Patient Stories

Breast Enlargement Story - submitted by J.P.

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Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

I have always thought about having my breasts enlarged but never actually followed through with doing the proper research. I am currently going through a divorce and when I discussed wanting to do this with my husband he was total against it. Now that I am going through a divorce I thought this is the perfect time to do something that I've always wanted to do and something for me. I am 5'2 and weigh 100lbs. My breasts were a small A. I did not want to go really big with my enlargement at all. I just wanted to be able to fill out a bra nicely along with certain tops and bathing suits but not look so much bigger that it's obvious they are fake. Because I am smaller boned and short I felt that very large breasts would look silly on me too.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

I only told 2 of my closest girlfriends, my sister, my mom, and my boyfriend. They were all very supportive and excited for me which made a big difference. They all told me I was beautiful the way I was but knew that I was doing it for me and not anyone else.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

I am so happy I did my research on every level and found 1800mySurgeon. They were able to narrow down 2 doctors in my state that had all of the highest qualifications, no malpractice suits, specialized in the procedure I was having done, etc. I was extremely happy with my Doctor and his knowledge, the time he spent with me, his staff, and his honesty.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

I have never had surgery before so I was very scared and nervous. As far as being put under it was not as bad as I thought. Once they put your IV in and administer the drug you fall asleep so fast and don't even realize it. When I woke up I felt a little groggy but fine. I was shocked that it was over and obviously relieved. It has been 8 days since my surgery and I will say the first week was very hard. I made sure to take my pain medication on time which is a must but even with that being said there is still a lot of pain and discomfort. Everyone says that everybody is different and how long your pain lasts is different etc. The first day and a half was ok and I was like wow this isn't bad at all. The 2-4th day was awful. The pain is not shooting pain but it feels like the worst pulled muscles you have ever had, like a elephant is sitting on your chest and it's hard to breathe, and any time you go to move even while on the coach hurts. After a few days of this the pain changes a little and goes to more of a shooting pain which is normal because your nerve sensations are now coming back. I did call the nurse at my Doctor's office to make sure these things were all normal based on my time frame. The swelling is very normal and is not gone yet but has come down a lot in just 1 week. The other big issue for me is I had horrible constipation after the surgery. Apparently this is somewhat common especially when taking pain killers such has Vicodin, which will constipate you. I tried every laxative, stool softener, and even an enema and it did not work which added to my discomfort. It took 6 days before I was able to go and it still was not really normal. I would ask your Doctor ahead of time if there is something you can do prior to surgery that may help you besides just a stool softener which did nothing for me.

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

The best advice I can give to someone thinking about having this done is to make sure you do your research, find a really good Doctor that actually takes the time to sit and talk to you during your consultation and listens, look at the size you are thinking about in before and after photos. I would only tell people that are going to be positive and supportive prior to your surgery. If you know anyone else who has had the procedure done talk to them and see what they have to say. Ask your Doctor if any of his employees have implants and you can talk to them and also see how theirs look (two offices I went to offered this to me and it was a big help). Quite a few women wrote that they were back to work and out and about in 3-4 days. I would NOT count on this at all. I can't possibly imagine this being possible so if your taking time off of work I would take at least 1 week off to be sure.

How do you feel about your result?

I am happy with my result thus far, however it has only been 8 days so I don't have the final results of how they will look and feel. I can tell he did a great job already and I have months to go for the end result. From what I understand it will take at least 3-6 months gradually to drop, become softer, and up to a year for the bruising to go away. Everyone has told me it is a process and to be patient which is very true. Even though it's only been 8 days I am happy that I finally did this and can't wait for everything to completely fall into place - especially now that the bulk of the pain is gone.

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