I am a married 33 year old woman with two children ages five and three. It is my desire to be a little curvier partly from being small breasted my whole life and partly because of breastfeeding my two children. My research for breast augmentation began here, at Nicole's website. Not only did this Nicole's website offer hundreds of photos, personal experiences, and even a video (which I purchased and glad I did!), it helped with my decision to choose the doctor whom I believe is going to finally make it happen.
My surgery is scheduled for the day after tomorrow. After a few years of contemplating a BA, the day is finally coming and I am excited. I am 5'4, 106 lbs., my implants are McGhan anatomical, 300cc, Submuscular, inframammary incision. Pre-op size: 34A; Post op size: Full 34B min 34C.
Day of surgery
(Friday, September 22, 2000)
My surgery was the first one scheduled for the day for Dr. Freedland. Even at 6:30 in the morning, the sincere and friendly disposition of his hospital staff made me feel like I was their only patient and made me feel even more secure in my decision to choose Dr. Freedland. I was not nervous at all about my surgery, just anxious to get it over with. My main concern was to manage the pain afterwards. It all happened quickly as I remember it. One moment I was talking to the Anesthesiologist, and what had seemed like the next minute, I was drinking ginger ale in the recovery room and talking to my husband and recovery room nurse. Dr. Freedland walked in, asked some routine questions, then said I looked "awesome."
I felt hungry and nibbled on the way home. The anesthesia was still in my system, so I nodded off to sleep for a few minutes here and there. Once we arrived home, I took my meds ate a little, did a cold compress, and fell asleep. I felt no nausea or no severe pain at all! Throughout the day, I was able to manage my pain by taking my prescription like I was told to do and using a cold compress as many times as I was instructed to do so. If I can describe the discomfort I felt, it would only be as if I felt I had to nurse my newborn or "letdown" to ease the swelling. It was the exact same feeling. I slept well (I usually sleep on my back anyway) and had no problems for Day One.
(Saturday, September 23, 2000)
I awake with some discomfort, but nothing major. I still took my meds and ate a full breakfast. I am able to take it easy because my husband and kids had plans for the entire day. This helps tremendously because even though I stayed in the bedroom and had everything I needed, I still felt that "motherly obligation" to help out even though I know darn well my husband does an excellent job caring for them. The support bra is somewhat of a annoyance, and I feel itchy near my stitches. I find this easy to ignore though. I have no regrets about my decision to have this done and I feel good. I even took a nice warm bath and washed my own hair.
(Sunday, September 24, 2000)
I awake with very little discomfort and insist on sending my husband off to work. It's my first day since surgery that I have to care for my children. It's going well. I haven't had to take any medication today, just a cold compress. I know that I cannot overdo it, and plan on doing as little as possible today. Housework can wait. The most I will do today is make meals for my children and myself. Having the support from my husband is wonderful because I know he will do these things when he gets home from work and then I can completely relax. I do plan on going to work tomorrow. There is no strenuous activity and no risk factor that will detriment my recovery at my place of employment. The only minor concern I have at this time is quite common. One side is more swollen than the other is. There is also a "sloshing" sound on one side kind of a sound like the implant isn't quite full enough with saline. I did address these concerns at my post op and was assured these after effects will dissipate within the next week or so. My feelings today are still positive and I do not regret my decision. I am anxious for the swelling to disappear and to get on with my new look!
Even though I feel great there is still some soreness and I am still taking medication for slight swelling on one side.
To summarize this whole experience would be to say that in all aspects, I had a great experience, I chose a great physician, and I am feeling great!
UPDATE at one month
At my one-month post op visit I had a concern about the right implant being obviously smaller than the left. The right implant had somehow managed to slowly leak saline. The implant was referred to as a 'deflation.' The sense of urgency Dr. Freedland and his entire office staff showed had assured me that they would do everything possible for a smooth and expeditious solution to our problem. And so, another surgery was immediately scheduled. I understood going into it initially "that these things can happen" by the massive amount of literature and information I was required to review in the doctor's office. To be honest, I just wanted to put this behind me and get on with it. It was a bit of a task to rearrange schedules at the last minute, but we did it! I was on my way back to the hospital for my implant replacement in less than two weeks.
I was a little nervous on surgery day, but again, the reason I had chosen Dr. Freedland is because he is truly a perfectionist, he's an artist, and he has the ability to make a patient feel that they're the only one in his care. Some doctor's lack that, and I can confidently say that this is the main reason why I was not as nervous as I would have been, had I chosen another physician.
Again, I followed all of the instructions given to me regarding pre and post op (still fresh in my mind!). The entire replacement surgery took a whole twenty minutes or so. Dr. Freedland and his assistant spoke with me in the recovery room about what may have occurred. At present, McGhan is examining the defective implant. As always, my husband was the rock of understanding and acceptance. That helped tremendously during a very brief physical and emotional recovery process. We even crack a few jokes about it.
I still have no regrets about having breast implant surgery. I've accepted this as an isolated incident and on a personal level, a true test of my trust with Dr. Freedland's capabilities to correct the problem immediately, and as delicately as possible. I couldn't be more satisfied with the results!