floor in the parking garage and I was pretty much a looney toon! They put the seatbelt on me but he said I promptly removed it. I took a pillow along for the ride, but I think I just laid back and slept all the way home. No discomfort. After he got me into bed, I took a short nap. I did need more Percoset when I woke up and took it every four hours as prescribed because I had read so much on the forum about staying ahead of the pain. This did turn out to be very true. Don't worry about becoming "addicted" to them. This is one time you really do need to take them. I also took Keflex for 5 days to ward off any infection.
The main thing I remember about the initial 2 days' recovery is how difficult it was to get up and out of bed. Actually it is impossible without help. My stomach muscles never got such a workout before! As long as I stayed propped up on several pillows and my husband pushed on my back to help me up, I could make it. The second morning I woke up and had slid down into more of a reclining position and needed to go to the bathroom very badly. He was in a different bedroom and I didn't want to scream at him and wake up the kids. I tried and tried to get up but I just couldn't do it. Finally, I grabbed the trash can he had put beside my bed in case I got sick and hung my rear end over the edge of the bed and tinkled in it (and all over me and the bed...LOL). Gross, I know, but what's a girl gonna do?
We also started videotaping my progress when I got home. My husband took video from the front and sides in the early days with my surgical bra on (which is what I wore day and night for four weeks.) It was pretty comfortable as it was stretchy and velcroed in the front. I look at those videos now and can see the progression from day to day and week to week. My breasts were swollen and had more of a hump on top until about week two, and then just got progressively more natural looking. I really didn't have to drop very much because I had quite a bit of loose skin to start, but my doctor placed the implants low during surgery to avoid the "snoopy" look.
By day two, I could pull my own pants up and down and I got my appetite back. I actually sort of enjoyed being waited on hand and foot because this is something I am usually doing for everyone else. I didn't worry about a thing and just slept when I was sleepy and ate when I was hungry. This is not the time to be dieting. You need to eat well to recover and so you don't get lightheaded. I also took a tub bath with my husband's help (could only wash from under my breasts down, but it did feel good.)
On day three, my husband washed my hair for the first time in the kitchen sink. He combed it out, too. (I had him practice this pre-op so he didn't pull every hair out of my head!) I was able to sit at the kitchen table for lunch and went up and down the stairs a couple of times but still mainly stayed pretty close to the bed. Still taking naps every so often. Of course, sleeping was totally on my back. I think I slept that way for about 3 weeks, but it didn't really bother me for some reason. I usually sleep on my side, but I was quite comfortable on my back.
As the days progressed, I felt increasingly like my old self but I would do a little bit of housework and then make myself rest. Maybe I would put in a load of laundry and fold it, but wait an hour or more to do anything else. This was very difficult for me since I like to get things done quickly, but I knew it was for my own good. My husband was still washing my hair and doing most things for me, but I wanted to get back to my old routine.
By day six, I even went to a Cardinals/Pirates baseball game. I wasn't sure I felt like it and the walk from the parking lot to the stadium almost killed me, but once I got seated, I felt pretty good and was glad to get out of the house. I was very self-conscious, especially since I didn't tell anyone (and still haven't) about the surgery. So far, nobody has noticed (or at least hasn't been bold enough to say anything). Actually, I don't find it that noticeable in clothes. I always wore padded Wonder-Bras before - now it's just all me! But in a bathing suit or naked...watch out!
They started to get noticeably softer by about 4 weeks and were going to the sides a bit more when I was lying on my back. I think they feel very natural now and so does my husband. Of course, natural is a relative term. My "natural" breasts before felt like Jello in a stretched out nylon. "Natural" to me now feels very firm but still pliable and soft. I am not sure but I think my surgeon lowered my breast crease just a bit, and my nipples were raised considerably higher than the crease with the implant alone. I am also 21 cm from the inside of my collarbone to my nipple, which is considered ideal.
All in all, my recovery was very, very smooth. I just tried to pace myself in the early days and definitely didn't do any heavy lifting or pulling for quite some time. I would say by two weeks, I was feeling very good and by weeks three and four, I felt totally normal. I was exercising (walking and lower body) by 10 days and upper body by 3 1/2 weeks. I golfed at around 7 1/2 weeks with no problems whatsoever. Sex was not that great early on (somewhat painful and very tentative) but now I can honestly say sex is better than it has been since we were first married. For the first time in years, I don't worry about what position I'm in, how my breasts will look or feel, or if he is thinking they don't look good. I feel so sexy and vibrant and I have regained all sensitivity and then some! I love the way they look and feel and would spend every penny all over again! I don't regret one thing...it's the best money I have ever spent!