My BA Experience
My surgery this time was out of town. We had drove to Miami the day before and got a hotel room very close to the surgery center. The next morning when we drove up to the surgery center, I noticed that my PS was sitting in his car reading something (I thought it was my medical file, but it wasn't.) Anyway, my boyfriend, Dr. H. and myself walked in together. I was very nervous and anxious to have this all behind me, because I am the biggest pantywaist when it comes to pain.
I had some additional paperwork to fill out in regard to the silicone gel study so we sat in the waiting room while Dr. H. asked me the questions and filled out the form for me. Then we proceeded to room where I changed into the surgical gear. Dr. H. then entered the room and proceeded to do the markings on me. I asked him to take pictures with the markings on and he did. Next it was to the surgical suite where I met the 2 nurses and the nurse anesthetist. The two nurses stood me on some surgical chucks and began dousing me with Betadine solution for sterilization purposes. I remember I was freezing! They keep the suites quite cold to begin with and then to be washed down with a liquid - I can tell you can be quite unpleasant with teeth chattering and shivering all over! Then I climbed up to the operating table where the nurse anesthetist started my IV solution. Next she put a mask over my face and asked me to take a couple of deep breaths, I did so and I remember going off into the wild blue yonder and in what seemed like the next minute she was shaking me, calling my name and telling me it was time to wake up that it was all over! I can't tell you what a feeling that is to hear those words! But, I remember I couldn't yet be audible and I was thinking, there's no way it's over, it hasn't even started yet!
It was over! And it hit me when I felt the Mack-truck effect! My chest felt so heavy and hurt so bad. I complained heavily, so I got pain meds in my IV. Next came the nausea, intense nausea! That's when the PS asked me if I had taken one of the anti-nausea pills he had prescribed that morning. I told him no. Evidently, someone forgot to tell me to take one the morning of surgery, because I thought that they were for post op only. They gave me a pan to throw up in, but I could not, I just felt severely sick to my stomach. The nurse anesthetist said she could give me anti-nausea in my IV. Sshew! They told me I needed to urinate before I could leave, so with assistance I went into the bathroom (holding under my chest area with both arms, as if I thought my boobs were going somewhere with all that ace bandage and strap). As soon as I sat down I started to throw up! Yuck! Thank God, that was the only time that I got sick.
Dr. H. came out and was trying to talk to me, but I had a hard time understanding in my state, but basically he said that the surgery took 4 hours instead of his anticipated 3 hours. He just did not know what exactly he was getting into until in there. He removed the 450 cc implants overfilled to 550 cc & 600 cc saline implants from under the muscle and did a B-lift. He put in 375 ccs, Mentor's silicone, textured implants. He said he had a lot of trouble with the old scar tissue from the last BA as well as scar tissue from my first BA. Also, my old saline implants were sub-muscular and IMHO, way overfilled -so the muscle had slipped up (forcing a bulge at the top of the breast from the implant). He said that it wasn't as easy as it sounds to change from sub-muscular to sub-glandular placement.
Once we got the hotel, my boyfriend helped me out of the car and held me up as we walked to the building. I remember seeing 2 men standing outside looking very quizzically at us. We had to walk through the hotel building and get on the elevator. I remember that I couldn't wait to get to the room.
The rest of the afternoon I slept off and on, waking only long enough to ask for another pain pill. Come the early evening, I was starting to feel a whole lot better! I was able to walk around the room a little and go to the bathroom by myself. I got to sneak small peeks of my new breasts and I must say, I was quite pleased with what I saw and with what I felt. They pushed in easily; they were soft, not hard like the overfilled, saline ones. For the first time in my life (even after 2 other BAs) I had cleavage! I was ecstatic! Looking down and seeing cleavage made it all worthwhile to go through everything physically and financially that I went through. J
Day 2 - I was feeling really pretty darn good! Dr. H. took the ace bandage off and took a good look. This gave me a chance to see them better and I was disappointed that they were so wide looking, but I kept reminding myself that they were still pretty swollen and I had read that other women had the same comment on their silicone gels at first. He put the ace bandage back on and left the tapes on. We went back to the room. That night I danced a very light "Salsa" just goofing off.
Day 3 - Today Dr. H. put my sports bra on and then wrapped the ace bandage around and around and told me to keep it on like that until Sunday (he wanted me to keep the cleavage and this would help).
Day 4 - We are home now. I still look so wide.
Day 5 - I feel good today. First day without pain meds. Could go back to work, but will give myself some more healing time. Actually drove the rental car to do some errands and then returned it to the rental place. Had my daughter and a friend over tonight to show my new rack!
So, that's my story! I am now post op of going on 5 months. Doing great and love the results. I am a bit bigger than I originally wanted to be because I have overs instead of unders, but the shape is so much better, that I can live with being a bit bigger. My PS said once I lose the weight that I have been talking about losing then we can talk! I guess he thinks they will be smaller then. The lift just is such a youthful look, perkier than before. I did experience a split stitch and a flat spot in the same area. The split stitch is healing nicely and just looks like a stretch mark now. The flat area has filled out some and even though my PS disagrees with me, I think it is some rippling in that area (at least that's more of what it looks like to me at this point). Anyway, they are very soft to the touch and they look (to me) the way natural breast do. And for the first time after 3 BAs I have cleavage! Yea! They look awesome in a bikini and I find myself looking for deep "V"s in blouses and tees to show it off a little bit - at the appropriate times and places of course! (I used to try to hide my salines b/c of the huge amount of projection & bulges at the top!) You can check me out at the "Visitor Gallery" #35. By the way, it was worth every bit of pain and every penny to do it, so go ahead and go for it! I don't think you will be sorry.
View My Photos - MJ